Hello Year 5,
I hope you are all safe and well at home and being the fantastic Leighton Middlers that we know you are.
Another few weeks have gone by and I’ve started thinking about what we would be doing if we were in school. Lots of you would have gained enough to PXs to get your Diamond Award and be working on your 5 Star Award. You may already know that to get the award you have to show me how you have demonstrated the five star qualities of being resourceful, persevering, striving for personal excellence, using teamwork and cooperation, and becoming part of our wider community.
So this week I have reflected on being resourceful; using skills from one area to help me in another, thinking ‘ out of the box’ to solve a problem and being creative rather than giving up or thinking something can’t be done. Staying at home has provided us with lots of obstacles to overcome, so I asked your form tutors to tell you about how they’ve been resourceful too. We aren’t at school but we can all still work on getting that 5 star award!
Linden, I already know you are brilliant at doing this. You are extremely resourceful when it comes to finding ways to distract me from giving out your homework, inventing new ways to lose your lunchboxes or solving a seating problem that somehow always ends up with you next to your best friends! You’ll be glad to know that I have been making sure that I have all the essential items during lockdown, such as chocolate cake by finding new recipes without eggs, and also used my knowledge of Tudor explorers from our history lessons to win a quiz! (The question was who sent the Spanish Armada to England?) When my printer broke, instead of giving up, I made my own mindful colouring pictures to help me relax!
I like to think that you are at home doing the same thing- finding your way round problems for yourself, stretching your brains and being general all round superstars.
See you soon,
My DIY mindful colouring
I did not feel like I was being very resourceful at all to start with and felt lucky if we got through a day without tears or raised voices from someone in the house. However, on reflection we have tried to make the best out of this crazy situation and the results have been ......interesting.
I was craving doughnuts and the children couldn't understand why we couldn't have a Pizza Express for my little boy's birthday like we normally would do. With a lot of help from Google, we managed to make our own 'fakeaway' pizzas and garlic dough balls and seaside doughnuts. We were all involved in making the doughs and it was really delicious- we have made them again since. That night we even made a 'den' for the children out of blankets and pegs and they enjoyed it so much that they slept in it 2 nights in a row.
Mr Waite has FINALLY planted something in the raised beds and we are attempting to grow cabbages, carrots, onions, rhubarb, cauliflower and strawberries. We have tried before and we were not very successful so I'm leaving it to him. He is getting very protective over them (I think I may have even hard him talking to them on occasions 😂)
I have also tried to learn a new skill- wallpapering! Usually my dad comes over if we need any wallpapering done and it is very easy to let him do it all as he is so quick at it. However, he obviously couldn't come over and everything we needed for the job was already waiting in the garage. We spent a few evenings watching YOU tube videos, a few evenings discussing it and a few more evenings feeling scared until we finally started it. It took 5 hours and it isn't perfect, but we feel so proud that we managed to do the job OURSELVES! However, we did stumble upon another problem to overcome in the process. Mr Waite bumped his head on the light and it managed to come completely off the ceiling! We are now being resourceful and Googling how to fix this ourselves too.
I'm sure lots of you are learning new skills, being more independent and finding ways of tackling problems along the way too. I would really love to hear your stories.
I'm missing you ALL very much- but not missing looking for your lost and forgotten items every day 😉
Please stay safe and we will all be back together soon
Yummy DIY doughnuts!
Dear Cedar Five (and both of my maths classes too),
I hope you are all doing okay and have managed to stay safe during these strange times. I miss seeing you all every day and cannot wait for the day that we get to see each other again - even if you still insist on not supporting Chelsea FC!
I’ve managed to practise my baking skills (banana bread and fairy cakes) since we’ve been off. Both of my nans appreciated this as they were the ones who got the cakes! I’ve also been making sure that they have been keeping safe by doing their shopping for them and checking in with them everyday.
During this time, I have been faced with the new challenge of training my new assistant. However, this assistant has four paws and a very fluffy tail! I wonder if you know who I am talking about? Apparently, my laptop is the ideal place for Mikah to sit, but I’m not convinced! I’ve included a picture of her doing this so that you can make your mind up too! How many of you completed Mrs Price’s challenge in our first update to find and match the pets to their owners? I’m certain that a few of you would have spotted the name ‘Mikah’ and correctly matched her to me!
In addition to this, I’ve been brushing up on my photography skills, as this is something that I love doing. I’ve included a few of the photos that I have taken for you to decide which you like the best - they are mainly of flowers as there are so many pretty ones growing at the moment.
Finally, I have managed to finish reading ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’ by Onjali Rauf during lockdown and have now moved onto ‘Moonlocket’, which is the second book in the ‘Cogheart’ series by Peter Bunzl. I would definitely recommend either of these if you’re looking for your next book to get stuck into.
I look forward to seeing you all again soon and hearing about all the things that you have been doing during lockdown. Please continue to make sure that you keep safe and are looking after your families. I know the current times are tough and uncertain, but I know that we can pull together and get through this as that’s what Leighton Middlers do.
See you all soon,
I was struggling to think about how I had been resourceful during this time, so I asked my two children. They very quickly made me a list!
It highlighted to me that over the last few weeks we had been LESS WASTEFUL! Here are some of the things we have done to reduce waste:
Using the ripe bananas to make muffins, digging out tin food from the back of the cupboard, using toilet paper sparingly, recycling water bottles to make flowers, creating new items from old items by tie-dying old t-shirts and walking or cycling instead of driving.
Making the list made me realise, these are positive changes which we need to continue with after this period is over. Can you think of some things you have done to reduce waste?
Our banana muffins!
I hope all of Maple 5 are keeping safe, being kind, helping around the home and doing some work when they can. I'm looking forward to the day we can all be back together and I hope that is sooner rather than later (as long as it's safe!)
The main way in which I have had to be resourceful involves keeping my little boy busy and entertained. We have had to use his toys in new and imaginative ways to make sure that he doesn't get bored and so we can keep some sense of sanity during this time. We have used the sofa, cushions, storage box, blanket, marble run tubes, broom handle, chair and boxes of books to make a den for us to use and enjoy. When the weather has allowed we've been out in the garden finding things (mainly ladybirds) and playing games - we've used leaves as wings to pretend we are butterflies and used chalk to draw on the paving to create other games to play and learn from.
See you soon,
Hello Willow 5!
I hope you are all well and keeping busy.
I’m missing you all and cannot wait to have a good catch up (Friday chat) when we get back. I know things are a bit strange at the moment and it can be a little scary; make sure you are taking care of yourselves and each other.
It’s very strange to stay at home every day, we have tried to stick with a routine to keep things as normal as possible. We do P.E with Joe every morning and then we all do some school work. I have been planning some exciting new things for us to do when we get back to school and I hope to share them with you soon!
I have seen some of your 2km challenge times on Facebook; it’s great to see you smiling and staying healthy! I hope all this practice means we will do a great job in the inter-house competitions.
I have tried to be as resourceful as possible whilst we are at home, not being able to go to the shops as normal is very tricky. I have tried to do some work in the garden; I painted the decking all by myself! We have learned how to make homemade soup, pizza bases without bread flour, cakes without eggs, and even a birthday cake that wasn’t a cake! I will tell you all about this when we get back- it had biscuits, ice cream and chocolate in it!
Take care of yourselves and everyone at home,
Hello Year 6!
Firstly and most importantly, how are you all?? We miss you all and are always thinking about you! Please keep sharing photos with us of what you have been doing; we really love to see them J
We hope that you are still accessing the home learning available to you on our website and your parents are checking our Facebook page for fun activities for you all to be taking part in! This week is the 75th anniversary of VE day – we’d love to see if you make any bunting, design a stamp or bake with a 1940’s inspired recipe! As well as this, we have our LMS 2K run that lots of you are taking part in. Please don’t forget to ask your parents to comment on the posts so we can see what you’ve been up to!
We continue to hope that although this is strange situation, you are enjoying the time at home with your family. In months/years to come you can think about all the fun things that you were able to do – perhaps you have been on a long walk, drawn a rainbow for your window, taken part in the Thursday clap for the NHS, camped out in your garden or even had virtual parties/meet ups with friends and family online. You may even be doing clubs online, Cubs/Scouts, music lessons; I have even heard that there are some of you doing Rugby training online too! We are so lucky to have technology to use to make these tough times seem a little more ‘normal’!
Most importantly though… always remember to SMILE!!
S say something nice to someone each day
M make something – a meal, a cake, a cup of tea, your bed!
I innovate – find a new way to learn something
L laugh at something funny and share this with someone else to make them laugh
E exercise and keep your body active
Sending our love,
Miss Guy, Mr Hatfield-Shaw, Mrs Saunders, Mrs Solomon, Mrs Ellaway, Mr Cook & Miss Perry
Dear Year 7’s
I’ve been in contact with all the Year 7 form tutors nearly every day since the school was closed back in March. We are all thinking about you and hoping that you and your families are well. I know these times are difficult for you and that you will be finding it hard having to stay at home during this second lockdown period. However, I also know as mentioned in previous messages, that you will understand why we all need to follow what the Government have asked us to do. It is one of the main ways we can help keep ourselves, our families, friends and neighbours safe and healthy. Last week Boris Johnson announced the virus had reached its peak, so hopefully things will start to get better and lead us to the new ‘normal’ when will get to see each other again soon.
I am sure you are all working hard at home on the lessons which have been made available by your subject teachers. I am in awe of the levels of self-motivation and the different strategies that you must be using to fully engage in your work. I know this takes a huge effort and self-discipline and I just want to remind you not to be too hard on yourselves. I can remember talking to Mr Hatfield-Shaw in the staffroom about self-motivation strategies. He told me the only way to get through all his marking was to put a large bar of chocolate at the bottom of the book trays. Once all the books were marked, the chocolate was his! Just a small reward, however not the best for a diabetic!
We are bombarded through the media of top tips on how to deal with this situation including ideas on home hair style, the perfect meals to prepare, essential exercise routines and of course how to handle home learning. Most of the advice is well intended, some is very helpful, but it can also make us feel a little out of control, and that we are underachieving. We are not getting super fit with Joe Wicks, taking on a huge new project or reorganising our bedrooms. For now, I want to just ask you to stop and breathe.
Now is not a time to be hard on yourselves, now is a time to focus on the small successes and to celebrate the little achievements at different points of the day. Don’t worry if a glitch in technology means you miss something, and you can’t complete all the Maths questions. We will still be here to help when you return to school. But please celebrate the fact you learnt all about the human ear in science, made dinner for your family and walked the dog in the sunshine. Just celebrate that you are coping with each day and recognise that some will be easier than others. At each step of the way you are learning new skills and most importantly learning about yourself. When this is over, we will build a new normality together and all that we have learnt on this journey will help shift and shape us all. Just embrace where you are today. During this time, your mental wellbeing is probably as important, if not more so than your physical health. With this in mind, I’ve included a few links to help with your mindfulness.
Remember stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.
4-7-8 Breathing Exercise by GoZen
Mindfulness Exercises for Kids: Still Quiet Place (GoZen!)
Teaching Mindfulness To Children At Home And In Schools
Useful apps – Smiling Mind
Mr Herbert and the Year 7 form tutors.
May the fourth be with you.
I hope you all remain well and that the challenges of lockdown and the stresses associated with this time are not proving too much. You will remember that I wrote to you just after the Easter holidays asking for any outstanding Yearbook quotes; I have the vast majority but still missing a few from Linden 8. Please can you email these to: Yb2020@leighton.cbeds.co.uk. Don’t forget you can send any pictures of what you have been doing. There is a page in the Yearbook for pictures of what you have been up to, for example art projects, experiments or achievements.
I have been keeping busy doing a variety of different things:
Stay safe and see you soon.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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