We have loved welcoming the pupils back into school this term and really loved seeing them being able to enjoy normal interaction with their friends and peers, with our COVID19 protocols in place to ensure that bubbles do not mix. They have been keen to build on the learning that they completed at home during lock down and we have been able to assess all pupils to establish the areas where learning needs to be concentrated. Pupils have worked hard and are a credit to their families. Thank you for your support.
A special moment was shared during the last day when we were able to hold our traditional Easter Bonnet Parade in a COVID secure manner. Pupils and staff located themselves around the playground and field, socially distanced in their bubble groups, and were able to watch as Class 1 and Class 2 paraded around the school building, showing off their creations. Quite an experience for some of our younger members who haven’t had the regular experience of whole school assemblies in the hall. We all clapped their work and there were some very proud and smiling faces. A lovely way to bring the school community together, physically rather than virtually at the end of the term.
Class 1 have had a very busy term learning all about Easter and the origins of it. They had a fantastic Zoom session with Reverend Dana where she told the Easter Story to the children and linked it to the Hungry Caterpillar, she then very kindly answered questions the children had about Christianity.
This term we have been very fortunate to have toys donated to us from parents across the school and we are very grateful to each of you for doing this.
The Easter bonnets were amazing. Thank you to all the parents for all your support this term.
Class 2 have been creating these wonderful pictures based on Van Gogh’s Starry Night. They used oil pastels to create all of the lines and swirls and painted over that with water-colour paints. This art work is linked in with their geography work, which was based on the human features of a village.
Pupils have taken home sunflower seeds and will be growing these over the Easter break. The plants will then form part of their maths and science work as they measure how tall they have become and the reasons for the different sizes.
Pupils have been busy designing their own healthy pizza. They have been learning about the different food groups and what a balanced diet is in science and they have drawn upon this knowledge in the design of their pizzas for their DT work. Due to the current restrictions, they are unable to make and cook the pizzas in school so are planning to try and make them at home using a variety of bases. We hope you enjoy eating them!
Class 4 children have been enjoying learning about France this term, thinking specifically about human and physical features, climate zones and the similarities and differences between France and England.
To support this learning, we spent time looking at the artwork of some influential French artists including Georges Seurat and Berthe Morisot. We had a go at recreating some pointillism and impasto pieces of art.
The children in Class 4 also took part in a French themed day on the last day of term, sampling French cuisine and dressing up.
Class 5 have been working hard improving their maths and literacy skills ready for the transition to secondary school. Reading Pig Heart Boy has inspired their learning about the heart and they have all had the opportunity to handle and investigate pig hearts and sheep hearts and lungs, which was a really informative and interesting learning opportunity. They have been able to link this to healthy living, learning how our organs may be affected by the way we treat our bodies and what we consume.
Faith in Art Competition
These are the Blockley School competition entries for the Faith in Art competition run by the Diocese. The children created the artwork linked to their RE topics. They have been sent off to join entries from other schools from around the County. We look forward to seeing how our pupils get on. Entries for this competition have now closed. Well done everyone.
All classes were able to enjoy a visit to the church this week, Dana Delap was able to link the Easter story to life cycle of the bee and pupils had the opportunity to think of all the life that lives inside the church, that may not be immediately obvious. This was a special time to allow the pupils to extend their learning space to the church and enjoy learning in a different environment while remaining COVID secure. Members of the public had been very busy supporting the school and church by knitting bees for each of the children. Some are still to be made and quarantined but no-one will be missed out! Thank you very much to all the knitters out there from the children at Blockley School. Please take time to read the Growing Together article from the Diocese for more bee inspired ideas and information. Growing Together
During the discussion with Dana and on Teams Collective Worship on Monday, we were able to launch our Easter Bee Competition. Pupils are asked to create an image of a bee, in any medium, or capture a live bee in a photograph and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 8.30am 19th April 2021. Please see the attached poster for more information. We look forward to seeing the bees! Easter Competition.
If your skills lie with photography then the Easter holiday, with the brighter days, is an ideal time to take some high-quality pictures. Cheltenham Camera Club are running the Gloucestershire Young Photographer Competition again this year. This year however, all entries need to be submitted online. If children wish to enter they need to hand their entries in by Monday, 17th May to Ms Davies. These can be emailed to email@example.com or brought into school to scan. Please ensure that all entries are marked as stated in the rules and it is clear that the image is for this competition. Ms Davies will then upload them to the website. Please read the rules carefully. Please see the Rules and Glos Young Photographer Posters
If your children develop COVID 19 symptoms on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday this week please follow the Government advice, book a PCR test and inform school via firstname.lastname@example.org. Once the result is received please let the school know. This will ensure that the school can assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in school.
Where symptoms occurred more than 2 days since the person was last in school, this does not need to be reported to school. Where this is the case, staff, students, parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.
We wish you all a Happy Easter break and look forward to welcoming pupils back to school on Monday 19th April. The same class bubble system and staggered start and end times will remain when we return.
With all good wishes
Blockley School Staff