Good morning year 6,
As we come to the end of our second week away from each other, I’d like to take the opportunity to check in with you all.
I hope that you are all well and that you are making the most of this rather unique situation. I have, as I am sure you have, been adapting to a very different pace of life but I’m endeavouring to keep myself as busy and as active as I can. In fact, my target of teaching my family Italian has started progressing nicely. We have begun with commonly used verbs, basic vocabulary and numbers 1-100. I am trying to make it as fun and enjoyable as I can but I am no ‘French snail’ (you remember the snail…) and do not have his level of dance moves! Well, I’m trying hard all the same. Perhaps – if you haven’t already - you should consider becoming more confident in a second language: you could continue with French or get a head start with Spanish or German, a language you may learn from September. Why not tap into the one of the numerous online language programmes available and surprise yourselves!
Another family aim is to learn how to touch type (type using all fingers and not looking down at the keyboard). As a result of my pre-classroom life, my typing is pretty decent and my family’s skills, thanks to 20mins on the BBC programme Dance Mat, are improving every day.
The other two aspects of my life that have been enjoying some quality attention during this time are my garden and my lovely Cockerpoo, Luna (some of you might not know about her: it’s not as if I talk about her all the time or anything!) My garden is beginning to respond to the beautiful sunshine we’ve been enjoying and colours are popping out all over the place. Luna waits with much anticipation and excitement for her daily, energetic walk in the park, the Dell, Stoney Meadow and Hodgemoor woods. She loves nothing more than racing around after any old stick, that’s when she’s not nose to the ground, sniffing out anything new she can find and is getting much better on coming back when she is called. We’ve noticed that most of the outdoors has dried out nicely now but that does not stop Luna finding any piece of wet and muddy ground, only slowing when she really can’t fit any more mud around her legs. On our return, she’s cleaned up and she then enjoys a little mid afternoon nap with her favourite toy, ‘Baby’.
Well, that’s my update kiddies. I have seen some of you on my dog walk and it is so nice to see you spending time outdoors with your families. Keep up with your school stuff and always find ways to give yourself that individual challenge. Be kind to your siblings and to yourself and think positive.
I miss you all very, very much and think about you every day.
I hope you are all keeping well. I’m sure you can’t be bored yet.
Lots of studying to do I’m enjoying the rainbows in windows
Mr Shankland’s maths group:- are the missions going well?
For Kai:- keep rocking
As a suggestion for you all, take some photos of the flowers appearing in your garden or count how many different birds in your garden.
When I’ve not been out in the garden preparing the vegetable bed, I’ve been used as a sofa by the dogs and exercising the rats: as you’ll see in the photos.
Keep safe and exercise your minds and bodies and give me and Sky a wave if you see us out!