Weston St Mary
CE Primary School
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But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded

2 Chronicles 15:7

I can do all things through him who strengthens me

Philippians 4:13
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Birch Class

Home Learning

During school closure, we will be posting daily updates here with information to support your child’s learning at home. Please check the page daily.

Friday's Challenge

Hello everyone,

We can see that you have been working so hard at home to complete your daily challenges.  Each week on a Friday, we will be sending just 1 daily challenge for all 3 classes to complete together. You can complete these with whoever is in your home, inside or out, anything goes! Those of you who have brothers or sisters in the school, or at home, can play together, with or without your grown-ups to complete the challenges. These challenges may get a little loud or messy at times, but hopefully you will find them good fun!

We all look forward to seeing your pictures and videos on our class padlet pages.

Friday's Challenge

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PE Activities

Easter Break

Hello everyone! I’ve really missed teaching you all over the last few weeks. It’s the Easter Holidays now, but it doesn’t mean you can’t stay active.

You can continue with the Joe Wicks workouts on his YouTube channel, (I will keep doing them too!), or you can redo some of the other activities that I have set over the last couple of weeks. You might have found other ways to keep yourselves moving too, which is wonderful. Keep those going if you can! Remember to keep drinking lots of water, and getting plenty of fruits and vegetables into your diet so that you can continue to stay healthy.

Stay safe and enjoy the break.
Miss Cox

Week beginning Monday 30th March

Well done to everyone who managed to complete a challenge every day last week. If you managed to complete all of Joe Wicks videos, amazing effort as I know he worked you all very hard. If you managed to complete my shorter challenges, again, super effort to make sure you are keeping moving everyday. You are all Sports Stars! Joe Wicks is continuing his live challenges so here is a reminder of the link to his YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1 Keep moving everyone, you are all doing a wonderful job!

Remember, keeping healthy isn’t just about exercise, but about your diet too. Make sure you are thinking about what you are eating and drinking. Remember to get your 5 a day of fruit and vegetables and drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated. You will feel so much better for it! As a side challenge, maybe you could take a photo or draw a picture of a healthy meal you have had this week and share it in your class padlet. It would be a good opportunity to share ideas with each other, to find out what you like and don’t like. Maybe you might come across a healthy food that you have not tried before that you could try.
Stay safe everyone, keep washing your hands and keep moving!

Monday: Kids work out beginner 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_A_HjHZxfI
Tuesday: Can you spell your name and complete the exercise for each letter? What about your middle name and surname or people in your family? See Alphabet Exercises below.
Wednesday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lc1Ag9m7XQo Originally these were shorter challenges. This video is longer but feel free to just do a smaller section if it is too much. As with the Joe Wicks videos, you can break it down and start with 10 minutes and gradually build up by 5 minutes every day. 
Thursday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lc1Ag9m7XQo  The same rules apply as yesterday. 
Friday: Can you spell your name and complete the exercise for each letter? What about your middle name and surname or people in your family? See if you can do more than Tuesday- does it feel any easier this time? 

Alphabet Exercises

A 25 jumping jacks

B 15 sit ups

10 press ups

D 20 squats

Run as fast as you can on the spot for 20 seconds

30 high knees

G 30 second plank

H 10 sit ups

15 press ups

25 squats

K 1 minute plank

L 20 high knees

M 20 jumping jacks

N 5 press ups

O 20 squats

P run as fast as you can on the spot for 10 seconds

Q 5 sit ups

R 10 jumping jacks

S 12 sit ups

T 12 press ups

U 25 squats

run as fast as you can on the spot for 15 seconds

W 45 second plank

X 35 jumping jacks

30 high knees

Z 7 sit ups

Remember that it’s important to cool down after each challenge. Here is a reminder of last week’s cool down stretches.

Week beginning Monday 23rd March

This week, Joe Wicks the Body Coach is doing live workouts for children at 9am each day from Monday to Friday. Here is the link to his youtube channel so that you can follow them at home. You will be doing some of his other workout challenges during this week too! https://www.youtube.com/user/thebodycoach1

We want you to keep active in your time at home, so have a go at each of these Active 8 Workouts. These are HIIT workouts (High Intensity Interval Training) and are a great way to get lots of exercise in just a few minutes. Each workout is 8 minutes long and will get your heart beating faster. Your mission is to complete a video each day. If you want to challenge yourself, you can repeat the videos as many times as you like or retry the videos from the other days. If you are finding it more challenging, pause the video if you need extra time to recover in between each exercise.  The more you practice, the easier it gets. Have fun and keep moving!

Don’t forget to warm up first! Complete this video before each of the Active Workouts.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_swUGtEpazY
Monday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIB2SJnBHBQ
Tuesday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUp2_VAHIrI
Wednesday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXt2jLRlaf8

Thursday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqLNxJe4L2I

Friday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDC-plCTBbc

Remember that it’s important to cool down after each challenge. Follow this video for your stretches. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gMuN6m1Gso

Birch Class

Adults: Mrs Jesson and Mrs Sullivan

Children: Years 5 and 6

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World Book Day 5 March

Today we enjoyed celebrating World Book Day in our pyjamas with a drink of hot chocolate!

Children brought in their favourite books to share with the others and we spent a fantastic afternoon reading with friends. A highlight was Ms. Reynolds showing us her copy of Winnie the Pooh which was almost 100 years old!

Each child also received a new book. Birch class are thoroughly enjoying theirs and shared their thoughts on what we’ve read so far with other schools in our LAAT family via the wonder of technology.

Jo Squirrel Monday 20th January

This afternoon we had a visit from Jo ‘squirrel’ from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue. She taught us many fantastic things about keeping safe in the event of a fire including; showing us a fire alarm and the sound it makes, how to test a door to see if it’s too hot and how to crawl under the smoke when trying to escape. Each child was given a leaflet to take home as a prompt for discussion with parents as to their own evacuation procedure at home should anything happen.

Birch class all then had a go at ‘stop, drop and roll’; the procedure they should use in the event that their clothing catches fire.

A really fun and informative afternoon.

Update 15 January

The children are enjoying getting their creative juices flowing, planning their own myths and designing fantastical creatures, using lots of fabulous language in their descriptions. We are all enjoying our class book ‘Sabriel’. It is the story of a girl caught between the Old Kingdom of magic and the land in which she lives. Will she follow in her father’s footsteps and become a necromancer?

To encourage their independent reading and help them move closer to our 1000 book reading challenge target, I will be putting posters up in the classroom with recommended reads (see below). Please look at these with your children for ideas, copies of the books will be in school for them to borrow.

In PE they are having great fun learning a group dance and breaking into groups to choreograph their own sections. I can’t wait to see the finished product!

Maths Challenge 22 November

In maths on Friday, I set Birch class a challenge: Could they use their perseverance, determination and logical thinking to solve increasingly difficult Teddy Town planning problems? They chose who to work with and came up with their own strategies with a lot of trial and error involved! I was super impressed with their efforts, it was a great fun session. Well done everyone!

Mosque Visit 22 November

On Wednesday we took a trip to Lincoln. We visited Lincoln Central Mosque and Cultural Centre where Imam Patel gave us a warm welcome and explained all about his beautiful building and how they worship. It was spectacular, the children were engaged and asked thoughtful questions.

After lunch we took a walk around Lincoln Cathedral. We were all blown away by the scale of the building and detail of the outside carving.

Collective Worship 15 November

On Friday 15th November, Birch class led our collective worship. They showcased the learning they did last term; “What was the impact of the Roman invasion of Great Britain?”.

It was lovely to hear the children talking so knowledgeably about the topic, presenting their research and explaining their opinions in answering this question. Please have a look at the video showing some of their great work.

Clay Busts Friday 1st November

This afternoon we ended our topic “The Roman invasion of Britain’ by finishing our clay busts. We got rather messy but it was great fun sculpting each other. We’d practised our clay skills earlier in the week including cross hatching and using slip to attach pieces together.

French Games 4 October

This afternoon, some of the class played games in French to help us remember the months of the year. We got very competitive!

Outdoor Learning 4 October

During outdoor learning this week, we created people collages using what we could find around the school field. We thought carefully about the pattern, textures and shapes of what we found in order to use them most effectively in our collages.

Column Addition 25 September

In maths, we have begun looking at column addition. When using the place value counters we could clearly see that if we had more than 10 of a particular value, we need to exchange upwards as we knew we could only have a single digit in each column.

Drawing Techniques 25 September

We have begun to explore different drawing techniques today with a focus on shading. We investigated different ways to make a mark on the page and how, by making those marks closer together, we could make it appear light or dark. We then began experimenting with different pencils to see the effect.

First day back 4 September

It has been a very exciting first day back as we have a new classroom! Mrs Jesson and Mrs Sullivan worked hard over the holidays to create a lovely environment in which we hope our eldest pupils will flourish. After exploring the displays and catching up on our holiday news, Birch class worked together to create their class charter, setting out how they would like to work together; respecting ,valuing and encouraging each other to all achieve their best.