Dear Parents, Boys & Girls
I hope that you are all continuing to stay safe and well. Some positive news at last with the phased re-opening of schools so hopefully remote learning will be coming to an end in two weeks but for now we all need to exercise just a little more patience. A plan of work for 1st to 5th March has been emailed to you in daily timetable format. As always please do what you can and reduce or extend your child’s work to ensure it is suitable for their needs and ability.
There will be another two Zoom classes next week, one on Tuesday 2nd March for Irish and the other on Thursday 4th March for English but at a different time of 12.30pm on both days. As always the final part of each Zoom class will be set aside for Questions & Answers the pupils may have on any of their work.
World Book Day will take place on 4th March. As a result there will be a greater emphasis on reading and reading related activities in the plans for next week. I have removed the Reading Zone & other English work in order to give the pupils greater time to read for pleasure and derive maximum enjoyment from the suggested World Book Day activities. They may choose to engage in some or all of the suggested activities however the main focus will be on reading as reading for pleasure is one of the single biggest indicators of a child’s future success. All templates for Seesaw activities will be attached in a separate email should you wish to print instead of editing on Seesaw. Additionally part of our Zoom class on Thursday 4th will be an opportunity for everyone to celebrate the joy of reading by inviting the pupils to ‘Share a Story’ or a short account of their favourite stories/books that they have read either this week or in recent times. In preparation for this I would ask that the pupils prepare a short summary account of their favourite book. The pupils are also welcome to get in role and dress up as their favourite character for Zoom if they wish but this is optional. Alternatively if they wish to dress up for World Book Day at home they can send me a photo on Seesaw. As the main focus is to read this week and read for pleasure then feel free to capture some photos of your child reading, perhaps get inventive and read in extreme, funny or unusual places!! Send all photos via email and I can collate a collage for everyone to view. World Book Day tokens will be distributed to everyone on our return to school. I understand that every household is busy and the struggle of home-schooling and juggling many tasks is very real however I would implore you all to put a greater emphasis on reading next week for the week that is in it. If books are in short supply at home there are a number of alternative options for sourcing reading material:
- Carrickmacross library is operating a delivery service on Tuesdays but calls need to be made in advance as they are limited to the number of deliveries they can make
- Many books are available online on useful websites such as Get Epic (getepic.com) and Oxford Owl (www.oxfordowl.co.uk)
- There will be a folder available on Seesaw also next week with links to audio books. Audio books can bring life and depth to children’s reading experience, encouraging all readers regardless of ability, to access and share the incredible world of stories. Further audio books can be accessed on the following link https://www.worldbookday.com/world-of-stories/
Follow the link https://www.worldbookday.com/events/ for some extra special free digital events organised for World Book Day 2021. An exciting cast of authors, illustrators and hosts have a selection of Live ‘Share a Story’ events as follows:
- Wednesday 3rdMarch, 10.30am – Books that Make you LOL!
Starring: Humza Arshad, Alex Bellos & Ben Lyttleton (Football School), Jonny Duddle and Zanib Mian
Hosted by Kenny Baraka, motivational speaker
- Thursday 4thMarch, 10.30am – World Book Day special– Bringing Reading to Life
Starring: Joseph Coelho & Fiona Lumbers, Tom Fletcher and Lydia Monks and special guest Rob Biddulph
Hosted by Nigel Clarke, TV presenter
- Friday 5thMarch, 10.30am – Books and the Real World
Starring: Sita Brahmachari, Jess French and Katherine Rundell
Hosted by Jessie Cave, actor and podcaster
Each event will last approximately 30 minutes. You can find out more about each event by following the link https://www.worldbookday.com/events/. All events are live but will remain on YouTube to watch if the times above are not convenient. In addition you can check out the Author & Illustrator Academy on https://www.worldbookday.com/online-masterclasses/ which beams inspirational lessons to help the pupils meet the creative minds behind some of their favourite books. Each lesson includes downloadable activities, creative challenges, resources and extracts to go with each video.
Thank you to all the wonderful pupils for their continued dedication and participation on Seesaw. Reminder: Please make sure pictures of written work are clear for me to be able to read and correct.
As always if you have any questions, queries or feedback, don’t hesitate to contact me on my email address.
In the event that some pupils are getting through their school work and the activities on Seesaw quickly, a list of suggested extension and differentiation activities have also now been sent via email.
Stay safe everyone and enjoy your week!