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Summer Term Update

 

Well, what fun we have had during the Summer Term! Our class text in English has been Charlotte's Web and we have really enjoyed exploring the friendship between Charlotte and Wilbur is like. We even had a debate and wrote an argument to investigate whether it was right to eat Wilbur or not! This linked in beautifully with our Science Week learning about Veganism.

 

Speaking of Science Week, we also used cooking materials to create our own Shrunken Heads, just like the ancient civilisations. In keeping with our ancient theme and learning about the ancient Egyptians, we also mummified oranges using salt and baking powder.

 

We are keeping many of our photographs under wraps as a surprise for the year book, but you can see a few examples of our fun learning in class below.

Welcome Back Hedgehogs!

 

Dear Hedgehogs,

 

Finally! Lockdown is almost over for us and we can look forward to going back to school. Miss Redpath and I were talking and just feel so full of hope, and energy. We’ve been away from each other for so long, but it’s been worth it and we’re safe enough to all be together again.

 

We can’t wait to see how much you’ve all grown, and hear all your stories. We haven’t even done the “What did you get for Christmas?” conversation. How bizarre is that?

 

Some of you might be a bit nervous about coming back. You may think that you haven’t been the best learner at home, that you haven’t always given your best effort. You may think we’re going to be cross. We’re not. Because guess what? We haven’t always been the best teachers we can be during this remote learning. We’ve had off days where we couldn’t be bothered, we’ve found it hard to have hope that we’re not going to be stuck at home together. It’s been a really hard time for everyone.

 

It’s not about who we were during lockdown…it’s about who we are going to be now we’re back. Whoever we’ll be, whatever challenges we’ll face. We get to do them TOGETHER!

 

You might be feeling like you’re really behind – you’re not. We’ll sort it. What are we always saying? We've heard amazing stories from parents about how you have helped in the house, learned how to cook or sew and how helpful you've been to support the learning of your younger siblings. This just fills us with so much pride and is a vital part of learning how to be a grown-up in years to come. Remember what Miss McKune always says - "If we’re not worried, you aren't allowed to be worrying." We’re not worrying!

 

One final thought, in the words of Barack Obama: Tough times don’t last – tough teams do!

 

We are a tough team.

 

So spend the last few days enjoying time with your families, relax. Look forward to our fun time to come.

 

See you Monday!

Miss McKune and Miss Redpath J

Things to remember for coming back to school...

 

 

Just a few things to let you know and remind you of before Monday. Sorry it's a bit of a list, but it helps give you a little checklist of what to do

 

Arriving at school/timings

 

  • School gates will open at the usual time of 8:30. Please try not to arrive too early as hanging around the gates causes issues for social distancing,
  • Remember that those of you who have turned 11 since December will need to bring a mask to wear if you travel by bus or taxi. You don't need one in school,
  • The school day will be mostly the same with PE days on Monday and Thursday. We are still eating lunch in the classroom.
  • School day now finishes at 3:15 for you all, and there will be no after school boosters,
  • When you arrive, there will be a big box out in the landing between the 2 classrooms. Please put all reading books you are returning into this box. We need to quarantine them for 72 hours before they can be used again. Those of you who have borrowed books from me or Miss Redpath can also put their books in there. We'll collect them.

 

Requests:

 

  • Some of the writing and art work you have done at home has been amazing! We would like to put some 'Home Learning Best Bits' up to display. So if you have something you are really proud of or that we have raved about, please bring it in to be part of our display. Make sure your name is on it so that we know who is who.

 

  • Year Book! I'm starting to collect bits and pieces together for your end of year book. I'd quite like to include a remote learning section. So if you have photographs of you working, or other exciting things you have done on walks etc. please email them to me at k.mckune@tithefarmprimary.co.uk It's really important that you get permission from your parents before sending anything and the photo must be only of you.

 

Questions:

 

If you or your parents have any Year 6 specific questions about our new routines, feel free to drop me or Miss Redpath an email.

Welcome to Hedgehogs 2020-2021!

 

Welcome to the Hedgehogs class page. We are one of two Year 6 classes and there are currently 30 of us. Our teacher is Miss McKune and our Teaching Assistants are Mrs Bunce, and Mrs Rowe

 

Monday and Thursday will be our PE days, so please help us to remember our PE kit on those days.

 

Homework will be given out for English, Spelling, Maths and Arithmetic every Friday via Microsoft TEAMS. It will be due to be completed by a Wednesday We also must gain at least 5 'reads' a week in our reading record. A 'read' counts as a chapter of larger books or the whole book for the smaller ones. Our Reading Records will be checked every Monday.

 

Here in Hedgehogs we are fully committed to achieving our very best this year. We have SATs coming up, but we're committed to all our learning experiences - not only the ones we do tests in. Check back here for regular updates of our achievements!

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Meet Your New Teacher

Wednesday 24th June 2020

Dear Hedgehogs of the future,

 

I thought that seeing as so many of you are writing me wonderful letters, that I should really return the favour and write to you! I thought I should also attach a picture in case there are some of you that aren’t sure which Miss McKune you’re getting next year! I will attempt to tell you a little bit about myself and maybe help you get to know me better.

Despite how I talk, I actually didn’t grow up in Scotland. I did live there on and off over the years, which is why I have the accent, but I actually grew up in North London. My high school is straight across the road from the RAF Museum that you all visited last year. Also, I later found out that Miss Redpath and I grew up in the same area too! Although I am MUCH older than her.

I started working in schools and Year 6 classes in 2011. I know lots about Year 6 and I really understand why some of you might be a bit nervous. Don’t be! Sure it’s hard work, but every year is hard work and I am sure you are all up for the challenge. I came to Tithe Farm in 2016 and taught Year 5 for two years. I think I may have taught some of your siblings. I liked teaching Year 5, but I think Year 6 is my favourite year to be in. Next year will be my third year in Year 6 at Tithe Farm. They say that third time is lucky, maybe you guys will help me to have the best year in Year 6 ever.

My favourite subject to teach is definitely History. I love the lessons we learn from looking at the past and I love sharing all the knowledge I have learned with children. The topics we do in Year 6 are the Ancient Egyptians and Crime and Punishment. Teaching History is my happy place and I think people can usually tell how much I like it because I get a bit over excited sometimes. I also really enjoy teaching English and Maths and Music. I’d say if I had a subject that wasn’t my favourite, it would be Art. I’m not very talented as an artist, but I always try hard to give things a try – just like the Tithe Farm learners.

Out of school, I have to say I’m a bit boring. You will usually find me with my face in a book. I love reading. I’ll read anything with pages and will try lots of different authors and styles of writing. I love finding out about different times in history and as you have probably all already seen around school, I am a huge Harry Potter fan! Watch this space for when we come back to school in September!

I asked my current class to give me some ideas of how to describe me as a teacher. They came up with a lot of things that I think are quite fair I think:

  • I like things to be tidy and for everyone to respect our school home (classroom)
  • I don’t like it when people disrespect other people who want to learn
  • I have high expectations of the children in my class, but I help you to meet them
  • My rules are fair and clear. They know what I want and why I am asking for it
  • I am loyal to my class and they feel cared about
  • I’m funny and arrange lots of fun things for when the work is done
  • I have creative ideas
  • I am always singing and wandering around my classroom, it stops being annoying after a while (I don’t think it was ever annoying J).

 

So this isn’t the best way for me to introduce myself to you all, but it just makes me even more excited to meet you all next year and get started on a really positive year. We’ll work hard, laugh lots and build some wonderful memories for you to take with you to high school. Mrs Bunce and Mrs Rowe, who will be in our class next year too, are also really looking forward to getting you all back into the classroom and having a great year.

Keep an eye on TEAMs and the website for more transition events. I’ll be sending you a video of the classroom and how things will be laid out within the next week or so, I’ll let you know when it’s up.

 

Take care lovelies and stay safe!

Miss McKune J

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