Hello children - how are you? It is Friday! Do you think your awesome grown ups have done so well in the last few weeks that they deserve Golden Time? I think they do! What can you do for them so that they have a lovely afternoon? In your diary, could you write down your ideas for their Golden Time. Could you also tell me what your favourite Golden Time activity was? Our Golden time in the Emergency Provision is Cinema Time. I would love to get any pictures of your Grown ups Golden Time.
Don't forget on Monday Cookie & me will have moved to ClassDojo! See you there. Enjoy your weekend. I am keeping you and your families in my heart and prayers.
Good morning children. It is Thursday 16th April today. Remember I told you about a kind act with the painted pebble? Another one has appeared! We are blessed! I am late this morning with our diary entry - will you forgive me?
I have been looking at the work that some children have already put on Classdojo. Mrs McCraith has suggested that the Reception children create mini-mes which are figures that you make from photos of people that you are missing. This is a lovely idea you might like to do as well.
There are different staff in the Emergency Provision every week. I love seeing them every Monday and catching up with them all. It makes me think about when you come back and how excited I will be to see you all. I will want to hear your news. I wonder if you can think about the biggest piece of news that you will be sharing with me on that day? In your diary, as well as telling me about your day, can you draw a picture of you and me talking and draw a speech bubble by you and in it write what the biggest thing you will want to tell me is. (A tip is to do the writing and then draw the speech bubble around it.)
I think my ears will be very tired that day after listening to you all!
Wednesday 15th April (Children - please tell your grown ups there is a message for them at the end of your message)
Good morning children. It is a sunny day to day and I am just back from my walk with Cookie. It has been really interesting seeing lots of wildlife on my walks. Over the weekend, in my attempt to make my garden look like one, rather than a jungle I came across three slow worms! So it really did feel like a jungle. No, lions though only two lazy black and white cats!
Another surprise that I came across yesterday was a beautifully painted stone by the school gate with a lovely message about the teachers! We were all so touched by the thought and kindness. Thank you to the family who created this for us. Morrisons also shared loved yesterday by delivering Easter Eggs. Thank you to them.
So in your diary today as well as telling me about your day. Can you tell me about the favourite surprise that you have had? Ask your grown up about their favourite surprise.
I miss you and I pray for your every time I see the moon. Take care of you and your lovely family x
Hello Grown ups!
I hope that you are well. I just wanted to remind you that from Monday next week the Diary will be on Class dojo. If you have not yet logged on to Classdojo please do so. The staff have put a message on your child's page so you know that you are in the right place.
School story - is where my messages will be
Class story - is where your child's teacher will post messages
Portfolios is private to you and your child's teacher and is where you will upload messages or photos of your child's work.
The staff will let you know when they are working in school because, when they are, you will not have the daily contact that you will have when they are not working at school.
If there is any problem with the access to Classdojo do let me know, via Mrs.S@stthomaspri.co.uk. I know some classes have WhatsApp groups - could you share this message with the groups so all parents are accessing their Classdojo. If they have not received information ask them to contact me on the above email address from the email address they want me to use.
Remember - you are doing an amazing job. Really you are! None of us have experienced anything like this before. Do not be tempted to judge yourself by what others are doing. Instead reassure yourself that your children are safe and loved. Enjoy making memories that your children will look back on. Thank you to all key workers who continue to support all of us.
Tuesday 14th April - Good morning children. Happy Easter. This weekend we celebrated Jesus rising from the dead. Our colours are now gold and yellow in celebration! Alleluia, Alleluia.
Well I have been dying to know - did the Easter Bunny come? Are there any Easter Eggs left in your house?
I hope that you and your family have had a lovely long weekend. I had the long weekend at home so spent time with my children which was lovely. We made cakes and pies and then ate them! We spent a lot of time in the garden getting things sorted. I also took part in two quizzes. I love quizzes usually but the reason I really love the quizzes at the moment is because I get to see people. There is something very special about seeing someone's face. In a text, emoji message, email or phone call you don't see the person's expression. I always enjoy worship with you because I get to see your face and I can get a real sense of how you are feeling. In your diaries you are sharing all the things that you are doing. Today could you also tell me how you are feeling now that we are a few weeks in. Share this with your grownups. Ask how they are feeling?
Good morning children - it is Friday 10th April. That means it is Good Friday. My children used to ask me why it is called good, when such a sad thing happened - Jesus died. It does seem very strange doesn't it? It is Good Friday because Jesus showed how much he loves us.
If you think about the way that people are looking after us today, people who work in the NHS, Refuse Collectors, Care Workers, Postal Workers, Shop workers, Delivery people, teachers etc . These people are also showing us love. Let us remember them especially today.
If you have not drawn a rainbow for your window - why not do one today?
The rainbow is a very special Biblical symbol. It is the one that God used when he took Abraham to safely after the Flood. It is a symbol of God's special relationship with us.
In your diary today tell me about the things that you have got planned for Good Friday - as well as making (and eating) hot cross buns, I am going to put two new plants in the garden.
I will post again on Monday - save me some of your Easter Eggs - if the Easter Bunny visits your house!
Please wish all of your family a very Happy Easter from me. I keep you all in my thoughts and prayers, always.
Good morning children - it is Thursday 9th April today.
How are you? Today is a special Thursday as it is Maunday Thursday. This is the day that the Church remembers the last meal that Jesus ate with his disciples. Having meals with people is a really special thing. This year you may not be able to have meals together with members of your family in the way that you would normally. If that is the case and this makes you feel sad, ask your grown ups if you can plan for a meal to have together when we do not have to stay inside anymore. You could write an invitation to the person and plan a menu together. Don't forget, if your grown ups say you can, to phone, Skype or email the person you are missing just before or just after you would have had the meal. It will make them feel happy to know that you were thinking of them.
In your diary today as well as telling me about what you have been doing, can you also tell me about a favourite time when you have had a meal with someone? Tell me who you were with, where you had the meal and if you can remember what you ate. Can you tell me why it was special?
Even if the person you had the meal with is now in Heaven, you can say hello to them and they will feel so happy that you keep them in your hearts x
Missing you all - thinking about times when you have been at school having lunch in the hall together.
Tuesday 7th April. Good morning children. I hope that you are well. As I type this morning, Cookie is asleep having had his breakfast and the children in the Emergency Provision are just finishing Joe Wicks. What are you doing this morning? I hope that you are still managing to write in your diary as I am.
Each day when I wake up in sunshine, I say a thank you to God. I think if we were all at home and it was raining everyday it would feel worse.
Every day I try to think of good things that are happening because of this difficult situation we are in. For example, I have found time to order seeds from a local company to plant in the wildlife area. I would not have been able to do this normally as I would have been doing other things. I am also hoping to make my own hot cross buns for Good Friday this year. Finding the little things that bring us happiness in sad times is called finding silver linings. In your diary today can you find some silver linings to write about. Ask your parents for their silver linings too.
My alarm goes every morning at 10.09am and I think of every single one of you as you are so precious to our school and to me.
Monday 6th April
Good morning children! It is lovely to say hello to you on the first day of your Easter Holidays. I would normally have said good bye to you on Friday and then not been in touch for two weeks. So I am enjoying this opportunity to stay in touch.
This week is Holy week. This is the week that the Church explores when Jesus went to Jerusalem for his last week with his disciples. Everyone welcomed Jesus when he arrived at Jerusalem saying Hosanna and waving palms. They were excited that someone so famous had arrived in their city!
In your diary today as well as telling me about your weekend, I would like you to tell me about how you would react if someone famous came to our school. Who would you like that to be and how would you react?
Friday 3rd April - Today is the day that so many of you would have been looking forward to as well as being the last day of the school term it would have been Easter Bingo! I know that things seem quite strange at the moment but it is important to celebrate the tings that you can....so after your learning today ask your grown ups if you can take a break - it is Easter holidays! I will stay with you so if you want you can still do your diary on week days. Bingo is a great game - lots of people love it. Here is a link to a bingo game that you might like to play today. Ask your grown ups first because it will be a new site for you.
Today the bishop is live streaming a special talk he is giving and on Sunday it is Palm Sunday. At school the purple colour of solemnity will be changing to red which shows the sadness of Good Friday.
In your diary can you talk about colours and what they mean to you. Do you know that my favourite colour is green - I love citrus greens and call them my happy colour. I don't like grey I find it difficult to smile with grey. What about you? Tell me about it in your diary and ask your grown ups about how colours affect them.
Take care children have a lovely weekend together. Miss you. Mrs S & Cookie ( who is having his day off today so my office feels very empty!)
Thursday 2nd April - Hello children, how are you today? I have received two cards recently and they made my heart smile. I wondered if you get that same feeling when you get a card or a letter unexpectedly. I loved the fact that both cards were handmade as that always shows that extra love. Ask your parents about the cards that you have made them - I bet they absolutely loved them because you made them. In my bedside drawer I have the cards that my children made me. I also heard from my mum the other day (and if you think I am old...my Mum is really really old!!!) who told me that in her recent tidying she came across the letters that I had sent her when I was away at University.
In your diary today as well as keeping us up to date with what you have been doing at home, can you also write about a time that you received a card and how it made you feel. Ask your parent to write about a time they received a card too. Then for an extra challenge why don't you think about someone who you could make a card for, it may be a relative who is self isolating, a key worker who is facing challenges or just someone that you want to show kindness to. You might be able to send them the card in the post or you might need to photograph them and then send it electronically.
I think of you every day at 10.09am. Remember together we are St Thomas of Canterbury School x
Wednesday - 1st April - also known as April's Fools Day
Have a look at the attached video of an April's Fools that was publicised on TV in the 1960s. At this time spaghetti was still seen as an exotic food!!!! Thank goodness that is not the case now. I would love a spaghetti tree in my garden!
It was also on this day in 1905 "SOS" first adopted as a Morse distress signal (· · · – – – · · ·) by German government. Do you know any Morse Code? My dad was in the Royal Corps of Signals and so he trained in Morse Code and was able to listen to a stream of dots and dashes and translate the message for his officers. I have added a new Makaton hymn to the website so you could learn some new signs for that.
When I was your age, whilst I did not know any Morse code, I did use the language that I learnt from the Hobbit to write messages. In your diary today try to include some messages that others will need to translate. Those of you who went to the Codebreakers club will have a head start on this!
Hello children. How are you feeling this Tuesday? Have you had a chance to make dens? One of my favourite things to do as a child was to make dens. I would create my own magical worlds from boxes, throws and twigs. Inside or out, I had such adventures! Can you make a den today (if your grown up says you can. Remember if it is not convenient today - it may have to wait until another day when it is convenient) and write your diary inside. Describe your den and how you have made it. What can you see from your den and what adventures will you have in your den. See if you and your grown up can have a snack in your den together. Ask them about their favourite den. Here are some dens from today. If you are able to send me a photo (Mrs.S@stthomaspri.co.uk) or draw a picture of it in your diary.
I have put some more songs and worship ideas on the website for you today. Have a look and see what you want to use. Remember it is still Lent so the colour is purple. Maybe you could create a prayer space at home.
I think of you every day at 10.09am when my alarm goes off. I look forward to seeing you diaries when we are back at school together.
Happy Monday morning children. How are you today? Did you have a nice weekend? We did - Cookie and I went for a walk on the beach. We live 5 minutes away from the beach and when the tide is out you can walk miles away from anyone else. I love my feet getting wet and looking on the beach for stones and shells. Cookie loves finding lots of new smells on the beach - He runs from one new smell to another! We have had some lovely smells in our kitchen today because we made a High Tea. Do you ever have a High Tea - it is a tea of sandwiches and home made biscuits, cakes and treats! In our house when we have a High Tea, everyone has to make one thing. I made a bacon and egg pie (Don't tell anyone but is so easy and looks so impressive!) and then the children made churros, fairy cakes, dropped scones and cheese scones! Lots of lovely smells in our kitchen then!
So I wondered if you could write about smells in your diary. As usual I would love you to tell me about what you have been doing over the weekend. Who were you with? How did you feel? What was your favourite thing? Why? Then tell me about smells! What is your favourite smell - why? How often do you get to smell it! There are other smells that you may really hate! What are those smells? Why? Remember always ask your adults the same questions and include their answers on your diary page. You can use words, pictures, drawings and sentences.
Cookie also had a bath at the weekend and now smells BEAUTIFUL! He is presently sat at my feet gnawing on one of his hide chews. He wanted me to say hello to you all from him. He misses seeing you around school. Here he is just after his bath - looking a little bit bedraggled!
Bacon and Egg Pie - by Grandma
Pack of ready made and rolled shortcrust pastry
Pack of ready made and rolled puff pastry
Pack of Cooking bacon (trimmed and cut into smaller pieces) 2 packs if wanting to make a larger pie
Half a dozen free range eggs 8/9 eggs if making a larger pie
Tin or casserole dish
If you roll both pastries a bit more it can stretch to a very large tin or 2 medium ones so that some can be frozen for another meal!
Place uncooked shortcrust pastry in bottom of dish.
Place uncooked bacon so that it covers the pastry leaving a bit of space around the edge so that the top pastry can be attached.
Crack open and place uncooked eggs gently evenly spaced out on top of the bacon (not whisked or whipped, just cracked open)
Gently then cover the eggs (hopefully without breaking them) with the rest of the bacon.
Then wet one side of uncooked puff pastry and place it wet side down on top of the pie. Press edges of pie together.
Cut holes in the top.
Put in middle of oven (180 fan) for 45 minutes. Drop to bottom of oven if cooking too quickly. Check it is cooked before taking out of the oven. Pastry should be cooked all the way through.
Gorgeous hot with beans or cold for a lunch with some salad and pickes.
Friday 27th March - Hello Children - how are you? I have missed seeing you this week. I hope that you and your families are well. Haven't we been lucky with the weather this week. The sunshine makes people smile, it makes me smile a lot. Yesterday, Cookie went onto the playground after everyone had left and chased a tennis ball around. He loved it! Here he is exhausted after all his fun. Have you been following Joe Wicks or Andy's Workouts? We have at school every day. Mr Young is also going to put up some PE ideas for you to do whilst you are at home. The children at the provision have been creating the most wonderful art with chalks. You use masking tape and stick it on an area (we did it on the logs in our forest school area) and then colour in the different sections. Once you have completed it, you take off the masking tape and this is what you have created. Why not try this at home? If you do not have chalk try it with crayons on paper.
How are your diaries going? Read back over what you have written. Do you feel different today than when you wrote your first entry in the diary?
For your diary today, I want you to spend 5 minutes looking out of the window (choose any window you want). Make a list of what you see. Do you see - people, cars, birds or animals? What flowers or trees can you see? Do they have leaves or flowers on? What do you hear - planes, cars, people or birds? Each week we can do this and see what changes over the weeks. If you can either draw a picture of what you see or take a photo and add it to your diary. It would be good to have these so that you can see what changes.
Have a lovely weekend. I will speak to you again on Monday
Thursday 26th March - Did you find out where the word Wednesday comes from? Now try to find out about Thursday.
I visited Ability Dogs 4 Young People yesterday for the last time for a while. Cookie is now 7.4kgs! When he first arrived with us he was 3.8kgs so he has almost doubled in weight! If you have scales at home what can you find that weighs about the same as Cookie? Do you remember when Carol visited us and reminded us how to behave towards Cookie? She is lovely and is the reason we now have Cookie. The charity does such amazing things. Now they have to put the charity on pause whilst things are difficult. So I was wondering if during this time at home all our families in the school and indeed the Island could collect for the charity the bottle tops. It is also worth seeing what else the charity can reuse so that we can help them help others!
Cookie was due to be groomed but now is not able to be. So Carol suggested I tried to do it myself - just around Cookie's eyes because he was beginning not to be able to see through his fringe. She said only to do it a bit at the time so Cookie does not get frightened. So I have started doing this … in the picture you will see one eye! Tomorrow I will have to do the other one!!!
In your diary today can you tell me about something you have to take your time with, something you did slowly and maybe had to try more than once.
In your diary, think about how you would introduce your family to Cookie - what nice things would you say about all of them when Cookie meets them.
How are you today? It is Wednesday 25th March. Do you know where the name Wednesday comes from? Why not look this up with your grown up?
Yesterday in worship we spoke about that we may have washing machine tummies because things are different at the moment. I asked the children in the provision to look out of the window and see the things that have not changed. The birds are still flying, the bulbs are still growing and the sun is till shining (and the rain will keep raining!) When your tummy is feeling a bit wobbly why don't you look outside your window and see all the things that remain the same. Remember I am still the same! I am still wearing my heels and wearing my dresses and still singing far too loudly! Ask your adult if you can plant something outside so you can see how it grows! Some of you may not have anything to plant at home. If you don't let me know and I will get a sunflower seed sent to you.
In your diary today - tell me what you have done and who have you done it with. Share which things have made you feel wobbly since you have been off and also what you do to make yourself feel happier. Don't forget to do the things that we do in our breathing space.
24.3.20 Tuesday is usually our Singing worship day. I am always so proud of the way that you sing. I love the way that we practise a new song for three or four times and then I say "I think you can sing it even louder" and then you do!
On Monday the children who are in the provision learnt a new song. I am putting it on the website for you - why don't you learn this song at home. See if the rest of your family will join you. It is LOUD! (I have out the words and music below the two pictures at the end of this writing) In your diary today, as well as telling me about the activities that you are doing, could you write about your favourite song. Is it a hymn or a pop song? Does it have words or is a classical piece? How does the music make you feel? Does it make you think of a particular person or place? Why not ask your grown up if they have favourite music? Why not have a dance around the front room whilst you are singing!
We made a banner to show support for all those adults who are making a difference for those people who are not feeling well. Today could you make a poster to put up in your front window to share a smile or a heart so that people share happiness?
I am thinking of you every day at 10.09am. When I see the moon I say a prayer for each one of you. You are all so special to me. Take care of you and your families.
Good Morning children - how are you? Today is the first day of the school closure. Did it feel strange not coming in to school today. Some of the children have to be in school. They are completing their home learning and doing other activities whilst their parents are at work helping people who are affected by the Corona virus.
Your staff are at school and they are planning your next set of learning activities.
Cookie has found it strange this morning because there were not very many people here. I thought it would a good idea if I measure Cookie every week. Then you could see how high he is growing. He also gets weighed every week so I will let you know that figure as well.
In your diary today, I would like to you to write about this first morning and how it has been different than your usual morning. Remember to write down who you are, who is in the house with you and think about sharing how you are feeling about being at home today. If you use a double page for each day you can continue to add bits to it across the day. Remember you can draw pictures, stick things in as well as writing.