Mrs Bennett’s Bulletin Monday 30 March 2020

Good morning, Prep School children, 
 
It’s Monday! 
 
Can you believe that we are starting week 2 of distance learning? Last week flew by. So many changes for everyone, so suddenly. Hopefully, this week, things will be more routine for everyone and things won’t feel quite so different. Well done to all of those that have sent work through and been in touch with your teachers – for those of you that haven’t, we are keeping track and we will be in touch before Easter! 
 
Sorry children – a bit for your parents now – I would also like to say to all the mums and dads out there – well done, keep going. We know you didn’t choose teaching as a career and so trying to teach lessons and continuing to work from home is a challenge. You are doing a fantastic job. Do what you can and don’t feel guilty if you don’t get everything done each day. Prioritise maths and English and have fun with the other subjects. I can assure you, you aren’t the only one feeling overwhelmed at the moment. Please do be in touch if you have any questions. 
 
So children, I had a lovely weekend. It was strange in the fact that we only left the house twice (once for a walk and once to get some food shopping) but lovely in a way that allowed us to enjoy relaxing. Mr Bennett did make us clean the house from top to bottom and I can assure you my hoovering and polishing skills were put to very good use this weekend, but after that we actually relaxed. There was no pressure to be somewhere at a certain time, no guilt that we hadn’t managed to see certain people over the weekend etc. It was pure ‘us’ time. So what did we do? I spent time speaking to friends and family using video calls, I read, I sorted some old photos out on the computer and (a job that I was meant to do 5 years ago!) put them into digital albums, I cooked, we went for a freezing walk (see attached photo) and I did some yoga. Wasn’t the weather strange this weekend? We had bright sunshine on Saturday to rain, then hail and even some snow yesterday morning. Yes snow!! Not a lot but enough to make me excited! It only lasted about 20 minutes but it did make me think about how wonderful our weather is – only an hour before, the sunlight had been streaming through our window! Did you have any snow?
 
So each day I promised I would be sending you a life skill task to complete and also a joke, poem, picture, fact or reflection. Here we go for Monday 30th March 2020:
 
Life skill of the day: I have loved the pictures of you hoovering, polishing, washing up and making your beds. Keep going with these. They are only small acts but they will make a big difference to very busy mums and dads! Did any of you get out in the garden this weekend?
 
Today, I would like you to learn to/practise tying a shoe lace.  
 
Day of the year theme: ‘Doctors Day’ (how relevant at the moment), ‘Take A Walk In The Park Day’ (only with the people in your household and please keep 2m away from anyone else), and ‘Pencil Day’. 
 
Thunk of the day: Remember, Thunks are unusual questions that are designed to make you think. There are no right or wrong answers -just your answer. The only rule is that you must be able to justify and explain your answer. You cannot just say the first thing that comes into your head. Really think about the question and discuss with your family! 
 
Question: If the answer is ‘Once with a fish’, what is the question?
 
TOPS activity of the week: Can you create a poster celebrating the NHS? All the things NHS workers do for us/when was the NHS established etc. 
I would like to see these, so once complete, please send them through to me. Maybe you could display them in your windows? Remember to make them bright and eye catching? 
 
Joke of the day: Thank you, Kayden (Yr3W) 
“Knock knock”
“Who’s there?”

“Ketchup”

“Ketchup who?”

“Ketchup with me if you can and I’ll tell you!”
 
 
Poem of the Day: Thank you to Daisey and Madison who sent all the teachers a poem on Friday to thank them for their hard work and support last week. They found the poem and then handwrote it. It is attached to this email. 
 
And we cannot forget. . . 
Sleeps til Santa: 270
 
Have a fantastic day, everyone, 
 
Be good and work hard today! 
 
Until tomorrow, 
 
Love
 
Mrs Bennett 😊