Find somewhere comfortable to sit and enjoy the stillness at the beginning of this assembly.
The theme of the assembly is COURAGE, which Bishop Steven picks up on in his talk, and the assembly starts with a time of stilling and CONTEMPLATION; both of these themes tie in with the vision of the Church of England in Oxford Diocese to be more Contemplative, Compassionate and Courageous.
The short Assembly ends with a song - a version of the famous Psalm 23 The Lord’s my Shepherd – which has been produced by a school worship band from Waddesdon School. We encourage you all to sing along with this at home if you would like to.
Today is Ascension Day, a special day for Christians.
Ascension Day is the 40th day of Easter. It occurs 39 days after Easter Sunday. Ascension Day marks the 40th day after Jesus Christ's resurrection.
Simon Cronk has sent us this text, which he would have shared with us in his worship this week.
One of the many things I have missed over the last nine weeks is singing together as a whole school family. We love to sing at Great Milton!
So, I have chosen this song by Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber as a message of hope and togetherness. I have posted the words below so that you can learn the words at home and then when we all return to school at some point in the future, we can all come together to sing it as a school family once again.
Head to the video resource page to watch the video of today's singing assembly (under Celebration Assemblies).
Have fun and sing your heart out!
I hope you are all well. Thank you for all you are doing at home during these extremely challenging times. I am really enjoying seeing all of your children's work and smiling faces on the blog, it is a great way to stay connected. It was great to some photos of 'Hot Chocolate Friday' and other rewards being given at home, so if you would like to add your child to the Golden Book this week, I will read their names out in Friday assembly and post it on the Video Resource area of the website. Either comment on my Blog page or email me directly on firstname.lastname@example.org by 9am on Friday Morning.
Well, the speculation about returning to school has started – we await the announcements as eagerly as you. As SLT we are starting to prepare for this in many ways and will finalise our plans once we know what the Government have in mind. For now, the advice remains the same; only the children of key workers who have no alternative childcare arrangements should be in school, in order to protect the staff and children who are here.
Below is a wonderful book written for children about the Coronavirus by a team of writers working with consultants, clinical psychologists, headteachers and the well known illustrator Axel Scheffler, to answer the questions many children are asking about the disease.
Stay safe, stay well and stay in touch.
Alyson Frost and the GM Team
Welcome to the Summer Term!
I know this isn't the summer term we were expecting, but we have been working behind the scenes to ensure your children can continue to learn from home.
Please read my letter dated Friday 17th April and our new 'Home Learning Plan', which outlines how to access the learning from your child's class teachers and the class blogs where your child can keep in touch with everyone in school.
I will keep you up to date with changes on here and will communicate with your children via the blog pages, so do have a look when you get the chance.
Friday 3rd April 2020
We have officially reached the end of Spring Term! At 2.50pm today, we would have all joined together for an Easter Worship to celebrate this time. I have created a 'virtual worship' so that we can be together in spirit to sing, pray and reflect on the Christian celebration of Easter. So, light a candle to focus your mind and play the Power Point with the sound on. PDF's for the song words are attached (they are quite small on screen) and I have also added links to websites to continue learning about Easter if you wish.
I have really enjoyed seeing all of your learning on the website and via email- from families old and new! Welcome (and welcome back!) to all those families who are using our website to support their child's learning at home; we are thrilled to see you!
I hope you manage to enjoy your time over Easter, have a rest from school work if you can, as we don't know yet how long we will have to sustain this level of learning. I will be in touch at the beginning of the Summer Term...
Advice for those self-isolating and
online learning at Great Milton
Dear Children (and Parents)
I hope you are all beginning to feel better and being kind to each other during this period of isolation! All of the staff here at school are thinking of you and wishing you well.
Learning at home
On your class page on the school website, you will find links to websites for you to learn from home. You should have your Log In details for Active Learn Maths and Time Tables Rock Stars (Y2-6), as your teachers gave you these last week (you might find them stuck inside your homework book or reading record from the beginning of the school year). Your homework grids for this term and spelling lists for this year are also there for you to practise. Remember to read everyday and maybe learn a poem off by heart. Don’t forget the joy of story time! Start a really good book with an adult and enjoy it together as a family.
Being at home can also give you the perfect opportunity to practise telling the time! Notice what time it is when you start a task and then when you finish it- how long have you spent on your learning? What time do you have your dinner and go to bed? Predict what you will be doing 24 hours from now- were you correct? Keep a time diary…
Don’t forget to timetable in your music practice if you are learning an instrument!
Learn to tie your shoe laces (and other things you find tricky) while you are not in a rush...
If schools are closed by the Government and everyone is off, your teachers will upload more work to your class page on the school website. The expectation is that you read, practise phonics or spellings, practise timetables or number facts every day. You should also spend time working on the maths and English work on your class page every day, as it will link to the work you have been learning in class. You can then choose another subject or topic area to spend time on. This can include the tasks on your homework grid for this term or the challenges set by your class teacher.
It is really important to look after yourselves mentally and physically while you are at home, so make sure you are getting fresh air and exercise like you would during a school day. Having a good routine and structure to your day will keep you focused and give purpose to your day. Get up at the same time as you usually would if you were coming to school and be ready to start learning by 9am.
Below is a general timetable for a school day which you could use as a guide if you feel it would be useful to you.
At ‘playtimes’ you could give yourself challenges like:
Or simply connect with friends online for 20 minutes via console/FaceTime/telephone (you MUST get permission from your parents first) or just have some time to read your favourite book!
Take an hour for lunch and sit at a table together to talk about your day or a topic that will cheer you up. Create your own Lego Club/ drawing club/ board games club/ quiet club for half an hour of your lunchtime.
Your PE lesson could involve setting up an assault course in your garden, or following an exercise routine. You could also do some dance routines or Yoga if you can’t get outside. Below, you will find some links to Go Noodle and Cosmic Kids Yoga.
We are looking forward to seeing you all soon.
Mrs Frost and all the staff at Great Milton
Look on your own class page for links to other websites too!