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Mersey Class

2021-22

Please take note of the following Mersey Class Information:

School Day

Start:                                                   08:40

End:                                                     15:30

The slight change in times is to accommodate an afternoon play time.  During lockdown this was established for children and continued for the rest of year 2020-2021.  To maintain this, with learning time this year, the day has had to be extended ever-so slightly.

Staff will still meet children on a morning at the far entrance to school.  Children should line up and wait so that the front of the line is opposite the gate, and the line forms beyond.  Please make sure children stand by the fence/wall, so the pavement doesn’t become ‘clogged’ and blocked for other pedestrians. 

At the end of the day parents collecting children should wait the same way.  Please do not wait on the school direction of the gate, but the far direction, so that the pavement doesn’t become blocked. 

Children will be dismissed in groups at 15:30.  Starting with the children walking home independently, please allow these children to pass first.  Children being collected by parents will then be released.  Please be considerate of others when manoeuvring around the pavements. 

We will send timetable and learning arrangements out with children at the start of the year.

Staff 

Class Teacher:                                     Mr Senior

High Level Teaching Assistant:         Mrs Schofield

Teaching Assistants:                           Mr Porter, Miss Griffiths

SEND Teaching Assistant:                  Mrs Turner

We are very fortunate to have some highly talented and dedicated support for children in Mersey Class this year. 

                                                           

Swimming and PE

The usual PAS (Peak Active Sport) sessions for Mersey Class will continue on Fridays.  Children should make sure their PE kits are always in school for these sessions. 

Swimming will take place on Monday mornings.  Because of cohort numbers, children will do their swimming lessons in stages: Year 5 and 6 from September to February; Year 3 and 4 from February to July.  Please meet at 08:45 at the Leisure Centre on Monday morning for these sessions (More information regarding this will be sent separately).  Sessions start on Monday 20th September 2021 for Year 5 and 6. 

Whilst Year 4 stay at school, they will engage in an extra PE session, taught in school, so should make sure their PE kits are ready to use in school. 

Music

You’ll be very happy with us for this one! Year 4 are very privileged to be learning to play the flute this year, with our ‘Wider Opportunities’ partners. This will begin from Tuesday 14th September 2021.  Flutes may not be given out straight away (you may be pleased, the children won’t!) but when the tutor feels they are ready to take them.

Year 5 and 6 will be led by Mr Senior for their Music lessons, who will teach them to play recorders, along with other music learning. 

Instruments will be loaned out to children, who should take extra care of them, to make sure they don’t get damaged or lost. 

We will also take part in the Young Voices concert at Manchester AO Arena on February 8th February 2022 - the songs and dances can be found in 'Pupil Zone' under 'Young Voices 2022'.

Fun Stuff

A new year brings new freedoms and now opportunities to have fun in our learning.  Firstly, on Monday 13th September we will be celebrating ‘Roald Dahl Day’ in Mersey Class.  If children wish to dress as a Roald Dahl character for the day, they are more than welcome- staff certainly will be! The day will include lots of fun, interactive and engaging activities to celebrate one of the UK’s favourite authors. 

Mersey staff are looking into the possibility of a number of trips and engagement activities to enhance learning in every subject.  We already have an ‘Escape Room’ day booked for Mersey class and are in the process of booking a trip for Mersey Class to support learning of our first topic: World War 2.  Please look out for more communication regarding these as it becomes available. 

Curriculum

Staff have been very busy over the summer holidays on changes and revamping our curriculum offer for the children.  This is an exciting time for Thornsett, but means a definite shift in the way learning is brought to children and the way we expect children learn.  Lots of work will be done about this with children in the coming weeks, but information will be sent home with children in the first week of term, so please look out for this in book bags. 

To support you as parents with this, we would like to invite you to parent welcome meetings for Mersey Class (one for Year 4 and 5 parents and one for Year 6 parents) towards the end of September.  Please look out for more information about this within the first couple of weeks of term. 

Year 6 SATs Booster Classes

Mersey Staff are pleased to be able to offer booster sessions for Year 6 children, to support them on their journey to SATs tests at the end of the year.  All Year 6 children will be invited to join in these sessions, which will take place after school on Monday and Tuesdays, stating after October Half Term.  Mire information will be sent out closer to the time. 

2020-21

Mersey Bubble Leavers' Assembly

Here is our video clip of, 'What Happens at Year 6 Sleepover Stays at Year 6 Sleepover!'  We hope you enjoy it. 

 

Lockdown January 2021 Plan

Mersey Class

                

Hello Mersey Class, 

Well what a long term that was- 1 day! That could be the shortest school term in history! But it’s not over and we are certainly not on holiday again.  We need to get down to business and remember that our learning is a personal thing for us.  We do not learn for others, to pass exams or for the good of school; we learn to better ourselves.  

Whilst it’s not as easy to motivate ourselves as much whilst at home, we must take our learning seriously and really try hard to have the right attitude towards school and learning.  The teachers have devised a full and robust timetable for you, that you can access every day, through Google Classroom.  Lessons and activities will be posted and you will be required to complete them by the due date and return them to Mr Senior or Miss Murphy. A full timetable is on the next sheet. 

A pack of different documents is enclosed here.  You should have:

 

    • A Google Classroom and Zoom Parent’s Guide: This covers the basics of how to use both applications.  You should have received it before, but just in case, it is included here. 
    • 2 Home Learning Booklets: these include a number of activities for children to do in their spare time.  Some of the activities will be directed for children to do at specific times, but some will be free to be completed at any time.
  • Maths Revision Sheets and Activities - Maths books will be sent home next Monday for children to complete work set by Miss Murphy.        
  • Spellings sheets for weeks 1-6 of Spring Term: These can also be accessed through Purple Mash and we would encourage children to complete the Purple Mash Activities connected to their spellings each week.  
  • Several Sheets of Art Paper: these are for Art lessons that will be on Google Classroom each week.  Please don’t just use these for doodling. 
  • Mixed paper: such as graph paper, lined paper and squared paper.  These are for specific tasks that will be posted on Google Classroom in the coming weeks.  Please don’t just use them for doodling.
  • Handwriting paper (for all children - extra work for some).
  • Mathletics and Purple Mash login details.

We will also provide interactive sessions through Zoom every day.  We will attempt to do this for each year group, each day for around 20 minutes per group.  These will be between 1100 and 1200, plus 1300 - 1400 on Wednesdays.  This will allow Mr Senior and Miss Murphy to spend time discussing activities with children and giving live feedback on children’s work.  A message will be sent out each day, to each year group to tell you of the time of your session.  We will try to keep this as regular as possible.  

When activities have been set, Mr Senior and Miss Murphy will be available to give support through private messaging on Google Classroom, should children need help with tasks.  Detailed below are the times that teachers can be available to give individual support.  However, the interactive Zoom sessions will be the best way to ask questions and receive feedback.  

The coming weeks could be difficult for all of us and we want to support you the best way we can.  Whilst we know that distance learning wouldn’t be the first choice for many of you, it is the best way we have to provide you with the education you need at the moment.  It is important that you engage with as much as possible, to maintain the high standards of your learning.  We know everyone has different amounts of technology available to them at home and some may struggle more.  We want to support you in this and make it as easy as possible for children to do all of their work.  Please could each parent get in touch with us at mersey@thornsett.derbyshire.sch.uk to let us know if there is anything you require to support children in their work at home, or if you’re having difficulties.  It would be very helpful if all parents were to email us at this email address to keep us up to date on how children are doing at home and to let us know if we can do anything extra to support them.  There may be times we want to get in touch with all parents at the same time, so having a contact email address for parents would be useful for us anyway. 

These measures, as you can imagine, have had to be put together with some haste, so we know that there may be issues arising and some things that don’t work as smoothly as they should.  Please have patience with us as we endeavour to make small adjustments to plan over the next week or two.  We will be in touch again with further information and more physical learning packs as soon as we can.  

 

Weekly Learning Timetable- Mersey Class

 

0900 - 1100

1100 - 1200

Lun

1300 - 1500

1500 - 1530

Mon

Children

Spellings-  Children should refer to their packs and the activities on Purple Mash.  This will not be posted on Google Classroom.

English- a Grammar and Punctuation session for each year group, on Google Classroom.

Handwriting- a passage will be published on Google Classroom.  Children can complete this at any point during the week. 

Zoom Session for each year group (English related)- 20 minute slots. 

Science: Science activities for each year group will be posted on Google Classroom. 

Finishing off and reflection time.: Children should use this time to look back at work they have completed during the day and any feedback they have received. 

Teacher

Mr Senior will be available to answer questions through private messaging on Google Classroom, to help any children who need it, to complete their activities.

Mr Senior  will run the Zoom sessions for each year group.

Written feedback will be given for completed tasks from the morning’s activities.  Mr Senior will be available to give some support through a private message on  Google Classroom.

Written feedback will be given for completed tasks from the afternoon’s activities.

Tue

Children

Maths- posted on Google Classroom.

PSHE- a short task, just something to think about.  Posted on Google Classroom.

English- a composition task will be posted on Google Classroom.

Zoom Session for each year group (English and Science Related)- 20 minute slots. 

Art- weekly drawing exercises based on the artist, Freda Khalo.

Finishing off and reflection time.: Children should use this time to look back at work they have completed during the day and any feedback they have received. 

Teacher

Mr Senior will be available to answer questions through private messaging on Google Classroom, to help any children who need it, to complete their activities.

Mr Senior  will run the Zoom sessions for each year group.

Written feedback will be given for completed tasks from the morning’s activities.  Mr Senior will be available to give some support through a private message on  Google Classroom.

Written feedback will be given for completed tasks from the afternoon’s activities.

Wed

Children

Maths- posted on Google Classroom.

English- a composition task and Grammar and punctuation application task will be posted on Google Classroom.

Computing- This will be posted on Google Classroom, but can be completed at any time during the week. 

Zoom Session for each year group (Maths related)- 20 minute slots. 

Zoom Session for each year group (English Related)- 20 minute slots. 

Finishing off and reflection time.: Children should use this time to look back at work they have completed during the day and any feedback they have received. 

Teacher

Mr Senior and Miss Murphy will be available to answer questions through private messaging on Google Classroom, to help any children who need it, to complete their activities.

Miss Murphy will run the Zoom sessions for each year group.

Mr Senior will still be available for other year groups with support through Google Classroom.

Mr Senior  will run the Zoom sessions for each year group.

Miss Murphy  will still be available for other year groups with support through Google Classroom.

Written feedback will be given for completed tasks from the afternoon’s activities.

Thu

Children

Math- Posted on Google Classroom.

English- an independent writing task will be posted on Google Classroom. 

Zoom Session for each year group- 20 minute slots. 

Topic / History- 3 individual tasks will be given, posted on Google Classroom, which can be completed any time before the submission deadline.

Finishing off and reflection time.: Children should use this time to look back at work they have completed during the day and any feedback they have received. 

Teacher

Miss Murphy will be available to answer questions through private messaging on Google Classroom, to help any children who need it, to complete their activities.

Miss Murphy will run the Zoom sessions for each year group.

Written feedback will be given for completed tasks from the morning’s activities.  Miss Murphy will be available to give some support through a private message on  Google Classroom.

Written feedback will be given for completed tasks from the afternoon’s activities.

Fri

Children

English- a reading comprehension exercise will be direct from children’s home learning booklets. 

Maths- a task will be assigned to children on Mathletics.

PE- Children should attempt to follow a PE based Youtube video- this will be posted on Google Classroom. 

Zoom Session for each year group- 20 minute slots. 

Any finishing off from the week’s learning activities that haven’t been completed.

Any independent research children wish to do for their History topic of ‘People Who Changed The World’. 

Teacher

to answer questions through private messaging on Google Classroom, to help any children who need it, to complete their activities.

Miss Murphy will run the Zoom sessions for each year group.

Written feedback will be given for completed tasks from the morning’s activities.  Miss Murphy will be available to give some support through a private message on  Google Classroom.

Written feedback will be given for completed tasks from the afternoon’s activities.

Details of how to use Google Classroom, Zoom and other technology are here:

 

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We hope you enjoy our Thornsett Christmas Video - thank you to all those who helped to put this together.

Hello all! 

Each week, we are hoping to send out a short video to keep you up to date with all the things we are up to.

Hope you are all keeping safe and well! 

Enjoy!

 

Video from Mr Parry

Week 2 

Part 1 of 2

Part 2 of 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 1

  • Years Four, Five and Six
  • Class Teachers: Mr Senior and Miss Murphy
  • Teaching Assistants: Mrs Petters, Mr Lever, Miss Griffiths, Mrs Brook

 

 Zoom Leaver's Assembly

Leaver's Assembly 2020 will take place on Thursday 16th July 2020 at 14:00.  Due to social distancing restrictions, it will have to take place via the Zoom app.  For those who haven't used it before, here is a user guide that may help. 

 

Zoom Guide for Parents.docx

 

 

 

Home Learning: Summer Term

Miss Murphy and Mr Senior have now produced the new Home Learning Timetable for Mersey Class for the Summer Term. 

Our new topic for the whole class will be The Vikings, so a lot of the English and Topic work we do will be related to that.  There will also be a number of Science activities which will also relate to the topic in some way.  Each day there will be new tasks, which you will have one week to complete.  This should mean that assignments don't have to be completed straight away and should alleviate some pressure on home computing devices.  However, it should give you some structure in when to expect assignments to be set.  All activities will be posted on Google Classroom, so make sure you regularly log on to this.  The poster below sets out when and how work will be set:

Post Easter Learning Poster.pdf

 Timetable:

Monday                09:00 a.m           Maths Task- Miss Murphy                           11:00 a.m English or Topic Task- Mr Senior

Tuesday                09:00 a.m           Maths Task- Miss Murphy                           11:00 a.m English or Topic Task- Mr Senior

Wednesday          09:00 a.m           Maths Task- Miss Murphy                           11:00 a.m Year Group Reading Quiz- Mr Senior

Thursday              09:00 a.m           Maths Multi-Skill Sheet- Miss Murphy       11:00 a.m GaPS Multi-Skill Sheet- Mr Senior

Friday                    Day off formal assignments

In addition to this, you should still be keeping up with your weekly spellings learning, through Purple Mash- see the link below.  You should also start using the BBC Bitesize Learning, which will commence on Monday 20th April.  A link for this will be added when the site becomes live. You can direct yourself through the activities that will be posted on here, you don't need a login and there will be daily lessons for each year group.  Sometimes Mr Senior or Miss Murphy will direct you to specific activities that we want you to do.  

If you have any questions about home learning, or if you are having trouble logging on to Google Classroom, follow the instructions below, or contact us at school and we will attempt to help in any way we can.  

 

 

 

Preparation for School Lockdown

School closure has become a necessary government directive, but in Mersey Class we are prepared for this.  Children have been issued with a pack for home working, during this indefinite period.  Should the period extend into the future, more work will be sent.  However, please keep regularly up to date with developments on our Google Classroom site. 

 

A link to the site is here:                                                                google classroom

 

Children also have access to Mathletics:                                       

And Purple Mash:                                                                           

 

If they have not logged in before from home, children may have to locate our school in a list prior to logging in.  

 

A user guide for home learning can be found by clicking here.

 

As new advice is issued to Derbyshire County Council, then onto schools, we will let you know how procedures will continue and if guidance changes.