Class 8: Blog items
Date: 13th Jul 2020 @ 3:35pm
Hi Class 8!
As the school year draws to a close, we’d just like to say thank you to you all for your efforts this year. It’s not been the easiest year, has it? But you’ve all coped brilliantly with some major challenges.
For those of you in Year 5, this year (the part where we were actually in school) has surely given you a taste of what’s to come next year as you become Year 6. As far as we know, SATs tests will be back on next year so you’ll need to be prepared to put in the work that you saw Year 6 put in this year. Try to get a head start in the holidays by keeping up with your times tables (they’re useful in all aspects of Maths), read as much as you can and discuss it where possible, and please do some writing so in September you haven’t completely forgotten how to hold a pencil and spell the words you need to! Maybe keep a diary or write a blog?
For those of you in Year 6, your time here at Kirkby C of E is now coming to an end. Can you believe it? Your parents will probably say how fast time’s flown – what do you think? It’s such a shame we won’t get to celebrate it with you this week with a Leavers’ Service as they’re such a lovely way to say a proper goodbye to you and your families. Nevertheless we all wish you all the very best for your future, both at secondary school and beyond. Whatever you do in life, be good, be kind, be the best you can be. Keep in touch with us and remember who your favourite teachers were.
Hope to see you all soon,
Love from Mrs O’Hare, Miss Walker and Mrs O’Hare xxx
Date: 6th Jul 2020 @ 11:55am
Hi everyone, how are you all doing?
This is just a little note to let you know that we’ve posted a video (at the top of our class page) using some of the pictures we’ve collected of our activities this year. We’re still thinking of you and hope you’re all well. Most of our Year 6s are back in school now and are all coping well with the new set-up. They’re in 4 different classes so they’re not all in our classroom. By the time you Year 5s return in September things will no doubt be different again and you’ll be in Year 6! So enjoy your last couple of weeks of this term and we’ll be in touch again soon, before we break up for the summer holidays. Keep up with the home learning tasks and enjoy the video.
Mrs O'Hare, Miss Walker and Miss McCrossan
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Date: 10th Jun 2020 @ 5:00pm
Hi everyone, just a quick note to say how lovely it's been speaking to some of you and your parents on the phone this week! Miss Walker and Mrs O'Hare really enjoyed chatting about life in lockdown - its ups and downs. We particularly enjoyed hearing about what you've been getting up to outside of school work - football, frogs and family time! If we called and spoke to your Mum or Dad but not you, or you missed our call, then don't worry because we were just getting in touch to check you're all doing ok and not missing us too much. We'll try to call you again soon on the number we have for you at the school office. In the meantime you can phone school Monday-Friday if you need one of us to give you a call back, either for a chat or if there's anything you need.
We hope to see you all soon, or at least chat to you on the phone. Watch this space for an exciting invitation to a Zoom meeting in the near future!
Stay safe and stay happy,
Miss Walker and Mrs O'Hare
Date: 1st Jun 2020 @ 10:42am
So it’s been a whole 2 months since I was last in touch with you, when I wrote my first ever blog and promised to keep in touch with you regularly. All I can say is I’m sorry that hasn’t happened and thank you to Miss Walker for holding the fort while I haven’t been able to. The reason for my absence is that my Mum got very poorly at the end of March and sadly passed away a month later. She’d had cancer for a couple of years and had been receiving treatment for it. It was an incredibly sad time for me and my family but all my friends from the staffroom at Kirkby C of E have helped me through it. Another thing I have done to help me through has been to go for a run or two. When I say a run or two I actually mean a run every day in May to raise money for the amazing nurses who came from a hospice at home service to look after my Mum and our family. I challenged myself to run 100k in May but reached that by the 15th and had raised loads of money by then so I upped my target and yesterday finished my last run in May on 200km! I ran about 6km every day (about 40 minutes) and found all sorts of interesting places along the way, from the banks of the River Mersey to the top of the hill where the Dream statue is by the M62 near St Helens. It wasn’t easy but I’m proud of my achievement and know my Mum would be proud too.
So what we want to know is what have you done that you’re proud of? Miss Walker is proud of her fantastic cake baking skills, I know Harry is proud of his brilliant poem and my Clemie is proud of her award-winning Lego window. If you remember, she was creating a World of Lego in our front window to show passers-by what she’d been up to in the lockdown. Well her school tweeted a competition run by Everton in the Community where you upload a photo of your Lego creations and each week they choose winners to receive a big box of Lego. Clemie won and her prize was delivered a few days later! So if you’re into Lego and Everton, why not give it a go? If you’re red not blue I reckon you’re still allowed to enter…
Has anyone been watching the skies to try and spot the ISS space station overhead? Or the SpaceX rocket? I’ve tried a couple of times but haven’t managed it. I did once see the ISS pass overhead when I was bobbing about in the outdoor pool at the David Lloyd, but that was years ago. Watching the news about it reminds me of Liam and the other kids in Cosmic, and how funny their training was (especially the chapter about the Vomit Comet!) I’ll bet the ISS is nothing like the Infinite Possibility or the Dandelion though.
So let me and Miss Walker know how you’re getting on and what you’re proud of this week. We’ll set you some simple work tasks to keep your brain going and hope to see you all soon.
Stay safe and stay happy,
Love Mrs O’Hare
Date: 22nd May 2020 @ 2:10pm
Good Afternoon Class 8,
It’s Friday! I hope you and all of your families are happy and safe at home.
This week has been a good week, I have been out for my daily walks and doing garden work-outs in the lovely weather we had, however I did struggle on Wednesday in the 27 degree heat! I hope we have been getting out in the nice weather and getting some fresh air with your families.
What have we all been up to? Only a few people have been in touch this week but it has been lovely to see what you have been up to, shout out to Harry for sending me his amazing poem! If you send me what you have been up to I will display it on our ‘Catch up’ page so that you can see what each other have been up to.
Have you built a tower that is 30cm tall and stands for 3 minutes? I had a go and to be honest it was a lot harder that I thought it would be the get the exact height but when I managed it I was quite happy with myself, what do you think? I would love to see yours.
Did you try the Knowsley School Sport challenge this week? Miss Melville from Class 1 did an amazing demonstration of some yoga moves, you should all have a try! Me and Monty even did some yoga this week too, I think he did better than me to be honest.
I am going to keep it short and sweet this week and wish you a lovely week off as next week would have been half term, make sure you continue to spend time with your family and have a fun but relaxing week.
Here is a lovely little video that my friend sent me and I would it would be nice to share it with you.
Date: 11th May 2020 @ 2:29pm
Hello Class 8,
How are we all?
I haven’t heard from many of you this week, have we all fallen asleep? I know that the weather definitely made me a bit lazy last week as I was using it as an excuse not to get out but I’m back up and out again this week!
As you all know, it was VE day on Friday, did anyone learn anything new about this day that they didn’t know already? I wonder if anyone did anything special for it or made any decorations. I see that Mrs Williams designed and made invitations for a street party and I have seen lots of decorations on my daily walks, I even made some myself. Did you?
Talking of walks, has everyone been doing their exercise? I have been trying to keep up my walks and occasional bike ride (my legs get too sore to bike ride a lot!), I have been trying to go to different places each time and have found routes that I didn’t even know existed and they are round the corner from me. I went for a walk slightly later than I usually would the other day and I am quite impressed with this picture that I took!
As the weeks go on my attempt to get better at baking/ cooking continues. As you can see from the picture below I didn’t have the best experience when my lemon cake decided to explode on me and my mum definitely wasn’t happy with the state the oven was left, oops! However, here is a picture of some more successful cupcakes that are even smiling, which cheered me up from my bad baking. I will continue to practise and I’m sure Mr Mawson and Mr Tennant will be more than happy to try them out when we are back in school!
I have also been using the TT Rockstars app to practise my times tables and have been sending and accepting challenges off both children and teachers and this has been fun. Let’s see if we can get more of Class 8 on this week and we can continue to challenge the other classes!
I hope that you have been behaving and looking after those around you at home. Remember if you would like to respond to this blog then you can do via email@example.com.
Date: 27th Apr 2020 @ 11:40am
Hello Class 8,
I can’t believe that it is the start of our sixth week working from home. I hope we are all well and enjoying this glorious sunshine as I know that I definitely am but you must remember to keep putting your sun cream on and drink plenty of water!
It has been lovely to hear from some of you this week, I have really loved seeing/ hearing what you have been up to so please continue to do that!
I know that some of you have been keeping active doing Joe Wick’s workouts and some even going on bike rides like me. Did you have a go at the P.E challenge that Mr Maswon set? I had a go at Week 2’s challenge yesterday and I’m definitely feeling the pain and will be waiting until I can feel my legs again until I try out Week 3’s challenge! If anybody has any videos of their attempts then I’d love to see them!
What else have you all been up to this week? I have a few ideas that maybe you could try this week…
- Creating a circuit for you and maybe your family- you could even time yourself!
- Choreograph or follow a dance routine (It is National Dance Day on Wednesday).
- Building a den in the garden- having a think of what materials you could use and why.
- Practice your times tables on TT Rockstars!
- Help with any housework/ gardening that your family might need help with.
- Read something new- I need a new book to read so any recommendations are welcome!
- Watch our staff film if you haven't already and you could even make your own.
- Try something new- make a simple meal for lunch, maybe a sandwich or salad.
I have been using this time to focus on my fitness and cooking and feel as though I am improving each week so it is important that you are setting yourself little goals that you can aim to complete in the week- this really helps me!
That is enough from me today, make sure you are getting out in this lovely weather, looking after your family and making the most of this time to learn new things as well as having fun with your loved ones.
Please keep in touch via email; firstname.lastname@example.org, I look forward to hearing from more of you this week.
Love, Miss Walker
Date: 19th Apr 2020 @ 8:45pm
Hello Class 8, it’s me again!
How are we all? Did we have a good Easter and eat lots of chocolate? If you have watched our recent video then you will see for our own eyes that I definitely did!
I would love it if you were able to get in touch with me and let me know how you are, what you have been up to or absolutely anything that you would like to!
Thank you to Thomas who sent me a picture of his yummy Easter cakes that he made, I have shared them on our ‘Class Bake Off’ page, please keep your entries coming as I will keep this page up and running and will select a prize at the end of each couple of weeks. Here are my bakes from this week, my first one didn’t go to plan but my lemon cake did and Monty enjoyed it too and he is a tough critic!
This week I decided to dust off my bike and get it out of the garage whilst the weather was nice. It is safe to say that my jelly legs definitely did not thank me the next day however I felt so good for getting it out after years and getting some fresh air. I am going to start to explore some different places (obviously within my hour of daily exercise). I have also been nominated to run or walk 5K and donate £5 to the NHS, I will be completing this tomorrow and will let you know how this goes. Why don’t you have a go too?
As well as keeping myself busy doing school work, exercising and baking I have also been taking this time to have a rest and spend time with my loved ones. It is really important to have that balance of doing school work and enjoying your time at home with your family. This weekend I hosted a quiz for my family and I must say I enjoyed being a quiz master! Maybe I should make a quiz for you all to complete, would you like this?
That is all from me this week but I would love to know what you have all been doing. Have you been doing your clap for the NHS at 8 on a Thursday? Have you learnt a new skill or tried something different? Have you done something fun? (I’m sure you have!) Let me know by sending me an email- email@example.com.
Love Miss Walker
Date: 9th Apr 2020 @ 4:47pm
Hello/ Olá Class 8!
How are we all? It has nearly been three weeks since I last saw you all for that short but sweet first week of mine!
What have you all been up to the last few weeks? Have we been working through our packs? Helping those around you? Or doing your own learning and fun activities? I would love you all to keep in touch with me and let me know what you have all been up to therefore feel free to send me an email via firstname.lastname@example.org maybe just to say hello or to send me any pictures and I will reply as soon as I can!
Well Miss Walker did say that she was going to try and practise her baking skills and that is exactly what she has been doing each weekend, and if I do say so myself they have been delicious so far and I think I will be hunted down by Paul Hollywood soon (head judge off the British Bake Off). However, the only judges for now are my family who have definitely been enjoying all the treats. Which got me thinking that maybe we could have our own virtual 'Class 8's Bake Off'. I have created a class page and you can send me pictures of any baking that you do and I will post them on our new page and I judge the best bakes at the end of the easter holidays. How does that sound?
How have you all been keeping in touch with you friends and family? Have you been playing knock and run on your grandparent’s house like me and leaving them treats ? Or let me guess, using FaceTime and all types of technology to keep in touch? We are very lucky that we have these types of communication during this time.
I have been trying my best to keep active most days of the week as I seem to be making far too many trips to the kitchen lately with being in the house 24/7, I think I need to practise my social distancing from the fridge! Joe Wick’s work outs have definitely kept me active as well as my mum (which she isn’t very happy about). I really don’t know how he does it, I wonder how many of you have completed his workouts and how many you have done? You deserve a medal if you have done every single one! Maybe you have been doing some other forms of exercise; walking, jogging or even dancing round your house! Just make sure you are keeping as active as you can especially now the weather is getting nicer.
Last of all, please make sure that you are enjoying your easter break and you are behaving well for your families! Please have a look at our new pages added to our class page and send me a little message as I would love to know what you have all been up to!
Feliz Páscoa a todos!
Love Miss Walker
Date: 31st Mar 2020 @ 6:42pm
Hi Class 8! Welcome to Mrs O’Hare’s first EVER blog!
This is going to be my way of keeping in touch with you regularly. Although I’m not entirely sure what day it is today (!) I’m aiming to write to you at least once a week with news from O’Hare Towers and some recommendations of things you can be doing to occupy yourselves, keep out of trouble and generally give your brain a little workout to stop it from turning to mush while we’re away from the classroom.
First of all, can we talk about Joe Wicks? I mean, is he trying to kill us?!? Last Monday, Clemie (5) and I watched his first PE Lesson to the world. I was a bit gutted because I was hoping to be the Nation’s PE teacher but I was busy having my breakfast with Clemie at the time. We promised each other we’d do Tuesday’s as it looked fairly straight-forward and dare I say it, easy. I was wrong. Clemie and I were up and ready in the living room at 9am Tuesday. By 9.05 I was alone in my quest to keep fit, with an audience of one (too much effort so she sat on the sofa laughing at me instead). Having said that, I did enjoy it and vowed to make it a daily thing, with or without Clem. HOWEVER! By evening I was a bit achy and the following morning I could barely get out of bed. I had to dig into my emergency Coronavirus painkillers and it was Friday before I could sit down or stand up without making proper old lady noises. So of course I did it again on Saturday (Friday’s lesson) and again on Monday morning. Once again I’m on the painkillers, this time because my hand is all sore and swollen from those Bear Crawls! I thought I was fairly fit with all my swimming and running but Joe has other ideas with his squats and lunges. How many of you are doing them? I bet you’re proving to be much fitter than me!
Also last week we spent a lot of time in the garden because the weather was so nice. It’s not a massive garden but it’s a nice little space with a slide and a swing for Clemie. Her favourite lockdown activity is standing on the top of the slide talking to Next-Door Noah who’s 6 months older than her and stands on the top of his slide to talk back. My favourite thing to do is play SWINGBALL! I’m not sure if our neighbours in the other houses like either of these things because Clemie’s quite a loudmouth and the constant ‘thud, thud, thud, thud’ of me batting a ball to and fro must be quite annoying. We planted our seeds in our veggie garden too. Last year Mr Lafferty very kindly came to ours and took up our rotten old decking and used the good planks to build a raised bed for us to grow things in. We had a good crop of tomatoes, peas and carrots last year, even though Clemie had wanted to grow chocolate! If only, eh?!
So I’m wondering what you’ve all been up to, whether you’ve been working through your packs of activities or accessing the online things we’ve suggested. You probably think poor Clemie has to stick to a timetable and is getting all her work done like she’s supposed to. Well I must say she’s not a very good home school pupil at all! I hope she works harder for her real teacher in school than she does for me, I can barely get her to sit for 5 minutes each day without throwing a tantrum about it (her not me!) She’s reading every day though, and doing some basic maths skills (sums) that her teacher has set her, I hope you’re managing to do at least that.
I hope you’re all getting on ok with the others in your house. Being kind is probably the most important thing I can say to you right now. That and staying home and staying safe. Did you all clap for the NHS last Thursday night? We all did round here, the front line workers are so brave. We’ve got a lot of rainbows in windows by ours. Clemie has created a World of Lego in the front window to entertain passers-by. One of her friends who came by has chalked her name on the pavement outside ours so we went out this afternoon (for emergency chocolate rations) and took our chalk for Clemie to sign the pavement outside her friends’ houses too. Her boyfriend (William, also 5) got a heart on his, and her previous boyfriend Finn will likely be confused when he sees ‘eimelC’ chalked on the pavement outside his. How are you all keeping in touch with each other?
So, onto recommendations: frank_cottrell_boyce on Instagram! He’s reading The Astounding Broccoli Boy in parts AND doing creative writing sessions. All you need to join in with his creative writing is a pen and some paper. I know a lot of authors and celebs are doing similar things but I know he’s a favourite of Class 8. Well, you didn’t think I was going to recommend Joe ‘The Teacher-Killer’ Wicks, did you?!?
Sending you all love and strength,