Dear Parents

We hope that you and your children are now experts at remote learning and that all the technical glitches have been resolved. We continue to be amazed at the maturity and resilience of all the wonderful Deepdene pupils. We thought it would be nice to share some of the learning happening across the school. We asked the class teachers to write a few sentences about things they that they had observed this week.

“This week the children in Reception have been learning about cows as part of the Learning Journey ‘Down on the Farm’. They have designed Duplo milking parlours, written cow poems, ordered numbered cows and made milkshakes (demonstrated by Mrs Mills in her kitchen). It has been a lot of fun.” Mrs Mills

“To celebrate VE Day Year One dressed in red, white and blue on Wednesday afternoon and learnt all about the history of VE day and the importance of the celebrations. They listened beautifully and asked some excellent questions. Well done Year One.” Miss Knight

“Year Two have created beautiful water colour paintings of flowers. Please look at the Art Gallery on the Year Two page. I have also been very impressed by the toy shops the children made at home following our Maths lesson about money.” Ms Rosen

“Year three have been enjoying listening to ‘Bad Dad’ by David Walliams and are going to have a go at drawing a bad character in art. I am very excited to see their ideas. The children have also made bunting to decorate their homes for VE Day and are planning tea parties with their families.” Ms Hayward

“The Year Four Science lessons this week involved everyone breaking the rules a little bit and eating in class! However, it helped us to think carefully about how our teeth and tongue help to get our food ready to be swallowed. Great child lead learning everyone.” Mrs King

“The pupils in Pavilion have been enjoying listening to Tom’s Midnight Garden every day during registration, and Mrs Viney has made guest appearances to share poems and to show the class some extraordinary and mysterious art by Remedios Varo.” Mrs Watkins

“I have had wonderful, disciplined, hardworking and engaged classes with Years Four, Five and Six. I am very impressed with their attitude to this new way of working. I have enjoyed showing them all flowers from my garden and talking about birdsong. It has been great.” Mrs Carden

“Reading to all year groups across the school has shown me, that a lovely way to stay connected is to escape into a good book together.” Mrs Marshall

The Key Worker children have enjoyed logging into their zoom lessons in the ICT Suite, they have also planted some seeds in the front garden and we are now hoping that they will have grown into fantastic plants by the time we all come back to school.” Mrs Perrett

Please visit all the different pages on DB to look at all the fantastic uploaded work.

Please may we also politely remind the children that during the zoom lessons the children must arrive promptly, have the correct lesson equipment and not eat snacks until after the lesson has ended, unless of course it is part of their lesson as in Science! We appreciate that it is difficult to provide a quite working space in our busy homes at this time but if at all possible it would be very helpful if background noise could be kept to a minimum during the 30 minute lessons.

We hope that you have some exciting VE Day celebrations planned and we cannot wait to see any photos that you email in.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Best wishes

Mrs Gane, Mrs Mills and Ms Hayward