I am writing this message, this week, from my office on Monday morning. This week we have welcomed a few Year 1 children, alongside (In a seperate bubble) Year 6 children and many more Key worker children.
I have got to say, I am really proud of all the children in school at the moment as they are being really sensible and showing themselves, their families, their friends and the adults LOTS of LOVE and keeping their 2 metre distacning and washing their hands lots of times, 20 seconds each time.
I was contacted last week by a parent who let me know their family had been instead of doing the home learning writing activitites they have been writing to members of their families each week. They have not seen these members of their family, since LOCKDOWN started and they have really enjoyed writing and receiving letter.
And, this got me think about letters and when I last received a letter that was handwritten from a friend or a family member? I could not remember...I think it was when I was a child! I have received birthday cards and the odd postcard but not a letter. When I did think back to letters I did receive I did remember the joy and excitement I felt, reading all about someone else's life, what they have been up to, how they have been feeling and also sometimes they asked me a question so I replied!
I am aware these days we have email, phones and video calling and you might be thinking - why bother writing a letter when we can just call them?
I think the difference is because when you receive a hand written letter, you know the person has chosen to take the time to write to you. It is more personal and you feel a different connection to that person. Also, when writing you have to think about the person you are writing to and think about what they might be interested in knowing.
So this Week's challenge (NO.1) is to write a letter to a member of your family or friend who you have not seen since the beginning of LOCKDOWN.
Here are a few ideas what you might put in your letter:
What you have been doing during LOCKDOWN?
What have you been enjoying about LOCKDOWN?
What are you missing during LOCKDOWN?
Your favourite piece of home learning?
A funny thing that has happened since LOCKDOWN?
Any new hobbies you have started in LOCKDOWN?
What your plans are for after LOCKDOWN?
How are those people you live with doing?
You might the person you are writing to some questions.
(PS do not forget to ask them to write back and you will see what I mean about the excitment of receiving a letter :-))
PLEASE SEND IN PHOTOS OF YOU POSTING YOUR LETTERS AND WHO YOU HAVE WRITTEN TO TO
No. 2 Challenge
On a rainy / cloudy day, have a go at creating a LOCKDOWN piece of ART for our POST LOCKDOWN ART GALLERY. You can draw, paint, collage anything you want to - the only rule is YOU ENJOY YOURSELF and BE CREATIVE :-) If you want some inspiration please see this page...
PS if you have already created a piece of LOCKDOWN ART work there is nothing stopping you creating another one. The best artists never stopped at one piece of ART! :-)