Hello everyone, Mrs Chambers here again. We are now in what would have been the Easter holidays. Some of you may have been planning to visit friends and family or possibly going on holiday. Myself and Mr Chambers should have gone on holiday on Saturday.
I thought I'd share some things that I've been doing to keep busy whilst we are away from school and not able to do the things we might have had planned.
I have been finding this time really hard, like some of you have, so keeping busy is essential. I have been spending some time reading and watching a show that Mrs McCarthy recommended to me. I also enjoy baking and I love spending as much time as I can doing this. Yesterday I made some cookies. I made a batch of chocolate ones and a batch of cranberry & macadamia nut ones too.
I thought I would share my recipe and some pictures with you and would love to see your pictures if you make some cookies or do some other kind of baking. Email them to me at Lisa.firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs Chambers’ Cookies.
200g plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
300g mixed chocolate chips (or any other ingredient you want to add- M&M’s, smarties, white chocolate, nuts, raisins)
Baking Time 12-15 minutes
•Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/Gas 4
•Lightly grease two baking sheets.
•Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat together. Add the chocolate chips (or other ingredients) and stir until well combined.
•Drop 5-6 tablespoons of the dough on to each baking tray, spaced well apart as the cookies will double in size.
•Bake until golden-around 12-15 mins. •Cool for 2-3 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Can be stored in an airtight container for up to five days.
Hello everyone. So we are now in week 3 of being at home. It would normally be the Easter holidays, but nowhere to go this Easter. Are any of you Christian? Easter is a really special time for Christians as it was the time when Jesus was crucified. Myself and Mr McCarthy were very lucky to visit the place where Jesus died. We visited Jerusalem for our 25th wedding anniversary some years back. It was Easter time and I always think about that trip at Easter. I'm not a religious person, but I do love history and found it very interesting to see all the places I had heard about from the bible. I will see if I can upload a photograph or two of me in Jerusalem at Easter.
I hope you are all keeping well and not getting too bored or fed up. If you do need someone to speak to, you can email me email@example.com these are very strange times and actually I, in all my 57 years on this planet, have never had to live with anything like this. Even I get a bit scared sometimes. I too haven't seen my family for ages. I have been video messaging my mum and son and daughter in law. Don't worry if you are feeling a bit down, it's ok to feel this way right now. Hopefully you have supportive family around you, but do email me. I will always reply to you.
So I will try and put up a photo or two. For now, take care and keep smiling.
Hello everyone, it's Mrs Chambers here. I am missing you all so much. I hope that you are all keeping safe and well and staying inside with your families. I know that it's a strange time but know that I am thinking about you all the time.
I know that you will all be working hard doing the amazing work that your teachers and teaching assistants have prepared for you. Please all try your best to do what has been set, but also make sure you have lots of fun making happy memories. Do some baking, read books, draw pictures and watch some films.
I hope that you are all joining in at 8pm on Thursdays by clapping and cheering for our amazing NHS staff, myself and my family have. The response around my area has been AMAZING!!
If any of you have an worries or want to have a chat with me whilst being at home, you can email me. My address is:- Lisa.firstname.lastname@example.org I hope to hear from you very soon. STAY SAFE xx
We have just come to the end of week 2. How strange has it been? Some of you might be feeling a little low and really fed up, but do remember to keep in touch with your friends by using phones, messages, videos. I'm sure you are all more creative than me. You all know ways to keep communicating with your friends and family. This is really important for us all including me. Keep busy as this will help your mind to stay focused and don't watch the news too much. It can be a bit much for everyone as the topic is usually the virus and I'm getting fed up of hearing about it. Yes it is important, but we don't need to hear about it all the time.
I was actually in school yesterday and I have to say, school is looking lovely. It's a very clean and smart place right now. Everyone is working so hard to give everything a clean and make it great for your return, whenever that may be.
SOME GOOD NEWS.... Finally the video resource centre has let me upload a couple of videos for you!! One is a quick message and the other is some relaxation. Give it a try...you might giggle though. They are in Learning Mentors section.
Now, it is nearly Easter, which means chocolate! I love chocolate as some of you may know. So lets look forward to the Easter holiday. We as a school staff, are still going to be working from home during the Easter holidays and so my little messages to you will keep coming. Don't forget I love hearing from you. Email me email@example.com I love getting your mail and seeing what you have all been doing. Why don't you draw me some pictures of Easter eggs or Easter chicks and bunnies. I would love that. Also for those of you who celebrate Easter for religious reasons, I would love some art work or anything about why we celebrate Easter. Some work about Jesus would be great to see. Enjoy your weekend. Till next time.
I just thought I would check in and tell you what I've been trying to do for you. I have been having some technical issues. I made a relaxation video for you, but I wasn't able to upload it for some reason. I have also tried to do a much shorter message for you this morning, but again it doesn't seem to want to upload. I'm a bit puzzled by this, especially as I managed a video message last week, but I will keep trying.
Anyway, I hope you are all well and are following the rules of washing hands, staying indoors and keeping distance. I have loved reading your emails...keep them coming! I loved seeing your work. Try keeping a diary. I would love to read it when all this is over.
Till next time, take care.
Hope you are all well. I've spent the morning trying to upload a video message for you, but the computer keeps saying no. Maybe it is too big. Anyway, I recorded some relaxation for you to try. I will keep trying and fingers crossed. Hope your weekend was ok. Still washing those hands and practising social distancing. I'm feeling ok today. Been a bit bored, but trying to keep busy is key. Speak soon,
Hello everyone, Mrs McCarthy checking in,
We have managed a whole school week. Most of us have been at home. Some of you have been in school, but only a few. I hope you are all ok. Did you clap for the NHS and other key workers last night? I did. I opened my window and clapped. There were others on my street clapping too.
I'm going to try and video a message to you all again next week. Possibly with some relaxation too. I will try my best. Till then. Keep smiling. Speak soon.
I have actually managed to upload a video message to you all. I have stored it in year 6 of the video resource centre section of this website.
Just wanted to let you all know that I am thinking of you all. I want to give you all some advice that may help you at this time. Please, please stay in your homes. Do not go out with your friends. You may get some exercise, but the government has made it clear that wherever possible we should all stay indoors. Stay 2 metres away from each other. And don't forget you still need to be washing your hands often.
You all have some homework to be getting on with. This should help you to stay focused and positive. If any of you find yourselves becoming anxious or worried about things, then try to keep busy and talk to your grown ups. Make yourself a bag or box of things you like. Start to collect your favourite things. These could include photographs, books and magazines, collective items like cards, your favourite toys and games. Listen to music, read positive or funny books. Look at these things when you feel your mood is low. Keep a diary. Imagine when things get back to normal, that diary will make some very interesting reading. If you can try some relaxation, then that would truly help. These things may help. Use the internet to look at sites you know make you feel happier, use group chats, but please remember to be kind and positive with each other. If someone is making negative comments towards you, this won't help. Block them.
Play games that inspire you and make you feel good. Most of you know I love a game of chess.
If you try all these things, the time you are spending at home will not feel so bad. I want to hear from you. You can message me by email firstname.lastname@example.org
I would love to hear how you are and maybe you could share with me any ideas you have for staying positive and calm too.
If I can (you all know I'm not the best at technology), I will try to upload a video message soon.
Speak soon Mrs M.
The Learning Mentors
We are Mrs McCarthy and Mrs Chambers. We are both support staff with years of experience working in primary schools and other settings. Our main aim is to break down barriers to learning and to support wellbeing. We want every child at Southglade to be happy and safe in their school. We offer one to one sessions, group sessions and specific interventions that enable our children to become confident, happy students.
Some of our interventions include anger management, anxiety, friendships, confidence building and supporting with bereavement and loss. Some children just want someone to talk to.
We are both trained in Mental Health First Aid and Mrs McCarthy is an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA), which means she can offer specifically planned interventions to children who need emotional support.
We can be found in the mentoring room and in our indoor garden upstairs. We can also be found in breakfast club daily and sometimes in the sensory room. We are both outside every lunchtime.
The Learning Mentors are available to all children who may have a worry. They can see Mrs Chambers or Mrs McCarthy by request and talk through any worries they have.
Mrs McCarthy is a trained ELSA. ELSA stands for Emotional Literacy Support Assistant. This means that she can deliver specifically planned interventions to children who may need support with emotions. Areas covered include anger, behaviour, anxiety, confidence and bereavement.
Mrs McCarthy is also trained in Mental Health First Aid and so some of her ELSA work includes mental health support.