News from Primary school
11. September 2020
I hope you have all had a good week and are keeping well and healthy. It was very pleasant to enjoy the fine weather in the beautiful surroundings of Open Gate. I hope the recent good weather and the good outlook in the next week is a sign of an Indian summer that will continue throughout the month and into October.
It has been a very enjoyable first full week in the primary school of the new school year. The children have been in very good form and eager to learn, and the lessons that I have taught and observed have been very enjoyable.
On behalf of all the staff in the primary school, we would like to commend all of our students on their attitude in relation to the restrictions due to the Covid-19 situation. We understand it is difficult following these steps, but all the students have been excellent!
It was good to meet many of you on Monday for the parents meetings. I know Petr enjoyed introducing himself to you, and I was very happy to introduce our new colleague in the English department, Jerry Dvorak. He is very much looking forward to working with students in classes 2, 4 and 5.
Next week was due to be our adaptation trip where classes 2, 3, 4 and 5 embark on a three-day trip to bond and encourage strong relationships for the school year. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, we are unable to make the trip this year, but the Class and English teachers are looking forward to running individual adaptation programmes for their classes, which I am sure will be a lot of fun. Class teachers will let parents know when each class will have their adaptation activity.
What has been happening in the primary school this week?
This week the children and I counted up to the number six, we learned the first letters and talked about what really happens at school.
On Tuesday, we found out how unique we all are by looking in the hallway mirror at ourselves. We also decorated it artistically. (Terka Č.)
This week Class 2 met with a few nice faces during the lessons. On Tuesday, the director Petr sat on the guest chair and answered all questions with confidence and good humor. Bara invited us to Wednesday Morning Oasis, and she showed us how rare and unique we are. And in the morning Eric visited us and talked to us about the first feelings, experiences, success in the new school year. The meeting took place through a laptop screen, but Eric's energy still filled the entire class. We are looking forward to more nice meetings, and the door is always open with us. (Saša)
In class 2 this week, we continued getting to know each other better by playing two truths and a lie. It was a lot of fun for everyone, and we found out all sorts of weird and wonderful things! (Jerry)
During the first week after the holidays, the third-graders reminisced about their summer trips. They wrote and sent each other a postcard from the holidays! Our third-graders had a holiday full of different experiences- they soared into the air, onto the water, under the ground and to new heights, in all corners of our beautiful country. (Marie)
Class 3 had a lot of English this week and they were fantastic! In Art and Culture, we talked about what our lives would be like in 20 years’ time and the students drew some wonderful pictures in their ‘crystal balls’ of how they saw their lives in 20 years. You can see some of the pictures on the website. We also worked on ME pages, where we recorded things like height and weight, and also how we think about time and distance. We will keep the ME pages and see how things have changed at the end of the school year. (Luke)
Class 4 visited the library and chose books for regular reading rooms, and they didn't want to go back to the school building, so they made an appointment for the day and time when reading workshops would take place in the library. (Terka K.)
Relaxation Oasis in Class 5. A
Class 5 started learning this week - they repeated the basic arithmetic operations, drafted geometric shapes, searched for the meanings of words, visited the school library, familiarized themselves with the state symbols, and met with Bára for Thursday Morning Oasis. The children talked about the uniqueness of each one of them, and finally created an image of themselves through mandalas. (Standa)
In class 5 this week, like in class 3, we did a ME page to learn about us and our abilities. We will do the same activities again at the end of the school and see how we have grown and progressed. (Luke)
So, after an enjoyable first full week back in the primary school and warm temperatures beckoning for the next few days, I hope you all have a relaxing and pleasant weekend!