Learn how to draw a conch shell with Year 3

The thought of drawing a conch shell may seem like a super hard thing to do! Watch this video and learn how to draw it step by step.

Year 3 took on the challenge. I’m sure some found it tricky but they persevered. Click on to see their beautiful conch.

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Let Year 3 tell you all there is to know about conch (Konk)

The sounding the conch shell horn (blowing the conch) is a tradition here in the TCI used to call attention to an important event or celebration.

A perfect way to draw your attention to our amazing Year 3 Conch class who have made information posters about their class namesake.

I imagine they really had to ‘conch-centrate’ while making these!🤣

How have the children’s use of text colour and size, artwork, titles, heading, questions, text boxes, bullet points and other features drawn you in and made it easy to find out more about these amazing seashell animals?

There is certainly a lot to learn about conch. Well done, Year 3. 🐚

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Home learning Wellness Wednesday Tip #1

To help avoid eye strain during home learning screen time, do these 20- 20-20 eye breaks and blink often to refresh your eyes.

Also check the lighting and reduce glare. …

Adjust your monitor to eye level or hold your device up so you’re not looking down. …

Adjust your screen settings so they’re not too bright or too dark.

Check out this article for more eye strain tips.

Year 1 explore DIAS DE LA SEMANA Y COLORES – Days of the week and colours

EL MARAVILLOSO MUNDO DE LOS COLORES During our Spanish lessons we have been listening to songs, meeting little colourful “visitors” and playing guessing games while we learn LOS COLORES.  This week we decided to go hands on, leaving the screen aside for a bit and making this BEAUTIFUL AND CREATIVE drawings.   Good job little Picasso’s. 

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Spinning plates on a wobbly Monday

I’ve always correlated teaching to the art of plate spinning and this morning I was in awe of Miss Mani in action as she kept each of her Year 3s (mainly 7-year olds) spinning… virtually!

As a professional spinner, she strived to keep all the children engaged and successful.  She patiently continued on through technical issues beyond her control, calmly waited as children manipulated mics, and connected with and supported everyone through their activities. All while not spinning out of control herself – what a pro! How fortunate we are to have a school full of amazing teachers just like Miss Mani!  And how amazing our students and parent/carers are too – what patience they display when things get a little wobbly. What superheroes!

In plate spinning, the goal is to spin each plate and keep them spinning so that none of them fall. You are always on your toes and constantly looking for the plate that might fall so you can prevent it from doing just that.

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This Week is Caribbean Wellness week

A variety of healthy activities are set to be hosted this week to celebrate Caribbean Wellness Day.

Its aim is to increase awareness and promote healthy activities to address the epidemic of non-communicable diseases.

The overall theme for the event is ‘Power through collective action” with the special theme for this year, ‘Stronger together’.

Read on to learn about daily activities your family may like to join in with.

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Year 4 Flamingo Affirmations

The Year 4 Flamingos have started this new school term on a positive note despite everything happening around us in the world. As a class, we wanted to highlight positivity and confidence and so we came up with the Flamingos’ Affirmations.

It is our belief that if we feed positive thoughts into our minds we can overcome anything. These affirmations are a reminder that we can improve our self-esteem, become more productive and finish projects we have started.  It has helped us to become more self accepting as we work on becoming the best we can.

Year 5 Turtle Class

Although they may not be currently physically having school in the actual Year 5 ‘Turtle’ Classroom, it doesn’t mean that our Year 5s can’t celebrate all things turtle online!

Click on to see their hand-drawn turtles, digital turtles and turtle facts.

Welcome to the Turtle Class Year 5 – we hope you enjoy a ‘turtley’ amazing year!

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Year 3 learn the importance of being a good Digital Citizen

Being a good digital citizen means being safe and responsible online. With our school learning at home remotely at the moment and using computers and tablets to help us, being a good digital citizen is more important than ever.

It’s a good job that e-safety has always been a big part of our school curriculum. The Year 3’s have already learned lots of skills in their previous classes.

It’s always good to refresh and update our skills though and the video below does this in a fun way. Click on to hear our Year 3 Digital Citizen pledges.

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Year 2 recreate their brains, in creative ways!

Year 2 have been learning about the different parts of their brain and the jobs they perform. The children created and labelled their brains using different mediums – rocks, coral, leaves, paper, etc.

The brain guides everything that we do: our body’s movements, our decision making, and our emotions. Did you know that we have the power to make our brains stronger every day?

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Year 1 Cuisenaire Face Challenge

As best as our young Year 1s can, they are facing all the challenges of remote learning with a smile of their face and growth mindset! It certainly looks like they enjoyed using resources from their home learning packs to enhance their remote learning experience.

Using Cuisenaire rods in their pack, their challenge was to make a face. They then they took a photo of it and added it to their Seesaw journal to share with their teacher.   

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First day of the new school year…

Congratulations…we made it through the first day of the 2020/21 school year. Well done, everyone!

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Mario Rigby, Our Very Own Modern Day Explorer.

We are so excited to celebrate the journey of our very own explorer, Mario Rigby. Mario Rigby attended Provo Primary School before he went on to do such great and adventurous things.

I wonder how many of our current students can imagine themselves walking across Africa.

Well Mario did it, and as a result, he ended up in National Geographic! Mario says “It’s always been my dream to be featured in National Geographic… Here I am now”

We hope that encouraging our children to develop a growth mindset and allowing them to believe that anything is possible has an impact on their ability to realize their dreams. Before the start of this new school year, we encourage all our students to imagine, visualize, create, believe, set challenges and goals, practice frequently, and work towards making your dreams a reality, whatever they may be. Mario visited the school earlier this year to talk with the children – it was truly inspirational to hear about his adventures.

Is anyone else ready be a modern day explorer? Maybe start by exploring your passions and talents, or why not encourage someone else to recognize and realize their abilities during this new school year. You really never know what you can do unless you try! Get to know what others can do too, maybe you can team up to do something together in the future that is as great as Mario’s achievements.
We’d love to hear from our other alumni and about some of the goals you’ve managed to achieve since you left Provo Primary. Please write and let us know.
https://www.nationalgeographic.co.uk/travel/2020/08/meet-the-adventurer-mario-rigby

Daycare Provision at Provo Primary

Painting a weather scene

Provo Primary re-opened it’s Early Years section of the school when deemed it was safe to do so by The Turks and Caicos Education Department and Ministry of Health, in June.

As soon as our school closed, it was always our intention to offer in school provision for this age group having recognized that online learning was not an option and we were happy to be able to do so.

Although not all of our families took advantage of our in school daycare provision, families who felt their children had really missed the social aspect of being with their peers, were keen for them to return. Parents who needed to return to work were grateful for help looking after their children, after a long period at home.

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Music lessons at Provo Primary and Middle School

We would appreciate it if you could complete a short survey so we can assess interest in the variety of instrumental teaching on offer, from our student body and wider community.

We are excited and look forward to recommencing our private and small group music lessons this year at Provo Primary and Middle School. These will take place after school and at weekends and will be in addition to our music and performing arts classes that take place within school hours.

Thank you for your time and we look forward to hearing from you.

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Education Department DRAFT Guidelines for the Re-Opening of Schools:

Provo Primary and Middle School have received the draft guidelines for the re-opening of schools in September.  The schools’ leadership team have met to discuss these and provide feedback to the Department of Education.

We will attend meetings with the Department of Education over the coming days, alongside local government and private schools, and participate fully in the consultation process.

We will further update our parent body as soon as we have clear guidance on the reopening of our school, the protocols we will be following and the format of the education we will be providing in the first instance.

Please be assured that the received Draft Guidelines match with the planning and staff training that we have in place. This ensures that we will be able to work quickly to make plans ahead of the new school year.

See all our reopening news here.

Preparing to Reopen – September 2020

We have been busy preparing the school for re-opening in September. While we await government advice on the reopening of schools, due in the coming weeks, we want to share some of our planning at this stage.

All staff have worked to prepare classrooms and protocols in order to help us meet a range of scenarios that may face us in September. Our intention is to be ready for all eventualities, so that learning for our students can be seamless during the upcoming term and beyond.

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Congratulations to our 2020 Graduating Year 6

We are all very proud of our Year 6 graduates!

Their graduation had to be conducted individually with restricted gatherings and safety protocols, but the spirit, pride and feel of our usual graduation was evident throughout.

Here is one of our amazing student’s graduation memories – coronavirus style!
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Year 1 Home Learning Maths: Equal Groups and Arrays

More wonderful photos and videos of our Year 1 Maths Home Learning parent/child/teacher teams.  Lots of hand-on activities centred on equal groups, arrays and repeated addition… with home-made playdough and every day things you find around the house.  What great learning we can see in the photos with parents modelling concepts and language in these 1-1 learning opportunities.  The videos show some amazing parent teachers in action, patiently allowing time for their children to demonstrate their learning and encouraging them to explain their understanding as they engage.

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Year 1 Home Learning Maths: Exploring Money


We have been exploring money in Year 1 and our little mathematicians have been fantastic,  immersing themselves in money hunts, money races and designing and creating money flip books.  They have recognised and identified pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters and began to understand the value of each coin through their engagement with practical explorations. They have also been counting crazy in 5s and 10s to strengthen their counting abilities.
I have to to thank parents for your hands-on and one-to-one support with your children. You have scaffolded and shaped their knowledge and understanding and allowed to them to access new learning from your own home. Thank you! I am super proud of my Y1 money masters and how hands-on they were for this unit.

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Pineapple Paradise in the School Garden!

Mrs B’s pineapples are thriving during lockdown in the school garden.

I’m hoping for a slice of one of her infamous pineapple upside-down cakes sometime soon!

Did you know the first upside down cakes were not made with pineapple, but with other seasonal fruits like apples and cherries. The use of pineapple began in 1901 when Jim Dole established the Hawaiian Pineapple Company (now known as the Dole Company) and started to produce and market mass quantities of canned pineapple.

Click on to see some upside down cakes being made…

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Check out the Year 3’s Home Learning “Masterpieces”

Year 3 were given a list of criteria of things to find around the house  – such as 6 different circles, a triangle, a pair of glasses, anything that could make a purple hat, something that had an orange bottom, anything that moves, 4 square objects, a chosen object of their own, one of which needed to move, a sign.

Then they used their imaginations and their engineering skills to build some amazing ‘masterpieces’ (that also, had to be 5 feet tall by the way).

Check out how creative they were – AMAZING! Well done Year 3.

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Year 6 Home Learning: Super Scary Horror Stories

During our Home Learning English lessons, via live online teaching, Year 6 have written our very own horror stories.

Our aim was to include a balance of setting description and narrative, incorporating figurative language such as high-level metaphors and personification.

We focused on manipulating grammar and punctuation in order to create variety in our sentence structures and keep the readers engaged. We wanted to create both tension and suspense and we are extremely proud of our final drafts!

Here are just some of our super scary narratives… read our starting paragraphs and continue on if you dare…

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“We Are Turks and Caicos… We’ll See You Soon!” says Year 2 and 4


Inspired by a recent Turks and Caicos Tourist Board destination video, ‘We are Turks and Caicos’, our Year 2 and 4 home learners became creative graphic designers and multimedia creators, designing their own promotional media offerings to promote the very best of our islands to visitors.

The original video was made in an effort to keep the destination of the Turks and Caicos Islands in the forefront of the minds of potential visitors, with the message, ‘We’ll see you soon!’   It promotes wanderlust for paradise with the use of breathtaking imagery that highlights the ‘Beautiful by Nature’ islands and its hospitable people.

Click on to see some individual videos the children made.

All in all, I think you’ll agree that our students efforts equally highlight and promote what makes the TCI such a special place to come and visit.

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Year 6 Home Learning: Optical Illusions and Fractured Art

As we continue with our Home Learning activities, we are mindful of including structured Art lessons that are not overly demanding on resources or complex skills, but that are very engaging and valuable.  As such, the Year 6 students have actively participated in some amazing lessons that have allowed for enjoyment, and artistic creativity and development to thrive.

Year 6 were guided in a Fractured Art lesson which was inspired by the great Picasso. The intricate details and colours used highlighted the element of movement throughout each composition and added great interest. Their creativity could also be seen evolving as they worked on the Optical Illusion piece. Each piece gave a sense of depth and the 3D effect was quite present.
These emerging artists have proven that art is an amazing tool that can be enjoyed whether you are in the classroom or at home with family.

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