Newsletter – 10th July
13th July, 2020
We are rapidly reaching the end of this academic year and what a year it has been! Last week, you all received your school reports and I would like to say thank you for all of your support and kind words during what has been an incredibly challenging year.
A couple of parents have queried why the school reports did not contain targets this year. As you know, targets are always shared in end of year reports, however, because our children have not been in school since March, we would like to wait until they are back in September to share targets with you following our assessment of your child/children. We will also be inviting you all to attend an additional parent-teacher meeting later in the term so that we can catch up with you face to face and share our plans for your child. It is vital to us that we focus on their wellbeing on their return to school as well as their academic abilities.
Of course, we are now in full swing preparing for our whole school return in September. I will be sharing our school plans in full along with our risk assessment with you next week once it has been shared with the local authority and governors. In the meantime, this is what you need to know about September:
- All classes return in their class bubbles, full time
- The first 2 days of term will be spent on transition from their year groups to their next year groups
- Our new EY pupils will be invited to stay and play sessions in the afternoons on the first week
- We will be having staggered drop off, pick up, break and lunchtimes
- Breakfast Club and After School Club will start again on Monday 7th September. Both clubs will be operating a booking system so that we can keep a close eye on bubbles and staffing
- School lunches continue as normal
- A full curriculum aimed at catching up lost time with your children is in the process of being written with advice from key consultants
I will be working all summer so will keep a close on the guidance and I will let you know as soon as possible if anything changes.
The Department for Education has released the children’s book My Back to School Bubble electronically so that all pupils can read and understand the concept of bubbles in school. While the pupils who have been in already understand this really well, I though it only prudent to share it with you all if you would like to read it to or with your children. Please use this link – scroll down a little and you will find the e-story book.
Of course, you may have heard in the news that the government is spending £1bn on a catch up programme for schools, the full details of which still have not been shared with us yet. This funding is all aimed at helping us to catch up the lost time in education while your children have been away from school. The Invitation to Tender has been released to tutoring agencies, and I am waiting to see the fine details of what this means for us as a school in terms of how we can best support all of our children. Please bear with me and I will share more information as it is released. For those of you who have asked whether or not you should seek your own tutoring, please wait until I have further details of this funding as any extended support will be far more beneficial to your child if it happens in school.
Next week is our last week of term and we will be finishing at 3:30pm on Friday afternoon rather than our usual 1:30 for the end of term. Of course, if you would like to collect your child/children earlier than this, please just let us know so that we can have them ready and waiting for you in the main reception.
In the meantime, I wish you all a lovely weekend and I will be in touch next week to share the plans and risk assessment in full.
Alison Bellingham, Headteacher
A Note from Mrs Richards
Dear Parents and Carers,
We all have our favourite games to play with our children, and so many of these games are maths based. I have collated some of my favourites from over the years into the attached sheet, which I hope you may find useful to dip into over the summer. All are designed to be played with little or no equipment. I would be interested to know which your children particularly enjoyed and also whether you have any family favourites which may not have made it onto my list. We can then share these with the school community.