Headteachers Message

12th June 2020

We hope that you are all safe and well. Whilst is is very different to normal, it is great to see more parents and children as we open up to more year groups. Every single person came in with a smile on their face and has quickly adapted to the changes. The socialising and learning has been a pleasure to see. Well done everyone.

This week we welcomed some Year 6 pupils back to school. Split into 2 small groups. They have been role models, showing the younger children in the key worker group how to maintain a safe distance when walking round the school, lining up and socialising with their friends. Staff have been impressed with how Y6 have followed the rules, taking responsibility their own safety and that of others, in the classroom and the playground. 

Increased numbers of key worker and vulnerable children returned to school. Nation Sports coaches have continued to lead the groups providing a broad range of learning activities and fun games for the children, whilst helping us to shape how the days will run smoothly in a safe and socially distanced way.  

 Thank you for providing your child with a packed lunch in school each day.  The week ahead looks sets for some lovely sunshine, which will hopefully enable the children to enjoy some socially distanced picnics outside at lunchtime.

Reminder that Book Swap Day is every Thursday - come to the EYFS gate and call the school mobile 07389720671 and a member of staff will come and collect you. 

Year group

Allocated time slot

Nursery/Reception

9.30 – 11.00

Year 1/2

11.00 – 12.30

Year 3/4

12.30 – 2.00

Year 5/6

2.00 – 3.30

Please come and swap your child's school reading book for a new one. We continue to encourage all children to read for at least 20 minutes every day. 

Next week we welcome Year 1 children back to school. The staff have been working hard to prepare their classrooms and resources to enable the children to learn and have fun in a safe and socially distanced way.  Their school hours will be 9.15am-3pm, finishing early at 12.15pm on Fridays (children will not eat lunch in school on Fridays but a takeaway packed lunch will be provided for children eligible for Free School Meals)

We are so proud of our pupils for all the effort they are putting into home learning. Please continue to check on the website and class pages for ideas for your child to do at home. Please keep us updated and message us if you have any questions or concerns.

Whilst the internet and online services are providing invaluable resources to support home learning and periods of escapism for our children, it remains important to continue to monitor your child’s online activity and usage to ensure they are not spending too long on their screens or accessing inappropriate content. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers keep their children safe online:

  • https://www.internetmatters.org/parental-controls/ - this is a really useful tool that provides tips on setting parental controls for different apps, websites, social media and gaming sites
  • Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
  • Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Net-aware (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC)

Please continue to follow the government advice in terms of restrictions that are in place. Websites to keep checking for advice: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid- 19/.

As you can see from the above we have a busy half term ahead. In school our priority continues to be the safety of children, staff and their families. I look forward to seeing a few more of you in school over the next few weeks.  Keep well, stay safe and have a lovely weekend.

Rebecca Kennedy

Acting Headteacher