Posted on: June 15th 2020

15JUN20 - Head's update 9

I hope you and your families remain safe and well and are keeping up with all the changes the Prime Minister is announcing at the moment. Lots of children returned to school last Monday, we have more key worker children coming in and lots of Reception, Year 1 & Year 6, we even have some ‘Bubbles’ that have reached their maximum number of 15. We even created a new Bubble in Year 1 on Thursday due to demand.

It was delightful seeing so many children running through the gates in the mornings with huge smiles on their faces. Your children are amazing! They absolutely understand the need for social distancing and have really stuck to the new rules. The children have coped really well with staying in their ‘Bubble’ and having timetabled outdoor learning times and playing times. They have taken on-board the need to stay apart and are perfecting the art of socially distanced play and P.E.

All the measures I explained in my previous update are working well, so well in fact we have had a number of families asking to be added to the children who have returned to school. A number of our ‘bubbles’ are now full with 15 pupils and we now have three bubbles in each of designated year groups along with 8 key worker bubbles.

A really big thank you to our parents of EYFS, Year 1 and Year 6 children who have put their faith in us that the children will stick to their bubbles and will regularly sanitise and wash their hands and have returned their children to school. Thank you for trusting us and for helping your children get back on track with their learning.

We are expecting more updates from the Government this week about more children returning to school, however, we are fast running out of teachers and classroom space to open more bubbles.

Today is ‘Work Pack’ Day, we have parents who regularly turn-up and collect work packs for their children every fortnight and we have work packs that are not collected and because we are no longer delivering them they are still sitting waiting for collection. It concerns me that there are a significant number of children who are clearly not completing any work - it will be more difficult for these children when school opens for everyone. Please come and collect a work pack - they will be available all week.

Please continue to send in photos of your children completing their home-learning and any comments about the commitment the teachers have put into their Google Classrooms are all gratefully received. Some year groups have even developed special websites to encourage the children to participate - well done teachers!

I have been sent some information about support through Aspens. Aspens is a charity supporting children and young adults with Special Education Needs and Disabilities. They are delivering training on ‘Making Sense of Supporting Siblings of Children with SEND (during Coronavirus).

Thursday 18th June, 11am - Live Facebook Chat session with Q&A Thursday 25th June 10.30am - 12.00pm - online Zoom Workshop.

Click here for further information Keep safe and see you all soon,

Christine Dickens, Headteacher