I hope that the half term and some slight easing of lock down brought a bit of cheer to families. We were delighted to welcome back Reception class (all be it part time), Y1 & Y6 on Monday. So far attendance has been promising:
- Reception – 77%
- Y1 – 67%
- Y6 – 70%
It has been a very positive start and the children are very happy. Having communicated with families that feel unsure about sending their children into school, there is evidently still a great deal of fear. Unfortunately, this has been fed at least partly by inaccurate or sensationalist reporting via some media channels, which is exasperating. I would like to reassure you that our guidance comes from well grounded sources: the Department for Education and Camden Local Authority. Please can I also remind worried families that it continues to be the case that children are an incredibly low risk group for developing serious cases of COVID-19 and the research continues to support the fact that they do not seem to spread it to adults. To add to this, the R number for London is much lower that the national figure, a fact which often gets missed out in the reporting.
I care too much for our children and my staff to ever consider taking unreasonable risks so we would not be opening up unless it was the right thing to do and at the right time. I would love nothing more than to have all our amazing children back at school but accept that it is not yet the time and we do not have capacity to do this safely at the moment. We currently have each year group split into groups of 15 in classrooms around the school which means that virtually every room is occupied. Unless we can begin to put them back into their groups of 30, nothing can change. We await further guidance on this.
The return of some classes will certainly have raised questions at home on fairness with children in Y2, Y3, Y4 & Y5 and this is something that will be hard for them to understand. While we lack clarity on any return this term, please assure your children that if there is any chance at all of other classes returning, we will be taking it. Please also keep them boosted by recognising their continued resilience and effort with home learning. The teachers have been raving about how well they are doing – a huge well done from me. The quote below could be a helpful mantra to share:
“You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” (AA Milne)
PE lessons in full flow this week…..
Y6 perform with the Primary Shakespeare Company
In case anyone missed this before half term, I have left the link to Y6’s part in the retelling of the final scene of The Tempest, as part of a wonderful project the Primary Shakespeare Company have been running on their website. You will see that there are weekly stories and activities for your child to enjoy linked to The Tempest.
A reminder that the Globe Theatre has released more shows for you to enjoy on their website.
Jacqueline Wilson Story and Illustration Competition – closing date 30th June
The Foundling Museum has teamed up with children’s author Jacqueline Wilson to run a story-writing and illustration competition for children aged 6-16.
It is free to enter and each week a winner is picked and the story continues! More information can be found here: https://foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/story-writing-illustration-competition/
If you have not done so already, don’t forget that the Literacy Trust is hosting a free book for children on its website called The Book of Hopes. It is a compilation of stories and poems written by well-known authors, with the aim of building hope through ‘delight, comfort or new ideas, ridiculous jokes, wild heroic tales.’
Your school misses you….
I am leaving up the reminders of what we are looking after for you, until you are all able to return in the not too distant future…..
Don’t forget to look on our school website where you will see a range of updates:
- Teachers’ video messages to their classes
- Mr Williams’ drama activities & storytelling
- Mr McIntyre’s storytelling– scroll down the drama page.
- Coach Steve’s fitness videos and challenges
- MORE NEWS on Music links from Camden Music : Our friends at the Camden Music Trust have put together a celebration of our RAH festival
- My weekly newsletter
We are mindful of not overloading you with too many websites and links but thought that we would just remind you of a few that may be helpful:
www.archive.org/nel (National Emergency Library – free online borrowing library for thousands of books, including children’s books)
https://www.britishmuseum.org/learn/schools (online resources for a number of history topics)
https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/visiting/virtual-tours (virtual tours of the National Gallery using Google Street View)
https://www.tate.org.uk/kids (activities, games and quizzes from Tate galleries)
https://www.bl.uk/childrens-books (British library online resource featuring stories, activities and articles about children’s literature)
https://www.musicteachers.co.uk/resources/funstuff (music notation-themed games)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize (there are links to creative activities)
Pie Corbett Russell Prue and Ian Rocky for daily English lessons at 9.30 am.
Watch The Wind in the Willows stage production online.
The Vatican has opened up its digital tours so the Sistine Chapel can be viewed.
NASA Kids is perfect for space fans. Learn all about the universe we live in by viewing these online videos.
Well-being & Mental Health
A reminder of websites that may help maintain calm and relaxation when needed.
|Here is a link to activities you can involve your children with in order to support their mental health and well-being.|
|https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga||Loads of yoga videos for children with themes. Eg. Frozen, superheroes.|
|https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/||Mindfulness and movement breaks, suitable for younger children|
|https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/||Calming activities and resources for young people|
|https://www.kooth.com/||Young people’s mental health charity|
|Daily 30 minute PE lessons released at 9am Monday – Friday|
Donations via ParentPay
We would like to remind parents that they can donate to our appeal for classroom iPads on ParentPay.
As we end our half term focus on compassion, be reminded that it is more than sympathy, which simply means that we feel bad for another. In a way that implies that we pity them – compassion goes much further. It means that we enter into their sufferings and carry their burden with them. It means we should try and reach out and take action in relieving the suffering of others. Let us never forget that compassion has a powerful ability to heal; both to the one giving and to the receiver.
“Clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (Colossians 3:12)
Term dates for 2019 – 2020
SUMMER TERM 2020 – PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE TO THE EARLY MAY BANK HOLIDAY
|Children start school||Monday 20th April|
|No school (May day bank holiday)||Friday 8th May|
|Half term||Monday 25th May – Friday 29th May|
|Children start school||Monday 1st June|
|Last day of summer term||Friday 17th July|
|Staff INSET||Monday 20th – Tuesday 21st July|