The last couple of weeks have been filled with such mixed emotions. The joy of seeing children back at school, coupled with the evident heartache of the many that are not able to return. The announcement from the government made it clear that Y2-Y5 would not be coming back this term, unless a school had capacity to achieve this safely and in hubs of no more than 15 children. We are feeling an overwhelming sense of despondency from children at home. The emphasis that we place on children’s mental health and well-being meant that we wanted to facilitate some contact with school and friends, using the limited physical resources that we have, while ensuring that the low risk factors are maintained. Parents in Y2-Y5 were sent information about 2 two-hour sessions at school across the week starting next week. While this is minimal, we hope that this time will boost children’s enthusiasm for continuing with home learning around these visits. The teachers are very excited at the prospect of seeing their classes, collaborating in activities and preparing the children for transition to their next class.
Our attendance figures continue to be high, in comparison to the national picture and we were delighted to see an increase of 10% in Y1.
- Reception – 77%
- Y1 – 77%
- Y6 – 70%
We hope that the lowering of death rates, hospital admissions and risk factors will enable families of children not attending, to gain confidence in knowing that children are such a low risk group of harm and do not seem to pass it on to adults. As we move towards the last 5 weeks of term, we will begin preparing the children for transition. We very much hope that all children in Rec, Y1 & Y6 will have an opportunity to prepare for this very important next step. We look forward to welcoming them…
I am sorry to say that it is still unclear what school will look like in September but I can assure you that if we are not able to return to full classes, the offer to all classes will be equal. I am maintaining a positive outlook in hoping that we will be fully operational with possible changes in the organisational side of things, and continue to be lifted by children’s imaginations……
This week, teachers planned activities that focussed on activism and equal rights. There were various activities that took place across the school including: debating whether certain historical statues should be removed from public places, rewriting Martin Luther King’s speech, reading stories, learning about the work of activists and how important they are in creating a world we want to live in. The children showed great enthusiasm for exploring, in an age appropriate way, some of the current national and world feeling about how people are unfairly treated.
“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much” – Helen Keller
“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb
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Coach Steve’s PE Challenge
London Youth Games have this week launched the Virtual Games, putting all the London Boroughs in a competition against each other to find an overall winner!
The competition will span over four weekly rounds, with a challenge being released on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 9am. Challenges for that week have to be completed and handed in to the London Youth Games by Friday 6pm for those weekly results to count.
LYG will be awarding a weekly ‘MVP’ where Nike trainers and other great prizes are up for grabs. Winners will be selected based on the ability, creativity and style shown in their video. Children must have parent permission before sharing content. Camden will also be rewarding their own weekly MVP trophy to show appreciation to all the young people taking part in the Virtual Games.
Please see attached all of this week’s challenges, as well as the multi-entry scorecard. For older pupils, they can enter their own results online via https://www.londonyouthgames.org/virtual-games/
Please keep Coach Steve updated on your child’s achievements by emailing him: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also wanted to let parents know that Coach Steve will be running his summer camps. We will update you with more information in due course.
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.’
This half term our Christian Value is ‘Service’
To begin to understand service there is a necessity for each one of us to lay selfish things aside for the needs of others and to truly appreciate all social relationships.
These last couple of months have dented the confidence of many people in the way that they interact with others. Time will be needed to rekindle these relationships in a caring and thoughtful way and it is essential that we prioritise supporting children in building trust in relationships.
Teaching about service helps children to learn about fundamental concepts such as giving and collaborating. It not only prepares your child in the classroom, but gives them valuable insights into the community and practical application of their knowledge in the real world. In turn, it helps them to not only be successful adults, but good people.
Church Opening Times
We wanted to let you know that from next week, S. Silas Church will be open daily at 12-1:30pm and on a Sunday 10:30-12:30pm.
Holy Trinity Church will be open on Sundays from 9-10:15am
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.
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|