Hello wonderful parents, carers and children,
It has been quite a week since the announcement was made on Sunday evening by the prime minister about starting to return to school. The cards and pictures that I have received from your children have given me such a boost – thank you so much.
So just to remind you of a few key facts:
- Reception class, Y1 & Y6 will return to school from 1st June – home learning will not continue
- Y2, Y3, Y4 & Y5 will continue with home learning set in the same way
- Vulnerable children and critical worker children will continue to come to school as they currently are.
- Children will be working in school in groups/hubs of 15 per classroom
- Teachers in school will plan for the whole class
There is an overwhelming amount of added anxiety coming through the media and I believe that this is incredibly unhelpful for parents, children and staff. It has been made very clear to us by the experts (the medical and scientific specialists) how to prepare for the return of some children; ensuring their safety along with the safety of staff is an absolute priority. Coupled with this, we are also placing equal emphasis on ensuring that we are sensitive on how we respond/interact with the children as they return to school. The guidance we have is very clear in saying that children do not have to rigidly social distance as we do when out in public. We will plan in subtle changes to enable things like this to happen naturally, such as how the classroom is organised as well as break times.
It is however clear that personal hygiene will be a priority so we will have measures in place to enable this to be well maintained such as hand washing – an example of this is that we are having an external sink being installed in the playground at half term.
As we are still in the planning stage and new guidance seems to come out daily, we are not able to confirm anything for 1st June at this stage. That said, to give you an idea of the possible organisation that could potentially work for us as a school, taking into consideration staffing and our school building, we are hoping for the following:
- All of Y1 & Y6 to return full time
- Reception class to be split into am and pm slots
- Y1 and Y6 to be split into groups/hubs of 15 pupils, each of which will work consistently in the same classroom and be taught by the same members of staff every day
- Staggered break times and lunchtimes for the pupil hubs to minimise contact between hubs
- Adjusted drop-off and pick-up arrangements for different hubs to minimise congregation among parents and carers
There is however one thing that I would like to prepare parents/carers for which fundamentally goes against our usual beliefs and practices. We will not be able to allow parents/carers into the school building.
You will be able to drop off coming into the playground, but we will expect you to maintain distance from others, if you have to wait at all. We will also need to ask parents to drop off and leave promptly – this is essential for both the swift settling of your child and the system that we have to adhere to. Sadly, parents will not be able to stop and chat within the school gates. Myself, Mr McIntyre and teachers will be outside for Reception and Y1 to support a smooth transition back into school.
We must continue to work together to achieve the best possible outcomes for our children, our families and our staff.
“It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) that those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” – Charles Darwin
“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
If you have not done so already, don’t forget to look at 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.’
Coach Steve’s PE Challenge
Look out for Coach Steve’s challenge to classes against their teachers!! You will find them on the PE and sports page of our school website…. or by clicking here.
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.
|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.
No matter who we are, no matter how successful, no matter what our situation, compassion is something we all need to receive and give. It builds our confidence in each other and breeds trust and friendship – I’m sure we can all agree, we need that now more than ever.
“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|