The great art of learning is to understand but little at a time.John Locke
While the extension of the COVID 19 restrictions did not come as a surprise, we were disappointed because this does mean that some of our plans have to change. Sadly we are unable to perform Romeo and Juliet live for our parents and carers; the DfE guidance that we have to follow highlights too many areas of risk and it is not possible to perform outside. Our plan B was to ensure that we were at least able to share a film of each of the shows with you, so this is what we are working towards. The performances that the children usually give are always the icing on the cake at the end our Shakespeare project and is something they too relish. However we must remember the wealth of experiences and learning that take place throughout this project; the diverse skills and knowledge children gain is immense – this remains the same in spite of the pandemic.
In hope of the lifting of restrictions PiP were gearing up for a summer fair. Unfortunately this is also something that, for this year, cannot take place although there will be a raffle – information on this to follow.
To finish on some positive news, we are allowed to hold Sports Day and will be inviting parents to be part of this on Wednesday 14th July at Parliament Hill. Having this so close to the end of term and as a school community (in spite of the need for distancing), we hope that this will mark the start of working, learning and having fun together from September.
Race to Health
Well done to all the children that have been super active this week! We are currently 3rd in the Camden league but are confident that we could do better. In the last week of this competition let’s get everyone moving more and logging their activity too. The more active you are the greater chance you have of earning a virtual medal!
Attendance and Punctuality
The whole school attendance this week dropped a bit to 96% but we have had a few bouts of sickness in various classes. Well done to Y1 for winning the bear this week and to Y3 for topping the table in KS2 for the second week running.
Y1: 98% Y3: 96.7%
Reception & Y5
Christian Value – Service
Jesus was called the ‘servant king’: we learn that his mission was to serve God and to serve all those people he met, through his teaching, his example and the way he led his life.
This prompts us to think and learn from those who serve us in our lives: at school, at our church, at home and in our community. We need to open our minds to noticing what others do for us and become proactive in thinking about what we too can do to make a difference to the lives of others. We can sometimes think we have no time but it is that thought alone that should make us stop and make even the smallest amount of time for someone else. It is often the smallest acts of care and kindness to anyone (especially if they are not your friend) that can make a difference.
But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him.Luke 10:33-34
Mental Health and Wellbeing Support
The NHS Mental Health Support Team who work across school in Camden are excited to be able to offer an online webinar series for all parents and carers of primary school children in Camden.
The series will include online workshops via Zoom. Dates and times for the four topics offered are as follows:
|3b) Supporting transition to secondary school option B||Friday 25th June||9.30 to 10:30 Q and A 10:30 to 11.00|
|4) Routine and summer activities||Friday 2nd July||9.30 to 10:30 Q and A 10:30 to 11.00|
Each workshop will last up to 60 minutes, with an optional follow-up slot of 30 minutes for further questions for those parents that are interested. You can opt-in to all four workshops, or select one or more topics that most appeal to you. We offer two options of the same workshop on ‘Supporting Transition to Secondary School’. You can select:
Option B – Friday 25th June, 9.30 to 10:30 (Q and A 10:30 to 11.00)
To find out more information and to register for any of the workshops for free, please go to the Eventbrite webpage at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mhst-parent-and-carer-wellbeing-webinar-series-tickets-154740568205
Wellbeing Tip of the Week – Mindful or Mind-full? (Part 1)
Do you ever feel like you’re running on autopilot and life is passing you by? Taking a moment to stop and absorb what’s happening around you has been shown to improve our mental wellbeing. This is known as being mindful. Mindfulness is: (i) observing our surroundings and the senses we’re experiencing in that moment, (ii) noticing our thoughts and (iii) connecting with our emotions. Research shows that being mindful can increase our enjoyment of the world, help us to understand our thoughts and feelings better, reduce the risk of psychological illness and help us to feel calmer.
How can I practise mindfulness?
- Pay attention to the small everyday tasks and the senses you experience e.g. while brushing your teeth.
- Pick a time of day when you’ll practise being mindful.
- Notice and observe your stream of thoughts without judgement.
Have a go this week at becoming fully aware of some of the tasks you complete and see if you notice any differences in how you feel.
Girls Football Development Class (with Coach Steve)
Where: Fleet Primary School, Agincourt Rd, NW3 2QT
When: Every Tuesday
Age: 6-10 year olds (Year 2 to Year 5)
Cost: First class is FREE (£6 per class thereafter)
For more info, please email Coach Steve at email@example.com
Barnardos have a helpline for Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic children, young people and parents/carers, that are affected by Covid-19. They are available to hear about any worries, problems and stresses during this time, and can provide emotional support, practical advice and signposting to other organisations who can provide further help.
Camden Healthy Eating Support Team
Camden Learning are offering FREE virtual healthy eating sessions for families. The sessions cover a range of healthy eating support, including: eating well at home; fun breakfast ideas and hidden sugars; understanding labels and portion sizes; and strategies to raise healthy eaters. ‘Fussy eating’ strategies are discussed in each topic. You are welcome to attend one or all of the sessions. Times and contact details are listed on the flier here.
Easyfundraising – While shopping online during lockdown, don’t forget you can keep raising money for the school via many major retailers. Please click on the link and sign up if you have not already done so.
All music lessons are now face to face at school including:
- Individual and group lessons
- Class bands
- Class recorder
Term dates for 2020 – 2021
|First day of autumn term||Thursday 3rd September 2020|
|Half term||Monday 26th – Friday 30th October|
|Last day of autumn term||Friday 18th December|
|First day of spring term||Monday 4th January 2021|
|Half term||Monday 15th – Friday 19th February|
|Last day of spring term||Thursday 1st April|
|First day of summer term||Monday 19th April|
|Half term||Monday 31st May – Friday 4th June|
|Last day of summer term||Friday 16th July|