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School Update 26/06/20

Posted On 26 Jun 2020
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Good afternoon everyone,

I hope all the children have enjoyed our virtual sports and researching countries around the world this week.  We have had some great pictures shared on SeeSaw!

The weather has been really hot at times this week which may have made children more reluctant to do their home learning.  As we head towards the summer holidays we are noticing that some children are not doing as much home learning as we have set.  It is only three weeks until the holidays and teachers are working really hard to continue planning and checking work so please let us know if you are struggling to keep your child on track with their learning so we can give additional support.  I cannot thank you enough for everything you are doing at home.  

Thank you to everyone who has dropped off school reading books this week.  If you still have not brought your child’s reading book back to school yet, please would you do this as soon as you can next week so we can check them off in preparation for September.

Teachers are really missing seeing all the children and we have had lots of messages from parents saying their children are missing seeing teachers too.  So, instead of posting reports, teachers are going to drop them off so they can say ‘hello’ in person, socially distanced before the holidays begin.  Teachers will ParentHub you all to let you know when this will be in the week beginning 6th July. 

On the Thursday of that week, we are also planning to send out celebration messages to children before chrome books are returned on the Friday.  Early years and Key Stage 1 children will also get messages sent via ParentHub.  

We are making plans for September and, if it is safe for all children to come back, we will have a transition week the first week for Key Stage 1 and 2 and a further week for children new to Reception and Nursery.  Children will come back to the teacher they have had this year and the same classroom and then transition during the week to their new teacher and new classroom.  But, with the caveat that, we do not know what stage the pandemic will be at and this will be subject to government guidance.  I will keep you updated and will send out final plans at the end of the summer holidays as well.  Before the end of term, I will also be sending out a video explaining to the children what we are hoping to do when they come back so children are not worrying over the holidays.

Please see the attached letter from Gail Brown our Trust CEO, sharing further information from the Trust: ParentLetter_26June

This term we usually have puberty talks with our upper Key Stage 2 children but are unable to do this this year.  The following ‘busybodies’ website is highly recommended if you are thinking of discussing puberty with your child.  Please watch the video beforehand so you are aware of the content and decide if it is appropriate for your child.  It is animated and the information is very clear:

https://www.healthpromotion.ie/health/inner/busy_bodies

Finally, this video was shared with me and shows children across the world talking about the coronavirus which would be great to share with your children:

Stay at home superheroes!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUN-I0C2SE0&t=11s&mc_cid=7c2319cbc7&mc_eid=d831077541

Have a good weekend and stay safe.

Many thanks,

Mrs Fletcher

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