Newsletter – Friday 6th November 2020

First of all we wanted to say thank you to everyone for your co-operation with both the wearing of masks at drop-off and pick-up times and also for sending the children in with indoor pumps this week. This has really helped keep the carpets much cleaner which means the cleaners can continue to concentrate on keeping the hard surfaces around school spotless.

To help reduce the risk of problems in the morning please could we ask that parents don’t come into cloakrooms, including in EYFS. As soon as your child has gone in please move away as soon as possible so we can reduce congestion. Also we would still ask that children do not bring bags into school. As they are wearing PE kits on the day, the only things the children should need to bring in are their book bags and lunchboxes.

Attendance has been great this week; around 96% every day and while we know many parents have some worries about sending their children in, we are continuing to work hard to keep school as Covid-secure as possible. As part of this we have introduced an extra staff room in the library so staff can maintain social distancing at lunchtimes and we are reducing the number of staff in the hall at dinner time.

The first bubble closure before half term worked well – with children accessing online learning each morning before completing activities set by the class teacher. If and when the next bubble closes, we will continue with this model but the live teaching session might be earlier than the time we put on the letter sent out before half term, as those set times were in the event of the whole school, or several bubbles, closing.

For Remembrance Day on Wednesday 11th November we will be taking the Y3 and Y4 classes to the War Memorial for the 11am silence, with the other classes joining in online via Zoom. Each class will also be producing a piece of art based around a poppy wreath which will be put on the fence on that day. Poppies and other items will be sold in school until next Wednesday, please send the correct money in with your child (recommended donation of 50p per item) as money will go straight in the collection tin. The poppies this year are stick on poppies to make it easier for the children.

We have been looking at the best way to have parent-teacher consultation meetings during the lock-down, and have decided to use the video-conferencing system linked to the online booking system we used last year to book appointments. We will be sending out mini-reports on Friday 20th November and asking you to request an appointment for the online meeting if you would like one on the Gateway booking system. Once we know how many appointments are needed, we will set up the booking system and let you know when you can book a time and date.

We finally took delivery of £400 worth of playtime equipment this week and each phase now has a bag of play equipment for their playtimes and lunchtimes. So far they have really enjoyed them (and we’ve only lost a few Frisbees and balls on the roof so far!) We are going to buy some extra equipment using the £140 raised from the Halloween raffle in a few weeks once we know what works and what doesn’t!

Finally, next Friday is Children in Need Day. We thought it would be a good idea to have this as a non-uniform day with the theme of Odd Socks, with children bringing a donation if you are in a position to send one in.

As always, please come and speak to us on the gate, or get in touch via email or phone, if we can help with anything.

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