Newsletter – Friday 2nd October 2020

 Well it is the end of another week of great attendance, behaviour and a lovely feel around school. EYFS have been introduced to new outdoor collections and there is a general buzz around KS2 as they have enjoyed science experiments in lower KS2 – testing the strengths of magnets and art work in upper KS2. Children in KS1 had a great time learning about how different school would be in the Victorian times and it was lovely to see how much effort parents made with their costumes today. The children have had a great day so far and are definitely relived that times have changed! 

Drop off and pick ups 

We have noticed a big improvement at drop of and pick up times and children, on the whole, are arriving at the correct times. We would like to thank our families for supporting us and working together to achieve this. We would just like to ask that all Year 5 and Year 6 children who walk to school on their own are reminded that they should come straight onto the school premises and wait at the top of the car park rather than wait on the nearby paths for their friends. 

Upcoming events 

I am sure you will all appreciate how difficult it is to ensure children are offered the broad and balanced curriculum that we strive to provide as well as offering children additional experiences to ensure they have fun and feel safe during the difficult times we are experiencing. For this reason we are having to prioritise events and activities that we feel will achieve this. Unfortunately the school photos that were planned for the end of September have had to be postponed. This is due to how our bubbles work, the space we have available and our decision to limit visitors to the school wherever possible. School photos take place in the hall and as we are now providing hot meals to KS1 and will be starting this with KS2 from the 12th October photos are not possible. We will rearrange this date as soon as we feel we can do so safely. 

World Maths Day – Thursday 15th October 

To celebrate World Maths Day in addition to their maths lessons children will be carrying out exciting maths games and fantastic challenges. On this day children can come to school dressed as a rockstar (to link with the Times Table Rock Stars game that they have been playing) or in a Maths related costume. We don’t expect parents to go out and buy fancy costumes and this could be something as simple as wearing a patterned top or a football shirt with numbers on the back. 

Halloween Day – Friday 24th October 

A reminder that children will be taking part in fun Halloween activities in their classroom and if they wish can come dressed up for the day. 

Christmas events 

It is looking very unlikely that we will be able to have any performances this year where parents will be invited in. We are looking at the possibility of still doing the Nativity and a KS1 concert which could be recorded and sent electronically. We will inform you nearer the time how this will work. 

Again our annual trip to see a Christmas show will not be happening but we have been provided with an amazing opportunity from a theatre company who will be able to provide us with a virtual show that the children will be able to take part in within their bubbles. There will be further information about this once the company has been in touch to give us the details. 

We will end by wishing everyone a lovely restful weekend as we look forward to another fun filled week of learning next week. As always please don’t hesitate to contact school if you have any worries or questions that you would like to discuss. 

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