This morning, we begin week 8 of the forced school closure.
If school was open, this would have been the annual SATs week and our Year 6 children would be sitting their Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs): Monday-Thursday. As it is, school remains closed for most of our pupils. Miss Lees, the Year 6 teacher has written a little poem for our Year 6 children. CLICK HERE to read it.
A message for our Year 6 pupils:
Unfortunately, due to the national emergency we have been advised that theatres will not re-open until 28th June.
It is with a sad heart that I have to inform you that the London Residential Visit will have to be cancelled this year, due to the national emergency.
From Mr Batey
We will of course look in to refunding all monies paid for this visit in due course.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister announced that primary schools may possibly begin a phased re-opening, week beginning 1st June 2020. He indicated that Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 may be able to return to school after the may half-term holiday. It is important to emphasise that this is conditional on the state of the national emergency, at that time. In addition, he also encouraged workers to return to work, if they could not work from home.
During this very difficult time, our school continues to offer Emergency Childcare for our most vulnerable children and the children of key workers, who are unable to work from home.
The Government have clearly stated:
Critical workers are defined as parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response, including those who work in health and social care and in other critical sectors.
However, many parents working in these critical sectors will be able to ensure their child is kept at home.
Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
Therefore, if children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
Over the coming days, I am sure that we will gain clarity on the Government’s position and the implications for our school. In due course, as the picture develops, I will endeavour to keep you up to date and explain the changes for you.
For now, for our school community we ‘keep going.’
Food Boxes ordered for this week will be delivered to school on Tuesday 12th May 2020 and can be collected from 12.30pm until 3.45pm, tomorrow.
Today, the teachers will upload this week’s ‘weekly bite’ which will help parents to explore the topics in manageable ‘bite-size’ chunks.
This week the children can look forward to learning about:
The teachers have created NEW Curriculum Videos to support children with the weekly bites:
Don’t forget, you can also access regular daily lessons in English and Maths, as well as other core subjects, in a new version of the BBC Bitesize website, as well as from the new Oak National Academy.
For those children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 you can also access free daily Phonics Lessons. All links available on your child’s class page.
This week, please could we ask parents to continue to support their children with:
Please feel free to ‘pick n mix’ these online resources which will supplement the school’s Home Learning Guidance as well as the individual content available on the Class Pages.
Please remember to contact your child’s class teacher this week.
This could be simply to:
The teachers and I remain on-hand to support you through these times. Please use the e-mails:
You can choose from challenges 1-28. This week: Mr Batey would like you to choose any of the Daily Challenges Videos and:
Email your class teachers, by Thursday 14th May, to share the outcome of the Challenge. Class teachers will forward your Challenge results to Mr Batey. Good luck everyone!
Why not give it a go?
I know that these are uncertain times for us all but we will continue to support our school community as best we can.