Chopps Chat

October 2020

Headteacher's Comment

We have nearly made it to the end of the first half term, the longest of the year. It has been tough at times but like I have said many times it has been great having the children back to school and having some normality resumed.

This half term has begun to look a lot like 'normal' with our usual practices being phased back in. We have been able to provide breakfast club, after school clubs (football, dance, gymnastics, drama and cycling) and Assertive Mentoring meetings, curriculum visitors (NUFC, Northumberland Music Partnership, That History Bloke). Further to this we have set up 'Chopps Shop' as a reading incentive scheme, which has been very popular with the children.

Again I would like to thank you all for your support during these 'uncertain' times. As I have mentioned on the previous newsletter, we are constantly looking at our procedures and practices around COVID-19 and will sometimes have to make changes to these. We are making some very small changes to our finishing times to hopefully make them smoother and have parents waiting around less when picking up children from different classes (see table below)


Mr D. Nelson

Chopps Shop

Changes to school finish timings

School Timings (from Monday 19th October)

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** Breakfast club still starts at 8.15. Children enter through the School Yard door.

School Communication

From next week you will receive all of your correspondence from school electronically. This will be either by text, email, Class Dojo or Tapestry (Early Years). This will help us safe money and resources through less paper, but hopefully also be a more efficient way for us all to communicate.

Remember, also that we do have a school mobile too, so you could also text school using this also - 07734 839428

Social Distancing

Can I please remind you that on our school site we are asking all adults to follow 'social distancing' rules - to keep 2 metres distance from others.

It has also come to my attention that there are times when people are congregating around the school gates, making it difficult for people to follow these rules and walk safely on the pavement. Please try to help everyone by not grouping together and not waiting for others once you have dropped off your child/ren.


Year 1/2 Home Reading

Y1/2 Home Reading Books

Class Assemblies

Next week we will be sharing each classes assembly with you, electronically. Obviously due to COVID-19 we are not allowed to have you all in to watch in the hall as usual, this hasn't stopped the class teachers, teaching assistants and children wanting to share their learning with you.

We will be sharing the assemblies via our YouTube channel ChoppsTV - you will each receive a private invite for your child's assembly; so you can watch it at your leisure, maybe even on your TV at home.

Absence Reporting

If your child is going to be absent from school for any reason please make sure that you contact school to let us know. We have an answerphone service (option 1) which has been set up to help with this. Please leave a message and if we need to call back for more information then we will do so.

It is your responsibility to inform school if your child is going to be absent or late.

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The numbers able to attend clubs has had to be capped due to the COVID guidance. This means that numbers for some clubs have had to be capped.

About us

Choppington Primary is a school at the heart of the community of Choppington, Northumberland. We are a school where every child is encouraged to achieve their very best. This is a happy, vibrant place to learn – we aim to give children the skills for life and a wealth of memorable experiences.

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