Chopps Chat

March 2022

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Headteacher's Comment

Easter is nearly here and we are at the end of Spring term. Hopefully Covid-19 is behind us and we can start to get things back to normal, including inviting you back into the main school building.

We have had a good half term, especially the parent events that have been a great success. It has been lovely to see you with your children enjoying yourselves and having fun. The next stage of them will continue in the Summer.

Next term we will be making a few small tweaks to procedures, to help provide the children with a good start to each day and prepare them for the days learning. I will mention the details below.

We have an Easter Holiday Camp going on during the first week of the holidays, we hope to have plenty signing up for this.

We hope you enjoy the holidays and enjoy the Easter break! Hoppy Easter!


Mr D. Nelson

Summer Term changes

We are making a couple of changes, to start in the Summer term.

We are resorting back to entry to school for Years 1 - 6 to be through the pupils entrance on the school yard. This is for breakfast club and the start of the school day.

At the start of the day we are going to be opening our doors to main school earlier, from 8.45. This will allow parents to drop off their children earlier and provide the children some settling time before lessons begin. We are calling this a 'soft opening' as we expect children to filter in between the ten minutes of 8.45 - 8.55, when school offically starts.

Early Years will remain the same - opening doors between 8.50 - 8.55.

At the end of the day we are also making a small change, to help with safe collection of children.

Year 1/2 will remain to be collected from their usual gate.

Year 3/4 will now be collected from the entrance on the school yard, instead of them coming out and lining up. The teacher will then let children out when they see parents.

Year 5/6 will remain the same too, being collected from the main entrance.

Finishing times have not changed - Early Years 3.25pm Years 1 - 6 3.30pm

Covid-19 Absences

From April 1st the rules are changing again.

From 1 April, updated guidance will advise people with symptoms of a respiratory infection, including COVID-19, and a high temperature or who feel unwell, to try stay at home and avoid contact with other people, until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and they no longer have a high temperature.

From 1 April, anyone with a positive COVID-19 test result will be advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for five days, which is when they are most infectious.

Advice will be provided for individuals who need to leave their home when they have symptoms or have tested positive, including avoiding close contact with people with a weakened immune system, wearing a face-covering and avoiding crowded places.

The old rules will now apply. If your child is unwell and not well enough to come to school we suggest they stay off, as we did in the past.

If your child comes to school and we notice that they have a temperature or a persistent cough we will call you to discuss next steps. These could include an LFT test, taking your child home and self isolation.

We are aware that this could be an inconvenience but we need to continue to follow the guidelines to ensure we keep everyone connected with school safe.

Official guidelines can be found here:

Easter Holiday Camp

We are hosting another Easter Holiday Camp during the first week of the Easter holidays. It will be Monday - Thursday, 9.30am - 2.00pm. The children will take part in sport, art and craft activities and be provided with breakfast and lunch.

The camp is open to children from Years 1- 6 - if you want to sign your child up then fill in the online form by clicking the link below.

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Parent's Forum

Thursday, April 28th, 9-10am



We are holding our next Parent's Forum meeting on Thursday 28th April at 9am. This will take place in the Community Building.

We will discuss Community Issues, homework and future parent support work.

If you are unable to attend and would like to have your views heard then please contact myself or Mrs Stephenson to discuss.

Sports Competitions

This half term we have had a couple of teams representing the school in festivals.

Year 5/6 Football team took part in the Premier League Stars Festival at Ashington. Unfortunately , we didn't win any games but the team worked hard and showed great teamwork throughout.

Year 3/4 took part in a Gymnastics Festival and our two teams did very well, with a 3rd place and a 1st place for the Blyth & Bedlington area. This resulted in us taking part in the County Finals, where the team finished 3rd overall. A superb effort by all involved and thanks to Sharna for her expert coaching.

Important Dates

Some dates for your diary:

Tuesday 5th April - PTFA Coffee Morning - 9am in the Community Building

Wednesday 6th April - Year 1/2 Parents Event - 1.30 in the Community Building

** Friday 8th April - Last day of half term - school closing at 1.30pm **

Monday 25th April - School back for Summer Term

Thursday 28th April - Parent's Forum - 9.00 in the Community Building

Ms White leaves

Ms White (Julie) has resigned from her post in Early Years to take up another role outside of education. She worked here for just over 6 years, working mainly with the 2 year old children. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours.

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.

Class Assembly

As we haven't been able to invite you all into school to celebrate the children's topic work we have recorded class assemblies. These are nearly ready to go and will be shared via Class Dojo, with a link to YouTube by next Friday.

A reminder that these are only shared with those who have permission. Do not post anything related from the recording on social media please.

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.