Chopps Chat

May 2021

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Headteacher's Comment

As things progress it is looking more and more likely that COVID is going to be less of a worry as Summer term progresses. As of yet we are not sure what that may mean for school and how we operate. So until we are told otherwise we will continue with our staggered starts and mask wearing. We know this is a pain for everyone, us included, but once we have guidance from the government and NCC we will communicate any future changes.


We are back up and running at full pace with after school clubs, breakfast club, swimming lessons and Assertive Mentoring meetings with the hope of closing some of the gaps that have developed during the latest lockdown. If you have not met with your class teacher, please make sure you make contact so you know how you can help us with your child's learning.


We are in the process of making plans for the rest of the year and for the start of the next academic year with a few changes, some of which are detailed below. We expect to continue providing holiday provision for those children that would like it, more details will follow soon.


Thanks

Mr D. Nelson

Online Safety at Home

Please click the link, below, to provide ideas for how to keep your child safe on line whilst at home. This page is from our Safeguarding Consultant and is full of links and information to help you and your families.


https://spark.adobe.com/page/IMwEX3zu3wrRD/


Please watch this video for more information on Keeping Children Safe Online

Keeping Children Safe Online

Forest School Area

We have been developing our Forest School area, following on from the planting of the trees. We are going to be adding bark chippings to stop the grass from getting out of control. When we come to do this we are going to need some help, as it is a very big job. We will be looking for volunteers who can help spread the bark over the areas - bringing your own tools would be needed e.g. spades, rakes and wheelbarrows.

I will message out via Class Dojo to let you know when we are looking to carry out this work.

School Dog

We are looking at introducing a dog to school. Please click the links for further details.


http://www.choppington.northumberland.sch.uk/website/school_dog/557468


We will send out this information individually during this half term to get parental consents.

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School Uniform

From September 2021 we are making some changes to our uniform for the children. The school uniform will be (see images below):

maroon/grey (Y6) sweatshirt

light blue polo t-shirt

plain black leggings/joggers

maroon hoodie

trainers


The reason for this slight change is due to the increase in active/outdoor activities we are planning for the children from September 2021.


To help with costs school will be providing every child with a PE kit - light blue t-shirt, maroon shorts and a bag. This will be kept in school at all times, with school washing them regularly.

Parent's Forum

Going forward I am planning to hold half termly Parent Forum meetings to discuss ideas, deal with concerns and help move the school forward. these meetings will be open to all, where school provides refreshments. I am hoping these meetings will open up the lines of communication further, especially since COVID has meant we have had to deal with each other at arms length.


The first meeting will be Thursday 20th May @ 9am, in Old Early Years building - please make sure you bring your mask.

After School Clubs

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Diary Dates

  • Parent's Forum - Thursday 20th May @ 9am
  • Half Term holiday - Thursday 27th May
  • Staff Training Day - Friday 28th May
  • Return to school - Monday 7th June
  • School Photographer - Friday 25th June
  • PTFA Summer Fair - Friday 2nd July

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.