Friday 15th May
- Thank you for continuing to support your child with distance learning, and for helping them to engage in online ‘check in’ meetings with their teacher. Although these have been a challenge to organise technically, we do think that they have been very beneficial. It is lovely to hear about the things that the children have been doing, and that they are safe and well despite the difficulties caused by the Coronavirus crisis.
- We are pleased that all members of the school staff are now well and are working hard to make sure that the school is well looked after and ready for re-opening in due course. Thank you for your messages of support which have been extremely welcome. May 20th is National Thank A Teacher Day. It will mark a moment when we, as a nation, can come together to say thank you to teachers across the country who are making a difference not only now during these unprecedented times, but every day of the year. The Teaching Awards Trust are asking as many people as possible to share their message of thanks, ideally in a video clip leading up to the day. This will be in an expression of their choosing - singing a song/miming to a song of thanks to their teacher, writing and/or reciting a poem, or sharing a picture of a drawing. For more information visit https://thankateacher.co.uk/thank-ateacher-day
- You will have heard in the government announcement last week the welcome news that schools should prepare to re-open from 1st June. We are very excited about this, and as you can imagine we very much want to see children come through the school doors once again. However, planning for reopening is an extremely complex process. Our primary concern is the safety and welfare of our children and staff, and we are doing all we can to ensure that we have risk assessed correctly and have initiated the right protocols to minimise any risks we identify. It will be impossible to maintain social distance with young children and we are closely monitoring the advice from the government and the trade unions to ensure we do things correctly. This may mean that when we re-open the timings of the school day and class groupings will change. We cannot share plans with you at this stage because they change on a daily basis, but please be assured that we will do all we can to open school to children in a safe and timely manner. In the meantime, we will continue to deliver distance learning in the way that we have in the last few weeks.
- In order to maintain the safety of our school site, we will continue to be closed to visitors for the foreseeable future. Even when children return to school, we will not operate in our normal way. There will be many significant changes and we ask for your support in implementing these. If you require anything from school please contact the office via telephone or email and not in person. We will endeavour to reply to you as soon as possible.
- Thank you for contributing to the school NHS cookbook. We have received a number of excellent contributions and are busy collating these into a finished format.
- We do not yet know what the end of year report format will be this year, as we are awaiting further guidance from DFE. We do expect that it will be very different and shorter than in previous years due to the impact of the current crisis. We are also unable to organise any transition activities to new classes at the current time. We hope to be able to provide more guidance about this after half term.
Thanks and take care
Rainbow Cook Book
Rainbow & Value Awards
Rainbow Awards this week:
Laurence Abbott - for your hard work and perseverance with helping your dad to build a pond. It looks amazing!!
Alex Southern - for the huge effort you have made with maths!
Daniel Charge, Ashton & Jenson Gautrey, & Ruby Wilton - for your super science rainbow experiments.
Rupert Venables, Martha Bosomworth, Rhys Clutton, Masie Bird & Amber Hawkins - for your great effort in completing the daily phonics challenges.
Nathan Forshaw, Ned Fielden, Marcus Connell, Marley Hirst, Heidi Verlander-Bedford & Samuel Baker - for the hard work you have put into the Room on the Broom English task!
JJ Watson - for putting in an incredible amount of effort into his time machine and the instructions on how to use it. It looks superb! JJ has also worked incredibly hard on his maths work, with lots of great looking working out to support his answers.
Bryce Hirst - for a superb effort in completing all of his work this week. Not only have you been doing his work, but you have been going back and editing any mistakes too which is fantastic to see and a great habit to get into. Impressive work, Bryce!
Pearl - for exceptional toucan art work and for being a star baker in our Great Saxton Bake Off!
Harry W - for engaging with every task with great enthusiasm: from origami frogs to Rio carnival masks to the Great Saxton Bake Off cheesecake, Harry completes every task to a very high standard.
Oscar B - for being a master baker in the Great Saxton Bake Off and for his exceptional work about the Layers of the Rainforest.
Sophie Gee - for her exceptional shoeboxes about the layers of the rainforest and her beautiful toucan art work.
Clara H-M - for being a whizz at answering the questions on Miss Holgate's big European and South America quizzes - nobody is faster than you Clara!
Ollie - for his exceptional work about the layers of the rainforest and a wonderful Biscoff cheesecake!
Juliet - for a wonderful travel guide about Rio de Janeiro and for showing great dedication to reading our class text: Journey to the River Sea.
Seth - for being a fantastic competitor in our big European and South African countries quizzes and for a wonderful painting of a toucan.
Imogen - for great dedication to our class novel - Journey to the River Sea and the VIPERS questions that go with each chapter.
Values Awards this week:
Joe Spencer - Creativity Award - for putting so much time and effort into creating the most amazing looking motte and bailey castle. The detail is amazing and I can't wait to see the real thing when we are back at school.
Matilda Baxter - Community Award - for sharing work with the rest of Sycamore class and for sharing a wonderful looking recipe with everyone for the cookbook that we are putting together. You've also produced some amazing work with Tom, really well done this week!
WELL DONE TO EVERYONE!!
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