Term 6 Week 1 – Hello again!
I have missed sending these flyers and keeping in touch with you all. There has been so much change since I last wrote. School is a very different place. All staff are now in school every day and we have welcomed almost 80 children into school this week. These are a mixture of Key Workers’ and identified children and children from years R, 1 and 6. It’s lovely to hear more voices around the place and see the children busy in their ‘bubbles’. These are the small groups that they spend their day in, with the same members of staff. Social distancing is kept between bubbles, to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. This is also why children joining us can only start on a Monday, when we have had time to plan and staff the bubbles safely.
Please don’t think that you have been forgotten about if you are one of the many families who still have children at home. There have been five home learning grids and work packs issued so far. They can still be accessed from the red ‘Closure Updates’ button on the homepage of the school website. You can also collect these work packs from the school office between 10.00am and 2.00pm. There is a lot of work going on to prepare Pack 6 which will be ready next week. We will let you know. It is not possible to write a flyer every day now that I am back in school, but my aim is to send one out every week.
Also available on the homepage of the school website is a new YouTube video made by the staff. This time we are signing along to Bruno Mars’ ‘Count On Me’. Please take a look and hopefully your children will enjoy seeing some familiar faces. There are still new story videos going on YouTube all the time so please check them out too. There is a link from the ‘Closure Updates’ to the YouTube channel.
I have a message for you from the office. If you made payments on your SCOpay for school trips that had to be cancelled, you can either have a refund or save the money for future expenses like uniform. Please let the office know what you would like to happen.
The government guidelines for lockdown have changed this week too. We are now allowed to meet in groups of up to six people. To do this safely, we need to meet outside and everyone from a different household must stay two metres apart, keeping the social distancing in place.
Here is the guidance from the gov.uk website:
1.1 What can I do that I couldn’t do before?
There are a limited number of additional things you can do in England that you could not do before:
spend time outdoors, including private gardens and other outdoor spaces, in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines
visit car showrooms and outdoor markets
in line with the arrangements made by your school, send your child to school or nursery if they are in early years, reception, year 1 or year 6, if you could not before
if you are an elite athlete as defined by this guidance, train and compete using the specified gyms, pools and sports facilities you need - which will enable others to watch live sport on TV
At all times, you should continue to adhere to strict social distancing guidelines when you are outside your home, particularly ensuring you are two metres away from anyone outside your household.
visit friends and family inside their homes
stay overnight away from your own home, except for in a limited set of circumstances, such as for work purposes
exercise in an indoor sports court, gym or leisure centre, or go swimming in a public pool
use an outdoor gym or playground
gather outdoors in a group of more than six (excluding members of your own household)
I have also heard that from 15 June, anyone using public transport will be required to wear a face covering. This ties in with when some of the secondary school children will start to go in. I shall be getting the sewing machine out this weekend and converting some pillowcases into face masks for my children to return to school. There are lots of patterns online.
If any of you are worried about your child’s emotional health, there is a free online course that you might want to take a look at. It is only free until 5.00pm on Sunday, so if you’re interested, you’ll need to be quick! There are twelve videos that you can watch. You can pick and choose what you think will be helpful. Whilst it is designed to support children with autism, all children would benefit from the ideas and strategies.
It’s a cold windy day today, so unless you want to make and fly a kite
I’m going to give you 10 indoor activities to have a go at:
Finger painting and handprints
Make a Thankful jar
Build a cardboard castle
Create a self portrait
Have a fashion show
Learn to shuffle a pack of cards
Play “Would you rather…?”
Do a mini project about an animal
Find a yoga video and have a go
Have a pillow fight
Sorry this is so long but as I said, I’ve missed you all!
Have a great day, keep in touch, stay alert and remember that Sharon and I are here to help, Emma