Term 6 – Week 6: Another week passed, it feels like the summer has been and gone, but I’m confident we’ll see the sun again soon. The plants in my garden are looking better for the rain we’ve had, so I’m grateful for that.
We continue to tick along in school; hand washing and social distancing have become the new normal and the children have adapted brilliantly. Drop off and pick up times feel safer now that the one way system is being followed, thank you for putting in the extra distance. Looking at the positives; this has reduced anxiety about social distancing and increased daily step counts.
Next week sees our last full week of term. Friday 17th July is the end of term for all year groups except Year 6. Home school will be done, and I know that lots of parents will greet that news with a huge sigh of relief! It might be time to start thinking about how to celebrate.
Next week’s project could be about ending home school and celebration planning. Could your children create some kind of lasting memory about home school? It would be amazing for them to have something to look back on in the future. When lockdown becomes part of history, they will have something to show their own children. Depending on their age, you could work together to create a scrapbook or folder of memories using photos, pictures, pieces of school work they have enjoyed, poems, letters, newspaper articles, masks, posters they have made for the windows or birthday cards (if they had a lockdown birthday). There will be lots of images on the internet you could choose from if you haven’t been out to take your own pictures.
It definitely feels like everyone deserves an ‘End of Home School’ Party! Next week’s activities could include:
Making banners, bunting, party hats and streamers
Choose everyone’s favourite songs to make a family playlist.
Practise some dance routines.
Get creative in the kitchen and make some treats
Play some traditional party games (you could choose some from here https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/indoor-party-games )
Year 6 parents and carers have had a letter on Parentmail to explain the exciting activities that will be on offer to help their children mark the end of their time here with us at Castle Hill on 20th and 21st July. Always a tricky time of year, but we wish everyone all the best for secondary school transition and whatever Year 7 brings our pupils.
Assuming the infection rate stays low enough, the expectation is that we will welcome everyone back in September, including our new Reception Year families. Please keep an eye on your Parentmail messages over the summer; as it’s so difficult to make plans in these uncertain times. There are lots of unanswered questions about next year, but I can assure you that there is lots of planning and preparation going into making sure that we follow the new guidelines to keep everyone as safe as possible.
So if you’re celebrating the end of Home School (big fingers crossed here!), you may want to think about this quote: “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – Oprah Winfrey
Have a great weekend.
Take care, Emma