Interim Head of School Update – Friday 12th June 2020
Dear parents and carers,
We’re at the end of our first week of partial re-opening to pupils in our Nursery, Recepton, Year 1 and Year 6. It was great to welcome some of our year groups back to school and have children back in classrooms, using the rooms as they should be, although it certainly isn’t the same as having all of our pupils here. My anxiety and nervousness on Monday was short-lived and unfounded – children had been away from school for more than two months – a long time, meaning it was crucial to plan the right approach. I needn’t have worried – all of the children, without exception, have come to school, ready to learn and excited to reunite with their friends and teachers and being to confident to talk about their lock-down experiences – I am very proud of them all! This week, children in our Nursery have learned what it means to be part of a ‘bubble’, been on bear-hunts, told stories to the foxes and become experts at washing their hands, whilst pupils in Reception have been exploring the outside area, too. In Year 1 and 6, pupils have been writing stories and poems, acted out being pirates and created some fabulous art work, just to name a few.
Throughout the week, we’ve been taking photos and listening to what the children have to say – the photos can be found on the school’s Facebook page. Here are some quotes from some of the pupils who have been attending this week.
One child in our Nursery said,
“We have to wash our hands because there is a virus.”
Some of our pupils in Year 1 said,
“I like having my own table and equipment. I don’t want it to be the weekend.” (Elsie-May)
“I loved making the treasure maps. I pretended to be a pirate. I also enjoyed painting the treasure map with tea.” (F)
“I love colouring when we come in in the mornings. I liked writing instructions for making the pirate hat and then making a hat.” (Isla)
“I like colouring. I loved going to the field to play games.” (Rubi)
“I liked having my own stuff. I enjoyed drawing the map of our local area.” (Joe)
“The Maths was good. I loved adding up the sweets.” (Kate)
“The games on the field were so fun.” (Riley)
“I liked making the pirate hat and being ‘Pirate Angie’.” (Angie)
Some of our pupils in Year 6 said,
“It was nice coming back to school to see all the friendly faces I haven’t seen for a while. It has been great to have fun and to be learning again.”
“This week has been amazing; we’ve done loads of artwork, games and English. I love it! And we get the playground to ourselves.”
“This first week back has been wonderful! It was great seeing all my friends and teachers. We had loads of fun and I can’t wait to see what happens next week. I’ve been having loads of fun and feeling great!”
“This week has been amazing because I have been more confident and it has been so much fun. I have been doing more work and also I have had a positive mindset and working hard.”
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff for their commitment and dedication this week – it has been a huge effort to get the school reopened and I am grateful for their continued enthusiasm and teamwork.
To all of our families – ‘Thank you’ for your continued support of the school during this time. Please take care and stay safe!
Mr R. Laker
Interim Head of School