Dear Parents and Carers,
The weeks seem to be flying past at the moment and the children seem to be back into the routine of school. Although the national infection rates seem to be rising quite significantly, this has not yet happened in our local area and although we have seen an increase in infection rates, it is still well below the rates reported nationally. Please make sure that you continue to take responsibility for all the measures that are in place such as distancing and please continue to consider wearing a face covering when dropping off and picking up your children from school.
SCHOOL VALUE OF THE WEEK: Co-operation
Black History Month:
While black history is celebrated year round, Black History Month is marked annually. It recognises and values the inspirational individuals and events that have shaped the black generation. During Black History Month, we remember and celebrate the important people from the past and also those who contribute to and help our society today. Learning will also be linked to the British values of Acceptance and Tolerance and our school value of Excellence. Throughout the month of October, the Class teachers and I will be sharing video links or activities to help you celebrate Black History Month at home. This week, the video link is: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/curations/black-history-month
Can your child think of someone of black heritage who inspires them? They could create a poster, write a poem or produce a piece of artwork based on this person. On this occasion, work can be handed in. Initially, it will be quarantined, before being used for a whole school display.
All work should be handed in by Friday 23rd October 2020. Please remember to review your child’s class blogs each week to see what the children have been learning about.
Feedback and Marking Policy:
This term, we have introduced a new Marking and Feedback policy with a focus on verbal feedback. This will see a shift from written marking to focused individual verbal feedback. Please see the attached policy for more information.
This week our Wellbeing Lead, Mrs Rebecca Dean will be visiting all classes. This is to spend time talking to the children about how they feel about returning to school and as a result, assess what additional strategies we may need to put in place. The safety and wellbeing of pupils continues to remain our top priority.
Survey – Return to School
Thank you to all parents and carers who have already completed our survey. If you haven’t managed to complete the survey please do so by 5pm this evening so that your views can be assessed.
Values Role of Honour:
|Excellence||James, Thandi, Olive, Matthew, Arjun & Paige|
|Resilience||Zara, Michael, Evelyn, George, Aniyah, Sophia, Seth, Amelia, Rutendo, Year 4, Noah, Arjun, Amanda, Chris D, Laura Paige, Hazel, Blake, & Addison|
|Independence||James, Philip, Sophia, Matthias, Michaela, Hana, Kemuel, Joyce-Samara, Year 3 & Year 4|
|Co-operation||All Early Years, Amy, Nomsa, Zac, Hannah. Seth, Caden, Aaron & Nathaniel|
|Self-Control||Isaiah, Year 4, Emmanuel & Rhea|
|Curiosity||Chloe, Zuriel-Vina, Year 3 & Year 4|
|Acceptance||All Early Years, Kemuel, Jadon & George|
|Respect||Kemuel, Jadon, George, Nomsa, Marqueza, Year 5 & Thabani|
Stars of the Week (Headteacher Awards):
|Year 5||Simona & Gabriella|
Keep up the good work all!
Attendance & Punctuality:
Each school in the local authority has an attendance target which is set for them. This year our published school attendance target is 96%. Thank you all parents & carers for ensuring your child/ren arrive on time to begin learning at 8:45am.
Please see below for all class attendance last week:
If you are requesting time off for your child, for exceptional circumstances such as an operation, you must complete an Absence Request Form. You can get an Absence Request Form from the office. Please let the school office know if your child needs to isolate immediately as this will enable us to provide a remote provision for your son or daughter.
Keeping our Community Safe:
Please check your child for symptoms, and do not come into school if they or anyone in your family show the following symptoms:
- a high temperature (please try to take their temperature every morning)
- a new, continuous cough or symptoms – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
The above 3 symptoms are from the NHS, and you should always consult your GP or call 111 NHS or use the coronavirus service https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/
What to do if you have symptoms:
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:
1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
3. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/ Always contact the school if you are unsure of what to do or would like some advice.
SHOULD YOUR CHILD DEVELOP ANY OF THE ABOVE SYMPTOMS OVER THE WEEKEND, PLEASE INFORM THE SCHOOL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE (VIA EMAIL) TO ENSURE THAT THE SCHOOL CAN TAKE THE NECCESARY PRECAUTIONS IN-LINE WITH OUR RISK ASSESSMENT AND GUIDANCE FROM OUR LOCAL HEALTH PROTECTION TEAM. PLEASE SEND THE EMAIL TO EITHER firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
School Council Elections:
Today, we will be hosting our school council elections. The children have been learning about democracy, one of the British Values, and they are looking forward to hearing the candidates electoral speeches this afternoon before casting their votes. I am looking forward to presenting our new school council members for 2020 to you next week.
Mrs T Madden