We would like to start this week’s newsletter by thanking parents for their continued support and efforts to observe our COVID control measures, particularly when collecting their child from school. This really helps us to minimise the risk to everyone.
As you are aware, the infection rate continues to rise and although it remains relatively low compared to other counties, Worcestershire schools are still being asked to maintain our control measures, especially hand washing and social distancing. We continue to be guided by Worcestershire Children First and the Public Health Team who regularly update schools and support schools in decision making. It is reassuring to know that there is a team of experts at the local authority supporting schools and that the decision making does not fall solely on the Headteacher’s shoulders.
Today your child is coming home with an exercise book and an information pack about remote learning. Remote Learning will be implemented should a class bubble or child need to go into isolation at home due to COVID. The Teachers have worked hard to put together a remote learning package which will ensure a child’s education is continued in the event of isolation. It is not a perfect system but we believe it will work for our school. As this is something new to schools, we will appreciate your feedback in developing and improving our remote learning systems.
Please take the time to read through your information pack and the remote learning policy which is on our website.
Please note, we will not provide remote learning for families going on holiday during term time.
We are concerned that there have been a couple of near misses outside of school when children are crossing the road. We respectfully ask that parents keep close to their child when crossing the road and help their child to become road aware.
We would also like to remind parents that parking on the top of Plymouth Road is not permitted as there are double yellow lines. This includes stopping temporarily to drop somebody off. By stopping on this road, you are making it more difficult for pedestrians to have full sight of the road in order to safely cross.
Some parents have been asking whether there is a two week half term. We know that the government were talking about a ‘circuit break’ for two weeks at half term, however this is still in the discussion stage and no decisions have been made or communicated to schools. Therefore, our half term week runs from Monday 26th October to Friday 30th October. Friday 23rd October is a training day at school so the children will not attend school on this day.
Next week in school we will be celebrating Harvest. This is an important time in the Christian calendar to offer our gratitude to all those who help us and provide our food, and to support a local charity. We will be collecting food items for the Bridge Church foodbank charity.
We would like all children to bring in a food item in Monday 12th October for our Harvest celebration. This needs to be a non-perishable food item (for example; tinned foods and packaged foods). All items will be left for 72 hours before sending them onto the church.
Thank you to all parents who returned the permission slips for their child to take part in our video Christmas performance. We have ordered the play scripts and will be starting rehearsals after half term. We are assuming that if a permission slip did not come back to us, you agree for your child to take part. If this is not the case, you should contact school as soon as possible.
If your child is given a speaking part, we kindly ask that your help your child to practise at home.
Thank you to all parents who signed up for a parent consultation in years 1-4. We hope that these consultations were helpful. Bears parents will be having their consultations next week.
The Department for Education recognises that children will have education to catch up on and that children may currently not be on track to meet their expected milestones. This is a national picture and schools are working hard to consider how to help children catch up and get back on track. The government are providing funding to schools to help with this.
Now that your child’s Teacher has got to know your child and carried out assessments this half term, we are in a position to plan and deliver catch up support. This will be targeted intervention for small groups of children or for 1:1 targeted support. Mrs Pemberton meets with each Teacher every 3 weeks to plan and assess catch up intervention.
We aim to keep parents well informed of their child’s progress throughout this year. If, however you are at all concerned, please contact the Teacher who will be happy to talk this through with you.