15th January 2021
How are you doing?
Working together for the good of the children The following extract is taken from The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackery:
“Do you have a favourite saying?” asked the boy.
“Yes,” said the mole.
“What is it?”
“If at first you don’t succeed, have some cake.”
“I see, does it work?”
As a school, we continue to appreciate the huge efforts that you as parents are putting into your children’s home learning. We understand that home is not school, and that your sole purpose is not to just teach your children. As parents you are juggling many different things, including family and work. If no-one has said, ‘Well done’ to you, we are saying it now. Remember, as the above book starts by saying:
“What do you think success is?”
“To love,” said the mole.
As well as paying tribute to you, I would also like to praise my staff for having gone above and beyond all reasonable expectations to produce home learning that is second to none. This week has seen them trialling Google Classrooms to ensure that children in their class have the opportunity to ‘meet up’ and chat with their peers and class teacher. To enable this to be a success, we are starting small, with the intention of growing later. Classes have initially been organised into three groups of ten to support families with logging on and accessing the new technology successfully. Times for these ‘Meets’ have been staggered throughout the day and week to ensure that families with only one device and several children can still all participate. Two videos explaining how to access Google Classrooms and join a Google Meet have been placed on the Class Pages of the school website for all year groups. Please have a look at these well before your child’s allocated meeting time.
In addition to this, next week will see the official launch of recorded lessons for all year groups – one a day in either English or Maths. This approach places an extra burden on staff, but has been chosen as it gives families the opportunity to tackle their children’s home learning at a time that is convenient to you, especially when there may be more than one child in your household who needs support with their learning. Videos feature teachers from each year group teaching and explaining the work. This format allows you to pause the film whenever you like and spend time discussing what has been said so far. Also, if learning in one big chunk is too much for your child, you can break the teaching down into smaller, more manageable sections.
If you are struggling at any point during the next few weeks, please ring the school on 01992 622159 and someone from our pastoral team will be happy to support you in any way that we can.
Free School Meals
As a school, we have chosen to adopt the voucher scheme once again. We are able to order vouchers on your behalf from Monday 18th January onwards. Inevitably, they will take a few days to come through and be processed, but will be with you as soon as possible.
Another cheery quote with which to end the week:
“I’m so small,” said the mole.
“Yes,” said the boy, but you make a huge difference.”