‘Snow’ Exciting! This week we had the perfect antidote to any winter blues as the snow came down and actually lay thick on the ground around school. I was able to cancel lessons across home learning as well as in school to allow plenty of time for the children to get outside and enjoy the snow before it melted!
We have been moved to tears this week by the phenomenally insightful comments from our school community celebrating what has been positive in lockdown. Thank you all so much for taking time to celebrate! I have included as much as we have up to now at the end of this newsletter, and we will be adding to these comments next week, so if you haven’t had a chance yet to celebrate your child or family members/ school staff, please send something in for next week. The feedback has been so uplifting that we’d like to continue it next week too.
Celebration week next week!
The national position on reopening to all pupils in school has been set as a somewhat hopeful 8th March. This is an ambition which is reliant on data in relation to Covid tests and hospitalisations as well as the vaccination programme. We’re told that this time we will be given 2 weeks notice to be able to prepare fully for full classes again.
Live learning in lockdown!
We are grateful to families for keeping the children at home during these difficult times, when it is safe to do so.
Rates in our area in Cramlington are still reducing and the downward trend has been good to see. We are aware of three families in the school community who have recently tested positive but thankfully children have been out of school when they’ve been in contact with a positive case. The virus is still very much in the community and we are applying the usual hands, face and space Covid rules to minimise pressure on our local health teams.
Back online for lots of learning! We are so proud that most children (and their families!) have almost seamlessly kicked the online learning programme back into play this week and last. Teachers are monitoring the engagement levels and reviewing the success of their input by grading all the online work – using 4 simple criteria from ‘muddled, weak, very good to fantastic’.
Happy Christmas 2020 everyone! Welcome back Y5 AND Y6 It was great to welcome Y5 last week and then Y6 this week following the reduction in the isolation period. Y6 ambled in excitedly on Tuesday morning and have been able to enjoy more time learning how to use the ice skates than they’d thought previously get. I think more fun was to be had by having a good old mess around with the snow machine as well as playing music as loud as the speaker could go!
Skating, singing and Santa as our Winter Wonderland kicks off. What a wonderful week it’s been. All the children got to safely speak to Santa, send their Christmas wishes up through Daffodil the wish ribbon fairy, and to hear about how reindeer people live.
The CVPS pace quickens as our Christmas plans come together! There has been a host of exceptional practice that I was able to see taking place during observation week, with examples of inspirational input into the teaching and learning across school.
Happy Harvest everyone! The children have been excitedly preparing for our annual harvest thanksgiving service which we hosted this morning. A huge thank you for all the donations of dry food – it has been much appreciated – particularly in this year of challenging circumstances when many families have had to deal with reduced salaries due to furloughing. Photos in next week’s newsletter. Last date for bringing in donations for The Centre for Hope food bank will be Friday the 20th November.
Children love our storytelling pod and we’re planning for Christmas! It’s been all change since Monday in early years following our review of the ‘bubbles’. The children in Carly’s key worker group have been exploring and engaging well in their amazing new environment. This building came from our application to the Department for Education who gave us £100K to provide some extra nursery space that we can use for additional focus on language development. Once our Covid issues recede we can then start using it in the way in which it was intended but until then we can definitely see how much the children in nursery love it.