The pace quickens as we plan for the summer! School has been really busy this week! It’s no surprise that we have completed Maths assessments this week, but we’ve also ordered new reading books for each child – that’s just under 200 new individual book orders (thank you to Gertie and Sophie!) and all teachers have been released to spend time planning our new topic for next term too.
The fun returns to face to face learning! St Patrick’s Day definitely brought a smile to the children’s faces in Y4 and Y5 this week, as Mr Mullaghan showed off his Irish roots, with a Leprechaun outfit, a Y4 ‘Irish’ scavenger hunt, and a few Irish jokes.
Welcome back everyone! Not only did we welcome the children back this week but we also welcomed a parliament of owls into early years to launch their new topic of “Owl Babies’ where they are learning all about whether it’s good to be different.
Counting down to our Grand Return 2021. We have used the assemblies this week to remind the children of our countdown to being back together again as a whole school community and it is now officially only two more days after today! Our photos above show the online learning taking place in school this week and some of the live lessons.I am once again exceptionally proud of the staff efforts and children’s responses. We have led the way in primary provision by live streaming online lessons – none of us will be sad to see online learning go as it’s definitely a second best option to teaching face to face.
‘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’.