Headteacher’s Blog

I hope everyone is safe and well.

Today was officially the last day of the spring term. It certainly hasn’t felt that way to staff and I’m sure it hasn’t to parents and carers at home!

The school closure has meant that many trips, events and activities planned for this half of the spring and next summer term, have had to be cancelled or postponed. This includes our family consultation meetings – which would have taken place last week – and our latest curriculum evening, which would have been yesterday. Teachers have prepared short summary reports, giving key information about your child’s achievement, progress and next steps. You will receive these in the post, next week.

I have received a request for families from the school community to be part of a photographic project, creating an Arc of Hope which will be included in this year’s Young Artists’ Summer Show at the Royal Academy of Arts.  If you are interested in taking part, the deadline is 10th April.

Challenge yourself and the family to a game of Countdown – the letters round or Countdown – the numbers round.

The BBC Sounds website has a wide range of audio content suitable for children of all ages and interests, available to listen for free.

Learn how to make Easter nests.

Don’t forget to take a look at the English and Maths pages on our school website for more resources to keep your child busy during the Easter holiday and school closure. Listen to Mr Wilson read My Father is a Polar Bear; read our shared stories from World Book Day; and learn how to do short division!

If your child enjoys Harry Potter, learning through a Harry Potter inspired curriculum will motivate and interest them.

Online educational publisher Twinkl is providing free access to some resources during the school closures. The site is regularly updated and includes age and year-group specific curriculum activities, book readings, interactive games and live lessons.

White Rose Maths is also helping parents to support their children’s learning at home by publishing weekly maths lessons and providing access to online textbooks.

Oxford Owl has published a free eBook collection.

The Book Trust has also launched a website to help keep children busy and engaged with books during school closures. BookTrust Home Time contains free books, videos, games, recipes, competitions, activity sheets and live drawalongs, created by children’s authors and illustrators.