As we move towards the reopening of the school to all pupils, here are a few reminders and some other information.
Firstly, I want to reassure you about what school will look like during the period to Easter. As we ease the children back into school, we will be adapting our curriculum to really focus on the core areas, such as English and Maths. We will also be spending time on RE as we move towards Easter. There will be lots of ‘wellbeing’ activities and time for the children to be back with their friends and build the bonds of friendship again. Our staff know your children very well and being small means we can give lots of individual attention and support should they need it. If you have any concerns, please speak to us.
I can appreciate that a return to school coinciding with some temporary changes in staff could be difficult for some children. Please reassure them that the there will still be plenty of staff in school that they will know. Unfortunately, Mrs Graham and Mr Graham are away from school temporarily (not COVID related), but we have some great staff who are fulfilling their roles until they are able to return. They have been spending this week getting to know the school and the children who are in and are excited to meet everyone.
Skiddaw Class – Mr Barnes with Mrs Nelson
Whinlatter – Mrs Johnston and Mrs Fleming with Mrs Child and Miss Sowerby
Mrs Heaney remains in the office until Mrs Wallace Lawman returns after Easter.
Mrs Johnston is in school in a leadership role until I am able to return in person, but we communicate daily and I am always available contactable by phone or via email.
This has been such as difficult time for everyone. The staff in school have been fantastic – keeping both the school going and providing remote learning at the same time. And you have been marvellous at home! You have helped your children to keep up with their learning and to keep them sane – all whist trying to keep yourselves sane too!
It does feel hopeful at the moment, but we are not out of the woods yet! As much as the government tell you all the good news at the briefings about the reduction in numbers becoming ill or dying, the scientists are always adding a note of caution. Their advice always is to follow the guidance to keep yourselves and everyone else safe.
As we open school again to all children, my plea to everyone is to keep doing all the things you have been doing, because it has worked – we haven’t had any incidents of people catching the virus! Please maintain social distancing at all times; don’t let children have play dates etc and keep up the measure that have kept us all safe, such as regular hand washing. Hopefully, by doing these things and following the guidance strictly, we can all get through this and look forward to a summer of meeting up with families and friends again.
Stay safe and thank you for everything you have done this term!
The staff are really looking forward to seeing your children back in school on Monday!