Year 3 Violin is Back!

Whole class violin lessons are returning next week.

Our Lewisham Music tutor, Mrs Plummer, will be in on Wednesday afternoon to teach the bubbles and the best news – children at home won’t miss out!

Year 3 children who are at home can join in online. Access details will be sent the day before the session.

If you need a violin to use at home, you may borrow one free of charge. Simply add your details to this quick form: https://forms.gle/6VoosbSi4HJzUTpL9

Violins will be available to collect between 2:00pm and 3:30pm on Monday 18th January. Please come to the main entrance to collect between those times.

Assemblies – 9:30am Every Day

We have an assembly or PE session every weekday morning until further notice. All start at 9:30am.

We try to make content appropriate for certain year groups, but everyone is welcome to all the assemblies. It is lovely to start the day seeing you all!

Monday – Morning Assembly with Ms Rennie (Whole School)

Tuesday – PE with Miss Poole (EYFS/KS1)

Wednesday – Singing with Mr Barrett (EYFS/KS1)

Thursday – PE with Miss Poole (KS2)

Friday – Singing with Mr Barrett (KS2)

Reception Home Learning Win!

Thank you so much for continuing to share your child’s learning with us via the EYFS email. We are so impressed with the quality and quantity of learning that you are managing at home. Well done everyone!

We thought that you might like to see this amazing piece of animation made by Ursha following our speech bubble activity. We think you’ll agree it really shows that children can grasp technology better than some adults! 

Need Help with Tech?

We want to make sure every child can learn remotely.

If you have no fixed broadband at home and do not have enough mobile data to take part in Zoom sessions and remote learning activities, please let us know using the form below. There may be government help available.

If you are in difficulty because your children do not have a laptop or tablet to use, there is a section on the form for this, too . We will do our best to help those in the most need.

Please complete the form HERE.

Class Zooms

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome to Day #2 of Remote Learning. We really hope you are finding the resources and videos useful. We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that each year group will have a daily Zoom ‘catch-up’, starting today. This will be an informal opportunity for your child to see their peers and an opportunity to ask any questions about the remote learning. Can we please ask that you all try to make the Zoom sessions – these form part of our safeguarding measures and we will be phoning any families not seen on the Zoom to check that they are safe and sound. Your cooperation with this is much appreciated.

Details of how to join each year group’s Zoom session will be emailed to parents/carers.

The Zoom sessions are scheduled for:

10:00 – 10:25: Year 6
10:30 – 10:55: Year 4
11:00 – 11:25: Year 5
11:30 – 11:55: Year 3
13:10 – 13:40: Year 2
14:00 – 14:20: Reception
14:45 – 15:15: Year 1

If you have any problems accessing these, please contact the school office.

Remote Learning – Update

Dear Parents/Carers, 

Well, that wasn’t quite the start of 2021 we were expecting, was it?  

Our staff have been working continuously over the past few days to try and ensure that there is a high-quality remote learning offer for all children from tomorrow. Clearly, we had not planned for the extent and duration of the school closure. We, like you, found out last night about the Government’s intention to effectively close schools until February half term (at the earliest). 

Therefore, we are proposing a model of remote learning that will progressively increase in terms of content and delivery over the coming weeks. From tomorrow, there will be daily tasks set by the class teacher. These will be accompanied by a video of the class teacher explaining the work required for the day. This work will mirror the experience of the children in school to try and ensure as fair and equal an experience as is practically possible. 

Tomorrow, there will be a whole school Zoom assembly (which you will receive a link for shortly) From Thursday, there will also be a daily ‘Zoom’ check-in for every year group. This a great, informal, moment for the children to see their peers and will often feature a story session and give the children a chance to ask any questions about the day’s learning. We would ask that you try to ensure that your child attends each one of these sessions as they form part of our safeguarding measures to ensure that every child has been seen regularly.  

These videos and resources will be updated daily and can be accessed via the remote learning hubs on the main school website – www.edmundwaller.lewisham.sch.uk  

Following last night’s announcement that all children – except those of key workers, or the most vulnerable members of our community – will be learning remotely for the rest of this half term, we are undertaking a full review of what and how we offer our learners when they are not on site. We will be writing to you over the coming days to explain how we intend to make changes to the remote learning. As you will understand, this takes considerable structural change. We are, however, committed to ensuring that the children of Edmund Waller receive the best possible education, whether they are attending school physically, or not. 

As we strive to move the educational experience forwards, we ask that you engage with the learning (available from tomorrow morning) and we look forward to trialling innovation and change over this period of school closure. 

Remember that the school office remains open and if you need any assistance at all, please get in touch and we will do everything we can to help you. 

Thanks 

Senior Leadership Team 

Face Coverings

As we prepare to re-open the school to those key groups identified by Government, we would like to ask that all parents/carers (unless they are medically exempt) wear a face covering when they come to drop off or collect their child.

This measure is intended to protect everyone in the community’s safety.

We would like to thank you in advance for your support in this matter.

Headteacher’s Email

Please find below the text from an email from Ms. Rennie regarding school reopening this week:

Dear parents and carers

As you will know, primary schools in Lewisham have been directed to remain closed to the majority of pupils due to the extremely high COVID 19 infection rate within the borough. It is understood that this decision will be reviewed by the government on the 18th January.  The advice is,  where possible,  parents should keep children at home. Only children of critical workers and vulnerable pupils can attend school. Please read the attached letter very carefully and complete this questionnaire if you think your child is eligible for a school place.  We have been advised that in two parent household families where only one parent is a critical worker, children should be kept at home as this will help to reduce infection rate more quickly.

We will be in touch tomorrow with further information about provision for all children during this period.  Thank you for your continued support in these difficult times.

Best wishes

Anne Rennie

Happy New Year

Dear Parents/Carers,

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year.

As you will be aware that start of the new term has been delayed for the majority of students. We are currently working on remote learning and looking at how the school will respond to the current Government guidelines.

Please check back to the school website for the latest information.