Year 1 Guest Visitors

Oooh, its that time of year when the Year 1 team get the most out of their egg puns!

So, we are egg-cited to announce that you can join in from anywhere on the planet as we wait, egg-spectantly, for something quite magical to happen to the eggs, which were delivered to school yesterday.

We have set up a webcam so that you can check in on the progress of the eggs at any time, day and night. With so many of you at home, the link below has never been more useful.

Please keep checking this page as the YouTube link can be broken, and we may need to replace it from time-to-time.

Have a look – we have been told that the best time to keep an eye out for new arrivals will be towards the end of the week….

Edmund Waller’s Trees : )

“A tree is a passage between earth and sky.” – The Overstory – R. Powers.

A recurring theme in our recent whole school assemblies has been trees. From stories of Buddha to Newton’s discovery of gravity, the tales of trees and humans have been interwoven throughout the last half term.

As part of this, the children of Edmund Waller were offered the chance to design a tree that represented their school.

Thanks for all of the entries – click the link below to see what has been created so far.

Welcome Back!

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back and we hope you all managed to get some rest over the half-term holidays. We are very hopeful that this half term will see a bit of a return to normality. Fingers crossed.

The media is full of speculation about the full return to school in March. Currently, we have no more information than is available to the general public. There will be more information this evening and we will be writing to parents as soon as we have any official news.

Thanks

Senior Leadership Team

Mental Health Week

One of the most welcome and significant shifts in recent times has been the one surrounding our attitudes towards mental health. Also, with the current restrictions, there has never been a more important time to have open and supportive conversations regarding our children’s mental well being.

Below is a special assembly to celebrate the start of this important week:

This week is Mental Health week, there are a whole host of resources available via the webiste:

https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/

Suggested Timetables

This morning, you will find suggested timings for your child’ school day, for years 2 and upwards available in the Year Group Team.

We appreciate that the amount of work coming from school can feel overwhelming BUT we have been directed by the Department for Education to provide 3 -5 hours of work a day!

We want to make it very clear that, other than Teams/Zooms etc., the timings here are purely a suggestion as to how you might structure your day – there is no compulsion to adhere to them, we fully understand that there will be days when this simply doesn’t happen ; )

Being a Teams Player

Thanks for all of your support in helping us launch live teaching so successfully this week. Inevitably the children have been exploring the functionality including the chat functions.

We had anticipated a few ill-considered comments, as the children begin to feel at home in their new virtual learning spaces. We would like to reassure parents that all chat is being monitored, with polite messages reminding children about the protocols. When needed, we have also been telephoning any children (or their parents/carers) to ensure that the exemplary conduct we see in school is seen in these virtual classrooms.

A huge thanks to Ms. Davis for creating the document below to help remind us of the way we should behave in Teams lessons.

Remote Learning Offer

It is a requirement for all schools to publish their remote learning offer. This is a document that outlines a schools approach to remote learning. This covers the provision that the school makes for children when they are not on site.

At the moment this applies to the majority of children as we are in a period of lockdown. The document also covers what the school will do if an individual or group of individuals are not in school (i.e. due to self-isolation etc.)