Happy Friday everyone and welcome to the second half of the Summer Term.
I hope that you all enjoyed the half term holiday and a week off from home-schooling. Luckily the weather was very nice and you will have enjoyed soaking up the sunshine. I have been doing lots of work in my garden and had some lovely walks with Fred the dog. I even did some open-water swimming in the lakes on Sunday.
Usually this half-term is jam packed with occasions including Sport’s Day, end of year celebrations, school trips and weekly swimming lessons. This year will be different but hopefully you will still feel part of our community through our communications with you and in regular contact with staff members.
This week our school opened as a ‘hub’ for Key worker’s children and those classed as vulnerable. I would like to thank staff for their work in getting the school prepared and for managing to balance working within the hub alongside preparing work for students learning at home. We have had to make some drastic changes to our school premises and the routines of school life to support social distancing and reduce risks of covid-19 spread within our community.
On 11th June, the West Lakes Multi-Academy Trust board will decide whether the school should open more widely- to students in Nursery, Reception and Years 1 and 6. This would be for a possible start on June 15th. These were the year groups chosen by the government in May but we will remain open as a hub too. If you are a parent of children in these year groups you will have been asked if you intend to send your child back to school and we will do our best to accommodate this using the provision we have available. In some cases, pupils may be unable to return full-time as we are keeping our learning bubbles small as part of our risk assessment. Please note, school will be closed to everyone on Friday afternoons.
Home-based learning is continuing and I am pleased to hear about everyone’s efforts at home. It is important to try and do some learning every day, we know that learning is one of the ‘Five ways to Wellbeing’. There are many ways to tackle this and we know most families find having a routine has helped them to organise schooling around other aspects of family life. If you are struggling with learning at home, please let staff know as we may be able to provide advice or suggest a different format for working.
Enjoy your weekend and keep safe.