Good evening to you all,
I really hope that you have a wonderful and restful half term. This afternoon, the Prime Minister has continued to expect that schools will begin to open, if they are ready, on the 1st June. High View is obviously making plans for this to happen. However, I must stress that this has not been confirmed and I ask for your patience and kindness during this week.
Plans moving forward: Where are we based on our plans for opening school?
Below is a brief explanation of some of the changes school will be making for you to digest and begin to get your head around, as well as begin to explain to your children, as they are vast and significant.
Groups and Numbers
Currently, we have the number and lists of pupils which we are expecting on 1st June. Classes have been placed in groups. I must explain that the classes that the pupils work in and the teachers that they have may be different based on the small group guidance and staff I have in school able to work. This will be sent out to parents through email once we have confirmed we are ready to open and the date this will take place.
All adults on site will have to adhere to the 2m social distancing. We are stating only one adult will accompany their children on site. They will not be able to gather at doors or on the playground. There will be markings on the school paths and playground to support this, as well as school staff ensuring this is adhered to.
In school, it is expected that the older pupils will be able to follow the 2m distance. They will be seated on separate desks and have individual resources. The younger children will be supported and encouraged to be separate but we understand this is extremely difficult for them to understand and follow. The bubble they are in will be able to have the same resources but items like sand, water, play dough at this moment will not be used. They will all have separate playtime, lunch times and areas to use for outdoor play, which will be on a rota. Lunch time SMSAs will be assigned to one group only for the foreseeable future. In terms of the furniture, school has removed excess furniture to provide the 2m distancing. This has meant that corridors have been used as storage and therefore these will not be used as any teaching area apart from Y2 corridor, due to access to the classrooms through doors.
Staggered start times and finish times:
In order to ensure the social distancing, school will be operating very differently to ensure no large gatherings take place and to ensure 2m distancing can be maintained. To do this, the car park will be closed for significant times during the day to cars, deliveries and any visitors in school. Adults and children will be using designated paths on and off site which do include the car park, which is why we have had to make the decision to close it. Also the timing will be different for the pupils to ensure this. Again, once this has been confirmed it will be explained to you all in letter form this week.
All of our static equipment (adventure play areas, climbing frames, benches, musical stage and all static equipment in Foundation Stage playground will be taped off due to the guidance from the government. Each individual group will have individual equipment for use, and this will be wiped daily.
As you can imagine, the school is extremely busy implementing all the necessary actions and organising resources, to ensure that school is following the guidance and ensuring all health and safety measures are in place through a rigorous and comprehensive risk assessment and recovery plan. The honest and open information is that these plans are still changing, with the differing numbers expected and the information we are still receiving from all outside advisers, and in particular the DfE and Government.
The relevant information will be published on our website once the final draft has been completed. I really appreciate your support and patience during these very uncertain times and the school needs the time to ensure it is ready to greet the pupils coming in. The information will be shared as soon as possible in order for all parents and pupils to familiarise themselves with the drastic changes they will find when they come to school upon opening. I am mindful of all the questions you will have and the uncertainty you will all be facing as you await the information, so I will endeavour to get this to you with urgency.
Once again, have a wonderful half term, please stay safe and be patient with us. More detailed information and confirmation will be coming your way as the school continues to work through the recovery plan, so ensuring school is ready.
Thank you, as always, for all that you are doing and for supporting the school. You really are making a difference with your kindness, positive attitudes and belief that the school is doing all it can.
All the best and sending hugs and love to each and every one of you.
Miss Smith xx
A huge well done to all our pupils this week for the wonderful work they have done. We continue to be immensely proud of all our pupils and parents for the support. Have a wonderful rest during half term. You have all deserved it.
Jax for doing amazing work at home with mum.
Hollie for fantastic sand writing and shape colouring
Henry T- for his wonderful tour of his den
Robyn W- for her beautiful 'don't litter' poster
Theo H – for fantastic reading.
Ronni C – for excellent phonics work
Riley Roe - for all the brilliant work he is doing at home and continuing with his handwriting.
April-Lilly - for some amazing creative work which brightened my days.
Alexa - for creating fantastic musical instruments and using these to perform a song! You are working really hard!
Ophelia - for beautiful writing to retell a story, along with excellent effort and commitment to all of the learning task that are set!
Chael and Kobe - amazing attitude and effort to home learning.
Ben and Emrys - great effort in all their work.
Rowan - For producing some outstanding sentences in his work this week.
Lily U - For using excellent reasoning in her work.
Julia and Finlay both for showing amazing attitude to learning and putting in fantastic effort for all tasks. They have both accessed work all term and it’s all been completed to a very high standard, regularly impressing
Grayson and Libbie - both working hard on home learning uploading more quality work and acting on feedback
Noah because he’s putting a massive amount of effort into his seesaw work and showing excellent results, especially in maths.
Eva is working really hard on everything. She continues to show her resilience and tries to improve her work.
Megan for her amazing climate change speech and Lucas for his effort in all areas especially maths
Finn - For a super clever and emotive speech on the environment, showing he'd taken notice of all learning this week. Finn has worked hard all half term, but has particularly wowed me in all his work this week.
Landen - For a massive improvement in the amount of work he is completing and submitting - keep it up Landen!
Max L, Cory and Oliver L for good quality home learning tasks. Continued effort and hard work.
Alex D And Blerton for continuing to work hard at home and put in effort to their home school learning.
Good evening all,
What a week!
Massive Thank yous!
Can I first thank all of the wonderful, amazing, dedicated and truly perfect children. The standard of work all the staff are receiving is truly remarkable. We know as parents ourselves how challenging it is to keep children motivated and enthusiastic during these challenging times and the fact that they have remained as hard working as they are in school is fantastic. Well done to each and everyone of you, who are sharing their work and learning with us, it is very much appreciated and it is making us extremely happy and proud.
We do not have the words to show our appreciation for all that you are doing, As you know, this week in particular has been challenging for us all with the news that school is expected to be opening to some of our year groups on 1st June and the difficult decisions we all have to make. The parents we have spoken to this week have been truly incredible. Your kindness, caring words and patience is so appreciated during these times and the fact that you are also so understanding of the situation we are in, makes it that little bit more bearable.
The school is obviously making plans and attempting to organise what this will look like and we will share more information once we have it finalised. Please remember, this is a plan, it is not definite, things may change in terms of the governments decision and in the decisions the school will have to make due to ensuring that all safety procedures are able to be put in place. For those year groups which are remaining at home, the home learning will continue but again changes will have to be made due to the number of staff that we need in school for the smaller groups. Again, I have to ask for patience and kindness during this time and please remember if you have any questions, we as a whole staff are here through dojo, seesaw and of course through a phone call to school! - I promise more information will follow on this, this week!
INSET DAY/Half Term
As the school has done since Easter, school is remaining opening every day apart from weekends. Due to this, there will be no work expected on seesaw on Friday 22nd May as it should have been an INSET. This is the day teachers have, to write their reports. The following week is half term. Again there will be no work set during this week. However, as school is open, we have a number of staff in school looking after our key worker children. This means a number of staff are taking this week - WC 18.5.20 as their half term. The staff which this involves will share this with the relevant year groups. I just wanted to keep you informed of these changes as we move forward.
It just leaves me to say again, thank you. Thank you! Thank you! Two words, simple in the written form but mean so much. These are uncertain times, unknowing times of what to do, the words of right and wrong are so vague in these times of firsts in our life time! All I can say it that we are all trying our best, aren't we? All doing what we can to get through. All just trying. Please remember that in all situations we find ourselves, wrong is not wrong we are just in the middle of solving never ever answered problems. These take time, editing to be made, errors to be found and changes to find the answer.
Be kind, keep trying and stay safe.
Sending out lots of loves and hugs, we are missing each and everyone of you and really wish for the old normal.
Miss Smith xxx
Please see below our special mentions for this week. The standard of work that all classes are seeing is phenomenal. All staff are now sharing this incredible work with each other so we can all see the standard and share the effort. We are so proud of each and every child who is working so hard at home and the adults who are supporting them.
Well done to all and a huge well done to our special mention winners, as their work must be absolutely amazing and such a high standard to have been chosen with the quality of work this week!
FS1: Jersey and Albie for super work at home and showing me what they have been doing.
RRM: Mia B- for her excellent counting and creative work and Charlie D- for completing his phonics every single day.
RJB:Nola M and Grace S please. Both for working so hard on all the tasks set.
1DW: Ruby-Leigh for lots of hard work and following the golden rules at home.
Cole for his brilliant maths work this week. Lots of hard work put in.
1JS: Logan and Jack Davison - Both for creating a wonderful and imaginative self portrait using materials from the garden. Your floor art was wonderful.
2SO: Ava and Aiden - some lovely work throughout all curriculum areas on seesaw
2IC: Scarlett and Skye - lovely reading submitted to Seesaw.
3SH: Erin S - Taking so much pride in her work. Keep it up!
Daniel K - Continuously working hard with all his activities on Seesaw.
3WC: Matilda - completing all work set on seesaw to her usual incredibly high standard. Even staying in touch with other children in the class over facetime, completing pieces of work together.
Layla-May - Working hard, getting logged on to seesaw and having a good go at activities including designing a lovely reusable bag out of used plastic to help the environment.
4CW: Ava B and Summer D
Completing work to a high standard just like in school and if they are unsure of anything they ask for help and act on the feedback
4MM: Brian P for working really hard on his maths on seesaw. He is producing all of his work in a notebook and uploading it which shows great perseverance and willingness to work!
Millie S for consistently working hard throughout the lockdown and always producing her best.
5CG: Nathan C for completing his seesaw tasks and doing extra on purple mash.
Joel W for working hard and trying hard to complete his seesaw activities.
5LM: Kaden for brilliant work all week in all subjects, but particularly for his rap about the environment, which I can't wait to see him perform!
Heath for amazing maths work and some really good, deep thinking in reading.
6RD: Brandon – re-motivating himself to work hard on his home learning.
Aston – for working hard on his home learning
6JB: Ramsay – unwavering, consistent and constant hard work on his home-learning – acting on feedback. Brilliant
Ronnie (if you haven’t done him) Quality home learning and trying hard in tasks.
Grace North – working hard on her learning at home.
A special treat from to you from all of us at High View. We miss you all very much.