This week’s attendance 97.5%
Newsletter Friday 18th September 2020
Thank you to everyone for the support you are giving us in making sure that morning drop offs and afternoon collection times are running so smoothly. By everyone observing the staggered start and end times more carefully we are all helping to reduce congestion around the school site, and with the added measure of wearing face masks on school site this is making a significant contribution to the work we are all doing to keep each other safe. Thank you also for your very supportive and positive feedback regarding school organisation.
We also continue to be blown away by how well the children have settled back into school routines, their excitement at being together, their enthusiasm for learning and their resilience to accepting new ways of working. They are a credit to you all. I would also like to thank the dedicated team of staff who really are going above and beyond behind the scenes to make our school such a happy place and as safe as we possibly can be.
School Photographs – Friday 25th September
Tempest Photographer will be in school on Friday 25th September to take school photographs. Children will remain in their class bubbles and they will have these taken in the school hall. Unfortunately, this year due to social distancing and class bubbles we are not able to offer sibling photographs. Please can you ensure your child is in the correct school uniform, wearing their school jumper/cardigan. If your children has PE on a Friday (Reception, Mr Clarkson and Miss Howson’s classes) please ensure your child comes in their school uniform on this day and NOT PE kit, we will modify their lesson to take into account what they are wearing.
If your child attends our school nursery and they do not attend on this day, you are still welcome to have their photograph taken. Please bring your child to the school hall (rear of the building) at 9:15am prompt, follow the one-way system around school to the school hall, upon exiting please turn left and carry on around the one-way system to the exit gate.
OFSTED Pilot Visit
This week I was delighted to be able to share with the two OFSTED HMI inspectors how well the children have settled back in to school life, the wonderful support you have given us to ensure the organisation we have put in place works and all our actions and plans to support learning going forwards. This was simply a pilot visit, enabling the inspectors to try out what will become Autumn Visits to schools and as such there is no feedback to share with you. However, the information we shared will be used as part of the National Research into the impact, implications and recovery of school as a result of COVID19. We were privileged to be part of this.
As well as beginning to assess where children are in their learning in order for us to put in the necessary programmes of work and support in place going forwards, throughout school, children have been taking part in an exciting theme linked to Georges Seurat’s pointillism art work, ‘Bathers at Asnières’. We will be updating our school website gallery to share this work with you next week, but thought you might like to hear about some of the learning that the children have been doing.
Children in Nursery and Reception have been listening to a story based around the picture and have been creating their own versions of pointillism pictures by printing using a range of resources.
In Y1/2 children have also explored the picture, talking and writing about their likes and dislikes, listening to a story linked to the picture and writing book reviews and next week will be creating pointillism pictures of rainbows while exploring in Science how rainbows are formed.
Y3/4 have been busy exploring shade and tone using pointillism techniques and have applied these creating tonal effects on portraits of themselves, combining with some digital technologies. The results of which are stunning!
Y5/6 Linking in with the fact that the pictures are scenes from France, the Y5/6 children have been sharpening up their French conversation skills and applying their learning to re-enacting the scenes with a French food themed picnic, and a game of French Boules. Tres Bien
We hope you enjoy looking at the results of their hard work!
Sadly, there are not many of these at the moment. The school app and website will be updated with these as they occur. All term dates and teacher training days are also on the App and School Website.
Packed Lunches, No Nuts!
Due to allergies, please can we remind parents we have a ‘NO NUTS’ and nut products rule in school. When preparing your child’s packed lunch please be mindful of this and ensure sandwich spreads ie: chocolate spreads and biscuits do not include nuts! Thank you.
We continue to monitor attendance daily and submit our attendance figures to the government.
We appreciate that we are now in that time of year when sore throats, runny noses and colds are inevitable and confirm that children can attend school as long as they are well enough.
We also appreciate that it is sometimes difficult to differentiate between potential COVID symptoms and those of other minor ailments. This week Public Health England issued the following guidelines.
Coronavirus in children
Children can get coronavirus (COVID-19), but they seem to get it less often than adults and it's usually less serious. Please click on the link below to view all NHS information relating to children and coronavirus.
Check if you or your child has coronavirus symptoms
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), get a test as soon as possible. Stay at home until you get the result.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.
What to do if you have symptoms
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:
- Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
- Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result.
I would also like to confirm that as a school we have put in place measures to try to ensure that as little of the school as possible would be affected in the case of someone testing positive for COVID and while at some point in the future it may be necessary to close small sections of school, closing the whole school would be a last resort and only on the direction of the Local Authority or Government. We continue to have robust cleaning in place throughout the day as well as at the end of the school day.
Administrating Medicines in School
We follow the Local Authority guidance for administering medicines in school, the relevant policies can be found on our website. Please click on the link below to view these.
We are currently recruiting for a school cook, 32.5 hours per week term time plus 5 extra days if you are interested in this vacancy further details can be found under ‘Vacancies’ on our school website. If you would like an application form this can be downloaded from our website or contact the school office. https://www.snaithprimary.org.uk/page/?title=Vacancies&pid=94
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.