Week Beginning 11th May 2020
Week 6 of the school closure.
I hope you enjoyed VE Day. I have sent an email to all families today about the return to school. I hope you are receiving these updates. If you are not, please let me or Mrs West know as we may have the wrong email for you
The staff team in school this week, alongside me and Mrs West is
Nursery and Reception – Miss Jackson, Mrs Anderson and Miss Belisle
Year 1 and Year 2 – Miss Taylor, and Ms Zeibari
Year 3 and Year 4 – Mrs Maddison and Mrs Ridley
Year 5 and Year 6 – Mr Gretton and Mr Daley
The week has started well with lots of good work going on. Year 1 and 2 have been experiencing Miss Taylor’s very strict Victorian school and Year 3 and 4 have been doing some great science on friction and creating their own Olympic Challenge. I don’t think there are any picnics planned for this week, much to the children’s disappointment!
I have focused on the more exciting "events" in my blogs over these weeks of "Emergency School", but wanted to reassure you all that there is a lot of good school learning going on as well. The children do maths and English lessons from the home learning topics every morning and then cover one of the foundation subjects each afternoon. This week there has been a lot of science going on alongside some history, geography, art, music and PE. There is also a lot of work done around team building and feeling positive.
Numbers in school are increasing slightly as some families with one key worker are finding that the other family members are returning to work.
The staff and children on Friday demonstrated a social distancing playtime. I guess this won't catch on!!
I have had a very reassuring Zoom meeting with all of the Heads and Deputies of the Ouseburn Learning Trust this morning. The message from all of us, and indeed all Newcastle schools, is that we are currently looking at safe and sensible ways to invite children back to school. This process will take some time and so please assume that during this period, everything will carry on as it is for now. We want, more than anything, to get back to some sort of normal, but will only start this process when we feel that it is safe to do so.