Thank you for all your support again this week. Since I wrote to you last week, we have welcomed back year 6 into school. We now have a nursery class, reception, year 1 and year 6 on-site (as well as our key worker groups) and staff have been working very hard to ensure children are happy, motivated and learning in school.
We have been so impressed with all the children who have settled into this new routine quickly and with a smile on their faces. You have clearly prepared them and are supporting them very well so thank you!
We are keen to have all the children back as soon as we can do this safely within the government guidelines. As these change, we will, of course, revisit our risk assessment and ongoing plans.
We have shared our positive experience for the DFE to use to encourage schools to reopen where it is safe and possible. You can watch that video here (or click on the image below) to see the school in action. Thank you to Tabitha’s and Alvita’s parents for speaking in the video about their experiences.
Click on the image above to watch the video.
Year 5 Returning
Next week we are opening to year 5 children for the morning only and we have 36 children returning into three class bubbles. Year 5 parents have been sent letters outlining their child’s day and how to prepare their child for this transition back to school. You can watch the welcome video from Mr Eggleton here.
Home School Agreements
We are sharing a home school agreement with all children who return to school. A key aspect of this is the importance of children staying in their bubble. All children will be asked to sign this in school next week after their teacher has spent a bit more time explaining the importance of our hygiene and teaching bubble rules.
Thank you for your wonderful feedback on the virtual school and your ideas for supporting your children even more at home.
We have listened to your ideas about phoning home and we are trialling individual phone calls next week. Each class teacher will phone children who are home-schooling to say hello, reconnect and chat about how they are getting on.
Children who are in school will get to talk to their teachers in school hours so there is no need to book a slot.
Slots are bookable on the parent evening app and separate letters have been sent about this.
We have sent home letters today to share with you which class and class teacher your child will be with next year. Most classes will stay together and there is very little movement between classes. Reception children will be mixed up to ensure the groupings are more balanced next year. Year 6 is also being split into three smaller teaching groups of 20 as this been a really successful way of ensuring children are academically ready for secondary school.
Teachers are now working hard to make welcome videos to help children learn more about next year. We also hope to be able to share some lessons for children on managing change (schools and year groups) successfully.
I look forward to seeing you all soon,
Mrs Cassie Buchanan
Executive Headteacher and Trust Leader
Charles Dickens Primary School and Nursery and The Charter Schools Educational Trust