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A Note from the Headteacher 11th January 2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

What a week it has been! We really are on a roller coaster as we all try to adjust to the fact that we are in another total lockdown and that all schools are now closed to most children.

However, we are busy delivering quality home learning as well as face-face teaching for the children who remain in school. The Key Worker list published by the Government is much larger than in the last lockdown and we have far more children in school, so things are very different for us this time. As a result, we have juggled our staff deployment to enable us to address both the needs of children in school and those at home. So, if you haven’t heard from your teacher it probably means s/he is teaching the children who are here each day.

During the present lockdown, bubbles will continue (in year groups), teaching will follow the curriculum, and there is an expectation that children will engage fully in home-learning. As you know we are using dB Primary for uploading home-learning. Staff are now very competent using this platform and are working tremendously hard to ensure pre-recorded lessons are uploaded for every year group alongside detailed explanations of what the children should achieve daily. We will shortly be sending out “Terms and Conditions” for live sessions. With this agreement, we are planning to send out a Survey Monkey questionnaire,for you to acknowledge the agreement and confirm your consent.

We absolutely recognise that this new lockdown is the last thing that we and parents would wish to happen, and we remain realistic about how challenging it is for parents to work from home and support their children’s learning. Please do what you can, and let us know if you are struggling in any way. We are here to help, not to add to your stress levels! Please take a look at some of the fantastic work the children have produced already on the following pages.

As in the last lockdown, please do not send your children into school unless it is really necessary. Hopefully, with greater understanding of the new Covid strain and the continued roll out of the vaccine, we will all feel less anxious and schools will be able to reopen fully before too long. In the meantime, of course, we need to be very careful and follow closely the reviewed risk assessment and other updated Public Health advice which I will share with you as soon as possible.

We are all having to become increasingly used to expecting the unexpected and are trying to be as positive and optimistic about the future as possible. Please contact us if you need any further information or support as we will be here throughout the lockdown. In the meantime, please look after yourselves and hopefully we will all be back together again soon.
Best wishes,
Mrs C Lansdown