Newsletter - 21 May 2021
Friday, 21 May 2021
I hope this finds everyone well? We have had absolutely no luck with the weather this week – I’m keeping everything firmly crossed for next week and then into half term.
Many thanks to those of you have returned these – they are always very useful and help guide us in what we can do to improve things even more for our children and families. I wanted to take this opportunity to respond to a few things that have emerged from the questionnaires.
Making parents aware of what their child is learning during the year/how my child is doing – we are in the process of re-vamping our website which we hope will be re-launched next week. As part of this there will be new class pages which will be updated on a half termly basis with information about what the children will be learning that half term and some photos from their previous learning (this will take a few weeks to get set up so please do bear with us). All of our staff are also happy to talk to parents about any concerns that they have in regard to their child’s learning. We run two parents’ evenings a year (which have been operated by phone this year) and an end of year report. It is really important for parents to attend these meetings so that they learn how their child is doing. If the time/day doesn’t work for our families the teachers are always happy to make alternative arrangements. We do still celebrate star of the week assemblies and these are recorded and shared with the classes and individual families informed via parentmail if their child has received star of the week. We will (hopefully) be resuming our star of the week assemblies in September when parents will be invited in to celebrate with us.
Clubs and activities – this has been particularly hard this year with restrictions in place due to the pandemic. However, we are very aware that this is something that does come up and in particular for Key Stage 1. We are looking at how we can move forward with this in September and offer a wider range of clubs and activities (that cover more of the arts) and to some of our younger children. One way to do this is to buy in people to run the clubs but this means that we would have to look at charging for some of these. We will keep you up to date with any clubs that we will be running.
Wider personal development – this links closely to clubs and extracurricular activities. As a local authority-maintained school, we have to follow the National Curriculum but within this we ensure that the children have activities and experiences that enrich their learning. We are in the process of working with the PTA, the PFI (MITIE) and Lemon Balm to look at developing more of our outdoor space (at the bottom of the all-weather pitch) to create an outdoor classroom with rich learning opportunities for the children. This will be going to consultation with parents, staff and children at some point in the summer term – I will let you know when this is happening.
I would always ask that if our parents aren’t happy with an aspect of school please do talk to either the class teacher or to myself. We will always try and find a way to help where we can.
We are hoping to be able to run some sort of sports day after half term. However, under the current restrictions this will look different to how it did two years ago. If we are able to run something it is likely that it will be in the class bubble with limited numbers of parents. However, this would be informed by guidance from Leeds City Council and any change in restrictions nationally. If it is looking like we may not be able to do this then we would postpone to September when we would look at running a ‘normal’ sports day.
Star of the Week
It was lovely to celebrate star of the week this morning with the children via zoom. Some of the work that their teachers shared was absolutely beautiful and included some Ancient Egyptian death masks, gorgeous water colour paintings of leaves, shoebox dioramas of rainforests and brilliant spooky story writing. As ever a huge well done to all our children who received star of the week this week!
Our whole school attendance this week is 96.11% which is brilliant – so a big thank you from me! As ever if your child is off school please do inform the office so that where appropriate this attendance can be authorised.
I think that’s it from me for the week. I hope you all manage to have a lovely, and somewhat drier weekend!
Take care and as ever, stay safe.