I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you. My name is Sarah Hawes and I am the Headteacher at Spring Bank Primary School and this is my third year at the school. I would normally be able to look forward to meeting you in person when you attend a tour of the school but due to the current restrictions this is going to look very different this year.
Firstly, I would like to take a bit of time to talk about the current situation we have with Covid 19. We successfully opened our school to all children in September 2020 after the first lockdown and also on 8th March 2021 to all children. Our current reception children have settled back in brilliantly to their class and the routines and changes that come with this.
I would like to encourage you to look at the school website to find important information about starting school in September. Our Reception teacher for September 2021, Miss Normanton has read the children a story and this video can be found on the information page of the New Starters 2021 tab.. This will enable your child to see who their new teacher is going to be. I have also put a variety of documents on the website for you to read or print off and this will be kept updated throughout this academic year.
You can also find out a bit more about our school by following us on Twitter (@bank_primary) where there are lots of photos of what our children have been getting up to during lock down and now that they’re back in school – it has been a lovely way to stay in touch with our wonderful community during these difficult times.
We will always aim to make sure your child’s transition to school is as smooth as it can be. Please do not hesitate to email or phone school if you have any questions.
Stay safe and keep well.
Sarah Hawes (Headteacher, Spring Bank Primary School)
I have put together a list of websites for you to use with your children. You are probably already familiar with cbeebies but I would highly recommend alphablocks and numberblocks. The children find them very engaging. The website Hungry Little Minds requires you to click on the correct age group (4-5). If anyone has younger children too, it is worth exploring as there are activities from birth.
There is an app you can download onto your phone called ’50 things to do before you are 5′ It is compatible with Apple and Android phones. Each activity recommends stories to share, tells you what you need, why the activity benefits your child, words to use with your child and more. I think this is a wonderful app for parents.