Dear Parents

Thank you so much to those of you who came to the quiz. I really enjoyed seeing you all and loved taking part. I even learnt a new fact about one of my favourite authors. Who knew that Roald Dahl had to cut a bigger hole out of his writing desk each year to accommodate his growing tummy. I’m hoping that I will see even more of you at the disco on Thursday 11th February.

The hard work and dedication of our children during this difficult time has been really impressive. We know how difficult remote schooling is. This is why we have introduced the virtual playtime so that the children can spend some social time together. As we now know that we will be at home for longer we will look at extending this. I want to thank you as well for the amazing efforts you are going to at home to juggle your ‘normal life’ and your children’s education. It is hugely appreciated by us all as we all work together to keep everyone safe.

Also, a thank you to those of you that have taken the time to send a message of thanks to the teachers and teaching assistants. It is so wonderful to be able to share these messages during our meetings.

Anya, in Year 6, is doing a sports challenge called the 500 challenge to raise money for the Youth Sport Trust. If you would like to take part too all you need to do is score 500 goals, it doesn’t matter what sport. You can also bounce a ball 500 times or do 500 tennis serves – it can be anything! You need to send Anya an email (ask your parents) and she can add you to the team. This is the link that tells you a bit more https://gofund.me/e78db31f
Anya says ‘I hope you join. If you don’t, please think about donating if you can!’

Please do keep encouraging your children to attend Eco club. They do not need to attend every week. The children are working towards their green Blue Peter badge at the moment and those children in school will be helping me to install a bug hotel in the front garden. I will post pictures to the Community page.

I am lucky enough to hear about lots of lovely things going on in lessons across the school. I especially enjoy making the Good Work Assembly videos to find out who has been working really hard. Mrs Watkins has told me that this week Year 4 have been making string telephones in science! This is a challenge to complete at home so thank you to all parents who managed to find cups and string in their cupboards. The children have been excited by the results, especially discovering that the ‘telephones’ only work when the string is pulled tight and not touching anything, so the vibrations can travel down it!

There are new House totals on the Community page please remind children to take a look. Lots of merits are being given out for hard work.

Inside Out Day is next week, Wednesday 3rd February. Please see separate email detailing this.
Please also remind the children about Isabella’s virtual challenge, to cover the distance between London and Paris. Please ask the children to email her on DB the distance they are covering each week as they take their exercise. There are prizes!

Just to let you know the exciting news, as I write this, a new interactive whiteboard is being installed in the Reception Class – we can’t wait to use it.

Best wishes

Mrs Gane and Ms Hayward