‘You, me, us, everyone – We are a school that believe we have the power to change the world!’
‘The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body.
So it is with the body of Christ.’
Newsletter 4 – 25th September 2020
The mornings are certainly getting chillier as the weather begins to change – please ensure that your child has a coat (with their name clearly labelled) as we are trying to get out as much as possible in all weathers!
The morning drop off has quickly become my favourite part of the day as it one of the only times I actually see all of the children during the school day! This week, you may have seen me sporting a new hairstyle – it was inspired by Molly and Maddie – and to make them smile! (Which it did!)
Lots of Lovely Learning
I have been overwhelmed at how well the children have settled into their new routines – what superstars they are! Here is a little bit from each class about the fun they have had with their learning this week!
In Class 1 we have had such a busy week! It has been our first week in school full time and, although we are all very tired now, we have had lots of fun. On Wednesday we enjoyed our first Forest School session in the school nature garden. We loved exploring the area and looked at plants and bugs up close with the magnifying glasses. We can't wait for our next one!
Parents: we will start our weekly Forest School Sessions next Tuesday 29th September so children will need their Forest School kit with them on these days.
This week Class 2 have been classifying animals in Science. We took off to the woods on Thursday morning to build winter shelters for mini beasts.
Children were very considerate in their constructions - from making sure that the animals had a dry shelter to providing swimming pools and slides for the frogs!
Everyone worked so well together - we were very proud.
We have been busy reading and thinking about the book ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers since we returned. The children have enjoyed writing poetry inspired by different images in the book. We have also loved listening to different poets performing their poems (Ruth Awolowla, Kate Wakeling and Michael Rosen). This week the children wrote a poem inspired by the sky. We have included a snapshot of a few for you to enjoy. You will all get to read and enjoy your child’s super pieces of poetry in a few weeks when they bring home their shoe box creations filled with all of the fantastic learning they have been doing.
PE - Please can you check with your child that they have long trousers and a warm jumper/sweatshirt to wear for PE as we will be outdoors for all PE sessions even when it gets chilly!
Stars in the air
At night the moon
Glitters in the night but
The sun is bright in the day
Sky is eternal
Even at night
The sky is light blue
But at night the stars take it’s place
Much Higher than Me
As I sit and watch the stars
My infinite income is to fly to Mars.
I wish I could fly in the glorious sky
It would be so divine to touch a star
Shining in the atmosphere
Though I live on a perfect planet
But space is a colossal creation
With a marvellous moon
And super sky
Sky: The light bringer
Sky is full of perfect planets
All packed inside our golden galaxy
Far away is black Beetlejuice
Sky is masked by cold clouds
If you look up you will see stormy skies
In the rough angry air
Sky is brilliantly bright
Sky is eternal entity
Sky is the Heavenly Host
Sky is eternal
Sky is breezy
Sky is relaxing
But most of all
Sky is me
By Freddie T
In Class 4 this week we went on our first class trip. Off out into the village to look at our local geography. The children are collecting information about our local environment to compare it to a contrasting location in America. They are then putting together presentation to show their findings. However, we defiantly enjoyed some outdoor leaning.
Our 100 Ways to Change the World
As you may know – we are currently on number 93 of our 100 ways to change the world and we really want to complete out challenge by the end of 2020! So, as with many things, we have had to adapt what we are planning to do and we have focussed on some of the amazing things you did at home with the children during lockdown. So number 93 on our puzzle has been earnt by Mollie who achieved this through lockdown:
Mollie has busy again creating packs of home grown produce to share with neighbours. Mollie, I am so proud of you – the smile says it all. Look at those wonderful vegetables!
Parents Meetings Class 2, Class 3 & Class 4
This term we will be holding Parent Progress Meetings in a very different way. Not only will they be virtual via Zoom or by phone but they will also have a different focus.
YOU were your child’s teacher for the 14 weeks that we were in lockdown and I am sure that, as a parent you will have noticed things about your child’s learning that are really important as we get back to a sense of normality in school. So this will be a ‘Reverse’ Parents meeting where you will get to share your experiences with the teacher as well as finding out how they are settling back into school.
These meetings will take place over the next 3 weeks and you will have the opportunity to talk to Class Teachers and TAs via Zoom or over the phone. To book your slot please phone Mrs Norman or Mrs Teasdale in the School Office from next Monday 28th September so that they can get you booked in. You will need to confirm your preferred phone number or email so that teachers can get in touch. Then the Class teachers will send you a Zoom invite where necessary. Meetings will still remain 10 minutes but will be a really great way to work together for your child.
Parents of children in Class 1 will have meetings later in the term as normal.
Here are the dates available:
Class 2 – Wed 30/9/20 (Zoom Only) 4:10pm – 6:30pm
Thurs 1/10/20 (Zoom/Phone Calls) 4:10pm – 6:30pm
Wed 7/10/20 (Phone Calls Only) 4:10pm – 6:30pm
Class 3 – Thurs 1/10/20 (Zoom Only) 4:10pm – 6:30pm
Thurs 8/10/20 (Zoom/Phone Calls) 4:10pm – 6:30pm
Thurs 15/10/20 (Phone Calls Only) 4:10pm – 6:30pm
Class 4 - Tuesday 29/9/20 (Zoom Only) 4:10pm – 6:30pm
Tuesday 6/10/20 (Zoom/Phone Calls) 4:10pm – 6:30pm
Tuesday 13/10/20 (Phone Calls Only) 4:10pm – 6:30pm
Road Safety at Pick Up & Drop Off Times
I appreciate that it is different at drop off and pick up times but could I please ask that you are very careful on the road. Unfortunately cars do still travel through Symondsbury, including lorries, tractors etc at some speed. We have a staggered approach to limit the amount of traffic and allow space for families to social distance so please help with the following:
- Please ensure that you walk your child across the road to ensure they reach the gate safely.
- In a morning please wait for a thumbs up from me following the temperature check before driving away.
- Please leave the area as soon as you have dropped/collected your child to make room for other parents and children to arrive.
- Please do not stand in the road and ensure that you have your child with you at all times.
- Please do social distance from the other parents as per government guidance. Friends of Symondsbury School – We Need You!Very soon, you will be hearing from the ‘Friends of Symondsbury School’ and I really hope to get as many parents involved as possible. With the departure of our Year 6 children at the end of July, we also lost some amazing parents who worked tirelessly to support the ‘Friends’ over the years and raise much needed funds. We were so very grateful for all of them and now we need new parents to become involved. It is also a great way to get more involved in our school, get to know other parents and we welcome you!Class Dojo – Coming SoonIn a bid to share more of the work we do as a school, we will be launching ‘Class Dojo’ next week. It will be a great way to celebrate and share the children’s work.Open Day – The Virtual Way!We have had several emails and phone calls from parents asking about school tours for our September 2021 intake which is great – if strange as we’ve only just began to welcome our new Reception children. One of our changes at school is that we are not inviting visitors into school to limit the contact with others. Therefore – we will be making another video! The video will include a short talk and tour from myself, introductions from staff, videos of the children at work and hopefully some quotes from the children and parents too! We will be ‘vlogging’ our video over the next 2 weeks and then I will edit it and pop it on our website. Hopefully, it will give a little flavour of what life is like at Symondsbury School.
Medical conditions / Allergies
We are updating our records and want to check that we hold the correct information for your child/children. Can you please let the school office know if your child has a medical condition and any associated medicines? Can you also let the office know of any allergies?
Please find attached a letter from the DfE and NHS with a reminder about the symptoms of Covid-19. We have, naturally, lots of cold in school at the moment but are promoting the ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ message.
A Reminder of New Guidance on Social Distancing
With the ever changing guidance that we are dealing with, I just wanted to remind parents about some of the changes and how that will impact on us all.
As you know, the government have said, ‘From Monday 14 September, when meeting friends and family you do not live with you must not meet in a group of more than 6, indoors or outdoors.’ This does not affect us as a school but it will affect any gathering outside school.
Some parents have needed to have other parents and family members help pick up and drop off. This is absolutely fine and in some cases follows the ‘support bubble’ guidance. However, if it does not follow that guidance then please follow the social distancing guidance linked below:
It is critical that everybody observes the following key behaviours:
- HANDS - Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds.
- FACE - Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
- SPACE - Stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors).
If you are transporting other parent’s children, then please follow the guidance where possible which includes wearing a mask, using hand sanitiser when getting in and out of the car and opening up the windows to increase ventilation.
By following these behaviours we can protect ourselves and our children’s health and limit the risk of having to close our ‘bubbles’ or our whole school. Thank you for your support with this. We are doing everything we can as a school and need your support to. ‘You, me, us everyone’ – we really are all in this together!
Stars of the Week
Congratulations to Chaise, Harvey and Mia S for Reaching
Congratulations to Class 3 who won the award this week – keep up the hard work!
Mrs Emma Roberts