Two short weeks left of this school year and so I thought it would be useful to theme this month's newsletter about transition and getting ready for September.
However, before I do I just wanted to thank all pupils, families and staff for their support and dedication this year. As we finish the year we celebrate the best Year 6 results we have had in quite a number of years! We can celebrate that our Year 6 results got the results they deserve!
Assessments across school are positive and show that the curriculum we are offering pupils is really having an impact and has allowed pupils to make huge gains in progress over the year. That isn't just down to the staff, you can officially say that you have supported you children through one of the craziest years of education that they will, hopefully, ever have to go through!
COVID isn't going away and we must remember that! Isolation isn't a thing of the past however we know that our remote learning offer works and helps children continue to make progress. We all know that however good learning at home is, nothing beats learning in the classroom and so please can I remind everyone of the basics- wash hands, remain socially distanced and isolate when you need to! We all want to get to Friday 16th July with as little disruption as possible!
As always we aim to make transition between classes as smooth as possible. We recognise that change can effect people in different ways and therefore, to reduce anxieties and worries we are offering 2 transition days before we finish for the summer. The aim of this transition period is to;
- Build positive relationships with new class and staff.
- Become familiar with routines and expectations.
- Become familiar with new environments and develop a sense of safety and belonging.
Our plans are being reviewed daily inline with COVID rates and local restrictions however at the moment our plan is to offer 2 days transition for pupils into their new classes.
Children will find out which classes they will be in next in their report on Friday 2nd July (Unless you are one of the IT whizzes who have already found out through Arbor!).
Transition days are planned to run on Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th July. Any changes will be communicated with you as soon as we know.
Pupils will arrive at school for their normal time in their normal class. All pupils will then move school at an agreed time. Pupils will also be collected at their normal time from their normal classroom.
During these 2 days the current Y6 pupils will have a number of activities timetabled to keep them busy!
Uniform expectations will return to normal in September and anyone not attending in full uniform will be given uniform to wear.
We will continue to ask pupils to wear their PE kit on their PE day. This allows us to make the most of time in the lesson rather than wasting time with the children changing. It is an expectation that children come in school PE kit and not any sports clothes.
This year we have seen some of the best attendance we have ever had! This is making a real difference to children's attainment and how well they are doing! If they aren't attending school (face to face or virtual!) they can't learn.
Mrs Tyas is our attendance officer, she promotes and manages positive attendance and will support families where needed.
HOW PARENTS CAN HELP?
Establish a good routine in the mornings and evenings so your child is prepared for the school day ahead.
Make sure your child goes to school regularly and follows the school rules.
Ensure your child arrives at school on time – not late.
Arrange dental and medical appointments outside school hours when possible.
Always inform the school if your child is absent due to illness.
Take family holidays outside term time.
Talk to your child about school and take an interest in their school work.
Attend parent evenings and school events.
Praise and reward your child’s achievements at school.
Discuss any problems or difficulties with the school – staff are there to help and will be supportive.
For some parents, 90% may seem like an acceptable level of attendance, but the reality is that 90% attendance means that your child will miss half a school day each week or 19 days of school during the school year – that’s nearly 4 school weeks.
You can demonstrate your commitment to your child’s education by not taking holidays during term time. Any child or young person who is absent from school due to a holiday will miss out on important learning and will fall behind with their school work.
In each Academic Year there are only a maximum of 190 statutory school days – this allows plenty of time for holidays to be arranged outside term time.
Holidays taken during term time will be categorised as an unauthorised absence.
Over our periods of lockdown and bubble closures we have really seen a strength in the use of Seesaw across school. In September we will continue to use Seesaw in school as well as for weekly homework tasks. It is an expectation that Seesaw will be used to access homework tasks and new log ins will be sent out as soon as new classes have been set up!