This week marks 1 year since the initial partial closure of schools. A year since we shut the doors to most of our families and were unsure of when we would return to normal - that normal that has actually never returned, yet our WCPS community continues to show resilience as we continue to adapt.
A whole year where the certainty of our next phase has been unsure, although it has been a year where we have continued to provide quality learning to our pupils. Did you think this time last year that you could say you had experienced your children's learning journey with them? Did you realise that you would know how to complete column subtraction, understand what personification was or be able to say you'd been part of an online Christingle service?
We have achieved so much, as a bubble, as a school and as a community!
Something that this year has shown me, is just how amazing our pupils are. This year hasn't been easy but our children have just got on! They have adapted and amended as new ways have been introduced. Their books show just how capable they are - they are all working incredibly hard to ensure Coronavirus doesn't get in their way. Our recovery curriculum has shown to be really moving the children on, allowing them to make great gains in their learning. Lessons that staff are providing are ensuring children want to learn. This is shown in our recent attendance figures! Some of the best weekly attendance percentages we have ever seen!
Since March 8th our attendance has been:
99% with 10 classes with 100%
It has been fantastic being able to welcome all our pupils back at the beginning of March. Although I have been so impressed with our remote learning during bubble closures and lockdowns, there is nothing quite like face-to-face teaching. At this point I would like to thank all parents and carers for their support – teaching is not easy, especially when it is with your own children! We thank you for your patience and hard work to keep learning going.
Free rapid COVID-19 testing is available for households, bubbles and childcare providers of school pupils and staff. Regular testing of people without symptoms is important to help stop the virus from spreading and protect your loved ones.
Please note that some of the opening times to collect a test from one of our sites have changed. Please visit barnsley.gov.uk/coronavirus-schools-rapid-test for more details.
OUR REMOTE LEARNING OFFER
Since September we have been in an amazing position to continue to provide live streamed lessons at the flick of a switch meaning our children haven't missed out! This has only been able to happen because of the support and service from HCAT, particularly IT Dave. He has worked tirelessly to ensure all pupils across the 5 schools get the BEST service! Thank you
Our Reward Room
A recent installation at WCPS has been our new reward room. We thank Julie Tallant and Dave Wakefield for their innovation and dedication to providing the best experiences for our pupils. You will all be familiar with our Dojo reward system...well the experience children get when they fill their Dojo cards has had a revamp!
Filling their Dojo cards means they get a token to spend in our reward machine which will release a WCPS scratch card! Classes have agreed the prizes that they will have the chance of winning! Within the room we also have a new 'console area'. This will be used as a reward for children who show that they have gone the extra mile with their learning, however we will also be using it for teaching the children how to access the consoles and games appropriately, ensuring they know how to stay safe!
World Book Day Celebrations
On the 4th March we celebrated our love of reading with World Book Day! The day began with a whole school assembly where Mrs Ainley shared one of her favourite books; "It's a Book" by Lane Smith. Throughout the day children were given chance to listen to stories read by different staff members and to take part in a whole range of activities linked to books. Children in Y 2, 3, 5 and 6 all took part in the Children's Bookshow Digital festival where they were able to participate in workshops led by famous authors and illustrators including Michael Rosen, Daniel Moredon and Neal Layton.
We also went scarecrow CRAZY for World Book day! Over 100 scarecrows linked to book characters were created around school and in our community! We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part by either making a scarecrow or following the trail and also a huge thank you to the Kingstone Ward alliance who funded prizes from local book shop "The Book Vault".
For those of you on Twitter I have recently come across @MisterBodd and his recommended reads news letter! There are some fantatsic recommendations!