Thank you for all of your support this tricky half term. We all feel very proud of the achievements that have been made. The online learning offer has developed at a rapid pace and the engagement we have had from home has been really positive. We really do understand how hard it is to manage this, as well as run your household and for many, hold down full time jobs.
We have had particularly bad luck in our Nursery despite following the strictest of procedures and hygiene measures. Unfortunately quite a high number of staff have been affected by the virus and I know you will join me in wishing them a speedy recovery. We have tried our hardest to open up as soon and wherever possible to support parents and to give continuity to the children.
It is important that you inform us the moment you know if you or anyone in your immediate family has received a positive test. This includes over half term. The dates that we are interested in are anything up to and including this coming Saturday. Track and trace ask us to back track 48 hours from the first signs of symptoms or from the actual test date if there are no symptoms. Please keep us informed so that we can carry out the necessary arrangements.
Please remember you can get a test as often as you like even if there are no symptoms by using this link https://rapidtest.telford.gov.uk/
We know that it will be a welcome relief for everyone to have some time away from screen lessons, but we do ask that you keep reading over half term if you can. Here are some ideas –
- Visit the ‘Storytime online hub’ for a range of children’s books – you can find a direct link for or simply scan using a QR app. These are already broken down into books suitable for different age ranges.
- David Walliams Elevenses stories are also available online and prove popular with KS2. Cbeebies bedtime stories are available for EYFS and KS1.There are some wonderful online reading supports available such as E-books and audio books using devices.
- Continue to plan regular reading opportunities into your day, such as bedtime stories – this will help to keep up the love of reading that we promote in school.
- Continue to access the online platform your class uses, such as Oxford Owl, Fiction Express or Purple Mash.
- Don’t forget other formats of reading that your child may enjoy such as comics or magazines!
If you are undergoing any issues over half term that you need support with, we might be able to help! We have staff on call and the school email address firstname.lastname@example.org and the school text messages 07765147868 will both be checked regularly.
We look forward to a lighter, brighter, healthier half term and have our fingers crossed that Newdale will soon be running at full capacity again.
Take care and stay safe