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Mr Whipps, Head of School.
I hope you are all safe and well and managed to get some rest in the wonderful weather last week. I've added a few photos that have been sent in of all the fun.
Today we welcome back Year 6 pupils, vulnerable children and children of key workers. The staff met yesterday to prepare the school and make sure all the plans are in place to safeguard pupils, staff and parents to the best of our ability. If you do need to drop children off, please follow the signage and one way system that is in place. Please make sure you have read the letters sent out last week to familiarise yourself with the timings and logistics for the day. At the moment we can only offer packed lunches made by the school to pupils eligible for free school meals. If you are unsure if your child is eligible, please contact email@example.com.
For those children not attending school, the home learning has been updated on the blogs. Once again, please do what you feel you can and there is no pressure to complete anything. The welfare of the children is paramount. If you read and practise times tables with the children, that would be wonderful.
Thank you to those parents who have send in confirmation of their reports and the wonderful comments. It makes us smile to ready what you and the children think of the comments. Please keep them coming in.
As always, we will keep you informed about changes and updates to school.
Stay safe and please keep well.
Mr Whipps and all the Darite staff.
Half Term Challenge
I hope you are all safe and well. Thank you for your comments and messages about the potential reopening on the 2nd and the reports.
Can we please ask anyone who has not completed the questionnaire sent out with the letters last week to do so. It will really help us with our organisation.
As this week would have been half term, we will not be updating the home learning this week. Please take the time to be with each other in the forecasted good weather.
The picture has a week of activities that you could try to keep smiling and happy.
We will update everyone this week once we know more about the potential reopening.
Happy Wednesday to you all – I hope that you are able to at least see the sunshine out of your windows or whilst in your gardens or outside. I hope you are all well and safe. I thought I would take the opportunity to update you following on from the letter about potentially reopening the school to key year groups, vulnerable and key worker children.
I hope that you have been able to read Mr Massey’s update letter sent on Friday afternoon. Please read it if you can. It gives a really useful update on what we are trying to plan, but the main points that I would like to reiterate are:
• The school will be closed to ALL pupils over Half Term and on Monday 1 June
• We are planning a gradual return to school, starting with Year 6 from Tuesday 2 June.
• The School will be open from Tuesday 2 June for children of Key Worker Parents and to pupils who have been regularly coming in over the lockdown period
• The first Year 6 pupils will start to return to school on Tuesday 2 June
• The school will constantly be evaluating the process and will update their plan as and when is necessary to accomodate other key year groups
• The safety of pupils and staff is paramount
I really want to highlight this point. We in school have spent a long time thinking about (and reading about!) what questions we need to ask ourselves before 2 June and how best we can make the transition back to school for our pupils, parents and staff. When thinking about any aspect, we ALWAYS refer back to ‘what is safe?’
Please take the time to read the letter sent from school yesterday about reopening. There is a copy below this blog. The link to the survey (it can be found here) is really important to follow and complete – it will ask you if you are wanting to send your child back if and when we can accommodate them and what year group they are in. We are of course aware that some key worker parents, such as those who work in other schools, may also need to use the ‘Educare’ provision that we currently share with St Cleer school. The hope is to move this back to Darite on the 2nd.
As we draw to the end of what would have been the first half of the summer term, I'd like to thank you all for you kind words, understanding and support in what has been a very busy weekand half term.
Thanks so much for continuing to send in your home learning. We've had some amazing work from projects on worms, more baking (my stomach always rumbles when the pictures come in) and some amazing writing. I've put just a few examples below. Thanks also to the children who got involved in the limerick day. Your attempts were miles better than mine! At the end of the week we will pause the home learning for a week (May half term) to allow you all to fully focus on enjoying time with your family in (hopefully) good weather. It will also allow the staff to move forward with planning for the second half of the term.
Remember: If your child would like to write a comment for their report, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can include it. Thanks a lot to all those children who have done this, they really make us smile.
Riddle Number 4: What's really easy to get into but hard to get out of?
Wellbeing activity of the week: Turn on all your senses when you are outside and go on a safari. How many animals, insects and birds can you spot. You will have to use all your senses to help you! Did you spot anything you have never seen before?
We are all thinking of you and hope you stay well and safe.
Mr Whipps and all the staff at Darite.
Today (12th May) is National Limerick Day. I thought I would set a challenge of who can write the most creative limerick.
Limericks are a very popular style of poem. They always rhyme but can be funny or serious. Find out how to write one here.
Your limerick can be about anything, funny, serious or just strange. It must be suitable for school. Email your writing to email@example.com and we'll put the best ones on the blog. I'm sure you can do better than me!
Good luck and happy writing!
Mr Whipps' Attempt
There once was a girl from Darite
Who stayed up eating sweets every night,
She guzzled up chocs,
By the tin, tub and box,
By the morning, her teeth were a fright!
We've had some amazing entries so far, please keep them coming in!
There once was a lad called Reuben,
Who made a very large haven.
He ate many a trout,
But as it turned out,
His den was more of a coven.
Reuben was stuck on the moor,
He felt very insecure,
But when he found
This wonderful hound,
He was happy, that's for sure.
There once was a girl called Willow
Who liked to sleep on a pillow
One night there was a lump
So she got in a grump
And shouted out the window
All the staff hope that you are safe and well in these times. We are sure that like us, you have lots of questions following the Prime Minister's announcement last night.
At the moment, for us in school, there is no change to the guidance, so we will be continuing to operate as we have over the last few weeks. We will continue to provide essential child care for key worker families as well as vulnerable children through the hub at St Cleer school. The message remains that it is safer to stay at home.
We appreciate this is a confusing time. Once we have received further information and reviewed the guidance on how to manage a safe, phased return we will of course keep you informed.
Please stay safe and take care.
Thank-you to everyone who has been sending pictures and stories in this week. VE day was still celebrated in amazing style with lots of baking, singing and dancing. Some children found out about their family history in the war which really made it personal to them.
The home learning has again been updated. There are some changes to some areas this week so please, ask for help if you need it.
The assembly theme this week is based on National Conversation Week. This week follows a theme each time (this year is financial) but in these strange times, it highlights the need to keep talking. It is ok to find things hard but talking to someone either in your family or with friends really can make a difference. There is lots of support you can access on the Wellbeing page of the website.
Riddle 3: What has a mouth but can't eat?
Please stay safe and well. We will continue to update this blog with any developments from the government.
As you know, this Friday marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) day. The official day where the second world war ended in Europe. Fighting continued in the Far East for several more months.
This year would have been a bank holiday to celebrate this anniversary and, although the schools and shops are still closed, we would like you to think about what it would have been like. Take some time this week to reflect on the challenges of the time along with why it was a time for celebration.
I've added a few weblinks below to some sites you could look at. Why not have a go at cooking some recipes from the time? Make some bunting to put up in your room!
The teachers have send out emails to the children this week to keep in touch with them personally rather than through the website.
We have already had so many wonderful replies and photos that I had to put them up on the blog already!
Thank-you so much for all of these. It is superb to see so many of the opportunities that you have been sharing are out and about in the countryside, cooking, star-gazing, lego challenging and more, not just the home learning. It is so important that everyone stays well in these odd times.
Mrs Davey and Mrs Dungey have also read a story on video. They are on the Class 1 and 2 blogs if you would like to view it.
The staff are here to help if you need any advice.
Stay safe, and I hope you enjoy the photos of the wonderful Darite family!
I hope this latest blog finds you well and safe.
Last week we were inundated by the amazing work that we were sent in by the children. Thanks so much for sending this in, it makes the staff so happy to see you all and to look at what you've been doing. We had cooking, writing, drawing, reasearch and even a ransom note! I've attached these to this blog.
Please remember that the most important thing at the moment is to keep yourselves well and healthy. It has been great to hear from parents and carers asking questions and giving feedback.
The situation with schools opening and how this will happen remains very fluid. When we have definitive guidance, we will let all parents know. Please keep your report comments coming in, we've had some fantastic comments from the children about school that we can't wait to put on reports.
Weekly Wellbeing: Breathing can be a great way to reduce stress and anxiety. The NHS website has some exercisises here that you could try. They never fail to relax me and my family.
Action for happiness have also released some resources for “Meaningful May”. There are lots of different ideas for wellbeing and mindfulness here. https://www.actionforhappiness.org/meaningful-may
Riddle Three: What is as big as you but never weighs a thing?
The weekly assembly this week is based on beach safety, ready for when we can enjoy our glorious surroundings again.
The staff are always happy to answer questions. Please stay safe. This link https://vimeo.com/408869000 is also very useful for guidance if things are getting a bit tough at home.
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From June 2nd 2020, Darite Primary is open only for children of key workers, vulnerable groups and Year 6 children. We will update parents and carers regularly as the situation changes.
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