It's been another busy week in school!
The Year 6s are busy getting the leavers assembly ready. can parents of Year 6 please let the school know if you have not yet had your invite to the assembly throguh email. We are able to add additional parents on but we are trying to limit numbers to less than 20 to ensure the connection is good enough!
The learning is continuing in the Key Worker and Class 1 bubbles and the home learning has been sent in still. Including a letter from the Queen for one of our pupils. I have attached some photos to this blog.
Please keep examples of home learning coming, it really makes us miss you all.
What a great week we had last week! We welcomed Reception back full time and the children were amazing. Their behaviour was fantastic and they did some great learning - looking at caterpillars and going on a search for some butterflys on the school field.
The children braved the heat to compete in the Virtual School Games, both here and at home. I think over 2000 "hot potatoes" in 2 minutes by the Year 6 was a real triumph!
This week we welcome not only Miss McLaughlin back but Year 5 as well. The Year 5 children will be able to come into school on Wednesday and Thursday. Please make sure you have read the letter that went out on Friday for more details. If you need a copy, all letters are also placed on the website. If you are the parent or carer of a Year 5 child, please could you contact the office to inform us of whether your child will be coming on Wednesday.
Thanks again for your continued support.
It has been a busy week so far at Darite with Reception joining us once again. They have already been out in the fine weather looking for caterpillars and butterfly’s and enjoying the new decking. Their behaviour has been exemplary, and they have been fantastic role models for the other children.
The school games are in full swing: the children have been taking part in the daily activities and we have discovered some untapped talent, particularly with throwing and jumping. Thanks to all the children and families who are taking part at home and submitting the scores online. Please send any photos to school for us to share and showcase. Please keep it up!
Please can I remind you that now we have some good weather, please put sun cream on your children before coming to school. With the current guidelines, we are unable to apply it at school. They will also need a sunhat as we intend to be outside as much as possible.
Thanks a lot for all your support. Please stay safe.
Next week is the first Cornwall Virtual School Games!
All children in school will be taking part across the week and because it is virtual, you can still take part at home! Across the five days there are activities that you can complete to earn points for yourself and the school. Demonstration videos have released on the Virtual School Games page of the Active Cornwall website to help you undrstand what you need to do. (See links in document attached). Please don't upload any photos directly to the school games, send any action shots to the school and we can submit for you. This is to maintain safeguarding.
There will be an opening ceremony video at 10am on Monday 22nd June on the Cornwall School Games Facebook page or Active Cornwall YouTube Channel (see link on document attached) Below is the document showing you the different activites on each day and how to get involved. It will be up to parents/carers to fill in the results form each day.
Each day’s challenges will begin at 10am with an email sent to all schools registered. We will put this link on this blog page each day for you. Results must be submitted by 9am the following day on the specific day’s link so please don’t forget to fill it!
Bonus points can be achieved for any of the following and should be added to your total points and submitted through the results sheet.
a. 1 point for every family member and year group teacher who tries the challenge
b. 1 point for completing it in fancy dress
c. 1 point for a communication (video/email etc..) sent to the school or speaking to a teacher if in school telling them how you have engaged with one of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning & Give
For more information, check out the Cornwall School Games Facebook Page, the Active Cornwall Website or watch the following video on Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTCzGbKj1BM&feature=youtu.be Good Luck!
The children in school today joined in with thousands of other children across the country in watching an assembly help by the Dutchess of Cambridge.
She spoke to the children about their feelings and how this period of time may bring out odd and upsetting feelings but that these are ok and they won't last for ever.
The message througout the assembly was kindness. Kindness to each other, families and being kind to yourself.
The children loved taking part in the assembly and it certainly made us think. If you would like to see the assembly yourself, the recording can be found here.
I hope you have all managed to stay safe and well and had a chance to enjoy the weekend. So far we have been able to open up to critical workers, Year 6 and Year 1. Due to staffing in the current situation we are currenly unable to welcome back our reception children. We are hoping this is a temporary measure and we will keep you in the loop with any and all updates. Thank you so much for all the positive communication we have been having. Unfortunately, it now seems likely now that we will not fully reopen until September. It is a bitter shame as I like you, would like the children back in school but safety must come first. We keep our fingers crossed that we come through this tricky time swiftly and smoothly, and everybody stays well.
Once again can I please ask that you only request a place for your keyworker children if you are classed as a keyworker and need childcare. Please note, the list of keyworker catergories has not changed and can be found here.
Home learning: If at this time you child is unable to come to school and you need help accessing the home learning from the website, please email or ring us so that we can organise getting the resources to you. We will continue to put resources online for the children to access - do send us you work so we can give you credit for your work and feedback.
Online safety: As we all use the internet and online services a lot more than usual at the moment, there are those in society who may use it more for negative reasons. Please see the previous blog post below to get up to date information and support about being safe online.
Summer reading challenge: The Summer Reading Challenge combines FREE access to books with fun creative online activities; this year it has been extended and was launched on Friday 5th June and run until mid-September. How the Challenge works: Children sign up online to the Digital Summer Reading Challenge https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/. The website will be free to access, featuring games, quizzes, digital and downloadable activities to incentivise and encourage children and their families to take part in the Challenge at home. Although library buildings are closed, libraries will also continue to deliver the Challenge through virtual services and e-lending platforms i.e. Borrowbox, Facebook and Twitter. Children taking part this year will be asked to set their own reading goal and we are keen to see if this encourages take up and completion. However, we will still be suggesting six books as the best goal to try for. Children who complete their Summer Reading Challenge will be able to download a certificate.
Cornwall School Games: As previously mentioned on the blog, the Virtual School Games take place next week – it would be fabulous for us to put a HUGE effort in and maybe even win! I won’t name any names (yet), but it turns out that there are some quite competitive staff here. Watch this space for more details about how to submit your scores.
Do continue to take care as we move towards fewer restrictions during easing of lockdown and keep in touch. If you need support or advice of any kind, let us know - we will endeavour to do our best to help. If you need to ring us but there is not answer, please leave a message and we will get back to you the same day. Best wishes,
Cornwall School Games
This year, due to the current situation, the annual Cornwall School Games is unable to take place in person. This is a shame as Darite is so sporty. However, the games have gone online!
During the week beginning the 22nd June, each day there will be a chance to undertake a different sporting activity either in school or at home and earn points for the school.
Each day until the games take place, the activity cards that show how the different events will look, the rules and some top tips will be uploaded onto this blog for you to practise at home (or at school). During the week, photos and scores can be submitted to see which school and pupils are keeping active. The details of how to do this will be released closer to the event.
The school has signed up for this but we need as many people to take part. What a good way for those children in school to leep in touch with The activity cards of the first two events are attached to the blog.
Thank you and updates
Good morning and welcome to the second week of the summer second term! I hope you are all well and safe if you are at home.
We were incredibly impressed by the behaviour and attitude of all pupils last week; both those whom have been a part of our Educare provision and those Year 6 who have came back. The comments from parents and pupils have been heart warming and have made all the hard work of the staff worthwhile. Pupil levels of respect for themselves, their peers and their teachers has been really reassuring and I know that I speak for every member of staff when I say that we have had a lovely week.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming back a number of Year 1 pupils on today. We can assure you that the same levels of planning have taken place and exactly the same rules that are in place for Year 6s and the Educare bubbles, are in place for Year 1. We have never used so much soap, but given the very carefully completed cleaning logs for each Bubble, this is not a surprise.
Next week we are moving on to planning the possible and hopeful return of those Reception pupils who would like to come back to school perhaps during the week of 15 June; thank you very much to all those parents who have let us know if you hope for your child to return (or not). This of course depends totally on the situation with numbers and staffing and we will keep you in the loop as always. Just a reminder that as new year groups return, the bubbles will shift. For instance, those Year 1 children who have accessed Educare last week, will now be part of the bubble in Class 1. Although this will release space in the educare bubble, they are in high demand and the government guidance remains that the safest place to be is at home if possible. Please only request a place for educare if your child fits the category of key worker or vulnerable. Please contact the school if you are unsure.
We hope that you have managed to read the letter sent to all parents and carers on Thursday from Mr Massey stating not only that Year 1s were definitely going to be welcomed back but also that the school is closing after lunch on Friday afternoons from next Friday 12th June for a weekly deep clean. Please refer to the letter from school and the newsletter last week with times for pickups as they do change. At the moment, we are sorry, but we are unable to look after ANY child on a Friday afternoon.
We hope that you are continuing to enjoy the Home Learning and please do keep sending us in all of your wonderful work, pictures and photos. Most teachers are now back in school and teaching in a Bubble however, so please bear with us if home learning is not updated first thing on Monday. We are always going to put new things up. Class teachers will of course still respond to any emails and will be delighted to hear from you, but it may not be quite as rapid as it was before Half Term.
You all continue to be brilliant and we really appreciate it. THANK YOU. Stay safe and look after yourselves.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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