Welcome to the Spring Term in Class 5

Dear Class 5 families, 


I hope you have had a really well deserved half term break, whether from Seesaw School or Bubble School. I know I was really ready for a bit of time away from the screen. Some lovely walks around the local area with the children and the dog were just what was needed! It is so nice that the days are gradually lengthening and a glimmer of sunshine every so often was a very welcome sight!


Firstly, can I reiterate what Mrs Lewis wrote in her last newsletter of the first half of term and extend a huge thanks to everyone for all your incredible support over the past 6 weeks. Your positivity, understanding and willingness to get stuck in will have had the most amazing impact on your children, as it has on those of us working hard to keep things going for all of the children in our care (including, in many cases, our own!) 


We are really hopeful that within the next couple of weeks, we will be able to welcome all of the children back into the school building, and as you can imagine, there is lots of work going on behind the scenes as we try to preempt what this might look like. Please be assured that however this happens, the safety and well-being of your children will continue to be our top priority. 


This week sees the launch of our independent Character Education Research Project - ‘Explorers for the Global Goals’, the assessment criteria for which and thinking behind was sent out before half term (with the last newsletter). The projects that children took part in before half term will have helped them to have become familiar with some of the big ideas behind the United Nations Sustainable Goals and will provide a solid foundation for their own project-based learning. 


The project will be unrolled gradually over the coming week, with video inputs from lots of members of the teaching staff, as well as representatives from Edukid and Unicef’s ‘The World’s Largest Lesson’. These videos will address key thinking across a range of academic subjects, such as safe and effective internet searches, geographical and historical enquiry, scientific and technological approaches to problem solving and effective written and oral communication. These videos will be held in a ‘virtual classroom’ so that the children can access them as and when they need them. 


As I am sure you will understand, there will be regular updates over the coming weeks, with the picture hopefully becoming clearer after the Government's announcement due on the 22nd of February. Please be assured that as soon as we know anything, we will get information out to you. 


As always, please continue to use Seesaw for general queries (and positive feedback!), but remember, if you have any concerns, please contact the school office so that a member of staff can speak to you by phone, virtually or face to face. 


Assuring you of my best attention at all times,


Mrs Northcott