The first week back.

We have been thrilled to welcome the children back to school after such a long break; we were blown away by the fact that we have had nearly 100% attendance this week! All of the children have behaved exceptionally well and have adapted to the new routines and procedures brilliantly. We are very proud of them!

We would like to extend our thanks to all members of our school community for the trust that everyone has shown in us this week. We appreciate that returning to school may not have been easy for everyone and we hope that you have been reassured by the measures which we have put in place to minimise the risk of Covid-19 transmission at school. Whilst there are many things which are different this academic year, we would like to stress that we remain committed to providing all of our pupils with high quality social, emotional support and a rigorous, rounded education.

As the Government’s Covid-19 guidance is updated, we will need to review our practices, so please bear with us if changes need to be made from time to time. We will continue to keep you updated via this website. Thank-you for working with us to ensure that all of our pupils and staff are kept as safe as possible. With the safety of our school community in mind, we would like to share a few gentle reminders:

Please do not arrive before 8:45 a.m., as we need to avoid people congregating while they wait for classroom doors to open.

Please remember that you can drop your child/ren off any time between 8:45 and 9:15 in the morning. Having a window of time to drop-off should mean that arrivals are spaced out and that social distancing is possible.

Please do not collect your child any later than 3:15 as we do not have staff available to supervise pupils at this time. (You can collect your child between 2:45 and 3:15)

Please could all parents observe 2m social distancing whilst on school grounds.

Please ensure that your child brings a waterproof coat into school everyday, as we will try to be outside as much as possible.

Thank-you for your co-operation in these matters. If we all work together, we can minimise the risk for all of our pupils and their families and for our members of staff. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to phone, text or email the school.

Mrs. Brotherhood & Mrs. Evans.

The first few days of the school year.

I have thoroughly enjoyed having the children back in class this week. They have worked hard in all of our lessons and have been really quick to pick up the new rules and procedures. I have been impressed with their attitude to the work they have been set and with how much information they have retained from the previous academic year. There were some very strong scores in our mental maths ‘test’ this morning!

Here’s what some of our students had to say about their first few days in Darwin class:

“It’s been fun. I enjoyed playing dice games to learn about place value.” (Noah)

“I’ve enjoyed reading Aquila – there’s a lot of mystery! I am getting used to the new routines and all the hand washing!”  (Allison)

“We did a test. It was hard but it was fun and challenging.” (Seb)

“I was surprised that I had forgotten so much but I am remembering it now!” (Anna)

“I know exactly what you mean, Anna!” (Mrs. Evans)

I am looking forward to our first full week together next week. Have an excellent weekend everyone and I will see you on Monday.

Mrs. Evans.

Reminders about the start of term.

As we move closer to the beginning of the start of the Autumn Term (Wednesday 2nd September), we thought that it may be helpful to share some reminders of the key changes which staff, parents and pupils need to be aware of. The following list includes some of the main changes; further information can be found in the letters written by class teachers. (See the link below.)

  • Children must only bring ESSENTIAL items to school. They do not need to bring a pencil case or toys of any sort. (See teachers’ letters for more information.)
  • Unfortunately, parents will only be allowed into the school buildings with a prior appointment. If parents need to make contact with the staff in the school office or class teachers, they must do so by telephone or email.
  • Pupils may have school dinners if they wish, please see the website for further information: School dinner information.
  • Please do not send cash into school. If you have no alternative, it must be in a clearly labelled envelope, which your child will hand in during register time (dinner money will not be dropped off at the school office as it previously may have been). Please contact our office staff if you need to know more about our cashless system.
  • Pupils must enter and leave the school via their external classroom doors at the start and end of the school day. Parents and pupils must not use the main entrance into the main school building.
  • To avoid too many people arriving at school at any one time, you may drop your child/ren off in the morning any time between 8:45 and 9:15 and pick them up any time between 2:45 and 3:15. We hope that this will make it easier for parents to maintain social distance. This arrangement will be under constant review.
  • At the start of the day, pupils must go straight into their classroom and, at the end of the day, teachers will send pupils out to parents as soon as they are able to; please maintain social distance whilst you wait with/for your child.(See class teachers’ letters)
  • The school bus will be running as it normally would, but there are some changes that you need to be aware of; further information can be found here: Information about the school bus.
  • Please do not send your child into school if they are at all unwell. We will be erring on the side of caution in this regard and will be asking parents to collect their child/ren if they become unwell whilst they are at school. We will share further information about our approach to illness, including Covid-19, shortly.
  • Please note that, due to staffing issues, we will not be running before and after school clubs until the week of the 21st of September. We will send you more information about this when we are in a position to do so.

For further information about school fully opening in September, please check the ‘News’ page on our website.

School Transport September

Please find below important information about the school bus.

Unfortunately, Shropshire council are not offering transport places to pupils in Nursery at the moment. We apologise for this inconvenience, and will let you know if their position changes.

School Transport letter Sept 2020 

If you have applied and have received confirmation that your child has a place on the school bus, please ensure that both you and your child read the agreement below. We will give your child a paper copy to sign in September.

Bus Agreement

Please read Shropshire Council’s  letter about school transport:

Shropshire Council School Transport

End of the Academic Year.

We have reached the official end of the academic year – well done everyone!

As from today, I will no longer post the daily learning menu and additional tasks on Edmodo. I will, however,  continue to post the daily ‘morning activities’ until the end of July – just in case the children want to do them. I will continue to log on to Edmodo periodically throughout the holidays, so if the children have any questions about September they can contact me on there.

I’d like to thank you all for your hard work over the past few months. I know that balancing home schooling with all your other daily demands must have been extremely challenging at times and I appreciate all the hard work that you have put in.

I am very much looking forward to having all of our new Darwin class in school in September, although I will miss our present Year 6 children very much.

I hope you all manage to relax over the summer break – you all deserve some serious ‘me’ time!

Mrs. Evans.

Darwin Class letter

Preparing for September

We are currently reviewing our curriculum for September and are keen to address pupils’ social and emotional well-being in light of the Covid-19 crisis.

Recovery Curriculum at Stoke-on-Tern

Please could you take a few minutes to complete our survey to enable us to ensure that we have effective provision in place to support your child:

Preparing for September Survey.

Please note that this survey will close at midnight on Sunday 19th July.

Farewell Year 6!

We said a fond farewell to our lovely Year 6 pupils today. We wish them all the very best for the future. They are a delightful bunch of pupils and I am very proud to have been their teacher.

Thank-you to Mrs. Shellabear and Mrs. Roberts for supplying us with cakes and fizzy pop!

 

Teachers’ Letters about September

Please find below a letter from your class teacher:

Little Wenlock Class letter  (Nursery)

Hawkstone Class letter   (Reception & Year 1)

Caradoc Class Letter   (Year 1 & Year 2)

Housman Class Letter (Year 3 & 4)

Darwin Class letter (Year 5 & 6)

These letters should be read in conjunction with the ‘Questions and Answers’ document, which was sent out with your child’s report last week (see below). If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher.

Questions and Answers Regarding September

We very much look forward to seeing all the children back in school on September 2nd!