January 29th 2021

Dear Parents / Carers

The Government have made clear that the earliest date schools will fully reopen is Monday 8th March. This is far longer than we expected when we were told at the start of the year that schools would be closed to most pupils. For parents, this means at least eight weeks of supporting your children’s learning at home and we are very aware of the pressures that causes. We know that many parents are finding it so hard to juggle the demands of home life, whether younger children or work, and supporting their child’s remote learning. We would like to reassure you that the most important factor in this all is your family’s wellbeing. You may not be able to support your children in the same way that we can in school. (Indeed, it would be a surprise if you could, as that is what we are qualified to do!). If, however, you can keep a routine going and help build stamina, that will mean that the return to school will not be so challenging.  We appreciate your support of the school and of the community in keeping the children at home where possible. We know you will be concerned about the impact on children’s academic and social development and we are absolutely committed to doing everything we can to remedy this, this year and in the future. Above all, please keep us informed. No problem is too small – we may just be able to help!

As remote learning will be continuing for longer than we thought, we would like to review our approach and your experiences at home. We are aware that there is a fine line between supporting your child’s learning and creating too much pressure for the family. Our teachers have worked tirelessly to meet the Government’s high expectations for remote learning, and it has been lovely to read your messages of gratitude. We have worked hard to deliver daily live lessons and set work for children to do at home, but we are aware that it is not possible to fully teach subjects like PE, art, DT and science as effectively remotely as in the classroom.  We are also aware that some families are finding it hard to complete all the tasks in light of their own circumstances. I would urge you to contact your child’s teacher if that is the case as some tasks are more important than others.

We have sent parents/carers a short remote learning survey to help us design remote learning for the next four weeks. It would be very helpful if you completed the survey by Monday 1st February to allow us to reflect on and implement any changes.

Wimbledon Dons – Foodbank Collection – Thursday 4th February

We have been fortunate to be able to support some of our families to access online learning with donated devices from the ‘Keeping Kids Connected’ initiative run by the ‘Wimbledon Dons’.  (You may have seen them outside a local supermarket for food donations.)

As part of their Christmas charity initiative, Y5 were collecting for the foodbank, but sadly the collection had to be postponed.  This has now been rearranged for Thursday 4th February.  Please can we encourage you, if you are able, to support this charity as a way of giving back and to recognise their support to the school.

If your child is in school – please send in donations to the class on Monday 1st/Tuesday 2nd.

If your child is learning from home, please consider donating at their collection points at the   supermarket.

Emotional Wellbeing

Please see the attached flyer from Claire Stevens, our Junior Pastoral Mentor, for some suggestions about ways of looking after our wellbeing.

PTA events for your diary

  • Lockdown III Family Quiz
    Join us on Sunday 7th February at 4pm on Zoom for the third installment of our fun, family-friendly quiz. Please see the attached poster. Tickets available on ParentMail NOW! Entry £10 per family. Places are limited so get your ticket soon! (Visit the shop in ParentMail).
  • PTA sponsored climb
    The PTA are organising a sponsored climb for classes to complete between 8th and 22nd February.  Each class can choose their challenge – who will take on Everest?  More information and links to sponsor forms will follow. We hope all the children can enjoy an active few weeks and help the PTA raise money to fund new outdoor play equipment for the school.
  • Gin Tasting
    One for the adults! Please save the date for a gin tasting evening via Zoom on Friday 26th February at 8pm. Look out for more details and how to book in the coming weeks.

Tabitha White, Headteacher