A fleeting moment - perfect example

​There was a wonderful moment just after the gates had been opened that nearly went unnoticed but I'm glad I spotted it and can share it here. As usual, I was stood welcoming everyone into school and the initial groups had entered.  There was a brief pause with three different people all pausing from their different routes. The reason: they ha...
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Camouflage

​ Wednesday 16th - not deliberately going undercover (I'd been teaching Y6 PE all afternoon) but a few parents on Playground 2 questioned whether it was a ploy to see if parents would behave differently if I wasn't visible at the end of the day. While this was said in jest, it is an interesting concept and hopefully my messages this term have been ...
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Social Graces day 1

Monday 14th - after sending parents information on the newsletter last week, I went to Playground 2 this afternoon to see how things were there. I pleased to say that in the main, it looked and felt much better. There was a clear understanding from most that pausing to let the person in front of you have some space didn't cause such a backlog or cr...
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Day 4 (First of a full week)

​We're in uncharted territory when it comes to judging when it is right to keep children off or when to send them in. We want all children in school but need to be careful that any symptoms that they may have are contained at home. A few parents have had to make that choice today and we hope that their caution is quickly justified either by the chi...
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Day 2 of a new chapter

In my final few years of teaching, thanks to the inspiration of Mrs Gargrave, I grew to be confident to teach and even take part in dance lessons. However, I would never have expected to be outside on the second lunchtime of the of the new year, surrounded by Year 3 children showing them how to use the new markings - a dance mat game. I'll loo...
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A new year begins

​It is safe to say that the first day back was a huge milestone for so many children. Whatever they may have been feeling over these past few months when school has been closed, to see them back was a joy to me and the vast majority looked very happy. I was also very pleased to see that some of the ideas put to staff were in use immediately - worki...
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Covid19 Day 28

​Tomorrow (Friday 17th) marks the end of the school year for our Foundation Stage, Year 1 and Year 6. The 'Bubbles' continue for three more days but I want to make a mention here for the 70 or so children who have been back for four weeks. They or their parents may have had some reservations to begin with but I can say from personal experience that...
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Covid19 Day 27

​Our slow goodbyes began today with the first two of the 'Face-to-face' meetings: RMB and 4J. It has been a bit of logistical issue but if the weather helps out, it will give the children time to see their teacher in person as well as meet up with up to half of their classmates over the next week and bit. Foundation Stage were superb - despite "Ber...
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Covid19 Day 26

​Thrilled to be back in school seeing the school almost 'normal' and so many happy children enjoying the glorious sunshine. There were 70 children in school today, the most since 20th March, and at times almost all of them were on the field. Their 'bubbles' are intact but classmates within different ones still chatted and even played together - kno...
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Covid19 Day 25

​This morning saw Year 1 children begin; and what excitement this brought to both the children and their parents who arrived perfectly on time as well as the staff who had not seen their class for 3 months. The room had been set up differently - yes, but each desk had been personalised as much as possible with colouring sheets matched to what ...
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Covid19 Day 24

​Lots has happened since I last made an entry but I have not had the time to put any of them down here, and as they are in the past, I won't look back. We are now in a new phase where we are able to open the school up to more children each week. This week, our Foundation Stage have begun in small groups and it was lovely to see their happy faces as...
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Covid19 Day 23

​I have spent my first day and a half in a building other than my house for the first time since March 23rd - my second home: school. It felt normal. It felt good. It felt safe. Yes, I kept myself from everyone either in my office, outside weeding or when visiting the groups, keeping at a good distance. And what a joy it was to see the Original Key...
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Covid19 Day 22

​We enter a new phase today, one in which we begin to open school up to more children. Each step of the way, the safety of pupils and staff is paramount. Therefore, my planning, albeit unseen to parents, takes into account not only the size of rooms but also the location of these 'bubbles', the experience of the children, the staff being matched as...
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Covid19 Day 21

​Just a minute or two ago, the letter to all parents outlining the details regarding the re-opening of St. Michael's was sent. In total, 352 responses to the survey came in and by the evening of Tuesday, we had firmed up a way forward which felt manageable. Fortunately I checked the data again at 9:30pm and realised I had made an error so at 6:30 t...
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Covid19 Day 20

​This morning, the survey went out asking you about plans to re-open and as I write this just 3 hours later, well over 200 responses are in. Thank you. Although I can't draw any firm conclusions from this yet, it shows that so far overwhelmingly, that you trust the school to make the right decision based on the guidance we are given. Every decision...
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Covid19 Day 19

​One question answered; many more to resolve. The question that is now clear is that for the year groups identified to return, there will be no penalty if they choose not to send their children in. This means that not only do parents have the discretion to make their own view on how safe they feel the measure put in place are, but also implied by t...
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Covid19 Day 18

​Not as clear cut as we would have liked. I'm sure many if not most of you waited in anticipation for Boris Johnson's speech last night; top of my wish list was the chance to go and see family properly but sadly, this was not the case. Maybe high up on your list was clarification about schools; again for most this wasn't present but I hope you agre...
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Covid19 Day 17

​Fake news - we've heard it lots, so much so that it has almost become part of our vocabulary. As we approach the weekend, when many people are anticipating the Prime Minister's speech, there is lots of speculation about. No-one in school knows more than you about what the near or distant future will look like and we await more information from the...
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Covid19 Day 16

​There are so many ways to view this period of school closure; it may be frustrating, difficult, challenging, scary... However, it can also be seen as a blessing. Our lives are so busy all of the time yet this has forced most of us to take stock (mainly because we've been forced to) and have found that although we may still have lots to do and new ...
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Covid19 Day 15

​A wonderful idea seems to be going viral from today and that is a way to interact with those who might visit our homes: postal workers or delivery people. You may have already seen it but if not, the idea is to place a simple paper-based game on your door (Connect4, Noughts & Crosses, Draughts etc...) and then every time someone visits, they a...
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