Covid19 Day 8

​Marvelous examples of what children are doing at home are starting to come my way from many of the teachers, and some other staff, which I am collecting together to share with you at the end of the week. Where possible, I have also replied directly to the children which has surprised them but shown them that I am interested. I've also been co...
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Covid19 Day 7

By now, hopefully all parents will have been contacted by staff at school, if you haven't then please do let me know and I will see if there is an issue. You can contact me for this via: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email is where I would love you to share your "World from our Windows" pictures (below are the first few I've received - many tha...
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Covid19 Day 6

I missed posting yesterday because at first, I couldn't decide what to call it (Day 6 could technically have been Saturday) and also that by lunchtime, I had reached my limit for the day. Today however, I am back up to where I usually am and having spoken to a number of my staff today, it has become apparent that we will all have 'down' days e...
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Covid19 Day 5

Did you take part in the #clapforcarers last night? Have you created and displayed "Rainbows of Hope"? If so, I hope you have felt that you are doing your bit and that this encouragement to others is making a difference in keeping spirits high and maintaining a sense of optimism in what are undoubtedly challenging circumstances. I've pick...
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Covid19 Day 4

My morning routine is set now; after breakfast what better way to start the working day than looking through Tapestry to see all the wonderful activities our FS, Y1 & Y2 children have been up to. I made a pledge to myself to try to comment on everyone's posts but this was impossible as there were so many (well done Mums & Dads) so I have al...
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Covid19 Day 3

Has someone from school checked in with you yet? If not, please give the LSAs time to get through their lists as they can have almost 20 families to contact. This may be coming through as a withheld number at the moment, though thanks to a school Dad, this may change imminently with technology which will allow them to almos...
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Covid19 Day 2

Last night's announcement didn't make life any easier for any of us. Hopefully, like me, you have a garden to go out into and hopefully make some use of the good weather we have for a few days at least. If you need some ideas of what to do out there, either on your own or as a family, I have today uploaded some 'Garden Games' resources which might ...
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Covid19 Day 1

Proud. That's what I am feeling right now. Proud of my teaching, LSA, office and site staff who turned up their droves this morning to face a new experience. None of us knew what to expect but I could sense the mood was one of preparedness and energy to make it a positive day. Proud of the staff who worked from home supporting those in sc...
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Sizzling

What a scorcher! We're all so glad that these three days have been much more relaxed than normal as the heat has built each day – working for the children would have been very difficult. However, despite this, there has been lots going on. On Monday, the child winner of "Nerf Can Alley" at the fete took his prize: a meal with a friend at a fast foo...
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Rewarding

​ This has been a wonderful week in school from my point of view, beginning with Y5 taking over the Hall on Monday for their Viking Experience. The children looked brilliant in their outfits, though being Monday morning, quite a few could have benefitted from a shave (you decide whether that was the boys or girls). On Tuesday, we were treated to a ...
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Isn't sport wonderful

Wow! What an afternoon that was! I do hope you managed to watch this afternoon...tennis, cricket, cycling or the grand prix. I was watching both the tennis and the cricket, flicking between the two while messaging other staff with great excitement. The tennis provided one of the best finals I've ever heard of with neither Federer or Djoko...
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Almost there...

Ahead of what is our final full week, there is a wonderful weekend of sport which is causing a dilemma: what will you be watching on Sunday? The Cricket World Cup, which is the first time England have made this stage since 1992 or the Men's Wimbledon final, which at the time of writing will be Djokovic versus either Federer or Nadal? Before that th...
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Absence

For me, this is a very difficult space to fill as I have had the privilege of being with the Y6 children in France on their residential so haven't been around in school. I could go on and on about the trip but I won't; if you're interested, maybe have look at the Blog that was written while we were out there. All I will say is that I am immensely p...
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Music to my ears

​ It has been refreshing to walk around the school over the last few days to see and hear children in many classes preparing for their CD recording. The manner in which the children, and I must say, staff as well, have embraced this has been both heart-warming and inspirational. If you haven't already ordered a copy of the CD, I would recommend doi...
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More than lunches

​ This week, I am sure you will think that all I have done is work on the lunch system and it is  true that I have spent quite some time on this but this is because I feel it needs a lot of  attention to get things correct. We are not there yet but have taken more steps in the right  direction as well as a few points to learn from. P...
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A change is as good as a break

​ That's how the saying goes but is it really true? This first week back after a half-term break has been as busy as any other beginning with Assembly on Monday where the Y2 children arrived in their wonderful Victorian costumes – the boys dutifully took off their caps as all good Victorian children would have done when they were indoors. I believe...
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One more trial…

​ Do I mean trail as in a path or trial as in question? Hopefully by the end of this you will be clearer. The weather has been magnificent this week; it's been such a long time in coming but now hopefully it is here to stay. If it does, then when we return it might be the time to start talking to your children about sun-safety; wearing a hat, apply...
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With a little help from my friends

​ There are so many people to thank this week; I hope I don't miss anyone out. It's also difficult to know where to start. Mrs Ford deserves credit as she has again stepped up this week to help during some absences and busier times in the office, always meeting and greeting with a smile but also this week, has been on hand to help out with the coll...
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Now it’s over to them…

For our Year 6 pupils, next week is such a vital one. They have spent this term preparing to show the very best of themselves in their SATs tests and following reports from both Mr Bird and Mrs Lockhart, they are absolutely ready. My gratitude to the staff for teaching them so well while also maintaining the sense of perspective that is so importan...
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A slight delay

Yes, it's true...many of us don't have to go to work on Monday so next week starts a little later and then it will soon be the next weekend. How exciting is that? Between now and then, we are hosting a Transition Event for our feeder nursery schools, Y5 are undertaking some road safety work, Y1 & Y2 have their Cross Country event, on Thursday w...
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