Weekly News for Families 11.2.21

Dear Parents and Carers,
Well done to everyone both at home and in school for keeping going!  Please enjoy the half term week with your families. The children have worked hard whether they have been at home or in school and really deserve a break. I have attached some fun activities that you may want to complete together if you are looking for ideas to do together as a family.
Our video of all the photos of ‘expressive dressing’ that were sent in to us, blended with the school photos is now on our website. Even Paddington makes an appearance!
For those children who have been in school, I will be supporting the Track and Trace process until 4pm on Saturday afternoon. This follows the guidance of reporting cases that may affect others if the contact has been within 48 hours. Please use the office2@yaptonschool.org email to let me know. Any family who have a positive case within their family at any point in the half term holiday are also invited to contact school so that we can update our data regarding COVID cases and to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Our school works closely with Your Space Therapies who provide counselling and play therapy. We have purchased a 6-week service to support our parents through this difficult time. Samantha Wright, our School Counsellor, will be available for you to call on a Monday from 9.30am-10.30am. The number for you to call is 01903 209991. This is confidential and school will not know which parents have called.  Only the number of parents and any common themes that occur.  If you feel that you need a listening ear, some help or advice then please call Samantha. This service will begin on Monday 15th February 2021 (the first day of half term).  I really hope that you find this useful.
Dear Parents and Carers,
Thank You and Well Done!
On behalf of the Governors I’d like to say a big Thank You for your continued support this half term.
At the recent Governor’s meeting Mrs Huggett reported on everything that is happening in school. How the children’s learning is organised, how hard the staff are working to deliver it, and the extraordinary lengths they go to for the benefit of the children. Your support is vital however, to make everything run smoothly, so thank you again.
 Also Well Done!  It can’t be easy juggling either the daily school run or helping the children with their learning at home, as well as organising everyday life under Lockdown.
I hope you get the opportunity to enjoy some time over half term with your child/children, weather and restrictions permitting!
Take care and stay safe,
Yours sincerely,
Penny Davey.
Chair of Governors.
We have listened to your feedback and have made some changes to our Remote Learning provision-specifically the online aspect.
The week’s learning in Early Years and Key Stage 1 classes will be launched with a video which will be on the School Website and linked through Google Classroom.  These classes will also have a meeting via Zoom each week.  A learning challenge which all the children in the class, whether at home or in school, will be explained as part of this meeting. 
Children in the Key Stage 2 classes will have two Zoom sessions.  The first one will be at the beginning of the week and the second will be later on.  Both of these sessions will have a focus on a learning task which the children will then complete once the meeting has finished. 
The timetable for these Zoom meetings is attached.
The second half of the Spring term begins on Monday 22nd February.  We will still be partially open, however the Prime Minister is expected to make an announcement regarding the route out of lockdown.  Before then, please use the office2@yaptonschool.org email address if you have any concerns or queries.  This email address will be monitored regularly over the half term break.
Have a restful half term.
Take care
Kim Huggett

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