Dear Parents and Carers,
Firstly I would like to say thank you to everyone in our school family for their understanding as we have navigated our way through this last half term! It has certainly thrown some curveballs at us! We were faced with the highest number of Covid cases that included both children and staff. Although we use two Supply Teacher Agencies, on many days there was no-one available. The children have been amazingly resilient putting up with a mixture of supply teachers in addition to  Mrs Hayes, Mr Hughes and myself. We covered the extra-curricular clubs between us so that we didn’t have to cancel and disappoint the children. On some occasions, we have joined classes within the same bubble together in the hall to watch a film together for the afternoon so that we didn’t have to send classes home. I realise that this is not ideal, but we have worked creatively to ensure that the children remained in school. We did have to shut Portchester class for one day. I am hoping that when we return on Tuesday 1st March that we will be able to go back to normal due to the lower case number that we currently have. We will make a decision about this when we return and know how many cases we have. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.
As you know, we will be celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 3rd March. There will be not be any PE lessons that day, nor will there be Forest School. Pevensey class will have their Forest School day rearranged.
The children have been busy this week contributing to their school report. They have considered how they see themselves as a learner, how they think, what motivates them and how they engage in their learning. These principles are based on the ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’. The children have thought about their profile as a reader, a writer and as a mathematician. The teachers are writing the reports directly to the children so that it is more meaningful for them. They will be sent home to families in early March. At the end of the school year in July you will receive a numerical report based on the children’s attainment and progress accompanied by a ‘Parents Evening’ to celebrate and review the school year whilst looking ahead to the transition to the next academic year.
When we return after half term, we have our new ‘Learning Journey’s’ ready to launch.
Lewes, Camber, Amberley and Bramber classes will be travelling through time.
Portchester, Pevensey and Southsea classes will be ‘SIZZLING’ & ‘SHIVERING’.
Arundel, Bodiam and Hastings classes will begin a theatrical experience.
Please see the attached documents for further information.
Have a fabulous holiday.
Take care
Kim Huggett