I hope that you are all well. It has been another incredibly busy week here at Darell and we are finishing on a high. Myself and Mr Gilbert have just finished our whole school reading assembly and we are now set up so we can see all the classes as we present. It is not as good as all being in the same room but is lovely nonetheless. Thank you all for your support with the reading logs. We have noticed an increase in the amount of reading taking place across the school which is great.
As you will all know, we are now in our second lockdown. I mentioned it in the whole school assembly today, but it was just to let them know that we will continue to keep them safe and happy in school. If possible, we would like you to continue to wear masks when you are on site. We have no jurisdiction to demand this but hope that you would support us by doing so. We would also ask you to consider your arrangements for picking children up. I am acutely aware how challenging childcare can be and recognise that you will sometimes use other parents to pick up your children. Our advice would be that you would need to currently seek other arrangements unless the adult is in your childcare bubble as per government guidance. It is not enjoyable to have to focus on these matters in the newsletter but hopefully working together we can continue to keep everybody safe. The good news is that in the locality there has been a slight fall in positive cases this week, which is encouraging.
Last week, we sent out our remote learning plan and we have been trailing some of the aspects this week. We continue to work on a home/school agreement that is needed for the chromebooks to be taken home if isolation is necessary. This week we trialled some live lessons whereby pupils at home could watch their teacher during the whole class teaching of Writing, Reading and Maths. It worked really well and if a child needs to isolate they will have access to the slides and live teaching during the morning. We really feel that this is the best way for them to avoid falling behind and is also a way of continuing to promote their well-being as they are experiencing the lesson with their classmates. We will keep you informed on our progress with this.
The forecast for the weekend is good so please wrap up warm, enjoy the great outdoors and have some quality time with your families.
Parent Consultation Evening
Please log into your Arbor account to book your Parents evening appointment
Tuesday, 17th November between 4pm and 6pm.
Wednesday, 18th November between 5pm and 7pm.
Thursday, 19th of November between 4pm and 7pm.
As the office is now closed we are unable to book these appointments manually. Please refer to the letter sent yesterday, for instructions on how to book your consultations via Arbor.
Your child's proof photo order form will be coming home on Monday, 9th November. Please follow the instructions if you wish to order.
Please top up your child's meal account on Arbor so their account always remains in credit. School meals cost £2.25 per day.
Due to a system error we have lost our historic meal choices. Please could you send an email to email@example.com with your child's requirements if you haven't done so already.
Arbor Emergency Contacts and Consents
Please could all parents log into their Arbor account and check we hold the correct emergency contact details and that the consents for your child are correct. If you can not access your Arbor Account, please let us know in the office and we will re send your details.
Communications Sent Home
Parents Evening Consultation - Whole School
Coronavirus quick reference flow chart - Whole School
We just wanted to remind everyone that here at Darell Primary and Nursery school we feel that wellbeing, including your physical and mental health are extremely important. We want to support the whole family during this time.
It is important that our parents and carers feel supported and well in themselves so the tips and links you will find within this section are to support adults and children.
Welcome to our weekly section of the newsletter all about reading. Every week, we will share a question (or two) with you about the book your child is reading in school. Please use these questions to help you find out a little more about what your child has been reading in school and continue to develop their love of reading.
Packham - What were the cats doing while Pam was sleeping?
Peake - Why did the boy need to find the bear a new place to live?
If you were the boy, where would you take the bear and why?
Weir - Where do you think ?Claude and Sir Bobblysock will go next?
What do you think they would do? Where in the city would you go?
Mozart - What would you take if you went to the moon?
Newton - use 'ing' to talk about what the animals are doing in the book? eg They are stalking their prey.
Thunberg - How do you think the town’s opinions on Arthur have changed?
Darwin - If you were turned into a magical animal, what animal would it be?
Attenborough - What makes Treason a historical fiction text?
Why is Will's father heart-broken?
Parks - Why did the Nazis lose the Battle of Britain?
What were Esther’s experiences of Nazis whilst she and her family lived in Austria?
Sitting down with your child and exploring their favourite app or game is a great way for you to learn more about what they like to do online.
You can ask them why they like to use an app or play certain games, as well as who they’re talking to and what sorts of things they’re sharing.
You can follow the online safety links for tips on how to keep kids safe on popular apps, sites and games.
Following on from Mr Porter's reflections about WhatApp, please click on the link to find some useful information which might help you decide if and how your child should use WhatsApp.
Newton Class have made their own savannah sensory room inspired by @Ellastration and her wonderful book 'One Day on our Blue Planet: In the Savannah.' What a great place to escape too! https://t.co/TgryppTFND