Firstly, I would like to thank you all for your support during this period. None of this is ideal, but together, I believe we are making the best of a challenging situation. I am really pleased with the success of the daily morning meetings. I have been attending the Year 4 meetings and it has been lovely to see everyone together. The well being of your children is our number one priority and these meetings play a vital part in keeping everyone connected.
I work from home on a Thursday and I recognise the challenges that home schooling presents. I have three children with three different sets of lessons and tasks that they need to complete and once we have overcome the technical issues that inevitably arise, we can begin. The problem is, that while supporting them, I have a school to run and they are inevitably left for long periods to get on with their learning. I know many of you will be living this and I would urge you not to be too hard on yourselves as you will be doing your best. I was sent this cartoon by a friend and it really helped me to be kinder to myself! Please be kind to yourselves also. You are doing your best and your children love you.
With your support, we are managing to keep numbers in school to a safe level and there has been some encouraging news about local cases beginning to slowly fall. One of our safety measures is maintaining good ventilation throughout the school and I am really looking forward to the upcoming months when I may be able to take off one layer of thermals!
Today we are sending out questionnaires to children, parents and teachers regarding remote learning. I have already read some of the children's responses and they are practical and insightful. Please add your opinions. We are happy with what we are currently providing, but we know it can be further improved so let us know your thoughts.
My hands are beginning to freeze to the keyboard so I will pause here. Please be kind to yourselves and enjoy your time with your families. Stay safe.
Google Classroom – Feedback
We are keen to work in partnership with our school community. As ever, your feedback is really valuable to us. Please follow the link below to provide us with some feedback about our use of Google Classroom – this was invaluable during the previous lockdown as it helped us to improve and change our practice.
Please note the office is closed to all parents and visitors.
We are contactable via telephone and email between 8am and 4pm on 0208 876 6721 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Peake - What makes you special? Explain why you think friendship and teamwork are important.
Weir - What advice would you give to someone who was afraid of the dark?
Mozart - 'Whose is this track and where does it go?' - Who did the Gruffalo's child meet along the way?
Newton - What was Lila's brother chasing?
Thunberg - What do you predict will happen next?
Darwin - If you were a Roman, would you have preferred to go to Britannia or stay in Rome?
Attenborough - What is behind the door in the tree?
Parks - Why does Mr Tumnus regret bringing Lucy back to his house in Narnia?
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.
Please click on the link below to find some useful information.