‘The sun is shining, the weather is sweet. Makes you want to move your dancing feet.’ (Bob Marley, Sun is Shining, 1971) It is really good to see the sun again. I felt as though we were disappearing into a low grey cloud forever but it has been lovely this morning to see the sky again. To be able to see into the distance. It is really important that we are able to look forward, beyond the current situation, to a time when we can be whole again as a school. Lockdown 3.0 has felt harder than any before. I think it is the weather, the time of year and the relentless nature of the restrictions that have challenged us all.
I became an uncle last weekend and we travelled to my brother’s house to see the baby. I was unable to hug my brother and hold the baby and we had to look at the baby through the living room window. You will all have similar stories. This is why we have to look to the future. It is impossible to predict what the government will do regarding the opening of schools but open again we will, and once again we will turn the music up and celebrate your return. I am unsure whether we will fully open after half term but I am pleased it has been announced that we will have two weeks notice before this takes place.
Whatever the circumstances, we forge on as a school. I have been so impressed with the daily interactions between our staff and your children on google classrooms and 9.30am has quickly become the highlight of my day. The morning meets have been a real success. Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending part of the Reception meet. It was lively and fun and Georgia Brown deserves a medal! Thank you to those who completed the questionnaire. We are going to be looking at it today and will adapt our offer where necessary.
We keep driving forward. Today myself and Mr Gilbert will be locking ourselves away to further develop our curriculum. Yesterday, I attended a superb remote seminar by Mary Myatt who talked through the planning of a Geography unit across the school using quality texts as the bedrock of all learning. It makes me extremely happy that after 20 years in education I still love learning and I can assure you we will work tirelessly to make the Darell curriculum the best in Richmond, London, Europe and the world. You can hold me to this.
Try and look up to the sky today, clear your minds and think positive thoughts. We are going to get through this. Have a lovely weekend with your families. Stay safe and keep smiling.
Whilst we can't run clubs in person, we wanted to keep them going virtually! On Google Classroom you'll find our new Clubs class space. Here you'll find plenty of ideas for things to do to keep you busy. Please feel free to participate in as many of the activities as you like!
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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.
We have put together our 4th Pack of activities for your children. Each activity is hyperlinked to a resource on the ELSA Support website. This means if you click the BLUE TITLE of each activity it will take you to a page on our website. You can download and print the activity for your children.
The activities will help your children’s wellbeing at this difficult time and hopefully help to keep them occupied in a proactive and beneficial way.
These activities could also be used during holidays.
You can do them in any order or miss days out. It doesn’t really matter. It is purely there for you to use if you need to.
To access the links please see the attached PDF with the newsletter.
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 - Which story time did you like best this week? Why was it your favourite?
Weir - What book would you recommend to Mr Porter? Why would you recommend it?
Mozart - Can you think of a better way the Gingerbread Man could travel across the river?
Newton - What does scorching mean?
Thunberg - Would you share your imaginary garden with others or keep it to yourself? Why?
Darwin - If you had a magic cupboard that could bring toys to life, what toy would you put into it and why?
Attenborough - Do you think the monsters haunting the city of Yaroslav are friendly or evil?
Parks - If you had a magic cupboard that could bring toys to life, what toy would you put into it and why?
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.
Today, Year 2 have been challenged to create their own reading dens and the results are fantastic! What a great activity away from screens during #remotelearning A superb way to develop #readingforpleasure Great work! https://t.co/Qv7rZNNWgT