Today has been another busy day at school. We have been incredibly fortunate to receive 27 Chromebooks from the Department for Education. Myself and Mr Porter have been delivering these to families in the local area and it has been a delight to see members of our school community. We are fully committed to ensuring that all children have good quality access to our remote education offer and being able to have a Chromebook for almost every pupil in the school has really helped us to ensure equity of access for all. If you need any support with accessing Google Classroom or support with devices then please do not hesitate to contact us. It was a pleasure to read the feedback that you and your children have provided about our remote learning provision and we will continue to adapt what we do to ensure that it is the best that it can be.
I am sure that you will have seen the announcement that we will continue to be working remotely until at least the 8th March. Whilst we cannot wait to welcome your children back to school, we are pleased that this decision seems to be guided by the science rather than by the politics. There is also lots of good news about the vaccine roll-out. I was incredibly pleased to get a text message from my Dad telling me that he is getting his first shot of the vaccine this weekend. Although the journey out of our current situation may seem to be a slow one, it is possible to begin to glimpse the light at the end of the tunnel.
It is extremely important for us to continue to remain in contact with you throughout this period. With that in mind, we are planning to give you all a call over the course of next week as an opportunity to check in with you, thank you for all the hard work that you are doing with your children at home and to offer any support that we can. I hope that you have a relaxing and restful weekend (away from screens if possible) and we look forward to catching up with you next week.
Access to reading scheme books whilst learning at home
Whilst learning from home, we want to encourage children to keep reading to an adult on a daily basis. Collins Connect are providing free access to eBooks from their reading scheme. To access these books go to Collins Connect and click on the Teacher portal and enter:
Please find the right colour book band for your child and choose a book to read. Don't forget to record this in your child's reading record and put a dot at the back of the reading record. Please let your child's class teacher know when they have reached 50 dots so that we can ensure they receive their certificate.
Thank you for your continued support.
Google Classroom Clubs
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!
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.
Weir - What would you do if you discovered a secret sky garden?
Mozart - How would you feel if you were baby Bear? What zone would you be in?
Newton - Why was the raindrop described as gentle?
Thunberg - What do you predict will happen next in The Boy Who Grew Dragons?
Do you think you need anything special to grow a dragon?
Darwin - What is better about living in the USA than the UK? What is better about living in the UK than in the USA?
Attenborough - Do you think we can trust Miro? Do you think the skret are evil or just trying to reclaim what is rightfully theirs?
Parks - What did happen after dinner with the beavers?
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.