I hope you are all well. This has been a really unusual term. We have seemingly begun a school term as we are finishing a term! The three and a half weeks your children have been at school have flown by and we are now looking forward to a full Summer term in school. A full summer term in school. That sounds and will be lovely. The national roadmap to exiting lockdown seems to be on track and it would be fantastic if we are able to also relax school measures on June 21st. I have kept a close eye on local rates and they continue to fall. There were 69 confirmed cases throughout the whole of Richmond in the last 7 days. Please continue to respect the rules. I was speaking to a parent yesterday and she said that the situation now is a bit confusing. It feels that we are beginning to emerge from the crisis and yet we still exist under so many restrictions that we are clearly still in a crisis. Over Easter I believe I will be able to see my mum and dad in their garden and it will be lovely to see them again, there are only so many zoom calls you can make! I hope you also get the chance to see some loved ones over the Easter period.
I have been showing a number of prospective Nursery parents around the whole school and every one of them has commented on the excellent learning behaviours taking place in the classrooms. A lot of credit must be given to your children and our staff for this. I continue to be really proud of our staff team and am in awe of the commitment they show every day. I would like to mention Mr Gilbert here. Yesterday he presented to all the English leads from all the primary schools in Richmond and Kingston regarding how we as a school are promoting oracy (talk) across the school. I kept my door open during the presentation and can confirm that he did a fantastic job. It is really important that the excellence that is occurring at Darell is seen beyond the school walls and we are planning to continue to raise our profile across the local authority.
Looking ahead to the Summer term we are going to continue to focus on the promotion of reading across the school. I have been looking at some of the reading scores of different cohorts across the school and remarkable progress has been in some areas despite the disruption that has occurred. We are currently finalising the details of our next parent teacher meeting and I can reveal that it will take place on the week beginning the 26th of April. This will be via Google Meet or telephone meetings. It will be a really important meeting in terms of letting you know how your child is getting on in school academically, socially and emotionally. It is a vital component of us continuing to work effectively in partnership.
This is the last newsletter of the term and once again I would like you to thank you for your support. I am going to finish with a picture of a dog. My Easter will be dominated by the arrival of the newest member of the family. I am showing you this because I am hoping that he will have a role to play in the school and eventually after jumping through a number of hoops (me and him!) possibly become the school dog. Anyway here is Blue.
Have a lovely Easter break. Stay safe, enjoy time with friends and family and be happy.
Would anyone be able to lend a hand to collect soil from a house in Kew this weekend? We are trying to fill our new planters on a budget and someone locally has 2 tonnes of soil for free with the catch being we have to collect it! Please email Emma Claridge eclaridge@darell.Richmond.sch.uk if you’re able to help!
If anyone is disposing of a small trampoline. We would love to take it off your hands for our specialist provision.
Please contact the office if you can help.
After Easter we shall be holding our parent consultations via Google Meet. These will be bookable from Tuesday, 30th March at 16:00.
A letter will be sent home next with all the information on how to book.
We are currently working on the Summer clubs list. This will be sent out on Tuesday, 30th March clubs will be bookable from 12:00 noon.
Can we remind all parents that if your child presents with:
A new continuos cough
Temperature (hot to touch on the chest or back)
Loss of taste and smell
You must book a Covid test for your child. If they have siblings they will need to isolate until the results are back.
We cannot allow your child back to school until they have received a negative result or completed the isolation period.
When we return from the Easter break we will have new lunch menus. These are available to view on our website. For more information please follow the link below.
If you have any devices or charges remaining at home please can you return them to school before the end of term Wednesday, 31st March.
Spring Term Ends
Easter Bonnet Themed Mufti Day
PSA Treasure Hunt
3:30pm – 4:30pm
National Offer Day Reception 2021
Summer Term Begins
Movie Night-Reception Class
Movie Night-Year 1 and Mozart Class
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.
The Reading Corner
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 - Why did the sausages escape? What happened to them?
Peake - How was the beach different to the one that Rocket imagined?
Weir - Do you think Erin will tell the fishing village the real secret of Black Rock? What would you do if you were Erin?
Mozart - What would you do to help the Little Red Hen?
Newton - How did tomato encourage avocado?
Thunberg - How was the beach different to the one that Rocket imagined?
Darwin - Is it better to make mistakes or not to make mistakes?
Attenborough - What would you like to ask Francesca Gibbons, author of A Clock of Stars, when we meet her via video call in May?
Parks - What theories do you have about why Clara cannot remember last summer?
How do you think Dr Kalmenius brings Prince Otto back to life?
The mighty maths challenge is back!
Each week you will find a new maths challenge in this section of the newsletter and your Google Classroom along with the winner of the previous week.
Please email your answers to email@example.com
Our Problem 2 winner last week was Breogan from Thunberg class
Internet Matters team
We work collaboratively across industry, government and with schools to reach UK families with tools, tips and resources to help children benefit from connected technology smartly and safely.
It was an absolute joy for Year 4 to get out into the local community for some observational drawing. We're so lucky to be near the Thames and to have such fantastic budding young artists at our school. https://t.co/dIjjk4tDlt
Overall school attendance this week was 95.3% our target is 96.8%.
Well done to Nursery and Mozart class for the highest attendance of 100% this week.
Best for Punctuality was Nursery, Mozart, Thunberg, Peake and Darwin class with 0 lates!
Let's do our best for next week!
Countdown is on for our Darell Easter celebration on Wednesday, March 31st! 3,2,1...
3. Choose your favourite clothes for MUFTI day
2. Get creative, build your own EASTER HAT or buy a new kit (bonnet and decoration kit) for £3
1. Buy a map (£2) for this year’s after school EASTER TREASURE HUNT.
Easter Treasure Hunt will take place on Wednesday, March 31st after school on the North Sheen Recreation Ground on Dancer Road.
Easter Hunt Maps (£2) with clues will be available to buy from Friday on in the playgrounds and will include a prize in return.
Easter Bonnet Day & Mufti Day
After a long winter, the return of the bonnets will signal the return of spring.
Children can wear their unique hats to school with cheerful clothing to match instead of uniforms (Mufti day) on 31st March.
This year, we are encouraging everyone to participate in making a creative spring hat of any style. There will be some bonnets and kits on sale in the playgrounds. Students can also be creative and make a bonnet of things from home. A cereal box and some crayons can fashion something unique and fun.
After Easter holidays we are back with another exciting movie week between 27th April and 5th May
Your fabulous class reps have been choosing:
Tuesday, April 27th Reception: Willy and the Guardians of Lakeside
Wednesday, April 28th Year 1: Secret Life of Pets
Wednesday, April 28th Mozart: Secret Life of Pets
Thursday, April 29th Year 2: Mulan
Friday, April 30th Year 3: Raya and the Last Dragon
Tuesday, May 4th Year 4: Abominable
Tuesday, May 4th Newton: Abominable
Wednesday, May 5th Year 5: Descendants 3
Thursday, May 6th Year 6: Descendants 3
2nd Hand Book Sale
Next book sale will be on 20-21 May
Book donations are highly appreciated! Please drop them in front of the office. Since we need to store books for minimum 72 hours to stop the spread of the virus, please drop your book donations at your earliest convenience.
Next cake Sale will be on 23. April. We are very grateful to Christina and Juan for their generous donation of doughnuts on the previous cake sale.