It has been an amazing week having all the children back in school. There has been a wonderful hustle and bustle about the place as the children have started to re-connect with their friends and the classrooms are busy with activities.
Last week the children and staff enjoyed Book Week - a fantastic way to end our home and school based learning. I would like to thank Hannah Lintern for all the hard work and effort she put into organizing our super Book Week and all the staff who read bedtime stories, shared embarrassing photos and became masked readers for the week!
I managed to drop in on several Teams calls on Thursday and saw many children dressed up as famous book characters – thank you to everyone who got into the spirit of the day! On Friday I worked with the Y1/Y2 making their ‘favourite place’ 3D shoe box scene amongst all the fabric off-cuts, sparkly sequins, corks, wool, pipe-cleaners and glue we have assembled a fine array of magical scenes. On Monday the children shared their spud-tacular characters and I have joined Y3 and Y4 for some lessons this week as their classroom Teaching Assistant!
Across the school the children have enjoyed a ‘settling back in’ week and performed teamwork activities, social skills and re-established school routines and expectations. Teachers have focused on the children’s emotional well-being and encouraged the children to discuss their experiences; and their enjoyment and worries of returning to the school, especially if they have been at home since December. Children are amazing at adapting but we must support them as much as possible through these momentous times.
Comic Relief - Red Nose Day
The School Council met this week to plan their Red Nose Day events on Friday 19th March. They would like all the children to:
• wear mufti and something red on Friday 19th March (Y5 & Y6 will need to wear sport mufti clothes for their PE lesson).
• design a new Red Nose competition - using the attached template, created by the school council, children wishing to enter need to bring their design to school on Friday 19th March. The school council will judge the designs and give prizes to the different key stages.
• Share a joke – everyone to learn a favourite joke they can share with their class.
• Learn about Red Nose day from the powerpoint they have made and will share with each bubble.
The School Council have asked if everyone can bring in £1.00 for wearing mufti, but if you would like to donate more it will be appreciated.
May we kindly remind parents that the wrap-around care, Breakfast Club and CATTs Club, is currently only available for children of key workers and those deemed ‘vulnerable’ by the Government. Those invited to join Mrs Beachgood should arrive at 8.30. Thank you for your continued cooperation with this reduced offer.
Next week we shall be sending out a Parent survey about the recent school and home based learning at Catcott Primary School. We would appreciate your comments and feedback to help us reflect and develop upon our provision.
During the class assemblies today, I have also asked the children about their experiences of lockdown learning – so everyone’s view will be canvassed!
Covid-19 Self-testing kits
Please find attached a letter from Somerset County Council explaining the introduction of Lateral Flow Tests for families with school aged children. These LFT are voluntary and need to be ordered from:
I hope you have an enjoyable weekend and keep safe.