|E-newsletter #95 Friday 16th July 2021|
Good Luck, Year 6!
Children from Years 1 to 6 participate in the school's Pupil Mentoring programme and this process continued this term. This self assessment gathers a range of information about pupils' attitudes towards themselves and school, along with exploring their independence, global citizenship and their thoughts on being an effective learner. The ultimate aim is to support pupils' emotional well-being and provide support as necessary. The process also allows the school to observe school and cohort wide trends in data to help us identify any areas that may need tackling at a wider level. Whilst individual pupil self assessments have been sent home in the Pupil Profiles today, I thought you would be interested to see the pupils' combined responses to those statements that seem particularly relevant to their transition back into school this year after periods of school closure. Children respond to each statement with 'Yes', 'No' or 'Sometimes' and I am extremely encouraged to see such a positive response.
Academic Year 2020-21
This academic year has been incredibly difficult for everyone and school has been no different. Despite the challenges, the school year has ended on a high, with school events creeping back into the calendar, classrooms full of children and the promise of a 'bubble free' school from September. As always, there will be plenty of learning for us to think about over summer but it is also very important to celebrate successes and reflect on the things that have gone well. Here are just a few:
Information For September
The biggest change for September is that class bubbles are scheduled to disappear. This means a return to school assemblies, whole school events, mixed break and lunchtimes, Year 6s properly interacting with their Reception Buddies amongst other things which will be communicated in full in due course.
The change to asking children to come to school in PE Kit on their PE days seems to have been universally popular with staff, children and parents and, post-Covid, this arrangement will stay.
As the children will be spending a significant amount of time in their PE kit, I would like to remind you of the school's expectations around this. I have included a link to our uniform supplier here. Pupils should wear trainers, a white t-shirt and blue (or dark coloured) shorts. For outdoor sports, children can wear dark coloured joggers and a hoodie/top but these should be plain with no large logos.
School Start Time
During the pandemic, the school introduced a staggered drop off and collection to minimise congestion on the playground. Whilst the school collection will revert to 3.30pm for all children from September, the school is retaining a shortened, staggered drop off between 8.45 and 8.55am. Most children arrive during this time anyway and we have noticed that the opportunity for staff to individually greet children and for children to enter school calmly by themselves has created a more settled and productive start to the day.
To reduce the number of items passing backwards and forwards between school and to minimise congestion in corridors, we asked children to use bookbags and wallets instead of large rucksacks and bags. This arrangement will continue from September.
Thank you all for your continued support.
Here's to an uninterrupted 2021-22 academic year.
|Grendon Church Of England Primary School
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