3 April End of term letter to children
3 April 2020
Dear children of Cherry Hinton Nursery and Primary,
Happy end of term and….HAPPY EASTER! We made it!
I know right up to the last minute, whether you are at home or in school you have been working hard. How do I know? Because I have had loads of wonderful letters from you via email or through the post or even delivered directly to school. The teachers have been seeing how busy you have been on Purple Mash and getting wonderful updates from you when they are phoning you. So please keep the good news coming. Why not make a walk to the school post box your exercise for the day and drop me a line-I have enjoyed replying to everyone.
Apart from all your learning, here’s two other amazing things you have done to invest in your future. In ACT ACTIVE this term you have completed 500 laps which is about 50 miles. If you add that to the 50 miles from the Autumn term, you have run/walked to London and back, or completed the equivalent of 3.8 marathons. Think about how much good that has done you! The 60 trees we all planted will make Cherry Hinton a healthier place as you grow up. One tree will remove 4.5kg of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, so you can work out how much 60 trees will remove. You have played your part in reducing global warming in the future-well done!
So now it’s the holidays! But a strange one-we can’t go anywhere! So I suggest we all go on a virtual holiday. Choose a place you have always wanted to go to and do some research about it. Find some images of the top tourist sites, download a map and plan your route. Can you learn some of the language? What is the currency? What do people eat there? Can you cook one of their traditional dishes? Can you then design and send me a postcard from your holiday? If you want you could take a trip to your home country. If you want you could invent a whole new country. I’m going to go to Bhutan (which is a real place). I look forward to getting loads of postcards.
Some of your teachers have already phoned you. Some of them will call you next week. Other teachers are now on holiday for two weeks, but may call you anyway-I know they are missing you all.
I am too. School is very quiet without you all. But we have been working hard but also having fun. Yesterday found me and Mrs Hill singing ‘I will survive’, for karaoke in the hall. We survived but I am not sure it was a great experience for all the children! But we laughed!
Stay safe, be active and have some time out. I’m going to put my tent up in my garden and camp out for a night or two.
And well done, everyone!
3 April End of term letter to children
3 April letter to parents
26 March 2020
Parentmail sent out 26 March.
Website and resources ideas mentioned in this Parentmail can be found under Curriculum -Remote Schooling
26th March 2020
I hope you have all taken some time this week to enjoy the sunshine.
I am sure it has been an interesting challenge for you to balance your work and shopping with childcare and doing your best to support continued learning for your child. The purpose of this email is to let you know how as a school we will continue with remote schooling.
Each week the class teachers will set tasks on Purple Mash, Numbots or Timestables Rock Stars. Tasks will include maths, English and science. Teachers can log on and see who in the class has completed what tasks and to nudge those who could do more. All of these tasks allow for pupils to work independently with the minimum of direction needed from parents.
A suggested timetable you could follow is this (this is the same as we are following in school)
9-9.30 Joe Wickes workout
11-12 English – Purple Mash activities
1-1.30 reading together
1.30 -2 Science/Arts crafts/ creative writing not online, device free
2-2.15 – ACT ACTIVE
2.15-3 science/arts crafts not online
3-3.15 reflection time together-talk about successes of the day, challenges and worries
Attached to this parentmail are links to websites recommended by staff. The LA Learning Together site has been set up specifically for this current situation and will be updated regularly. https://www.cambslearntogether.co.uk/home-learning
However, it would be healthy for the children not to be on a device all day. Attached is a list of some well-being and mindfulness activities you could do together, perhaps as part of a less structured afternoon.
It is important that despite the circumstances we all get the balance right for our children. Life is not normal at the moment so we cannot make our normal demands on our children. Perhaps the most important thing we can do is make them feel safe, secure and happy. To have a routine around learning, to get challenged, to try their best and know how well they have got on is important but in a way that suits you as a family. To provide this though will greatly help with the transition back into school.
To support your child’s learning and their well- being and to ensure they feel part of a school, their class teacher will be in touch by phone regularly to hear how everything is going. Further details to follow about this.
We’ve had some lovely letters, emails and photos from children at home. We turned the display board outside my office into a gallery of all of these. Keep them coming in! Someone will always reply.
So, Good Luck to all you Inquisitive Thinkers, Inspired Learners with Kind Hearts who always ACT ACTIVE and ACT OUT!!
School Closure letter to children
20th March 2020
What a strange time this is. I am sure you must be feeling strange, because I am. So I just wanted to write you a letter about some things I find help me through uncertain times and how we can keep in touch with each other even though we can’t meet.
Get outside – I find I feel my best out on my bike, freewheeling, with the wind on my face. It is the time I feel happiest and have my most exciting, creative thoughts. Running also has the same effect on me. So give these a go. Also, just be out in nature. Birds are nesting, trees are budding, life is continuing- be part of it. It will boost your sense of well-being.
ACT Active – keep doing it! All of us still in school will be out at 2pm everyday. So why don’t you do the same, then we will all know that we are actually still all doing it together.
Keep smiling - we have put a display of bright smiley faces up in the library window, to make people passing smile. Why not put one up in your window?
Writing letters – I still like to get handwritten letters in the post. Why not write me or your class teacher a letter and pop it in the post or get it dropped off at school. If you write to us we will write you a reply.
Eco-warriors and Trees Matter - I know many of you are really motivated to do something to save our planet, improve our local environment or to tackle climate change. There are lots of actions you can take, or people to write to. Why not also have a look at the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which are all about making our world a better place for your future as adults. We will be talking a lot about them when we are all back at school.
Prayer – Mrs Rodel has a prayer for our school community. We will be saying it in school. If you would like to, if we all pray the same prayer, then again we are acting as one community even though we are not all together.
God of hope, we ask that you give us peace in these uncertain times. Help us as we stay at home to respond with agape, courage and thankfulness. We pray for those who are unwell, fearful and lonely. We pray for those working to keep us safe. We pray for our school. Renew our hope in you each day. Amen
Also if you have your own prayer, email it to the office or get it to us and Mrs Rodel will put it in our Prayer Space in school and make sure it gets prayed.
Plenty more ideas to help you feel good and connected will follow soon, via email.
Learning – I am sure you must be wondering what is going to happen with your learning. Your teachers have given you some work and ideas to get started with. More information will follow next week. One of the best things you can do is read, read and read. Reading boosts your vocabulary, makes you think of questions, gets you interested in things, is a wonderful way to escape. I love reading!
Finally I want to say what an amazing bunch of children you are. I love your energy, your enthusiasm and your questions. It is you all that make Cherry Hinton Primary and I love being your Headteacher. I promise that when we are all back I will make sure we continue to have fun, learn loads and keep trying new things. So….keep being inquisitive thinkers and inspired learners with kind hearts.