Friday 29th May 2020
Dear parents and carers,
Unfortunately, following this afternoon's advice from the Diocesan Director of Education and the Local Authority, St. Peter's will not be extending its educational provision from Monday 1st June 2020 to include Year 6, Year 1 and FS2 pupils.
We did know that our plans could change today as new announcements were made.
I have spoken to Tim larden, our Chair of Governors about this, and we are in agreement that to do so would leave the school in a very vulnerable position - with little or no support from the LA, Diocese or Unions. Please see the email from Nigel Frith and the LA's Bulletin 44 below for details of this.
From that point of view, I do not see any other option.
I am obviously very frustrated as we do feel that we have a very thorough plan in place. However, for the time being at least, this is not enough. I am truly sorry that it has come to this.
I have also included a letter from the Diocesan Director of Education regarding the situation, which is well worth a read. This can be found immediately below this message. Nigel Frith seems to know what he's talking about and he has offered excellent support to the family of Church schools since the lockdown began.
A letter from Nigel Frith, Diocesan Director of Education to all Church school head teachers
The awaited update from the LA has arrived. Clearly they have been working long and hard with unions today, and we can only thank them for that.
So, where are we now?
Return to school correspondence
Thank you to those of you who have sent emails to the school regarding our proposed return to school. Please forgive me for not replying to individual correspondence; I have been extremely busy with this issue since last Monday morning.
Please find two letters below: one outlining the school's plans and the second from Nottinghamshire County Council's Colin Pettigrew.
I hope that together, these provide a degree of clarity.
HOW TO ACCESS THE LEARNING PLATFORM
Please find below the link for our home learning platform. If you paste the link, the children will be able to access their learning platform using their logins and passwords provided. If you have any difficulties please contact your class teacher by emailing school and the message will be passed on.
Resources from the Road Safety Education Team
We hope you are all as well as can be expected in these unusual times.
During these unprecedented times, most children are at home, and when the weather’s good, often playing outside. So road safety messages are still important.
We want to encourage both children and parents to think about road safety, even now. The message is simple – Gardens are the place to play at the moment, not pavements or the road. You’ll see from the worksheet we have covered issues like running into the road after a ball and we have also covered some key vocabulary used in Road Safety.
Below is a worksheet which can be sent out to pupils ; it is a PDF and is designed to be printed at home, where possible. Page 1 is aimed more for KS1 and Page 2 for KS2.
It is optional as we understand there are many activities being sent to children at the moment, however we feel these messages are very important.
That’s it for now, but we are open to any suggestions you might have in terms of road safety messages.
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Free Games from Imagination Gaming
Monday 20 April
The Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace, is today launching a major initiative to thank every child and young person in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, following on from HM The Queen’s recent broadcast to the nation.
We want to recognise the determination, resilience and motivation of children and young people, which is helping the National effort in succeeding together during the coronavirus outbreak.
Please see our school's certificate below.
This link contains a free book explaining Covid-19 and social distancing in a child friendly manner:
So many children are feeling worried and anxious right now, this could help alleviate some of their fears. It has received some wonderful feedback so I believe it would be useful to get it to as many children as possible.
Thank you for reading.
Here’s what various celebrities are offering you and your children for free daily to help with their education while schools are closed:
9.00am - PE with Joe Wicks https://youtu.be/6v-a_dpwhro
10.00am - Maths with Carol Vorderman www.themathsfactor.com
11.00am - English with David Walliams https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
12.00pm - Lunch (cooking with Jamie Oliver) https://www.jamieoliver.com/features/category/get-kids-cooking/
1.00pm - Music with Myleene Klass https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh2wgJ5tOrixYBn6jFXsXQ
1.30pm - Dance with Darcey Bussel https://twitter.com/diversedancemix/status/1241098264373592065
2.00pm - History with Dan Snow (free for 30-days) https://tv.historyhit.com/signup/package
4.00pm - Home Economics with Theo Michaels (Mon/Wed/Fri) https://www.instagram.com/theocooks
Non-daily events include:
Science with Professor Brian Cox, Robin Ince & Guests https://cosmicshambles.com/stayathome/upcoming-schedule
9.30am Wednesday 25 March - Geography with Steve Backshall https://twitter.com/SteveBackshall/status/1242058846941712385
I hope you find these links useful!
WHO IS A KEY WORKER?
According to gov.uk, examples of these workers include NHS staff, police and supermarket delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work to support the country’s fight to tackle coronavirus.
The Government has not released a full list of key workers for this situation, however in recent days, schools have been asking parents if they work in any of the following categories: