Letter from the Head, 14th December

Due to server outages for Google and others today, we have found that some ParentMail has not been getting through. As such, find a copy below.

Dear Parents/Carers

I have been made aware that we have a confirmed positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) at Tewkesbury C of E Primary School. The positive test is for a member of staff.

Due to contacts having to isolate we have a significant shortage of cleaners available this week. As the cleanliness of the school is a key aspect of the Risk Assessment to prevent the spread of Covid we will have to close the school tomorrow for all pupils. This decision has been made in consultation with Gloucestershire County Council’s lead for Covid, their Health Protection Team and the Chair of Governors.

We will use tomorrow to ensure robust processes are put in place to enable us to open safely for as much time as possible over the rest of the week. We will open on Wednesday and Friday. It may be that we also have to close on Thursday to ensure the school is clean. I will let you know the plan as soon as possible.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and will keep doing all we can to ensure your children’s safety at this time.

Teaching staff will move to online learning via Showbie/Tapestry for tomorrow and your child should access their learning there.

Yours sincerely

Tim Blakey

Headteacher

 

Crazy professor causes havoc in Year 4!

Last week, Year 4 had a very intelligent if rather eccentric visitor to help with their science learning. With a toolkit consisting of crackers, bananas, orange juice and tights (yes tights) Professor Plop successfully demonstrated the journey that food takes through the digestive system.

 

The tights represented the small intestine and the professor showed how food passes through this, into the large intestine, allowing nutrients to be absorbed into the body. It was a little messy and disgusting. With that in mind, Professor Plop suggested the children have a go! The next day, all children got their hands dirty and were able to demonstrate how food enters the body and travels through each part of the digestive system.

 

The professor says he would like to come back soon although some of the children are a little unsure!

A colourful welcome to our school!

Mr James braved the elements this week to begin planting in our large round bed at the entrance to school.

Morrisons in town have very kindly donated some beautiful plants to help us fill the flowerbed. Mr James has arranged the plants in a way to represent a rainbow of colour. It looks wonderful and we are all excited to watch as the flowers grow.

We send a big thank you again to Tewkesbury Morrisons!

We’re going on a bear hunt!

Y

Showbie Help

Dear parents/carers,

Within school, we use Showbie as a way to set, share and store children’s work. The children will be very familiar with the app/website. However, if your child is in Year 1 they will be less familiar with the app and its functionality.
I have recorded and uploaded 2 short videos onto the website, showing how you log in to Showbie and where the work will be found/stored. Within the work folders, there will be a combination of messages, worksheets, pictures, videos to watch or links to websites to use to research which will be set daily by your child’s teacher. These video can be viewed here:

Year 1 children will be given a username and password to take home today, to allow them to access learning from home. Staff will be meeting after school today, to begin to upload activities for children who are self-isolating.

If you are having problems logging in, or accessing your child’s account, please let us know and we would be more than happy to support you.

 Many thanks
Mr T. Rylatt
Acting Headteacher
Tewkesbury C of E Primary School

Year 6 are estate agents

This week, we were asked by Daniel- a local estate agent- to assist him with selling a historic hut in Skara Brae, Scotland. He has asked us to produce a selling toolkit and the best will used by his company to advertise the newly-listed property!

As part of the toolkit, he explained estate agents create posters for their shop’s windows that highlight key features of the property and its surroundings. We have worked incredibly hard this week, learning the skills and language that estate agents use.

Here are a few examples of our posters:

Superhero Celebration Day!

To end our spectacular superhero topic we came to school dressed as superheroes!

We took part in a range of superhero activities and challenges which started the moment we arrived at school.

We had to climb through the spider web to gain entrance and scan our handprint to get through the door! We made superhero healthy fruit skewers, created our own superhero stories and solved different number challenges to unlock the trapped superheroes!

We all had a SUPER day in Reception!