Newsletter #25

Tewkesbury C of E Primary School

Newsletter

27.03.2020

Value: Forgiveness

Dear parents/carers,

Well, this is a new experience for us all isn’t it! As I write this, I am surrounded by my 3 children, one of which is napping on the sofa, one deeply involved in his dinosaur versus pirate’s game and my eldest constructing a Lego fort. At this point, I have two thoughts, How long will this harmony last? And isn’t it true that every bad situation, will have something positive!

Ms Black and some of the teachers have also noticed a big difference in school this week. Whilst most of the children are at home, there are still a very small few at school, whilst their parents help to support the people in need. It seems so quiet having such a large school with only a few children and teachers around, far from the usual hustle and bustle of a full school. The children (and staff) are having a lovely time, they’ve been riding bikes, playing sport on the field, making art and enjoying each other’s company. They’ve even painted this lovely rainbow on the front door as a symbol of hope.

 

Home Learning

In these extraordinary times, I want to reassure you that your child’s education is in safe hands at home with you! Please don’t add extra stress or pressure onto yourself or your child by worrying about whether they are accessing and completing all the work set or whether they have spent enough time working throughout the day. Sometimes, your child just needs to be reassured, comforted, loved and feel secure more than they need to be learning.

So, please don’t argue and fall out about any of the learning ideas we have sent home or provided. Instead, cuddle on the sofa and watch a film. Share a book and talk about it. Bake and cook together. Paint pictures, create and make. Play board games. Carry out science experiments. Travel the world via Google Maps. Go on virtual tours of museums, art galleries and zoos. Look at old photos and tell stories about family members, some of whom your children have never met. Write letters to those you cannot visit at the moment. These will all be valuable experiences for your children.

For some children however, a learning routine may be exactly what they need to help them to cope. They might thrive on structure and routine. They might be bored or anxious about not learning. They might be desperate to feel connected to their class mates or teachers. They might love learning online and fly through tasks, therefore the tasks set is exactly what they need to help them through this period, so for you, we will keep them coming.

Your child might be both of these types of children: most children are! Feel confident to follow their lead and use your gut instinct. You won’t go far wrong. Don’t worry about their academic progress. All of the above will help them.

Remember, every child is in the same boat at the moment. They will all be ok. When we get back to school, after celebrating being back together again, we will pick up from where we left off and meet your child’s needs like we always do. That’s our job!

So, use the learning resources – or don’t. Or anything in between. Try to have fun spending time together. Your child’s emotional and mental wellbeing – and yours – is far more important than anything else. How they felt during this time will stay with them for the rest of their lives, far longer than any worksheet or online learning task.

Covid-19 provision

I would like to say a huge thank you to all the staff, many of whom are still coming into school daily to provide a safe and happy environment for the children whose parents are key workers. We received a letter of thanks from Rt Hon Gavin Williamson MP (the education secretary) yesterday, in recognition of all the efforts that went in to put this provision in place, we’re really proud of you all.

Showbie and Tapestry

Please keep an eye out on Showbie (Year 1-6) and Tapestry (Pre-School-Rec) as your child’s teachers will be continually searching for fun and exciting activities for your children to enjoy. They may post links to websites, challenges to have a go at or pictures of things that they’re up to. It’s important that your child knows that their teachers are still there for them, thinking of them and will answer any questions that they have. Please keep uploading things you have been doing too, we really love seeing all of the different things you are all up to.

Preschool

You may have heard or seen that people up and down the country have been creating rainbows to place in their windows. This is to help reassure people, whilst spreading a message of hope and showing a wonderful sense of community. 

The Pre – School children took part in this as one of their tasks to complete at home this week. They have been very busy creating beautiful, bright rainbows!

Here is just a small selection of some of the rainbows they have made at home. It has really made us smile and we hope it makes you smile too! Well done Pre-Schoolers we are incredibly proud of you all!

‘My Lighthouse’ challenge

We set a challenge yesterday, and that was to ask your child, if they wanted to, sing all or part of one of our favourite collective worship songs, ‘My Lighthouse.’ I’ve had some amazing responses (I apologise for my terrible singing). Please keep them coming, over the next week, we will put these together to re-create the song and then share it with you all, this will allow you children to see some familiar faces and keep our community spirit alive.

Letters to Authors

I want also say a huge well done to some of the children in Y6, who were given a challenge to write a book review for the last book they read. Miss Davis then sent these off to the authors of the books, some of which have responded. Well done year 6 and thank you Miss Davis. We were really proud to read these responses.

Easter

We hope you manage to have a relaxing Easter, the teachers won’t be setting any activities, but may pop up with a challenge or two. Remember to try and go out for your one bit of daily exercise allowed, or failing that, take part in the P.E. with Joe Wicks, we’re loving that to start our day!

We miss you all and are really looking forward to seeing you all soon. 

 Take Care

           Mr T Rylatt                                                                                                 Miss C Black

     Acting Headteacher                                                                               Acting Headteacher

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School Closure

Dear parents/carers,

It is with great sadness that I have to say that from Monday 23rd March, the school will officially be closing its doors to many of you for the foreseeable future.
Although these last few weeks have been challenging for all, the support and unity shown by the children, staff and the whole community has been endless. It is this unity that makes Tewkesbury C of E the special place it is.
The school will remain open to a small number of children and families, this is to help those of you who are working around the clock to help others. Your selfless acts will forever be remembered.
Over the next few months, your teachers will still be working tirelessly to set your children fun and stimulating activities and to try and keep you up to date with some of the latest resources that are available for those homeschooling. No doubt that these activities will get more and more elaborate as we come to understand the capabilities of working remotely, I’m very excited about what teachers are already planning to do! 
And for the parents who are homeschooling your children, I want to wish you the best of luck. Remember, learning can take many forms, so please snuggle up and read together, build a den, plant some flowers, bake, eat together and enjoy each other’s company. This is a rare opportunity, so make the most of it. 
Never in our generation, have we had to deal with anything quite like this, but I firmly believe that when we all return, we will be stronger than ever. We have such a committed team at C of E who are ready to do whatever it takes to get through this, and I for one, am immensely proud of them all. 
Take care of yourselves

 

Mr T. Rylatt

Acting Headteacher
Tewkesbury C of E Primary School
01684 292309

Year 6… Survival Week

This week, we have been learning survival skills, many of which would have been used in the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age.

On Monday, pupils located a mysterious rucksack in class. Once we peeked inside, we soon realised it belonged to Bear Grylls himself! We began to look through the bag and discussed, in detail, the equipment he had packed and why it would be useful in harsh conditions. The children then used their knowledge of the Stone Age-Iron Age period to pack a survival kit for 3000 years ago!

Tuesday, pupils learnt how to survive a bear attack. We learnt the difference between an aggressive bear and a defensive bear and how to tackle both of these situations. The children produced some incredible posters, highlighting the key points.

In the afternoon, we also learnt about how to make water clean enough to drink by creating a filter- a necessary skill! Mr Rylatt offered to drink the cleanest. The winning group did manage to filter out the soil, twigs, dead insects and leaves; we think Mr Rylatt enjoyed his brown drink!

Today, pupils enjoyed learning about how to build a campfire, create a fire and extinguish it. Many pupils had the opportunity to use flint and steel to generate a spark and light some cotton. To finish off our outdoor afternoon session, we toasted marshmallows and had enjoyed drinking hot chocolate!

      

 

    

 

    

 

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 three science afternoon

Year three had lots of fun today bringing science into the classroom – we made slime, built bridges, used magnets, experimented with colour as well as reflecting and refracting light. The children explored brilliantly with curiosity and questions.

Rachel from the library came to see us.

On Monday 16th March Rachel from Tewkesbury Library came to visit us. She bought a prop bag which gave us clues to the story to be read. There was a magician’s coat, a fairy’s wand and a crown along with lots of other things. We learned about where the story was set, which characters were in the story and the basic plot. The story was “The Tempest” which the children now know means a massive storm taking over the sea and causing the waves to be crashing and banging. We got to try some character masks on and also worked in small groups to pretend to be the sea. It was really good fun and has inspired us to find out about

the whole story.

Sports Relief 2020 at Tewkesbury C of E!

Check out our video to see highlights of the activities that took place throughout the school in aid of Sports Relief!

It was a wonderful active day and both children and staff thoroughly enjoyed all the different activities!

Covid-19 update

Dear parents/carers,

We hope you are all managing to enjoy the weekend, despite the poor weather and the ongoing COVID-19 concerns.
As you are aware, there is no planned closure of schools at the moment.
However, some very clear advice has been issued:
If your child shows any potential symptoms (prolonged cough and/or high temperature), they are to stay at home for SEVEN days. If in doubt, please call 111 for clarification, but do not visit your GP.
Within school, we do think we need to make a couple of changes to our ‘normal’ school day as a precautionary measure, starting tomorrow.
These will include:
* Cleaning team to focus on cleaning toilets, door handles, door panels and interactive TV’s.
* Continued increase in frequency of checking soap levels in all toilets.
* Continued reminders for children to wash their hands – especially after visiting the toilet, after going outside or before eating.
* Reminders issued to ensure that children put any tissues used straight into the bin, or better still, flush them away.
* Children will also be allowed to bring in their own hand sanitizers, however it is vital they do not share them with others.
There may also be implications for our classes too, due to the possibility of members of staff needing to self isolate for seven days. This could lead to a shortage of teachers, teaching partners, cooks, office staff, cleaners, ground staff or lunchtime supervisors, but we will inform all parents of any changes made.
We will also continue to closely monitor Government directives, which we will share with all parents, and over the next few days we may need to postpone our up and coming parents’ evenings as this will result in hundreds of people within a fairly confined space and has the potential for hundreds of adults bringing in additional germs. We will keep you updated as the week progresses.
Whilst these measures will have an impact, I hope you understand that we are taking them to delay the spread of the virus and I hope that you support and understand why we have to do this.
Kind regards
Mr Rylatt & Miss Black
Acting Headteachers

Normandy trip

Earlier this evening, the government announced that it is advising against all school trips abroad as from tomorrow. Therefore, unfortunately the Year 6 residential will not be going ahead next week.

We will update you further as we receive more information.

World Book Day 2020

We have had a wonderful World Book Day today! Children have completed a range of activities in school from Class 14 imagining what they would do if they found a suitcase full of money (inspired by ‘Millions’ by Frank Cottrell-Boyce) to Reception designing a postcards based around the ‘Day the Crayons Quit’ by Drew Daywalt.

Each child also took part in the Reading cafe, where they sampled a ‘tasting’ menu of a veritable spread of genres! The pupils looked amazing in their costumes – well done to all involved.

Here are a few photos!