Dear parents / carers,
We hope you are all safe and well.
The government's plans are for all children to be back in school in September. We currently have approximately 160 pupils in school every day with every classroom being occupied by 'bubbles' of children and their staff. We are really proud of how the children and staff have responded to this new way of learning. There are many of our children who have been unable to return to school; can we thank you again for your support and for keeping on top of your children's learning in whatever capacity has worked for your circumstances.
It is now our job to ensure that our children catch up with any lost learning over the closure period. In order to do this, we will be putting our efforts into planning a 'recovery curriculum' which will support children with their learning, their mental health and their social and emotional needs. Every child will be returning to school at different stages and will have had different experiences during the lock-down period. We would like to reassure you that we will consider every child's needs.
As you know, at South Parade, we have remained open during school holidays, bank holidays and INSET days. In order for us to prepare for all children returning to school, we will be closing school to pupils on the final Friday of term (17th July) so that all teachers and support staff can spend the day creating a curriculum map of gaps and next steps in children's learning.
When children return in September they will stay with the same class as they were in before lock-down, but with their new teacher. We will share their new class teacher with you shortly. Please be assured that we are planning for teachers to be in touch shortly to introduce themselves and make this new transition into their new class as well as possible in these unusual circumstances.
We are just finalising the children's end of year reports. This year they will look slightly different to previous years due to the current situation. This is explained on the report. We will be allocating set time slots for you or a nominated person to collect the report from our school playground. You will notified of your time slot at some point next week, with the aim to distribute these during week beginning 6th July.
As part of our transition plans, we would like you (if possible) to bring one piece of work that your child has completed during lock-down and that they feel particularly proud of. This can be anything that can be displayed in their new classroom in September.
Thank you again for your patience, support and understanding.