Yes it’s still January…but look at us all!

 

Another week has passed and the information and changes are still coming thick and fast from the Government. However, I hope that things are beginning to settle down into some routine for those of you at home. I know all parents want to do the best for their children, it’s our natural built in instinct. This situation is hard, there will be good days and tough days. We always ask the children to try their best and I know you adopt the same philosophy too. If you have technical difficulties or challenging personal / work circumstances on some days you must not be hard on yourselves, these things happen. If the last 10 days are a reflection of the term ahead then we have some lucky children at Little Hadham benefitting from some super parenting!

I am loving dropping into Seesaw and Tapestry each day and I have seen enthused and engaged children all enjoying their learning and hearing their reading or their comments to their teachers. In school, the children have settled well into new groups and are enjoying the opportunity to be taught by different members of staff. I have seen joy and smiles across which is so fabulous, particularly when there is so much worry around us as pandemic figures continue to cause concern.

Thank you most sincerely to all those of you who have sent in compliments about our staff. This has meant so much and really helped to motivate them as we navigate the regularly changing guidance and directives to keep our children as safe as possible whilst still offering a quality curriculum.

Happy weekend, stay safe!

Sinead Connolly Headteacher

Well Done!

Well done all of you! You are all working so hard, whether you are in school or at home. We have seen amazing work being sent in via Tapestry and SeeSaw and you are all adjusting to seeing and hearing your teachers on a screen instead of standing in front of you in your classrooms.

This afternoon it was lovely to see the creations that were being created from recycling in the bubbles at school and we hope you managed to take part if you were at home. We’ve seen some grrrrr-eat tigers and some amazing homes for mini-mes.

 

Information for Tuesday 5th January

Dear Parent or Carer,

I am sure you have all heard the announcement at 8pm this evening. As you appreciate we have spent the last few days preparing for the school to be open for some children tomorrow. Clearly, we now have to go back to the drawing table to fit in with the new requirements. This will mean we will need tomorrow to collect information about children, to sort bubbles, rooms and staff and to ensure the right resources are available. Therefore, the school will be closed tomorrow for all children. 

I am devastated to have to share this with you at this hour, but I am sure you will understand that I will need to meet with staff in the morning to make these new arrangements. It is important that we get things right not least since once we have created a bubble these will need to stay in place until lockdown has ended. These will be dependent which children need to be in school and on what days

Please could you let us know by 1pm tomorrow if you are a key worker and need your child to attend and please state the days you need.

Remote learning will start tomorrow on Seesaw or Tapestry and if you have issues please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Meanwhile, stay safe we will get through this if we work together as a community.

Kind regards

Ms S Connolly

Wow! Amazing Christmas Spirit!

A huge thank you to each and everyone of you for the generous donations to our reverse advent calendar foodbank and sock collection. What an amazing amount that was donated for such a small school- they will be delighted!

We have been overwhelmed with the kindness and generosity that has been shown.

The donations will be delivered to the Bishop’s Stortfoord bank this afternoon.

Thank you all once again.

With all good wishes from everyone at Little Hadham Primary.

 

 

From Rags to Riches…

Little Hadham Primary School is thrilled to lead and participate in the ‘Cinderella then and now – Discovering values’, a two-year project in the framework of ERASMUS+ Programme, Key Action 229: Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices. Our partner schools are five primary schools from Spain, Italy, Greece, Poland and Croatia. Our project was inspired by our curriculum objectives and will focus on the following areas: Immigration and inclusion; British values; Keeping Safe and Feeling Happy; eSafety; Antibullying; Climate change and Sustainable Goals 2030.

Children at Little Hadham have taken this story as a starting point and have already explored its values and morals through the storyline and the book’s inspiring quotes; our new display at the entrance of our school, which is created by Mrs Ogden and the pupils from three classes, reminds us of our values: friendship, kindness, fairness, courage, self-belief, hard work and perseverance.

Pupils at Little Hadham Primary so far had the opportunity to learn about immigration and created a display with the flags of our partner countries as well as the immigrant families in our school. They also discussed different types of families. Finally, one class had their first two online meetings with two partner schools, after persevering with many technical difficulties! We definitely know what ‘persevering’ looks like! In the end though, they managed to meet with three classes from the Greek and the Italian schools. They sang to them in English and in Greek and they answered their questions! The Italian children sang to them in Italian and in English and read a poem to them in both languages! Our children were fascinated by the level of English of the Italian and the Greek children, they thought that their accent sounded American and they could discuss similarities and differences between them e.g. masks in classes, non-uniform schools.

More online meetings will be planned throughout the year for all classes! We are looking forward to meeting more  pupils from our partner schools!

This is our blog, hope you like our work and our partners’ schools work!

https://twinspace.etwinning.net/122109/home

Step into Christmas…

Our Christmas dinner venue certainly looked a bit different this year- but the  meal itself definitely lived up to its delicious standards. Huge well done to Therese for her hard work and culinary skills-it was superb!

Christmas with Dickens!

There’ll be no ‘Bah… Humbug’ around here this Christmas!

 We are excited to announce that on Thursday 10th December, the whole school will be watching a live-streamed performance of ‘Christmas with Dickens!’ by The Globe Players.

‘Christmas With Dickens!’ brings all the joy, wonder and festive cheer of Dickens’ world right to Little Hadham Primary.

Bringing together some of Charles Dickens’ most well-known tales, the children will meet a charity collector, whose request for a Christmas contribution from the miserly Mr Scrooge is unsuccessful, to say the least.

With help from friends past, present and future, he will learn a valuable lesson. The children will learn how Oliver Twist’s simple request for more gruel leads to all sorts of adventures, including an intriguing encounter with The Artful Dodger!

And if our pupils think teachers are strict today…wait till they get a lesson from Mr & Mrs Wackford Squeers! With festive songs and characters (Mr Christmas himself may even pop in to visit), this production promises to be a seasonal treat for us all.

At the end of the performance, the children will have an online Q&A session with the actors.

There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour! ~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

 Well said, Mr Dickens! We can’t wait!

Mrs Tweedale, Deputy Head

That’s the thing about books…

Thank you to all those parents that have already added to our book collection. Here are some of the books that have been donated, the children in are very excited! If you haven’t made a donation yet and would like to, there is still plenty of time.  We really appreciate all your support.

Half Term Sports Camp with Mr Edwards

Ouch my ears… there are certainly a lot of squeals and shouts during this sports camp, as well as very sweaty faces! Indoors and outdoors, they don’t seem to mind the rain. I just saw the scooter track they’ve made- very impressive- I may have a go later! Remember there is still time to book, just email  Mr Edwards at pecsports@hotmail.com

As promised I have added the book lists to each class. I hope you all are enjoying your have term albeit the weather!

Sinead Connolly

Hip Hip Hooray it’s Half Term…

Dear families,

Thank you to each and every one of you for your support this half term.

This half term will be most significantly noted by the joy of having our whole community reunited once again full time, with a renewed focus upon teaching and learning and positive well-being. Significantly, positive well-being is a phrase that has thankfully now been given more recognition within schools – for both staff and pupils. Indeed, it has formed part of our daily vocabulary, in addition to being under the media spotlight and daily news bulletins.

We are delighted to have been able to finish off our first half term with our socially distanced parents’ consultations. It was so lovely to see you all enjoying your children’s books and hearing how they are in class. I heard so many children saying, ‘Did you see what I wrote there?’ and ‘Look at this, this is my best piece!’ We have had so many positive comments back about how safe we had made people feel and how efficient everything was. Of course, all this is thanks to the wonderful hard working staff who made this happen so seamlessly!

On a personal note I want to extend my thanks to the whole school community— these are strange and uncertain times and I have really appreciated the warmth and support of the whole school community as we develop a different way of working. I feel so fortunate to be able to come into work every day and work with such a great team, lovely children and a really supportive parent and governing body. Wishing you all a happy and healthy half term break.

We are looking forward to seeing you on Monday 2nd November. Stay safe and well.

Sinead Connolly

 

 

 

 

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