Welcome Back!

It has been so lovely to welcome our children back in to school this week (along with some new faces). There is a lovely buzz around the school with lots children keen to chatter to their friends and catch up again.

The overwhelming feeling from the children is that they are  delighted to be back and to see their teachers and friends and  have really enjoyed their first few days back. They have quickly settled down to their work and established good working routines – long may this continue!

Recreating Works of Art

What a talented bunch you all are! We set you a challenge to recreate famous artworks and you didn’t disappoint us. Well done to all of you who had a go.

Let’s talk about mental health

It is now a truth universally acknowledged that the arts inspire and motivate children’s creativity, allowing them to find their voice and open up their imagination. As well as giving them a space to explore challenging themes more openly outside of the formal learning environment, the arts help to build young people’s confidence, resilience and self-esteem. Also, it has been noted that making art is helping many people express themselves, without having to use words.

As you may have seen during this time of isolation, art lovers around the world have found a way to unite and stay creative: by recreating classic artworks using whatever they can find at home.  It’s a great way to look at and learn about art while being creative with constraints.

Therefore, this Friday to mark the end of Children’s Mental Health Week, we are challenging you to express yourself through recreating a work of art with objects (and people) in your home.

Follow these easy steps:

  • Choose your favourite art work
  • Find things in your home
  • Recreate the art work with those items
  • Share with us and if you share on Facebook or Twitter please do tag us

We have included some examples and ideas to get you started. These include some efforts that our staff have trialled. It has to be said that using our own children as prop experts and photographers definitely had a good laugh!

We are hoping to raise awareness of the importance of everyone’s mental health, especially at such a challenging time. We can’t wait to see your pictures!

Ms Connolly

 

NHS Deep Cleaning and Advisory Inspection

We took part in an NHS Deep cleaning and Advisory inspection on Friday 22nd of January and received some very positive comments in their feedback.

‘A very well maintained small primary school run very well and maintained to an exceptional standard throughout. Very well planned out classrooms and all COVID-19 secure. The protocols here are excellent and the staff appear to have thought of everything in making the appropriate changes that are required through the outbreak(s).’

‘This was a very nice small school, very clean with motivated and friendly staff who are putting the safety of everyone in the school as a priority. The staff should be highly commended on their efforts here.’

What great news to hear during these times!

There’s no business like SNOW business!

It may be lockdown and it may be freezing, but this doesn’t stop the children here having some fun. We do hope that you all managed to get out and throw some snowballs, build a snowman and enjoy the beautiful blue sky. Do send us in your pictures and we will add to our lovely collection.

All the staff here at Little Hadham!

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!

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