How many more sleeps…!

Dear all,

The guidance released by the Government yesterday hopefully came as welcome news to all families with Little Hadham Primary due to open in September for all children full time. Hurrah! I’m proud to say that the measures implemented at school and the care taken by all families to act appropriately to preserve the integrity of our bubbles have been amazing. I will write home before the summer break with full details of our plans for September including the staggered drop off and pick up times.

This year the reports will come home for Year R, 1, 2, 3 and 5 on Tuesday and Year 4 and 6 on Thursday. I’m aware parents and children are keen to know plans for class arrangements for September too. A huge amount of thought and consideration has gone into getting this right for our children and this information will be emailed out to you on Thursday the 9th of July.

Regarding uniform, as we have seen many of our pupils have grown over the lockdown and will certainly have grown by September. Therefore, for the first half term of the autumn term we will remain with children wearing their normal clothes. Please make sure these are practical for sport, forest, outdoor learning and nothing too precious! Also, this will mean that the children won’t have to change for sport which would be difficult in the classroom when social distancing!

Thank you once again for all the many messages of thanks and goodwill that we have received over the past months. The support and understanding of our families has been so appreciated. I think the most tiring thing on us all has been the mental strain, the desperate desire to get things right. Luckily, the morale of the staff has remained high throughout the pandemic and I am indebted to them all for their professionalism, astounding creativity and great sense of humour which carries us all through dark times. Your engagement with the processes and systems we have had to put in place has been fundamental. Despite having to practically reorganise the school on a weekly basis, change start and finish times, you too have shown such good humour and understanding. You have been just brilliant.

In addition, I appreciate, the continued challenge of home learning is not easy. Please persevere as it is so important children continue to keep up with work. With school set to be closed soon for the summer holidays I would ask you all to give it one last big push and to make sure your children are completing their remote learning and sending it in to their teachers . All I can ask is that everyone tries their best and reaches out for help when needed.

We hope you have a lovely restful weekend,

Sinead Connolly

 

 

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BEST DAY EVER!

‘I scream, you scream… everyone ice cream’,  these are the song lyrics from Beech Class after receiving their ice creams!  Apparently, this is the best day ever and look how easy it is to multi task- an ice cream in one hand and pencil in the other!

We can’t believe another week has gone by, it was so wonderful  to see all the children back in school. What super stars they are, they have taken to these new rules and new systems without a fuss. They are loving all the extra breaks, their own desks, their own trays and don’t even mind cleaning their hands SIXTEEN times a day!

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend and we will see you all again next week.

Best wishes

Sinead Connolly

 

Did you know it’s soooooo much easier to do learning in school…?

Apparently, it’s soooooo much easier to do learning in school…? Who knew! It was lovely to see all the excited faces this morning as we welcomed back Year 2, 3 and 5. The school is definitely starting to fill with lots of laughter and chatter. Even people walking by stopped to take a moment of this ‘normality’ that we’ve all missed- long may it continue!

 

Answers on a post-it please…

It is wonderful to see Little Hadham reawakening, even if it is under different circumstances. Our main focus for all of our pupils coming back is their wellbeing. Whether they are currently at home or will be back part time we will be working on how we can support this. It is key that the children feel safe and happy as it is only then that they will be able to flourish and learn. Therefore, for the days our children are in school, we have planned in extra outdoor sessions, sport and PSHE sessions!

I completely understand that some children and families are anxious about the return to school but let us assure you, we have done all we can to keep our community safe. If everyone adheres to the rules, our days will run smoothly and safely and will be very productive so please reassure your child. As we know, thankfully, children and young people seem to be the least affected by this illness but they have a responsibility to behave safely to keep others safe including our staff and their families.

Today, the children who are back in school were asked how they felt about coming back to school and what they would say to other children who were returning who may be anxious. They had lots of advice to offer, one said that he’d tell them that there will be someone at the gate to tell you where you need to go. Another said that you get to have your own tray and table- easily pleased these children, but lovely to hear their advice! One child is absolutely loving being back at school that she wants to wear her school clothes to bed so she can get here quicker in the morning- that made us all smile!

Just to let you know we are also putting plans in place to support children moving on to their new classes in September- yep it never stops here! Usually we would give all of the children some time in school with their new teacher but may not be possible. Instead we will be creating some content for our website so that children will be able to familiarise themselves with what their new teacher and class will be like. We will update you on this over the next couple of weeks when it is ready.

Also, as you may have heard on the news, there will now be Free School Meals supermarket E-vouchers issued to cover the summer holidays. We will keep all eligible families informed as and when we have more information regarding this.

As always please get in touch with school if you need to.

Sending best wishes to you all and hope you all have a pleasant sun-filled weekend and we look forward to seeing all the excited faces next week!

Sinead Connolly

 

Back together again…

Look at us, big chairs, big tables and big on social distancing! We just love the little legs swinging while they are doing their learning!

Ooooh this looks fun…

Dear All,

I know that lots of children (and adults) have been making use of having some extra time at home to get stuck into a good book. I have heard that some have been working their way through Harry Potter whilst others have been enjoying nonfiction books. This year’s Summer Reading Challenge was launched last week. Many children usually take part in this through their local library however due to Covid-19 this year it is online. Do take a look and sign up: https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/.

It is important to make sure that children are reading each day. It can be a combination of you reading to them, and them reading to you. Oxford Owl have access to lots of free online books if you are running short of reading materials. They have books for children at a range of ages not just younger ones. https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page

For some children that struggle with reading, reading for pleasure is often difficult. It is possible to access some audio books that are free via https://stories.audible.com/discovery so children can enjoy listening to a book.

Have fun…

 

The Art of Social Distancing…

Look at us socially distancing learning, yet more together than ever!

Forget that drop in temperature… nothing stops us!

Dear all,

As you know we have welcomed back children from Year 1, Year 6 and some key worker children this week and despite school looking very different they have been very brave in the way they have approached the new way of operating. We always say children are resilient and these last few days they have shown us how true this is!

You’ll be pleased to know that we are finding time between cleaning and handwashing to continue to deliver our remote learning, and we even managed to fit in some excellent social distanced sports- that was a fun task which ended with lots of red and sweaty faces!

Thank you again to all of those who are sending in work and lots of kind and very supportive messages at this difficult time, it is appreciated by all of the staff and we love to see what you are doing at home. It definitely makes the daily guidance trawl and constant reading of new updates from various sources go quicker when you can see what the children have been doing (and, in all honesty, it is far more interesting and beneficial to our mental health!).

Keep going everyone – we’ve come this far and I’m confident that the Little Hadham spirit will carry us all through this next half term!

Keep safe,

Sinead Connolly 

 

 

From a distance…

Welcome back to the second half of summer term, week 8 of remote learning for some classes. We hope you have had a lovely half term break – what a treat to have had such lovely weather!

It has been an eventful week politically both nationally and internationally. We have also had greater clarity on a number of issues. As of today, we can cautiously enjoy some easing of the restrictions and are able to meet our loved ones and friends outside in small groups of no more than 6, ensuring social distancing. There is a cautious optimism in the air but we must play our part in being collectively responsible and ensuring that cases of the virus do not increase again. I urge you to remind our children to be responsible and to continue to be cautious and to adhere strictly to the guidelines about social distancing and hygiene. It is a tricky balancing act for us all.

Today, here at Little Hadham, we opened our doors to our Year 1 and Year 6 children and although it was not ‘business as usual’… it was a very good start! Small steps for man… and it was so lovely to hear the school beginning to fill up with cheerful chatter again. Our adopted model of keeping pupils and staff in ‘bubbles’ (ie keeping the same group of pupils and staff together and not mixing with others) worked well today and we have stringent social distancing in place and hygiene is paramount ie regular hand washing, sanitisers available and regular cleaning of communal areas. I think some of the Year 6s were afraid I might disinfect them if they moved!

Please remember, these are very early days and we have no news yet as to when other classes will return in the next few weeks so I ask you to continue to be patient. We will, of course, continue to review things and we will begin to welcome back children in other specified year groups, when it is safe to do so.

Please keep one another in your thoughts and those in countries where there is civil unrest and suffering. I know that some of our families may have been affected personally by the events in the USA and Hong Kong and so we are thinking of you too.

Best wishes,

Sinead Connolly

 

 

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