Executive Head's message

18th May 2020

Hope you are all well and coping, looking at what is on Twitter and Google Classroom it looks as if you are! We are concentrating on getting everything right for a reopening as soon as we can,

We are lucky to have a group of Senior Leaders across the school who can keep up to date with the ever changing picture on school opening. Many are working at home currently, but all are involved in ensuring we have all the right environment for those children we are able to welcome back to school in June. We hope this is the first week – but we have to await Government guidance.

Rest assured we have prepared well and hope to open on Tues June 2nd (as we’ll have an ‘Inset day’ to share procedures with staff and make sure classrooms are ready on the Monday).

As you know not all the children are able to come back, we will send invitations and you will know if this is an option for you. We understand too that not all of you invited will want to take the place at the moment, and we understand this too. We will just need to know – so we will be speaking to you about this.

Hope you are all well – we have another Bank Holiday coming up next weekend! Then it is half term – so no Google Classroom or home-tutoring needed then, you/we can all have a well earned rest!

But before then, we’ll finalise our plans for our opening and be in touch.

Thanks for your understanding and support at this difficult time.

Mrs Atkins

11th May 2020  As we’ve had the news that we are to consider opening schools in June, we are spending more time on our ‘reopening Risk Assessment’ and plans. As I’ve informed you, we have been planning how to open ever since we have closed. We have worked hard on the environment, ensuring its is clean and fit for purpose, we have also worked hard on planning systems to ensure it stays clean during the day once children are back, bringing in extra cleaning measures etc. and we are now working on the curriculum that we can offer our children. Some children will be at home and others in school – after half term we will hopefully be able to offer some children lessons in school, and others the same lessons at home. Until then – there is a lot there to think about and we need to see how society manages the changes that are being introduced for the few weeks of May Please rest assured we have been thinking about what is best for our communities and as soon as the first phase of our plan is set, details will be sent out to you. Until then, stay safe and hope to see you soon. Moira Atkins

27th April 2020 Hi everyone – just a note to you all to say ‘well done’ you’re all doing a grand job in these strange times! We realise ‘home-schooling’ is tricky, we hope what the teachers are working on for/with you helps (don’t forget this is all optional!)

We are all learning a lot about ourselves and our families and each other aren’t we? There are many positives to take from this time – but we do realise that many people may have concerns also, so our Pastoral Team will be in contact with every family, they have already contacted a large proportion. We are not all in the ‘same boat’, but in the ‘same storm’ and we are helping each other where we can, which is lovely to see.

 

We are in Week 6 now and we are planning our phase one of return to school, in preparation for when we are able to do so. As always we are taking advice from the Department for Education and our Local Authority – as we have all the way through. We realise that not all of you will be able to return on our first day; some of you/your children may have medical conditions etc. This is fine, you must continue to do exactly what YOU need to do for your family. All we ask is that you stay in touch us – read the website (main page will have key information), keep looking at Twitter on the website (you don’t need an account – but it would be great if you had one!) and messages we send you via text. The assemblies were a great hit and it was lovely that so many of you could sign in to Twitter to view these , I hope to ‘see’ you there this Friday!

 

We will have to phase pupils back into school as we won’t have a full staff immediately – as many have their own families and/or medical conditions. Therefore we will not have all pupils immediately either. We will need to stagger the times those pupils coming into school arrive and leave. We will need to ensure the environment is right (clean, uncluttered classrooms that can be cleaned during the day, rooms with less furniture to enable social distancing etc etc) All of this is being planned at the moment, so don’t worry about anything. You will be informed in plenty of time, through the usual channels when all is set and we are ready to open in phase one.

 

Google classroom has an average of 80% ‘sign up’ (not engagement!) which is great, but we need this to 100% over the next two weeks. The reason for this is whilst maybe half of the pupils are in school (to enable space for them to ‘isolate’ and to meet criteria of ratio with a depleted staff) those at home will need to be learning at home, in a similar way to those in school. This will be different to now  - Its still currently ‘care’ at school and ‘optional work’ on Google classroom for those at home.  NOTHING IS CHANGING AS YET.


 

So don’t forget, don’t worry about school re-opening – there will be a plan and you will know it! Don’t worry about what you hear on the T.V. or in Newspapers or from other schools. We will let you know when we are ready……and when we are, we will start a phased return. Until then - don't forget we are here if you need us for anything, just get in touch.

Take care

Moira  Atkins

 

20th April – Welcome back, we hope you had a good Easter!

We’ve been very lucky with the weather haven’t we? Do you think it’s a reward for us all being so good?! Looking at Twitter we can see you’ve all been up to all kinds of fun things, many of them involving nature, which is lovely to see. Teachers are now back onto Google Classroom and Marvellous Me – so they will be contacting you all to enable pupils to access this type of learning if you wish. If you are having trouble with accessing a laptop or tablet please speak to your teachers and we’ll see if we can loan you something to help. Your class page will have other ideas for learning – and I’m sure you’ll have plenty of your own. It’s perfectly fine that we are all doing different things at the moment, that’s just the way it is for a while.

 However, one thing we can ALL still do is earn one of the ROSETTES! Our weekly Celebration Assemblies will start again this week, they will be live on Twitter each Friday at 10.00 – so please get an adult to Tweet what you are up to on the school’s website, show us how ‘smart’ you are being! #musicsmart #naturesmart #wordsmart #selfsmart #bodysmart #numbersmart #artsmart #peoplesmart

Ms Mahon, Mrs Ackers and Ms Quayle are always here to see if they can help in any other way too – see our Safeguarding pages for contact details. 

 

Friday 3rd April 2020 School finishes today for a two-week Easter break (expect for a small number of pupils whose mum and dads are working in ‘Key Jobs’). Usually everyone looks forward to a break or a holiday, but it feels a bit different this time. Because we’ve not all been together – it seems strange. However it is needed, staff need to be with their families and they need a break from the ‘home schooling’ they are helping with through Google Classroom and other things they are doing for school. The things they’ve set up through our website have been fantastic, Twitter has been a great way to see what everyone is doing at home. Families and staff have communicated in a very different way and its been nice in many ways seeing ‘different sides’ of people – we can see how much fun people are having in this strange time. People are ‘making the best of it’ which is good.

However there is a little bit of sadness too. I was a little sad today; I’ve not seen my mother (who is 91) for three weeks. She is in a nursing home and the rule is that they are not allowed visitors there at the moment. So my husband, sons, Dexter and I all took photos of ourselves (we took Dexters!) and wrote a card for the staff to read out to her for us, and we gave the carers some chocolates to say thank you. Saying thank you to others and giving them a gift makes you feel good too!

I know a lot of you have started to miss your friends and teachers – and they miss you too! That is natural, it is a very different time for us all, we will all be a little bit sad at some time or other I’m sure, before we can get back together. But we will get back together, this will pass – we just need to stick to the rules and keep being connected in our new, different ways and to show our thanks for all those that are helping us get through this. Thanks for clapping last night for the NHS and all the ‘Key Workers’ (that’s our staff too!) I could hear you from here- well a saw a lot of you on Twitter.

Enjoy your Easter Holidays and don’t eat too many Easter Eggs and we’ll get back to our ‘new normal’ on Monday 20th April – stay safe and learn 'YOU GOTTA BE'  # initogether

30.3.20 Start of a brand new week! We've had a lovely week in many ways - even though these are strange times. People are 'making the most' of it all - and this has been helpful for us all. So well done and lets carry on - thinking of others, keeping connections and helping each other. Week 1 Team was Mrs Gowing and Miss Copley in school - and everyone else at home working on home learning ideas. We always have Nicky in preparing lunch and of course our cleaner and caretakers (you may have seen them on Twitter, on one leg!) They have done fantastic work making sure the care offer we had was both fun and safe for the children; thank you Team 1!

We all need to remember 'Hope' when things are so different, as now. Hope is not just a feeling or a 'wish' its an attitude and a way of working. All the staff at WS & W are working hard to make your present time as good as we can - from a distance. We are also all working toward the time we're all back together  - we are hopeful and optimistic that this won't be long in the coming. In the mean time we'll keep our connections and hope you have another great week. Let us know what you are up to on your class Twitter page, keep connected to your class.

I hope someone sees a butterfly this week! I saw one last week, by Wimbodlsely school - but I don't think I captured it! If you see one please let us know...... via twitterIt was the first day of British Summer time yesterday! (think snow is on the way!) #hope

CHILDREN: Who knows the name of the Greek Myth about 'hope' and a 'butterfly'?

Tuesday 24th March Beautiful day again, we really must make the most of it - in our hour.  I had a walk today at Wimboldsley for my exercise, I saw this wonderful tree just down the road - its absolutely going to be FANTASTIC in a very short time, look at the buds on Twitter. Do you know what they will become? Do you know what tree this is? Pic on Twitter

 

Great to see all the ideas the teachers have to share with the children, most of whom are at home now. The Twitter challenges are great fun - its brilliant how we can keep our links via the internet. Well done everyone on doing things differently

Monday 23.3.20  What an unusual day! What an unusual date too - just think three years on from today the date will read: 23.3.23 Children: How many years need to pass before this date would look like a palindrome number? I love the patterns numbers can make, try and find out about Fibonacci numbers 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34,  look at this video:Fibonacci Sequence in Nature https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nt2OlMAJj6o Nature is really mind boggling........ there's a quiz for parents on twitter

 

To all parents and pupils of Wimboldsley: Last Friday, 20th March 2020, was the start of a very different time for us all. It was also the earliest spring equinox for more than a century. Equinox means 'equal night' and at 3.50 am it meant the day and night were roughly the same length. This means from now on the days will be longer than the nights. In December our days were around 8 hours long - this will now increase gradually and we'll get 16.5 hours of daylight by the time June comes. (See if you can find out what the longest day in June is called).

Just a week ago we didn't know our 'school day' would look like this - some of us at home, some in the school building - but we are all still part of Wimboldsley school and the wider Federation. Thanks to you all, pupils and parents, for your understanding and support, we've had some lovely emails thanking us for how we've responded to the changes. Staff have worked very hard, in both schools, to find the best way for us all to stay in touch - and we'll continue to do so.

Its a shame we're all going through this at the moment but its no ones fault - its just how it is. Lets make the best of it and continue to share interesting ideas with each other - Twitter is a great for this, look at William Stockton's website too.

So things are different - but as David Hockney said this week 'They can't cancel Spring!' At this beautiful time of the year - please try to enjoy nature, taking the precautions the Government has given us.

Children - we have a Woodpecker in our garden, I can hear him every morning, but sometimes he's hard to spot! Can you see him in the video on this Twitter page?

 

 

 

Moira Atkins

Wimboldsley Community Primary School

Nantwich Road, Wimboldsley, Cheshire

01606 832321