Friday, 3 April 2020

I hope you are all well and have survived your second week of lockdown –I never thought that I would be in a position where a visit to the supermarket is both terrifying and exciting.  I am unfortunately not one of those people who had previously signed up for online shopping and it has so far proved impossible to get signed up now so I will have to continue with the weekly visit to the supermarket – at least you do find items on the shelves now.
I hope that the home learning is going well - remember that if you have any problems that the school staff are contactable by email. As it is officially the Easter holidays we are not setting the daily learning that we have been doing for the next two weeks although we are going to ask the children to write or draw pictures for NHS staff (please see Class Pages for more information) to help give them a morale boost at this difficult time. I do not think that we can thank enough all the NHS staff and carers who are in the front line helping to fight this awful virus and I will do anything I can to support them.
That is all for now. Remember to keep yourself safe by going out as little as possible and to keep washing your hands. I will speak to you all again in a couple of weeks.

Friday, 27 March 2020

Dear Everyone

I hope you are all well and not finding the lockdown too difficult. It is a different way to live and I am sure we have all been going through a week of readjustment this week. My husband (who is also working from home) keeps suggesting all the jobs that we can get done and I am now finding that the reason all those jobs do no get done is not just because I do not have the time - I really just do not want to do them!

I hope the children are all managing their work well and it is not proving too much of a challenge to motivate them to do it. It is a period of re-adjustment for them as well and it may take some of them longer to adapt to their new routine. Remember if you do need any support with their learning you can contact all the teachers by email. Please do not come to the school for support. We do have a skeleton staff in school to provide childcare for critical and key workers but we need to keep these numbers as low as possible to enable us to manage this horrible virus.

I am sure that many of you, like me, joined in with the national clapping to show our appreciation of all the NHS workers who are at the front line in fighting this virus. It made me feel quite emotional to hear all the noise and I hope they do feel appreciated. I also feel that we should show our appreciation for all the people who are continuing to work at this difficult time such as shopkeepers, delivery drivers and cleaners. I know the list is much longer than this but without all these dedicated people the country would fall apart and we do not need that at this critical time.

Keep yourself safe and remember to keep washing your hands and observe social distancing.

Friday, 20 March 2020

I am not going to include much in my blog this week because I have already shared many communications with you. These are indeed extraordinary times and they are certainly circumstances that I never expected to find myself in but then everyone is feeling like that. I do not know when the school will be open as normal again but let us hope that it is soon. I think it is only today that it has really hit home to the children that school is actually going to finish and whilst some of them appear excited at the prospect I know they are going to miss being here and we will miss seeing them.

We have sent many communications out about the work that we are going to provide for them so I will not discuss it again but do try to get them into a routine so they are completing some work every day. This will ensure that they maintain good learning practices for when they return to school. Staff can be communicated with by email (during normal school hours which are 8.20am – 3.20pm) but please remember that the work will not be exactly the same as they do in the school because the teachers are not there to teach them in person. Also remember that reading is very important and so it is also important that they read something every single day.

We will be sending you regular updates about the situation so please keep checking the website. I will see a few of you next week but to everybody else I hope you all keep well and I look forward to seeing you all again in the not too distance future.

Friday, 13 March 2020

Looking out of my window today it looks like I am working in a sports centre as everyone is dressed in sportswear. As you all know it is Sports Relief Day which explains the clothes and the children have been taking part in extra sports activities today which I would like to thank Mr Mills for organising. I would also like to thank you all for the donations that you sent in. We have not got the final total yet but I will let you know how much we raised next week.
My week started early as I was at the Albert Hall on Sunday with some of the choir members. It was a very impressive event and all the children really enjoyed performing in such an impressive venue. Although it was an early start for everybody for a Sunday (8.00am) the children all did themselves and the school proud – it was a pleasure to be with them for the day. I would like to thank Mrs Lawrence, Miss Bradford and Mrs Robinson for preparing the children for the event and for supporting them on the day.
The Coronavirus has been dominating the news again and has entered into our school community again. Public Health England are now advising people with flu like symptoms to self-isolate and I have sent a letter home about this today. As I have informed you I am following Public Health England advice all of the time and I will contact you if anything needs to change about the way we are responding to the Coronavirus.
Fortunately, the children in school appear to be unaffected by the situation caused by the Coronavirus and are going about their daily lives in the usual way. We finished second in the Potters Bar School Indoor Athletic Tournament this week and the girls have got a football match against Brookmans Park next week. We also have the Year 2 assembly taking place next week so there is plenty to look forward to.  All these events will take place unless we get guidance advising us not to do so.
I hope you all have a great weekend. I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday morning.

Friday, 6 March 2020

The big excitement in school this week was ‘World Book Day’. All of the children looked really great in their costumes and we have put some pictures up on our webpage so you can see them. All of the staff followed a theme this year in that we all wore t-shirts with quotes from books that we have enjoyed reading. The idea for ‘World Book Day’ this year was to share a million stories as they want everyone to share stories they have enjoyed with their families and friends. Hopefully, by us all sharing quotes from books we have enjoyed we will encourage the children to extend their reading selection.

Next week is another exciting week in school because it is Science Week. We are staring off the week with children all planting trees around the grounds on Monday morning. They will need some outdoor footwear such as wellingtons as it will probably be muddy due to all the rain we have had recently. On Thursday all the classes will be taking part in a ‘Science CSI’ experience where they will be using scientific investigational approaches to solve problems. They will also be carrying out a number of other STEM investigations in class. We believe in promoting science because it encourages children to find solutions to problems through investigation which is a great life skill to have.

Next Friday is Sports Relief Day and all the children can come into school in sports kit if they make a contribution of at least a £1 towards the Sports Relief fund. All classes will also be taking part in a fitness circuit to help celebrate the fact that it is ‘Sports Relief Day’.

I would like to take this opportunity to mention how we are responding to the Coronavirus outbreak. As I mentioned in my letter earlier in the week no-one associated with the school had contracted the Coronavirus. We will keep you up to date with any developments but it has been made clear to all heads that no school can close unless directed by Public Health England – even if there is a case of Coronavirus in the school. We have also been asked to point out that most people who contract the virus will only suffer mild symptoms and that children are least affected by it. We have been told that the symptoms are very similar to having flu. Also remember that the best way to stop the spread of the virus is through good hand hygiene and using and disposing of tissues when you cough or sneeze i.e – ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.’

I hope you all have a pleasant weekend. I am going with the choir to the Albert Hall on Sunday and I am very much looking forward to that as are the children – it will be a wonderful experience for all those taking part.

Friday, 28 February 2020

I hope you all had a great half term and are glad to be back at school. As usual everyone has settled back into their routine very quickly but I would have liked better weather to welcome us back. I am bored with the dark mornings and wet weather so I hope as March arrives we can experience some fresh, spring weather.

I know that with all the news coverage that some parents are getting very anxious about the coronavirus but I would like to reassure everyone that we are following all the guidance and sending you updates as we receive them. We have been told that the risk of catching it is still very low in England and if you follow good basic hygiene you reduce the risk of all viruses spreading dramatically – good hand cleaning is especially important and to support this we are putting hand sanitisers in all the classrooms.

Next week is another busy week in school. On Tuesday we have the NSPCC coming into school to talk to the children in KS1 and KS2 about how they can keep themselves safe. Thursday is World Book Day when we would like all the children to come into school dressed as their favourite book character. We would also like them to bring in a book they enjoy reading as we are going to have a whole school reading session during the morning. This is a very important day for us at Little Heath as we love to promote the importance of reading.

Some members of the choir are also going to perform at the Albert Hall on Sunday 8th March. This is a great event for them to attend and I know they are looking forward to taking part. I would like to thank Mrs. Lawrence, Mrs Robinson and Miss Bradford for all their hard work in preparing them for this concert.

I hope you have a lovely weekend – more rain is forecast but I hope you will not let it dampen your spirits. I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday.

Friday, 14 February 2020

I feel that I do not need to write this blog to inform you of what has happened in school because we have had a lot of parents in school this week. On Monday we had a Sharing Assembly and lots of parents were in school to see their children present work that they were proud of. I know each child only does this once a year but they do get excited when they know their parents are coming into school to see something they have done. It is also good to see parents being very supportive of all the children and not just their own because it is nerve-wracking to present your work in front of a large crowd and it is good to have a strong positive vibe when you do it. Presenting to a large crowd though is a good life skill to master which is why we have the children do this.

On Wednesday we had our Open Afternoon and loads of parents came into school to see their child’s learning from the last half term. Although it has been a short half term the children have covered a lot of learning and I know that this is another event the children really look forward to as they are proud to share their work with their parents. I have got lots of positive feedback from that event but if you do have any queries after seeing your child’s work please do not hesitate to contact the class teacher or myself.

Although it has been cold recently this has not stopped the children taking off their coats and jackets outside when they get hot from running around. This in itself is not a problem but when we try to return them to the correct children we are still finding many items with no name labels inside. Can I please ask that over the half term holiday that you check your children’s uniform to ensure that all items are clearly labelled?

We now have the half term holiday to look forward to. I cannot believe that the last holiday we had was Christmas as that seems a long time ago and yet it was only six weeks since we started the new term. I hope you all have a great time and I look forward to seeing you all again on Monday, 24th February.