Well done to all the children (and parents/carers) who made easter bonnets to wear to the parade today. The weather looked like it was going to do its best to spoil the day, however the sun came out in the afternoon so we took the opportunity to gather outside and cheer one another on.
The children stayed in socially distant bubbles on the playground, and for many it will be the first time they will have seen children outside their bubble for just over a year. It was brilliant seeing the whole school together and celebrating with one another-a real morale boost.
All classes took part in dressing as a book character day at Wadworth, yesterday and as usual the effort the children and their families made to celebrate the day was amazing. We had witches, wizards, superheroes, sports starts, monsters, magical nannies, carton characters, princesses, stickmen, tigers, giants, and almost everything else in between. The children had a wonderful day doing activities based around their favourite books including writing riddles to identify book characters, designing and making cakes based on scenes from favourite books, art based on stories and listening to and watching different versions of well loved tales.
Testing is one of the tools that will help us get through the pandemic and back to normal. There are lots of ways to help you get the test you need.
If you have symptoms:
· a high temperature
· a new, continuous cough
· a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
If you have coronavirus symptoms (including a high temperature / a new, continuous cough / a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste) then you need to take a symptomatic test (also known as a PCR test).
This can be done by booking a test at one of the symptomatic testing sites or by ordering a home test kit. Book online or call 119.
There’s plenty of capacity at local test sites should you have Covid symptoms and need a test, appointments have to be booked via the national system using the link button above.
As ever, Active Fusion aims to follow very strict Covid procedures and risk assessments throughout the camps. Coaches are being regularly tested in their schools and will continue to test during the holidays.
We will also have a virtual ‘Easter PE’ timetable, allowing children to stay active at home during half-term. The timetable includes virtual PE lessons, active challenges and fitness sessions aimed at keeping children mentally and physically stimulated.
I have uploaded the instructions to help you join your Parents’ Evening appointments.
Please make sure you can find the appointment before next Tuesday or Wednesday. On Google Chrome, visit google.co.uk then click the apps link (the nine dots in a square next to your profile picture on the top right hand corner of the screen) and select Calendar. Sometimes moving between apps makes the computer flip back to a different sign in account, so if your appointment isn’t there, please check the icon is what is should be (usually the first initial of your child in a coloured circle). You might need to sign in again.
Navigate to Tuesday 23rd March or Wednesday 24th March to find your appointments. You can join the meeting by clicking on these at the allocated times, then selecting ‘Join the Meeting’
We’re now almost two weeks into step 1A of the release of national restrictions and as we would have expected with the return to schools, we have seen a small increase in the number of cases in Doncaster.
Our rate for the 7th to the 13th of March is 113.8 per 100,000. Although this was expected, due to schools reopening, it does really emphasise why we need to tread carefully as we walk a fine line of keeping our figures as low as possible while enabling more mixing as we travel through the roadmap.
Although children are now mixing in schools, it is important that they continue to follow the guidelines while they are out of school and on the way to school and avoid the temptation of over-socialising with friends, this may seem unnecessary when they are mixing in school but every single contact is an added risk and for now we need to limit the risk as much as we can to keep our children in school and our rates down. Local COVID data
Year 6 children who have been allocated a place at Sir Thomas Wharton were asked to complete a transition activity answering questions such as What are the names of the 4 Houses at Sir Thomas Wharton Academy and what colours represent each House?
When completed, they are to send their answers to email@example.com for a chance of winning a £20 voucher. The competition closes on Friday, so please get your entries in as soon as possible.
Wadworth will close on 26th March until 12 April for Easter. Free school meal vouchers will continue (families will receive a voucher for £25 this week). The Council are also organizing several activities, similar to the summer program, for children to take part in, but at the time of writing, I don’t have any information about them.
Contact Tracing Over Easter:
Again, the Department for Education and Public Health England advise that:
where a pupil or staff member develops symptoms within the first 48 hours after the end of half term, and tests positive, school should be contacted and informed.
where a pupil or staff member develops symptoms after the first 48 hours and tests positive, they should use the ‘normal’ national test and trace system.
We have made it through wind, rain and sun this week!! Well done everyone! It has been fantastic to see all the children returning to school: the buzz of a normal classroom has returned and it has been lovely to see the children reuniting with their friendship groups in-person rather than over online lessons.
At assembly on Friday, the children in every class shared how pleased they were to be back with their friends and how much they had enjoyed the activities that have been organised this week to settle the children back into school, including a return to school party in Frogs class on Monday, Collaborative Mandala artwork in Squirrels on Thursday.
We have also had several children who were new to school in January starting with us this week and they have settled in really well too. We hope they will enjoy their time here at Wadworth.