A wet and windy week 1

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.

Long Covid Symptoms in Children

Last week, Isabel and her family appeared in the Times newspaper and on Sky News, trying to raise awareness of the symptoms of Long Covid in children.

Sadly, since contacting Covid back in October, Isabel has had to reduce the amount of time she spends in school as exhaustion is one of the symptoms that she has to cope with.

Things are improving slowly and we are looking forward to her joining her class full time and getting back into the gymnastics, dance and martial arts that she enjoyed so much.

If you want to find out more about long covid in children, please visit: https://www.longcovidkids.org.

Welcome back…

A warm welcome back to the families who have been working from home and hello to the new families and children who officially started in January but who have been working from home during lockdown. It was lovely welcoming all the children into school this morning there was clearly a mixture of excitement and anxiety, however I am sure everyone will settle back into the new routine and the new way of working and by Friday morning, it will be like we have never been away. I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the parents and children for observing the social distancing rules before school this morning and hope we can all remember to keep this up until measures are reviewed and changed by government.

I said it last week, but it is worth repeating: Thank you so much for your positivity and support during this second lockdown, it has been a challenge for us all but we have got through it by working together. If you have any queries or concerns regarding the return, please do not hesitate to contact either me, or your child’s class teacher. Every family will feel differently about returning to school, but I promise we will work with you to overcome any anxieties or concerns that may exist.

Wadworth opening to all children on March 8th

We are so excited about seeing you all again on Monday 8th March. Some of you may be a little anxious, which is very understandable as many of you have not been in school since December 18th 2021. That is 11 weeks ago, longer than the usual summer holidays!

Thank you so much for your positivity and support during this second lockdown, it has been a challenge for us all but we have got through it by working together. If you have any queries or concerns regarding the return, please do not hesitate to contact either me, or your child’s class teacher. Every family will feel differently about March 8th but I promise we will work with you to overcome any anxieties or concerns that may exist.

Welcome back!

Welcome back to a new term and I would like to say a huge thank you to our phenomenal children who showed great determination and resilience last half term. We have loved seeing them adapt to new ways of learning and have really enjoyed seeing their faces on our live sessions if they haven’t been in school.

For those who have been in school, thank you for brightening our days and making school as close to normal as possible. A big thank you also to parents/ grand-parents/carers for supporting the children with their remote learning – we know it isn’t always easy.  Hopefully, with infection rates reducing and numbers of adults being vaccinated increasing, the government announce that children will all be allowed back in school from the 8th March.

If they do announce this later today, I will send out another newsletter later in the week with an update/reminder of procedures in school for children returning.  Fingers crossed!

Remote Learning Questionnaire Outcomes

Firstly, I would like to thank all teaching staff and support staff for all their hard work in organizing what I believe to be a very high quality provision for children working at home during this period of school closures. They are determined to make sure that children receive all the support they need to work at home independently and have continued to tweak and improve the way they, and the children, interact with the classroom to share what they are doing and provide the feedback the children need to make progress.

I would like to thank the parents who took the time to complete the questionnaire and provide us with very useful feedback recognizing the positives but also highlighting some of the challenges that home learning is presenting.  As a parent myself, with two children preparing to sit A levels and GCSEs this year, I appreciate the anxieties that parents are feeling about this uncertain time in education and, where possible I have tried to address the concerns raised and answer some of the questions asked. I hope you find the information, weblinks and resources I have included useful and that we can all continue to work constructively together to achieve the best outcomes for all children.