End-of-Week Review 24.5

We have had a very busy half term, with many events, visitors and learning opportunities across our curriculum. Class Dojo and Tapestry are awash with fantastic photos and descriptions of the experiences our teachers have planned over the past few weeks. Only today (Friday), I was invited to see some incredible ‘immersive art boxes’ in Year 6, harmonicas being made in Year 4 for their science, animal books written in Foundation Stage, and some incredible amulets designed in Year 5 with the help of visiting parent Mrs Perry!

Mrs Carter has just shown me an exclusive glimpse into the new SchoolGrid lunch system! If there are any issues for you, either drop me a Dojo or email (no replies this weekend = FA Cup Final, sorry!) and I will pass anything onto the admin team at SchoolGrid. It is an exciting development for us all, but we are all learning together on this one. It should, however, give real flexibility to families and their lunch choices.

Thanks to families that have secured places for next half term’s after school clubs and these are now up online and ready to take payments. I spoke to some parents about the lack of Foundation Stage clubs, but this is simply down to human resource. You can always book your children into after school club for an hour and they get that time to play outdoors, on our field, and join in with various activities led by staff and older pupils!

When we return, there are lots of activities and events – right from the first day – so I will publish a full list when we return. We will also have a GENERAL ELECTION July 4th and you may be aware that, in the past, we have been a polling station for the locality. This is a real safeguarding headache for me, but I never want such events to get in the way of a day’s learning. We have an INSET Day on the Monday, but cannot simply move that, as we have planned online sessions for teachers and the Thursday is a very busy school day. I will be consulting with governors on this and will get a message out to families ASAP regarding our intentions. We have so many events on that 4th already planned in our school calendar, but Mr Sunak never consulted us to ask, which is a shame.

Have a great break with your families and we will; see you again in June!

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