This term's parent/teacher appointments will take place on the last 2 days of this half term, Thursday 11th and Friday 12th February. The appointments are for both parents and children to speak to their teachers at the end of the half term before the February break. The school will be closed between Monday 15th and Friday 19th February.
We have bought in a new system meaning all our appointments will be virtual and can be booked and accessed via the same website:
Parents will be sent an invite via email with a link to the website. You will need to login using your email and child's details. Should you have any problems logging in or think that we might not have the correct email address for you, please email the school office to for help.
You can find the guide about how to book here:
Once you have booked your appointment, you will use the same website to access the video call with the teachers, you will not need to log in to any other website/account.
If you are unable to attend any of the times that re available, please email your class teacher directly to arrange another time. Teachers emails all follow the format email@example.com eg firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Your appointment will appear on the website home screen when you are logged in and will be able to click the button to join the video call during your appointment time. All appointments are 10 minutes long and will display a timer at the top of the screen. Should you need longer to speak with a teacher, you are welcome to arrange a time with the teacher at the meeting.
Please see the document below or the video should you have any problems or queries regarding how to use the system:
Should you have any problems or queries, please email the class teachers or the school office for help regarding logging in.
Dear Parents and Carers,
We’ve all had to adapt to new ways of working, so I wanted to take the opportunity to say what an amazing job you’re doing supporting your child’s wellbeing and learning during this time.
To help us make sure we’re providing the right support for you and your child, we’d like to know your thoughts on our approach to home learning. This will help us to make sure we’re meeting your needs and the needs of your children.
Please take the time to complete this survey below. It should take you only a few minutes to complete.
Please fill out the survey by Tuesday 2nd February.
Your replies will be treated in the strictest confidence. Your feedback is very important to us.
I hope you had a chance to enjoy the snow at the weekend and maybe even got to build a snowman! We are now into week 4 of children being educated remotely and I am so grateful for all your support.
Please remember that you are not alone; we are here if you need us and we will do our best to help. We have had many conversations with so many of you worrying that you aren’t doing enough at home and that your child will be behind. You need to stop worrying! Whenever the children return to school, we will get them back on track. Right now you need to just keep yourselves safe (and sane!) and do what you can manage. Don’t forget to keep in touch with your class teacher so that they can support you as much as they can.
Non-screen days and Parent meetings
In the last week of this half term we are going to have Thursday (11th Feb) and Friday (12th Feb) as non-screen days. The children will be given a range of activities that they can do independently, without input from their teacher. This will allow the teachers to be able to have a meeting with each parent and child to review how things are going. For these meetings we will be using a new system called School Cloud and we will be sending out details shortly on how to book your appointment on this system.
Half term (Key worker and vulnerable children provision)
At present we do not know what will be happening over half term and the government has said that they will be making a decision during the week beginning 8th February. If your child is currently using our in school provision please start to think about child care for half term as we may be closed.
Free School Meals
If your circumstances have changed you may now qualify for free school meals. If you feel that you may qualify please call us and we can check online for you.
I hope you have managed to have a good weekend and to get outside for a short while, even though it was very cold. Thank you to all the parents who have emailed us about remote learning, we really appreciate your lovely comments.
We are now into the second week of lockdown and everything is up and running in terms of remote learning. For everyone, we provide two hours of live lessons plus two other tasks which the children can complete independently each day.
The most important thing for your child is that they are safe and happy. You know your child best and will be doing an amazing job of looking after them. Don’t compare what you are doing to other families as everyone is different and have different circumstances. There is no expectation that you are going to be able to recreate school at home!
We really don’t want you or your child stressing about remote learning. The government requires us to provide the equivalent to four hours of learning every day. There won’t be many families who will be able to complete all of the tasks set so please don’t stress if you can’t. We know that some of you are trying to work from home while you are looking after your children, remember you can’t do everything!
It is hard for everyone so don’t feel guilty or embarrassed if you aren’t coping. We are all feeling the pressure but we will get through this together. We are here to help as much as we possibly can so get in touch if you need us.
Each day we will be doing our registers at 9.30am so if possible please make sure your child is online ready for registration. If you are unable to have your child in the online classes, please let us know as we need to account for every child every day.
All the very best and remember, we are here to help if you need us.
Well this week has certainly turned out differently to what we were all expecting! A huge thank you to you all for being so supportive and accommodating with all these changes. It was a shock to us too and then we were not helped by the fact that the lockdown was announced so late on Monday. To confuse the situation even more our main system for communicating with you, Teachers to Parents, crashed as all schools were trying to use it at the same time!
All children have a log in for Microsoft Teams and I hope you have all now found your way onto our live lessons. We are here to help if you have any problems, please just call or email the school office, firstname.lastname@example.org. We need to have contact with every child every day. Therefore, if your child is not in the online lessons we will need to call you to make sure everything is alright. The expectation, just like school, is that children are ‘in’ the lessons every day.
As I am sure you can understand, we have limited staff to look after the critical worker/vulnerable children in school. Therefore, if you are a critical worker please only take a place if you have no other alternative and only on the days you are actually working. This lockdown is different to the March lockdown as all teachers are online teaching and so they cannot be in school helping with the groups. On top of this we have staff who are isolating and shielding.
We are very aware that this is going to be a very difficult time for everyone. Please get in touch with us if you need any help especially if you are struggling with buying food as we can help you.
As we get into the new routine we will start to make phone calls to see how you are doing. In the meantime please take care and don’t forget to email/phone if you need us.
All the very best,
From tomorrow, our lower school pupils will have Microsoft Teams lessons with the teachers. We will be sending out text messages with each pupil's log in details this afternoon, please log in to Teams this evening to make sure you have time to check it all works correctly.
Lessons will start tomorrow morning from 9.30 with the class teachers. Should you have any issues logging in, we will be available to help tomorrow morning.
Please see the document below which gives an introduction to using Microsoft Teams.
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