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Thursday 21st May 2020

Dear parent/carer,

I am sure that you will have heard and read a lot of media coverage about the reopening of schools, along with resistance from unions and local councils across the country.  After carrying out a robust risk assessment and following advice from the Trust and our Local Authority, the earliest date we can consider to have a phased return to school will be June 8th and not the aspirational date of June 1st as suggested by the Government.  Schools have been advised to plan with caution and this is supported by the fact that the Government are not announcing until May 28th its final decision on reopening schools when it reviews the latest scientific evidence.

We will provide further information of what this phased return will look like after Trustees have considered the options at their next meeting on June 2nd.  We are currently preparing our site and considering the capacity of staffing to ensure that we can meet all safeguarding requirements.

We will of course keep you updated once we have a definite date for reopening, and a clear and safe plan for a phased return. I must stress however that this may be subject to change as more information becomes available.

I would like to thank you for your patience and support; the safety of pupils, staff and parents is paramount at this time and we want to ensure that we ‘get it right.’ 

Childcare arrangements for critical key workers remains unchanged and staff will continue to provide online learning for all year groups.

Stay safe everyone,

Yours sincerely

CMcDermott

Monday 18th May 2020.
Hello everyone, 
I hope everyone is still working hard. It certainly looks as if you are when we see all of the lovely pictures you keep sending in! We’ve seen some maths, phonics, cooking, painting, lots of exercise going on, and even some gardening and car washing! Fabulous! I particularly like the pictures where you have your pets joining in the activities too!
Keep sending them in- all of the staff really enjoy looking at them and seeing what you have been up to. Don’t forget to look at your class teachers blog and the online learning links on our website.

An update for parents and carers.

We are working very carefully through all guidance issued over the past week, in conjunction with the Local Authority Health and Safety Team. We are risk assessing all aspects of school; premises and procedures, in order to make sure that when more pupils do return all staff and pupils are safe. This is of the utmost importance. 
For now, all I can say for certain is that school will close for the May half term week, and reopen for our key worker children on 1st June. When I have further information or updates I will share them with you as soon as I can. 
As a staff, we really appreciate your patience and understanding at this very difficult and unsettling time.
Mrs. McDermott

Monday 11th May 2020.

Hello everyone!

I hope you are keeping safe and well, and have been enjoying some of the lovely sunny weather we had last week!

In School:

Our key worker children who were in school enjoyed being outside in the sunshine and held their own V.E day celebrations. They also managed to celebrate Mrs Hayhurst and Mr Hodgsons birthdays in school too!

Please keep checking your class blogs, as teachers have updated them again with some activities everyone can be doing to help and support with their learning.

Updates:

I am sure everyone saw the announcement last night by the Prime Minister where he hoped Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 classes could start back at school in June, if it is safe to do so. We are still waiting to receive a lot of information from the government about what this means for our school. I am sure that like us, you will have lots of questions, but as yet, we do not really have any answers until the government share more information with us.

In the short-term therefore, nothing has changed for us and our school continues to run as it has for the last seven weeks. School remains open for a small number of key worker children and work will continue to be set as part of weekly class blogs. We hope to be able to provide you with further information in the coming days and weeks once we are able to do so.

In the meantime, please take care and look after each other,

Mrs. McDermott.

Monday 4th May 2020.

Hello everyone,

I hope everyone is staying safe and well. Thank you to everyone who is sending pictures in of your home learning activities. We all love looking at them and seeing the interesting things you have been up to!

Keep up the good work- you are all doing fantastically well!

Seth and I have been working hard. We made a garden jungle. We also kept up with our phonics. Seth had to write some sentences using certain words. This was his sentence with the word “my.”

I think we all miss our friends and can’t wait to see them again.

We still don’t know when we are all coming back to school but whenever we have any information about this, we will let you know. We hope it is not too far away.

Take care,

Mrs. McDermott.

Monday 27th April 2020.

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all keeping safe and well, and managing to keep busy! We all hope you liked our message to you all last week!

Class teachers have updated their class blogs for you and have included some nice ideas and activities you can try out this week to keep busy. (Parents, please do not worry about how much work is being done- we know everyone is trying their best to juggle lots of things- these are simply ideas to help and support!)

Miss Richardson has been working really hard to re-organise our website so it is easier to find all of the things that will help you with your home learning. We now have a section at the top called Home Learning. You should find everything you need in there (although we are adding to it,) in your class blogs and the photos you keep sending in are there too!

BBC Bitesize was new out on Monday and has some good lesson ideas- your teachers will have told you, in their blogs, which lessons would be best for you to try.

The government also launched Oak National Academy where you can take part in some virtual lessons. I’ve tried some Reception lessons with Seth this week. We enjoyed the Literacy lessons about the Three Little Pigs! We’ve done some work, but we’ve also baked a cake, gone for a walk and played in the garden when the weather was nice. (We will make sure there is a link to these sites in our Home Learning section)

I know this is a really strange time and you will all be missing your friends. Please keep sending in your photos so we can share them on the school website. You will be able to see what everyone is up to!

Finally, a special message to Year 6. I know you might be worried about not seeing your friends again before you go off to secondary school. No one knows quite what’s going to happen yet. However, please don’t worry as we would not let you all go without having a party, even if it has to happen at a different time.

Keeping looking after each other,

Mrs. McDermott.

Friday 3rd April 2020.

Monday 20th April 2020.

Hello everyone,

I hope you managed to enjoy some family time over the Easter holidays and had some chocolate eggs too!

Thank you to everyone who has sent pictures into the school email address- it has been fantastic to see all the lovely things you have been doing at home. Thank you to the grown-ups too who are doing a great job of trying to work from home and keep you all busy. I know this is not an easy job to do!

Mrs. Connelly has been very busy too, trying to manage the new free school meal voucher system. As you will have seen in the news, this has not been as straightforward as everyone would have liked. Thank you all for your patience- we are getting there!

Teachers have updated their class blogs with messages and some new learning ideas for this week. Remember there are lots of other things you can do to keep yourself busy.

My little boy Seth and I have enjoyed some baking, making pizzas and doing lots of craft activities. He has also done a little bit of phonics and number work too!

I hope everyone is managing to keep busy and stay safe. We are missing you all.

Mrs. McDermott

Friday 4th April
Hello everyone,
We hope you are all well and managing to keep safe. We know everyone is working hard and trying to keep busy. Thank you to all of you who have sent in a photograph to share what they have been doing at home. It’s a really nice way of us all keeping in touch.Remember, your grown up can send your photographs to farringdon@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk
All of the staff are working hard to make sure that we are prepared for when we are safely allowed back into school. They have been working hard to support the small number of children still in school, and helping them to keep busy. Teachers have also updated their class blogs with some activities that should give you lots of things to do in the Easter holidays. This might help to give the grownups a rest! 
Stay safe and take care. We are missing you all.
Mrs. McDermott and all of the staff at Farringdon.