Headteacher’s News

Spring term: that’s the end of that

We’ve finally reached the end of yet another very unusual term. We’ve enjoyed having the children back at school for the past few weeks and are looking forward to restrictions easing next term. It would be great to eventually get back to mixing with other classes, having assemblies and other whole school events – and having occasional day trips out of school. With the success of the vaccination programme and the probablility of lockdown restrictions easing at some point, I think it’s right to look to the summer term with hope and optimism.

There’s going to be lots for us to do with the children’s learning of course. Thanks to your fabulous efforts over lockdown, the children are in a good place for this. We’re just putting the finishing touches to our plans for the summer term curriculum. We’re planning reports and parents evenings for you too.

I hope the children (and you) have a good rest over the holiday and return to us full of enthusiasm about the new term ahead. There’s lots to look forward to.

Happy Easter everyone!

Term dates coming up

Watch out for the two imminent staff training days that affect the start and end of term:

  • Wednesday 31st March:         last day of term
  • Thursday 1st April:                   School closed – staff training
  • Monday 19th April:                   School closed – staff training
  • Tuesday 20th April:                  Summer term begins 8.40 – 9.00am

End of term non-uniform

The last day of term – Wednesday 31st March – will be a non-uniform day for the children to enjoy.

Easter Egg Hunt

I am delighted that FOSS are keen to organise a covid-safe Easter Egg Hunt this year for the children. The fun and games will take place next Wednesday.

Home Learning

Just a reminder that school policy is that we do not set home learning over a holiday period. The children will not be given spellings or times tables to learn again until the first Friday of the new term.

Please keep reading going though – ideally something everyday.

Big Pedal 2021

Get set… we’re taking part in Sustrans Big Pedal 2021, the UK’s largest inter-school cycling, walking, wheeling and scooting challenge. Sustrans Big Pedal is a great way to get children active, which is important for physical health and mental wellbeing. Active school runs also help to reduce congestion and air pollution outside the school gate.

The challenge runs from 19 April to 30 April. It’s free and we would love everyone to be involved by encouraging your children to take active journeys to school on as many days as possible during the event, and join them on their way.

Operation Encompass

The school has been given the opportunity to take part in a project that will run jointly between schools and Dorset Police.

Operation Encompass is a national initiative to that aims to develop closer working between schools and the police when a child or young person has experienced any domestic abuse.

Operation Encompass will ensure that senior safeguarding members of the school staff are trained to receive information from the police following a domestic abuse incident that involves children of the school. The staff will then be able to use the information and ensure the school is able to make provision for possible difficulties experienced by children, or their families, who have been involved in a domestic abuse incident.

Operation Encompass ‘goes live’ on Thursday 1st April. We are keen to offer the best support possible to all our pupils and believe this will become an important element of the care we offer your children.

Parent Zone Resources for the Easter Holidays

It’s nearly the end of a very strange term. We’ve had remote learning, then we’ve been back in the classroom, and now it’s family time again (so soon?)

The holidays are a great chance to relax, play and generally have some fun, if you can get the children away from their screens. Or even if you can’t.

We have plenty of ideas to make make the Easter break enjoyable. Our lockdown hub includes loads of inspiration, from ideas to entertain children when you’re stuck at home to screen-time advice.


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