26.6.2020 Parent Letter
I hope you are all well and safe.
In this week’s letter I would like to update you with:
- Current situation
- Your Child – physical activity / concentration
- Home Learning / IT
- Events for the end of term
- The new academic year
Across the city, schools have been very cautious, and you will have read about 5 different schools that have closed for different amounts of time due to a positive COVID-19 test either amongst staff or children. All those with families that have had positive tests are doing fine, and whole school closures have been precautionary.
The Governing Body at Shenton are taking an equally cautious approach, so we have decided not to admit any new children into classes for the rest of this term.
The article below identifies areas of Leicester which have had more incidents, Highfields is not one of them.
The Government has announced that holiday schemes will be running for the children and I will pass information to you as I receive it.
I know that we are all doing our best, and that you are protecting your children. On site we have 13 x Y6 children, 8 x Y1/R children and 7 x key worker children in separate bubbles.
What we have noticed is our older children’s fitness levels are very low, whilst our younger children have a much lower concentration span.
How can you help?
If your child has endless energy the chances are their fitness levels might be better. If your child is fairly quiet and settles on the sofa/carpet etc. this is something you may need to think about.
Try and make sure your child has an opportunity to run and get out of breath every day.
Remember the PE links we have sent you and make sure your child is active every day.
A healthy body means your child will be mentally stronger.
Reception / Year 1 / Year 2 Concentration
If you are not doing any homework yet, you must start. Try and get your child to do something for 15 minutes continuously, if not start with 5 minutes and build it up. Give your child a small reward if they do e.g. 15 minutes playing their favourite game.
IT / Home Learning
This week we have sent you messages to collect the next 2 weeks of homework packs, your child’s report, details of your child’s next class and your child’s email addresses. 50% of you have collected so far. You must come to school next week and collect them, we will not be phoning you to remind you, so please come in anytime between 9am and 3pm.
The teachers are also creating audio/visual messages of ‘Goodbye’ to their old classes and ‘Hello’ to their new classes. We will send you links through the school app next week so you can play these messages to your children.
The teachers are waiting for your child to email them, so please come in to school if you need help with any home learning passwords etc. and we will show you what to do. Bring your gadget and come any time between 9am and 2.30pm, it is likely to take 5-10 minutes depending on how confident you are. You can bring your child(ren) if that will help.
We will not be sending you any more learning ‘packs’ but will provide ‘online’ homework for the holidays.
Please, please make sure your child is learning over the summer, and preferably reading for 10-15 minutes every day. We have found an online library for you and are currently generating passwords which will give you access to a wide range of texts for your child. We will get these passwords to you, somehow, as soon as they are ready!
End of Term Events
Y6 Graduation Event
All Y6 children will be invited into school on Wednesday 8th July, you can come with the whole family anytime between 12pm and 3pm. Teachers will be here to say ‘Goodbye’ and wish you all the best, as well as giving you a memento to help the children remember their Shenton years.
Y6 Awards Ceremony
We will still be holding a Y6 Awards Ceremony, however we cannot have 90 children and you as parents on site safely at this time. We will therefore only be inviting 16 children who have been nominated for an award with one parent each, to come into school on Wednesday 8th July. We will phone those of you we are inviting, and I will let you know who the winners are in my last newsletter of this term.
All Families, All Children…..Come and See Us!
On Friday 10th July 2020, we invite you all to come to school as families anytime between 9am and 2.30pm. There will be a strict one way system and 2m distancing will still be in place, but all of the school staff will be here. We have missed you, and I know the children have missed their teachers too so please come and say ‘hello’.
Unfortunately the children will not be able to play or use any of the large play equipment, but they can come and see us.
When you arrive, you must come through the main entrance on Dunlin Road. You will then be directed through a one way system around KS1, through EYFS then into the KS2 playground and out of the top gate.
The New Academic Year - September
The Government have only just begun to publish details, and I will hopefully be able to send you more information next week.
The general principles are however that all children will be expected to return on September 1st, and we of course, will all be here to welcome them back, making sure any recommended health & safety guidelines are in place.
Two of the school foxes came back this week, the vixen (Mum) and one of the kits which was lovely to see.
As always we are here to help so please contact us if you need anything. The school office will be open every day, 8.30-3pm until the end of term.
Take care and keep safe,