Dear Parents and Carers,
Well Spring has definitely arrived - it feels warmer and the signs of the changing season are showing themselves too. The good news that children are returning to school has also lifted the spirits. Staff are looking forward to being with the children again but like you, they are also concerned about the risks involved. We have reviewed our risk assessments and I have met with all staff to go through our procedures and make sure we are ready for the wider opening of the schools. Please look out for further information next week so that we are all ready for 8th March.
We also have had some exciting news ……Miss Warner, one of our Year 6 teachers, has got engaged!! This is such lovely news and we all wish her and her partner Joe lots of love and luck as they prepare for their special day.
We have all been through a difficult and challenging time and may feel worried or anxious about the plans for children to return to school. It is normal to feel this way and please be assured that we are preparing activities and learning for all children which will help them settle back into school and explore how they are feeling and what we can do to help each other. The whole school will focus on the book ‘What we’ll Build’ by Oliver Jeffers for the first week back. This will give us lots of opportunities to talk, explore our ideas and feelings, think about the future and bring the school community together. We know that by concentrating on the children’s wellbeing we will help to develop happy, confident children who will be successful.
You can contribute to this by using positive language about the return to school, talking about seeing friends and teachers and having the chance to talk and work together. If your child has worries it is good to recognise these and say lots of people will feel the same and that once they are back in school, they will feel better. Listening to and talking with your child is really important.
Please remember this lockdown period has not been lost time, it has been time spent differently and your children will have developed new skills and learned new things. As teachers we are skilled at knowing where your child is and we will build on this as they return. We can’t wait to see them all again.
Our universal offer of supporting wellbeing in each class will begin as soon as we return. All children will have sessions to explore feelings, concerns and express worries. Staff will work with the children to go through these and ensure that we are building their skills to help them deal with the issues raised.
If your child and family have been through any extraordinary experiences that we are not aware of, please let us know so that we can support you and your child on their return through our additional and targeted approaches. Please see our website here to read more if you think this applies to you.
Attached to this week’s email are the regular newsletters from Bucks MIND. The theme this week is self-care
It is really good to be looking forward and making plans for the children to be back with us. I know that together we can provide a happy and safe return for the children. Next week we will continue our preparation and planning and will send further information to you.