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World Book Day 2021

As you may be aware, 4th March is World Book Day and we would love you to get involved. These are just a few of the things that will be happening on the day.

EYFS/KS1

Mrs Leport and Mrs Ricketson will be holding a reading session each with their pet.

Tune in to Mrs Ricketson and Jasper the dog at 12:30pm

And Mrs Leport and Tuesday the cat at 7pm for a bedtime story (links to follow)

KS2

Other adults in school will be posting excerpts from their favourite on your Dojo pages. There will also be a ‘Guess who?’ masked reader.

Join in with a game of class charades on zoom. (Make sure to have a practice at home first). Link to follow.

Afternoon activities:

Use a potato to create a character from your favourite book. Be as creative as you can.

Create a riddle or a character description of a book character but do not say who it is. See if your friends can guess who you are describing. We would love to display these in school so make them as beautifully presented as you can.

Or

Take a short video of yourself and your favourite book, saying what you like about it and why you would recommend it to a friend (this could also include your pet if you wish!)

Whole School Assembly

Bring your finished potato character to assembly so that everyone can see them.

Unveiling of the masked reader.

Teachers Riddles

For lots more ideas, stories and great things to get you inspired by books, go to https://www.worldbookday.com/

They are also doing several live events on the 3rd/4th/5th March at 10:30am

Don’t forget to check out the Author and Illustrator Academy on this site as well, it looks fab!

Relationships, Sex and Health Education Consultation

Additional Attachments

School Closure

Dear Parents,

Following Boris Johnson’s announcement this evening, we are sending this email to confirm that Garboldisham Church Primary Academy will not be open tomorrow (Tuesday 5th January).

We shall look to set up the remote learning planning and resources via Class Dojo but please bear with us all as we work to get this in place. Tuesday’s learning will focus on Maths and English and then by Wednesday we shall have the full plans in place.

If you qualified as a Key Worker last time and your situation remains unchanged please email Mrs Green if you require a place for tomorrow (Tuesday 5th).

If your situation has changed since last time and you think you qualify as a Key Worker under the criteria laid out by the government (which was updated on 30th December – www.gov.uk) or your child is classed as vulnerable – see below, and you will require a place during lockdown, please email Mrs Green.

We shall need to check that you meet the criteria and be provided with proof ahead of confirming if a place is available as we shall need to set up staffing numbers and cover arrangements. We shall be in contact with you individually.

Vulnerable children and young people

Vulnerable children and young people include those who:

  • are assessed as being in need under section 17 of the Children Act 1989, including children and young people who have a child in need plan, a child protection plan or who are a looked-after child
  • have an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • have been identified as otherwise vulnerable by educational providers or local authorities (including children’s social care services), and who could therefore benefit from continued full-time attendance, this might include:
    • adopted children or children on a special guardianship order
    • others at the provider and local authority’s discretion including pupils and students who need to attend to receive support or manage risks to their mental health

This change from today’s provision and yesterday’s communications has come late in the day to us all, so please be patient with us all as we seek to put the necessary plans in place.

Kind regards,

Mrs J Humphrey
Interim Headteacher
Garboldisham Church Primary School
01953 681327

Years 3, 4 and 5 Swimming Lessons

Dear Parents and Carers of pupils in Years 3, 4 and 5

Due to the current situation of Norfolk being under Tier 4 restrictions, swimming lessons at Diss Swim and Leisure Centre will not be taking place during this half term.  We will review this at February Half Term.

If you require any further information please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards and Happy New Year

Jo

Return to school – Monday 4th January 2021

Dear Parents and Carers, 

I apologise for sending a second email over the weekend and for waiting until the end of Sunday. 

Since yesterday’s communication with you all, you will be aware that there has been continued debate within the LA, the MAT, the teaching unions, DfE and government about the right course of action for schools in Tier 4. 

I attended an LA zoom meeting this morning and received an update from St Benet’s just after lunch. Since then I have been in communication with the 4 teachers about their intentions. 

As such, I can confirm that as per yesterday’s email, we shall be open as a school tomorrow with all staff on site delivering learning as normal. We are likely to review breakfast and after school club provision and will update you tomorrow with any changes. 

I am aware from a number of emails that have been forwarded through the office to me, that some parents are anxious about sending their child to school, others have already said they are unlikely to send their children in. What I am still unsure about are the expectations placed on the school where parents elect to keep children away. 

In the September DfE guidance we were instructed to insist that all children returned and we were obliged to only provide home learning for children who were required to isolate. This is something we have been doing as some of you will be aware. 

The register codes were amended to reflect this with an X code used for isolation or Covid symptomatic children. there has been no updated guidance (yet) from the DfE for January. 

If you decide that your child/ren will not attend tomorrow or for a period of time, we ask that you inform the office of this decision.

I am also unsure at this stage, what the remote learning expectations are. With teachers working their normal days in front of a class, they will be less able to provide home learning with ongoing communication and support through the day as they did during the first lockdown in March and April. Our remote learning plan which was written in September, outlines hybrid models for the few children at a time we expected to see in isolation. If by tomorrow, the number of children remaining at home is substantial, we shall need to review our offer. I shall suggest to the teachers that tomorrow, once we have a firmer idea of the numbers attending in person and those remaining at home, we shall review the plans and procedures for providing remote learning. 

After getting off to such a great start last term, feeling that children were just starting to gain momentum in their learning and adapting to the new approaches such as Talk for Writing and mastery Maths, I am desperate that no child will be affected by not attending school. However, we shall need to ensure that what we deliver is managed with the same standards as we expect in school. 

It has been made very clear to all headteachers that final decisions need to be made at school level as each school will have different staffing levels. Decisions made on one day will need constant review and may potentially change with little notice. With this in mind, the actions taken by each school cannot be compared to any other – all schools are in very different contexts.  I attach a letter from Mr Cranmer the CEO of St Benet’s MAT. In this, he says that the MAT will back whatever decision each school decides to take.

I would be happy to speak with any parent tomorrow during the school day, via the telephone should you wish to contact me. 

Kind regards, 
Mrs Julia Humphrey
Interim Headteacher