I hope you and all your loved ones continue to be safe and well.
Just a gentle reminder that if you have not booked your after school transition appointment then please contact the school office to do so.
Both parents and your child can attend this appointment. If you have older or younger children and you can arrange for alternative childcare for this short period, it would be appreciated. However, I understand in the current climate that this may be difficult so your child’s siblings can attend but can I kindly ask that they remain with you throughout the appointment and do not play or walk around the school grounds.
This is an opportunity to say goodbye to your child’s class teacher and to meet their new teacher from September. The year 3 teachers from the junior school will be able to join us for the year 2 meetings. We will be giving your children’s books to take home as well as their report. Please can you take this opportunity to return any reading or story books you have at home. Thank you.
We have undertaken the same transition information gathering we would normally do, albeit in a slightly different way. Please be assured we have passed on all the same information to the junior schools and gathered the information from preschools for our new Year R entrants.
We are planning for school, as announced by the government, to reopen to all year groups after the summer holiday. However, this has been a constantly changing landscape and we are expecting further guidance on this, in the next 2 weeks. It is not clear what this will include but as soon as I know more I will contact you with how this will affect our school.
Quite often updates and consequently further amendments and changes have come during the school holidays or at very short notice. If this does occur, we will be updating the school website under the latest news tab with any relevant information. So please continue to check the school website every so often to check if there are any new messages or information. We will also send this via Parent mail.
Due to the current circumstances and how this has impacted on children being able to access school and their learning, I have decided that for the first half term we will focus on reading, phonics/spelling, writing and Maths. We will also be undertaking some bespoke SMSC learning taking into account the children’s emotional wellbeing. We hope this will support your child on returning to school after a significant period of not being able to attend our educational setting. PE lessons will continue as normal.
I have taken this decision for the initial first half term as we need to focus on the basic skills curriculum and ensure that, with the rapid catch up plans we have written, this will enable the children to rapidly acquire the knowledge they will need to continue with their year R/1/2 learning for the rest of the academic year. There will be a rigorous assessment process throughout this half term which will enable us to pace the learning at the right level for all the children. For example, accelerating at a faster pace for those children who need it and a more repetitive pace for those children who may need more overlearning to embed the required skills and knowledge.
After half term we will resume our normal broad and balanced curriculum ensuring the children have a wide range of opportunities in all subjects.
We will only have two classes in year 1 from September. However, in the mornings, for the core subjects the children will continue to be taught in three groups so that we can continue to support them in smaller groups with their learning. There will be seven members of staff who will be working in year 1 so that we can continue to provide a high level of support for the children.
School will return on Monday 7th September for years 1 and 2.
Year R will start school on the following dates; Autumn born children Tuesday 15th September, Spring born children Wednesday 16th September and Thursday 17th September.
Year R will have a transition session after the summer holidays, the week beginning 7th September. You will be able to book this on your transition parents appointment with your child’s new class teacher during the last week of this term.
The school day – doors open at 8.50a.m. and registration is 9.00a.m. School finishes at 3.00p.m.
Breakfast and After school clubs
We are hoping that breakfast and after school clubs will resume at the beginning of the Autumn term. We are planning for this to be the case. There will be further details sent early next week via parent mail which will explain what you will need to do to book a place at this provision.
Learning at Home
New learning at home packs for the two weeks beginning the 29th June will be available on the school website or packs can be collected from outside of the school office. Mrs Johnson, the assistant head at Ludlow, has recorded initial teaching lessons for English and Maths for all year groups and these can be viewed from the school website. There are still phonics lessons being uploaded to the you tube channel three times a week.
If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at school.
Beverly Corbin- Head teacher