As winter seems to have lay claim to our country side this week, it looks like we are going to be able to enjoy some lovely walks in our countryside. We have another couple of weeks in lockdown. I am hopeful that as we head towards Christmas we can mix with our friends and family but for now we all must adhere to the guidance. I have written a newsletter this week which outlines all of our Christmas celebrations that we are able to continue with in school. This is on our website and on Parent Apps.
We have had a blustery week but it didn’t stop us going on Welly Walk. It was slightly hair raising in the meadow but we still managed to have lots of fun. The children loved running around and seeing the cows!
Thank you once again for everyone who has so kindly donated show boxes for Teams4u. Even in these challenging times the Clearwell community pull together to help out others in need. You are so supportive.
As we are heading our way through our second week of Lockdown, we are trying to keep things as normal in school as we possibly can. We have continued with learning, Remembrance commemorations, outdoor activities and Children in Need. I am always proud of the children at our school but none more so than on Wednesday of this week when all of them paid their respects to those who gave their lives so that we could live ours in the way that we know. Oak class watched a commemorative video on CBBC. The children then went off and of their own accord painted poppies, my heart melted. Willow participated in a service around the cross in the village. One of our Y5 children played the Last Post on her Tenor horn and a Y6 read a poem. We were joined by some of the neighbours who came out of their houses to pay their respects. The videos are on our YouTube channel.
This week in Welly walk we spent time discussing fire, listening to a fire (a cracklings candle!) and making fires in the garden. Year 3 created some fabulous pastel works of art of fire and wrote acrostic poems.
As Joe Wicks came to the end of his 24 hour PE session, we, along with lots of other primary schools, joined in for the last 25 minutes. Some of us found it harder than others! Thank you all for the donations for the charity, we raised £62, impressive when we only have 49 pupils in school. One mum even made biscuits for Oak class in Children in Need bags, so kind. Thank you. Oak class also spent the day preparing, cooking and then evaluating a range of different products.
What a first week back after half term! We have had an OFSTED visit, the announcement of National Lockdown 2.0 and ITV in to record years 3 and 4 learn about Equality and what it means. I spend over 3 hours with OFSTED telling them all about how we have coped and responded to COVID and the impact it has had on our school community, pupils and staff. We will receive a letter, which will be shared with you, but no judgement. The purpose of the visit was building up a national picture of the impact of COVID on education by interviewing 1200 Headteachers – we were one of these.
Despite National Lockdown we are still able to go on our wonderful Welly Walk. The sky was blue and when we were in the sun it was surprisingly warm. The children absolutely love these afternoons and learn and develop so many skills during this time. The photographs speak for themselves.
As part of our global awareness, Khady and Eleni (representing of the Local Equality Commission) came in to talk to Willow class what is meant by Equality, ensure the understanding of some key terms associated with this topic (equality, segregation, freedom, protest, boycott) and to have an opportunity to ask questions. Khady has been working a lot with both the BBC and ITV over recent months and ITV wanted to come in and record the girls first (probably of many) education sessions with a school. I was very impressed with the amount of information that the children have remembered from their education over recent months. I am very optimistic about the future of equality if your children are representative of the next generation. They made it very clear how they believe in equality and what they are going to do in order to make this happen. I am one very proud Headteacher.