A fundamental belief of the school is that academic progress and pastoral well-being go hand-in-hand; happy children are much more likely to thrive and reach their potential.
During periods of lockdown and remote learning it is important to find ways to engage with the children emotionally as well as academically. We have ensured that all children have daily face-to-face time with their class teacher during live lessons (approximately three hours a day). Included in this provision, is a weekly live PSHEE lesson taken by the class teacher. These lessons are designed to explore the feelings, worries and concerns the children may be facing.
Our passion for outdoor learning (and benefits that brings to the children’s well-being) is not diminished by periods of remote learning. Outdoor Learning, PE and outdoor challenges are a central part of our remote learning offering. We believe it is important to allow children time away from screens to ensure they have balance in their lives. Wherever possible, physical exercise should be part of the children’s regular routine, whether in a remote learning environment or not.
In order to ensure the children feel connected to the school community we encourage participation in weekly whole school challenges such as cake making, Lego engineering and outdoor challenges. Weekly assemblies taken by the Head Teacher help to pull the community together and share good news, lockdown achievements and continue pastoral initiatives such as the Head Teacher Award and the ‘Gold Book’ that celebrate personal effort or community-minded actions.
Whilst we make every effort to ensure the children feel safe, happy and secure, problems do arise. All
normal lines of communication are available to our families as well as a new dedicated safeguarding email service that the safeguarding leads check on a daily basis. We have also moved the Message Book to an online Google document so parents have daily contact with staff, if required.
Safeguarding the children remains the priority of all staff in the school. During periods of remote learning the Safeguarding Leads are always available and there is always a Safeguarding Lead on-site during school hours.
Attendance in school is primarily for children of Key Workers. We do, however, offer places for vulnerable children, children in need and for families that may require short-term help in specific circumstances of a pastoral nature.