Monday 20 April 2020
We hope you are all well and have had a good Easter.
We are all disappointed that the government have announced another three weeks of lockdown as we are missing the children. Because of the continuation, the importance of home learning to our student’s education is becoming increasingly obvious. Every week, updated Home Learning can be found under ‘Children’, ‘Classroom News’ and then selecting the appropriate year group on the school website. Pupils in The Nest and Wings can complete the work set for their year groups. Class teachers would love to see some of the work that students have been doing to provide feedback and will gladly help any students with any difficulties.
Teachers can be contacted via upperschoolPJS@gmail.com for upper school and lowerschoolPJS@gmail.com for lower school. We think engaging with these resources is vital for learning and that, to avoid pupils’ falling behind in their education, we would like to see all pupils’ completing tasks and communicating with their teachers. Therefore, we are asking children to send one piece of work to their teacher weekly via email. If we do not receive any work, we will be in contact to see if there is anything we can do to help.
In addition, further learning can be found on BBC Bitesize, who are offering daily lessons tailored to different year groups. Furthermore, the government has recently launched an online learning platform, Oak Academy. The link to this website is https://www.thenational.academy/. This offers hour-long lessons that will complement the learning that we are uploading to the website. Further information is on the school website.
Lower School children can access Rising Stars online reading and they can practise their times tables on Times Tables Rockstars.
If anyone needs to contact the school, then we ask that they email on firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance, rather than phone because we cannot guarantee that we can answer phone calls but emails will always be collected.
In this time of great stress, it is important to celebrate the positive side of life. Rev. Rachel has a put together a video of the Pennington in Bloom at Easter campaign that St. Mark’s Church has been running, including daffodils made by pupils of PJS! https://en-gb.facebook.com/StMarksChurchPennington/videos/229513231600323/
We are busy organising the new Free School Meal Voucher scheme and if you qualify, we will be in contact soon. If you are not sure if you qualify, please contact us via email and we can respond to any queries.
This is such an unsettling and strange time for us all and many children will be anxious as a result. Young Minds have some advice to help parents to support their children in this difficult time. https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/supporting-your-child-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/
We hope that you enjoy doing the work and we look forward to hearing from you!
Take care and stay safe,
Mrs. Kirstie Richards