Well done to all our pupils and parents at home who've navigated another week of home learning. There's some beautiful work being done and great activities completed which can be seen on the class blog pages. However, I'm aware that, for some of you, it is becoming more difficult to motivate yourselves to get the homelearning done and the situation is beginning to take its toll. Please remember that we are still here for you all, not just the children who are attending school. Please feel free to ring us for a chat and to share any concerns. The well-being blog (https://www.southtawton.co.uk/well-being) is also a great source of information and support.
Life at School
Meanwhile, at school, we continue to accommodate reduced numbers of pre-school, reception, years 1 and 6 and critical workers' children. We are very nearly at capacity with social distancing measures in place. Each child is a member of a bubble or group, with some groups already being completely full. If your child is already attending school, please use your school gateway accounts to book all the days you require them to attend. This will enable us to offer any available spaces to those children who would now like to return.
Many of the groups at school this week took part in an online well-being assembly lead by the Duchess of Cambridge. You can find out more information, see some pictures and watch the assembly yourself by clicking the link below.
I'm receiving frequent enquiries from parents about whether it is possible to change reading books. I'm afraid that, due to the risk of cross contamination, we are not currently able to do this. However, we are revisiting our procedures and considering a system for quarantining returned books. In the meantime, many sites have made their ebooks freely available during school closures. There are many available lists of where to find free ebooks such as this site: https://www.sla.org.uk/school-closure-resources-books-and-reading
In the weekly newsletters, I also give details of resources gathered by the school library service.
Hollie Year 5
As part of her home-learning, Hollie has written this amazing poem about Coronavirus that really sums up how many of you must be feeling.
Hollie has also written a letter to the NHS and received a lovely reply.
Well done, Hollie.
Letter to parents from Dawn Stabb
Dawn Stabb who is the Head of Education and Learning at Devon County Council has asked me to share this letter with all families.
Click here for letter.
Please click here for this week's collection of free resources gathered by the library service.