It has been an extremely busy and long term but we are really proud of the many activities we have been able to see the return of since the start of this school year and the children’s vast range of achievements. We have seen ‘excellence’ in many areas of school life – the children’s behaviour has improved at lunchtime; regular home reading has had an impact on children’s reading achievement in class, and children are building a good knowledge gained from their learning right across the curriculum. A wide range of interventions and tuition sessions, run before, during and at the end of the school day has meant that we have been able to work with groups of children to provide extra support in order to close gaps in missed learning.
The children have ‘enjoyed’ spending time with their partner class, taking part in competitions in school and with other schools as part of the Sefton School Games events, and learning more about how they can look after their mental health and wellbeing. They have also enjoyed taking part in a variety of extra-curricular activities – many run by members of staff who have given up their own time to ensure the children have had these opportunities. The children have welcomed a return to events that were once just considered ‘normal’ school life and we have been so pleased with their enthusiasm and behaviour. They have responded brilliantly to meeting together once again in assemblies and singing practices. The theme for the majority of our assemblies this term has been ‘Excellence and Enjoyment’ and we will continue with this theme next term.
Despite there being many highlights, this term has not been without its challenges. Without doubt, we are glad that under the new COVID-19 procedures, children are able to remain in school – they have benefitted from that immensely. We have been faced with the challenge of managing staff absences right across the school day and I want to say a huge thank you to our staff who have stepped in to cover classes and worked over lunch time to ensure there was appropriate cover available.
A huge thank you to all our staff who continue to go above and beyond for the children – I’m sure both children and staff are looking forward to the holiday!
Thank you too to all of you as parents who realise that these are still very difficult times for schools – we really have appreciated your support, understanding and encouragement. Those kind words really do mean a lot and make a difference!
I hope that you all have a safe, relaxing and happy holiday with your families.