Welcome to the last newsletter of the academic year. I don’t need to reiterate what a year it has been but I would like to say a final thank you. For all of us it has had its challenges, but the way we have worked together to support our children has been beyond anything I could have envisaged. Thank you for working with us, trusting us and supporting us every step of the way.
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Once again thank you for your incredible efforts to support the school in trying to widen our reopening to children in Years 2 - 5.
Yesterday, Heron Way and Kingslea received notification from Jeremy Quin that the DfE clarified their non-statutory guidance to him: they want schools to provide full time education for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 before any opportunity is given to schools to widen the offer further.
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On Tuesday, Gavin Williamson (the Education Secretary) announced that schools who have the capacity to bring back more children in smaller class sizes can do so before the summer holiday. Things did get a bit confusing on Wednesday evening when PM Johnson announced that there was no longer an intention to bring back primary pupils prior to the summer. However, we have confirmed arrangements with West Sussex and they are happy for us to have Year 2 to Year 5 back, with slightly different organisation for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 explained below, something that we are very much looking forward to.
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In the current climate, I thought I would write a shorter, more regular newsletter to keep you up-to-date. We are now into the second week of Reception , Year 1 and Year 6 returning to school and, so far, it couldn't have gone any better. The plans we had put in place are running smoothly, children have settled back into school life quickly and it’s lovely to see the learning, playing and socialising.
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Welcome to our June letter which is just a short update, and a very special welcome to parents from other schools who are reading this. I know our previous newsletter was widely shared around Horsham. It’s lovely that there was such interest in what Kingslea were doing and I understand that it is only natural, in the current circumstances, to compare what different schools are doing. However, please remember each school is unique, with different staffing structures, buildings and capacity, but all are doing their best for their community.
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So here we are, May 2020 and what a few months it’s been. A short reflection and then I look to the future and our plans for after half-term (as they stand at this point in time).
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Well here we are, in a place that none of us could have envisaged a few months ago. Thank you for the emails, photos and videos that you’ve been sending to the year group emails, including all the rainbows you have been creating and putting in your windows. We can see how well most of you are adapting to the new normal!
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Please find our closure letter. We will continue to communicate with you throughout this time. Thank you for your support.
PLEASE NOTE—THESE WORKSHOPS HAVE NOW BEEN CANCELLED
Thank you to those of you who have signed up for this term’s parent workshops and classroom visit which we are holding on Wednesday 18th March at 6.00pm and Friday 20th March at 9.15pm, dependent on government advice regarding Coronavirus.
The aim of the workshop is to share with you a couple of teaching techniques that teachers use to aid learning, known as modelling and scaffolding. These are techniques that I’m sure you already use at home when you are working with your child.
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Dear Parents/Carers, The relationship between home and school is crucial to ensuring that our children make use of every opportunity available to them and are successful at school. I believe that home school partnership is a true strength of Kingslea and would like to thank parents for working with us and supporting the staff and your child. Be it getting them to school everyday and on time, reading at home, building on learning we are doing at school or supporting our expectations regarding kindness to others and behaviour, by working together we can achieve so much. Having been the head teacher of Kingslea for the last 4 years, it makes me very proud that we have such strong partnership with parents/carers.
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