Newtletter 26th November 2020

As we approach the end of this first term I wanted to update you on all that we have achieved since our return and share some of our plans for the year ahead. We have faced a storm beyond anything anyone could have imagined…together. The school and our community has been strengthened by our collective response. Kindness, patience and encouragement has kept us all going.

We hope that the news of Cheshire East being tier 2, the vaccines starting to be rolled out from next week and families being able to meet again for Christmas starts to see the slow return to some sense of ‘normality’ or a new normal at least! All the plans for 2021 I write with caution. You know by now I won’t take any actions without due consideration to the safety of the whole school community.We rise beyond this time because together…. we are Pear Tree!

 

Since September we have:

  • Returned all pupils and welcomed our amazing new reception class
  • Maintained COVID security on a daily basis
  • Returned a balanced budget on the previous year
  • Taught a broad and balanced curriculum with a regular review of all practises to support adaptations we have to make to ensure COVID security
  • Welcomed new staff to support both Pips and our clean team
  • Accelerated learning
  • Planned and consulted on new policies
  • Planned, consulted and trained all staff for a new contingency plan to ensure your child’s education can be maintained in the event of a lockdown for a class, bubble or whole school
  • Installed a new interactive high resolution whiteboard in Year 1 and improved the provision of laptops and i-pads across the school
  • Developed ideas and funding to build a covered shelter over part of the red class play area
  • Planned and begun an extensive catch-up programme with each class being allocated additional staff hours and tailored programmes throughout this academic year to help support our pupils to ‘Catch up, keep up and get ahead’
  • Maintained and developed our engagement with multiple outside agencies to support our special educational needs pupils
  • Engaged in extensive staff training in a wide range of topics including; emotional wellbeing, maths, reading, writing, science, curriculum development, safer recruitment, safeguarding and RE
  • Ensured all pupils were offered and given a fluenz vaccination
  • Delivered Zoom assemblies for the whole school via Zoom and Teams
  • Run a lot of virtual tours of our school for prospective parents
  • Ridden the storm that has hit our families and kept life inside our whole school bubble as ‘normal’ as we have possibly been able to

 

 

 

Next Year 2021

We look forward to a gradual move away from the immediate COVID situation and look forward to the gradual resumption of the many traditions that make Pear Tree the exciting school we want it to be.

In 2021 with your support we are aiming to:

  • Build a covered area over the Red class area
  • Develop our emotional wellbeing programmes across the school to continue the emotional wellbeing support we offer to your children
  • Continue our second year of the Maths Mastery programme involving all classes
  • Introduce a new relationships education programme across the school
  • Ensure by the summer term a full curriculum is reintroduced to all pupils
  • Keep delivering out catch up programme with a web of additional interventions and support for our pupils
  • Welcome teacher training and TA students back into school
  • Reopen our door to our parents and carers
  • Restart our Pips play group
  • Reunite our Pips club
  • Allow pupils to learn to play in larger groups once more
  • Go on school trips
  • Offer after school clubs once again
  • Hold assemblies, sports days
  • Take part in sports competitions
  • Run Pear Tree Pounds the Park
  • Have lunch together in the hall
  • Remove locks off the external gates, put away thermometers, remove masks and see each other’s smiles

 

  Tiredness

We all know this is ‘normally’ a very long term but this year it seems longer than ever! The children have been outstanding since their return and we have expected so much of them. We are beginning to notice that they, like us, are starting to show their weariness. Everyone shows signs of tiredness differently. Some children get teary, some are not able to contain their emotions as well as normal, so simply need more sleep. We are really used to this and whilst poor behaviour will never be tolerated we have to stretch to accommodate these emotions too. We are taking lots of brain breaks, doing yoga, emotional wellbeing sessions, breathing exercises as well as being outside as much as we can but please understand school hasn’t changed just little people’s ability at times to go with the flow occasionally and that is perfectly normal.

 

Ice cream

During the last week of term, we have a lovely afternoon ‘trip to a virtual panto’ planned for every class.  We would love to offer the children an interval ice cream just like we would have done if we had actually being at the theatre. Buttertons are happy to supply us with their wonderful pots but to give everyone one it will cost just over £300. If you would like ‘sponsor a class (£45) or your company would like to support our Panto treat, then we would love to hear from you.

 

PTA Santa Dash

Please visit the PTA outside the Community Hall to register and pay £3pp at drop off and pick up. Dust off your trainers and get ready to either run or walk 1k, 2.5K or 5K. Grab some tinsel, get the Santa and Elves costumes out, get dressed up and get running! Please send us your photo’s – we would love to see them. Email them to PTA@peartreeprimary.co.uk/ These will appear on the school Facebook page so only send them if you are happy for us to publish them.

 

 

 

Children in Need

 

We raised an amazing £393.83 – thank you for your support as always.

Christmas is coming! 

Next week all classes will start to practise for our Christmas Covid style performance. All the staff and children are looking forward to sharing this with you later in the term. An email was sent out regarding filming this last week please let us know by Friday if you DO NOT want your child to be filmed.

RSPCA

Each year at Christmas time, we like to collect for a local charity. This year the RSPCA at Stapeley Grange are in need of our support. Please can you send in donations of old sheets, hand towels, newspaper, cat or dog food. Collection buckets will be on each gate on Christmas Jumper Day - Friday 11th December (none uniform). If you'd like to buy a calendar, then Mrs Nixon has some available in the office at £5 per calendar (see attached). We know that Stapeley Grange will be truly grateful for our support during this difficult year.

Pips Film Night

This will take place on Thursday 17th December – The Christmas Chronicles 2. Look out for the letter with more information next week.

 

 

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