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October 2020 Newsletter

Covid Update

 

Firstly, can I thank everyone for their continued efforts this half term: children, parents and staff have all made huge contributions to help minimise risk to our school community. Over half term and beyond, it is essential we continue to pull together and follow local and national guidance to help keep our school classes open wherever possible.

 

You will all be aware that over this half term we have had to isolate four classes due to positive Covid tests, other children have also had to isolate due to contact with a positive person. Well done to all those families who are juggling home learning and work or family commitments, we know this is not easy. For those of you personally affected by Covid, I wish you a very speedy recovery.

 

If your child receives a positive test for Covid over the half term holiday please email school at admin@regentfarm.newcastle.sch.uk I will be checking these daily during the half term break. Unless urgent all other parental enquiries will be dealt with after the holiday.

 

Some parents have asked me to inform them if another parent tests positive for Covid due to potential contact for example in the school yard. This is not within my role: I only identify close contacts of children, staff members or visitors to school. If you have a confirmed test for Covid and believe you have been in contact with a parent, either on the yard or out of school, you must identify them on your track and trace form. Wearing masks and socially distancing on the yard will help to minimise any risk to you.

 

Relax with Rhubarb

 

We have a new school rabbit who has joined the Regent Farm Family. He will regularly visit classrooms and help the children with their relaxation and mindfulness.

 

Parents’ Evening

 

The parents’ telephone appointments over the last two weeks have gone very well. If you missed your appointment for any reason, please contact the school office and we will try our best to organise another.

 

Twitter

 

Please don’t forget to follow us on Twitter. Teachers regularly post pictures of activities which are going on in school and it will help give you an insight into your child’s learning. @RegentFarmFirst

 

Middle School Applications

 

Year 4 parents – please do not forget to apply to middle school by 31st October at 12 noon. If you do not apply by this date your application will be considered late and you will not be guaranteed a place at your chosen school.

 

Spooky Disco

 

The children had a super time this week at their spooky discos. Each class had a separate disco and then enjoyed some spooky biscuits, my thanks to our school kitchen for creating 300 biscuits! The children in classes who are isolating were able to join in a live teams disco…a lot of fun was had by all!

 

Curriculum Events This Half Term

 

Since it has not been possible to have trips or as many clubs this term, we have tried to enrich the children’s learning experiences in many imaginative ways. I have summarised a few of these below:

• Early years have introduced talking tables and curiosity cubes to get our children wondering and asking questions.

• Children in reception harvested fruits and vegetables this week and turned them into some delicious foods.

• Our year 4 children had a wonderful hands on experience with some animals such as snakes, spiders and skinny pigs.

• Year 2 and 3 has a visit from Rock Pool School earlier this term linked to their topic on the oceans and being a ‘global warrior’.

• To bring our whole school topic based on the book Here We Are to an end the children had a visit today from an inflatable planetarium. This gave them a unique understanding of our place in the universe.

• The whole school took part in World Mental Health day learning how to relax and manage our emotions.

• All children in school have now had access to our wonderful new sensory garden which has been a huge hit with the children! Thank you again to everyone who helped with this project and donated plants.

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