We hope you are well and adjusting to the new routines. Our staff are working hard to ensure that children receive their logins for Google Classroom as quickly as possible, so that children can access their learning remotely and interactively. Our Trust is also being proactive to issue devices for children in families eligible for Pupil Premium in order to support remote learning. Eligible children in Years 5 and 6 have already been issued with Chromebooks, with additional devices for those pupils in Yr-Y4 being followed up today.
Dear Parent / Carer,
We wrote to you yesterday about delaying the start of term until Thursday.
I am sorry to be writing to you again so soon on this subject. However, as you may have seen, the Prime Minister has last evening announced a new national lockdown because of rising infection rates of Covid-19 and to try to prevent the further spread of the virus.
As part of this, all primary schools, secondary schools and colleges in England, including our school, Chagford Church of England Primary, are to be closed from today until at least the end of half term in February, except for children of key workers or vulnerable children. Nurseries are able to remain open.
If you or your partner is a key worker, or if your child is classed as vulnerable, then the school will remain open, as now, and we look forward to seeing them in school today and beyond as normal for teaching and learning. If you are a critical worker and have not completed the survey issued yesterday evening, please let us know.
As you know, we have worked incredibly hard since the start of the pandemic in March to keep our school as safe as possible, and I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of some of the safety measures in place at our school:
o Everyone is expected to remain in their allocated bubbles
o Students are encouraged to wash their hands regularly throughout the day
Please note we are trying to work with windows open in classrooms for ventilation. As the cold days have returned, and with the need for ventilation in mind, pupils may need a few more layers of clothing, such as sweatshirts, tights or leggings underneath skirts or plain fleeces without a hood or large brand logos. We would like the children to come in school uniform for their sessions and arrive at their usual time slots from last term. They will either need to bring a packed lunch or will be given a school packed lunch.
For all other pupils, our school is closed until at least the end of the February half-term. High-quality remote learning will be provided to make sure they continue to receive a consistent education. We know that this places pressure on you at a difficult time but your support in helping your child engage with the remote learning packs as much as possible is so important and we are very grateful for it. Teachers will be contacting you via class blogs and email with details of the learning for each day. There is a high expectation that all children will complete home learning tasks, attend live lessons and submit work back to teachers for feedback.
We will continue to stay in touch with you on this matter, and about your child’s education. However, if you have any questions, or if you require any support relating to these new arrangements, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
I would once again like to take this opportunity to thank you wholeheartedly for your understanding and ongoing support in helping us to manage this unprecedented situation. Please continue to take care and to stay safe.
Elizabeth Underwood and Tara Penny
Executive Headteacher Head of School
Here is a copy of this letter for download
Dear Parents and Carers,
We are back online! Hopefully you now all have access to Tapestry (Reception and Nursery) or Google Classroom (KS1 and KS2)
I am sorry this has taken so long! If you are having difficulty, please let us know and we will try our best to help you!
All the best,
Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope that you and your family had an enjoyable Christmas, notwithstanding the Covid-19 restrictions that we are all living with.
As you know, we have worked incredibly hard since the start of the pandemic in March to keep our schools as safe as possible, and that work has continued over the Christmas holiday period. I would like to thank our incredible staff for their commitment and professionalism, which has seen many working over the holidays.
My letter today includes important information relating to your child’s return to school this term.
Due to the current coronavirus conditions, we have taken the decision to delay the full return of all pupils to school until Thursday 7th January.
As you may be aware from recent news, guidance for schools has been rapidly and frequently changing over the past couple of weeks. Delaying our full return will allow us additional time to ensure our risk assessments and health and safety measures are comprehensive and up-to-date, in line with all of the latest guidance from Public Health England and the Department for Education. The situation is fast-moving, and if there are any further changes to our full opening plans or dates, we will keep you informed. Indeed, there are set to be further announcements by the Prime Minister at 8pm this evening, which may further affect our plans.
For Tuesday 5th January and Wednesday 6th January, most pupils will have remote learning. However, we will have on-site provision available for pupils classed as vulnerable and for the children of key workers.
This means that:
Vulnerable children are those who:
Key workers are those who work in:
Please complete the survey below if you are a critical worker. Please email me directly if you are in the vulnerable category and wish your child to be in school. I am very sorry for the short notice, but if you can do this today that would be incredibly helpful.
As before, a great deal of planning and risk assessment has gone into ensuring that our school continues to be as safe as possible for pupils and staff, in line with latest Government and Public Health England guidance. We will continue to take decisions in the best interests of our pupils and staff, working with you and keeping you informed every step of the way.
We will be in touch tomorrow as to how to access remote learning. We are moving towards all KS1 and KS2 children having access to Google Classrooms, but we have had some technical hitches today.
In the meantime, thank you for your continued support and understanding as we all deal with these challenges together. Please do continue to take care and stay safe.
Tara Penny Elizabeth Underwood
Head of School Executive Head
Fill | Survey of Chagford CE Primary School Critical Workers: January 2021
If you are a critical worker please complete this questionnaire, having read the accompanying letter to parents regarding the move to blended learning on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th January 2021. This will help us plan for school-based education of critical workers' children over the next 2 days. All other children will have access to blended learning in accordance with our Three Hares Remote Education Plan. Thank you.
4th January 2021
Dear Chagford Families,
I am sorry to be writing to you again so soon on this subject. However, as you may have seen, the Prime Minister has announced a new national lockdown because of rising infection rates of Covid-19 and to try to prevent the further spread of the virus.
Dear Chagford Families,
Please can all parents access Parent Sims and check their details. If you have changed phone number or address or there is an update in your child’s medical or dietary details, we need to know! Please also check consent for photos to be put on our website.
Our Creative Writing Club wrote this list of gifts for Santa.
Gifts for Santa this Christmas
A pair of warm wooly socks
A large notebook for writing the names of all the angelic children
Extra carrots and flying feed for the reindeer
A cream tea from Devon (cream before strawberry jam, of course)
A shed made of gingerbread for storing candy canes
A robot to do all the cleaning
A book about how amazing he is
A button to turn off the sun to make the night longer on Christmas Eve
A fun festive day off with his family
A comfy bed to rest in.
What would you add to this list?
5th January – 1st April 2021
Tuna pasta bake or cheesy pasta bake – with garlic bread & sliced green beans
Jacket potato with tuna & salad
Sausage casserole or vegetable casserole – with mashed potato & cabbage
Jacket potato with baked beans & salad
Traybake or cake & custard
Roast chicken or quorn fillet- with roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables
Jacket potato with cheese & salad
Cheese & tomato pizza – with potato wedges & salad
Egg sandwich with salad & oven baked crisps
Rice pudding & fruit compote
Fish or veggie sausage – with diced potatoes & peas
Jacket potato with coronation chicken & salad
We have a beautiful Nativity at school made by the very talented Mr Underwood.