Jan 15

Message for pupils and Zoom catch up

Good morning Everyone, 

I hope you are all well and enjoying home learning. It is clear from the emails you are sending and google classrooms, that you are all working really hard.  This is a different type of learning and I am really proud of how you are all adapting.

I would really like to hear how you are all getting on and what you are all doing. We are going to have a Zoom meeting for all year groups starting next week.  These meetings will be every week during this lockdown for those children working at home. 

The meetings will be hosted on Zoom, be password protected and fully compliant with GDPR regulations. The meeting details will be password protected on the website and the passwords text to parents. I will be hosting the meeting and if ever I am not available, it will be Mr Ford.

Wednesday

  • 1pm – 1:30pm – Year 6
  • 1:30pm – 2pm – Year 5
  • 2pm – 2:30pm – Year 4
  • 2:30pm – 3pm – Year 3

Friday

  • 1pm – 1:30pm – Year 2
  • 1:30pm – 2pm – Year 1
  • 2pm – 2:30pm – Reception and Nursery

Have a great weekend, the meeting details will follow and it will be great to see everyone.

Mr Woodward

Jan 14

Possible Nursery Opening

The government guidance regarding nurseries in a primary setting have changed a number of times. We have seven keyworker and vulnerable children bubbles in school, which include nursery children.

This is a survey to see if you would send your child(ren) into nursery if we were able to open fully. We have a list of the hours you normally do or were planning to do but please could you fill this in again.

We will contact all parents if nursery is able to open.

Nursery Survey

Take care of yourselves

Mr Woodward

Jan 13

Request for second hand laptops

Good evening, 

If anyone has or knows anyone who has an unused laptop and you are willing to donate them to our school, please drop them off at school or email me at cwoodward@st-james.derbyshire.sch.uk. The hard drives will be wiped, the laptops cleaned up and given to families to use at home to support learning or used in school. 

Thank you all for supporting our school community.

Have a good evening.

Mr Woodward

Jan 13

Parent request for additional devices

Dear Parents and Carers, 

We know that not everyone has a device or enough devices to support google classrooms and home learning. We are going to access as many of the local charities as possible and request second hand laptops from our school community. They will be wiped and cleaned up. We can’t make any promises but if you would benefit from a laptop or tablet, please fill out the form below. This information is confidential and shall not be shared.

Mr Woodward

Devices survey

Jan 12

Home Learning Expectations

Good afternoon, 

I hope you are all well. 

Good afternoon, 

I hope you are all well. 

Everyone’s circumstances are different and many people are working from home and supporting their children’s learning. The vast majority of pupils have logged onto google classrooms and everyone is working hard. We have provided a lot of work per day and we are working on the most effective way of presenting this. If pupils want to complete all work, that is fine but adding additional pressure during this already difficult time, is the last thing we want. Government advice is to aim to complete between 3 – 4 hours of schooling a day and we would recommend splitting this into short block of 20 – 30 minutes. We appreciate this is challenging for many families and if you need anything, please don’t hesitate to contact school. 

Take care and have a good afternoon.

Mr Woodward

Take care and have a good afternoon.

Mr Woodward

Jan 09

Update 09/01/2021

Good afternoon, 

I won’t make a habit of weekend updates but I wanted to thank the whole school community for all your support and patience this week. I suspect the word ‘normal’ will need some redefinition but whatever the definition, this hasn’t been a normal week.

All the staff have been working tirelessly to minimise the impact of this third lockdown on our families and learning. Please see the link below for more information about home learning. 

Parents Remote Learning

I would like to thank everyone again for their support and a special thank you to those who have been so positive on social media, it means a lot to us all. 

Have a great weekend and take care of yourselves. 

Take care

Mr Woodward

Jan 08

IMPORTANT SCHOOL CLOSURE Friday 08/01/2021

School will be closed on Friday 08/01/2021

Due to the forecast of heavier snow all day and some staff can’t safely travel, school will be closed today. I am sorry for the inconvenience. Mr Woodward.

Jan 06

Update 06/01/2021

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Jan 04

Update 04/01/2021 and Key worker survey

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Jan 04

Forget-me-nots – WOW Day

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