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Friday 15th may 2020

Like many schools the process of planning to meet  recommended government guidance during the COVID-19 outbreak, while seeking clarification on the details, has required a considerable adjustment of school systems and expectations which the school Management Team continue to keep abreast of. Thank you to parents with children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, for completing the ‘attendance’ survey which has helped inform our planning of how we might manage a ‘phased’ return, beginning with children in these year groups.  Subsequently, following further government guidance we are now planning to accommodate the ‘full time’ return of some, preferably all,  of our Year R, 1 and 6 classes; endeavouring to achieve this, soon after half-term, if possible and with government consent.    As part of our school ‘return plan’, initially, we still currently intend to provide some ‘home learning’ provision for most other children working from home when the first cohorts return.  

Thursday 7th May 2020

We all need a little help from time to time and I am pleased to announce that Haslingfield School in collaboration with Haslingfield Support Team have set up a Food Cupboard!  The cupboard is situated next to the kitchen window in the school car park and is for ‘anyone’ who may need a bit of additional help with essential shopping during these difficult times.  We hope that people who temporarily require this kind of support will make good use of this facility; while others may find they wish to drop items, excess to requirements, either under the table or in the cupboard.  Haslingfield Support Team, with the school, have also looked at several other family initiatives; it is wonderful how the whole community has responded with compassion, generosity and sensitivity.  Along with Haslingfield Support Group I would like to thank Haslingfield United Charities and the Parish Council.

Friday 1st May 2020

The teachers at Haslingfield School have been considering the best way they can provide children with a themed context to some of the work they are providing for the children; this can help children develop an interest and commitment towards the tasks they are provided with.  Staff are continuing to work during lockdown, mostly from their own homes – perhaps, like yourselves, many managing the challenge of supporting their own families while providing a high standard of support to others.  I have so much respect for them and high regard for the personal commitment they continue to make; ensuring that children come first, often before their personal needs, making a priority of every child’s well being.   I hope you are all well and managing to access the support you need: Some support material and contact numbers are available on our website should they be needed.

Friday 24th April 2020

Haslingfield School has continued to evaluate and promote information that parents and children may find useful when considering how to promote mental health and wellbeing in families: several emails have been sent out regarding these issues.  Information that supports safeguarding around online learning has also been sent to you; which is particularly relevant when many children currently have regular access to online devices.  This week the issue of child exercise has been discussed among schools; the weather we are having lately certainly lends its self well to children having fresh air and sunshine.  Staff from Haslingfield School have put together a special ‘thinking of you’ presentation which should be heading your way soon; many thanks to Miss Peck and Miss Houghton for coordinating this thoughtful and heartfelt message.

Friday 17th April 2020

I hope our families have all found or experienced something positive during their time spent together over Easter.   The impact of the lockdown on children is one hard to measure but the care, love and support Haslingfield parents provide their children continues to be outstanding and I expect our children will overcome the challenges ahead!   While staff work to provide continuity and learning opportunities,  for their wellbeing and continued development; staff also recognise their role in working with families in partnership.  This is something we prioritise and value as it is part of our approach to helping children as individuals – it goes to the heart of what our school stands for.  During lockdown, while you are  prioritising the wellbeing of your families immediate and future needs; staff are there for you as well - purposefully seeking ways to help you overcome the difficulties you face as parents.  If you wish to agree individual work expectations for your child that best meets your ‘family’s’ needs, your child’s class teacher will be happy to discuss this with you.

Communications with your child’s class teacher during lockdown should be sent via email to the class account.

Mr McLeod

Wednesday 1st April 2020

I want to thank all of our parents for their incredibly positive approach to help their children continue with a learning routine from home. While these are early days for the school to establish its own planning for learning opportunities, assessment and technological based expectations the progress in school has been remarkable, evident in the overwhelming responses from children – supported wonderfully by parents!

For many of our families these are not easy times and the staff are working incredibly hard to provide the best support possible for you and your children.

A belief at Haslingfield School is that work should be matched to the child: if your child is finding the work challenging we would encourage you to intervene and break the task down into manageable pieces. Teachers are available via class e-mail’s to help you with this process if required.

During these challenging times, as we ‘stay inside’, you might find this link , of interest, designed to help children’s wellbeing.https://www.cambslearntogether.co.uk/home-learning/wellbeing

Friday 27th March 2020

I want to thank all of our parents for their incredibly positive approach to help their children continue with a learning routine from home. While these are early days for the school to establish its own planning for learning opportunities, assessment and technological based expectations the progress in school has been remarkable, evident in the overwhelming responses from children – supported wonderfully by parents!

For many of our families these are not easy times and the staff are working incredibly hard to provide the best support possible for you and your children.

A belief at Haslingfield School is that work should be matched to the child: if your child is finding the work challenging we would encourage you to intervene and break the task down into manageable pieces. Teachers are available via class e-mail’s to help you with this process if required.

During these challenging times, as we ‘stay inside’, you might find this link , of interest, designed to help children’s wellbeing.https://www.cambslearntogether.co.uk/home-learning/wellbeing

The  resources could be used to support the wellbeing of children and adults.

The school Thought Board provides opportunities for children to develop constructive opinions and debate; while the children are not currently able to post their ideas on the board you may still wish to explore their views – some children are particularly fond of this. Current Question: Should smiling become an Olympic event?

Mr McLeod