FRIDAY JULY 3rd 2020
This week’s updates are:
September return to school for all pupils
On Thursday, the Government released their guidance for the full re-opening of schools in September. Within the documentation, it is made explicitly clear that the Government expectation is for all pupils to return to school and that school attendance will be mandatory from the beginning of the autumn term.
The DfE have published additional guidance for parents and carers, which may well answer any initial questions which you may have. This guidance can be found by accessing the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak
The entire community will be able to refer to a revised Northam Schools’ Federation Covid-19 risk assessment, which will be made available on the school websites before the start of the new school year. It may be of interest to note that by visiting the ‘coronavirus update’ tab on either school website the current Covid-19 risk assessment can be viewed.
For those parents whose children have not been attending school at all since March, there may well be further questions relating to the safe return to school for your child in September. Needless to say, if this is the case then please do not hesitate to contact either of the school offices with your queries.
Northam Library: The 2020 Summer Reading Challenge
The Summer Reading Challenge, presented by The Reading Agency and funded by Arts Council England, encourages children aged 4 to 11 to engage within a reading challenge over the 6 week summer break. The 2020 Challenge celebrates funny books, happiness and laughter and will be led by the Silly Squad! The many games, quizzes and digital and downloadable activities are free and designed to encourage children to read. In order to access these free resources and to register for the 2020 Reading Challenge, then visit the following link https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/ .
If you unable to access these online resources and wish to take part within the Reading Challenge, then please contact the School Office. We have been asked to signpost you to the Northam Library Facebook page as it will be hosting lots of 'Silly Squad' digital events throughout the summer.
Transition Packs and Reports
The children will be receiving their transition packs next week, which are designed to help facilitate a positive start to the new school year. On an additional note, the end of year reports will also be distributed next week.
Enjoy your week-end,
Mr. Jim Williams