Silverhill School News

Letter regarding Picnic & Play sessions

Published on 10 July 2020

Good afternoon Silverhill, 

We are pleased to confirm that we intend to invite all children that have been working at home since the national Lockdown started in March into school for a 'Picnic & Play' session. 

There are many children obviously struggling with the lengthy period away from school and are missing their friends. I have been in communication with many parents over the last month who are concerned about their children's emotional well-being – so are we. We empathise with your scenarios and understand the pressures parents are under to spin plates as employers increase their expectations of staff as restrictions gradually begin to ease. However, our last opportunity to increase numbers was taken this week as we were finally able to move into Phase 2 and offer places to all key workers whom applied for a school place before 10.6.20, and invite the remaining 40 year 6 children into school to complete their Primary School experience before their transition to Secondary school. 

In order to keep the 'Picnic & Play' sessions as safe as possible we are only able to invite the children onto the site. The sessions will last for one hour, where we will hold a socially distanced picnic for both school learners and home learners to see each other but not 'mingle'. During the picnic the class teacher will have time to chat to their home learning group. The play element of the session will just involve the 'home learners' spending time together and this will be run by myself and Mr Burley. The school learners and class teacher will return to their class.  

At the end of the hour session, you will need to collect your child from the back gate. Please try to collect individually to reduce the amount of people gathering at the exit point. Please could all parents send your child with a small 'picnic' which they can eat on the school field. The weather forecast for the next two weeks looks dry so sitting on the grass should be manageable, but feel free to send a picnic blanket. 

Drop off and collection of the children must be punctual so we can manage the access to and movement around the site of all parents. Drop off at the back gate at 8.45am for Yr. 5 and 1.30pm for all other year groups. 

These are the dates and times for the Picnic & Play sessions 

Year 3 – Thursday 16th (1.30 - 2.45pm) 

Year 2 – Monday 20th (1.30 - 2.45pm) 

Year R – Tuesday 21st (1.30 - 2.45pm) 

Year 5 – Wednesday 22nd (8.45 - 10.00am) 

Year 1 – Wednesday 22nd (1.30 - 2.45pm) 

Year 4 – Thursday 23rd (1.30 - 2.45pm) 

Year 6 have their own schedule of transition and celebration events that will be communicated via Mrs. Mitchell. 

At this time of year our thoughts turn to September (Silverhill's 50th Anniversary year), and, with the announcement that all children will be able to return to school, we can now start making plans. The Autumn term will begin on Wednesday 2nd September with an INSET day with all pupils returning for their first day on Thursday 3rd September. There is no getting away from the fact that this last term has been a term like no other and we are well underway with our plans to address this during the Autumn term. For this reason we have taken the decision for children to return to their current teacher and classroom on the Thursday we come back, to ease some of the anxiety and stresses of not only starting a new school year but, for many, returning to school for the first time in six months.  

This first day will be an opportunity for the children to focus on celebrating their time together, share stories, remember their time in the previous year group and hopefully gain some closure on one chapter of their education before the next exciting chapter begins. During the afternoon session, the children will be introduced to their new teacher and will be able to spend some time getting to know them. Children will then return to their original classrooms ready for the end of the day. On Friday 4th September, children will then be able to go to their new classrooms with their new teacher for a day of fun and transition activities – the day we normally have towards the end of a school year. 

Reception classes will begin on Monday 7th September – parents will be informed and sent information regarding its organisation. 

School reports will be given out to the children at the end of the 'Picnic & Play' sessions. They will also receive a slip informing you which class they will be in for September. 

Many thanks for your continnued supoort, resilience and optimism.

Mr Gallagher & Mr Burley