Headteacher's Newsletters


22nd October 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

We have come to the end of our first half term of the academic year and we would like to congratulate all our children, staff and parents for doing their Personal Best!

Creative Curriculum

Even though we are quite restricted in having to remain in our bubbles within school and our year groups when outside, we have still managed to provide interesting and stimulating experiences for the children to enjoy such as the Rockman and Amazing Animals visits in Year 1 and 3 and launching water rockets and exploring AR 3D eyeballs in year 5 and 6!

Our aim has been to make learning creative and fun for the children. In addition, we have been finding out where our children are in terms of their learning so that from next half term we can start implementing some of our targeted support where it is needed.

Ceiling Update

As you all know, we have had our challenges this half term, not least responding to the problems regarding our Nursery ceiling, but we would like once again to pay tribute to our fantastic team of teachers, teaching assistants, office, kitchen and site staff. Nothing has been too much for them in trying to ensure our children are happy and well settled back in school. Our Early Years and Key Stage 1 staff have been working very hard to ensure that everyone is able to continue with their learning at home. In fact, we have practised our procedures in the eventuality that we should have to go into year group remote learning due to coronavirus. So thank you to our staff for responding so well to this situation, coming in at the weekend to make this happen and for initiating our remote live teaching.

We have a large team of people in school over half term making good the ceilings across Early Years and Key Stage 1 so we are expecting to be open for all children from Tuesday 3rd November.

Remote Learning Contingency Plan

Attached to this newsletter is our Remote Learning Contingency plan, should we need it. This outlines what our offer will be should any class or year group have to be isolated at home.

Personal Social and Health Education

As a school, we have always placed huge importance on your child as an individual growing and learning within a community; our core values of respect, resilience and relationships echo this. This has not changed.

There are two improvements within our curriculum that I wished to highlight. These improvements will not be immediate and you will be, as always, kept fully up to date with your child’s learning in school.

Mind Up

As a school, we are committed to ensuring that your child has every tool necessary to being a success in the world they are in. Challenges change and we want every member of our school community to feel supported in times of stress and anxiety. We have made the decision to adopt the Mind Up approach to teaching your child how to face the challenges of the 21st century with optimism, resilience and compassion. Mind Up is a comprehensive curriculum, based entirely on scientific research into the human brain, designed to explicitly help children develop the mental fitness necessary to thrive in school and throughout their lives. After half term, I will be sending out to every parent and carer information about Mind Up and how we are adapting to continue to meet the needs of a changing world. It is going to be an amazing addition to our school.

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

The majority of the PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) curriculum has now been given statutory status in primary schools. In practice, this will not signal dramatic changes in what and how we teach your children at Lingfield Primary School. We will continue to ensure that your child is given the knowledge and tools to make positive choices in life. Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) fall within the PSHE curriculum and the science curriculum. I am very aware that parents wish to know what we are teaching their children and exactly how we deliver the lessons. After half term, I will be sending out detailed information on the RSE curriculum and give parents the opportunity to ask questions and discuss this. Traditionally, we held parental meetings which we can no longer do due to social distancing regulations. Instead, I will record a video with all the relevant materials on show and talk you through what we teach, how we teach it and when we teach it to your children. The impact of the school closure last year means we will need to “catch up” certain year groups who were due to have lessons in the summer term. Again, this will be fully explained in the video. If the video does not answer a question or concern you may have, I will provide you with an opportunity to do this. It is vital that parents are given this opportunity.

Many thanks,

Andrew Winter
PSHE Leader

Have a lovely holiday everyone. We hope you are happy and healthy.

Best wishes

Julia Tappin & Cassie Puplett



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