Dear parents and carers,
It is getting colder and the hats, scarves and gloves are being dug out from the back of wardrobes or from bags under the bed. It is winter
days like these that are perfect for a family walk through the countryside, spotting the seasonal changes and enjoying the fresh air. Walking
also does wonders for mental health, which is especially important during stressful times such as these.
We are looking forward to welcoming back Ainslie Class and Lambert Class on Monday 30th November after their period of self-isolation.
Once again, we would like to thank parents for your understanding in this situation, and for supporting your children’s home learning. I hear
that they have been having a great time with the activities that have been provided by Mrs Cousins and Mrs Aram! I have been hearing
about scavenger hunts, hedgehog houses, and boat building, as well as Read Write Inc lessons and Maths investigations. I also know that the
children have enjoyed taking part in their daily Zoom calls with their teachers, and being able to see their friends. I certainly enjoyed taking
part in both class’s Zoom sessions on Thursday, during which Mr Goldsmith led two fun PE sessions. The children and staff (and some
parents!) joined in with gusto—it was also quite amusing to see Iron Man and a unicorn taking part… I enjoyed reading a story to Lambert
class who showed some really good listening and comprehension skills.
The countdown to Christmas is beginning, and the children are already starting to get excited! We have special Covid-friendly plans for our
Nativity play this year (further details to follow) and the children can start to bring in Christmas cards for their friends, if they wish.
Please only bring them in on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and put them in the Christmas letter box in school, where they will be left
to quarantine for a few days before being handed out. Please ensure that the recipient’s class, as well as their name, is written on the
envelope to ensure it is handed to the correct person.
The period of Advent starts on Sunday, and as part of our learning about Generosity and Compassion we will be taking part in a Reverse
Advent Calendar in which the children will learn about giving as well as receiving. We will be collecting in food items each day to send to
the Isle of Wight Zoo to help provide food for the animals—please see the separate letter for further information. We thank you in advance
for taking part in this.
Thank you and have a lovely weekend, Mrs Lennon and the Brighstone Team