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Week of 30th March

'Having nearly completed the second week of our time with our key worker and vulnerable children (sometimes up to 27 a day), I wanted to write and tell you how amazing these children have been. They've come into school nearly every day, with an enthusiasm to try whatever activities we're doing- which has ranged from kite making, to bingo, to building a 3D city out of junk and cardboard, and endless table tennis games!  The older children have also completed a 1000 piece jigsaw together!

Likewise the staff  who have put themselves 'out there' every day to care for these children have been inspirational in their commitment to making sure these children have fun and are emotionally supported . It's been an emotional 2 weeks, I won't lie. We've shed many a tear once at home, quite overwhelmed by the situation- but plastered the smile back on every day to greet the children.

I hope whatever your circumstance, you manage to have some 'down time' and relax this Easter. I know for our very 'front line' workers, this may not be easy or possible, but we'll welcome your children back on the 20th, ready to do our part to support you again.'

Week of March 23rd

'Suffice to say it's been quite a surreal week after the announcements of the last two weeks. We're adapting here to life with much less children, we've had between 16-30 children in most days with a voluntary group of adults who've provided some great, fun,activities for them to do - we've painted, done jigsaws, played table tennis and dodgeball, climbed trees in the paddock, read poetry, done Joe Wick's PE - and now at the end of week '1' we're ready for the weekend.

We're looking forward to seeing the key workers children who will be in with us next week- but we  really miss the rest of you and hope you're all keeping safe and well. '

Week of March 9th blog:


'Another busy week here at CPA.  We have been working hard to impress on the children the need for regular hand washing and sanitising, and have limited times when larger groups of children would be together in a small space to keep them, and us, healthy.  Thank you all for your support with this. Year 6 have had their 'diversity' talks this week from Mel Lane, the lady who came into school a few weeks previous.  I continue to show prospective new staff around - it's amazing how many people want to work at our school!  We have also had a really interesting meeting with the NHS to see if there is scope for having an 'emotional/mental health nurse' on site to support our most vulnerable pupils.'

 Week of March 2nd blog:


"What a busy week we've had.  We have thrown ourselves into supporting World Book Day (expertly organised by Mrs Anders) with reading quizzes, book swaps, buddy reading with children from other year groups to name but  a few.  Children have really enjoyed these and hopefully it has reinforced for them just how wonderful it is to sit and read a great book!  In addition, we've had the Planetarium visit on Friday, every year group has got to go in and see and hear more about space from a scientific point of view.  (Thanks to Mr Broom and Mrs Galloway for organising this for us.)  We've had a football match against Wyke.  (Thanks again to Mr Broom for taking the boys.)  Some classes have also started to consider Fair Trade issues on the back of of our cake sale. 


Added to all this, we've had visiting teachers from other schools spend time with us to see how we do things, and I've been showing around some potential  new staff for September, due to two colleagues moving on at the end of the Summer term. A typical week at our busy school!"