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Friday, 26 June 2020

Hello all,

I know many of you have been asking for information regarding your child’s class teacher and arrangements for September.  Below are details of your child’s teacher and transition information.  The priority has been, where possible to ensure a consistency for the children.

Firstly we are saying “goodbye and good luck” to Miss Bush who is moving on to St Nicholas Primary from September.  We are also welcoming Miss Chloe Williams to Tenacres who is joining the teaching staff from September.

 

Reception

Hedgehogs (Mrs Poynton’s Class) will be having Mrs Dearden from September.

Squirrels (Miss Austin’s class) will be having Miss Williams from September.

Mrs Dearden and Miss Williams have already spent time in school meeting the children.  On Tuesday 30th June and Thursday 2nd July the Reception children will be spending the morning in their new Year 1 classrooms with their current teachers and their new teachers.  This will begin their transition process with further transition time happening over the last two weeks of the term.  I will update parents/carers of this nearer the time.

Year 1

Mrs Duffy and Mrs Hirst will move with their class and will remain their teachers in Year 2 – they will be Class 2DH.

Miss James will move with her class and will remain their teacher in Year 2 – they will be Class 2J.

On Tuesday 30th June and Thursday 2nd July the Year 1 children will be spending the morning in their new Year 2 classrooms with their teachers.

Year 2

Mrs Walters will move with her class and will remain their teacher in Year 3 – they will be Class 3W.

Mrs McEvilly will be the class teacher for 2B – the class will be 3M from September.

During the final two weeks teachers will organise some time in the Year 3 area for children to begin to get familiar with their new classrooms/areas.

Year 3

Miss Parkinson will move with her class and will remain their teacher in Year 4 – they will be Class 4P.

I am sorry to have to say Mrs McEvilly’s class have Mr Beacham again!! If he gets too cheeky I am relying on you, 4B to tell me.  I know this decision will be most welcomed by the children and parent/carers as Mr Beacham taught this class in both Years 1 and 2.

During the final two weeks teachers will organise some time in the Year 4 areas for children to begin to get familiar with their new classrooms.

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At the current time the Government are finalising plans for the curriculum.  At Tenacres we already fully acknowledge this will need to be revised to address the disrupted year the children have had. In addition, myself and the staff strongly feel in order to ensure a smooth transition to their new year groups this also has to be addressed. Every decision that has been made over the past few months has had to be right for Tenacres, children staff and families and this will remain so, as always a continuing priority.  I will update you all on this over the coming weeks.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me via [email protected] if needed.

With very best wishes

Miss Marshall

 

 

 

 

 

Class Photos

Thursday, 25 June 2020

Class Photos

 

It seems a very long time since the class photos were taken in March but we finally have the proofs!

Starting today and continuing over the coming weeks children will bring a proof home with them.  Years 2 and 3 –  this will be from the 6th July.  The important information is the deadline for ordering, which is the 17th July.  This means even if your child doesn’t bring the proof home until a few weeks time you aware when the deadline for ordering is.

Ordering has to be with PSP directly via their website and not through the school.  All information will come home with the proof.  Prices start from £10.00 to £20.00.

Photos will be delivered to school in early September.  I will arrange for the Year 4 photos to be delivered to their middle school unless they have a sibling at Tenacres.

If your child is not returning to Tenacres before the summer please phone the school office and we can email you a copy of the proof.

 

Best wishes

Miss Marshall

Leaver’s Picnic

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Leaver’s Picnic – Wednesday 15th July 1-3pm

 

Hello Year 4,

We have said all along that we would not let the end of your journey at Tenacres go by without celebrating this!  We would like to invite all of Year 4 to a very special afternoon on Wednesday the 15th July 1-3pm.

The special event will be a Leaver’s Picnic full of fun and some surprises!  I wonder if DJ Beacham will make an appearance??  We are very fortunate to be able to have all of you back as we have the outdoor space and should the weather not be appropriate we can hold an indoor picnic which means we can still keep to the measures in place due to social distancing etc.

We ask you to wear your best party clothes and for each of you to bring a picnic for you to eat during the afternoon.

We would ask your parents/carers to come back at 2.45pm as we may have a surprise for them also!

We are so looking forward to seeing you all once again.  Please let Mr Beacham know if you are coming along for the afternoon via [email protected]

See you all soon!

Miss Marshall x

New starters- Free School Meal Information

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

September 2020 new starters

If you think your child is entitled to receive Free School Meals (if you are in receipt of certain benefits) please visit www.worcestershire.gov.uk click on the Apply heading and select Free School Meals from the options. This website will provide you with information on the qualifying criteria and enable you to make a claim online.

If your claim is successful we will send you a £20 voucher towards the cost of logo’d items in our uniform range available from ColourSource – www.coloursource.co.uk.

For parents with siblings already eligible for Free School Meals there is no need to reapply. You will be sent a voucher in due course.

In light of the current situation and for the best chance of getting your ordered uniform for September, ColourSource are urging parents to place their orders as soon as possible.

Years 2 and 3

Monday, 22 June 2020

Following discussions we feel it is the right decision for Tenacres  that we invite our Years 2 and 3 children to return to us from Monday 6th July.  This will be in the same format as Reception, Years 1 and 4 currently.  We feel this is only fair and right that all children have had the opportunity to return to us before the summer break.

  1. Your child/ren, should you wish them to return, will be allocated either Mon/Tues or Thurs/Fri, dependent on alphabetical order, as the groups cannot mix. (Please see below)
  2. Wednesday a ‘deep clean’ between the groups will take place.
  3. The same adults are to be with the children i.e. your child’s Class Teacher and Teaching Assistant.
  4. Break times / lunchtimes will be staggered as groups should not mix.
  5. No items are to be brought in from home, apart from a lunchbox and drink.
  6. Social distancing will be encouraged, but this is extremely difficult to enforce with young children.
  7. Drop off and pick will be from the lower playground – please respect the social distancing rule.
  8.  Increased cleaning routines and stations will be in place in areas.
  9. A 2m distance will be maintained at all times at drop off, pick up and with school staff.  Any conversations with staff must be via a phone call.
  10. Children’s learning environments are still the same colourful, friendly environments and not, how at times the press have portrayed of simply a desk and chair.

If your child is clinically vulnerable, or living with somebody who is (e.g. somebody with COPD), they must not return to school and will continue home learning.  I am aware we have a few children that fall in to this category.  Teachers will continue to use SEESAW for children not returning to school and remain in contact with them.

Again, I want to reassure you that it is your parental choice if you wish your child to return.

Please see the  below for your child’s allocated days.  Confirm with your class teacher if you intend to send your child in for their allocated days – see email addresses below.

Class 2W  Monday/ Tuesday – children with surnames A to M.  Thursday/Friday children with surnames O to Z. [email protected] 

Class 2B  Monday/ Tuesday – children with surnames A to Ke.  Thursday/Friday children with surnames Ku to Z

[email protected]

Class 3P  Monday/ Tuesday – children with surnames A to Ki.  Thursday/Friday children with surnames Le to Z.

[email protected]

Class 3M  Monday/ Tuesday – children with surnames A to L.  Thursday/Friday children with surnames M to Z.

[email protected]

If you would like to contact myself please email [email protected]

Best wishes

Miss Marshall

Year 4 children returning

Monday, 15 June 2020

Hello all,

Thank you to those that have confirmed with Mr Beacham if you are intending to send your child back for their allocated 2 days per week from Monday 22nd January.  Please see the post on the school blog from 10th June  to see which days your child will be due in.  We have welcomed Year R and 1 back today and it is so lovely to have them back.

The learning environment is just the same and the only difference the children will notice is that the group is smaller than usual.  We have to keep to the Government’s directive of a maximum of 15 per group.  Children will need to bring a lunchbox, drink and if they wish a healthy snack for breaktime. Teachers will let you know if and when the children need to bring their PE kits in.  Please do not send anything else in from home such as bookbags etc.

Preferably Uniform is to be worn, however I am fully aware that at this time in the year clothing and footwear maybe getting a bit tight, so in these circumstances appropriate footwear and clothing to be worn.

The 3 gates leading on to the lower and upper playground will be open and each side signed ‘In’ and ‘Out’.  There are no additional markings as we feel everybody will respect the Government’s social distancing measures.

Mr Beacham’s class to enter the classroom from the upper playground and 4P as normal from the lower playground. School start time is as normal from 8.40am and doors closing at 9.00am to allow extra time.  Pick up is from 3.05pm, again as normal.

Please contact Mr Beacham to confirm if your child is returning at [email protected]

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me:[email protected]

Best wishes

Miss Marshall

Induction dates for our new Reception children-September 2020

Friday, 12 June 2020

Hello all,

Please find attached below a link for further information regarding the dates of important induction events for you and your child.  Mrs Poynton and Miss Austin our Reception teachers will be in contact with you over the coming weeks regarding all.  Please take a look at the dates as this will form part of their discussion with you.

Your child will be given a welcome pack also over the coming weeks delivered by the teachers – keeping to the social distancing measures of course!  This will be arranged when they phone you.  Included is a school bookbag from us.  When you begin ordering any uniform (information found on our website) there is no need to order a school bookbag.

Please contact me via [email protected] if any further information is needed.

Induction dates for parents 2020

 

Best wishes

Miss Marshall

Headteacher

Tenacres update

Wednesday, 10 June 2020

Firstly, I would like to thank our families (again) for their on-going support of Tenacres.

Following discussions with the Governing Body today we feel it is now the right decision for Tenacres that we invite our Reception and Year 1 children to return to us from Monday 15th June.  This in line with the Government’s directive for these Year Groups.

As stated in my last update:

  1. Your child/ren, should you wish them to return, will be allocated either Mon/Tues or Thurs/Fri, dependent on alphabetical order, as the groups cannot mix. (Please see below)
  2. Wednesday a ‘deep clean’ between the groups will take place.
  3. The same adults are to be with the children i.e. your child’s Class Teacher and Teaching Assistant.
  4. Break times / lunchtimes will be staggered as groups should not mix.
  5. No items are to be brought in from home, apart from a lunchbox and drink.
  6. Social distancing will be encouraged, but this is extremely difficult to enforce with young children.
  7. Drop off and pick up arrangements will be slightly different, (Please see below)
  8.  Increased cleaning routines and stations will be in place.
  9. A 2m distance will be maintained at all times at drop off, pick up and with school staff.  Any conversations with staff must be via a phone call.
  10. Children’s learning environments are still the same colourful, friendly environments and not, how at times the press have portrayed of simply a desk and chair!
  11. We would also like to inform our parent and carers that due to staffing capacity from next week we are unable to have any additional children.

If your child is clinically vulnerable, or living with somebody who is (e.g. somebody with COPD), they must not return to school and will continue home learning.  I am aware we have a few children that fall in to this category.  Teachers will continue to use SEESAW for children not returning to school and remain in contact with them.

Again, I want to reassure you that it is your parental choice if you wish your child to return.

 

Drop off and Pick up

Reception parents are only to use the top two gates by Reception. One gate will be ‘In Only’ and the other ‘Out Only’ – these will be signposted. Children can be dropped off from 8.40am to 9.00am.  At the end of the day children can be collected from 2.45 to 3.00pm.

Year 1:

The 3 gates leading on to the lower playground are to be used.  These will be signposted to help keep everybody to the ‘In’ and ‘Out’ sides.  Drop off from 8.40am to 9.00am and collection at normal time at 3.00-3.10pm.  Due to the extensive space on the lower playground this will enable all to maintain a 2m distance from one another.  1DH will enter from their usual entrance and 1J the Year 2 entrance (just to the left of their normal entrance off the playground)

The outdoor spaces have not had additional markings added as we feel you will ensure that social distancing will be adhered to.

Groupings:

Hedgehogs (Mrs Poynton)

Monday/Tuesday – if your child’s surname is A to L

Thursday/Friday – if your child’s surname is M to Z

Squirrels- Miss Austin

Monday/Tuesday – if your child’s surname is A to H

Thursday/Friday – if your child’s surname is J to Z

1J- Miss James

Monday/Tuesday – if your child’s surname is A to Ha

Thursday/Friday – if your child’s surname is Ho to Z

1DH-Mrs Duffy and Mrs Hirst

Monday/Tuesday (with Mrs Duffy) – if your child’s surname is A to H

Thursday/Friday (with Mrs Hirst)- if your child’s surname is J to Z

Please confirm if you are sending your child back on their allocated days by emailing [email protected] by 12.00 midday on Friday 12th June.  This is to organise all staffing arrangements.

 

Year 4:

Due to the children’s transition to Middle School we are planning to welcome back our Year 4 children from Monday 22nd June.  This will be in the same format as R and Year 1 and I will send a further update and details on Monday 15th June. 

4B:

Monday/Tuesday – if your child’s surname is A to G

Thursday/Friday  – if your child’s surname is H to Z

 

4P:

Monday/Tuesday (with Miss Longfils)– if your child’s surname is A to Li

Thursday/Friday  (with Miss Parkinson) – if your child’s surname is Ll to Z

 

Please confirm if you will be sending your child (yr 4) back via Mr Beacham: [email protected]. Please let him know by Thursday 18th June by 12.00 midday.

 

Regarding Years 2 and 3 there are currently no plans for their return.  Should this change over the coming weeks I will be in contact with you.  Please be reassured though that there are plans in place to ensure a smooth transition to Year 3/4 from September-more details to follow.

All parents/carers – please do not hesitate to contact me if needed via email [email protected]

Best wishes

Miss Marshall

 

 

 

 

Virtual School Games

Monday, 8 June 2020
Hi, everyone, hope you are all well. As we are unable to take part in any sporting events ‘The School Games’ have devised an exciting programme of virtual competitions running for the next 4 weeks. This uses sport to motivate and inspire children, to take part in friendly competitions. It creates an opportunity for them to represent their school and to feel part of a school team. Click on the links to carry out the activities and to submit your results. Feel free to email me any of your entries as well, I would love to see them [email protected]  Good luck everyone, Mrs Duffy
The Virtual School Games – The Challenges

Design a School Games Flag/Poster – Monday 1st June to Friday 26th June

Design a School Games Flag Poster

Worcestershire’s Got Talent Showcase – Monday 1st June – Friday 26th June

Target Challenge: Hit the Mark (Monday 8th June – Friday 12th June)
Throwing Challenge: Catch It (Monday 15th June – Friday 19th June)
Agility Challenge: Agility Running (Monday 22nd June – Friday 26th June)

Tenacres Update: 3rd June 2020

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Firstly, I would like to thank our families for their on-going support of Tenacres. It is extremely appreciated by myself, the staff and our Governing Body.  As previously stated, our priority is the safety of the whole school community.

Following a combination of further discussions today, analysis of the scientific information & advice regarding the reopening of schools and, more importantly, the feedback from our Reception and Year 1 parent/carers, it has been decided to review the decision to reopen for these Year Groups during the week beginning Monday 8th June. 

Tenacres will not currently be reopening until Monday 15th June, at the earliest.

This decision has been based on:  by this date, there should be clarity given to the safety of reopening schools by SAGE, the scientific advisory board. Currently SAGE and NEU (National Education Union) are advising schools that it would be a much safer option to reopen in two weeks’ time (from Monday 15th June). In addition, it will become clearer next week if a second peak of COVID will be occurring following the VE Day celebrations and the Bank Holiday.

We are also extremely mindful at the speed of the lockdown being eased and the potential impact this could have.  Daily infection rates are still extremely high. As mentioned above, the feedback I have had from parents particularly in R and 1 has been to express their concerns over the safety aspect and that they feel it would be safer to reopen in the timescale mentioned.

When / if school reopens on Monday 15th June to Reception and Year 1 children, parents need to be aware of the following:

  1. The Government have stipulated ‘bubbles’ are to be created of a maximum of 15 children.
  2. Your child/ren, should you wish them to return, will be allocated either Mon/Tues or Thurs/Fri, dependent on alphabetical order, as the groups cannot mix. Mid week a ‘deep clean’ between groups will take place.
  3. The same adults are to be with the children i.e. your child’s Class Teacher and Teaching Assistant.
  4. Break times / lunchtimes will be staggered.
  5. No ‘bubbles’ or groups of children will mix with other groups.
  6. No items are to be brought in from home, apart from a lunchbox and drink.
  7. Social distancing will be encouraged, but this is extremely difficult to enforce with young children as many of you have acknowledged to myself.
  8. Drop off and pick up arrangements will be different, with a one way system in operation. (More details to follow). Additional time will be given to drop off / pick up; again more information to follow.
  9. Increased cleaning routines and stations will be in place.
  10. A 2m distance will be maintained at all times at drop off, pick up and with school staff.  Any conversations with staff must be via a phone call.

If your child is clinically vulnerable, or living with somebody who is (e.g. somebody with COPD), they must not return to school and will continue home learning.  I am aware we have a few children that fall in to this category.

I want to reassure you that it is your parental choice if you wish your child to return.  You know what is best for your child’s health and well-being.  Worcestershire County Council will not be pursuing any child not in attendance for the remainder of this academic year.  It is your choice as parents/carers.

Teachers will continue to use SEESAW for any children (all Year Groups) not returning to school and remain in contact with them.

I will be in touch during the week beginning 8th June with further information.

Regarding our Year 4 children I wanted to firstly say a huge” hello” to you and to say myself and Mr Beacham are making many plans to celebrate your time with us.  We are hoping that you will be allowed to return to us before the summer holidays.  If not, do not worry as we promise we have something special lined up for you; more information will follow.

Finally something uplifting to finish on…….many of you may have seen the Redditch Standard about Edward in our Reception Year and his unbelievable act of kindness during the past weeks.  At a time when life has been surreal for all of us this is something I hope will make you smile and be proud to part of Tenacres.  Well done Edward we are very proud of you!

Please follow this link to see Edward’s amazing achievement:

https://redditchstandard.co.uk/news/villa-stars-special-message-to-fundraising-five-year-old-edward/

On behalf of myself, the staff and our Governors I send all our families our very best wishes.

Miss Marshall