It has been a half term like no other but I am pleased to say we have all come through unscathed. As an administrator on Seesaw I am able to access data about the number of interactions taking place between pupils and staff. We are currently running at around 40,000 for the term which gives you some indication of the levels of engagement from pupils with their learning. With the restrictions seemingly in place for some time to come everything that we have learned up to this point will stand us in good stead as we face the challenges ahead.
Finding creative solutions to these challenges has been one of the highlights of the term so far. This week we have seen the great success of our children in the Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire online games competition as well as the very first virtual Crescent music concert. We are currently working on the format of this and it will be with you all next week.
Last week we all shared in the VE day celebrations with competitions and special activities and today the children have enjoyed an afternoon of house challenges. Pupils and parents have found innovative and fun ways of interacting online and it has been great to receive group messages as well as individual ones from the children and the classes. From a teacher's point of view, it is lovely to see the children’s happy faces and to know that they are all well and not struggling too much with the unusual times that we live in.
As things stand, we are fully prepared for the return of Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 after the half term break, although of course we know things can still change and the government will be looking closely at the criteria they have in place over the coming days. I have written today to the parents in those year groups and I hope this gives all the detail that they require. For those children who are not returning at this stage, as I said in my assembly this morning, we have not forgotten you and our commitment to your home learning remains as strong as ever.
I expect many of your holiday plans for next week have been ditched and you will be instead planning some nice days at home and in the local area exercising with your children. This of course can be just as pleasurable as anything and it has begged the question in my own mind as to just how much we really need all of the holidays that we treat ourselves to. I do hope you all can enjoy some relaxation in the company of your nearest and dearest.
With my very best wishes