I'm sure that April has flown by for you, as it has for us! We are so glad to have all of the children back and are noticing that the children are getting back into the swing of being at school. Our daily focus on increased outdoor learning time and physical activities with Mr Artz, our newly appointed sports coach, and Mrs Tata, our resident PE teacher, are paying off; the children are regaining stamina and strength every day which makes them readier to learn.
I hope that you were able to watch our snapshot video last Friday; it is unsurprising that the children are thoroughly enjoying being with their friends and are once again rising to the challenges of learning. Our team is focussing on analysing which areas of the curriculum need revisiting, reteaching and which core knowledge and skills the children are confident in. Of great importance is a focus on phonics, mental maths, fluency in reading and writing as these underpin other areas of the curriculum; however, we are making time for other vital subjects such as Art, History, Music etc.
It is important to us that the children have time and space to play to boost their mental health and wellbeing and learn to work and play happily together. The changes that we have made to lunchtimes and breaktimes have made a huge difference to the children's happiness and enjoyment.
Although the historic significance of May is lost to many of us, it is known as a month of transition - hopefully to Spring and more normal times! The children are noticing that spring flowers are blooming, birds are chirping in our 'woods', and life is starting to seem a little more joyful day by day.
Having said this it is still very much everyone's priority to keep each other safe so that school can remain open.
Please do remember to keep your distance from one other and minimise the number of people who come to school. I am pleased to be able to tell you that almost every member of the Harrison team has received their first Covid-19 vaccination - we were fortunate to be able to take advantage of the Covid waste prevention scheme that enabled school teams to be vaccinated when unused slots became available. We anticipate that there may be further announcements regarding the removal of restrictions in June and will keep you informed.
And finally, we have some very exciting news - the photo below may provide a clue to probably one of the worst kept secrets at Harrison!
We would like to announce that Miss Krick, Year 2 class teacher, and Mr Gooding, Year 6 class teacher, are expecting their first baby at the end of July. I'm sure that this is a Harrison first - huge congratulations to them both and some much-needed joyous news for our whole community.
Wishing you all a safe and happy Bank Holiday weekend.
Sara Gmitrowicz, Kirsty Eddleston and Jane Bowden