Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Get Caught Socially Distanced Reading - Emily

#getcaughtreading #AmReading #Books #BookPhotography #IReadEverywhere #BookWorld  #engchat #BookLovers


Reading is an act of civilization; it’s one of the greatest acts of civilization because it takes the free raw material of the mind and builds castles of possibilities. 
Ben Okri


Emily got caught reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears at home. Traditional tales are the best kind of stories to enjoy on your own. 

Get Caught Reading
Why have a reading competition?
At Broadford we believe in developing a culture where children are intrinsically motivated to read for pleasure. We believe in encouraging them to read both inside and beyond school. We believe that the most effective way to promote reading is to work in partnership with parents and families.

How does it work?
During the holidays, parents and family look out for chances to 'catch their child reading'. This can be a book or any other reading material: timetables, recipes, instructions. 
As travelling may be a little more difficult than in previous years, we would like to see you reading with family members and friends as you reunite. 

What is done with the images?
The images can then be shared via our social media platforms to celebrate the reading being done and promote the competition to other families. Look out for photos from staff, who also take part in the promotion!

Monday, 3 August 2020

Get Caught Socially Distanced Reading - Sophia H

#getcaughtreading #AmReading #Books #BookPhotography #IReadEverywhere #BookWorld  #engchat #BookLovers

Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift. 
Kate DiCamillo



Sophia was caught chilling out and devouring a book in her tent. A great way to take a break from the heatwave and enjoy the gift of reading. 

Get Caught Reading
Why have a reading competition?
At Broadford we believe in developing a culture where children are intrinsically motivated to read for pleasure. We believe in encouraging them to read both inside and beyond school. We believe that the most effective way to promote reading is to work in partnership with parents and families.

How does it work?
During the holidays, parents and family look out for chances to 'catch their child reading'. This can be a book or any other reading material: timetables, recipes, instructions. 
As travelling may be a little more difficult than in previous years, we would like to see you reading with family members and friends as you reunite. 

What is done with the images?
The images can then be shared via our social media platforms to celebrate the reading being done and promote the competition to other families. Look out for photos from staff, who also take part in the promotion!

Get Caught Socially Distanced Reading - Sophia

#getcaughtreading #AmReading #Books #BookPhotography #IReadEverywhere #BookWorld  #engchat #BookLovers


The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. 
Dr. Seuss


Sophia is using her time wisely this summer holiday. She is reading AND writing in her magazine. 

Get Caught Reading
Why have a reading competition?
At Broadford we believe in developing a culture where children are intrinsically motivated to read for pleasure. We believe in encouraging them to read both inside and beyond school. We believe that the most effective way to promote reading is to work in partnership with parents and families.

How does it work?
During the holidays, parents and family look out for chances to 'catch their child reading'. This can be a book or any other reading material: timetables, recipes, instructions. 
As travelling may be a little more difficult than in previous years, we would like to see you reading with family members and friends as you reunite. 

What is done with the images?
The images can then be shared via our social media platforms to celebrate the reading being done and promote the competition to other families. Look out for photos from staff, who also take part in the promotion!

Get Caught Socially Distanced Reading - Pranav

#getcaughtreading #AmReading #Books #BookPhotography #IReadEverywhere #BookWorld  #engchat #BookLovers


Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home. 
Anna Quindlen


Pranav enjoying his book on the luscious grass in the glorious sunshine. What a wonderful way to spend a summer day.   

Get Caught Reading
Why have a reading competition?
At Broadford we believe in developing a culture where children are intrinsically motivated to read for pleasure. We believe in encouraging them to read both inside and beyond school. We believe that the most effective way to promote reading is to work in partnership with parents and families.

How does it work?
During the holidays, parents and family look out for chances to 'catch their child reading'. This can be a book or any other reading material: timetables, recipes, instructions. 
As travelling may be a little more difficult than in previous years, we would like to see you reading with family members and friends as you reunite. 

What is done with the images?
The images can then be shared via our social media platforms to celebrate the reading being done and promote the competition to other families. Look out for photos from staff, who also take part in the promotion!

Friday, 24 July 2020

Back to School - Wider Opening of Schools September 2020

Dear parents and carers, 

Over the summer holidays as things and classrooms in schools return to some sort of new normality, we are busy looking at ways to follow Government and Public Health guidelines in making school safe and secure for all year groups to return in September. 

Whilst the spread of infection is steadily reducing, we still do have to be mindful that it is 'still with us' so we still need to ensure we have effective measures in place. The Department for Education (DfE) and Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson have advised that classes can resume in September in larger 'bubbles', these being normal class sizes and year groups. However, they still advise against multiple groups of children and also adults gathering within and around school. Therefore, there will be some initial changes. The most significant for you as parents and carers are changes to the start and finish times and the ways in which children will enter and exit school at these times. Please refer below:

Nursery
Please refer to the letter that you have received from school staff regarding your child's start date. 

Reception
Please refer to the letter that you have received from school staff regarding your child's start date. 

Years 1-6
Morning
All pupils must enter the school site via the large vehicle gate towards the bottom of the hill on Farringdon Avenue. Children will make their way into the playground and stand on the coloured spot according to their class. Their teachers will be there to meet them and accompany them to their classrooms. During this time we ask parents to drop pupils at the gate to minimise the amount of people on the school site. 




Afternoon 
Parents are asked to enter the school site via the large vehicle gate towards the bottom of the hill on Farringdon Avenue. Please stand on a spot which corresponds to your child's class. The teachers will dismiss the pupils when they can see who is collecting them. Once you have collected your child please exit the site via the gate on Farringdon Avenue by the new hall or if you have a buggy, bike or scooter you can exit the via the vehicle gate. Please observe the barriers to ensure there is enough room for all. 






There will be members of staff available in the morning and afternoon to assist you. 

8.30 am - 2.50 pm 
Year 4 & Year 6

8.40 am - 3.00 pm 
Year 1 & Year 2
For the first week, year 1 parents are invited to accompany year 1 pupils into the playground to support them. 

8.50 am - 3.10 pm 
Year 3 & Year 5

If you have children in different year groups please contact us via a direct message and we will discuss the options with you. 
Can I ask that only 1 parents brings and collects your child/children so that we can avoid gatherings on school premises. Please ensure that you drop off and arrive at the correct time to ensure that there are a minimum amount of people in one place at any one time. The main school office will also be used for emergencies only. Please use the email address below for communication with staff, again to reduce the possible spread of infection. 


Playtimes and lunchtimes are going to be staggered within year group bubbles of the school. We will not be holding school assemblies but the children will still have daily reflection and celebration time but this will be class based for the time being. Unfortunately, after school clubs will not run for the first half term and then this will be reviewed. The reason for this is because of cross infection and the spread of infection as children from multiple classes or bubbles attend and agin, we have been advised against this. 
We will be providing a breakfast club, however this will need to be booked in advance. There will be further information about this before we return in September. 

As I am sure you understand, the logistics of getting school back on track is going to be a long one and one that takes a lot of planning! However, what we need to remember is that we will get through this as a school community, supporting each other for the health, safety and education of our children. 

On Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th September, the staff are meeting for INSET, where we will be finalising plans for the curriculum, recovery and reconnection. Recovery from being apart, from lost of learning, from what life has been like and also reconnecting as a school family. 

Please remember, the safety of your children and our staff comes first in all of these plans. If we feel that anyone is at risk, we will review, assess and change if necessary. Please try not to worry, please take care and continue to stay safe. I would also like to state that this information is provisional, in that it might change over the summer depending on Government advice, however, I will keep you informed before return in September. 

As always, that you for your continuous support, care and helpfulness, especially in the recent months.
 





















Sunday, 19 July 2020

Term Dates 2020-21 and INSET days

Havering term dates for the academic year 2019-2020 can be found here.

Autumn Term
Monday 7th September - Friday 23rd October
Monday 2nd November - Friday 18th December

Spring Term
Monday 4th January - Friday 12th February
Monday 22nd February - Thursday 1st April

Summer Term
Monday 19th April - Friday 28th May
Monday 7th June - Friday 23rd July

INSET Days 2020-2021
INSET 1INSET 2INSET 3INSET 4INSET 5 
Thursday 3rd SeptemberFriday 4th September Monday 22nd FebruaryFriday 28th MayFriday 23rd July


GoodBye

This week we are saying farewell to several of our teachers who are moving onto new opportunities in September. Miss Taylor, Miss Poulter, Miss Breen, Miss Metters and Miss Bell - together they have contributed over 16 years of teaching to Broadford Primary. On your behalf we would like to wish them all the best for their new roles and thank them for the positive impact they have had on our pupils and families.

We also say goodbye to Mr McLucas who is returning to his role at The Boleyn Trust. I would like to thank him for looking after Broadford during my time of maternity.


Congratulations

Congratulations to Miss Nicholas and her partner who welcomed a baby boy to the world and named him Oscar. Mum and baby are both doing well and we hope to be able to meet baby Oscar really soon.

Please join me in sending Mrs Ward best wishes as she starts her maternity leave and prepares for her new arrival. We are all looking forward to meeting both bundles of joy soon. Best wishes from us all.


End of the Academic Year


The past few months have been a really worrying time for everyone, and now more than ever before, we have needed to remain connected as a community. I am so proud of how everyone in our school community has worked to keep each other safe and strong together. Our school building has not been the same place without the sounds of laughter, signs of friendship and lots of learning. However, we know that staying in touch in other ways is helping us all get through these difficult times. Over the summer break please continue to check the website, Facebook and twitter feeds for the updated information regarding return to school in September. You will also be able to see what your friends are getting up to over the summer and where, what and who they have been reading to. Believe me, we can’t wait to see you back in September. Monday 7th is 52 days away but I am counting down until the day when the classrooms are filled with our pupils again, just as it should be.
Thank you and a huge well done to all children for learning at home! The teachers who have been setting the learning activities have loved seeing and hearing how you have been getting on. Also well done and thank you to the grown- ups at home! We know how hard it has been to juggle everything at the moment, we truly appreciate the time you have taken to support your children’s learning.
It is very difficult to manage the concept of social distancing with children, and I understand how hard it must be to keep them safe at home day after day. Thank you – we remain in this together.
However, challenging September proves to be, we will face it together, I am sure that I will get to speak with many of you at the gate on Monday 7th. I wish you all a restful and relaxing summer, please stay safe and well.

Return to School: Monday 7th September
We are looking forward to welcoming back pupils in years 1 - 6 on Monday 7th September. We are currently planning for the safety of our pupils and following the guidance that has been provided by local and central government. However, this guidance changes regularly, so therefore I appreciate your patience at this time. We are looking forward to ALL pupils returning to school and we will share our plans with you as soon as we have them finalised and we are more certain that there will be any significant changes.


Summer Reading Challenge & Activities


Each summer Mrs Mcfarlane runs the reading competition where you have to get caught with a book in an unusual place.
As travelling may be a little more difficult than in previous years, we would like to see you reading with family members and friends as you reunite.
All you need to do is snap a photo of your child reading their book at a social distance and message it to us via the school Facebook page, or email it to office@broadford.havering.sch.uk
Mrs Mcfarlane will judge the winning entries on return to school in September, with the best photos earning a prize and certificate… so get reading!


If you are stuck for ideas on what to do this holiday, take a look at the ‘50 things to do this summer’ list. A lot of the ideas are free, simple and can be carried out with friends, siblings or even on your own. If you manage to complete one or more of the activities make sure you take a photo and send it to us via the school Facebook page, or email it to office@broadford.havering.sch.uk. Look out on the blog to see what all of your friends are up too this six weeks!