As part of our COVID Recovery Strategy, detailed in our purple booklet, you will have seen that our pupils are taking part in Enrichment Hour every Wednesday morning.
All of the children have embraced their activities, and it has boosted confidences already, which is so lovely to see.
Here’s a peek at what they’ve been up to.
During the pandemic, we have had several changes with our lunch time menu in order to manage risk in our school environment. Our team in the school kitchen have been amazing, as they adapt to each change and embrace the challenge.
As we move forward, the school kitchen will be providing a two-week rolling menu of hot meals for our children. Please click on the link below to view the current menu options.
Summer Term Menu 2021
Please note, if your circumstances have changed at home, your child may be eligible for Free School Meals. Please contact the school office for further information.
Mr. Smith is holding a virtual ‘share a brew’ meeting in absence of his usual face to face Cuppa & Cake Session on Wednesday 28th April @ 9:30 am. This will be a virtual session on Microsoft Teams and all parents have been sent an email link to their school inbox. It is a relaxed session to find out all the latest news in school, and what we are working on at the moment. It is also a chance to ask questions if you have any queries
At the meeting the following topics will be discussed
- Our Covid-Recovery Curriculum and how we are supporting the children ‘catch-up’ for lost face to face learning time
- Plans for next year and supporting the children with transition
Should you have a question, please don’t hesitate to email the school office ahead of the meeting and Mr. Smith can prepare any relevant information on the matter if required.
Our children have been loving the after school clubs, run by Progressive Sports, since we returned to school in March after the lockdown.
Proving incredibly popular, having had waiting lists, were the Glow-in-the-dark Dodgeball and Brazilian Football, so you will be pleased to hear that these are running again during the month of May, as well as three new clubs.
Commencing from Tuesday 4th May 2021, the clubs up until the end of the half term will be as follows:
Monday: Glow-in-the-dark Dodgeball
Tuesday: Brazilian Football
Wednesday: Archery & Fencing
Thursday: Ultimate Frisbee
Friday: Tag Rugby
The clubs run from the end of the school day, up until 4:45pm at a cost of £3.50. Also, if required, parents can book ‘Xtra Time’ wraparound care up until 5:45pm, for an additional £3.50.
To book your child’s place, please click HERE for the link, then select ‘Book a Course’, followed by ‘School Clubs’.
Since the children returned to school on 8th March, they have been taking part in various themed weeks every afternoon to help ease them back into the school routine. So far, the themes have included ‘Someone Special’ and ‘Health & Wellbeing’.
This week our theme is The Commonwealth. The children have discovered so much, and the week’s not over yet! Across all classes, they have been learning about The Commonwealth and the countries that are a part of this. They have been looking at the different flags from these Commonwealth countries and using their geography skills to find whereabouts these countries are on the world map – some of which are tricky to find!
The children have started to decorate each Commonwealth country’s flag, with a view of joining them all together to make some special Commonwealth bunting, which will hopefully be displayed in the school hall.
In KS1 this afternoon, they held their own Commonwealth Games. The children were so excited as they took part and cheered each other on, showing great team spirit. A highlight, was when they performed the Haka; an important tribal dance of the Maori people of New Zealand, which again is part of The Commonwealth. We hope you enjoy this video clip.
WOW! What a year it has been. Never did we imagine that the Coronavirus pandemic would have lasted this long and that the world would still be fighting this battle a year later.
With today being a National Day of Reflection, we wanted to take a moment to express how grateful we are. Although it has been said many times during the past year, we wanted to say thank you.
THANK YOU to all the parents for supporting your children during the times of home schooling and for persevering during the challenges.
THANK YOU to all the Key Workers in our Coton family and beyond, for your dedication to the COVID cause and remaining strong in the face of adversity.
THANK YOU to our teachers for the ‘live lessons’ and supporting all of our students both in school and whilst remote learning, whilst still smiling, despite their own anxieties.
THANK YOU to the staff in school for working tirelessly behind the scenes; from organisation, catering and cleaning, to manning the Key Worker service in school, supporting our Coton families. Everyone one of you is a vital cog in our Coton engine room.
As a school, we are so grateful to have our pupils back with us, learning face to face. We are grateful to see the children blossom once again as they rebuild those friendships they have so missed whist not in school.
During the first lockdown, the staff created a video, which was shared with our Coton community, called the Rainbow Song. We would love to share this with you once again, highlighting that after every storm there is a rainbow and that, together, we will be stronger.
From the middle of January, we launched the Tokyo Challenge with Active Schools Partnership, encouraging children to walk, run, scoot or cycle to collectively see if we could reach the distance from South Derbyshire to Tokyo.
We have done remarkably well so far, as we sit in third place on the Tokyo Challenge table. The challenge continues up until the Easter holidays, so keep adding up the kilometers that you do each week, submitting your totals to the school office every Friday.
If you need to jog your memory or require a new log sheet, please click HERE for further information.
Please see below todays COVID-19 Update from our Headteacher.
COVID UPDATE – 12th March 2021
What a great week it’s been. We hope you’ve enjoyed hearing the range of stories from the staff at Coton-in-the-Elms Primary. But we’re not quite finished yet.
This final story has always been a favourite of our Headteacher, Mr Smith, ever since Mrs Ashdown read it to him and the rest of his class at Christchurch Infant School, many years ago. Here is an excerpt taken from Roald Dahl’s ‘The Twits’.