Head Teacher Blog
It was a wonderful surprise to return to school on Tuesday to find my office was crammed with balloons, bunting and lovely cards made by the children to celebrate my 25th year of teaching in Derbyshire. I was over whelmed!
I wore my beautiful pink diamond tiara all week (thanks Mrs Mackney!) and it was funny that the children thought it was my 25th birthday!!!!
Thank you to the super staff and governors for organising the surprise. I am very proud to have been teaching for so long, it is so rewarding to see how much the boys and girls progress as they go through school. I did a little maths about it;
I have taught 750 children, in 4 schools in 1 county.
I look forward to many more years teaching your fabulous children with our great team!
Thank you again!
Back To School Again
Hello to everyone,
It's been a very strange week at The Brigg, with all of Year 1 pupils and several other staff isolating and / or ill from Coronavirus. Thank you for all of your kind messages and patience!
We hope that this is not the shape of things to come but on the other hand we all need to be prepared for this sort of disruption until Covid 19 is fully out of the headlines. Please be aware that it is very important for your child to complete the work that the teachers set for home learning during any future isolation, as long as you are well enough. The lost learning time could add up over the year so we will plan work for your child to help them keep up. Look on our website (class pages) and also on class dojo 'class story' for the work and essential videos. We will also print packs for your safe collection, outside the office, if and when needed. We appreciate your time and patience helping the children with their work, it will really pay off. Do share your work on your return or even better, via class dojo and message your teacher (or myself) for help and hints. We are there for you!
It was so nice to give out awards to children and their parents in Key Stage 1 who had completed all of their learning at home over the lockdown. Well done to you if you received certificates and treats!
I am looking forward to seeing all the boys and girls back at school when I return along with Year 1 on Tuesday. If you are not well enough to return yet, get well soon!
Mrs Spencer, Headteacher
Last Week Of January
I hope you had a nice weekend in the snow and managed to have some fun outside on your sledges, building snowmen and throwing snow balls.
Attendance is high at The Brigg: you might have to read in the national news that UK schools have an average of 20% of pupils in school because they are vulnerable or because their parents are critical workers with no alternative childcare options. At The Brigg we have almost 40% of our children in school at the moment. We are concerned about germ transfer due to high numbers. If your child is attending school and you are a critical worker, please ensure that this is essential for your work. On the other hand, we do prefer that your child is full time, if they have a place, so that they have consistency. Thank you.
Covid 19 Testing: this week, staff at school will begin to test themselves for Coronavirus using NHS kits twice a week. This will show if they have the virus but do not have symptoms. This may lead to increased closures of classes if necessary, but will be so helpful in the fight against infection. If your child's class has to close, we will contact you via text and class dojo at the first opportunity and we thank you for your understanding should this happen. Huge thanks to the staff who are helping in this way.
Everyone in South Normanton can help too by attending the testing centre for everyone without symptoms at the Post Mill Centre, Market Street, South Normanton, DE55 2EJ. This will run until Sunday 28 February. Opening times are 9am – 7pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 4pm Saturday & Sunday. I am told it is running very well, is quick to do and not over crowded. Why not pop along?
New Videos; Thank you to all the staff who are busy making videos for the children learning at home and at school. Teachers are making their own phonics videos for all year groups. Thank you to Miss Brooks for inspiring and supporting us with this. Mrs Sheppard is making her daily story time video on You Tube, so don't miss this as everyone is enjoying it! The teaching assistants are setting up live ZOOM sessions for the children who need speech therapy and phonics catch up sessions. I am truly grateful to my hardworking and inspirational staff, they never stop trying to find ways to engage all the children. Thank you to them all.
Teaching at Home; finally to thank all the mums, dads and grandparents who are doing a super job of supporting the children with their home learning - you are all amazing and thank you for your dedication to your children and to The Brigg. Your hard work will really pay off!
See you as soon as it is safe to do so!
The New Lockdown
What a week it has been! No one expected the school to be closed to the majority of pupils this time last week. However, we have all pulled together as usual and things are up and running even better than during the last lockdown. I am especially proud of the following things...
- Parents for understanding of the situation and helping us to have the smallest number of pupils on site as possible. This helps keep everyone safe from the new strain of the virus. A big thank you to those parents who are key workers but are keeping their child at home for their safety and ours.
- Parents for getting on board with home learning so quickly. We all appreciate that this is a very tricky and important job. You can access the learning on the classes section of this website. Remember that all the green text = links to more details that are very important. If you are struggling and would like a papercopy of this work, call the office to arrange collection 01773 811317. If you need to ask the classteachers for advice they will be checking Class Dojo each day, late morning, so do message them. Mrs Spencer will also be inviting you all to a 'home learning' ZOOM meeting to discuss the arrangements and any questions you might have next week; INVITE to follow.
-Teachers for setting up the exciting home learning programme so quickly and efficiently. The activities look great and will be updated weekly, including videos of staff and hopefully live links coming soon. We are trying hard to ensure that the children at home access similar work to those in school and that they keep up with the tremendous progress they made last term. Teachers are also working in school with half sized classes following thier usual timetables, so thank you so much to them for their hard work.
-Teaching Assistants for their support, skills and flexibility. They have been supporting pupils in school, covering classes and making life fun in school. It is very much appreciated. I hope you have subscribed to the fabulous Mrs Sheppard's daily storytime on YouTube! Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IjFUn1v81gU&safe=active
- Office staff because we could not operate without Mrs Smith and Miss Brown, thank you for their efficient organisation and care.
- Midday supervisors - thank you for supporting us in school and making lunchtime happy and fun each day. We love the daily 'Get On the Train' exercise.
- Cleaning and caretaking staff- we need you now more than ever! Thank you for sanitising everywhere everyday.
NEXT WEEK; we will be altering the drop off time to 8.45 to 9am please, due to fewer numbers on site. Remember that we have Early Bird service available from 7.45 daily as well if you need early childcare. Email CBrown@brigg.derbyshire.sch.uk to book.
Take care and keep safe
A huge thank you to all the staff for making Christmas lunch a very special occasion last Wednesday. Midday supervisors decorated the tables with brightly coloured wrapping paper and all the staff helped to serve the lunch, waitress style. The children enjoyed a special lunch followed by a Christmas disco in the playgrounds. The midday team treated all the children to small toys and sweets at the end. Well done everyone.
We reward the children for reading four times a week every week at home each term. The following children received certificates in assembly and were entered into a class prize draw to win a new book. Well done to the following reading heroes...
EYFS; Natalia, Emily W, Ettie, Daniel, William A, Olivia H and the winners were; Freya and Lacey!
Warhol Class; Summer, Jackson P, Iestyn, Ellie-Jane, Ethan, Kian and the winner was; Oskar!
Gillmor Class; Blake, Hollie, Pearl, Amelia-Mae, Katie, Joshua and Piper-Belle and the winner was; Archie!
Monet Class; Alfie, Amy, Charlie Pa, Charlie Pe, Elliot, Emi, Ewan, John, Libby, Lily May, Luka, Maisie F, Milo
Oscar, Freya, Thomas, Sophie, Rubie, Sommer and the winner was; Frankie!
Goldsworthy Class; Ava-Elise, Emily, George, Darcey, Eila-Belle, Lois, Olivia, Natasha, William, Jakub and Charlie and the winner was; Arthur!
Next term we are improving out incentives to read at home 4 times a week with a family hamper for the winner of the reading hero prize draw. There will be goodies for mums, dads and children. Make sure you upload a photograph of your child's reading dairy, showing four entries per week and your teacher will enter you into the draw.
Thank you for hearing your child read at home, it really is the key to success!
Thank you for your support and commitment to the children and staff at The Brigg. We really apprecaite all of the cards and gifts you have sent in.
Have a very merry Christmas and a much happier new year in 2021!