After a hotly anticipated return date, our amazing pupils finally entered the grounds in earnest following an enforced absence from school. Alas, there were elbow bumps and smiles aplenty followed by a day of fun activities to reconnect with each other. It was the first time in a long time that we felt any sort of normality as not having a full compliment of children in the classroom, well, just isn’t the same. Indeed, this might be a timely reminder to say a massive ‘thank you’ and ‘well done’ to all the wonderful families who have worked tirelessly to support your children working from home. Now, we have our collective fingers crossed (and facemasks on) in the hope that the following weeks and months will allow for more freedoms for our staff, children and community. Better days are indeed ahead.

World Book Day 2021

Although we could not have World Book Day as we would have liked to, children and staff, whether they are in school or at home, have made a great effort to dress up. It was lovely to see many of our remote learners making an effort to dress up at their favourite book characters.

Masked Reader Challenge

Pensive faces and wry smiles. Just a few of the expressions on the children’s faces today (along with plenty of giggles of course) as they watched the Masked Reader Challenge videos prepared by NJS staff for World Book Day. The staff at NJS have looked to deceive the minds of their children by reading their favourite story books using face filters and wacky masks – even toilet roll in one case. Can you work out which teacher is behind the the mask? Undertake the challenge by clicking here!

Thank you to all the children, parents and staff for their efforts in the run up to and on World Book Day! I know I speak for all staff when I say we can not wait to be seeing our full classes on Monday 8th March! 😁

My first Tudor execution!

WC 8.1.21

Last week, Year 6 explored crimes and punishments that occurred in the Tudor era: from beheadings to being hung, drawn and quartered, it’s safe to say things are a lot better now!

6CC began by imagining what a first day on the job for one of King Henry VIII’s executioners might be like. Take a look at their letters to the King below!

Rihanna’s letter to King Henry VIII
Matilda’s letter to King Henry VIII
Emily’s letter to King Henry VIII

Lately, we have also taken time to enjoy the flurries of snow, both in school and away. We have even had a few snow sculptures created over the past few weeks!

Remote Learning Update

Good afternoon everybody. It has been a trying time for our community over the last 24 hours and it will continue to be a difficult period moving forward. In that spirit, I would like to thank all families who have shown a great deal of patience whilst we have focused on opening our school doors today. As all classrooms and staff have been used to house current class bubbles, staff have been busy working with children in school whilst adapting our face-to-face teaching resources to be fit for purpose moving onto an online curriculum. At this juncture and moving forward, teachers will be doing their best version of a double act to support face to face teaching as well as simultaneously provide a remote curriculum.
All children should have their GSuite credentials and be able to access Google Classrooms where work will be assigned and remote learning take place. Please use each phases’ Expedition websites (links below) to keep up to date with timetables and additional learning resources. Indeed, we ask that children check in remotely on daily hangouts as this will essentially become our virtual attendance register.

Y5/6 Expedition Website
Y3/4 Expedition Website

Finally, thank you once again for all your support as a community and we look forward to welcoming all our children back into school at the earliest opportunity.
G Chadwick