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Week beginning 8th February 2021

This week we are introducing ‘Screen Free Friday’ and have linked this with last weeks mental health focus ‘Express Yourself.’ The children at school have asked to have a non-uniform day so, like their friends who are working from home, they can wear their PJs, sports wear or whatever they feel is an expression of themselves. The activities for Friday will be shared on each class Showbie page on Thursday for the children to view. The tasks are the same across school so if you have more than one child, they could access this learning together.

Well done to those children that received my HT certificate in the post this week, I am always delighted to hear about how hard children are working at home and once again well done to the fabulous support that you are giving to your children. I really enjoy reading through the work on Showbie. Esmae I loved watching the video you posted on Showbie for Mrs Dowdle and Emily, how amazing that you received a letter from the Queen!

The children in school are also working very hard and I know that they miss their friends at home. We are all keeping our fingers crossed that school will be fully open soon and we can all be together again.

Have an amazing, work free, half term everyone. Stay safe!

Below is the BBC Bitesize timetable for this week for your information.

Love from Mrs Pizl and the Fatfield staff xx

Week beginning 1st February 2021

I first of all want to start by saying well done to you all for the amazing job you are doing home schooling your children.  It’s hard to believe that we are in this situation again and finding out that school will not open immediately after the half term saddens us all.  I want to stress that all you can do is your best; please do not worry if every piece of work is not completed, it’s about trying and managing.  English and Maths are progressive throughout the week and we would suggest that these subjects take priority if your time is limited.  We understand that while older children are able to work independently, younger children do need support.  Nothing will duplicate the experience of attending school every day for lessons however we are overwhelmed with the huge amount of support you are giving at home.    We have loaned out laptops and provided SIM cards to all parents that have requested one to support with home learning.  Some children are preferring to use paper and pen rather than completing work on their device and then uploading a photograph for the teacher to see; this is also a great way of completing work and it has been lovely to see so many pictures and photographs uploaded to Showbie.  A very small number of parents have asked whether school will be providing lessons via zoom; Live lessons are provided through Oak Learning Trust and White Rose and in addition teacher voice-overs also provide explanations; this will continue until the Government fully opens our school. 

BBC Bitesize are supporting learning with live lessons for all primary school ages, see timetable below for this week’s timetable.  If your child is struggling with online learning this may offer a different learning experience.

I also want to say how immensely proud I am of the staff here at Fatfield; not only are staff in school every day teaching their year group bubble they are responding to comments via Showbie as well as planning and uploading lessons daily.  Please note staff will only respond to comments between 8:30 and 5:30. I am sure you will appreciate that many staff are home-schooling their own children once they return home. 

Living through a pandemic can affect children in different ways and if you feel your child’s mental health may be suffering the link below has been provided by the Government to provide guidance and support for parents and carers.


Sunderland Parent Carer Forum in Sunderland are carrying out a survey for parents to gather their experiences of the current lockdown.  If you wish to participate the link is below and is now live and runs for two weeks 


We have received so many positive comments and we thank you for every one; they really do mean a lot during such a time of uncertainty.  Stay safe everyone.

Love from Mrs Pizl and the Fatfield staff xx

Week beginning 7th December 2020

What another busy week! Christmas parties, Christmas crafts and our Winter Wonderland. The magic of Christmas definitely came to Fatfield this week and we even had a visit from the special man himself. I’m sure that you will agree our Winter Wonderland has been a great success, thank you for the many kind comments. The magic was made possible due to the very talented staff here at Fatfield and the kindness of our school community. Thanks also go to local company Arktek for providing lights, music and the much needed coverings. As a community we really came to together to make Christmas memories.

Look out for our Christmas songs on the class blogs. Even though this Christmas has been different, the children have had fun and experienced magic this week. Once again thank you for all of the support you have given.

Week beginning 23rd November 2020

We have had a busy few weeks since returning after the half term; Each class voted for their school council representative and during their first meeting, the council set out their priorities for this year. Have a look on their blog to find out more.

During class assemblies we have been discussing how we can make a difference; we have focussed on our planet and the work of Sir David Attenborough as well as discussions about the good work of footballer Marcus Rashford in his campaign for the Government to extend the free school meal scheme over the school holidays. We have also discussed how small schools such as ours have made a difference and how one school in particular are responsible for the 2021 red noses becoming 100% plastic-free.

This week we found out about the festival of Diwali and I was so lucky to have Jenna from our Reception class to help me and share her family experiences with the rest of the children.

Jenna shared her experiences with the children during assemblies this week.

I want to say a huge thank you to the parents of our EYFS pupils for your kind donations to the Operation Santa Paws charity. This will go a long way to help a lot of abandoned animals in local animal shelters. PC Baker collected your donations this week along with posters created by the children to be entered into a competition, (fingers crossed).

PC Baker collecting donations this week along with the children’s poster entries.

As we are nearing Christmas many of the children may want to write to Santa and this week we received the letter below with guidance of how to do this to make sure it gets to the important man himself.

We have sent a special invite to Santa to come and join us in our winter wonderland. I have been overwhelmed with the kindness and support from so many parent/carers; together we will make Christmas as special as we can for all of our pupils. A national lockdown or Tier 3 wont dampen our spirits!!

If your children would like to send in Christmas cards we ask that you do this on a Monday and Tuesday. They will be placed in a box in each classroom and handed out on a Friday; this will allow a minimum of 72 hours untouched.

Stay safe everyone, Love Mrs Pizl and the Fatfield staff xx

Week beginning 2nd November 2020

Welcome back after the October half term. This week EYFS and Y2 were able to enjoy their Halloween day while Y6 celebrated ‘Day of the Dead’ as part of their Mayan topic. We are trying our best to bring ‘normality’ in an unprecedented situation and will continue to celebrate events as always within the practicalities of keeping safe. Next week we will support Children in Need through a pyjama day and we are currently planning Christmas activities. Further information will be sent out in due course.

Over the next few weeks we have the Change for Life team in school supporting physical health. Indoor PE has been re-introduced this half term and, in consultation with the children, playtimes have been planned to include OPAL activities. The activities are on a weekly carousel in line with government guidance. The children have reported to me that they are really enjoying the new playtime activities.

We are delighted that the Government has allowed schools to remain open during the latest National lockdown and as long as we all continue to work together, we will get through this. I must stress that it is extremely important to keep your child at home and seek a coronavirus test as soon as possible if they display any symptoms. This week we have seen test results returned within 24 hours. I know that at this time of the year there are many bugs that will impact on the children, however, we MUST err on caution. Although the impact on the majority of children who have tested positive is thankfully mild, the wider impact on staff and other adults can be extreme. The day to day running of the school is wholly dependent on staffing capacity. We are extremely grateful for the fantastic support that parent/carers continue to give the school.

Stay safe everyone; have a lovely weekend. Love from Mrs Pizl and the Fatfield staff xx

23rd October 2020

Well we made it through our first half term! We may have had a few bubbles closed as we’ve gone along but the important thing is we remained open. The children have, as always, been amazing and have been working so hard. Today it was lovely to see them having fun during our Halloween day. For our EYFS and Y2 bubbles who are currently self-isolating, I look forward to seeing you all celebrate your Halloween day on Wednesday 4th November.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for a new parent governor and I can announce that Mrs Laura Grimes was the successful applicant and I look forward to welcoming her to our Governing Body.

We hope you all have a wonderful half term holiday and we look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Monday 2nd November.

Stay safe everyone. Love Mrs Pizl and the Fatfield staff xx

Week beginning 12th October 2020

During our first week back at school each class studied a different artist and created a self portrait based on that artist’s style. The theme for the art was ‘how I felt during lockdown.’ This enabled staff to begin to understand how the children felt. The pictures below are a sample of the children’s work.

Progression of art across all year groups – self portraits ‘How I felt during lockdown.’

Week beginning 5th October

Wednesday 23rd September 2020

DfE have published guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing during and following the covid-19 pandemic. It includes some very useful hints and tips for supporting children and young people. Please click on the link below.


Monday 21st September 2020

I would like to give a current update on events in school for your information. Since returning to school we have had 6 positive confirmed cases of coronavirus. This has meant that some classes have had to self isolate; for those classes, work is uploaded daily on the relevant class blog. By isolating classes we minimise the risk of further spreading the virus and have continued to keep the rest of the school open. This is a testing time for all of us but working together we can get through it. I have to thank you for the support you have continued to give the school and your kind words of encouragement. Today we welcomed back our Y6 class.

A big hello to Y2 and Y3, we look forward to welcoming you back soon, we really do miss you all.

Take care and stay safe love from Mrs Pizl and the Fatfield staff xx

Friday 11th September 2020

We made it through our full first week back despite the many challenges we faced. Tonight I have sent out a letter to all parents, see link below in case your child is absent or they forget to take it home. A big hello to my Y6 class, I miss you already. We have the video of your Head Boy and Head Girl speeches and these will be shared with all of the other classes and the result will be shared with you when you return. I’m very excited to find out who will be nominated by the children.

Have a lovely weekend everyone, stay safe

Love from Mrs Pizl and the Fatfield staff xx

Friday 4th September 2020

This week we were absolutely delighted to finally be able to welcome back all of our children. Our first week back was fantastic. The children were amazing and although things are very different, they have been so resilient. All of the staff have been incredibly proud of how well they settled back into school life. Thank you to all our parent/carers for your support, patience and kindness. As we move forward we will continue to review the measures we have put in place, continuing to follow Government guidance.

This week every class had the opportunity to spend time with their previous teacher. They learned about a new artist and this allowed them to explore and express the feelings and emotions they felt during lockdown.

Our new Y1 class officially graduated from EYFS this afternoon and here is the video of the assembly . They are certainly ready for the year ahead and the new challenges of Y1.

Have a great weekend everyone and we look forward to seeing you all on Monday.

Love from Mrs Pizl and the Fatfield staff xxx

Week beginning 13th July 2020

Well I can’t believe that we are at the end of the summer term. I am sure that you will agree this will certainly be a year we won’t forget. Parent/carers you have done a fantastic job supporting your children at home, well done. I know at times that it hasn’t been easy and we applaud you all.

This week should have been filled with celebration assemblies and it is so sad that none of those could happen. I want to say a very fond farewell to our Y6 pupils, you will be missed. Everyone at Fatfield wishes you continued success as you embark on your academic journey. We look forward to a reunion once restrictions are fully lifted and we can celebrate in style. Good luck our Fatfield superstars!

For children that are returning in September, please click on the document below to download and read my final letter of this academic year explaining the reopening to the full school.

If you have any queries please feel free to ring us on the 1st or 2nd September as staff will be in school for training.

All it leaves me to say is have a wonderful summer, we hope that the current crisis continues to improve and normality returns soon.

Stay safe everyone and thank you so much for the amazing support you have continued to give to our school.

Love from Mrs Pizl and all the staff at Fatfield xxx

Week beginning 6th July 2020

This week many of you have been collecting your child’s report, we are so proud of them all and their achievements. Some reports are still to be collected from the office and this can be done next week. Next week I will post details about the return to school in September however if you have any queries or concerns please get in touch so we can hopefully allay any worries.

Staff are still providing work on class blogs for those pupils who are not currently attending school and will do so until we break up for the summer holiday next Friday.

Have a lovely weekend everyone, I’ve heard the sun is forecast so let’s keep our fingers crossed.

Stay safe, love from Mrs Pizl and the Fatfield staff xx

3rd July 2020

Yesterday we received guidance from the Government about a return to school in September. We are so pleased that the plan is to welcome all children back. There are a number of restrictions that we have to adhere to but I can assure you that these will continue to be thoroughly planned and more information will be given before the children return to school on September 3rd.

I know some parents may still be anxious about their children returning to school however I can assure you that those children that have already returned are happy and settled and comments from parents have been only positive.

Well know illustrator, Axel Scheffler, who was the illustrator of the Gruffalo and the Snail and the Whale among others, has helped produce a FREE digital information book for primary school age children to help explain the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. It answers lots of questions in a child-friendly way, and aims to both inform and reassure. Published by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Axel, the text had expert input from Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and also two headteachers and a child psychologist.  Today we received a link for this book so if you would like to share this story with your child please click on the link below.


Have a wonderful weekend everyone, stay safe. Love from Mrs Pizl and the Fatfield staff xx

29th June 2020

This week the office are continuing to work through refunds; thank you for your patience, as you can imagine this is taking some time however our aim is to have this all sorted before the children break up on 17th July 2020. Some parents have been asking about school photographs. We have been advised that the company are due to open very soon, the office will keep you updated and let you know when photographs ordered will be ready for collection.

You will have received a text about collecting your child’s report next week. Included in the report is a letter to your child about starting back in September (fingers crossed that the Government don’t change this) and also informing them of their new class teacher. If you would like to discuss your child’s report with their class teacher, please ring the office who will make a telephone appointment for you.

We are awaiting guidance from the DFE which is due for release on July 4th so hopefully we can give more details about the new academic year and what school will look like.

Take care everyone and stay safe. Love from Mrs Pizl and the Fatfield staff xx

Week beginning 22nd June 2020

I can’t believe another week has passed already! I want to say a huge Hello to all of our pupils that are still working from home, we miss you and hope that the Prime Minister is right when he says all children will be back in September. As always we have been very busy at school and pupil reports will be ready for collection during week beginning 6th July; a day for each year group collection will be given next week via a text home.

The leadership team are currently planning the curriculum and catch up programme for September. I will also let you know staffing arrangements for September next week.

I want to say thank you to Sophea Y3 and Noah Y1 for the wonderful resources you have sourced for our DT work.

Can I remind parents that if you have had a text to collect a refund cheque could you please collect at your designated time as we still have a number uncollected, thank you.

On behalf of all the staff can I wish you a wonderful weekend; let’s hope the sun keeps shining.

Take care everyone and stay safe. Love from Mrs Pizl and the Fatfield staff xx

19th June 2020

It was so lovely to welcome some of our children back to school this week, the staff were so excited to see them. I want to say a huge thank you to the parents for simply being amazing at drop off and collection times. It has been so efficient that I have been able to adjust timings and Y1 will now start at 9:10am and Y6 at 9:20am. Finish times remain unchanged. The children tell me that they have had a great first week back. Y1 made me a lovely feelings snow globe that I will display in my office with pride.

You may remember that Miss Harrison set a writing task for pupils to contact local companies to ask if they could support us with resources for our DT work. We have been amazed with the generosity shown. Thank you to Emily B, Lexi W and Esmae H in Y3 and Sam in Y4 who have secured resources for us and thank you to everyone else that took the time to write a letter. On behalf of the school, I would like to say a huge thank you to the staff at Screwfix (big shout out to Fiona), B + Q, Maxwell’s, Vistry and Proteck CNC for supporting our school.

It was lovely to hear from Leo and Jake last week and find out about the wonderful home learning that they have been doing. It sounds like you’re having loads of fun boys, well done to mum and dad.

As yet we still do not know when school will be able to open to more children but, like you, I will continue to watch the Prime Ministers announcements for updates.

Have a lovely weekend everyone, stay safe. Love from Mrs Pizl and the Fatfield staff xx

12th June 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

We want to fully support those pupils who are returning next week and would like to gather some information from you to best support individual well being. The re-admission form below can provide some very useful information for the teacher and I would therefore ask you to complete this and return to school next week. You can download and print this form out or you can collect a hard copy from the main reception entrance from Monday, we ask that you follow social distance measures while on site. If your child is returning next week then their class teacher will have telephoned you by the end of today to give more details and reassure you and them about their return. If you have missed their call please feel free to ring school on Monday or Tuesday and we will pass this information to you.

For the children’s return only the main entrance into school will be open. The entrance at the back of school leading on to the playground is closed. Designated gates will only be open 5 minutes before the given time for your child’s start so please do not arrive too early or remain in your car until you see the gates open. Y6 pupils will not be able to arrive early and congregate or play football before the school day as before. Children are not allowed to bring bikes and scooters. Mobile phones will not be permitted as these are personal property and cannot be stored in the office as before and are not allowed to be kept in classrooms for security and safeguarding reasons. I know this sounds like many restrictions but we have had to think of every possible measure to ensure a safe return.

To support your children further I have attached some photographs below to help pupils visualise school and allow you to discuss these changes with them.

Our EYFS classroom has been minimised and all soft toys and furnishings have been removed. Play equipment is bulky and can be easily cleaned.
Tables in EYFS have been set up where pupils will learn and have their lunch.
Corridors are marked to show a one way direction and we will be keeping to the left hand side when moving around school.
This is one of our Y1 bubbles. Each child will sit 2M apart and have their own tray with all the resources that they need throughout the day. They will also eat their lunch at their own table.
Some rooms are out of use to children including the science room, ICT suite, music room and children’s office. Children will not be allowed in the main office area unless they are being collected by a parent.
Staff will have to wear PPE equipment when administering first aid. this includes goggles, face mask, apron and gloves. Please talk to your child about this so they do not become worried. We also have non-contact thermometers that will be used if we need to take your child’s temperature.

Information for Y6

As we are fast approaching the end of the academic year, I know that this is an anxious time for Y6 pupils thinking about their transition to secondary school. Please see my letter below which gives you some information about the communication we have had with secondary schools to date.

We look forward to welcoming the children back next week and wish you all a lovely weekend.

Stay safe everyone, love from Mrs Pizl and the Fatfield Staff xx

8th June 2020

Dear parent/carer,

Please see letter below with regards to children returning to school next week. I have also included a letter for you to share with your child. I hope that I have covered all aspects of reopening however should any further details need to be added I will update you.

Week beginning 1st June 2020

5th June 2020

Well here we are at the end of another week. I hope you are all keeping well and enjoyed the sunshine during May half term. Home learning will continue as before on class blogs for all year groups so remember to check for new activities. As always please don’t worry; learning happens every day through talk, sharing stories, baking and playing games to name a few ideas.

I would still love to hear about what you are doing at home. Jude, I hope the decorating went well, I loved seeing the photograph of you with your paintbrush at the ready.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone, stay safe.

Love Mrs Pizl and the Fatfield staff x

4th June 2020

Dear parent/carer,

I would like to give you more information regarding the wider reopening of school. As you know my letter dated 21st May advised that the earliest date we could consider a phased return would be 8th June so I apologise if parents misread this to be a definite date. I have always said that we need to get it right and unless every measure possible is put in place I will not put any child, staff member or parent at risk and as your headteacher you must trust me to move through this situation knowing that your child and my staff are of the utmost importance. However, I absolutely understand parent frustration and appreciate that you would like more information regarding the decision made.

Reopening of school has been in the planning for many weeks and detailed risk assessments have been carried out and shared in a meaningful way with all staff. Our school site has now been set up with 2M markings and where possible one-way systems have been put in place. Inside school classrooms have also been prepared to ensure that children will sit 2M apart and each will have their own learning tray (more details of this will follow). Teachers have thought very hard about what learning will look like for your child and the importance of PSHE as they are returning to a very different set up. I am confident that everything that can be done, has been done however we are currently waiting for crucial PPE equipment to be delivered to school and without this we cannot reopen. We have been advised that deliveries will be before 17th June.

I must point out to parents that the percentage of children wishing to return to school in the designated year groups is currently 41% and this in itself has been a task to manage while ensuring stringent social distance measures are in place in the classroom and the available staffing. Should this number increase we may not be able to have every year group return. Only yesterday we had a new influx of parents requesting a return for their children. In the first instance we will prioritise Reception and Y1 children, followed by Y6 and then Nursery.

Each day comes with new challenges and as a school we have continued to meet these. Of the small number of schools that have already opened in Sunderland the majority have been to a very low number of pupils. Each individual school deals with their own individual situation across the city and these cannot be compared.

School has always remained open for critical key workers and teachers have worked extremely hard throughout this time alongside having their own lives to manage. We have always been fully supportive of parents and will remain to do so. We have all missed the children and can’t wait for some normality and our school to be full again. Next week I will publish on this page further details about the planned reopening.

Stay safe everyone, together we can get through this.

Mrs Pizl x

3rd June 2020

Dear parent/Carer,

Following a Trustee meeting on 2nd June the decision has been made that the planned reopening of school to key year groups will be on Wednesday 17th June and not 8th June.  This date, however, may be subject to change in light of any emerging or intervening factors.

I understand that this is an anxious time and we appreciate your patience and support through this unprecedented time.

Detailed information about the planned opening will be published on our website next week.  As always the safety of our pupils and staff remains our key priority at this time.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs T A Pizl

Head Teacher

Week beginning 18th May 2020

Thank you to everyone who sent in their picture for our Rainbow display.

21st May 2020 – update on reopening of school

Dear Parent/Carer

I am sure that will have heard and read a lot of media coverage about the reopening of schools along with resistance from unions and local councils across the country.  After carrying out a robust risk assessment and following advice from the Trust and our Local Authority, the earliest date we can consider to have a phased return to school will be June 8th and not the aspirational date of June 1st as suggested by the Government.  Schools have been advised to plan with caution and this is supported by the fact that the Government are not announcing until May 28th its final decision on reopening schools when it reviews the latest scientific evidence.

We will provide further information of what this phased return will look like after Trustees have considered the options at their next meeting on June 2nd.  We are currently preparing our site and considering the capacity of staffing to ensure that we can meet all safeguarding requirements.

We will of course keep you updated once we have a definite date for reopening and a clear and safe plan for a phased return. I must stress however that this may be subject to change as more information becomes available.

I would like to thank you for your patience and support; the safety of pupils, staff and parents is paramount at this time and we want to ensure that we ‘get it right.’ 

Childcare arrangements for critical key workers remains unchanged and staff will continue to provide online learning for all year groups.

Stay safe everyone,

Yours sincerely

Mrs T A Pizl


May 20th was Thank a teacher day. This message was well received from Emily so thank you too.

First of all I would like to say a huge thank you for the support that parents have continued to give us and the trust you have in us to work through the Government guidance to ensure that we are able to minimise the risks for a possible return in June. Your kind words really do make a difference at this time. Some of you have asked what the classrooms will look like so we have set up a Y6 classroom to give you an idea of how we are ensuring 2M distance with our older children.

Y6 classroom – tables are 2M apart. This will allow 8 children per class

This week I am liaising with the LA health and safety team and Trustees to carefully risk assess for reopening. I will keep you updated throughout the week when I have more information to share.

Amongst all of the planning for a potential reopening it was lovely to hear about some of the wonderful things that children continue to do at home. George in Y6, it was great to hear that you have been carrying out science experiments with you mum at home. I know you have been working hard to complete the work set by Miss Scriven and how amazing that you came 12th in the Sumdog competition. Well done!

George in the midst of a science experiment.

It was also great to see how Jude in Nursery has been practising his numbers – fantastic work Jude, I am so proud of you.

Stay safe everyone. Love from Mrs Pizl and the Fatfield staff xx

Week beginning 11th May 2020

Wednesday 13th May – letter in response to reopening of school on June 1st.

13th May 2020

Dear parent/Carer,

As you will be aware the Government have announced that schools may start to open for identified year groups from June 1st if it is safe to do so.  We are now working with government guidance and advice from unions on how to ensure the safety of staff and children should this happen.

The Government have given schools a range of approaches and actions to employ to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.  These include:

  • minimising contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend childcare settings, schools or colleges
  • cleaning hands more often than usual – wash hands thoroughly for 20 seconds with running water and soap and dry them thoroughly or use alcohol hand rub or sanitiser ensuring that all parts of the hands are covered
  • ensuring good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
  • cleaning frequently touched surfaces often using standard products.
  • minimising contact and mixing by altering, as much as possible, the environment and timetables.

Government guidance is clear that social distancing must continue and children will need to be taught in small groups.  This will mean that your child may not be in their usual class with their usual teacher and the full curriculum will not be taught.  Children will be assigned a desk, equipment to use and asked to bring their own water bottles each day.  Guidance sets out that small equipment, soft furnishings and hard to clean toys are to be removed alongside additional furniture that can be stored away.   Classrooms will therefore be minimised to reduce the number of surfaces that can be touched.   A rigorous cleaning programme will continue to be in place.

Drop off and pick-up times will need to be staggered with only one parent allowed to do this at designated entry and exit points, (further details will be given on this).  Government guidance also states that groups of children should stay together during the day and therefore break time and lunches will also need to be staggered to ensure social distancing can be adhered to as much as possible.

At this time we are considering the learning spaces within our school and the available number of staff.  While the Government have suggested a return for Nursery, Reception, Y1 and Y6 we can only do this if it is safe to do so and cannot guarantee that all of these year groups will be able to return on June 1st.

Childcare for critical key workers will continue however we are unable to offer breakfast or after school clubs at the present time.

School will look and feel a lot different in the coming half term.  I want to assure you that the safety of our school community is of utmost importance to us and we will be in touch soon when we have more clarity about the way forward.  We are interested in seeking your views on returning your child to school at this time and therefore a member of the leadership team will telephone you within the next week.

Thank you for your continued support during this unprecedented time

Yours sincerely,

Mrs T A Pizl

Head Teacher

Monday 11th May

I am sure, like me, you watched the announcement last night by the Prime Minister where he hoped Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 classes could start back at school in June, if it is safe to do so. We are still waiting to receive a lot of information from the government about what this means for our school. I am sure that like us, you will have lots of questions, but as yet, we do not have any answers until the government share more information with us.

In the short-term therefore, nothing has changed for us and our school continues to remain open for a small number of key worker children and work will continue to be set as part of class blogs. A hard copy of a learning pack for each year group will also be available to collect from school this Friday between 9:00am and 3:00pm.

When we have more information about how to move forward in a safe way, you will be informed. Take care everyone and stay safe,

Week beginning 4th May 2020

I received a lovely email from Oliver this week; it was lovely to hear all about your 7th birthday and how wonderful of you to deliver party bags to your friends. I must admit your Harry Potter afternoon tea looked delicious. It sounds like you had a lovely day.

Happy Birthday Oliver

As friday is celebrating VE day the children in our childcare have been making some lovely crafts this week including badges, decorating mugs and artwork as well as making paper chains and bunting. It would be wonderful to hear about some of the things that you are doing to celebrate.

Max making paper chains with Miss Quinn

Well done to everyone that took part in the Sunderland sumdog competition. Overall, as a school, Fatfield came 3rd but Esmae – Wow top of the leaderboard, well done! Also well done to Luke B in Y2 for finishing in 3rd place and Jack M in Y4 for finishing 8th. Amazing effort from everyone!

Staff have been working hard to continue to provide online work for pupils however I want to stress again that parents should not feel under any pressure to complete all of the tasks. Children work at different paces so please do not feel that they have to complete everything. Remember you are doing a great job trying to keep some normality during a very difficult time. Children initially brought home a pack of learning and since then work has been set online. Teachers are now in the process of producing another pack of work that will be available to collect from school next Friday May 15th if you would like to collect one. If children are struggling with academic work have a look on the Y5 blog for links to Miss Quinn’s YouTube art tutorials. These are fun activities that can be done with resources you have around the home. Also check out our OPAL page, Miss Grotz has included ideas for crafts as well as sharing some photographs of what staff have been up to.

Like many of you I am awaiting the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday to see if there is any clarity on school opening as we move forward. At this time I have no idea of when that will be and what it will entail. I think as a community we can pride ourselves on the combined strength we have and as always your support and kind words are greatly appreciated. we continue to miss you all.

Stay safe everyone. Love from Mrs Pizl and the Fatfield staff xx.

Week beginning 27th April 2020.

I was delighted to receive and email from Leo and Jake this week and so pleased to hear about all of the home learning you have been doing. Well done boys and well done to mum and dad for all their hard work supporting you. I loved seeing the photographs you sent as well.

Last week I told you about how we donated our 3D reels to make the tops for PPE visors. This week I had a lovely message to say that thanks to our donation 30 visors were delivered to a local care home this week. Visors have also been delivered to paramedics, the Red Cross and other key workers.

It was lovely to see messages from Y1 and Y5 this week – you make us all cry seeing you through your wonderful video messages.

We have all been watching the sumdog leader board and can’t wait to get the final results. Big shout out to Esmae Y3, Luke B Y2, Jack M Y4 and George B Y6 who were in the top ten on Wednesday – WOW!!

This week I thought it would be nice to share some of the activities that the staff have been carrying out with our children accessing childcare over the last few weeks. See the photographs below – I’m sure you’ll agree they are having fun!

As always, stay safe, have patience and hopefully we will all be together soon. We miss you. Love from Mrs Pizl and the Fatfield staff xx.

Week beginning 20th April 2020

I hope you are all well; How lovely to see special messages from Y3 and Y4 this week, I know your teachers were over the moon. This week Mrs Young launched a new competiton on Sumdog and already I can see that some of you are in the top 20 – Wow, Well Done!

This week Oak National Academy launched an online classroom providing 180 video lessons per week for children of all ages – check this out at https:/www.thenational.academy/

Also check out the online safety programme for parents to support children’s learning at https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

It is always heartwarming to hear of so many people helping our NHS and key workers. Mrs Ward’s brother in law and nephew have been making visors for the key workers and we were fortunate to be able to donate some of our 3D printer reels to support this good cause. Well Done guys!

Part of visors made on 3D printer by Mrs Ward’s brother in law and nephew.

We still have no idea of how long our school will remain closed but we hope, like you, that we are all back together again soon. I know your teachers love reading your messages and the videos make them so happy, as well as making them cry.

Stay safe everyone, we miss you. Love from Mrs Pizl and the Fatfield staff xx

Week beginning 13th April 2020

I hope you are all having a lovely Easter and managed to have fun over the Easter weekend. This week the staff have been reduced to tears; we wanted to put together a special video for you (see below) and once it all came together it really brought home how much we miss everyone. Reception children then sent a video which made us all cry again – you can view this on the EYFS blog and then this morning Y2 sent a video to Miss Brown (check it out on the Y2 blog) and Y1 sent a message video to Mr Beeson. I can’t tell you how much this has meant to us all, seeing the children and knowing the Fatfield family are still here to support each other. There are lots of wet handkerchiefs I can tell you!

I was so happy to hear from some of the children this week too and have loved looking at the photographs and reading your emails. Taylor, how lovely of you to send your new neighbours a letter, seeing your smiling face really cheered me up. Oliver, you looked like you were having great fun during the Easter egg hunt and how lovely to see you celebrating your sister’s first birthday. Someone else who is having a birthday next week is Joshua in Y5; thank you to your mum for sending a lovely email and although this birthday will be very different I am sure you will have a great day with your family. Best wishes from all the staff Joshua.

Yesterday it was announced that lockdown will continue for at least another 3 weeks, I know this sounds a long time but if it keeps us all safe then it is the right thing to do.

I know that some of the Y6 children are worrying about not seeing their class mates again should the lockdown go on for months, but, we wont let that happen. Whether it’s July or September we wont let you leave us without a final party.

Teachers are continuing to update the class blogs but remember if some of the tasks are tricky, don’t stress. Reading a book, making up stories and writing them down are fun and educational things to do. Check out Miss Quinn’s art video on the Y5 blog; this will be updated with fun things to make. Also check out a free home family learning opportunity from Apextra; on our website, click on the ‘parents’ tab and then ‘family learning’. We are very fortunate to be offered this and I am sure it will provide endless family fun. If it is something you are interested in then use the contact details on the information sheet.

I can’t thank the staff enough for the work they are doing at home to update blogs and post new activities. The teachers have told me that some of the children are sending messages to them through purple mash and this is really brightening up their day. Thank you to all of the grown-ups for helping the children to send messages; you really are superstars.

We will get through this together! Take care everyone and stay safe!

Love from Mrs Pizl and the Fatfield Staff xx

Here is a little video for all of our children at Fatfield Academy:

Week beginning 6th April 2020

Well I can’t believe we are in the Easter holidays. I hope you are enjoying family time and getting creative making Easter crafts; maybe you could decorate a paste egg or make an Easter card.

The last few weeks have been very different for all of us but if we continue to listen to good advice and stay home hopefully we will all be back together again soon. I enjoy reading the class blogs from your teachers; I miss them very much and like you have not seen many of them for weeks. I am enjoying spending time with my family and my dog Louis loves having his humans at home. As you can see it’s tiring work for him doing nothing.

I would love to hear how you are doing, if you would like to send me a message you can write a letter and post it to school as we are still receiving mail or you can email me on fatfield.academy@inspiremultiacademytrust.co.uk I would love to fill my blog with lots of photos and messages from you all. Also remember that you can send your teacher a message through Purple Mash.

I would like to say a huge thank you to GeGe creations for their generosity in sending in bath bombs for our children in childcare. Also a huge thank you to Sunderland Council and Thorntons for the kind donation of Easter eggs. These kind gestures really do make a difference to the children and their parents who we all rely on during this time of National Emergency. Our NHS staff are always in our thoughts and hearts.

To all the grown-ups remember to stay positive, you are doing a great job!

Enjoy the Easter weekend and as always stay safe.

Lots of love from Mrs Pizl and the Fatfield Staff xx

Week beginning 30th March 2020

We hope you are all keeping well. All of the staff here at Fatfield are trying to keep busy and many staff are enjoying spending time with their family. You will see by the class blogs that the teachers are also working from home. We are continuing to provide childcare for the children of our critical key workers and cannot thank the NHS enough for their hard work and dedication at this worrying time. The children in our childcare wanted to say thank you to their parents and all NHS workers as well and so decorated one of the OOH windows.

The children’s thankyou message to the NHS.

I would like to thank parents for the lovely messages we have been receiving through the school email. I know many of the children have been sending their teacher messages through purple mash and this is really cheering them up as they all miss you so much.

Take care everyone, stay home and please stay safe. Remember grown-ups you’re doing a fantastic job; have loads of family time and cherish each day.

Lots of Love from Mrs Pizl and all the staff at Fatfield.

Week beginning 23rd March 2020

To all of our wonderful pupils and parents, we hope you are all keeping safe this week. Remember to check your class blog to support with home learning activities (I bet your parents are becoming wonderful teachers). For those of you that have not collected your homework pack, these are at the office and available to collect between 10am and 2pm.

Enjoy family time and although going outside is very limited there will be lots of games and fun things to do at home. Try cooking, reading or helping with housework!

Take care everyone, we miss you. Lots of Love from Mrs Pizl and all the staff at Fatfield Academy.

Friday 27th March 2020

As we come to the end of our first week the staff at Fatfield would like to thank you all for supporting us at this time of National Emergency. We want to tell you that you are doing a great job. We understand that this is a stressful time and don’t want you to worry about planning and delivering lessons every day. The activities that teachers have set are suggestions to use if you wish. You can have lots of fun reading a story, baking, writing about your day (diary entries), painting a picture, talking about a TV programme or playing in the garden. Maybe you can make models with Lego, junk materials or playdoh.

The most important thing is being together through this unprecedented time, give your children a hug and spend quality family time together.

Remember you’re doing a great job and each week that passes is one week closer to us all being back together.

Stay safe. Love from all the staff at Fatfield