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
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.
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
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
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
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.
Mrs T A Pizl
Week beginning 18th May 2020
21st May 2020 – update on reopening of school
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,
Mrs T A Pizl
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.
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!
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
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
Mrs T A Pizl
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.
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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