This Week's News

Friday 3rd April 2020

A message from Mrs Mooney

Dear Parents and Carers,

What a very unusual end of term today was! We reach our first milestone! Our value this month ‘Appreciation’ seems very fitting at the moment. Firstly I would like to thank the entire Oatlands staff for their amazing commitment and ensuring that Oatlands continues to thrive both as a support network and learning community.

And thank you! What amazing teachers you all are! We have loved seeing all of the children’s learning and the time you have taken to share photos and videos with us. Your emails of thanks have been so encouraging and uplifting for all of us so thank you.

I know that the teachers are providing you with some activities to complete at your leisure through the ‘Easter holidays’. We feel it is important to make this break to support the children’s understanding of work and free/relaxation time. Hopefully a time for the staff to also spend time with their own families.

In the light of the current situation, the DFE have put some additional safeguarding advice in place for schools. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

In light of the new guidance for schools, staff will not be able to take part in any virtual class meet ups. Whilst I know this may be disappointing, the processes needed for them to take part would be extensive. I do hope that you do continue to virtually meet as groups and am pleased that the children are still able to see us through our pre-recorded videos.

Following on from my email about reading yesterday, in true Oatlands style, teachers and parents emailed various suggestions and things they are using. In the light of this, Mr Copsey has collated this information, which is attached. Thank you.

I hope you and your families stay safe and well and to ‘see’ you all back in action on Monday 20th April. Inset day is cancelled I’m afraid!

Take care,

Love and best wishes as always,

Tanya Mooney

iPad Applications used in school
Mrs Wood has kindly put together a list of some of the iPad applications we use most frequently in school. You will be aware of many of these already as we have been using some of them over the last 2 weeks however there are lots of others which you might want to try with your child. All are available on the Apple App Store for use on iPads and iPhones. You may be lucky and also find them on your android app store however as we only use iPads in school, we can't be certain. The list can be found on at the bottom of the Online Learning Resources page of the school website  Learning for Life