Chilton Foliat Primary School’s core Christian values of ‘thankfulness, courage and love’ have become central to the whole school community coping with lockdown.
Headteacher, Katie Turner, commented, “Our children and their parents and carers are embracing the challenges of home-school learning and we are enjoying seeing pictures of them taking part in the activities being set by our teaching team. We are very grateful to all our families for the support they are giving to their children at home.
During the summer term the teaching team is continuing to develop ways to provide support, encouragement and engagement for its pupils as home learning continues. The school is setting up its own Chilton Foliat School newsletter with contributions from children including photos, stories, poems, jokes, quizzes, and fascinating facts.
The school remains open for its key worker families and it takes pride in being able to support those providing essential services to all. The children in school are being looked after by a skeleton staff and have been completing their home learning tasks, looking after our school garden, enjoying arts and crafts and lots of fresh air. There was great excitement recently when the children worked together to release a hedgehog which was caught up in a football net!”
As well as the core subjects of Maths, English and RE, the home-school learning packs have featured a variety of exciting and stimulating activities to encourage pupil engagement. Pupils have created a COVID-19 time capsule, learned to juggle, made fireworks in a glass and cooked Anglo-Saxon biscuits.
The Latest News Section on the school website – www.chiltonfoliatprimary.org.uk – has become the focal point for a wide collection of resources. This includes a growing gallery of photographs from the children, showing how they are adapting to their new circumstances. It also has a page showing the children’s collection of rainbow pictures for the NHS.