Family Learning Cafe (25th September)

Join @NorfolkAdultLearning for their #FREE Family Learning Café on Friday 25 September, 11.30am.

Have lots of fun with a story scavenger hunt! You will help bring the story alive by finding objects from around the home and matching them to the story.

It is also a great chance to find out all about Family Learning and the courses they have to offer.

Suitable for families with children aged up to 11 years.  

More information > https://bit.ly/3iDwrBr

Family Learning Cafe (22nd September)

Who says you shouldn’t play with your food?

Make an exception and join @NorfolkAdultLearning for a fun game of food bingo in their Family Learning Café on Tuesday 22 September at 7pm.

Suitable for families with children aged up to 11 years. You will also find out about Family Learning and the courses they have to offer.

More information > https://bit.ly/33vU4Wg

COVID-19: What to do if…?

COVID-19: What to do if….?

Please find attached a parent’s guide to support your decision making surrounding school attendance and dealing with COVID-19 symptoms.

Find answers to problems such as:

  • My child has Covid19 symptoms…
  • NHS Test and Trace has identified that my child has been in close contact with someone with symptoms of Covid19…
  • Someone in my household has Covid19 symptoms …

Guided Tour of Bluebell

Mrs Plowman has made a video showing the key changes that have happened at school to ensure that everyone can stay safe whilst they get back into their learning.

Please take time to watch the video and, if you have any questions, please contact the school.

Enjoy

Welcome back

We are really excited to be welcoming everyone back next week. 

We are currently updating our website and there is now a new staff list for 2020-2021 and a welcome message from the new headteacher.

In case you missed it, here is the letter with information about returning to school. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Returning to Bluebell

We are very excited to have everyone back at school on the 7th September and have been working through the summer to ensure that everything is in place to make the school a safe and enjoyable place to learn.

Please see the letter (attached) which explains in more detail the steps we all need to take when returning in September.

Hope you’ve had a good summer and we look forward to seeing you all on the 7th.

10 top tips for parents to support reading at home

1. Encourage your child to read

Reading helps your child’s wellbeing, develops imagination and has educational benefits too. Just a few minutes a day can have a big impact on children of all ages.

2. Read aloud regularly

Try to read to your child every day. It’s a special time to snuggle up and enjoy a story. Stories matter and children love re-reading them and poring over the pictures. Try adding funny voices to bring characters to life.

3. Encourage reading choice

Give children lots of opportunities to read different things in their own time – it doesn’t just have to be books. There’s fiction, non-fiction, poetry, comics, magazines, recipes and much more. Try leaving interesting reading material in different places around the home and see who picks it up.

4. Read together

Choose a favourite time to read together as a family and enjoy it. This might be everyone reading the same book together, reading different things at the same time, or getting your children to read to each other. This time spent reading together can be relaxing for all.

5. Create a comfortable environment

Make a calm, comfortable place for your family to relax and read independently – or together.

6. Make use of your local library

Libraries in England are able to open from 4 July, so visit them when you’re able to and explore all sorts of reading ideas. Local libraries also offer brilliant online materials, including audiobooks and ebooks to borrow. See Libraries Connected for more digital library services and resources.

7. Talk about books

This is a great way to make connections, develop understanding and make reading even more enjoyable. Start by discussing the front cover and talking about what it reveals and suggests the book could be about. Then talk about what you’ve been reading and share ideas. You could discuss something that happened that surprised you, or something new that you found out. You could talk about how the book makes you feel and whether it reminds you of anything.

8. Bring reading to life

You could try cooking a recipe you’ve read together. Would you recommend it to a friend? Alternatively, play a game where you pretend to be the characters in a book, or discuss an interesting article you’ve read.

9. Make reading active

Play games that involve making connections between pictures, objects and words, such as reading about an object and finding similar things in your home. You could organise treasure hunts related to what you’re reading. Try creating your child’s very own book by using photos from your day and adding captions.

10. Engage your child in reading in a way that suits them

You know your child best and you’ll know the best times for your child to read. If they have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) then short, creative activities may be the way to get them most interested. If English is an additional language, encourage reading in a child’s first language, as well as in English. What matters most is that they enjoy it.

This advice come from the Department for Education

Welcome to Bluebell

We would like to invite all our new starters in Reception to take a virtual tour around their new classroom.

To help with transition we have created a virtual reality tour of the setting to help children get used to the space.

Even if you’re child is not starting in Reception it’s worth a look.