Dear parent/carer,

I hope you have had a lovely Easter, although it has been very different to any other Easter we have ever experienced. As we are about to enter our fifth week of school closures, with the lockdown extended by another three weeks, I wanted to get in touch with you to let you know we are thinking of you all constantly and missing the children very much. I know you will probably have some difficult days at home, but you really are doing a great job. The most important thing right now is that you and your child are happy, healthy and safe. So give your child lots of love, keep them safe and spend time doing lovely things together such as reading, singing, playing, being creative and learning real life skills (refer to our wish list for ideas).

Next week, our teachers will be setting more activities for your child to complete if they require it. We know there have been some issues with children accessing Purple Mash. Whilst it does provide an excellent, secure platform for your child to communicate with their friends and teachers, it can be difficult to view on smaller devices such as phones and tablets. We will therefore be gathering more books for your child to read and printing out more activity sheets that we can send out to you if you would like them. Please telephone school next week and we can organise this for you. Times Table Rockstars and Sumdog do work well on a range of devices so these programs are always a good ‘go to’ and your child will be very familiar with them. The BBC are launching their new educational platform on Monday, so we will review this next week and signpost you to areas that are appropriate for your child.

Thank you for all the lovely comments we have received about our communications to you, particularly our videos on Twitter! When Mr McCabe presents his ideas to us, the majority of staff rarely need much persuasion to get involved, as you can probably tell! The main thing to all staff at Broadway is that the children keep smiling and hopefully having a little sing along with us will do just that. Likewise, what has been lovely for us, is reading all the gorgeous emails your children have sent to staff, as well as seeing the pictures and messages that some of you have put on Twitter. We are so lucky to have the best children and parents and thank you all so much for your support.

I will continue to communicate with you via text, our website and Twitter (@broadwayjuniors). Our phone lines will be open Monday to Friday, 8:30-3:30. As always, do not hesitate to get in touch if there is anything you want to speak to us about.  One last point for today... we still have some places in Year 3 for September, so please spread the word and let family, friends and neighbours know that I would be delighted to speak to any parents who are interested in enquiring about a place. I am able to organise video calls and a virtual tour of the school if anyone would like that.

Thank you once again for your understanding and support at this difficult. Remember we are all in this together and we will get through it. Stay positive.

Take care.

Mrs Johnson                                                                                              
Broadway Wish List