Pinewood Infant School and Foundation Unit

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Two weeks in shut down...

Dear Parents/Carers,

We don’t half miss you all!  I miss my visitors to my office showing me excellent work, miss the smiles and miss the buzz of school.  I have definitely missed Miss Florian’s annual Easter bunny hop around school with her chocolate Easter eggs for all the staff. It makes me so thankful for the job that I do when I am stuck working from home and not getting the contact with the children.  I certainly don’t get to laugh as much! I am actually jealous of teachers being able to  hear from you on seesaw! Keep checking our Facebook page and say hi to me on there!  I hope you are all ok and are getting into a bit of a routine.

Well the first 2 weeks  of this weird time are over. Wouldn’t want to repeat those in a hurry. At 8pm on a Thursday night I have been clapping for all NHS and key workers but with particular thought to key worker parents that we have in school, some of which are on Covid 19 wards and the school staff who have been so amazing at making home learning work so quickly. Thank you to everyone at school for their flexibility in opening up school for a few key worker children.

Thank you to parents for your understanding of our strict key worker offer. We want to keep numbers down to an absolute minimum to safeguard children attending and to safeguard staff. All key workers are not bringing their children to school over Easter as they have made alternative arrangements which allows us to have a break from opening school. Thank you so much for that, it is appreciated but if things change for you then email me as we do not want you to struggle.

Thanks to those who have been engaging with home learning via seesaw. To manage remote learning moving forward I have written some guidance to ensure teachers and parents can work together successfully on a system that works for all.  We do not want to add to your stress levels or anxieties at this difficult time so please just do what you can.  Moving forward you will see a weekly over view of a few activities on your class pages on the website. This may be enough for some of you to manage.  For those that want a more daily structured routine, this will continue to be made available each morning during term time on seesaw.    We are not expecting you to be teachers—please only do what you can. If you could read the attached guidance/policy then that would be great so that we all have clarity during school closure. Honestly I know only too well how hard it can be motivating our own children– I feel proud when I have got my teenage boys out of bed before 1pm!

Pooches are enjoying me working from home anyway! 

Please take great care and keep safe.

I will be checking my emails over the Easter period so email me on if you have any urgent questions or concerns.

Big love to you and your families

Miss Otter


Please find the Remote Home Learning Policy under the Key information tab, School Policies. It is important that you read this information to ensure clarity across school between parents and school staff during this school closure.