08 Jan 2021
Primary High Notes 8th January 2021
This week has been quite a whirlwind, as I am sure it has been for many of you, as we adapt with speed to the latest Lockdown conditions. I would like to thank you for all your support and positive feedback we have received this week, and I have shared with our teachers the wealth of complementary emails and Facebook comments you have been sending. We have welcomed 70 pupils in school for key worker provision, and our nursery, The Wrens, is operating as normal, with Primary Extra Time available until 5:30pm for an additional charge. I would like to publicly thank all our staff who are working hard to provide high quality teaching and learning. Our core focus, embedded in the Derby High ethos and values, of the personal and academic development of our pupils remains at the forefront of everything we will continue to do through our Remote Learning Programme, featuring live online lessons, mirroring the timings of the usual school day.
It was wonderful to all come together on Thursday for my first ‘live’ assembly with the whole of the Primary school. I linked my love of Boyzone with super hero poses and managing challenging times. We listened to Boyzone sing “When the Going Gets Tough” (a great way to start any day in my opinion!). Human beings can achieve amazing feats in difficult, challenging and stressful circumstances. Whilst we might not be climbing Mount Everest or landing on the moon, we all face challenges every day. An example I gave was completing a piece of work when your laptop crashes. The challenge is to keep positive and overcome the issues which unexpectedly crop up.
I talked about strategies we could all use to master the art of not giving up when the going gets tough - as Boyzone said: “when the going gets tough, the tough get going”. Strategies include meditation and breathing techniques. I also talked about asking for help. Even though we are not all together in a physical classroom, our virtual classrooms on MS Teams mean that pupils can ask questions and ask for help from their teachers in real time, whilst they are working.
My final tip was about striking a super hero pose! Power posing was first introduced by Amy Cuddy in 2010 when she suggested that standing in ‘high power’ stances produces power by working on hormonal changes in the human body. This can affect your confidence and stress levels. By striking a super hero pose, a bit like superman, for just 5 minutes before you start your day might really help you for your day ahead - why not give it a try?!
And finally, we will be resuming our Survey Monkey for pupils and parents next Friday, which will provide an opportunity for constructive feedback on our remote learning provision.
Welcome to The Wrens
This week the Wrens have had a brilliant time settling in. We have welcomed lots of lovely new children to our class and we are really proud of the other Wrens for looking after them so well. We have been enjoying singing counting songs in maths and learning a new sound in Phonics! Well done, super stars!
Key Worker Children and Nursery Pupils
It was a real pleasure to welcome back children of Key Workers in our Primary School this week, they have taken the changes to their routine very much in their stride. It is lovely to hear happy chatter and laughter in the playgrounds during the day.
Whilst children may not be able to be all together in their classrooms, through Microsoft Teams and with the support of their teachers they have all been connected and continue to make excellent progress.
To ensure we all remain connected as a community Mr Harper would like to ask parents for help in capturing the learning opportunities and experiences for your child. This can be photographs or short videos of your child's work, your child working, helping at home, etc. These will be shared in Mr Harper’s Friday Celebration Assembly every week at 3pm. Please email any photos or videos, with an explanation if it is not clear, to PrimaryRemoteLearning@derbyhigh.co.uk. Thank you.
Covid, Anxiety and Stress Resources
Dr Karen Treisman, MBE, is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist who works across the National Health System and children’s services. She has extensive experience in the areas of trauma, parenting, adversity (ACE’s) and attachment.
Dr Treisman uses a range of therapeutic approaches with families. She is the author of eleven books, including the bestselling book, "The therapeutic treasure box", and four sets of therapeutic card decks.
Her website features a wide-range of resources and the section on covid, anxiety and stress is particularly valuable and can be found here: http://www.safehandsthinkingminds.co.uk/covid-anxiety-stress-resources-links