SUMMER TERM 2020
What an unusual time we are experiencing. With the country going into lockdown at the end of March so much changed for pupils, staff and families of Black Torrington School.
To start, everyone was tasked with home learning with staff and teachers supporting families online by setting work and keeping up the contacts. We provided school places for children, whose parents were key workers, at Bridgerule School where they attended along with pupils from Bradford and Bridgerule Schools, with teachers and teaching assistants from all 3 schools working a rota.
Last summer we had the school playground resurfaced and we have now had some exciting and colourful markings done. The children have had great fun, following a fitness trail, doing hopscotch and target throwing.
From June we were able to open our doors again to selected pupils in what was continually changing criteria from the government. We put in place staggered drop offs, entrances, collections, a limited number of classroom spaces available and measures to keep children apart as much as possible with a strict hygiene and cleaning protocol to be followed.
Class 2 children, with the help of Kate Garrett have had the chance to do some wall art in the undercover area.
All of this meant that most of our usual summer term activities could not take place, we had no sports day, summer fayre, trips or treats for the children.
We are hoping for a more normal start to the autumn term in September and are working towards that. We look forward to welcoming 6 new reception children into class 1, we held a socially distanced Teddy Bear’s picnic in the park so the children could meet each other and their teachers.
As we have come to the end of the school year, we would like to take the opportunity to say thank you for all of your continuing support, the family feel that Black Torrington has is one of our strengths and the support that our families and community give day in, day out is thoroughly appreciated.
As we have not been able to have our usual leaver's service in the church we decided to provide our wonderful year 6's with a Leaver's video with messages from children and teachers. There was not a dry eye in the house as we said goodbye to Aiden, Erin, Jay, Sid and Zara, we will really miss them and wish them well as they move on to secondary school. To finish off the term we held a whole school water fight and it was fantastic to see every pupil in school for a fun filled and very wet afternoon!
We thank everyone for continued support, understanding and patience whilst we try to negotiate our way through the stages of this challenging time.