Trust Statement

In light of recent events, we would like to send our heartfelt sadness and profound solidarity and support to our friends, colleagues and the wider community in the USA. The murder of George Floyd, alongside countless other black Americans, has once again highlighted to the world that racism is deeply rooted in all our institutions and communities. In light of this murder and other unnecessary acts of grievous and unconscionable violence, we are resolved to do more, as educators, to fight prejudice in all its forms, question our role in this and be determined to bring about positive change to eradicate racism and prejudice in all its forms.

Our curriculum is deeply rooted in developing community and building social equity and we have never shied away from facing and challenging what is unacceptable in our global, national and local community. We believe that the knowledge we acquire becomes powerful only when it is used to bring about positive social change so that we become better people and our world becomes a better place. As such, as a Trust, we feel it our responsibility to do more; not just to speak out against prejudice and injustice but be determined to do more to actively change the way we work, how we work, what we learn and how we affect positive change.

Our students already learn about racial inequality by studying the role of the British in the formulation of the slave trade and their part in the triangular trading of humans in the 18th century. We link this to the inhumane treatment of black communities in the USA in the 19th and 20th Centuries and their suffering at the hands of perverse attitudes and laws during this time. We study and celebrate the Civil Rights movement in the USA and the significant role it played, and continues to play, in fighting for equality and justice. Also, in Crew sessions across our Trust, there is a strong focus on equity justice and we constantly promote respect and tolerance.  

However, we feel  that we could do much more to highlight and change the systemic and institutional racism that exists in our own country by focusing more on how and why black people have been historically and more recently let down by our institutions and systems in the UK.  

Therefore, today we pledge to review our curriculum at all phases, as well as our own understanding of racism, to integrate more consciously opportunities to educate our students about racial injustice. We will use experts to support us to challenge and confront racism and through this learning act to bring about more equity in our communities.  

We stand with our friends who are fighting this injustice in the USA, in the UK and the wider world.

We stand with our friends and we pledge to act and do more to reflect on the history and actions of our own communities and institutions in the UK and how we can actively make them more socially equitable and more just for all.

This Week in the Trust

Please see our school contributions to this week in the XP Trust including a sneak peak at our ‘How can I be a Superhero where I live?’ product.

 

Extremely Random Reading

Check out all of the extremely random places we have been reading this week …
Thank you to all the children and staff who took part.

 

Across all schools in the Trust we are looking ahead to when we can extend the current provision and welcome more of our students back, in line with the current Government plans. 

This will be bespoke, taking into account the needs of and numbers of students in each of our schools, their families and the wider community.

Our staff are already carrying out work within our schools to make them as safe as we can, looking at every aspect of school life from how we might work in small groups to where we eat lunch. In other words what a day in school will look and feel like in the weeks to come as we extend our provision.

Keeping the risks low, manageable and safeguarding the health and wellbeing of students and staff is our key priority and always will be.

We promise to continue to keep you informed and up to date, but as always if you have any questions please do get in touch with your school. 

Below is a link to the Department for Education guidance for parents and carers about the reopening of schools from 1st June 2020. This may help answer some questions you may have if you have chosen to send your child back to school. Further details will follow over the next week for those who wish to return.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june

Extreme Reading

This week the theme for our NIS video is reading in unusual or extreme places.
So make sure you send us in your photographs of you reading in a strange place … on your slide? In a paddling pool? Which bizarre places can you think of to read?
Send your photos to parents@norton-inf.uk before the end of Thursday – we have had some brilliant ones already!
Happy Reading

VE Day 75

Thank you to all of our children, families and staff who shared their photographs this week.

Today we honour all those servicemen and women who served in the Second World War, and the sacrifices made.

To those who gave so much, Norton Infant School thanks you.

 

On the 8th May 2020 it will be 75 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the war in Europe.  It will be an opportunity for us all to remember the enormous sacrifices that were made at home and abroad and to joyously celebrate as people did 75 years ago, the arrival of peace in Europe.

In commemoration of this the school is celebrating the day by asking you to send us a photograph of what your child has been doing in preparation for VE day at home.  For example maybe a VE day themed drawing, flag making, dressing up in a red, white or blue theme, making bunting or if the weather is nice having a picnic lunch or afternoon tea in the garden.

 

We have put lots of links, activities and videos on our home learning site if you need some inspiration.

If we could have your photos by the latest Wednesday 6 May to parents@norton-inf.uk

Thank you for your continued support.