Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back to a very remote spring term. The decision to close school was not totally a surprise and very much needed to keep everyone safe. Although, longer notice would have been appreciated by everyone! That said, our teachers managed to arrange on-line learning in less than 24 hours and our critical key worker care provision in place.
Home learning will evolve as it did last time, with activities based on pupil engagement, enjoyment and curriculum coverage. The most important factor throughout lockdown will be your child’s well-being. Please do refer to the Covid page on our website about getting into routines and managing your workload.
Next week additional information will be sent about new learning which will balance age, ability and access to a form of technology. It is about quality of pupil engagement rather than the quantity. Reading remains a key focus and that access to rich engaging texts is essential to further develop vocabulary and writing skills. Please do use the website below to continue to encourage reading and listening to stories.
On line free books
If you require any of the work to be printed off, please email the school office. Teachers will be encouraging pupils to complete daily blog entries and share their learning with the rest of the class. We are also introducing a weekly sharing class zoom to allow for pupils to discuss their learning for that week.
Please do try and stick to a regular routine and use additional resources which have been placed on the home learning pages for extra activities. Our pupils were and will be amazing at producing good quality work and you have been outstanding in your varied approaches to making home learning work for your family. But I will reemphasise, well being both physical and mental is essential for a successful productive learning environment.
We all have our concerns about the lockdown and the impact on our pupils. Fortunately, our pupils are resilient and studious and will do well with all of our combined efforts.
Thank you for your continued support.
New guidance added following the government announcement on the 10th May:
Actions for educational and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020 - Latest guidance on how educational and childcare settings should prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020,
Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings - GOV.UK - Guidance for education and childcare settings on how to implement protective measures.
Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care Preventing and controlling infection, including the use of PPE, in education, childcare and children’s social care settings during the coronavirus outbreak
What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak - Information for parents and carers about the wider opening of nurseries, schools and colleges, transport, attendance, free school meals and remote education
Staying safe outside your home - GOV.UK - This guidance sets out the principles you should follow to ensure that time spent with others outside your home is as safe as possible
Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy - The Government’s roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 crisis
Please also see the below existing DfE guidance to support education providers during this period
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)
Please note: opening hours have been extended to cover weekends and the DfE are increasing the number of call handlers available to answer your calls.
How do I explain social distancing to my child?
Be open and honest, using language they will understand. Explain that they are helping others by their actions. Use drawings if needed and use a positive tone. Try to make the children feel safe.
For younger children, you and your child can find out how the Gruffalo handles social distancing .
There are some great stories and simple explanations to help:
Time to Come In, Bear: A Children's Story About Social Distancing
Written by Kim St. Lawrence Read by Ryan St. Lawrence.
How to Explain Social Distancing to Kids
For very young children who may not understand the concept of viruses and germs, this video from
Sesame Street's Grover is a great way to show them the “good” and “bad” of being far away and too
close up to someone.
Grover and Social Distancing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOrt8WMwVEo&feature=emb_logo
What hygiene measures will be in place to keep my child safe?
• follow the COVID-19: cleaning of non-healthcare settings guidance.
• ensure that sufficient handwashing facilities are available. Hand sanitiser is in classrooms and other learning environments.
• clean surfaces that children and young people are touching, such as tables, chairs, toys, books, desks, chairs, doors, sinks, toilets, light switches, bannisters, more regularly than normal.
Ensure that all adults and children:
• frequently wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds and dry thoroughly and/or use hand sanitiser
• clean their hands-on arrival at the setting, before and after eating, and after sneezing or coughing, are encouraged not to touch their mouth, eyes and nose.
• Promote good respiratory and hand hygiene become the normal school culture, promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
• ensure that help is available for children and young people who have trouble cleaning their hands independently.
• consider how to encourage young children to learn and practise these habits through games, songs and repetition.
• ensure that bins for tissues are emptied throughout the day.
• where possible, all spaces should be well ventilated using natural ventilation e.g. opening windows and doors (bearing in mind fire safety and safeguarding).