Dear Parents and Carers,
Last week was another productive week for remote learning. It was really lovely to see all the children at the whole school assembly. During the assembly, we revisited our school values and our new online rules. Overall, I am impressed with how both the staff and pupils are familiarising themselves with google classroom and Zoom. Let’s have another fantastic week of online learning!
We will be moving all classes over to Google Classroom within the next two weeks as we continue to grow in confidence in using this platform. Thank you to the families who have reached out to ask for support with using the Chromebooks – we are currently in the process of putting together a user guide, and we will share this with you in due course.
SCHOOL VALUE OF THE WEEK (W/C 11th January 2021): Tolerance
Values Role of Honour (W/C 11 th January 2021):
|Excellence||Laura, Arjun, Mathew, Blake, Tristan, Samuel, Amanda, Aaron, All Years 1 & 2, All Reception and Nursery.|
|Resilience||All Year 6, Oluwaloni, Reeya, Noah, All Years 1 & 2, All Reception and Nursery.|
|Independence||All Year 6, All Year 5, All Years 3 & 4, Years 1 & 2, All Reception and Nursery.|
|Co-operation||Tayla-Ann, Simona, All Years 1 & 2, All Reception and Nursery.|
|Self-Control||Arjun, Tristan, Addison, Thabani, Neriya, Lyxandra, Blake, Hazel, Paige, Alicia, Isaac, Lucas, All Years 1 & 2, All Reception and Nursery.|
|Curiosity||Laura, Matthew, Tristan, Christopher D and Caden.|
|Acceptance||All Years 1 & 2, All Reception and Nursery.|
|Respect||Lyxandra, Gabriella, All Years 1 & 2, Reception and Nursery.|
Stars of the Week (Headteacher Awards) W/C 11th January 2021:
|Nursery||Rebeca and Philip|
|Reception||Isaiah and Chloe|
|Year 5||Christopher O|
Keep letting your light shine! I am so proud of you all.
FAO of Parents Whose Children are in school:
Please check your child for symptoms, and do not come into school if they or anyone in your family show the following symptoms:
- a high temperature (please try to take their temperature every morning)
- a new, continuous cough or symptoms – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
The above 3 symptoms are from the NHS, and you should always consult your GP or call 111 NHS or use the coronavirus service https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/
What to do if you have symptoms:
If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:
1. Get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible.
2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get your test result – only leave your home to have a test.
3. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get your result. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/ Always contact the school if you are unsure of what to do or would like some advice.
SHOULD YOUR CHILD DEVELOP ANY OF THE ABOVE SYMPTOMS OVER THE WEEKEND, PLEASE INFORM THE SCHOOL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE (VIA EMAIL) TO ENSURE THAT THE SCHOOL CAN TAKE THE NECCESARY PRECAUTIONS IN-LINE WITH OUR RISK ASSESSMENT AND GUIDANCE FROM OUR LOCAL HEALTH PROTECTION TEAM. PLEASE SEND THE EMAIL TO EITHER email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Each school in the local authority has an attendance target which is set for them. This year our published school attendance target is 96%.
Please see below for all classes with 100% attendance last week:
If you are requesting time off for your child for exceptional circumstances such as an operation, you must complete an Absence Request Form. You can get an Absence Request Form from the office.
Safeguarding: Online Safety and Coronavirus
With the new lockdown measures that came into place, children will inevitably spend more time online. This has implications for many areas of your child’s life. For instance, the need to stay in contact with their friends will be of particular importance at this time.
There is help available to support you from the NSPCC such as:
While many parents and carers may be worried about their children spending more time online during lockdown, it’s important to understand what they’re doing online rather than setting limits on their total screen time.
For example, a child may spend hours searching the internet, while another child may spend less time each day talking to people they don’t know on a livestreaming or video app.
Asking them about the sites, apps and games they use regularly can be a great way to start a conversation and help you identify any risks in what your child’s doing online or who they may be talking to. We’ve got some great tips below to help get you started.
You can also find online safety tips and information about social networks, apps and games for parents over on Net Aware, in partnership with O2.
Live Streaming and Video apps
Many children will find it hard not being able to see their friends or family in person, and video apps can be a great way for them to stay in touch during lockdown when used safely, but there are also risks for young people.
It’s really important to help your child understand how to livestream and use video apps safely and make sure they’re speaking to people they know already. Net Aware, in partnership with O2, has advice on livestreaming, including how to keep children safe on popular online apps such as Zoom, HouseParty and WhatsApp.
For further information please follow the link Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and support for parents and carers.
Have a wonderful week and please stay safe.
Mrs T Madden