Nursery Letter 18.1.21
Please see the attached letter for nursery parents.
January Lockdown 2021
Following the announcement from the Prime Minister, school is now closed to all pupils (except those of key workers and vulnerable pupils) until further notice.
REMOTE EDUCATION (Please see the REMOTE LEARNING tab under LEARNING)
In line with government advice and other local schools, we will continue to deliver high quality learning through ClassDojo. Since our initial closure in March last year, we have continuously developed our home learning offer and are confident that the system we now have in place will benefit all children, no matter the stage of their education. We are also beginning to use Microsoft Teams to do some ‘live’ sessions. Your child will be sent a log in and password this week and we will be using it next week for the daily meet ups.
Our experience from the bubble closures last time have also shaped the current remote learning provision on offer.
Daily meet up with class teacher for instruction, motivation and feedback. This will take place on Microsoft Teams
Daily English and Maths - pre-recorded session each day by a year group teacher and follow-up task
Regular learning activity for SPAG (grammar, punctuation or spelling) - KS2 or daily phonics-EYFS & KS1
Daily other curriculum subject provided in line with long-term plan for year group, including science, history, geography, art and music.
Weekly suggestions for physical activity
A weekly ICT lesson
A daily story
Ideas for independent activities
Use of online learning portals: For example: TTRockstars, PurpleMash and Oak Academy
Teachers will respond to queries and provide feedback every day. They may also be teaching key worker groups so the response may not be immediate. Teachers will be checking their ClassDojo accounts from 8.30am – 4.00pm.
If you cannot access ClassDojo please ring the school office.
CRITICAL KEY WORKER PROVISION
We have allocated spaces in our key worker provision and the application form has now been closed. In order to reduce the number of contacts each pupil and staff member has we are operating in small year groups bubbles. This means that teachers and support staff from each year group will be in every day to supervise groups in completing the online learning set.
PASTORAL & SAFEGUARDING SUPPORT
We know and understand that this situation is very difficult for families and we are always here if you need to talk. Our pastoral support will continue during the lockdown period. If you would like to discuss any issues or you would like some additional support for your child please don’t hesitate to contact us on our new confidential email address firstname.lastname@example.org and Mrs Chell, Mrs Blackburn or Ms Habershon will contact you. Similarly, if you have any safeguarding concerns please use this email address or email@example.com
Please find attached the information for parents of children in Years 1 - 6 regarding the full reopening of school in September 2020. Parents of reception and nursery children will have received individual transition information.
The Risk Assessment for September is also attched.
Please find attached on the link menu on the right hand side of this screen, the letters to parents and carers of all year groups in school regarding reopening school.
Position Statement – Manchester City Council (May 15th 2020)
Last Sunday the Prime Minister announced that from week commencing 1 June at the earliest the Government is aiming to increase the numbers of children attending primary schools through the return of children in Nursery, Reception and Years 1 and 6.
He also asked that secondary schools provide some face to face contact with staff for students in Years 10 and 12 before the end of the summer term, and that special schools work towards a phased return of more children, without a focus on more specific year groups.
This is of course all dependent on the rate of infection for COVID-19 from now until then.
This announcement from the Prime Minister and subsequent guidance from the Government has answered some questions, but it is clear there are many things which still need clarification before schools and colleges can substantially increase the numbers attending.
There are many practical questions which we currently do not have answers to and which we are working together with schools, settings, colleges and the DFE to resolve.
In Manchester, during the COVID-19 lockdown period, the majority of schools have remained open to vulnerable pupils and children of key workers - including throughout what should have been school holidays and Bank Holidays - and all schools and colleges have retained contact and an overview of all their pupils.
Throughout this time, officers from the council have been working with education leaders to support them with their current offers both for vulnerable and key workers' children who are still attending, and for the many more who are learning from home. These offers will continue as we move forward from June 1.
As we move forward into this next phase the council will continue to support settings, schools and colleges to plan a response to the announcement and begin to gradually increase the numbers of children and young people attending in a way that is safe for everyone.
There are many specific considerations unique to individual schools, settings, and colleges, which they themselves are best placed to understand and plan for. This includes the different needs of their cohorts of children or young people and local communities, the size and shape of buildings, and the numbers of staff that are available to work.
This means there cannot be a uniform approach across the city in response to the government announcement, and settings, schools and colleges will have to develop their own flexible plans and work at their own pace from 1 June in order to start to safely and gradually increase the number of children attending at any one time. We're very clear also that in any plan the safety of pupils and staff must be absolutely paramount.
For this reason, in our primary schools it is highly unlikely that children in the government identified priority year groups will be able to attend school full-time from June 1, and may also mean that some schools have to prioritise certain year groups, and not make an offer to them all. Your school will of course be in touch with you to provide you with more information about their plan for a phased return of additional children.
It is also clear that any return for children and young people will not look the same as before COVID19. The pandemic has changed things for all of us and there will need to be consideration of how we best support our children and young people at this time with a focus on their mental health and emotional wellbeing as well as their learning.
This pandemic has brought with it stress, uncertainty, and anxiety for all of us including our children and young people. We all want to get our children and young people back into education as soon as safely possible where they can be with their friends, their teachers, and their support workers. We want to reassure you that everyone in Manchester's education community is working together as hard as they can during this time to ensure the wellbeing and safety of our children and plan for this first phase of wider opening.
Amanda Corcoran Director of Education
Paul Marshall Strategic Director Children and Education Services
Councillor Garry Bridges Executive Member Children’s Services
Lisa Vyas Chair of Primary Strategy Group
Gill Houghton Chair of High School Heads Group
Rob O’Hara Chair of Special School Heads Group
Peter Mulholland Chair of Post 16 Reference Group
Please see the latest letter from the CLIC Trust on the partial reopening of schools. It is downloadable on the right.
Safeguarding Update 1-04-20
We have added an appendix to our Safguarding Policy in light Covid-19. It is downloadable on the right.
Please note school will be closed on Monday and will re-open on Tuesday 24th March 2020 for the children of Key Workers.
For Key Workers, a Google Form will be emailed to complete - please can you ensure you specifiy whether you also require before and after school care at COSH (which is on the form for your to select). Further information around how to access FSM vouchers will be updated as quickly as possible.
Please note, when selcting before or afterschool care, this will be a paid provision.
Following the latest advice and guidance that the government issued on Wednesday 18th March 2020, the school will close to all but the children of key workers and vulnerable pupils from 15:20 on Friday 20th March 2020.
In terms of 'Key Workers', provision will only be available for those families where both parents/carers are key workers or in single parent families where the parent/carer is a key worker.
If you meet the aforementioned criteria, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
by 15:20 on Friday 20th March 2020 to inform us if you would like your son/daughter to continue attending school from Tuesday 24th March 2020
Please include in your email your child's name, your address and postcode, details of both parents/carers' current roles and the days you both work. We will then add your son/daughter to our register for these days.