School Closure - Learning at home

Learning At Home

Hello folks – I do hope all our families are managing to stay well and keep safe.

You will have listened to and seen the discussions based on the potential return to school for certain Year Groups, planned by the Government for the 1 June. You will have your own view on this which is quite right.

As a school however we have a responsibility to look at the Government requirements and plan accordingly – you can imagine that with so much to consider it is no easy task. Such is the importance of this individual Heads of School will be contacting all families later this week to outline the plans for a return to school for certain year groups from 1 June. The letter from them will refer to your own school as there are many differences to consider; numbers of children, Groups for attendance, school layout etc…

It may help your planning however if I outline the overall arrangements that will be shared across the Trust;

For Year 6, Year 1 and Reception we will be splitting classes in half. Fifteen children from each class will attend on Monday and Tuesday and the other fifteen children will attend on Thursday and Friday - Wednesday will be a deeper cleaning day.

From the 1 June and 4 June Year 6 and Reception children will return to school and continue each week.
From 8 and 11 of June they will be joined by Year 1.

Arrangements for a return of Nursery children will be considered over the next few weeks, as you might imagine there are likely to be whole raft of additional issues for children so young.

You will have lots of questions that we feel confident will be answered when you receive the detail in later in the week and when this is also published on school websites. 

Kevin Grayson

We have listened to the announcement made by the government last night. Please allow us time and we will contact you via text and on the website with further plans for the 1st June if it should go ahead for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.

Please can we remind you that the existing cover in school is for children of Key workers, those linked to a social worker or have a EHCP. 
If you are a key worker, you need to prove that you are employed in one of the government's initial key worker posts.

 

May 2020

Year 2 children showed their culinary skills by taking part in a lifetime skills home challenge by making a sandwich.  Parents shared photographs of their children's delicious and scrumptious sandwiches with Mr Sandhi and Mrs Devi on Class Dojos! WELL DONE YEAR 2!

17th April 2020

As we reach the end of what would have been our Easter holiday, I hope you are all keeping safe and managing in these difficult times to enjoy time with your families. We now know of course that we face another three weeks of ‘lockdown’, though whisper the information that a return to school before the summer is at least on the discussion agenda but not yet with any firm proposals.
 
The main purpose of this briefing is to underline the apology, on behalf of National Government for the delay in the process and delivery’ of vouchers to our FSM families. Like many schools we chose three weeks ago to use the official voucher scheme recommended by the Government which would deliver vouchers straight to home emails – as you know we have been contacting our FSM families regularly by text. Despite some excellent work by our admin team and school leaders the national system is struggling to cope with the expectation and we have great difficulty in making contact with them. We know many other schools are sharing this frustration and but can assure families that we will continue to ensure all our systems have been fully completed.
 
Best wishes

Kevin Grayson

 

One of our parents is a key worker at New Cross. She wanted to express her thanks for the posters and cards that the key workers' children have made.

"The pictures have made me cry they are just beautiful.
I will make sure each and every one is displayed. Thank you!

From all the NhS staff and patients."

 

7th April 2020
 
As we reach what is often the most refreshing school holiday, we are faced with some of the most challenging circumstances our country has seen in recent times.

In our schools, we are doing our best to ensure opportunities for learning are always available on our website and continually brought up to date. We continue to keep Elston Hall open for our ‘Trust’ front line workers and vulnerable families. We have moved to use the Government Voucher Scheme for Free School Meal families to begin after Easter.

I am very grateful to staff from all our schools across the Trust who are contributing to these efforts alongside the personal concerns this brings.

We will continue to review our current procedures and ensure we reflect any national changes and expectations. We do ensure that our ‘school email’ is monitored daily so please use this as a way to keep in touch, ask questions and check things out. While each school’s website remains central in our communication with you all.

Our schools are missing their children, our teachers are too – we just hope like everyone else that we can be back to normal as soon as possible.

All staff in our Trust would join me in these sentiments - Where possible, we hope you are able to enjoy some of this Easter Holiday with your family.
 
Kevin Grayson

 

April 2020

Unfortunately, due to the current COVID 19 situation all educational visits and events have been cancelled for the rest of this academic year.

Text messages will be sent to the relevant year groups regarding refunds.

 

March 2020

Unfortunately as the situation becomes more challenging, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to maintain staffing levels, therefore childcare for all Trust schools will take place at Elston Hall Primary School from Thursday 26th March.

Please see letters under 'Parents' tab for information regarding childcare for key workers.

You may wish to CLICK HERE for the Government Website. 

Department of Education have a helpline up and running to answer questions about COVID19 related to education.

Parents can contact the helpline on the number below.

 

March 2020

Year 1 had a very exciting time in a Space Explorer Dome. The children learnt all about the planets and our solar system. They heard lots of ancient stories and were amazed to see the constellations. The children learnt that the sun is a star and found out why the sun moves across the sky. They watched in awe at the different phases of the moon. The Space Dome has certainly inspired some future astronomers in Year 1.

 

 

  

March 2020

Thank you to parents and carers who attended the Year 2 SATs Meeting. 

CLICK HERE for the information we shared.