Hello everyone! It has been lovely to see many
of you again this week. School has re-opened and lots of you have seen that it
is slightly different. All the new routines and procedures appear to be working
really well – thank you for your patience and for following the new procedures
in place. The children and staff really enjoyed their time together and there’s
been lots of smiling faces at the end of each day.
It was my intention to upload photographs
during the day so you could see how things were going but unfortunately, we
have been experiencing significant network issues following a planned LA
upgrade that actually had the opposite effect. The issue with the school bus is
now resolved and for those that have registered will be collected in the
morning to drop off at the school at 8.45am and will leave school at 2.30pm.
All children are now being provided with a fruit snack during the day rather
than a cereal bar as we were provided with products that contained nuts.
It’s been a very positive and lovely first
week back to “check in, catch up and prepare”. I am in no doubt this has really
helped with your child’s well-being and although in a small “bubble” all
children have enjoyed catching up with friends and their teacher. I really hope
parents feel that our school building, the procedures in place and everything
we’ve done is working well.
What will be happening in September?
We have yet to have any guidance from the
Welsh Government regarding their plans for September but we are hoping to
receive something shortly. There are many options ranging from:
being back in as normal
with groups of 8 children on certain days with distance learning running
social distancing resulting in more children in school with distance learning
school in larger cohorts so increased contact days alongside distance learning
And many more…
When I have received guidance from Welsh Government,
I will of course let everyone know how things will work in September. Whatever
the plan, we must be prepared for distance learning to be continuing in some
way and also be ready should there be a second wave of COVID-19.
We have listened to your feedback regarding
what worked well and what you would like to see improved from the survey sent
out a number of weeks ago. We have also consulted with children during their
contact days and they are happy with the platforms we use and happy with the
feedback provided from teachers.
Seesaw and Google Classroom is well
established and is effective alongside Abacus and Oxford Owl. We will be
continuing with these platforms as part of our Distance Learning Strategy
should we need to from September and / or in the future. It is therefore really
important you know and keep safe:
login to Seesaw
child’s log in details for Google that will allow them to access GMail and
(Your child’s login for
Google is easy… it is email@example.com - Lots of you have accessed this to claim our
Amazon gift vouchers and also accessed your child’s school report in their
email. Should you need the password you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Following feedback from you in the survey, we are currently trialling
with some children who have returned to school in Y5/6P and Y5/6Y the “live
Streaming” of lessons. This will form part of our Distance Learning Strategy
for Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 children. We will be using Google Meet
for live streaming and it can be accessed on any device by clicking a link sent
to pupils’ email by their class teacher. You do not need to have any special
software or apps – simply click the link.
Our policy, rules and guides will be provided shortly. Parents must read the
policy and provide consent for pupils to be involved in “live” lessons and all
pupils must follow the rules. It is important for you to know your children’s
login for Google (email@example.com ) in order to access
the link. We will of course provide some helpful guides / videos over the
coming days to help support live streaming – available in the “home learning”
section of our website (http://homelearning.abercarnprimary.com).
Please remember that you must give consent to be involved with live streaming.
This will hopefully be sent via text message over the coming days. When you
receive the text message - follow the link, read the policy and complete the
Don’t forget there is also a dedicated “Home
Learning” section on our website with everything you need to continue home learning
both now and in the future. This section will be updated with our Distance Learning
Strategy for September when we know more details from the Welsh Government. I
will communicate more to you when I know myself. The “Home Learning” section of
the website will contain everything you need and will be updated regularly. Don’t
forget the home learning email address firstname.lastname@example.org
. This will email address will provide as much support as you need.
We look forward to seeing you all again next
week. Please don’t forget
drop off and collect at your allocated time. Do not ender the site until it is
can be dropped off and collected together.
bring / send your child to school if they are unwell and under no circumstances
enter the premises if you have any Coronavirus symptoms.
bring back medication boxes e.g. Epi Pens and check they are in date.
- A packed lunch is required - nothing else is to be brought into school (except a
coat of course)
clean machine washable clothes – preferably uniform (if not uniform - sensible
social distancing – keep 2m between you and others.
respect and listen to staff that will be around to help.
understand things are different and may take a little longer.
watch our tour videos - http://covid19.abercarnprimary.com
you are unsure of anything – ring us on 01495 244566 – no question is a silly
TRANSITION / NEW CLASSES IN SEPTEMBER
We will be sending out details of new classes from
September next week. Unfortunately, due to the current circumstances your child
will not be able to meet their new teacher before September
However, our transition page on the school website
has welcome videos from staff along with handbooks / prospectus etc. It will be
updated with further information over the coming weeks - please take a look – http://transition.abercarnprimary.com .
We will be arranging September over the next few days and will keep you
updated. Please bear with us – our main priority has been reopening school
safely. I promise we will keep you updated. I will be sending text messages to
each individual parent telling you who your child’s class teacher will be
within the next few days and will also post a “New Classes” letter detailing
members of staff and procedures etc.
Year 6 – The Class of 2020. Lots of videos have been
created with our Year 6 children as they come to the end of their time with us
and move onto Secondary School. There will be a range of videos and photos
available on our website – https://Leavers.abercarnprimary.com At the
moment the “When I Grow Up” video is available to view and download. You will
be able to download all the videos as they become available and keep them as a
lovely memory of their time at Abercarn Primary School. Throw Back Friday Photos are also available
here. The final videos will be released “Live” on Friday 17th July
Please can you remind pupils NOT to change their passwords. We need to help
etc. throughout the day and need the pupils to keep the passwords to those we
have set. Many Thanks.
All the information
regarding Health and Well Being is now available on our school website. Lots of
useful websites and contact details of organisations that can provide help and
advice – Please check it out.
COOKING WITH MRS WATSON
Sponge cake and Fairy Cakes this week with Mrs.
Watson. The video is available on our Social Media and YouTube channel for you
to try at home! Mrs. Watson does a video every week! A big Thank You to Mrs.
Watson and her family for filming!!
TOUCH WITH SCHOOL
Don’t forget, you can contact the school office on 01495 244566. If you need
any help setting things up, either give us a ring or drop an email to email@example.com.
These are difficult times and we totally understand! We really want as
many children as possible to engage with us.
PUPIL OF THE WEEK
Well done everyone!
R for excellent oracy skills and learning colours in Welsh.
M for fantastic oracy skills answering questions.
Daisy for a wonderful attitude to returning
Elliot for wonderful writing this week.
for great effort and motivation in school completing tasks.
Avayah Y Super enthusiasm and completing
tasks whilst in the Hub – well done.
Charlie N - Excellent work on life cycles
this week. Amazing frog models created and brilliant rhyming reading word
Mason R - Brilliant use of the times tables
tricks to master times tables facts.
Sent from my iPad
Ruby for giving lovely responses in our wellbeing
Flynn for working hard to recognise the
different types of lines in 2d shapes and calculating the perimeter.
Madison M -Having a brilliant day in school
and being amazing in Class 4.
Oliver T -Brilliant mini beast drawing of a
Amber P and Jasmine B for both responding to
marking really well – well done
Aliyah L for working really hard on her
portrait – well done
Ethan H for volunteering to phone twice with
Morgan W for making a bigger effort with
everything – well done!
Ruby C for a lovely and well thought out
Our weekly newsletter will continue. It will be posted on our Website, Social
Media, My School App and emailed to pupil Google accounts every week.
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