Welcome Back and Happy New Year!
Firstly, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break! I know things were not the same as usual but
hopefully everyone had as good as time as possible. I really wish you all a Happy New Year!
I would rather be writing a different welcome to 2021 but we once again find ourselves having to undertake remote learning until at least 1st February 2021. Late last night, the Education Minister confirmed that schools will not operate full face to face teaching with all pupils until at least 1st February 2021 - after the next formal review on Friday 29th January 2021. Remote learning has now been extended beyond 18th January 2021. The Education Minister also said that if cases do not significantly drop by 29th January 2021 then schools will continue with remote learning until at least the first week back after half term (after the next formal review). Ultimately, we need to be prepared to go to half term with remote learning. Like many other Headteachers, I only found out this information late last night. It is certainly a challenging start to the New Year but ultimately we need to keep as many people as safe as possible. The number of cases and deaths in Wales and the UK are very high and our NHS is becoming overwhelmed. Hopefully, further restrictions due to be announcement by the First Minister today will have an impact on bringing down cases. Remember – please stay at home as much as possible.
I’d like to say a BIG Thank you to everyone for their hard work, engagement and commitment so far! It has certainly been another strange start to the term yet everybody has responded so well and I continue to be very proud of you all and extremely grateful for your co-operation. You have all been really well prepared for what is coming our way – thank you! School staff continue to work extremely hard and your positive comments are greatly appreciated – thank you!
Please remember, we totally understand the difficulties parents may be facing at home regarding home learning. We do not expect parents to be “teachers” – that is our job! Teachers, Teaching Assistants and Office staff will be available throughout the week to offer support and advice. Teachers will be available and will be positing activities, live streaming, positing tasks and videos throughout the day. Do not feel that everything needs to be completed. If children require a video of something – let the teacher know and they will happily post examples – this has already been done on many occasions! Please do not get stressed or feel overwhelmed – that is not our intention!
If you want to contact the teacher direct, remember you can do so via Seesaw comments or you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org please bear with us as it may not be an immediate response! You can also ring the school on 01495 244566!
Summary of Home Learning (https://homelearning.abercarnprimary.com)
- Teachers will be available online (Seesaw / Google) from 9am to 3pm every day. Several classes are holding daily / weekly live streaming sessions – pupils must have consent to participate in live streaming – see separate post.
- Teachers will post learning tasks throughout the day (either via Seesaw or Google Classroom).
- Pupils can choose how they respond – this maybe online, via videos, via photographs, on paper etc. Teachers will provide feedback to pupils throughout the day and provide help and support whenever it is required.
- On a Wednesday – Only Mrs. Rhodes and Mrs. Lewis will be online posting learning tasks for all classes on Seesaw relating to RE, PSHE and Well Being. Pupils can choose activities they would like to complete and use the time to complete any other tasks from a Monday or Tuesday etc. Teachers will use a Wednesday to plan and prepare activities, collaborate together and complete other school-based tasks. On a Wednesday, only Mrs. Lewis and Mrs. Rhodes will respond on Seesaw. The school office team is available Monday to Friday.
- We will start to make contact with all families. This is just to keep in touch, check everything is “okay” and answer any questions you may have etc. A member of staff will contact you every couple of weeks – please do not be offended. We are trying to offer help and support to everyone! Please remember a call from us may be from and unknown or withheld number – it is us! Don’t forget you can contact us at any time if you need any help or support!
If you need help setting things up – ask – don’t stress!
If you are coming onto the premises for any reason – please take care and stay on the gritted areas only.
Books, Pens, Pencils ECT
If you require any materials for home learning please do not hesitate to either get in touch with the office or the class teacher. We will arrange for whatever you need to be available to collect every Friday morning. Let us know if you need anything!
Positive Cases & Test Results
Please use the email@example.com email address to alert me to any positive test results out of school hours. Please only use this email for positive results out of school hours only. Use the school email address for any other information you wish to share. If you use the out of hours email address – please expect a call from me using a withheld number.
Do not send children to our Critical Worker Childcare Hubs if your child is unwell, your child is symptomatic and / or you are waiting for test results. Wait until you have received the result before sending your child to school!
Classes are starting to “live stream” – some daily – some weekly etc. If you have a child in Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 or Year 6 and haven’t already provided consent for live streaming – please go to http://livestreamconsent.abercarnprimary.com
If you have given consent previously you do not need to do it again!
If you have a child in Year 1 or Year 2 – Please also go to http://livestreamconsent.abercarnprimary.com – read our policy and complete the consent form. It may be useful for Year 1 and Year 2 to be involved in live streaming if this closure is for a prolonged period of time.
E-Safety & Online Manners
Now that children are online more – please explore: https://esafety.abercarnprimary.com
Health & Well Being
Some top tips and ideas for you and your child to keep a healthy mind and body during the school closure:
- Keep talking to people - Keep in touch with friends and family. Talk to people at home
- Make a routine – It can be great to relax for a few days but after a while it can have a big effect on your mood. Keep setting and alarm and try to get out of bed when you normally would. Plan your day.
- Keep busy – Stay busy as this helps keep your mind active.
- You don’t need to watch the news so much – Watching the news constantly can make you feel anxious. Only watch the news once a day and turn off your notifications.
- Stay healthy – Make sure you eat healthy. You’re allowed out once a day to exercise but there are lots of exercise you can do at home too.
- Screen breaks – Make sure you take a break from computer screens.
- Tell someone or get in touch if you need support.
- Try new things – try learning something new – the scouts website has lots of ideas.
Cosmic Kids Yoga
Yoga, mindfulness and relaxation designed especially for children.
Movement and mindfulness videos
Jump Start Jonny
Fun workouts and chill out videos
Relaxation and contemplation audio tracks
If any child feels anxious or worried about current events or anything, the Childline website has lots of advice and support. The website address is www.childline.org.uk or they can be telephoned free on 0800 1111
If any adult requires help or support with mental health at any time, the MIND website has lots of advice and support. The website address is: www.mind.org.uk and they can be telephoned on: 0300 123 3393, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or send a text to: 86463
You can also visit the school Health and Wellbeing webpage here https://homelearning.abercarnprimary.org/ideas-resources/health-and-wellbeing
BBC Home Learning TV
The BBC will show curriculum content on TV every weekday from Monday 11th January 2021.:
- Primary-school programming, including BBC Live Lessons and BBC Bitesize Daily, from 09:00 to 12:00 on CBBC
- At least two hours of programming to support the GCSE curriculum on BBC Two
BBC Bitesize also has lots of content divided into subject and age categories, with much new material added since March.
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.
Please take a few minutes to read the newsletter. As well as important information it will share things like pupil of the week, useful websites etc.
If you would like the newsletter emailed to your own email address – please sign up by using this link. https://newsletter.abercarnprimary.com
MEALS Free School Meals
Those children entitled to Free School Meals will continue to receive food deliveries throughout the school closure period.
Keeping in Touch with School
Don’t forget, you can contact the school office on 01495 244566 everyday as usual. You can also use the school email address.. If you need any help setting things up, either give us a ring or drop an email to email@example.com. If you need us to ring you back and talk you through things – please let us know! We will do our best! These are difficult times and we totally understand! We really want as many children as possible to engage with us.
We are making calls to families to check everything is “okay” and to offer as much help as we can! Every family will be contacted once at least every two weeks please do not be offended – we are keeping in touch not checking up on you!
Please don’t be afraid to get in touch if you need someone to talk you through things!
Good to be Green
- Good to be Green will still be awarded.
- Children in Key Stage 2 can continue to purchase a prize on our Pupil Reward Points system. Children in Foundation Phase can choose a prize – just like when in school
- Prizes can be collected from the office on a Friday morning or posted to your home address.
- Staff will keep a record of Good to be Green points!