PLANS FOR WIDER OPENING OF SCHOOL
As you will be aware, the government has set out its approach for the wider opening of schools for children in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 6 from 1st June. There is nothing we would like to see more than our wonderful children back in school but we want to be certain of their safety and that of our staff before we open the doors.
Therefore, our school will be having a phased opening, starting with Year 6 returning to school on 8th June, followed by Reception on 15th June and Year 1 on 22nd June.
Please read our letter to parents and carers for further information.
For key worker parents or parents of vulnerable children who require provision, please contact us via email at email@example.com and we will support you in any way we can.
Safeguarding during the school closure is of paramount importance to us as always. We are following the latest government advice on safeguarding. Our Addendum to our Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy summarises the main changes in response to Covid-19.
Social isolation, reduced exercise and bereavement may affect children’s wellbeing in this period. Resources to promote and support children and young people’s mental wellbeing include:
- MindEd educational resources for adults about children and young people’s mental health which is relevant for parents and carers as well as volunteers, teachers, and other professionals working with children
- Every Mind Matters platform which supports looking after your own and other’s mental health
- guidance on looking after wellbeing and mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
- guidance on supporting children’s wellbeing and mental health
FREE SCHOOL MEALS
Free School Meals (FSM) are means tested. Your child may be eligible for free school meals, please check using the FSM checking service website.
The school constantly checks and updates the school system if families are registered on the FSM checking service.
The school applies for vouchers on behalf of our families and a majority of the vouchers are sent directly to parents' email addresses from a company called Edenred. The school doesn't have the ability to allocate vouchers, they are individual pupil codes sent out electronically to all those eligible families.
For parents who are unable to access the internet, the school has arranged for vouchers to be printed and sent via the post.
We have prepared work for children to do at home during the school closure period - this can be viewed here. We are setting weekly tasks for every child on Purple Mash. Please encourage your child to work through the activities set and class teachers will provide feedback as appropriate. Our teachers are making regular contact with all pupils via phone and supporting the home learning and wellbeing of the children during this challenging time. Children can use the class blogs to ask their teachers any questions.
Government guidance on helping children to continue education at home can be accessed here.
There is support available to keep your child safe online. You can access further information on keeping children safe online.
Here are some useful links to help parents and carers.
- Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) to stay safe online
- to help families manage during this time, the NCA has launched Thinkuknow: home activity packs, a set of fun, engaging activities based on Thinkuknow cartoons, films, games, and advice articles
- a new activity sheet for each age group will be published on the Thinkuknow website every 2 weeks while schools are closed - these activities offer a great opportunity to help you keep up positive, supportive conversations about online safety in your home
- Parent Info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations
- Childnet provides a tool kit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support
- Internet Matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world
- LGfL provides support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including 6 top tips to keep primary aged children safe online
- Net Aware provides support for parents and carers from the NSPCC, providing a guide to social networks, apps and games
- Let’s Talk About It provides support for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation
- UK Safer Internet Centre provides tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services
- staying safe online provides government guidance offering advice on parental controls, fact-checking information, communicating with family and friends while social distancing is in place and taking regular breaks
We thank you for your continued support throughout these unprecedented times.
from the children
We welcome you all to our amazing school and our fantastic website!
Please have a look around our website, where you will find lots of information about all the different things going on in school. We publish our termly Adderley Voice magazine to share with you what we have been learning and the fun experiences our teachers provide for us. We also have regular updates on our BLOG so that everyone can keep up to date with life here at Adderley. We hope that you enjoy exploring our website and find it useful. If there is anything that you would like to let us know, then please use the YOUR SAY, YOUR SCHOOL online form. We would love to hear from you all!
The Children of Adderley
from the head teacher
I am delighted to welcome you to our website. Adderley Primary School is a caring and welcoming, child-centred school which promotes children's rights and works closely with UNICEF to uphold a rights respecting ethos. We have high expectations of all our children and look for ways to enable them to find their strengths and reach their potential. We recognise that children learn best when their self-esteem is high and therefore, we have designed a curriculum, alongside pastoral support, that enables every child to have confidence in themselves.
I am fortunate to work with a team of staff who are dedicated and hard working. Together, we provide interesting learning experiences for the children, whether these are in the classroom, on educational visits or in our many extra-curricular clubs. We want our children to have life skills which will help them to become responsible citizens and prepare them for life in modern Britain.
Our Governors are constantly looking for ways in which we can make the school even better so that Adderley Primary School can continue to evolve, providing an education appropriate for our children's futures. I hope you will enjoy exploring our website and find it useful and informative, giving you an insight into life at Adderley Primary School.
If you wish to visit our school please do so any time. We look forward to seeing you.
Mrs Rizvana Darr