Welcome to our first lockdown newsletter. I realise that this is a worrying time for everyone but just because we cannot be in the same physical space does not mean we cannot still support each other, and it is needed now more than ever. I hope you are well and staying safe and have been enjoying learning at home. I have found it a little bit tricky but setting myself, a timetable to follow has helped.
Partial Opening continues for a very small number of pupils, school will remain open. Government guidance is clear, every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. However, child care is available for pupils with EHCPs, vulnerable pupils (eg with social workers) and for pupils whose parents are critical workers. If you think you are eligible and need childcare because there is no one available at home to help you please let the Office know by email. The link below gives parents and carers the government guidance on school provision during the Coronavirus emergency. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-forparents-and-carers
I wanted to congratulate all the children that have been completing activities that have been set during our enforced break. I loved the posters for NHS and care workers. I am sure you give them a big clap each week.
We have made lots of changes to our website to support parents and children. I would especially signpost you all to our mental health section and our online safety section ‘Think u Know’ . We update these weekly but do email the school office if we can help further. This is not an easy time and a problem shared is a problem halved.
I have personally fallen in love with the penguins at Edinburgh Zoo. Please take a look. Unfortunately, we cannot invite them into school. Follow this link to say hello. Edinburgh Zoo - Live streams: Panda Cam / Tiger Cam / Penguin Cam / Rock Hopper Penguin Cam / Koala Cam.
We have collated a list of exciting websites on our ‘Useful websites’ tab. The link can be found below.
Mrs Laffoley-Green has uploaded a story which I really enjoyed too. Keep an eye out as more stories will follow.
Please continue to send your work to class teachers on your class email address.
We miss you all and can’t wait to see you all soon.
Organising your day
This is never easy but a routine helps everyone. I would create your own. It can be fun to do and it is a great way to end the day. Both you and your child know what is happening the next day, which can be comforting. However, if you would like some support, you can look at the timetable links we have included below.
Pufflings/Nursery/Reception Year 1 and 2
Year 3, 4 , 5 and 6
Daily Lessons from the BBC for children in year groups 1 – 6.
The BBC have been working with experts across the country to develop interactive daily learning experiences.
We have adapted the school website so that you can access them easily.
We expect all children to try their best to do these each day. We understand families have individual personal circumstances which may prevent this but please do your best.
You will find daily, english and maths lessons and other subjects too.
Learning for children in pufflings, Nursery and Reception
Unfortunately, the BBC does not have interactive lessons for children in year groups below year 1. However, we will be updating our website weekly with activities for your children to complete.
Other ways of learning
Learning should be fun whether you are at school or at home. We have created a tab on the website where we have shared a number of activities that you can complete with your child.
Sending work to school
Now the Easter holiday is over. We would like children to start sending examples of work to the class email addresses. The teachers check these daily and love to see the work that has been completed.
Oddizzi World Explorer Challenge
Even though we are all trapped in our houses it does not mean we cannot explore the world and even our homes. From Monday, all children will be able to access a World Explorer Challenge. Please give it a go. We will upload the challenge pack on to the website each week.
You can access it by inserting the class name and year group onto the online site.
If your child is in Seagull Class in Year 2 their class username will be: seagull2
If your child is in Heron Class in Year 5 their class username will be: heron5
The password for every account is bedfont.
Digimap for schools
This is a digital mapping website. If you go to the website, there’s a Home-Schooling tab which has lots of ideas of activities to do at home on Digimap for Schools. They also have a YouTube channel which has a few useful videos about home-schooling using Digimap for Schools.
The log in details for this are as follows and are the same for everyone.
Go online here: https://digimapforschools.edina.ac.uk/
If you have any problems with Oddizzi or Digimap websites or questions about these resource, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Free School Meals
The school is providing food parcels via the Salvation Army. We are therefore not providing vouchers for FSM pupils. May I also use this opportunity to thank the teachers and support staff who have been helping put packing and delivering the food parcels to our community.
If you need some help
Please remember our team is here to help, if you need some support or someone to talk to then please do make contact our Office at email@example.com