Thank you for your support in ensuring pupils are kept safe, well and able to learn at home during this unprecedented time with the Coronavirus outbreak. As a school, we are hugely appreciative of how our community has come together to support one another.
With regards to our Trust wide position, we remain committed to following the latest government advice. From 1st June 2020, and subject to further direction from government, we will begin to open our nursery, reception, Year 1 and Year 6 classes for all pupils within those year groups.
Below you will find all our communication to parents relating to this matter. This page will be continually updated with all our letters so please do keep checking for updates. Additionally, you can contact the school via telephone or email should you have a specific question, or matter, you would like to discuss.
Wider School Opening
Please click here to go to our sub-page focused on the Wider School Opening in June, following the recent Government announcment.
Support for Families
Please click here to go to our Support for Families page where you can easily find key safeguarding policies and website links to support children and adults (including information for Universal Credit, Free School Meals, local food banks and key charity support sites)
Thank you for your support in continuing with your child’s learning at home during this difficult time. Physical home learning packs were sent home prior to the school closures (which contained home learning, a letter, 2 reading books, exercise book and pencil).
As well as this, we are continually providing extra learning weekly. These will be uploaded every Monday morning under our Home Learning tab - click here. Work can be completed in the exercise books provided or you can take photos, videos and tweet/email us - we love to share and celebrate learning.
In the Home Learning Tab, as well as weekly online learning, you can find links to our Maths Calculation Policies (to help with maths learning at home), links to our virtual assemblies on YouTube and a page of links to online resources to help with home learning.
During school closures, our teaching staff will be contacting pupils to check in and keep in contact. Calls will be made during weekdays during school hours to parents mobiles / homenumbers - they may also be from withheld numbers so please pick up so we can catch up and keep in contact.
We will continue to provide communications to parents and carers through Parent Mail and Twitter. If you need any support or guidance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Free School Meals
Children who are entitled to free school meals will still recives lunches during school closures. During the Easter period, we will still providing food packages for families in recepit of the free school meals.
After the Easter break, we will continue to provide weekly packed lunches which can be collected on Mondays at the lower hall. We will communicate via Twitter and ParentMail timings and confirmation of pick up for each week.
Medway Community Hub Support for Families – Covid-19
During this time many families will be experiencing a range of challenges whether that is financial pressures or otherwise. If you need any help during this period and you have not got a family member, friend or neighbour who can help, then the following two websites below can provide support across a range of areas, including:
- collecting / delivering prescriptions
- delivering essential food packages
- connecting you to local community services to support with other areas such as finances
Contact the Medway Voluntary Action hub on: https://www.mva.org.uk/coronavirus-landing
Contact the Medway Council Community Hub on: https://www.medway.gov.uk/coronavirus
Please note, this is a community response and you should continue, at all times, to follow the advice being given by Public Health England.
Apps to help children stay safe online
The BBC have a website and app called Own It. The website has a lot of content for children to help them navigate their online lives, and the free smartphone app comes with a special keyboard which can intervene with help and support in the moments that children need it the most. It can be downloaded for free in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
SafeToNet is an app for parents to help them safeguard their children from online risks like cyberbullying and sexting, whilst respecting their child’s rights to privacy. The SafeToNet Foundation is providing UK families with free access to 1 million licences during coronavirus.
Click here to read the Inspire Partnership Press April 2020 which provides information about COVID-19, home learning, free school meals and more.
Below are links to Government / DfE guidance for parents during the COVID-19 outbreak. If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact school.
Closure of education settings: information for parents and carers (please see section 6.3 of the guidance for specific information for parents and carers on keeping children safe online)