Flu Vaccinations

The flu vaccinations took place this week. The nurses were so impressed with all the children, who had their vaccinations with no fuss whatsoever. They were all superstars and are now officially Super Flu Fighters!  There are further flu vaccination drop in sessions out in the community and the details of these are provided below.

December 5th 2020        Morrisons Retford DN22 7XD    9.30am to 11.30am

December 5th 2020        Morrisons Worksop S80 2DJ   1pm to 3pm

December 12th 2020      Lakeside Shopping Centre Doncaster DN4 5JP   9.30am to 3pm

January 19th 2021           Morrisons Retford DN22 7XD   3.30pm to 5pm

January 20th 2021           Tesco Extra Scunthorpe DN15 8GR   3.30pm to 5pm

January 21st 2021            Lakeside Shopping Centre Doncaster DN4 5JP   3.30pm to 5pm

Message from Doncaster Council

Doncaster Council will be providing a food hamper for Christmas for children entitled to a free school meal. Vouchers are not being provided. The hamper will contain enough food for a lunchtime meal for the two weeks of the holiday. An example of the hamper contents is as follows:

Heinz BeansTuna
Baxters Soup – TomatoFruit Cocktail
Baxters Soup – Carrot & ButterbeanGo Go Squeeze Blueberry yoghurt
Heinz Soup – VegetableAmbrosia Rice Pudding
Plumrose Luncheon MeatUncle Bens Rice Pouch
Pasta PenneSweet Corn
Five Bean SaladHartleys Raspberry Seedless Jam
Rich & Rustic Tomato SauceCorned Beef

The hampers will weigh 11.3kg and will be delivered to school prior to the end of term: parents are required to collect them on set dates/times.  Please note that there is one hamper per child.  It will be your responsibility to check the contents regarding any dietary requirements your child may have.  If you prefer not to receive a hamper please let us know so that we can avoid unnecessary food waste.   We will require you to notify us by 2nd December. If you feel that you need any further assistance, you may be eligible for support via the Local Assistance Scheme: 

https://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/council-tax-benefits/local-assistance-scheme

Teacher and Headteacher Award

Well done to:

ClassCertificate winners
FrogsAlfie and Conner
BadgersSonny and Harrison
SquirrelsOlivia, Amelia and Lilly H
BeesAbigail and Alistair
OwlsSophie and Matthew
RWIVitu, Leo, Isaac, Ella, Belle and Alfies

For achieving a headteacher award this week, well done also to…

Olivia for her amazing Frozen palace model, William for his work on The Titanic and Bertie for his straw house model all completed at home.

Badgers class have been writing sports factfiles for famous athletes and Evelyn, Harrison, Oliver, Lauren, Erin and Aria all earned headteacher stickers for their brilliantly researched booklets.

Lucy M earned an award for being a fantastic friend and role model and setting a fantastic examples to others. Finally, Rae earned an award after completing fantastic maths work on circles and 3D shapes this week in Mr McLean’s maths group.

Christmas concert

We are trying to make Christmas as normal as possible by decorating the classrooms, making Christmas crafts, having socially distanced class parties and are also preparing for a Carols around the Tree type of event, where every class is learning a few Christmas songs which we will record and upload on to the school website for you to enjoy.

Teachers will be asking the children to wear Christmas jumpers to school over the next few weeks so they are in the festive spirit when they record their songs so please watch out for a text message with a date when the teacher will record their class songs.

Christmas dinner and Christmas Parties

Children will be served their Christmas dinner on Tuesday 15th December and the children’s Christmas Bubble Parties will take place in the afternoon, during school time, on:

FrogsMonday 14th December
BadgersTuesday 15th December
SquirrelsWednesday 16th December
BeesThursday 17th December
OwlsFriday 18th December
Please ensure your child brings party clothes into school on the relevant day.

lllness and diarrhoea/vomiting in schools

We have had a few calls from parents about children suffering from diarrhoea / vomiting or upset tummy.  These symptoms are expected at this time of year and overall, numbers are reduced in school so far this year. Sudden feverDry, chesty cough Aching bodyHeadache Diarrhoea or tummy painNausea Sore throatTiredness The most important steps in controlling increased levels of winter illnesses are: Asking pupils and staff who are unwell to stay at home until they are fully recovered. Adults and children who are affected by diarrhoea and vomiting should stay off school until at least 48 hours after they last had diarrhoea or vomiting. Children suffering from fever and/or coughs should book a Covid test to rule this out.

The spread of most infectious illnesses is reduced through good hand hygiene. Please ensure that you and your child wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap, particularly after using the toilet, after using a tissue to catch a cough or sneeze, and before eating. As I say, we have seen a reduction in cases this year, because we have been doing this so much at school,  but it is still circulating.

Letter from Director of Public Health Doncaster 27th November 2020

Please see below a letter from Rupert Suckling, the Director of Public Health Doncaster.

Dear Head Teacher

I am writing to you following central government’s latest announcement, which has placed Doncaster, along with the rest of South Yorkshire, in Tier 3 Very High of the revised regional tiered approach to help continue to slow the spread of the virus.

Conditions are the same for all areas in the same tier and tier positions, which are based on five criteria including case numbers across all age groups, cases in those aged over 60, the rate of rise or fall in infections, the percentage of those tested who have the virus and current and projected pressures on the NHS, will be reviewed every 14 days but will remain in place until at least March.

From December 2 all tiers will see the following reopen:

  • Essential and non-essential retail, including indoor and outdoor markets and car boot sales
  • Personal care and close contact services such as hairdressers and barbers, beauty salons, tattoo parlours, nail salons, spas and beauty services, massage parlours and tanning salons
  • Certain leisure and sporting facilities (see Tier 3 specific information below)
  • Everyone is also encouraged to work from home where possible.

As Doncaster will be in Tier 3 from December 2, the following restrictions will apply to our residents:

  • People must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody they do not live with, or who is not in their support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues 
  • People must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, or a public gardens 
  • Hospitality settings, such as bars pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery service
  • Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close, along with indoor entertainment and tourist venues which includes indoor play centres, casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and cinemas 
  • Leisure and sports facilities, including gyms, golf courses and swimming pools, may open, but group exercise classes will not go ahead 
  • Organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue 
  • Organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes cannot take place indoors. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s 
  • Places of worship remain open, but people must not attend with or socialise with anyone outside of their household or support bubble while they are there, unless a legal exemption applies 
  • 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions are not allowed and 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies. 
  • People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make and avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. Travel through other areas as part of a longer journey is permitted.

A single-set of UK-wide measures have also been announced for Christmas which, from 23-27 December only, will see:

  • Travel restrictions across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and between tiers lifted to provide a window for households to come together. 
  • Up to three households able to form an exclusive ‘bubble’ to meet at home during this period. When a bubble is formed it is fixed, and must not be changed or extended further at any point. 
  • Each Christmas bubble allowed to meet at home, at a place of worship or an outdoor public place. However, existing, more restrictive rules on hospitality and meeting in other venues will be maintained throughout this period.

I acknowledge how difficult the last few months have been and must thank you all for everything you have done to help keep the Doncaster community as safe as possible during these challenging times. With the recent news about potential vaccines on the horizon, there is more room for optimism however, this will take time to roll out and we must not become complacent, particularly over the Christmas period.

It is important we all continue to do what we can to reduce infections rates here in Doncaster by following the guidelines and adhering to social distancing rules and wearing a face covering when required to do so.

If you need any further support or guidance, please do get in touch with me or my colleagues within the council who will be more than happy to help. We are here to support you as much as we can. Together, let’s keep doing everything we can to make a difference. Let’s Do it for Doncaster.

Kind regards

Dr Rupert Suckling

Director of Public Health Doncaster

Lunch Box Ideas

A healthy lunch keeps active kids alert and focused and gives them the nutrition they need every day. But no matter how healthy your child’s lunch box is, it won’t provide any nutritional value if it doesn’t get eaten! The solution is to make packed lunches as interesting and nutritious as possible – and to encourage your child to be involved in filling their own lunchbox from a range of healthy options. It doesn’t have to be difficult, time-consuming or expensive. Here are some simple, tasty and nutritious ideas for you to try when preparing your child’s lunchbox.
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Supporting your child with reading

Reading with your child is vital. Research shows that it’s the single most important thing you can do to help your child’s education. It’s best to read little and often, so try to put aside some time for it every day.

Think of ways to make reading fun – you want your child to learn how pleasurable books can be. If you’re both enjoying talking about the content of a particular page, linger over it for as long as you like.

Books aren’t just about reading the words on the page, they can also present new ideas and topics for you and your child to discuss.

I have included an article from the BBC website about the importance of reading with your child with a couple of pointers. You can read more here: http://www.topmarks.co.uk/parents/ten-tips-on-hearing-your-child-read

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Parents Evening

Thank you to all the parents who participated in our first Virtual Parent’s Evenings on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. It was a new experience for you, and a new experience for us: one we are keen to learn from and improve, as I suspect it will be the new normal for some time.

Generally, parent attendance at the first parents’ evenings of the year is around 80- 90% at Wadworth.   This year, attendance was more variable between classes:

Classattendance %families attendingchildren in class
Frogs97%3132
Badgers74%2331
Squirrels65%2132
Bees48%1531
Owls77%2330
Overall72%113156

We are keen to learn from this first experience and improve the process moving forward to ensure that we speak to every parent of every child because we all believe that working together is the best way to support every child. If you have any feedback about the process, either in how the event ran, or how it was organised and communicated, then please contact me to let me know your thought at peter.mclean@wadworth.doncaster.sch.uk

A few things that we have learnt so far:

  1. Some classes hosting telephone calls and some hosting video calls via google meet led to some confusion between parents. Although each class received individual letters explaining the process, parents weren’t always sure what to expect. Solution: all classes will use the same format in the spring term.
  2. The instruction on the letter requested that parents email Mrs Wollerton with a preferred appointment slot. Some parents didn’t do this, so weren’t allocated a time but still expected a call/meeting. A few parents did email Mrs Wollerton, but she never received them so the information didn’t make it to the teacher. Mrs Wollerton did put messages on Facebook and sent out texts to say that she had had a problem with her emails so to get in touch if you haven’t heard back from her. There was some technical problems with emails for a couple of days. Apologies, Solution: Parents will be given the opportunity to book a time slot for the next parents evening in advance. Once these slots have been allocated, all the other parents will be allocated a time slot, whether they request one or not and it will be up to them to contact the teacher at the allocated slot or to contact the teacher to try to rearrange or cancel the allocated slot in advance.
  3. Some parents tried to make appointments during the day of Parents Evening but this wasn’t communicated effectively to teachers, who were teaching all day then went straight into appointments at the end of the day. Solution: We will set a clear deadline for requesting a slot and all appointments will be sent out the week before parents evening.

For those people who did manage to meet with the teacher, I hope that you found the meetings informative and useful. If you were not able to arrange a meeting, please email the teacher directly, or ring the school office to make an alternative arrangement.