English and Maths activities for summer

For the first time ever, the national Summer Reading Challenge will be delivered digitally. Helen Foster (the Literacy Learning Engagement Manager from Doncaster Libraries) has provided all the details so that you can support your pupils in signing up to take part in the Silly Squad! (click here to find out more)

Another ready-made opportunity is the Summer Reading Bingo, as organised by Books for Topics. Summer Reading Bingo

All the listed books can be directly read online on the National Literacy Trust website or shared as videos.

Wellbeing booklist

Doncaster Stories have also produced the 101 things to do resource. This has lots of great ideas for keeping families engaged over the summer break

101 things to do

Holiday Maths Challenges for:

Doncaster Great summer Staycation

We might be stuck at home this summer, but there are plenty of reasons to stick around! Doncaster Summer Staycation is a huge timetable of FREE virtual and face-to-face activities available throughout the six-week summer break!

The Summer Staycation includes a mixture of arts and crafts, sports and physical activity, employability sessions for older children, reading challenges and much more. You can also access lots of resources, activities and ideas for staying home, such as the Doncaster ‘101 things to do indoors’ guide.

Many of the activities are virtual due to the restrictions of social distancing and safety, and will be hosted online but there are also a limited number of face-to-face activities available.

There’s a mixed bag of activities on our Doncaster Summer Staycation timetable, some are on set days and weeks throughout the six-week break which families will have to book onto in advance, whilst others are offered throughout the summer for families and young people to drop into in their own time without booking.

Both virtual and face-to-face activities are delivered by a range of exciting Doncaster organisations which include CAST Theatre, Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust (DCLT), National Literacy Trust, EXPECT Youth, Active Fusion, Doncaster Community Arts (DARTs) and many more!

https://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/schools/summer-staycation

Information for Parents

As the Summer approaches, I wanted to share with you some resources which you may find useful, especially looking forward to school starting back in September.  

https://offschool.org.uk/ – this website has some great ideas & activities in the ‘Parent Zone’ for supporting mental well-being.  Also check out the ‘Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge’ this looks like a really fun way to help keep your child reading over the Summer.

I’ve attached two documents that have been put together by CAMHS.  

One is a ‘Going Back to School Book’ to share with your child to help get them ready for starting back in September.  

The other is a ‘Coping Skills for Kids’ booklet which contains useful ideas, strategies and activities to help your child cope with their emotions.  Remember that CAMHS have their own Facebook page – you can find this under: Doncaster CAMHS.

https://www.facebook.com/doncastercamhsnhs

The government has produced guidance to help parents who are planning on accessing childcare/Summer activities – this can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-of-children-attending-out-of-school-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-of-children-attending-out-of-school-settings-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

Message from the Director of Public Health in Doncaster

We received an update from Dr. Robert Suckling on the current state of affairs in terms of CoVid 19 in Doncaster:

Dear Headteacher
As we approach the end of the school year I want to give you my deepest thanks for what, I am sure, has been the most challenging and unprecedented few months of your career. Your support and commitment to our Doncaster-specific approach is very much appreciated.
I have today published a video update which outlines the current picture in Doncaster and, I hope, provides reassurance to our residents. The number of cases in Doncaster is coming down and our rate has fallen now to 11.9 cases per 100,000 people for the week ending 5th July. Although this is going in the right direction, there is still more to do and we will not be complacent. Our messages remain: Don’t be a contact. If you have symptoms, self isolate and get tested.
I am pleased to say that I am getting more data that now allows me to task my team to identify particular places and respond to particular incidents. Since 2nd July, both the pillar 1 and pillar 2 testing is published on the government website.
As always, if you do have any concerns or questions, then I am happy for you send them to me directly at PHEnquiries@doncaster.gov.uk
I know you will have been very busy preparing for your schools to safely reopen to all pupils in September, however, I do hope you and your colleagues manage to get a decent and well deserved break over the summer period.
Kind regards,
Dr Rupert Suckling

New guidance for schools returning in September

On Thursday, the government published new guidance for school to support us plan to open to all children from September. We are all excited about the prospect of welcoming everyone back and have very much missed having the children in school.

The guidance for what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak

We will be working closely with the Local Authority and other schools to unpick and clarify what the guidance means for Wadworth Primary School on a day-to-day basis and what changes we need to implement to ensure that all children, parents and staff can return in September with confidence.

I am sure you will have many questions about what school will be like and what measures will be in place in September and will appreciate that at the moment, we do not have all the anwers. As ever, I will continue to keep you updated during the remainder of this term and over the summer.

Turning our attention to the summer, the Local Authority programme of summer activities for children, ‘The Great Doncaster Staycation’ will be launched on July 13th. This will involve a mixture of virtual and ‘real-life- sessions for children. More details will follow in time.

Coronavirus Doncaster: Update – 3 July

For the latest update from Doncaster council, please follow the link:

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKDONCO/bulletins/290e75b

There is information on a range of topics including:

  • Ready for the weekend?
  • Plan your journey!
  • If your name’s not down, you’re not coming in
  • Stick to small groups and maintain distancing
  • A few more things to remember before you leave the house!
  • A Message from South Yorkshire Police as lockdown eases
  • Happy 72nd Birthday NHS!