Notifying school over the Christmas period

You may have seen in the press this week that the DfE has given permission for schools in England to close to pupils early for Christmas on Thursday 17th December 2020, using one of their allocated training days for staff on Friday 18th.

Because the Department for Education have decided that school leaders are expected to continue to work with the DfE and Public Health England to support the Test and Trace System during the initial part of the Christmas period, they felt that by allowing schools to close to pupils on Friday the 18th, school leaders would not be expected to deal with Test and Trace issues on Christmas Eve. The message from the DfE came very late in the day and we recognise that it would be difficult for working parents to make other arrangements.

We have therefore made the decision that our plans in school will not change and our school will close for Christmas at the normal time on Friday 18th December 2020. Below are the procedures that we are advised to follow by the DfE and PHE and the school emergency contact numbers for reporting confirmed cases.  

We do sincerely hope that this advice will not be needed and that your Christmas holiday passes without incident, but please do save this newsletter item should you need to refer to it later. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

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Welcome to Heroic Hedgehogs

Hello!

My name is Miss Worthington and I am so pleased to be your teacher in January.  I have just completed my NQT year at another school in Doncaster. Having previously worked at that school for a year as a Teaching Assistant and Learning Support Assistant. During this time, I have worked in many classes across the school, ranging from Nursery up to Year 2. I also have experience from my training year of teaching in Nursery, Reception and Year 1.

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Headteacher Award

Well done to: Keanu, Charlie and Belle for the fantastic models they made at home and brought in to share. Also well done to Lukus, Daisy and Rae for their wonderful Santa Sleigh designs. Finally, Bradley earned a Headteacher award for thinking of others: he spent his pocket money buying presents to donate to the Salvation Army to give to children over Christmas as he was worried that some children would be going without.

Google Classroom to be replaced by Google Workspace for online learning

After Christmas, we are moving our online learning platform from the free Google Classroom platform that we have been using to Google Workspace. This will enable us to use more of the features of Google Classroom, but will mean we will need to issue each child with a new account username and password. You will receive a copy of your child’s login details and instructions on how to login to the classroom page have been sent out and are now on the school website (click here to open). When the new accounts are up and running, the existing Google Classroom pages will close and all homework and remote learning materials will be posted on this new site so please visit the new Google Workspace classroom pages to make sure you know how.

Coronavirus Doncaster: Update – 11 December

Hi, my name is Dr Rupert Suckling and I am the Director of Public Health in Doncaster. Our 7 day infection rate from 28th November to 4th December is 210 infections per 100,000 people. It’s obviously good news that this is falling but this is the highest rate in Yorkshire and the Humber.


So the virus is still spreading in our community and we do need to redouble our efforts over the next week as we will hear next week if we are to remain in Tier 3 or Very High category or will be moved out.


We all must continue to follow the face, space and hands guidance and if you have symptoms to self-isolate and arrange for a test.

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Headteacher Award

Well done to:

ClassCertificate winners
FrogsEsmae and Ella
BadgersEvelyn and Jack
SquirrelsEuan and Freya
BeesNyler and Ayaan
OwlsFaye and Harry
RWIHarrison, Alisha, William P, Belle and Isobelle

Headteacher Awards

Esmae and Jack H both received headteacher awards for their fantastic homework projects. Both had produced models inspired by ‘The Three Little Pigs’ story.

Ruby F and Harriet P both earned awards for their fantastic attitude, overcoming difficulties through persistence, determination and hard work.

Cassidy earned a headteacher award for her investigative skills in maths, where she investigated surface area of different cuboids with the same volume by drawing 3D models, designing the nets and calculating the surface area.

Changes to 2021 national curriculum assessments

The government made an announcement last week concerning the plan for assessments at primary and secondary schools next summer. They recognise the challenges that schools are facing in light of the ongoing disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19) and have decided that they will focus on the most important summer assessments for schools, pupils and parents.

For 2021, the government have removed:

+ all key stage 1 (KS1) tests
+ the key stage 2 (KS2) English grammar, punctuation and spelling test
+ the requirement to make and report teacher assessment judgements for science at KS1 and KS2

This means that the following statutory assessments will continue in 2021:

+ the phonics screening check for year 1 pupils (and year 2 pupils who have not met the expected standard previously)
+ KS2 English reading and mathematics tests

+ KS1 and KS2 teacher assessment (excluding science).

Attendance and punctuality

ClassChildren isolatedDays lostStart timeLateness frequency
Frogs7168:55am3
Badgers6148:45am23
Squirrels15629:00am13
Bees16708:50am19
Owls7448:40am118
The attendance for this term, since September, is 96.8%. Under government guidance, these figures do not include those children who are isolating. On the left is a chart which shows how many children from each class have isolated and how many days have been missed and how punctual children are with the changes in time.

Arriving at school on time and good attendance are central to raising standards of pupil attainment and ensuring that your child reaches their full potential, and is especially important now with so much learning time being lost through Covid. Please try to make sure your children arrive at school at the appointed time.

Message from Dr Rupert Suckling and Doncaster Council update

You will have heard in the news that a vaccine has been regulated and approved by the UK medicines regulator the MHRA. I hope this is good news that we all welcome and is a major step in combating Coronavirus.

The Government has announced the Pfizer vaccine should be ready to be used in early December but this will initially be focused on vaccinating residents in care homes, older people and their carers, for those aged over 80 years and potentially front line healthcare staff. The guidance is changing on a daily basis and as I get more information I will let you know about this.

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Year 6 art and maths shape topic

Mr McLean’s maths group have spent this half term learning about the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. They have been:

  • solving logic problems,
  • writing computer programs,
  • looking at art,
  • drawing,
  • using origami,
  • measuring lengths and angles,
  • using protractors and compasses,
  • making 3D models,
  • completing jigsaws and
  • calculating missing angles, volumes, surface areas, perimeters and areas. 

In the photo, you can see some of the work they have completed which is on display just outside the classroom. They have all enjoyed the topic, produced some fantastic pieces of work and learnt all about shapes while having fun, investigating and working collaboratively. After Christmas, we will be moving on to graphs, charts and algebra-which will be just as creative and colourful.