Fun in the snow

Our second week of this term has certainly proved to be another eventful one! We had to close school early Thursday and we would like to thank those parents whose children were in school for collecting their children so quickly. Due to the treacherous driving conditions and freezing fog that affected large areas of Doncaster, we remained closed on Friday.


The snow provided lots of opportunity for families to get outside and make the most of it while it is here and gave all the children an opportunity to experience live lessons for the first time. Thank you to those of you who have uploaded photos, videos and work onto Google Classroom.


I thought it would be nice to share photos of things that the children have been doing at home on our upcoming blogs, just like we did during the March lockdown I will include home learning, things that the children are proud of or an example of family time spent together.

School closure in bad weather

How will I know if the school is closed? We will text you as soon as practicable. Please make sure that your up to date mobile number is on parentpay. It will be on the local authority school closure website: www.doncaster/gov.uk/schoolclosures  and the school website: www.wadworthprimary.org.uk

We will also contact Greatest Hits Radio (used to be TRAXFM) to let them know so it will also be on the radio, 107.1 and 107.9. You can visit this website by clicking here.

Restricting capacity

By close of play on Friday 8th January, we had established that exactly 100 children were potentially eligible for a place in school following the updated guidance. On roll, we have 161 children in school, so this represents 62% of the children who attend school. We were not expecting such a large uptake, since we had 62 children attend school during the previous lockdown, which according to the social distancing guidelines of maintaining 2m distance was the maximum number at that time. Although the national guidance states that schools should not restrict numbers, it is my job as headteacher to consider a number of issues, weigh up whether it is possible to fully implement the guidance and make a decision. Below are the issues I have had to consider.

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Communication

Keeping you up to date with all that is happening in school, answering all of you questions and supporting you manage the changes has proved extremely challenging this week due to the speed of changes to information, guidance and advice. Hopefully things will settle down in the weeks to come, but I wanted to arrange some virtual ‘Talk to the Headteacher sessions’ after school twice a week for the next few weeks to talk face to face about the issues we are facing and listen to the issues that you are having.

It is my aim that we will work together to support one another through this very challenging time. I propose the first is on Tuesday 12th January at 7pm-8pm through Google meet.

For my mental health and well-being I suggest the sessions do not go over an hour and that they have a clear focus. I suggest the first one focuses on remote learning. You are welcome to suggest items for the Agenda of future sessions during the sessions or by email. If you are available to join me at this time, please email the school office at admin@wadworth.doncaster.com so that we can arrange to send you a link.

BBC Education offer

The BBC is bringing its biggest ever education offer from Monday 11 January:

@CBBC will have a three-hour block of primary school programming from 9am.

@BBCTwo will cater for secondary students with at least two hours of content each weekday. 

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.

Remote Learning Plan

Please find below details of Wadworth Primary School Three Tiered Remote Learning Plan should your child need to self-isolate. Government have provided additional funding for schools to access a more sophisticated version of the online learning platform, which we have signed up for. It will still be on Google classroom, and it will look and work exactly the same way as it does now, but teachers will be able to record online teaching sessions in the event of a national shutdown or a bubble shutdown. Over the next two weeks, you will receive another email asking you to join your child’s Google classroom, please accept the link to access the updated platform as the current platform will go offline shortly after the new platform comes online.

Tier 1: 48 hour individual isolation
Whilst awaiting test results you will find emergency planning work on our Google classroom page. Please find the class your child is in and then once you’ve located the materials please select the correct year group for your child: do about 1 hour of maths (Sumdog and/or White Rose Maths are best), about one hour of an English activity(Oak Academy resources are best for writing, spelling or grammar activities), do 15-20 minutes of reading/phonics each day and then you can select to explore the other activities (BBC and Oak Academy have lots of brilliant ideas across every area of the primary curriculum) to see if there is anything else that you want to have a go at. All we ask is that take a screen shot or photograph of any of the activities that you complete and upload these to Google Classroom for the teacher to see.

Tier 2: 14 day individual isolation at home
Teachers will upload activities that the class are doing onto Google classroom as soon as possible after a positive test is confirmed then update on a weekly basis. A member of staff will telephone weekly to maintain contact between school and home and to provide feedback on learning to adults. Your child’s class teacher will also be available for you to contact via Goggle classroom for support or additional work.

Tier 3: 14 day class bubble closure
Your child’s class teacher will set work via Google classroom. All classes will be set daily tasks and teachers will provide feedback throughout the day to the children. A member of staff will telephone weekly to maintain contact between school and home and to provide feedback on learning to adults. Your child’s class teacher will also be available for you to contact for support or additional work through the Google classroom.
If you do not have access to the internet, or have any queries please contact your child’s class teacher via Google classroom or phone the school Office on 01302 851451, so we can find a way to support you and your child with a manageable remote learning plan for your circumstances.

Covid-19: If your child or a member of staff tests positive

As a school, we have had several members of staff, including myself, having to isolate because family members have displayed symptoms over the last few weeks. On Friday, we were informed that a member of the school community had tested positive: fortunately we know that they and their family are all recovering well and we wish them all the best. The advice we received from the Public Health England is that no one in the class bubble needs to isolate since the child was off school for nearly a week prior to being tested.
As number rise continue to rise, I expect that more cases will be found. Whenever we hear of a confirmed case we will inform you by sending this email to all members of the school community:

We have been advised by Public Health England that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the school.

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Emergency Planning-should your child have to self isolate for a short period

In the event that your child has to self isolate for a short period of time, e.g. awaiting covid test results for themselves or a member of their family, we have organised some emergency planning for them to access during their time off school.

For ease of use we have split the documents you need into classes and uploaded the links to Google Classroom and onto the school website. Please find the class your child is in and then once you’ve located the materials plese selct the correct year group for your child, do about 1 hour of maths (Sumdog and/or White Rose Maths are best), about one hour of an English activity(Oak Academy resources are best for writing, spelling or grammar activities), do 15-20 minutes of reading/phonics each day and then you can select to explore the other activities (BBC and Oak Academy have lots of brilliant ideas across every area of the primary curriculum) to see if there is anything else that you want to have a go at. All we ask is that take a screen shot or photograph of any of the activities that you complete and upload these to Google Classroom for the teacher to see.

Please note also, that teachers are uploading a large number of activities that they are doing in the class to Google Classroom and there is also a wide range of home learning activities supplied in the homework suggestions that you could also be doing.

If a class bubble closes or a local lockdown is announced, teachers will update the Google Classrooms daily (and often throughout the day) and provide regular feedback on the work the children upload frequently just like they did during the last local period of school closures.  

EYFS Planning – Frogs

Phonics – please see Mr Mc and his phonics lessons to help your child while school is closed. 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTcZnvuTeovlznioLRo0GOA

Sumdog Maths: https://www.sumdog.com

The school code is: wadworth

National Academy: A website launched by the Government to support home learning. Different activities for the various curriculum areas following a daily schedule for literacy, maths, music, Understanding the world and PHSE https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-key-stage/early-years-foundation-stage

White Rose Maths: https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/early-years/

Key Stage 1 Planning  – Frogs and Badgers

Phonics – please see Mr Mc and his phonics lessons to help your child while school is closed. 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTcZnvuTeovlznioLRo0GOA

Sumdog Maths: https://www.sumdog.com

The school code is: wadworth

White Rose Maths:

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-1/

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-2/

National Academy: A website launched by the Government to support home learning. Different activities for the various curriculum areas following a daily schedule for maths, English, geography, history, science, music, RE, PHSE

https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-year/year-1

https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-year/year-2

BBC Bitesize for KS1: BBC Bitesize are publishing daily online lessons for all ages. They will also have a new dedicated TV channel full of learning content, podcasts on BBC Sounds and loads of educational video on iPlayer. Please follow the link below for more details.  https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/z3g4d2p

Key Stage 2 Planning – Squirrels

Sumdog Maths: https://www.sumdog.com

The school code is: wadworth

White Rose Maths:

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-3/

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/

National Academy: A website launched by the Government to support home learning. Different activities for the various curriculum areas following a daily schedule for English, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Geography, History, Maths, Music, RE, PHSE and science.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-year/year-3

https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-year/year-4

BBC Bitesize for all areas of the curriculum: BBC Bitesize are publishing daily online lessons for all ages. They will also have a new dedicated TV channel full of learning content, podcasts on BBC Sounds and loads of educational video on iPlayer. Please follow the link below for more details. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zbr9wmn

Key Stage 2 Planning – Bees

Sumdog Maths: https://www.sumdog.com

The school code is: wadworth

White Rose Maths:

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-4/

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/

National Academy: A website launched by the Government to support home learning. Different activities for the various curriculum areas following a daily schedule for Computing English, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Geography, History, Maths, Music, RE, PHSE and science.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-year/year-4

https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-year/year-5

BBC Bitesize for all areas of the curriculum: BBC Bitesize are publishing daily online lessons for all ages. They will also have a new dedicated TV channel full of learning content, podcasts on BBC Sounds and loads of educational video on iPlayer. Please follow the link below for more details.  https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zbr9wmn

Reading Bingo Challenge: Reading Bingo.pdf

Key Stage 2 Planning – Owls

Sumdog Maths: https://www.sumdog.com

The school code is: wadworth

White Rose Maths:

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-5/

https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/year-6/

National Academy: A website launched by the Government to support home learning. Different activities for the various curriculum areas following a daily schedule for Computing English, Grammar, Reading, Spelling, Geography, History, Maths, Music, RE, PHSE and Science.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-year/year-5

https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-year/year-6

BBC Bitesize for all areas of the curriculum: BBC Bitesize are publishing daily online lessons for all ages. They will also have a new dedicated TV channel full of learning content, podcasts on BBC Sounds and loads of educational video on iPlayer. Please follow the link below for more details. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zbr9wmn

Reading Bingo Challenge: Reading Bingo.pdf

Reading Resources for All Ages!

Literacy Trust – a fabulous website for all things reading and writing!

https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/

Oxford Owl – a website where you can read e-books with your children and many other fantastic resources! 

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/

Reading – a really useful website containing links to many other sites. 

BBC class clips: Subjects are organised alphabetically and then split by age. As a rough guide, the films on YouTube are the most recent and the ones on Bitesize are favourites that have stood the test of time. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zbr9wmn