Skipping and Circus Day Reminder for Owls, bees and Squirrels

We have invited Mr Dan to teach our KS2 children some exciting new skills. On Tuesday 8th June KS2 will have the opportunity to take part in a speed rope skipping workshop followed by a Circus day on Tuesday 22nd June. We would like to ask for a contribution of £6.00. This includes both workshops and food. Payment can be made via ParentPay. Consent for your child to take part in the activities will also be required when paying. Children will need to wear their P.E kits for these days.

Free course available for families

Doncaster Council has shared with us the following information regarding a course which parents/carers/ grandparents and extended family members may find useful.

We want to make sure you are aware of this fantastic, locally sponsored, offer: Maybe you have heard about the brilliant online courses for parents, FREE (with access code: STGEORGE at: www.inourplace.co.uk) for residents in our area? The Solihull Approach (NHS) have launched a NEW online course!

How do I access? 

www.inourplace.co.uk

What’s the code?

If you haven’t used it already here is the access code for all the online courses (funded for residents of Doncaster): STGEORGE

If, like many parents, you have already used this code, log into your account here and this course will be ready in your dashboard to start whenever you are ready.

Can I tell my family and friends?

Absolutely! Share the news with other families in the area so that they too can take advantage of this fantastic opportunity.

How long is it?

There are 7 modules which each take about 5 minutes to complete and will benefit from time to digest in between.

If you like this… …you might like the bigger ‘Understanding your child’ or ‘Understanding your child with additional needs’, or other courses in the series. www.inourplace.co.uk

Track and Trace over Easter

Wadworth will close on 26th March until 12 April for Easter. Free school meal vouchers will continue (families will receive a voucher for £25 this week). The Council are also organizing several activities, similar to the summer program, for children to take part in, but at the time of writing, I don’t have any information about them.

Contact Tracing Over Easter:

Again, the Department for Education and Public Health England advise that:

  • where a pupil or staff member develops symptoms within the first 48 hours after the end of half term, and tests positive, school should be contacted and informed.
  • where a pupil or staff member develops symptoms after the first 48 hours and tests positive, they should use the ‘normal’ national test and trace system.
Continue reading “Track and Trace over Easter”

New family testing scheme

The government has confirmed twice-weekly testing using rapid lateral flow tests will be given for free to all families and households with primary, secondary school and college aged children and young people, including childcare and support bubbles, to help find more COVID-19 cases and break chains of transmission. Twice-weekly testing will also be offered to adults working in the wider school community, including bus drivers and after school club leaders.

Tests are available for adults in these households to collect. As with student testing, this is encouraged but not mandatory.  Getting a rapid test is quick and convenient. The expanded regular testing offer for people without symptoms will be delivered through:

testing in-person via workplace testing

local authority test sites

collection at a local PCR test site during specific test collection time windows

a new home ordering service, which will allow people to order lateral flow tests online to be delivered to their home

Find out more: Covid testing

Welcome back!

Welcome back to a new term and I would like to say a huge thank you to our phenomenal children who showed great determination and resilience last half term. We have loved seeing them adapt to new ways of learning and have really enjoyed seeing their faces on our live sessions if they haven’t been in school.

For those who have been in school, thank you for brightening our days and making school as close to normal as possible. A big thank you also to parents/ grand-parents/carers for supporting the children with their remote learning – we know it isn’t always easy.  Hopefully, with infection rates reducing and numbers of adults being vaccinated increasing, the government announce that children will all be allowed back in school from the 8th March.

If they do announce this later today, I will send out another newsletter later in the week with an update/reminder of procedures in school for children returning.  Fingers crossed!

Children’s Mental Health Week 1st to 7th February 2021

This week, we are taking part in Place2Be’s Children’s Mental Health Week.

This year’s theme is ‘Express Yourself’. Place2Be has created activities and resources to help children (and adults) to explore the different ways they can share their thoughts, feelings and ideas. There are lots of resources on the Children’s Mental Health Week website that you can use with your child at home including activity ideas and tips for parents and carers – please see the link below.

It would be lovely if you could email in photographs of any activities that you have completed with your children throughout the week.

Continue reading “Children’s Mental Health Week 1st to 7th February 2021”

Free School Meals

The national voucher scheme for supermarket vouchers for children eligible for Free School Meals has restarted and parents of children eligible who are working from home should have received their first codes on THURSDAY last week.

The scheme provides £15 vouchers per child per week, which can be redeemed in a number of supermarkets, including ADSA, TESCO, Morrisons, ALDI, etc.  Parents can find out all about the scheme by clicking here to visit the Edenred website.

Eligible families should expect the voucher code to arrive via email now each THURSDAY for the next 3 weeks. We are not sure what is happening in school over half term yet, but I expect the Local Authority to arrange food parcels as the government have said they aren’t funding vouchers over the school holidays.

Sustrans Outside In

Sustrans, a charity making it easier for people to walk and cycle, have contacted us to let us know that they are relaunching their Sustrans Outside In programme-a free resource for parents which provides fun ideas and inspiration for parents to bring education, health and wellbeing activities into their home.

Parents can access resources by registering for their free parent newsletter. Once registered, over four weeks parents will receive weekly videos, themed activities, games and challenges designed by Sustrans’ experienced school officers.

If you would be interested in signing up, please click the link below to get started. www.sustrans.org.uk/OutsideIn