Corona Virus information for Parents
Updated 2nd April 2020
Welcome to our second lockdown update. We realise that this is a really worrying time for everyone but just because we cannot be in the same physical space doesn’t mean we can’t still support each other, and it is needed now more than ever.
We’ve tried to put together information in this issue that we think may be helpful during this time but it would be great to hear from parents and carers who have pieces of advice to share with others or ideas about what you would like included each week. All ideas, recommendations and suggestions need to be sent to email@example.com Please put the subject as NEWSLETTER so that it gets through to me!
In the meantime stay inside and stay safe. We will get through this together.
School will be closed on Good Friday and Bank Holiday Monday
The Govt. vouchers scheme for free school meals
The school are currently investigating the possibility of issuing these for after Easter holidays. If you are eligible you will receive a phone call from Mrs Lovatt.
However, at present we are still providing packed lunches for collection.
With regards to both of these issues we follow HCC / HCL advice.
No Barriers at Home is a fun and interactive project all about harnessing the power of football to inspire young people and bring people together, even when we can't be together. They are fun, additional activities to help supplement home learning if you want to. Each week they issue a PDF pack containing:
- A video to learn about an inspirational footballer who has tackled barriers to achieve success both on and off the pitch, fun facts about their host city, and what each session’s #NoBarriersChallenge is.
- Read about the Champions and where they’re from on Champion Cards and Host City Worksheets
- Students can fill in the activities and upload their work for a chance to be featured on our site!
These packs are supported by videos, so children can complete the work unaided at home. You can find the first session here: www.bigideas.org/nobarriersathome/
Coronavirus explainer in Makaton (Ineqe) Children with a range of SEND needs may be struggling right now, perhaps through lack of routine or not understanding how things are. Holly Rankin, is the Special Educational Needs Advisor at Ineqe and in this video explains Coronavirus using Makaton: https://youtu.be/9OS8vbjr2-Q
Mental Health Support for Young People Kooth is a FREE online support service available to young people. It provides a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support including counselling It can be accessed by young people aged 10 to 16. An information poster is attached or simply visit: www.kooth.com
We have been sent these useful links for some lovely physical activities for mindfulness and wellbeing. https://www.gonoodle.com/goodenergy-at-home-kids-games-andvideos/
Mental Health This is a really challenging time for all of us and more than ever it’s important that we look after our mental health. As part of their ‘Every Mind Matters’ campaign, the NHS have produced some helpful tips to support metal health and well-being during this challenging time.
Need to reach out? Sometimes you may just need to reach out. If you do, at any point, feel you are struggling, can’t cope and need some support, there are organisations and charities that can help:
Mind: https://www.mind.org.uk – mental health charity
The Samaritans: samaritans.org – 24hr support
Call free on 116 123
CALM : Campaign Against Living Miserably, for people in the UK who are down or have hit a wall for any reason. Call 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)
Updated 26th March 2020
Dear Families, just an update on this week.
We realise that this is a really worrying time for everyone, but just because we cannot be in the same physical space doesn’t mean we can’t still support each other, and it is needed now more than ever.
We’ve tried to put together information in this issue that we think may be helpful during this time but it would be great to hear from parents and carers who have pieces of advice to share with others or ideas about what you would like included each week. All ideas, recommendations and suggestions need to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put the subject as NEWSLETTER so that it gets through to me!
Accessing Support (Education) We are aware that there may be aspects your child is covering that you wish to have additional support on. Therefore during the current closure you can email any questions you have to the teachers in your child’s year group and a member of teaching staff in your child’s year group will then respond to you and give you advice. This email support facility will be available between 9 am - 12 and 1pm - 3pm Monday to Friday during term time. Each year group has its own email so please ensure you use the correct one in order that your question goes to the right staff. The email addresses are simply: email@example.com
These are also on the class pages.
Establishing a routine
Routines are important to us all and therefore, despite school being closed, it is important to maintain a routine and structure during the weekdays. This does not need to be a strict routine; however each child has been given home learning which they will need to complete. This is essential so that they do not fall behind. You could for example break the day up in to Maths, English and then other learning and break the learning up by having downtime or doing something fun, for half an hour or so.
Create your own new ‘home school’ and set rules around expectations. A standard day could look like:
9:00 – 9.30 PE (we are using the 9-9.30 live stream www.youtube.com/TheBodyCoachTV
9:30 – 10.00 Bug club / reading Have a break
10.30 – 12.00 Mathletics & some of home school work set
1.00 – 2.00 Project/creative arts/ puzzles/games (this could include making your rainbow!)
2.30 Times table rockstars Timings are approximate; change it to fit your day! We would strongly suggest you have rest days (either weekends or what works for you!). On these days just ensure your child reads or even better you read to them!
Got an idea that will help someone else? Then let us know so we can put in the next issue.
In the meantime stay inside and stay safe. We will get through this together.
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Updated 25th March 2020
Spread Hope Campaign
Spread Hope Campaign
We hope you are okay and our weekly newsletter will come out to you tomorrow. However we realise this is a very isolating time for us all and so we thought we would try and help us remain together as a community. We saw a campaign on the BBC news app and thought we could replicate it for our school.
So please take time to have a look at our ‘spread hope rainbow’ campaign and get your children & family members to create a rainbow for their windows to show that we may be separated physically for a time but we are still together as a community (we have even given you a template to help!). Please feel free to share with others.
Stay inside as much as possible and remember social distancing.
We are still here.
Safe safe and healthy
Updated 20th March 2020
Friday 20th March 2020
Remote Learning During School Closure
During this uncertain time, we have had to follow guidance from the Government to close Millbrook Primary School, for a majority of the children.
To ensure that your child continues to learn we have set up activities remotely. These include the following:
Online Bug Club
Online phonics Bug Club
Letters from each class uploaded on the school website, on the relevant class pages
Learning Packs handed out to children
Exercise books for children to record their learning
Millbrook Primary School ‘Youtube’ channel
Millbrook Primary School Twitter account
Each class teacher has set up a class email for you to continue communicating with them, and to upload any work.
The email address for your class, is your child’s year group, followed by our school name eg: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you haven’t received any of the following, or you require help accessing these resources, please use your class email to contact the teacher. Should you require hard copies of these, please email your class teacher and we will ensure these will be delivered to you.
Once again we thank you for your continued support. Please stay safe and well during this uncertain time. Yours Sincerely,
updated 18th March 2020
Updated 18th March 2020
Parent update 17th March 2020
updated 16th March 2020
Please see attached letter.
Parent update 16th March 2020
updated Friday 13th March 2020
Coronavirus – Advice for all early years providers, schools and further education providers
The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad.
The overall risk of Coronavirus to the UK remains moderate. However we understand that people may be concerned where there are children, students or staff returning from or visiting China.
Public Health England and the Foreign Office have issued advice for anyone travelling to the area. This can be found at:
Latest information and advice can also be found at:
Please share this advice with your staff and cascade as appropriate.
Advice for parents/guardians
You should not be unduly worried about the possibility of your children catching the Coronavirus.
There is no reason why your children should not continue to attend their early years, school or further education setting as normal.
We recognise that some families or children may be planning to travel to China during the forthcoming half term period. If so, please refer to the FCO’s latest travel advice via the link above.
What action you can take
A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus.
Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.
You can do this by:
Displaying this poster in relevant public spaces:
Sharing DHSC content from the following social media links: