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Return to School September 2020

Letter from Mr Hilton

Update 29th June 2020

 

Dear Families, 

On 9th July we will welcome back Year 4 to school. Please see below for your information.

 

Peter Hilton

Year 4 back to school letter

Update 26th June 2020

 

Dear Families,

Below you will find the staff placements for the academic year 2020-21.

 

As mentioned in a previous post we will be welcoming the following to our MPS family;

 

In Year 1 - Katherine Suzan

In Year 2 - Grace Fricker

In Year 3 - Demi Mason

 

All three are excellent teachers and have the enthusiasm and creativity that here at MPS we embody.  

 

We will also have Miss Babir and Miss Bucks joining us as additional trainee teachers in year 2 and 5. Both will be completing their P.G.C.E. and so will be in school from Monday to Thursday.

 

Sadly we will be saying goodbye to Clare Mensah (year 2) Miss Mensah was long term supply with us,. She will be returning to teach English in secondary schools.Mrs Aliberti will also be leaving us to continue her training with another school. I am sure you will join me in welcoming our new staff and wishing our old staff a fond farewell. 

 

Peter Hilton  

Staff deployment for 2020-21

Update 19th June 2020

 

Dear Families,

I trust you are all well. It is nice to see things improving with regards to the pandemic. 

 

Just a quick update:

We have been following Govt. and HCC advice very carefully and so we feel we can now open the school a little more. 

 

 

Reception numbers have now grown to 9. They will continue to be taught by Miss Strawbridge in one bubble. There is no alteration to days or times. This will continue until the end of term. 

 

Year 1 numbers have now grown to 9. They will continue to be taught by Mrs Sheikh and Miss Mensah in two bubbles. There is no alteration to days or times. This will continue until the end of term. 

 

Week commencing 29th June 

Year 6 will be having an additional day - Thursday. 

Numbers for year 6 have now grown to 13. They will continue to be taught in 2 bubbles by Ms Paton and Mr Bonallo. This will continue until the end of term. 

 

Year 5 and year 2 will be coming in to school on Friday. 

Year 5 will be taught by Mr Bonallo and Year 2 by Ms Mensah - a letter explaining times and entrances can be found below. 

 

I am still looking to bring in year 3 and 4 before the end of the academic year, please keep an eye out on this web page for further information. 

 

In the meantime please continue to keep safe and healthy, 

Peter Hilton

 

Year 2 and Year 5 phased return letters

Update 10th June 2020

 

Dear Families,

I hope this email finds you all well and safe. You are doing an amazing job with the home learning. We do love seeing the photos and examples of work.  

 

Just a short update on Reports and Parent consultations.

The teachers are currently writing end of year reports, it is a statutory requirement.Clearly this year they will be a little different. 

 

Timeline

We hope to get the reports to you by 29th June. 

Consultation week will commence 6th July.

In your report you will receive a booking form so that we can arrange a call to you. This will be on a first come basis, so please get these back to us as soon as possible and make sure we have the correct contact details. 

 

Many thanks

Peter Hilton

 

 

Competition time:

Would you like to win a £20 Amazon voucher?

We want you to recreate a famous portrait picture. The staff have done some examples for you, see below. Entries close in 2 weeks - 22nd June. Good luck

Competition Time

Update 2nd June 2020

 

Dear Families,

We just wanted to share some picture of some of the steps we have taken in school.

- Throughout the school we have yellow tape and 2m distance posters on the floor. 

- We have placed wash hands posters in all locations across the school.

- Each child has an allocated desk and 2m space within the class.

- The playground has been zoned off in to sections for the bubbles. 

As I say these are just a small sample of the visible steps we have taken.  

 

Our Chair of Governors visited the school yesterday afternoon and signed off our Risk Assessment. 

Please do get in touch with the class teacher if you have any questions about sending your child/ren back to school. We will be able to talk you through the options that best suit you and your families needs. 

 

We will keep you updated with the wider opening of school as we know any updates.

 

Keep safe and healthy.

 

Phased return pictures

Update 27th May 2020

 

Dear Families,

Please see below the letters that are being sent out to the parents of those children who have stated they wish to return to school in the phased return should the Govt. give the go ahead. 

 

Thank you

Update 26th May 2020

 

Dear Families,

for those of you with children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 we will publishing some important information on the school website tomorrow. 

You will also be emailed a letter. It is essential that we have your up to date email address for this.

When the class teacher calls please check it is correct.

 

Thank you everyone,

 

Keep safe

Peter Hilton  

Update 23rd May 2020

Dear Families,

Thank you to everyone for their continued support and for those of you who took some time to celebrate the ‘National Thank a Teacher day’. I know the staff appreciated this an awful lot.

 

Thank you also, to all parents who have responded to our survey, we had 65 responses. Your comments and feedback were extremely useful to establish a plan towards the possibility of widening school provision from 1st June.

 

In line with the government’s own guidance, it is important to note that all schools can only return and widen the offer to more pupils if the following 5 tests are in place:

1. There is a significant decrease in number of cases of infection

2. There is a clear test and track system in place

3. There is clear guidance on the use of PPE in schools

4. There is clear guidance on social distancing for schools

5. There is a clear procedure to follow should there be a confirmed case of Covid 19 reported in the school.

 

If all these are in place then we hope to be able to proceed with a plan for some children to return, in a clear and manageable way.

 

Many of you, if not all by now will have received a phone call from someone at school asking if you are likely to send in your child/ren in to school should it reopen week beginning June 1st. Thank you to all those who again shared their genuine concerns and thoughts on this matter. The Govt. guidance has stated that class sizes are too be up to a maximum of 15 children. We are setting our limit much lower.

 

Here at MPS, should school reopen week beginning 1st June, it is likely to be the following format;

Monday June 1st – staff inset:

We will be walking all staff through the school so we are all clear on the procedures and health and safety for all. No key worker children in school.

Tuesday June 2nd

Reception and Year 1 would return up to 10 children max in each year group.

These 10 children would then be split in to ‘pods’ or ‘bubbles’. They would only socialise and be with that group of children for the entire day.

Wednesday June 3rd

Year 6 would be invited in to school. Again they will be in ‘pods’ or ‘bubbles’ of 7 children in one classroom. They would only socialise and be with that group of children for the entire day.

 

The keyworker group will be in school from June 2nd and they will be in a pod or bubble of their own. They would only socialise and be with that group of children for the entire day.

The following week Reception and Year 1 would be in school for the Monday and Tuesday.

Year 6 would continue to be in on a Wednesday.

Key worker children would be in all week.

We have staggered start times and finish times.

Break times and Lunch times have also been staggered.

Entrances and exits from the school have been set up to enable social distancing.

 

Early next week once we have further information the following classes will receive a class specific letter informing them of the following:

  • Start times and finish times
  • Entry and exit points
  • Break times and lunch times
  • Classrooms to be used
  • Teachers and staff with your children

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I am also hoping to upload some small videos showing each year group what the procedures will look like for them. 

 

Where children fall into the key worker group and class group, parents will need to decide which they would like their child to attend. This is because swapping groups will not be permitted.

 

Please note from the 1st June;

  • HCL will only be offering packed lunches. You can of course send in your own packed lunches.
  • Children must have a water bottle with their name on it.

 

We have been asked about breakfast clubs and after school clubs – There will not be restarting at the moment. We will reconsider this in September depending on the situation at that time.

 

It is important that you are reassured that any returning to school for additional pupils in years Reception year 1 and year 6 will not happen until we have completed a health and safety check, completed risk assessments, agreed this with governors and deep cleaned the school.

 

Listed below are just some of the considerations that need to be addressed in our planning:

• The pupil staff ratio with the current staff availability

• Children and staff with medical needs

• Organisation of groups in school (small groups of up to 7, but probably smaller, with designated adult in designated space)

• How staff will work with children

• What learning will look like for those in school and those that are not

• How resources are used and cleaned

• How social distancing is put in place around the whole school building and playground

• How we manage bringing and collecting children from school

• Cleaning and hygiene

• Outdoor play (break and lunch)

• Lunchtime (which is likely to be eaten in individual rooms at their own table)

• Supporting the well-being and mental health of children & staff

• Re-establishing routines/expectations

• Keyworker provision

• Bereavement support

• Provision and support for children with additional needs

• Procedures if a child or adult becomes ill

• Behaviour expectations and adapted rules during Covid

• Transitions and inductions

 

As you can see there is a lot to consider and we want to do this with care and consideration. I know that at the moment there is a new ‘normal’ for all of us and particularly children, they miss their friends and teachers, as school is such a major part of all our lives. The changes we need to make will make school life look and feel different for everyone and we need to be ready to address that.

 

We all want to see our children back at school, but we can only do this when we know that it is safe and practicable do so. I will of course keep you informed of any decisions, around if and when different year groups or identified groups of children can return to school. I know that you understand and appreciate how difficult these decisions are and, as always, we value your continued support.

 

Take care and keep safe.

Peter Hilton

 

Update 20th May 2020

 

Dear Familes,

Thank you all those who completed the survey. We had 63 replies. The information was very useful.

 

The staff are working very hard this week and next to ensure 'should' we reopen for some year groups and children, we will have met the standards set out by HCC and the Govt. 

 

Once we are happy that is the case and HHC/Govt. give the go ahead, you will receive a phone call from the class teacher inviting your child to attend school. You will also receive clear guidance in a letter of what you can expect from us and what we expect from you and the children. 

 

Please do keep the conversations going with the class teachers and myself. 

 

We hope you are remaining well and safe.   

 

Peter Hilton

Update 14th May 2020

 

Dear Famlies,

 

I hope that you and your families are well and that you are managing as best you can under the circumstances.

 

I am writing in response to the latest updates from the Department for Education. As you are aware, the Prime Minister has indicated that we may be in a position to do a phased return for some of the year groups - Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from the 1st June 2020. 

 

In preparation for this, I would welcome your views. Please complete this survey by 4pm Tuesday 19th May 2020. The survey is open to all parents of children at Millbrook, regardless of year group. 

 

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Q3HSQSS

 

Please cut and paste the link into your browser. 

 

Peter Hilton

Update 12th May 2020

 

Dear Families,

Good afternoon everyone. I hope you had a good weekend and got some time to enjoy the sunshine which was beautiful.

 

As you know the Government has announced stages for consideration as we move forward. There are suggestions around how schools may reopen. However, I must, must emphasize that this is a maybe and at school we have a lot of work to do looking at what we think we would be able to provide, but ensuring that what we do provide is safe for all.

 

We want to take in to consideration the well-being and safety and we want to be able to present to everybody, clear and transparent plans of what it is we’re able to offer so that people can make informed decisions about their next steps. Therefore this risk assessment will be key.  

 

We are currently looking at the guidance that was sent out very late on Monday evening. We will continue to look at that and will let you know once we feel that we are in a position to give you the best information. We will also ensure that you have enough time for this, should you need to prepare. We need to take lots of things into consideration and we are looking at many different avenues of what may be the next steps. Until we get to that point, we are going to be carrying on with the home learning for each class. Please keep using the class email to send this in and keep in touch with the class teacher.

 

We will also be continue to be open to support the key worker children. I know that all of you in our community will be most concerned about making sure that what is safe for our children and our staff is the best way forward and that is what we are working on now. We want nothing more than to see all the children back at school, but we cannot rush this and we cannot do it where there could be a risk to staff and pupils. Therefore as I have said, in coming weeks, we will be issuing clear and transparent offers of what we are able to do in our school moving forward. But as I have said this is a maybe and we need to be careful to follow the stay safe message. Staying home as much as possible, but also doing our exercise.

 

As a school we are here to help, and we have set up many ways in which you can communicate with us. We will continue with weekly phone calls from teachers, Twitter and the website. Do not worry, you are not alone. You are doing an amazing job!

 

Do contact us if you have any worries or concerns, we will try and help.  

 

We will in the coming weeks issue our offer and let you know what our next stages are. Please allow us time over this week to plan and think about what will be best to ensure that our community’s needs are best met to move forward in to the future.

 

Thank you again for all the kind words and support you are giving the school at this time. It really is much appreciated by all our staff here. An even bigger thank you for all you are doing!

 

Keep safe everyone

Peter Hilton  

Update 12th May 2020

 

Dear Families, 

You may have seen on the news that schools may be opening on the 1st June for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils.

 

This depends on the situation of each individual school with regards to the safety of staff and pupils.

We are already getting phone calls about this, as well as breakfast clubs and after school clubs. 

Once we have received further information and guidance we will let you know. 

 

Keep checking this page for updates.

 

Peter Hilton

 

 

Update 7th May 2020

 

Dear Families,

We have some very exciting news to share with you. 

We have appointed 3 new teachers for September.

 

Miss Suzan will be in year 1. She is an UK trained teacher with over 5 years teaching experience in North London. 

 

Miss Fricker will be in year 2. She is a UK trained teacher with over 4 years teaching experience in Hertfordshire. 

 

Both have come with excellent references

 

We will also have a Newly Qualified Teacher in Year 2, Miss Mason again she has excellent references from school and university. 

 

We hope to see them in school at some point during the second half of summer term.

 

Peter Hilton

 

 

Update 7th May 2020

Dear Families,

Despite widespread media speculation, schools have not yet had any information about return dates. This may change when the government issues their updated guidance on Sunday (or it may not!)

 

What is important is that your child is doing some work every school day for our eventual return.

  • Please make sure that your child completes their English & maths and they read every day.
  • We strongly recommend them using mathletics & bug club where possible.
  • We are currently preparing work for future weeks that will utilize online provision from BBC Bitesize and Oak Academy which you can access at any time. We have previously sent these links out.
  • Please continue to access the work set on the class pages
  • Send in photos of your child’s efforts and they may be receiving a certificate and prize from me!

 

Keep up to date and see the exciting home learning taking place on our Twitter account. Millbrook_Sch

Take care and stay safe.

 

Peter Hilton

 

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.

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-tips/

 

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)

 

Update 6th May 2020

 

Dear Families, 

I hope you are well and staying safe.

I have copied some links below from Juniper library services that you may find useful. 

 

 

 

 

If there is anything else I can help you with please let me know.

Best wishes

 

Peter Hilton

Update 2nd May 2020

 

Dear Families, I do hope you are having a great weekend under the circumstances.

Huge thanks to you all for engaging with the home learning and sending in those pictures for Twitter. You are doing an amazing job. 

 

I know many of you are so positive and appreciative of the weekly phone calls the class teachers are doing. It is a chance to ask for support, ask any questions or just speak to another adult. The Class Calls Class teachers are making have been going on since we started lock down. Some schools are now just doing this. Please note that these may sometimes show as no caller id. Do try and answer and if you miss the call do give us a ring back. Where we don't get an answer it is Mrs Parkyns or myself that will call. 

 

You tube and Oak National Academy

Home learning is also accessible on our Youtube channel or via  Oak National Academy. They are providing daily lessons and this has been Govt. approved. 

 

I am editing a special message for the children this should go live on Tuesday. Do watch it, hopefully you will find it fun and supportive. 

 

Let me know if we can assist further, we are here for you.

 

Stronger together!

 

Peter Hilton

 

Useful updates:

We know parents have concentrated on helping their children with their learning, but maybe this an opportunity for you too?

Free courses are available through the new online platform, the Skills Toolkit.

This platform signposts to free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help people build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects and confidence whilst at home. Courses on offer cover a range of levels, from everyday maths and the use of email and social media at work to more advanced training. All courses are available online and are flexible so that people can work through them at their own pace. The Skills Toolkit can be accessed here:

https://theskillstoolkit.campaign.gov.uk/

Update 2nd May 2020 - We are missing you

Update 28th April 2020

 

Dear Families,

I hope you are all safe and healthy.

 

we have had an update that some of you may find useful;

 

Supporting Links are offering FREE online courses to Parents and Carers across Hertfordshire.

 

Please see their webpage for more details

https://www.supportinglinks.co.uk/whatson.html

 

Course flyer links

Talking Families - this is an evening course starting at 8pm to 9pm

https://www.supportinglinks.co.uk/docs/sl_flyer378tf.pdf

 

Talking Teens - this is an evening course starting at 8pm to 9pm

https://www.supportinglinks.co.uk/docs/sl_flyer381tt.pdf

 

Talking Families - this is a day course starting at 2pm to 3pm

https://www.supportinglinks.co.uk/docs/sl_flyer379tf.pdf  

 

Talkin Teens - this is a morning course starting at 10am to 11am

https://www.supportinglinks.co.uk/docs/sl_flyer383tt.pdf

 

Talking Dads - this is an evening course starting at 8pm to 9pm

https://www.supportinglinks.co.uk/docs/sl_flyer384td.pdf

Our Wonderful staff - supporting all key workers

Updated 20th April 2020

Launch of the Oak National Academy online classroom and resource hub

The sector-led Oak National Academy has today launched its online classroom and resource hub. The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use by both teachers and young people.

The Oak National Academy can be accessed here:

Launch of BBC Bitesize

The BBC has today launched an education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and teachers, helping to keep children learning at home and supporting parents.

BBC Bitesize can be accessed here:

Updated 14th April 2020

 

Dear Families,

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 put together information below 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 admin@millbrook.herts.sch.uk 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. 

 

Spread Hope It has been lovely seeing all your rainbows on your windows and thank you for sending us pictures of them too. Ones we are sent we will print out, laminate and add to the ones on the school fence.  Hopefully you are seeing rainbows on windows (and on the school fences) if you need to go outdoors for essential reasons.  

 

Easter Holidays I know it doesn’t feel very much like school holidays at the moment but please make sure you and your children get time away from the school work! If they do wish to continue some aspects we would suggest this is limited to Bug Club, Mathletics and Timetables Rockstars. Alternatively why not try some of the ideas below!

Take care and stay safe.

 

Free School Meals – Government Voucher Scheme

We have had several enquiries about the voucher system the government has announced for those in receipt of free school meals. We are in the process of registering families who are eligible for the government scheme which provides a £15 voucher per child per week which can be used in some supermarkets. Details about this were given on this site and via Mrs Lovatt over the phone to those eligible families.

 

This is only for families who have applied and have confirmed eligibility from the Local Authority. However, we are aware that many families situation may have changed because of recent events and if so we would strongly suggest you apply if you think you may be eligible.

 

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following: •Income Support •Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance •Income-related Employment and Support Allowance •Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 •The guaranteed element of Pension Credit •Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190) •Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit •Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

 

Ideas for the Easter Holidays

Create a paper basket (weaving strips of paper) – http://allparenting.com/myfamily/articles/970733/how-to-weave-a-may-day-basket-with-the-kids

Then create spring flowers to fill it.

Paper daffodil - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8HX-O-vUuU or Twinkl resource

Origami tulip- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFHGsHdY8w4

 

Hope Pebbles Paint a pebble with an image of hope, or spring. You could even turn it into a ladybird like this one!

Easter/Spring Bonnets Have a competition to see who can make the most creative spring bonnet and then hold a catwalk show! https://www.madeformums.com/toddler-and-preschool/5-easy-last-minute-easterbonnets/

Egg or Teddy Hunt Why not draw some Easter egg or use teddies to do your own treasure hunt? Hide them around the room (or rooms if you want to make it tricky!) and see how many you can find. Fastest time or most finds wins!

 

Useful websites: Every week we will share a website that a member of staff has found that you might want to look at with your child. Dance mat typing This is an introduction to touch typing for children aged 7 to 11 years. There are 4 levels to play each divided into 4 stages. www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr

 

Mr Hilton

Updated 13th April 2020

Updated 10th April 2020

Families,

Further useful updates for you.

 

Information about Coronavirus:

A free downloadable book for children illustrated by Axel Sheffler

https://nosycrow.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Coronavirus-A-Book-for-Children.pdf

 

A short book to support and reassure children under the age of seven about Coronavirus in a number of different languages

https://www.mindheart.co/descargables

 

We hope you find these useful. 

Updated 9th April 2020

 

Dear Families,

you may choose to supplement your child's home learning from other online service providers and in some cases online tutors. Please ensure you check they are a reputable company/individual who can evidence that they are safe and trusted to support children.

 

Have a safe and healthy weekend. 

 

 

Supporting Children's wellbeing

Updated 8th April 2020

Dear Families,

A quick update on Free school meals.

 

Those on FSM who are eligible for the Govt. voucher scheme will receive an email and/or a phone call from with Mrs Lovatt or Mrs Middleton this week.

 

I have also up loaded a document from HCC on supporting your children at home around their wellbeing. I hope you find this useful. 

 

Updated 2nd April 2020

 

Dear Families,

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 admin@millbrook.herts.sch.uk 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/

https://www.youtube.com/user/Cos micKidsYoga

 

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.

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-tips/

 

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 admin@millbrook.herts.sch.uk. 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: reception@millbrook.herts.sch.uk

 

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

Lunch

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.

admin@millbrook.herts.sch.uk NEWSLETTER

 

In the meantime stay inside and stay safe. We will get through this together. 

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Rainbow templates

Updated 25th March 2020

Spread Hope Campaign

 

Spread Hope Campaign

Dear Families,

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

 

Mr Hilton

Friday 20th March 2020

Dear Families,

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:

 Mathletics

 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: reception@millbrook.herts.sch.uk

year1@millbrook.herts.sch.uk

 

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,

Mr Hilton

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Parent update 17th March 2020

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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:

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