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Home Learning Projects

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope you have enjoyed accessing some of the home learning projects we have shared so far. Our friends at Robin Hood MAT have produced some home learning projects which may further support you in structuring learning across the week. I have shared the links below so that you can access the 7 weeks worth of thematic learning should you wish to.

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

Stay safe and take care

Mrs Thewlis

School Opening Update from our CEO

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am writing to you with more detail following the government’s announcement about opening schools to more children from after half term, subject to further scientific advice (due on 28th May). We have now received further information and guidance from the Department for Education, which we are using to plan for receiving more children.

I understand that announcement has raised a number of concerns, worries and questions from parents. Let me assure you that the safety of your children and of our staff is our main priority. Schools will be closed over half term and on 1st and 2nd June in order that we can fully prepare for the return of more children starting with year 1 pupils only on 3rd June. Your headteachers will provide you with more details about these arrangements in the very near future. We are planning on welcoming reception children back on Monday 8th June, year 6 on Thursday 11th June and finally nursery on Monday 15th June.

The provision currently in place for vulnerable and key worker pupils will continue. Our schools will of course teach pupils in much smaller groups in line with the government’s guidance. We will also be making changes to the usual working day. The Head of your children’s school will write to you giving you more details about the changes that will be made and arrangements for dropping off and picking up children which will also change. Although we will do everything we can to make our schools as safe as possible, we cannot of course completely guarantee your children’s safety in respect of Covid-19.

At this stage, it is too early to say much more other than to give you some idea of the steps we are being asked to take in response to this announcement. These include ensuring class sizes are small, limiting the amount of contact between different groups of children and additional protective measures, such as increased cleaning and encouraging good hand hygiene.

I will point out that the guidance is clear that parents of eligible children will not be fined for non-attendance at this time.

It is important that we know exactly how many children in nursery, reception, year 1 and year 6 will be attending when able to do so. You will receive a call from school this week to ask if you will be sending your child in. If you have missed the call please contact our This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email address. Knowing exactly how many children will be attending will really help us to plan for their return.

Finally, we know that there are many parents reading this who are not affected and who will be expected to continue to provide home schooling alongside the resources we are sharing. Due to safety measures, and the guidance that is governing how we operate during these challenging times, we will be unable to accommodate additional children other than those in the year groups detailed earlier. We will not, therefore, be able to accept requests for siblings in other year groups.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding. Your headteacher will write again, next week, with further information.

Mr Gulzar,
PACT CEO.

School Opening Update

Dear Parents

I am currently working with senior colleagues on a comprehensive plan for the re-opening of all of our schools to some children. Parents/carers of children in Y1 will have been contacted on Monday 18th May to ask if they will send their child in should school be open after 1st June. Parents/carers of pupils in nursery, reception and year 6 will also receive a call this week asking the same. I intend to provide parents/carers with a clearer plan for opening from tomorrow afternoon.

Again, I would like to assure you that any plans that we put into place for re-opening will prioritise the safety of pupils and staff above all else.

Sajid Gulzar

CEO, PACT

A-Z guide to staying at home

To all our children and families, we miss you very much and wanted to make a little video for you. So here it is - our A-Z guide to staying at home made with love by the Birchfield team. Stay safe and we all look forward to when the Birchfield family can be safely back together.

 

 

11/05/20: Update for parents/carers

Dear parents/carers,

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday 10th May we will be working towards opening our schools to more pupils. Currently, we are waiting for additional information and guidance as to which children and how many, schools will be open to. I would like to assure you that the safety of our children will be our primary consideration when planning for greater numbers of children to attend.

Sajid Gulzar
Executive Headteacher & CEO
Prince Albert Community Trust (PACT)