COVID-19 Updates

October 2020

23rd September – Letter from NHS Track and Trace

UPDATE RE-OPENING OF SCHOOLS

Friday 4th September.

Thank you everyone for a fantastic first week back, while there has been learning points in our new normal there have also been celebrations. We will be continuing to move forward keeping everyone as safe as possible and ask that as parents you read the Government guide to parents on returning to school so we can all know the current guidance and work together.

Have a great weekend.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Policy for Education. We are committed to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of all employees, pupils and visitors. This policy describes the measures that we have put in place to protect you from the risks of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the duties that fall upon us.

Please see below our arrangements for the classes returning on Wednesday 2nd September 2020.

Please see the letter that Cheshire East has asked us to share with all parents. Thank you.

SCHOOL INFORMATION

Please open the letter below for our updated position…..

Monday 20th April

Friday 10th April

Please look at our ‘Lockdown Wellbeing Guide’ a pack suitable for you all which has some fantastic ideas.

Friday 3rd April – Easter Holidays update

School continues to be closed and we are now in what would be our Easter Holiday Break. While school continues to be open for care for Key worker and vulnerable children so as to support the Covid-19 situation we are aware that our staff are entitled to their holiday break. With this in mind some of the staff will be working and available should you need any information.

Please contact us at head@marlfields.cheshire.sch.uk or via our text system as these will continue to be manned during the planned Easter holiday period.

Please note that teachers will not be expected to check or respond to messages on Class Dojo from the 6th April to the 20th April 2020.

To support families during this time we have posted on class pages a ‘Family Learning Project’ which we hope you will check out and complete some of the tasks to share with us in your home task books.

First and foremost enjoy your Easter holiday with each other and we will be back in touch with your all on the 20th April.

Coronavirus update – Boris Johnson’s Speech and its implications for our school. 

Monday 30th March 2020

We have posted on the class pages the information of our ‘Zoom Class Meet Up’ meetings – Zoom is free to download on a laptop, ipad or phone. It allows all the class and the teachers to keep in touch twice a week with each other. There is a timetable shown on the class web page for your child’s class and invitations will be sent via Class Dojo. We hope to see you on there chatting with us and that you are all keeping safe.

Current position from Prime Minister’s speech below.

In the light of the speech to the nation by Boris Johnson on the 23rd March 2020, it is now essential that we enforce the rules that he has set out for the country in order to keep your children and our staff as safe as we possibly can.   

Therefore we now need to ask again that you do not bring your child to school unless both parents/carers are key workers or in a single parent family, where that parent is a key worker. You must also have explored all other options for childcare, school must be a last resort. In addition, you are reminded that your child should only be in school on the days you need them to be – if you work part time, your child should be at home when you are. 

These tighter measures are essential to keep the children, their families and our staff safe. We will be reducing the staff on site to the absolute minimum.  

Thank you for your cooperation and support. 

Stay safe, look after yourselves and your families. 

School is partially closed.

As advised by the government, school is now partially closed until further notice. We will continue to operate for key worker and vulnerable children so long as we have enough staff to do so safely. Children in these categories can continue to attend on the agreed days unless they present the main symptoms.

This is based on the most significant symptoms of:

  • new continuous cough, and/or
  • high temperature (37.8°C)

If children, or anyone in your household develop either of these symptoms, they should be kept at home for a period of 14 days from the onset of the symptoms.

Supporting Parents While Schools Are Closed

In the first few days set up a classroom at home and get the children to help find and resource a working space.

Agree a simple time table for each day which will allow your child to maintain their learning. Have a daily focus on English and Maths as well as activities to develop their independent learning skills across the other curriculum areas. On individual class pages, under Summer Home Task, each teacher has given a starting point for pupils to complete.

1.Establishing a daily routine with a time table will help and be sure to include: Play and unstructured time – this should involve physical activity (indoor or outdoor) linking to online sites such as PE with Joe Wicks at 9am on Twitter, Supermovers, podcasts such as tomandjack.co.uk. For younger children go sites such as to cbeebies.

2. Use online learning resources. Twinkl are offering free access at this time and setting this up is really easy to do – go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS, other sites such as BBC bitesize, Topmarks, Primary Resources offer loads of free resources to support all areas of the curriculum.

3. Encourage your child to connect to their invites to Zoom from their class Dojo. This will help them to continue friendships etc in this time of social distancing.

4. Embrace family time. Timetable snack time and lunchtime as family time with the children helping to prepare meals as part of their learning. Ensure that they have free time planned into the day. You could even make a list of things to do if they are bored so that they can move from different activities independently allowing parents some free time too!

5. Make room for reflection. You don’t have to try to be a school just ensure some learning is happening each day and if things don’t work out talk about what went right and where things went wrong so that the next day is better. Don’t give up, even if you’ve had a bad day, shut the door, start fresh again tomorrow.

6. Take schoolwork into the garden or into another room in the house to mix things up. This is a great time of the year to do some bird watching and survey work, make bird feeders or even start planting for the garden- all of which are learning experiences for children and don’t involve sitting down working in books.

MATHS: We subscribe to My Maths and TTRockstars support learning in Maths. My Maths will be set by our teachers. Your child has a username in their Home Task book given out before we closed. We suggest you do a daily 15 minutes on TTRockstars. It does not really matter which areas you focus on as over-learning in Maths is useful and helps prepare children for the next steps in their learning.

ENGLISH: Your child needs to read daily for at least 10-15 minutes – they can read anything they find interesting – comics, magazines, newspapers, internet articles and of course any books. They should also write daily for real and imaginary purposes eg making a shopping list, writing cards or a daily diary. Ideas for writing can include story writing, writing instructions for making tea or a report about things that they are interested in or catch their imagination.

There are lots of ways to cover the rest of the curriculum and you can get creative with these, for example, watching Horrible Histories or Blue Planet is a great way to cover some of the other subjects. More information can be found from the Home Tasks set by your child’s class teacher.

Some starting ideas

Opening your new home school.

Make a Welcome sign for your new school – design a name and school badge to stick up. Agree some school rules as it helps your child/children understand the purpose of the task and enables them to understand why they’re being asked to do it. Each household’s ‘why’ will be different: it could be “because when we go back to school, we need to be up to date with the learning,” but just make sure you don’t use “because I said so, or you’re grounded”.

Let’s be honest, we’re all going to be grounded for a bit. After starting with ‘why’ we give the children an element of choice: we’ve found this to be a brilliant motivator. Open a discussion with them about what’s going to be included in your daily learning. Include things they like doing such as an afternoon of art (from Mindful colouring to junk model building – the choice is yours).

There are lots of ‘Youtube’ posts for home science experiments (using household items) and STEM activities are available form sites such as https://www.jamesdysonfoundation.co.uk/ .

REMEMBER HAVE FUN LEARNING.