COVID-19 School Update
Friday 3rd April 2pm
It was so nice to speak to you all earlier this week. It took a little longer than planned but worth every minute. There are just a small number of families I didn’t reach, so I will try again next week. Most importantly, it was good to hear you are all well, adapting well to the changes and in good spirits (or was that you are drinking spirits?!)
It was useful to hear your views on our approach to remote learning. Every school has a different approach and after just one week the approach we are taking at Silverstone Primary clearly suits almost every family I spoke to. Further details on our future plans can be seen below.
Last night was another great show of solidarity and appreciation for the tremendous key workers on the front line. There are a number of NHS workers in our school community and our sincere gratitude goes out to you and your family – thank you.
Wishing you a peaceful Easter
Earlier this week we received our SIAMS report (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools). We are delighted with the outcome of this report and it rightly identifies the many strengths of our school and community. We completely agree with the next steps and overall it is a very positive report – we hope you enjoy reading it.
The SIAMS framework has changed significantly since the previous inspection five years ago. In 2015 schools could be satisfactory, good or outstanding. In the new framework schools are either requires improvement, good or excellent. An important factor is knowing that the criteria for good, in the new framework, is actually tougher than the ‘outstanding’ grade from the old framework. The Church of England only want a small number of schools to be ‘excellent’ and are hoping most schools will achieve the good grade.
The inspector said we were extremely close to achieving the excellent grade and reiterated that we should be very proud of our ‘extremely strong’ good outcome. My thanks go to the children, staff, governors and parents who always strive to achieve the best we can.
We’d like your help please
As you'll have already seen in an earlier ParentMail, we are asking everyone to send in one or two photographs of themselves to the year group email addresses. If for safeguarding purposes or for personal reasons you do not wish to send in a photograph then we completely understand.
Remote learning our next steps
Following my conversations with you all this week it is clear that the learning packs have been very useful. Additionally, the email communication for Year 1 to Year 6 and Tapestry in Reception has also been valuable and helpful. On Tuesday, via a video conference with all teachers, we reviewed the successes and possible next steps following the first week of remote learning. Your own feedback regarding the remote learning from my phone calls was very useful.
Moving forward we have made the following decisions:
Daily English and maths activities will stop over the two week Easter holiday period. You need a break, the children need a break and we need a break. Each year group will email the children with a list of possible open ended and creative activities that can be completed over the Easter Holiday. There is no expectation to complete these activities. These are just ideas to keep you going if you find you have any spare time.
Remote learning from Monday 20th April
Remote learning will resume on Monday 20th April. It was a unanimous decision by all teachers (Year 1 to Year 6) to provide you with more ‘paper packs’ to support the learning and Reception will continue to use Tapestry. We will continue to email work and instructions weekly as this has worked well so far. This decision is based on many factors including:
- No ability to print work in many households
- More than one child trying to access the computer at home at the same time
- Parents working from home and using the computers for their own work.
- Parents completing the work on different days to fit round their own work commitments
We are fully aware of some inconsistencies in how we have communicated work to you and how you as parents are able to find the time to access the work sent out. Moving forward we will do the following:
- New learning packs will be available to collect (see below for collection details).
- Continue using Tapestry
Year 1 to Year 6
- Paper resource pack with work for the next 4 weeks will be available to collect
- Children will take home all their exercise books from school (see below for collection details). Work can be completed in their exercise books
- By 4pm every Friday, teachers will email the weekly overview for the week ahead. This will just be a summary of the daily activities for English, maths and other subjects.
- Teachers will email at least twice a week with further instructions/support for the tasks listed on the weekly overview.
- Sometimes teachers will email the work listed on the weekly overview that is not in the learning pack.
- Weekly spelling sheets will be included in the resource pack. Complete these at your own pace during the week and email back teachers with the weekly spelling test score.
To supplement the learning packs we are buying workbooks for every children from Year 1 to Year 6. These will contain activities for Maths; English Grammar and Punctuation; or Reading Comprehension. This is only possible thanks to the generosity of FOSS, who are covering the cost for these books. We should take delivery of these books ready to hand out when you collect learning pack and exercise books.
For some year groups there will be limited work in the learning pack as most of the activities will be based on the CGP workbooks. Teachers will list on the weekly overview which pages will be used each week.
Our expectation has not changed. No one can be a super hero and complete every piece of work on time, whilst trying to work from home at the same time. We just ask for you to complete as much as you can at a time that is suitable for you and your child. It does not matter if all the work is not completed, providing that every effort is made to do at least a little bit each day.
We hope the weekly overview sent out every Friday will help you plan your week ahead and fit in ‘school work’ at a time that suits you best.
Collection of learning pack and children’s books
We ask all other families to collect the learning packs from school on Friday 17th April.
Learning Pack Collection
Date: Friday 17th April
Where and how:
· 1 adult per family to collect packs.
· Bring a carrier bag to carry away all books and resource packs
· Enter KS1 playground
· Walk round to courtyard and go to library door
· Respect 2m distance between other families on site
Once you arrive we will place all resources on a table.
We will then tell you to enter and collect your resources.
Year 6 and Year 5
(also collect for younger siblings in other year groups)
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Year 3 and Year 4
(also collect for younger siblings in other year groups)
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Year 1, Year 2 and Reception
2:00pm – 3:00pm