Update 13th April 2020

Dear parents/Carers

 

We wanted to provide you with an update, despite the fact that we are in the middle of the Easter holiday period. I hope you are finding these weekly letters useful.

 

This is a time where support for each other is critical in order to get us all through this crisis. Please support those in your neighbourhood, such as the elderly, who would value you ‘checking in’ with them.

 

At the risk of repeating myself, we ask you to continue to follow government advice to ensure your families are protected as much as possible. You and your families’ health are the most important consideration.

 

Just to remind all of our families, the latest Government advice is for schools to continue to be closed after the Easter holidays. I will keep you up to date of these developments in next week’s letter.

We now want to stress some further key messages.

Home Learning Resources


A reminder of the resources available online. These resources can be accessed by the school website - on the home page, click the tab entitled ‘Coronavirus Remote Learning’ and then select the year group. Also on the website remote learning page are the email addresses of your child’s teacher.

 

Furthermore, please see this link below for our Youtube account to help with remote learning.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCELk8e27A7qnPK8YjLxfGCg/playlists

 

A further reminder to all of families, our children can also be provided with hard copy learning folders for them to carry on working at home. Please contact the school to make arrangements to come into school to collect one. Please do not come to school without first contacting the school.

Easter Holidays

Activities that are always worth maintaining every day are:

  • Reading and listening to stories
  • Early spelling and sounding out games
  • Number Work and multiplication tables

Home Learning After Easter


Starting from after the Easter holidays, on Monday 20th April, we will be providing Home Learning resources on a weekly basis.

From Monday 20th April, every Monday morning at 10:00am children from each year group will be provided with the following resources:

  • 1 story/literacy based video uploaded to our youtube account - It will be great for the children to be able to see all their teachers faces still!
  • 1 maths related video uploaded to youtube.
  • 1 Seesaw task set for KS2 children.
  • 1 post from EYFS and KS1 on twitter with activity ideas for children and families to try at home.
  • 1 page of paper based learning on the school website for parents to download.
  • 1 Booklet for Maths covering each year group
  • 2 booklets for English covering each year group


These will be available in school for you to collect. Please contact the school from Monday 20th April to arrange a time to come into school to pick one up.


Our P.E. Specialist, Adam, is also preparing 1 post a week for either youtube or twitter relating to staying fit and healthy at home.

Online Safety

Of course, if you are using internet-based resources, please be mindful of safe internet usage. Below is a very useful link for families with regard to online safety. It includes most of the apps and games children might use.

https://parentinfo.org/

These learning resources are designed to support families throughout this period. We hope you find them useful, but please use these resources as little or as often as you like. To reiterate, the purpose of the support from all at Lark Hall is to sustain a sense of school over what is perhaps a lengthy period of time.

Emotional Well-Being and Mental Health

I have previously stressed, this is a difficult time for families with children. All children and young people are different, but there are some common ways in which different age groups may react to a situation like the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Understanding these may help you to know how to support your family.

For more details with regard supporting families with issues concerning mental health, please see the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak?fbclid=IwAR1A4bE13aVC_WInIK_7U1C4BBd_sILq-SMCfFTBRLylr2QqBQRRSDwN1UU%E2%80%8B

Children Invited to Attend School over Easter

 

School will be open over the Easter period for children who have a parent designated as Key Worker. Adam and a number of staff have provided a physical fitness element to this Easter programme and the staff and children have had an amazing time.

Free School Meals for Children

 

You may recall me advising you in the previous letter that the government have been working on putting in place a national scheme to enable families to access vouchers from a local supermarket.

 

You will be given the option to choose a voucher from the following supermarkets:

 

  • Sainsbury’s
  • Tesco
  • Asda
  • Morrison’s
  • Waitrose (John Lewis)
  • M&S Food

 

Below is a guide of how to redeem your eCode and place your order. Please not the eCode will expire after 1 month

 

Follow these steps: 

1.  Click on ‘Redeem your eCode
2.  Enter the 16 digit eCode number provided and follow the simple security checks
3.  Select your chosen supermarket and check out

 

If the link does not work please copy and paste the URL into your bowser: http://www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk/

 

If you have any queries about the above please visit  https://www.edenred.co.uk/reward-recipients/Free-School-Meal-Vouchers/  and click on the ‘I am a parent’ for Frequently Asked Questions

Public Health England and Government Guidelines

 

This is Bank Holiday weekend I want to stress two key pieces of advice for families during this period.

 

Stay at home

 

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)
  • If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • Do not meet others, even friends or family.
  • You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

Displaying Symptoms

 

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature. If you have these symptoms, however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started (if you live alone), or 14 days (if you live with someone who has symptoms). You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

Hygiene

 

  • Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.
  • To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue in a bin immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.
  • Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.


That’s it from the leadership team at this time.


Please be assured that the school will be in contact with you whenever we have further information to share. Of course, you are always welcome to contact the school in the usual ways via email or telephone. If any family would like to speak to a member of the leadership team at Lark Hall, please contact the school on 020 76223820. Sometimes a chat is all that is needed to get us through these times.


In the meantime, stay in, keep safe and we will be in touch again very soon.

 

Kind regards

 

The Senior Leadership Team