CORONA VIRUS UPDATES
UPDATE 3rd April
I hope you are all well and staying safe!
Please find attached this week's newsletter which details information on home learning, links to social media and assorted competitions!
I have been fortunate to be able to award my first Virtual Bat Stamp this week - please do send pictures/photos etc to our emails and/or social media - we love seeing what the children are getting up to!
Today actually marks the start of the planned Easter holidays for school. During these extraordinary times, thanks to our amazing staff Sandy Lane remains open for certain children and teachers will continue their phone calls to you and your children. This will be no ordinary holiday but we suggest you treat it as such as much as possible (within lockdown rules!!). However, we know some of you may want to keep a level of routine and to help this we have provided home learning—should you wish to use it! There’s no expectation you have to but it’s there to help should you want it! Part of this are the attached Weekly Learning Projects - further info in newsletter so please read!
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and week
Take Care, STAY home, STAY safe!
PS - IF you have a missed call from a school number, it is a teacher phoning to speak to yourself and your children. PLEASE DO NOT PHONE THE SCHOOL BACK as lines may be unmanned! The teacher will phone you back and/or drop you an email to find best time to speak.
UPDATE 1st April
UPDATE March 31st
There have been a multitude of companies/individuals giving freely of their services and resources online since 'Lockdown' has started. You may choose to supplement our own home learning resources with support from online companies and in some cases individual tutors. If you choose to use any of these it is still vitally important that you check the online support is from a reputable organisation/individual who can provide evidence that they are safe and can be trusted to have access to children. There are also many resources which can support you in keeping your children safe online which includes:
- Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Net-aware - for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC
- Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
- UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carers
Should ANY concerns arise, please pass on to your child's class teacher during phonecall, email the relevant leader below or email email@example.com
Year 6 – MLT6@sandylanebracknell.com
Year 5 – MLT5@sandylanebracknell.com
Year 4 – MLT4@sandylanebracknell.com
Year 3 – MLT3@sandylanebracknell.com
Year 1 & 2 – MLTKS1@sandylaneBracknell.com
Nursery & Reception – MLTEYFS@sandylanebracknell.com
Mr D – firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Support – Mrs Borg – email@example.com
Family Support – Mrs Wardle – firstname.lastname@example.org
Take care, stay home & stay safe
Follow us on Twitter:
@SandyLaneBF School account- Mr Davies Click here
@sandy-nursery Nursery’s account Click here
@SandylaneYearR Reception’s account Click here
@year1SL Year 1’s account Click here
@Year2SandyLane Year 2’s account Click here
@Sandylaneyear3 Year 3’s account Click here
@SandylaneY4 Year 4’s account Click here
@SandyLaneY5 Year 5 Click here
@sandylaney6 Year 6’s account Click here
@SandyLaneGERMAN Frau Marshall- German Teacher Click here
@SandylaneELSA Our ELSA team account Click here
UPDATE March 23rd
EVEN if you have been offered a place for your child - ONLY SEND THEM IN IF THERE IS NO ONE ELSE TO LOOK AFTER THEM!! DO NOT PUT THEM OR OTHERS AT RISK!
UPDATE March 22nd
Dear Mr Davies, Sandy Lane Primary School has sent you a message
Home Learning for Parents
HOME LEARNING – PARENTS YOU GOT THIS!!
RULE NUMBER 1 – STAY SAFE!!
RULE NUMBER 2 – BE NICE!! We’re all at some point going to drive each other mad over the next few weeks/months – don’t let your mood dictate your manners – deep breaths, stay calm, be nice!
RULE NUMBER 3 – DON’T STRESS!! Don’t feel you have to replicate school because you don’t. Do what you can when it is best for you and your children. If you get stuck/tired etc, do something else, there will be times when you may just want them to play, read, chill out even do nothing!! THIS IS FINE! Ofsted won’t come and judge you – and nor will we! By all means, do what you can with the home learning we send out and you may want to keep to a routine BUT make sure it fits for all of you. All about balance!! Don’t forget we will be phoning just to check you and your children are OK – not to frown on you if you haven’t done something! (But if you want us to give a gentle reminder to your child to try hard and behave – let us know;))
Our wonderful staff team have already put lots of links/resources out especially via Twitter so please do follow them (accounts on previous parentmails!) and there's lots on our website https://www.sandylanebracknell.com/home-learning-1
IF you want some ideas of what to do though, or to plan a day, then below is a timetable of FAB resources that have been made available for free – use them as you see fit!!
9am – Kids (and adult) workouts with The Body Coach – FREE! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ
945am – the AMAZING Jane Considine will be holding live ENGLISH lessons each day on this youtube channel – you’ll need to sign up but it’s FREE! sign up here:https://www.thetrainingspace.co.uk/jane-considine-webinar-sign-up/
10am – White Rose Maths (which we use in school) will be holding live lessons and you’ll have chance to join in, ask questions – https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/
They also have resources to use at anytime including video tutorials - https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/ FOLLOW THEM ON twitter @whiterosemaths and Facebook – whiterosemaths
In the afternoon – why not visit a museum or art gallery from the safety of your own home??!! Visit this site and then choose from 34 galleries, museums etc, click on their links and enjoy a virtual tour around the exhibits – all FREE! https://secretldn.com/virtual-tours-museums-galleries/
A little ART – the brilliant author and illustrator Rob Biddulph will hold live ‘Draw along’ with sessions every Tuesday and Thursday on twitter @robbiddulph AND has them freely available on his site - http://www.robbiddulph.com/draw-with-rob THEY ARE BRILLIANTLY simple to follow – have a go and send us (@sandylaneBF) and Rob your drawings!
OR A little STEM experiment to try - https://frugalfun4boys.com/awesome-stem-challenges/ - it says BOYS but IGNORE THAT – it’s for ALL !
A little Lego challenge – there’s lots out there and this is just one! https://www.mykidstime.com/entertainment/download-free-30-day-lego-challenge-creative-fun/ We shall be putting a powerpoint version on our website too so you can see just one challenge at a time!
245pm – Are you sitting comfortably? Because you should be getting ready for reading time!! Audible has made hundreds of audio books FREE whilst schools are closed – just choose one and listen along! Not as good as listening to your teacher but it’ll have to do ! https://stories.audible.com/discovery
World Books Online also have many titles available to read - https://worldbook.kitaboo.com/reader/worldbook/index.html#!/
There are some fantastic webcams out there too should you want a look:
Monterey Bay Aquarium – have the penguins taken over!!?? https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams/coral-reef-cam/
Edinburgh Zoo – watch penguins, koalas, tigers, pandas on webcams https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/
DON'T FORGET PLAYTIMES!! (and be prepared for wet play!!)
REMEMBER – we will keep topping up these resources etc BUT it’s a marathon not a sprint! DON’T do too much too soon!
Take care of yourselves and our little superstars! We'll be in touch and see you on the other side! GOOD LUCK - AND STAY SAFE!!
UPDATE March 17th - Learning Resources During Self Isolation & Closure Packs
Currently, we have a number of children and staff absent from school appropriately following guidance. As stated in this guidance, these absences need to be for 14 days. We have produced learning packs and links in order for children to carry on learning at home should they be well enough. These are as follows:
1 – READ – as much and as widely as possible! Then READ again!
2 – Attached is a document which has numerous links on for different online sites to support learning at home. Some may need login details (such as mymaths) which your child should already have – if not, please contact class teacher via school office. This is also on the school website - https://www.sandylanebracknell.com/home-learning-1 - we shall update these links over time.
3 – During this period, we have set up Year Group pages which will hold content for your child to complete at home during any 14 day self-isolation period if they are well enough. https://www.sandylanebracknell.com/home-learning-1 - select year group from menu.
4 – Children in school tomorrow will be taking home a ‘Closure’ pack which contains work they can complete IF the school closes at any time in the future. NOTE – THERE ARE NO PLANS TO CLOSE CURRENTLY but we have decided to send the packs home just in case. Unfortunately, we are unable to get these printed packs to children already absent and any families/adults involved with self-isolating CANNOT collect from school – but we are aiming to put these on our website soon, too.
SO, IF the school is open but your child is absent (and well enough to complete some work) then please ONLY use the learning packs on our website - https://www.sandylanebracknell.com/home-learning-1 then choose year group from menu.
IF the school closes at any point, THEN please use the ‘closure’ packs.
The 2 packs above are NOT for extra homework or for use over any planned holidays (eg Easter) but are for use in case of self-isolation and/or school closure.
There have been no further updates from the government as yet today but, rest assured, if we receive any which may impact you/school, we shall contact you as quickly as possible. PLEASE DO FOLLOW current guidance as sent out in last evening’s Parentmail - the guidance is available on our website: https://www.sandylanebracknell.com/corona-virus-updates
I’d like to extend my sincere thanks to staff who continue to work brilliantly and were superstars in sorting all these resources out.
Many thanks for your co-operation during this time. Please do contact the office with any questions and notification of absences BUT please realise we have less staff to answer queries and office staff will respond to you as quickly as they can. You are able to email email@example.com as well as phone.
UPDATE 16th March 21:49
I am sure you are by now aware of the Prime Minister’s announcement this evening.
The key message is that if anyone in your household has one of two key symptoms: a high temperature or a new and continuous cough, then they should stay at home for fourteen days. This includes children who are sent home from school due to displaying either or both of those symptoms. They, and families including siblings, must stay at home for 14 days and not return to school even if they feel better during this period. If, however your symptoms develop or continue for longer than the expected duration, then you are asked to call NHS 111 for further advice.
If a child begins to display the symptoms above in school, we will contact you in order to take them home as soon as possible - much as we appreciate this causes some inconvenience, please do collect them quickly and begin self-isolating for everyone's health.
There was also advice about avoiding all unnecessary social contact for people with certain health conditions. This includes; people who have weakened or compromised immune systems, underlying chronic conditions including asthma, respiratory conditions, diabetes, heart conditions such as high blood pressure. Obviously, this may impact some of our pupils and parents may decide that they will keep them home and we will support this decision as required. If you have any concerns, please do contact us to discuss.
As previously stated, we remain open but will monitor an ever changing situation. Should the situation change, we will update you as quickly as possible.
Please do contact us should your child be absent from school - please be aware that we may be receiving an unusually high number of calls so please be patient. You are able to inform us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org