Issue 22 - Friday 24th April 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
This week felt incredibly strange as our summer term started with the vast majority of pupils at home. I do hope you are all safe and well and want to remind all our families that we are here if you need us.
It has been lovely to see some of the children posting online what they have been doing - please keep sharing. This week Mrs Banks has been sharing some PE challenges that many of you have enjoyed trying to complete. Well done to those and there are more to come!
Please stay safe, look after yourselves and see some of the important messages below including ways in which to contact the school.
HOME LEARNING (https://curriculum.parkfieldprimary.com/home-learning )
Teachers have been working hard this week to set tasks appropriate and manageable for their classes. Completing these tasks will support your child with their learning and are linked to what your child would have been learning if they were in school. For children in Y1-Y6 work is posted on Showbie for pupils to complete. A real positive the Showbie online learning platform is that children accessing the site have the opportunity to interact with their friends and teachers which is vital in this period of lockdown. If there is anything that your child is doing at home that's fun and interesting, please feel free to take a photo/video and share it on Showbie or Tapestry for everyone to see.
For those parents in Reception, please continue to share what you are doing on Tapestry and access the links on our home learning page.
If you have any issues or questions around homelearning please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whilst school is closed, staff will be regularly calling all parents and carers to see how you are getting on and whether there is anything more we can do to support you or your child's learning. If recieving a call on your mobile, you may see a witheld number displayed. It is important that you answer these calls as we may have to follow up with a home visit for the small number of families that we have had no contact with since the school closed.
ZOOM CLASS VIDEO CONFERENCE CALLS
Keeping in contact with one another is vital in the current climate for our mental health and wellbeing. As a result, each teacher will be organising a weekly zoom video conference with their class so that they can see one another and have a chat. It won't last too long but will be a nice opportunity for the clas to virtually meet up. A link with the day and time will be emailed over. It is obviously the first time we've done this so it should be interesting! For safeguarding reasons, there will always be a minimum of two members of staff, the call will be recorded. There will also be a few rules that the children will have to adhere to which will be included in the email invite.
FREE SCHOOL MEALS VOUCHER SCHEME
For those families entitled to Free School Meals it seems that many have recieved and redeemed their vouchers this past week. If an email hasn't yet arrived please check your spam/junk email folder. The most recent vouchers that have been sent to parents include three weeks worth of monies. If you are entitled and haven't recieved the email, please contact email@example.com and we will do our best to help.
If your personal circumstances have recently changed you may be entitled to Free School Meals. If you feel this is the case you can apply online at http://www.rochdale.gov.uk/schools-and-education/Pages/free-school-meals.aspx
PROVISION AT LITTLE HEATON
Parkfield remains closed and we are continuing to use Little Heaton as our base for a small number of Parkfield pupils. Parkfield staff are on site between 8.45am and 3.15pm to support the children attending Little Heaton. If your circumstances change and you no longer need to use the provision at Little Heaton please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can plan our staffing appropriately.
We have been asked by the LA to share the following safeguarding information. If you are in danger and unable to speak out loud - then dial 999 followed with 55. This alerts the authorities that you need help!
If you need to contact school, then please email email@example.com . Please do not come to the school site as it's closed and please don't contact Little Heaton, as there is a skeleton staff working and their school office isn't staffed. If it is an emergency, you can contact the school mobile number 07923421340.