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Message from The Priory Learning Trust: Coronavirus
Tuesday March 17th
Good morning all,
Within The Priory Learning Trust we will do everything we can to continue our support for learners and their families.
Our strategy is ‘one day at a time’ – all our academies are fully open today. We must support the NHS at this testing time. Our staff continue to be superb and they continue to ‘go the extra mile’ for our communities.
At Trust-level, we are supporting our academies with information, planning and decision-making and we are trying to ensure a consistent approach. Your first point of contact is your child’s academy as local arrangements will differ slightly according to context and size. Please use email as the main communication channel.
All our academies have been planning in the background for possible closure and the provision of learning resources during any period of closure. This will look slightly different for each school and for different groups of learners according to their age and stage but also because our academies use a range of online tools and resources to support learning so the means of communication and delivery will vary.
We are, of course, concerned about our most vulnerable learners at this time, and how best to support them, whether that be due to medical conditions, additional learning needs, no access to the Internet at home, or any other social or family factors. Please be in touch with school if you are worried about support for your child(ren).
At present, the government’s position is that, for a number of reasons, it does not want schools /academies to close. If you are a working parent/carer, I am sure you will want us to stay open if at all possible. Until now, guidance has been that we can only close an academy if directed to do so by Public Health England. Looking at what has happened in other countries, it seems likely (but even now not certain) that there will be an extended period of closure which may overlap with the Easter break.
However, with the change of status from “contain” to “delay” it is a certainty that our schools are going to have increased staff absence and this may mean that we have to consider partial or full closure in the meantime, regardless of the government’s position. We will avoid if we can.
At present, there has been no guidance to schools or Trusts about this aspect and the situation is changing on a daily basis. We will keep you updated as best we can.
Preparation for SATS, GCSEs and A levels
We know that young people in Years 6, 11 and 13 will be particularly worried because of the preparation they have been doing and continue to do for their important SATS, GCSEs and A levels.
We have no information about arrangements at present and will update you as they become clearer in the coming weeks.
If you have any queries about the impact of coronavirus on schools there is a helpline for questions relating to this which you can access: 0800 046 8687. The opening hours are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Monday to Friday). Alternatively, you can e-mail: DfE.firstname.lastname@example.org.
It has been said many times and in many places that the best protection against coronavirus in the meantime is good hygiene: The importance of regular handwashing for at least 20 seconds cannot be overstated. We will ensure facilities are available in school. Please encourage your child(ren) to do the right thing!
· Academies within TPLT are open until and unless the government directs otherwise – our staff have been truly superb.
· We may have to consider partial or full school closure in the meantime if staff are ill or absent through self or family isolation.
· Staff are preparing learning resources.
· Priority will be given to Years 6, 11 and 13 and vulnerable groups.
Thank you for the support in these testing times – calmness is a good way to proceed.
The Priory Learning Trust
Please click on the following link for the most up to date and reliable guidance and information https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
As the situation continues to change in relation to COVID-19 we would like to share with you our plan in response to the updated government advice, and in relation to any future school and nursery closure. Please click on the following link – COVID-19 Newsletter
Dates for your diary
Here are the upcoming events for 2019/20 for your diary. We hope to see you at our special events and celebrations of learning throughout the year. We will provide more detailed information for each event closer to the time.
World Book Day
We are looking forward to celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 5th March 2020. Children are welcome to come to nursery dressed up as their favourite book or film character. It would be wonderful for the children to also bring in their favourite story from home so that they can share it with their peers and the Nursery Crew throughout the day. Please ensure you pack spare clothes for your child in case they no longer want to wear their costume and ensure all books are clearly labelled.
If you are stuck for inspiration please check out the official World Book Day website for lots of fun and simple ideas.
Stretch ‘n’ Grow – Frozen special
We were excited to welcome Linda back from Stretch ‘n’ Grow for a special Frozen themed session. The children moved around the hall in a variety of ways whilst following the story of Elsa, Anna, Olaf and Sven.
Little Learners Literacy Workshops held at Hewish – December 2019
‘’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even mouse….’
Our last Literacy Workshop left us feeling all festive and excited for Christmas. A big thank you to Kim for running these fantastic workshops this year that so many of our families have enjoyed attending!
Little Learners Literacy Workshops held at Hewish – November 2019
Following a short break from the workshops it was great to get stuck in again and explore a new story. The focus of the session was based upon the book PEEPO and the key objective was to explore ‘rhyme’.
Kim read the story to the children and gave them the opportunity to predict and anticipate what might happen next, they all had some fantastic ideas. After the story the children were able to explore the variety of follow on activities available including making their own telescope.
Applications for primary school places 2019/20
Diwali Look at Learning classroom event
What a great morning! If you were able to make it on Wednesday 23rd October, thank you for joining us! Our Little Learners enjoyed showing their families around their classrooms. Our learning challenges included making diva lamps, writing our name, designing a Rangoli pattern and making our own firework painting.
At the snack table alongside our fruit and milk, we had the opportunity to try vegetable pakoras, chapatis and pomegranate juice.
It is important to us to share learning with families, please use your Little Learners Tapestry account to share learning with their key person too.
Bookstart Bear visit (distribute Bookstart packs to children starting school in September 2020) – TBC
World Book Day – Thursday 5th March 2020
Look at Learning sessions for children and their parents and carers
|Diwali Festival||Nursery classrooms||Wednesday 23rd October 2019||9.30am – 10.30am|
|Chinese New Year celebrations||Nursery classrooms||Friday 24th January 2020||1.30pm – 2.30pm|
|Easter||Nursery classrooms or main hall||Thursday 2nd April 2020||1.30pm – 2.30pm|
|Family yoga session||Main hall||Wednesday 8th July 2020||1.45pm (30 minutes including refreshments)|
Learning Review meetings for parents and carers
|Autumn term learning reviews||Nursery classrooms/main hall||Tuesday 29th October 2019||3.40pm – 6.00pm|
|Spring term learning reviews||Nursery classrooms/main hall||Friday 7th February 2020||3.40pm – 6.00pm|
|Summer term learning reviews||Nursery classrooms/main hall||Thursday 14th May 2020||3.40pm – 6.00pm|
Family Nursery events and celebrations
|Nativity (Explorers and Adventurers)||Main hall||Monday 2nd December 2019||9.30am|
|Nativity (Discoverers)||Main hall||Tuesday 3rd December 2019||9.30am|
|Family Sports Day||School field||Friday 5th June 2020||TBC|
|School leavers service (Explorers and Adventurers)||Main hall||Wednesday 1st July 2020||TBC|
|School leavers service (Discoverers)||Main hall||Wednesday 1st July 2020||TBC|
We endeavour to stick to our schedule of events but there may be some occasions that event dates or times will be amended due to unforeseen circumstances. We will provide you with as much notice as possible on these occasions.
Little Learners Literacy Workshops held at Hewish
Little Learners Literacy Workshops held at West Wick – June 2019
We were pleased to welcome families to our first of a series of Literacy Workshops, run by Kim Beynon. All of our Little Learner families are invited to two interactive sessions to learn about how to support their child’s literacy development. Our aim is to ensure all Little Learners are exposed to a wide and rich literary experience with ultimate high literacy acquisition. We expect that all participating children and families will benefit from an enjoyable shared and sustained thinking experience and hope that families use some of the new skills learned in their children’s home learning experiences.
Week one – Owl Babies
Week two – The Hungry Caterpillar
Week three – Slinky Malinky
Week four – Room on the Broom
Week five – So Much