Messages from Mr. Prior
31.03.20 Day Seven (counting the school days!)
The feedback which I have been getting from the staff who have been speaking with you is that most people are now into a settled routine after the madness of last week. It's good to hear how well the children are getting on.
Last night the government issued its guidance on provision of free school meals vouches whilst schools are closed; details can be found on our Free School Meals page. This has caused some confusion amongst parents. If you have children in EYFS and Key Stage 1, all children are provided with a school meal under the Universal Infant Meal scheme. You are NOT entitled to the vouchers under this scheme. You ARE, though, entitled to the vouchers if you have previously registered for Free School Meals due to your personal circumstances. We have already contacted all parents who are eligible for the vouchers.
If your circumstances have recently changed and you believe that you may be eligible for Free School Meals, please contact the school office so that we can help you.
It has been pleasing to see how many parents are checking the website for updates and looking for things which can be done with the children when at home. There are two new additions to which I would particularly like to draw your attention:
- At the top of the Virtual Noticeboard I have advertised a poetry writing competition which is only open to 7-11 year olds in North West Leicestershire. Give it a go!
- Mr. Holyland, our Apprentice for School Sport, Health and Wellbeing has been busy at home. On our Stay Active page you will find a link to a short workout which he has put together for the children but even more excitingly you will find today's first CHALLENGE! Every normal school day, Mr. Holyland will be giving the children a physical challenge to attempt. Today's is the toilet roll challenge. What will tomorrow bring?!
27.03.20 Day Five
So schools have now been closed for a week. All the staff at Broom Leys are thinking about you and send their best wishes. We have now contacted just about every family to see how things are and we will continue to do this whilst schools are closed. The staff have been telling me that it has been lovely just to touch base and to know that you and the children are getting on well.
There is now a lot of information on our 'Beating Coronavirus' page and this will be updated on a regular basis. A big thank you to those parents who have shared things for the Virtual Notice Board. You're being incredibly creative!
There are further links on the 'Stay Active' page, things which you can get your child to do to burn off some energy and to stay active whilst we are all confined to our homes, including suggestions for table tennis (even without the right equipment!) and yoga for children!
We have created a Mental Wellbeing page which parents might find useful during these uncertain times. Children may well be unsettled by the sudden change to their routine or by the current situation. This page offers ideas and resources for working with your child.
If your child has Special Educational Needs and may be finding some of the work slightly tricky, please take a look at some of the resources which have been put on our SEN page. Alternatively, please take a look at some of the learning activities for the year group below.
Into Film is a charity which supports schools to use film in education. Parents of children in Years 3 and 4 will remember that we managed to get free tickets to take the children to see Peter Rabbit and How to Tame your Dragon in the Autumn Term. They have created a collection of 50 film guides to support learning at home. So why not watch a film together then do some of the activities which they have suggested? There are films which are suitable for ages 5-7 and 7-11 and for those of you with older children 11-14 and 14-16.
Enjoy your weekend; I will be in touch again next week.
25.03.20 Day Three
I hope that you are all well. By now you should have been contacted by a member of staff from Broom Leys just to touch base, to make sure that all is well with you at home and to see if there is anything we can help you with. There were some parents who did not answer the call but if you would like to get in touch with us then please do! You can contact your child's teacher here. We will be trying to contact all families on at least a weekly basis so that we can keep you updated and help wherever we can. Some teachers, who are working from home, are using their own phones to ring you so you might get a call showing that the number is withheld. Please answer!
We are in the process of updating the home page of our website so that it becomes a 'Beating Coronavirus' page. We will be putting links to help, guidance, advice and useful resources for parents so please check that regularly.
Have you been doing anything exciting with your child over the last few days which it would be worth sharing with other parents? Take a look at our 'Virtual Noticeboard' page. If you would like to contribute to the page please feel free to do so over the coming weeks. It will be a way of us all keeping in touch as well as perhaps giving simple ideas to each other of what can be done at home during the closure.
Whilst we are all confined to our homes it is important to try to stay active. We have put some suggestions on our 'Stay Active' page.
Finally, thinking of pointing parents in the direction of useful resources, have you seen that David Walliams is releasing a free audio book each day for children to listen to? Today's story is Grubby Gertrude and you can find it here: www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses