Summer Holiday Arrangements - 30.06.20
The Secretary of State for Education has confirmed that he will not asking schools to open over the summer holidays, and there is no expectation that schools should open for vulnerable children and children of critical workers over this period. Teachers, support staff and school leaders at Westerhope have continued to support learners since the first day of lock down during term time and holidays also.
We will be clearer of the local opportunities for holiday clubs over the coming weeks. For example, The Best Summer Ever team has announced that there will be a summer holiday scheme this year. They can’t run the summer scheme in the usual way, so we will provide families with:
activity kits to use at home, including sports, arts and crafts, cooking kits and more;
emergency food parcels;
access to online activities and group activity sessions;
activities in parks and open spaces, if social distancing allows, and
some schools will run summer programmes.
The plan is to drop off activity kits and things to do over the summer on your doorstep. Usually, these kits will be delivered by community groups. Some activities will be provided online. Families without internet access should let the team know as they are setting up local Wi-Fi access systems.
Where there are activities in parks and other outdoor venues, social distancing rules will be strictly adhered to.
If you are interested, what do you need to do?
To register your child/children and find out more, please click on the link below.
If you are not able to access the form, please the team on 07520631540
Wider Return to School Update - 26.06.20
You will be well aware of government updated guidance recommended from 4th July 2020 and the loosening of lockdown restrictions. You will be pleased to know it has been indicated to schools that over the coming weeks the Department for Education will publish further information and guidance to help schools prepare for a full return in September. Whilst we do not know what this possible return will look like, we hope to pass on to you those details at the earliest opportunity.
The latest update on our wider school re-opening and for the children in school currently is as follows:
The most recent guidance from government continues to be that primary schools should continue to operate in groups of no more than 15. However, the Department for Education are encouraging primary heads to use the capacity they have and the flexibility to bring more groups of children back into school, if they can work within the protective measures.
These protective measures indicate that it is still important to reduce contact between people as much as possible but also now emphasises that primary pupils do not need to be kept apart in the classroom.
Our view is that we continue to work safely in those small groups 2 metres away from each other and while groups will be kept apart – parents of those children in school should be assured that brief, transitory contact is a very low risk.
With this in mind, we have prepared for the opening of another child care bubble as we have filled our others with more requests pending for the coming week. We also have spaces available within the year 6 group.
As I indicated last week, this is our first obligation and means we are not in a position to open more widely at this stage for Nursery, Reception and Year 1. The picture is similar across our Trust depending on the circumstances of the school. Some schools have larger child care groups (like us) and cannot offer wider provision beyond year 6 – whilst others with lower numbers of key workers have younger pupils returning. Across the city most schools also have key workers, vulnerable, Y6 in school but also a mixed picture is evident across Early Years and Year 1.
We will also find out this coming week the potential for children safely attending holiday clubs. This is likely to be focused on play activities within the locality run by sports providers, community groups etc. Once again, I will let you know these plans as soon as possible before the end of term.
Remember to look out for more information on our COVID pages and also home learning related areas of the website. Please contact school admin by email if you require any further information or support for any of the above.
Home Learning - 17.06.20
After the return of our oldest pupils for the first time since lockdown on Monday, we would like to reiterate how to access home learning from our website. For those still at home it is important to try to do keep looking at the Home Learning Page - this allows you to contact our teachers through the blog facility. Please follow the Home Learning Link below to make contact with staff. You can also view homework at the bottom of this COVID page. Mrs Coker is coordinating our home learning so keep up to date with her blogs and homework activities. The questions she identifies on the guidance document below might help you to support learning at this time.
We continue to remain closed for most pupils. Only a small percentage of our pupil population will be on site for key worker child care/vulnerable pupils and year 6. Queries regarding free school meal vouchers and any other matters should contact admin@ westerhope.newcastlle.sch.uk. Please continue to follow this page of the website for updates and homework suggestions. Our Home Learning tab available with a blog facility to enable pupils to contact teachers. This is located within the children’s section of the website. Follow this link below for more information and look out for posted details about how to access the blog.
During school closure, home learning support and homework are available. Please select the link below to access the link to 'Learning Websites' and 'Whole School Activity' resources.
To access homework and weekly task resources for the children please click the 'Class Pages' icon for your child's year group.
Follow the links above to the reading challenge 😀
Please be assured our school and local authority continue to monitor the changing situation with regard to Coronavirus COVID-19.
For those attending please note our advice is that those with either a new, continuous cough or high temperature should self isolate for 14 days. If your child is showing either of these symptoms, please keep them at home and ring the school office with the reason for absence. For anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. Anyone living in a household with a person with COVID-19 symptoms should also self isolate for 14 days. We continue to encourage the practice of good respiratory and hand hygiene at home and in school.
Updates and further information
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline - this helpline has been set up to answer questions about the virus related to education.