HEADTEACHER UPDATE 11.10.21
Good evening SWPS Families
I hope you have had a pleasant weekend and managed to spend quality time with the children. What a week we have had! We had a visit from 2 Inspirational sports personalities, who were great role models for the children – Emily Campbell – Gold medal Olympian for weight lifting and Leon Baptist – twice gold medallist for sprinting in the Commonwealth Games. The children were truly inspired and have completed some fantastic work regarding their hopes and aspirations.
We have the parent/carer consultations this week. Please use the on-line booking system to book your slot. If you are unable to do this, then send a Class Dojo message to your child’s class teacher and they will book a slot for you.
Reminder for the consultations this week:
Y5/6 – (13:15 – 18:00) In the Gym – entry through the Gym and exit through Car park. Only one grown up per child.
Nursery 11.10.21 – 15:30 – 18:00) In the Nursery. Entry into Nursery – please wait and look through any work for your child. Miss Standring will call you through to the consultation room when it is your turn.
Y3/4 – (13:15 – 8:00) In the Gym – entry through the Gym and exit through Car park. Only one grown up per child.
Y1/2 – (13:15 – 18:00) In the Gym – entry through the Gym and exit through Car park. Only one grown up per child.
Reception: (14:00 – 18:00) – In the meeting room. Please wait in the main reception. Miss Johal will call you into the meeting room when it is your turn. Please leave through the car park via the meeting room exit.
Please fill in the parent survey so that we can find out what is working well and what we need to improve as a school so that the provision provided at SWPS is the best it can be.
Please also update the social media consent form for all your children. Please put all the completed forms in the trays provided.
Thank you for your continued support.
HEADTEACHER UPDATE 4.10.21
Good Afternoon SWPS Families
Please find below outlining our strategies for this years first parent consultation. It will be face to face but limited to one adult per child. This is to ensure that we are all safe and minimise exposure to the Covid-19 virus - It is still on the rise! There will not be any child care facilities as before - hence, why we have decided to have the session during the school day. Sessions will start at 13:30 and finish at 18:00 to allow for working households.
We are using the on-line booking system. Please watch out for the email. Check your clutter or junk. Any questions, please let us know via Class Dojo. Please make sure that school has an up to date email address, as it will be required for booking and future correspondence.
Thank you for your continued support
Parent consultation sessions for Autumn 2021
Dear SWPS Families
We are delighted to announce that we want to hold our Parent consultations this year face to face. However, due to the Covid-19 virus cases still on the rise, we will be implementing the following procedures to ensure that our consultations are safe and informative.
We are unable to offer childcare at this time. As a result, we are holding the sessions close to the school day as possible.
We will be holding the consultations split throughout 3 afternoons for 2-year groups at a time:
Y5/6: Monday 11.10.21 13:20 – 18:00 – in the Gym
Y3/4: Tuesday 12.10.21 13:20 – 18:00 – in the Gym
Y1/2: Thursday 14.10.21 13:30 – 18:00 – in the Gym
Reception: Thursday 14.10.21 14:00 – 18:00 – in the Meeting Room (enter through Breakfast door and leave out of meeting room via car park)
Nursery will be holding a celebration session in that week for morning and afternoon sessions. Please look out for details from the EYFS team.
COVID-19 Safety pre-cautions:
Please see the appointment slots at the bottom – please be reminded it will be first come first served. We are moving to our on-line booking system – please look out for the email and messages. If you are unable to use the booking system, then message school via email or Class Dojo. We will try to give your first preference, if not we will try to give the closest time chosen. You will be notified of your time via: Class Dojo or Text.
Or via the on-line booking system.
Thank you for your continued support
Mrs Shewley Choudhury
HEADTEACHER UPDATE 10.09.21
Good afternoon SWPS Families
I just want to start by saying a huge thank you to everyone. We have had a fabulous start to the term. The children have been busy learning and producing some fantastic work. We will start to upload these on the school website and class pages.
Please make sure that you log onto class dojo. The children will have the same log in but the invite will come from their new class teacher. Please ensure that you try this so that we can have a robust communication system.
There has been a positive Covid case in school - the class and the members concerned have been notified.
EXIT AND ENTRY
A huge thank you for following our entry and exit requirements. Please support school and try to maintain as much distance from other parents whilst waiting for your child.
Please make sure you walk all the way round the school to exit at home time. If you have any questions, then please let me know - or contact school.
Thank you again for your continued support.
Headteacher Update 4.9.21
Dear SWPS families
I hope that you have all managed to spend quality time with family and friends. We are excited to welcome the children back into school on Monday 6th September. Please see the newsletter on the Newsletter section. I have also emailed it to you.
School will start at 8:45 am. Please drop your children off at the Aspen Road top gate. Staff will be present to receive your child and children. Please give them a huge hug and wave them into school with a huge smile. Staff have been working hard to ensure that the school is ready and inviting for the children. They have an exciting fun packed week, full of learning for them.
When collecting the children, please enter the through the same gate (Aspen Road), children will wait inside their classrooms. Teachers will release your child to you. Please then walk around, through the playground and exit via the ToyBox entrance.
If you need to speak to the teacher, please send them a message via Class Dojo, email or contact the school office 0115 9159146.
We will be starting after school clubs very soon - please look out for the newsletters.
Although school is returning to normal school day and protocol, please still remind your child of handwashing and hand sanitising throughout the day.
Thank you for your continued support. Together, we will ensure that we provide the best education and welfare for all our children.
Please stay safe and well.
HEADTEACHER UPDATE 5.7.21
Dear SWPS families
A huge thank you to all our families for supporting your child and school throughout the year. We are now in the last few weeks of the summer term before we break for the summer on Tuesday 27th July 2021 at your child’s allotted time of dismissal.
Please remember that if your child, or someone in your household, develops symptoms then you must self-isolate and seek a PCR test bookable at https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test, or call 119.
The three main symptoms are:
· a high temperature
· a new, continuous cough
· you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed
If you have one or more of these symptoms then you should not rely on Lateral Flow Device for a test result – you need to book a PCR test.
Please can everyone adhere to government guidance. Please continue to social distance and wearing of masks when dropping off and collecting your child.
Due to advice from the local authority and government guidelines sports day will be facilitated in school. We are unable to invite parents in due to guidance. We will ensure that staff are taking videos and photos. Please keep an eye out on the class pages and on twitter—please follow @snapewoodpri. Please look out for letters and Dojo messages from the teachers regarding details for Sports Day.
KS1 and KS2—14.7.21
EYFS and Nursery—15.7.21
Transition to new year groups will take place from 19.7.21. I will update you on all staffing changes by the end of the week.
Please check the website for e-safety for your child—especially around social media and social media platforms—like TikTok.
Thank you for your continued support.
SNAPE WOOD UPDATE 18.1.21
Please find below the details for some courses for 'How to support your child at home during this period of lockdown'. The course fee is 'what you can afford' -
SNAPE WOOD UPDATE – WEDNESDAY 6TH JANUARY 2021
Dear Snape Wood Primary,
Good morning everyone, today we will be sending out a series of letters (via email and repeated on the school website); each letter will be about a specific aspect of how Snape Wood will be operating due to the national lockdown.
Please read all of the following information very carefully, we are hoping to cover everything parents will need to know, but if there is anything you think we have missed, please don’t hesitate to give school a call and ask.
THIS IS NOT A GUIDE AND IS STATUTORY - attendance at these sessions will be monitored and if your child does not attend they may be asked to come into school to access learning. (Please see below the section - government expectations)
‘Unlike the previous lockdown in March, where we gave home learning packs, we now will be streaming live lessons via Zoom/Dojo. This is so we can keep a record of those who are accessing learning from home and those who are not.’
DAILY HOME LEARNING EXPECTATIONS
This is a difficult time for us all. If you need support in anyway, please contact school. Thank you for your continued support.
SNAPEWOOD PRIMARY UPDATE – WEDNESDAY 6TH JANUARY 2021
Dear Snape Wood Primary,
Good afternoon everyone, today we will be sending out a series of letters (via email and repeated on the website); each letter will be about a specific aspect of how Snape Wood will be operating due to the national lockdown.
KEYWORKER SCHOOL HOURS
Please find below important information about ‘Keyworker School’ from Wednesday 6th January 2021.
As the government’s advice is to ‘Stay at home’, in order to keep all members of our communities, including teachers and children safe; please only send your child to keyworker school, if there is not an adult who can safely care for your child at home.
This is a difficult time for us all. If you need support in anyway, please contact school. Thank you for your continued support.
Head Teacher Update:Sunday 3rd January 2021
Emergency Planning School Closure Notification
Dear parents and Carers
I would like to thank you first and foremost for your patience regarding the notification of school opening.
After an emergency meeting with the chair of governors, the decision was made to close school tomorrow (Monday 4th January 2021), in order to plan a way forward.
The decision to close the school was extremely difficult, but due to staffing and circumstances beyond our control, we did not have a choice but to close.
The education of our children is of utmost importance and we will do whatever it takes to ensure that we are providing the best provision – whether that is remotely or partial opening. The provision for key workers and vulnerable children will be facilitated from Tuesday, if the decision is to deliver learning remotely.
Your child’s class teacher will be in contact tomorrow to collect important information from you, in order to support our decision making process.
Please be assured that the safety of our pupils, staff and community is at the forefront of all our decision making – especially with the new Tier 4 restrictions and the government guidelines.
Please accept our sincere apologies for the late communication regarding the closure. We endeavour to notify you of the plans for Tuesday before the close of the school day or at the earliest opportunity tomorrow.
If you have any questions or queries, then please do not hesitate to contact me via the school email: email@example.com
Thank you for your continued support and whatever decision we make will be after carrying out robust risk assessment and in consultation with the city council and public health experts.
Kind regards and please stay safe and well.
Mrs Shewley Choudhury Mrs Cheryl Cotterill
Headteacher Chair of Governors
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE FOLLOWING GOV ANNOUNCEMENT 30.12.20:
HT COVID 19 UPDATE – SATURDAY 2ND JANUARY 2021
Hello SWPS Family,
Firstly, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year! Let’s hope that this year is prosperous and a productive one for all our families.
I am sure you are aware of the announcement made by the government on 30th December. Tier 4 for Nottingham City (and the majority of the country.) The announcement was not very clear regarding school closures.
I can confirm that Snape Wood Primary and Nursery School WILL BE OPEN for ALL PUPILS, as planned on Monday 4th January 2021. (Only primaries in the London Borough are closed and will be remote learning until Monday 18th January or until further guidance.)
I will continue to update you as Unions are debating this weekend regarding closure of all primary schools outside of London.
We have been incredibly fortunate so far and have had no confirmed cases of Coronavirus. We have had children self- isolate due to families testing positive or were in close contact with someone who had tested positive. All children had been given home learning packs.
We did not have any cases of coronavirus over the holiday – which was really good news, as our families were able to enjoy the festive break with loved ones.
This is very encouraging in terms of the safety measures we have consistently reviewed and put in place at Snape Wood throughout the pandemic. The success of keeping everyone safe is down to all stakeholders, but especially to our parents and grown-ups, for following and supporting all measures we have continued to put in place.
Please continue to follow the government guidelines with regards to Tier 4, in order to keep all our community safe. I will urge all our grown-ups to support school and the safety of all our SWPS families, by continuing to avoid household mixing.
If you do need to update school with any positive cases of: pupils, family members or if you have been contacted by test and trace; please can I remind you to contact school via text or use the school email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please continue to ALWAYS contact school DAILY (by either text, email or phone) if your child will not be attending for ANY REASON; it is imperative you clearly communicate the specific reason why your child is absent from school;
If your child or anyone in your household/support bubble has:
-A new or continuous cough
-A high temperature (above 37.8 Degrees Celsius)
-Loss of taste and/or smell
DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL – BUT CONTACT SCHOOL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
ALSO: If ANY MEMBER of your household has a test for COVID 19 (other than for regular, scheduled tests as a part of your job that are conducted by your employer) YOU MUST NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL – AND AGAIN PLEASE CONTACT SCHOOL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
SCHOOL (TERM TIME) CONTACT OPTIONS
Text/Phone: 0115 9159146
Please can we also remind you that:
ALL PUPILS NEED TO BRING a clean, NAMED, water bottle to ensure strong hygiene daily (DO NOT BRING JUICE/FLAVOURED WATER OR FIZZY DRINKS). As well as their reading diary and school reading book EVERYDAY. DO NOT bring in large bags – maximum size 25cm x 20cm or a school book bag. We continue to have a system in place in each class so that reading books are quarantined 72 hours, before going back on the shelf for other children to access.
Please ensure your child comes in their School PE Uniform on their designated physical activity days. (School jumpers to still be worn on PE days.)
PACKED LUNCH: due to Tier 4 restrictions, plastic lunch boxes will not be permitted. All children must bring their lunch in a disposable bag – this will be disposed of at the end of lunch time.
The weather has been chillier than expected and as a result children must wear school jumpers and must bring in a warm coat for outdoor use. Teaching area windows will be open at strategic points during the school day on very cold days. All teaching area doors will be permanently open to encourage strong ventilation across school. On colder days, pupils are actively encouraged to please wear:
Staff will continue to communicate with you using Class Dojo and Class email. Please do continue to support, respect and communicate with all school staff in a thoughtful and appropriate way. In these difficult times, a kind word or well phrased enquiry can make all the difference.
If you require any support in any circumstances, then we are here to assist. Please do not hesitate to contact school. We are here to help and support;
Due to the Tier 4 restrictions, the school office will be closed. Only appointment slots will be considered. Please use the BACS system to pay. School office will not be open for any forgotten water bottle or forgotten lunch. Children must bring their lunch with them when entering school.
If you need to contact school for any reason, then email: email@example.com or phone 0115 9159146.
It is paramount that all children arrive on time ready to learn. School gates are open 8:40 – 8:55.
Thank you for your continued support and please keep checking the website for updates.
We look forward to seeing the children bright and early on Monday 4th January 2021 at their allotted gates at 8:40am.
Please stay safe and well.
COVID 19 UPDATE FOR CHRISTMAS BREAK 14.12.20
Monday 14th December 2020
Thank you for everything you have done to reduce the spread of COVID19 within our community. Your help and support is always gratefully received.
However, despite everyone’s hard work and the recently launched vaccination programme, the COVID19 virus remains amongst us for the foreseeable future.
We are writing to ask you to work with us over the first half of the Christmas break to continue the fight against the virus.
If your child / any of your children develop coronavirus symptoms within 2 days of their last day at school and then subsequently test positive for coronavirus, or if they don't have symptoms undertake a coronavirus test within 2 days of their last day at school, then you should contact us through the school email: firstname.lastname@example.org or normal school texts.
For example, pupils who attend school on the last day of term on Friday 18th December, this would mean notifying us of pupil symptoms developing on the Friday 18th or Saturday 19th December or Sunday 20th December. Please make sure you keep a close eye on these social media platforms/website, emails and texts, throughout the holiday.
To get a test use the NHS COVID-19 app, via www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling NHS on 119. Many test results are now being received 48 hours after the test.
We will make sure staff from our school will be available on 18th, 19th and 20th December 2020 and available at these times 12:00 midday and 15:00 to receive your messages;
We will then, as a school, take advice from Public Health England in terms of notifying other children, families, school staff or bubbles to self-isolate.
Kind Regards and thank you for your continued support
Mrs Shewley Choudhury
DFE ANNOUNCEMENT 8.12.20
I hope you are all keeping well and safe. I am sure you have heard and read about the announcement made by DFE on 8.12.20, regarding the closure of school on Friday 18th December 2020.
The closure is a guidance and it is up to individual schools to make the decision. I am sure that you would all agree that the education of our children is of the utmost importance. At Snape Wood primary, we are conscious that children have missed valuable learning time due to COVID 19, and we want to ensure that their education is not compromised even further.
As a result, Snape Wood primary school will be open on Friday 18th December 2020. The children must attend school on that day.
Thank you for your continued support and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Kind regards and stay safe.
AUTISM PARENT WORKSHOP 14.12.20
Opportunity for parents to attend a workshop around Making Sense of Autism.
Autism – Making Sense of Autism Workshop for (Parents) – Monday 14th December 2020 – 10-12pm
Please book your place via EVENTBRITE -
HEADTEACHER UPDATE 28.9.20
To all our Snape Wood Families:
First and foremost, I would like to say a huge thank you to all our grown-ups who have adhered to the protocols put in place at the beginning and end of the day – Thank you for keeping everyone safe and doing your bit.
Sadly, there are a few grown-ups who are not adhering to the protocols – this is causing un-necessary anxiety and stress for some of our families. As a result, we are asking all our families to adhere to the following measures:
Covid Test Update:
Thank you for your on-going understanding and support as we continue to try our very best to ensure that as many of our pupils as possible are in school every day. We continue to do all we can to ensure the safety of pupils and are encouraged by how well our bubble provision is working so far and how happy the children are coming in to school every day.
To those families that are:
1) Currently self-isolating 2) Trying to get a test 3) Awaiting test results
We can’t thank you enough for your patience. Please know that we are just as frustrated as you with the time it is taking to get tests and follow up results. We too want to be able to resume our daily onsite education for all of our pupils alongside their peers and teachers; but the last thing any of us want is a year group or whole school lockdown. Please know as a school we are following national government procedures and will be held fully accountable if we deviate from this.
As you are aware in the event of a child being tested positive for Covid, the school will seek advice from Public Health England and will mostly be told to close a bubble and for the bubble (pupils and staff) to self- isolate for 14 days.
SYMPTOM CHECKERS – PLEASE SEE THE FLOW CHART TO HELP YOU - SEE PICTURE
Parental Awareness of Home Learning if a year group or the school is advised to close:
If a year group bubble or the whole school were advised by Public Health England to close for 14 days, this would be likely to happen at short notice, it is important our school is prepared to support your child with their home learning.
As a school our next challenge is to plan and prepare for this, whilst taking into account the needs of all 190 pupils and their households within our community.
The government would like schools (ideally) to have an online learning platform where children can be assisted in their learning from home.
As a school we are currently investigating the following ‘learning platforms ‘whilst being incredibly mindful of our school demographic so that this is something that all of our children can access; such as:
You may have heard of the government ‘promising’ disadvantaged students (43% of current SWPS pupils) access to a laptop/Ipad and to 4G wireless routers; this ‘offer’ which is now only available for pupils in school years 3 to 11. The government have created additional restrictions which have been put in place, meaning that all schools nationally can only apply when:
THE FOLLOWING TABLE OF INFORMATION HAS BEEN TAKEN FROM THE DFE WEBSITE:
Devices can be ordered for disadvantaged children in years 3 to 11 when:
Devices cannot be ordered when:
Devices will arrive within 2-3 days of a year group bubble or whole school closure and only if the demand for these devices is available and we have enough in stock in your area.
Obviously to use an online platform, this assumes that each SWPS pupil within a household has access to: The internet, a tablet, PC Desktop Computer or a Laptop.
With this in mind it is important that the leadership team at SWPS has a clear, accurate and completely honest understanding of which of our SWPS children would significantly struggle to access online learning.
For these children, we need to look at how we can support them with text books and other resources which may include the loaning out of school equipment - TBC.
Parental Home Learning Survey: (All parents to complete please)
So that we don’t make assumptions about each child’s ability to access remote learning, we are asking ALL PARENTS TO COMPLETE an online survey by this Friday please. Allowing us to make the most appropriate decision on which ‘learning platform ‘which are listed within the survey. As the government’s new requirement is for all pupils to both complete and submit their home learning each day to their teachers, and schools will be held to account on this.
WHEN ALL PARENTS COMEPLETE THE SURVEY this will enable us to plan and prepare suitable work for children at short notice if they have to work from home and heavily support parents in the delivery of home lessons.
We hope to have this in place from after October half term, but only for pupils who are absent due to Covid -19, until then we are actively sending age appropriate paper home learning packs to pupils in Years N-6 . For both Nursery and F2 pupils we are asking parents to use the SWPS home learning pages as these have some age appropriate activities for your child.
The link to the parental survey will be sent out today via TEXT MESSAGE, PLEASE ONLY FILL IT OUT ONCE PER FAMILY AND PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR RESPONSES BY FRIDAY AT 1PM.
I hope all of the information above keeps you informed and up to date with all we are trying our very best to do in school.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding. Mrs Choudhury (Headteacher
SEPTEMBER RE-OPENING UPDATE 26.8.20
Dear Parent Carers and SWPS families
We hope that you have all managed to spend quality time with loved ones. We cannot wait to see all the children on Thursday 3rd September 2020. Please find the updated information below. Please be aware that the information may be subject to change as we recieve updates from the Local Authority and National guidance from the Government.
As you will be aware the government announced on 2nd July 2020 that schools will re-open to all pupils in September and attendance will be mandatory which means failure to send your child may result in a fine and your child losing their school place.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming all our children back to school on Thursday 3rd September and in this letter, I would like to share with you our plans and preparations for this.
However, our first priority is the safety and well-being of the children and staff, and in order to re-open safely we will need to make huge changes to the school day and normal routines.
As I have previously stated, our first priority is the safety and well-being of our children and staff, and in order to re-open safely we will need to make significant changes to the school day and ‘normal’ routines. Having reviewed and updated our Risk assessment and following the government guidance, below are a list of the measures which we will have in place to allow us to welcome all our pupils back into the school. These are some guidelines which will need to be in place when we reopen. I understand that the information is overwhelming, but we want to ensure you are clear about the measures we are taking as a school to ensure our setting is as safe as we can make it at this time. You are also clear then as to how seriously we are taking these measures as a school and staff. Key messages may be re-iterated verbally to your child or parents when they are on school site and signage will also re-inforce routines we now have in place. If you have any questions,(or would like a 1:1 appointment to view the setting) then please do not hesitate to contact school.
In the latest government guidance document, it proposes that staggered start and finish times should continue in order to avoid large numbers of people on site at any one time.
As a school we have made the decision to use the entrances on Aspen Road (Normal children entrance) for entering the school premise, and the Toybox entrance (Aspen Road) for exiting the premise.
Nursery children will use the Main entrance to school and enter the premise from the Nursery entrance. The children from Nursery will leave the premise from the same entrance.
The table shows the drop off and pick up times for each class and the designated entrance for each Bubble.
CLASS 1 & 3
8:45 AM (ASPEN RD)
8:45 AM (ASPEN RD)
I politely ask that you adhere to these times and the correct entrance gate. By doing so it will enable us to avoid any large numbers of people at the school gates at one time.
Mrs Shewley Choudhury
UPDATE 29.05.20 - LA SCHOOL RE-OPENING UPDATE
Nottingham City Council
Nottingham NG2 3NG
29 May 2020
Return of more children to schools, nurseries and early years settings
We are writing to you regarding the phased reopening of schools to pupils from Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 in Nottingham schools from Monday 1 June.
The City Council has been working with schools to understand how we might gradually increase the number of children while keeping them as safe as possible.
We have previously said that there was no pressure from the council for head teachers to reopen until they felt they were ready to do. We also made it clear that we would not issue fines for parents who chose not to send their children back to school.
Earlier this week, our council decided that we had growing concerns that the right conditions for a phased return might not be in place by 1 June.
Today, we would like to make it clear, unequivocally, that we do NOT feel it is the right time to bring children back to schools and nurseries on Monday.
We are advising schools run by the council through the Nottingham Schools Trust that they should not reopen to wider numbers at this time.
This is not a reflection on our schools in Nottingham. They have done a tremendous job of working towards opening to more pupils while continuing to look after the children of critical workers and those pupils with additional needs and vulnerabilities. We would like to praise them for their efforts over the last 10 weeks of lockdown.
This is as much about the right conditions being in place – for example the effective introduction of the ‘Test and Trace’ system that would give additional reassurance on how best to manage the spread of the virus.
We know this is short notice, but we have been monitoring the situation and wanted to wait until we were certain that it was not too soon to bring more children back. We want our parents to be confident that all steps are being taken to minimise the risk to their children. We know that this is the number one priority for our parents, for our schools and nurseries, as well as for the City Council.
Councillor David Mellen Councillor Neghat Khan
Leader of the Council Portfolio Holder for Early Years,
Nottingham City Council Employment and Education
FRIDAY 22ND MAY 2020 - HEADTEACHER UPDATE
UPDATE: Friday 22nd May 2020
A message to our Dear Snape Wood Families:
We know you have seen in the news that schools may reopen from 1st June to Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils if the government thinks it is safe at that time. We would like you to know that we want nothing more than to have all of our children back with us in school. However, the safety of our children, their families and our staff is our number one priority, so we have been working extremely hard to consider how we can do this appropriately. It is a very unsettling time for us all, but you can rest assured that we are doing everything we can to make sure we are ready to receive these year groups if it’s safe for our school to reopen in the coming weeks.
The government’s proposals to re-open primary schools to more pupils from Monday 1st June is still conditional, and the reopening of schools will only happen if the five key tests set out by the government have been met.
We have read the government guidance on the re-opening of schools. I have read plenty more in addition to this so that we can do our very best to ensure our school is the best prepared it can be for re-opening in this situation.
Every school setting, staff and environment is unique and what we will aim to do at Snape Wood is a gradual and phased re-opening which builds staff, parent and pupil confidence as we go along. Our skeleton school provision will continue as usual till the end of term. You MUST be on the skeleton school register to access this provision.
Our first priority is the safety and well-being of the children and staff, and in order to re-open safely we will need to make significant changes to the school day and ‘normal’ routines.
We will NOT be opening on the 1st June 2020 for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils. We are awaiting an announcement on Thursday, 28th May which will tell us whether the government still believes that it is safe for schools to re-open. If, after that, the government still wishes children to return to school, the school will need further time to prepare staff, buildings and resources to do this.
Each school is unique, and we are all planning slightly different approaches depending on what our risk assessments determine to be right for each setting.
We will only do what we feel is safe for us all, which means we may not be able to invite as many children into school as the government might want us to. Similarly, no family should feel pressurized to send their children to school; the choice lies with you and we will respect your choice completely.
We have been overwhelmed by the support you have given our schools during this time of crisis, and we are extremely grateful for this. We feel confident that when this situation is resolved, we will emerge even stronger and more ready to work with you all together.
Mrs Shewley Choudhury
MONDAY 11TH MAY – HEADTEACHER UPDATE
Good Evening Everyone - SWPS Family
Following the Prime Minister’s broadcast last night, I wanted to reassure you all, our amazing Snape Wood Community, that at the moment, for us a school, there is no change to the guidance. We will continue to provide care for those parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response. The message is still that it is safer to stay at home.
We have not yet received any information from the government to support us with this new plan of phased reopening of some year groups. When we do, as always, the approach will be well measured, strategic, carefully considered and communicated well in advance for you as parents to make an informed decision that we will respect as a school. When we do gradually reopen, our highest priority will be: pupil, parent and staff safety, and, pupil, parent and staff wellbeing. This has to and will always come first in any informed decision that we make as a school.
In the meantime, please continue to do what you have been doing at home. You are doing a fantastic job of keeping your children safe and educating them at home. Activities for the children are on the home learning page of the school website:
Please do keep sending in the work they have been doing or activities you have undertaken as a family! (The expectation is still to contact your child’s teacher via Class Dojo.) It would be fantastic to hear from you all and see the faces of your children who we miss so much!
I will be in touch again during the week, as more information is released to schools from the government.
Stay safe and well. Please give your children a great big hug from all of us here at SWPS and make sure that you take care of each other - and stay home. Remeber! Anyone can catch it and anyone can spread it! Together we can fight the battle against COVID-19.
I hope you all had a restful Easter break and welcome to our very first remote summer term! Please see the video made by staff for the children on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoAxj30wjGo
We’ve all had to adapt to new ways of working, so I wanted to take the opportunity to say what an amazing job you’re doing supporting your child’s wellbeing and learning during this time.
It’s definitely been a strange and challenging time, so it’s ok if you and your child feel wobbly and worried at the moment. We’re here for you every step of the way as we figure this all out together. Remember, if you have any concerns about helping your child learn or you need any other support from the school, please let us know by emailing school on: email@example.com - you can also contact the class teacher via the Class Dojo. If you do not have access to Class Dojo, then please email school.
We miss the children very much, but we must follow the government’s guidance to keep everyone in our community safe. So, we’re carrying on with the advice of keeping safe, including remote working and provision for vulnerable pupils and children of critical workers.
But just because we’re not all in the same building, doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun together! Your children will have lots of activities they can get stuck into over the summer term – so keep a close eye on school website and text messages from school. All learning is on the website on the Children menu (see links and tutorial at the end). Teachers have organized paper copies of home learning for summer 1. If you would like a paper copy, then please contact school via email, stating your child name and class. Once finished, learning can be accessed on the website.
We also love seeing the children’s fantastic learning at home – please keep sending their work in by: taking a picture and sending via email, following and uploading on twitter @snapewoodpri or uploading onto the class dojo.
We can’t say yet when we’ll be able to open the school fully, but rest assured that we’ll continue doing our utmost to keep your child learning and our school community connected.
Let’s get cracking with our summer term!
Home Learning on the website:
School Website address:
Letters will be on the Noticeboard – Click on this
Home learning for the children is here: Children– click on this
Click on these to access learning.
COVID-19 UPDATE 18.03.20
To help us plan for Monday and beyond, we need to start compiling a list of those children who fall into the categories mentioned in the government's announcement earlier on. Once we get a sense of the numbers involved, we can then start to plan how we proceed with staffing levels etc. Tomorrow, the Cabinet Office is publishing a full list of key worker categories - but we don't know at what time and how much more detail that will have. So for now we can only work on what's been said; namely children of keyworkers such as NHS staff, police and delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work; vulnerable children (including those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans).
If you believe that your children will need to attend school because you fall into one of these categories, please email me directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to the School Business Manager (email@example.com) with the information below. It's imperative that this is done with full integrity and respect for the conditions set out; clearly if it's a two-parent/carer household with one parent a keyworker but the other not, then your child/ren can stay at home; also, whilst your child may have an EHCP, for example, you may feel that the best place for them at this time of anxiety is at home with you. Schools are being asked to remain open to cater for those with a genuine need, not just because it will be inconvenient to keep them at home. I can assure you that the staff and governors are committed to meeting our responsibilities and will endeavour to manage this situation in the best way to help see us through the current emergency.
Information to email me if applicable:
1. Your child or children's name/s and class/es.
2. The reason why you think they need to attend.
3. Would it be every day or just certain days (depending on your working pattern)?
4. What do you use for childcare (if so, is that before or after school/every day or certain days?)
5. Any other information that may be relevant.
Thanks and best wishes
What a fabulous term we are having. There are lots of events and activities planned in the lead up to the end of term. Keep an eye out for the newsletters and also check the calendar on the website.
It has been a hot week and the children have coped extremely well. Well done to all the children. Please ensure your children have hats, sun cream and a drinks bottle.