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Friday 29th January 2021

Newsletter – 29th January 2021

Home Learning

  

 

               

 

 

Thank you all for your fabulous home learning. The children have been producing some wonderful work and we know how much effort that requires from all parents. We are here to help you with any aspect of home learning.

The timetable and contact email addresses for teachers can be found on our Home Learning page on the website – follow the link for Timetable (https://www.fulbournprimaryschool.co.uk/home-learning-1/).

 

A Fond Farewell

Today is Kath McGuire’s last day working with us. Many of you will have experienced and appreciated her sunny and positive approach in the school office during the last year. She will be very much missed, and we know that you will join us in wishing her the very best of luck in her future adventures. From next week Jane Brown will be joining the team as our office manager until our permanent business manager starts.

 

Your feedback

Thank you for your responses to the most recent parental survey; it was lovely to receive so much positive feedback. We have drawn out suggestions that you made for improving our provision, and some of the challenges that you face at home, and have been working on how to support you further: 

 

Parents said…

Our initial response…

One of the biggest challenges you face is having sufficient technology at home to access Seesaw and the live lessons, especially in households with siblings. 

We have worked with the Fulbourn Clock Charity to fund a new IT strategy for the school and we hope that in the future we will be able to offer devices to the families that need it most.  We are incredibly grateful to the charity for their support of the school in this matter. 

You miss being able to talk to your children’s teachers and you want to know more about your children’s attainment and quality of learning. 

We have moved parent consultations to the three week period before half term.  We have also extended the meetings to 15 minutes to allow for meaningful discussion and an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. 

Presenting work well at home can be tricky. 

Some sheets do not print well from Seesaw.

We made exercise books available for families to collect so that children can present their learning in the same ways that they do in school.  We continue to find ways to overcome challenges we have experienced with the formatting of online resources. 

Your children enjoy receiving feedback from school staff and this is most useful when it helps them improve their learning.

We are developing our approach to feedback, trialling voice recorded comments and ensuring staff have the training and technology they need to deliver quality feedback. 

You suggested that some of your children would benefit from smaller groups.

We are beginning to introduce small group sessions for children who need additional support.  We are looking at ways to increase our capacity to run more of these small group sessions. 

You asked for improved PE sessions

We are working with JS Sports to improve the PE online videos and increase opportunities to promote physical activity.

Some of you feel there is too much work online and others feel there should be more. 

We are trying to make our home learning curriculum flexible enough to meet the needs of all of our families.  We have followed statutory government guidance which states we should offer a minimum of 3 hours per day for EYFS and Key Stage 1 children and 4 hours per day for Key Stage 2.  We have tried to make this flexible by combining live sessions, pre-recorded videos, Seesaw tasks and optional activities.  We have only made the registration session compulsory to ensure we make daily contact with each pupil. 

We understand that every family’s circumstances are different and are committed to supporting every one of our pupils to continue to love learning and make progress, whether at home or at school.  Please talk to your child’s teachers about ways we can best support them.

 

Notifying us of Covid Cases and Absence

If your child tests positive for Covid (whether they have a place in school at the moment or are learning from home), please email the office immediately (office@fulbourn.cambs.sch.uk), regardless of the time of the day/night or the day of the week/weekend. Please tell us your child’s name, the date that symptoms began, the date of the test and the date you received the result.

 

Please complete the online absence form as soon as you can in the morning if your child is unable to learn that day. Again, whether they have a place in school or are learning from home. So, for example, if they are sick (tummy bug, etc) or if they have Covid symptoms and are too unwell to learn. The form can be found on the website in Parents and Carers, Student Absence (https://www.fulbournprimaryschool.co.uk/student-absence-1/). Please do not send emails about absence to the phase email accounts (e.g. YRTeachers@fulbourn.cambs.sch.uk) as the office inbox is continually monitored throughout the day by members of the office team.

 

Lateral Flow Testing of School Staff

From this weekend, staff who are currently in school are volunteering to take a Lateral Flow Test (LFT) to try to find asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 in the community. Many of our parents/carers who work in the NHS or in care settings will be very familiar with the test.

 

Staff members will do a test on a Sunday and Wednesday each week. If the LFT shows a positive result, the staff member isolates and we will need to close their school bubble. We do understand that this may cause disruption to some families but we hope that you welcome this endeavour to bring down transmission rates.

 

PSHE Consultation and Questionnaire

We would be so grateful if you could give us your feedback on the draft PSHE and RSE policy as detailed in an email sent yesterday. Full information and the questionnaire can be found here https://www.fulbournprimaryschool.co.uk/draft-policy-and-frameworks/. Thank you to those families that have already submitted their responses.

 

Parent/Carer volunteers for ‘The World at Fulbourn’ week

The week after half-term we are going to focus on the richness of cultures and languages at Fulbourn Primary School. We want to encourage the children to recognise the complexity of our identities and to learn more about the wider world. If you would like to make a video-call presentation for the culture of your origin for your child's class, then please get in touch with Miss Mandra (jmandra@fulbourn.cambs.sch.uk) for details.

 

Applying for Free School Meals

The Cambridgeshire County Council has redesigned their online form for families wishing to check their free school meal (FSM) and Pupil Premium eligibility.  Significant improvements made to the online application process enable parents/carers (in most cases) to get an instant result of the outcome of their application. https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/children-and-families/schools-learning/help-with-school-learning-costs/free-school-meals

 

It is not necessary for parents of children who currently receive FSM to reapply; this entitlement is protected until the end of March 2022. However, applications do need to be made for younger siblings who are starting school.

 

The form is quick and simple to complete. Once an application has been submitted for a child, if the family do not qualify at that point, we will continue to check for future entitlement throughout that child’s school life, informing parents if they become eligible.  It is vital, therefore, that schools/families inform us of any changes to their name or address.

 

Families can access the online application https://cambridgeshire-self.achieveservice.com/service/Apply_for_Education_Welfare_Benefits. The Education Welfare Benefits Team are happy to answer any queries and can be contacted on 01223 703200 or ewb.fsm@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

 

Winter Support Grant

The Cambridgeshire County Council’s Winter Support Grant is available to help any family who may need extra support. This website has more information and links to the claim form. This isn’t just for children who qualify for free school meals, it can be accessed by anyone who need support. https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/coronavirus/winter-grant-scheme

 

Fulbourn Community Aid

Fulbourn Community Aid are continuing to offer support during the pandemic.  They can:

  • Help with shopping
  • Collect prescriptions
  • Lend a friendly ear if you just need a chat
  • Put you in contact with support organisations who can provide a hot meal or financial assistance
  • Assist with other needs where they can

Contact them via:

 

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