Newsletter – 5th February 2021
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.
One of the areas that you asked us to consider was sharing more information about your child’s attainment and progress. We hope that you have found the parent consultations reassuring and helpful in this respect. We hope particularly that it has also helped you to realise that you are not alone in finding challenges in this home learning endeavour -and that the struggles and concerns you may be experiencing in supporting your children’s learning are shared by many, indeed most, of our families. We continue to be hugely impressed by the efforts families are making to support their children. Please do get in touch if you missed your appointment and haven’t been contacted about re-booking – we're keen to meet with everyone!
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/).
We are delighted to announce that we have appointed a new catering provider who will be starting with us from Monday 22nd February. Our new provider is Aspens and please see the attached flyer for more information about the company and their values. During our period of partial closure, Aspens will be offering a hot or cold meal option to our key worker/vulnerable pupil bubbles and will continue to provide this service once the government allows us to open more widely. We met with several different catering companies but felt that Aspens provided the best quality of meals and value for money. We were also impressed by their commitment to healthy, balanced, nutritious food providing children with the energy they need to do well at school and their passion to encourage children to develop healthy eating habits.
Aspens are keen to work with pupils to provide healthy, nutritious and tasty meals which are popular with children and parents alike. We are inviting all pupils, whether currently accessing remote learning or in one of our key worker/vulnerable pupil bubbles, what your favourite family meals are. We would love you to send us a picture or description of your what meals you would like to see on our future menus. Ideas can be emailed to email@example.com and we will pass them on to Aspens. We have also included a blank plate template if you would like to draw your design for a tasty lunch! Look out for your favourites on the new menus over future months.
The Men in Schools group would normally be organising a winter star-gazing night to appreciate the wonders of the night sky with the children. This year how about getting involved in a family friendly star count from your own garden?
The countryside charity has a free digital activity pack you can download, packed full of activities to help your little stars learn about the night sky and get involved in the star count:
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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.
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 (email@example.com) for details.
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.
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.
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 are continuing to offer support during the pandemic. They can:
Contact them via: