Covid-19 and School

The government have said that school must close to all children except the children of Key Workers. However:

“If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.” – gov.uk

This means that even if you are a key worker, if you are able keep your children at home, you should.

Thank you.


Class blogs

Dear Children,

All the staff of St Lukes have come up with a way of keeping in touch with you all. Each class now has a ‘blog’ and we are going to use it to set challenges each week and to keep in touch with you. On each blog you can upload photographs, pictures and comments. All the staff would love you to ‘talk’ to them about whatever you are doing or just to say hello and we will tell you about what we are up to too. We would like each child in our class to post on their class blog at least once a week, just so we know you are ok. If you have any questions you can also ask them on the blog. We will answer them as soon as we can.

The links to each class blog are:

For the time being Miss Byron will communicate with Kites class as well as Merlins. Feel free to comment on each other classes blog too.

As always remember how to stay safe online.

  • Don’t post photographs which give personal information away ie with your school jumper on, in front of your house number etc.
  • Think about what you are saying on the post. All the staff will check each comment before it goes ‘live’ but still if you wouldn’t say it to Mrs Littlehailes don’t say it at all.
  • Don’t give out other personal information on the posts as it might not be suitable.
  • If you unsure of anything ask a trusted adult at home.
  • If you post a comment please just use initials eg CB, not full names

In addition to the blog each of you will get a stationary pack to help you get started on the challenges we set. There are numerous web sites to access as well. Here are the ones we recommend:

  • Reading plus (year 4 and year 6)
  • Numberbots
  • Timestables rockstars
  • Hamilton Trust
  • Tables Logik
  • K& Maths
  • White Rose maths
  • Phonics play
  • Topmarks (NOT the paid app)
  • Cosmic Kids Yoga
  • BBC Supermovers
  • Go Noodle
  • School zone

There are also apps available, in particular there is one which allows you to download books for free run by the Library service called: Borrow Box. You do need to be a member of a library in order to do this. Other apps which are free are also available : Spelling Shed, Creative Book Builder, Pic Collage etc.

Finally, even though we are not all together we are still here for each other. Please use the blog to keep in touch with one another as well as staff. We will look forward to being together again soon.

With love from,

All the staff at St Luke’s CE Primary School


Newsletter 04/06/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter

4.6.2020

Dear Parents,

Well here we are in June and the weather has reverted to typical summer weather. Despite this the children in school have been making great use of the outside space. They have been exploring the pond – we now have froglets as well as a newt, discovering fairy homes, making their own habitats, planting beans and setting themselves athletic challenges.

It has been lovely to have more children in school. Everything is running smoothly. The one-way system is working well at drop off and pick up time. Even more importantly we have happy relaxed children in school enjoying what they are doing.

I wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you for the kindness you have shown each other through this period. I have been told of some school communities where people have been accusing other parents of being bad parents for making a different decision to the one they personally made about sending their child back, whether that be to send their child to school or to keep them at home. I have had no reports of such behaviour here. I believe you have been treating each other with respect and understanding. I am very proud to be part of a community which can support others when they make a different choice from the one you would make. You have all been showing the children how to live our school text The Prayer of St Francis:

Oh Master, grant that I may never seek So much to be consoled as to console To be understood as to understand To be loved as to love with all my soul

I know a number of you who have children eligible to be at school because you are a key worker, they are in Reception, Year 1, Year 6 or they have an EHCP delayed sending them back to school because you have been unsure about how it would work. You can change this decision at any point just let us know that you are now ready to send your child back in. If you would like to talk through any concerns you have you can phone school for a chat.

Stay happy and healthy

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 21/05/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School

Newsletter 21.5.2020

Dear Parents,

Thank you all so much for the messages you sent the staff for Thank a Teacher Day. There were lots of tears and smiles as they read them.

Thank you to whoever left us the beautiful flower pebble the children and staff loved it.

Next week would have been half term – I know nothing seems normal now. School will still be open for key worker’s children and vulnerable children apart from on Bank Holiday Monday when nobody needed us. The kitchen will be closed for the holiday so please can the children bring in packed lunches.

As you are all aware the government it hoping schools can widen the number of children they are open to from 1st June. If we are given the go ahead for this to happen the children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 will be invited to come back to school, as well as the children we already have in school. Attached to this newsletter is the detailed plan for how we at St Luke’s are going to do this safely and with the children’s wellbeing at heart. If your child is in one of these year groups I will be asking you to let me know if they will be able to come in. There are no more details about any plans for the rest of the children but if your children are in years 2-5 do read the plans so you have some idea about how we are intending to work.

As staff are very busy planning and preparing for more children in school I am encouraging them to have a holiday next week. This means the blogs will have less on and messages may well not be answered as promptly. I hope you all stay happy and healthy.

Alice Littlehailes


Information for Parents

This is the detailed plan for how to safely support the wider opening of school for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 at St Luke’s when the Government decides it is appropriate for this to happen. At the moment they are hoping for a 1st June start, but this is not confirmed. The plan outlined below has been put together by all the staff and the Governors. When written out in detail like this it can feel scary, but please be reassured we will make sure school is a lovely, vibrant place to be. The children’s wellbeing is always our priority. If you have any concerns you want to talk through with me do not hesitate to phone school.

General information

Children to come in school uniform.

Children are not to bring books or book bags. Children need to bring their PE kit into school and leave it here. If possible, please bring a water bottle into school and leave it here, we will wash them. Children on packed lunches can of course bring this in.

The children will be in pods of no more than 15. The classes will be split alphabetically by surname. The children will stay in those pods for their school day and work with the same adults. This is to reduce the cross-infection possibilities.

Drop off and pick up

The start and the end of the day will be staggered to give everyone space in the playground to distance.

Only one parent to do the drop off or pick up.

A one-way system will be in operation due to the narrowness of the path outside school. Come in through the side gates to drop your child off, then walk round the back of the school and leave through the car park gates. This one-way system will be reversed at pick up time. This is so children are always using the path not the car park.

We would ask that adults do not come up to the doors at drop off or pick up times but to wait in the playground socially distanced from the other parents.

Merlins to go in through their door.

Kestrels to go in through their door.

Peregrines to go in through Osprey’s door.

Peacocks (the children of key workers or vulnerable children from Years 2-5) to go in through the main entrance.

Drop off times are:

Surnames A – H 8.40 –8.45

I – Z 8.55 – 9.00

If you are late and miss your drop off time your child may not come into school until after 9.10 and should be taken to the main entrance.

Pick up times are:

Surnames A – H 3.20

I – Z 3.30

On arrival at school the children will be asked to wash their hands. They should also have washed their hands before leaving for school. They will be asked to wash their hands several times across the day. Each pod will have access to soap and water. If there is no sink in their area they will also have hand sanitiser.

The school day

The children will be reminded to ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ in a tissue. Bins with lids will be in each pod area. If the cough or sneeze does not allow for time to get a tissue, elbows will be used.

As you know the guidance to schools makes it clear that primary school children are not expected to keep 2m apart. However, the children will be encouraged to keep a distance from each other whenever possible. We acknowledge that it is impossible for primary school aged children to do this all the time. The use of pods and hand washing is the best way to minimise cross infection opportunities. .

Each of the pods has their own area within school which they will be in for at least a week. Each pod will work outside as much as possible. The younger children will swap areas week-on-week to ensure they all get access to the whole curriculum. All the areas will be regularly and thoroughly cleaned and sanitised.

Playtimes will be staggered.

Lunchtimes will also be staggered:

11.30 – 11.55: The 2 Kestrel pods to have lunch in different distanced areas of the hall. The 2 Peregrine pods to be outside in different playgrounds.

12.00 – 12.25: The 2 Peregrine pods to have lunch. The 2 Kestrel pods to be outside in different playgrounds.

12.30 – 1.00: The 2 Merlin pods and the Peacocks to have lunch in different distanced areas of the hall.

1.00 – 1.30: The 2 Merlin pods and the Peacocks to play outside in different playgrounds.

Measures will be taken to ensure toilets are not overcrowded or contain children from different pods at the same time.

Guidance if someone is unwell

If a child or adult has any symptoms they must stay at home and be tested. If they test negative they can come back to school. If a member of a pod is self-isolating the parents of the other children in that pod will be informed and will be asked to keep them at home until the result of the test is known. If they test positive, all members of the pod will have to stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days.

If you need to talk to a member of staff please do it over the phone.

When this plan gets put into operation, the blogs for the other year groups will still continue with a teacher setting challenges, sharing links and responding to children’s posts. If a child in the year groups returning to school is not able to return due to them or a family member having been recommended to shield, staff will ensure they are supported at home.

We hope you will feel confident to send your child back to school when we are asked to expand the number of children attending. As you know there will be no fines for non-attendance.

I know there has been a lot of chat amongst the parents of the year groups not coming back to school and worries about how that will be done. I am afraid I cannot give you a clear plan at the moment because we have not yet been given any information about this next phase. When I know I will share it with you so that you can make an informed choice.

We realise this can all sound very daunting and appreciate that the decision to send your child to school will [or may] be a difficult one to make. School has remained open during this difficult time and we have managed to get a balance between keeping everyone safe and looking after everyone’s wellbeing. Nobody has got ill and children and staff are all happy.


Newletter 02/04/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter

2.4.2020

Dear Parents,

I hope you are all managing alright. I am missing all the children, school seems very quiet with only a handful of children here. I am loving catching up with what you have all been doing on the blogs. Some of the children have really green fingers – their sunflowers are growing so well.

I do enjoy seeing your rainbows as I come to work, they make me smile.

I hope you are managing to keep up with the exercising. At school we are dancing every day with Oti – Strictly here we come!

I know many people across the county are finding these to be very challenging times financially. If your circumstances have changed and you are now eligible for free school meals do apply as you will receive vouchers to help towards your grocery shopping. You can apply by phoning 01629 536400/535743, emailing checking@derbyshire.gov.uk or on the website www.derbyshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals . If your application is successful please let me know so I can organise vouchers as soon as possible.
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
• Income Support
• income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
• income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
• the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
• Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
• Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
• Universal Credit – if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
As you know school is open over the Easter Holiday for the children of key workers and vulnerable children. So far nobody has asked for us to be open on Good Friday or Easter Monday if you need us to be open on those days please let me know as soon as possible so that I can organise staffing.
I hope you all stay happy and healthy.

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 12/03/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter

12.3.2020

Dear Parents,

On Friday we had a fantastic big write day with all the children exploring what had happened when the storybook characters had escaped from the books. The quality of work produced was fantastic.

Yesterday our netball squad enjoyed taking part in the High 5 Netball tournament. They did us proud showing great sportsmanship.

Today the children in Ospreys, Kites and Harriers are each enjoying a session with a coach from Glossop Tennis Club. If your child is interested in trying out tennis the club offer lessons so do go on their website to find out more.

Tomorrow Friday 13th March the Eagles class will be leading our assembly so do come along and join us if you can. The week after on Friday 20th it will be Osprey’s turn.

The PTA quiz for tomorrow night is now cancelled because of lack of people signing up for it. I am sorry this has had to be done.

Next Tuesday forest schools club restarts. I know the children have been looking forward to the evenings to be light enough for this to begin.

It is almost here! On Monday 16th March the children in Merlins will be performing on the stage at Buxton Opera House. Their dance is well worth seeing so I am sure they will give a wonderful performance. They need to bring to school a packed tea as we will be going there at the end of the school day.

On Tuesday 17th at 6pm there is a meeting for the parents of the children in Eagles who are going to Whitby.

On Wednesday 18th March at 2.30 there is a PTA meeting in school. It has been put at this time to help people who cannot make it to evening meetings get involved. Do come along if you can.

Raffle tickets for our big Easter Raffle will be coming home this week so keep a look out for them.

The advice to schools as of this morning around Coronavirus has not changed. I receive a daily update and we are following all the advice given. The children are regularly reminded to wash their hands and we have learnt what a good hand wash looks like as opposed to a quick dibble under the tap! Please can you remind them as well. I will continue to keep you informed.

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 27/02/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter

27.2.2020

Dear Parents,

I do hope you all managed to have a good half term despite the weather. It has been a very soggy late winter, let’s hope we have a good spring.

The children have come back with a renewed desire to learn. I was very impressed with them in assembly, or collective act of worship, on Monday where they had a really honest and useful discussion about our time together and how to make it even better. They came up with ideas such as having celebrations first so they can go off to class calm and reflective. They would like to take responsibility for welcoming the classes into the hall. They want more stories and songs. The thing that impressed me most was the respectful way they listened to each other and considered others opinions even when they didn’t agree with them.

On the last Friday before half term the children impressed us all with their choral speaking in our House Verse Speaking competition. Every house tackled the poems in a different way and made us appreciate different things. Thank you to our judges for doing the difficult task of selecting winners!

There will be no family assembly this Friday because we are working with an artist for the day – very exciting.

Next week the Eagles are off to The Bridgewater Hall to attend a school’s concert with the Halle orchestra. Please make sure you have returned permission slips.

Talking of exciting music events on Saturday 7th March 10-3.30 the Dark Peak Music Foundation is holding a strings play day for all young people who play a string instrument. If your child is interested leaflets are available in school.

Next Thursday 5th March is World Book Day. We are inviting the children to come to school dressed as character from a book and bring the book with them. Children who do not want to dress up do not have to. We would also love you to come in and share a book (or an extract from a book) with a group of children, if you have a little bit of time on Thursday and would like to join in this bookfest do let us know. You don’t have to dress up, but of course can if you want to!

The makers of Junior Bake Off have contacted me because they are looking for children to take part in the next series:

We are looking for young budding bakers between 9 -15 years old.

Filming would take place from July 2020, but our applications close on Sunday 5th April 2020.

Interested bakers can apply online at – WWW.APPLYFORJUNIORBAKEOFF.CO.UK.

 

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 13/02/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter

13.2.2020

Dear Parents,

I need to start with an apology to Manor House Surgery for attributing comments to them without checking my sources. I retract the comments in last week’s newsletter and apologise unreservedly for the error on my part.

Tuesday was Internet Safety Day and the children across the school thought about how to keep themselves safe online. The work included thinking about not sharing personal information including photographs with details such as road names or school uniform. Others thought about friends they only play games with online and how they can enjoy playing online but need to remember they don’t really know them. Our new Internet Safety Group came up with lots of ways they can help children stay safe, I look forward to seeing their work develop over the next few months.

Thank you to everyone who helped with the PTA disco last Friday, the children had a great time. As well as a good time being had by all £281 was raised. The discos would not happen without all the lovely people who help.

It is Merlin’s turn to lead our assembly tomorrow do join us if you can.

We finish for half term tomorrow and the children return to school on Monday 24th February. I hope you all have a good break though the weather is not looking promising.

After half term Gardening Club will restart on a Monday 3.30-4.30. It is open to children in years 3-6. Please can the gardeners bring wellies each week as there is every chance they will be getting muddy!

The Halle Youth Orchestra, Youth Choir and Children’s Choir are recruiting now. If your child is interested the link is www.halle.co.uk/youth-ensembles-recruitment . In the past we have had a number of children who have enjoyed being part of these groups.

Congratulations to the team that went to represent us at mini basketball they were good ambassadors for the school.

See you all back refreshed on Monday 24th February.

Alice Littlehailes


Newsletter 30/01/2020

St Luke’s CE Primary School Newsletter

30.1.2020

Dear Parents,

Thank you to the children who led our assembly this Wednesday on dance. We have some very talented children at school.

As I have walked round school this week I have seen some exciting learning going on. The older children are becoming fascinated by Brazil as they are studying its geography in preparation for its history. There is huge excitement in Harriers and computing club as Mr Holt is teaching them about green screen filming. Kites are showing a huge amount of interest as they learn more about Marie Curie, an important scientist they first heard about last year. The Ospreys are just excited about everything, they are loving their learning and are always keen to share it with me. Maths is really enthusing the Peregrines at the moment, they love being able to show how to solve problems with cubes, counters and other objects. Whilst the Kestrels are busy planning what they want to learn about dinosaurs – the roars coming from their area have been quite scary!

Yesterday I was doing some work with our Advisor from the local authority. It was a real pleasure to look at school through his eyes and see just how engaged in their learning your children are. They are excited by their learning and work with real purpose. He was very impressed by what they were learning and how they were learning.

Remember there is a meeting at Hayfield Primary School next week on Tuesday 4th February at 6.30 to help parents understand how maths is taught now. The aim is to help you be able to feel confident to support your children at home. Parking in Hayfield is not fantastic so I would recommend car sharing.

I hope your child has brought home their poems for House Verse Speaking and are starting to learn them.

Tomorrow 31st January Kites will be leading our assembly and on Friday 7th February it will be Harrier’s turn.

Also on Friday 7th February it will be the PTA disco 5-6.30. There is a flyer attached with more details.

There is a PTA meeting in school tonight at 7pm please come along if you can.

 

Alice Littlehailes


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