Letter from Mrs Hughes
I hope you all had a lovely Easter break and are ready for the Summer term! Can you believe that the children have been out of school for a month now! It seems such a long time since we were all together. But as we begin a summer term unlike any other, we’ve all had to adapt to new ways of working; teaching remotely is definitely a first. I would just to take this opportunity to say thank you and what an amazing job you’re doing supporting your child’s wellbeing and learning.
It’s a really scary time at the moment and the future remains uncertain but it’s ok to feel anxious and worried, it won’t always be like this. But until we are back to normal we will be here to support all of you and together we will get through this difficult time.
We miss the children very much but for now we must continue to follow government advice on school closures. There is lots of useful information on the school website to support you and to keep you updated. Don’t forget to keep checking in on the class blog pages on the school website where you will find lots of activities to keep you child busy. Teachers are uploading learning for your child to do on a daily basis. There are also guidelines to support you in helping your child learn at home. Remember, if you have any concerns about helping your child learn or you need any other support from the school, please let us know.
Just because we’re not all together in the same building, doesn’t mean that we can’t share all the amazing things everybody is doing. We love looking at the things you and your child have been doing at home so keep sending us your pictures via Twitter and email.
The teachers would love to hear from every child in their class, if we haven’t heard from you then we will be giving you a call over the next couple of weeks to see how you’re getting on
We don’t know yet when we’ll be able to open the school fully, but rest assured you will be the first to know and we’ll continue doing our very best to support your child’s learning and to keep you all connected.
Please take care and stay safe.
Free School Meal Vouchers
The National Free School Meal voucher scheme is now up and running.
Help and information for parents and carers
During these challenging times, many families have been concerned about how they will receive the financial support they need to feed their children at home without the free school meal entitlement during the partial closure of schools.
Edenred UK are working with the Department for Education (DfE) to deliver supermarket vouchers to those families, where schools are not able to make food available directly to families.
You will receive this support;
In the form of an eCode that you can redeem online from a selection of supermarket ‘eGift cards’ if the school has a working email address for you, or;
If you do not have an email address or access to the internet, your school will print off the voucher, or ‘eGift card’, and post it to your home address, or arrange a collection if easy and safe to do so.
What’s the difference between an eCode and an eGift card?
eCode – this is the 16 digit code which will be sent to you if you receive an email from your school administrator. You’ll need this code to access www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk and choose your supermarket eGift card. You cannot use the eCode directly with the retailer, it must be exchanged for an eGift card.
eGift card – each supermarket has their own eGift card. To order your eGift, redeem your eCode at www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk. The eGift card will be sent to the email address entered during check-out and can be spent instore at the chosen supermarket. Your school may select your eGift card for you and either print it and post it to you, or arrange for you to collect it.
What supermarkets are available?
Aldi (from 27th April)
How often will I receive the supermarket voucher?
School will send all eleigible families an eCode or an eGift card every two weeks. The eCode can be redeemed for a supermarket eGift card within 1 month. The eGift cards have different expiry dates – please see the parent and carer FAQs for further details
What is the value of the eCode?
This is stated in the email sent by the school. The value is £15 per child per week
What can be purchased in store with the eGift card?
The eGift card is issued to parents in respect of the free school meal benefit and will only be accepted in store for the purchase of food and groceries.
How do I use a supermarket eGift card?
A supermarket eGift card is a digital voucher. The eGift card email contains a link to a barcode which can be presented at the till in-store either on a smartphone screen or printed on a piece of paper, just like a gift card. Some eGift cards can be used to purchase online.
I’m not able to get to the supermarket?
You can forward the supermarket eGift card to someone else to purchase goods on your behalf if you’re not able to get to the supermarket. The eGift card email contains a link to a barcode which can be presented at the till in-store, just like a gift card.
I have more than one child, will I receive multiple eCodes?
Where possible school will send one eCode to you, for the total value of your children’s free school meal entitlement. (This does not include children on Universal free school meals or nursery children)
Frequently asked questions about the free school meals voucher scheme
Full list of parent and carer FAQs are available here >>
How to help children learn at home during Covid-19 - Pupils with special educational needs and disability
Advice for parents and carers looking after children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
Staying at home can be more disruptive to the lives and routines of children with special educational needs and disabilities.
No one expects parents to act as teachers, or to provide the activities and feedback that a school or would. Parents and carers should do their best to help and support their children with their learning while they are at home.
If your child usually goes to school but is currently at home, their school should be working to provide them with work and giving them feedback in a format that meets their needs. Contact the school if you are not already in touch.
We have been working with a range of other organisations to create extra resources to help you. See:
coronavirus educational resources from The Sensory Projects
SEND-specific resources for learning from home from Tech Ability
We have also worked with other organisations to create information on ways you can help your children learn at home. See:
advice on supporting children with a learning disability or autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) from the Council for Disabled Children
recommendations on special educational needs from the Education Endowment Foundation
The Department for Education have updated their guidance for parents and carers about the closure of schools and other educational settings following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Manchester Libraries and Read Manchester
Manchester Libraries and ReadMCR are working together to produce a weekly Newsletter for Children & Families to promote reading at home. It contains information on free online resources including stories and workshops from top authors, poets and illustrators.
Click on the books below which will take you to the newsletter on the Library blog.
You can also sign up to receive a free weekly newsletter
It can be difficult to cope when there’s so much changing around us. You might be worried about schools closing, friends or relatives getting ill or what'll happen in the future.
Try not to worry there are organisations who can help. Click on the images below
The internet is amazing and going online is great for lots of reasons and whilst off school children will be accessing alot of their learning online so it is important to be aware of the dangers and learn how to keep children safe online. We would just like to remind you that the permitted minimum age to use some social media sites is at least 13 and could be putting children at risk. Please make sure you know what your child is being asked to do online, including the sites they are asked to access and be clear who your child is going to be interacting with online.
Talking to your child – openly and regularly – is the best way to help keep them safe online
- Ask them to tell you about the sites they like to visit and what they enjoy doing online.
- Ask them about how they stay safe online. What tips do they have for you, and where did they learn them? What is OK and not OK to share?
- Ask them if they know where to go for help, where to find the safety advice, privacy settings and how to report or block on the services they use.
- Encourage them to help. Perhaps they can show you how to do something better online or they might have a friend who would benefit from their help and support.
- Think about how you use the internet as a family. What could you do to get more out of the internet together and further enjoy your lives online
Below are some useful links which will provide support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online:
- Childline - for support
- UK Safer Internet Centre - to report and remove harmful online content
- CEOP - for advice on making a report about online abuse
- Internet matters - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- London Grid for Learning - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Net-aware - for support for parents and careers from the NSPCC
- Parent info - for support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online
- Thinkuknow - for advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online
- UK Safer Internet Centre - advice for parents and carers
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