Weekly Memo 22nd May 2020

 

AIMING HIGH – SUCCEEDING TOGETHER

 

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @woodcoteprimary

If anything has happened or anything has changed or you want us to know about something, then please do let us know. office@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk or you can contact one of the senior leaders on their email address. 

Please find attached various leaflets for information. 

Change of Term Date

Attached is an updated set of term dates for next academic year. We have taken the decision to move the INSET day in Spring 2021 from Monday 22nd February to Monday 4th January.

Zoom Sessions

We have been so pleased with the feedback from families and staff about the success of the Class Zoom Sessions. We currently plan to run further sessions in the first week back, so watch this space…

Additional funding to support children with complex needs.

The Government has announced that the Family Fund will receive funding of £37.3m in 2020-21. This includes £10m which has been allocated to help families in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. More details can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/37-million-to-support-children-with-complex-needs

The family fund provides grants for low-income Families with children that have serious illness, complex needs and/or disabilities to make their lives easier while implementing social distancing measures, including computers, specialist equipment and educational toys.

You can find out more about the Family Fund here: https://www.familyfund.org.uk/.

Please check the eligibility criteria before looking to apply for any funding .https://www.familyfund.org.uk/FAQs/our-disability-criteria

NHS apps
Apps to support children with mental wellbeing at home.

https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/category/mental-health/

We continue to think of you

We know this is not easy for anyone.  We know that family life can be pretty intense at the moment.   But we want you to know that we are thinking of you all and if there is any way that we can support you at home please email us at: office@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk

 

Possible Eligibility for Free School Meal Support

Link to survey – 

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VYKNCQW

 

During these unprecedented times we are aware that some families home and financial situations are changing.

 

We are currently able to provide food bags and supermarket vouchers for families if they are entitled to Free School Meals. If you are not currently in receipt of Free School Meals but think you may now be eligible then please fill in the survey so that your eligibility can be checked.

 

Please note this survey is being collated by The Pioneer Academy Trust as they are supporting us during this time.

 

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)

If you do require any assistance or support during this time please do let us know. You can contact us at office@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk or in case of emergency 07545696428.

 

 

AIMING HIGH – SUCCEEDING TOGETHER

 

Dear Parents, Carers and Staff,

 

We hope this email finds you well.

 

Firstly, we want to thank you for the high level of engagement and response shown by you, our stakeholders.  The questions and points raised by you have been very welcome and have given the Governing Board much to consider. It is important to stress to you that all views raised have been taken into account.

 

Following the closure of the consultation period, and despite these difficult times, the Governors have been continuing to meet and liaise online to lead the due diligence process and ensure we are content with all aspects of a potential move. Additionally, in the last few weeks the intent has been raised with and approved by the Local Education Authority and the Head Teachers Board of the Regional School Commissioner.

 

It should also be noted that, because of the difficulties thrown up by the pandemic, we have also had a unique opportunity to experience first-hand, the promised approach and support of The Pioneer Academy. The Senior Leadership Team, and indeed many of our families, have already benefited from the full support of The Pioneer Academy.
We hope to have completed our due diligence actions soon and we will then update you on next steps and our final decision in due course.

 

Board of Governors

 

Dear Parents and Carers

Home Learning

For after half term we are providing a proposed timetable for your child’s daily learning activities (attached). 

This includes links to websites which are delivering daily video activities and includes activities set by class/year group teachers on ClassDojo. 

All work from after half term will be placed on ClassDojo, and not on the school website or in paper packs. This gives parents one place to look as requested by some. This learning is the same learning that will be delivered for any children who may be in school, to ensure continuity. 

Where possible teachers will provide video instructions or introductions and will limit any possible need for printing. This is again following feedback we have received. 

Children will be able to upload work to their ClassDojo portfolio and this will be approved and/or commented upon regularly. 

There will continue to be no requirement to complete or take part in these activities, but we hope this will give a structure and supports the feedback we have received. 

Regards

Mrs Claire Baldock 

Dear Parent/Carer,

I hope that this letter finds you all safe and well. As you would have heard schools are opening in a limited capacity for some year groups from 1st June. Whilst we miss our children terribly and very much look forward to seeing them back again, this will not be like School as we know it. We will start a phased return beginning initially with Year 6, then Year 1 and then a possible phased return for Reception, as per the government guidance.

The health and safety of our pupils, staff and parents remain the most important factor and will always be our priority. For those reasons, we have made careful decisions about how we will begin to reopen. It is important that we inform you of the measures we are taking to allow you to make an informed decision about whether to send your child back to school yet. I want to emphasise that the decision to send your child back to school rests entirely with you as a parent. You will not be fined if you choose not to send your child in to school.

How will children be taught?

Children returning to school will be organised into groups of no larger than 15, this may result in them being taught by an adult who was not their teacher at the time the school closed in March due to pupil numbers and staffing.  Each group will be called a ‘bubble’.  There will be designated areas for each ‘bubble’ – i.e their own toilets and play areas. Children will stay in one allocated classroom each time they attend – they will eat their lunch in that classroom and the bubbles will not mix.

Year 6 possible phased return

Year 6 pupils may attend school starting Wednesday 3rd June and Thursday 4th June. Year 6 pupils may then attend for the two weeks after, Monday to Thursday, with Fridays being closed for cleaning and planning. Year 6 will attend school from 8.45am to 3.15pm and will be based in the Yr5/6 block.   They will enter and exit the school grounds through the KS2 pedestrian gate from the school road only and should be left by any adult at the gate.

If you intend for your Year 6 child to attend for the first 3 weeks initially, please complete the survey here. We will not be able to offer places to children at a later point during these three weeks. We will inform families of any possible provision after this date this in advance. The survey must be completed by 3pm Friday 22nd May, to allow us to plan for staffing.

PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE EARLY AND PLEASE LEAVE IMMEDIATELY ONCE YOU HAVE COLLECTED YOUR CHILD IN ORDER TO SUCCESSFULLY MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES.

Year 1 possible phased return

Year 1 pupils may attend school from Monday 8th June. Year 1 pupils may then attend for two weeks, Monday to Thursday, with Fridays being closed for cleaning and planning. Year 1 will attend school from 9.15am to 2.45pm and will be based in the Yr2/3/4 classrooms in KS2.  They will enter and exit the school grounds through the KS2 pedestrian gate from the school road only and on to the lower KS2 playground and around the building. They will then enter through the external classroom door they are allocated to.

If you intend for your Year 1 child to attend for the first 2 weeks initially, please complete the survey here. We will not be able to offer places to children at a later point during these three weeks. We will inform families of any possible provision after this date this in advance. The survey must be completed by 3pm Friday 29th May, to allow us to plan for staffing. 

PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE EARLY AND PLEASE LEAVE IMMEDIATELY ONCE YOU HAVE COLLECTED YOUR CHILD IN ORDER TO SUCCESSFULLY MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES.

Reception and Nursery possible phased return

Further information will be sent after half term about possible attendance and procedures. 

What else do I need to know?

  • Children are required to bring in a packed lunch unless they are entitled to a Free School Meal. Please ensure as much of this as possible is disposable. Pabulum will provide a packed lunch for Free School Meal children in Year 6 and to all children attending in Year 1 as part of the universal free school meals. Lunches will be eaten in the allocated classroom to avoid mixing of children and to minimise movement around the school.
  • Children should also bring a small snack to school as they may be used to eating more frequently at home.
  • The children will wash their hands as soon as they arrive at school with soap, and hand sanitiser and tissues will be readily available throughout the day.
  • Only 1 adult may bring a child to and from school.
  • School will be shut every Friday for cleaning.
  • Parents will not be allowed inside the school building – contact must remain via telephone or email. Parents will not be able to talk to the bubble teacher at drop off or pick up.
  • Children must bring in a named and filled water bottle as water fountains will be out of use. We will not be able to fill children’s water bottles for them throughout the day.
  • Children may not bring toys or equipment such as pens or pencils etc. from home. These will be provided for them in school. Children must not bring in bags and coats or any additional items that are not essential for the day.
  • Parents will not be fined if they do not send their children into school.
  • Children must wear school uniform, preferably clean each day.
  • Full risk assessments have taken place and have been reviewed by our board of governors and staff.
  • Some children have already been attending or will need to attend the key worker provision we have had in place since closure. Children will not be able to mix in their year group ‘bubbles’ and the key worker ‘bubble’. Therefore, if they join the Year 6 or Year 1 ‘bubbles’ they will not be able to attend school on a Friday as part of the key worker ‘bubble’. If they do need to attend school on a Friday, they will need to remain in the key worker bubble.

Further guidance will be sent out to those attending.

These arrangements will remain under review and families will be updated as and when we can. This may be due to the changes in government guidance or due to the risk assessments taken at school.

Please email office@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk  if you have any questions or worries and I will be happy to discuss them with you.

Regards

Mrs Claire Baldock

Head of School

Weekly Memo 15th May 2020

 

AIMING HIGH – SUCCEEDING TOGETHER

 

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @woodcoteprimary

 

If anything has happened or anything has changed or you want us to know about something, then please do let us know. office@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk or you can contact one of the senior leaders on their email address. 

Possible Phased Re-Opening of Schools

You will have seen that the government is hoping to allow some children to begin to return after half term; schools have therefore been asked to prepare for this to happen. However, I want to emphasise that the 1st June is the earliest that this might happen – this depends on further reduction in the spread and impact of the virus, as well as discussions with national unions and associations. I think it is important that I outline also that whatever date the government does decide upon, we will be unable to bring back all of the children in these year groups immediately, as we need to phase even such a limited return to make sure we are providing the safest and most appropriate setting for our children, families and staff as is possible. The government has produced information for parents on this proposal which you might find useful, click here.

 

To be clear, when a date for the return of these year groups has been agreed nationally, we will then bring these children into school gradually and through a process that will be clearly laid out for you and constantly reviewed. We will not bring back all children in those year groups at once. A gradual return will allow us to induct children into new systems and approaches that are designed to keep them as safe as we can and will allow staff to make sure these new systems meet the government’s requirements. These requirements require each school to introduce new ways of working which may include:

 

▪ Arrival and departure times staggered to minimise gatherings. Children may only be in school for part of the week or day, and any breaks will be staggered also.

 

▪ Class sizes limited to a maximum of 15 (or less if possible) – this will inevitably mean that children are unlikely to be taught by their regular teachers, in their regular classrooms and may not be with their friends. Groups may also be led by support staff if staffing levels dictate this.

 

▪ Children working in the same group through each day they attend and engagement between groups restricted. For example, no mixing across groups at break or lunchtimes, zoned areas and toilets. This will include no mixing of key worker children with their year groups.

 

▪ The activities that will take place in school will mirror the activities set for home learning during this period (please see below what these arrangements will be after half term)

 

▪ Increased access to hand washing and hygiene routines.

 

Please note that during this possible wider but still limited reopening, we will not be able to offer breakfast club or after school club. I also need to be clear that siblings of pupils in year groups other than those identified by the government or the focus of our phased return will not be able to attend. I know that this may cause difficulties for families, but it is essential that we implement and follow government guidelines.

 

Underpinning our arrangements is our commitment to look after our children, staff and families the best we possibly can in this situation.

 

If you have not already done so, please complete the parent survey by midday today, Friday 15th May. Click here.

I would like to thank you for your continued support for your child/ren and our school. Please continue to keep safe and stay well.

Regards

Mrs Claire Baldock

Head of School

Home Learning

After half term we will be providing a proposed timetable for your child’s daily learning activities. This will include links to websites which are delivering daily video activities and will include activities set by class teachers on ClassDojo. All work from after half term will be placed on ClassDojo, and not on the school website or in paper packs. This gives parents one place to look as requested by some. This learning is the same learning that will be delivered for any children who may be in school, to ensure greater continuity.

Where possible teachers will provide video instructions or introductions and will limit any possible need for printing. This is again following feedback we have received. Children will be able to upload work to their ClassDojo portfolio and this will be approved and/or commented upon regularly.

There have been some requests for live interactions, and we hope to set up some ‘catch up and fun’ sessions on Zoom with the children’s teachers. More information about this will be sent asap.

There will continue to be no requirement to complete or take part in these activities, but we hope this will give a structure and supports the feedback we have received.

NHS apps
Apps to support children with mental wellbeing at home.

https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/category/mental-health/

 

Mr Rome’s Retirement

We have opened a ‘payment’ on ParentPay for families and staff should they wish to contribute to a gift for Mr Rome to thank him for his leadership of Woodcote Primary. There is a variable amount set so families and staff can choose how much they would like to contribute. We hope this offers those who wish to contribute a means to do so during lockdown. We hope to buy him a nice watch and/or golfing equipment as a constant reminder of our school community.

We have secured the help of a Media person who can collate photos and videos for us, with music attached. We are asking families, children, and staff to send us your messages for Mr Rome. This can be a photo of you holding a message, or a picture. Or if you really feel you have something you would like to say then record yourself on a short video. These photos (or videos) can then be sent to the school emergency phone via WhatsApp, as this will enable us to get them to the media person. All photos (or videos) should be sent to 07545696428 before Friday 22nd May.  Any problems or queries please do let me know.

We continue to think of you

We know this is not easy for anyone.  We know that family life can be pretty intense at the moment.   But we want you to know that we are thinking of you all and if there is any way that we can support you at home please email us at: office@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk

 

Possible Eligibility for Free School Meal Support

Link to survey – 

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VYKNCQW

 

During these unprecedented times we are aware that some families home and financial situations are changing.

 

We are currently able to provide food bags and supermarket vouchers for families if they are entitled to Free School Meals. If you are not currently in receipt of Free School Meals but think you may now be eligible then please fill in the survey so that your eligibility can be checked.

 

Please note this survey is being collated by The Pioneer Academy Trust as they are supporting us during this time.

 

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)

If you do require any assistance or support during this time please do let us know. You can contact us at office@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk or in case of emergency 07545696428.

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Re: Possible reopening of school to more pupils in June

 

We know you will have seen in the news that schools may reopen from the 1st June to Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils if the government thinks it is safe then.

 

We have received some guidance and clarification from the government, which we hope will help us create an action plan for our phased reopening. We will share this with you as soon as possible so you know what the school’s reopening may look like in practice.

 

It’s a very unsettling time for us all, but rest assured that we are doing everything we can to make sure we are ready to receive these year groups if it is safe for our school to reopen in the coming weeks.

 

However, we are also not going to be pressuring anyone to send their children to school, since you know your children and personal situation best. We will keep you updated on our preparations for making sure the school is as safe as we can possibly make it, so you can make an informed decision.

 

Please complete this survey to assist us in planning for a possible phased return. Click here

 

The survey must be completed by Midday on Friday 15th  May. 

 

In the meantime, the school is still open only for vulnerable pupils and the children of critical workers. We know some employers will be encouraging you to return to work, but we are not in a position right now to extend places to other children until we receive further government guidance.

 

We would like to thank you for your continued support in helping your child learn from home. We will need to keep going with this for a while yet, so please do continue to do what you can and stay in touch with us about how your child is doing. We will give further updates on home learning going forward soon. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact office@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk

 

Regards,

 

Mrs. Claire Baldock

Head of School

AIMING HIGH – SUCCEEDING TOGETHER

Weekly Memo 8th May 2020

 

AIMING HIGH – SUCCEEDING TOGETHER

 

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @woodcoteprimary

 

If anything has happened or anything has changed or you want us to know about something, then please do let us know. office@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk or you can contact one of the senior leaders on their email address. 

Coulsdon Poster competition

The local councillors have launched a poster competition for children in our local area. They are asking young people in our ward to draw colourful posters on the theme of ‘hope’ to show their talent and creativity, but also to brighten up our town! See attached.

Mr Rome’s Retirement

We have opened a ‘payment’ on ParentPay for families and staff should they wish to contribute to a gift for Mr Rome to thank him for his leadership of Woodcote Primary. There is a variable amount set so families and staff can choose how much they would like to contribute. We hope this offers those who wish to contribute a means to do so during lockdown. We hope to buy him a nice watch and/or golfing equipment as a constant reminder of our school community.

We have secured the help of a Media person who can collate photos and videos for us, with music attached. We are asking families, children, and staff to send us your messages for Mr Rome. This can be a photo of you holding a message, or a picture. Or if you really feel you have something you would like to say then record yourself on a short video. These photos (or videos) can then be sent to the school emergency phone via WhatsApp, as this will enable us to get them to the media person. All photos (or videos) should be sent to 07545696428 before Friday 22nd May.  Any problems or queries please do let me know.

New free online learning platform to boost workplace skills

A new online learning platform to help boost the nation’s skills while people are staying at home, has been launched by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson.

 

Free courses are available through a new online platform hosted on the gov.uk website, called The Skills Toolkit. The new platform gives people access to free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects.

We continue to think of you

We know this is not easy for anyone.  We know that family life can be pretty intense at the moment.   But we want you to know that we are thinking of you all and if there is any way that we can support you at home please email us at: office@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk

 

Possible Eligibility for Free School Meal Support

Link to survey – 

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VYKNCQW

 

During these unprecedented times we are aware that some families home and financial situations are changing.

 

We are currently able to provide food bags and supermarket vouchers for families if they are entitled to Free School Meals. If you are not currently in receipt of Free School Meals but think you may now be eligible then please fill in the survey so that your eligibility can be checked.

 

Please note this survey is being collated by The Pioneer Academy Trust as they are supporting us during this time.

 

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)

If you do require any assistance or support during this time please do let us know. You can contact us at office@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk or in case of emergency 07545696428.

AIMING HIGH – SUCCEEDING TOGETHER

 

Weekly Memo 1st May 2020

 

AIMING HIGH – SUCCEEDING TOGETHER

 

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @woodcoteprimary

New free online learning platform to boost workplace skills

A new online learning platform to help boost the nation’s skills while people are staying at home, has been launched by Education Secretary Gavin Williamson.

 

Free courses are available through a new online platform hosted on the gov.uk website, called The Skills Toolkit. The new platform gives people access to free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects.

 

Home Learning

Thank you for your continued engagement and support for our home learning and activities. We have been really impressed with the responses and the new opportunities our children and families are having at home. We are aware that some people are concerned there is too much information, but we would like to clarify this and to reassure families again that there is no expectation of what is completed.

 

Website Weekly Tasks – Each Friday we will upload weekly English, Maths and Theme work on to the school website for each year group. This work will be added each week on a Friday so you can look at it and prepare for the following week. In addition, children are being set weekly tasks on Spelling Shed for Years 1 to 6, and there are links on the website for National resources for learning, including phonics for the younger children.

 

Twitter – On Monday we will post a video learning activity for a particular age range and subject. This video will also be placed on our school website. We are working in partnership with The Pioneer Academy Schools who are each posting a video for different age ranges and subjects each week, so there is an opportunity to access across the curriculum for all ages. This week and next we are posting KS2 Maths, and the following two weeks we will be doing EYFS writing.

 

ClassDojo – each day teachers are posting fun, interactive and wellbeing type activities to make links with the children and to offer a further opportunity should you choose. You can choose to upload any work/photos/videos of what your children have been doing to share with their teachers, should you choose to. (Our teachers will not post on Friday 8th May as it is a Bank Holiday).

 

Your family’s well-being should always be the top priority and there is no maximum or minimum amount of work that we expect to be completed.

 

If you are having difficulties with your child’s home learning you can also seek support from StarLine click here, who offer home learning advice from qualified teachers and parenting and education experts.

 

We continue to think of you

We know this is not easy for anyone.  We know that family life can be pretty intense at the moment.   But we want you to know that we are thinking of you all and if there is any way that we can support you at home please email us at: office@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk

 

Possible Eligibility for Free School Meal Support

Link to survey – 

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VYKNCQW

 

During these unprecedented times we are aware that some families home and financial situations are changing.

 

We are currently able to provide food bags and supermarket vouchers for families if they are entitled to Free School Meals. If you are not currently in receipt of Free School Meals but think you may now be eligible then please fill in the survey so that your eligibility can be checked.

 

Please note this survey is being collated by The Pioneer Academy Trust as they are supporting us during this time.

 

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)

If you do require any assistance or support during this time please do let us know. You can contact us at office@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk or in case of emergency 07545696428.

 

Dear Parent/Carer,

 

Information on Proposed Year 6 Residential Trip 2020 – Current Year 4

 

At this time of year, I usually hold a meeting to talk to parents about the PGL trip which we offer to pupils when they are in Year 6. As we are not in school at the moment, I have attached the presentation that I would have shared with you and also include information in this letter. If you have any questions you are very welcome to contact me via e-mail and I will be happy to provide further details.

 

When your child reaches Year 6, they have the opportunity to go on a residential trip. We make an early booking during the Summer term when the children are in Year 4, which allows us to secure a discount and gives parents the opportunity to pay in installments over a period of a year.

 

Below is information about the proposed Residential Year 6 trip for 2021 (Current Year 4). This information should help you to decide whether you would support the school in confirming this booking.

 

Proposed Trip to ‘Osmington Bay’

  • ‘Osmington Bay’ is a PGL Centre in Dorset
  • Located in 45 acres of grounds, it is a large capacity centre so we will not be the only school.
  • Accommodation blocks comprising 4-6 bed chalets, all with en-suite bathrooms
  • Teachers have separate rooms located within the accommodation blocks
  • There is one entrance/exit to the site which is manned fulltime
  • A team of professional, trained staff from the centre are dedicated to looking after the group.
  • There are qualified instructors for specific activities, including First Aid trained staff.
  • We have booked Mon 1st Nov  – Fri 5th Nov 2021, as this was a cheaper option
  • We will travel by coach. All 90 children will have the option to attend at the point of deposit
  • We plan for an adult to pupil ratio of around 1:8
  • We currently estimate the total price for the trip will be around £300 – £330. This includes the cost per pupil for the course, plus coach costs. (PGL do not accept childcare vouchers for any part of the payment for this trip)
  • Price includes; full board, activities, instructors, equipment, evening entertainment programme, PGL staff, insurance cover and ABTA bonded, so you are guaranteed financial security
  • Accommodation is in the form of chalets which sleep 4-6 children. We do our best to allocate cabins based on children’s preferences but we are restricted with the rooms we are given. All children will be allocated to a cabin with at least one of their friends. We tell the children who they will be sharing with once we arrive at PGL.
  • Courses are linked to the National Curriculum
  • We have selected their Multi Activity Course which allows us to choose from a range of study units covering Field Studies, Science and ICT to create our own course. Each module stimulates and motivates children with a hands-on approach to practical, themed sessions. Outdoor activity sessions fit in around the proposed study. Team and individual challenges led by trained staff help children develop personally and socially.
  • Accompanying staff take cameras/Ipads and photograph the children over the week. These photos are then produced into a DVD for the children as a keep sake.
  • Children are expected to demonstrate the same high standards of behaviour that are required in school. Teachers or PGL staff have the right to withdraw children from activities if their behaviour is unsafe. If there is a serious misdemeanour you may be called and asked to come and collect your child.

 

 

 

 

Areas of study we are able to choose from include:

Field Studies; Minibeast Safari, Map Skills, Improving the Environment

ICT; Animation, Film Making, Computer Control

Science; Everyday Chemistry, Forces, Forensic Investigation

 

A Sample Itinerary might include:

Day 1: Arrive at centre in time for evening meal, Orientation / Scavenger Hunt.
Day 2: Morning – Study Unit: Field Studies, Afternoon – Abseiling & Fencing, Evening – Campfire.
Day 3: Morning – Archery & Trapeze, Afternoon – Study Unit: ICT, Evening – Talent Show.
Day 4: Morning – Climbing & Aqua Fun, Afternoon – Study Unit – Science, Evening – Disco.
Day 5: Morning – Study Unit: ICT, Afternoon – return to school after lunch.

 

The PGL offices are currently working with skeleton staffing in line with Government guidance, so it has been difficult to make communication and confirm some of the details as we usually would. However, we do not want to miss out on this opportunity.

 

 

Please complete the Google survey (click here) by Tuesday 5th May 2020 to indicate if you would like your child to attend the PGL trip.

 

If we have sufficient numbers, we will confirm the booking and send further information about making payment.

 

Parent/carers of children who are in receipt of certain benefits, or have ever been in receipt of them, may apply for assistance with the cost of the trip. Further details of this will be sent on confirmation of the booking, or you can e-mail Mrs Baldock now if you have any questions. 

baldock@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk 

 

A deposit payment will be due. We would usually ask for the £45 non-refundable deposit to be paid by Monday 18th May. We understand that some families may have been affected financially during the current situation and for those families we will make the deposit payments for you and extend your deadline for this payment to 13th July. You will be asked to indicate when you can make the deposit payment on the Google Survey.

 

A further interim payment of £65 would ordinarily be due in July. However, we have requested that this deadline be extended so this payment will now be due by mid-September.

 

 

If you have any questions about this trip, then please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Kind Regards

 

Mrs Caroline Cox

Acting Deputy Head of School

cox@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk

Weekly Memo 24th April 2020

 

AIMING HIGH – SUCCEEDING TOGETHER

 

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @woodcoteprimary

In case you have not seen it, take a look at our video for our school community. We hope this makes you HAPPY! https://www.dropbox.com/s/2jo9phcy1gx6mrl/WPS%20Happy%20full.mp4?dl=0

 

Home Learning

This has been our 5th week of partial closure with an extended lockdown period ahead of us.   During these challenging times, you may be worrying about your child’s development and the impact of missing school.   Please be reassured by the government’s statement below:

‘No one expects parents to act as teachers, or to provide the activities and feedback that a school would. Parents and carers should do their best to help children and support their learning while dealing with competing demands.’

 

For now, do not try to maintain a full timetable of tasks for your child based on a school day.   Instead your child will benefit from a predictable routine to the day with some time to be active, continue to develop a love of reading and enjoy a range of learning experiences.

 

We will continue to work hard to refresh our school website with weekly tasks and useful links to make it easy for you to access a range of resources to support home learning.   The tasks for next week are already on the website to support families. These resources are designed to support you in keeping your child safe, happy and learning. They are not intended to cause additional stress.  Please feel free to use the activities in the way that suits you and your child best.   This means you can dip in and out of the activities as you and your child are able to complete them.  Your family’s well-being should always be the top priority and there is no maximum or minimum amount of work that we expect to be completed.

 

We are delighted to be able to confirm that the first ‘Twitter Tasks’ will be uploaded on Monday 27 April, in conjunction with The Pioneer Academy who have been supporting us throughout the closure. We will post our lesson on our Twitter @woodcoteprimary (This week is Mr. Pringle!).  You can then find other lessons on ours and The Pioneer Academy website where you will be able to find links to all our schools’ websites: ttps://thepioneeracademy.co.uk/bexley/primary/pioneeracademy

 

Managing Anxiety

There will be days when you do not achieve what you have planned for the day or your child may not finish a piece of home learning.  This is nothing to worry about, instead give your child a cuddle, play a game, watch the television or read a book together.  When this challenging time is over, our children will have had the benefit of experiencing the world at a slower pace and learnt what truly matters in their lives. Please do not worry about your child falling behind in their learning. When everyone is back in their classrooms, our teachers will adapt lessons and revise the curriculum to meet all the children’s needs.

 

Parents Evenings

Next week we should have been holding our termly Parents’ Evening appointment. Rest assured the teachers have been writing your child’s report, a little earlier than normal, and we hope to send these out after half term rather than wait until the end of the year. This will give you an overview of your child’s learning up to the point of closure, and will include their Spring test results and attendance certificate (up to closure).

 

Staff Update

We are sorry to say that this week was the first week of Mrs Davey’s retirement. We unfortunately did not get to say goodbye as we would have liked, but I am sure she will return for her farewells when we are all back.

Mrs. Mathias has now moved as planned and will sadly not be returning to school. Mrs Langley is due to go on maternity in the next few weeks, and if we return before the summer then Miss Williams will take class 1L as planned.

We wish them both well in the next part of their journeys.

Additional Learning Resources

This week the government has launched and promoted a number of online resources and lessons. Should families choose they can access them through the links on the school website – Home Learning During Closure section. These include daily phonics and Early Years resources also.

 

We continue to think of you

We know this isn’t easy for anyone.  We know that as families life can be pretty intense at the moment.   But we want you to know that we are thinking of you all and if there is any way that we can support you at home please email us at: office@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk

 

Possible Eligibility for Free School Meal Support

Link to survey – 

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VYKNCQW

 

During these unprecedented times we are aware that some families home and financial situations are changing.

 

We are currently able to provide food bags and supermarket vouchers for families if they are entitled to Free School Meals. If you are not currently in receipt of Free School Meals but think you may now be eligible then please fill in the survey so that your eligibility can be checked.

 

Please note this survey is being collated by The Pioneer Academy Trust as they are supporting us during this time.

 

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)

If you do require any assistance or support during this time please do let us know. You can contact us at office@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk or in case of emergency 07545696428.

 

Stay Safe and Take Care

 

Covid-19

Only get information about Coronavirus  from places you can trust

These places are:

  • The NHS coronavirus

(COVID19) page  https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

Stay at home

Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)

If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times

Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

AIMING HIGH – SUCCEEDING TOGETHER

 

Dear Parents and Carers of Year 6

We hope you are all well and that you are managing in these difficult times.

As you are aware, we do not know when we may return to school and we have therefore been thinking about how we might prepare for some of the leavers’ activities the children would normally have participated in this term.

We have been in consultation with the PTFA about the collation and production of the Leavers’ Book. This is a record and memory of their time at Wodocote. To enable us to compile this we need the following help from you;

  • Photos; please can you email any group photos of events, performances or times at Woodcote throughout your child’s time with us. If you can email these to baldock@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk we will collate these, with the photos we have in school, to be sorted for selection. Photos need to be sent by Friday 22nd May at the latest.
  • Headshot Photos for each child; In the book, a headshot of each child is placed along with some key information. Please can you take a headshot of your child (head and shoulders only, with very little background). If we can ask for the highest possible resolution, the quality on most phone images these days will be fine to use. Please take the photos outside on a sunny day, and/or against a lighter background. These photos should be sent to baldock@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk . You should ensure you include your child’s first name, surname and class in the email. Photos need to be sent by Friday 22nd May at the latest.
  • Each Child’s information; Please can you support your child in completing the information on the survey – click here. This information will be placed in the book next to their photo. Again, this needs to be completed by Friday 22nd May at the latest.

We hope by gathering this information now we can ensure that these books are collated as a very special memory of your child’s time at the school and a celebration of their move on to their next stage.

As stated previously we will ensure, when possible, that we enable the children to celebrate and say their goodbyes. When this will be and in what form we just cannot say at the current time.

Please do not hesitate to contact myself or your child’s classteacher if you have any issues with the requests above.

Take Care and Stay Safe!

Regards

Mrs Claire Baldock

Head of School

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

I hope you all had a restful Easter break and welcome to our very first remote summer term! 

 

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 office@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk or you can email me directly. In an emergency you can also call 07545696428. 

 

We miss the children very much, but we must follow the government’s guidance to keep everyone in our community safe. 

 

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 the school website, ClassDojo and Twitter (@woodcoteprimary)

 

We also love seeing the children’s fantastic learning at home – please keep uploading their work on ClassDojo or you can tweet us @woodcoteprimary. 

 

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! 

 

Warm regards,

 

Mrs. Claire Baldock

Head of School

Dear parents and carers,

During this difficult time I wanted to reach out to let you know that, even though our school is currently closed to all but a few children, we’re still here to support your child and your family in whatever way we can.

You might be noticing signs of increasing anxiety in your child as they’re spending more time indoors and outside of their normal routines. These might include:

Pupils ages 3-6 years:

  • Regressing to behaviour they’ve outgrown, such as thumb-sucking or bed-wetting
  • Showing greater fear at being separated from you
  • Tantrums
  • Trouble sleeping

Pupils ages 7-10 years:

  • Expressing sadness, anger or fear
  • Sharing false information that they’re hearing from their peers or seeing online
  • Wanting to talk about coronavirus all the time
  • Not wanting to talk about the current situation at all
  • Having trouble concentrating

Preteen and teenaged pupils:

  • Acting out – this might include things like picking fights with you or with siblings or abusing alcohol or drugs
  • Becoming afraid to leave the house
  • Distancing themselves from their friends and family
  • Exhibiting intense emotions but being unable to talk about what they’re feeling

We’ve put together some resources to help you support your child. We hope you find this information helpful.

If you have any concerns about how your child is coping or you need any other support from the school, please let us know by emailing office@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk, or you can email a member of the senior leadership team directly.

We’re extremely grateful for all the support you’ve shown us as we’ve adapted to these new circumstances, and we want to reassure you that we are still here to support you too.

We can and will get through this together.

Kind regards,

 

Mrs. Claire Baldock

Head of School
Take care of yourself

It’s really important right now to take care of your own physical and mental health. Children are very perceptive, and they react to what they sense from the adults around them.

Here are some things you can do to help keep yourself healthy:

  • Connect with others – maintain relationships with people you care about through phone and video calls
  • Exercise – take some time every day to move. You could go for a walk or run. You’ll also find lots of fitness videos online for everything from yoga to dance. Find something you enjoy and that makes you feel good
  • Eat healthy meals – try to keep a well-balanced diet and drink enough water
  • Get some sleep – being anxious or worried can have a big impact on your sleep. If you’re struggling to get a good night’s sleep, try to develop a calming bedtime routine – for example, do 10 minutes of yoga or listen to calming music. There are also apps you can download that provide guided meditation to help you get to sleep more quickly
  • Turn off the news – it’s important to keep up to date, but the 24-hour news cycle can make you more anxious. Limit your exposure to the news to only a small amount of time, just enough to know what the latest government guidance is
  • Do things you enjoy – now that we’re all spending more time at home, we can finally take up that hobby we’ve always meant to learn. Try baking or gardening or learning to knit. These are also great activities we can share with our children
  • Set goals – it’s easy to lose track of the days in our current situation, so it can be helpful to set daily and weekly goals to give us a sense of control and purpose. Examples might be setting a goal of walking for half an hour at least 3 times this week or reading a new book
  • Connect with the outdoors – depending on where you live, it may not be possible to spend time outside. If you don’t have a garden or terrace, you can still open a window to let some fresh air and sunlight in. Put a comfortable chair by the window so you can look outside and get some air as you read a book
  • Talk to someone – during this difficult time, sharing with family and friends how you’re feeling and what you’re doing to cope can be helpful for both you and them. There are also helplines you can call for support – we’ve included a list at the end of this pack

How to talk to your child about what’s happening

No matter how calmly you manage the current environment, children are likely to be anxious, so it’s important to talk to them about what’s happening.

Children pick up bits of information from their friends, from the news and from listening to adults talking around them – but they can misunderstand what they’re hearing.

  •  Deal with the news head-on and talk about it openly and calmly, giving them the facts
  • Teach them how to know if information they find on the internet is reliable. Explain how some stories on social media may be based on rumours or inaccurate information
  • Encourage them to take breaks from listening to or reading the news – overexposure isn’t helpful
  • Encourage questions
    • This will give them the confidence to reach out, if they have anything to ask
    • Be reassuring but honest when answering questions – it’s ok if you don’t have all the answers
    • Be ready to answer the same question over and over – children tend to repeat themselves when they’re feeling uncertain or worried, so you might have to answer the same questions more than once as they seek extra reassurance
  • Be a role model
    • Recognise and manage your own worries first
    • Be open about your own feelings and let them know it’s normal to be concerned – for example, let them know you’re also finding the news a bit worrying and what you’re doing to stay calm
  • Explain how our body’s immune system protects us 
    • It’s constantly working against germs without us knowing. We can’t and don’t need to control this process
    • Explain that we’re taking precautions against this particular germ because it’s a new one which our bodies haven’t come across before
    • Remind them how important it is that they eat healthy food, sleep and exercise, as this helps to fight germs
    • If it helps, reassure them that the effects of this virus on healthy young people are very mild
  • Keep doing your bit to help children reduce the spread of germs
    • Remind them to maintain good hygiene like bathing daily and wearing fresh clothes
    • Encourage them to sing ‘happy birthday’ twice when they’re washing their hands

If your child struggles with higher levels of anxiety

Some children are naturally more anxious, such as those with existing phobias or obsessive-compulsive disorders. The current situation can make those anxieties worse.

  • Get them to do activities such as counting, ordering and sorting tasks which can help them calm down
  • Encourage them to use relaxation techniques such as controlled breathing
  • Look out for obsessive or compulsive behaviours and try to get ahead of them early by challenging unhelpful thoughts and assumptions
  • If you’re worried about your child’s anxiety, YoungMinds is a charity dedicated to children’s mental health. They’ve opened a parents’ helpline for confidential, expert advice. You can reach them at 0808 802 5544

 

Helplines and websites for children and young people

If your child would like to speak with someone confidentially, there are helplines and websites specifically for them.

Organisation Contact information
Shout

Free, confidential support via text, available 24/7

Text SHOUT to 85258 in the UK to text with a trained crisis volunteer who’ll provide active listening and collaborative problem-solving
The Mix

Free confidential telephone helpline and online service that aims to find young people the best help, whatever the problem

ChildLine

Confidential telephone counselling service for any child with a problem

How to make home learning work for your family

We’re realistic about what pupils will be able to do during this period, and we want you to be too.

You’re not expected to become teachers and your children aren’t expected to learn as they do in school. Simply providing them with some structure at home will help them to adapt.

The following tips are designed to help you create a positive learning environment at home. See what works best for your household.

  • Create and stick to a routine if you can. This is what children are used to. For example, eat breakfast at the same time and make sure they’re dressed before starting the ‘school’ day – avoid staying in pyjamas!
  • Involve your children in setting the timetable where possible. It’s a great opportunity for them to manage their own time better and it’ll give them ownership
  • Check in with your children and try to keep to the timetable, but be flexible. If a task/activity is going well or they want more time, let it extend where possible
  • If you have more than 1 child at home, consider combining their timetables. For example, they might exercise and do maths together – see what works for your household
  • Designate a working space if possible, and at the end of the day have a clear cut-off to signal school time is over 
  • Stick the timetable up on the wall so everyone knows what they should be doing when, and tick activities off throughout the day
  • Take stock at the end of each week. What’s working and what isn’t? Ask your children, involve them too
  • Distinguish between weekdays and weekends, to separate school life and home life
  • Give them chores to do so they feel more responsible about the daily routine at home
  • Ask them to help you cook and bake
  • Accept that they’ll probably watch more TV/spend time on their phone – that’s ok but you might want to set/agree some screen time limits

Please don’t worry about your children getting behind with learning. Everyone’s in the same boat, and when things get back to normal we’ll make sure we get everyone back on track.

We will continue to post on ClassDojo daily, updates on Twitter (@woodcoteprimary) and put weekly learning tasks for each year group on the school website.

Where to find learning resources online

There’s plenty of support for parents online for everything from tools for home learning to PE:

Organisation Contact information
BBC Bitesize

Online resource for learning and revision. Starting on 20 April, you’ll also find daily lessons to support home learning

Website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
GoNoodle

Movement and mindfulness videos for primary children

Website: https://www.gonoodle.com/
STEM.org.uk

Free home learning resources for all ages in science, technology, engineering and maths

Website: https://www.stem.org.uk/home-learning
Twinkl

This popular site for teachers is now offering free daily activities for home learning

Website: https://www.twinkl.co.uk/home-learning-hub
English National Ballet

Free ballet classes streamed daily

Website: https://www.youtube.com/user/enballet

Where to turn to for help

It’s okay to not be okay. We all need someone to talk to sometimes. If you feel overwhelmed, at risk of abuse or experiencing financial need, there are people you can call on for support:

Mental health

Organisation Contact information
Mental Health Foundation

Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities

Website: http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk
Mind

A mental health charity

Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm)

Website: http://www.mind.org.uk

PAPYRUS

Youth suicide prevention society

Phone: 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 10pm, and 2pm to 10pm on weekends and bank holidays)

Website: http://www.papyrus-uk.org

Samaritans

Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair

Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)

Website: http://www.samaritans.org.uk

SANE

Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers

Website: http://www.sane.org.uk/support
YoungMinds

A charity dedicated to children’s mental health

Phone: Parents’ helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)

Website: http://www.youngminds.org.uk

Cruse Bereavement Care

Support for grief and bereavement

Phone: 0808 808 1677 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm)

Website: http://www.cruse.org.uk

 

Domestic violence

Organisation Contact information
NSPCC

Child protection charity

Phone: 0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child (24-hour helpline)

0800 1111 for children (ChildLine’s 24-hour helpline)

Website: http://www.nspcc.org.uk

Refuge

Advice on dealing with domestic violence

Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline)

Website: http://www.refuge.org.uk

AIMING HIGH – SUCCEEDING TOGETHER

 

Weekly Memo 17th April 2020

 

AIMING HIGH – SUCCEEDING TOGETHER

 

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @woodcoteprimary

 

For those of you who may not have seen it:  Happy Easter from the Senior Leadership Team! https://www.jibjab.com/view/make/everybunny_dance_now_2/89ba1ddd-76e9-4676-bc6e-e62992661282

Home Learning Starting Monday 20th April

 

From Monday we will continue to post fun and creative activities daily on ClassDojo. In addition, we are providing weekly tasks in Maths, English and Theme work for each year group which align with the learning that would have taken place in school. We do not know how long the schools will be closed for and want to support our families. There will continue to be no requirement or expectation for work completed as we understand that home circumstances are different. If you want to share work completed with the class teachers, then work can be uploaded to ClassDojo where teachers can add it to a child’s portfolio and may comment on it.

 

We will ensure the work for the following week is posted on our school website on the Friday to give families an opportunity to look at it in advance. We are also uploading our weekly Votes for Schools topics.

 

https://www.woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk/home-learning-during-closure/

 

Whilst we hope you find these useful, please do ensure your children and you have a good balance and routine during this time. There is no expectation on families as to what they do or do not complete.

 

Spelling Shed

We have set up access to Spelling Shed for pupils in Years 1 to 6 so that your child can access games/activities at home to support them with learning their spellings.

During the next week you will receive the login details via Class Dojo. These are being sent out individually so if you have children in different classes or year groups you will receive them at different times.

You can logon to the website https://play.edshed.com for free. Or you can download the app (there is a fee).

When you login you can play games to learn and practise the spellings for the year group. (Stage 1 is for Year 1, Stage 2 for Year 2 etc)

Each child has been set an assignment for the week which requires them to play the game linked to this week’s spelling list at least three times. Once they have completed this then they can choose other spelling lists to practise.

We are thinking of you

We know this isn’t easy for anyone.  We know that as families life can be pretty intense at the moment.  But we want you to know that we are thinking of you all and if there is any way that we can support you at home please email us at: office@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk

 

Please find attached two pieces of information about safeguarding during this time.

 

Possible Eligibility for Free School Meal Support

Link to survey – 

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VYKNCQW

 

During these unprecedented times we are aware that some families home and financial situations are changing.

 

We are currently able to provide food bags and supermarket vouchers for families if they are entitled to Free School Meals. If you are not currently in receipt of Free School Meals but think you may now be eligible then please fill in the survey so that your eligibility can be checked.

 

Please note this survey is being collated by The Pioneer Academy Trust as they are supporting us during this time.

 

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)

If you do require any assistance or support during this time please do let us know. You can contact us at office@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk or in case of emergency 07545696428.

 

Stay Safe and Take Care

 

Covid-19

Only get information about Coronavirus  from places you can trust

These places are:

  • The NHS coronavirus

(COVID19) page  https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

Stay at home

Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)

If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times

Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

 

Weekly Memo 9th April 2020

 

AIMING HIGH – SUCCEEDING TOGETHER

 

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @woodcoteprimary

 

Happy Easter Weekend to all our families!

 

Home Learning After The Holidays

 

After the Easter Holidays, from Monday 20th April, we will continue to post fun and creative activities daily on ClassDojo. In addition, we will be providing weekly tasks in Maths, English and Theme work for each year group which will align with the learning that would have taken place in school. This work will be placed on ClassDojo and on the school website each week. We do not know how long the schools will be closed for and want to support our families. There will continue to be no requirement or expectation for work to be completed as we understand that home circumstances are different. If you want to share work competed with the class teachers then work can be uploaded to ClassDojo where teachers can add it to a child’s portfolio and may comment on it.

 

Whilst we hope you find these useful, please do ensure your children and you have a good balance and routine during this time. There is no expectation on families as to what they do or do not complete.

 

Food Packages and Vouchers

We are really thankful to The Pioneer Academy Trust and Nourish Caterers for their support with providing Food Packages for our families. This week we were able to give bags of fresh vegetables and meat. In addition, our families entitled to Free School Meals (see below) have also received supermarket vouchers through the government scheme. We are so pleased to be able to help our community at this time.

 

We are thinking of you

We know this isn’t easy for anyone.  We know that as families life can be pretty intense at the moment.  But we want you to know that we are thinking of you all and if there is any way that we can support you at home please email us at: office@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk

 

Please find attached two pieces of information about safeguarding during this time.

 

Possible Eligibility for Free School Meal Support

Link to survey – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VYKNCQW

 

During these unprecedented times we are aware that some families home and financial situations are changing.

 

We are currently able to provide food bags and supermarket vouchers for families if they are entitled to Free School Meals. If you are not currently in receipt of Free School Meals but think you may now be eligible then please fill in the survey so that your eligibility can be checked.

 

Please note this survey is being collated by The Pioneer Academy Trust as they are supporting us during this time.

 

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)

If you do require any assistance or support during this time please do let us know. You can contact us at office@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk or in case of emergency 07545696428.

 

Stay Safe and Take Care

 

Covid-19

Only get information about Coronavirus  from places you can trust

These places are:

  • The NHS coronavirus

(COVID19) page  https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

Stay at home

Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (but only if you cannot work from home)

If you go out, stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people at all times

Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Do not meet others, even friends or family. You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

 

Weekly Memo 27th March 2020

 

AIMING HIGH – SUCCEEDING TOGETHER

Twitter @woodcoteprimary

While we remain closed for most children we will continue to send a memo to you once a week with updates from the. We hope you will find that useful and proportionate. 

 

Firstly, it was very sad to say goodbye to the Year 6 children last Friday. We are committed to holding a goodbye event for them all as soon as we reopen fully and can organise it. 

 

 We have set work on the school website for children during this time should you choose to use it. We are also posting daily on Class Dojo and on our Twitter page with ideas and updates. 

 

In addition to this work, reading is crucial to children’s development and we would encourage them to read as widely as possible in the coming weeks, both in print and on digital platforms – this will help prepare them for when they return. 

 

We know this is a strange and difficult time, but together we will do our best to make it useful and emerge on the other side ready to return to school again. 

 

I would like to thank each and every one of you for your understanding, support and kind messages which you have sent the school staff recently. I hope you all keep well, stay at home and keep safe. 

 

Best wishes to you and your family. 

 

Mrs Claire Baldock

Head of School

 

Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading

Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

This includes people of all ages – even if you do not have any symptoms or other health conditions.

You can only leave your home:

to shop for basic essentials – only when you really need to

to do one form of exercise a day – such as a run, walk or cycle, alone or with other people you live with

for any medical need – for example, to visit a pharmacy or deliver essential supplies to a vulnerable person

to travel to and from work – but only where this is absolutely necessary

 

Thank yous

A huge thank you to the Team one/Alpha Team staff who have been in providing childcare for the children of key workers this week. We are glad to be able to offer this to parents who are critical workers and have to go to work. 

 

We would also like to thank Nourish Catering Company and The Pioneer Academy Trust that have supported us in being able to give food/support packages to our families in need. 

 

Remember

Remember there is a lot of content on our school website for home learning… https://www.woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk/home-learning-during-closure/

 

…on Class Dojo And on Twitter @woodcoteprimary

 

Please share your learning and activities with us through ClassDojo or Twitter. 

 

Remember that the clocks SPRING FORWARD on Saturday at 1am. 

 

Votes for Schools

Next week’s question is ‘Can you learn more without a classroom?’ The presentations and other information can be found on the Votes for Schools Section of the School Website. This is a great opportunity to get your family talking! 

 

Please see the various attachments to this memo.

 

A huge thank you to the Woodcote staff, children and parents for the combined effort needed for shutting the school this week. We are now closed. We are running a reduced provision for critical key worker families only. Those with a place have received an email. Keep safe.

 

What if I’m worried about my child or another child?


If you’re finding it hard at home with your child and are struggling to cope, call Family Lives for free, confidential advice on 0808 800 2222.

 

If you’re worried about the safety of another child in our community, call the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000. Or call the police on 999 if you think a child is in immediate danger.

To Our Amazing Woodcote Community

It is with great sadness that today our school will be closed to most children. We do not know when we will be back together but we know we will celebrate when we are. We know times will be tough for everyone over the coming weeks and I promise the staff here at Woodcote Primary are committed to supporting our families in any way they can during this unprecedented time. We would like to thank you all for the support you have given us, and will continue to give us, as many of our staff will continue to ensure that those families who are most in need are supported.

We will send a more detailed communication later today once we have all the information and are able to clarify what as a school we are able to offer for those families who really need it. The government has stated that every child that can be cared for at home should be. We understand the pressures that families will be under but your children’s safety is the priority. We urge you to support the social distancing needed during this time.

Thank you all once again for all you do for our school and community. We will see you soon.

Mrs Claire Baldock

Head of School

Dear Parents/Carers/Staff

 

As you will be aware, we have asked you not to contact your class teachers directly.  Many of them are in self-isolation, some are unable to work at present and we are working hard to make plans for the future weeks.

 

Please continue to use the office email address for all non-urgent communication: office@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk

 

You can also contact any of the senior leadership team via email:

Claire Baldock: baldock@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk

Caroline Cox: cox@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk

Natalie Conway: conway@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk

Jo Garlick: garlick@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk

 

During the school closure the office desk and phones will not be in operation.  In the event of an emergency, please dial the following number 07545 696 428 and a member of the senior leadership team will respond.  Please utilise this number for emergencies only.  We have families who may find themselves in financially or emotionally difficult situations and may require urgent support.

 

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

 

Regards

 

Mrs Claire Baldock

Head of School

Dear Parents and Carers

 

We are writing to update you on the reduced provision, for a limited number of children, which we may be able to provide for critical workers during the closure.

 

As you may be aware the list of critical/key worker categories released by the Government is extensive, but we would urge families to consider if it is vital for your child to be in school during the closure. As a country we need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 Virus.

 

Critical workers are identified as parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response. Many parents working in these critical sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. The highest priority will be for families where both parents are critical workers or where a sole parent is a critical worker.

Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be. This is an offer to parents and carers who need this reduced provision. There is no requirement to send your child to school if you do not need or wish to do so.  If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then we will try our very best to make provision for them.

 

As a school we will have to prioritise based on our reduced staffing and the provision we have available. We will currently plan for the next two weeks and will then review. We initially plan to open for normal school hours 9 – 3.30pm, to those pupils who are offered.

 

If you feel you meet the criteria above, and you would like to request possible provision, even on a flexible basis, then please complete the survey below by 3pm today. We will then look to prioritise based on priority and staffing as described above. We will make contact with all families that we are able to offer this reduced provision for form Monday, but will unfortunately not be able to respond to all parents. If you do not receive confirmation, you should keep your child at home. We will make contact by 8pm tonight.

 

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE SURVEY

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Regards

 

Mrs Claire Baldock

Head of School

Dear Parents/Carers

In partnership with The Pioneer Academy, we are keen to identify those families with key front line workers who would not be able to work in the event of school closure. This would include those who work in key front line services such as blue light services, health and social work as well.

In order to facilitate the collection of this data we would appreciate it if you could complete the Survey Monkey questionnaire at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZCGDHXJ

Regards

Mrs Claire Baldock

Head of School

Dear Parents/Carers

I just wanted to send you a short update with information and guidance we are able to share with families so far today.

  • The government have stated that none of the National Assessments will take place this year – KS2 and KS1 SATs, Phonics, Multiplication Tables Check etc
  • There will be no performance tables or accountability on these for Primary Schools
  • We have provided work for children to complete at home, on our website, if you choose to use this. There is no expectation for the work to be completed, how much and by when. Staff will not be marking this work and will not be able to offer personalised support. We have provided this work to support families who may want to continue with their children’s learning during this time. We will continue to add to and update the website during closure and will post activities and messages on Class Dojos, Twitter and on occasion via email also.
  • Our staff have now put automatic replies on their emails that state they can no longer respond to personal emails. Please do not try to communicate with your child’s class teacher directly. If your email is important it should be sent to Office@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk
  • Attached is a suggestion of how you might organise your day. It is recommended that you plan timings for your day, and plan in physical activity to continue to support everyone in your household’s mental health during this time.
  • Today and tomorrow, we are trying our best to make sure children are having a positive experience on these last few days in school. We are playing games, teaching them games they can play with families and getting them outside.

We will continue to send updates as and when we can.

Thank you for your continued support and please do keep safe.

Regards

Mrs Claire Baldock

Head of School

Dear Parents/Carers

 

We will not be able to provide after school club provision after today, Thursday 19th March. There will be no After School Club Friday 20th March.

 

Tomorrow will be our last breakfast club, taking place on Friday 20th March.

 

These provisions will be closed until further notice. 

 

Regards

 

Mrs Claire Baldock

Head of School

Dear Parents/Carers

Last night it was announced that schools will close, apart from for the children of Key Workers and Vulnerable children, from Friday. As of yet we do not have the full information about this, and therefore cannot yet give you a full update on the next step actions the school will take at this time. We hope to be able to send something out later today.

Please keep checking your emails for any updates.

Please can we also ask again that you only phone the school in an emergency. All correspondence should go via the office email (office@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk)

PTFA Mothers’ Day Flowers

For those children that are in school Friday, they will ALL come home with a beautiful Mother’s Day plant.  Thanks to Crossways Nursery we have been able to ensure this continues and spread a little sunshine during these hard times.  If your child is not in school, please feel free to see if a friend could collect your plant for you, they should come to the driveway side of the Yr5/6 block at pick up FRIDAY to collect additional flowers for kids not present.  Please note that the school cannot assist here, this is purely PTFA led and we are unable to facilitate a delivery service.  All additional flowers will have to be collected at pick up on Friday and no later.  All monies paid will go directly to the school, however, if you do not receive your flower and you do want a refund for your £1, then please contact us.  The PTFA wish all families well during these challenging times.  If you have not paid, you still can online via this link:-  https://www.pta-events.co.uk/woodcoteptfa/index.cfm?event=event&eventId=24578#.XnKNOKj7Q2w  or hand cash in to reception or teachers at a later date.

 

Thank you for your continued support during this time.

Regards

Mrs Claire Baldock

Head of School

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