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 Daily Update 5th March 2021

Dear Parents/Members of the School Community,

 

Well you did it! You made it! You smashed it! However you did it, you got to the end! That in itself is an achievement. A huge well done to pupils and parents during this time – no more Remote Learning – let’s hope for a very very long time!

 

Next week, we are looking forward to seeing all of our pupils returning to school, as well as some new faces and families, who I am sure will be warmly welcomed. As I said previously, our focus is to get our pupils back into school and feeling safe and happy, we hope then that we will be able to provide the right environment for pupils to flourish.

 

We look forward to seeing you next week! Don’t forget n Monday our doors open at 8:30am until 8:50am and we will be controlling the flow a little more first thing to just ensure children can get back into class safely. Please go around the mound and out of the Aldington Gate if you are dropping your child in Yr23 or 5.

 

No Home Learning will be set for the remainder of this term, however we would encourage you to ensure that your child continues to read or practices phonics.

 

On Tuesday 30th March, we are welcoming Splats Entertainment team into school to run some Circus skills workshops with each class.  We would invite you to make a £2 per child contribution towards the cost of this and a payment request has been set up on School Comms for you.

 

 

A huge thankyou to the parents who joined me last night for our return to school meeting, thankyou for your time, information and questions. One of the tings discussed was LF Testing for families and as always happens the following day I received a long email from KCC regarding testing for families. I have included it here:

 

Lateral Flow Testing for Families

‘We have been contacted by the Department for Health and Social Care and Community test site operators to alert us that some parents of primary age children, are turning up to collect home test kits for their children and household members.

 

We would be grateful if schools can remind families of the guidance which can be found here: [http://Rapid%20lateral%20flow%20testing%20for%20households%20and%20bubbles%20of%20school%20pupils%20and%20staff%20-%20GOV.UK%20(www.gov.uk)]Rapid lateral flow testing for households and bubbles of school pupils and staff - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

It may be helpful to set out the relevant sections for families of primary age children who wish to collect home test kits for testing their household (to include older children who are not accessing testing via their secondary schools, college, university or workplace and any adults but not to include primary age children as it is not recommended that children of this age receive a test unless they have symptoms) are set out below:

 

From 1 March 2021, if you’re a member of a household, childcare bubble or support bubble of staff or a pupil you can get a twice-weekly test.

Get a test through your employer

Your workplace may offer rapid lateral flow testing to you. Contact your employer to find out more.

Take a test at a rapid lateral flow test site

You can take a rapid lateral flow test at a local site. Testing at these sites is assisted, which means you will swab yourself under the supervision of a trained operator.

You may need to book an appointment.

Find your nearest rapid lateral flow test site.

Order home test kits online

If you cannot get tested at your workplace, or are unable to go to a test site or collect test kits, you can order a home test kit online.

Do not order online if you can get a test through other methods. This frees up home delivery for those who need it most.

Order rapid lateral flow home test kits

Collect test kits

You can collect 2 packs of home test kits at a local collection point. Each pack contains 7 tests.

Anyone 18 or over can collect.

Most collection points are open from 1.30pm to 7pm. You can check online if the location is open or busy before you go. You do not need to make an appointment.

Do not visit a collection point outside opening hours, as it may be used to test people with coronavirus symptoms outside these times.

Find your nearest home test kit collection point.

For your ease the test centres where kits can be collected are as follows:

Location

Site Name

Swale

Bridge Road Car Park

Tonbridge & Malling

Ditton Youth Centre Car Park, Kiln Barn Road, Aylesford

Folkestone

The Stadium Car Park, Church Road, Folkestone

Dartford

Car Park at Acacia Hall

Maidstone

Shepway Green Youth Centre Car Park, Cumberland Ave

Margate

Dreamland Car Park (LTS & RTS)

Gravesham

Lord Street Car Park, Gravesend

Canterbury

Car Park Gate 6, North Holmes Road

Canterbury

University of Kent - Rutherford Car Park

Medway

Jellicoe Building Car Park

Medway

Christ Church, Luton Road

 

Thank you for your support in this matter.

 

 

I hope that that this makes this clear for you.

 

Worship

I have also got a link to Rev Barry’s worship which you can watch this week. From Tuesday next week we will be resuming our daily worship, with Rev Barry ‘joining us’ each Monday from the 15th March onwards.

 

https://youtu.be/Ft7AyyZ9jCQ

 

Health questionnaire

Lastly, I have another email from KCC which is relevant for parents of children in Year 1 and 2.

 

We have been asked to share this survey with you on behalf of Kent County Council who are reviewing the school entry hearing screening programme.

 

Children in Reception Year are offered a school entry hearing screening by the Kent School Health Service in school or clinic. This year (and also last year) the programme has been delivered differently as a result of Covid-19 and families have been given the opportunity to opt into the programme if they have concerns about their child’s hearing.

 

If your child is in Year 1 or Year 2 please complete our 10-minute survey by the 12th of March 2021, so that your views can be included in any future plans for the screening programme.

 

 

 

The survey asks for parents/carers to feedback on the Kent School Health Service school entry hearing screening.

 

We would greatly appreciate your support to distribute the survey to parents of these children by uploading the survey link https://surveys.kent.gov.uk/HearingScreenParents onto your school website using the message below. The survey will close on the 12th March 2021.

 

 

 Best Wishes – See you Monday!

 

Steve Owen

 

 

 

Daily Update 4th March 2021
 
Dear Parents/Members of the School Community.

 

Well what an amazing effort by everyone for World Book Day - it was great to see and hear about so many wonderful costumes, props etc and the efforts people went to this week. A huge thankyou! Well done everyone and a special thankyou to Mrs Hayes for organising the week.

 

Nearly there everyone... tomorrow should be a relaxed end to the week - we hope you feel the same sense of relief that I have today, a weight lifting from your shoulders but also a sense of pride in what you have achieved. Please do not worry if you have let things slide a little bit, especially this week, it will be our job to assist children when they return and to get them working with the same sense of purpose that they did in Terms 1 and 2,

 

A couple of short pieces of information.

 

Please do not forget to book your children on to the free PE clubs for pupils running for children in Years 2-6 after school from the 9th March. We have 15 spaces in each club. We hope this will give children the opportunity to take part in some fun out of school activities as a class bubble. Please follow the link below:

 

www.elite-coaching-uk.co.uk/book-online

 

If your child is attending one of these clubs they may wear their PE kit into school on the relevant day.

 

First day back - please try to leave a little more time in the morning on the 8th March, we will be limiting numbers in the morning on site to allow for any challenges some children might face getting into the classroom because of nerves etc, so we will be slowing the flow of families on site. Please note the drop off time is 8:30am - 8:50am.

 

 

We will be uploading our latest Risk Assessment to the website tomorrow, having updated it over the past few days.

 

I look forward to speaking with some of you later this evening. If you cannot attend and have any questions please do let me know.

 

Best Wishes

 

Steve Owen

 

 

 

Daily Update 3rd March 2021

 

Dear Parents/Members of the School Community,

 

As we hit the penultimate day of Remote Learning for the vast majority of our pupils we would like to thankyou wholeheartedly for embracing a new way of learning and for supporting your child/ren as best as you can throughout this challenging time.

 

We, as a staff, have been mightily impressed with the range of work that children have been completing and their growing independence at working remotely with software such as SeeSaw. It has been absolutely amazing and while we all have felt a wide range of emotions during this latest lockdown – resilience is a key characteristic to develop for lifelong learning and we have been impressed.

 

8 weeks ago a very small minority of you may have known what SeeSaw was, since then you have learnt how to use it; your children have learnt how to use it and it has proved to be a very effective way of delivery learning in my opinion.

 

Thankyou for your hard work, a large glass awaits!

 

When children return to school our focus will be on:

 

Mental and Physical wellbeing – We understand that children will have had limited time to play and interact with their peers - afternoons will have at least 30 minutes of PE and at least 30 minutes of mental wellbeing every day, on top of normal PE. The PE focus will be on playground games and fun team games.

 

We also want to ensure that children have plenty of chances to talk to their peers, to rebuild relationships and to enjoy time together.

 

Our second priority will be to review the basics of pupil’s Maths and English understanding – developing stamina for learning and especially extended writing.

 

Our third priority will be to ensure that we assess all children in – phonics, reading, maths and writing before the end of term so that we can set out our plans for learning in Terms 5 and 6. Assessments in maths, reading and writing will take place at the end of the term.

 

Parents Evenings – we will be hosting our virtual parents’ evenings at the beginning of T5 (end of April) .This will give us the opportunity to share with you any test data and also how children have settled back into school life.

 

We will also be hosting a second virtual parents’ evening at the end of T6 – this will replace the usual end of year written report, but should give you the opportunity to celebrate the progress we hope your children will make.

 

Just a reminder that my Q+A session will be running at 7:30pm tonight. Link has been sent out.

Best Wishes

 

Steve Owen

 

Daily Update 2nd March 2021

 

Dear Parents/Members of the School Community,

Please see the  Covid section of the school website for a detailed update regarding pupils' return to school. Needless to say we are really looking forward to welcoming the children back into school - enjoy the last few days of Remote Learning.

Lympne CofE Primary School - Preparing for return to school March 8th 2021

Please read the information as there are some great opportunities within.

Best Wishes

Steve Owen

1st March 2021

Dear Parents/School Community,

 

I hope that you all had a relaxing weekend. 

 

It has been extremely enjoyable looking at all of the photos that children have sent in to school for our World Book Day/Week - there certainly have been some extremely extreme places where books have been read and consumed! We hope you enjoyed the reading that was completed by the staff and my impromptu rapping - apologies to Willow Class I could not get it sent to you for some reason!

 

Exciting news - as well as the lovely Matilda winning the school £500 of books - all of us deserve a pat on the back for ensuring that the school came first in the Paper Beach competition! Which, if I am right gets us another £100 of books and an author's workshop. Thankyou so much for all your hard work and for sending in your thoughts on where books take you. A huge thankyou to Mrs Hayes for organising and setting this all up!

 

More exciting news - we are in the process of finalising our return to school plans - I hope to be able to send them out to you tomorrow. Anyone looking for Extended Schools provision is encouraged to fill out our questionnaire by 8pm tonight. This will form the last piece of our planning.

 

Please find attached some information regarding Kooth; which is an online counselling and wellbeing service for children aged 10+ and may be of use to some of our older children.

 

Best Wishes - only 4 more days of Home School!

 

Steve Owen

 

Daily Update 26th February 2021

 

Dear Parents/Members of the School Community,

 

I hope this finds you well? I thought it might be useful to just run through some practical aspects of school for you that have already been agreed so that you and your child can prepare for their return.

There are two stages to our return:

Stage 1 – 8th March – 1st April  (3and a bit weeks)  the remaining term.

Stage 2- 20th April onwards the rest of the school year

All advice below is with regard to Stage 1

Firstly, please check out this page on the school website it has a social story, a return to school activity pack and a countdown calendar, which might be useful for you.

https://www.lympne.kent.sch.uk/Return-to-school-March-8th-2021/

Secondly, we will be running school dinners following a normal menu – for those of you who are unaware of what that is please see the school website next week. Those of you with children in Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 might want to log into your Cater link account to check and set up money for any dinners you may wish to order.

 

Equipment – as before, we are asking children to bring in their own pencil case so children are not sharing equipment, especially those pieces of equipment children like to put in their mouths! These should include a writing pencil, coloured pencils (pens are optional), rubber, sharpener, ruler, a glue stick and writing pen (KS2). Labelling them, although a bit of a pain, would also be helpful! If your child does not have items we will provide them, as we did before.

 

Uniform – children will be required to attend school wearing school uniform – there will be a degree of flexibility as we are aware that children grow quite quickly and the ability to get to a shop to get shoes etc is limited.

Mrs Farmer has a collection of uniform items, lovingly cared for and washed – mainly small sizes please email Mrs Farmer in the school office should anything be required.

 

PE Kit – children will be required to attend school on their PE day wearing their PE kit. The days for each class are being finalised at present. At this time of year with very changeable weather please make sure that children come suitably dressed – tracksuit if cold for example. We will confirm the days for each class next week.

 

Extended Schools – At present we are looking at how this might run going forward – there are very many complications with running the Extended provision until Easter with the current restrictions – one of those is the fact that we want the children to remain in their class bubbles until Easter- managing this one element is a very challenging logistical one within school.  

So, please be aware that we may not be in a position to offer wrap around care until after Easter, at which point we would hopefully be reverting back to our original plans of Breakfast Club from 7:45am and After School Club until 5pm. We aim to make a final decision on Monday and are mindful of the short term impact this may have on some parents.

Sports provision – we aim to be providing daily opportunities for physical activity and hopefully some opportunities for After School PE clubs in bubbles across the week in the 3 weeks leading up to Easter.

Drop Off and Pick UP – these will remain the same –

  • - ONE WAY ONLY
  • - 2M DISTANCE PLEASE
  • - Large drop off window in the morning – 8:30-8:50am walking around the school as before/ or out of the Aldington Road entrance.
  • - Staggered pick up 3:05pm for KS1 from the side gate
  • - KS2 3:10pm pick up from the playground
  • - We will control the flow of people leaving the school site as we have done before.

I hope this helps

 

Kind Regards

 

Steve Owen

 

Daily Update 25th February 2021

Dear Parents/School Community,

 

Apologies for no update last night, as well as overseeing the re-opening of Lympne, I have the tricky job of managing my wife’s 40th birthday this weekend – in all honesty I am not sure which job is harder at the moment!

 

Increasingly, in our check ins we have heard from parents and pupils that there are heightened levels of anxiety about returning to school this time.  We would like to encourage parents to start to initiate conversations with their children to talk about the real positives about returning to school and to avoid sharing your own worries with them – easier said than done I know. To help with this we will be sending out an activity pack for you to work with your children on – you can print it off, or just talk through it. The idea is to try to frame the return to school in as positive a light as possible.

 

We are currently reviewing arrangements for our return and should hopefully have finalised them by Monday afternoon. At that point we will share them with you, as well as the updated risk assessment. Further to this, I am planning to hold a parent info session on Thursday 4th at 7:30pm to discuss/answer any queries or questions you may have about our planned return. I will send out an invite next week.

 

You will have seen in the news that the government have announced additional funding for schools for ‘Catch Up’ ,whatever that might be. Please bear in mind that the promised millions will probably result in a few thousands of pounds coming our way; obviously we will do our best to decide how to use this money on top of the additional funding we have already received and again we will let you know how this money will be spent in good time.

 

 

Next week also sees our Year 6 pupils receiving notification about which secondary schools they will be attending and we wish them all the best with that! It has been an incredibly difficult year for them.

 

Best Wishes

 

Steve Owen

 

Daily Update 23rd February 2021

 

Dear All,

Good news - it is really pleasing to be able to fully open to all pupils from the 8th of March. I am sure for many of you this will come as a huge relief and for your children an exciting, if not slightly apprehensive, sense of happiness and anticipation about returning to school and meeting their friends again.

 

We are making revisions to our return to school plans and they will be with you probably early next week so you can review and understand what the expectations are for pupils and parents when they return.

 

There are a couple of clear requirements which I can share with you now:

 

- ALL children, except those who are CEV (Clinically Extremely Vulnerable) who have letters to say they must isolate for longer, are required to return to school.

- Staff are now required to wear face masks within the school building (corridors, communal areas, staff rooms) we had already been doing this and had extended it to some staff choosing to wear them in class as well. 

 

As a school we will be sticking to our tighter restrictions, which have been in place since January, until Easter, which will be around 3 weeks. This will keep us in line with the current restrictions and then we hope to be able to return to our Mega-bubbles after Easter  as restrictions ease and then hopefully in the latter half of the Summer Term return to a totally 'normal' school life.

 

More details on the exact arrangements will be sent out next week - but needless to say we are really looking forward to moving back into real life learning and seeing children again,

 

On another note:

 

Dear Parents,

 

World Book Day 2021 falls on Thursday 4th March, therefore I have organised a World Book Week for our school to take part in from Monday 1st March – Friday 5th March. 

 

The timetable is suitable for all year groups and the whole school will be following the activities; my aim is to promote reading for pleasure and encourage a love of shared reading. 

Teachers have filmed a shared reading of the new children’s book ‘One Hundred Steps: The Story of Captain Sir Tom Moore,’ somewhere ‘extreme’ around the school. This is a task that the children will need to partake in themselves, whether in school or at home. Where is the most extreme location they could be photographed reading in? (whilst being safe and socially distanced of course!) The teacher’s video will be posted onto SeeSaw and Tapestry on Monday morning for all the children to enjoy. Every day, the children will have the chance to share a story of their own with others, with the purpose to inspire one another. 

 

The week will include a range of different activities based on reading: written tasks; live events on the World Book Day website; arts and crafts and the opportunity to dress up as their favourite book character. They will also have the chance to win a £5 book token if they take part in the ‘Guess Who’ quiz.

 

I hope you and the children will enjoy the week I have planned and we can celebrate the ‘bookiest’ day of the year together – just like we would in school. See the timetable for all of the information on the activities, which will be posted onto SeeSaw and Tapestry, this Friday 26th February. Please note there will be a change in your usual Teams Meeting, as they have all been scheduled to take part on World Book Day. Your new time will be on the timetable and sent out via link as usual.

 

Children who are attending school may wear a World Book Day costume to school on World Book Day!!!!

 

Thank you for all of your continued support and encouragement with reading; we have come such a long way and I am adamant that we will continue to improve as a whole school, despite the challenges we have faced this year.

 

Mrs Hayes

 

 

Best Wishes

 

Steve Owen

Daily Update 22nd february 2021

Dear Parents/ Members of the School Community,

 

Well today is the day!!! I know, like all of you, that we are eagerly awaiting Boris’s announcement this evening regarding the re-opening of schools and what that will entail for us as a school and you as parents. It has been a long time since we had any kind of normality in our lives and I just hope that the decision made is one what will enable us to move forward rather than have to slip back again.

 

Like before, we will reflect on the announcements and then decide how we will proceed before making any firm arrangements. What will be top of our list will be to ensure that our children have many opportunities to socialise, re-engage and rebuild relationships with their peers and the staff.

 

We will be meeting as a Leadership Team tomorrow to share some thoughts and to formulate any plans, before meeting as a whole staff group later in the week. Once we have done this we will share with you our return to school plan – Number 4!

 

I hope that you all had an enjoyable Half Term break; it was certainly a week of two halves – freezing cold at the weekend and warmish this last weekend. Just a reminder we have archived the majority of the learning that was set on SeeSaw, prior to Half Term to enable you to find your way through this term’s activities in a clearer fashion. Should you need any assistance please speak to your child’s classteacher.

 

We finally have a warmish school and I hope with a little more work left to complete that this is the end of our heating issues! It was very frustrating indeed, however thank you for your support.

 

Please find below a link to Rev Barry’s worship:

 

 

https://youtu.be/9AGHb4OUu3g

 

We also have a link to a lovely worship created for schools by the Diocese of Canterbury.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTWoyBQy_UQ&feature=youtu.be

 

Best Wishes

 

Steve Owen

 

 

Daily Update 12th February 2021

Dear Parents/Members of the School Community,

We have finally arrived at the end of Term 3! Hooray! I know for many of you that this term has been a difficult, frustrating, challenging, impossible, hair pulling out kind of term balancing your child's education with: your own work; other siblings; limited time; stress; arguments; but hopefully some positive good times and some times to learn more about what your child is like as a learner and how they learn.

You should all be immensely proud of what you have achieved; the learning and the response to learning has been amazing and we are so impressed with everything you have managed to accomplish. The sense of relief has even come to the Owen household, where we both get a week off from Home School :) 

Enjoy the warmer weather next week, take time to rebuild any challenges in your relationships, take time out if you can and please try not to do any school work!!!!!

This Sunday sees us thinking about Valentines Day and the importance of Love in all of our lives - please find a link to a Collective Worship that I had produced for you to help end this term and to focus on the most important things in our lives: our loved ones.

Some practical updates - we should have our heating fixed next week :)

                                           - After School Club will run until 4pm - £3 a session - cash/cheque only starting on the 22nd.

                                           -Additional devices to be given out next week.

                                           - Remote Learning activities will be archived today

                                          - Please email: headteacher@lympne.kent.sch.uk if you have any problems.

 

Spring is coming - it is getting warmer and lighter and we are turning a corner - positive thoughts everybody :)

Enjoy your break and thankyou so much for your support this term.

Many thanks

 

10/11th February 2021

Dear Parents/Member of the School Community,

Many thanks for your messages of support yesterday, I appreciate that the current situation at school is not a good one for all of us! Today, I have heard that KCC have agreed to fund the works to the school, at a cost of at least £5000 which is great news in many ways. I am awaiting notification of when the works will begin - with the aim of starting and finishing the work next week so that we are unaffected for our return after Half Term.

At present the school office is not manned, as the school is now closed (in a physical sense), if you need to contact the school in the interim please email either: office@lympne.kent.sch.uk or headteacher@lympne.kent.sch.uk and we will endeavour to get back in touch. Alternatively, if you have a query regarding learning feel free to contact your child's classteacher via SeeSaw, Tapestry, or email. 

As I said yesterday, we are aiming to archive all of this term's activities on Friday so that they disappear from your inbox and you do not feel overwhelmed with the learning remaining. The completed activities will remain in your child's online journal, the archived activities should no longer be there. Fingers crossed.

Tomorrow's update will have more information about changes to Extended School provision for those parents of Critical Workers.

Kind regards

 

Steve Owen

 

8th/9th February 2021

Dear Parents/Members of the School Community,

I am very disappointed to be writing to you to inform you that the school will need to close for the remainder of this school term. Many of you will share my frustrations, as the impact of such a closure is a major hindrance for so many of our families and vulnerable children that have been relying on the school for crucial care at this time.

Yesterday, I attended school at lunchtime to make the safe site for today, to find the boiler not working. Now, while I am a Headteacher, I am no gas engineer and I have no DIY skills, so I had to call out our emergency engineers, who came out this morning and managed to get the boilers working. 

Unfortunately, although we had hot water and boilers that were fully functioning, the heat being generated was not getting to the radiators across the school, especially so in Willow and Cherry Class, which meant that it was a chilly 7C and never got warmer than this. It was a scene from a Victorian novel with children gathered round the portable heaters we had! I was hoping that the heat would build as the boilers kicked in, but this never materialised.

The engineer has reported multiple failures with the system and we await some guidance as to when they will be able to try to address these. As the landlord KCC have a responsibility to address these failures and to rectify the faults asap so that the school can be fully functioning again.

Obviously, this work is going to take a number of days to complete, so I am hopeful that we can get this work commissioned for next week and completed before children return.

Up until this week, the boilers have been working fine, we have had some issues with heat distribution across the school, but nothing like this week - it is disappointing and frustrating to say the least that almost  a year ago we were in exactly the same situation!

I will obviously keep you updated regularly as to developments and I do understand many of your children are not attending school at present so this information is not as crucial as it would have been.

What does this mean?

Remote Learning is in place already for all children - please continue with this.

Check Ins will continue for the remainder of the term.

Teams Class Meetings will continue 

Just a reminder that we will be finishing learning for this term on Thursday, please submit work asap on Thursday/Friday morning so that teachers are able to mark it before the Half Term break. Additionally, teachers will be archiving activities from this term so that you are able to start Term 4 with a clean slate so to speak and enable you to enjoy half term. Archiving will take place on Friday this week.

Once again, thankyou for you support, I am so sorry to not be able to open the school between now and Friday this week.

Kind regards

Steve Owen

 

 

 

Dear Parents,

Its looking like we might finally see some of the white stuff in our location - so fingers crossed whichever way you want it!

Please check the website and School Comms on Monday for an update.

It is the end of another full week of Remote Learning - we hope that you have found the optional content on a Friday useful for your children whether you chose to continue with the learning on a Friday or whether you have opted to have the day to catch up and take a breath! Any feedback will be gratefully received.

Moving forward, you have one more week of Remote Learning to complete this Half Term, so please do give yourself a massive pat on the back at the end of the week and maybe a large glass of something! As I said yesterday, there are a number of decision we are waiting to hear about and we should know where we stand around the 22nd February. I am more and more convinced that we will be coming back on the 8th, as the situation in the country begins to turn a corner. Fingers crossed - we can't wait to see our children again.

Thankyou for your continued support.

Best Wishes

Steve Owen

 

th February 2021

 

Dear Parents/School Community,

 

Apologies for a lack of update yesterday, a late night governors meeting put pay to any best-laid plans! Anyway lots of important news in today’s update about the lead up to Half Term, our provision afterwards and Check Ins.

 

Firstly, we would like to draw this term’s learning to a ‘close’, so to speak, at the end of play on Thursday next week (11th February). This will mean that we would like all work for this term to be completed and sent in by the end of Friday 12th 5pm.

  • This will enable you to ‘finish’ the learning for the term and not have anything to catch up on, or to be stressed by what you still have to do.
  • This will enable you to ‘start’ Term 4 afresh without a backlog of work to complete, as we know many of you are at different stages of completing Remote Learning and to put it all to one side.
  • This will also enable the teachers to respond to work and provide effective feedback on this term’s learning.
  • We will also be looking to archive all activities from this term so that they are not appearing in your feeds.
  • This will also enable teaching staff to have some sort of break over the Half Term and equally important – enable all of you to have a break from the nagging that accompanies Remote Learning! We would encourage all of you to have a total break from Remote Learning so that you can relax from the pressures that it undoubtedly creates.
  • Next Friday (last day of term is Safer Internet Day) and as your children are accessing the internet far more than they would normally, this day/morning will be even more important. Mr Haycock (Computing Lead) has planned and designed some lovely activities for you to complete next week.

Our mantra has always been please do what you can and it will be our job to plan for where the children are at when they return; if you are struggling just do what you can, but if you need a reminder of a focus– Phonics/Reading YrR,1 and 2 are the key areas to focus on and KS2 any form of writing. If you need any guidance please, please speak to the classteachers.

 

Secondly, learning at present has been thematic in nature over the last 6 weeks or so, covering topics such as the Victorians over an extended period of time. With the uncertainty surrounding when exactly schools will be returning and exactly how after Half Term, learning may take more of a weekly theme, rather than an extended theme across several weeks. This should enable us to cover some other areas of the curriculum and several topics, while we await more guidance as to how schools will eventually return and avoid us covering learning which might be better off covered in school. It will also enable us to ‘cut short’ any learning when we are in a position to return.

 

Please be reassured however that the structure of Remote Learning will remain unchanged – English/Maths/Phonics/Reading/ Afternoon task.

 

Following on from feedback regarding Check Ins – I just wanted to just reaffirm what the purpose of these are.

  1. They are designed to see how families are and that children and families are well. Part of this is that staff really do want to talk to children as well as adults, so if your children are free and happy to talk please enable them to do so.
  2. To check if families need any help with any aspect of learning. Staff might ask whether there is a reason more of one subject has been completed than another; this isn’t a judgement on the amount of work, just to check there are no learning problems preventing children from doing it, rather than any problems to do with time/inclination etc.
  3. Our message is just do what you can – the Check Ins will enable us to identify those families who need more support; to talk to the children and to hopefully stay in touch with you all.

We may make some additional changes to the frequency of these calls, but are exploring this at the moment and I will let you know if there are any major changes taking place.

 

Snow!!!

 

The forecast for this Sunday looks great if you like snow, which I am afraid I do! Anyway, the usual precautions need to be taken, so I will be watching the forecast in detail and monitoring the situation as best I can to keep you up to date. We will probably get our usual spattering of sleet, but in case the weather is very poor and conditions difficult on the ground in Lympne, please check the website on the home page for an alert. I will also send out a message via Schoolcomms, if we are unable to open, hopefully we will be open as usual, but just in case!

 

I hope that makes sense to you – I appreciate it is a lot of information to take on board.

 

Steve Owen

 

Daily Update 2.2.21

Dear Parents/ Members of the School Community,

We hope that this finds you all well? We are continuing to 'Check In' with families on a daily basis to ensure that pupils and parents are ok and to offer any assistance and advice. I think that generally the feeling at present is that members of the school community are finding remote learning very challenging and in some instances that it is having an impact on family life.  

A few times, I have had to stop myself from moving into full teacher mode at home with my own kids, and heaven help me if I switch to this mode with my other half :) but my message to you all is that we are nearing the end of this term, things will always get more challenging as we get to the end of a challenging time, especially as enthusiasm starts to wain! Keep going for one more week, just do what you can, your relationships with your children must overide anything else, so if its like WWII don't keep pushing, do something else, go for a walk, play some games or do just watch some TV. Don't worry about any learning missed, it will be our role to work on this when we come back in whatever way that might be. Your children made exceptional progress when they came back and I am sure they will be able to do this again.

Thankyou for embracing the technology, I know for many of you this is a steep learning curve, however I was thinking about this recently, in that sometimes as adults we just think about learning things at school, but we forget that the whole of life is about learning new things and in this case it is learning to adapt to life in this new way and part of that is to learn how to use the technology. Keep going with it, there are many of you in the same boat. I'd never heard of Zoom this time last year; nor used Teams or used SeeSaw, I hadn't marked work online using the tools we have now, and I know I probably speak for most of the teachers as well.  We hope to have another 3/4 devices available at the end of this week, so if there are anymore families who are struggling with devices, or not enough please do get in touch,

On a totally unrelated note, I am absolutely delighted to share with you the news that one of our own - Matilda in Year 6 has won the weekly Paper Beech writing competition run by Egmont publishers and East Cliff Creatives - I know that her winning entry has been sent out to all families via an announcement and we are so amazed at her fantastic writing. If you have not been able to read it please do look at the announcements you will have been sent,. Well done Matilda and thankyou for winning £500 of books for our school!

Additionally, thankyou so much to all of you who have taken part in the writing competition currently Lympne Primary School are top of the leaderboard and inline to win an exciting author workshop for the school!!!!

Keep going everyone, the tide is turning and brighter days are ahead!!!

Steve Owen

 

Daily Update 1st February 2021

Dear Parents/Members of the School Community,

 

I hope that you all had a great weekend - certainly when it is dry and sunny it seems to make a huge difference!!! I suppose as we start February we have a lot of positive news emerging regarding vaccines; cases seem to be finally falling and hopefully with that the pressure on the NHS; on a lighter note (excuse the pun) evenings are getting lighter, its Valentines soon and Shrove Tuesday are all coming.

 

This weekend was an interesting one for our school and many others, as on Saturday we were all alerted to an offer of a vaccination for school staff. This led to our school staff and many other school staff thinking they were able to make a booking for a vaccination. Having booked them, we were then alerted to the fact that this had been a mistake by the NHS in releasing this to school staff. If any of you have seen any articles online please can I stress that staff booked the vaccines in good faith; we know of a number of schools where staff have already had the vaccine and this has confused matters further. 

 

Please find a link to Rev Barry's Collective Worship from Saltwood Church 

 

https://youtu.be/paexBvTIHUA

 

I have also uploaded my first virtual worship tp the school website and you can watch it here:

‚Äčhttps://www.lympne.kent.sch.uk/Collective-Worship/

 

We do cover a similar story and in fact use the same video clip.

 

Further to out questionnaire last week regarding After School provision for critical workers - in order for us to move this forward we need to have an idea of numbers - without this information we cannot confirm when/if the club will restart. If you have a child in school and you need the provision please complete the form below by Wednesday 5pm this week. Many thanks.

 

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=ojSiVeY-skmv8sBcINsojan3yivFt0BAl76EF7NmF6tUMzNHSFRCVFVRT0NDTTZDRFROU1o2RU9NMC4u

 

Lastly, please find attached a document which has a list of books which you might fins useful for yourselves and for your children regarding learning from mistakes! SOmething I hope we all do. 

 

Best Wishes

 

Steve Owen

 

 

29th January 2021

 

Dear Parents/Members of the School Community,

 

We are now officially at the end of Week 4 of Remote Learning, so near enough half way through if the date of the 8th March is to come to fruition, taking out Half term. Well done to all those parents and pupils juggling working lives, relationships, high emotions, family lives, all kinds of things, I've had some interesting times with my daughter this week at Home School - a few tantrums, but on the whole its been fairly productive.

 

Due to overwhelming generosity, we have an additional 4 devices in school which we will get configured over this week to give out to any families struggling with devices; it has been heart warming to see the spirit and strength of the community coming together to support each other. We will be in touch with families over the next week.

 

Next week,  we move to a slightly revised model of Home Learning - which will have 4 days of consecutive learning provided to give continuity and progression and an 'optional' 5th day for those parents wanting to continue with the 5 day a week model. We hope this gives us the best of both worlds, providing a 5 day structure of learning for pupils and families for whom the current arrangements are working well and a degreee of flexibilty to all those parents finding it challenging fitting in 5 days, so they can use the Friday as catch up.

Any feedback will be useful once we have started this model.

 

Next week, school governors are meeting to review the current situation in school including: Remote Learning, School Risk Assessment, provision for critical workers and vulnerable children, school meals and Health and Safety. 

 

All that is left to say is have a great weekend - if you need anything just ask - we will put more exercise books and some spare reading books out in the bike shelter next week should you wish to come and collect some.

 

Steve Owen  

 

28th January 2021

 

Dear Parents/ Members of the school community,

 

I hope this finds you well?

As we approach the end of the 4th week of Home Learning I’d just like to thankyou for your assistance in ensuring that our Home Learning provision is working as effectively as possible. We appreciate that there are a few tweaks to be made, but thankyou for embracing the changes. Two more weeks to go and then you can all take a well-deserved rest -).

Currently, we are reviewing our Extended School provision, which at present is not operating. We are aiming to reintroduce at least one of the clubs to provide some extension to our hours, but it will depend on demand how this might work and which clubs we offer. We hope to have this completed in the next week or so and will let you know asap.

I hope your children have been enjoying speaking to the other adults who work in their classrooms this week. It has been great to have the Teaching Assistants working alongside the teaching staff to provide ‘Check Ins’ for your children. Should you wish to discuss anything in more detail do not hesitate to contact any of the teachers via email, or one of the senior leaders – Mrs Ladd, Miss Cave or myself.

Best Wishes

 

Steve Owen

 

 

Daily Update 27th January 2021

 Dear Parents/Members of the school community,

Some light relief before the rest of the update. Our resident PAT dog Huggybear, who many of you will know or will have heard of, has been thinking of the children at Lympne,and when she reached her last birthday - the grand old age of 10 -she learnt that she could talk and recorded this message for you.

 

For those of you who have yet to meet 'Huggy' as she prefers to be called; Huggy comes in at least once a week to give cuddles, licks and a general happiness to the children and staff of the school. She has 1:1 time with some children; plays games at break and lunch time, and helps children overcome any fears of dogs. She is my dog and we have had her since she was a puppy; she is a certified PAT dog and has an amazing temperament.

 

Now on to less light hearted things...

It has been rare, since the start of the pandemic, that schools have been provided with much clarity or advance notice, but we are pleased that we now have at least some certainty about what will be happening in the coming weeks (although we are, of course, disappointed that we won’t have everyone back in school for a little while yet). The key announcements from today in parliament are as follows:

  • The earliest schools might ‘begin to re-open’ will be Monday 8th March, which is the start of the third school week after the half-term holiday;
  • There will be a plan/review set out on Monday 22nd February (the first day after the half-term holiday), with further updates;
  • When the decision to return has been made, schools will get two weeks’ notice of this.

Sadly, this means that we have at least four more school weeks of home-learning under the current arrangements. I know that this will be bitterly disappointing for many families and the children, but I hope that it provides some hope that there might be an end in sight, at least in terms of getting the children back into school.

Additionally, we also received a clarification from the Department for Education (DfE) yesterday that schools would not be asked to open over half-term for children of critical workers as was the case in the first lock-down. I don’t think anyone was particularly expecting there to be an offer, but I thought it was worth sharing in case anyone had been wondering.

Remote Learning changes

In relation to Remote Learning there will be a few slight tweaks to our arrangements to try to address the points raised by parents.

-Some parents raised the point that they were hard pressed to complete the tasks set across the 5 days within the 5 days and were having to complete work at the weekend, late at night etc etc. Other parents said that they liked the structure the current arrangements provide, so were keen to have activities remian across the 5 days. As such, we have come up with what we hope will be a clear compromise to assist both camps.

-Teachers will set 4 consecutive days of learning in English,Phonics/Reading and Maths - with the usual afternoon activities as are. The 5th day (Friday) will be a stand alone day which will still be arranged as the Monday - Thursday, with the same sessions, but will not necessarily need to be completed to understand the next steps of learning to take place the following week and will be stand alone sessions. 

We hope that by providing 4 days of learning and leaving the 5th as optional this will enable parents to continue a learning journey for 4/5 days and to have less pressure, or have limited changes to their current arrangements.

Obviously, if this does not work we will revise the arrangements, but we understand many of you are under immense pressure from many angles, just getting through the day sometimes is an achievement in itself, so we hope that this goes some way to enabling you to have some respite if you need it. For those of you who like the current arranegments, we hope this continuesto provide you with the structure that is working for you. Any feedback, once we get started would be gratefully received.

Those children in school part time are able to take their work books to and from home, if they need to, to enable them to continue their learning journey at home and at school.

Marking /Feedback comments given by the teacher will give children/families the option to either change the work at that point or change the next piece of work when they do a similar task. 

 Best Wishes

Steve Owen

 Daily Update 26th January 2021

We hope this finds you well?

Over the past few days we have given out 7 devices to families to assist with their remote learning; without your generous donations we would have been left with just two, so many, many thanks. We continue to welcome any tech donations as we still have some families who are in need of additional devices.

I am delighted to say that Rev Barry our resident vicar has been kind enough to create another weekly act pf worship, I know the children in school really enjoyed his last one, last week. Please share with the whole school community. Please find the link here:

https://youtu.be/2yskxMyePko

From today school staff will be carrying out twice weekly testing of themselves – this should hopefully mean that we are able to catch any asymptomatic cases amongst the staff and help to reduce the spread of Covid.

Staff absence/illness – Covid or otherwise, may well provide a challenge for us to continue to be able to provide the high level of Remote Learning we have done so far. Where possible, this learning will be picked up by staff, who may not be in school, or a member of the Leadership Team and we will endeavour to try to match the quality being delivered by the classteacher. If this is the case we will let you know.

The government have also confirmed today that schools will close for the ‘normal’ Half Term holiday in two and a half weeks, so this will mean that there will be no Remote Learning set for half term nor any critical worker/vulnerable children childcare.

We are also making plans to provide some bespoke sessions for some pupils on the SEND register, as well as looking into utilising the government’s National Tutoring programme for a small group of children across the school.

Information regarding Remote Learning changes will be communicated tomorrow once they have been finalised with teaching staff.

I have also had the following shared with my by a parent – it might prove to be of interest to some of you:

 

*ANNOUNCEMENT** **FREE WORKOUT FOR KIDS**

Are you wanting to make sure your children/teenagers are active during this lockdown?

I am starting a PE workout from Monday to Friday @ 3.30PM! And its FREE!!!!

I have a first class degree in Physical Education and coach children and teenagers in Athletics, I would love to put these skills to use, and help parents out with home schooling!

Its also so important we look after kids mental health during these times, so these workouts will be fun and stress free!

If you are interested, please send me a message on here or to 07854130446,  you can also email me bactivewithb@gmail.com

Best Wishes

Steve Owen

Daily Updates - 25th January 2021

Dear Parents,

I hope this finds you well having had a weekend of some snow - lucky for some. I was looking at the weather all around the country with envy as we had some sleet, but no snow at all in Deal :( On a day like today I wouldn't think twice about going out to enjoy the snow and ditching the Home Learning!!! (Did I really say that?)

No doubt you will have seen/heard all over the news this morning that it looks like we are in this position for a few more weeks than perhaps some of us anticipated. I think firstly, what may well be rays of light are that:

1. By the end of this week you will already have done more than Half a term!

2. That this term and next term are, relatively speaking, quite short in comparison to the Summer and Autumn Terms, which means if we need to work up to Easter in this fashion at least it is for a shorter period of time than other times of the year.

3. The nights are getting longer much faster now - which means more time to be outside!

I don't mean this to be flippant, I think what you are doing is amazing, give yourselves a pat on the back - no one had any idea that you would be asked to teach your child and do your job at the same time! 

It is important to note that this is a very difficult task and no day is going to be easy with all this on your plate. We are here to support you in any way we can and we really are looking forward to a return of some sort in the nearish future.

I'm not sure what decision will be made, I always felt that Half Term was a bit of a short time frame to be setting as a return date, so I would say more realistically for us, that a post Easter return is probably the more accurate view of what will happen. 

If you are looking at this time frame with horror, you are not alone, I can assure you. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you feel that you need some help or you need a device. We are keen and ready to support you as best as we can.

Next week, there will be a slight change to the provision being offered across the school - we hope that this will give you more flexibility - further details to follow after Wednesday.

 Best Wishes

 

Steve Owen

 

22nd January 2021

Dear Parents,

 

Firstly apologies to anyone looking at the website for the update - unfortunately I have had a few problems accessing the website management system from home, however I hope you have still received the updates.

Today we have been busy sorting out the tests that have arrived for school staff to use over the next few weeks. This will mean that we will be testing staff twice a week using the Lateral Flow tests, this should give us some benefits we hope. 

If we do get a positive test from a staff member using these tests we will initially close the relevant Bubble in school and ask families to ensure their child is self -isolating. Staff members will then be asked to take the more accurate PCR tests to confirm the result, obviously if it proves to be positive the Bubble will remain closed, if it proves to be negative we will re-open the Bubble and children will be permitted to return to school. I hope that makes sense and please bear with us, this is the most cautious approach that we can take.

The irony is that we are now talking about a totally different type of test to the ones we normally have to administer! Being honest I am not sure which one is worse!

This week we have also given out the first of our devices that have either been donated or one of the two we have received from the DfE. If you should be in need of a device because you are struggling sharing what you have, do please get in touch, we obviously don't have an endless supply, but we are working to try and get these to families who would benefit the most from using them.

It has been very enjoyable checking in on the learning in school and I hope that you are 'enjoying' the learning that your child is receiving. Moving forward I am hoping to do some whole school worship next week, which I will send the link out for. Unfortunately, our story telling may have to be put on hold this week as Mrs Manktelow is unwell so you might have to wait a little longer to find out what happens next.

We will be making a slight revision to our Remote Learning provision the week after next and we will let you know what that is next week.

Have a relaxing weekend

 

Steve Owen

 

2oth January 2021

Dear Parents,

I look forward to speaking to you this evening at our Remote Learning session. Just a reminder 7:30pm on Teams. The plan is to discuss what is working for parents; what needs improving; what you would like to see and any other feedback. I will also go through the school's obligations and how we feel we are meeting the needs of our children.

I'd also like to talk through: devices, connectivity and data

Once we have covered this, I plan to then talk through any other queries or concerns that parents have and answer any additional questions in relation to school life and resources.

I look forward to seeing you later - the link was sent via School Comms.

Thankyou to those who have already sent their feedback into school - much appreciated.

We will summarise the views and share them with you next week - we will then outline what we will do to move things forward should we need to tweak anything.

Just a reminder that I have 20 SIM cards with 30GB of data on for you to use should you be running out of data. PLease email me directly and I can post one out to you.

Kind regards


Steve Owen

 

 

January 18th

Dear Parents,

We hope you had a restful weekend and were able to take a break from Remote Learning. 

A couple of things to draw your attention to:

- Symptom Free Testing is available across the county - I know most staff have attended one of the sites over the past two weeks. It is fairly straight forward and wasy to book and recommended for anyone leaving the house for a necessary reason such as going to work or shopping for essentials. Please see the link below:

https://www.kent.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/health/protect-kent-and-medway/test-and-trace/symptom-free-testing

- Primary School  Staff Testing - this is something that is being launched over the next week. Staff in primary school will be able to be tested regularly from school. We are just awaiting delivery of our tests and the training to accompany this.

Staffing in school - Next week we are moving to a rota system for all classes so that we can minimise the number of adults in school on a daily basis. There will still be at least 2 adults for each group, however we will be making sure that where we have extra adults in school they are used to run the rota system. 

Not only will this reduce the number of adults in school, but should we have any staffing challenges that might mean we have to close a bubble, we have a little more flexibility.

I have sent a link to you to invite you to a Teams Meeting regarding Remote Learning provision on Wednesday 20th January at 7:30pm. If you have any questions you would like answered or are unable to attend and have some questions please email me in advance.

This week we have added some story time with Mrs Manktelow for Monday, Wednesday and Friday - please enjoy these and next week I am hoping to share some worship run by Rev Barry.

Kind regards

 

Steve Owen

 

 

Dear Parents,

At the end of an exceptionally busy and draining week, I think for all of us, staff, parents and pupils, it is time to just take stock of where we are at and what we have achieved!

 So this week we hope that all of you will have been able to access the Remote Learning that has been put in place; some of the Teams social events and also had check ins from the staff. We hope you have been able to acces Mathletics and Reading Eggs and found the balance of work has been about right.

Staff have quickly got to grips with SeeSaw and I think each day we are learning new aspects to it all; it would be helpful to have some more feedback regarding Tapestry from Year R parents, other than the challenges of logging on- which anyone who uses Tapestry has been experiencing! It has been great to hear and see what children have been up to across the school. A huge thankyou to parents who have embraced getting to grips with SeeSaw themselves!!!

The Parent Feedback on Remote Learning session and any other queries will be held at 7:30pm next Wednesday 20th January and an invite will be sent out next week. I hope this will give you time to reflect on what you have been provided with and to go from there.

We have had a total of 5 laptops and 1 tablet donated to school; the plan is for our technician to get these sorted next week so they are good to go and we will be in contact with a number of parents who have let us know they are struggling with devices. Hopefully, I can get these out to you by the end of next week.

My last reminder about this, but please just do what you can with your child, whether that is one piece of learning, or lots of pieces, don't feel guilty, just try to keep your family safe and intact. We all have a lifetime of learning ahead of us: just this week I have learnt how to use SeeSaw... I'm sure at present we are all learning new things about ourselves and our loves as well.

Fingers crossed we get some snow this weekend so we can at least enjoy the white stuff and I was thinking the other day - that actually this is probably the end of th 'Snow Day as we know it as kids will be given remote learning from now on!!!!

As ever if you need to get in touch please do so.

Kind regards

 

Steve Owen

 

 

 

13th January 2021

Dear All,

Many thanks to all those parents who have completed the forms questionnaire we have set up regarding Remote Learning. I hope that you have found it useful to share your experiences. Next week, I will be holding a Teams meeting for all parents to attend around the topic of Remote Learning and your experiences of it, as well as any other pressing matters you feel we need to be working on within school. If you have any thoughts before then please email me directly at: headteacher@lympne.kent.sch.uk

The teachers and I have met to day to discuss early impressions from the Remote Learning and any challenges they are facing, as well as taking on board the feedback we currently have from parents. So at present we will be continuing in this fashion.

1. No change to the amount of work set as yet - feedback is that it is generally taking the right amount of time and parents feel under too much pressure to get all of the work done. I will review this again after our parent meeting next week.

2. A weekly overview will be sent out by 4pm on a Friday to all parents so that they know what the following week's learning will look like. 

3. There have been a number of requests for work to be put out the day before for the following day so that parents can prepare. This is one of the biggest challenges to address because the teachers need to ascertain if the learning goals are being met before planning their next piece of work. If the teachers sent out the work the previous day they would not know if the kids were getting the learning and would be producing work that wasn't really meeting the classes' needs. The teaching cycle works by teaching a lesson, assessing the learning and then planning the next... it is a tricky juggling act. Instead we will look to release the work and set it a little earlier in the morning around 8am at the latest. We will look again at this moving forward.

4. A number of parents have requested spelling information - for KS2 classes this can be found on the class pages on the website.

5. In Maths there are a number of differentiated activities - Must, Should, Could - children are not required to complete all of the activities - children should attempt the learning that they feel meets their requirements. Often in class some children might try the Must and then move on to Could, other children might just work on the Must section. Just beware some of your children might be going for the easy option!!! Feel free to ask the classteacher.

6. Teachers have said it would be very helpful if you could indicate any additional support that you might have provided your child, sometimes it is difficult to judge if a child has got something or not, if they have been too heavily supported - if that makes sense!

7. Project work is to continue.

8. Teams teething issues - staff have had limited training provided in Teams, so please bear with them as they get their head around things. 

I think my over riding message to parents is to do what you can. The staff do not think any differently about a child that has completed 100 pieces of work and one who has completed 5; we do not know what is happening at home and most of you are not teachers. As long as we know your child is safe and happy that is our main concern. We will do out utmost to support you in this and I hope that we can get through this together.

Best Wishes

Steve Owen

 

 

11th  January 2021

Dear Parents/Members of the School Community,

I hope that you all had a good weekend and that you were able to have some time away from Remote Learning. This week marks the start of our Remote Learning proper (so to speak) and I hope that it wil work well for you and your families. As I said last week, we will need to carry out some revision of our provision in light of additional guidance from the DfE and we will have completed this by the end of the week.

Critical Worker and Vulnerable Children in school seems to be a very contentious issue at the present, not helped by the confusing messages coming from the DfE and ministers over the weekend. We are working hard balancing the conflicting demands of wanting to offer spaces and not over crowding, demand has surged from around 5000 in the first lockdown in Kent to over 20,000. We will of course, be evaluating our position on a weekly basis and I am caught in the middle trying to keep staff safe, families safe and to offer childcare/educational provision for some of our more vulnerable pupils. The message is if you are able to keep children at home then that is where they should be at present.

Just a reminder that  we aim to set work for the day between 9am and 9:30am - we are experiencing some problems on Tapestry at the moment - I think primarily to do with the demand, rather than an issue at our end, so Year R learning may well be uploaded earlier.

In terms of amount, it is really hard to judge how long a lesson will 'last' at home, it will be interesting to hear from you as to how long it is taking your children to complete. The 4 hours requirement for KS2 is being looked at this week and will be introduced next week. In terms of completing work - please complete as much as you can - if you cannot complete a task with your child, or they are finding it too much, just stop for the day. It is challenging at the best of times.

I will be sending a link out later in the week for parents to join me in an early review of Remote Learning to look at what is working well and what is not working so well. A Teams invite will follow.

I am aiming to carry out a 'live worship' each week - one to start with and I know that Rev Barry is planning on doing a weekly session very shortly, in someway we hope that our community can come together at this point, look out for a link.

 

Huggybear says Happy New Year

 

Best Wishes

 

Steve Owen

January 8th 2021

 

Free School Meals arrangements are being finalised as we speak, we will be in touch with families who are in receipt of this and will confirm the arrangements. In the first instance we will probably be supplying a voucher through a third party until the National scheme is up and running again. Vouchers will be backdated to Monday 11th January.

All children attending school at present are required to bring their own packed lunch and we would expect families in receipt of vouchers to use the vouchers to buy food for their child's packed lunches.

Numbers of children remain fairly static in school at present, however next week marks the first full week proper and we have a reasonable increase in numbers at this point. It is a delicate balancing act between having limited numbers of pupils in school and keeping staff safe. 

We are just starting to send out links to parents for pupils to join our once a week live social gatherings - this time on Microsoft Teams. I will be circulating guidance for parents as to what the expectations are for these live sessions. Any problems please email the classteacher.

I'd like to finish by thanking the staff, who have been amazing, in pulling together to provide your children with the best offer they can. 

Best Wishes

Steve Owen

 

7th January Update

It has been great to see the engagement with SeeSaw really showing on the number of anouncements being made in my admin account. I hope that you are finding it easy to use and our able to navigate your way around. I know that staff are really impressed with your engagement levels and I am really impressed with how well the staff have taken to working with SeeSaw. However, for most staff this is a totally new way of working, so please be patient with them as they seek to try new things and work in this different way.

Next week you should see the start of our Remote Learning proper - details of which have already been shared with you and which have now been added to the Covid tab of the school website. Tomorrow I will be tidying up this section of the website to make it a little more user friendly for you.

At the moment, I am doing the administration of SeeSaw and the teachers will be able to assist with Reading Eggs and Mathletics. Any problems please speak to either myself or the classteacher.

When we initially set up SeeSaw all pupils work was visible (not sure why that is the default setting) we have now amended this so that only your child should be seen by you and no one else.

We have also been working on revising our latest risk assessment and this should be completed by the end of the day tomorrow - again an updated version will also be uploaded to the website.

One of the things I would like to clarify with parents is the government assertion that there are laptops available for pupils. We (as a school) are currently not entitled to any laptops, prior to Christmas we were entitled to 1 if we had to close a Bubble, this has now gone down to 0. We are currently looking at what we can do to support those families with limited access to devices, hence one of the reasons for using SeeSaw. We have already registered for free data I am just waiting for the delivery and once we have this we will let you know.

Next week we will be putting exercise books in the bike shelter for anyone who lives in Lympne and needs some extra books. Obviously, we can't ask you to travel from further afield to collect books as this isn't really essential travel!

Best Wishes

Steve Owen

 

Dear Parents/Member of the School Community,

9 Months ago we were just entering our first official lockdown; here we are in Lockdown number 3 with children now being educated at home again. We thought we had seen the last of it!!!

Firstly, we hope that this finds you well and that if you need any support please email/call the school, while we have been incredibly busy, please do not be worried about getting in touch - we understand how tricky this time can be, but how important it is to get into a routine as soon as possible.

Today, we welcomed around 25 children into school under the Critical Worker/Vulnerable learner provision and while initially a little strange things seem to have gone well this morning. Thankyou for all those parents educating their children at home and for those of you trying not to use the provision where possible.

For those children coming into school PE sessions are as follows:

Maple Thursday

Elm Monday and Wednesday

Sycamore Thursday

Beech Monday

Cherry Tuesday

Oak Tuesday

Children should attend school in their PE kit.

Additionally, please note that school opens at 8:30am and children will be expected on site at this time and not before.

On another note, it has been very pleasing to see the large number of children already engaging with SeeSaw and Home Learning - I have an overview of the whole school so it is great to see. Any feedback please do send it on the teachers - obviously this week we are easing you in gently!

Next week we will be sending out daily tasks between 9-9:30am - as I said yesterday Maths/English and one other - around 2-3 hours work in total. This should give you a clearer idea of what the provision will be like. In addition, Mrs Sharp has had her arm twisted and will be providing weekly phonics videos for pupils to assist them with their phonics development.

Lastly, the social get together online we hope to be able to carry out through Microsoft Teams rather than Zoom. Links to this will follow on SeeSaw.

On a final note, a massive thankyou to Charlie and his family in Year 1 who raised over £1000 for the school with the Santa Sleigh over the holidays!

Happy New Year - please get in touch if you need us!

All at Lympne