Room 8

Dear Room 8

As Mrs Smout does not work on Fridays, I would be grateful if any home learning queries or questions could be directed to me using the email below.

head@pontesbury.shropshire.sch.uk

Mrs Smout will set work as usual on Thursday but please do not email her on Friday.

Many thanks

Mr Langford

 

Wear What You Want Day-Friday 13th November

This Friday is ‘Wear What You Want’ for Children in Need. Room 8 have PE on Friday, they are welcome to come in to school in an outfit of their choice but if you would like your child to get changed for PE then please send them with a ‘school PE kit’ so they can get changed. Otherwise they will do PE in their own clothes but they are likely to get very dirty. Thank you.

Year 6 Transition to Mary Webb Information

Please read the attached letter from Mrs Mould regarding your child’s transition to Mary Webb.
Y6 parent update June 2020
You should have received a request for some paperwork from Mary Webb. This included a green data collection form and a really important form for the children to fill in themselves. This is very important and should be completed and returned as soon as possible (the letter included a stamped addressed envelope). I am attaching the blank form for the children here, in case anybody’s has gone astray!
Learning Plan

There is an awful lot of work and conversations going on behind the scenes at the moment. I have spoken to many members of the Y7 transition team to tell them all about your child and we are working together to make sure that they have support through their transition, albeit virtually! The role of parents in preparing our children from this transition it key. Please don’t underestimate how much your active involvement in their move from primary to secondary will count. This is even more true as we find ourselves unable to gather together as a year group and discuss the questions they have. Please make time to talk to them about how they are feeling about their move to Mary Webb and see if they have any questions they would like answers to; I have encouraged them to email me or to add questions to our Google Classroom stream.

Here is a message for the Y6 children:

Dear Y6 student,

I do hope this message finds you and your family well. We have lots of exciting plans for you to get to know about your new school. I have been talking to your Y6 teacher and we will be able to do lots of the transition activities…but in a virtual way.

I sent you a Learning Plan in the post to complete – have you sent it back to me? There was a stamped addressed envelope in there to help you. It’s important I get this to know a bit more about you and for you to tell me the people you work well with so I can create form groups and teaching classes.

In the last week of June, I will send you a pack of transition activities. You can open this pack on 29th June. Your Y6 teacher will be able to support you with this – they will also send you a link to a video tour of the school. I hope we will answer lots of your questions through this video. All Y6 will be doing this in the same week so you can chat to your friends about it all.

In the meantime, I hope you have found a positive routine. Some of you will be going back to school and some of you will still be learning at home. We look forward to working with you and I will be in touch again soon.

Stay well.

Mrs Mould

Head of Personalised Learning and Transition at Mary Webb School and Science College

 

Partial opening of Schools on 1st June for Years R,1 and 6

Dear parents

I am amending my post  yesterday to  change the wording of the bullet point relating to home learning.

I am sure the thought of all support from staff for home learning ceasing has caused understandable worry, especially for those in pupils in years 2,3,4 and 5. I can assure that, whilst home learning support may change due to staff having to work more in school, you will continue to receive regular support from staff; some of you will see no change at all. Trying to plan for the implementation of the Government request for the 1st June does not mean the abandonment of all Y2,3,4 and 5 pupils: I simply will not let that happen.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any concerns or comments as we re-open for more children and year groups over the coming weeks and months.

Kind regards

Mr Langford

Subsequent to the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday for schools to start preparing for the return of reception, year 1 and year 6 children from June 1st, senior leaders, staff and governors have spent a considerable amount of time and thought as to how to facilitate this request safely.

One of the key factors in determining how we potentially organise provision on the 1st June is pupil numbers. Parents and guardians of pupils in reception, year 1 and year 6 will therefore shortly be receiving a text asking whether or not  you will be sending you child to school on June 1st, if we were to open to YR,1 and 6. If you receive a text, please reply with a simple yes or no.

Factors to consider when deciding on your response:

  • School will do everything in its power to ensure all Covid-19 recommended safety precautions are adhered to including social distancing and handwashing requirements. 
  • Any parents taking the decision not to send their children to school on 1st June will face no action; absence will be recorded as authorised and no fines will be issued.
  • Classes in school will be split into small groups to ensure that social distancing rules will be maintained. Each group will stay with the same member of staff for all their time in school and each group will not mix, at any time, with other groups within school. Your child may not be with their class teacher.
  • Home learning will cease for classes whose teacher is required to cover reception, year 1 and year 6 children within school.
  • Entry and exit times will be staggered to avoid congestion and to facilitate social distancing.

Please rest assured that my overriding intention, which will be the bedrock of all decisions made, is to ensure that every possible precaution is taken to ensure all staff and pupils remain safe as we look to re-open our school when lockdown rules are eased.

The announcement on Sunday has necessitated the need to ask for reception, year 1 and year 6 families to inform us of their decision whether or not to send their children to school on June 1st. I will be asking for the views of the wider school population when we look to open our doors for more year groups in the future.

I am fully aware of the gravity of the decisions we will be making over the next few weeks: schools are vital institutions which underpin the fabric of their communities. Please rest assured that I, senior leaders and governors, will continue to strive to balance the needs of all our community whilst ensuring the safety of all during this terrible pandemic.

Thank you for your continued support, especially for staff providing home, school learning and for staff providing support for the children of our key workers. It really is appreciated.

Kind regards and stay safe

Mr Langford

Class Zoom Meeting for Y6

I would love to hold a class ‘webinar’ using Zoom so that Y6 can have a chance to see each other and me! Mr Langford and I would co-host the meeting and we would keep it fairly brief! Zoom works pretty well for group conversations and we can mute everybody so we take turns to speak.

I would like to receive consent from all parents that they are happy for their child to participate in this so will be sending a text to request that you indicate you give consent. I will put the login details on google classroom a bit closer to the time.

Letter to Year 6 from Mrs Mould at Mary Webb

Dear Y6,

I do hope this message finds you and your family well. I was so looking forward to coming out to meet you in your primary schools to talk about you starting at Mary Webb School in September. I won’t be able to do this now, but I wanted to tell you that we have lots of exciting plans for you still to get to know about your new school. I have been talking to your Y6 teacher and we will be able to do lots of the transition activities…but in a virtual way. I will also be sending things to you by post and via your Y6 teacher.

In the meantime, I hope you have found a new routine and are doing your school work to give you the best start possible at secondary school. I hope you have found time to read every day, to take regular exercise and to keep in touch with your friends. We look forward to working with you and I will be in touch again soon.

Stay well.
Mrs Mould
Head of Personalised Learning and Transition
at Mary Webb School and Science College

Y6 transfer to Mary Webb School

KS2 Virtual Reality Experience – Tuesday 10th December (parental permission required to participate)

We have booked for a company called PrimeVR to come and deliver a virtual reality experience day at our school on Tuesday 10th December in all of our KS2 classes.  We are currently learning about the Romans and the Vikings and it would be great to be able to ‘virtually’ transport our pupils to those times.

We think this is a fantastic opportunity for our pupils and will help to bring their learning to life. We would like to ask parents for a voluntary contribution of £4.00 to help fund this amazing experience.

Please note: it is recommended that children with epilepsy or children who are prone to seizures consult with their doctor before using a VR headset. If your son/daughter has epilepsy or is prone to seizures, please inform the school reception as it is possible to access the same programs in a 2D version.

Please complete and return the letter we will send home by Monday 9th December at the very latest please.  Children will only be allowed to participate if we have received parental consent.  Thank you.

Prime VR letter

Missing Books

Dear Parents,

We have completed our reading book audit and unfortunately there are still 74 books missing and this is a substantial amount. These missing books have accumulated over the past two years.

We would be very grateful if you will have another really good look at home over the summer as, if we were to order all of these books, it would cost the school a significant amount of money! They are vital for us to be able to deliver the reading scheme effectively to provide the best reading experience for our pupils.

If these books are not returned and this level of depletion continues, then I will have no choice but to start charging parents for missing books.

Mr Langford