Some statistics to start this week’s message…
It sadly seems that the country is facing more restrictions due to coronavirus. Despite the challenges facing Leeds, it was encouraging to note earlier in the week that:
- no school in Leeds is completely closed
- in fact, 191 schools are fully open
- a further 84 schools are operating despite a bubble closure
- so, all 275 schools in Leeds are open to 114,814 pupils and 13,539 staff
Whilst the rate per 100,000 in Leeds has risen significantly (it’s around the 300 mark), there’s not been a significant increase in the number of pupils and staff testing positive. The numbers are currently relatively stable.
In our three Sphere Federation schools, although individual children have stayed away from school to self-isolate or to wait for a test result, we’ve not yet had to close a bubble. Thank you for your support with this. You’ve been sticking to the drop-off and collection times and it’s great that so many of you continue to wear face masks – we appreciate how responsive you’ve been.
Think carefully before seeking a Covid-19 test because colds are common at this time of year. When we showed his chart a couple of weeks ago, it proved popular. Read the full article.
If your child is absent from school due to coronavirus, make sure you check out our home learning page. Every Monday morning, you’ll find some learning for the week:
- five Maths lessons (usually from White Rose Maths, which is what’s used in school) (suggested time: about 30 minutes each day)
- Times Tables practice using Time Tables Rock Stars (suggested time: about 15 minutes each day)
- Spellings practice using the spellings list that’s published each week (suggested time: about 15 minutes each day)
- some Reading fluency using the same text that’s used in school (suggested time: about 15 minutes each day)
- five Reading sessions, including using the ‘RIC’ text used in school (suggested time: about 30 minutes each day)
- two Writing sessions (suggested time: about 30 minutes each)
- a Topic lesson which will link closely with the learning happening in school (suggested time: about 30 minutes)
- a Science lesson which will link closely with the learning happening in school (suggested time: about 30 minutes)
If you’re entitled to free school meals, you’re also able to arrange for a light lunch for your child each day, too – contact the school office.
We’re doing things a bit differently this year… The parent-teacher meetings coming up in the last week of the half-term will be via Zoom. Look out for the email that’s been sent earlier today – it allows you to sign up for an appointment online.
This is the first time we’ve run a parents’ evening online so please be patient with us. We’ll work hard to stick to timings and keep our fingers crossed for good WiFi!
If you don’t have access to Zoom, let us know – we can arrange for the discussion to be a phone call instead.
And something completely unrelated to coronavirus…
We’ve added an extra feature to our website. If you go to the Safeguarding page, you’ll see on the right hand side some new content from Parent Info. Parent Info is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP. It provides support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations. The content is updated regularly, and it covers six broad areas, such as technology, relationships and parenting, all linked to keeping your child happy, healthy and safe.