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School Assembly Tuesday 19th May 2020

Good Afternoon,
I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the parents from Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 for completing our survey and providing such supportive feedback to the school.  It is greatly appreciated as we work together to plan how we can proceed with the reopening of school for some year groups.  We are currently awaiting further guidance and then later this week we will share our plan with you.
Please find the link to our latest assembly below.  I hope you enjoy it.
A huge thank you to all of the children who have shared their challenges with us.  It is wonderful to see what you have been doing.  You have all been very resilient and risen to tricky challenges. We will share the link with you later.
I look forward to our next assembly.
Kind Regards
Katherine Muncaster

Schools Announcement: Stockport Local Area Response

Announcement by Boris Johnson, 10 May 2020

Schools Announcement

Stockport Local Area Response

We know that as parents/carers you will have listened to the announcement by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, on the 10 May 2020. The announcement has answered some, but also raised many, questions and some concerns for parents/carers and colleagues from our early year’s settings, schools and colleges. Colleagues from the local area are meeting with representatives to listen to the concerns to make sure they are taken into account when planning for the return of our children and young people.

We would like to reassure you that the safety of our children, young people and staff is our primary and main concern. The announcement stated that there is an expectation from Central Government that Early Years settings, Reception, Year 1, and Year 6 children will be in school following the May school holidays, and also that those within secondary schools who have exams next year (current Year 10/12) will have some face to face contact.

As a local area we are clear that we need to take stock of this announcement. We need to make sure that any way forward is safe for everyone within our schools. At this point it is clear that any return for children and young people will not look the same as before Covid-19. The pandemic has changed things for us all both in the short and longer term. There will need to be consideration of how we best support children and young people through this period, and this focus will not be solely academic.

The Covid-19 period has brought with it stress, uncertainty and anxiety for us all, including our children. We need to make sure any return to settings, schools and colleges is safe for children’s physical and emotional well-being.

We will be working in partnership with Early Years settings, School Leaders, from both primary and secondary including academies, Colleges and our Parent/Carer groups throughout this period, to formulate a measured response to the announcement.

We will publish further information on the Council websites and the local offer as soon as we can and we will keep you updated as regularly as we can. We hope that we can reassure you we will be working together to ensure the well-being of Stockport residents.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please email: school.enquiries@stockport.gov.uk and we will respond as soon as we can. Our Parent Carer Forum (PACTS) are also available to support individual families, email info@PACTStockport.co.uk.

Safety and well-being is and always will be paramount in our decision making for our wider Stockport community.

Chris Mcloughlin – Director of Childrens Services

Paul McDowell – Chair Primary Consortium

Julie Kersh – Chair of Primary Consortium

Keith Turmeau – Chair of Secondary Consortium

Rob Metcalfe – Chair of Special Schools Consortium

Danny Pearson – Principle Aquinas College

Sherann Hillman & Paul Harper, PACTS

Tuesday 12th May 2020 – Assembly

Good Morning All

I hope you are all keeping safe and well. It looks as if it has been a very busy week for the pupils of Tithe Barn Primary School. We have received some amazing videos and photographs of the amazing challenges that you have completed at home.

 

Please find below this week’s assembly.

https://spark.adobe.com/video/enuGT1vN3jQ3Y

Thank you to everyone who has sent in their challenges, Mr Stamper has kindly put them together as a video and the link is below.  I am very impressed with all of the children’s different challenges that they have been doing and I am very proud of them all.
 If you don’t see your child’s challenge this week please don’t worry we will share it next week.  If you haven’t sent your child’s challenge in yet please email me and Mr Stamper Martin.stamper@tithebarn.stockport.sch.uk. We are looking forward to seeing them.
Kind regards
Katherine Muncaster

 

 

School Assembly Tuesday 5th May 2020

Good Morning All

I hope you are all keeping safe and well. Please find below this week’s assembly.

I hope you enjoy this week’s, we have loved to see what you have been challenging yourselves to do. There is also a second video so please make sure you watch both!

https://spark.adobe.com/video/Ybf1Z59fQAbvg

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-MFQjU6G2f5JDSlRHUzP9XnjSeQR36fI/view?usp=drivesdk

Useful links for makaton-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flXsU4V0zz8 (Mr Tumble)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pid4PLNY0a0 (Useful signs for school)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6lAIsWyku8 (Singing Hands- things in my home)

 

Tithe Barn Times 4th May 2020

Thank You

Dear Parents and children,

Thank you for your continued support at this difficult time, it is really important that we all work together to support each other. We have continued to develop our home school learning provision, it now includes links to relevant video clips that enable the children to watch explanations of new concepts, follow up activities and suggestions on how your child can challenge themselves further in their learning. Following feedback from parents we are also providing a weekly overview to help parents plan out the home learning, we hope that you are finding it useful.

The key message for all families is to do what you can at the pace that works for your children and your family. We have added lots of work so children that want to do more can, but work at the pace that’s right for your child. Please remember that this is just a guide and it is up to individual families to decide how and what they can do best at home during this difficult time. Once the children return to school, we will ensure that they achieve their true potential.

Our staff have continued to work incredibly hard to ensure work is uploaded to E-schools and Google classrooms (children in Years 3-6) for our children, which we know so many of you have found useful and interesting. Thank you ever so much for the positive feedback and the suggestions you have made. We are continuing to develop and enhance our provision this term.

We are aware of the challenges that all our families are under and we are trying to support our children and parents at home by providing learning opportunities. However, we cannot recreate Tithe Barn at home and I also need to be mindful that my hardworking team all have their own families and commitments and their own challenges at the moment. A small number of parents have made requests for ‘virtual lessons’ or ‘virtual 1:1 sessions’ with the teacher for their child. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide this for a number of reasons, including Safeguarding and it is also against the current guidelines that we have to adhere to.

Please rest assured that once we are able to re-open, we will do everything that we can to ensure that every child makes the progress that they should and achieves their true potential.

Thank you for your continued support. Hoping you and your families are staying safe and well.

 

Katherine Muncaster

Key Dates

Tuesday 5th May- Online assembly available

 

Google Classrooms

The children in Year 3-6 have access to Google Classroom and they have previously had lessons on how to use the different tools on it. Currently this is our key mean of providing a virtual learning environment.

We have noticed that some children are not always using it to its best effect. Every time a child comments in the Google Classroom a number of staff receive their comment as our method of monitoring it. As you can imagine our inboxes have been rather full recently and this has made it difficult for other children to follow the thread of learning that is being discussed. Therefore, we are introducing some new guidelines for all children to ensure that we are able to use it effectively.

Guidelines for Google Classrooms

  1. Talk about your learning.
  2. Respond to the tasks set by your teacher
  3. Write in full sentences with capital letters and correct punctuation.
  4. Be polite and show good manners.
  5. Ask questions about your learning
  6. Log on every school day.

Teachers will also be publishing when they will be available to discuss the children’s learning on the platform as well.

Weekly Assembly

I hope you are enjoying our weekly assembly, if you have missed it. The films are available on our E-schools platform.

Thank you to the children who have shared their challenges this week, it has been lovely to hear from you. If you would like to share yours please do, it definitely makes me smile when I hear from you all.

Child Care for Key Workers

Please can I politely remind anyone needed to access our child care provision for key workers to ensure that they book their child a place using our parents’ evening booking system prior to bringing their child. The booking system closes the day before so if you need urgent childcare at the last minute please email headteacher@tithebarn.stockport.sch.uk

Thank you for your support with this matter.

Well Being

We wanted to share a few activities that will help your child at this difficult time. They are useful ways of explaining what coronavirus is

Playmobile

The link below explains what the coronavirus is using playmobile.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DlOGKpMNs4

Downloadable Book

Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it.

https://nosycrow.com/blog/released-today-free-information-book-explaining-coronavirus-children-illustrated-gruffalo-illustrator-axel-scheffler/

School Assembly Tuesday 28th April

 

Good Morning All

I hope you are all keeping safe and well. Please find below this week’s assembly.

I hope you enjoy this story, I know it is one of my favourites.

https://spark.adobe.com/video/m3KbJ1VrhOIeP

Please share your ideas and let us know what you challenged yourself to do this week!

Can’t wait to find out what your challenges are !!

Stay safe and well

Mrs Muncaster

School Assembly 22nd April 2020

Good Morning Everyone

I hope that you are all staying safe and well at home. We are all missing your smiling faces, especially at our school assemblies. Please watch this week’s assembly and let us know what makes you unique. Looking forward to seeing some drawings of your smiles, or a model or a song…. whatever you decide to share will be wonderful.

Stay safe and well from Mrs Muncaster

https://spark.adobe.com/video/6m2tqZIq4CWjR click here to watch this week’s assembly

headteacher@tithebarn.stockport.sch.uk

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Tithe Barn Times 20th April 2020

Thank You

Dear Parents and children,

I hope you have had an enjoyable Easter holiday, despite it being a particularly different one for us all. We are all really missing seeing the children and trying to find new ways of keeping in touch with them. As you know, schools continue to remain closed until further notice; our childcare provision remains open for children of key workers only and we are pleased to be able to support them during these difficult times. I would also like to thank our staff, who ensured that we were able to provide this provision over the Easter holidays.

Our staff has worked incredibly hard to ensure work is uploaded to E-schools and Google classrooms (children in Years 3-6) for our children, which we know so many of you have found useful and interesting. Thank you ever so much for the positive feedback and the suggestions you have made. We are continuing to develop and enhance our provision this term. Please bear with us whilst we develop our provision. I am aware of the challenges that all our families are under and we are trying to support our children and parents at home by providing learning opportunities. However, we cannot recreate Tithe Barn at home and I also need to be mindful that my hardworking team all have their own families and commitments and their own challenges at the moment.

Over the next week new learning opportunities will be added and shared on E-Schools these will include the new resources on BBC Bitesize and from the new online learning platform National Academy. Please can I politely request that parents wait to access these platforms until directed to by their class teacher so that the children are accessing appropriate learning opportunities and covering the curriculum that we would be teaching rather than other schools.

We have been so pleased with the amount of work students have produced and also shared via our Twitter page; there has been some fabulous work produced. Well done to all – please keep sending your work in; it is cheering so many of us up!

Over the next few days you will receive further information regarding how to support your child’s reading at home and also our first whole school assembly. I hope that you will find this useful and we will continue to develop the best provision that we can. Please be rest assured that once we are able to reopen we will do everything that we can to ensure that every child makes the progress that they should and achieves their true potential.

Thank you for your continued support. Hoping you and your families are staying safe and well.

 

Katherine Muncaster

Key Dates

 

Tuesday 21st April- First online assembly available

https://spark.adobe.com/video/6m2tqZIq4CWjR

Stockport Helpline

 

Helpline has supported over 1,700 vulnerable residents in Stockport.

Since the Council launched the dedicated coronavirus helpline at the end of March over 1,700 of the most vulnerable people in the Borough have been offered support and advice.

The helpline was set up for those residents who do not have a network of family and friends they can call upon, particularly if:

  • you’re over the age of 70 and you’re self isolating
  • you’ve received a letter from the NHS advising you’re high risk and should stay at home
  • you’re medically vulnerable according to the government criteria and should stay at home
  • you’re any age and self-isolating due to illness
  • you’re experiencing financial hardship
  • you’re experiencing food poverty

 

A wide range of support has been given since the helpline started including help with access to food, shopping and medication, help with finances and support available for those who are experiencing loneliness.

 

Support can be accessed by calling 0161 217 6046

Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm

Saturdays from 10am to 4pm

 

At busy times, residents are automatically offered a call-back from one of our call handlers.

BAASC and after school clubs

 

Just to confirm that we will not be asking for any payment for Before and After School club and after school activities until we reopen. Once we do we will issue up to date invoices that include a credit for the final week of term when we were closed.

Child Care for Key Workers

 

Please can I politely remind anyone needed to access our child care provision for key workers to ensure that they book their child a place using our parents’ evening booking system prior to bringing their child. The booking system closes the day before so if you need urgent childcare at the last minute please email headteacher@tithebarn.stockport.sch.uk

 

Thank you for your support with this matter.

PE and Keeping Fit during Lockdown

 

We wanted to share a few activities that will help your child keep fit and healthy during this time.

 

Fitness Friday

 

Led by our wonderful Sports Ambassador Kiera Byland, you can join in her workout to improve your core stability. This will be online every Friday at 10 am. We will also be tweeting the link.

 

The Body Coach

 

Every morning at 9 am join Joe Wicks as he takes you through some fitness challenges. This is also available on his YouTube channel ‘The Body Coach.”

 

Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter

Katherine Muncaster

Update on Coronavirus 17th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Update on Coronavirus

As you are aware yesterday, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

· if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started

· if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

· for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

The symptoms are:

· A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)

· A new, continuous cough

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:

· https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

Anyone with underlying health conditions have been advised to social distance all information can be found on this website. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

We are maintaining regular hand washing to reduce the spread of germs, if any child wishes to bring in their own small soap and keep with them they may.

We have asked children to bring in their own water bottles which should be labelled with child’s name washed and refilled at home for the next day.

As a small school any reduction in staffing may lead to the need for alternative strategies being put into place. For example, the use of supply teachers, teaching assistants covering classes and a reduction in activities. At the forefront of any decisions we make are our children and their health and safety.

We are monitoring the situation regularly and parents will be notified through our text messaging service and social media. Therefore we are asking all parents to ensure that we have up to date contact details for them. Please contact the school office directly to update your details or be added to the systems.

We appreciate your support with this matter, as a school we are trying hard to ensure that all of our school community is kept safe and well. As further information arises we will keep you updated.

Please keep well and follow the guidelines as I know this is a difficult time for all families

Kind Regards

Katherine Muncaster

COVID-19: prevention and control in school 13th March 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian

COVID-19: prevention and control in school

Following the email we circulated to parents yesterday outlining the preventative measures currently being taken in school, I am writing with a further update. I have had a meeting with the Governors this morning and we have taken the decision to postpone any unnecessary school events from today. This is a precautionary measure to reduce the risk for our school community.

Therefore the following events are being cancelled/postponed;

• Tonight’s FOTB Cinema Night (refunds will be issued next week)
• Year 4 Class Assembly scheduled for Friday 20th March (new date TBC)
• Next week’s Teacher/Parent Meetings postponed for all Year Groups.

However we are looking into alternative arrangements and will be in touch regarding them shortly. If you have any immediate concerns about your child please contact your class teacher directly.

In line with yesterday’s Government announcement, we are also asking all parents to follow the guidance below;
You child needs to stay at home for 7 days if they have either:
• a high temperature
• a new continuous cough
This will help to protect others in our school community while they are infectious. Please ensure that you notify the School Office in the usual way regarding their absence.
We appreciate your understanding and support with this matter. If you have any further concerns please contact me via the School Office (T. 01614324941/Email. headteacher@tithebarn.stockport.sch.uk.

Kind Regards

Mrs K Muncaster