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.
Tuesday 21st April- First online assembly available
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 email@example.com
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.
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