Welcome to the Head's Blog! Please visit this page regularly for news, information and updates from Blisland Primary Academy.
Matt Avery, Head of School.
The children have had another excellent week and despite starting to feel tired from a busy first half term, they continue to show wonderful passion for learning: children from KS1 one this morning shared with me some excellent simile and metaphor poetry.
As it looks very likely that halloween gatherings, trick or treating and so forth may be difficult to navigate this year, on Thursday next week (22nd October - last day of term) in the afternoon each bubble will have an hour long halloween party. Children can come dressed in costume for the day. If you would rather your child did not take part in the halloween activities, please let us know: they will be able to wear non-school uniform and have other activities provided outside of the halloween hour.
With all the additional hand washing that is required, I am aware that children's skin is becoming drier (most likely due to not drying thoroughly) We are reminding children about how to hand wash properly - including drying - but if you are able to check your Childs/children's hands and moisturise as necessary, it could help.
Over the next couple of terms we will be welcoming some trainee-teachers for bubble 1 and 2 (no cross over). They will be a big help as we implement catch-up curriculum work for missed learning that may have occurred during school closures.
PSHE and SRE Curriculum:
We would welcome your feedback on the introduction of the new PSHE and RSE curriculum that has just been launched across the trust. As the DfE stated in July “Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way. (Gavin Williamson Secretary of State for Education). Please use the form on the website (https://www.blislandprimary.co.uk/Policies/PSHE_incl_RSE) to leave feedback by the 22nd October .
The children have designed Christmas cards for purchase. The order forms with the card design will be with you on Monday. Please can all orders be given to us by Thursday 22nd October as this is the last day of term.
On Friday 13th November, nurses will be visiting our school to administer the nasal flu vaccine. This vaccine is an opt in service and the online form (link on the letter sent home via email) needs to be completed by Wednesday 11th November.
Achievement awards this week:
Star of the week awards: Brianna W and Thia C
Head teacher awards: Ava W, Sophie W, Amy I, Isla-Rose D, Emily S, Nyle P, Roxanne C and Thomas H
Jack S also has been very successful when competing in motor-cross endurance races last week: picking up a trophy for finishing 4th in an age group above. WELL DONE!
Half-term starts in 1 more week and the children thoroughly deserve it. As always I look forward to seeing the children's happy faces and excellent work next week
Have a lovely weekend,
(Head of School)
It is quite amazing how quickly October has arrived and that Halloween and Christmas treats fill the shelves of the supermarkets. What isn't surprising however is how amazing the children here at Blisland are. This week we have seen amazing pieces art, poetry, and other writing not to mention thought provoking discussions about history. The children continue to show how resilient they are and we love seeing their smiles and enthusiasm everyday.
National Poetry day (Thursday 1st October):
The children really impressed with the love and learning of poetry. KS1 were able to learn by heart and perform a lovely rhyming poem; KS2 became deeply engrossed in writing poems with the concept of the extinction of a colour theme. They wrote with real passion and confidence.
Many thanks to you all for how you are helping us during this time when we have staggered drop-offs and pick ups. These do seem to working well. I have noticed that some cars can drive quite fast down the school road and I will be checking and talking with he local authority to see how we can make it safer. Please do take during drop-off and pick-up hours as the season for wet leaves on the road is well and truly here.
Before lockdown we had a big sponsored read. I am please to say that we raised enough money to buy new sets of books (books-spine) that would be great for the children to have read before they have finished a certain year group. A big thank you to Mrs Powdrill for sorting this. These books should before 1/2 term. When children borrow books and resources from school, we will clean them where possible and store away for 72hrs before they are borrowed again.
Achievement awards this week:
Star of the week awards: Carter B and Mani M
Head teacher awards: Izzy, W, Alina J, Sophie W, Amy I and Lola W
Jack S also has been very successful when competing in motor-cross over the last couple weeks: picking up a trophy for finishing 15th out of over 40 racers in an age group above. WELL DONE!
Not long till Half-term and it only feels like a few days have passed. I am looking forward to the week ahead and seeing what your amazing children wow us with next. Have a good weekend (in the rain).
(Head of School)
WE'RE BACK! And we are thrilled to be.
This week we welcomed all of the children back to school (including a few new faces in our nursery). The children have return brilliantly and we are so proud of them. They have been keen to make up for lost time when playing and have already shown they are ready, willing and very able to catch-up on missed learning. A big well done to our new reception class who have made a very successful transition to (for them) big school.
The children this week have taken part in team activities, created dreamcatchers, and return to a new normal.
Drop-offs and Pick ups:
Thank you all for helping us manage the drop-off and pick-up times. I know there may be little creases to iron out but the children have been able to get to class calmly, safely and on time, and we are very grateful. Please do try to leave the drop-off area as promptly as possible so that we can maintain distance around the school for yourselves, visitors and the local residents.
Friday afternoons are 1/2 day. If you are group A (early drop-off) then the children finish at 12.40pm and if you are group B (the later drop-off) the children finish at 1.00pm. Apologies for any confusion as it seems our messaging system for email contact may have missed some of you with this detail last week: I have attached the letters sent for group A and B for your information if this was the case.
PE and Forest school:
PE will start officially on Tuesday with Mrs Helen Blackburn from Arena. Children should come dressed in PE clothes wearing a school jumper or Cardigan over the top.
Forest school for Bubble 1 is on Mondays, Bubble 2 is Wednesday (Children can come ready for forest school on these days).
Nursery and Reception will have an additional day on Friday morning - on this day from next week, reception can be dropped at the bottom building at their normal drop-off time. Videos showing how to drop here are on the nursery page of the website.
You may/should have received an email asking you to check consents for children when working at school (for things such as local visits, photos on the school website etc). As soon as you can, please can you check these consents. If you have any problems accessing the consents on the Arbor for parents app then please contact the school office (Mrs Hawker is available between 9.30am and 2.30pm or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org)
On the occasional day where we are lucky enough to get the sun, please can children come with sun cream already applied and a hat. Older children may apply their own as they need it.
Now that we have returned and have a new packed lunch menu, if your child or children have any food allergies that we are not aware of, please let us know so that we can inform the kitchen and ensure your child receives a safe meal. Please note that we still remain a strawberry-free school due to existing allergies and we ask that strawberries and products containing strawberries are not brought to school (we appreciate your understanding)
Finally, with new routines and many children starting school after months out of formal education, please let us know of any issues, questions, worries and where things are working well so that we can get it as right as we can for the children.
Thank you again for your support during unusual times and circumstances.
(Head of School)
Well, somehow we are in July and only have two and a half weeks left until the summer holidays: our last day will be Tuesday 21st July.
Good news! Over the summer holidays our school will have the new log cabin installed. When we can have group assemblies, projects and indoor PE lessons during the rainy months, it will be such a useful asset to our school.
Also, over the holiday period, new fire doors and systems will be installed in the main building. Not only will this benefit us from a safety point of view; it will also give our school and classrooms a new lease of life. A big thank you to our academy trust (Bridge Schools) for their endeavours to gain a successful bid for CIF funding to enable this.
Reopening in September:
Following yesterday's announcement and the releasing of guidance from the Department for Education (DFE), we are excited and beginning preparations for reopening for all children from September. There is a lot for us to get our heads around but we are certainly up to the challenge and will be thrilled to see you all in September. The first day back for children as it stands will be Monday 7th September (Thursday and Friday of the previous week will be for staff to prepare in greater depth for the start of the new term). Before the end of term, we will give you more detail about how we will be reopening for all year groups while following any guidance. Information from the government around this can be found by clicking the link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-in-the-autumn-term
Home learning and summer activities:
Over this challenging period we recognise that it has not been ideal to work with the children at home and at certain points I am sure the novelty of home-learning and the excitement of not being at school wore off. However, any work you are able to do and complete will make a difference, little and often is the best approach. We have resources and some lesson activities on each class page. If you require any specific work or activities to keep brains busy over the summer, please email Mrs Hawker: email@example.com by the end of next week so we can organise as much as we can and make the work either available for collection, but if not possible, we can post to you. Do look back at previous class and head's blogs as there may be work there you haven't accessed yet and links for activities such as the summer reading challenge.
Currently we are operating 2 bubbles for learning and care during this time; unfortunately both bubbles are at capacity and we will not be able to accommodate any more pupils until we reopen fully in September. Please accept our apologies, I know at this point, as you recognise your child's need to be in school or as lockdown restrictions are relaxed you may need to go to work, you may desperately be in need of a space for your child but for reasons beyond our control, this is not possible.
In the meantime, please get in contact with us if we can support in some way remotely or by sending work.
Have a lovely weekend; best wishes,
(Head of School)
Happy Friday everybody!
I hope that you all continue to be well and if you have started back at work or have braved the shops, it has been successful.
This week we welcomed back more of our pupils to school, and they have settled brilliantly. I am very grateful to our hardworking and very caring staff who are making this work, but also to all of you parents, as your children are truly well loved and cared for at home.
Online library service (loan e-books)
Last week I mentioned that the summer reading challenge has started. You can with your library cards, and through the borrow box, access online e-books and audio books. With the BorrowBox library app, you can browse, borrow and download amazing titles by your favourite authors from the comfort of your own home or when you’re out and about. You can get the app from the App Store or Google Play and start enjoying incredible eBooks and eAudiobooks straight away via your local library.
Google app link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bolindadigital.BorrowBoxLibrary&hl=en_GB
Apple app link: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/borrowbox-library/id562843562
Android (kindle) app link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bolinda-digital-BorrowBox-Library/dp/B00F84CAMY
Cornwall school virtual games:
Every year Cornwall holds 'Routes to the games' and Cornwall games events for children to participate in sports competitions and festivals. Obliviously it has not been possible this year; but they are from next week running a virtual schools game that we have signed up for. This will happen for children who have returned to school in school but you can also get involved at home. Below are links to the different activities this week. You can send us your results on the day of the activity or upload it yourself via the form which there is a link to below. I wonder how well we could do?
Opening ceremony: https://www.youtube.com/user/getactivecornwall
Speed Bounce: http://www.activecornwall.org/files/athletics_-_speed_bounce_activity_card.pdf
Standing High Jump: http://www.activecornwall.org/files/athletics_-_standing_high_jump_activity_card.pdf
Standing Long Jump: http://www.activecornwall.org/files/athletics_-_standing_long_jump_activity_card.pdf
Monday's Results Link: https://forms.gle/Aa9LF2Z2gg2FLqFZ9
Knock’em Down: http://www.activecornwall.org/files/bowls_amp_boccia_-_knockem_down_activity_card.pdf
The Target: http://www.activecornwall.org/files/bowls_amp_boccia_-_the_target_activity_card.pdf
Tuesday's Results Link: https://forms.gle/uDzpe2upXS1HkkVs5
Hip Hop: http://www.activecornwall.org/files/dance_-_hip_hop_activity_card.pdf
A Sequence: http://www.activecornwall.org/files/gymnastics_-_a_sequence_activity_card.pdf
Wednesday's Results Link: https://forms.gle/vsBZ1qQcZhMmgmbX9
The Serve: http://www.activecornwall.org/files/volleyball_-_the_serve_activity_card.pdf
Hot Potato: http://www.activecornwall.org/files/volleyball_-_hot_potato_activity_card.pdf
Flick & Catch: http://www.activecornwall.org/files/volleyball_-_flick_amp_catch_activity_card.pdf
Thursday's Results Link: https://forms.gle/wqfiQM6Bg5bNk6Mq8
Continuous Rally: http://www.activecornwall.org/files/tennis_-_continuous_rally_activity_card.pdf
Continuous Volley: http://www.activecornwall.org/files/tennis_-_continuous_volley_activity_card.pdf
Target Shooting: http://www.activecornwall.org/files/tennis_-_target_shooting_activity_card.pdf
Fridays Results Link: https://forms.gle/jCmpXfi8wRT7Co738
We do seem to be moving, as a whole nation, towards a more normal situation and I hope you are feeling more optimistic. I sincerely hope, like the Prime Minister mentioned today, that we can return to full-time education in September. If we can do anything else to support you, please do get in touch - we will endeavour to do our best to help.
So we have been able to open up to critical workers, Year 6 and Year 1: now we are able to welcome back our reception children. Unfortunately, it now seems likely now that we will not fully reopen until September. It is a bitter shame as I like you, would like the children back in school but safety must come first. We keep our fingers crossed that we come through this tricky time swiftly and smoothly, and everybody stays well.
If at this time you child is unable to come to school and you need physical copies of work as accessing the online tasks is difficult, please email or ring us so that we can organise getting the resources to you. We will continue to put resources online for the children to access - do send us you work so we can give you credit for your work and feedback.
As we all use the internet and online services a lot more than usual at the moment, there are those in society who may use it more for negative reasons. Please see the post below this blog to get up to date information and support about being safe online.
Summer reading challenge:
The Summer Reading Challenge combines FREE access to books with fun creative online activities; this year it has been extended and was launched on Friday 5th June and run until mid-September. How the Challenge works: Children sign up online to the Digital Summer Reading Challenge https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/. The website will be free to access, featuring games, quizzes, digital and downloadable activities to incentivise and encourage children and their families to take part in the Challenge at home. Although library buildings are closed, libraries will also continue to deliver the Challenge through virtual services and e-lending platforms i.e. Borrowbox, Facebook and Twitter. Children taking part this year will be asked to set their own reading goal and we are keen to see if this encourages take up and completion. However, we will still be suggesting six books as the best goal to try for. Children who complete their Summer Reading Challenge will be able to download a certificate. Please open the PDF below which has more information.
Do continue to take care as we move towards fewer restrictions during easing of lockdown and keep in touch. If you need support or advice of any kind, let us know - we will endeavour to do our best to help. If you need to ring us but there is not answer, please leave a message and we will get back to you the same day.
This week we have successfully and safely reopened to Year 6 and critical worker children. I would like to say a big thank you and well done to the staff, children and parents for working hard to support this. Next week we are opening further for younger critical worker children and Year 1. When we know numbers and next week's return has been successful, we can assess our capability for further opening under the Department for Education's (DFE) guidance.
'Bubble 1' (Bubblebusters):
Our older children have returned well and in good spirits. They have completed some great work this week: news reporting on positive stories, considering mental health, solving challenging (and infuriating) maths puzzles and learning to safely socialise. They have named their bubble "Bubblebusters".
If you choose to send your child back to school (if they are eligible) and there is a day that they don't attend, whether they are poorly or do not need to access to provision, please ring or email so we can make sure with use the correct codes for authorising their absence on our, and the DFE, registers. If you choose for your child not to attend, you Will Not be penalised.
Please do keep sending us any work or other activities you get up to whilst you are unable to attend school as we would love to see it. We will try soon to have shared school and home projects so the children can virtually collaborate on some tasks. We may also be able to have, for KS2, school and home 'Kahoot' quizzes: I will let you know soon how these may work.
Guidance on home learning can be found here:
Looking out for your wellbeing and safety:
At this time it's as important as ever to ensure safety of children and families. A link to "Whisper" is still embedded to the top of the head's blog and if you have any concerns, you can click the link to anonymously inform us. If the safety concerns are serious you can contact MARU directly: Tel. 0300 1231 116 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org I hope you all have had a nice 1/2 term (I know it perhaps doesn't really feel like a 1/2 term) and I look forward to seeing some of you on Tuesday 2nd June and hope to see as many of you as safely as can be before the end of July.
Take care and best wishes,
(Head of school)
Apologies for the long delay in the latest head's blog. It has been a busy week as changes and guidance happen for the phased reopening of schools and I was keen to give you as much information as possible. I am pleased to inform you that Blisland will begin a phased reopening from Tuesday 2nd June (Monday 1st June will give us time as a staff to test run safety procedures) - starting with Year 6 and vulnerable and critical worker children. We will then begin to plan wider opening to Year 1 from Monday 8th June after evaluating our 1st week back.
As we roll out these phased openings we will assess our capability to run safely on a day-to-day basis and will keep you all updated. Please do listen out for government updates as we hear these at the same time as you and bare with us whilst we try our upmost to follow DFE guidance for safely opening more widely. We and the trust will update you as often as we can.
Information and links for parents around reopening: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers?utm_source=4ab56278-c893-4606-8ea7-88944da36f57&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate
As these times are completely unprecedented and some things can move at a fast pace, I have attached a link to the king's college Covid-19 tracking app (Separate to the soon to be released NHS test, track and trace app). It can give advice on supporting returning to school as well as providing a link to a symptom tracker app. This may help with a local and nation response to check flare-ups of the virus and the increase of the much talked about R value as we gain more freedom of movement and with school staff and children returning to work: https://covid.joinzoe.com/post/children-school-covid
Thank you for the work that you have sent through, there have been some excellent pieces over the past week: As school begins to reopen and staff are working on site, it will be more challenging to set detailed work as regularly. We will set tasks to complete during this time and will sign-post you to useful resources. If there is anything in particular work wise you feel you may need for your child, please email their class teacher and we will do our best to support you. Information and links for parents around remote/home learning: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-primary-school-children-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19?utm_source=41daaba4-0e53-4fa4-a853-0bc2234f363f&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate
Phone calls: When school reopens from 2nd June, Mrs Harrison and Mrs Pearce will make phone calls home to you. However, if you would like a phone call or a video phone call, we could, from school with a couple members of staff organise a video phone call through an app called: "Microsoft Teams" If this is of interest to you please email: email@example.com and Mrs Hawker will help us organise this.
Looking out for your wellbeing and safety: At this time it's as important as ever to ensure safety of children and families. A link to "Whisper" is still embedded to the top of the head's blog and if you have any concerns, you can click the link to anonymously inform us. If the safety concerns are serious you can contact MARU directly: Tel. 0300 1231 116 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope you all have had a nice 1/2 term (I know it perhaps doesn't really feel like a 1/2 term) and I look forward to seeing some of you on Tuesday 2nd June and hope to see as many of you as safely as can be before the end of July.
(Head of School)
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