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Week Beginning 20th April 2020 

Have Courage and show kindness (Aesop's Fables: The Lion and the mouse)

Dear parents,
We are now heading towards the end of the first week of our second 3-week 'Lockdown'; I hope that you have been able to enjoy the weather in your home spaces and have kept safe, well and busy.

Home Learning:
Many thanks for sharing examples of learning and activities which you have been doing this week. It is great to see both work completed which your teachers have set you and the additional activities which you are doing at home.
Please remember that the work set is not compulsory so please do as much as or as little as you are able to.
BBC earlier this week made their learning activities live with some very good daily lessons linked to different subjects. Children can access these lessons by subject and/or age group and I encourage you to look at these alongside any other learning you choose to do - set by teachers or activities you and parents have chosen. 
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

https://www.dk.com/uk/information/home-learning-for-kids/ https://www.walker.co.uk/grown-ups/activities-for-home-and-school.aspx https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/science-ks1-explain-this/zn9dwty https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/ https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/ https://www.nhs.uk/10-minute-shake-up/shake-ups


Vulnerable children:

If you have concerns about you child's wellbeing or their vulnerability, please get in touch with myself asap.
Whisper: We have a link with 'southwest grid for learning' during this time to use an online form called Whisper with the icon link at the top of the head's blog page where you or children can click and write to us anonymously about any concerns that they may have for themselves or others. Below are some links that may useful to support children health at this time and further contacts who may also be able to offer support but do try to speak to myself first as their may be help I can offer or other organisations I can put you in touch with.
To keep up to date with support for families, you could follow the children and families social media feeds at:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TFFCornwall
Twitter: www.twitter.com/TFFCornwall
Instagram: www.instagram.com/tffcornwall

Other helplines :Day and night time wetting advice and support - free help line – 08081699949 www.eric.org.uk
For any concerns about continence product delivery contact the CAL line or your School Nurse if you have those details. If not please contact me.

Family Information Service The Family information service offers advice and guidance for children aged 0-25. Tel: 0800 587 8191 or 01872 323535 (these numbers can take messages)

Mental health and well-being government links: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing?utm_source=fa3d37ff-b04e-4a75-b247-6fc3a89d94b0&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

Multi-agency Referral unit (For urgent safeguarding concerns):
Telephone 0300 1231 116
E-mail multiagencyreferralunit@cornwall.gov.uk
Notes: For urgent referrals after 17:15 or at the weekend call the Out of Hours Service on 01208 251 300

I am glad that teachers were able to contact you this week and to hear how well you are. We will try to ring every other week to see how you are and if we can do anything. If you need to contact us, our emails can be found on the previous two blogs. 

Have a lovely and safe weekend,

Matt Avery

 


Week Beginning 13th April 2020 

Zog and the flying doctors.

Happy weekend everyone, I hope that you are all well and are prepared for the extension to lockdown.

Home-learning:
Work will still be uploaded to class pages regularly; we will aim to cover topics and learning that the children would have been studying this term as well as giving them chance to practise skills they have already worked on. But as always, do what you can - spending time as a family, looking after each other and more fun activities such as baking and DIY is perhaps needed more than some other aspects of learning. If you do any home-learning (linked to work set or other tasks you work on), please do send it to your teachers - we miss teaching you all and would love to see your work. This week we have had some work sent in by Amy, Byron and Megan.
Nursery: https://www.blislandprimary.co.uk/Class/Nursery
Reception and KS1: https://www.blislandprimary.co.uk/Class/Kensa
KS2: https://www.blislandprimary.co.uk/Class/Nessa

Critical workers and vulnerable children:
If your circumstances in anyway as a key worker or the vulnerability of your child changes and feel that you may need reduced school provision for your child/children, please email me so that I may support you. Presently, Wadebridge is our hub school and I can go there to support our children who may need the hub's services.  

Online safety
Whilst there are huge benefits to being online in order to stay connected to family and friends during this period, we recognise many parents may feel concerned about the activities and content their children could be accessing. This guidance outlines resources to help keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to receive support and advice:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-online/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-parents-and-carers-to-keep-children-safe-online

Keeping in touch:
Teachers are still working (mostly remotely) and are contactable should you wish to share work, ask a question about home-learning or to request support. over the next week we will aim to call you all to check how you and the children are: we would love to chat with the children so that they know we are still very much thinking of them. The call will come from a withheld number.
Email reminder:
head@blislandprimary.co.uk
cpowdrill@blislandprimary.co.uk
aharrision@blislandprimary.co.uk
secretary@blislandprimary.co.uk

Take care and stay in touch,

Matt Avery (Head of School)

 


Week Beginning 6th April 2020 

Happy Easter: Stay Safe.

Dear parents and children,
What a strange Easter it has been! Beautiful weather that we can not make the most of but I hope you have been able to enjoy it from gardens or perhaps on your occasional walks or periods of exercise: long may this beautiful weather last.

Summer Term learning:
Firstly, please remember that when it comes to ‘home-learning’ we would like you to do as little or as much of this as you can - there is absolutely no pressure. We know that many of you will be working at home yourselves, trying to teach multiple children, having challenges with internet speeds or perhaps looking after younger children, who (I know from experience) are time stealers, so please do not worry if things don't quite go to plan and do not hesitate to get in touch for any kind of support. Also remember that although school provides a great education, home-learning and experiences have huge merit too - bug hunting, cooking or a bit of DIY is authentic learning and hugely valuable. 
From the 20th April the BBC are also unveiling educational materials for weekly input which we/you may tap into.
Work will be put on to class pages and if possible emailed to you via arbor.

English Home Learning:
Each week, teachers will be uploading a weekly English focus to your child’s class page. This will have a theme, some resources if relevant and if possible perhaps a video tutorial. Please note that you do not have to print worksheets off. Your child can simply write their answers onto a piece of paper, notebook or email directly to us. Teachers have already sent home in packs: spellings and some reading comprehensions which can supplement the weekly themes. Please also do check your child’s class page for a range of other exciting websites that have been collated for you to use. These range from teaching videos to websites that allow you to access e-books for free.

Maths Home Learning:
In school, teachers regularly use ‘White Rose’ Maths resources. These resources are used across many schools in the UK. In response to the current situation, they have produced simple and easy to follow daily resources for parents to use for home learning. Please use this link, choose your child’s year group and take part with the daily teaching videos and activities. https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/

Wider curriculum
There will be all sorts of options for the wider curriculum – these may be (in no particular order) Science, Art, Design and Technology, IT, Music, Geography, History, RE, Sport/PE or French based. These will all be optional to do as topic-based ideas linked to a class enquiry question. As we have said before – please don’t worry. Anything that you can do is will go a long way to helping the children  

New roof:
After Easter, school remains closed - Wadebridge is our hub school for key worker and vulnerable children - please email me to let me know if your child requires a place. While school is closed, work by 3MS will commence on installing our new school roof. The roofers will be practicing social-distancing during this work.

Key Worker and vulnerable children
If for any reason your circumstances change in regards to being able to work from home, if advice changes and your child may need to return to schooling or if you have concerns related to your child then please do contact us.

Finally, we do really miss the children! Planning lessons for your wonderful children who we aren't fortunate enough to see at present isn't as enjoyable as teaching in the classroom, seeing their smiling faces and eyes lighting up to experiences they have enjoyed and learning they have grasp - so, please do send any pictures of ‘home learning’ to:
head@blislandprimary.co.uk
aharrison@blislandprimary.co.uk
cpowdrill@blislandprimary.co.uk
secretary@blislandprimary.co.uk

We would love to hear from you! After Easter, ‘home learning’ needn’t start until Tuesday 14th April – so please, as much as you can, enjoy the Bank Holiday!

Stay safe and best wishes as always,

Matt Avery (Head of School)


 


Week Beginning 23rd March 2020 

Dear parents/carers,

Well, we have got to beginning of a very strange Easter Holiday. I hope that you are all well and the children are adjusting to these strange circumstances -  I am sure they are as I know your children are extremely positive and resilient; they are a real credit to you.

Home Learning:
During this time where work and useful learning links will be available from class pages, please do not put pressure on yourself to get all work done. The work and timetables of work are a guide and the tasks set are for children to practise skills and learning already completed and they should have knowledge to complete them. Any work, pictures or videos of work can be sent to class teachers - we will respond as often as possible and virtual certificates (worth house points) can be sent out to you and you will get a mention in the head's blog. I am also sure many of you are working in different ways too: baking, cleaning and DIY to name a few - these can be sent to teachers as well.
Nursery/Reception/KS1: aharrison@blislandprimary.co.uk and/or cpowdrill@blislandprimary.co.uk
KS2 and general help/enquiries: head@blislandprimary.co.uk

Key-workers and Vulnerable Children:
Currently Blisland is closed over the Easter Holiday. However, our academy trust is open and running hub schools for children of critical workers and those children who may be vulnerable. If you need to access these hubs as you qualify as a critical-worker or your child is vulnerable please email me so that I can make arrangements for you with the hubs. Our hub is Wadebridge Primary Academy.
If your situation changes please get in touch via email asap.

Have a lovely Easter, stay as busy as you can and let's keep our fingers crossed for a swift recovery to normality.

Best wishes,

Matt Avery (Head of School)



 


Take a Breath - Friday 20th March 


Dear parents and guardians,

I sincerely hope that you are able to take a deep breath this weekend and from somewhere with your children find a laugh and smile. We are of course shut from today to all pupils (except for those who have been identified as key workers or those further advised to attend school based on government criteria).

Please can I send my heartfelt gratitude to you all for the care and support you have given to your children during this difficult time, and for the support you have shown to us all at Blisland School. All of our staff truly care about the education and well-being of your children and all children in education - many of us will be working through this period, over Easter and beyond.

There has been work sent home many pieces of work and links set on class blogs. Please look here for work: we hope to update these pages as often as needed. If you need support, advice or you or the children would just like to stay in touch, please feel free to email my directly. My email has been included in communication emails sent to you.

Do stay safe, follow government advice which is to avoid social contact and keep distances. And of course, treat everyday like your birthday and wash your hands regularly for at least 20-seconds.

Lots of love to you all,

Matt Avery (Head of School)


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Week Beginning 9th March 2020 

Happy Friday.

Kahoot Quiz:
Last Friday evening we had a very fun and well-attended online quiz at school using 'Kahoot'. We raised £190 for the Cornwall air ambulance. Well done to all the winners, runners-up and raffle winners. Thank you to all those who were able support this event: a particular massive thank you to the PTA for their continued efforts in supporting school events and raising funds for the children, and to Barnecutt's Bakery for donating a huge selection of delicious Pasties and cakes. We hope to run another quiz in the summer term - looking forward to seeing more quizzers next time.

Sport Relief:
The children had a fantastic morning supporting and learning about the sport relief charity. We raised a little bit of money to help their cause and the children had a brilliant time dressed in their sports clothes. Thanks to all for supporting this.

Coronavirus (Covid-19):
As you are well aware, as a nation we are still trying our best to deal with the virus situation in the UK. As a school and trust we will continue to follow government and Public Health England advice (which is currently to remain open). Understandably you and perhaps your children are feeling concerned. If you have any worries regards to your children's health, please do come and speak to me at the earliest opportunity. We have at school held class and whole school discussions to reassure them. Children are following good hand-washing and hygiene routines set out by Public Health England on a daily basis. Below are some useful links for talking to your child/ren about the situation at present:
https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/schools


https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51861089

Glass Workshop:
On Thursday 12th March all of our children had the opportunity to create pieces of glass-art. I look forward to seeing them when they have been fired and finished. Thank you to Mrs Pearce for organising this.

Achievements:
Well done to the following children who received an award this week.
Star of the week: Henry G and Lowen M
Headteacher Awards:Jack S - for an excellent story; Roxanne C - for an excellent recount

Have a lovely weekend and see you all on Monday
Best Wishes,

Matt Avery (Head of School)

 


Week Beginning 2nd March 2020 


St Piran's Day Parade:
The children had a fantastic day celebrating St Piran's day on Thursday. The children came wearing some fantastic costumes (Well done parents and grandparents). KS2 represented our school amazingly during the Bodmin St Piran's day parade.

World Book Day:
What a fantastic World Book day we had! The Children looked amazing in their costumes, listened to stories, enjoyed breakfast and really recognised the value of books and reading. They also sold old books and delicious cakes to raise money.
The children will come home with a sponsorship for a sponsored read. We hope to raise money for new books to develop reading and comprehension skills.

Sports Relief:
Next Friday (13th March) is Sports Relief - the children can dress is sports clothes. Our school and sports council will run activities in the morning for each class. Any change you may have for the charity will be most appreciated.

Achievements:
Well done to the following children who received an award this week:
Star of the week: Amy I and Ottilie W 
Headteacher Awards:Lola - an amazing conversation poem.
Isla-Rose D - inventing playground games

 


Week Beginning 23rd February 2020 

Air Ambulance Fundraiser:
Many Thanks to you all for coming in wearing your red clothes to raise awareness and money for the Cornwall air ambulance before 1/2 term.
We have raised a total of .
Well done all 
Internet Safety Reminder from Last Week: 
TikTok and Robux: It has come to our attention that some online games and apps are becoming popular and pose some risks to children. TikTok: When you download the app, users can see all the content without creating an account although they are not able to post, like or share anything until they’ve set up an account on the app. You can set up your account by using your existing Google, Facebook, Instagram account, via email or phone. By default all accounts are public so anyone on the app can see what your child shares. However, only approved followers can send them messages. Users can like or react to a video, follow an account or send messages to each other. There is the risk that strangers will be able to directly contact children on the app. Children may be tempted to take risks to get more of a following or likes on a video so it’s important to talk about what they share and with who. 
Robux: 1.Whilst the games are aimed at 8-18 year olds, there are no age restrictions. This means both adults and young people can play and communicate with each other on the platform. All games are multiplayer and include a written chat feature, which is visible to players within each individual game. Users can also make and receive friend requests during gameplay and this means that they can chat to each other outside of the game. You can read more about the Roblox chat features and the way that these are moderated on the Roblox community guidelines and within their safety features. 2. Content: what content is available that might not be suitable for children The Roblox Studio is a section where players use their imagination and skills to create their own games and share these with others. The ability to create and play games can be very appealing to young people who like to create the content they see online. However, because content is user-generated it can mean that some games might not be appropriate for young children. For example, whilst the graphics are not very life like, some of the games feature weapons and blood. 3. Costs: How children might accidentally run up costs By creating games, users can earn Robux, the in-game currency. You can also buy Robux in the game. Players can spend money on items, such as membership to the Builders Club. . If game creators attract players and in-game adverts, they can earn a lot of Robux, which they can convert into real money. To do this, players must be over the age of 13, have paid for Roblox’s premium subscription, and have access to a Paypal account. This means that younger players would need to talk to an adult to be able to exchange their Robux for real money. If you have any concerns around online safety, please do get in touch; if a few concerns about a particular issue arises I can organise a parent forum meeting around this.


St Pirans Day and World Book Day:
After 1/2 term (the second week back) it is St Piran's Day and World Book Day on the same day - to make sure we can celebrate both we will hold World book day a day later. St Piran's dy will take place on Thursday 5th March - the children can come dressed as something associated with Cornwall or in Cornish colours and will have some Cornish learning activities during the day. The next day (Friday 6th March) we will celebrate World Book Day. The children can come in dressed in Pajamas (No onesies for hygiene and safety reasons) or as a book character. In the morning we will give all the children a special world book day breakfast as we red them a story. If you have any old books you wouldn't mind donating, please bring them in to us by Wednesday next week, we will be having a book and cake sale after.

Sad Goodbye:
We this week sadly announce that Mrs Jones will be leaving us to start a new role in a nursery near Wadebridge. Emily has worked with us for over 2-years and the children have loved her working with them. I am sure you'll joined me in wishing her all the best for the future and hope she visits when she can.

Kahoot Quiz night: 
Friday - 6th March ,iIn the evening, we will be hosting a quiz night to raise further money for the air ambulance. If you have your own iPad or iPhone, this can be used to take part in the quiz; if not, we do have some iPads. The night cost £5 per adult (children free), any sized quiz team, pasties provided kindly by Barnecutts. There will be two quiz games with 50 questions each and prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each quiz. Tickets will be on sale until Wednesday 4th March at school or the village store. If successful, we will host another event in the summer to raise money for a school project to be decided. 
Achievements:
Well done to the following children who received an award this week: 
Star of the week: Sophie W, Izzy W, Alina J and Nyle P
Headteacher Awards: Izzy, Alina, Sophie for amazing writing, Charlie R, Sophie W and Erin M for an amazing creation story, Mason W for great writing progress and Zenna P for a great story.


Matt Avery


 


Week Beginning Monday 3rd February 2020 



























Sugar Smart Juniors:
This week KS2 children took part in a 'Sugar Smarts' workshop with Alex from Arena. They learnt which foods are high and low in sugar, scanned them using the change for life sugar app and looked at healthy eating. The children also learnt some playground games and activities to support the whole school in leading more active lifestyles.

Internet Safety: TikTok and Robux:
It has come to our attention that some online games and apps are becoming popular and pose some risks to children.
TikTok:
When you download the app, users can see all the content without creating an account although they are not able to post, like or share anything until they’ve set up an account on the app. You can set up your account by using your existing Google, Facebook, Instagram account, via email or phone. By default all accounts are public so anyone on the app can see what your child shares. However, only approved followers can send them messages. Users can like or react to a video, follow an account or send messages to each other. There is the risk that strangers will be able to directly contact children on the app. Children may be tempted to take risks to get more of a following or likes on a video so it’s important to talk about what they share and with who.
Robux:
1.Whilst the games are aimed at 8-18 year olds, there are no age restrictions. This means both adults and young people can play and communicate with each other on the platform. All games are multiplayer and include a written chat feature, which is visible to players within each individual game. Users can also make and receive friend requests during gameplay and this means that they can chat to each other outside of the game. You can read more about the Roblox chat features and the way that these are moderated on the Roblox community guidelines and within their safety features. 2. Content: what content is available that might not be suitable for children The Roblox Studio is a section where players use their imagination and skills to create their own games and share these with others. The ability to create and play games can be very appealing to young people who like to create the content they see online. However, because content is user-generated it can mean that some games might not be appropriate for young children. For example, whilst the graphics are not very life like, some of the games feature weapons and blood. 3. Costs: How children might accidentally run up costs By creating games, users can earn Robux, the in-game currency. You can also buy Robux in the game. Players can spend money on items, such as membership to the Builders Club. . If game creators attract players and in-game adverts, they can earn a lot of Robux, which they can convert into real money. To do this, players must be over the age of 13, have paid for Roblox’s premium subscription, and have access to a Paypal account. This means that younger players would need to talk to an adult to be able to exchange their Robux for real money.

If you have any concerns around online safety, please do get in touch; if a few concerns about a particular issue arises I can organise a parent forum meeting around this.

Library Visit:
This week KS1 and reception visited Bodmin library. Many of the children got their first library card and all were able to borrow a book. The children thoroughly enjoyed their visit and the activities. On Monday 10th Feb, KS2 will visit the library and explore the labyrinth of books. If you are yet to return your library consent form, please ensure it is with us by Monday morning.

KS1 Multi-skills Morning at Callywith:
Year 1 and 2 took part in a multi-skills sports festival on Thursday. They took part in mini-competitions and sporting activities led by students from the college. All children worked really hard and enjoyed the morning - representing our school superbly.

Kahoot Quiz night and air ambulance fund-raiser:
Next Friday - 14th February (Valentines) - we will be wearing red to recognise the work that our Cornwall-air-ambulance do. If you have any change that could be spared, it would be gratefully received and donated to the charity. In the evening, we will be hosting a quiz night to raise further money for the air ambulance. If you have your own iPad or iPhone, this can be used to take part in the quiz; if not, we do have some iPads. The night cost £5 per adult (children free), any sized quiz team, pasties provided kindly by Barnecutts. There will be two quiz games with 50 questions each and prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each quiz. Tickets will be on sale until Wednesday 12th February at school or the village store. If successful, we will host another event in the summer to raise money for a school project to be decided.

Achievements:
Well done to the following children who received an award this week:
Star of the week: Lilly H, Ottilie W and Billy R
Headteacher Awards: Izzy, Alina, Sophie for amazing writing, Lilly H for such good progress in her reading, Carter B for great expanded noun phrases and Thomas H for his perseverance

Have a lovely weekend,

Matt Avery

 


Week Beginning Monday 20th January 2020 

This week at Blisland:

Song for bridge:
On Tuesday Years 1 to 6 visited St Martin's Church to perform their climate change song they wrote with Matt Douglas to the other 14 schools in our academy. The children also learnt songs written by the other schools. The children had a fantastic day, represented our school with such pride and sang beautifully. A huge thank you to the parents who were able to help with transport and to Matt Douglas for his work he did with the children.

Attendance: Whole school: 92.7% so far this term.
It is very important that children are at school as often as possible as it will give them the best chance to learn with consistent input. We really need attendance to be above 96% to have the best impact on your children’s learning. Reminder we are unable to authorise the majority of absences and persistent absence could result in fines from the local authority. Over the coming weeks, if your child's attendance has dropped below 96% you may receive a letter informing you of this and offering support to improve attendance in school.

Reading at Blisland:

Reading at Blisland a strength and we want them to have a life long love of books and reading. All classes have a class book they are read, have group and whole class guided reading sessions regularly and a vast array of books to choose from. We want to further improve what we do and what the children experience, so we have last week sent home information packs and bookmarks to support reading at home. Also included was letter about a library visit and applying for library cards. Please return forms asap. If you would like any advice or have any questions about your child reading at home, please ask your child's class teacher. Further to this, coming home today is a letter informing you of the dates for our school visits to Bodmin library.
 
Achievements:
Well done to the following children who received an award this week:
Star of the week: Henry for amazing poetry work all week and Jack C for his perseverance
Headteacher Awards: Billy R, Ava M, Emily S, Jack S, Brianna W, Alina S, Lola W
Learning Character awards: Billy R, Ava M, Lerryn C

Have a wonderful weekend,
Best wishes,
Matt Avery (Head of School)


 

 


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