CLOSURE INFORMATION

Please find below information regarding our closure.

31.5.20

Dear Parents,
I hope that you are all well and still coping as best you can with the difficult circumstances that we all continue to find ourselves in. 


As you know we are all missing the children so much and are looking forward to seeing them as soon as possible.

 

I thought I would update you on the current situation. I’m sure you are all aware of the announcement last week by the government regarding the wider opening of schools; they now consider their 5 tests needed to re-open have been met. We then received letter (below) from the Local Authority on May 29th further advising us not to proceed with re-opening. We now await the Local Authority, along with local Public Health body, to advise what is happening with schools next and I will update you as soon as we get that information.


In the meantime school is still operating as it has done since lockdown offering childcare for children of critical keyworkers and our most vulnerable children, this will not change this week. Please get in touch via email (as the school office is still closed) on admin@todmorden-jun.calderdale.sch.uk if you require a critical key worker place. The government criteria for these places hasn’t changed but due to our new boiler being now completed we can have a daily capacity that exceeds 12 children. Theses places will have to be planned carefully, this may take some days from your initial inquiry. This is to ensure bubbles of 15 children are maintained and a well-planned staffing rota to ensure safety.

 

We continue to offer Free School Meals vouchers through the Government EdenRed voucher scheme.  Please contact https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/council-tax-and-benefits/benefits/free-school-meals if you need any help in accessing Free School Meals.  Further information about support available can be found on the Calderdale website at https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/coronavirus/advice-and-updates where there is also the facility to request support. 

 

We are thinking of you all and are very much looking forward to the time when we can be fully open and return to normal service.  Please stay safe and keep watching our website for updates, advice and the ongoing support for children’s learning at home.


Sending you my very best wishes,


Mrs Leadbitter

Expectations for Home Learning 

We know that Home Learning can be difficult for many families. I hope that by now you and your child have got into a bit of a routine with their Home Learning. We believe that to do ‘little and often’ works best. Please remember this is a strange and worrying time for your child. We find in school that children work best with lots and lots of positive praise. If you are still struggling to get your child motivated have a go at introducing reward time eg. if you complete 10 minutes of this we can…. then plan things that your child enjoys like going for walk or playing on their computer game and use these as rewards.

Sending work for feedback to your child’s class teacher is also a great way to encourage your child’s motivation. Your child’s teacher would also love to hear what they have been up to and will reply. If you don't know their email address, please inquire on the address below.  Remember that children can receive ‘Star of the Week’ by sending in a photograph to; homelearning@todmorden-jun.calderdale.sch.uk

I thought I would just set out our expectations for Home Learning so that you know what we are expecting to see when the children return to school.

There is a two weekly home learning sheet created for each class which is on the class pages. We would encourage your child to complete as much of these as possible over the two week period. We will be asking the children to bring into school on our return. This may be their work in their exercise book, any computer based work, any photographs of their learning and anything they have made so that we can give the children feedback and celebrate their efforts.

We are also hoping to display your child’s home learning also around school when we return.

We believe that reading daily is crucial. Primary aged children all the way to Year 6 (even the very best readers) are still learning how to read and comprehend what they have read. They gain so much from reading from knowledge to inspiration for writing. If you don’t have access to books at home please ensure your child is accessing BugClub. The user name and password is in their reading record. Not got it? Email homelearning@todmorden-jun.calderdale.sch.uk and Mrs Welsh will give you your child’s account details.

If you want more, but not compulsory, to we suggest that you let your child access the lessons taught by celebrities on the BBC Bitesize website or by real teachers on the Oak Academy website.

For fun, but not compulsory your child could also do Mr Sutcliffe’s weekly PE challenge, have a go at Miss Hargreaves Art tutorials or listen to our stories.

We look forward to finding out what they have been up to and can’t wait to see their work. Let us know if you have any queries through the Home Learning email address. We hope that you are all well and safe and we look forward to seeing you all soon.