As we continue to adapt to the current situation, and some pupils and staff return to school, we would like to update you with how we will be supporting all pupils.
Home Learning Packs
Printed Home Learning Packs, for all year groups, will now be available from the school reception on Mondays.
Please observe social distancing rules when picking these up from the main entrance.
Remote Learning EY and KS1
Mrs Clough will be co-ordinating sessions on-line and will be contacting you with regards to what will be available and how to access this through Google Classroom. See more details by clicking here.
Remote Learning KS2
Mr Hymers and Mrs G-B will be providing on-line sessions and will be contacting you with regards to what will be available and how to access this through Google Classroom.
Awards for Remote Learning
There will be Weekly Awards for pupils that engage with on-line activities like Times Table Rock Stars, Lexia and Reading Plus. These will be celebrated online via the school web-site and FaceBook.
Web-Site directed learning
Posts will continue to sign-post you to learning opportunities for your child. Please check the school web-site and follow the links from the relevant “NEWS” page for your child’s class.
In School Learning
This is currently open to children in EY, Y1 and Y6 as well as children of Key Workers. Those who wish to start on the 8th June have already informed school. If you are in this category, and would like your child to be in school, a week’s notice is imperative. Please contact the school office for more details or to register your child.
(0191 483 6619)
Like many of us, you may have been enjoying Rob Biddulph’s brilliant Draw with Rob draw along videos, which have amassed a huge online following and now been watched over 2 million times on YouTube).
On May 21st, Rob is going to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the World’s Biggest Art Lesson.
Rob will be live on YouTube at 4.00pm (BST) but in order for the attempt to meet Guinness World Records’ criteria we need participants – young and old – to register for the free lesson at www.artworldrecords.com and be there for the whole 30 minutes.
The attempt will also help to raise money for those most impacted by COVID-19. Participants can donate what they can and companies have also begun to pledge financial support. These donations will go towards high impact charities to counter the impact of COVID-19, including stopping the disease’s spread, providing immediate relief to those most impacted and preventing future pandemics.
#ArtWorldRecords#MakeHistoryatHome #DrawWithRob #StayAtHome
Have you heard?
Dunn Street Primary are going to be offering new, flexible Nursery provision that works around you and your busy lives. From September 2020 we are going to be offering your child the opportunity to come to our Nursery for a Full 2 ½ Days (Monday to Wednesday), AM Sessions (Monday-Friday), PM Sessions (Monday-Friday) or Full Time Weeks (Monday-Friday 30-hour provision) during term time. It sounds great doesn’t it? Would you like to know more? Then get in touch with us via our Facebook page or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our team will get back to you.
On top of those flexible hours we can offer you a fully inclusive Nursery unit with an excellent team of staff that are part of our Primary School offering education and a whole lot more until your child leaves us in Year 6. The Nursery unit consists of a wonderfully resourced indoor and outdoor environment that will challenge and motivate your child. A range of activities will be provided that will stimulate and develop your child’s inquisitiveness for learning. You will be involved every step of the way and will be kept up to date with information and learning opportunities for you and your child. At Dunn Street we work with you so that your child receives the best possible start in their learning journey. We have fantastic links with the local community and have weekly visits to the nearby library to enhance your child’s language and literacy skills. We even offer school lunches as part of your child’s provision.
Get in touch via our Facebook page and send us a message or email us email@example.com
We look forward to hearing from you.
This week marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week and the theme this year? Have you guessed?
You know how much we all love a good story, especially during these uncertain times. Well I have chosen a one in which the message of KINDNESS shines throughout. Click on the picture to hear the story.
And you can watch the story come to life in a feature length film of the story. Just click on the link below.
We have chosen kindness because of its singular ability to unlock our shared humanity. Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity. It is a cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health. Wisdom from every culture across history recognises that kindness is something that all human beings need to experience and practise to be fully alive.
But we also want to shine a light on the ways that kindness is already flowering at this time. We have seen it in the dancing eyes of 100-year-old Captain Tom Moore as he walked his garden to raise money for the NHS and in the mutual aid groups responding to local needs. We want that kindness to spread further in every community in the UK.
Finally, we want to use the week to explore the sort of society we would like to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic.
Kindness and Mental Health
Kindness is defined by doing something towards yourself and others, motivated by genuine desire to make a positive difference. We know from the research that kindness and our mental health are deeply connected. The research shows that kindness is an antidote to isolation and creates a sense of belonging. It helps reduce stress, brings a fresh perspective and deepens friendships. Kindness to ourselves can prevent shame from corroding our sense of identity and help boost our self-esteem. Kindness can even improve feelings of confidence and optimism.
Kindness is an act of courage
But kindness is an intrinsically risky endeavour. It can risk us looking foolish or being taken advantage of, which is why we sometimes retreat. To receive or to give kindness is an act of courage. We want to use Mental Health Awareness Week to support each other to take that brave step and harness the benefits for both giver and receiver.
A kinder society?
We have a once in a generation opportunity not only during but also following this pandemic for a reset and re-think about what kind of society we want to emerge from this crisis.
Applied kindness could have a transformative impact on our schools, places of work, communities and families. As the former Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has said, now is a time to put values above valuations. We must seize this time to shape a society that tips the balance in favour of good mental health, for all of us, but especially for those who are most vulnerable.
Kindness Matters – what you can do
During Mental Health Awareness Week, we are asking you to do three things:
- Reflect on an act of kindness. Share your stories and pictures (with permission) of kindness during the week using #KindnessMatters and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
- Use our resources in your family, school, workplace and community to join with thousands in practising acts of kindness to yourself and others during the week
- Share your ideas on how you think we could build a kinder society that would support our mental health using #KindnessMatters and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
Have a look at some of the ways how you and your family can get involved!
We’d love to see your acts of KINDNESS so don’t forget to share your stories with us on our Facebook page or by emailing us.
I appreciate after last nights announcement from the Prime Minister you will have many questions about the children’s return to school.
Can I assure you we will be working harder than ever, taking and following advice and guidance from the government and local authority to ensure the return of all children to school as soon as is safely possible.
We will keep you updated regularly with all the information we are given and inform you at the earliest opportunity of any changes. In the short-term though nothing has changed and we thank you for your continued support and understanding in these unprecedented times.
I hope we are able to share with you some clarity and guidance in the following days and weeks.
It’s National Numeracy Day on Wednesday 13th May 2020 so let’s all get involved.
You will find a variety of activities on the links below relating to your year group.
- Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2)
- Key Stage 2 (Year 3, 4, 5 and 6)
Why not have a go at a couple of activities a day. It would be great to see you doing numeracy at home.
There will be a prize for the most activities completed.
You can email any photos or work to Mrs Clough at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am very excited to see them all!!