03 Jul Weekly update Friday 3rd July
ALEXANDRA PRIMARY SCHOOL FRIDAY 3rd July 2020
Plans for Schools in September
You will no doubt have heard and read in the media this week that the government are implementing plans for all children to return to school in September. We are taking the guidance we have received to begin to plan for seeing all of our children in September. The government have stated that children returning to school is mandatory from September so parents must ensure all compulsory school aged children attend school.
Part of the planning process will include a strict review of our current risk assessment to allow groups of up to 30 children to be part of a bubble with minimal contact with children within other groups. We will also review our current stringent hygiene measures to help minimise any risk of Covid infection.
We are beginning to plan for our children to return on Monday 7th September. As we develop our planning including the possibility of staggered start and end times and restructuring the school timetable to minimise contact between groups we will share with our families.
Parents of new reception children stating in September will have received an admission form to be completed and returned to school by Friday 10th July. New nursery parents will also be receiving an admissions form to be completed and returned to school by Monday 13th July.
Covid Infection Rates in Haringey
We have been in regular contact with Haringey Public Health who have recently informed us that there is no evidence of a spike in the rate of infection in the area.
We can also report that during the period of the pandemic (and since lockdown plans were announced on Thursday 19th March) we have had no reports of any of our children contracting Covid 19. School has been open throughout that period and we have had no Covid related illness with any staff or children who have been attending in that time.
MHST Telephone Support Line
These uncertain times may present different and difficult challenges for children and families. Managing your mental health, emotions and wellbeing may require support.
The Haringey Mental Health Support Team are available Monday to Friday, 9:00am – 3:00pm. If you require a space to talk, call 0208 702 6035.
Talking About Racism
As educators we are here to support you to challenge those who discriminate, to give a voice to those less heard. In light of recent events around the world including here in the UK, UNICEF have put together some tips to support you to discuss race and racism with your children.
Items include recognising and celebrating differences, being open, fairness, curiosity, the media, asking questions and encouraging action. More information can be found here https://www.unicef.org/parenting/talking-to-your-kids-about-racism
With more children having returned to school over recent weeks we have been able to see some of the outstanding work and learning that has been taking place from reception through to year 6.
Dancing in Year 1 PE for key worker children
Science by Scarlett Science by Syria
Wonderful thoughtful poetry by Ha
Artwork by Dila inspired by Chris Ofili Philips art work inspired by Piet Mondrian
Cherry has thoroughly enjoyed the science investigation, finding out how plants use water. She used food dye to help her investigation.
The British artist and sculptor Andy Goldsworthy has been inspiring some wonderful art work with children at home.
Lions Head by Adrian Pineapple by Elion
A message from Eduart. Shell Vortex by Vlad
Here is a link to help inspire you to write wonderful stories from the Literacy Trust website.
A Message from Bounds Green Foodbank
A new Food Bank is up and running in Bounds Green. It is located approximately 20 minutes walk from the school, at Shaftesbury Hall, near Bowes Park train station. The Food Bank is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 2-4pm. There is no voucher system and everyone is welcome.
If you want to make donations of food or toiletries to the Food Bank, or get involved as a volunteer, you can find out more here.
Cycling is great fun, it helps you to stay healthy and is a fantastic way to get out and about to see the local sights and sights of London. Always stay safe and be sensible when riding a bike, including wearing your cycling helmet! (that includes parents too).
This website can help parents to help teach children to ride a bike.
Peddle My Wheels (PMW), Try Before You Bike offers Haringey residents options to own their own bikes and get bikes for their children on a pay monthly scheme.
This booklet could help if you want to maintain your own bike Bike Maintenance Made Ridiculously Easy or Halfords are offering a free bike checks.
Mrs Spencer’s weekly item is a book recommendation. (In fact she has recommended two books). She would love it if you read them and then write her a book review.
Aya is a Syrian asylum seeker, looking after her mother and baby brother in the cold, unfamiliar city of Manchester – but she is also a talented ballet dancer. A part of her life that seemed lost forever when she fled her home comes back to her when she encounters a ballet class led by the elegant Miss Helena.
When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he LOVES his Zuri, and he’ll do anything to make her — and her hair — happy. Tender and empowering, Hair Love is an ode to loving your natural hair.