Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Year 5 information ready for next week

Year 5 Arrival and Departure Information 


Monday 6th July to Friday 10th July (AM ONLY)


Drop off at 9.15am - BACK GATE ONLY - Meet on Year 5 and 6 playground 


Pick up 12.15pm - BACK GATE


Please be prompt in order not to clash with arrival/departure of other year groups.


Please maintain social distancing (1m+) at all times.



Thursday, 25 June 2020

Free School Meals

Free School Meals Entitlement

If your circumstances have changed e.g. you have been furloughed, are no longer employed or you are currently receiving certain benefits, we would encourage you to make a quick application for free school meal vouchers as you could be eligible for this financial support. 

Even if your child is not attending school this term, if eligible you will be entitled to £15 supermarket vouchers every week and will be provided throughout the Summer holidays as well.

Registering is really quick and easy–you can apply on the Kent County Council website at https://www.cloudforedu.org.uk/ofsm/kent/ and get an immediate answer. 

No one will know you have registered and it will not affect any other benefits you are claiming.

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Year 5 Hub Registration

The Year 5 Hub registration is now closed and parents will be no longer be able to be added.



Change to last day of term.

Our last day of term will now be Wednesday 22nd July.

Monday, 22 June 2020

Deadline Date

The deadline date for you to decide if you want your child to return to school (if your child is in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 or Year 6) is Friday 3rd July 9am.

Thursday, 18 June 2020


Assemblies- Oak National Academy

This week we're incredibly excited to be joined by The Duchess of Cambridge, who wants to share the importance of spreading a little kindness for our mental wellbeing. This assembly is based on a lesson plan which is available on the Mentally Healthy Schools Platform. It was developed in collaboration with children’s mental health charity Place2Be and encourages children to explore ways in which they can show kindness, and recognise the benefits of kindness to others.


Tuesday, 16 June 2020

What a lovely first day. It was so nice to see the children back into school today. Each 'Hub' took advantage of using the outside areas at much as possible.

Monday, 15 June 2020

Unsure Return Question - Nursery, Year R, Year 1 and Year 6

 I have said I don’t want my child to return to school, what if I change my mind? 
The school is now ready to welcome back those children whose parents have confirmed that they will be attending on Monday 15th June.
If you have chosen not to send your child in and then at some point change your mind, the earliest they will be able to attend is Monday  22nd June.
As you can appreciate, we hold our pupil’s safety as our key priority and we need to group them in stable and secure ‘bubbles’. An increase in numbers will mean a possible rearrangement of these social bubbles and this will take time. 

Please ring the school if you wish your child to return and please do not expect a return date earlier than the following Monday. 
01474 534540

New Home Learning Is Now Available!

15th June Home Learning is now available on the school website.
 

Friday, 12 June 2020

Returning on the 15th June for Year N, R, 1 and 6 ONLY

Arrive by the correct gate- see guidance below

To drop off and  pick up from the correct playground 

Only one adult to be allowed on site to drop off their pupil

Every child to bring in their own water bottle as there will be no access to a water fountain at break break-times

Keep at a safe social distance for all parents and pupils

Do not hang around on the playground once dropped off, please leave the site immediately

Packed lunch for all pupils, which they will keep with them at all times. School packed meals can be ordered but you will need to order through the school office (see below post for more details)

Please do not be late dropping off or pick up as this will have an affect on the routines of the other key hubs within the school which will be arriving at different times.

Do not come to the school office - it will be closed for all adults. If you have any question please ring the school or send an email. 01474534540   

Please follow these clear guidelines to keep the school staff and pupils safe during this phased re-opening


Tuesday, 9 June 2020

WB- 15th June Arrival Times And Pick Up Times

8.45- Key Worker Pupils- BACK GATE - Parent Support Centre Hub (pick up at 3pm- BACK GATE) 

8.45- Year 1 FRONT GATE  ONLY- Meet Year 3 and 4 Playground (pick up 3pm)

9am- Year 6 - BACK GATE ONLY- Meet Year 5 and 6 Playground (pick up 3.15pm BACK GATE)

9am - Year R- FRONT GATE ONLY- Meet in KS1 Playground
(pick up 3.15pm FRONT GATE)

9.15am - Nursery- FRONT GATE ONLY- Go straight to Nursery- AM ONLY
(pick up 12.15) 

PACKED LUNCHES TO NOT GO INTO CANTEEN- THEY STAY WITH THE CHILD

If you are late to school you will be refused entry on that day.

School Lunches- WB 15th June

If you are in Reception, Year 1 or Year 6 and require a school packed lunch please email
enquiries@wrotham-road.kent.sch.uk 

Phase Re- Opening Letter

Return to school plan for 15th June

Breakfast Club and Afterschool - CLOSED

There will be no Breakfast or Afterschool Club provision. 
  

Friday, 5 June 2020


Language Of The Term

Our new Language of the Term is Spanish!


Follow this link to see a school pupil sharing useful Spanish phrases. Encourage your children to listen to and repeat the phrases, focussing on their pronunciation.

Adobe Flash Player may need to be enabled for this page to work. Click on 'First Words', which takes you to the list of phrases.​​

Enjoy!

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

11+ Registration Is Now Open

Is your child currently in Year 5?

Do you wish your child to sit the Kent grammar school test?

If the answer is yes to both of these questions, you must register your child’s details between 1st June and 1st July 2020

Register Online Click Here 

Support
If you require any assistance applying online please email Kentonlineadmissions@kent.gov.uk


Assessment is normally done through testing during the autumn term.

Once the registration window has closed, Kent will contact registered families directly with any new information that may be required. Any reference to ‘Kent Test’ or ‘registration’ does not guarantee when or if testing will take place.                                                                 



Monday, 1 June 2020

New Home Learning


                         
New home learning is now live On The School Website


Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Changes To Planned Opening (Delay till the 15th June)

Dear Parents and Carers,


Following the publication of the independent SAGE report, the Local Governing Body and I have made the decision to delay opening the school to some children (N, R, Y1 and Y6) until at least the 15th June. We will reassess in the week prior to 15th June. The report states: ‘delaying a school re-opening by two weeks (to 15th June) approximately halves the risk to children…’ In reaching such a decision, we considered factors such as the local transmission rate; test, track and trace programme not yet being in place; decisions made by other local authorities to delay; the opinions of the BMA; delays in securing PPE. 

At this time, in order to be able to fully assess the risk and to enable us to keep our pupils and staff safe we must delay opening.

All the schools in The Pathway Academy Trust have made this decision with their Local Governing Bodies and the support of the Trust Board.

From 1st June, the provision for key workers and vulnerable children only will continue. The rest of the school will be closed.

Thank you for your continued support,

Sarah Jack 


Saturday, 23 May 2020

We will be closed over the half term break 
WB 25th May- 29th May


Friday, 22 May 2020

Key Worker Children

Today we decorated rocks and made them into photo holders, and we watered the lovely plants on the year 5/6 playground.
We also had a dance lesson with Miss Stenson this afternoon and the children took home sunflower seedlings to look after.







Time Tables Rock Stars

A huge well done to all KS2 classes for taking part in Battle of the Bands and for all their efforts in gaining as many points as possible. The scores are now in and I would like to say congratulations to 3D, 4A, 5S, and 6S for winning the battle for their band!





Thursday, 21 May 2020

Kent Letter to Year 5 Parents - 11+ Update

Dear Parents,

We understand that many of you with children in Year 5 are very anxious to know what will happen about the Kent Test when the new school year starts in September. We are carefully considering what might be deliverable, depending on advice from central government as the pandemic runs its course and decisions are made about the easing of lockdown for children of primary school age.

Many factors could change between now and the end of term and this means that we are currently unable to tell you exactly how we will assess children for grammar school in the new academic year. We can confirm, however, that we will need some way to identify which children are eligible. 

Testing has the benefit of being available to the thousands of grammar school applicants we normally assess every year, however recently they have arrived in Kent and wherever they usually study, even if they are home educated, so it would be the most straightforward option if it is possible. Whatever is decided, though, we need to be confident that we can keep the risk to children and their teachers as low as possible, allowing grammar schools meet their legal obligations in a fair and transparent way,  while allowing KCC to stay within the national timetable for coordinating school admissions. 

We appreciate that everyone of school age is missing classroom teaching, but it is fortunate that there are many excellent resources available through schools and education sites for children. Familiarisation material for the Kent Test can also be found in the “Test Paper” tab Click Here

We will update the website for everyone’s benefit when we have received further guidance from the Department for Education and there is a clearer understanding of what arrangements may be possible. In the meantime, we would ask that parents monitor the Kent Test page for updates, rather than sending individual enquiries. We do understand that uncertainty is difficult, especially for children, but KCC is unable to confirm what arrangements will be in place until there is a clearer understanding of how children are likely to return to school in greater numbers.

Link Click Here

KCC

Key Worker Pupils Only

If you are a Key Worker and have a child in Year 2,3, 4 or  5 and need childcare from the 1st June please email the school office requesting what days you will require.
enquiries@wrotham-road.kent.sch.uk



Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Government Support- Home Learning

We have created a list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home. These resources have been identified by leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages. 

HALF TERM

We will be closed over the half term break 
WB 25th May- 29th May

Phase Opening

Thank you for completing the parent survey this week. 

As directed by the Government Wrotham Road  Primary School will re-open on the 1st June, for those pupils in year :-

Nursery
Reception
Year 1
Year 6

If you feel it is still unsafe and you are unhappy for your child to return that is acceptable  and you will not be fined for making this decision.

If you change your mind at any time please inform the school office on
01474 534540 

Monday, 18 May 2020

Parent Survey For Opening on the 1st June

For pupils only in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6

Today a new survey went live asking parents if they will be sending their child back on the 1st June. This is so we can ensure the planning for the re-opening of the school is thoroughly thought out before the half term break.

If not already done so, please can parents who have children only in :-

Nursery, Year R, Year 1 and Year 6 

Complete this survey. Click Here

Deadline will be this Wednesday morning. 

Many thanks.

Wednesday 20th May

National thank a teacher day 

On Wednesday 20 May, we are celebrating teachers, senior leaders, support staff and all those working in education settings who are making a difference to their schools and communities during the coronavirus outbreak. 

The Department for Education is working in partnership with the Teaching Awards Trust which has produced a set of resources including a Thank a Teacher toolkit containing graphics, images and frames for social media that you’re free to use.
The Thank a Teacher Toolkit is available here: 

Friday, 15 May 2020

Story Time Online



Coronavirus Explained for Children

Released today: a free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler.

Battle of the Bands - 15th May until 22nd May

Battle of the Bands is back! This will be a 7 day battle, one week only, only one band will be left! 

You will battle within your year group and gain as many points for your band as you can! Play as much as you can in any game mode to help increase your bands scores!


It will begin on Friday 15th May at 9am and end on Friday 22nd May at 9am! Get practicing....


May the best band win!

Thursday, 14 May 2020

New Home Learning for Week 5 and 6- Now available !

Week 5 and 6 Home Learning is now available on the school website.

Under the "Children" tab or click on the red "Home Learning Support" icon on the home page. 

Click on the text under the phoenix pictures with your child's year group.
or

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Reading support at home


https://clubs-kids.scholastic.co.uk/ - Book themed games and activities




http://wordsforlife.literacytrust.org.uk/ - Games and family literacy activities from the Literacy Trust


Also, a reminder that if children have a library card then they can access the e-Library where they will have free access to thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eNewspapers

Parent Survey - Nursery,Year R,Year 1 and Year 6 only please


Following the Prime Minister's announcement that children in 
Year N, R, 1 and 6 
MAY return to school from 1st June, please can I ask that you complete this short survey to help inform our initial planning.
Many thanks,
Mrs Sarah Jack
Dear Parents/ Carers

Due to school closures relating to the coronavirus, for a limited period of time Kent Educational Psychology Service are offering free consultations via video/phone call for 30 minutes, where parents/carers can talk to an educational psychologist. The aim of this service is to provide advice and guidance to support children’s wellbeing and learning during the time of school closures.

Topics or areas that you may wish to discuss could include:

·     Anxiety around the current situation and its impact on your children and family. 
·      Supporting your children’s emotional needs.
·      Concerns about family relationships.
·      Concerns about friendships, learning, daily structure and sleep routines. 
·      How you can best look after yourself to support your children.
·      Preparing for the transition back to school.
If you would like to make use of this service, please contact: kepscommunitysupport@kent.gov.uk When you e-mail, please give: 
-   your name; 
-   phone number;
-   the time of day that would be most convenient to be called back (i.e. morning, afternoon, early evening);
-   a brief description of what you wish to discuss.  

We will do our best to respond within two working days but this may be subject to availability.

You may also find the following organisations helpful at this time:
·      Contact- Free helpline and website for families
0808 808 3555   contact.org.uk
·      Mind UK- Charity supporting mental health
Mind.org.uk
·      Family Action- Free helpline for families 
0808 802 6666
·      Kooth- Counselling app for young people
·      The Samaritans 
116 123
·      Young minds parent helpline
0808 802 5544
·      National Autistic Helpline
0808 800 4104   www.autism.org.uk

Best Wishes
Kent Educational Psychology Service