Home School Expectations during Covid 19 Period: April 2020
Advice to Parents:
There is no expectation that school continues ‘as normal’ at home.
Ideally split the day into sections allowing for academic study, recreational activities and down time. Whilst a lot of the work is provided on the internet, it is good to do some non-IT based activities too. Whilst it is good to have some structure, it is best not to adhere too rigidly to a school timetable day.
We recognise that there are many other pressures at home at the moment so we are only asking you to do what you can, to have a go at things provided and to do what is reasonable under the circumstances. Some families will manage to do more than others. Do what you can, when you can. The more we can keep our children progressing with their learning, the better.
Our approach at Porthleven School is to provide parents with a range of learning resources to stimulate their child’s learning and curiosity. Teachers will signpost parents and children to weekly learning activities in the ‘Home Learning’ section of our website
Teachers will update their Home Learning Pages every weekend for the following week to avoid you becoming overloaded with information.
Daily: Numeracy, Reading (including Phonics for YR/Y1) and Writing activities plus one other subject based activity and a physical activity.
We would like to see and understand what your child is doing during this time. This helps us to plan further work to help them progress.
In Key Stage 1 and 2 your child/ren’s work can be shared through our ‘E-Schools’ learning platform by uploading work in the homework section of your child’s class page. (Instructions are included on the ‘Home Learning’ pages for each Key Stage)
For children in our Early Years Foundation Stage (The Aquarium) parents can share their child/ren’s learning journey at home by adding photographs and observations using Tapestry.
If you have any difficulty logging-on to their E-schools class page or Tapestry, please contact the school and we will help to connect you. Over the forthcoming week your child/ren’s class teacher will contact you to see how your child/ren are getting on and to provide any support if needed.
Should your child be working on a larger project it can be shared with their class when the school has re-opened.
Teachers’ responding to work:
If your child is having difficulty understanding the work provided, please contact their teacher via E-School’s messaging.
Teachers will do their best to respond within reasonable time.
Please remember school staff may be working with their own children as you are; or may be ill themselves. Please be patient if you do not receive a timely response.
All communication with staff must be through their school based accounts or through contacting the school.
Mental Health and Well Being:
We have added some links that you might find helpful on the school website. However, if your child is struggling and you need additional support, please do contact the school lead via the school office. We will do our best to make suggestions and provide further help.
You may remember that last year the children were introduced to a well-being and character development programme centred around virtues. Our children need the opportunity to develop those personal strengths that will enable them to go out into the world with confidence, resilience and the self-belief needed to negotiate the challenges that life brings.
Every week a new virtue will be introduced to the children with examples of how they can identify and develop it in their lives. We will also inform parents of our virtue of the week and ask if you to could look for opportunities to praise your child for showing the virtue or how they can develop it further. In time it would be great to hear children sharing examples of how they have shown virtues at home as well as in school.
This weeks virtue is . . . . . . .
Free School Meals April 13th Update
Porthleven School will be making the following meal provision for those pupils entitled to Free School Meal during the Covid-19 closure period.
- If a pupil is coming in to school - a meal will be provided in the normal way.
- If a pupil is staying at home - a £15 food voucher will be provided every week during the closure period. The £15 is for a single pupil, so for example if you have three pupils at the school you will receive £45 each week.
- Due to an announcement made in early April, FSM vouchers will now also be made available for the Easter break. At the moment there is no guidance about future holidays for example the May half term, but when the school receives information about this holiday the school will alter the FSM vouchers allocation as required.
- From the week commencing the 30th March 2020 vouchers will no longer come to you via Tesco, but via the Governments new FSM scheme which is managed by Edenred.
- Once the school has set up your account with Edenred. Edenred will send you details about how the vouchers can be used and how you are now able to select from a number of supermarkets not just Tesco.
- The voucher can still be received in two formats - as an e-voucher or a gift card. If you do not receive your voucher please email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your child’s name and the school they attend and we will get back to you.
- Vouchers will be issued on a Wednesday so please do not chase the current weeks FSM voucher until at the earliest Thursday and ideally Friday to ensure the system has had time to email you the voucher.
- Vouchers can be used in store or on-line if you are getting your shopping delivered to home.
- Due to change of provider from Tesco to Edenred and also the change in rules around provision of vouchers over the Easter break period there has been a delay in getting the vouchers out to you for the last two week. Please be assured that any payments owed will be paid in arrears, in full when the next set of vouchers are allocated.
- The school hopes to allocate the next round of vouchers including the two weeks of arrears payments to cover the Eater break, during the week commencing the 13th April 2020.
- Please note the voucher scheme remains for Free School Meals pupils only and not Universal Free School meals pupils, again if the Government guidance changes the school will alter the voucher provision to fit the new guidance.
The Department for Education has been informed that some parents in England that they have received an email stating:
‘As schools will be closing, if you're entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we'll make sure you're supported’.
This is a scam email, do not respond and delete it immediately. The school will never request your bank details.
Due to a Change in Circumstances you Need to Register for Free School Meals.
During this period we suspect due to changes in peoples financial situation more people than usual will become entitled to Free School Meals. If this applies to you, please follow this link www.cornwall.gov.uk/schoolmeals to apply for Free School Meals.
Cornwall Council have confirmed that this service will continue to operate during the Covid-19 closedown.
Please keep an eye on the school website for further updates.
As a school we are determined to help your child reach his / her potential whether they join us in the nursery or at any other time in their school career. We aim to do this by building on children’s successes ensuring that they are happy and feel supported.
Our school vision statement is:
Aspire for excellence through making learning irresistible.
Porthleven School: a place where we can grow together and where I can be me.
We aim to make learning irresistible by offering an attractive environment and a broad rich curriculum that is supported by a variety of after school and extra-curricular activities. Many of the extra-curricular activities are offered by visiting coaches and enthusiastic volunteers and we believe that all pupils should have equal access to these activities.
As a staff we believe that however good a school we may be there are always areas of the school that we can improve and to this aim we are constantly reviewing all aspects of school life. We welcome any involvement from friends, parents and others to help us to provide the very best for the children in our care.
We have a very enthusiastic and active PTA and I would encourage all parents to support them and get involved in any activities. They have been extremely successful in recent years in gaining funding and providing fantastic activities for the whole community.
We are a school family and believe that everyone has a role to play in enabling children to grow to become the very best that they possibly can.
I look forward to working with you and your family over the coming years.
Please see below a PDF of the letter sent via email regarding the PTA.