Headteacher's Newsletter

Friday 10 July 2020

Headteacher’s Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Planning for September

Last week I drew your attention to the guidance from the Department for Education (DfE). The DfE stated that all pupils will return to school this autumn. We are in the process of reviewing our health and safety risk assessments and we are also finalising plans for the autumn term. This information will be shared with parents before we break for the summer.

Whilst our aim is to have all pupils back at school in the autumn, we are also planning for the possibility of a local and or national lockdown.

We have strictly adhered to the guidance in school and it is important that our school community adhere to the relevant guidance outside of school too. We are pleased to confirm that there have not been any reported incidences of Coronavirus amongst the children or staff.

Transition Days For Years 1 to 5

During week beginning 20 July, we will run transition days for Years 1 to 5. All parents will have received an email with the date, times and arrangements on detailing the bubble group arrangements.

For the transition day, children should:

  • Wear school uniform
  • Bring a filled water bottle
  • Bring a packed lunch
  • Bring a pencil, rubber and pencil crayons in a plastic zipped/sandwich bag

During the transition day, children will meet their new class teacher, see their new classroom and receive a challenge pack for the summer. The transition days are an important part of our transition process and we are encouraging children to attend. It will be a special moment when our children return. To make it extra special we have made arrangements for an ice cream van to come to school to give the children an end-of-year treat.

Transition Session For Reception 

We are pleased to have been able to arrange a settling in session for our new reception children as part of their transition. We are looking forward to welcoming our new families to our school community.

 

End of Year Reports

The end of year reports will be released to all parents via Google Classrooms on Monday 13 July at 9am.

Virtual Learning

Thank you for continuing to engage so well with home learning. We have been pleased with the attendance of Google Meet sessions and they will continue until the end of term.

The teachers will be completing another call to each family in their class to discuss home learning and any aspect of your child’s report. Please note that our calls will come up as No caller ID.

Year 6 Farewell

We are pleased to share that we have planned some very special farewell events for Year 6.

Each bubble will celebrate mass at St Vincent’s church next week. The children will receive their special mass booklet, leaving scroll and leaving gift.

The leavers’ yearbooks will arrive next week, together with the traditional leaving hoodies.

As we are not permitted to have a leaving party, we have arranged for each bubble of 15 children to experience an outside cinema and treats.

Year 5 Saturday Booster Sessions

It was really good to see our Year 5 children again on Saturday for the second booster session. Thank you for using the designated entrance point.  

School Meals

Please ensure your ParentPay school meal account is kept topped up and that you have paid for all meals taken by 24 July 2020.   Please also be reminded that if you require a change of meal pattern for your child, an email must be sent to the school office and a week’s notice will need to be given before this change can take effect; no other means are accepted when advising of meal changes.

Curriculum Focus - Computing

The National Curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programmes in order to solve such problems
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology

At St Vincent’s we have taken the National Curriculum and tailored it to suit the needs of our school and our children. We try to ensure that the curriculum is relevant by choosing activities that will engage them, such as programming a Bee Bot toy, creating their own programme using Scratch Junior and creating their own book using Book Creator in KS1 as well as understanding networks, creating a website and using the text-based programming language Python in KS2. We try to make this lesson tie in with other subjects that the children are being taught to engage them.

Please see our long-term plan for computing where you can see our topics in more detail:

http://www.stvincents.trafford.sch.uk/uploads/120/files/Curriculum%20Newsletters/SV%20Revised%20Computing%20Long%20term%20Plan.pdf

We ensure that all the topics covered offer progression of skills in computing. Please see our progression document below:

http://www.stvincents.trafford.sch.uk/uploads/120/files/Curriculum%20Documents%202018-19/SV%20Computing%20progression.pdf

Online Safety

We place great importance on Online Safety at St Vincent’s and this is a constant feature in Computing and PSHE lessons for all the children. In November 2019, we achieved the “360 degree safe online” safety mark which shows our dedication to teaching the children how to be digitally literate and safe.

We have a dedicated Safer Internet Day each year where we focus on teaching the children to be secure online. The infant children receive a special online safety assembly by the junior digital leaders and there are visits from the police who talk about different aspects of online safety. The junior children receive visits from guest speakers who work in the digital world and all the children engage with fun activities to teach them about how to stay safe online. This year it included making keyrings to act as a reminder of the important messages from the day.

We use a range of resources to teach online safety including the Be Internet Legends resources, DigiDuck and Project Evolve.

Please see our long-term plan to see which topics we cover:

http://www.stvincents.trafford.sch.uk/uploads/120/files/Curriculum%20Newsletters/SV%20Revised%20Online%20Safety%20Long%20Term%20Plan.pdf

Enrichment

As well as guest speakers to enrich the computing curriculum, we have had Computer Xplorers workshops for Year 2 children to teach them about coding with micro:bit devices; The Code Show – a roadshow of computers through the ages for Year 4 and Year 6 children as well as whole-school online safety assemblies by Be Internet Legends.

Home Learning

We actively encourage the children to continue to practise their computing skills at home. Here is a selection of websites where the children can have fun while enhancing their computing skills.

KS1

KS2

Support

We recognise that the Covid situation presents many difficulties for families. If you need any help, please contact the helpdesk helpdesk@stvincents.trafford.sch.uk. Our pastoral support team can provide a wealth of knowledge and can support you; please email the helpdesk if you would like our pastoral team to get in touch.

You will find lots of other support information listed on our website under the Covid-19 tab. http://www.stvincents.trafford.sch.uk/page/covid-19-information-and-support/75478

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Harrop

Headteacher

Contact the School

St Vincent's Catholic Primary School

Orchard Road
Altrincham
Cheshire
WA15 8EY

Main Contact: Headteacher Mrs Harrop

Tel: 0161 911 8040
admin@stvincents.trafford.sch.uk

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