Information for Families: 11.6.21

What a glorious week! It might have been a short week, but it has certainly been a busy three days at Myatt.

Take One Picture

This week we have been having great fun being inspired by this year’s selected painting from The National Gallery. Take One Picture is our national programme for primary schools, which aims to inspire a lifelong love of art and learning. Every year, they take one picture from their collection to inspire art and cross-curricular work in primary classrooms.

This year the painting is The Finding of Moses by Orazio Gentileschi:

In three days, across the school, we have had so much art going on! We have had Year 5 children hammering away to create nail and string art, Year 6 weaving representations of their identity and Year 1 exploring hands in a host of different media. In Year 2 they have been creating water tones through collage, marbling, painting and Year 3 have been creating self-portraits on woven textures. Reception have been making baskets, Year 4 visited Hilly Fields to research to draw landscapes for their own photographic poses and nursery have been exploring hand prints and baby pictures.  Once all the work has been completed we will be sharing a virtual tour of all our art with you.

COVID Restrictions

We are all awaiting the government’s announcements on Monday. Once we know what has been decided, we will be reviewing our risk assessments and procedures for the rest of the term in light of the new guidance. Please continue to be vigilant; Lewisham’s current infection rate has risen to 44.5 with numbers of new cases doubling from the previous week.

Eat them to Defeat Them

Every child from Reception to Year 6 should have brought home a pack this week that aims to encourage them to eat more vegetables. This is a 6 week national campaign and you may have seen the adverts on TV. 80% of children are not eating enough vegetables. Veg Power is on a mission to inspire kids from early years through primary school and into their teens to veggie loving habits they will keep for life.  Each week a different veg is highlighted, this week is tomato (I know it’s technically a fruit!!) Children will be encouraged to try the veg of the week and get stickers when they do. See here: Vegtastic-Lunchbox-Hacks for ways to get more vegetables into packed lunches.  Veg Power have lots of good ideas to help you at home with this. Here are some recipe ideas for seasonal veg:

Advice on how to keep kids safe in the sun

  1. Use a good sun cream

Make sure your child wears sunscreen that covers any exposed skin – use plenty, and don’t forget their shoulders, the back of their neck, the tops of their ears, nose and cheeks. Choose a sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 15, and at least 4 stars for UVA protection.

Try and put sun cream on your child at least half an hour before heading out – remember that long-lasting sun cream is now available. Alternatively, please send a clearly labelled tube of sun cream to school that they can reapply at lunch-time.

  1. Wear a sunhat

It’s a good idea for children to wear a floppy sunhat that protects their face and neck whenever they’re out in the sun. Wearing a hat yourself can really encourage a reluctant child to follow suit.

  1. Drink lots of water

Make sure you child has a water bottle so that they have access to water throughout the day. We will encourage them to drink regularly – particularly when they’ve been running around.

  1. Wear appropriate clothing

No sunscreen offers 100% protection so it helps to cover up with loose fitting clothing (such as cotton) which allows air to reach your child’s body and sweat to evaporate rather than stick to the skin and cause irritation. A tight weave will block as many of the sun’s rays as possible. You can check this by holding clothing up to the sun – the less light that shines through, the better.  Please take care with your child’s footwear – not all summer sandals are suited to running and climbing, etc.


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