Information Update: 1. 4. 20
As we head into the Easter holiday, we will be sending home some fun ideas, activities to help entertain your children over the 2 weeks holiday – we thought this might help whilst we are all still isolated. You will receive your next set of home learning on Friday 17thApril, ready for the first week of the new term.
‘Sam at Myatt Garden’ Youtube
I’m really pleased to let you know that Sam, our legendary Sports Coach, has launched his very own Youtube channel for Myatt Garden children whilst the school is shut. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday he will be posting challenges for your children to do at home, though I suspect once watched, this may become a family challenge. Most importantly it will be a way for pupils to stay connected with a friendly Myatt face.
Check him out today at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUJhUEZm04jKoV5UzSs6TSw
Free audio books
Audible have released lots of free audio books for children, for as long as schools are closed. You can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help children continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
Sadly, I have to report that a few Year 5 families have been in touch as some children have had their Spelling Shed account hacked by other children. In order to keep things simple, although user names are individual, everyone’s password is the same. It is incredibly disappointing, Spelling Shed is a learning resource which we hope children will enjoy whilst improving their spelling. However, I like to focus on the positive so I would suggest that this is a good opportunity to discuss online safety with your child and the importance of behaving responsibly online. This could be really useful to guide to look at together: http://www.safetynetkids.org.uk/personal-safety/staying-safe-online
We have been informed of a local Covid/coronavirus support group who are working on a project with The Hill Station to buy food from their wholesalers and use their own fundraising efforts to deliver these boxes for free weekly to those suffering financial hardship due to coronavirus.
A typical box contains the following items:
Lentils, free range eggs, milk, sugar, porridge oats, rice, bread, some tinned food and a selection of fruit and veg (such as bananas, apples, oranges, lemons, broccoli, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots, and we try to put some of each in every box).
They are making up the first boxes this week and are very much responding to the local community’s needs as they go. They intend to do this weekly as long as the need exists and our wholesale supplier are able to deliver. To get in touch if you need a box or if you want to volunteer, contact Victoria on 07462574516.
They are also running a parallel initiative to distribute these boxes locally at cost to people who are 70+/self-isolating/NHS personnel. These boxes can be ordered by calling or texting Tineke on 07748713212, by the end of Sunday each week, for distribution on Tuesday.
If you have a printer at home, I’ve been told the attached Times-tables—Top-Trumps top trump cards have been working well at home to help children with their tables. Simply print and hours of fun, whilst gaining rapid recall of key multiplication facts.
Free School Meals
If you are entitled to FSM, you should have received an email from us regarding vouchers. We need your permission to use your email address as a means of getting vouchers to you. If you haven’t done this already, please do it as a matter of urgency so the issue of vouchers is not delayed. If you need help please email: email@example.com and we will respond.
A reminder that even though school is not open, we are here for you and are keen to help if you need advice or support. You can get in contact via: firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us on 0208 691 0611 or 07742 967605.
It will be an Easter like no other, let’s hope for some sunshine!
I wish you all a good one! Stay well.