Update on Re-opening of Marsh Hill Primary School
The decision has been made to delay the phased reopening of school for the specified year groups to Monday 8th June at the earliest. We feel it is right to take a cautious and measured approach to reduce risk and to ensure the continued healthy and safety and well-being of the children, parents and staff whilst on site. The final guidance is expected on 28th May when the Government will review the impact of its latest measures, then we will be in a position to advise you of specific arrangements and protocols in line with the latest government guidance.
Home Learning - Monday 18th May
Hello! This week's learning is now available on the school website. Please remember to use the class email address to send photos of learning to the teacher. Many thanks.Read More
Parent Consultation for phased re-opening of school (Year 6)
As stated in this week's newsletter, we are asking parents (who have children in Reception, Year 1 and/or Year 6) to provide us with a brief response concerning the re-opening of school. Please take a few moments to complete the attached online form if your child in is Year 6:
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Parent Consultation for phased re-opening of school (Year 1)
As stated in this week's newsletter, we are asking parents (who have children in Reception, Y1 and/or Y6) to provide us with a brief response concerning the re-opening of school. Please take a few moments to complete the attached online form if your child is in Year 1:
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Parent Consultation for phased re-opening of school
As stated in this week's newsletter, we are asking parents (who have children in Reception, Y1 and/or Y6) to provide us with a brief response concerning the re-opening of school. Please take a few moments to complete the attached online form if your child is in Reception:
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Possible Re-opening of School for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 Pupils
As you are aware the government have said that schools may begin to re-open to ReceptiPossible Re-opening of School for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 Pupilson, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils from Monday 1st June 2020. As part of our risk assessment and in order to prepare, we are consulting parents in the above year groups to see if you will be sending your child to school on the proposed date of June 1st 2020. You can do this by one of the following; completing the survey on the school’s website, emailing the school or your child’s class email, or alternatively, contacting the School Office on 0121 464 2920. Please do this by Wednesday 20th May.
The Governors and the leadership team will be carrying out a full health and safety risk assessment of the school site. This information will be used to manage and reduce risk and to ensure the continued healthy and safety and well-being of the children, parents and staff whilst on site. Please note that school will not reopen to any pupils beyond our key worker children until full risk assessments and preparation of the school site have been carried out and we feel that it is safe to admit additional pupils.
Please be aware that if and when children come to school, they will be in much smaller groups and we will endeavour to provide a broad and balanced curriculum within the constraints of this current situation. However, restrictions on the sharing of resources and movement around the classroom will have an impact and we will support the children in every way we can with this. The DfE has advised that parents will not be fined for non-attendance.
Please note that we are unable to provide places for siblings in other year groups unless they are on our keyworker register.
Once all the assessments and surveys have been conducted, then we will be in a position to advise you of specific arrangements and protocols in line with the latest government guidance.
Important information from the government
Yesterday, the government released a document for parents and carers, relating to schools during the Coronavirus outbreak. Please read the document, as it may help to answer some questions that you may have.
The link to the document is also on our website. It can be found under the 'Key Information' tab, then 'COVID-19'.Read More
Home learning activities for this week are now available on the school's website. Please use the class email address if you have any queries.Read More
Updated version of the home learning
Y2 parents - a new version of this week's home learning has just been uploaded to the school's website. It contains more activities that don't necessarily need a screen to be completed. My apologies if this has caused confusion - Mrs Clover.Read More
Home learning activities
This week's home learning activities are now available on the school's website, under the 'pupil' tab, and then under 'school closure - learning at home'. If you have any queries, please email your class teacher. Year 4 and Year 5 have additional pages attached to the main activity sheet.
Weekly learning activities
Weekly learning activities are now available (for each year group) on the school's website. They can be found under the 'pupils' tab, then 'school closure - learning at home'. Additional information can also be seen in the Parent Planners (curriculum maps) which are also available on the website.
Websites that have been referred to can be found on the 'learning links' page. If you have any queries, you can now contact the class teacher by using the new class email addresses that are found on the same page as the weekly learning activities.
You should be able to use mobile phones to access all of this information, as well as tablet devices (iPads etc). Using a desktop computer or laptop is not essential.
Enjoy the week ahead and stay safe!
The Marsh Hill TeamRead More
Government Supermarket Vouchers
From 24th April, eligible pupils will be issued with an eCode equivalent of £15 per week per child. This is in line with updated guidance from the DfE and Edenred who provide the eCodes and eGift Cards. If you do not receive an eCode you are expecting (and you are certain that your child is eligible for free school meals) please check your SPAM/Junk email folders and with family members before contacting us as we have used the most up to date email address that we have on file.
Orders will be fulfilled by a company called Edenred, so please look out for this name. The DfE have explained that due to high demand, there can be up to a 72 hour delay between school ordering the eCodes and them being emailed to parents/carers.
If you have successfully redeemed an eCode, but have queries about your eGift Card (for example, you have not received it within 24 hours of ordering it at www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk) then please contact Edenred by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and Edenred can look into this for you.
FSM Vouchers have been allocated
All FSM vouchers have now been allocated. Please visit the FSM (under the Parent tab) and follow instructions on how to activate you voucher. If you are in receipt of FSM and you have not received your validation code then email email@example.comRead More
School is closed for the Easter holidays
School is closed for the Easter holidays and will re-open on 20 April 2020 as an emergency care facility for children of critical workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with certain needs. If you need emergency care during the Easter holidays, then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try and arrange childcare.
There is always a Designated Safeguarding Lead on duty and can be contacted in the event of a serious safeguarding concern or emergency on: 07538 455727. However, if you consider this to be urgent please contact Birmingham Children's Advice and Support service on 0121 303 1888Read More
Educational Psychologist Telephone Helpline for Parents and Carers
Do you as a parent or carer at home with your children during the school shut down, feel that you need someone to talk to about how you can cope with this challenging time for families?
Birmingham Educational Psychology Service is providing a telephone helpline for any parent or carers of children, who feel they would benefit from a consultation with a psychologist to support them with any concerns arising at this time, for them or their families.Read More
Home Learning - online resources
If you go to the school's website and click on 'pupils', then 'learning links', you will find a list of useful websites that will support home learning. Some sites need usernames and passwords, which your child should have in their learning packs. Other sites require you to sign up for free and some sites are open access.Read More
Are you a 'critical worker'?
Please complete the electronic form (using the link below) if you believe that your occupation is within the 'critical worker' category.
We may need evidence of this to ensure that we are following Government guidance.
If the link doesn't work on your mobile phone, please go to the school's website instead. We've also sent the link via our text message service.Read More
Critical Workers - information from the Government for parents who are able to have childcare provided for their children as of Monday 23rd March
The following information has been released by the Government:
Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
Please, therefore, follow these key principles:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
- Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
- Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
- Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.
If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:
Health and social care
This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.
Education and childcare
This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.
Key public services
This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.
Local and national government
This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.
Food and other necessary goods
This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).
Public safety and national security
This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.
This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.
Utilities, communication and financial services
This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.
If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.
If your school is closed then please contact your local authority, who will seek to redirect you to a local school in your area that your child, or children, can attend.
We are grateful for the work of teachers and workers in educational settings for continuing to provide for the children of the other critical workers of our country. It is an essential part of our national effort to combat this disease.Read More
The link above should direct you to a government website, where you will find a video showing the correct handwashing procedure that's currently being encouraged nationwide. There's also additional information related to the virus and the associated symptoms.Read More
Spoz the Poet
We were delighted to welcome Spoz the Poet into school yesterday. He started with a whole school assembly that had all the children engrossed. Then did workshops with pupils across school to help them write their own poems.
The feedback from pupils and staff has been really positive and a tremendous day was had by all. Here is just a selection of what the pupils told us:
‘We we’re learning but in a fun way’
‘I thought the performance was really good for all the pupils, it was cool and funny’
‘I like the way he used words’
‘Lots of humour was involved when we read our poems’
‘Spoz made sure that everyone was included and it was really interactive’
It wasn’t just the pupils who were impressed though. Here are some comments made by the teachers:
‘Spoz was one of the best ever visitors I’ve ever seen come to a school. Every single child in assembly was engaged’
‘He captured every single child in the school’
‘He was amazing and the children were enthralled – they loved every minute of it’
We still have some of Spoz’s books available. Please ask at the office if you would like to purchase a copy.Read More
Mother's Day Lunch 26.3.2020
We are celebrating Mother’s Day on Thursday 26th March 2020 with a special Lunch. If you would like to come and have lunch with your child; the price of the meal is £4.00.
If your child normally brings sandwiches and would like a meal on this day then you can pay £2.30 via School Money, this does not apply to KS1 children or any children on Free school meals.
Payment needs to be made by Thursday 12th March.
World Book Day Thursday 5th March 2020
This year we will be joining in with schools around the UK to celebrate the 2020 theme for World Book Day: ‘Share a Million stories’.
In class we will be celebrating our favourite stories and children are invited to bring their favourite book into school and/or to dress as a character from their favourite book.