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'I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand' Confucius 551-479BC.

Important Information

Reception and Year 1 Hearing Tests

Online Safety

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support during the reopening of the school this term.  We have loved seeing your wonderful children return to school and it has been a pleasure and a privilege to work alongside them. 

On the whole, we have enjoyed a very positive start to the term, but I wanted to bring to your attention a concern that staff and parents have brought to me. 

We have a number of children across the whole school who have access to many on-line social media platforms, games and apps at home and I would like to remind you all of the strict age limits on these. 

*Please see the attached document for further details. 

The attachment does not include tiktok, but I would like to remind you that this has an age limit of 13.

 

As a mum myself, I would appeal to all of you to monitor your child’s usage and access to these at home and ensure the content is appropriate.  If they are chatting or texting their friends at home then please ensure that the content is friendly and kind. 

 

I understand it is almost impossible to shield older children from news and the media, but you can show them the control they have in managing what they see and how they react.  These are some tips we would suggest you use at home if they do come across something upsetting:

  • Older children may be particularly skilled in finding information quickly, talking to them about how upsetting content can spread quickly will help them understand how viral content works
  • Talk about the importance of being sensitive online, and not sharing any upsetting content for others to see
  • Talk about what your child could do if he/she needed support for their mental health

As part of DCF (Digital Competence Framework) of the new curriculum for Wales, we have been focussing on the ‘Citizenship’ strand this term and we have carried out many sessions with the children on ‘Health and Well-being’, ‘Digital Rights’ and ‘Online behaviour and cyberbullying’.  These have been further promoted with sessions by P.C Underhill and will continue this term with some additional sessions booked in over the next few weeks. We would really appreciate it if you could support this vital message at home.

Please follow the link below for further guidance and support on HWB:

https://hwb.gov.wales/zones/keeping-safe-online/parents-and-carers/

Our ‘Promoting Positive Behaviour’ policy can also be found on our school website for your reference:

https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/ynystawe-primary-school/UploadedDocument/e0753fe6c93b4cc7ad6bc7cb2c44a03b/promoting-positive-behaviour-policy.pdf

Thank you for your continued support and taking the time to read this letter.  It is very important that we ensure all of our children stay safe on-line.

Best wishes,

 

Sarah Williams

 

 

Online Safety Advice

Face Masks

 

We have been issued with new guidelines regarding face masks and politely request that all adults and children over the age of 11, please wear a face covering when on the school grounds, inside and outside the school building. This includes, drop off and pick up times and any time you may need to come into the school during the day.  These guidelines are a Swansea wide stance and are required in both primary and secondary settings. 

We would also like to remind you to socially distance at all times and to avoid congregating around the entrance and exit gate. If your child is in key stage 2 you do not need to enter the school grounds unless pre arranged with a member of staff.  Please do not come into the school building unless you have made an appointment or contacted the school prior to doing so.  

 

We would be very grateful for your cooperation in the interest of keeping everyone safe. 

 

 

Fond farewells

Letter from Mrs Williams

Returning to School - September 2020

Returning to School

17th July 2020

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

I would just like to say how fantastic it has been to see your wonderful children returning to school over the past three weeks.  I would like to thank you for your support in all the new arrangements we have had to put in place, it is very much appreciated.

 

The Education Minister has now informed all schools that we are able to bring all pupils back to school in September.  We are currently planning the detail of this but I can give you some information at this point which might be helpful to you.

 

  • Pupils in Year 1 up to year 6 will all return full time on Thursday 3rd September 2020 and reception will start Friday 4th September
  • We will hold a ‘New Starters open session’ for all new nursery children on Wednesday 2nd September 10am-11am and  12-1pm.  This is only for children who haven’t yet started at Ynystawe Primary.  We will be in touch with the session time for your child
  • All parents of nursery children will receive an email informing them of their child’s start date and session times
  • Please see the start times and finish times for classes below.  Any families with more than one child are able to bring their children in together with the youngest child

Class

Start time

Finish time

Morning nursery

8:50am

11:20am

Afternoon nursery

12:50pm

3:20pm

Reception

8:50am

1pm or 3:20pm (optional for 2 weeks until 14th September)

Year Reception/Year 1

8:50am

3:20pm (optional for reception for 2 weeks until 14th September)

Year 1/2

8:40am

3:10pm

Year 3/4

9am

3:30pm

Year 4/5

8:50am

3:20pm

Year 5/6

8:40am

3:10pm

  • The one way system we have put in place for entering and leaving the school site will remain in place.
  • ONLY ONE PARENT/CARER PER FAMILY SHOULD BE ON THE SCHOOL SITE AT START AND FINISH TIMES
  • When you arrive at school you will enter the gate nearest the crossing and once you enter the school grounds you will see there have been spots sprayed on the ground in 2m distances.  Please use these to ensure you socially distance from other people.  The green are to lead you in and the blue spots will lead you to the exit.

Reception

Parents/carers should proceed to the usual classroom location, but must not enter the building.  A member of staff will welcome in the children. 

Reception/Year 1 and Year 1/2                

Parents/carers should proceed to the usual classroom locations at the front of the building, but must not enter the buildings.  A member of staff will welcome the children by the front door. 

Years 3 - 6    

Children should follow the green spots into the bottom cloakroom where a member of staff will greet the children.  We would prefer that parents left children at the front of the school and allowed them to come into the building by themselves. Parents/carers are not permitted to enter the building.

*PARENTS/CARERS WILL STILL BE EXPECTED TO OBSERVE APPROPRIATE SOCIAL DISTANCING AT ALL TIMES

  • We would please ask if parents/carers could avoid entering the school building unless you have an appointment.  The office can be contacted via telephone or email
  • School meals will be available from 14th September with a restricted choice and will be paid through the Squid system as usual.  There will be further information to follow
  • Breakfast Club will be operating from 7th September for children in year 1 -6, but we would ask that you only book if it is essential.  We are also preparing to start our After School Club provision as soon as possible and we will be touch with further details
  • All children will wear school uniform on their return to school, please see the school prospectus for details

Unfortunately the last few months have shown that guidance can change at any time, therefore I will inform you promptly if anything changes but I anticipate that at least the start date will remain the same.  I will be in touch during the summer holidays to update you on further details and arrangements.

Please feel free to contact me on the school email address if you have any queries.

It only leaves me to wish you all a wonderful summer break and we look forward to seeing you in September.

 

Best wishes,

Sarah Williams

 

Letter from the Director of Education

Dear Parents/Carers,

I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank our lovely children for returning to school this week.  It has been truly wonderful to see their smiling faces every day.  We have missed them so much and it has been a privilege to work with them once again. 

We would also like to thank you all for your continued support throughout the national crisis.  As a school we really appreciate all your messages of support and kindness.

All staff have worked tirelessly over this period to support the Emergency Childcare Setting.  They implemented from scratch home-learning provision for all our children on HWB classes, ensured pastoral and welfare structures whilst battling their own anxieties. I would really like to thank them for everything they have done and continue to do.

Our home-learning provision will continue until the end of term and we are currently looking in to ways in which we can develop this further.  We feel you are all in need of a break to enjoy being a family without the pressures of home-schooling.  The work we have been sharing is work to ensure all areas of the New Curriculum for Wales are accounted for.  Please look out for ‘The Four Purposes’ and share the language with your child.  You can find newly updated information about that on our school web-site. 

We understand that providing opportunities for learning is not easy to maintain at home and we are so grateful for all the work you have completed with your children, however small.  Like I have said in previous emails, sharing thoughts, ideas, chatting about what you can observe during a walk, cooking, laughing, identifying colours, making dens, watching the clouds, singing, dancing, tracing shadows, reading signs and just having fun can restore their sense of well-being and therefore learning can be instinctive and inadvertent.  Never underestimate the value of play.  

For children, learning connections are best made through play and all is not lost if you feel you have failed with teaching at home.  As a mum I have had the same feelings; in reality when we are working, preparing meals, doing housework and trying to communicate with colleagues, friends and family it has been extremely challenging to say the least.  Please don’t be disheartened as in reality we can only do our best.  I have clearly seen this week that you have all done a fantastic job, your children have been happy, confident and emotionally strong and resilient.  We are super proud of you and your children and looking forward to learning alongside them once again. 

I would also like to add that we are looking forward to welcoming Mrs Helen Houston Phillips back to school by the end of term.

Best wishes,

Sarah Williams

Dear Parents/carers,

 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your patience and understanding whilst waiting for information on our phased reopening, I know it must have been very frustrating for you.

 

I am very pleased that we have so many positive responses from parents and children all eager and willing to return to school.  It is a difficult decision and I just want to provide additional reassurances to all families.  Returning to school is not without risk and I cannot and will not guarantee safety for all, but what I can do is ensure strict procedures and protocols are followed which will significantly reduce the risk of harm.

 

*Today we have been officially told that the end of term date is to change and we will now break up on Friday 17th July. School will not be extended for the extra week we had prepared for.  As a staff, we are very sorry and disappointed , but this decision is in line with the latest guidance.* 

 

In line with Welsh Government ‘Check in, Catch up and Prepare’, and the guidance from the Local Authority, please see the following arrangements for the period:  Monday 29th June – Friday 17th July.

 

I hope the information provided answers most of your queries, please contact me at ynsytawe.primary@swansea-edunet.gov.uk if you need further clarification.

 

I apologise in advance for the lengthy letter, there is a great deal to tell you!

 

Breakfast and After School Clubs

There will be no clubs running during this period.

 

Attendance

You have our full support whatever decision you have taken about your child returning to school.

Most children will be attending for one day each week, we have tried to ensure that siblings can attend on the same day and that children will be placed with their friends, where possible. The children will attend school on the same day each week. 

Unfortunately, we will be unable to change the days.

 

Uniform

Children are not expected to wear school uniform. We will be spending a lot of our time outdoors so please ensure children wear their forest school clothes, which will include appropriate clothing and footwear (Wellies or walking boots) and waterproofs for inclement weather! Long trousers and long sleeves please are vital to ensure the children are protected from brambles and Lyme disease and please ensure sunscreen has been applied if the weather is sunny.

 

Start and Finish Times

To avoid congestion, a one-way system will be in operationAdults and children will enter the premises via the gate closest to the school crossing patrol, and leave using the opposite gate at the front of the school.  A virtual tour will be available for every class to ensure you are clearly aware of the route before arriving.

We would please ask if parents/carers could avoid entering the school building unless you have an appointment.  

 

ONLY ONE PARENT/CARER PER FAMILY SHOULD BE ON THE SCHOOL SITE AT START AND FINISH TIMES 

We would kindly ask that all buggies and prams are left by the railings at the front of the school.  A member of staff will be available to care of them.

 

Class

Start time

Finish time

Reception

9am

2:30pm

Year 1/2

9:15am

2:45pm

Year 2/3

9:30am

3pm

Year 3/4

9am

2:30pm

Year 4/5

9:15am

2:45pm

Year 5/6

9:30am

3pm

©We are all so looking forward to seeing the children, we have missed them so much©

 

When you arrive at school you will enter the gate nearest the crossing and once you enter the school grounds you will see there have been spots sprayed on the ground in 2m distances.  Please use these to ensure you socially distance from other people.  The green are to lead you in and the blue spots will lead you to the exit.

Please view the virtual tour for your class. We will send these out by the end of this week.

 

 

Reception

Parents/carers should proceed to the usual classroom location, but must not enter the building.  A member of staff will welcome the children.  

 

Years 1 and 2                

Parents/carers should proceed to the usual classroom locations at the front of the building, but must not enter the buildings.  A member of staff will welcome the children by the front door.  

 

Years 3 - 6   

Children should follow the green spots into the bottom cloakroom. We would prefer that parents left children at the front of the school and allowed them to come into the building by themselves. Parents/carers are not permitted to enter the building.

 

Finishing Times

To avoid congestion on the school site children will be collected between 2:30 and 3pm. Please wait at the front of the school building and the children will be escorted out to meet you.  If you have children being picked up at different times please observe appropriate distancing whilst waiting.

 

*PARENTS/CARERS WILL BE EXPECTED TO OBSERVE APPROPRIATE SOCIAL DISTANCING AT ALL TIMES

 

Emergency Childcare

We will continue to provide childcare for critical workers during this time.  All foundation phase children accessing the childcare will be located in the Early Years unit and will need to be dropped off outside.  

All KS2 children will be using the staffroom as a base and we will ensure these two areas are set up and suitable for the children to use.  Both childcare settings will be supported with two members of staff to ensure they too socially distance and keep to strict guidelines. 

 

Classroom Organisation

  • Pupils will be supported in their own classroom in groups of no more than 10, with their own class teacher where possible, an additional adult will also be allocated to all groups in foundation Phase
  • Our focus will be very much on pupil wellbeing;
  • Pupils in their classrooms will spend the day together and will not mix with other classes.  This includes break and lunch times;
  • In each class the best standards of hygiene will apply i.e. staff and pupils regularly washing hands with soap and water, hand sanitiser will be available in each room and staff will regularly clean high touch areas throughout the day;
  •  The classrooms in year 1/2 and 2/3 will have areas set up where no more than 2 children will play and there will be seating for up to 8 children 
  • The classrooms in KS2 will have enough seats for all children and they will all be spaced at least 2m apart.
  • Children should not bring any equipment to school. 
  • Children will place their coats on the back of their chairs and their lunch boxes will also be kept in the classrooms

 

Lunchtime Arrangements

School meals will not be available, all pupils are expected to bring in their own packed lunch and labelled water bottle which cannot be refilled.  All rubbish will be brought home at the end of the day.

 

         Health and Safety

Parents have told us that this is the area they are most anxious about; a series of measures have been put in place to ensure that you feel comfortable about your child being in school.

 

  • Children must not come to school if they or a member of their household show any symptoms of COVID-19 (see Public Health Wales for guidance)

         https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/

  • If your child displays any symptoms of COVID-19 in the school setting, they will be isolated and supervised in a separate area of the school until an authorised adult comes to collect them
  • Entry and exit times, and break times will be staggered in order to maintain appropriate distancing;
  • There will be a one way system to enter and exit the school site, this avoids congestion on narrow paths;
  • You will notice green and blue spots painted at least 2m apart on the floor so parents and children can be reminded about social distancing and staff will encourage children to think about the rules in a fun and friendly manner
  •  The 2 metre social distancing will be practised wherever possible. However school and Welsh Government recognise that primary pupils may find this difficult. It is for this reason that children will be attending in small numbers, and remaining with their own class group for the duration of their school day;
  • Only one adult per family will be permitted on the school site;
  • Signage will be placed to reinforce the need for distancing both indoors and outdoors;
  • Parents/carers will not be permitted inside any school building. If parents need to contact school this should be done via telephone (01792 842628) or email ynsytawe.primary@swansea-edunet.gov.uk
  • Where parents/carers have to speak in person to a member of staff, only one person will be permitted to enter the foyer at any time;
  • Parents/carers will not be able to use school toilet facilities; 
  • Pupils should not bring any items from home, except for a labelled lunch box and drink bottle
  • Classroom equipment will be kept to a minimum for ease of cleaning;
  • Appropriate PPE will be used by staff to administer First Aid.

 

Cleaning Procedures

Our regular cleaning services will clean the school premises at the end of each day, with protocols in place which adhere to COVID-19 guidance.

Staff in each classroom will clean high touch surfaces throughout the day in accordance with protocols which adhere to COVID-19 guidance.

 

I appreciate that this is a huge amount of information to take in.  Please know that we are doing everything we can to make sure the children feel comfortable and safe, even though school will be a little different from the one they are used to. Their happiness is the most important thing to all of us here in Ynystawe and you have our word that we take the very best care of your lovely children.

 

I would also like to thank you for all the support you have given to the children for their home learning, we have loved seeing their work and having emails about all the exciting things they’ve been up to. We will continue to provide home learning activities until the end of term.

 

Unfortunately, the last few weeks have shown that guidance can change at any time, therefore I will inform you promptly if anything changes.

 

Best wishes,

 

Sarah Williams 

 

Dear Parent/Carer,

I have now received Local Authority and Welsh Government guidance for the phased reopening of school.  The staff and I are working to translate this guidance into practice to ensure a safe return to school for all the children and staff.

I’m sure it must be extremely frustrating for you waiting for the information to come forward and I would like to thank you for your patience and understanding. 

I have some further information I would like to share with you at this stage.

  • Children from reception through to year six will have the opportunity to return to school 4 times between 29th June and 24th July, this will be on a once a week basis and will still depend on numbers.  We will confirm this on Friday
  • Children will be in groups of up to10 
  • The school will be open for the children for their ‘check in and catch up sessions every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and you will receive a text message this week stating which day your child will attend every week
  • Where possible, your child will be with their own class teacher, but I cannot guarantee this
  • The sessions will be focussed predominately on well-being, re-capping on basic skills and an opportunity to discuss on-line learning
  • The school day will have a staggered start and finish time:

Class

Start time

Finish time

Reception

9am

2:30pm

Year 1/2

9:15am

2:45pm

Year 2/3

9:30am

3pm

Year 3/4

9am

2:30pm

Year 4/5

9:15am

2:45pm

Year 5/6

9:30am

3pm

 

There will be more guidance to follow as to which entrances and exits you will be using

  • Children currently accessing the emergency childcare can continue to do during this time between 8:30-3:30
  • The children of key workers will also be given the opportunity to ‘check in and catch up’ with their peers and therefore will be mixing with pupils from their class
  • Home learning will continue with the provision outlined in your child’s HWB class and please don’t hesitate to continue to ask if you need any support or guidance with this

With the latest guidance we now need to know definitive numbers, therefore please could you all complete the survey below:

 

Survey

 

If we don’t receive a response from you by Friday 9am then we will assume that your child/ren will not return.  Following these responses you will receive a text informing you of the day your child will be in school.

 

I would like to thank you all for your kindness and support as we work through these difficult times together.  Please know that whatever you have decided to do, you will have our full support.

Best wishes,

Sarah Williams 

 

 

Dear Parent/Carer,

 

I hope you are all continuing to keep safe and well.

Following the announcement from Kirsty Williams, the Minister for Education, we have been waiting for further guidance before notifying you of any decisions.  As a school, we will continue to work closely with the Local authority to make suitable plans in line with this guidance.

 

I am sure you will agree that this has been quite a challenging time for us all and I am sure you will feel uncertain about what is best and may have many questions about your child’s individual circumstances.  I would like to reassure you all that the well-being of our children will continue to be our top priority.

 

At this time, I have some general details to share with you and I am hoping this will help you to arrive at a decision as to whether or not you wish your child to return to school before the summer break.

 

  •   Due to strict risk assessment protocols, all class sizes will remain small and     therefore children will only attend school once a week at most for a shortened day
  •   Nursery pupils will NOT return in Swansea schools during this time
  •   It is our intention to bring siblings in on the same day where possible
  •   Where possible, children will return to their own classroom and they will be        with their own teacher, but we cannot guarantee that.
  •   Drop off and pick up times will be staggered to ensure we don’t have large gatherings on the school premises
  •   There will be a one way system in place for entering and exiting the school grounds and these times will be staggered to ensure that movement and concentration of staff and learners is minimised
  •   Breaktimes will be staggered to ensure we keep numbers low
  •   Children will have to bring a packed lunch into school 
  •   Breakfast club will not be available during this time
  •   Regular handwashing will take place throughout the day
  •   A strict premises cleaning regime will be in place
  •   Staff will only wear PPE when dealing with first aid or intimate care, so you will not see teachers greeting the children wearing masks or visors
  •   We will be asking children to come to school in their Forest School clothes as our intention will be to spend as much time in the outdoors as possible
  •   Attendance will be voluntary and there will not be any fines should pupils not attend
  •   Distance learning via Hwb classes used during the lockdown will also continue
  •   Pupils who currently attend the emergency childcare can continue to do so.  No food will be provided for the children and they will need to bring a packed lunch
  •   Children attending emergency child care will also be offered the opportunity to spend time in class once a week and will therefore mix with the children in their class group

We will be providing a combination of face to face learning with remote learning and this blended learning approach will continue for the foreseeable future during term time.  It is still the intention of the Welsh Government to continue to move forward with the implementation of the New Curriculum for Wales and as a school we have continued to create work based on ‘The Core Purposes’, of which we discussed with you all during parent consultation.  You can find additional information on this if you visit our school website.  We will still use this new ‘curriculum’ language with children and we will continue to plan activities around these for school based work and the online work we provide.  The work will continue to be based around a theme as we would like to establish a common link which will act as a secure point of reference for creating learning experiences that will be meaningful for children and have educational integrity.  Our main focus will be well-being and our learning experiences will be fun and enjoyable for the children at home and in school as well as forming a basis for encouraging academic progress.

 

I am aware that many parents have concerns about social distancing.  We will of course be speaking to the children about the importance of maintaining an appropriate distance.  However, we cannot guarantee this as I’m sure they will all be excited to see staff and friends.  

As a staff, we will be planning very carefully over the next few weeks to create a safe, but welcoming environment for all the children and ourselves and when these plans have been put into place I will update you with a more detailed plan.

 

To help us with our planning, could you please use the link below to express your views through our school survey.  I would appreciate if you could do this by 15th June.   

 

Please know that whatever you decide to do, you will have our full support. 

 

Best wishes,

Sarah Williams

 

Please click below to complete the school survey:

 

Survey

 

Thank you

New Curriculum - Information for Parents

Make Yourself Heard

Covid 19 Latest update 20.03.2020

Curriculum Reform in Wales

National Test Timetable 2019

Education Is Changing

Please follow the link here to take you to the Education Is Changing website.

 

The biggest change is a new curriculum for schools in Wales from September 2022. It will affect all schools other than Independent schools. The curriculum has been made in Wales but shaped by the best ideas from around the world.

There will also be changes to improve how we assess pupils, teacher training and school accountability. These improvements will complement the new curriculum.

 

for more information please click here

 

There is a short video to give the changes in brief, to view please click here

Important Online Safety 

 

This information has been provided by https://nationalonlinesafety.com/ 

 

Please click here: https://mobile.twitter.com/natonlinesafety/status/1100453894814158848/photo/1

 

 


 

GDPR  - Privacy Notice

Ynystawe Primary School is the data controller who is responsible for holding the data you provide. We will use your data to keep you up to date with school activities such as concerts, fundraising and sports days. We will not share your data with anyone else and we hold your information on the basis of your consent, which you can withdraw at any time by contacting the school office. More information on your rights can be found in our privacy notice and our Data Protection policy.

Online Safety for Parents and Carers

It is often challenging to keep up with your children's use of technology; what they are doing online, who they are chatting to, what games they are playing and what they are downloading and viewing. For more information and guidance please follow this link, here.

 

Play on Wheels Timetable and Funded Play Projects

Inclement Weather

Ynystawe children have been working on a project who's aim was to promote creativity and develop high order thinking skills that will be transferrable across the learning landscape.

to read more please click here

National Quality Award Report

Penalty Notice Information

Information for Vaccination

Pupil Development Grant

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