All children back to school in September
Yesterday (2nd July 2020) the Government set out their intention to ensure all children return to the classroom at the start of the Autumn term. The details of this proposal can be read here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools . We will be working hard to ensure that we implement the principles set out by the government so that children can safely return to the classroom next term. We will of course provide further information regarding the start of term in due course.
Ofqual Consultation on GCSE’s 2021
Yesterday (2nd July 2020) Ofqual published a consultation document on proposed changes to some GCSE and A-Level qualifications for next academic year. The consultation sets out various proposals on how some qualifications could be adapted to enable them to be delivered safely, whilst also recognising the significant amount of school time Ks4 & Ks5 students have missed. The full documentation can be read here alongside a link to have your say.
What do to today?
Please find a link to a new document on our website where students and parents can find an example of a suggested school day whilst they are learning remotely. Some students may have their routines well organised and may be working well, if so I would not suggest that they change anything. However, this may help any students out there who are finding a lack of structure difficult to cope with. Click here for Example Day
Stuck for something to do…. Take a look at our ‘Background Knowledge’ grid full of tips and ideas of useful websites to do some background reading and watching on relevant topics to keep your mind active and knowledge up to date.. Please click the link Background Knowledge
Find links to all distance learning information on our Academy website.
We have been incredibly impressed with our students dedication to online reading on myON, we have now exceeded 20 hours of reading time, impressively over half of this time has been accrued by our Year 9 students. It would be great to see other year groups challenging the amazing success of Year 9. MyON offers a range of titles, genres and topics for students to read (or have narrated) at their leisure. https://www.myon.co.uk/login/index.html
GCSE Revision Guides
If you are wishing to purchase GCSE Revision Guides for students in Y10 to work through in preparation for their return to the Academy please find a list of the exam boards we will be using for academic year 2020-21. This will enable you to purchase the correct book for the correct exam board.
Revision guides can be purchased directly from most reputable book retailers.
Hot Chocolate Friday and our Woodfields Frog Leaderboards
Thankyou to last weeks winners for sending in your pictures of you enjoying your Hot Chocolate Friday!
We will again be celebrating the hard work of our students every Friday with a Hot Chocolate. We are busy creating leader boards now for Frog, where we can see clearly the top 10 students who have been logging in frequently and spending a lot of time learning on Frog. This is on a weekly basis, for the holidays and for the half-term. We are going right back to the beginning of lock-down to celebrate. This week Hot Chocolate sachets have gone to nearly 40 students, to those who were in the top 10 for their consistent approach to Frog learning and to those who got off to a flying start in that first week we were in lockdown. Congratulations everyone, it would be great to receive some pictures of students enjoying their Hot Chocolates via Froghelp@astreawoodfields.org. Also, if your child is not using Frog but is working every day and is spending at least 6 hours every day on their school work, let me know through Froghelp@astreawoodfields.org. That is the standard needed to get near the leaderboard.
Home visits and student checks
Staff at AAW continue to carry out student visits and make phone calls to make sure everyone is safe and well. Calls may come from the Academy main phone line, a withheld number or a private mobile number.
Future Projects and Timeframes
Y Block Refurbishment – Start date for Summer 2020 CONFIRMED!
New Main Hall & Reception – anticipating a start date of Winter 2020;
New Technology Block – anticipating a start date of Autumn 2020.
Obviously we will be working within the COVID-19 guidelines and therefore we will need to be flexible to allow for changes in government guidelines.
Health and Well Being
In these challenging times it is important for us all to look after ourselves – and each other. Keeping safe, well and mentally healthy are vital and there will be times when we all need support. The links below offer support for positive mental health and safeguarding, which is of particular importance when accessing online learning.
Recommendation: NHS https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/understanding-stress/
Help if you are feeling stressed, anxious or depressed. Access to self-help, talking therapies and helplines. Support for adults, children, teens and students.
Recommendation: Young Minds https://www.youngminds.org.uk
Age appropriate information, guidance and support for mental health. Specific guidance covering a wide range of issues that children and young people face. 24/7 crisis support (text YM to 85258). Signposting to appropriate helplines. Separate advice for parents/carers
Recommendation: Headspace https://www.headspace.com/covid-19
Offering free support (articles) and meditation exercises during the Coronavirus crisis. Meditation exercises for: relieving stress; walking at home; and feeling overwhelmed.
Recommendation: With Me in Mind (NHS Service) http://www.withmeinmind.co.uk/
The team help enhance support already in place from school counsellors, nurses, educational psychologists and the voluntary sector to treat those with mild to moderate mental health issues in school.
As all the schools in the country are now closed to most students, children will inevitably be spending more and more time online. Whether that time is learning online via Frog Learn or socialising with friends via Instagram, Zoom or HouseParty, it is important, now more than ever, that we continue to educate children about how to keep themselves safe online. Please see the link below to the NSPCC website which contains some very clear and useful information about how to keep children safe online. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/
Wearing a face covering
With the new government guidelines on face coverings we thought it would be useful to share some helpful guidance, as published by the government, on how to make your own face mask at home if you choose to do so.
A cloth face covering should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably.
It can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head.
Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting it on and after taking it off.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth at all times and store used face coverings in a plastic bag until you have an opportunity to wash them.
Do not touch the front of the face covering, or the part of the face covering that has been in contact with your mouth and nose.
Once removed, make sure you clean any surfaces the face covering has touched.
You should wash a face covering regularly. It can go in with other laundry, using your normal detergent.
When wearing a face covering, take care to tuck away any loose ends
Please see below link for instructions on how to make your own:
Please note: It is now mandatory to wear a face mask on public transport and/or when visiting the hospital
More details can be found here https://www.doncasterccg.nhs.uk/wearing-face-coverings/?doing_wp_cron=1593771159.9694509506225585937500
COVID-19 – Change to Guidance on Symptoms
The most important symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of any of the following:
a new continuous cough
a high temperature
a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. However, if you have any of the symptoms above you must stay at home and arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange.
What do we mean by possible or confirmed coronavirus infection (COVID-19)?
Possible infection is where a person has coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms and is currently awaiting a test result. Confirmed infection is where a person has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
COVID-19 Key messages
If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, OR you have received a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test result, the clear medical advice is to immediately self-isolate at home for at least 7 days from when your symptoms started. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You should arrange to have a test to see if you have COVID-19 – go to testing to arrange.
Consider alerting the people that you have had close contact with in the last 48 hours to let them know you have symptoms of coronavirus COVID-19.
You must also telephone the AAW Absence Line / App message to report your illness and/or COVID-19 test.
NEW NHS Test and Trace service for COVID-19
If you suspect you have coronavirus you can order a test by dialling 119 or visiting NHS.uk/coronavirus. If your test comes back positive, you will receive a request by text, email or phone call to log into the NHS Test and Trace service website and asked to give details of people you have been in “close contact” with. ‘Close Contact’ is defined as people you have been within two metres of for more than 15 minutes without protective equipment. Those people who have been in close contact with you will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and told to isolate for 14 days, even if they are asymptomatic. If you need support in booking a COVID-19 test please contact the academy and we will try and assist.
If you have COVID-19 Symptoms
After 7 days, or longer, if you still have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell/taste, you must continue to self-isolate until you feel better.
You do not need to self-isolate if you only have a cough or loss of sense of smell/taste after 7 days, as these symptoms can last for several weeks after the infection has gone. If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), then you must stay at home for at least 7 days. All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the household became ill. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection that people in your household could pass on to others in the community.
Reduce the spread of infection in your home by washing your hands regularly for 20 seconds using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser, and cover coughs and sneezes.
If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus (COVID-19) service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
Stay Alert – Control the Virus – Save Lives
Please continue to follow the updated Government’s advice on how to protect you and others during the Coronavirus outbreak. Please check this out the latest Government guidance found here: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
If you have any questions or concerns please contact us via the Academy App or if you need to reach out to any of the team here at AAW during this difficult time, together as always, we are all here for each other!
Safeguarding – Miss Lisa Bland – email@example.com
Frog – Mrs Julie Atkins – Froghelp@astreawoodfields.org
App – Mr Jacob Gorham – Astrea.App@astreawoodfields.org
Counselling – Mrs Joanne Boulter – Joanne.firstname.lastname@example.org
Careers Advice and Guidance – Careers Inc – https://www.careersinc.uk/blog/2020/03/18/virtual-careers-advice/
Supervision of Key Worker children – Mr Alistair Hartley – Alistair.email@example.com
Free School Meal Vouchers – Please message in via the App
New Y7 Parental questions (Transition) – Mr Luke Sadler – Luke.Sadler@astreawoodfields.org
Academy site team management – Mrs Claire Hudson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Principal – Mr Adam Atkinson (Principal’s PA – Ms Karen Bromilow – Karen.Bromilow@astreawoodfields.org)