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#WeAreOne – Week 2

As we go through this time of uncertainty we want you to know that we are doing this together. We will offer all the help and support we can.

WeAreOne community

As the Academy closed it’s door to most students on Monday 23rd March 2020 we want you to know the services we will continue to provide;

  • Supervision of children of Key Worker parents
  • Safeguarding checks for our most vulnerable students
  • Online learning for all students to access via the Frog learning platform
  • Hard copies of learning material if required
  • Food parcels for families facing significant financial hardship
  • Free school meals Vocuheras to any family entitled to them 
  • Careers interviews via phone 
  • Any other support that we can!

If you require any of the services above please make do not hesitate to get in touch and message via the Academy App, email or if you need to get in touch we us urgently please call us on 07809 418527.

We are all in this together, so now more than ever it is important that we work to support each other over the coming weeks and months.

As the Academy closed it’s door to most students on Monday 23rd March 2020 we want you to know the services we will continue to provide;

Key Worker Parents

May we take this opportunity to offer our sincere gratitude to those amazing parents that work in the NHS and other jobs critical to keeping the country going through these extremely difficult times. #localheros

Week 2 – Update

Free School Meals Voucher Scheme launched

Behind the scenes staff are working hard to ensure our families facing financial hardship receive supermarket vouchers if their child/children are entitled to Free School Meals. Within 5 working days of having to close the Academy we had this system setup and launched. When we launched at the start of the week 74% of our eligible parents accessed vouchers on the same day.

Frog Learning

Mrs Atkins continues to ensure as many of our students access Frog Learn on a daily basis. The vast majority of students are now logging on daily to access work set by their teachers. Here is the link https://astreawoodfields-doncaster.frogos.net again. If you are having any issues please contact the Academy by email froghelp@astreawoodfields.org

Learning Timetable

If you are struggling to get your children motivated, keeping to a timetable or looking for some additional activities for them to do online please download out ‘Learning Timetable’ HERE; Learning Timetable Distance Learning

A sneak preview of some of the ideas you could also have a go at;

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm-URP49TgSgyIU1rgh2m7A – Geography with Steve Backshall

https://tv.historyhit.com History with Dan Snow

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQh2wgJ5tOrixYBn6jFXsXQ Music with Myleene Klass

https://www.themathsfactor.com/ Maths with Carol Vorderman

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDlSobQTc4IifJEu6Lt22eA Science with Carol Vorderman

Work packs send home

For those students who have chosen to complete physical work at home. Work packs have sent home this week.

Community Food Donations

To support our community with ensuring food gets to those who need it most a donation was made to the Revered Food and Toiletries Bank at St Johns the Evangelist church.

Students in school

The Academy remains open for children where both parents are keyworkers and those that maybe vulnerable. During this time there are planned activities for students to undertake. These include;

Current Affairs – e.g. making their own newspapers, watching CBBC newsround, having a discussion about the news.

Reading – e.g. choosing a book from a library selection and reading.

Active – e.g. students engaged in physical activity, doing the YouTube PE with Joe Wicks activity, dance, keepie uppie challenge….

Strategy – e.g. students engaged in board games, card games, battleships, designing their own board games, crossword, wordsearches, sudoku and other written puzzles

FROG – catching up on work set for them on Frog

Creative – e.g. watching online theatre, art work, listening to music, colouring.

Home visits and Safeguarding checks

Staff at AAW continue to carry out student visits and make phone calls to make sure everyone is safe and well.

Online Safety

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 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.

All students will also be set an online safety lesson via Frog Learn to complete.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

Do you know anyone that needs help?

Please let us know of anyone in our community that may need help and support throughout this difficult period. Whether that’s just a phone call to check they are ok or help with getting food or medicine, we are all in this together.

Please reach out so that we can support each other. #WeAreOne

Message in via the App or email office@astreawoodfields.org

Doncaster Community Hub

DMBC are offering support to the community’s most vulnerable members by helping them with things such as collecting medicine and shopping. Please visit their website at www.dncomunityhub.orguk, call on 01302 430300 or email enquires@dncomunityhub.org.uk

Supporting anxiety and worries about Covid-19

The Educational Phycology service at Doncaster council have provided some helpful practical information to help parents talk to children if their child is worried or showing signs of anxiety regarding the Coronavirus. Please find this attached here

Secondary Age Children resources from the EP service regarding coronavirus

Send us your funny ‘home schooling’ pictures

We’d love to know how our community are getting on at home. If you’ve got a picture and comment that don’t mind sharing please email it to office@astreawoodfields.org

Stay at home – Protect the NHS – Save Lives

Please continue to follow the 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

We are all here for each other;

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 – safeguarding@astreawoodfields.org

Frog –  Mrs Julie Atkins – Froghelp@astreawoodfields.org

App – Mr Jacob Gorham – Astrea.App@astreawoodfields.org

Counselling – Mrs Joanne Boulter – Joanne.boulter@astreawoodfields.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.hartley@astreawoodfields.org 

New Y7 Parental questions (Transition) – Mr Luke Sadler Luke.Sadler@astreawoodfields.org

Academy site team management – Mrs Claire Hudson – office@astreawoodfields.org

Principal – Mr Adam Atkinson (Principal’s PA – Ms Karen Bromilow – Karen.Bromilow@astreawoodfields.org)

#WeAreOne

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