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Five Elms Primary School January 2021

Dear Parents/carers,

We hope you and your families are staying safe and remaining well during this new lockdown. We did not expect to be in this position again and we are saddened that we are unable to welcome back the whole school community. However, your child’s health, safety and well-being is our priority. Over the coming weeks, our staff will continue to work hard to ensure that provision both at home and in school is of the highest standard and all our children and their families have access to the support they need, both academically and with their well-being.

We’ve all had to adapt to new ways of working, so we’d like to say what an amazing job you’re doing supporting your child’s learning during this time. Some tips for home learning:  Where possible, ensure your child has a suitable (e.g. quiet and comfortable) area at home where they can focus on school work.  To develop self-directed learning and motivation ask questions such as:

‘What have you been up to?’

‘Show me what you’ve done’

‘Explain this to me’ ‘How have you done that?’

‘Wow! That is incredible!’

Create a timetable or calendar with your child to structure each day e.g. decide if they will have breakfast before registration at 9:00 am; will they take breaks after 20mins or ½ hour? A daily timetable will be posted on Google Classroom: online day is typically 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, with a 15 minute break and then 1:00pm – 3:00 pm. A teacher in each year group will be online during these time to support children with their learning.

We are aiming to make SchoolPing (a paperless communication app) our main means of communication to parents. It is a free-to-download app that keeps you connected to all your child’s school news via instant messages sent straight to your smartphone. All you need is an internet connection to stay in the loop with everything from sports days to parents’ evenings. You can receive and view documents such as the newsletter right there in the app. You can also choose how you want to check your updates: on your smartphone, tablet or computer. If you do not have access to a smartphone, you can also receive messages via email or by logging into your account on the web. Whether you're at work, at home or on the go, all you need is an internet connection to stay up to date with all of the school’s latest news. Check your child knows how to stay safe online. To get the app on your phone you’ll need to search for SchoolPing in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and download. When your child started at Five Elms Primary a personal username and password would have been created for you which is in your child’s starter pack. If you have these details then proceed to open the app, search for Five Elms Primary and then enter your username and password. If you do not have these login details, please contact Miss Reid on her direct email address on areid@five-elms.bardaglea.org.uk and she will be able to assist you. (Please note, these emails will be read and replied on Mondays to Wednesdays only). Thank you for using SchoolPing.

As was mentioned in our last newsletter, we have a large stock of used school uniforms which we would like to make available to parents for £1 per item. All are in good to very good condition, washed and bagged and ready to go. If you are interested in obtaining any item for your child or if you have any queries, please contact Miss Reid on her direct email address on areid@five-elms.bardaglea.org.uk (Please note, these emails will be read and replied on Mondays to Wednesdays only). We want to make this service available via our Facebook page going forward but we are experiencing some technical issues which we are in the process of resolving.


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