School nurses will be in school on Thursday 5th November 2020. A link for you to sign your child up has been emailed to all parents today. If you need any further details, or do not receive the link, please ring the school office on 0161 921 1690. Please Note that consent MUST be done via the link in the email, and cannot be given by school. The flu vaccination is voluntary, but is highly recommended while the Covid pandemic is still with us.
Good morning. We are today emailing all parents a letter with an update on the current situation and some changes to school procedures. Instances of Covid-19 have been rising rapidly around the country and particularly in our local region. We have therefore had to review our risk assessment and tighten some of our procedures, as advised by our local authority and public health partners. Please note that FROM MONDAY 5th OCTOBER 2020:
Thank you for respecting our staff by complying fully with these procedures and acting responsibly if reminded of the rules on site. Please note that all of our staff have the right to be treated with dignity and respect and to feel safe while at work.
Here is a handy guide from the NHS to help you decide what to do about cornonavirus symptoms, contacts and other scenarios when you are not sure whether to send your child to school. Please click HERE to download this useful and simple PDF poster.
Thank you to all parents who recognise that our main aim at this time is to keep all of our community safe. In light of the national - and especially the local - situation of rising cases of Covid-19, we are sure that you will understand that we must be very wary of any illness which is presented in school. There have been a number of queries regarding coughs, so we are publishing the NHS advice below to make it clear what is meant by each symptom. We are also awaiting further advice which we have requested from Public Health in Salford.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.
Please click HERE to read the letter e-mailed out to all parents today.
As per government and LA guidelines, any pupil or staff member who displays any of the main symptoms of coronavirus infection, must stay away from school and be tested. You can phone school for advice on how to do this and speak to Miss Buckley on 0161 921 1690.
If a member of your household is showing any of the main symptoms, you shoudl all self isolate until they have had a test. Please let school know you are doing this, and let us know the result of the test as soon as possible.
Symptoms of coronavirus infeciton are:
We will ONLY inform parents when there has been a positive test in the school. Please keep checking our website for this information. If a child or staff member tests positive, the class and associated adults will be required to self isolate for 14 days, and you will be notified of this by school.
We cannot inform parents if there has been a suspected case in school, or if a contact of a child has tested positive. Please ensure that you instruct your children to follow the covid safe rules and wash their hands regularly, remain socially distanced from other classes and adults, clean up after themselves and tell a teacher if they are feeling unwell.
Thank you to all our families for helping us to keep the school community safe.
A big thank you to all our families for following the new staggered timetable that we have had to adopt to ensure we don't have too many people on the school site at once. Can we please ask that you keep your children off the play equipment, so that we can keep each of our class zones just for them. It is particularly important that children from the Infant school do not play on equipment in the junior yard, or on the field, as this could mean both schools having to close in the event of a coronavirus outbreak. The infant school would also appreciate you keeping away from the sandhills area and would remind families to stay on the paths into and out of school.
Please could you leave the school site as soon as you have dropped off, or picked up your chidlren and keep each entrance clear for others to access the site safely. We realise it is very tempting to stop and chat, but please fight the temptation while on school premises, or around the site.
Social distancing is extremely important, and we thank you all for maintaining 2 metres between your household and others whilst at school.
Please see below the day that each year group will be doing PE.
Monday and Thursday
Thursday and Friday
Tuesday and Wednesday
Monday and Friday
On PE days, children are to come to school in their PE kit which they will stay in all day.
PE Kit should be: · Plain black or blue track-suit · white T-shirt · Trainers
PLEASE NOTE: football shirts/tracksuits are not allowed, and expensive kit with logos is discouraged
Welcome back to all our families - we are very much looking forward to seeing you all in school. The children who came on Friday had a wonderful day and were all smiles!
Y3 - 8:30 - 3:00
Y4 - 8:45 - 3:15
Y5 - 9:00 - 3:30
Y6 - 9:15 - 3:45
Please make sure you walk on the left on pathways and stay socially distanced from other households. Thank you!
Any parents whose children have been invited to transition visits on Friday 4th September, please note that uniform is required.
All parents should now have received the parent handbook which outlines our response to re-opening the school in September. We have followed government guidelines throughout our risk assessment and policy development, and have liaised closely with the Infant School throughout the process.
We recognise that some of the changes may well be inconvenient for some parents, but we must stress that any measures put in place have been done to reduce the chance of community transmission of the coronavirus. I would hope that all of you would want to keep our school, our children and our community safe and virus free.
We would also urge you all to think carefully before criticising the school for attempting to follow the guidelines laid down by the government, as we have worked exceptionally hard to manage the almost impossible task of continuing our excellent learning alongside reducing the amount of social contact around school from September. With upwards of 1400 people accessing the school site across the two schools at the start and end of the day, our biggest chance of transmission is during drop off and pick up, which is why we have staggered the start and end times of the school day. We have also insisted on pupils being in school for the usual six and a half hours, in order to maximise the time we have to ensure all pupils catch up to where they should be. We know that you will agree that these two aims are our first priorities on return to school.
All information about the organisation of a return to school in September will be communicated to parents by email. Please make sure we have a current email address for you and check it regularly over the Summer holidays. If you need to give us a new email address you can email us at email@example.com or use our contact form HERE. You can also update your details on the school APP. We will post updates on the website as well - so keep checking over the Summer.
The latest Government guidance for parents can be found HERE.
We will post a plan for re-opening and the updated risk assessment on our website as soon as possible. Please note that there has been a change to the back-to-school date. We are now opening to pupils on Monday 7th September 2020. Year 3 pupils will be invited in on Friday 4th Septembr for a half day transition visit. Arrangements will be emailed out to parents.
Information about uniform for September has been emailed out to parents today. The letter can be found HERE. The Uniform price list can be found HERE. Please contact school for any further queries. Please note some changes to uniform for September due to the Covid-19 pandemic:
A link to the uniform page can be found HERE.
as we near the end of the school year, we would like to say a big thank you to all of those who have been so supportive over the past year. Under some very difficult circumstances, your support has been even more vital than ever and has been much appreciated. We would also like to say a sad goodbye to our Year 6 pupils and parents and we wish them good luck at their new school as they start an exciting new chapter in their lives.
A letter from Salford LA regarding the September full opening of schools can be found HERE.
We look forward to seeing everyone in September - please keep checking the website and your emails for further information about arrangements for the next academic year, as they are likely to be very different from previous years.
Stay Safe, The Light Oaks Team
The Government and Local Authority have advised High Schools that they can invite Y6 pupils into schools for the purposes of transition before the end of the Summer Term. However, as far as we have been told by these schools, none are planning to hold on-site transition meetings or visits. You should have already received a letter from the High schools informing you of transition arrangements, details of your child's form tutor and links to the welcome videos that all schools have produced.
In order to keep up to date with the arrangements for September and, indeed, any other transition activities, please visit the High School Websites where information is being posted. Our main destination High Schools' websites are below - click the name to take you to their main page or the Y6 transition page to see information about transition:
Our pupils go to a vast range of High Schools, so apologies if your High School is not linked above.
SEPTEMBER 2020: After Friday's announcement by the Prime Minister that schools will be returning for all children in September, we are now beginning to plan for how this will work and what it will look like. We intend to offer all pupils a full time place, and we have enough staff to ensure that this can be delivered safely. However, please keep an eye out for infomation about any changes from September.
END OF YEAR 2019-20 ORGANISATION: There are also two important letters parents should read regarding the end of this academic year. These can be accessed by following the links below:
Please note that parents of children who are in the priority groups (Y6, vulnerable or key worker parents) who want a place in school MUST contact school in advance. We will not admit any child in to school without prior arrangement with the Headteacher or Deputy Head. Start dates will be the Monday after confirmation of a place. This is to ensure we have time to organise the groups and plan for the safety of all pupils in school. Thank you for your co-operation.
Any child sent to school without prior confirmation will be sent home immediately, and will be kept away from the rest of the school until a parent comes to pick them up.
Please read the information in the original letter for planned opening HERE before making any decisions, as school is very different to normal. The revised Home/School agreement which you will be required to follow is HERE. We regret that we cannot accommodate any requests for children to be placed with specific friends or particular teachers: all decisions will be made in order to protect the safety of the whole school, and will be final.
We have been promoting the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in school for the whole of this academic year. Unfortunately, the closedown has meant that we have not been able to do as much work with the children as we would have liked. We are now trying to re-introduce this to our children, and have uploaded an information sheet with some activities on the rights. You can find this HERE.
The assembly will be live on the Oak National Academy website at 11am on Thursday 18 June and can be accessed here:
A recording of the assembly will be available to view on the Oak National Academy website following the event.
The latest scientific guidelines suggest that children may experience different symptoms to adults, and although the main symptoms of a new cough, a high temperature or a loss or change to the sense of smell/taste are still the most improtant, children can also display symptoms such as:
· Sore throat
· Lethargy, tiredness or fatigue
· Muscle aches
· Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite
· Headaches, dizziness
· Runny nose
If your child is in school, we will always send them home if they are displaying any symptoms of illness. Children in school will be required to be tested, which can be arranged by us, or through the NHS as below. We will need to see the results of the test if the child tests negative nefore they can return to school. If the test is positve, we will require all members of the child's group to self isolate for seven days, or longer if they develop symptoms. If you choose not to have your child tested, or do not wish to share their test results with us, they will need to stay away from school for 7 days from the onset of the illness.
IF YOU NEED TO GET A TEST YOU CAN FOLLOW THE GUIDANCE BY CLICKING HERE.
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Supporting your child’s emotional resilience during Covid-19: Free Online course from Bright Sparks. The free 2 hour online course is designed to support parents of children aged 4-11 years during this time and aims to help parents and caregivers to understand and develop emotional resilience. The course will consist of recorded lectures, presentation slides and interactive questions, and participant will:
§ Understand how to help children build and strengthen their resilience
§ Feel able to support your children to develop general coping skills and mechanisms that help your child with common challenges of everyday life
§ Support children to adapt to issues and change in the home environment
§ Improve parent self-confidence
§ Identify the early signs of mental health issues
§ Gain practical support strategies and interventions, signposting and guidance will be given to help learners to feel confident in encouraging and maintaining positive mental health and building emotional resilience in children and young people.
The course is available until the 12th June – with Bright Sparksending the course at 11am on the 12th June with a 1 hour live Q&A with our course tutors where you can ask specific questions.
To register for the training please use the following link: www.brightsparkscic.org.uk/er-covid19
3rd June 2020: We are today confirming places for the partial re-opening of the school from next Monday (8th June). All parents who have been allocated a place will receive a phone call today, or an email if we cannot contact you by phone. We will need to send you a number of documents today via email, so please make sure you can give us an email address when we ring. Thank you for your patience at this time.
We are today publishing two very important documents regarding the partial re-opening of Light Oaks Junior School from 8th June 2020. These are very long and detailed documents which give a thorough and in-depth overview of our plan for re-opening. We advise all parents to read these documents so that you are aware of the changes we have made to our processes and procedures. In addition, these documents should give you a good idea of what we are doing to abide by the guidance issued to us from central government and the Local Authority. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have further questions about re-opening via phone or email.
Click HERE to read the information letter.
Click HERE to read the operational risk assessment.
Thank you to all the parents who have answered the survey, and to those who have spoken to us at school. If you haven't yet done so and need to speak to us about a place, please email school or phone us between 9:00am and 3:30pm Monday to Friday next week. Please read the letter HERE which outlines our most recent plans. Please note that neither the Infant School nor the Junior School are opening to new pupils until 8th June at the earliest. More information is contained within the letter HERE.
Following the release of several guidance documents over the past week, we are beginning to develop our response to the Government's request that some pupils begin to return to school from early June. Please note the following:
Please also see national Government guidance HERE Someone from school will contact you before 28th May either by phone or text if we can offer your child a place, and to give you further information.
UPDATE 12th May
Please note we are still closed to the general population for the next three weeks. We are making plans to open partially from 1st June, as long as the Government, and our Governing Board, deem it safe to do so. Government guidelines can be viewed HERE. Only Year 6 pupils will be invited to attend school from 1st June, along with the children of keyworkers and vulnerable children. Please note that attendance is expected, but is not compulsory and we will be contacting all parents of Y6 pupils over the next two weeks to discuss the arrangements. PLEASE DO NOT RING SCHOOL, as we have no further information at this time.
The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership have developed an online self-help course to support adults who are experiencing stress or anxiety over the current COVID-19 crisis or more generally. You can access the Silvercloud resource HERE. The GMHSC website also has lots of infomation about mental health and wellbeing. The main site can be accessed HERE.
There is a free e-book to help children during the crisis through 'words and pictures to comfort, inspire and entertain in lockdown'. It is full of short stories by famous children's authors and can be accessed HERE.
"We may allow ourselves a brief period of rejoicing, but let us not forget for a moment the toil and efforts that lie ahead."
– Winston Churchill, addressing the nation on VE Day.
Friday 8th May marks the 75th anniversary of VE day – the end of the Second World War in Europe.
Although the war would continue for another few months in the Pacific, the people of Europe could breathe a brief sigh of relief: their towns and houses would be safe from falling bombs; soldiers could begin to return home to their friends and families; everyone could start to rebuild their lives.
Originally, grand plans were laid to commemorate VE day in the UK – street parties, community gatherings, sing-a-longs and remembrance services were to be held up and down the country. Obviously, this cannot happen in exactly the same way as planned, though that should not stop us remembering what a momentous and important event VE day was!
Your teachers have worked hard to develop activities that you can do to remember this historic occasion and to get you in the spirit of the commemorations on Friday.
As well as these, I have also included a few links that you may find interesting, giving you a glimpse back in time! (These resources are suitable for all primary school age groups.)
Stay safe and stay smiling!
Mr Morris, History Co-ordinator
Newsround information guide: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/48201749
Photos of VE day: https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/10-photos-of-ve-day-celebrations
Churchill’s Speech (+ transcript): https://winstonchurchill.org/resources/speeches/1941-1945-war-leader/to-v-e-crowds/ (https://winstonchurchill.org/resources/speeches/1941-1945-war-leader/end-of-the-war-in-europe/)
Rationing list: http://www.primaryhomeworkhelp.co.uk/war/rationing2.html
Colouring sheets: https://ve-vjday75.gov.uk/toolkit/
‘We’ll meet again’, by Vera Lynn:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsrOhqUuPN4
‘The White Cliffs of Dover’, by Vera Lynn:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovfQjR3iU-A
VE Day Horrible Histories: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/watch/horrible-histories-songs-ve-day-song
VE Day Video footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rePb2NadxQw
Our friends at POP UK are doing a song a day for the next week. You can access their website HERE.
We are very pleased to announce that Mary from Groundbreakers has offered to film a weekly assembly for us. Groundbreakers are a Christian organisation who have delivered half termly assemblies for us over a number of years. The children always enjoy Mary's contributions, and her assemblies are always very thought-provoking and aimed at all members of our community whatever their faith or beliefs. I hope you will enjoy these as much as we always do in school. Links will be posted on the PUPIL ZONE page under the weekly learning folders HERE.
As we move into the 7th week of school partial closure, we recognise that chiLdren may well be suffering anxiety and worry. As an Emotionally Friendly School, we recognise that the current situation can have a detrimental effect on children's mental health and wellbeing. We would like to let you know we are still thinking of everyone and we miss all the children greatly. Teachers are trying to telephone all families to say hello and make sure you are OK, but if you need any help, please contact us at school. Some great resources can be accessed below to help you talk to your child about the current situation, or to help with any anxiety or worries.
Think Ninja is an APP for 10-18 year olds speciafically about COVID-19 and their wellbeing.
SALFORD ADVICE These are the pages of Salford Council with advice and help for parents during the crisis.
EMOTIONALLY FRIENDLY SCHOOLS have pages with lots of advice and links about how to talk to chidlren about the crisis and how to stay positive. There is also advice here about coping with illness and bereavement.
HERE is a very useful document, recommended by our Educational Psychologists, which gives information about talking to children about COVID-19
Stay Safe: Stay at Home. Zandra Wilkinson Headteacher
We hope everyone is safe and well, and that you have been able to access the weekly learning packs which we are uploading into the PUPIL ZONE section of our website. Don't forget our twitter pages too @junioroaks where you will find a video made by all the teachers just to say hello to everyone. Hopefully, those of you who are entitled to free school meals will have received the vouchers by now. If you haven't. or if there is a problem, please call school on 0161 921 1690. If adults want to do a bit of learning in their free time, the Government have just launched a new website HERE called The Skills Toolkit where you can brush up your digital and numeracy skills. Stay Safe: Stay indoors. Mrs Wilkinson
All the learning folders have been updated ready for next week. Go to PUPIL ZONE and find your year group folder. We are now on Week 28. Remember, you can upload work to our learning email address firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE SCHOOL MEALS UPDATE: The Free School Meal Voucher Scheme has now been released. We are contacting parents in order to send vouchers digitally to those who are entitled to receive free school meals. If you have not received an email from us, please contact school on 0161 921 1690. Vouchers are for term time only and will be sent ready for the week beginning 20th April 2020.
MENTAL HEALTH ADVICE: The Government have published some useful advice to help people stay mentally well during these extraordinary times. The advice can be found HERE. The Emotionally Friendly Schools Team have also published a list of websites where help can be found when talking to children about Coronavirus. Thsi can be found HERE.
EASTER: school will remain open over the easter holidays (including Bank Holidays) for children of Key Workers. Thank you to all the staff who have volunteered to give up their holiday time to ensure we can help during this time of need.
Our School Therapist, Julia, is sending us advice on staying calm and mentally well during this time. We will post these HERE
We have now streamlined our online learning to make it as simple as possible for you to find what you need. There is now ONE PAGE to navigate to which has links for each year group and week. The Online Learning Hub page can be accessed from the Pupil Zone Page HERE. Our latest information about learning at home can be found HERE.
We hope that you are all well and that you are keeping happy and safe. Look out for extra learning, blogs and other goodies over the coming weeks - and don't forget to check out our Twitter page @JuniorOaks
Click below to find useful information:
I just wanted to message you all to say we hope that all is going well at home during this difficult time. We are busy looking after our small number of children whose parents are critical workers and are keeping our country going through this crisis. We are also attempting to clean the whole school on a very small number of staff, to ensure that all of the staff and chidlren who are coming in to us every day can stay as safe as possible. We are going to update our website on a Thursday with extra work for your children at home to do, ready for the following week. In the meantime, please continue with the learning ideas which we have provided with the exercise books sent out last week, keep doing Times tables Rockstars, do the activities on BBC bitesize and read as much as possible!
Playing board games, cards or building dens and playing shop are all great, fun activities which provide learning without even trying. You could make a treasure hunt, or design a wordsearch, crossword puzzle or a quiz to try out as a family.
At this time, we are as keen to keep children happy, as we are to keep them learning - so a bit of all of the above is vital through the following months. As always, if you need our help or advice, please phone school on 0161 921 1690, email email@example.com or contact us via the webform on our website.
20th March 2020
Important information regarding student attendance – from Monday 23 March 2020
Firstly, thank you for the very supportive approach that the vast majority of our parents have taken during these exceptionally challenging times. The children have also been incredibly sensible and positive and you should be extremely proud of the way they are handling the current situation. Our staff have been working tirelessly to ensure these unprecedented changes run as smoothly as possible, in extremely difficult circumstances.
Many of our staff have attended school, despite having conditions which should have kept them at home, and I can only applaud their courage and determination to support our community at this time. Those who have had to stay away have been working to support their colleagues and the school as best as they can – so thank you to them for all of their efforts over the past few days.
Going forward, the provision we have been asked to organise is to ensure vital front line staff can continue to carry out their hugely important roles, and to ensure vulnerable pupils are kept safe. We are grateful to all of these key workers who are looking after us all, and would like to extend our appreciation for the work that they do, not only now, but daily throughout the year. Because we are trying to ensure that only the most essential workers are given priority at this time, we can only apologise that we have had to make some difficult decisions regarding who has been offered a place after Monday. We recognise that some parents will feel aggrieved that their financial positions have not been taken into account, but we have had to prioritise families whose parents are on the front line serving the public, and who have no other means of caring for their children at home.
All parents who have been allocated a place will have been notified today. If any parents’ situation changes and they need to be considered as a key worker in the future, or you have missed the mid-day deadline for the survey, please email school at or through the website. Our school office will be open until 5.30pm this evening and from 8.00 am on Monday.
Whilst we are formally closed from Monday 23rd March onwards, we will continue to support your child, both academically and pastorally. More detailed information will continue to be sent to you in support of this. Please keep checking our Twitter pages, our website and on the parent APP for up-to-date details.
Ongoing Learning Activities
We have a pack of simple learning activities for all children to be given out this evening or this can be picked up from the school office at any time. Further activities and online links will be posted on our website weekly.
Free School Meals
All parents who are entitled to Free School Meals have been contacted and offered support. Please phone school if you have any queries.
Thank you to everyone who has already filled in the survey. Please complete by 12 noon if…
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