Durand Primary School

Teams Meeting - Today at 11am

15 Jan 2021

Rules for a successful Teams meeting (hopefully)
 
This is my first time at hosting a teams meeting but from being a participate, here are some ideas that will help.
  1. Actually download the teams app onto your devise. This will allow you to see each person in individual tiles otherwise you only see the person who is talking.
  2. When you enter the meeting make sure your camera is on but your mic is off.
  3. We can’t all talk at the same time so I will ask you to unmute when it’s your turn. If you have a question, there is a little hand symbol so you can put your hand up. If you press this a second time then your hand will go down.
  4. Your mum’s and dad’s don’t have to be on the screen with you, just in the same room.
  5. Miss Collins will be the additional staff member on our chat today as this is required from our school policy.
  6. If you don’t feel confident to have your video camera on that is absolutely fine.
  7. Unfortunately, as with all technology, we may have some teething issue.

Hope this helps
 
Mrs Johns
 

Resources for submarine building

11 Jan 2021

This week I will be posting a video of how submarines go up and down in water. If you would like to have a go yourself you will need the following.
500ml (minimum) pop bottle that is clear More misleading Coke bottles – Chris Worfolk's Blog
A bic ball point pen lidThe Enduring Genius of the Ballpoint Pen - WSJ
Blu tac (the size of a marble)
And water.
I will upload this on Thursday for you to have a go at.
Mrs Johns

Using XBox and Play Station to access Hwb

07 Jan 2021

Using Xbox or Play Station to access Hwb


Accessing home learning using the above devises:

Xbox

  1. Plug a key board in to the Xbox USB slot
  2. Go in to my games and apps
  3. Find Microsoft Edge and select
  4. Type in: HWB and log in as you would in school
  5. You can then access your work through one drive and use key packages including:

Word

Teams

Excel

Powerpoint

Your emails

Just to Easy

Adobe Spark

6. To move around you just use the Xbox controller or plug in a mouse

(If you require the use of a keyboard or mouse we may be able to loan these to you)

 

Play Station

  1. Identify the Play Station internet browser icon (it is WWW with dots around it)
  2. Press the PS4 logo on the controller
  3. Go to the library an find options for games and applications
  4. Go in to applications and you will find the internet browser
  5. Type HWB into the browser and log in as you would in school
  6. You can then access your work through one drive and use key packages including:

Word
Teams

Excel

Powerpoint

Your emails

Just to Easy

Adobe Spark
 
 
 
 
 


Monmouthshire County Council letter - January Return to School

18 Dec 2020

Letter to parents - carers -18-12-20.pdf
 

Merry Christmas!

16 Dec 2020


Christmas film information

16 Dec 2020

Important message
The children's Hwb accounts are private, any information, photos and videos should not be copied or shared onto any social media platforms. We do not have the permission of all parents to share any information on social media.
Thank you

Christmas concert films

16 Dec 2020

We are happy to announce that the Christmas concert films are now ready for viewing.
Please follow the instructions to access them or use the link below:
 
Infants- The Nativity Story
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zS3bDJZpOKGNKBOad35lzF-7xJjDduMw/view?usp=sharing
 
Juniors- The Nutcracker
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1NIUL--kytll5zdT9QR5xT5k7iFbJ-PRh/view?usp=sharing
 
Laptops
Sign into your child's Hwb account
Click on Menu
Click on Google for Education
You may now need to sign into google with your child's Hwb email
Click on google apps (this is at the top right corner, 6 little dots)
Click on Drive
Click or double tap on the film for it to play
 
I Pad, Tablet or Phone
Download Google Drive if you do not already have it
Sign in using your child's Hwb email (you can not access the film using your own email)
Click on icon at top right corner to make sure you are signed in with your child's Hwb email, if you are not sign in now
Tap to play film
 
If you have any problems accessing the films please feel free to email me
LeyS13@hwbcymru.net
 
This year has been a very difficult one, the children have had to get used to a lot of changes in school which they have coped with exceptionally well. We would like to thank all the children for working tirelessly during this time. They have worked extremely hard over the last few weeks putting their concerts together and we couldn't be more proud of them, so a huge well done to all of them.
We hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Sit back, relax and enjoy the film.
Thank you 
Miss Ley and Mrs Noblet

Newsletter Autumn Term Issue 3

15 Dec 2020

Newsletter Autumn Term 2020 Issue 3.pdf
 

Monmouthshire County Council letter

11 Dec 2020

Monmouthshire County Council letter-11-12-20.pdf

Please click the link above to see a letter from Will McLean, Chief Officer for Education, explaining that Primary Schools in Monmouthshire will close at the end of Wednesday next week for face to face teaching and will be offering Blended learning for Thursday and Friday. This is in-line with other Local Authorities within the region. 

Take Care, Keep Safe.


Monmouthshire County Council Christmas letter to parents

08 Dec 2020

MCC Christmas letter to parents 2020.pdf

Costume update

08 Dec 2020

Due to a technical error could all children wear black clothing to school tomorrow as we need to re film their part of the Christmas concert. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Many thanks

New filming date

04 Dec 2020

Due to running out of time year 6 will now be filming their part in the Christmas concert on Monday 7th December. Your child will need to wear their allocated clothing on this day. We apologise for the delay, filming took a lot longer than we anticipated. 
Many thanks
Miss Ley and Mrs Noblet 

Filming day

04 Dec 2020

We will be filming year 4's part in the Christmas concert on Tuesday 8th December. All children will need to come to school dressed in their allocated clothing. Please refer to the previous Schoop if you are unsure what your child should be wearing.
Many thanks
Miss Ley and Mrs Noblet

ParentPay Christmas Dinner option

02 Dec 2020

 

If you would like your child to have a Christmas Cracker Lunch On Wednesday 16th December, could you login into your ParentPay account and order your child's choice of food as soon as possible.
Many thanks.


Forest School start date

28 Nov 2020

Your child’s forest school sessions will start on 04.12.20 and will be every Friday for a 5 week block.
 
Forest School gives children the unique opportunity of experiencing first hand, play and learning in a controlled outdoor environment.
Forest School is the name for an approach to educating children in the outdoors on a regular basis. This work will support the main curriculum (particularly literacy, science, numeracy and the arts) and will have a strong emphasis on raising all children’s self- esteem and independence.
 
An integral part of the Forest School experience is that children will experience the outdoors in all weathers. With the exception of very high winds and thunder storms, please assume that your child will be outside when they take part in Forest Schools.
 
To help achieve this, we will provide all children taking part in Forest School with a waterproof coat and waterproof trousers. Please provide your child with the kit list below. Your child will need to bring this kit in every Friday for their Forest School session. Due to current circumstances No kit including wellies can be left in school.
 
Also please bear in mind your child will occasionally get muddy and wet! Forest School programs operate all year round regardless of weather conditions.
 
If you have any questions about Forest School, please feel free to approach a member of our staff who will be able to help you.
 
Forest School Kit List:
 
Warm coat, no longer than hip length (with a hood but no fur trim please)
Wellies (Will not be able to join in with some activities without correct footwear)
Warm socks (and a spare pair)
Gloves and woolly hat (cold weather)
Full set of spare clothes to be brought to school on their forest school day (Fridays)
 
 
Thank you
Miss Ley and Mrs Johns
 
 

Christmas Concert Update

27 Nov 2020

As you may be aware we are due to film the Christmas concert next Friday (4th December)
Year 4 will still be in isolation on this day but we would like to let all the children know that they will not miss out, another filming session will be scheduled for them.
On this day they will need to wear the following to school;
Nutcracker Soldiers- Plain black clothing
Jack in the Box- Brightly coloured clothing
Dolls- A dress of their choice
Mice- Plain black clothing
If you have any questions about any of the costumes both myself, Miss Ley and Mrs Noblet will be available each morning outside on the junior yard to speak to you.
Thank You

Christmas Concert Filming Day

27 Nov 2020

All being well we are due to film the Christmas concert next Friday (4th December)
For this your child will need to wear the following to school on the day;
Reception- Plain black clothing
Year 1- Plain Black clothing
Year 2-
Storytellers- Christmas jumpers/ T-shirt
Main characters- own clothes, we have costumes for the this in school.
If you have any questions about any of the the costumes both myself, Miss Ley and Mrs Noblet will be available each morning outside on the junior yard to speak to you.
Thank you

Christmas Concert Filming Day

27 Nov 2020

All being well we are due to film the Christmas Concert next Friday (4th December)
For this your child will need to wear the following to school on the day;
Year 3- Brightly coloured clothing
Year 5- Plain black clothing
Year 6-
Storytellers- Christmas jumpers/ t-shirt
Main characters- Children are aware of their clothing items
 
If you have any questions about any of the costumes both myself, Miss Ley and Mrs Koblet will be available each morning outside on the junior yard to speak to you.  
Thank You
 

COVID19 Absence Guide for parents

27 Nov 2020

Revised COVID19 related learner absence guide for parents

ELSA Wellbeing Activities

26 Nov 2020

ELSA Home activities for children isolating

The following activities will help nurture wellbeing during isolation. I would love to see some of the completed tasks so please feel free to email me any pictures at Brunnocka@hwbcymru.net. Please click on the links which will take you to the ELSA Support website activity which you can then download for free.

Isolation diary booklet for children - ELSA Support for emotional literacy (elsa-support.co.uk)

There are 10 daily challenges but these don’t take long to do. It is a matter of doing a bit of colouring, writing a word or number. If they can’t do them all then that is fine but the more they do the more likely they will be fully occupied on nurturing their wellbeing.

There are a couple of differentiated pages so this is suitable for all age groups.

Gratitude and emotions tracker - ELSA Support for emotional literacy (elsa-support.co.uk)

This is a weekly gratitude and emotions tracker.

The pupil needs to think of 6 common emotions for them and assign a colour to each one of them. The outer part of the mandala is for tracking 2 different emotions each day. Inside the mandala they can think of one thing they have been grateful for that day. Sometimes it is tough to do this when you are perhaps having a sad or anxious day but anything at all, no matter how small can be written down.

Children could also draw something they are grateful for if they aren’t keen on writing.

The inside of the mandala can be used for mindful colouring.

Christmas message from Santa - ELSA Support for emotional literacy (elsa-support.co.uk)

This is a PowerPoint of a Christmas Santa message to reassure any worried children and to go over the rules for hygiene. It is about letting children know that Santa is coming this Christmas.
Enjoy!
Mrs Brunnock (ELSA)


Year 4 Home Learning Information

26 Nov 2020

I have just sent an email to your child's Hwb email address with information regarding how to access the home learning activities.
Below are links to some user guides that you may find useful.
How to log into Hwb.
How to access and use Hwb Email
How to access the Year 4 Hwb class
How to access and use J2homework
If there are any problems please email me sissonc@hwbcymru.net
Thanks
Mrs Sisson

URGENT: Year 4 will need to isolate

25 Nov 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

 

Re: Positive Covid-19 Case in Year 4

 

We have, unfortunately, been notified this evening of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Year 4

 

In line with guidance from Welsh Government, Environmental Health, and Monmouthshire County Council, in the event of a positive case in a “contact group”, i.e. a year group, then all students in the year group must self-isolate. This means that students in Year 4 will now need to remain at home and self-isolate for 14 days from Monday 23rd November 2020. Therefore, the date that Year 4 students should remain at home is until 7th December 2020 they can resume normal activities on the 8th December 2020.  Returning to school on Tuesday 8th December.

 

Home learning will be provided for all Year 4 students. Further details will be emailed to pupils through their Hwb emails by Mrs Sisson.

 

The school remains open to all other students. All close contacts of the individual have been identified and will receive appropriate advice. If your child has not been identified as a close contact, they do not require a test for COVID-19 unless they have symptoms.

 

Please continue to be alert for any symptoms of COVID-19:

  • a new or continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of or change to sense of smell or taste

 

If your child develops any of these symptoms, even if they are mild, you need to book a test for them by phoning 119 or through the online portal:

https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test

 

Please follow the school’s process as outlined in our ‘COVID19 related learner absence guide for parents’.

In addition, please adhere to the following advice:

  • ensure your child self-isolates for 10 days from when their symptoms started
  • ensure all other household members isolate for 14 days from when your child

developed symptoms

  • ensure you do not visit a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital but if you require medical advice, please contact NHS 111 or telephone your GP; if there is a medical emergency, phone 999

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading, there are things that everyone in your family can do to help. These include:

  • washing hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • washing hands as soon as they get home
  • covering their mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not their hands) when they cough or sneeze
  • putting used tissues in the bin immediately and washing hands afterwards

 

Further information on symptoms and self-isolation can be found here:

https://gov.wales/symptoms-and-self-isolation-contact-tracing

 

Further information on NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect can be found here:

https://gov.wales/test-trace-protect-coronavirus

 

For general information on COVID-19: https://gov.wales/protect-yourself-others-coronavirus

 

The COVID-19 online symptom checker can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do: https://gov.wales/check-if-you-need-coronavirus-medical-help

 

You are aware of all the measures we have put in place to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19. I want to reassure you that we will continue to be vigilant and do all we can to provide the safest possible environment for our school community.

 

Whilst focusing on limiting further transmission of this virus, our thoughts are also with the student and their family.

 

Yours faithfully

 Mrs A. L. Waters

 Headteacher


Christmas Food Bank Donation

25 Nov 2020

Christmas Caldicot Food Bank Donation 

As you will know from our previous Schoop message we are unable to facilitate the giving of Christmas cards between pupils in school this year and will instead be working with our pupils to send e-cards to each other using their Hwb email addresses.

We would be grateful for any donation from the list below for the Caldicot Food bank in place of purchasing these Christmas Cards. We will be collecting these items outside around our site in baskets as you drop off your children to school on Wednesday 2nd December only. Your donations will be collected at 12noon on that day.


New Welsh Government Guidance on Face Coverings for parents

24 Nov 2020

Welsh Government Guidance in relation to Face Coverings

Online Reading at Home!

19 Nov 2020

Online Reading at Home.
Big News!
Oxford Owl have a large free selection of online reading books that parents can now access so children can further practise their reading skills at home on an array of electronic devices. Follow the link below to join and gain free access.
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/?selLanguage=en&mode=hub
 

Information regarding a confirmed case in school

17 Nov 2020

Warn and inform letter

URGENT: Year 2 will need to self isolate

17 Nov 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

 

Re: Positive Covid-19 Case in year 2

 

We have, unfortunately, been notified today of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in Year 2

 

In line with guidance from Welsh Government, Environmental Health, and Monmouthshire County Council, in the event of a positive case in a “contact group”, i.e. a year group, then all students in the year group must self-isolate. This means that students in Year 2 will now need to remain at home and self-isolate for 14 days from Friday 13th November 2020. Therefore, the date that Year 2 students should remain at home is until 27th November 2020 they can resume normal activities on the 28th November 2020. Returning to school on Monday 30th November.

 

Home learning will be provided for all Year 2 students. Further details will be emailed to pupils through their Hwb emails by Mr Marangon.

 

The school remains open to all other students. All close contacts of the individual have been identified and will receive appropriate advice. If your child has not been identified as a close contact, they do not require a test for COVID-19 unless they have symptoms.

 

Please continue to be alert for any symptoms of COVID-19:

  • a new or continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of or change to sense of smell or taste 

If your child develops any of these symptoms, even if they are mild, you need to book a test for them by phoning 119 or through the online portal:

https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test

 

Please follow the school’s process as outlined in our ‘COVID19 related learner absence guide for parents’.

In addition, please adhere to the following advice:

  • ensure your child self-isolates for 10 days from when their symptoms started
  • ensure all other household members isolate for 14 days from when your child developed symptoms
  • ensure you do not visit a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital but if you require medical advice, please contact NHS 111 or telephone your GP; if there is a medical emergency, phone 999

 

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading, there are things that everyone in your family can do to help. These include:

  • washing hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • washing hands as soon as they get home
  • covering their mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not their hands) when they cough or sneeze
  • putting used tissues in the bin immediately and washing hands afterwards

 

Further information on symptoms and self-isolation can be found here:

https://gov.wales/symptoms-and-self-isolation-contact-tracing

 

Further information on NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect can be found here:

https://gov.wales/test-trace-protect-coronavirus

 

For general information on COVID-19: https://gov.wales/protect-yourself-others-coronavirus

 

The COVID-19 online symptom checker can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do: https://gov.wales/check-if-you-need-coronavirus-medical-help

 

You are aware of all the measures we have put in place to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19. I want to reassure you that we will continue to be vigilant and do all we can to provide the safest possible environment for our school community.

 

Whilst focusing on limiting further transmission of this virus, our thoughts are also with the student and their family.

 

Yours faithfully

 

Mrs A. L. Waters

 

Headteacher


Information regarding a confirmed case in school

17 Nov 2020

Re:    Information regarding a confirmed case of Coronavirus in Durand Primary

 

We have been informed of a confirmed case of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Durand Primary

 

Durand Primary remains open. It is working closely with the Local Authority and NHS Wales Test, Trace and Protect to ensure that all the appropriate measures are in place to protect students, staff and the wider community. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and to provide advice on how to support your child.

 

All close contacts of the case have been identified and will receive a separate communication with advice to self-isolate. If your child has not been identified as a close contact they do not need to self-isolate and do not require testing for COVID-19. They can continue to attend Durand Primary as usual.

 

However, as a precaution, please be alert for any symptoms of COVID-19:

  • A new or continuous cough
  • A high temperature
  • A loss of or change to sense of smell or taste

 

If your child develops any of these symptoms, even if they are mild:

    • Inform the school that they are unwell with COVID-19 symptoms and that you have requested a test
    • Your child should self-isolate for 10 days from when their symptoms started
    • All other household members should isolate for 14 days from when your child developed symptoms
    • Do not visit a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital but if you require medical advice please contact NHS 111 or telephone your GP; if there is a medical emergency phone 999
    • Please follow the advice provided when your child receives their test result

 

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading, there are things that everyone in your family can do to help. These include:

  • washing hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • washing hands as soon as they get home
  • covering their mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not their hands) when they cough or sneeze
  • putting used tissues in the bin immediately and washing hands afterwards

 

Further information on symptoms and self-isolation can be found here https://gov.wales/symptoms-and-self-isolation-contact-tracing

Further formation on Test, Trace, Protect can be found here https://gov.wales/test-trace-protect-coronavirus

For general information on COVID-19 https://gov.wales/protect-yourself-others-coronavirus 

The COVID-19 online symptom checker can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do https://gov.wales/check-if-you-need-coronavirus-medical-help 


Covid-19 Symptoms

16 Nov 2020

Letter in relation to Covid-19 Symptoms

School Photographs

13 Nov 2020

Ordering Individual Photographs


Your child will be given their proof photos at the end of the day for them to bring home.
We have had to change how these photos are processed and given out this year so please see the information below:
  • Children will bring proof photos home from school today
  • To order photos, please take the proofs to Wye Valley Studios as soon as possible
  • All payments must be made to Wye Valley Studios when placing your order (no orders will be processed without payment)
  • We will inform you by a Schoop message when your printed photos will be ready for collection from Wye Valley Studios

Thank you.
 

Year 3 Blended Learning Information

12 Nov 2020

If your child is required to self isolate at home for 14 days due to contact with a Covid 19 positive person then blended learning will be set for your child via J2homework, using J2e via Hwb.  This is the platform that is currently used for homework activities each week.  Login details can be found on the inside cover of the Orange Home Learning book.  Alternatively contact me via email and I will send out the details.
The work will be set weekly and will, where possible, match the activities planned for the class that week in school.  Please note some activities carried out in school may not be suitable or possible to complete at home.
The work may be completed on J2homework itself and saved.  The work will then appear in the 'My files' for your child.  Alternatively the work may be completed in the Orange Home Learning Book that was sent home at the start of term in September.  Your child also received a pencil case containing suitable writing equipment which should be used when writing in the Home learning book.  If your child completes any work in their orange Home learning book then a photo should be uploaded to your child's 'My files' so that it can be marked and feedback given.
Guidance on how to use J2homework and uploading photos can be found by clicking on the link below.
j2Homework User Guide
Once a task has been completed please ensure that the 'Mark Complete' button is selected so that I am aware the task has been completed.  I will then access and mark the work and will also provide feedback.
If there are any questions or problems please email me at wilksr3@hwb.net and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Thanks
Mr Wilks

Newsletter Autumn Term Issue 2

12 Nov 2020

Newsletter Autumn Term Issue 2

Year 4 Blended Learning Information

11 Nov 2020

If your child is required to self isolate at home for 14 days due to contact with a Covid 19 positive person then blended learning will be set for your child via J2homework, using J2e via Hwb.  This is the platform that is currently used for homework activities each week.  Login details can be found on the inside cover of the Orange Home Learning book.  Alternatively contact me via email and I will send out the details.
The work will be set weekly and will, where possible, match the activities planned for the class that week in school.  Please note some activities carried out in school may not be suitable or possible to complete at home.
The work may be completed on J2homework itself and saved.  The work will then appear in the 'My files' for your child.  Alternatively the work may be completed in the Orange Home Learning Book that was sent home at the start of term in September.  Your child also received a pencil case containing suitable writing equipment which should be used when writing in the Home learning book.  If your child completes any work in their orange Home learning book then a photo should be uploaded to your child's 'My files' so that it can be marked and feedback given.
Guidance on how to use J2homework and uploading photos can be found by clicking on the link below.
j2Homework User Guide
Once a task has been completed please ensure that the 'Mark Complete' button is selected so that I am aware the task has been completed.  I will then access and mark the work and will also provide feedback.
If there are any questions or problems please email me at sissonc@hwbcymru.net and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
Thanks
Mrs Sisson

Head lice

06 Nov 2020

Head-lice-fact-sheet-information.pdf

Reception for September 2021

03 Nov 2020

Reception for September 2021


The primary application process for September 2021 opens tomorrow 4th November and closes on 13th January 2021 at midnight.
 
Please see the link below.
 
https://oneonline.monmouthshire.gov.uk/CitizenPortal_LIVE/en?ReturnUrl=%2FCitizenPortal_LIVE%2F

Half Term Yoga Story Videos

27 Oct 2020

Anna and Her Rainbow Coloured Yoga Mats:
https://spark.adobe.com/video/h9lM9xyn7anJH
 
Maria Explores the Ocean:
https://spark.adobe.com/video/HNka3Apxs69uX
 
Trish's Fall Photography:
https://spark.adobe.com/video/YaaMlMwvwn78O
 

Wellbeing Support - Half Term Break

22 Oct 2020

Wellbeing Support over Half Term Break
Our wellbeing surveys which all children from Y1 to Y6 were asked to complete on return to school in September have been really insightful and useful to us in identifying children possibly requiring extra emotional support in school. It is clear from the results and during follow up chats with many children that the return to school has been hugely beneficial to the children’s wellbeing.
With the half term break now upon us, I thought it may be useful to share some trends that seem to be appearing and direct you to some useful websites and resources which you may find useful to use with your child to support their wellbeing over the next week.
There has been an overwhelmingly positive response from children to our regular ‘Feel Good Friday’ wellbeing initiative. It may be beneficial to continue some of the activities they have enjoyed in school at home to support their wellbeing. Here are some ideas from our ‘Feel Good Friday Menu’:
  • Mindfulness Colouring
  • Child line Calm Zone Games
  • Themed Relaxation/ Mindfulness (YouTube has some great ones suitable for kids, just search ‘Mindfulness for Kids’ and the children will soon have a list of favourites. Some children have also reported that they have found the Headspace for kids app great, particularly to aid sleep.
  • Time for sharing feelings/ Worry Box / Worry Monster and Worry Monster Activities
  • Out Door Games
  • Lego Play
  • Board Games
  • Card Games
  • Mind Craft Activities
  • Arts & Craft
  • Gardening
  • Cookery
  • Watch Cartoons/ Films & Documentaries
  • Just Dance
  • The Body Coach TV - Joe Wicks
  • BBC Radio - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p007g5y4
  • J2Blast Spelling & Maths Games
  • Nursery Rhymes - https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/nursery-rhymes-songs-index/zhwdgwx
  • Traditional Bible Stories & follow up Activities
  • BBC Dance
  • BBC Music & Singing

Gaming/sleep patterns – many children, particularly in KS2 have reported staying up very late gaming/on electrical devices and coming to school very tired. The NHS provides useful guidance and information on this: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/sleep-and-tiredness/how-much-sleep-do-kids-need/
If your child has been showing signs of separation anxiety at drop off time, this often can be amplified on return to school after a break. The Mentally Healthy Schools website has many useful tips and activities for coping with this, which may be helpful to some parents to start preparing for ready for returning back after the half term break.
https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/media/2219/rebuild-and-recover-separation-anxiety-tips-and-guidance.pdf
https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources/tips-for-coping-with-separation-anxiety/
If your child is experiencing a specific issue or you would like to be signposted to other types of resources to support their emotional wellbeing, please contact me, Amy Brunnock, School ELSA on BrunnockA@Hwbcymru.net
 
 

Monmouthshire County Council Letter

22 Oct 2020

https://schoop.co.uk/UploadFiles/9713/parent-carer-letter-21-10-20.pdf

Emergency Hospital Services in Gwent

21 Oct 2020

Do you have a question about the future of Emergency Hospital Services in Gwent?

 

Join Aneurin Bevan University Health Board on Thursday 22nd October at 2.30pm for our Live Facebook Q&A, or you can watch it back at a later time on our Facebook page.

 

Members of our Emergency Department (A&E) staff will be on hand to discuss how our services will change when The Grange University Hospital opens on November 17th.

 

We welcome questions and comments through the medium of Welsh.

 

If you are unable to access the ‘Facebook Live’ please send your questions to: abb.engagement@wales.nhs.uk and we’ll ask the experts for you (please note that during this live broadcast we will only answer questions on the topic of Emergency Hospital Services).

 

 


NHS Healthcare Services

21 Oct 2020

When the new Grange University Hospital, in Cwmbran, opens on 17th November 2020, the way you access urgent healthcare will change – it is vitally important that you understand these changes for you and your family.

 

Please visit our website for full information about these changes (https://abuhb.nhs.wales/.../clinical-futures-caring-for.../). A dedicated information leaflet on children and maternity services can be found at https://abuhb.nhs.wales/files/clinical-futures/clinical-futures-information-leaflets/children-and-maternity-layout-1-pdf/

 

Please also look out for a printed A5 booklet which will be posted to your home in the coming weeks.

 

Thank you,

Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

 

#ClinicalFutures #GrangeUniHospital #NHSWales


Individual/Sibling Photographs

20 Oct 2020

Individual/Sibling Photographs


Dear Parents/Carers, 

Individual/Sibling Photographs 
On Tuesday 10th November Wye Valley Studios will be visiting our school to take your annual individual and siblings photographs. 
Due to the present situation regarding Covid19 we are unable to invite families with children who do not attend this school to have their photograph taken with their siblings. 
Tracey Clements from Wye Valley Studios has informed us that if you wish to have a group photo taken with older or younger family members then please contact her direct and you can make an appointment for a sitting at the studio. 
We have had to change how these photos are processed and given out this year so please see information below. 

  • Children will bring proof photos home from school
  • To order photos, take proof to Wye Valley Studios before the date stated on the bottom of the proofs 
  • Payment must be made to Wye Valley Studios when placing your order (no orders will be processed without payment) 
  • We will inform you by a Schoop message when your photo will be ready for collection from Wye Valley Studios

 
Yours sincerely,
 Mrs AL Waters
Headteacher
 
 
 
 

Individual Music Tuition

16 Oct 2020

Dear Parent(s),

Individual Music Tuition

 

We are now in a position to resume face to face music tuition at Durand, having worked with the school to ensure COVID secure accommodation and working practices are in place. 

 

In order to ensure that a blended learning approach can be delivered should your child be absent from school, or should there be any further school closures, we may have to move to delivering tuition online.  To cover this scenario, we have added a section to our Terms and Conditions.  Please read these carefully as you will be agreeing these terms when enrolling for tuition.   You can access them now by clicking the link below, or from the “Checkout” page on our Parent Portal at the time of enrolling.

 

https://www.gwentmusic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Terms-Conditions-Online-Enrolments-v1.2.pdf

 

Due to restrictions on students working in bubbles, we are currently unable to offer a group lesson.  The lesson durations available are 20 min individual and 30 minute individual.  You can choose monthly or termly payments.  If you pay termly then your payment will pay for tuition to February half term.  If you pay monthly, then you will need to set up a standing order, after making the payment when enrolling.  We are unable to start tuition until the first payment has been received.

 

Pupils eligible for free school meals can access a 20 minute lesson free of charge for the remainder of this term, subject to continued availability of funding.

 

If you would like to enrol your child(ren) for tuition please do so as soon as possible at www.gwentmusic.co.uk/parent

 

We will work with the school to schedule the tuition as soon as possible.  Please bear with us as this process will be more complex in the current circumstances, and capacity will be limited.

 

Thank you for your patience at this difficult time.

 

Best wishes,

 

Emma Archer

Music Service Manager / Rheolwr Gwasanaeth Cerdd

Cerdd Gwent Music

gwent.music@newport.gov.uk

01633 210800


NHS Service changes in Gwent

15 Oct 2020

https://schoop.co.uk/UploadFiles/9713/clinical-futures-information-booklet.pdf

Monmouthshire County Council COVID19 update

14 Oct 2020

 

COVID19 Update

 

Please could all parents be aware that if your child presents with COVID symptoms and as a result has a test, please isolate them and your household until the result is received.  On no account send your child back to school; even if they seem better in themselves.  Additionally, if you, the Parent/Guardian, are symptomatic and have a test please do not send your child to school until you have received your test result. Thank you for your cooperation in helping to reduce transmission of COVID-19 and ensuring that our children are able to stay in school.


Forest School start date amendment

09 Oct 2020

Apologies, have realised there was a date error on the last forest school notification. Amended date is 16.10.20.
Thank you 

Year 4 Home Reading

05 Oct 2020

Reading is an essential part of any child's learning, no matter what their age.  Year 4 children should ideally be reading daily for approximately 15-20 minutes.  They should have the opportunity to read alone, to an adult or older sibling/family member and should also discuss the text.  Children who do not read regularly at home and in school often struggle in other areas of their learning.  Therefore I cannot stress how important it is that your child reads frequently.
Today (Monday) I have sent home a new reading book* and your child's reading record.  (If we did not receive your child's reading record or you have not be in touch regarding a new one if it has been misplaced, we have used a orange card book marker).  Please return the reading book and signed reading record by the Friday of each week.  It is important that all books are returned by Friday so that they can be quarantined over the weekend.  We will then reissue new reading books on a Monday. 
* Free readers - Children who have reached the end of band 11 will become a free reader.  This will have been indicated by a sticker that has been stuck in their reading record book.  As a free reader your child is allowed to pick a suitable book from home to read.   If you have trouble accessing suitable reading materials at home then please let me know and I will aim to resolve the issue.  I would still ask that you complete the reading record book with the title of the book and an indication of the pages read and return the reading record only to school by the Friday. (You do not need to bring the actual book, if it is from home, to school).  This enables me to see that free reader children are still frequently reading at home.  Please also note that I would not expect a free reader to complete a whole book in one week.
If you have any queries or concerns please email me and I will aim to respond in a timely manner (sissonc@hwbcymru.net)
Thank you for your support
Mrs Sisson
 

Welsh Government Data Collection

30 Sep 2020

Collecting attendance and personal characteristics data from schools from September 2020
 
Dear Parent/Carer
Welsh Government collect a wide range of data about your child (ren) on an annual basis, and this is explained in more detail in this privacy notice which can be reached via the following link
https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2020-09/privacy-notice-statutory-pupil-data-collections.pdf.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and schools having to adapt to new ways of working, Welsh Government needs to be able to collect attendance data more frequently than once a year.  Collecting up to date information will support Welsh Government and provide the evidence they need to understand the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on attendance and how they can support schools during this time.
Welsh Government will be collecting data for every pupil in a maintained school as at September 2020 and they will be collecting the following information about children every week:
  • UPN (Unique Pupil Number)
  • Forename
  • Middle name(s)
  • Surname
  • Gender
  • DOB
  • Home postcode
  • Ethnic background
  • Eligibility for free school meals
  • Additional learning needs
  • English as an additional language
  • Attendance code for each half day session in that week

Welsh Government are collating this information as a key part of their response and planning during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Welsh Government will initially be collecting data every week to ensure that the latest data is available to inform their response, but they may need to collect the data more regularly and have informed us that they will keep the frequency of collection under regular review.
The data will be used for statistical and research purposes only and no decisions will be made about parents/carers or children and young people as a result of Welsh Government using this data.
Welsh Government will use the data and will share this information with those organisations listed in in the same way that they have listed in their main privacy notice which can be found using the following link (https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2020-09/privacy-notice-statutory-pupil-data-collections.pdf)
 
Welsh Government will keep the data that identifies children and young people until they are 25 years old.
Welsh Government are legally allowed to collate this data as Section 538 of the Education Act 1996 provides the legal basis for collecting this data. This requires schools to make such reports and returns, and give such information, to Welsh Ministers as they may require for their functions in relation to education.
Your rights under GDPR are explained in full in the following link
https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2020-09/privacy-notice-statutory-pupil-data-collections.pdf

Chepstow Comprehensive School Virtual Tour

30 Sep 2020

https://schoop.co.uk/UploadFiles/9713/chepstow-school-virtual-open-day-2020-e-flyer.jpg

Online Open Evening Caldicot School - See password and username on letter

30 Sep 2020

https://schoop.co.uk/UploadFiles/9713/admissions-letter-to-families--29-09-20-.pdf

Art Project

25 Sep 2020

Could all children please bring in a cereal box for their Art project that they will be starting in school next week.
Thank you
Miss Ley

Pupil Well-being Survey

24 Sep 2020

Pupil Well-being survey (Y1 – Y6)

Now that our pupils have been back with us for just over 2 weeks we want to find out from them how they are in relation to their well-being. We have noticed that now that our pupils feel more comfortable, relaxed and safe back in school that some of them are gradually releasing some of the worries and anxieties that may have built up from being in ‘lockdown’ for an extensive period of time.

Over the next week we will be carrying out a simple school devised well-being survey with all of our pupils. We will be using some of the information from the survey to help us provide further support in class via additional well-being sessions which will be taking place as part of ‘Feel Good Friday’.

If you would like more details about this please feel free to contact Mrs Brunnock.

 


Feel Good Friday

24 Sep 2020

Feel Good Friday!

This year we have decided to introduce a new well-being initiative linked to ‘Health and Well-being’ which is one of the areas of learning within the new curriculum. This will also address one of the four purposes of the new curriculum in Wales which is to develop children as ‘Healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society’.

Each week, starting tomorrow, we will have ‘Feel Good Friday’. This will be a day when well-being will be a huge focus with many activities focusing on improving the well-being of all our pupils and curriculum areas having a large well-being element.

Please note that this is not a reward day as it will still be curriculum focused. As part of this we are planning to have occasional themed days linked to well-being and we will inform you about these prior to them taking place.

We are really looking forward to developing this initiative for the well-being of everyone in our Durand School Family!

 


Monmouthshire's Active Travel Survey

22 Sep 2020

Monmouthshire’s Active Travel Consultation Page - www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/active-travel-consultation
 
Primary Education Survey (suitable for all primary age pupils) – Active Travel Survey (Primary)
 
 Adult Survey (suitable for parents) – Active Travel Survey (Adult)

Admission into Secondary School - September 2021

22 Sep 2020

Admission into Secondary School - September 2021


https://schoop.co.uk/UploadFiles/9713/applicationletter_200921.pdf
https://schoop.co.uk/UploadFiles/9713/applicationletter_200921_cym.pdf

User Guides to Access Homework

22 Sep 2020

Guide - How to log in to Hwb
Guide - How to access a Hwb class
Guide - How to access and use J2homework

Caldicot School Admissions Letter

18 Sep 2020

Caldicot School Admissions letter

New Curriculum Information for Parents

17 Sep 2020

The New Curriculum for Wales - Parent Information Sept 2020

School Admissions

15 Sep 2020

School Admissions September 2021

Parental Information

14 Sep 2020

Click on the links below for the following guides:
COVID19 related learner absence guide for parents
Recommended Time to keep individuals away from setting because of Common Infections
Please note that not all childhood illnesses need to be treated as COVID19.
Take care, keep safe!

Year 4 Home Learning

14 Sep 2020

Year 4 Home Learning Explanation
User Guide - How to log into Hwb
User Guide - How to access the Year 4 Hwb Class
User Guide - How to use J2Homework

Read, Write, Inc help

12 Sep 2020

I found this and thought it would be helpful for you all.
 
https://www.ruthmiskin.com/media/filer_public/37/e3/37e3d535-7c1f-46c7-8799-dba515e6ced4/handwriting_phrases_v2.pdf
 
Mrs Johns

Newsletter - Autumn Term Issue 1

09 Sep 2020

Newsletter Autumn Term Issue 1


Year 4 Updated Information

08 Sep 2020

Welcome to Year 4.  It has been a very different start to the new academic year so I thought  I would write a quick Schoop to keep you updated with some of the changes that have taken place for Year 4.
As explained in a previous Schoop your child's PE days are on a Tuesday and a Friday.  Your child will need to wear their PE kit to school on these two days.  Your child should wear a school sweatshirt/jumper/cardigan over their PE top and jogging/tracksuit bottoms over shorts if the weather is cold/wet.  They will also need to wear trainers/daps.  If your child has shoes with laces, could you please be mindful that staff are not able to help your child to do them up as social distancing for staff is still in place wherever possible.
We are currently not able to have book bags into school to ensure the transfer of items from home to school is kept to a minimum.  Each child has also been given a home learning pack in a clear folder with an orange zip top, which includes a pencil case and a home learning book.  Inside the home learning book you will find your child's login details for Hwb.  Homework will be sent home via Hwb in the near future. (Further details will be sent regarding homework and the home learning book when I start to set home learning for the children.)
I am encouraging the children to bring their water bottles home daily for washing at present.  Please can I remind parents that children are only able to have water in the class during the day.  Children may have squash etc. as part of their packed lunches only.  Water bottles should also have a sports lid to prevent spillages.
If you have any issues or concerns regarding your child please feel free to contact me via email: sissonc@hwbcymru.net   I will endeavour to respond in a timely manner.
Thanks
Mrs Sisson 

Welcome to Year 1

04 Sep 2020

Hi and welcome to Year 1. This is a very different start to the new academic year so I thought I would write a quick schoop to explain a few changes.
We are currently not able to have book bags into school to ensure the transfer of items from home to school is kept to a minimum. Each child has been given a home learning pack, which includes a pencil case and a home learning book. Inside the home learning book you will find your child's login details for hwb. Home work will be sent home via the hwb. You will find tasks on Just 2 Easy homework. When I send homework, I will also send a schoop to inform you where to look. Over the upcoming week, please could you familiarise yourselves with Hwb again.
PE will be slightly different as we are unable to keep PE kits in school at the moment, so your child will wear their kit into school on their PE days. Year 1 will be having their PE on a Wednesday and Friday. This will start next week. Please could they wear full PE kit, including daps/trainers on these days and I would suggest a school jumper/cardigan to keep them warmer as PE lessons will be outsides, weather permitting.
Please ensure all items of clothing are labelled including water bottles and lunchboxes. The children need a separate water bottle for the classroom.
There is no need for wellies to be brought into school yet, as again we need to keep items to a minimum.
If your child has shoes with laces, could you please be mindful that currently staff are not able to help your child to do them up as social distancing for staff in still in place. This includes PE footwear.
I'm sorry the list seems to be endless, but as you can imagine this is a new way to work for everyone.
Any problems, please email me.
Have a great weekend
Mrs Johns 
 

Forest School start date

04 Sep 2020

Your child’s forest school sessions will start on 11.09.20 and will be every Friday for a 5 week block.
 
Forest School gives children the unique opportunity of experiencing first hand, play and learning in a controlled outdoor environment.
Forest School is the name for an approach to educating children in the outdoors on a regular basis. This work will support the main curriculum (particularly literacy, science, numeracy and the arts) and will have a strong emphasis on raising all children’s self- esteem and independence.
 
An integral part of the Forest School experience is that children will experience the outdoors in all weathers. With the exception of very high winds and thunder storms, please assume that your child will be outside when they take part in Forest Schools.
 
To help achieve this, we will provide all children taking part in Forest School with a waterproof coat and waterproof trousers. Please provide your child with the kit list below.
Please bear in mind your child will occasionally get muddy and possibly wet! Forest School programs operate all year round regardless of weather conditions.
 
If you have any questions about Forest School, please feel free to approach a member of our staff who will be able to help you.
 
Forest School Kit List:
 
Warm coat, no longer than hip length (with a hood)
Wellies (Will not be able to attend forest school session without wellies, will remain in school)
Warm socks (and a spare pair)
Gloves and woolly hat (cold weather)
Full set of spare clothes to be brought to school on their forest school day (Fridays)
 
 
Thank you
Miss Ley and Mrs Johns
 

Free School Meals information

01 Sep 2020

https://schoop.co.uk/UploadFiles/9713/letter-fsm---continuing-for-start-of-term-final.pdf

Return to School - September 2020

17 Jul 2020

Return to School - September 2020
 

Drama Video

16 Jul 2020

Drama Production 
 
To access the video your child/ren will need to log into their Hwb accounts and access google drive. This can be found by selecting Menu>Google for Education>Drive (if this does not work on your device please see the user guide attached). You can also download the Google Drive app and log in using your child's Hwb email. The sound quality is best via phone/tablet. 
 
Hwb Guide: https://schoop.co.uk/UploadFiles/9713/user-guide-for-google-
App Guide: drive.pdfhttps://schoop.co.uk/UploadFiles/9713/app-guide.pdf
 
The video is available to stream only. You will not be able to share or download the file. There will be a hard copy of the video at school and will this be available at some point in the Autumn term. 
Please note that any images or video recordings taken from this file should only be used for your own personal use and should not be shared on any social media sites. Legal advice is that any manipulation or distribution of images of children could result in prosecution. 
 
 

Amazing Lockdown Project

15 Jul 2020

A HUGE Thank you to Thomas (Year 6) and his Grampi, who made this wonderful mud kitchen, as a gift for our school.

What an amazing lockdown project!


Mental Health Toolkit - Summer Holidays

14 Jul 2020

Mental Health Toolkit – Summer Holidays Wellbeing Activities and Preparation for Return to School in Autumn Term
Although some children have returned to school already, for many, the new autumn term will be their first time stepping into a classroom since lockdown began. Understandably, this may be a strange or worrying time for some children, parents, carers, and schools. We know that supporting children’s mental wellbeing during the return to school is a key priority. To help you, we’ve collected together lots of useful resources in this toolkit, all focused on making sure the return to classrooms in the autumn is a mentally healthy one.
Going back to school – Partnership for Children
Parents can work through this table with their children to explore the things they may be worried about when going back to school, and ways to calm those worries.
https://www.partnershipforchildren.org.uk/uploads/Files/PDFs/Resilience%20Activities/Going%20back%20to%20school.pdf
ELSA Support Summer Holiday Challenge 2020
This summer holiday challenge diary is for you to print off to give to your children. There are 30 challenges with a diary sheet for each. This diary will hopefully help children to stay positive over the holidays in a mindful and fun way. They get a certificate on completion! In the pack is a booklet, certificates and a poster.

https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/elsa-support-summer-holiday-challenge-diary-2020/

 

Tips for returning to school video – Nip in the Bud

In this short video, clinical psychologist Dr Jess Richardson shares straightforward suggestions for parents and teachers to deal with any potential apprehension or anxiety children may experience on returning to school. There is also an accompanying factsheet on the website:

https://nipinthebud.org/information-films/tips-for-returning-to-school/

 

Self-care kit – NHS

Practising good self-care is another important way children can get ready for the return to school. This self-care kit has lots of ideas and activities for self-care for children, including mindful colouring, breathing exercises, an emotional check-in, a self-soothe box and more.

https://mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/resources/self-care-kit?pdf=coronavirus-toolkit-return-to-school

 

Preparing your child for the first day back at school – Trauma Informed Schools

This useful poster features some simple top tips for helping children feel more ready to return to the school environment.

 

Smiling Mind app

Technology can be a great tool for encouraging mindfulness in children. This app features lots of mindfulness and meditation activities specifically designed for parents and children to do together.

https://www.smilingmind.com.au/smiling-mind-app

 

Have a great summer,

 

Mrs Brunnock J


Summer Activity Hub

10 Jul 2020

www.monlife.co.uk/monactive/childrens-activities/summer-activity-hubs/

Nursery Admission for September 2021

08 Jul 2020

Admission to Nursery 2021

Parents/carers can apply for the September intake and if their child is eligible for a rising 3 place in either January 2021 or April 2021 they can make the request on the same application form.

 

Parents will be notified of their nursery place for September 2021 and January 2021 on 2nd November 2020, however, if they have applied for a rising 3 place to start in April 2021 they will be advised of that place on 8th March 2021.

 

We will require parents/carers to make the application through our on-line portal following the link below:

 

https://oneonline.monmouthshire.gov.uk/CitizenPortal_LIVE/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2FCitizenPortal_LIVE%2F


User Guide for J2Homework

03 Jul 2020

 
J2Homework User Guide

Newsletter - Anxiety

03 Jul 2020

https://schoop.co.uk/UploadFiles/9713/anxiety-newsletter.pdf

New one way system around Durand Nursery

27 Jun 2020

https://spark.adobe.com/video/9SiepfemEADrk

New one way system inside Durand School - Year 6

26 Jun 2020

https://spark.adobe.com/video/oXgq0n9iC3AE6

New one way system inside Durand School - Year 5

26 Jun 2020

https://spark.adobe.com/video/55HVESdpf2v7r
 

New one way system inside Durand School - Year 4

26 Jun 2020

https://spark.adobe.com/video/2Ew3h5VIPDUh4

New one way system inside Durand School - Year 3

26 Jun 2020

https://spark.adobe.com/video/WWAlKX0jSDBdy

New one way system inside Durand School - Year 2

26 Jun 2020

https://spark.adobe.com/video/FIZUSnrwjdCla

New one way system inside Durand School - Year 1

26 Jun 2020

https://spark.adobe.com/video/jHz9w1uI8uf7Z

New one way system inside Durand School - Reception

26 Jun 2020

https://spark.adobe.com/video/dbneyl4xLL6DM

New one way system inside Durand School

26 Jun 2020

https://spark.adobe.com/video/Lp4DypGnY10j7

Return to School Groups

26 Jun 2020

https://schoop.co.uk/UploadFiles/9713/letter-to-parents-outlining-plans---nursery-groups.pdf

Guides to using Microsoft Teams for Parents & Learners

26 Jun 2020

https://schoop.co.uk/UploadFiles/9713/virtual-teams-meetings---parent-guidance.pdf
 
https://schoop.co.uk/UploadFiles/9713/virtual-teams-meetings---rules-for-pupils.pdf

Webinars to support children's mental health and wellbeing

26 Jun 2020

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, many organisations have launched a range of courses and webinars to help parents and school staff address children’s emotional and mental health needs.

I can personally highly recommend ‘The Contented Child’ webinars, after taking part in one last week. The guidance and resources will be invaluable additions to my ELSA toolkit.

Their website features their best-selling webinars to support you, your family and our school community during lockdown.

These sessions are hosted on Zoom and can be accessed from the privacy of your own home. Links to access the training are supplied on booking.

 

The range of webinars includes:

 

  • Autism Spectrum Awareness/ABA
  • Social, Emotional and Mental Health including anxiety
  • Resilience and Wellbeing
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Dyslexia
  • Behaviour Management/Violent and Challenging Behaviour
  • Pathological Demand Avoidance/Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Preparing your child for school
  • Lego Therapy
  • Sleep

Another free course I have recently been made aware of and which has received many positive reviews from parents is this one, link below:

 https://www.positiveparentingsolutions.com/web-free-webinars


New one way system around Durand Nursery

25 Jun 2020

https://spark.adobe.com/video/ChMBh05k0JArB

Wellbeing Newsletter

25 Jun 2020

Please note that this newsletter has been created based on England's plans for re-opening schools for all children in September. This information has yet to be confirmed in Wales.
https://schoop.co.uk/UploadFiles/9713/wellbeing-newsletter.pdf

Hwb User Guides

25 Jun 2020

User Guide - How to log in to Hwb
 
User Guide - How to email through Hwb
 
User Guide - How to access a Hwb Class

Roots to Rise topic

24 Jun 2020

https://schoop.co.uk/UploadFiles/9713/roots-to-rise-1.pdf

Y3 - Y6 Rainbow Curriculum

24 Jun 2020

https://schoop.co.uk/UploadFiles/9713/durand-ks2-blended-learning.pdf

Pre-School Nursery Sessions

23 Jun 2020

https://schoop.co.uk/UploadFiles/9713/letter-to-parents-outlining-plans---nursery-letter.pdf

Virtual Class Meetings

23 Jun 2020

Virtual Catch up meetings

 

In addition to the in-school ‘Check-in, Catch up and Prepare’ Sessions we are planning on giving our pupils from Year 2 up to Year 6 the opportunity to meet with their class teachers and the other children in their class by setting up “Virtual Class Meetings”. The meetings will take place through Hwb Microsoft Teams. Further information about how to access the meeting will be provided before the meeting takes place. In order to provide a safe and purposeful experience, we would like to ask for permission to allow your child to participate and also confirmation that during the “Virtual Class Meeting” a parent/guardian is present at all times. We will be sending Individual class permission forms very soon.

Once we have received confirmation from you that you and your child can participate we will set up group sessions for the children and will allocate you a time accordingly.


Return to School Further update

22 Jun 2020

https://schoop.co.uk/UploadFiles/9713/letter-to-parents-outlining-plans---update-2.pdf

Year 6 leavers news

22 Jun 2020

https://schoop.co.uk/UploadFiles/9713/letter-to-parents-outlining-plans---year-6-letter.pdf

Letter from Monmouthshire County Council

19 Jun 2020

https://schoop.co.uk/UploadFiles/9713/next-steps-letter-19-6-20-v1-2.pdf

Return to School Information

18 Jun 2020

https://schoop.co.uk/UploadFiles/9713/letter-to-parents-outlining-plans.pdf

Looking out for symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes

18 Jun 2020

Local Authority Education Departments in Wales have been asked for our assistance in preventing delayed diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes in children and young people. The onset of Type 1 Diabetes is a medical emergency and is fatal if untreated.

 

Following the death two weeks ago of a school-age child in South Wales from undiagnosed Type 1 Diabetes, we want all parents in Wales to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the condition and to seek help from the NHS if their child is symptomatic or unwell.

 

https://schoop.co.uk/UploadFiles/9713/english-letter-to-directors-of-education-june-2020.pdf

 

https://schoop.co.uk/UploadFiles/9713/symptoms-of-type-1-diabetes.jpg


Monlife Projects

15 Jun 2020

https://schoop.co.uk/UploadFiles/9713/monlife-projects-email-pdf.pdf

Rainbow Volunteers Project

08 Jun 2020

https://schoop.co.uk/UploadFiles/9713/rainbow-volunteers-project--flyer_2.pdf

Letter from the Local Authority

05 Jun 2020

https://schoop.co.uk/UploadFiles/9713/05-06-20---letter-to-parents--carers.pdf

Happy Half Term

22 May 2020

Happy Half Term - although not being in school at the moment means not a lot will change next week.
If your child wants/needs activities to keep them amused next week, Mrs Hunt has been very busy. Please direct your child to our Hwb classroom, where they'll find an 'Announcement' explaining all about a DT project she has asked them to complete. They'll love it.
I have also asked for their opinion regarding an all Monmouthshire Schools Sumdog competition we could enter. Please see 'Announcements' and 'Discussions' for further details.
There are plenty of other ideas/activities within our Hwb classroom that perhaps they might have missed over the last few weeks. I know Mrs Brunnock (mindfulness) has been very busy and there's a project left by Miss Ley (art) also.
Please don't feel pressurised in anyway, they are simply there if you/your child needs them.
I intend to login to my email account each morning next week, so if you have a question/query about anything you think I may be able to help you with, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Have a happy and safe week. Mr Wilks.

The importance of play during lockdown

22 May 2020

For ideas on how to engage with nature in your own garden visit
https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog/2020/03/kids-nature-activities-self-isolation/
 
An interesting read on the importance of play and how this looks during lockdown, with some great ideas in how you can assist in your child's play
https://www.playfulchildhoods.wales

Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources and Information

22 May 2020

I have picked out some activities and toolkits which I think may be very helpful for looking after the mental health and wellbeing of yourselves and your children/families at this time. Most of them are interactive or can be viewed on the screen so no printing off required! I think the children will love the interactive toolkits. I'm really excited about these, they are very similar to lots of tried and tested techniques I use in ELSA sessions. Please let me know which ones you find most useful by emailing me at BrunnockA@Hwbcymru.net
Anna  Freud Self care and coping 
A selection of self care strategies that have been developed by young people to help manage their own wellbeing. During a time when access to regular support may be disrupted of anxiety may be heightened, it might be useful to try one of some of these strategies.
https://www.annafreud.org/on-my-mind/self-care/
Helpful information to answer children's questions about the coronavirus - Place2Be
https://www.place2be.org.uk/about-us/news-and-blogs/2020/march/coronavirus-information-for-children/
Coronavirus and Your Wellbeing (adult)
https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/
Coronavirus and Your Wellbeing (Children and young People)
https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/for-children-and-young-people/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/
Calm Zone - Childline
A toolbox of activities such as breathing exercises, coping videos, yoga videos and games that can help children feel calm in a period of disruption.
https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/
Mood journal - Childline
Children can sign up for Childline's 'locker' and track their daily mood in their mood journal. This may be a helpful way for children to balance their mood in a period of uncertainty.
https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/mood-journal/
Coronavirus Comic Strip - NPR
A comic strip to help children understand what the coronavirus is and respond to some common questions and worries they may have.
https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus
Understanding Anxiety illustration - Priory Group
https://www.priorygroup.com/media/594863/understanding-childhood-anxiety-v1.jpg
Tips for if you're worried about the coronavirus - newsround video
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51887051
How to cope when you can't go to school because of the coronavirus
https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51656718
I will also post these links on to your child's hwb classroom, with an announcement or discussion showing the links for them to follow so they can access them more directly.
 
 

Home Learning feedback

21 May 2020

I have posted this discussion in Hwb Classes asking your children to give useful feedback to enable me to plan continued home learning after the holiday:

As it is Half term break next week, it seems like a very good time to check in with how home learning is going. You nor I, have ever had to work in a way like this before so we're learning to do this together with the help of your wonderful families!

So what I want to know is how are you finding the way I am doing it? Think about these questions and you will really be helping me out in setting the work for you in a way that is best for you after half term holiday:

-What type of work do you like best? Worksheets you can download, copy or print or more tasks/projects that you create for yourself in PowerPoint, etc.? Practical - go and do tasks or questions to answer on a worksheet?

- Do you like the daily discussion of what the new activities are each day?

-Do you like the activities being set everyday or would you prefer all the activities for the week to be set on a Monday and you work your way through them all week?

- Is there anything else you would like me to think about? A video recording from me now and again (well only when I have washed my hair!) or other ways we can work together?

I really want this home learning experience to be the best it can be for you, if you give me useful (polite) and honest feedback it will help me to support you, and I will try my very best to act on what you say if it is possible for me to do so.

Thank you! 

Miss Collins

I would really appreciate feedback from yourselves as parents too, as I know how difficult it is teaching your own children! Please feel free to email me with things that work well and things that you find difficult to carry out from the tasks set. It is the strangest way I have ever had to work in my career so far. I have your child's best interests at heart and want to make this time as stress free, yet useful to you all.

Thank you for your ongoing support during this strange time.

Miss Collins

email me at Collinsl39@hwbmail.net


Year 4 Future Home Learning

21 May 2020

Together we have now been participating in home learning for 9 weeks (2 weeks with the home learning pack sent home from school and 7 weeks of activities posted in the Hwb Class).  I would be grateful for some constructive feedback, now that half term is upon us, on the activities that have been set and on how the work has been sent out .  I will then take this feedback on board when planning future activities after the half term holiday. 
What I would like to know about:
  • What type of activities have your children enjoyed doing? (I hope there have been some!)
  • What type of activities have your children really not enjoyed doing? 
  • Do you prefer quick, short activities or a project style activity that takes longer to complete? 
  • Is there any type of work you would like to see more/less of?
  • Has it been easy to access the work via the Hwb class?
  • Has the work been easy to download or have you had difficulty in viewing the work? 
  • Were the Adobe web link presentations in the Hwb class folders useful and easy to use or did you find it difficult to use them?

Also if you have any other suggestions that you feel would make things easier for yourselves or your children I would love to hear about them. 
I cannot promise that I can action all suggestions at this point in time, but can assure you that they will all be considered.
I have put a discussion question in your child's Hwb class where you may post your feedback.  Alternatively you can email me directly sissonc@hwbcymru.net
Thank you for your support
Mrs Sisson

Week 7 Home Learning Activities

17 May 2020

The home learning activities for week 7 are now in the Year 4 Hwb Class.  This week I have used Adobe Spark Page for the first four activities to create presentations that will assist the children in understanding the topic and in completing the activities.  I have used Adobe Spark as it allows me to put videos and photos together without the file becoming too big and means that the file is accessible via a secure internet URL. (Please note that you do not need Adobe Spark to view these presentations, internet access is all that is required) Therefore, in the folders for each of these activities you will find a weblink that if you click will take you straight to the presentation.  It is in the presentation that you will be guided to the activity.  Any additional worksheets needed for the activity will be found in the corresponding folder in the Hwb Class.
(If for any reason the weblink does not work then you will find a pdf hardcopy of the presentation in the folder too.  However the videos will not work in the pdf but I have included how to find the videos if this is the case.  A copy of the weblink URL can also be found in the task explanation sheet)
I have asked the children in Activity 2 to investigate evaporation and condensation and have suggested looking at/using a kettle when it boils.  Therefore, I have asked the children to make sure they have adult supervision for these activities as it involves hot water.
Once again, I thank you all for your hard work and appreciate that it can be difficult juggling home schooling and work.  So just complete what you can.  Any problems please email me at sissonc@hwbcymru.net
Thanks
Mrs Sisson

Free School Meals information

06 May 2020

From the 6th April the Local Authority have been paying a Free School Meal allowance directly to those families who are eligible. We have been asked to remind parents of pupils eligible for this allowance to register their bank account information with the Shared Benefit Service. 
This can be done using the link below, registering as a guest -
https://iweb.itouchvision.com/portal/f?p=customer:category_link:::::CUID,LANG:AA1D63703E0090511492E053148B01A8C0EB5792,EN&P_LANG=en
or alternatively you can call the Shared Benefit Service on 01495 742291 or 01495 742377

If you are already in receipt of these payments then there is no need for you to contact the service. 

We have been provided with a list of pupils for which no claim has been made to this date. I will be posting out individual letters to those parents early next week. Please note that any payments will be back-dated to 6th April.   

Many thanks

Keep safe, take care!


Hungry Caterpillar Outdoor Craft

01 May 2020


Welsh Government - Hwb

29 Apr 2020

Welsh Government – Hwb

As you will be aware, your child/ren use the Hwb for many activities in school. Welsh Government are offering some of these services for free at home.

Get FREE Microsoft Office and Minecraft at home!

All learners and teachers at our school are entitled to FREE Microsoft software to use at home.

You can download and install the latest Microsoft Office tools including Word, Excel and PowerPoint as well as Minecraft: Education Edition on up to 5 laptop or desktop computers, 5 tablets and 5 smartphones.

https://hwb.gov.wales/microsoft

You will need to log into Hwb with your child’s username and password to begin.


Week 4 Home Learning

27 Apr 2020

Firstly, I would just like to say a huge thank you to all those who have supported their children over the last few weeks with their home learning and who have emailed me photographs or copies of their child's learning activities for so far.  It is great to see the children's work and enables me to provide the children with positive feedback at this difficult time.  If you have not yet emailed work from week 3 or earlier please feel free to still send it, it is never too late.
I have uploaded the home learning activities for Week 4 on to the Hwb class for Year 4.  If you have difficulty accessing the work through the Hwb class let me know via email (sissonc@hwbcymru.net) and I will send an email with all of the files instead.
It would be great if the children could complete all of the activities set for Week 4, but once again do not panic if this is not possible as I fully appreciate that families may have other commitments, such as parents as key workers, or other worries or concerns at this time.
If there are any problems please do not hesitate to contact me via email I will do all that I can to help.  We are all in this together!
Stay safe
Mrs Sisson
 
 

Elmer Activities

23 Apr 2020


Year 6 Home Learning W/C 20th April

19 Apr 2020

 I have created a folder titled #Week beginning 20th April activities in the Hwb Class files section. In the discussion section your child will find details about the activities for tomorrow. Please encourage your child to complete these activities as they are linked to our new topic 'Scream Machine' which I am sure they will enjoy! Also there is a maths activity with online video link to help. However, please do not become stressed (or your child) by the work set or completion of all tasks, I fully understand the difficulties of teaching and learning in this way during this time! I hope these tasks will be fun as well as allowing skills to be consolidated and developed.
I will be updating Hwb classes everyday with new tasks and any other information you may need. All work can be either shared, uploaded to the files section or emailed to me. I've really enjoyed seeing the work the children have already shared before the Easter break!
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any problems, email me Collinsl39@hwbcymru.net
Many thanks for your continued support
Stay safe, take care
Miss Collins

New Learning Tasks Week 3 - Week Beg. Monday 20.04.20

19 Apr 2020

I hope everyone has had a good Easter holidays and is raring and ready for some new learning tasks in the Summer Term.  It's just a shame that we are not all back together to share our learning journey.
The work I have set this week links to the work and topic we were doing in class prior to the school closing. Therefore It would be great if the children could complete all of the tasks set.  Some of the work is differentiated to meet the children's needs.  The children know what group they are in for Maths and English.  However, if children wish to challenge themselves then they can always have a go at the next groups work, once they have completed the work for their group.
All of the tasks for this week have been uploaded to the 'Files' section of the Year 4 Hwb class, titled Week 3.  If you have any difficulty accessing Hwb then please email me at sissonc@hwbcymru.net and I can forward the tasks via email instead.
I have included a summary sheet of the tasks that have been set and the worksheets and resources needed are in separate files.  I have also included answer sheets for any work where it is appropriate.
Once the children have completed their work I would like the work to be emailed to me so that I may provide feedback to the children and monitor the progress that they are making.  This will also feed into the future tasks that I set.  On the summary sheet I have given some suggestions on how you may complete the work and email it back to me.
I will be available Monday-Friday between 9-3.30pm if there is a problem and will aim to check my emails regularly.
I look forward to working together with you at this difficult time to ensure that the children continue with their learning journey.
Stay safe
Mrs Sisson 
 
 
 
 
 

Free School Meals information - further update

31 Mar 2020

Further to the information sent out yesterday we have now received the following information:

Monmouthshire County Council are currently reviewing how they make provision for our FSM learners to receive funding for a meal.  From the 6th April they are changing the way they provide free school meals, from this date they will credit the parent / carers bank account with £3.90 per day for each pupil entitled to FSM attending one of our schools, this will be paid on a Monday and cover one week in advance.

 

Please note the first payment will be for two weeks in advance to cover the Easter Holiday, given the timescales they are working to, the first payment will be in bank accounts on Wednesday 8th April, but will include 2 days backdated payment to  Monday 6th April.  

 

To enable them to do this, they need collect details from parents / carers for the benefits team to validate the payment, this will include bank details.  Could you please follow the updated link below to complete the registration form.  Without this they are unable to make payment. Please note the cut off for the first payment is Friday 3rd April at 5pm.   

 

 https://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/free-school-meals/


Key Worker Update

31 Mar 2020

Monmouthshire County Council are reviewing if there is any demand to provide childcare provision for key workers over the weekends and the Easter Holiday, they are asking parents / carers to complete a form on their website to express an interest. Please note that the cut off for this is tomorrow, Wednesday 1st April, at noon.

The link to the website is below:

https://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/school-closures/


Free School Meals information

30 Mar 2020

The decision has now been made that the administering of Free School Meal entitlement while the education sites are closed will now be carried out by the Monmouthshire and Torfaen Shared Benefits Team. This will replace the current interim scheme of collecting a meal from Dewstow Primary School from Monday 6th April. 

An online application form has been set up for parents who are entitled to FSM to complete and supply the Shared Benefits Team with bank details so that weekly payments can be issued aimed at providing food for the children while they are at home.  This form is called FSM COVID 19 and can be found under this link 
https://iweb.itouchvision.com/portal/f?p=customer:category_link:::::CUID,LANG:AA1D63703E0090511492E053148B01A8C0EB5792,EN&P_LANG=en
Parents are encouraged to apply online as quickly as possible.
Many thanks
Shared Benefits team
Please note that meals can still be collected this week from Dewstow Primary between 12noon and 1pm. 


New ways to communicate

30 Mar 2020

Hi Year 1 
Hope you are all keeping well. Just to let you know that i'm back to work, well from my laptop, and just wanted to keep you up to date with what i will be doing.
So far, I have create a hwb classroom which i will be adding games or activities i find that are useful, so keep an eye on there. If you click on the link below it will send you to it and i will then accept you to the group.
https://hwb.gov.wales/go/u3p1b2
I have also set up a facebook private group where you can share activities that you have done. This can be work or something you have cooked, or a picture you have drawn. Thought it would be a nice way that the whole class can keep in touch with each other.
The face book group is called 'Mrs Johns Year 1 2020'
Keep in touch and stay safe
Mrs J

Fairtrade

30 Mar 2020

 


There are some new features on the Fairtrade website to help you with home learning!
All the learning resources in the Fairtrade Schools Resource Library are free to download. 
NEW! Home Learning Challenges 
Enjoy our films as a family and complete the accompanying 'Home Learning Challenges' for some educational fun! From Fairtrade fashion designing to writing Fairtrade recipe books, we've got something for everyone...
Each challenge includes eight fun learning ideas for children to try at home. These activities are flexible, open-ended and are designed to keep young minds engaged whilst developing key skills. Keep popping back to the site as we will be adding more resources next week!
NEW! Home Learning filter 
Find these resources by using the new 'Home Learning' filter in the resource library. This will help you find all the resources that are easy to use at home, including films, activities and games.
Although we cannot be together in schools just now, we can still learn about Fairtrade together at home. Get in touch to tell us about your activities via Hwb classes.
The Fairtrade Schools Team

Hwb Classroom and logins

30 Mar 2020

All those of you who received their 'home learning packs' at school, you would have found you child's Hwb login details inside. Those children who were not in school, would by now have received them via the post. However, those packs sent by post would not have had Hwb logins included, due to data protection.
If you child hasn't got their Hwb login details at home, it can be requested by emailing durandprimary@monmouthshire.gov.uk
At present there are three Year 3 children who have yet to do this. This may be because they already have logins at home. If this is the case, could I ask those parents to email the school to inform us of this fact, thanks.
The use of Hwb, and our classroom, will become increasingly important ways of educating your child over the next few weeks/months. I intend to post regularly throughout the weeks using 'Announcements' and 'Discussions' to interact with your child. There will be useful links to teach and entertain your child as well as advice for parents to help you help them.
Thank-you for all your support, keep your distance and stay safe.

Nursery Hwb logins

30 Mar 2020

Children who received their home learning packs in school were provided with a copy of their Hwb login details.  However, some children who were absent did not receive their home learning packs.
 Logins for those children need to be requested by emailing Durandprimary@monmouthshire.gov.uk.  The use of Hwb in the coming weeks is going to be crucial as future learning activities will be posted in the Nursery Hwb Class and it will be one way that I will be able to keep in contact with the children and support their learning.
Also, can I ask you to please log in to Hwb regularly as I am frequently posting links and discussions in their Hwb class.  To date very few children have engaged.  When I post future learning activities I will send a schoop message out to inform parents that learning tasks have been posted.
Stay safe
Mrs Wilton

Wellbeing tips and resources for families

26 Mar 2020

https://schoop.co.uk/UploadFiles/9713/wellbeing-tips-and-resources-for-families-v1.pdf

Updated information for Key Workers

24 Mar 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Changes to the provision of childcare to support key workers

These are unprecedented times for all of us and as a consequence we have had to make some changes to the operation of the childcare hubs that I wrote to you about on Friday. This has been caused by the significant government regulations announced by the Prime Minister and First Minister of Wales last night. These focus on a need to rigorously enforce social distancing regulations and eliminate all unnecessary time away from home.

To that end we are proposing some changes to the provision of childcare for critical workers:

i. From Wednesday 25th March both parents in a family (where there are two parents) must be critical workers to access the childcare offer.
ii. We will continue to have two Hubs in Caldicot, pupils from Dewstow, Durand, Castle Park, Archbishop Rowan Williams and Ysgol Y Ffin should continue to attend Dewstow Childcare Hub
iii. Pupils from Rogiet, Undy and Magor Primary Schools should continue to attend Rogiet Childcare Hub.

We have to remember that the teachers and support staff who are working in our hubs are a vital part of the response to COVID-19 and keeping everyone in our Hubs safe is critical. Each of the Hubs are developing very clear regulations and rules to ensure that the highest standards of cleanliness, I would ask that you remind your children of the importance of this.
Also please note that:
• Children need to be at the Hub by 9.30
• Children need to be collected on time, 3.30pm.
• Please can children just to bring in water bottle / sandwiches (we have our disposable bags to take home and bring back) and any home learning rather than rucksacks.

Pupils eligible for FSM
From Wednesday 25 March 2020, we will be able to provide a hot lunch option to all of our children who are eligible for a free school meal. This will be made available from either of the school based childcare hubs (Dewstow or Rogiet Childcare Hub). This will be available between 12noon and 1pm.

Secondary aged pupils who are eligible for free school meals and are not in one of the hub school based childcare schools should collect their lunch from their normal school at the normal time.

We will be launching a new registration form at the end of this week. Please check www.monmouthshire.gov.uk on Thursday.
Yours sincerely
 Will McLean
Chief Officer
Children and Young People
 


Year 4 Parent Information

24 Mar 2020

Year 4 – I hope everyone is well and staying safe at this difficult time. All children should now have access to Hwb.  Before we finished school I went over with them how to use the Hwb class and how to access their emails.  This is how I will predominately keep in touch with the class at the moment. 

 

Each child received a home learning pack with a range of activities suitable to consolidate and recap some of the skills developed to date.  It would be great if your child could complete these activities over the next two weeks.  However, I appreciate that this is a difficult time for people, as some parents still need to work as key workers etc. So I am asking that you complete what you can and do not feel pressured by what is set. 

 

Please encourage your children to log onto Hwb regularly as I hope to add links to suitable websites that may be of interest to the children and set discussion questions.  This is also where I aim to set future learning tasks. I have currently sent links to the Premier league who have a range of fun maths and english activities linked to football and a link to the David Walliams website, where the children will find access to a free David Walliams audio book each day.

 

If children wish to show me what they have done they have a few possible options.  They can either email it to me via Hwb or if they complete the work on J2E I can access this via my teacher area.  Alternatively they can keep the work to show me on their return to school.

 

I have told the children that I will be available during the day (Mon-Fri) if there is a problem, although I may not respond immediately.

 

Stay safe.

 

Mrs Sisson


Link for MCC Key worker registration form

20 Mar 2020

https://t.co/UG1LwLX2OZ

Information for Key workers

20 Mar 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Preparations to support key workers through the provision of childcare:

 

At the end of the school day on Friday 20 March 2020, all schools in Monmouthshire will close for the near future; we do not know when the return to school will be.

 

The Government has stated in its latest advice:

            If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.’

 

From Monday 23 March 2020, we are establishing nine provisions across the county that will enable us to provide support and care for the children of key workers across the county.

 

This will enable those workers to continue to make their key contribution in the fight against COVID-19 and is in line with the strategic objectives of our response to the emergency.  We have chosen this scope of provision because it maintains the key objective of school closures i.e. reducing the transmission of the virus.

 

The nine schools (selected for their size and location) will be:

 

  • Deri View Primary School (Abergavenny)
  • Llanfoist Fawr Primary School (Abergavenny)
  • Dewstow Primary School (Caldicot)
  • Rogiet Primary School (Caldicot)
  • Overmonnow Primary School (Monmouth)
  • Kymin View Primary School Monmouth
  • Thornwell Primary School (Chepstow)
  • Pembroke Primary School (Chepstow)
  • Raglan Church in Wales Primary School (Raglan)

 

Monmouthshire will follow the UK Government’s definition of ‘key’ workers – this can be found here. MCC will be sharing a registration form online this afternoon and all parents presenting on Monday morning are expected to present an id of a relevant service or industry sector.

 

The provision will be available for children in the following school years: reception to year 8 and will be open from 8.00 (breakfast club) – 3.30.

 

Members of staff from all of Monmouthshire’s schools will work in these settings not only the ‘host’ school.  The aim is to ensure that there is familiar face for all pupils.  It is our intention, through working with the schools to establish a shift pattern to ensure that there can be a continuity of provision capable of withstanding increasing illness and self-isolation.  Members of the CYP Directorate will also support these provisions and we will review our capacity and potentially look to utilise the skills and talents of our youth service.

 

Pupils eligible for FSM

From Monday 23 March 2020, we will also be able to provide a lunch to all of our children who are eligible for a free school meal.  This will be made available from each of the schools above and will be either a hot meal or a packed lunch on a ‘grab and go’ basis.  This will be available between 12pm and 2pm. 

 

Secondary aged pupils who are eligible for free school meals and are not in one of the hub schools should collect their lunch from their normal school at the normal time.

 

The situation we face is challenging and dynamic, these plans, as set out above, are in place for the first week.  At all times we will be reviewing the capacity of this offer to ensure that it remains suitable to meet its objectives.  We have additional schools on standby to augment the service.

 

All schools across Monmouthshire have made proactive plans to identify all vulnerable learners and staff who are not working at these hubs will be responsible for maintaining contact with these learners during the time of school closures.

 

Please refer to www.monmouthshire.gov.uk for details of registration, these will be available later this afternoon.

 

Thank you for your patience as we have worked to develop these contingencies, as I have said we will keep them continually under review and we can develop this offer is necessary.

  

Yours sincerely

 

Will McLean

Chief Officer

Children and Young People


Drama Ticket Refund

19 Mar 2020

Your child will be coming home today with a CASH REFUND in a sealed envelope for tickets purchased for this years drama show. 
Drama staff would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and appreciation that you have shown us during this year. We are extremely proud of all their hard work, effort and commitment.   
Thank you
Drama Staff

DRAMA PRODUCTION

17 Mar 2020

Tuesday 17th March 2020

 

Dear Parents / Annwyl Rhieni,

 Drama Production

Unfortunately following the latest Government advice to restrict social gatherings in relation to the Coronavirus outbreak we have taken the decision this afternoon to cancel our Drama Club performance for this year.

 

We will be refunding all ticket monies and will endeavour to do this by the end of this week.

 

We are videoing the dress rehearsal that is taking place this afternoon as all of the children in our drama club have worked extremely hard and we are very keen for the performance to be seen by their families. Once we have a completed video we will be selling this to drama club members only.

 

Sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause. These are exceptional and unprecedented circumstances that change on a daily basis.

 

Yours Sincerely/ Yn Gywir,

 A.L.Waters

 Mrs Allison Waters

Headteacher


CORONAVIRUS

16 Mar 2020

Monday 16th March 2020

 

Dear Parent / Annwyl Rhieni,

Coronavirus

 

The issues and potential issues around the spread of the Coronavirus are being well documented in the media. I am conscious that it is an ever-changing scenario and the regular news updates, whilst keeping us informed, may also lead to speculation and alarm.  I want to assure you that we are doing all we can as a school to minimise the risk to your children.  The safety and well-being of all our pupils is paramount. We are following guidance issued by Public Health Wales.

 

Our children have been made aware of the need to wash hands regularly with soap and water and the importance of ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’ and these important messages are being reinforced regularly by staff. Our cleaning staff and caretaker have been briefed on the importance of the daily cleaning of touch points such as door handles, handrails, desk tops, taps etc.  All soap dispensers are regularly replenished and, although supplies are running low, hand sanitiser is available in key locations.  You may wish to send this in with your child for their own personal use if you can avail of it.  Please ensure it is clearly marked with their name.

 

At this critical time, I would ask for your cooperation in keeping your child off school should they be unwell. Childhood illnesses spread very quickly due to their close contact with others in the school setting.  It is therefore essential that, in line with the latest advice, they should not be sent to school if they have the following symptoms:

 

  • A high temperature or fever
  • A new continuous/persistent cough
  • Flu like symptoms or a heavy cold

 

They should not come to school and should self-isolate for 7 days. Please report any periods of absence and provide the reason, as per our usual procedure. We may contact parents during the school day to request they collect their children if they have a fever and/or a persistent cough.

 

Please also keep you child off school if they are vomiting or have diarrhoea. In both cases they should remain at home for 48hrs after the vomiting or diarrhoea has stopped. 

 

I understand that it can be difficult to arrange childcare at short notice however it is essential that you do so to avoid putting other children and staff at risk.

 

Our Senior Leadership Team is regularly assessing latest developments and discussing arrangements should circumstances deteriorate further. This includes consideration of school trips and planned events, particularly those that will result in large numbers gathering together.  All future trips may be subject to last minute cancellation.  Every effort will be made to minimise disruption and disappointment however, as previously stated, our main priority is the safety and well-being of our children. 

  

So far, the following decisions have been taken: 

  • Brought forward our Drama Production
  • Postponed Parents Evening to later in the year

The school will continue to use the following communication channels: 

  • Schoop
  • School website
  • Letter

If you plan to travel overseas please follow the guidance issued by the relevant authorities on your return home.

As you will appreciate, this is a new and unprecedented situation for schools to manage and we appreciate your ongoing support as we seek to follow the advice given to us. I therefore urge everyone to follow the Public Health Wales guidelines and the points I have brought to your attention as together we play our part to minimise the impact of the Coronavirus.

Yours sincerely / Yn Gywir,

A.L.Waters

Mrs. Allison Waters

Headteacher / Pennaeth
 


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13 Mar 2020


DRAMA CLUB NEWS

13 Mar 2020

Friday 13th March 2020

 

 Dear Parents / Annwyl Rhieni,

 Drama Production

We have taken the decision today to bring forward our Drama Club performance to 6pm on Thursday 19th March. All of the children in our drama club have worked extremely hard and we are very keen for the performance to take place.

 

We do not know at this stage what will happen in the coming weeks in relation to the Coronavirus outbreak hence the decision to proceed sooner rather than later with the performance. However, those of you who are within vulnerable groups may wish to reconsider whether you attend. We will be happy to refund ticket monies should you decide not to or are unable to attend the rescheduled date.

 

Sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause but these are exceptional circumstances.

 

Yours Sincerely/ Yn Gywir,

  A.L.Waters

Mrs Allison Waters

Headteacher


Information regarding Head lice

09 Mar 2020

 
Head lice 
 What are head lice?
  • Head lice are small insects (no larger than a sesame seed when fully grown) with moving legs. They live very close to the scalp.
  • Nits are not the same as lice. They are the egg cases which stick to the hair, and look like specks of dandruff.
  • You only have head lice if you find a moving louse (not a nit). Your head does not have to be itchy to have head lice.

 
 
How do you get head lice?
  • Because of children’s play activity and close contact, head lice are usually found on children, but can also spread to adults.
  • Head lice are caught from close family and friends in the home and community, as well as at school.
  • Head lice live in all types of hair – dirty or clean, short or long.
  • Head lice walk from one head to another, when heads are close together – they do not fly, jump or swim.

How can you prevent head lice?
  • Regular brushing and combing of the hair will help to spot lice early.
  • The best way to stop the spread of head lice is for families to check their heads by regular wet combing using a detector comb.
  • Human head lice are not found on animals or household pets and are not transmitted from pets to humans.

 
How do you treat head lice?
Do not treat unless you are sure you have found a moving louse.
  • Check and treat all infected members of the family.
  • Ask your GP or Pharmacist which head lice treatment to use. Creme rinses and shampoos are not thought effective and are therefore not recommended. The Pharmacist can advise on any evidence of resistance to treatment and therefore the most appropriate treatment to purchase. Also, the Pharmacist can advise on treatments suitable for people with asthma and other respiratory conditions.
  • Always read and follow the instructions in the treatment pack.
  • Apply the treatment carefully.

 
Where can you go for further help and advice?
Contact the Pharmacist, Health Protection Nurse, School Health Nurse or GP

 
Further information can be found at: http://wales.gov.uk/topics/health/protection/communicabledisease/publications/headlice/?lang=en


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06 Mar 2020


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06 Mar 2020


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28 Feb 2020


Monmouthshire Budget Consultation update

26 Feb 2020

Wednesday 26th March 2020

Dear Parents/ Annwyl Rhieni,

Budget Consultation Update

You will recall that I wrote to you in January with details of Monmouthshire County Council’s annual budget consultation, asking you to take part and give your views on education funding across the county for 2020-21 and in particular the 2% funding cut that the council were proposing in a bid to balance their budget.

I am pleased to be able to write to you to announce that the council has withdrawn this proposed budget cut.

While we welcome this move (which at Durand would have resulted in approximately a £15,000 cut), delegated school budgets across Monmouthshire continue to sit below the level of funding that we need to properly develop our schools and provide the learning equipment and resources that are needed. Put simply, the gap between the funding that we receive and the costs that we have to meet continues to grow. Had this 2% cut not been proposed in the first place, the school would still have been (and thus still is) in a very challenging position to make ends meet.

As a school, we have been very grateful for the support that we have received from parents and carers in response to recent letters explaining our financial challenges. Thank you so much for your expressions of support and to those who took part in the recent consultation.

We are passionate about providing the best possible education for your child as well as communicating with you as parents and carers about the ongoing education funding crisis and what that looks like for your child’s education.

Yours Sincerely/ Yn Gywir,

 A.L.Waters

 Mrs. Allison Waters

Headteacher / Pennaeth


Weekly Class Attendance Results

14 Feb 2020


Newsletter Spring Term Issue 1

07 Feb 2020

Training Days

The Welsh Government have announced today that during the summer term this year, and for the following two years, schools will have an additional training day in order to prepare for the introduction of the New Curriculum for Wales in September 2022.

For this year we have decided to take this additional day on Friday 22nd May. Please note that we still have two further training days this academic year which are being held on Monday 1st June and Monday 20th July.

 

St. David’s Day

We will be holding our St. David’s Day Eisteddfod celebrations in school on Monday 2nd March with year group competitions as well as performances by each class. For this occasion we would like our pupils to wear traditional Welsh costumes / clothing - Welsh ladies, Miners, Welsh Rugby or Football players.

 

World Book Day

We will be celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 5th March. This year we would like pupils to bring their favourite book and a cushion to school! Chepstow bookshop have agreed to join us again this year for pupils to use their World Book Day token.

 

 

Sports Relief

As a Sports Relief Super School we will be supporting Sports Relief on Friday 13th March. On that day pupils can come to school dressed in sportswear. We ask for a contribution of 50p in order to fundraise for this event.

Parental Engagement

We are holding a Parental Engagement Event for this term after school on Wednesday 4th March. This time we will be focussing on Mathematics and Numeracy in all our classes.

 

Parents Evenings

Our parents’ evenings this term have been arranged for Tuesday 24th March and Wednesday 25th   March. Your child’s class teacher will send out an appointment after half term.

 

National Tests

All our pupils from Year 2 to Year 6 will be sitting the Welsh Government National Test for Numerical Reasoning between Tuesday 28th April and Tuesday 5th May. It is very important that pupils are in school during this period. There is a change this year and pupils will only be sitting one written test. The other two tests, Reading and Numerical Procedural, will be online assessments and will be personalised to each pupil.

 

Many thanks to you all for your continued support!

 A.L.Waters

Mrs Allison Waters

Headteacher


Weekly Class Attendance Results

07 Feb 2020


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31 Jan 2020


Spellings Homework

24 Jan 2020

Dahl Group - Suffix -ation
1. information
2. preparation
3. education
4. location
5. imagination
Blyton Group - prefix bi and re
1. bicycle
2. biplane
3. bisect
4. reapply
5. rebuild

Weekly Class Attendance Results

24 Jan 2020


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