Online provision for children who are self-isolating
During periods of self-isolation, whether waiting for test results or monitoring symptoms, it is important that children have support to continue their education while they are at home, as long as they are well enough to do so. A detailed summary of our remote education offer when a class or year group is self-isolating can be found here.
Please follow the links below to find three daily lessons to support your child's learning at home. Children can then share what they do via Tapestry or Seesaw. The login details remain the same as before. Please contact us if there are any issues with this.
Oak National Academy
These are free online lessons across a variety of UK school curriculum subjects. Please choose the appropriate year group and then select the day of the week.
There are new activities for autumn available on BBC Bitesize: Autumn 2020 Resources for Primary and Secondary students - BBC Bitesize
Your child can also access software for their year group shared in the class letter found on the Classes page of the website, such as Doodle maths, English and spelling.
In addition, spelling practice and regular reading would also be great.
If you would prefer a hard copy of the Home Learning pack please contact the school office.
Please note that, unlike the summer term where we had staff allocated to online learning and monitoring, all our teaching staff are back in the classroom. They will of course access Tapestry and Seesaw when they can.
Using Seesaw for home learning
What is Seesaw?
We are very pleased to have Seesaw as an important tool for us to provide education for our children when remote learning is required.
Seesaw is a secure online learning environment for children that provides a platform for communication between children, parents and school. It supports creative learning by enabling use of photos, videos, drawing and notes.
All families will have received an introductory letter that outlines what teachers and parents can expect from this new platform, how to get started and how any privacy and safeguarding concerns are covered.
How does it work?
When you first activate your account, you should see your child in their current class. Your teacher will respond to anything you post with a like or a comment. Please be aware teachers are all in school teaching during school hours so will not be able to respond straight away. Any work needed will be assigned to your child for them to complete and submit. Seesaw tasks may include special projects and different challenges.
We will suggest ways to respond but if you work in a different way, please do submit your work in this format. We appreciate not everyone will have access to/want to work on devices all the time.
Help for parents
You can see an introductory guide for parents here and watch the video that Miss Davis has made to help parents through using Seesaw for the first time:
Our own Mrs Harding has her memoir published
Congratulations to Diane Harding, who lives in Saltford and was Secretary at Saltford School for twenty years, on having her memoir ‘Always in the Dark’ published by BLKDOG Publishing.
Born in Cape Town, at the age of fourteen she moved to England after her father secured a transfer with Cadbury’s. She knew her upbringing was a weird one and it was only after her mother’s death that she discovered a wealth of staggering information and that her childhood had been filled with secrets and scandal. Diane knew from a tender age that she would one day write a book, a promise she made to her mother, and telling her story has allowed her to put the record straight.
Her book is available from Waterstones and Amazon.
Toiletry collection and class activities
At harvest time we traditionally give thanks for the wealth of food we enjoy in this country and think about those who do not have enough to eat, at home and in other countries. This year we held a special harvest day celebration on Thursday 8th October with a variety of exciting activities.
We have compiled a slideshow for parents to see just some of what was going on in school while we celebrated harvest with art, maths, poetry, signing and prayers. You can see it as a video here: https://youtu.be/6nwWBCWmsEw.
Because the charities we usually support with our food donations were unable to accept them this year, we asked our families and staff to help us support a number of local charities who would welcome donations of toiletries. These donations were collected throughout the week.
Our thanks to Fiona Bell who came into school to collect your generous donations and transport them to where they are needed and to everyone who donated.
The projects that will benefit
- three Brightstart Children's Centre Food Clubs in Keynsham, Bath (St Martin's Garden) and Radstock who support 30, 25 and 40 families respectively.
- The 3 Food Clubs that were launched recently in a partnership between the national charity Family Action, B&NES council and Fareshare SW.
- Southside Family Project, who have been supporting B&NES families experiencing domestic abuse for over 30 years. They support 34 families with food parcels each week and work with groups in Twerton, Keynsham and Peasedown. www.south-side.org.uk
Magical and mythical creatures
This is a competition run by the Keynsham Rotary Club for children under 16. For primary school children, the theme is 'Magical and Mythical Creatures.'
The competition runs from Monday 12th October toTuesday 3rd November. As well as prizes of art gift tokens, when Covid rules allow, winners can spend an afternoon with a professional artist, so do enter!
Finished, named work should be handed to your class teacher who will deliver it to the central collection point in the school office. Good luck!