Many thanks to pupils, parents and staff for all your hard work this week.
We seem to have ironed out most of the tech issues you have had but please be patient with us and it if you are still having problems.
Please remember that we are giving you work for the children but it is not compulsory. The work is there if your child is ready to do it. Please don't feel under pressure to complete it to any time scale and feel free to leave it if your child is stressed by it. Some pupils may have whipped through the work at speed. At this point please look to some of the other home learning activities we have suggested rather than asking the class teacher for more. Class teachers are setting more tasks as they can but it is important to remember that this is all new to them too and they are learning as they go along just as you and your children are. Your patience and understanding with this will be appreciated by all.
And lastly, it has been a busy week and we are all just beginning to settle into a rhythm and a routine that works for us. Have a good weekend away from school work and enjoy your time together. Hopefully the weather will hold and we can enjoy time in the garden if nothing else (I am ignoring the news report that said there was snow on the way)
Hope you have space time to go in the garden and enjoy the sunshine for a little bit today!
Thank you for all your amazing work with the children so far, both the stuff we have set and the activities you have accessed on line. Just want to do a bit of a recap as we settle in to this new way of doing things
And finally for now - please remember that during the school day, we give our pupils plenty of time for breaks and for fresh air. We spend as much time developing their literacy and numeracy skills outside classroom activities as we do sat at a desk and we always 'read' the pupils' readiness for learning. If your child is not ready to do any of the work we have produced for you, that is ok. Do what you can and build on that.
We are all still at work and available to help. We are all wanting to do the very best we can for our pupils. We are all in this together #TeamMaesglas
Thanks for your patience with regard to your various login details.
If you need to have your passwords for Purple Mash, RM Easimaths and Google accounts checked or altered please contact the class teachers via email
I have had many people asking about hwb logins - at this moment we are not using hwb resources so you are not missing anything. I am still awaiting consent forms from a significant number of parents and am in the process of emailing the form out again to those who need it so that I can have the whole school signed up at the same time. Towards the end of the week I will ask you to check that you can access the site and then we can move forwards together.
Many thanks for your continued support!
Hope you have had a great weekend and are all enjoying your first morning of home schooling.
As we have said, we understand that this might be tricky for some children to get their heads round, so please take it slow at first and build it up!
All school staff are working at the moment, some are in the building and some are at home, but we are all working and are here and happy to help you.
You will be aware that the work for all junior children can be accessed through google classrooms and using the logins we gave you for RM Easimaths and Purple Mash (Purple Mash is available for year 1&2 also and we hope to set up Easimaths for the infants once the immediate rush of work caused by the school closure dies down). I appreciate online access is difficult if you don't have lots of devices and more than one child trying to access things. I have paper copies of the tasks sent by junior staff and these can be collected from the office. This is not sustainable long term as we will not be able to get paper out to you after this week. But be aware that these task can be done on paper and photographed and emailed to staff for feedback so if it says to make a google slides presentation and you don't have the tech available don't worry, make a poster or a leaflet (etc) instead and we will still be able to see it.
Staff will also be posting new tasks on Twitter as well as through the online classroom as the weeks go on.
I am in the process of enabling access to the hwb site but as yet we do not know what resources are there available for you. Please don't worry if you haven't been able to sort it yet. That is not high on my list of priorities as staff will not be directing anyone to learn using it until midweek at the earliest.
My final point today is to say a big thank you to all those Key Workers who have found alternative provision for childcare. This has greatly reduced the number of staff we are having to have in school at any given time and has allowed us to to carry out the social distancing we have been advised to do. Can I also remind parents that social distancing applies for those pupils not in school too!
Just to summarise the written statement from the Welsh Government
As we have said our school will be open at 8 am on Monday morning and will remain so until 5.30. We will ask you some questions when you drop your child off and collect some details regarding your work and times you will need to use the provision. If you will not need this provision on Monday but will later in the week please call the office on Monday and let us know your requirements so that I can make sure I have staff in place to cover this aspect of our job rather than doing another task. Thank you.
Please be aware for the safety of all provision users we will not be able to look after your child if they are unwell.
As we have come to an early end of term I just wanted to look back on all the good stuff since Christmas...
Without stating the obvious, we have had a busy old time!
Miss Williams has introduced Feelgood Fridays to the staff and pupils ad we have a dedicated well being session daily. This has had a massive impact on pupils and staff alike.
We had a great visit from our Friends from Targoviste in Romania and we are still communicating with them and working together.
In January, Year 6 had a fab WW2 day, costumes, food and lots of great learning- but they didn't leave me any spam, and everyone knows I love spam...
Staff, pupils and parents came in for our Defib training and the school disco raised money for replacement pads.
We have had residential trips to Glan Llyn for Y3 and to NBH for year 6. Great experiences where we saw our pupils perseverance and resilience develop. Year 3 have had a great visit to the Celt centre in Wrexham
Choir have taken part in both Young Voices and Amasing - goodness knows how they managed to learn everything, and I think Miss Cross and Mrs Roberts had some sleepless nights, but they did and they were fabulous!
We raised funds for Australian Bush Fire Relief and for Sports Relief
We have had our Eisteddfod and Welsh morning. We couldn't believe how well attended the day was and we are looking forward to inviting you in again for another Welsh activity day.
We have had our Bikeability training and taken part in sports festivals such as netball, football and rugby. As ever, our children have been a credit to us and have displayed good sportsmanship, fair play and a commitment to do their best.
We celebrated World Book day with Teacher Swaps and a mass book read at break.
So, quite apart from anything else that has kept us busy...we have had a lot going on...and I can't wait until we get back to normality and do it all again!
Just before I head out for the weekend -
Hope that covers all bases before I switch off for the evening. I will be available over the weekend if you need any questions answered but I can't guarantee I will have the answers.
Thank you all so much for your support #TeamMaesglas staff and parents!
We have now received information from Flintshire County Council with regards to how we can provide childcare support for key workers next week. This is based on the current information, we expect more to follow or the weekend. We will be open on Monday 23rd March, providing childcare from 8 am - 5.30pm for one week. It is hoped that these arrangements will be for no more than 5 days and other plans will be in place after that.
The expectation is that any child who can safely be cared for at home should be and it is in exceptional circumstances that you will need to access this provision. The purpose of school closure is ultimately to reduce social contact. The fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in the wider society.
You will be able to access this childcare at Maesglas if you are a single parent and a vital worker or if both parents are vital workers. The definition for vital workers seems to be ever changing but we have been told for now to use the list we sent out to you yesterday-
Medical professionals including doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics etc.
Other health workers - such as employment in a medical/health setting
Community safety - police force and fire brigade
Education - teachers, classroom support staff, school cleaners/caretakers etc
Workers in childcare/early years settings
Social care/domiciliary care work
Council staff who will be involved in key roles e.g. streetscene operatives, drivers, school escorts, catering staff etc
We expect more information about this definition over the weekend and I will share anything I receive with you as soon as I can.
Breakfast is not provided as part of the service (But we will have something here just in case!) Cold lunch will be provided for your child, however you can send your child in with their own packed lunch. Doors open at 8 and we expect all children to be collected by 5.30. But you can drop off and pick up within that time. Please be aware that we will need to phone our lunch order through to our supplier by 10.30.
This will not be a normal working day at school with teaching staff leading lessons, it is emergency child care within our school setting for those who have no other options.
Thank you for your patience and understanding whilst we await further information. I will keep you informed!
Thanks all for the support and help you have given us over the past few weeks as we have prepared for the effects of Coronavirus Covid-19.
A big part of what we do in school is to provide structure, certainty and social interaction. Right now we will all be thinking about taking some time to settle our children and give them all the love, nurture and reassurance we can as we enter a phase of social distancing and isolation, but we also need to plan for a period of absence from school of unknown length.
Moving forward, we would suggest that you aim to stick to a learning routine and timetable whilst your child is not in school to provide the structure they are used to. This might include blocks of time for numeracy and literacy tasks, time for movement and play and time to be creative. It is also important that pupils know that we are still here for them and so we have aimed to set up ways that will can still communicate,video to video (not face to face), with you all.
We need to strike the right balance between providing work and managing the stress that the situation is causing for you and your family. If your child is unhappy about the work and it is causing you more worry trying to home school then please take your foot off the pedal and let things settle. Step away from the distance learning we have set and do something they will enjoy more. We will be able to access what your children do, but we are not policing it. We are only here to help. There will be no judgement if you chose not to or unable to do this work with your child.You will find loads of ideas online for learning at home, we have put some together for you too and we retweet anything extra we see.
Our staff will be continuing to work, setting tasks and assessing work submitted online and will be available to answer your questions and help you in any way. If you need to contact them, please do so by direct message on Twitter or by email (email will be email@example.com for example firstname.lastname@example.org) Please be aware that they have been directed to only answer messages during normal school hours and if they are in a position to be able to do so.
Each class teacher has prepared work for their pupils to do at home. They will let you know about this via the school website and on Twitter so please keep checking for updates. Login details for (some or all of the following) Purple Mash, Hwb, Google Classrooms and RM Easimaths have been sent to you with your Interim Progress Report (Except Nursery and Reception)
Nursery and Reception teachers will have provided you with activity packs. Year 1 and 2 teachers will be sending ‘Must Do’ books home with ideas for home learning, these books are just for recording purposes if you wish to use them. Key Stage 2 work research work is currently available through google classrooms. If you have been absent from school and have missed this please call in or arrange for someone to collect this work from the office.
If your child has an RMeasimaths login they can access their maths online either through the website or through the free app. The sessions should take about 20 minutes and are adaptive, which means that is your child has struggled with a question, the programme will give further questions to help them learn. Teaching staff can also see how their pupils are progressing and may then set work individually based on that.
Literacy work can be done on Purple Mash and when your child logs in they may find must do tasks are set by teachers for them. Teachers will be able to see this work and respond. Purple Mash also has online reading books and other activities, literacy and numeracy and just for fun!
Google classrooms are set up for Key Stage 2 pupils. Most of the pupils are very familiar with how to access and return work this way. Class teachers have set research tasks based on current topics but will add to them if school (here's hoping not) remains closed to pupils into the new term. Flipgrid tasks are also set up this way and can be used for school work and to keep in touch. We have given the pupils intensive training in how to use this over the past few days but just shout if you and they need help!
The Welsh Government has set up a digital platform for pupils, parents and teachers on the Hwb site that we already use. An email has been sent today to ask for your consent for pupils to use this. Without the consent email being returned I am unable to give your child access to this resource (resource is not currently live but will hopefully be so after Friday)
Just a few ideas….
We will continue to add to this as new things become available. Please keep in touch via twitter and share your home learning fun!
These are difficult times and whilst we have been preparing for this eventuality, we are very much in the state of uncertainty as to how successful our home learning plans will be. As a staff we are committed to providing our pupils, your children, with the best experiences we can give under these conditions. We are open to feedback and welcome your ideas and suggestions. We are in this situation together and we will need to work together to make the best of this for our pupils.
Thank You Again for all the support!
As you will be aware, logins for apps and websites that we use in school have been sent home for some pupils with their progress reports.
I urge you to keep these in a safe place in order to be used at a later date.
Year 1 and 2 have had login information for Purple Mash
Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 have had Purple Mash, RMEasimaths, Google and Hwb logins
We have had some messages that logins have been mislaid or are not working. I will try to reply to everyone and get them sent as soon as possible but please forgive me if it is not until Monday as I am trying to prioritise our jobs.
With regard to the hwb login - I will need to have the Hwb consent form returned to me by email before I am able to release access to the hwb resource. The email for this has been sent out today. Please return it as soon as possible.
Mr Cass, Headteacher