Swinton Queen Primary School newsletter 5th February 2021

This week is 'Children's Mental Health Week' and we have been doing a lot of work in school linked to this. I share the photo above, especially in the current climate, because we also understand how hard it is for parents trying to manage the remote / home learning and that we think you are doing an amazing job. The 'clouds' will pass and school will be fully open again (hopefully sooner rather than later). Please do contact school if we can help in any way. Unfortunately however we are still restricted by the government to the pupils we are allowed to have in school.

Children's Mental Health Week has been a huge success and we want to thank all our staff for all their hard work, especially Mrs Cox who has co-ordinated the activities this week and shared many inspirational links via Class Dojo.

As always if you require any information or have any comments or suggestions please do not hesitate to contact us via the school office.

Stay safe and look after each other.

Mrs Cunningham & Mr Goddard

Book return / Book swap

We are aware that children who have been working from home have not had the chance to swap any books that were taken home at the start of the year. We are therefore going to run a book swap day next week. We will also be making sure that all children in school have a change of book for the half term.

How this will work for children already in school.

For those children who are in school, can we ask that on Monday 8th Feb they bring into school any reading / phonics books that they have taken home. There will be a box outside each 'bubble' door where these can be placed and we can allow 72hrs before we then touch these (in line with COVID guidance).

How this will work for children working from home.

For children who are working from home we will leave a box outside the main reception and would ask that you bring these books in over the course of the week at a time to suit you. Monday would be preferable so we could then re-distribute these on Friday.

On Friday 12th February we will place a table outside each classroom with a selection of books on. Time slots (see below) have been allocated for each class so you can come into school and pick up a new book / books. Please come into school the usual way and remember to keep socially distanced whilst collecting books.


  • 9.30am - 10.00am - FS2C, Class 3, Class 6 and Class 9
  • 11.00am - 11.30am - Class 1, Class 4, Class 7
  • 1.15pm - 1.45pm - FS1/FS2 G, Class 2, Class 5, Class 8

Online reading books



Parent Survey Feedback

Many thanks to those parents who were able to complete the parent questionnaire. I have shared the responses below and some of our initial thoughts on what we can do based on the answers.

We will update our school website with staff and their roles in school. In the first instance if you have any questions please contact the office and they will be able to direct you to the right person.

For questions or updates linked to your child's class please contact the class teacher either via Dojo or by calling the school. If your concern is of a more serious nature we ask that you phone school to arrange a conversation with the class teacher rather than using Dojo. Please note that staff will not access Dojo for messages outside of the school day (8.30am - 4.00pm) or during teaching sessions.

If you have any Safeguarding concerns then you can talk to either Mr Goddard, Mrs Cunningham or Miss Gray.

We are updating the website over the following term to include more details on the curriculum we offer and will share the links onto Dojo when this is done. If there is anything that would help families to understand what and how we teach please do let us know.

School use 'Letters and Sound' to teach phonics. Information about reading will also be added to the school website, especially as this is a key focus for school improvement.

As a school we use Dojo to share information to both class pages and the school main page. There are a large number of posts on here and we realise these can be hard to keep up with at times. We will be launching a new 'app' in the near future that links into our school systems. This will be a parent portal and allow you to access information about your child. We will also use this to send important messages to our families.

We are updating the new policy and will share this before the end of this half term. I know some parents have questioned the timing for this with lock-down, but we are all incredibly proud to be a part of the school community and strongly believe that when children wear an agreed uniform they feel and look like part of this amazing team.

Questions we have received and our responses.

Is there any update when school will be open for all pupils again?

Unfortunately not. We have been given the 8th March as a date when the government have said they are wanting to get children back into schools but nothing further on how this will look. We don't know if it will be certain year groups first as it was during the last lockdown or the full school.

We are busy planning ahead for every eventuality so that when we return we can hit the ground running with minimal disruption to how the school has had to operate with 'bubbles'.

Remote Learning

A huge thank you to our children and their families who have been working remotely. We know it has been a huge challenge for you all. Please remember to check the school website for some useful information. If you have any problems logging on or questions please don't hesitate to contact us. You should find that in your child's Dojo page there is now the option to message either us (Mr Goddard or Mrs Cunningham) as well as the class teacher. If you have general questions or ideas that could help please do message us and we will try to help as best we can. If it is a question specifically about the lesson content, logging in or a general class matter please message the teacher as we won't be able to help you with that.


We are also working with other Primary Heads to explore the best practice so we can make our home learning as meaningful as possible. One area we are looking into is - do we have live teaching or pre-recorded lessons uploaded? We are trying to cater for a lot of families who may struggle to get online for the live sessions and don't want these children to miss out on the input completely.

School Holidays

Feb. half-term – School closes Friday, 12th February 2021 and re-opens on Monday 22nd February 2021.

Easter – School closes on Friday, 26th March 2021 and re-opens on Monday, 12th April 2021.

May Day – School closes on Friday, 30th April 2021 and re-opens on Tuesday, 4th May 2021

Spring Bank – School closes on

Friday, 28th May 2021 and re-opens on Tuesday, 8th June 2021.

Summer – School closes on Tuesday, 20th July 2021.

Free School Meals

As many of you will know, those families who are entitled to free school meals (not the free meals the government provide for the younger children) will be receiving a £15 voucher every week during lockdown per child. We have now sent out these vouchers via email to eligible parents. Even if you have children who currently receive a free meal due to their age we would encourage all families to see if they meet the criteria for this.

If you think you are entitled to receive free school meals benefit for your child you can apply to the council using the link below.

HYPERLINK "https://www.rotherham.gov.uk/benefits/apply-free-school-meals/1" https://www.rotherham.gov.uk/benefits/apply-free-school-meals/1


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