MAPS NEWSLETTER 1st may 2020

To all of the MAPS community,

I hope this newsletter finds you well, despite the strange times.

I am sharing this poem with you that was shared to me by a lovely lady who runs a charity I volunteer with at the weekends. Her life, like our teachers, has been dedicated to helping others reach their potential. She too has found this time challenging, but over time has learnt to adapt. She said that in her 83 years of life she has seen so many things and much change – but one things remain the same and that is the Earth itself.

After reading this poem I realised how right she was and I felt grateful for those things that may go unnoticed at times.

In the time of quiet, when you sit in the garden or take your one outing for exercise, reflect.

No one's told the daffodils about the pause to Spring

And no one’s told the birds to roost and asked them not to sing

No one’s asked the lazy bee to cease his bumbling round

And no one’s stopped the bright green shoots emerging through the ground

No one’s told the sap to rest, deep within the wood

And stop the sleepy trees from waking, wreathed about in bud

No one’s told the sky to douse its brightest shades of blue

And stop the scudding clouds from puffing headlong into view

No one’s asked the lambs to still the springs beneath their feet,

To stop their rapid rush and quell each joyful bleat

No one’s told the stream to halt its gurgle or its flow

And warned the playful breezes, not to gust and blow

No one’s asked the raindrops not to fall upon the earth

And fail to quench the soil in the season of rebirth

No one’s locked the sun down, or dimmed the shimmer of the moon

And even in the darkest night, the stars are still immune

Remember what you value, remember who is dear

Close the doors to danger and keep your family near

In the quiet all around us take the time to sit and stare

And wonder at the glory unfurling everywhere

Look towards the future, after the ordeal

And keep faith in Mother Nature’s power and will to heal.

Miss J.D. Hives

Keeping Safe online:

I don't know about you but during these unprecedented times I am feeling particularly grateful for the technology available to us, although it is frustrating when it doesn't always work. If you come across any issues with the online learning please do talk to your child's class teacher during the weekly call and they will do what they can to help.

This week, I would like to remind you about the importance of ensuring you have appropriate filters in place to ensure your child is protected whilst online. A good way to do this is by ensuring your internet history is deleted regularly and you have appropriate passwords set up, particularly for sites you don't want your child accessing.

We understand that working at home brings many challenges, especially when many of you may also be working from home. We do not underestimate the difficulty of this juggling act! During these times, monitoring children's internet usage is vital to staying safe, as well as healthy minds.

This is a polite reminder that you continue checking what your child is accessing.

Everything posted online, including on the Google Classroom is the responsibility of those using the site.

Monitoring and filtering are two key ways of protecting everyone online - if you are unsure how to set anything up or have any concerns you can speak directly to your child's class teacher who will direct you to the best support, or you can contact me via my email.

Thank you for your continued support.

Sending you all best wishes,

Miss Brown

(Online Safety Lead)

Through these times of new beginnings, the true meaning of team work has shown throughout KS1.

Mrs Smith and Miss McAllister have both been extremely supportive during the school closure. They have recorded themselves telling stories and singing rhymes to share with the children and have made some great suggestions towards our home learning. They have both made phone calls to families to check in on their wellbeing and support with any questions regarding online learning. We have drawn upon Mrs Smith's art skills to help us create our text map of the Old Mac's Farm story.

The Year 1 and 2 teachers would like to thank Mrs Munnelly, Miss Schreiber, Miss Elliman, Miss McDonald, Mrs Marshall, Miss Duddy, Miss Wade and Miss Gaenor for their continued support. Each of them, in their own unique way, has contributed to make the world a happier place in difficult circumstances.

In so many different ways, they have created, invented, recorded, emailed, phoned and danced to make a little difference and this is truly appreciated.

All of these little touches have been welcomed within the community. Often, in conversations with people, it the those extra touches that are remembered- a musical makaton song, a fine motor control video, a Science project, a creative activity idea or even just a message on Google Classroom, reminding us that we are still together. Most importantly, there has been such a heartfelt desire to help in any way for the benefit of everyone within the school community.

Appreciation for our support staff in KS2

The KS2 team would like to pass on their appreciation and thanks to all of the support staff who have been amazing throughout this unprecedented time. Having their support ensures that the teachers can focus on the teaching and learning resources. It also means that the pupils have a wider support network around them.

Mr Hobbs has been fantastic with setting TT Rockstar challenges and battles. He has also been enjoying the Horizon challenges to share with the children via videos. He has been keeping Mrs Bailey and Mrs Brown sane!

Mrs Wills has been making contact with the children she works with on a 1:1 basis which means a lot to the children and the family. She has also been keeping an eye on the amazing work being shared on the Google Classroom. Miss Brown and Mrs Smyth are extremely grateful for her positivity. Miss Brown in particular enjoys the regular ‘what’s app’ check-ins.

Miss Lemaire has been in touch with all of the teachers to see if there is anything she can help with! This means a lot to every one of us. Her creative ideas with arts is also gratefully received. Miss Brown and Mrs Smyth are thankful as her check-ins on the google classroom helps with managing ‘screen time.’

Miss Jarvis has been supportive with science resources for the team and just like Miss Lemaire sharing her creative skills! Mrs Jarvis has also been helping Miss Headworth and Mrs Pheasant to plan their exciting curriculum for Year 3.

Mrs Brightman is a breath of fresh air for everyone as she is forever sharing her positivity with the team. Her story time is a hit with many year groups. The pupils can’t wait to hear the next part of their story being read aloud!

From all of us in KS2 – thank you! To us, you are our heroes!

Miss Khatun - I would like to say Thankyou to Miss Hives, Miss Gamble and Miss Wright, working from home was very unexpected and I felt like I would struggle immensely but thankfully with the help and support I have received I feel a lot better about this situation. I am truly grateful for being part of such an amazing team

Mrs Wills wanted to share this as others may feel the same

Mrs Munnelly has suggested this to aid wellbeing

I hope you all enjoyed your collective worship video last week – here is another video to enjoy. Thinking and sharing these experiences are so important whilst we are apart. These wonderful videos give us the chance to do that. Please click here

@StarLineSupport is launching a new weekly YouTube series. Every Wednesday at 8.30am #StarLive will share some of the best resources available and provide simple and engaging ideas for home learning, they will also feature tips, resources and advice from a different education expert each week. To watch the first episode, please click here