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MAPS NEWSLETTER 24th april 2020

MAPS community,

We are very aware that you all miss each other very much and we miss you all too! Finding a safe way to communicate in these times is hard and we have all had to adapt with our families by having many more virtual events and interactions than normal.

To spread our messages to our friends within the MAPS community we are going to start our open letter event using Twitter.

We are inviting you to record yourselves in families or by yourself reading a leitter to your friends at MAPS and then posting it on Twitter (children, this will have to be on an adult from your families account). Please tag MAPs into this using the handle @MAPrepSchool and use the #MAPSopenlettertoafriend

We will be sharing our letters from staff to you and we hope you enjoy them.

Let’s stay connected, keep talking and keep listening.

Keeping safe online

Whilst we face school closures we become more reliant on the use of technology, both for communication and learning. Technology has positive impacts but it can also come with its challenges. If you have any concerns about anything online you can use the following websites: https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/ and https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/.

If you use twitter, Northants Police and CEOP have been tweeting about keeping young people safe online - these tweets are worth a read.

As a school, our learning platform is Google Classroom. All children have their own login details for this and it is monitored daily by the teachers, therefore making it a safe and secure platform. Children can post videos and photos of their learning on the classwork tab or within the stream to share with their teacher, however we cannot encourage the use of any other social media site such as Zoom. These are not sites we are using as a school for the pupils and therefore this is down to parental responsibility if you choose to use it as a form of staying in touch. This also includes Whats App - our pupils are not of an age suited to Whats App (the age restriction is 16). If you are choosing to allow communication via whats app then you have a responsibility to supervise this and monitor any messages being exchanged. Likewise, gaming will be extremely common during these difficult times, always be mindful of the content of games - age restrictions are there for a reason.

If you have any concerns or questions you can contact your child's class teacher or myself.

Thank you and stay safe!

Miss Brown

The staff and families of MAPS have made a video for the MAPS community

Part 1 - https://mobile.twitter.com/MAPrepSchool/status/1251918265066061830

Part 2 - https://mobile.twitter.com/MAPrepSchool/status/1251919447000055809

Part 3 - https://mobile.twitter.com/MAPrepSchool/status/1251921005586649089

A big thank you to Mrs Pheasant and her daughter, Holly for putting it altogether!

After the delivery of over 70 Easter eggs and gifts, each with a card from all the children and staff, we received this lovely email from Polly - a resident at Bethany Homestead. It is wonderful to see in these times that we can spread some joy.

Dear staff and children,

thank you so much for the beautiful bright banner on the railings,telling us a very important message.Well done.

Also,a very big thank you for the Easter egg and very cute teddy,I will treasure him,and enjoy the chocolate as well.

It was all very kind of you.

Have a very happy Easter.

Lots of love and thanks,from Polly and my neighbours at Bethany.

God bless.

James received a thank you card from Fr. Micheal at St Seps, after he posted his picture to him at Easter

Here is a link to an article Mrs Munelly thought may help with supporting learning at home https://www.parentclub.scot/articles/tips-for-learning-at-home

Hi everyone at MAPS,

I hope you’re all doing ok? I am certainly missing all of your faces! Since the start of being at home, me and my two girls have been thinking about people who may be going through this unusual time whilst being alone. So we have decided to ‘Adopt a Grandparent’! We are waiting to be allocated our own grandparent who may live in a care home, an old people’s home or live alone and needs some company. Once we have a grandparent we will be able call them, Skype them and send them letters and cards to hopefully brighten up their day . We are very excited and can’t wait to be in touch with our very own adopted grandparent.

I hope to see you all soon,

Miss Duddy

Mrs Wills - Inspired by the different puzzles some of you have been bringing into school I’ve found my old Rubik’s Cube and have been busy trying to complete it. I’m also making sure I get lots of fresh air taking my dog for a long walk every day!

From Northampton Saints Community and the Northampton Saints Foundation, we hope that all of you are keeping safe and well.

As schools from across our region, we hugely appreciate and value the extremely hard work that you are all doing during this time of crisis and we applaud your outstanding staff in continuing to support the children of key workers during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Throughout this season, we have been helping teachers deliver fun sessions within the classroom through a new app – ‘Premiership Rugby Champions’. This completely free resource is accessible here:

App Store: https://apps.apple.com/app/id1478124831

Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.goodbarber.prlchampions&hl=en_GB

In an effort to keep students engaged in their education and to support parents in developing their child’s competencies in curriculum-linked numeracy, literacy and other key skills at home, we will be posting completely free and accessible resources online, alongside Premiership rugby.

We will be releasing three resources a week – on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10am – and you can find them online via our website here: https://www.northamptonsaints.co.uk/news/home-learning-pack-now-available-on-premiership-rugby-champions-app

The first session is now live, and is the first of six literacy lessons.

Alternatively, you can follow either one of our Twitter accounts and retweet the resources via your own channels, each time they go live:

Northampton Saints Community twitter account: @Saintscomm

Northampton Saints Foundation twitter account: @SaintsFdation

From all of us at Northampton Saints Community and the Northampton Saints Foundation, we wish you all the best through this period of lockdown and look forward to linking up with as many of you as possible in the near future.