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CoronaVirus - Latest Updates

Year 1 and Reception Return to school Information 

Please carefully read the letters for parents of Reception, Year 1 and Key Worker children. 

 

More information about the running of the day, drop off and pick up arrangements will be sent out via email and text message on Tuesday 26th May for Year 1 and Wednesday 3rd June for Reception. 

 

 

ANOTHER MASSIVE THANK YOU!

 

We were extremely touched to receive a special delivery of cupcakes, sweets and pocket hugs for all the staff this morning for ‘National Thank a Teacher Day’!

 

Thank you so much to all the parents who kindly contributed to this – we really appreciate the effort you have gone to putting this together and your generosity during these tricky times!

 

 

THANK YOU

 

We have just received this AMAZING video which has made the teachers miss you even more!

Thank you to all the children and parents who helped make this video, it really means so much to us all!

Can’t wait to all be back together again soon.

Stay safe!

 

Thank you Morrisons for providing an AMAZING hamper, we really appreciate this kind gesture.

Thank you Morrisons for providing an AMAZING hamper, we really appreciate this kind gesture. 1

Critical Worker Cardboard Tube Challenge!

We are asking that you make a critical worker such as a nurse, doctor, teacher, care worker, supermarket staff, refuse collector, police officer, fire person or a lorry driver out of a cardboard tube.

When you have made one can you please send us a photograph to your appropriate year group - year4@matchborough.worcs.sch.uk, year3@matchborough.worcs.sch.uk, year2@matchborough.worcs.sch.uk, year1@matchborough.worcs.sch.uk, reception@matchborough.worcs.sch.uk or nursery@matchborough.worcs.sch.uk.

 

 

 

 

Beat it Covid19!

Work To Do At home

 

Please find below some work that your children can do at home, during periods of self-isolation.

Bedtime Stories

Many of the celebrities are reading a bedtime story for children while they aren’t at school. At Matchborough First School Academy we don’t want the children to forget us so each night a different member of staff will read a story to them.

We hope you all enjoy this.

(Click the link below and it will take you to the video)

 

 

Coronavirus - A book for children

Thank you to a thoughtful parent who has sent this in if you want to share it with your children. It includes what happens if you catch it, how you catch it, what it is like being at home all the time and how you can help. It is illustrated by Axel Scheffler!

 

This section of the website is to provide parents with the most up to date information on Coronavirus-Covid 19 and ensure you that, as a school, we are taking measure to prevent the spread of the virus. 

 

To continue to help prevent the disease we are doing our utmost to slow the process down in our community. 

 

Staff are delivering and continuously reinforcing key messages about hand washing and Catch it, Bin it, Kill it. To support you with this at home, here are some useful links on hand washing and hygiene:

Catch it, Bin it, Kill it!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtbMgDz3GdM

Germ Smart - Wash you hands!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoxdS4eXy18

How to wash your hands!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seA1wbXUQTs

If you would like some support with telling your children and family about Coronavirus and explaining the pandemic, we can recommend a story called 'The Little Corona King' . The children have been read this story in school. You can download this online on phones, tablets and Kindles. 

 

 

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There are also online videos available. We recommend you watch the following link before showing your child(ren) and decide if the content is suitable for the age and understanding of individual children. It is important children know and understand about the Coronavirus, to ensure they are following hygiene recommendations, however we do not want to cause unnecessary stress and anxiety, especially with younger children.

Cancelled Upcoming Events 

To further ensure the safety and well-being of our community we have cancelled/postponed events in and out of school where significant groups of people including parents/carers come together.

These are as follows:
 

  • Whizz Kid Assemblies
  • Class Assemblies (1P and 4R at the end of this half term willbe rearranged for later in the year)
  • Year 3 Easter Production (This production will take place in school - the children will perform to small audiences of children but unfortunately parents will not be invited to attend)
  • Pyramid Music festival - Please contact the Palace Theatre in regards to refunds 
  • Parents Evenings 
  • Tea and Toast Tuesday for Year 1 
  • Safer Internet Parents Information Session 
  • Book Fair 
  • Reception Mother's Day Tea 
  • Year 3 Lower Smite Farm Trip - This will be refunded on ParentPay
  • All extra-curricular before and after school clubs until further notice including:

*Junior Police Cadets -Mondays PM

*Girls Football - Mondays PM

*Minecraft Club- Mondays and Tuesdays PM  

*Choir - Tuesdays PM

*Tag Rugby - Tuesdays PM

*Hockey - Wednesdays AM

* Karate - Wednesdays PM

*Multi-skills - Thursday AM 

*Dodgeball - Thursdays PM

 

   *** If you have paid for a sports club, this will be refunded on ParentPay ***

 

*** Minecraft club is postponed and therefore not refunded -payment will be carried forward***

 

 

Guidance

 

Children should stay at home for 14 days if they or ANYONE IN THIER HOUSEHOLD have either:

 

  • A high temperature
  • A NEW continuous cough

 

These recommendations are to help protect others in the school and community. 

 

Recommendations state:

 

  • You do not need to go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. 
  • You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you are staying at home. 

 

HOWEVER, IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR CHILD'S OR YOUR OWN HEALTH, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT 111, FOR MEDICAL EMERGENCIES CALL 999. 

 

The key NEW  Government measures are as follows (from 26/03/20):

 

 

  • Schools are closed
  • The country is on Lockdown -  Stay at home to save lives.
  • You should only go out if:-
    • You are food shopping but limit this to once a week.
    • You are going to a medical appointment.
    • You are going to work but ONLY if you cannot work at home and are a key Worker.
    • For exercise but only for a Maximum of 1 hour a day.

 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Self isolate from others to save a life!

Family Support

If you are concerned about the financial implications of the Coronavirus, for example if your child receives Free School Meals, and you need support please contact Sharon, our Family Support Worker, who can assist you in receiving food bank parcels or vouchers.  

The following support is available to families

http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/Here2Help is the website.

The types of additional support available to people through Here2Help is as follows and the aim is to prevent families/households getting to crisis points:

 

  • Food and Supplies - Unable to obtain food and supplies (including specific food and supplies)
  • Health and Medication - Help with collecting medicine and prescriptions
  • Commitments - Including childcare, pets and transport
  • Connectivity and Entertainment - Internet access; Ideas for entertaining children
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing - Social isolation and loneliness; Keeping active

 

 Touchstones is still open, supporting bereaved families through this time.  They are not able to see children face to face, but we are still available for video/phone sessions.

They are also supporting families by telephone when there is a new bereavement. Their Facebook page is:

https://www.facebook.com/Touchstones-1552473585015873/

Sharon can also issue food bank vouchers if you are struggling for food.  School have issued food vouchers for children who are entitled to free school meals.  If you have not received them check your Junk emails from company called Eden Red.  Also check if you are entitled to free school meals and go on the Worcestershire County council to apply.

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