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Message from REAch2 CEO

Dear Parents/Carers,

You will have seen the Government announcement on Sunday 10th May that, if conditions allow, there may be a phased reopening of primary schools from June with children in Reception classes and in Years 1 and 6 to be the first to return. As a Trust we want, of course, to see our children return to school – when it is safe to do so.

As a Trust, we will be closely following Government guidance about this possible phased reopening of schools. The safety of both children and staff are paramount to us and we will be working over the next few days on plans to maximise whatever expectations are set out for social distancing in schools and on keeping our school premises as clean and safe as possible for both children and staff. There are still lots of questions to be answered such as the issue of personal protective equipment in schools, however, and we need further Government guidance on this point before finalising plans.

One of the complexities of the situation is that not all our staff are able to return to school yet and we do need to make sure that when the time comes, we have sufficient staff for the number of children that will be in school.

We recognise that parents may be anxious about what schools reopening will mean and the reassurance I would like to give is that we will only reopen our schools for more pupils when we are convinced it is safe to do so and all our arrangements are fully in place.

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that, at present, the list of keyworkers remains unchanged. Therefore, even if employers are requesting that parents return to work, provision within schools remains available to solely key workers at this time.

When our plans are finalised and if schools are instructed to partially reopen, your school will make sure that you receive detailed information from us about what this means in practice and you will be given an opportunity to share your thoughts and views.

With very best wishes,
Sir Steve Lancashire
Chief Executive Officer,
REAch2 Academy Trust

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Twinkl Learning resources

Hello, we have received this helpful message from Twinkl, a website that provides resources for teachers. Should your child be missing school for any reason, these resources might help you should you need to provide any learning from home.

From Twinkl –

Hello,

As the Coronavirus spreads, we’re aware that more schools are closing and pupils’ learning is being disrupted. Parents, carers and teachers are looking for ways to ensure the continuity of education during school closures so that no children miss out on valuable learning time.

To support you during this period, Twinkl is offering every teacher in England access to all Twinkl resources with a One Month Ultimate Membership, totally free of charge. We’re also extending this to every parent and carer in your school so your pupils can still have access to high-quality learning during any periods of disruption.

Setting this up is really easy to do – go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS

We’d like your support to get this message out. Please let your wider school and leadership team know about this opportunity so that you can all share it with your school community.

Please also share this code with parents and share the link above on your website so parents know where to activate their code.

We’ve also put together some helpful guidance to outline a few ideas for how you can support parents and carers during school closures, ensure high quality learning continues and support teachers, parents and carers to make the most from this offer of help.

If you are an existing Twinkl subscriber on Core or Extra you will be able to use this code to upgrade your current membership using the same link as above.

It’s easy to arrange access yourself through our website. If you do have any questions please get in touch with our TwinklCares team. As we are supporting people globally please bear in mind that we are receiving a large number of enquiries so please only get in touch if your enquiry is of an urgent nature at twinklcares@twinkl.co.uk

You can also visit our website – www.twinkl.co.uk

Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the Coronavirus outbreak and we hope that this will go some way towards helping.

Best wishes,

Jon Seaton – CEO – Signature image
Jonathan Seaton

Twinkl CEO

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Healthy Tuck Shop Opening at playtime!

Dear Parent/Carer,

We are pleased to announce that the school will be opening a Healthy Tuck Shop after the half-term where we will be offering a range of affordable and healthier snacks for the children to buy at playtime. As always, fruit is available for free for children in EYFS and KS1  at playtime although all children are welcome at the tuck shop. 

Our tuck shop will be opening on Monday 24th February and will be run by the Prefects. All items are 40p each and you will be able to purchase the snacks for the days you would like your child to visit the tuck shop via Parentmail. We will then print a list of children who have purchased a snack each day before playtime and these children will be asked to come and choose a snack from the tuck shop.  

The following snacks will be available for the children to buy: box of raisins, popcorn, Bears fruit snacks, cheese strings, blueberry and vanilla rice cakes, mini cheddars, mini breadsticks, and Alpen summer fruits cereal bars. There will also be a gluten free option for children with allergies. 

The Panther’s Pantry trolley

Tuck shop purchases will be available on Parentmail shortly. Unfortunately children who have not had an item purchased for them via Parentmail will not be able to have a snack from the Tuck shop. 

Warm regards,

Mrs Fish

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Wales Day 4

Our last full day today and what a day it’s been.  
We started by waking Tyler up to wish him a happy birthday before breakfast, the proceeded to eat our way through mountains of Bacon, eggs, sausages, beans and toast.
We’ve done raft building, Abseiling and bush craft today. The Bushcraft taught us how to survive in the wild and we were lighting fires and building shelters. The raft building meant we had to work as a team otherwise we’d sink and for the Abseiling we just needed to be brave.
We’ve just had a room inspection from the teachers and have packed our things ready for the off tomorrow. We’re not done quite yet though as we are having a camp fire tonight after we’ve had our roast dinner and crumble.
We’re leaving at 10am tomorrow and the teachers have told us that we’ll be home to you between 3.30-4pm, we have really missed you all. Mr Coster has told us that he’ll update you on our journey via Parentmail (whatever that means!)
See you soon. All our love.
Year 6.

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Wales Day 3

Hello Mums and Dads,
Sorry this is a bit late.
Another great day today, we swapped over activities and did what we didn’t have a chance to do yesterday, that was after we’d had waffles for breakfast. The weather wasn’t as good today, imagine it raining in Wales eh? This meant that the group that went out had to be a little more careful in the caves but it made the Waterfall we saw look just magnificent.
We’ve been out playing tonight, the teachers beat us at football but you can’t win them all.
We’re just spending another half hour playing some board games and relaxing in front of a film before we hit the sack. Tomorrow we’re abseiling, learning to survive in the wild and building rafts. 
We miss you all but we’re having a fabulous time.
Love you all.

Year 6. X

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Wales day 2

Our first full day has been eventful!
We woke up to wish Kourosh a happy birthday, the boys sharing his room weren’t too happy that he woke up at 6am to open his gifts! We then tucked into a full English breakfast and then split into 2 groups for a day of hill walking, mountains, caves and waterfalls in the Brecon Beacons. Some of us stayed back at base to Kayak, using the indoor climbing wall and cave.
The day has been brilliant, so many lovely moments. We got wet, we were scared, we needed to work physically hard and trust ourselves and everyone around us.
We’re currently raiding the tuck shop and are looking forward to dinner later. 
This evening we’re going to play some sports, indoor games and we’ll have a quiz before getting a good nights sleep. We’re swapping activities tomorrow so we’ll do the things we didn’t do today and we can’t wait.
Love you very much.
Year 6.



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Wales Day 1

Wales – Day #1
We’ve had a great first day.
The drive went perfectly and we stopped off twice, once for toilets and once for lunch. We arrived just after 2pm and our instructors gave us a tour and a welcome talk before we made our own beds and settled into our rooms. Everyone was happy about who they got to share with.
We’ve spent this afternoon walking the river, something we loved. It was slimy, slippy and because of the rain the river was running really quickly. We worked in 3’s and one of us was blindfolded, some of us got very, very wet but the suits, wellies and helmets we were given helped keep us dry and safe.
We’re currently having some time in our rooms before dinner at 6, we can choose Pasta or Chicken Pie tonight. We’re then going to relax and watch a film before lights out at 9pm, we’ll need the sleep, tomorrow is a busy day!
Speak to you all soon.
All our love – Year 6.

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