My name is Daniel Burke and I would like to introduce myself as the new extended day coordinator. As you know, due to current government guidance we haven't been able to offer the extended day provision.
9th July 2020
As you will be aware, we have been trying to arrange a transition event to end the year for all of our pupils. There have been many challenges for us to work around to have our families together whilst observing appropriate distancing.
8th July 2020
There have been many changes to all of our lives since March and many transitions from different routines and situations. All children and families would have found parts of these transitions challenging.
7th July 2020
We are now in the second last week of the summer term and we have been thinking about how we can support you over the summer holidays.
6th July 2020
We are now at the end of another week- this one has seen the start of July! It now seems like such a long time ago that we were all together in normal circumstances, but things are now being put in place for a return to a new norm in September.
3rd July 2020
Every year at Prior Weston we celebrate The Happening. It is an integral part of the school year and one that we love celebrating with our school community. We are very keen for this to still go ahead but this year’s circumstances have meant that...
2nd July 2020
Children and young people have spent much more time on devices than ever before during lockdown, so as we approach the summer holidays, here is some information about staying safe online and principles you us remind your children about.
1st July 2020
Is there life on Mars? What would a village on Mars look like? What causes lightning storms? How do some animals live without light?
30th June 2020
Last week we had our first class Google Meet sessions which were a great success. Both the children and the staff thoroughly enjoyed catching up with each other online. As we are unable to welcome back any more children than are on site at the...
29th June 2020
I hope that you have all had a good week and have managed to enjoy some of the lovely weather we have been having although, living in London, we often do not have large outdoor spaces at our fingertips.
26th June 2020
This week is both Maths Week London and National School Sports Week at Home. Children on-site have been completing activities linked to both and some activities have also been shared on both ClassDojo and Seesaw.
25th June 2020
While the weather is so lovely, I know that many of you will be spending more time outside. There are many ways that learning can also take place outside and also can be incorporated into ‘every day activities’. The temperatures this week definitely
24th June 2020
I hope you are all well and enjoying the sunshine. It is here for the week so it is a good opportunity to top up on your vitamin D.
23rd June 2020
The sun is out again today and for the rest of the week, try to get as much fresh air as you can it’s great for physical and mental health. Today we welcomed back nursery to Prior Weston. As Fiona mentioned last week, we are currently thinking...
22nd June 2020
Looking through my window it seems a little gloomy today. However, the forecast shows that blue skies and sunshine are on their way.
19th June 2020
Current arrangements: We now have over 100 children on site every day and next week, our nursery pupils will be returning to school. It is wonderful to see Prior Weston reawakening, even if it is under different circumstances.
18th June 2020
As mentioned in Fiona’s letter last week, we have been thinking about ways that we can keep the children and staff in communication with one another. In order to so, we are going to be hosting a Google Meet session for each class. This session will b
17th June 2020
This risk assessment will consider the risks to pupils, staff and others impacted by the infection of a member of the school community attending school (e.g. pupils, staff, contractors, visitors and household members of pupils and staff)
17th June 2020
We are now in the final summer term. Although school is looking different this year, we are still thinking about the transitions our children will be going through. We may not know yet what September will look like but we have been busy thinking...
16th June 2020
It was lovely to welcome back some of our Year 1 pupils today. As children’s daily lives continue to be affected by Covid -19, I have been looking for resources to support children children’s well being at this time.
15th June 2020
Pupils returning to school: This week saw the return of three groups of pupils to Prior Weston: Year 6 and toddlers on Monday, and Reception pupils on Wednesday. It has been so lovely welcoming back more pupils to the site and next week we...
12th June 2020
We’ve been thinking about ways to keep all our pupils, families and staff who are working and learning from home and those who are on-site connected.
11th June 2020
I know that lots of children (and adults) have been making use of having some extra time at home to get stuck into a good book. I have heard that some have been working their way through Harry Potter whilst others have been enjoying nonfiction books.
10th June 2020
I hope you are all well, and thank goodness the sun is shining again, it’s a little colder but bright and sunny. This Joyful June Calendar has been published by Action for Happiness...
9th June 2020
Today we welcomed back some Y6 and Toddlers to Prior Weston. This has meant that we have more staff on-site to support. In order for the home learning to continue, we have needed to reassign some of our working from home staff.
8th June 2020
I wanted to start today's letter by talking about the children who are currently at home, and who will remain at home. There has been a lot of focus and attention on the phased reopening of the school and those who may be returning.
5th June 2020
I was recently reminded about the importance of language. There have been many studies that have highlighted the importance of language in children’s development and future life opportunities.
4th June 2020
Once again I hope everyone is well and enjoying the good weather, today is cloudy, however I am sure the sun will be back soon. Some children are now preparing to return to school and it will be important to start to prepare them.
3rd June 2020
Firstly, I hope that you have managed to enjoy the sunshine over the ‘half term’. In usual circumstances, this would be a lovely break for everyone, but things have been very different this year.
29th May 2020
We hope that you are enjoying the half-term break and taking a well-deserved rest from the online learning. The online learning will resume on Tuesday June 2nd as we will be having an INSET day on Monday June 1st for staff to prepare for the phased..
28th May 2020
It seems that we are moving into another stage of transition as schools look to partially re open. I know that for some parents and children this has meant some anxiety as they decide what is best for their child and family circumstances.
27th May 2020
It’s the school half term week and we hope you are enjoying the continuing sunshine. Despite the lockdown measures having changed, many families may be feeling a little apprehensive about heading out to their favourite spots this half term.
26th May 2020
Today marks the end of the first half of the summer term: a half term that has seen the school being closed for the entirety of it.
22nd May 2020
Islington Council’s top priority is keeping everyone in our borough safe and supporting those on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic.
22nd May 2020
We hope you have been finding ways to enjoy the sunshine. The forecast looks like it should continue into next week for half term. As next week is half term Class Dojo and Seesaw will pause for the week.
21st May 2020
I hope you are all well, and thank goodness the sun is shining. This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, and one of the recommendations is that we take each day as it comes, whether you’re feeling productive and ready to take on the day...
20th May 2020
Why are some children going back to schools and nurseries and not others? Being in school is extremely important for children’s mental wellbeing, their learning and their social and emotional development...
19th May 2020
Thank you to all of you who took the time to complete our online survey about ClassDojo and Seesaw. Your feedback allows us to review our online learning platforms and respond to your ideas in order to develop our current offer. It has also...
18th May 2020
Following Sunday's announcement from the Prime Minister, and subsequent guidance received, Prior Weston Primary School and Children's Centre have been working on planning our phased opening from the week commencing June 1st 2020.
15th May 2020
I hope you are all well, and thank goodness the weather is getting warmer again and the sun is out once more. Thank you for your donations of supermarket vouchers, following the request last week, these will now be distributed and as we said, it...
14th May 2020
I wanted to add a quick update from me today as I am sure many of you will have lots of questions about the potential reopening of the school. Some additional guidance came out on Monday night, but there is still further work to be done before I can
13th May 2020
We are sure that you have all been following the news waiting for further information regarding schools re-opening. As Fiona said in her letter yesterday, we are responding to information as it is released. We have already been planning for a...
12th May 2020
I hope that you all had a lovely Bank Holiday weekend and managed to mark the VE celebrations in some way. VE 75 was not about celebrating a victory, but of the end of war and the start of peace...
11th May 2020
I hope you are all well, and thank goodness the sun is shining. We have been in contact with most families over the last few weeks to catch up and what is lovely to hear is how as a school community we are pulling together during this difficult time.
7th May 2020
It is good to see so many families now able to use the ClassDojo and Seesaw online learning. The teachers are very busy responding to all the work that is being sent in. We are also enjoying all the extra-curricular learning that is going on. Please
6th May 2020
The sunshine is back and hopefully here to stay! In talking to parents with children with additional needs, it is good to hear that some children are accessing the parts of online learning that they enjoy for example, SumDog and TT Rock Stars...
5th May 2020
I hope you have all managed to get out for a little exercise this week in between the rain!
30th April 2020
I hope that everyone is keeping well and managing to stay positive. I have been in contact with lots of you this week and I know how some of you are finding the continuing uncertainty difficult. This is the new norm and it means that for the...
29th April 2020
Thank you for all of your support and patience as we have been getting ClassDojo and Seesaw up and running as our online platforms. We made this decision after considering many different online platforms as well as discussing it with the local...
28th April 2020
We hope you had a restful weekend and enjoyed the sunshine. We hope you enjoyed the assembly today. We pleased to see so many families have managed to set up accounts on Seesaw and Classdojo. It has been a steep learning curve for us all.
27th April 2020
I hope you have all had a good week and are managing to enjoy some of the lovely weather that we are having at the moment. As you will know from the news, there are still no plans to reopen schools as yet and so the current arrangements will...
24th April 2020
By now you should have received your login details for ClassDojo or Seesaw via the email address that you have provided the school with.
23rd April 2020
We hope you are all continuing to stay safe and well and are having a fun time working and learning together at home. The message is still very clear, to stop the spread of the virus we need to wash our hands more often, and...
22nd April 2020
Yesterday saw the start of the ‘summer term’ although obviously things are a bit different from our usual return to school. However, it did see the launch of our new online learning platforms, Seesaw and Class Dojo!
21st April 2020
We hope that you all managed to take advantage of the break from learning over the Easter holidays. We are now at the start of the summer term.
20th April 2020
As mentioned previously, we are moving towards an online learning platform. From Monday we will be using ClassDojo for the Children’s Centre to Year 3 and Seesaw for years 4-6.
17th April 2020
We are now almost at the end of the 'Easter Holiday' period, which I am sure is very different from our usual holidays for all of you - it certainly was for me, although I did manage to take a few days off around the Easter weekend.
16th April 2020
It is already the start of week 4 of lockdown and the second week of what is the Easter holidays, and slowly we are getting used to this new normal. The sun is shining, and I do hope that everyone is keeping well and managing to stay positive.
15th April 2020
We all hope you had a relaxing long weekend. It seems like the sun has decided to stay around for another week.
14th April 2020
The situation that we are currently in, is one that few of us could have predicted and brings with it different challenges for each of us and our children. For some families the change in routine may provide the biggest challenge whilst for others...
9th April 2020
We are now well into the ‘Easter Holiday’ period, which I am sure is very different from our usual holidays for all of you – it certainly is for me. The school remains open this week and next for the children of key workers and some of our vulnerable
8th April 2020
We hope you are enjoying the sunshine and making the most of the being at home experience. A new home learning pack was added to the school website last week so if you have finished the first one please pop over and have a look.
7th April 2020
Today would have been the start to your Easter holidays, and I know that for most families, this time of year is all about getting out and about, meeting family and friends and enjoying the better weather and longer evenings.
6th April 2020
Today marks two weeks since the school’s official closure - I do hope that you are all managing the situation and have got into a bit of a routine. I also hope that you are all keeping well and safe.
3rd April 2020
It’s been great to hear how many families have been accessing the resources on the website. A few of the families that I have spoken to have said that their children are coping well but have expressed a few anxieties.
2nd April 2020
I hope that everyone is keeping well and managing to stay positive. I have been in contact with lots of you this week and I know how worrying this situation is for some. The government is telling us to stay at home and only go outside for food...
1st April 2020
We are now into our second week of school closure. We have been getting some feedback from families regarding the learning at home experience and are responding to these as quickly as we can where it is possible.
31st March 2020
I hope you all had a good weekend and managed to get out in the sunshine for a bit of daily exercise.
30th March 2020
We have now come to the end of our first week of official closure and it has been quite eventful. Although many of you had made the decision to self-isolate ahead of the announcement from the government, this has now been enforced as standard
27th March 2020
I hope that you are all managing to find a new daily rhythm to your days in these difficult times. As has been said before, please don’t put too much pressure to re-create school at home.
26th March 2020
We hope that you are all getting on well with your home learning packs and ensuring that you have time for exercise, mindfulness and quality family time. Remember that we are not expecting you to re-create the school environment at home.
25th March 2020
Today marks the first day of our official closure, but we remain open for a very small percentage of pupils. The government and Local Authority are still finalising some arrangements as things are still changing and evolving, and so some...
23rd March 2020
Following yesterday’s announcement from the Prime Minister, I can confirm that Prior Weston School and Children’s Centre will be closed after the end of the day tomorrow, Friday 20th March. Night Owls will continue until 6pm as usual.
19th March 2020
Thank you all for adjusting your drop off arrangements – it went very well this morning and so we will continue this going forward. You should also have received a Parentmail about the end of the day. We are staggering this and opening the doors fr
18th March 2020
Following yesterday’s announcement from the Prime Minister, things look a little different this morning at Prior Weston. Firstly, I can state that we have no confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the school or Children’s Centre that we have...
17th March 2020
As the Coronavirus situation is changing and evolving at a rapid rate, I will endeavour to give a daily update on what’s going on from the school’s perspective. We continue to follow the advice of Public Health England, the Department of Education...
16th March 2020
The risk of getting the illness in the UK is high.
A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. COVID-19 is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in January 2020.
The incubation period of COVID-19 is between 2 and 14 days. This means that if a person remains well 14 days after contact with someone with confirmed coronavirus, it is unlikely that they have been infected.
The following symptoms may develop in the 14 days after exposure to someone who has COVID-19 infection:
- difficulty in breathing
Generally, these infections can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems. There is no evidence that children are more affected than other age groups – very few cases have been reported in children.
The GOV.UK website contains more information about the government response, which they will update as necessary.
As ever, please inform the school of any travel arrangements so that we can respond accordingly and protect the school community as soon as possible.
We will keep you informed about any developments and ensure we are keeping the school clean to help prevent the spread of any virus. Thank you for your co-operation as we all work together to support the children to feel happy and safe.
The actions the school is taking in line with advice from the Department for Education and Public Health England.
Updated guidance for education settings on coronavirus (COVID-19)
The guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings has been updated with additional information on the resources and support available to help parents educate their children at home.
Guidance for households with symptoms
This guidance is intended for:
- people with symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus, and do not require hospital treatment, who must remain at home until they are well
- those living in households with someone who shows symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus
The main messages are:
- if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. See ending isolation section for more information
- if you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
- for anyone else in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period. See ending isolation section for more information
- it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
- if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
- if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
- if you have coronavirus symptoms:
- do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
- you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
- testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home
- plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
- ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
- wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
- if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here.
Temporary suspension of Ofsted inspections
Ofsted is to temporarily suspend routine inspections of schools, colleges, early years settings, children’s social care providers and local authorities to reduce the burden on staff who are providing vital services to the nation in response to coronavirus.
The current medical and scientific advice is for schools and other educational establishments to stay open. If this changes and the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser say closing schools, colleges, and early years settings is in the best interests of children and teachers the Department will take that step.
The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
Government announces move from Contain to Delay phase
Yesterday, the Government announced that we are moving from the Contain phase of the coronavirus action plan and into the Delay phase, in response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Full details of each stage are in the government action plan.
To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.
The symptoms are:
- A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
- A new, continuous cough
You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.
The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce will be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to schools will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office is advising against travel to any country/territory as a result of COVID-19.
Exam preparation and Ofqual advice
The Secretary of State for Education has confirmed that exams will not take place this summer.
The importance of hygiene
As a school:
- There are ongoing discussions with the children about how we keep the spread of any virus to a minimum through good hand hygiene.
- Although these discussions happen on a daily basis anyway, we are redoubling our efforts and reinforcing the key messages.
- We are ensuring that our supplies of soap and other sanitizers remain at an appropriate level.
- We are encouraging all pupils and staff to follow CATCH IT, KILL IT, BIN IT whenever they sneeze!
- The school toilets are cleaned twice daily as part of our cleaning contract and all shared surfaces at least daily.
- Our cleaning contractor has completed awareness training with members of our cleaning team in line with public health guidelines.
There are many additional resources available to support you and your child – here are links to some of them:
The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.
Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools.
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
A new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)