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SPRING TERM ParentMail Letters January - April 2022

Year 6 Additional Work

Year 6 will be sent home with additional work tomorrow (Friday 1st April) to help them prepare for their SATs. We have included Maths, Reading and SPAG and where possible answers too. Please encourage your child to read through the SATs revision booklet, sent out last week, as well as work through the similar style SATs questions.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Year 6 team

Y4 Outdoor Day - Monday 28th March

Please send your child into school next Monday 28th March in their outdoor clothing and suitable shoes, as they will be taking part in outdoor activities. They need to bring their school uniform with them incase it rains and they will need to change into it, plus a spare pair of shoes and a carrier bag for muddy shoes.

Y4 Multiplication Tables Test

Dear Parents/Carers

As you may know the government has introduced a multiplication tables test that has to be taken by every year 4 pupil in the country. The test is administered electronically in June and examines the children’s instant recall of all their multiplication tables from two to twelve. Your child is regularly tested in school and is encouraged to regularly spend some time at home learning their multiplication tables and you could help by checking their knowledge for a few minutes each day.

Your child will have 6 seconds to answer each question which will not allow time for them to use their fingers to help and if for example the question is 11 x 12 they will not have time to recite their twelve times table from the beginning as by the time they get to 11 x 12 the question will have disappeared from the screen and moved on to the next one, therefore they need to be able to instantly recall that the answer is 132. If you have any questions please contact myself or a member of the year 4 team.

Thank you for your continued support.

Kevin Rae

Headteacher

SEN Awareness Days

We have 2 SEN awareness days to celebrate in the next fortnight.

On Monday 21st March we will be celebrating Down’s Syndrome Awareness Day. We would like the children to wear odd socks with their uniform on this day.

On Friday 1st April we will be celebrating Autism Awareness Day. We would like children to wear a blue accessory with their uniform on this day. This could be a hair band, socks, wristband etc.

These days are to raise awareness of the diversity of special needs we have both in our school and the wider community. These are not fundraising days and no donation is required.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to speak to the school offices.

Y3 Outdoor Learning Day - Wednesday 9th March

Please send your child in on the above date with a change of clothes and a change of shoes/boots and also a separate carrier bag for their muddy shoes.

Thank you

Year 6 SATs Information Afternoon

Red Nose Day - Friday 18th March 2022

World Book Day - Book Sale (Friday 4th March)

Clubs restarting this week - sent 21/2/22

Choir - Tuesday 22nd February 3:15-4:00

Y4 Times Tables Club - Tuesday 22nd February 3:15-4:15

Y3 & Y4 Football - Tuesday 22nd February 3:15-4:00

Y5 & Y6 Netball - Wednesday 23rd February 3:15-4:00

Y5 & Y6 Football - Thursday 24th February 3:15-4:00

Children's Mental Health Week - sent on ParentMail 9/2/22

This Friday 11th February is 'Dress to Express' day (express yourself in your own way). The cost is £1 and donations will go to support Place2Be and CHUMS.

There will be a cake sale at breaktime - 50p each.

Thank you for your support

World Book Day - 3rd March 2022

The theme for this World Book Day follows the message "You Are a Reader."

 

You are Invited to come to school on Thursday 3rd March dressed as your favourite book character.

 

If you need a bit of help for ideas check out our school website at www.ferrars.org. for the links of instruction leaflets on how to make your favourite book character outfits. See the link below.

This can be a project during the half term break for your children. I have added one attachment to give you an idea of what you will find on our school website.

NO COST ON THE DAY, THIS IS JUST FOR FUN!

LUTON FOODBANK SCHOOL RUN - sent 3.2.22

Run from one school to another covering up to 3 miles and raise funds to support families experiencing poverty in Luton. Saturday 26th February 2022

We'd love our families and staff to get involved in the Luton Foodbank School Run . You can find out more information and sign up by clicking on the link below. Thank you.

https://lutonfoodbank.org.uk/school2school/

Karen McCullagh

Family Worker

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS - sent 31.1.22

Please be aware that all after school clubs have been cancelled until after half term. Breakfast Club will continue as usual. Thank you for your support.

Ferrars Academy Gates - End of Day (sent 27.1.22)

Please be reminded that once you have collected your child from the Junior School playground you WILL NOT BE ABLE to go along the path to Ferrars Academy as their gates will be closed. Please use the Leagrave High Street gate.

Message from Mr Rae - sent 26.1.22

Dear Parents and Carers

I apologise for the confusion this morning as a result of the gates being wrongly labelled. We also have made some changes to the end of the day so it is important that everyone reads the following.

Start of the day

  • 8:45 a.m. gates open
  • Year 3 enter Leagrave High Street
  • Year 4 enter Main entrance gate
  • Year 5 enter Single gate entrance on Lewsey Road
  • 9:00 a.m. gates close
  • Year 6 enter steps from Ferrars Academy. The Academy gate is open at 8:35 a.m. and closes at 8:45 a.m. Year 6 children need to enter before the gates are shut

End of the day

The end of the day is more complicated because we need to allow parents and carers of Year 3 and Year 4 children to enter the school.

At 3:00 Year 5 and Year 6 children who are walking home alone will leave the school site. If they are to be accompanied home by a responsible person then that person must wait for them off site.

  • Year 5 will leave through the main entrance/exit gate
  • Year 6 will leave through the Leagrave High Street entrance/exit

 

If a child in Year 5 or Year 6 has a sibling in Year 3 or Year 4 they will not be dismissed at 3:00 but will remain in school so that they can walk home with their sibling and a responsible person.

All Year 3 and Year 4 children must be collected from the playground by a responsible person if this is a sibling they must be in Year 7 or above. From 3:10 the person collecting the Year 3 or Year 4 child may enter the site.

  • Year 3 adults/siblings must enter through the single gate entry on Lewsey Road then make their way to the Y3 playground where they must remain inside the yellow lines of the netball court until the teacher releases their child to them.
  • Year 4 adults/siblings must enter through the main (car park) entrance on Lewsey Road and make their way to the Year 4 playground where they must remain until the teacher releases their child to them.
  • At 3:20 the children will leave their classrooms. The small gate on Lewsey road used by Year 3 adults/siblings to enter will be temporarily closed until all the Y3 children are on the playground.
  • Once the children have been collected any Year 5 or Year 6 sibling will join them and leave the school site.
  • Year 4 must exit through the main entrance/exit gate
  • Year 3 must exit through the Leagrave High Street entrance/exit

Parents who have a sibling at the Academy

  • Collect your child from the Academy first
  • If your child is in Year 3 or 4 make your way up the steps to wait for your child in the allotted space on the junior school playground
  • If your child is in Year 5 or 6 and you are not happy for your child to walk home on their own find a space on the playground and a member of staff will bring your child to you.

 

These changes are designed to help keep your children safe and it is logistically very difficult to coordinate 360 children leaving school safely so your support in this is greatly appreciated.

Urgent email from Mr Rae - sent 24.1.22

Dear Parents/Carers,

As you will be aware, we continue to experience a number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 within our setting. We know that you may find this concerning, but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Luton Council Public Health. Our school setting remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.

 

How can I help prevent the spreading of COVID-19?

As we have an increased number of COVID cases in the school at the moment I have been asked by Luton Council Public Health for parents to perform a daily LFD test on their children before they come into school. The test should be carried out for five consecutive days. If you do not have tests available these can be ordered online for free. Children do not always display the symptoms of COVID even though they have the virus so the best way to help stop the spread is to test

 

What to do if your child tests positive for COVID-19 or develops symptoms of coronavirus

Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a new, continuous cough, or a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia). If the child has a positive test result but does not have symptoms, they should stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days from the date the positive test was taken. Please see below for how they may end self-isolation as early as day 6 if they continue not to show symptoms. However, this isolation period will be extended if they go on to develop symptoms by beginning again to count 10 days of self-isolation from the day following their symptom onset. Anyone with symptoms should take a PCR test and this can be arranged via Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) or by calling 119. If your child develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), and they are not already known to have Covid-19, they should get a PCR test and remain at home at least until the result is known. If negative, the child can end self-isolation; if positive, the child should isolate until either:

  • They are symptom free, and they have reached 10 days after their symptoms first appeared.
  • They are symptom free, and they have two negative LFD results taking place, either on days 5 and 6 or 6 and 7, or days 7 and 8, or days 8 and 9. Please note that return to school is possible as early as on day 6, on condition that the timing of testing has been before the start of the school day, both times. If both these LFD test results are negative, and they do not have a high temperature, they will be able to end their self-isolation after the second negative test result. The LFD tests must be taken on consecutive days but the guidance will no longer stipulate that these tests should be taken at least 24 hours apart. This will shorten the minimum possible self-isolation from 6 full days (current guidance) to 5 full days (guidance as of 17th January,2022) 2021).The Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) was be updated on the 17th January to reflect these changes.
  • For example, if symptoms started at any time on the 15th of the month (or if the case was asymptomatic but their first positive COVID-19 test was taken on the 15th), they may take two daily LFD tests from the 20th. If LFD test results are negative on the 20th and 21st, and they do not have a high temperature, then the case will be able to end their isolation period after the negative test result on the 21st.

 

Mr Kevin Rae

Headteacher

Changes to the self-isolation period for those who test positive for COVID-19 - sent 14.1.22

From Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.

If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.

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