While school is closed for Easter, if there is any way your local church Community can help in an emergency, please phone Sally and Rupert Martin on 255441 or 07910558139 Thank you as always for your kind words and messages of support. Social Care Direct 0345 850 3503 Early Help http://earlyhelp.wakefield.gov.uk/

Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School

"Education is the most powerful weapon for changing the world"Nelson Mandela

Welcome to Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School


3.4.2020 Contact details

While school is closed for Easter, if there is any way your local church Community can help in an emergency, please phone Sally and Rupert Martin on 255441 or 07910558139


Social Care Direct 0345 850 3503


Early Help

http://earlyhelp.wakefield.gov.uk/



3.4.2020

A few helpful resources:

Monday morning assembly on YouTube: Tune in and join us for our weekly online assemblies, 11AM on Mondays at www.youtube.com/fischymusic

FischyTunes: Our music video website for children. They can watch our songs for free at www.fischytunes.com (we've just added some more Fischy favourites this week).

Spotify (and other streaming platforms): Pop on our “Twenty Years of Fischy Music” album on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music or wherever you stream your music.


The Frida Kahlo packs include a range of art, English and computing activities

Frida Kahlo Home Learning Pack – Primary

https://www.stonewall.org.uk/system/files/frida_kahlo_home_learning_pack_primary.pdf


Maths resources

https://www.stonewall.org.uk/system/files/maths_home_learning_pack_primary_ks2.pdf


Nature Hub

https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates/learn-love-nature?dm_i=38LF,10TGV,30OGYQ,3VYOO,1


WWF

Here is a link to the WWF Life Learning channel- the next live learning session is tomorrow at 11am.

https://www.youtube.com/user/WWFunitedkingdom


Science

https://www.whizzpopbang.com/free-resources/?utm_source=Whizz+Pop+Bang+newsletter&utm_campaign=56753a9eee-Free+res+and+Corona+info+1&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_50e1c70667-56753a9eee-132963729


English

Here is a link for the Grammarsaurus videos- fun ways to recap concepts in grammar and punctuation

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=grammarsaurus+song


Here are some arty ways to keep times tables ticking over

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=creative+ways+to+learn+times+tables&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiDvYmp9sHoAhVySRUIHesjDykQ_AUoAXoECA8QAw&biw=1920&bih=875&safe=active&ssui=on#imgrc=X-5NzouMz-tXRM


More art ideas linked to Maths:

Shape Tessellation- exploring how shapes fit together.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=shape+tessellation+art&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwiTpfS4gcLoAhXGIBQKHVX3BbkQ2-cCegQIABAA&oq=shape+tess&gs_lcp=CgNpbWcQARgBMgIIADICCAAyAggAMgYIABAFEB4yBggAEAUQHjIGCAAQBRAeMgYIABAFEB4yBggAEAUQHjIGCAAQBRAeMgYIABAFEB46BQgAEIMBOgQIABBDUMekDFiprQxg1LoMaABwAHgAgAE9iAG-BJIBAjEwmAEAoAEBqgELZ3dzLXdpei1pbWc&sclient=img&ei=ysyBXpOYH8bBUNXul8gL&bih=875&biw=1920&safe=strict


Paul Klee castles- a great way of exploring shapes, vertical and horizontal lines etc.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=paul+klee+castles&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwiri47h8sHoAhVGEhoKHaSYAT0Q2-cCegQIABAA&oq=paul+klee+castles&gs_lcp=CgNpbWcQAzICCAAyAggAMgQIABAYMgQIABAYOgQIABBDOgcIABCDARBDOgYIABAKEBg6BQgAEIMBUKni_gFY5o7_AWDTk_8BaARwAHgAgAH4AYgB5QySAQYxNi4wLjOYAQCgAQGqAQtnd3Mtd2l6LWltZw&sclient=img&ei=ZL2BXqvJEcakaKSxhugD&bih=875&biw=1920&safe=strict


Great PE resources

https://pehubportal.co.uk/


Useful websites

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

https://www.bbc.com/ownit/the-basics

http://www.robbiddulph.com/draw-with-rob

http://www.mousecircus.com/videos/

https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/kids-zone/

http://www.benclanton.com/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies


At 6pm , every weekday, Oliver Jeffers will be reading one of his wonderful picture books and talking a little about the things that went into making it. Listen in to Oliver on Instagram.

https://www.oliverjeffers.com/books


The link below is from the WWF- home learning, games etc linked to wildlife, geography etc.

https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates/learn-love-nature?dm_i=38LF%2C10RVK%2C30OGYQ%2C3VS5D%2C1#playing


Online Safety

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/support-tools/home-activity-worksheets?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=03cb8440df-TUK_ONLINE_SAFETY_AT_HOME_24_03_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-03cb8440df-55256921


The Carol Vorderman maths website, usually £2 per week to access is now free of charge until schools open.

The website is:

themathsfactor.com


2.4.2020

If you think you are eligible for benefit related free school meals and have not yet applied, please follow the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/apply-free-school-meals

https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/Documents/schools-children/free-school-meals/application-for-free-school-meals.pdf

1.4.2020 School Meal Vouchers

Thank you to everyone who responded to our calls today. We now have the majority of email addresses for those eligible. If a message was left asking you to contact school to confirm your email address, please email: headteacher@sandal.wakefield.sch.uk, and we will process this information for you.


31.3.2020 School Meal Vouchers

The government announced today that schools can provide supermarket or shop vouchers to eligible families, if you have applied and are eligible for benefit related free school meals. The e-code is emailed to parents to redeem at a number of retailers. During the next 2 days we will be checking that we have the accurate email addresses for all eligible families. However, if you would like to email school to give your preferred email address, please email : headteacher@sandal.wakefield.sch.uk

Thank you

How does it work?

An ‘eCode’ is issued by email to eligible families (a 16-digit number with a value attached). Parents or adults with caring responsibilities for the eligible child can then go online to redeem the eCode against a choice of eGift cards (a digital gift card delivered via email) which currently includes the following food retailers:

Morrisons
Tesco
Sainsbury’s
Asda
Waitrose
M&S food


30.3.2020

While school is closed for Easter, if there is any way your local church Community can help in an emergency, please phone Sally and Rupert Martin on 255441 or 07910558139


27.3.2020

Thank you to everyone for your kind words and messages during our first week of school 'closure' - much appreciated.

The rota for meal collection will continue at the same times for next week. The staggered collection ensures that there are no large group gatherings and we can ensure safe distancing. If on your journey to collect, you would like to collect meals for other families, please let us know on the day and we can arrange this for you.

We still have the home learning packs in school for some children in each year group. If you would like to collect the packs next week, please contact school and we will make sure they are available from the main reception.


24.3.2020

If you need a password re setting, please email: Office@sandal.wakefield.sch.uk


23.3.2020

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR RECOGNISING THE IMPORTANCE OF ADHERING TO THE GOVERNMENT UPDATE:

YOU SHOULD ONLY SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL ON MONDAY IF YOU HAVE TO, BECAUSE YOUR WORK IS CRITICAL TO OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE.

IF YOU ARE ABLE TO KEEP YOUR CHILD AT HOME, YOU SHOULD. #STAYHOMESAVELIVES

THANK YOU


23.3.2020 Keeping Active

Youth Sport Trust are working to help keep the nation moving and physically fit during these unprecedented times.

Please follow the twitter account: @SGOOutwood for ideas, information and resources.


23.3.2020

Benefit Related Free School Meals

If you have applied and are eligible for benefit related free school meals,we are providing lunches for your children. Please collect your daily lunch to take home, from the top car park at the following times. Collection times are staggered to ensure social distancing and to avoid large social groups.

10am - Reception and Year 1

10.30 - Year 2 and Year 3

11am - Year 4

11.30 - Year 5

12.00 - Year 6

THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO UNIVERSAL FREE SCHOOL MEALS.


23.3.2020 Staying Safe



21.3.2020 UPDATE FROM GAVIN WILLIAMSON, EDUCATION SECRETARY

YOU SHOULD ONLY SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL ON MONDAY IF YOU HAVE TO, BECAUSE YOUR WORK IS CRITICAL TO OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE.

IF YOU ARE ABLE TO KEEP YOUR CHILD AT HOME, YOU SHOULD. #STAYHOMESAVELIVES





Benefit Related Free School Meals

If you have applied and are eligible for benefit related free school meals,we are providing lunches for your children. Please collect your daily lunch to take home, from the top car park at the following times:

10am - Reception and Year 1

10.30 - Year 2 and Year 3

11am - Year 4

11.30 - Year 5

12.00 - Year 6

THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO UNIVERSAL FREE SCHOOL MEALS.


19th March - Government Update re Key Workers

Current government directive states that if an individual in your home is classified as a key worker, if you have no alternative child care arrangements, we can offer childcare places 9am-3pm, as a final resort. We understand that you may want to keep your children at home as the government states it is the safest option. If it is at all possible for your children to be at home, they should be.

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing.

If you are working from home, or you can work from home, this is the safest place for your child. Please do not put children, families and staff at risk by accessing a childcare place. Government directive states that parents need to keep their children at home, wherever possible,


19th March 2020

KEY WORKER UPDATE

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, household isolation and social distancing.

And the most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.

Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans.

We know that schools will also want to support other children facing social difficulties and we will support head teachers to do so.

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:

Health and social care

This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services

This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

Public safety and national security

This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.

Transport

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

PLEASE CONTACT SCHOOL SHOULD YOU FEEL YOUR CHILD COULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR CHILD CARE. THANK YOU.


- A Church of England school serving the Community since 1686

On behalf of the children, staff, governors and myself it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our School. As a Church of England school, we value the spiritual as well the educational development of all our children, whichever faith tradition they come from. We seek to be inclusive of everyone and to help our children to build their lives on firm moral foundations of love and service of one another.

If your child is joining us for the first time, we look forward to establishing a happy and successful partnership with you over the coming years. If you already have a child here, we hope to strengthen our existing links with you to enable us to provide the best education possible. Parents are welcomed and valued as partners in their child’s education, as we believe that our children learn best when staff and parents work together. Together we can ensure our school remains the popular and very special place that it is today.

We are all extremely proud of our school and committed to providing the very best possible education for all of our children. Sandal Castle Primary is a school where children are happy and feel a sense of belonging. They are supported, encouraged, nurtured and loved. They enjoy learning in a stimulating and attractive environment in which each child is encouraged to have fun whilst achieving their potential in the widest sense. It is within this positive nurturing ethos that children understand the skills they need in order to learn. We want our children to develop lively and enquiring minds, to discuss and debate, to be creative and imaginative and to apply themselves well as they strive to reach their full potential in all aspects of school life. Our whole school vision underpins every decision we make within the school environment considering what is in the best interest of our children. In this way, our children will always lie at the heart of everything we do

If you would like any more information, or to arrange a visit, please contact the school. We look forward to meeting you.

Nichola Russell

Headteacher

Sandal Castle VA Community Primary School Vision Statement




If you would like a paper copy of the information on our school website, please ask at the main reception and we will organise this for you.