Additional Free Data to Support Remote Learning in Lockdown

Dear Parent/Carer,

As we enter a new lockdown we understand when faced with the task of home learning this will cause a range of difficulties to many families trying to keep up online. Access to the internet seems even more crucial to get us through.

So, with that in mind, we just wanted to let you know that in conjunction with the Department for Education some of the major mobile phone companies across the country are offering free additional data to help families/pupils (existing customers) as a gesture of goodwill. The companies include EE, Sky Mobile, Smarty, Tesco, Three and Virgin. Each company will accept a limited number of requests and terms and conditions may vary for each company separately.

Company Number of requests Extra data available Available until Offer open to
EE 60 000 20GB 31/07 PAYG & Monthly
Sky Mobile 1800 100GB Not specified Monthly only
Smarty not specified Not specified 31/07 PAYG & Monthly
Tesco 1000 20GB 31/07 Monthly only
Three not specified Unlimited data 31/07 PAYG & Monthly
Virgin 1750 20GB 31/07 Monthly only

If you would like us to apply for additional data on behalf of your child, let us know via the School office email or Class Dojo. As you will appreciate there will be a lot of demand nationally, so we need to apply for this on your behalf as soon as possible.

Please also note, the information needed for us to apply on your behalf via the DfE is listed below. Please read the privacy notice below so you know what the data will be used for and by whom.

· full name of the account holder*
· mobile phone number
· mobile network
· pay as you go or monthly

*Account holders with monthly contracts need to be over the age of 18.

Companies aim to let you know if you have been successful within 14-21 days. Confirmation will come directly to yourself via a text message. The school does not have any further communication with the network companies and will not know of the outcome.

Before applying, please note the following privacy statement, which should be read and understood by:

• the adult account holder for the mobile device
• the parent/carer of the person benefiting, aged under 13
• the person benefiting from the offer, aged 13 or over

Privacy Statement

1. For the purposes of data protection, I need to let you know that the Department for Education (DfE) is running the Mobile Network Offer through schools and their trusts or local authorities.
2. If the offer is taken up by an adult account holder, the school or social care team will share the account holder’s name and mobile phone details with the DfE, who will share these with the relevant mobile network operator.
3. The mobile network operator will use that information to increase the data available for the account holder’s mobile device, if they qualify for the offer.
4. The adult account holder’s personal data is only shared with their mobile network operator for the purposes of the offer. No names of children or other adults, other than adult account holder, are shared with the DfE or the mobile network operator.
5. No personal information will be shared with the DfE if you do not want to take up the offer.
6. If you want to know more about how your personal information will be used before you take up the offer, we can send that to you first.
7. If you decide to take up the offer, you will get a text message from the Department for Education with more information about your data protection rights.
If the account holder wants to receive some written information first, here’s a link to their privacy information.

How to get 4G wireless routers
We have also been made aware the DfE are providing 4G wireless routers for disadvantaged children to help them with remote learning at home. If a child in this category cannot get a mobile data increase, they may be entitled to a wireless router.

The criteria for disadvantaged children to request a wireless router are listed below.

• Children in years 3 to 11 who do not have internet access and whose face-to-face education is disrupted.
• Children in any year group who have been advised to shield because they (or someone they live with) are clinically extremely vulnerable.
• Children in any year group attending a hospital school.

We will need evidence of:
• how we identify disadvantage children, for example if you are in receipt of free school meals or pupil premium.

All requests are assessed against the eligibility criteria. Please be aware that availability is limited so once again we would ask if you could let us know if you wish to request a router for home learning as soon as possible.

Many Thanks
Mrs Crilly

Year 4 Remote Learning

Year 4 remote learning update:

This week has been another busy week in year 4!

In Literacy we have been continuing with our Anglo-Saxon topic, becoming archaeologists and looking at artefacts to help us write expanded noun phrases.

As mathematicians, we have looked at shape: exploring the different types of lines and angles.

During our science lesson, we learnt about the water cycle and created our own diagrams.

In the afternoons we have thought about the affects of too much screen time in computing, learnt about the 4th pillar of Islam, PE and thought about ways in which we can be kind to ourselves during PSHE.

We’ve seen lots of fabulous home learning on our ClassDojo site and pupils have even joined in with our live end of the day stories.

Important Update

Hi all,
I am sure many of you will have all seen the news regarding school places for critical workers and vulnerable children. This has recently changed and I have tried to summarise where we are now, following guidance from the Local Authority and the Government this morning, and will keep you informed of any further changes/updates.

Critical Worker – Place Allocation
The terminology has changed from ‘keyworker’ to ‘critical’ and the list of those included in the criteria that are able to access here: Some parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.

In addition to this, new guidance from the Government and the Local Authority, now states that children are entitled to a place at school if the family have difficulty engaging in remote/home learning because you do not have internet access or if there are not enough devices for large families-under the category of a ‘vulnerable learner’. It is important to stress that children cannot be offered a place because remote learning is tricky to manage at home. Everyone in school sympathises with you and appreciate how frustrating and challenging this situation is-it is not what any of us would want for the children in our care.

The Government and local authority advice is that, 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.

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. We are therefore providing 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.

We are still receiving a high number of critical worker applications so would ask you to check
the guidance carefully before applying. If you have already been allocated a place and after
reading this letter feel that you no longer need your critical worker place, please contact
myself, Mrs Duncombe or Mrs Chaplin. I appreciate that this is very difficult but know that this situation cannot last forever. Please continue to bear with us, we are doing our best to ensure we meet the needs of everyone within the ever-changing guidelines and advice that we are being given.

Mrs C

Home Learning

This week in year 4, we will be learning about Anglo-Saxon’s as well as looking at various plural spelling rules.

In maths, we will be revisiting column addition and subtraction as well as using inverse operations to help us check our answers.

In the afternoons, we will be using atlas to find and identify the sever continents and five oceans of the world. Furthermore, we will be practising our Spanish and learning the months of the year in preparation for 2021!

Our remote home learning offering will be primarily provided through DOJOs. You will just need a mobile phone to view posts, work can then be viewed and completed on paper – if you require workbooks please let me know and we can arrange for you to have these. We can now only send out workpacks to those children that have no access to DOJOs or the internet at all.

When work has been completed, we ask that you please upload pictures so that we can mark and provide feedback via the portfolio section on DOJOs. There is information below on how to access this:

If you require anything else or have any queries, please contact you class teacher via dojo’s.

Kind Regrades

Miss Roberts and Miss Whale

Important update!!!

Dear Parents and Carers,

As you will be aware from the recent news updates, teaching unions have advised their members to consider if they feel safe working in a school environment at this time. It is clear,that the new variant of Covid-19 is virulent, and the rates of infection are rising far more rapidly than the previous strain. As a school we are thinking very carefully about the safety of all adults and children in classes of up to 30 pupils. I am alsoaware as parents and carers, a number of you, are also considering the safety of your families.

The situation remains very uncertain and unions and government are still under negotiations on the national picture for safe school opening. Therefore, the Chair of Governors and I, have met today and in response to this ongoingsituation, have made the decision to close school to all pupils tomorrow, Monday January 4th  and open only to vulnerable pupils and those of key workers on Tuesday. I realise that this is in complete contrast to my pervious notification and am aware of the potential disruption that this may cause. However, this decision will enable us to interpret advice from the unions and the government regarding the safety of the school environment. It will also allow us time to assess, anyscientific advice produced on safety measures, required to make schools more “Covid secure”; update our risk assessments where appropriate and take any necessary further safety measures required, allowing us to plan what will happen next in this everchanging scenario. A judicial decision is due to be made by 4pm on Monday 4th January, so we should know more tomorrow evening. As a cluster of schoolsin South Telford, we are working closely together to bring you information and to support you in keeping all of our families safe at this uncertain time.

I will be touch with you all tomorrow, with further updates.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yvonne Crilly

Year 4 December Update

December has been yet another busy month in school as well as spreading lots of Christmas cheer.

In literacy, we have focused our work around “Gangster Granny” written by David Williams. We have used the text to help use write character descriptions about the two main characters: Granny and Ben.

As mathematicians, we have built on our knowledge of column addition and subtraction and applied it to the inverse operation as well as using our previous rounding knowledge to estimate answer.

In Spanish, we have continued to develop our Spanish vocabulary by building on our knowledge of greetings and expressing feelings to count up to 20. We have definitely enjoyed singing along to all the Spanish songs to help us learn and remember our Spanish phrases.

This month, we have also become designers and manufactures with our design and technology project. First, we explored the different kind of lights that were already available, identifying the positives and negatives about each one. Looking at the power source, shape and design. From this, we designed our own torch thinking about the equipment we would need as well as thinking about our client and the purpose of the torch. We each came up with a specification to help us design a torch fit for purpose. Next, we manufactured our torch. For this we had to use all of our S.O.S skills as parts of it were extremely tricky and difficult. However, we all showed resilience and problem solving to overcome our many problems. Finally, we evaluated and reflected on our products, thinking about how we could improve them and whether they fit our specification.

Furthermore, we were also lucky enough to return to the pool for our swimming lessons. Everybody really enjoyed being back in the water. It was great to see everybody’s water confidence continue to grow as well as our swimming skills.