Head Teacher’s Blog 28/08/2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

  • Road Safety: Teachers will discuss Road Safety with the children this term. I would appreciate it you could reinforce the message too at home. Please remind them to stop and check for traffic when they cross the roads on the way to school, particularly when they have their hoods up. A reminder to all never goes wrong!
  • The City of Edinburgh Council approved the community asset transfer of St. Oswald’s Church and Hall in Bruntsfield to community organisation Bruntsfield St. Oswald’s (Ltd) under the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. The plans are to turn the building into a community hub focused on delivering wrap-around childcare for local primary school children, extra-curricular activities for children and young people, as well as complementary services for partner, the Eric Liddell Centre. A HUGE Thank You to the Parent Council for securing this welcome outcome.
  • Getting in touch with teachers: I appreciate you have often asked the teachers questions at the school gates.

To minimise the risk of spreading Covid-19, please either email the school office at admin@bruntsfield.edin.sch.uk  who will forward it to the teacher, or send a note in the your child’s school bag to give to the teacher. The teacher can reply to you via the school office if a reply is appropriate.

  • Extra-curricular activities cannot take place at this point in time. This relates to after-school and weekend activities.
  • Home Schooling: I hope you all feel safe and able to send your child to school, however, I do understand families may have their own needs which makes them consider home schooling during Covid-19. If you are thinking of doing this, there is a City procedure which we all must follow. Applications for home school schooling are made directly to the City of Edinburgh Council to: arran.finlay@edinburgh.gov.uk or Arran Finlay Inclusion Coordinator, Communities and Families, Waverley Court, (1.1) 4, East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG.
  • Information is being updated daily : Currently the advice is: If someone is experiencing other symptoms e.g. blocked/runny nose, headache, sore throat, etc., but not including any of the classic COVID-related symptoms, they should stay off school until their symptoms have resolved and they feel well. There is no need to self-isolate for 10 days, no need for their household to isolate, and no need to get tested for COVID-19. However: this is being reviewed and if it changes, I shall let you know.

You asked about:

  • Homework: We are giving the children time to settle into the routine of being back at school and learning in class before setting homework. Each year stage will be in touch separately to let you know the focus for homework.
    • P5-P7 classes: will continue using Teams for homework. This will be given out by the teachers and the children will add their learning to ‘Assignments’ within Teams for the teachers to give feedback. This will keep the children’s skills up using Teams.
    • The P2, P3 and P4 classes will move to using Teams for home learning once the teachers have had a chance to work with the children using this platform first. Until then, homework will be given on paper and returned to school.  Books may go home, but will be set aside for 72 hours before they are used by anyone else, following the guidance from CEC.
    • P1 classes: Teachers are making videos to share with P1 Parents on ways to help with reading at home. Homework will focus on key sounds and the teachers will let you know when this will start. Homework is not normally given out in the first few weeks of the P1 term.
  • Reading Books: children are ableto select books from our School Library. When they are returned, they will be set aside for 72 hours before they are used by anyone else, following the guidance from CEC. Group Reading Books will be sent home in due course, and will also be set aside for 72 hours before they are used by anyone else.
  • Wet Weather: When the weather is poor we ask all families to arrive at school just a few minutes before the bell rings. We shall take the P1 and P2 children in from 8.55am as they line up.  Last session we had the sheds for the children to line up in, however, to help ensure we keep any chance of infection of Covid-19 being spread, we shall line up and go into class. There were some super examples of dressing for the weather this week. Please make sure all the children are dressed for the weather.
  • Health and Wellbeing: Teachers have set up discussion groups in their classes for children to share their experiences during Covid-19 as well as reflective writing, drawings and poems. Some children may wish more time to talk and each class has their own ways of doing this. Younger classes use Bubble time, older classes Circle Time, Chat Boxes and children make time to talk to their teacher individually or as a class, depending on the issue. The support for learning staff are complimenting this support with children they work with. Teachers are working with their classes to agree their Class Charter, based on Children’s Rights and I am told there are some superb discussions taking placed based on Children’s Right to health care and education. Well done everyone!

Teachers are continuing the Building Resilience Programme to revisit and develop skills with their classes and will follow the annual programme and the new P1 classes will begin the programme Talk Things Over and Expect the Unexpected.

  • BAME: We are working with the City of Edinburgh Council to extend, develop and strengthen our use of all resources and approaches to ensure black British and international voices are fully integrated into the curriculum. If this is an area you can help support us with, please let me know.

If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.

Kind regards,

Carol Kyle

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