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Thockley Primary School

ThrockleyPrimary School

Newsletter from Mrs Stuart, 24th April 2020

Dear Parents,

Home-School Communication

We hope your children have enjoyed making a start on the summer term project work set by their class teacher. We would love to see and hear about what children have been working on and so I am pleased to announce that next week we are launching a home-school communication tool, Seesaw for Years 1-6.  The Early Years will continue to use Tapestry as their home-school communication tool.  

The web-based programme allows parents and supervised children to upload their work, pictures and messages which will then be viewed by their class teacher. It is a fantastic way for us to keep in touch and to see all of the wonderful work that children have been creating.

While there is no expectation that you log into Seesaw regularly, we would encourage you to take a look and try to upload some work or even just say hello! We know you will each be doing your utmost to support your child in a way which is best for them and your family during these unprecedented times.

We are mindful of the fact that children are missing a significant amount of learning time in school therefore, as of next Monday, we will be uploading weekly English and maths activities set by your child’s class teacher. These will be uploaded to both Seesaw, Tapestry and our school website.

While there is no expectation for all of the activities to be completed, we would be delighted if your child could do as much as they can. Teachers will be contactable through Seesaw if you or your child have any questions at all.

You will receive an email by the middle of next week which will contain your login information and there is a Seesaw guidance video available in the latest news section of our website. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Online Access Survey from Newcastle Local Authority 

“Do you need help getting your children equipped to learn online at home?”  If the answer is yes, Newcastle City Council wants to hear from you.

The council is conducting a citywide survey to find out which families do not have computer equipment or internet access to enable their children to go online at home to do their school work.  Families in this situation are being offered help in getting the equipment they need.  To find out more and complete a simple form visit https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/services/public-health-wellbeing-and-leisure/public-health-services/coronavirus-covid-19/school-and

If you need help to access the form or to fill it in you can call the council’s support team on 0191 277 4500 between 9am and 2.30pm, Monday to Friday.

The survey must be completed before it closes at 2.30pm on Friday 1 May.

Twitter

As well as the launch of Seesaw, we are delighted to this week also be joining the world of Twitter! We will be regularly uploading useful content, so please do follow us @throckleyprim. Our first tweets are quite special; we hope you like them. For those who do not have access to Twitter, please take a look at the video message from staff on the school website.

Take care,

Mrs Stuart, Head Teacher 

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