Saturday 30th January 2021
We have now completed our fourth week of Lockdown 3 and with the winter weather still hanging around I am sure that this lockdown is proving to be much more challenging than the one we experienced last year. In spite of these challenging circumstances, I have to say that we have been blown away by how well everyone is doing with the remote learning curriculum.
Making Remote Learning work for you
Each and every family will have their own unique set of circumstances that make engaging with remote learning problematic at times, but we can see that almost every child is taking part in remote learning to good extent.
In line with government expectations, we are providing a comprehensive online curriculum, but we are well aware that it would be difficult to complete all of the activities all of the time. We have learned this week that schools sadly won't be fully open until 8th March at the earliest, so our advice would be to treat online learning like a marathon and not a sprint. By this point, I am sure families have developed routines around what works for them, but I think it is important to stress that even though the activities we provide each day are there to give children the opportunity to have a full curriculum, this might not be manageable for all children all of the time. And that is ok. Do what you can, when you can and know that everything you are able to do will make a difference.
We have over 120 children signed up to on-site provision and managing capacity is something we consider on a daily basis. We will do our best to offer a level of emergency childcare for all critical worker families, but would like to remind users that this should only be used when needed. If we can reserve places for those who really need them, we are able to ensure that all critical workers have the opportunity to access emergency childcare.
We would also like to make all families aware that all children are accessing the same remote learning curriculum currently. The children who come into school are also linking up to Seesaw and completing tasks in the same way as they would if they were learning at home.
Our morning catch-ups are now well-established and we really love having the chance to catch up with our remote learners each day. We hope these sessions help encourage children at home to be up and ready for the day and to feel connected to their class, as that was our main intention. If anybody has any difficulties with getting connected to these sessions, please feel free to contact the school and we will do our best to help.
We have loaned out over 60 Chromebooks and iPads so far, but still have a few Chromebooks available to loan to families if they are struggling to access learning. If you would benefit from borrowing a Chromebook please let us know.
Children's Mental Health Week (1st - 7th February)
This coming week is Children's Mental Health Week. As we find ourselves in the middle of the latest lockdown period, it is even more important than ever to look after our mental health (our minds) as well as our physical health (our bodies). To kick start Children's Mental Health Week, Oak National Academy has teamed up with Place2Be and BAFTA Kids to create a free assembly, celebrating this year's theme of “Express Yourself”. Famous faces and contributors will also be taking part live from their homes - so it’s not to be missed! Watch out for a link on Seesaw on Monday morning, inviting children to join at 9am.
Please note that there will be no 'morning catch-up' on this day, but these will return on Tuesday morning. Following the "Express Yourself" assembly, keep a look out for daily wellbeing activities that we will be sharing on Seesaw.
A 'Top Tips' guide relating to Monday's assembly is attached to this email.
Lockdown 3.0 Virtual Cornwall School Games
Next week, schools across Cornwall will be taking part in the Lockdown 3.0 Virtual School Games. This is a great opportunity for children to take part in a fun and friendly competition from the safety of their own home.
Children will take part in an age-appropriate challenge each day, keeping a note of their score for each activity and then, if they wish to, sharing their scores by sending them to me in a simple online form. We will then compile the results and share the top three results in each event for each year group, as well as recognising those who take part in all the events across the week.
With all the Bosvigo results gathered in, we will then submit our average scores to the Cornwall Sports Partnership to see how we got on compared to other primary schools all across Cornwall.
I will be sharing more information about the Virtual Games on Monday via Seesaw.
As in previous lockdowns, we would like all families to know that we are available and willing to help in whatever way we can. If you have any queries or questions or have anything you would like to discuss, please feel free to get in touch.
Monday 4th January
As you will have probably heard, this evening the government announced that due to the rapid increase in cases of COVID-19, all schools will close and switch to remote learning provision until the February half term.
Schools will provide emergency childcare to the children or critical workers, as well as to vulnerable children, during this six-week period, but all learning will be delivered online. Up until this afternoon, we were preparing to begin the Spring term as planned, so this evening's announcement has left us very little time to prepare effectively for the new arrangements.
Bosvigo will therefore be closed to all pupils tomorrow (Tuesday 5th January) to enable us to plan for six weeks of remote learning and critical worker provision. We appreciate that our closure tomorrow may cause some families an inconvenience, but it is vitally important that we allow ourselves a short amount of time to ensure that we set up both provisions correctly for the weeks ahead.
By 10:00am tomorrow morning, we will have emailed all families with an invitation to book childcare places for their children. The DfE criteria for critical workers has been extended since the previous lockdown, so please do check the criteria if you think you may be eligible. We will ask all parents and carers wishing to book childcare to do so by 2pm tomorrow, as we will use the information we have at this point to plan our bubble groups. Parents and carers will be able to sign up for childcare at a later point in lockdown if their situations change. Critical worker/vulnerable children provision will begin on Wednesday 6th January.
As well as establishing which families will need childcare provision, we will also need to identify which families would like to loan a school device to support their child's access to remote learning - an email with further information on this will be circulated at 12pm tomorrow.
Remote learning will be shared with all children from 9:00am on Wednesday 6th January.
The situation locally has changed dramatically in a very short space of time and these are testing times
for everyone. As in the previous lockdown, we take our responsibilities in supporting our community
very seriously and so if you have any worries or questions, please do get in touch and we will do all we
can to help.
Wednesday 2nd September
The new term is upon us and we are so excited to be welcoming all of our Bosvigo community back to school tomorrow, especially those who we haven't seen in a long while. To help everyone understand what will be happening, we are re-sending the information that was shared at the end of last term regarding the arrangements that we will have in place to enable all children to return to school as safely as possible. We hope the information laid out below explains our approach clearly, but if you have further questions, please feel free to contact the school and we will endeavour to provide the necessary answers.
Start of the day
From Thursday 3rd September, our arrangements for the start and end of the day will be as follows:
Will the car park be safe to walk up and down?
Please note that our car park will be closed to cars from 8:35am until 9:05am. For those who have yet to enter the school via the field gate, we have a one-way system in operation currently and this will continue; parents enter the school via the pedestrian gate, follow the arrows to the end of the car park, drop children off at the field gate then follow the arrows back down the car park and out through the vehicle gate.
Can children walk into school by themselves?
If parents are happy to drop their children at the entrance to school and allow them to walk up the car park by themselves, they are welcome to do this. Equally, children with permission to walk to and from school without an adult will be able to do so as long as their parents have signed the Walking Home Alone consent form (this can be found in the Payments area of School Comms for children in Years 4, 5 and 6).
What if my child is late arriving at school?
If your child arrives after their entrance to school has closed, they will need to come to the front door and sign in at the school office.
End of the day
We would like to keep our end of day timings as close to normal as possible, but in order to avoid crowding we have some arrangements that we would ask all parents and carers to follow:
What if I am collecting children from different year groups?
We would like parents and carers to collect all their children at the time their eldest child finishes school. For example, if you have a child in Class 3 and a child in Class 9, the younger child will wait with their class teacher until 3:20pm when their older sibling comes out of class.
As they are new to school and the first to finish, Foundation Stage siblings should be collected first and brought onto the playground with their parent/carer to collect any older siblings.
Can children play in the playgrounds after being collected at the end of the day?
No. We believe that this system will work, but we will need families to make their way off-site promptly after collecting their children to ensure we maintain plenty of space on the playground. We also need families to be conscious of the need to allow others a degree of space, which is likely to be compromised if children are running around and playing whilst others are waiting to collect their children.
Will there be any after-school clubs?
Sadly, there will not be any after-school clubs in the first half of the Autumn term, as they are not considered essential provision and government guidance recommends that we limit the mixing of children where possible. We value the extra-curricular opportunities we are able to offer children hugely, so we will be looking to return to after-school clubs after half-term if it is considered safe to do so at the time.
What about Wraparound care?
Unlike extra-curricular clubs, Wraparound is considered an essential provision and schools are being encouraged to offer this wherever possible. It would be unmanageable to offer Wraparound care for each class separately, but if we have sufficient demand, we will create three Wraparound groups to keep mixing to a minimum - one group for Reception and Key Stage 1, one group for Lower Key Stage 2 and one group for Upper Key Stage 2. Wraparound care will be available from 7:45am in the mornings and until 6:00pm in the evenings. Children will be dropped off and collected from the front of the Wraparound building, but we will be using separate spaces for each of the three groups. If you have not used Wraparound before and wish to find out more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classes as 'bubbles'
From September, government guidance allows schools to increase the size of their isolated groups or 'bubbles' to whole classes or in some instances year groups or key stages. At Bosvigo, we will be working in the main with class-size bubbles, which means that children will only mix with those in their own class, not only during class time, but also during playtimes and breaktimes. We have carefully timetabled outdoor space so that only four classes are outside at a time and will manage the hall carefully at lunchtimes to ensure that children eat school lunches whilst sat in class groups. Children in Key Stage 2 will eat packed lunches in their classrooms to help keep the numbers in the hall to a minimum.
All children have experienced disruption to their learning this summer and for some the disruption has been much greater than for others. With this in mind, it is imperative that we deliver the most effective education we possibly can and as a result, we will be following government guidance and creating 'bubbles within bubbles' for the delivery of our phonics teaching. Initially this will mainly just involve children in Key Stage 1 where we will group children by need for their daily phonics sessions. When we do this, we will arrange the group so that children from different classes sit separately so that they can access the same level of learning without mixing. The group leaders will sanitise any surfaces used before and after the lesson and children moving groups will sanitise their hands before and after to ensure safe practice is followed.
As well as phonics sessions, we will also be enabling peripatetic music teachers to return to deliver individual and small group lessons as normal. We have allocated an isolated space for this specific purpose and this space will be cleaned between each session.
As mentioned previously, we will begin the year with classes having playtimes in designated spaces with their class bubble. This will continue until guidance allows us to operate more fluidly. Each class will have their own bucket of equipment to minimise the sharing of such items and where possible, larger playtime equipment such as bikes will be sanitised between uses. We will also ensure children wash or sanitise their hands at the beginning and end of playtimes. No food will be eaten during playtimes (snacks will be eaten in class) and children will all need to bring a water bottle with them as the water fountains will continue to be turned off.
Our kitchen will be up and running from the start of term, so children in all year groups will be able to book school dinners whenever they like. All children in Reception and Key Stage 1 will eat in the hall, sitting in their class bubbles and with tables and benches being thoroughly cleaned before each class sits down. To reduce the pressure on the hall, children in Key Stage 2 with a packed lunch will eat at their desks in class whilst Key Stage 2 children ordering hot meals will eat in class bubbles in the hall.
We have attached the lunch menu to this email and tomorrow will be Week 3 (Barbeque Chicken with Vegetable Rice/Jacket Potato).
There is much more information that we could share with you, but hopefully this covers the most important information that families will need. If you would like further information on a specific aspect of our plans for September, please feel free to contact us or speak to a member of myself, Mrs Penrose or Mrs O'Kane when you see us at the entrances tomorrow.
Monday 15th June
I hope you are all well and successfully finding your way through the challenges that have presented themselves over the last three months. Thankfully, the national picture would suggest that the coronavirus pandemic is gradually getting under control and hopefully, with continuing improvements, we will see schools return to normal practice in due course. As a school, we feel incredibly well supported by our community and on behalf of all at Bosvigo, I would like to say thank you again for your understanding and support during this time.
School structure for the rest of this term
As a school, we are delighted to have been able to extend our provision beyond keyworker and vulnerable children to include children from Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. We have had to work extremely hard to make it possible to accommodate all these children and we now have thirteen groups of children working in discrete ‘bubbles’. As you can imagine, enabling these groups to learn and play without coming into contact with each other is quite the logistical challenge, but we seem to have found a system that works and the feedback we have received from staff, children and parents/carers has been great.
Over the last week, many people have understandably asked us whether there are plans to open fully before the summer holidays. At this point, we have received no information beyond what is published in the media, so just like everyone else, we are waiting for further guidance from the government. As I have already mentioned, we are operating 13 groups currently and we are drawing on every available staff member and available space to meet the current need. Like everyone, we are eager to return to normality, but in order to do this social distancing guidelines will have to change and the current recommended group size limit of 15 will have to be officially increased or abolished completely.
Whilst it has been lovely to welcome so many children back to school this month, I am conscious of the fact that around half of the school are still waiting for the opportunity to come back. We have been really impressed by the effort that so many families have put into completing the daily home learning tasks, especially as time goes on and enthusiasm for digital learning potentially wanes. Over the coming days and weeks, we will be looking at ways to connect with learners both in school and at home and will share any plans with you as they become clear.
Reading book exchange
As of this week, we will be able to offer all children who do not currently attend school the opportunity to come and collect some new reading books. Our book exchange will take place every Wednesday outside Wraparound, where we will have a selection of books suitable for all ages and stages. In order to encourage social distancing, we have allocated each phase a specific time in the day:
Reception and Key Stage 1: 9:30am – 11:30am
Lower Key Stage 2: 11:30am – 1:30pm
Upper Key Stage 2: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Should the above time pose a problem, please contact the office who will explore alternative options.
Please, can we also ask that you return ALL school reading books to allow us to quarantine them and get them back in circulation as soon as possible.Additionally, if you have any books at home, which are looking for a new home, we would love to take them off your hands!
The Hive meal packs
At the same time as changing your reading books, you may like to collect one or two meal packs courtesy of The Hive. The Hive Project has grown rapidly during the coronavirus period and now produces around 2500 meal packs per week to be distributed across Cornwall where there is a need.
As a partner of The Hive, we have two chest freezers full of meal packs that can be topped up as often as we need to and at no cost to the school or our community. These meal packs continue to be available to anyone who would benefit from them, so if you would like to receive some packs, please feel free to collect on Wednesday during the book exchange. If this time does not suit, but you would like to receive some packs, please feel free to contact the school office and let us know.
We have been asked by one of our local police liaison officers to raise awareness of some potential safeguarding concerns around the popular online games platform Roblox. Roblox is a fun and engaging platform for children, but children can experience inappropriate and unkind content whilst playing and can get ‘scammed’ by other users. Thankfully, there is quite a lot that parents can do to help their child enjoy safer game-playing, much of which can be found in the following guide for parents and carers.
If you have other concerns regarding your child and the digital world, internetmatters.org is a great source of up to date information. With videos, articles, user guides and much more to help families get a better understanding of how to keep their children safe online, it is well worth adding to your bookmarks.
New class information
Ordinarily, at this time of year we would be sharing new class information with families. At present, September may seem a long time away and much could happen before then, but we will be working on the assumption/hope that schools will return to their normal function by this point and will therefore be working on creating new class lists by the end of this month. If you have any questions regarding this, please feel free to contact me.
With the coronavirus outbreak having caused more than enough disruption this year, we will be looking to provide as much stability as possible for the new academic year. Our class structure will therefore be as follows:
Class 1 (Mrs Greaves) EYFS
Class 2 (Miss Smith) EYFS
Class 3 (Mrs Vigurs-Berry) Year 1
Class 4 (Miss Sadler) Year 1 & Year 2
Class 5 (Miss Ferguson & Miss Massey) Year 2
Class 6 (Ms Shaw) Year 3
Class 7 (Mr Armstrong) Year 3 & Year 4
Class 8 (Ms Critchley) Year 4
Class 9 (Mrs Carr) Year 5
Class 10 (Miss Keane) Year 5/6
Class 11 (Mrs Gabriele) Year 6
We have planned for Mrs Penrose and Mrs O’Kane, our Assistant Headteachers, to work across classes next year whilst also focusing on curriculum development and supporting the further refinement of teaching and learning throughout the school.
Return of Chromebooks and iPads
With the return of Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, the demand for access to devices in school for learning purposes has increased somewhat! If your family borrowed a Chromebook or iPad and you have now returned to school, please ensure that you return your borrowed device as soon as possible (including the charger).
If you have borrowed a Chromebook or iPad but have not returned to school, you are welcome to hold on to your device until you rejoin us.
If you have any questions or concerns that have not been covered by this news bulletin, please feel free to contact me.
Sunday 29th March 2020
Dear parents and carers,
This past week has been like no other in my memory and I hope that all members of our school community have been able to stay healthy and safe.
As requested by the government, the school will be open to provide childcare during the Easter holidays, but this will only be for children of key workers where their parents are not able to secure appropriate supervision for them, as well as children who may be vulnerable.We will be running this holiday provision just like our normal Wraparound care, so there will be no academic learning taking place.
I am sure that the past week will have presented numerous challenges for our families, not least the challenge of supporting children in completing home learning tasks whilst trying to juggle everything else. It has been lovely to see so many children enthusiastically engaging with the tasks we have set this week and our teachers have really enjoyed the wonderful Seesaw posts that children from across the school have been submitting. As the Easter holidays have begun, we won’t be posting new tasks on Seesaw until Tuesday 14th April, but children are welcome to carry on using the learning apps and websites available to them should they wish to.
For some families, finding the time to complete home learning tasks this week will have been difficult and so it is important to stress to everyone that whilst it is great if children can take part in the daily Seesaw tasks, the key focus for all of us at this time must be to ensure we stay virus-free and that we look after ourselves and our families.If you haven’t got through as much learning with your child as you would have liked this week, please don’t worry – as a school, we do not want to add to people’s worries and therefore we fully support families in doing what is right for them at this point in time.
Many families will have come across alternative home learning activities being shared online and the children who have been coming to school this week have enjoyed the Joe Wicks live workouts. Within our own school community, we have two opportunities that you might like to take a look at:
We are conscious that children may be coming to the end of the last reading books they brought home from school, so have taken out a Bug Club subscription and allocated every child a series of e-books to read/share online. Hopefully you will all have login details for this, but if you don’t please let me know.
On top of this, we have three further options to share with you:
On behalf of the staff and governors at Bosvigo, I would like to wish everyone a restful and healthy Easter break. If there is any way in which we can support you and your family, please get in contact, as we are only too happy to help.
Tuesday 24th March
Bosvigo School is open and supporting the children of our critical workers. We will continue to open over the Easter Holiday. Places need to be booked on line through the SchoolGateway.
If you need to contact the school please call 07591 945238 as the office may be unmanned.
Friday 20th March
We've reached the end of what has been an eventful week and I can only say thank you to everyone for the way you have remained calm and understanding in what are both challenging and uncertain circumstances. Whilst the current situation around the coronavirus spread is distressing, the way the community has pulled together has been extremely heartening.
It has been difficult for children leaving school this week not knowing when they will return to what we know as normality, but we will do everything we can to maintain a sense of community over the coming weeks. Our distance learning will start on Monday in a simple format, but over the coming weeks we hope to become more and more creative in the ways we engage with our home learners. We have sent home learning packs home with children this afternoon, but will be out making deliveries on Monday morning to ensure everyone has what they need to continue their learning outside school.
For our Year 6 children, we have an important message: we will see you again and we will make sure you enjoy the celebration that you deserve when you leave Bosvigo as the Class of 2020 - hopefully after a few weeks of normal school life.
Those families who are entitled to free school meals may have heard in the news that support will be available in some form during this period of school closure and, whilst the government's guidance on this isn't very clear, we would like to reassure you that providing assistance to those who need it is at the top of our list of priorities and we will look to be in touch with a plan hopefully on Monday, but by Tuesday at the latest.
Today, having sent out the information regarding critical workers and vulnerable families and having received confirmation of which families meet the criteria, we have determined which children will need to come into school next week. If you did not respond to the survey earlier, but believe you meet the criteria set out and require childcare next week, please email me or contact the school office on Monday morning.
Once again, on behalf of the staff and governors, may I thank everyone in our community for being so helpful and understanding this week. Please remember that we continue to be available to help families in any way we can.
May you all have a peaceful weekend.
Thursday 19th March
We had hoped to be able to bring you a clear explanation of which parents and carers would be part of the government's 'Key Worker' list this evening, but sadly Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, has just announced that the list will not be published until tomorrow. The release of the Key Worker list will be crucial in advising schools and families which children will be permitted to attend school for childcare during the period of school closure and it would be wrong to speculate on the make-up of that list until it is published. As soon as the list is published, we will be in contact with parents and carers to help us identify which children may need school-based childcare from next week. Whilst for most families it will be clear whether their children will be able to access school-based childcare, for some it may not be. If you are unsure following the release of the list tomorrow, please contact the school office for advice.
We have made good progress with our home learning packs today and when children go home tomorrow, they will take a new Home Learning book with them. This book will contain a letter explaining how home learning will work, as well as information on how to access some of our key online resources. We have concentrated on offering daily Maths and English next week to get children started, but will extend our offer after the Easter holidays to cover more of the curriculum. All classes will have their home learning shared on a daily basis via Seesaw. Many families will already have the Seesaw Family app to view what their child has been up to during the school day, but in order to access and interact with our home learning tasks you will need to download the Seesaw Class app and enter a Home Learning code (which will be inside your child's new Home Learning book). Should any of this prove problematic, staff will be contactable by phone and email to provide assistance.
For families that are already self-isolating, we will aim to get your children's home learning books to you on Monday morning when some of our staff will be making deliveries. If you are able to send someone to collect your children's home learning books from the school, you are welcome to do this on Monday morning, but will need to notify the school office by phone or email so that we don't include you in our deliveries.
As previously mentioned, we will be in contact tomorrow as soon as the Key Worker list is announced. If you are able to respond to that communication by the end of the school day it will help us greatly in planning our provision for the following week.
Wednesday 18th March 2020
Following this evening's announcement from the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, that all UK schools must close due to the spread of the Coronavirus, we are writing to officially notify you that Bosvigo will be closing at the end of the day on Friday for an amount of time that has yet to be determined. This will be the case for all schools in England.
This is an extremely difficult situation which impacts all families, but the government believes that the closure of schools is necessary to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of everyone and to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.
The Prime Minister advised that during this period of school closures children should not be left with older grandparents or relatives who may be particularly vulnerable to the Coronavirus.
Whilst the Prime Minister has said that schools will be closing on Friday, we have been asked by the government to remain open for children of key workers, as well as vulnerable children. The Prime Minister said that he would define which key worker professions would be included in this list and referred specifically to key health care / medical staff, other staff in critical public services (such as police officers and social workers) and essential professions such as delivery drivers. A clear explanation of which jobs are included in the key worker definition will be released by the government tomorrow, at which point we will be able to determine which children will be able to access school-based childcare during the period of school closure. Once we have received the definition, we will send out a survey to help us identify which parents a) are included in the government's description as key workers and b) will need childcare provision. Vulnerable children have been defined as children with an Education Health and Care Plan or children with a social worker.
As we have mentioned in previous communications, we are working on creating a home learning package that offers productive learning opportunities rather than simply time-filling activities and this will be ready for families to access from Seesaw on Monday morning. We are currently working on making sure that children have the necessary login details for different online resources and will send these details home by Friday at the latest along with some paper-based resources. For those families who are self-isolating, we will find a way to get this information to you. We would like to reassure everyone that the quality and quantity of teaching and learning will remain the same for all our children whether they are working from home or part of the school-based group.
We are aware that for some families the outbreak of the coronavirus has brought financial difficulties and in response to this we are working with a number of organisations with the aim of creating a level of food provision. We don't have a clear picture of what that looks like yet, but will be working hard over the coming days to ensure that we support families as best we can.
This is undoubtedly an uncertain and challenging time for everyone, but we would like to ensure that all our families know that we are there for them in whatever way they need us to be. Whilst the school will be closed in its normal form, we are still very much one community and we are committed to ensuring that everyone continues to feel part of that community.
With best wishes