Tomorrow we will be inviting the stars at home to join our online Star of the Week assembly, with the children in school, for the first time. Fingers crossed all goes well, so we can invite the whole community next week. Mr Smith
Internet access and mobile data support available (05.01.21)
We are aware that limited or no internet access will prevent your child from accessing their remote learning during the lockdown.To support our families, we are looking at how we can get you connected and / or increase your data allowance (limited to: Virgin Mobile, Three, Smarty, EE, Tesco Mobile, Sky Mobile).
Please call (850736) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) Miss Turnbull with your details.
If you have an unsuitable device, or need additional devices because you are a large family, please email me (email@example.com). Devices are limited so we will need to prioritise.
Stay at home, Protect the NHS, Save lives.
Mr Smith and the Mossgate team
Remote Learning Update (05.01.21)
Remote learning will be available for families to access from tomorrow using Seesaw. We have provided details about this platform and how we plan to use it in our November and December newsletters. You can access these on our school website.
Learning packs, with stationery and an exercise book, will be available to collect from the front of school from 10am tomorrow. These will be in class boxes and organised in alphabetic order.
If you are struggling to access Seesaw or have encountered technical difficulties, please contact school by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Home reading books can be changed from Thursday. Please place in the relevant box at the front of school with your child's name. Books returned before 10am will be changed that afternoon so parents can collect afterschool or the next day.
Stay at home, Protect the NHS, Save lives.
Take care and stay safe. Mr Smith and the Mossgate team
Coronavirus Update following the Prime Minister's Announcement (04.01.21)
The Prime Minister has announced a new national lockdown and the closure of all schools. Only vulnerable children (those who have an EHCP and / or social worker) and children of critical workers (roles critical to fight C19 - please click here) can attend from tomorrow, Tuesday 5th January.
If you are a critical worker, and unable to look after your child at home, then please send them in tomorrow following the normal routines.
If your child is classed as vulnerable, the government expects them to attend full-time.
The school day will operate as normal. Children will need to attend in full school uniform, with a water bottle etc. School dinners will be provided. Breakfast club will be available in the school hall if needed.
We will be working flat out to ensure families entitled to free school meals receive food parcels / vouchers by the end of the week.
Remote learning will be uploaded using Seesaw ASAP. This will be challenging as school staff will still be in school teaching the children of critical workers and vulnerable children. We will also need to organise packs with passwords, stationery and books etc. to support remote learning, which will take time.
Please check that you can log into your child's Seesaw account if you haven't already as this will be the main platform for accessing remote learning during this lockdown. Please also check that teaching videos from the Oak Academy website work on your device. Please let us know if you encounter any difficulties by contacting the school office tomorrow.
Thank you as ever for your support and understanding during these difficult times.
Take care and stay safe.
Mr Smith and the Mossgate team
Please continue to follow safety advice to keep our whole school community safe:
Stay at home if you or anyone in your household develops symptoms and book a test (online or call 119). Keep school updated by emailing me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or send a private Facebook message.
Keep 2m+ apart when on the playground.
Wash your hands when leaving / returning home.
Wear a mask, which covers your nose and face.
The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms.
General Coronavirus Information
If your child, or anyone in your household, has symptoms, then you must all self-isolate and follow the government's 'Stay at home' guidance. Those with symptoms should get tested by booking online (click here) or by contacting NHS 119 via telephone.
Your isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day your test was taken if you do not have symptoms), and the next 10 full days. This means that if, for example, your symptoms started at any time on the 15th of the month (or if you did not have symptoms but your first positive COVID-19 test was taken on the 15th), your isolation period ends at 23:59 hrs on the 25th.
Please telephone school (850736) to provide information about the person with symptoms in your house (date started, symptoms etc). If it is a weekend, please email email@example.com or private Facebook message the school page.
What does self isolation mean? Self-isolation means you should not go to school, work, public places or other out of school activities. Not use public transport or taxis, go out to the shop or go out to exercise.
What are the symptoms? New and continuous cough - coughing a lot for more than an hour, or having three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours. Fever - a temperature above 37.8C. Change in smell or taste - either you cannot taste or smell anything, or these senses are different to normal. Public Health England says about 85% of people with Covid will have at least one.
Please can all adults dropping off and collecting children wear a face mask to help reduce the spread of the virus and keep everyone safe.
(This does not apply to thise who are exempt from wearing masks in shops etc.)
School continues to be open for all children. Children of all ages can catch the infection, but children make up a very small proportion of coronavirus cases with about 1% of confirmed cases in England aged under 19 years. Children also have a much lower risk of developing symptoms or severe disease. We have a number of measures in place to reduce the risk to children and staff, which includes: cleaning hands more thoroughly and frequently, good respiratory hygiene and enhanced cleaning.
Coronavirus Support Available
Financial support available with short-term living costs such as food, gas and electric, essential household applicances and school uniforms. Find out more by calling 582000 or visit: http://www.lancaster.gov.uk/emergency-assistance-grant
Every Mind Matters provides free advice linked to mental health and wellbeing for children, young people and adults. If you or anyone in your family are struggling with mental health difficulties, please speak to either Mr Smith, Mrs Boswell or Mrs Taylor so we can look at the support and services available.
Welcome to Mossgate Primary School
Our school is a special place, where everyone who comes through our doors is welcomed into our warm and happy school community, is valued and is treated as a unique individual. We have high expectations of ourselves and of the children in our care. We do everything we can to enable every child, with their unique characteristics, to be the best they can be both academically and personally.
We help children to develop their personal and social skills and all the values that enable children to become responsible citizens in their local, national and global communities. To achieve this, we have a dedicated and supportive staff team, who work hard to make primary school life full of happy memories that the children will never forget.
We have effective and well established partnerships with other agencies and organisations to ensure that we have access to specialist expertise to support children's learning and well-being. We also pride ourselves on working closely with parents too to ensure school is a partnership, working in the interests of every child.
We know we have achieved our goals when our pupils leave us with the knowledge, skills and confidence to make a positive transition to high school and when ex-pupils return to visit to tell us about their successes, how the skills for life they learned with us have influenced them, and that they wish they could come back!
This website will provide you with lots of key information you will need as a parent. You can find more information in our 'Prospectus & Parent Handbook 2020 / 2021' and also on our Facebook page. If there is anything else that you need to know, then please do not hesitate to contact us.
Mr R Smith (Headteacher) and all the Mossgate Staff and Governors