31/03/2020 - Social Distancing Guidelines
If you need to leave your house for essential food, medicine or exercise, remember to follow social distancing advice. Only use trusted sources like BBC News.
Take care and keep safe.
30/03/2020 - FSM Meal Pack Collection
Families eligible for Free Schools Meals can collect their school meal pack(s) from the school hall between 12 noon and 2:30m today or from 8am – 2pm tomorrow. Please knock on the hall door and then stand by the cone. If there is a queue, remember to observe social distancing and stay at least 2m apart. If the hall is empty, go to the school office and ring the bell.
We have been contacting eligible families directly by text / phone last week so they will now who are they are.
If you have any difficulties in collecting your pack, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a private FB message.
Take care and keep safe.
Thanks, Mr Smith
30/03/2020 - Free School Meal Entitlement Guidance
Quick, easy and confidential. Register online or by phone using the detail here: https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/children-education-famili…/…/…
Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:
- Universal Credit with a household income of less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
- Income-Based Jobseekers' Allowance
- Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit, not entitled to Working Tax Credit and household income less than £16,190
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Income Support
- Working Tax Credit 'run on' – the payment you receive for a further four weeks after you finish work
If your child is currently eligible for free school meals, that eligibility will be protected until Universal Credit is introduced (expected March 2022) even if your circumstances change. If your child is still in education on this date, they will be eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they are in.
30/03/2020 - Packed Lunches
Children will need a packed lunch, and snack, daily from Monday when attending school for childcare provision.
Remember, childcare provision is only for 'vulnerable children' and children of essential 'critical workers' who have no alternative but to use school.
Take care and be safe.
Many thanks, Mr Smith
Stay at home, Protect the NHS, Save lives.
30/03/2020 - Stay At Home Guidance
Please remember to follow the latest government advice this weekend. This will help to slow the spread of COVID-19, Protect the NHS and ultimately save lives.
When are people allowed to leave their homes?
1.Shopping for "basic necessities", as infrequently as possible. People should use delivery services, where they can.
2. Medical reasons, to provide care, or to help a vulnerable person.
3. Travelling to and from work, but only if it is "absolutely necessary".
4. People should not meet friends or family members who do not live with them.
What other new measures are there?
1. Shops selling "non-essential goods" including clothes and electronics stores will be closed immediately
2. Libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and places of worship will also close
3. Gatherings of more than two people (excluding people who live together) will be banned
4. There will be no weddings or baptisms but funerals will be allowed
5. Parks will remain open but people are only to go out to exercise once a day
6. All of the new measures will last for three weeks from 23 March before being reviewed.
30/03/2020 - Further Home Learning
We hope our families have found the home learning packs useful this week. We will be providing more resources after the scheduled Easter break.
Please enjoy the sun this weekend and take a well earned rest.
Take care and be safe.
Mr Smith and the Mossgate team
27/03/2020 - Free School Meal Packs
Lancashire County Council (LCC) are organising for families eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) to receive a pack of food - very similar to those you have received this week.
I need to send LCC the correct number of packs needed by 3pm, so please can the families who are eligible email email@example.com to opt out or private FB message school.
27/03/2020 - Online Session with Natasha Butler
Natasha will be launching a fun and energetic session at 10am.
26/03/2020 - What Happens if Someone in Your Family Gets Sick?
26/03/2020 - Answers for Home Learning Packs
The answers to the 'Classroom Secrets' and 'Arithmetic Tests' have been uploaded to our website: www.mossgate.lancs.sch.uk
To access them, select 'Curriculum' > 'Home Learning' and then select your year group.
The comprehension answers will be uploaded this week.
Many thanks for your hard work at home.
25/03/2020 - Work Books to Support Home Learning
Some families have been asking if we can recommend any work books for children to use at home. CGP produce workbooks for different year groups and are very reasonably priced. We do use some of their materials in school.
If the workbook has 'KS1' in the title, then these are suitable for Y2 and 'KS2' for Y6.
You can buy bundles or individual books for certain subjects depending on your needs.
25/03/2020 - Scams & Fraud
Lancashire County Council have been made aware that people are sending out fraudulent emails asking for your bank details if you are entitled to Free School Meals whilst schools are closed.
Remember to keep safe. No organisation, council or bank etc,
would ever ask for your bank details in this way.
If you receive one of these emails, please do not respond.
Stay at home, Protect the NHS, Save lives.
24/03/2020 - David Walliams FREE Audio Stories
David Walliams is releasing a FREE audio story every day for the next 30 days. Parents could build this into their day in the same we have a class novel every day at school.
(Depending on the length of the novel, we read a chapter or two every day over a week or two.)
Enjoy and remember to explore any unfamiliar words to widen your child's vocabulary.
23/03/2020 - Guidance on Staying at Home
Please can critical 'key workers' and 'vulnerable children' only use the child care being provided at Mossgate if you absolutely need to. Otherwise, Stay at home / Protect the NHS / Save lives.
You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:
1) shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible - aim to do this online
2) one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household - keep to social distancing of 2m
3) any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
4) travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home
These 4 reasons are exceptions - even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
Please, please, please can our community STAY AT HOME, PROTECT THE NHS and help to SAVE LIVES.
Thank you for your support.
23/03/2020 - School Contact Detail Updates
From tomorrow, we will have a skeleton staff in school working on a rota basis to ensure we can keep the school open at this difficult time for children of essential critical workers and vulnerable children. This is also to reduce unnecessary journeys, the risk of infection spreading and limit the possibility of staff becoming ill.
This means that our ability to answer phone calls and deal with queries will be very limited - if at all. A senior leader will be on duty each week, this week it is me, and will do their best to listen to voice messages and respond if they can. Please only leave voice messages if it is important or urgent. The main point of contact for all parents will be FB and our website. Parents can still access the information we post on FB without an account.
If you have any concerns relating to the following areas, then use the email addresses stated.
Childcare provision for essential key workers and vulnerable children - firstname.lastname@example.org
Welfare / safeguarding / child protection concerns about our children - email@example.com
Home learning online accounts - firstname.lastname@example.org
General matters - email@example.com
Mrs Attwood will forward the email to the appropriate member of staff who will reply when they are able to.
Many thanks for your understanding and support.
23/03/2020 - Free Online Phonics Games & Activities
Reception and Year 1 parents can access free phonics games & activities at www.phonicsplay.co.uk. Simply enter the username: march20 & password: home. Children working at a Reception level should access Phase 3 & Phase 4 and children working at a Y1 level should access Phase 5. There are also decodable comics here too that may act as a good replacement for the usual reading scheme books that we are unable to provide children with currently...
23/03/2020 - FSM Packs
We are still waiting for the school meal food packs to be delivered. Some schools have already been told that they will not receive their delivery until tomorrow. When we know more, we will contact families directly. Please do not call the office, unless it is to authorise a relative or friend to collect when the packs arrive.
Original post regarding the free school meal packs below.
Children who normally receive 'Free School Meals' (FSM) will be provided with a 'school meal food pack' on Monday 23rd March. Each pack will contain sufficient food to prove a basic breakfast and lunchtime meal for 5 days. The pack will also contain details of the food included an d guidance on allergens and intolerance.
Lancashire County Council have organised for the packs to be delivered directly to school. We will text parents eligible parents when the packs have been delivered so they can collect if it is safe for them to do so. If you are self-isolating, then please arrange for family or friends to collect on your behalf - you will need to contact school directly if this is the case so we know who will be collecting.
Please note that children in Reception, Y1 & Y2 are not automatically entitled to the school meal food packs unless the family receive Universal Credit, Income Support etc. The free meals Reception, Y1 & Y2 normally receive at school are classed as 'Infant Free School Meals' which is different to FSM. FSMs are means tested with families only eligible if in recent of certain benefits as stated earlier. (A full list can be found by searching free school meals online.)
22/03/2020 - Guidance from Public Health England
An easy to follow guide for households with possible coronavirus infection, which has been produced by Public Health England (PHE) and shared with schools.
Versions are available in different languages here: https://www.gov.uk/…/publica…/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance
20/03/20 - School closure and home learning packs update
As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Prime Minister has instructed that all educational settings, including schools, close from the end of school today until further notice.
Today, the government has asked that parents keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked educational settings to open only to ‘vulnerable children’ and those who absolutely need to attend so ‘critical workers’ can keep essential services going. If your child can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. 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.
Please do not bring your child to school on Monday 23rd March unless this has been confirmed by a senior leader today by phone. As I have already stated, we are only open to children who absolutely need to attend because they have no other childcare options. We are not open to families so ‘normal life’ can continue. The country is preparing for a national emergency situation, and schools are being asked to play their part in this effort, therefore we expect parents only to use this facility when there is no alternative child care available.
Home learning packs have been sent home which staff have been working hard to develop this week in preparation of school closing. If you are currently self-isolating, friends and neighbours can collect packs from the tables at the front of school today.
Thank you for your understanding and support. Thank you for the cards and messages of support we have been receiving, which have been very much appreciated by our team of talented and dedicated staff. Take care, be safe and we look forward to having our wonderful families back at Mossgate as soon as possible.
Mr Smith – Headteacher
You can access the government guidance which was published this morning regarding key workers, vulnerable children and school closures by clicking the links below:
20/03/2020 - Hand Washing
The most effective way to stop the spread of Coronavirus is to wash your hands effectively using warm water and soap. Follow this simple video to ensure you are properly washing all areas of your hands (including wrists) and remembering to turn off the dirty tap with your tissue or paper towels.
Children at Mossgate are experts and will be able to tell you to wash your hands BEFORE eating, brushing your teeth and going to bed.
They will also be able to explain that you must wash your hands AFTER coughing or sneezing, going to the toilet, touching rubbish or dirty areas, handling pets and being outside.
Why not create your own hand washing guidance when at home? Watch the BBC clips and others for creative ideas. Send your best posters, videos and other ideas to the Mossgate staff and we will post those which impress us the most. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Smith and the Mossgate team
20/03/2020 - Home Learning Packs
Most families have been able to collect their home learning packs. We hope these will support you at home and help to provide some structure to your very long days.
The separate letters for EYFS, Y1 and Y2 - Y6 have been uploaded to our website and can be accessed on our homepage at www.mossgate.lancs.sch.uk
Please note that the online version of the letter will not have your child's individual usernames and passwords for the different online platforms we have created. If you still need to collect the packs, and can do so safely, a table will be outside the main entrance next week during school hours.
Please remember that these packs are provided to support learning at home. The aim is not to add to the stress and worry families will be experiencing, or possibly experiencing, as this uncertain period continues.
'Working together to achieve success'
Mr Smith and the entire Mossgate Team