Coronavirus: Schools

Reopening of schools

The Welsh Government has announced  that schools in Wales will re-open to more pupils to ‘check in, catch-up and prepare' for summer and September’ from 29 June, as part of the next phase of education and childcare in Wales.

Schools across Wexham will start the next phase on 29 June.

In each school there will be a phased approach. Year groups will be split into cohorts with staggered starts and breaks. It is expected that this will mean, at most, a third of pupils present at any one time, though schools may need time to reach this level of operation.

There will be much smaller classes, providing secure dedicated time with teachers and classmates. This time will include online and personalised classroom experience, getting children and teachers ready for a similar experience in September.

For further guidance click here.

 

Free School Meals

WCBC will be introducing a new system on Monday, May 4 as part of our ongoing response to Covid-19.

The system will see money paid directly into your bank account, which you can then use to buy your children food.

You’ll receive a monthly payment that equates to £19.50 per week for each eligible child in your family.

For further information click here.

Exams

Summer exams will not go ahead, with GCSE (year 11) and A-level (year 13) students to be graded on the work they have already completed.

Kirsty William's said:

We recognise there are no easy choices but we have agreed that the best way forward is not to proceed with summer exam series.

Learners due to sit their GCSEs and A-levels this summer will be awarded a fair grade to recognise their work, drawing on the range of information that is available.

Commenting on the announcement today (March 18) that GCSE and A-Level examinations will not take place this Summer, Shadow Education Minister Suzy Davies said:

 

In light of the earlier announcement about the closure of schools from Friday, this was inevitable.

My concern is, as ever, for the students who would have been sitting exams, and it will be absolutely essential that the outcome of discussions about the possible effect on university entry requirements will become clear.

I raised the question in the Assembly today in view of the anxiety expressed by pupils and teachers across Wales.

We will now need to be assured as to the detail of how grades will be decided. For example, those who were hoping to raise their overall score by excelling in practical assessments which are no longer taking place, will want to know that those skills are recognised in their final grade.

 

For further information click here.

Home Schooling

Below you will find tips on home schooling as well as some fantastic learning resources for your children.

Tips on home schooling: 

  • Try and keep your children's schedule as similar to the school day timetable as possible
    • Serve lunch at the same time as it would be in school and encourage your child to use that break to catch up with a friend using FaceTime etc to provide some social engagement with their friends. 
    • Try finding different quiet places they can work throughout the day, perhaps morning study time is at the kitchen table, the afternoon might be in their bedroom
    • Try to make sure they are reading every day, accessing programmes such as My Maths and Scholastic to keep the basics from falling behind

Learning resources:

BBC Bitesize: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize 

BBC Teach:

Scholastichttps://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

All-in-one Homeschool: https://allinonehomeschool.com/

Virtual Museums: https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/

Dualingo: https://www.duolingo.com/

The Artful Parent: https://artfulparent.com/

STEM: 

Premier League: https://plprimarystars.com/

S4C - Ysgol Cyw: http://www.s4c.cymru/cy/ysgol-cy

Mewn ymateb i’r penderfyniad i gau ysgolion Cymru yn sgil pryderon am COVID-19, mae S4C wedi lansio Ysgol Cyw sef pecyn o raglenni addysgiadol i blant ifanc.

Following the closure of schools across Wales due to the concerns about COVID-19, S4C has launched Ysgol Cyw, a package of educational programmes for young children

For information on what support is available for school leavers click here.

Make a Mug Competition 

Mug

 

Drawing Competition

Competition to create a poster encouraging people to wash their hands. 

Submit your entries to sarahathertondrawingcomp@gmail.com by Sunday, 5th April 2020.  

* UPDATE: the competition has now closed - congratulations to the winner!

Drawing Competiton

For information on higher education, visit: https://www.sarahatherton.org.uk/coronavirus-higher-education

 

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