Fabulous first four weeks!
So we have completed the first fabulous four weeks, during which time we have sadly had three reported cases of COVID-19 (two Year 10 and one year 11). It was not so fabulous having to ask these students to isolate at home when they were just getting back into the routine of school.
We are looking forward to having them back next week (Year 10 Wednesday, Year 11 Thursday) and seeing their lovely faces - behind a mask of course! Whilst they have been isolating, they have been following their normal timetable delivered to their home via their teachers remotely. Staff in school have worked hard this week to make sure that all students are able to access our remote learning offer - providing devices and dongles where needed.
Mr Williams shared with me a beautiful piece of RE work completed by Rebecca I in Year 9 during our summer lockdown:
The first four weeks haven’t been perfect - but they have certainly had some fabulous moments. On Friday afternoon - last lesson of the day - I popped around our year bubble and captured some great learning:
7K Computing lesson with Mrs Bull. Sam: “We are learning how to stay safe online via E-safety. Bullies can hide behind their computer screen.”
7T Maths lesson with Mr Lomax. Ashton: “We are learning how to calculate with decimals and money using a multiplication magic square.”
7I Geography lesson with Miss Horsey. Ben: “We are learning about Biomes - places with different climates and animals”. Amaar: “There are 6 main Biomes including the Coral Reef and Rainforest”.
7H Maths lesson with Mr Singh. Harrison: “We are learning to multiply and divide by powers of ten e.g 85 x 10^2 is 8500.” Isaac: “ 85 x 10^-1 is 8.5”
7E Maths lesson with Mrs Beattie. Kaya: “We are doing an assessment on decimals.” Raphael: “it’s about arithmetic reasoning.”
7S Art lesson with Miss Forber. Maryam: “We are doing visual drawings learning how to draw different patterns and textures so we can draw live animals.”
7W History lesson with Mr Cook. Luca: “We are learning about significant figures from History like Julius Cesar and Cleopatra.” Heidi: “They are important because they changed the way people thought about things”.
7C ICT lesson with Miss Brennan. Zara: “We are learning about cyber bullying. It’s not very nice. We don’t want any child to bully another because it affects them a lot.”
7Y Technology lesson with Mr Whittam. India: “We are learning about different types of wood - hardwood and soft wood” Noah: “We will be using it to make little toys or key rings”.
7A Maths lesson with Miss Burrows. Yusuf: “We are multiplying integers using different methods.“ Jayenna: “I worked out 86 x 34 is 2924.”
7G & 7N PE lesson with Miss Wildgoose and Mrs Nakielska (playing diamond cricket). Imogen: “Miss throws the ball and you have to catch it and throw at the stumps to get someone out.”
Mrs Clarke was also really impressed with Tom B in 7N who sent in this lovely photo he took during a trip to Wales. Mrs Clarke had set a Fungi challenge for the work the class are doing on Ecosystems.
Well done to all our year 7 students who have settled into the life of a Kingsway student brilliantly!
As you are well aware by now, in order to keep our students safe and reduce the risk transmission of the virus, students are staying in their zones for their lessons and instead staff are moving from room to room, zone to zone, campus to campus so that all students are taught by their specialist teacher. This means that there are a few moments at lesson changeover where students need to patiently wait for their next teacher to arrive. During this time, we have asked students to silently read - promoting an ethos of reading for pleasure. A reading book (or optional revision material for KS4 students) is a compulsory item of school equipment for each student. Please help us by making sure your child has a reading book packed every day. Thank you.
Can I please also ask you to remind your child they will need a suitable, waterproof outdoor coat (and possibly umbrella) for when the weather deteriorates as we move into winter. This is more important than ever as students are not allowed in the building until 8:15am each morning and unless the weather is pouring down, we will be expecting them to play outside at break time.
Staff are on duty at the year group entrances every morning making sure that students have sanitised their hands and have their mask on. I was surprised and disappointed to read a social media post last week criticising some of our students for not wearing their masks on the number 11 bus. If your child catches the bus or train to school, please remind them of the rule and importance of wearing a mask to keep themselves safe.
We sincerely hope that we will have no further confirmed cases on COVID-19 in our school community. However, in the event that your child receives a positive test result, we will need to know straight away. Please can you email our dedicated email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include the following information in your email:
- Name of child
- Year group and form
- Date on which they started to show symptoms
- Last date that they were in school
- Name of any siblings who attend Kingsway (and their form/s)
- Last date when siblings attended school
You do not need to email us at this address if you are sending your child for a test. We just need to know if this test is confirmed as positive.
Public Health England have produced a letter for schools to distribute to parents, which explains when a person requires a Coronavirus test and what the symptoms of Coronavirus are. The Department have asked us to share this letter amongst parents at school. The intention of the letter is to help prevent children being taken out of school unnecessarily and answer some of the questions parents may have around testing.