SCHOOL CLOSURE UPDATE

Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Parents/carers of government's priority year groups for a return to school can find information under the "Wider Opening of Schools" page under the School Closure menu to the right of this page.

Wednesday 20th May

Dear families,

Information about wider opening of school and online learning update

 

Once again, I hope this letter finds you as well and safe as possible in each of your individual family circumstances. As the uncertainty around when children might return to school continues I would like to provide an update with regards to the proposed phased wider opening of schools and also our online learning provision, which we have reviewed and improved. 

I apologise for the length of this letter and the amount of information in it, however I feel it is very important to share all of this information at this time.

 

The phased wider opening of schools.

I wanted to give you all another update as it’s over a week since my last message which shortly followed the Government’s proposals for a phased wider opening of schools. As before I won’t be able to answer all of your questions but hope this letter will give some reassurance.

 

Some of you might have watched the Education Secretary’s briefing last Saturday, as well as reading a range of reports in the press.  Reporting in the media will have inevitably heightened a range of emotions in many of you, however the government message remains the same: that schools may begin the phased return to schools from 1st June, and this is dependent on meeting the conditional plan of the “5 tests”. My priority remains the same too- the safety of our children, our staff and our community. 

 

Over the past week, I have been looking carefully at the Government’s ambitious plan with the senior leadership team and school governors and thinking carefully about what this means for Invicta. We have been reading and digesting the guidance from the Department for Education and unions as well as talking to staff, governors, the Local Authority and other headteachers to consider what is possible for the Invicta community and what this might look like in practice, and we are continuing to do so as more advice and guidance is issued. We are working hard on creating a thorough risk assessment and robust plan for our phased wider opening..

 

Whilst I still cannot yet tell you or your children exactly when and how the school will be open to more children, what I can tell you at this stage is:

 

  • The government has said that no final decision concerning the wider opening of schools will be made until 28th May when they plan to announce whether the five tests that need to be met before they consider easing the current measures. 
  • Our governing body has agreed that the phased wider opening of Invicta will not begin before 8th June at the earliest, in order for us to make a safe and robust plan.
  • Our plan will begin with the phased (gradual) return of the government’s priority year groups of EYFS, Year 1 and Year 6 with the order of these year groups to be confirmed.

 

In any planning and decision making, the school’s first priority will continue to be the safety of the children, staff and wider school community. As soon as the school has formulated the plan, I will write to you again. I know that some of you may be keen to get your children back to school, some may be reluctant and others may be undecided. We will also survey parents and carers in relation to this when we are clear on our plan and you can be clearer on how our phased return will work. 



Online provision and home learning.

We are constantly reviewing our online provision to ensure it meets the needs of as many children and families as possible. We continue to receive many extremely positive messages, and I thank you for these! We have also received some useful feedback and questions to help our review process and hope the following clarification and changes will further support you.

 

Home learning organisation

 

Our staff have been working really hard and we are really proud of our Google Classroom provision. We have noticed that with the amount of work posted it is getting trickier to navigate. For this reason, we have decided to organise the classroom into the following topics. This will be in place from today:

 

  • Home Learning- Daily messages, daily maths , English and topic lessons 
  • Story time- Daily 
  • P.E. with Mr Waller- Tuesday/ Thursday
  • Music with Miss Alexander- Friday
  • Special Mentions - Friday
  • Messages from the Head of School 
  • Holiday learning- during half terms / holidays only 

 

Daily ‘Hello’ videos from teachers are also posted within maths, English and music lessons, Special Mentions or PE challenges .  The learning will continue to be posted on a daily basis so the children will see it on the ‘stream’ but should you miss a day it should be simpler to navigate through the ‘classwork’ tab and look for the topic label on the left hand side. 

 

Please see below for a link to the instructions sent at the beginning of lockdown for Google Classroom as well as video showing you how to navigate this new organisation.

 

How to access Google Classroom 

 

Please see below for a video which shows how to navigate the different areas on Google Classroom:

  • How to view daily assignments/videos 
  • How to submit work 
  • How to comment 
  • How to send a private comment 

How to navigate Google Classroom once you have signed in 

 

Half term online learning provision

You may be aware that the half term break begins on Monday.  One of this week’s challenges has been to organise online provision for the break that meets the needs of your children and you, as well as the wellbeing needs of the teachers. We are really lucky to have such committed staff in our school and, following consultation, they are very keen to continue with a modified online classroom. 5 cross-curricular activities will be posted for you to choose across the holiday, as well as the popular story videos.  Our nursery team will continue to upload their daily story videos.

Also, a teacher will be online daily (week days only) for 1 hour. In order to give our teachers a break, it will not be your child’s class teacher daily, but a teacher from their phase who they are familiar with (Reception, Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2). This time online will be for the children to chat with the teacher. Please be aware that they will not be able to respond to any previous comments.  

These are the times that your year groups will be chatting:

Reception: 10am- 11am 

Key Stage 1: Year 1 and 2: 11am- 12pm

Lower Key Stage 2: Year 3 and 4: 10am-11am

Upper Key Stage 2: Year 5 and 6: 11am- 12pm

We have tried to space out the timings for those of you who are sharing devices. The children do not need to be logged in every day, or for the full hour and they will be able to see the stream of chat at any time. Please note that teachers will not be online on Bank holiday Monday 25th May 2020.

Once again, we would like to reiterate that there is no expectation to do everything that is online every day (either during the break or during term time), but only what your child(ren) can manage each day- we do understand that many of our families have children of all ages at home as well and that logging on daily just is not possible and also know that many of you are working from home. The online work and presence is intended to be a support for your children and you, not to cause extra and unnecessary pressure. 

You may choose to take a complete break for half term, and that is absolutely fine too!

Feedback

We have become aware that some parents are not clear of the process for feedback. If you do any work, please submit on Google Classroom, do not email this to teachers individually - they might miss it amongst all their emails! You should expect your teacher to respond to any work submitted within 2-3 working days and it will be acknowledged, not marked in depth as this is not manageable.

 

‘Live’ lessons

In terms of online provision, our aim from the outset has been to provide not only educational activities but contact for your children with their teachers and school while we are closed, including during the school holidays.  Every school day the teacher is online to “speak” to the children and give support with any learning. We have carefully considered whether or not lessons on Zoom, or similar,would be appropriate and we have decided that it is not. There are a range of reasons for this including (but not exclusively) safeguarding children and staff; equity of access to the lessons (many of our families share devices and/or have limited access); consistency of teachers’ internet access and quality; the varied working patterns of teachers due to juggling their own home-working situations with, for example their own childcare or other care commitments or personal health. 

 

Support 

Our staff have been extremely proactive and are working extremely hard to support our children. Some children have struggled with the transition to home learning more than others, for all sorts of reasons. We are able to arrange for phone calls to the children to speak to them which has really helped some children feel more motivated and reassured. Similarly we can arrange a chat with parents who would find it supportive. If you would like support or feel your child could benefit from this then, please email admin@invictaprimary.co.uk and we can arrange this. Alternatively, a senior teacher is in the Deptford school office between 9 and 3.15 daily if you would prefer to call on 020 86929157.

 

Thank you again for your continued support during such a difficult time for all of us, it really is very much appreciated. I will continue to keep you informed and will update you by the 2nd June.  

 

With my very best wishes to you all,

 

Vicki Cuff

Executive Headteacher

Tuesday 12th May

Dear parents and carers,

I hope this letter finds you as well and safe as possible in each of your individual family circumstances. I am constantly conscious that this is an incredibly difficult and uncertain time for our community. I am writing to you about the Prime Minister’s announcement, which I’m sure that many of you will have watched on the television on Sunday night, as well as the further information that was released yesterday. You will have heard that some children might begin to return to school after half term, depending on the national situation. The phased reopening of primary schools may commence from 1st June, starting with EYFS, Y1 and Y6. This is part of the government’s conditional plan, which it says will remain under regular review. 

The new guidelines appear to open up as many questions as they answer. You probably have many questions of your own, most of which we will be unable to answer at the moment. What I can tell you though, is that the logistics of any phased reopening of schools during these unprecedented times will be complex and require careful consideration. We are working closely with the local authority as we plan our next phase of responding to the Covid – 19 pandemic.  Until any decisions are made, we will continue to provide our well received online learning provision as well as keeping our emergency provision open for our most vulnerable and key worker families at our Deptford site. 

With this in mind please be patient with us while we plan for the next phase. As soon as we have further information about how this might happen we will be in touch again and, most importantly,  please be reassured that any decisions that we make around a phased reopening will be based on the best interests and safety of your children, staff and our community. 

Thank you again for your continued support, it is very much appreciated. I will keep you updated. 

With my very best wishes to you all, 

Vicki Cuff

Executive Headteacher

Monday 4th May 

Please see our Wellbeing page (https://www.invictaprimaryschool.org.uk/COVID-19-Wellbeing-Support/index.asp) for our latest communication and more information which might help you support your child(ren) at this time.

Wednesday 8th April

FREE SCHOOL MEAL UPDATE

Families who are registered for Free School Meals should receive their voucher today or tomorrow. Please check your email account. After the Easter break School Meal vouchers will be provided by the Department for Education and will be sent out weekly. 

Parents who haven't previously applied but think they may now be entitled to FSM can contact Pupil Benefits at RBG on 020 8921 2530 or by email at pandsbenefits@royalgreenwich.gov.uk to make an application. 

IMPORTANT- children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 who receive "Universal" Free School Meals  (UFSM) are NOT automatically entitled to Free School Meals. If you think you are eligible you must apply directly to Greenwich.

 

 Monday 6th April

Please see below some important information for families who require support during this challenging time. 
 

Greenwich Community Hub Support for Families – Covid-19 

During this time many families will be experiencing a range of challenges whether that is financial pressures or otherwise.  If you need any help during this period and you have not got a family member, friend or neighbour who can help, the Greenwich Community Hub can provide support across a range of areas, including:

 

  • collecting / delivering prescriptions
  • delivering essential food packages
  • connecting you to local community services to support with other areas such as finances

 

Contact the Greenwich Community Hub on:

Tel: 0800 470 4831

Email: covid19support@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

 

Webpage for further information including volunteering opportunities  - https://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/communityhub

 

Please note, this is a community response and you should continue, at all times, to follow the advice being given by Public Health England.

Friday 3rd April 

Dear parents and carers,

 

Firstly,  I hope you are managing to stay well and as safe as possible during this time which is presenting each of us with different daily circumstances and challenges. Thank you for the many messages of thanks and support over the past two weeks, feedback from you has overwhelmingly indicated we are doing a good job in trying our best to keep our school running “virtually”. I have been asked many times about when the school is likely to open again, and the simple answer is that we don’t know. We, like you, hear updates on the news daily and as soon as anything changes I will update you. I do know we won’t be reopening in the very near future, so would like to give you an update on how we will continue in the coming weeks.

In terms of online provision, our aim from the outset has been to provide not only educational activities but contact for your children with their teachers and school while we are closed. As well as your feedback,  the response from children themselves within their Google Classrooms has been extremely positive. The government has passed emergency legislation stating that schools are not obliged to deliver the National Curriculum during the COVID-19 crisis, however we aim to maintain our online provision throughout.  

You may be aware that the two week Easter break begins on Monday.  One of this week’s challenges has been to organise online provision for the next two weeks that meets the needs of your children and you, as well as the wellbeing needs of the teachers. We are really lucky to have such committed staff in our school and, following consultation, they are very keen to continue with a modified online classroom. Each day there will be an English game, Maths game and story time posted. In addition, 10 cross-curricular activities will be posted for you to choose across the holiday, as well as the popular story videos.  Our nursery team will continue to upload their daily story videos.

Also, a teacher will be online daily (week days only) for 1 hour. In order to give our teachers a break, it will not be your child’s class teacher daily, but a teacher from their phase who they (Reception, Key Stage 1, Lower Key Stage 2 and Upper Key Stage 2). This time online will be for the children to chat with the teacher. Please be aware that they will not be able to respond to any previous comments.  Please also remember that you can only login to our Google Classrooms using your child’s account. 

These are the times that your year groups will be chatting:

Reception: 10am- 11am 

Key Stage 1: Year 1 and 2: 11am- 12pm

Lower Key Stage 2: Year 3 and 4: 10pm-11pm

Upper Key Stage 2: Year 5 and 6: 11am- 12pm

We have tried to space out the timings for those of you who are sharing devices. The children do not need to be logged in every day, or for the full hour and they will be able to see the stream of chat at any time. Please note that teachers will not be online on Good Friday 10th April or Easter Monday 13th April as they are Bank Holidays.

I would like to take the opportunity to reiterate that there is absolutely no pressure or expectation to do everything that is online every day (either during the break or during term time), but only what your child(ren) can manage each day- we do understand that many of our families have children of all ages at home as well and that logging on daily just is not possible and also know that many of you are working from home. The online work and presence is intended to be a support for your children and you, not to cause extra and unnecessary pressure. 

You may choose to take a complete break for two weeks, and that is absolutely fine too!

For those of you who are accessing our provision at Invicta Deptford for children of workers critical to the COVID-19 response, you will continue to receive separate communication.

With very best wishes to you all,

Vicki Cuff

Executive Headteacher

Thursday 26th March

Coronavirus Update

 

Dear parents and carers,

 Our Blackheath school is closed, and our emergency provision is running out of Invicta Deptford (for key worker children only). If you have any questions please call our Deptford site on 020 8692 9157, or email admin@invictaprimary.co.uk

 

Free School Meals

For children who are registered to receive free school meals, we will be sending out e - vouchers to the value £25 for a 2 week period. This is only for children who are registered, and not all of the children who currently receive Universal Free School meals. If you have not received  an email from Kate Fry detailing the voucher process, please email her on  kate.fry@invictaprimary.co.uk

 

Communication and information

We will continue to contact you via text or this web page when there are any changes to the situation. We will also do this as we become more aware of support services for families who need help at this time. 

 

Children’s Services at Royal Borough of Greenwich are working on a coordinated response to the situation, including provision of school meals and other services for those of you in a vulnerable position.  Updates, including how to sign up for email alerts, directly from the Royal Borough of Greenwich can be found here. To sign up for updates from the Borough of Lewisham click here

 

Finances

Over the coming weeks, our finance officer will be looking to refund any credits (excluding childcare vouchers) to you. If you have any questions about this please contact the office on admin@invictaprimary.co.uk

 

Safety

Information about how you can report concerns to Greenwich about a child’s safety during school closure can be found here

 

These are challenging and uncertain times for us all and we hope to reduce any sense of isolation for your children and you with our plan. Our contact details are below, should you need them.

 

Finally, thank you for the many messages of support and thanks during this time. People often comment on Invicta’s sense of community and during this difficult time we have been reminded again of how lucky we are to work with you all. 

 

We wish you and your loved ones the very best at this time, and hope to see you all soon. 

 

We will miss you!

Friday 20th March

 

Dear parents and carers,

 

As you know, the Prime Minister has advised all schools be closed until further notice, from the end of today. We have been preparing for this time and our programme of online learning will be available from 9am on Monday 23rd March. Our home learning plan is a combination of daily learning activities as well as providing the children an opportunity to have regular online connection with their teacher and class, which we think will be vital during the coming weeks.  

 

Free School Meals

For children who are registered to receive free school meals, we will be continuing a service while the school is shut. Please come and collect a lunch daily to take away between 12.00 and 1.00 from the school office. Children will not be able to stay at school to eat it though. This is only for children who are registered, and not all of the children who currently receive Universal Free School meals. Call the office if you have any questions. 

 

Resources for home learning

Children who were in school today have brought home a pack of notebooks, pencil and ruler along with this letter to our children explaining how their home learning will happen on Google Classroom while we are closed. For anyone who didn’t get a pack you are welcome to collect from school today or from the school office next week between 9 and 3pm. If you need a reminder of how Google classroom works please follow this link This might also be a good time to discuss online safety with children, and remember that young children especially should be supervised online. There is lots of advice on our online safety webpage, including how to set parental controls on devices which we highly recommend. 

 

We recognise that many of you have children in more than one class and understand they may not be able to be online all at once, but please do try to enable your children to access their Google Classroom across the week at some of the times when their teachers are online. Don’t forget there is a Google Classroom App that can be downloaded for phones and other devices, so access doesn’t have to be only on a laptop, chromebook or computer. 

 

Communication and information

We will continue to contact you via text or this web page when there are any changes to the situation. We will also do this as we become more aware of support services for families who need help at this time. 

 

Children’s Services at Royal Borough of Greenwich are working on a coordinated response to the situation, including provision of school meals and other services for those of you in a vulnerable position.  Updates, including how to sign up for email alerts, directly from the Royal Borough of Greenwich can be found here. To sign up for updates from the Borough of Lewisham click here

 

Finances

Over the coming weeks, our finance officer will be looking to refund any credits (excluding childcare vouchers) to you. If you have any questions about this please contact the office on admin@invictaprimary.co.uk

 

Safety

Information about how you can report concerns to Greenwich about a child’s safety during school closure can be found here

 

These are challenging and uncertain times for us all and we hope to reduce any sense of isolation for your children and you with our plan. Our contact details are below, should you need them.

 

Finally, thank you for the many messages of support and thanks during this time. People often comment on Invicta’s sense of community and during this difficult time we have been reminded again of how lucky we are to work with you all. 

 

We wish you and your loved ones the very best at this time, and hope to see you all soon. 

 

We will miss you!



Vicki Cuff                                          Jodie Cawte                                                       Victoria Gallagher

Executive Headteacher                Head of Invicta Deptford                              Head of Invicta Blackheath

 v.cuff@invictaprimary.co.uk        j.cawte@invictaprimary.co.uk                 v.gallagher@invictaprimary.co.uk

 

Home Learning Letter to Children Click HERE

 

Thursday 19th March 

You will have most likely heard that the government has instructed that all schools must close from the end of tomorrow, Friday 20th March 2020.

We already have lots of self isolating families who have been accessing the links we’ve uploaded to the Google Classrooms and on Monday our programme of online learning will be available from 9am on Google Classroom. If you are having trouble logging on please check out the instructions here. Remember Google Classroom can be accessed from phones and other devices as well as laptops or Chromebooks etc. We are also working hard to get home learning packs out to you...more information about that tomorrow. 

Thank you to everyone who has completed our survey to help us plan for provision during school closure, we will be contacting some of you directly too. If you have not completed it please do so now. 

We are working very hard on the organisation of our provision, having heard about closures at the same time as you last night. This planning is quite difficult as there was some lack of clarity in the information given, however the government will be giving more details, including a list of key worker professions later today so I will update you again tomorrow.

Finally, Lots of people have asked about how they can help. Greenwich has set up a system for people who want to volunteer.. If you’d like to sign up here is the link:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdOxKGTsLqSgM8fPTUE8dY0IoMDFLPo-HJ9EH110HZuNJsnZA/viewform

Best wishes

Vicki Cuff

Wednesday 18th March 

Everyone should have now received their Google log in. Please see here  for how to access Google Classroom. If you have any questions , please email your class teacher in the first instance. 

There are links to educational websites in everyone's Google Classroom for self isolating children and our programme of home learning will be provided if the school is required to close. 

Thank you for your continued understanding and support.

Tuesday 17th March

We are working hard to make sure life carries on as normal as possible for our children.

You may be aware that the Government guidelines changed last night, and now anyone with a persistent fever or cough should stay at home for 14 days. This measure also extends to anyone who lives with someone displaying coronavirus symptoms. Please take notice of this advice and note that we will call parents/ carers should we have concerns about the health of any children in school.

As from 16th March all school trips (including swimming and sports competitions) will be cancelled until at least after Easter.

Class assemblies for parents and carers are also postponed until further notice.

There are links to educational websites in everyone's Google Classroom for self isolating children and our programme of home learning will be provided if the school is required to close.     

Thank you for your continued understanding and support. 

Friday 13th March

 

We are currently receiving regular updates from the Government and, inline with current advice from the Department for Education and Public Health England, our school is open as usual.

 

In line with current guidance, anyone with a new and persistent cough, and/or a high temperature should self-isolate and stay away from school for at least 7 days.  Further information from the Government can be found at the link below.

Stay at home guidance: Click HERE

 Letters to Parents/Carers 

Friday 13th March 2020 Click HERE
Thursday 12th March 2020 Click HERE

 

We will keep our school community updated via the school website.  

Please use the internet for advice about symptoms and call NHS 111 if your symptoms worsen.

Please do keep in contact with the school using our contact number 0208 858 3831 (Invicta Blackheath) /  0208 692 9157 (Invicta Deptford) or email admin@invictaprimary.co.uk

 

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