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20/21 We hope you have had an enjoyable and restful summer. We are really looking forward to welcoming your child back to school next week (week commencing 7th September 2020). You should have received a year group letter explaining the procedures for entering and exiting the premises. Staff will be available to support this process so please do not worry. A copy of the letter can be found here.

A message from the Reception Team for children currently in Reception.

A message from Mrs Ali to all of the children currently in Butterfly Class.


A message from Mrs Strydom to all of the children currently in Grasshopper Class.

A message from Mrs O’Hara to all of the children currently in Butterfly Class.

A message from Mrs Foster to all of the children currently in Robin Class.

Suntrap are running free training for the early years and have some great home learning activities on  https://suntrapcentre.co.uk/suntrap-at-home

Suntrap At HomeSuntrap at home. For budding David Attenboroughs living in Waltham Forest we ran an At Home Safari Film Challenge with the chance to win a night under the stars in our four-berth wooden pods for yourself and seven guests! The ten winning entries will make definitely make you smile and you might learn something new!suntrapcentre.co.uk

Waltham Forest Educational Psychology Service are providing a telephone consultation service to parents and carers. During the COVID 19 lockdown there can be increased pressure on families and especially those parents of vulnerable children. The EPS consultation service is available to families who may want support. Download the document below for further details.

Have you spoken to your child about their online safety? The NSPCC and O2 give you guidance around how to manage privacy settings to help start the conversation. For more help and tips go to the Net Aware site https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

What is net aware? Click here to watch this short clip. Three tips to start online safety. Click here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Looking after your feelings and your body. Please download for further information.

Magic Box sessions are fun, interactive story sessions where kids help Lottie, a professional actor, create and tell a story, using the odd things she finds in her Magic Box. Children follow a character into a themed adventure where they can role-play, move around the imaginary space – and sing songs! Each session involves listening, speaking and spatial awareness, and helps children understand simple instructions in a structured, yet fluid, environment. The wonderful story teller Lottie has an online channel. Click here for further information.

Magic Box are also running interactive sessions twice a week – one morning (10:30am) and one afternoon session (4pm). Alternate days: Tuesday and Thursday one week, Wednesday and Friday the next. They can be booked via the Hoop app (no payment necessary – you just get sent the Zoom link) or email me directly on magicboxe17@gmail.com. Reminders/details are also always on my Facebook / Instagram pages: @magicboxe17. Sessions are free, with donations possible if people are able to / want to (which is much appreciated to keep everything going!). But absolutely not compulsory at this stage. Trying to keep them this way for as long as I can.This is the PayPal link:https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=S3Z4A6VDBHEZ2

We would like to confirm that we intend to open our Reception classes for those who have confirmed that they would like to attend on Tuesday 2nd June. Please read the full letter that has been emailed to all Reception parents below. If you do not want your child to return to school yet, we understand completely and there will be no consequences for parents who choose to keep their child at home. We look forward to seeing many of you next week.

Please teach your child to wash their hands properly – the NHS handwashing video will help. Click here.

How can I prepare children for a return to school after lockdown?

When children begin returning to school following lockdown, they may be returning to a school that looks different to the one they remember. Young children may find this transition difficult after an extended time at home. When children return, they may find that there are many changes to the school routine and environment. The classrooms will look different, the toys and activities will be different, they may have a new teacher and different children in the class. It is important to prepare children for this but in a manner that is reassuring and age appropriate. This PowerPoint explains some of the differences that Little Bear may notice when he returns to school. All the changes are explained in a comforting and positive way, helping children to transition back to school.

30 Days Wild | The Wildlife Trusts
This June, join thousands of people taking part in our annual nature challenge, 30 Days Wild! We want you to do one wild thing a day throughout the whole month: for your health, wellbeing and for the planet. Click here for further details.

We have been updating some of the resources on our home learning pages, specifically the mental health and well-being pages. Please click here for further information.

Starting school this year?

Click on our starting school link here for lots of helpful information.

Oak National Academy is a new collection of high-quality lessons and online resources. Backed by the Government, it has been created in response to the coronavirus lockdown. If you’re a parent or a pupil, before you start, please talk to your teacher in your school about how best to use these resources and read our information for parents and pupils. Click here for details.

27th April 2020 – Learning Together. This weeks focus is Mark Making Together. Click here for further details.

HENRY in Waltham Forest

UPDATE: Face-to-face interactions are being halted in the short term in response to COVID-19. We continue to provide a remote service and are in contact with Waltham Forest families via phone, email and videocalls.
If you’re interested in finding out more about how we can help you, the first step is to call us
(020 8496 5223) or email wfsupport@henry.org.uk. Click here for further details.

The Best Start with HENRY service supports families with children aged 0-5 to provide the best and healthiest start in life for their children.

The government acknowledges that the order to stay at home can cause anxiety for those who are experiencing or feel at risk of domestic abuse. There is never an excuse for domestic abuse, no matter what the circumstances are.

For anyone who feels they are at risk of abuse, it is important to remember that there is help and support available to you, including police response, online support, helplines, refuges and other services. You are not alone. Please click here for further information in our ‘Help Lines’ section (Scroll down that page for all details).

If you require financial relief or assistance, we may be able to help. 
During the COVID-19 emergency our staff are working weekends where possible, meaning most applications are being processed within 3 days where all relevant information is provided when applying.
Options and support available, please click here.

How Bitesize will support you while you’re learning from home. Click here for further details.

Waltham Forest – COVID-19 (Coronavirus) advice, guidance, and how you can help your local community. Click here for further details.

In association with British Red Cross. Coronavirus (Covid19) Guidance. Available in multiple languages below.

Today’s newsletter can be found here. Please click to download.

It’s now official, schools are now closed to the majority of pupils.

Our Home Learning pages are full of useful links and information. Click here for further information.

Chapel End story time

Listen to members of the team reading stories. Click here to view.

Take a look at our mental health and well-being page where you will find lots of useful links.

We have provided a list of useful websites and activities you can access to support your children’s learning during this time. Click here for further details.


Parenting in the time of COVID-19? Consider these 6 tips from the WHO

With many families around the world forced to stay at home, the World Health Organization (WHO) has published six one-page tips for parents, covering everything from creating a new routine to managing stress and talking about the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/03/parenting-tips-covid-19-isolating-children-stress/

Today we launched the Waltham Forest Community Help Network, our way of both supporting our most vulnerable residents directly, as well as providing a way for residents to help each other.

The network will support the fantastic local efforts of the community helping each other. From this week, residents will be able to sign up as a volunteer to help others in need in these groups, a crowdfunding platform to enable donations is in development, and residents are being asked to tell their stories of community kindness across the borough so they can be celebrated and shared with others.

The Community Help Network will be initially focussing efforts on the most vulnerable, with support expected to be developed further over the coming weeks.

Click here for further details.

Get coronavirus support as an extremely vulnerable person

Register if you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. For example, you’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food.

If you’re not sure whether your medical condition makes you extremely vulnerable, register anyway.

You can register yourself, or for someone else.
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable S

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