Dear Parents, Carers and Learners,
I hope this newsletter finds you all safe and well, whatever the circumstances you are currently facing, during this time of ‘lock-down’ within your own household and in those of your wider family and friends.
There has been a considerable volume of information coming towards us all and you may have had times when you’ve felt overwhelmed but the priority over the past week has been to take time to transition into a new way of working and to prioritise health and wellbeing during what is a strange and alarming time for everyone.
I hope that you have been able to figure out routines that work for your family, that allow for a good balance of the things that nourish and sustain you. A balance of active, creative and outside activities and perhaps a chance to check in with some of the learning on offer. It’s been brilliant to see the Happy News on the school website page.
We are getting settled into our base at Holyrood High School for children of key workers. We have been learning how far 2 Metres is and doing our best to keep that distance apart from each other in our space! We made some rainbows today which we shared on twitter and had some fun in the school grounds. Look out for more activities we will share on twitter and ‘happy news’ on the school website. If you want to add any of your happy news please e mail it to Miss Smith.
If you would like to share what you’re getting up to on twitter, then please use the tag @DuddingstonPS along with any of the class pages that you may be following.
Please take what you need from the following, as suits your circumstances:
Mon 30th March Weekly Challenges….
- How many skips can you do in a day??
- Create something happy from recycled/junk materials.
- Active Schools A-Z challenge
- Connect with your teacher – through twitter, say hi or share something you’ve been up to.
- Please see Learning Grids on the Classes pages of the school website: https://www.duddingstonprimaryschool.wordpress.com
- Please email your class teacher for any queries and to share learning – feel free to send in any writing, photos of things you’ve been doing or questions. These will continue to go via the Admin email account at present: firstname.lastname@example.org and/or, use twitter @DuddingstonPS or your class twitter account.
- Sumdog and Accelerated Reader are both platforms that your class teacher can check into and see how you’re getting on.
Fischy Music Info:
- Monday morning assembly on YouTube: Tune in and join us for our weekly online assemblies, 11AM on Mondays at www.youtube.com/fischymusic
- FischyTunes: Our music video website for children. They can watch our songs for free at www.fischytunes.com (we’ve just added some more Fischy favourites this week).
- Spotify (and other streaming platforms): Pop on our “Twenty Years of Fischy Music” album on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music or wherever you stream your music.
- Fischy Music Online: This is our website for schools and has a huge range of resources to accompany over 100 Fischy song videos. (Our Duddingston login can be shared with you during this time: Go to www.fischymusic.com and select ‘Login’ from the top bar. Enter the Username Karen.Brown and Password (Duddingston)
If you have trouble logging in, please contact Mrs McCay).
Top 5 Things for Our Mental Health & Wellbeing
An attachment came out in an update last week with 5 things that can help at this time:
Connect, Be Active, Learn, Give, Take Notice. This attachment had links and suggestions and will be on the school website next week under the News tab along with other links.
A List of Links for other ideas:
9am – PE with Joe Wicks https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyCLoPd4VxBvQafyve889qVcPxYEjdSTl
10am – Maths with Carol Vorderman https://www.themathsfactor.com/
11am – Elevenses with David Walliams https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
11.30pm – Oti Mabuse Dance Classes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dh97m6-PKRM
12noon – Lunch (cooking with Jamie Oliver) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJLA2RlZNq4
1pm – Music with Myleene Klass https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCRXAErag8U
Non-Daily and other events include:
BBC Bitesize https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary
Learn at BBC Scotland https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04yy4wy
Science with Glasgow Science Centre: https://www.glasgowsciencecentre.org/gsc-at-home
Science with Profession Brian Cox, Robin Ince and Guests (older learners) https://cosmicshambles.com/ Wildlife with Steve Backshall: http://www.stevebackshall.com/
Covid-19 Letter to Parents and Carers
Firstly, may I thank everyone for the tremendous support you have given to our schools and early years settings during these past few weeks. It has been a very challenging period for all our teaching staff who have shown great resilience in keeping our settings open during these very worrying times.
You will all be aware that the Scottish Government has announced that schools will close by the end of tomorrow, Friday 20 March 2020. We realise that this may cause some inconvenience but hope parents, carers and our young people will understand that the country is facing a set of unprecedented circumstances.
We are working on arrangements which may support some key workers with childcare from Monday 30 March. More details will be publicised on the Council website https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Our teachers have been busy planning for school closures and a huge amount of work has gone into preparing online learning opportunities so pupils’ learning and teaching can continue. Your child’s school will have been in contact with you providing advice on resources and how your children can use these to help them over the coming weeks.
There will be a particular focus on pupils who would have been sitting exams to make sure their work is properly reflected in the evidence provided to the Scottish Qualifications Authority to ensure their efforts are recognised in the certification process.
Families of children from P4 to S6 who receive Free School Meals, and those in P1 to P3 who are entitled to clothing grants, will receive a fortnightly electronic payment during term time and the Easter Holidays equivalent to the cost of a school meal. Families of children in P1 to P3 who have an income-based entitlement to Free School Meals and a clothing grant will be contacted directly.
When we are informed that schools can re-open, we will follow Government and Health Protection Scotland advice. You can be assured that the health of your children and our staff is of paramount importance during this time.
Below is the link to the Coronavirus advice on the NHS Inform website:
I want to reassure you that the Council is doing all it can to protect and support our communities.
Chief Education Officer