Newsletter 12th Oct 2020

Weekly Newsletter – 12 October 2020

Dear parents and carers

As always I have tried to keep the weekly newsletter as brief as possible.

Today’s updates include information on the Y3/4 closure, parent progress evenings and home learning.

Positive case in Year 3/4

As you are all aware, we have had a positive case of coronavirus in Year 3/4. Mrs Edwards and Mrs Boudier have been in touch with Year 3/4 families and will start their ‘live’ lessons today. It is important that all pupils attend these lessons. If anyone has any difficulties in accessing this learning, please let school know so that we can support you in this.

Staff working across bubbles

Some of you will be aware that a small number of staff work in different bubbles. This is allowed in the government guidance. I wanted to reassure you that we are managing this carefully and following all government guidance. When a member of staff works in another bubble, they maintain social distancing measures at all times. This ensures they do not have ‘close contact’ with any children.

Parent progress evenings

Thank for booking a parent progress evening appointment. We do hope that you find the meetings useful. Working closely together helps us support the children in achieving their very best in school.

When logging on to the Zoom meeting, please change your name to the name of your child to be discussed at the meeting. This will help teachers know who they are admitting to the meeting. Thank you.

There will be no Link Club or after school clubs on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Home learning

When a ‘bubble’ closes or when a child needs to self-isolate, we are required to provide home learning. Given the Y3/4 closure this week, I thought it would be useful to summarise for you how this will work.

  1. Whole class closure due to a confirmed positive case or a lockdown
  • Teachers will communicate with parents by email and explain how the how learning will work. Please make sure we have your most up to date email address.
  • Teachers will deliver two live lessons every day using Zoom. We expect all pupils to attend this learning. Any family having difficulty accessing the technology should contact school for support and we will make sure that you get the help you need, including providing an ipad if required. Timings will be confirmed by the classteacher.
  • Each class page on the school website will provide a summary of learning and this will be updated regularly.
  • Teachers will be available during the day to respond to any emails, to provide support and to answer any queries.
  • A home learning pack will be sent out to each child containing worksheets and support materials. For pupils with special educational needs, for those working below the level of the lessons and for pupils who are supported by a teaching assistant, an individual learning pack will be provided.
  1. Pupils self-isolating because of a positive case in their household or through ‘Track and Trace’
  • Teachers will provide a home learning pack with a range of learning that will focus on the same content as that being covered in school.
  • Teachers will maintain regular contact with the pupils and parents to check on wellbeing and answer any questions.
  • If a child is isolating for a two day period whilst waiting for a test result, a smaller learning pack will be provided by email (or can be delivered if needed).
  • Pupils with special educational needs who may need extra help may also be supported individually by a member of staff through Zoom lessons.

Contacting school in an emergency

If parents have an urgent message for their child’s classteacher, please call or email the school office. The class emails are not monitored regularly during the school day as the teachers are teaching.

‘Break the Rules Day’

FOH are organising a ‘Break the School Rules Day’ on Friday 23 October. Please see the attached poster for details! (It is the one day of the year when I have been persuaded that breaking some school rules is allowed! For a small fee!!!)

Reminder: Year 6 parents – high school deadline

We have just been alerted to the fact that a number of parents have not applied for a high school place yet. Please can Year 6 parents be aware that the deadline for applications for high school is 31 October 2020. If your child is due to start at high school next year you must get your application in on time as this will avoid any unnecessary difficulties.

Harvest celebrations

The children are enjoying singing our favourite harvest songs such as ‘Harvest Samba’ and ‘Conkers’ already! We are keen to try and celebrate the harvest even given the current difficulties. We are going to hold our harvest breakfasts but this year teachers will provide the food and drinks. Dates for your diary: Tuesday 13 October: Y1/2 harvest breakfast; Thursday 15: Y5/6; Friday 16: Reception. Classteachers will provide further details this week.

As usual we will be collecting food items for ‘Save the Family’ and their food bank. Items can be sent in on Wednesday 14 October. Please give generously for this very worthwhile local charity. Parents who prefer to send in money can do so in an envelope marked ‘Save the Family’. Any queries, please contact the school office.

I hope that you and your families continue to stay safe and well and look forward to seeing you around school soon!

Kind regards

Craig Richardson


Contact the School

Helsby Hillside Primary School

Bates Lane
Helsby, Frodsham
Cheshire, WA6 9LN

Headteacher: Mr C Richardson
School Contacts: Mrs Julie Ellis
& Mrs S Tregilgas

Tel: 01928 722991