In Year 4, we are learning about sounds in our Science lessons. We made these string telephones and as one person talked into their cup, the vibrations travelled down the string into the other person’s ear.
In Year 4’s Science lessons, we are learning about sounds. We looked at how sound vibrations could be demonstrated using some visible evidence: a drum skin with grains of rice, a plucked elastic band, the tip of a vibrating tuning folk placed in water and a ruler clamped to the table and taped at one end.
You are invited to take part in one of South Tyneside’s new virtual Q & A sessions happening on:
Tuesday 21st October 10:30-11:00, Wednesday 22nd October 19:00-19:30 or Thursday 23rd October 13:30-14:00.
This an opportunity for parents and carers to ask questions and share experiences of SEND services for children and young people in South Tyneside.
You’ll also hear about the exciting new approach to involving parents and carers in decisions about SEND services in the borough.
This ‘question and answer’ session is the first step in a new engagement approach that will ensure parents have a strong voice in the provision of SEND services in South Tyneside. We hope you’ll join us on this exciting journey to improve services for families and our SEND Local Offer.
Andy Ritchie (Service Manager – SEND Access & Inclusion) will answer your questions about SEND services for children and young people in South Tyneside and the help and support available for their families. You’ll also meet Mehrnaz and Becca, our new SEND Participation Workers, as well as Catherine Ratcliffe from Contact (a support organisation for Parent Carer Forums).
There are limited spaces available, so please book your space early.
World Mental Health Day
World Mental Health Day 2020 is the most important one yet. The months of lockdown and loss have had a huge impact on us all, and prioritising mental health has never been more important than it is now.
To get involved:
follow this link to the Mental Health Foundations website
or to find out more click here to go to the Mind website.
This World Mental Health Day, do one thing for better mental health
Some important information about coming back to school in September.
Why not have a go at this digital escape room with a Harry Potter theme.
|This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (coronavirus).
Information to cascade to parents and carers
From Friday 20 March schools, childcare and other educational settings are closed for everyone except:
If parents’ work is critical to the coronavirus response, their children will be prioritised for early years and education provision.
Please cascade the above information to parents and carers where possible.
Attendance reporting for educational settings to start from Monday 23 March
From Monday 23 March, educational settings should complete a short form to notify the Department for Education about their status regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).
The form will ask you to confirm whether your setting is open and, if so, provide information about numbers of pupils and staff attending. It will take you less than 2 minutes to complete. You should submit it by noon of each weekday.
Your data will help us build a national picture of educational provision so that we can focus support more effectively. It will also help the Government monitor the impact of the virus.
You will need a ‘DfE sign-in’ account to access the form. We are writing separately to DfE Sign-in approvers in all education settings to help you with this.
We will send more information about recording attendance and completing the form tomorrow.
Further details on exams and grades announced
New details regarding the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on summer exams has been released.
The exam regulator, Ofqual, and exam boards will work with teachers to provide grades to students whose exams have been cancelled this summer, following our actions to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Ofqual and exam boards will be discussing with teachers’ representatives before finalising an approach, to ensure that it is as fair as possible.
More information will be provided as soon as possible.
Funding to support schools
To ensure schools can continue to pay their staff and meet other financial commitments, schools will continue to receive their budgets for the coming year regardless of any periods of partial or complete closure.
We will put in place a new process that allows us to reimburse schools for exceptional costs that they face as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Details of the scheme will be published in the coming days.
The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
Department for Education coronavirus helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Please note, we are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. We appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that we answer your calls as quickly as possible, we have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends and are increasing the number of call handlers available to answer your calls.
If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.
Where to find the latest information
Please keep your GIAS school contacts up to date
If you work in a school, please take this opportunity to review your contact information in Get Information About Schools (GIAS).