Essential Childcare for Critical Workers

Further to our letter yesterday, we need to bring forward the date to receive bookings for essential childcare between Mon 22 June and Fri 24 July to 9am THURSDAY 11th JUNE. This is to ensure that we can provide information required by the Local Authority in time and inform parents of dates for ‘check in’ sessions which can only be allocated after childcare provision has been secured.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS ESSENTIAL LAST RESORT CHILD CARE BOOKINGS, NOT SCHOOL OR CHECK IN SESSIONS. THE GUIDANCE ABOUT CHILDCARE PROVISION IN SCHOOL HAS NOT CHANGED. UNLESS THERE HAS BEEN A SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES, WE ASK THAT THIS PROVISION IS ONLY BOOKED WHEN ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL TO ENABLE US TO MEET ALL REQUIREMENTS WITHIN OUR RESTRICTIONS ON NUMBERS.
If you have not used childcare provision at school, please be aware that this is not with your child’s teacher / class TA as staff provide this on a rota basis alongside distance learning.
Bookings for childcare for the period from Mon 22 June to Fri 24 July must be emailed to mailbox@barkerslane-pri.wrexham.sch.uk by THURSDAY 11th JUNE at 9am. Many thanks for your support.

October Half Term

Since the Minister’s announcement on Wednesday about extending the Summer Term for another week until 24th July and then moving this holiday week until October, we have had a few queries about Autumn Term holiday dates. The dates of the additional week in Autumn have not been provided to us as yet. The holiday week already scheduled is Friday 23 October to Monday 2 November. Although I am anticipating that the additional week will be scheduled either the week before or the week after these dates, this has not been confirmed. As soon as we have information about term dates we will share these with you.

Wider Opening of Schools – Letter from Chief Officer for Education

Please find a letter below from Mr Ian Roberts, Chief Officer for Education and Early Intervention in Wrexham relating to the announcement by the Education Minister yesterday.
An email has been sent to parents with a letter requesting information from parents. There is a link to a very short questionnaire which we require completing by all parents by Tuesday 9th June please. There is also important information for key worker bookings between 22nd June and 24th July which need to be made by 15th June at the latest within the letter. Diolch for your support. Stay safe.

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Announcement from the Welsh Education Minister

You may be aware that the Welsh Education Minister, Kirsty Williams has announced that all children in Wales, in small groups will have the opportunity to ‘check in and catch up’ with school before the end of an extended Summer Term which will now end on 27th July. It was heartening to hear during the announcement at 12.30pm that as schools we have time to plan and that the decisions made by parents about whether you wish your child to attend will be respected by Welsh Government, in the same way that they are by us as a school.  I will be in touch over the coming days with further information and asking for your views as we work together with our staff, governing body, cluster schools, the Local Authority and North Wales Consortia to plan going forward.

Web pages for home No. 5

We hope that you are managing this situation that we still find ourselves in. This week is Mental Health Awareness week and accordingly there are links on the sheet below to various websites offering advice to young and old. For that species that is called The Teenager there are links to help you (and them) survive each other including some motivating ideas to improve their abilities, interests and prospects.
Next week is what under normal circumstances would be half term. Please do not consider travelling to the beaches or countryside; the police are stopping vehicles and asking for reasons of travel. If you want to view different countries or go on amusement rides please have a look at previous links that have been uploaded.
Take care, stay safe and hopefully we will be back together before too long.

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Half Term Update

Please find letter below from Mrs Edwards.
As next week would have been a half term holiday, there will be no distance learning plans next week. Hopefully the children can enjoy a break and you too as families. Please contact teachers through Seesaw if you need to do so by Thursday 21st May or after 1st June. 
School will continue to be open for childcare over the break for parents who have already made their booking as previously requested. 
Many thanks.

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Calling all children and young people – can you help?

The Welsh Government and the Children’s Commissioner for Wales want to hear how young people have felt about staying home to keep safe over these weeks and about any effect it has had on them.
Please encourage you child to take part in the survey. There is also support to discuss this with young children.
The short survey can be found at: https://www.childcomwales.org.uk/coronavirusandme/
Closing date: 27th May 2020

Latest Announcement from Welsh Education Minister

Although restrictions in place in Wales remain unchanged. As you may be aware Welsh Government have have published their ‘traffic light road map’ today, sharing how Wales could exit the coronavirus loackdown. This can be found at https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2020-05/unlocking-our-society-and-economy-continuing-the-conversation.pdf
Following this at 2pm, Kirsty Williams, Minister for Education published the ‘decision framework for the next phase in education’. No dates or final plans are contained in the document. The Minister clearly states that plans are complex and that Welsh Government are taking advice from a wide range of expertise. She states that it is a working document for wider feedback from all stakeholders, including children themselves. The plan can be read at: https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/publications/2020-05/decision-framework-next-phase-education-childcare_0.pdf
The Minister has also published a short video on WG  twitter feed https://twitter.com/WelshGovernment/status/1261282256905216000
As soon as we have any further information to share with you, rest assured we will do. Stay safe.

Web pages for home No. 4

Dear parents, children and friends of the school
We are now reaching the end of week 8 of these current arrangements and we hope that you are all keeping well and managing the situation. The staff enjoy hearing about the children and what they are doing. Hopefully you will find some enjoyable and/or interesting websites from the links we post on the attached pdf sheet. Last week we sent you far a field with the elephants and hippos in Africa and the zoos and aquarium in America; could we travel any further? Sit back, hold tight and head into space as you join NASA and the astronauts. If you want to stay closer to home there are links to cameras showing wild birds, their habitats and nests.
I have found some freebies including water saving devices for the house & garden and also audio books for adults and children to stream – sit back and relax. If you or the children are feeling creative there are art and drawing workshops to enjoy including Disney masterclasses. Competitions, quizzes and prizes are available from The Book Trust and Ty Pawb are looking for creative types to record their lockdown experiences for a new exhibition.
Hopefully there is something there for you to enjoy or just try something new and unknown.
Hope you all have a good weekend and the sun shines for us.

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