Letter for parents about COVID-19 symptoms
PHE has produced a letter for schools to share with parents which explains when a child needs a test and what symptoms to look out for. There is also this graphic and this one for you to use.
Totternhoe's 'T' Curriculum
Helping children to progress following COVID-19
At Totternhoe CE Academy, we are committed to helping your child settle back into school after the disruption of 2020.
Our staff have been working hard to identify how we can help all children make good progress, revisiting key areas and adapting our curriculum to ensure that learning stays on track. We always adapt our curriculum and teaching to ensure that our children flourish, so please be assured that this is something we will always do. We will make sure that your children have the right learning, at the right time, at school. At Totternhoe we have created the 'T curriculum' to help child reintegrate into school life.
Whilst we will be working hard in school, we do understand that you may want to help your child at home too. We will continue to provide home learning for children needing to self isolate, and we do not expect you to do more than this. However, we know that many parents are looking for additional resources for their child too, and as a school, we believe in powerful partnerships with parents. So whether you want to work with your child at home to supplement learning, or you want to have some key resources to support learning whilst your child is absent or ill, we hope these links will help you.
Following the latest government announcement please do not send your son or daughter to school if they have a cough or temperature.
Make sure you get a test as soon as possible.
Inform school of the outcome as soon as you have it.
Hands, Face, Space
Please visit the link below to see the Governments Hand, Space, Face campaign:
Government Coronavirus action plan
The importance of Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.
Watch this short NHS film for guidance:
Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song:
What we will do if we get a positive case of Covid-19
We are really clear of what needs to be done by when and who will do it.
The Senior Leadership team will follow ALL advice by Public Health England.
We CANNOT tell you who has had the positive test, and we would really appreciate you not speculating on social media, as this can cause worry and anxiety to others. If you do have any worries about a positive test result at school, please call or email us so we can get back to you ASAP.
Return to Totternhoe CE Academy March 2021 - T-curriculum
As we re-open our school to all year groups and classes on March 8th 2021, we are, once again, very aware of the wide range of experiences, feelings, fears and anxieties that will have affected and may continue to affect our whole school community, families – parents and children, and our staff, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We fully recognise that as we welcome back the children, after this further significant period out of the classroom for very many of our pupils, that there is an important and vital need to take time to rebuild a sense of safety, and belonging, relationships with peers and staff, and to begin to find ways to understand and process what has happened over the past year, since the first lockdown.
At Totternhoe CE Academy, we believe that, first and foremost, we must prioritise the social, emotional and mental wellbeing of all our learners. This is key to enabling our learners to begin to access more formal learning across the curriculum.
Totternhoe CE Academy will continue to use the ‘T-curriculum’ for the re-integration to school of all our learners, following guidelines and advice built on research around recovery following trauma. We will also be using Art Therapy to allow children to express their emotions and feelings, basing this around the metaphor, ‘We are all in the same storm…not the same boat!’ to explore their lockdown journeys. Our approach is based on evidence-based research* and has been supported by whole staff training with an art psychotherapist.
Giving children and young people the opportunity to explore and express their emotions through art and imaginative play is at the heart of our approach to supporting good mental health in our school.
Art can provide a very natural and safe way for children to express themselves. They can play, experiment, make a mess, create stories, use metaphors to represent feelings, explore alternative narratives, externalise their feelings by creating characters, reflect, and share their art with others. They may choose to use colour, texture, different materials, found objects, photographs, collage, sculpture or film, to express themselves. The possibilities are almost endless and can be adapted to suit the individual needs of each child or group of children.
During this period of exploring, assessing and addressing the social and emotional needs of our returning children, we shall also be assessing English and Maths, to begin identifying which key areas of learning to focus on in planning for the summer term.
*Research has shown that different types of art activities increase different elements of health and wellbeing. Dance can be shown to improve the physical health and self-esteem of participants, in particular for girls who are not engaging in other physical activity (Connolly, et al. 2011). Theatre, drama and group music-making, improves young people’s social skills and emotional wellbeing (Schellenberg, et al. 2015 & Hughes & Wilson 2004).
Learning to play an instrument has been shown to help children better cope with stress (Roden, et al. 2016) with Hallam noting in the Power of Music (2015) ‘Music has a particular role in the reduction of stress and anxiety.’ The act of making art (visual or performance) develops young people’s sense of identity and self-efficacy and increases children and young people’s resilience (Catteral & Peppler 2007, Merrell & Tymms 2002, Schellenberg, et al. 2015), a key component of good mental health.
Time to be TOGETHER – to feel safe, to be valued, to belong - through playing together, having fun, being creative and enjoying being together again
Time to learn to be a TEAM – to develop our social skills, re-creating the bonds we have with each other, and building new relationships – through play, shared activities, active listening
Time to TRUST - to feel safe and valued, to know that we can share and be supported
Time to TALK – to feel confident to share and express our feelings, to develop understanding and explore solutions
Time to THINK – to reflect on what has happened, what is happening now, and what might/will happen in the future – and how we can use our shared experiences to cope.
Time to TRANSITION – to prepare and be ready for re-engaging in meaningful, formal learning where children make progress.
These key areas will underpin the planning and implementation of our curriculum, continuing to meet the needs of all our learners, using a breadth of learning experiences at Totternhoe CE Academy, including a focus on fun, active and outdoor learning; calming, reflective activities; social times developing meaningful communication.
Class Dojo Learning Platform
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Keeping your children safe online during COVID-19
Please visit the link below for government guidance on how to maintain your child's safety online during these challenging times: