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  19 October 2020,

Dear Parents and Carers,

As we approach the half term break, may we take this opportunity to thank you for all your support and collaboration throughout this half term. You have continued to show patience and understanding whilst we aim for the highest standards of education and care during a crucial time in the global pandemic.

We had three separate confirmed cases of COVID19 within the school during the week of 5th October. We were able to swiftly risk assess the situation and identify strategies to keep the school as safe as possible. These included isolating relevant pupils, staff and visitors, notifying Public Health England, The Department for Education and transport providers, as well as re-sanitising the whole site. The Senior Team were able to notify all parents/carers as quickly as possible.

We want to be sure that we are communicating with you in ways that are both helpful and reassuring, especially during these difficult times, and we would welcome any feedback or suggestions on things that we could improve.

It is a testament to the school staff ‘s effective implementation of the new systems, such as the class ‘Bubbles’, that so few had to isolate for a prolonged period. Those who had confirmed cases of COVID19 are recovering well and will be back at school before half term.

Thank you for being so understanding if your son/daughter has had to spend time away from school this term for self-isolation and testing. This is not ideal after being away from school for so long in the Spring and Summer terms, and very much at odds with our usual drive to sustain high standards of pupil attendance. We do ask that, if your son/daughter is unwell, they remain at home, and that you continue to follow Public Health Guidance on isolation and seeking a test for any of the three main COVID19 symptoms. This is illustrated on the Response Plan we sent home, and is also available here.

Our updated risk assessment and other documents are also available below.

Of course we have also had lots of fun this term too. Pupils may be in their ‘Bubbles’, but they are able to join up with each other through virtual classrooms and celebrate their achievements at assembly in this way. Seeing their friends on screen is great fun for everyone and assemblies are an exciting part of the week! We also had a great ‘Wellbeing Day’ when each ‘Bubble’ had a session on a bouncy castle and in our sensory disco.

Some classes have also participated in a virtual ‘Sensory Seas’ session in conjunction with the National Maritime Museum. Groups that took part thoroughly enjoyed themselves and more classes will be sailing the high seas virtually after half term.

We are extremely pleased with how the students have adapted to the new systems in place. We are so proud of them and all they have achieved this half term.

Here is a link to the term dates for the academic year 2021-22, this years dates are still available on the website on the side bar below. We wish you a happy half term break and look forward to welcoming pupils back on Tuesday 3rd November.

Yours sincerely

 Deputy Headteacher
 School Business Manager
 Assistant Headteacher
 Head of EYFS & Primary
 Head of Secondary & Post 16
 Head of Secondary & Post 16

Jack Tizard School IT Support Videos

Art & Sensory Play Ideas

Here are some Recipes & ideas to engage learners in sensory play

Edible Finger Paint  •  Rainbow Collage  •  Tiger Mask  •  Zebra Collage  •  Art and Sensory Play Ideas Hand Out  •  Marbling with Shaving Foam  •  Salt and Glue Painting  •  String Painting  •  Flour and Water Glue

GOSH Power of Play Ideas

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Great Ormond Street Hosptial have assembled a range of games and activities they are available  from the link below.

Power of Play Link

Teaching Students with Learning Difficulties about covid 19

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This blog provides links to some useful resources and social stories which may help some students better understand what is going on during this difficult time.

What is Corona Virus Blog Link

BLINK Dance Free Basic Guide

blinklogoBLINK Dance have created a free basic guide for parents and carers who may want to do some dance activities with their children from home, please find attached. They hope to follow these with some free tutorials and exercises on their youtube channel in the hope that this might be able to provide a small buffer at this challenging time.

BLINK Dance Hand Out

P.E. With Joe: Live workouts for Kids

codeJoe Wicks is hosting a free workout aimed at kids 'LIVE' on this YouTube channel monday to Friday at 9am.
You can subscribe to his channel from the link below

Daily LIVE work out for Kids More Info
Daily LIVE work out for Kids YouTube channel

The Sensory Projects 

The Sensory ProjectThe Sensory Projects have provided a number of links to resources that may be of use they can be accessed from here

The Sensory Project activities for home