#COVID19 | With schools closed there are a number of children in the city that are unable to get their free school meals…
— Liverpool City Council (@lpoolcouncil) March 24, 2020
Reopening Guidance for ALL PARENTS
This addendum to our Child Protection Policy specifies the details of our safeguarding arrangements during this time, until school is instructed it can safely fully open again.
Key Contacts incase of an Emergency
Prior to Florence Melly Community Primary School closing, and before receiving official guidance regarding who met the criteria of vulnerable children, our school safeguarding team identified who our most vulnerable children were and formulated a plan to monitor their safety and wellbeing during school closure. Additionally, we have created an emergency, out of hours, contact number for our Safeguarding Team should parents need to contact the school in the case of an emergency. Between the hours of 9:00am – 4:00pm, the school office number is available and our school staff are on site to support our school community. The email addresses of key staff members can be found below should you need to contact them. Additionally, a great way to liaise with our school staff is via our vibrant Twitter feed: @flomellynews
Emergency, out of hours, contact number: 07862 260 163
School Contact Number: 0151 226 1929
The email address of our Acting Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead: firstname.lastname@example.org
The email address of our Inclusion Lead: email@example.com
The email address of our SENCO: firstname.lastname@example.org
The email address of our Pastoral Support Officer: email@example.com
The email address of our EHAT Lead: firstname.lastname@example.org
The email address of our Chair of Governors/Link Safeguarding Governor: email@example.com
The email address of our school office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Online Learning Tasks for our Pupils
In this section we will add a whole host of websites and links to brilliant resources being shared to help support parents and carers with home learning during the school closures. If you find any useful resources, please share them with our school community on our Twitter feed: @flomellynews
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Last Updated 18/05/20
Please check out the fabulous resources from HeadStart Primary and their collection of Home School Learning Activity Booklets. They are a very simple, yet effective resource to help support you with the daunting task of home learning. Signing up is free, quick and easy. Visit: https://headstart-primary-ltd.myshopify.com/pages/free-resources for more details.
Check out these amazing resources from Yaiza, our Spanish teacher. Mrs Matthews, our MFL Lead, is very keen for Spanish to take centre stage at Florence Melly – why don’t you perfect your skills during lockdown! Days and Months Rhombus Spanish Puzzle and the Spanish Challenges
Please find below a copy of this week’s Mental Health and Well Being Resource from Mr Doyle. This week the focus is on Connecting with Others, This is a key part of the NHS five steps to Well-Being. Check out some of the fabulous resources designed to help support your mental health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Enjoy…
Please find a link to a copy of this week’s Mental Health and Well Being Resource from Mr Doyle. This week the focus is on Learning Something New, paying particular attention to food and cookery! Check out some of the fabulous resources deigned to help support your mental health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Enjoy…
Good afternoon all. We hope that this reaches you safe and well. On Friday we informed parents via Twitter that we would release more information today about our plans to distribute additional work packs and call our pupils. Please find below a letter from the SLT clarifying these arrangements. We hope that this helps! Thank you for your support and patience! Take Care – The Senior Leadership Team. https://florencemelly.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Additional-Work-Packs-and-Calling-Families-Letter-270420.pdf
MENTAL HEALTH and WELL-BEING RESOURCE – Issue 3, created by our very own Mr Doyle. This issue is focussed on the importance of exercise: https://florencemelly.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Mental-Health-Support-with-Mr-Doyle-210420.pdf
The government have brought together an initial list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home. These websites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources
Launch of the Oak National Academy online classroom and resource hub! The @OakNational has today launched its online classroom and resource hub, offering 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. How marvellous: https://www.thenational.academy/
Here are some Ramadan resources from Imran Kotwal, who School Improvement Liverpool have previously commissioned to deliver training on teaching and learning about Islam: http://florencemelly.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/NEW-Ramadan-_-Eid-Worksheet.pdf and http://florencemelly.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Ramadhan-2020-NEW.pdf
Welcome to BookTrust HomeTime – Looking for something fun as a family? Enjoy storytime with their free online books and videos, play games, win prizes, test your knowledge in their book-themed quizzes, or even learn how to draw some of your favourite characters: https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/have-some-fun/?q&sortOption=AtoZ&pageNo=1#!?q=&sortOption=AtoZ&pageNo=1
STOPS is an online resource dedicated to the effective teaching of problem solving skills in mathematics, used in over 500 schools. For the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, they are making their resources available to you and families for free: https://www.stopsproblemsolving.co.uk/loginpage/Login_page.html
Fancy an afternoon of computing? Why don’t you check out these brilliant lessons from our very own Computing teacher – Mr Peet. They’re fab:
The NEW Barefoot Computing home learning page is now live at barefootcomputing.org/homelearning Please share it far and wide! With fun lesson-based activities and interactive games, children can work together with their families to develop their computational thinking skills.
Pie Corbett – ENGLISH home-school work – professionally produced, coherent FREE units are available for all year groups: https://www.talk4writing.co.uk/category/resources-x/resources-unit-planning/
Are you a Reading Star? The World Book Day #ShareAStory Reading Star game encourages you to enjoy books & reading together at home, with different ways to share stories. Tick off a Reading Star each time you complete a task & have fun reaching all your stars! worldbookday.com/reading-stars/
Pobble thrilled to be collaborating with @WCSQM for #EarthDay2020 Why not join them for some creative writing? They’ve produced a special new lesson on creative ideas for a better future to celebrate. See it here: app.pobble.com/lessons/previe
Attention all parents/carers – check out this certificate of achievement to say thank you to our pupils for staying at home and staying safe! Print it, fill it in and celebrate our stay at home superstars! Maybe you could put it up in your window too! Enjoy…
Now here’s something fun for you to try this weekend! The brilliant @chrisriddell50 has drawn some of his wonderful illustrations… but they’re in search of stories to go with them! Can you help? Head this way to have a go: booktrust.org.uk/news-and-featu
The brilliant @misspowellpeeps is sharing how to draw Tiny Ant from her lovely new book with Claire Freedman: booktrust.org.uk/hometime
MENTAL HEALTH and WELL-BEING RESOURCE – Issue 2, created by our very own Mr Doyle. This issue is focussed on improving the quality of sleep you get: https://florencemelly.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Mental-Health-Support-with-Mr-Doyle-140420.pdf
MENTAL HEALTH and WELL-BEING RESOURCE, created by our very own Mr Doyle: https://florencemelly.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Mental-Health-Support-with-Mr-Doyle-060420.pdf
Check out this amazing resource, found by our very own Miss Foley (what a legend). It’s a list of over 60+ viral trips and tours! How exciting: Virtual Tours and Trips
Mr Peat’s computing challenge: https://www.loom.com/share/6bc26011a8d7496282665a69bb528322
Another great online computing lesson from MGL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbJUiKR9bEk
Updated – 02/04/20
EXCITING NEWS! #JuliaDonaldson will launch her first weekly broadcast TODAY (Thursday 2nd April) at 4pm. The star illustrator on today’s ‘Julia Donaldson & Friends’ is #AxelScheffler. So get the family together and tune into facebook.com/OfficialGruffa
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zn9447h BBC Bitesize Lessons are coming soon!
Our school meals caterer Chartwells have launched a YouTube video channel #SuperDeliciousSuperYummy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVt3rNe7Dyc&feature=youtu.be
Check out ‘Let’s Go Live with @maddiemoate This week they’ve been exploring our brilliant bodies and in today’s episode they looked at what happens to the body when you get them moving! A great science lesson for all. Monday to Friday at 11:00am! https://www.youtube.com/user/maddiemoate
Check out First News for a free digital download of their exciting children’s newspaper: https://subscribe.firstnews.co.uk/
Check out these amazing resources from our friends at Apple of My Eye. An absolute cookery masterclass!
Updated – 30/03/20
http://nowpressplay.co.uk/learn-at-home/ (Password: nowpressplay)
Please find linked, a copy of a booklet put together by experts in Community Family Psychology, Neurodevelopmental and Children’s Occupational Therapy, to support children with learning disabilities/ASD with coping with COVID-19 isolation. Should you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact either Mr Baillie (our Inclusion Lead) or Mrs Findell (our SENCO) – who are still available to support:
Updates from the Local Authority, Government and Other Agencies
Last Updated 18/05/20
Please see below, a letter from Steve Reddy, the Director of Children and Young People’s Services, outlining Liverpool’s city wide position on schools reopening. Our Acting Headteacher, Mr Leach, will be writing to all parents shortly – detailing how this will look for our school, our pupils, families and community. Take care and stay safe.
Parenting Coordinator, Chris Cavanagh and @lpoolcouncil Early Help Team have created a fab blog to support families: cultureliverpool.co.uk/parenting-thro It covers a whole-host of areas including: the following areas; ideas for playing together, maintaining a routine and managing wellbeing! Check it out!
The CAMHS Crisis Team is now offering 24hr support to children and young people who are in mental health crisis. If you, or someone you care for, in Liverpool or Sefton, is under 18 and having a mental health crisis, please call our CAMHS Crisis Care line: 0151 293 3577
New parental controls launched on Netflix. Netflix have launched an update to their parental controls. This blog looks at these new controls, and how parents and carers can use them with their family. bit.ly/2V8Rr8w
URGENT NEEDS FUND Information
The Liverpool City Council have an ‘Urgent Needs’ Fund for people who are currently experiencing hardship, due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The fund is open to anyone who is experiencing the following issues:
- People who have no food, gas or electricity
- People who have received benefit sanctions or who have applied for benefits but haven’t received an award yet
- People who have been put on Furlough by their employer and are experiencing hardship as a result of the 20% reduction in their salary
- People who have a number of children at home and are unable to feed them due to school closures
- Any other issues that cause hardship
The support worker or the person experiencing hardship should call telephone number: 0151 233 3053 to speak to an operator. A series of questions will be asked to determine if the person is eligible for support. If they are, they or you will be supported over the phone to complete an online application form. A decision will be given within 2 days of the application being accepted.
The award given does not need to be paid back.
For information on Free School Meals for over the Easter holidays and beyond please see the link below for guidance provided by @lpoolcouncil
f you are caring for a vulnerable family member or friend during the #coronavirus outbreak there is plenty of help and advice available that will support you in your caring role: https://liverpoolexpress.co.uk/advice-and-support-for-carers/
Learn more about social distancing measures: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults
Some of Liverpool’s childcare hubs, which are looking after the children of key workers, are to extend their opening hours from Monday 6 April. To stay responsive & meet the need of key workers, there are some changes from Monday 6 April. Some hubs are closing due to low numbers, but 9 hubs will now be open from 7am – 7pm. All hubs will open throughout the easter holidays (inc the bank holidays) subject to demand: https://liverpoolexpress.co.uk/further-changes-to-liverpool-childcare-hubs/
It’s been a momentous couple of weeks, affecting how we live & making us all feel overwhelmed… it’s understandable if your children are feeling this too. https://medium.com/liverpool-city-council/overwhelmed-by-everything-youre-hearing-about-covid-19-cd0b0be9715e
Please use the following link, to the Liverpool City Council Emergency Planning page – this page has the latest updates and advice from the city council.
ATTENTION PARENTS/CARERS – FREE SCHOOL MEALS UPDATE! Parents/carers of pupils eligible for means tested free school meals will be entitled to collect a weekly £10 food voucher for their child whilst our school is closed during term time, which can be redeemed online or in store at ASDA. To collect the voucher, people should visit their designated children’s centre from Monday 23rd March. For more information, please click the following link: https://liverpool.gov.uk/communities-and-safety/emergency-planning/coronavirus/free-school-meals/
PLEASE NOTE: YOU DO NOT NEED THE LETTER ISSUED BY SCHOOL. THE LOCAL AUTHORITY NOW HAS AN ONLINE CHECKER. For further information, please watch the following:
The list of those considered to be Key Workers has been published here: