Your child is about to go through some big changes in their life as they move up from Primary to Secondary School. There will be lots for you both to think about but it’s important to start preparing now for your child’s new journey to and from school.
The following guide all about travelling to school has been created by Knowsley.
In line with guidance from Knowsley Local Authority and The Wade Deacon Trust, we will not be opening school more widely to groups of pupils from Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 until 15th June at the earliest. As soon as we have more information regarding this additional provision, we will contact you.
Many thanks for your patience and understanding regarding this matter.
Tuesday 19th May
Important parent survey for parents of children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6
If you have a child in nursery, reception, year 1 or year 6 then please fill out this important survey in relation to the reopening of school.
There are times when every parent needs a bit of support, but it’s particularly difficult being a parent at present. Knowsley Family Learning Service has a team of experienced parenting support workers who are available to give advice and suggestions to help parents manage their children’s behaviour and anxieties during this difficult time.
If you would like to arrange a telephone call with one of the team of parent support workers, please contact the free phone number 0800 073 0043 and ask for Parenting Support. Your details will then be given to the Early Help Hub and someone will call you back.
Monday 27th April
Knowsley's 'Blooming Marvellous Exhibition
Unfortunately Knowsley Flower Show won’t take place this year but fortunately, you can find a collection of beautiful images of the outdoors in the comfort of your own home with our online exhibition - which will go live over the weekend of the show, 8 and 9 August.
We want to see YOUR photos of seedlings, flowers, plants, trees, vegetables, or anything you find growing that catches your eye to be showcased in the exhibition. You can send in photos of what you’ve grown yourself or of something that you’ve found when you’re out and about.
If it’s something you’ve grown yourself, you might want to send in photos of your creation at different stages of it growing and let us know when the photos were taken. You could be growing vegetable seedlings such as tomato plants on your windowsill, in your greenhouse or even in your allotment. It's also a good time for children to appreciate nature and be out and about so please encourage your children to get involved in gardening and growing, and send their images in too!
You could also tell us how the plant, flower, photo of nature or being in the garden makes you feel so it can be included alongside your photo. It’s no secret, gardening as well as being outdoors can have a positive effect on mental wellbeing so why not explore your community and share it with the rest of us? Of course, providing you are practising social distancing rules and sticking to government guidelines around travel.
You don’t have to be an expert in photography to get involved and the photos don’t have to be taken in Knowsley. The online exhibition is for anyone with an interest in nature or gardening to showcase what they’ve grown or found, and to share the beauty of it with others.
There are four ways to send in your photos for the exhibition:
Facebook: You can private message Knowsley Flower Show’s Facebook page with your photos and details, or reply to a comment on the page
Email: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your photos and details
WhatsApp You can also send your photos and details to 07810 054131
It would be helpful if you could include your name, what is in the image, where the image was taken, and how the image, or nature in general, makes you feel but this isn’t necessary.
How to see your photos in the Knowsley Flower Show 2020 online exhibition:
Come back to www.knowsleyflowershow.com in August 2020, around the time Knowsley Flower Show event was planned to take place, to see all of the wonderful photos we’ve received.
Friday 24th April
Launch of StarLine
StarLine will help parents and carers in the following ways:
By providing access to a team of qualified teachers, education and parenting experts.
By focussing on providing practical ideas, support and reassurance.
By offering tips, techniques and resources to enable parents to give their children the support they need to continue learning while schools are closed.
By supporting family wellbeing and mental health.
By covering all phases of education and subjects plus behaviour, pupil wellbeing and SEND.
StarLine is available to parents and carers of pupils from all schools nationwide. Free, confidential advice is available six days a week by phoning the StarLine team on 0330 313 9162. For more information, visit www.starline.org.uk or follow @StarLineSupport on Twitter.
The team behind StarLine will also be broadcasting a weekly programme on YouTube. In each episode of StarLive, a guest presenter will share practical ideas for home learning. Further details can be found on the StarLine website.
Wednesday 22nd April
Knowsley Council Early Help Hub
We know that some families may be finding it stressful and harder to cope during these difficult times. We don’t want people to struggle and we have a team of staff who can talk you through any issues and offer you some advice and guidance.
Contact the Freephone helpline on 0800 073 0043 and ask for your information to be passed onto the Early Help Hub and one of our staff will call you back.
Home learning packs have recently been sent out to all Sylvester pupils. These packs have been designed to provide our pupils with an ongoing education at home. We have also attached ClassDojo class invites to these packs so families can connect to their class teachers, adding that personal touch in these challenging times.
Thursday 16th April
Rainbows & Thank You Messages
As you know, the rainbow has become a national symbol of hope during the coronavirus outbreak. If your child has created piece of rainbow artwork or a thank you message to the NHS then we would love it if you can send a picture of your child holding their rainbow or thank you message.
Please note these pictures will be sent to the NHS communications team.
Pictures can be tweeted to @sylvesterschool or emailed to email@example.com
Thursday 9th April
5 Top Tips for Home Learning
We now have a new YouTube that went live midday on Thursday 9th April.
If you have received meal vouchers that you feel you do not need, you can donate them to Knowsley Foodbank. Please email any vouchers you do not require to Sue Torpey from The Big Help (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thursday 2nd April
NHS COVID-19 Poster
We thought it would be a great idea to share this poster with you which has been provided by the NHS. It is a great way for adults to explain the current situation to younger children and aims to equip them with a better understanding of COVID-19.
We understand that children will be using technology increasingly more over the next few weeks so these newsletters should provide various tips and advice in regards to their online safety and digital wellbeing.
Wednesday 1st April
Story Time with Mrs Summerfield and Miss Vernon!
Mrs Summerfield has decided to share a story with her class, to watch and listen click here!
Miss Vernon has also decided to share a story with her year 1 class, to watch and listen click here!
Friday 27th March
We are now happy to announce that we have further guidance in relation to the FSM voucher scheme. Please read the following document for further information.
If your child has been allocated a school place next week, they should only attend if you have no other alternative childcare.
The priority should be keeping children at home whenever possible and school childcare should only be used as a last resort to support families of key workers.
As far as possible we will be following government guidelines on social distancing. If you have been self isolating at home, please ensure that children do not return until the isolation period is over.
Thank you for your support and understanding.
Resources, Activities and Home Learning
We are so happy to see various key figures, celebrities and organisations offer their services during this period of school closure, completely free of charge!
We thought you might find some of the following resources and activities useful:
We are aware that many pupils will spend a lot more time online in the next few weeks/months so we have put together a list of resources that relate to online safety. These resources are aimed to support parents in how they approach discussion about online safety.