Year 5 Miss Pocock's class will have PE on Monday not Thursday for the foreseeable future as we are taking part in virtual street dance sessions. Please can children wear their kit to school.
We hope you are all enjoying your Easter break.
We are still collecting crisp packets, sweet wrappers, empty toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes, batteries and old prescription glasses. Please send these in with your children and in separate bags to minimise handling.
We are now collecting old plastic phone covers and popsockets. Please send these in with your children addressed to Mrs Davies. These will be sent to Terracycle who will turn them into plastic pellets which will be reused in many items.
Here at school we have enjoyed a wonderful 5 weeks back in school with the children. To have the buildings filled with children’s voices and to hear them laughing and enjoying time together on the yard has been truly heart-warming for the staff at Maesycoed. It has been an unusual and challenging term and we would like to thank you for all your support with the home learning that the children engaged with during the times they were not at school.
We look forward with optimism, to a summer term with as little disruption as possible. Class teachers will have shared their themes for next term with you and we will be trialing the Expressive Arts Area of Learning Experience from the new curriculum. Please click on the link below for more information on the new curriculum.
During the summer term we will begin the process of building our new school website. Thank you for your ideas and suggestions of things you would find useful as families. We hope to launch the website by the end of the school year.
We will also be contacting you in the first week back to book appointments for virtual parents and teacher meetings we will be holding. Details to follow.
We wish you a safe and happy Easter and we look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Monday April 12th.
We are very much looking forward to having the whole school return from Monday 15th January. It has been wonderful to hear the sound of happy children in the school since the return of our foundation phase. To have all the classes full of children and to see them reconnecting with classmates and school staff will be fantastic!
As key stage 2 return we will be returning to the park gate exit instead of the top Lanwern Road exit, which the parents of foundation phase pupils have been using whilst ks2 remained at home. The top gate on Lanwern Road will now return to being the entrance for the pupils in the top block. Key stage 2 parents have been written to separately to explain the routines and procedures for the children’s return from Monday 15th. Staff will be on hand to support families as all the children return.
Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions or concerns.
Many thanks for your continued support
Below are a list of safeguarding links for parents and carers to access for information. These links will also be available under the school information on the top of this blog.
Today, Welsh Government announced that all primary aged pupils may return to school from 15th March 2020.
We are delighted at this news and look forward to having all our pupils back at Maesycoed Primary School.
We will provide further information as our plans develop over the coming days.
Please see a letter from the Director of Education for RCT attached.
Many thanks for your continued patience and support
As you will be aware the Education Minister confirmed on 5 February 2021 that foundation phase learners should return to school from 22 February. All learners in the foundation phase have now successfully returned to our schools in Rhondda Cynon Taf. As the number of coronavirus cases in our communities has continued to fall new plans have been announced by our Education Minister today. From the 15 March primary, secondary, allthrough schools, special schools and PRUs will provide onsite education provision for:
All primary aged learners
Critical worker’s children
Learners undertaking essential exams or assessments
Learners in Years 11 and 13.
Flexibility will also be offered to secondary schools, all-through schools and PRUs to provide access to the onsite education provision for other learners, including those in Years 10 and 12, who may also have been entered for qualifications this summer. In addition to this, arrangements will also be made to enable learners from Years 7, 8 and 9 to attend schools for face-to-face check-ins prior to the Easter break where at all possible. The opportunity to check-in will be focused on support for wellbeing and readiness for return to school after Easter.
It is anticipated that there will be a full return of learners to school following the Easter break and these plans will be informed by the most current medical advice available, at this time.
Schools will have a degree of flexibility to develop a plan for the phased return of learners back into schools, and they will be in contact with you shortly to confirm arrangements for your child’s setting. Their plans will be guided by the school facilities, the sizes of year groups and their detailed risk assessments. However, the following arrangements will apply to all schools in Rhondda Cynon Taf:
All foundation phase learners will continue to attend school throughout the phased introduction of new year groups back in to school.
Arrangements for the phased return of learners in key stage 2, and Years 11 and 13 will commence on the 15 March 2021.
Learners in Years 7, 8 and 9 will have accessed at least one check-in on school premises prior to the Easter break, where at all possible
Vulnerable learners and the children of critical workers will continue to access face to face education in school until their year group has returned to school.
Remote learning will continue to be provided for self-isolating learners and those year groups not accessing face to face learning in school.
At secondary level, significant focus will be placed on ensuring appropriate assessment of learners in Years 11 and 13 for qualification purposes. Remote learning will continue for those learners and year groups not engaged in face to face learning, with an acknowledgment that this poses specific challenges as face to face learning in school increases. Remote learning will also continue for self-isolating learners that are unable to attend school due to shielding, close contact with a confirmed case or a Covid diagnosis.
From the 15 March 2021, the number of places for Breakfast Club will continue to be limited to ensure that social distancing and effective hygiene and preventative measures can be maintained. Therefore, the parents/children that have previously successfully applied and secured a placement for breakfast club in December 2020 will be able to access this provision. A new application process will commence on 12 March 2021 for summer term breakfast club provision from (12 April 2021–20 July 2021). Further information will follow in due course.
All Covid risk assessments will be updated by our school leaders to reflect current Welsh Government and local authority guidance on the phased return of learners to school. All staff have the option of participating in twice weekly lateral flow tests to keep everyone in the school community safe. There will be an opportunity for young people in Year 10 and above to also undertake twice weekly lateral flow testing in the home context. Further information and detailed guidance on this will follow as soon as this is made available by Welsh Government.
Staggered start and finish times will be maximised and schools will continue to have robust plans and a range of measures in place to mitigate any identified risks in a school setting.
All secondary school aged learners will continue to require a face covering for use in school where social distancing cannot be maintained (including within the classroom).
I am sure that you are all delighted that your children are returning to school after many months of significant restrictions. These restrictions remain of course, and your continued support in adhering to these in our communities is hugely appreciated.
Many thanks for continuing to support you child with their learning.
With best wishes.
Director of Education and Inclusion Services
Join us on facebook for an online story time Monday 1st March at 11am – we’re going to read a traditional Welsh tale, the story of Gelert. Gelert by Elena Morus and adapted by Sian Lewis, is being read with permission from Gwasg Carreg Gwalch.
Happy St David’s Day!
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We are very much looking forward to welcoming back children in the foundation phase tomorrow.
Just a reminder from the information sent to you before the half term break that children in Mrs Jones's class, Mrs Sheppeard's class and Mrs Cogbill's class can enter using the Lanwern Road bottom gate from between 8:40 and 8:50am. They can be collected from 2:40 and 2.50pm.
Children in Mrs Reynold's class and Mrs Davies Cox's class can enter the Lanwern Road middle gates from between 8:50 and 9am. They can be collected from 2:50-3pm.
Please can you keep 2m distances between you and the family in front of you as you enter the one way system. Exits are Bethel Street and park gates for children in bottom block and park gates exit only for children in the middle block.
Please ensure that only one parent/adult enters the school site when dropping off their child/children and please wear your face coverings unless you have exemption for doing so.
Children who were give a place in breakfast club for the spring term prior to lockdown are able to drop children to breakfast club at 8:10 am. Key stage 2 children who are accessing the emergency hub provision may also access breakfast club.
Key stage 2 children will be provided with home learning as they were prior to half term. Please encourage the children to log into their class platform (Google classroom/J2Homework) to engage in the planned activities.
Many thanks for your continued support.
Dear Parents and Carers,
The staff, governing body and I wanted to take the opportunity to say a huge, heartfelt thank you to you all for the amazing job you have done delivering home learning with your children. Your supportive, appreciative and kind comments have meant a great deal to all the staff who have put a lot of time and thought into providing tasks for the children. We have been so proud of the children and all the hard work they have put into completing their tasks at home with you. It has been such a pleasure to see us all working together under such difficult circumstances supporting the school and each other.
We are delighted to be receiving the foundation phase children back on 22nd February and look forward to seeing you all again.
Key stage 2 children will continue with their home learning until further notice. If you are experiencing any problems or difficulties with this please contact the school. Following the feedback from the pupil questionnaires in ks2 there will be a screen free day every week. On this day the class learning for the day will not involve logging into Google Classroom or J2 homework. Class teachers will contact you regarding this after half term.
In the mean time can I thank you all once again and wish you a safe and restful half term.
Thank you so much for your patience as we finalise plans for the safe return of our Foundation Phase pupils.
We understand that this is a worrying time for you and we have worked closely with the local authority to ensure that we provide a safe and enjoyable return to school for your children. At the bottom of this letter is a document that outlines all the procedures for returning to school including drop off and pick up times and how the school day will look for your children. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions.
Welsh Government acknowledge that there may be some families who are not ready to return their children at this present time. These children would receive an authorised absence code and consequently will not be penalised at this time. If you have decided that you do not want your child to return to school until the whole school is open, please can you inform the school either by telephone or by email prior to the 22nd February. Please note that class teachers will be teaching all day and therefore, there will be no home learning provided for those children in foundation phase children who do not attend school. Teachers will be in touch to share topics and skills to be covered in class during the second half of the spring term.
We look forward seeing the children and families of Maesycoed Primary again.
As you know the children from Nursery to Year 2 will return to school after the half term break. Please see the letter from the Director of Education for RCT attached below.
As a school we have decided that all foundation phase pupils will return on Monday 22nd February. We will contact you later today with details of the school day, once operational guidance has been sent to us from RCT and our protocols and procedures have been reviewed in light of this.
Thank you, once again, for your patience and continued support.