This area contains information that we hope will be helpful during the current coronavirus pandemic. If you cannot find what you are looing for, please do not hesitate to contact school for further support and information.
Here is our COVID-19 School Risk Assessment if you would like to find out more about how we are trying to mitigate risk and keep everyone safe and healthy whilst in school.
These are extremely stressful times for us all, if you are feeling anxious,stressed or low or a member of your family is, please click on the link for helplines and support. Do not suffer in silence, we are a school family and we are here to help whenever we can.
Following the Government announcement about opening to all children in September, we have reviewed our original risk assessment which was aimed at school being open to children of key workers and vulnerable children.
Our main aim remains the same as we try to keep all our children, staff and wider community safe.
Take care and stay safe.
The Esafety area of our website has been updated with advice on using Zoom and the BBC Own It app. To find out more click Parents – eSafety.
With children spending increasing amounts of time using the internet; both socially and for schooling; their exposure to risks online can increase. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/ is a fantastic website for parents with worksheets and videos to guide discussions with children and young people across a range of ages about how to stay safe online!
Remote Learning Provision – January 2021 onwards
There are two scenarios which exist for the use of remote learning. The information provided here is for children, parents, and carers so there is an understanding of what to expect in either of the two scenarios. The two occasions are:
1.What to expect when school is open to all children and where a limited number children are self isolating.
2. What to expect when national or local restrictions require the whole school or a whole bubble are required to remain at home.
When learning remotely, the class teacher remains responsible for the planning of the cohort learning. Learning provision aims to be accessible for all learners through ‘home learning books’ and Google Classroom. When remote learning is necessary, teachers plan and provide a daily 3-4 hours programme which is closely aligned to our school curriculum. There is also a live daily check-in which includes a class story, chat and team spirited activity such as a game. The teacher and pupils can communicate via the live stream and lessons are recorded so they can be played back and revisited at home, at a time convenient for each child and their family. There is also the option of emailing or phoning school should you would like to speak to the class teacher. There is also a live St Mary’s Stars Celebration the end of each week, when learning is shared and celebrated with a certificate.
Completed work can be dropped off at school and reading books exchanged via our reception ‘drop box’ so teachers are able to mark it and provide feedback. New work can be provided via the same route. It is also possible to submit learning via Google Classroom and teachers provide personalised feedback as well as class support.
The learning for each child is held in a secure class area which requires your child’s Gmail address and password. If you are finding it difficult to access their remote learning and the parent help videos, please do not hesitate to contact the office on 0161 480 4736 or by email.
Please do not become anxious about remote learning, we are all here to help so do not hesitate to contact school. We understand the challenges of remote learning and the real complexities of having multiple children, working from home at the same time, the daily routines and life needs including sleep patterns, cleaning, shopping, cooking etc. Please do not struggle in silence, we are only a phone call away.
St. Mary’s COVID-19 update
Stockport Health Visiting and School Nursing Advice Line
Stockport Health Visiting & School Nursing Service have launched an advice line on 0161 835 6789 for families of children aged 0-16.
The Advice Line is available Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays) 9am – 5pm and provides support from Health Visitors and School Nurses on all aspects of child health, development and parenting including:
* Sleep * Healthy eating * Management of minor illnesses * Speech & communication * Behaviour * General health & emotional wellbeing * Immunisations * Special educational needs * School Nursing service
Talking to your child about COVID-19
Are you unsure about how to talk to your children about coronavirus? This children’s guide has been created to help explain the situation. It aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home.
Stockport Helpline – You will be able to access support Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm, by calling 0161 217 6046.
In light of the fast moving nature of COVID-19 we would like to assure you that we are taking the safety and well being of all our children seriously. We act upon daily guidance and updates from the LA and DFE.