Self-isolation Guidance

Self-isolation is about protecting others, and is the most effective way of preventing COVID-19 from spreading. It is very important that anyone who has the virus stay at home for 10 days, and those that might have been exposed to it stay at home for 14 days to limit the number of people they come into contact with.  In fact, it is now a legal requirement and could result in a fine if self-isolation rules are not closely followed. This if both for those that have tested positive, and their close contacts.  There are fixed penalty notices for this offence, with the first offence being £1,000.

File icon: pdf Covid 19 Advice for Parents in Greater Manchester.pdf [pdf 460KB] Click to download
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Free School Meals Voucher System

For queries relating to the vouchers please email office@stmargaretsoldham.net

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On Tuesday 31st March, the government annouced its Free School Meal (FSM) voucher system: St Margaret's registered for this scheme and have been providing e-vouchers to parents since. Parents who are eligible for FSM will receive an email to redeem a voucher for £15 per child, per week. 

If you are unsure whether or not you may be eligible for free schools meals please follow this link to the coucil's website to find out more Oldham Council Free School Meals Info

Parents are advised to ensure they are checking their bulk/spam folders as it is possible the vouchers may appear there.  While you are waiting for your voucher to arrive you could familiarise yourself the process of redeeming it (see link below). 

To redeem your voucher (you must do this and not simply take your code to the shop) please visit this website.

If you have any queries please see the document for details about the voucher system including frequently asked questions. 

Frequently Asked Questions DfE FSM Vouchers 

Child Protection and Safeguarding: COVID-19 Addendum

Please find below an addendum to our current Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy which details changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

File icon: pdf Child protection policy addendum - updated 3rd October 2020.pdf [pdf 254KB] Click to download

Home Learning

Packs of home learning have been placed on each class page of the website that children can complete.  This is in addition to the online platforms children currently have available to them -

Purple Mash www.purplemash.com/StMargaretsol8,

Times Table Rockstars https://ttrockstars.com/ and

Google Classroom www.classroom.google.com

Those children that usually use Lexia in school are able to utilise this resource at home also https://www.lexiacore5.com/

Class teachers can be contacted in the usual way while school is closed (older children by emailing the class teacher direct) and younger children via the Class Dojo app. 

Queries about home learning should be made to the class teacher directly (see above) or if this is not possible please email: homelearning@stmargaretsoldham.net or phone school - the office is manned daily from 8am to 6pm. 

 

E-Safety 

The impact of COVID-19 means that most of us will be at home for an extended period and are likely to be spending increasing amounts of time online.  The online world is a necessity for many children in accessing school work and it delivers huge benefits, not least in enabling us to stay connected to family and friends during this period. However, many parents may feel concerned about the content their children are accessing.  These guides are intended to help and inform parents during this difficult time.

KS1 E-Safety Age 5 to 7

KS2 E-Safety Age 8-11

File icon: pdf E-safety Newsletter Issue 1 May 2020.pdf [pdf 253KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf E-safety Newsletter Issue 2 June 2020.pdf [pdf 328KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Digital safety during COVID-19_ June 2020.pdf [pdf 87KB] Click to download

The James Dyson Foundation - Science Challenge

Please access the resources below.

File icon: pdf The James Dyson Foundation - KS2 Engineering and Science - Challenge Cards.pdf [pdf 4MB] Click to download

Oldham’s Lockdown Museum

Oldham’s Lockdown Museum is a new digital project to collect a snapshot of what life is like in our local area during the Covid-19 pandemic.  There is a saying: ‘Change is the only visible sign of life’ and what changes we’ve gone through. Gallery Oldham is looking for objects that tell the story of life in lockdown so that we can share them with future generations. Have you bought or made something unusual? What object sums up the changing world outside or the unchanging reality of staying at home? Sometimes it is the most ordinary object that tells the most amazing story. We’d love to share your experiences and ideas, and see pictures (photographs or drawings/paintings) of the objects that sum them up, whatever they are.  Click on the picture link to find more information. 

Department for Education Online Learning Resources

Information, guidance and support for parents and carers of children who are learning at home.

Supporting your children's education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

We have brought together these lists of online educational resources to support children’s education at home while they may not be attending their normal education setting.

English Resources

Maths Resources

Science, PE, Wellbeing and SEND Resources

Lockdown Survival Guide

Please select the document below.

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Oldham Library Services Family Support

With some children remaining at home, the home learning environment and parental engagement will be more important than ever.  To support families, Oldham Libraries are delivering an exciting online offer. From ‘Ask a Librarian’, live rhyme time sessions, quizzes to plenty of creative activities that you can do with your family, there’s something for everyone. Check the libraries website for the weekly programme through this link . You can also follow Oldham libraries on social media.
 

BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons

You'll find daily lessons for homeschooling in Maths and English for every year group, as well as regular lessons in Science, History, Geography and more.

Harry Potter at Home

Welcome to the Harry Potter At Home hub where you’ll find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied - including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom!

Code Camp

We're opening up our online coding platform to help kids around the world stay engaged and keep learning during these uncertain times. We'll send you access to Code Camp World right away, plus two awesome lesson plans where your children can build their very own games from scratch using drag and drop coding. It's so much fun, they won't realise they're learning important skills!  Please click on the picture link to access their website.

Elevenses with The World of David Walliams

The World of David Walliams is releasing an audio story from The World’s Worst Children every day for the next 30 days. Keep the kids busy with these daily audio treats, perfect for tea-and-biscuit breaks.

Celebrity Classes

Join the celebrities for their lockdown lessons.

British Sign Language Course - Years 5 and 6 Pupils

During this difficult time, as more of us are finding ourselves in self-isolation or spending longer periods at home, we would like to provide the opportunity for you to use this time to learn British Sign Language. Our 20hr CPD certified course can be studied at your own pace and is a comprehensive introduction to BSL.

£3 – if you are a full time student or finding things tight right now.

Please click on the picture link if you are interested in doing the course.

Useful resources for parents during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dave the Dog and Nurse Dotty Story

A story to help explain to younger children about the coronavirus and help them with their worries.

File icon: pdf Dave the Dog Story - Explaining Coronavirus to Younger Children.pdf [pdf 7MB] Click to download

Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources

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