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The importance of valuing others, listening to different viewpoints, taking care of belongings, manners, appreciating the diversity which exists in our community and beyond

Excellence

The determination to reach the highest standards, every day.

Aspiration

The desire to grow and develop, achieving the best for ourselves and each other.

Cooperation

The knowledge that working with others, asking for help when needed and supporting others to develop are the foundations of growth.

Happiness

The importance of joy in what we do, discovering our strengths and using them.

Covid 19 Update

Learning for children in school

From Wednesday 6th January we will be open for face-to-face teaching for children of key workers, those with EHC plans and others that fall under special circumstances. For all other children, we will move to the online provision that we have been using while class bubbles have been closed.

 

If you require a place in school for your child because you are a key worker, please contact the school office today on 0161 413 8707, or email d.coxon@irkvalley.manchester.sch.uk

 

Remote Learning

All learning will take place remotely. Teachers will be uploading lessons every day to Google Classroom (or to Tapestry for Nursery and Reception children). There will also be a live meeting/ lesson every day. It is therefore very important that your child has access to the internet and an appropriate device. We are able to loan out Google Chromebooks. Please contact the office if you would like to borrow a device and we will make one available for you to collect. It is really important that all children take part in their online learning every day. Please ring the school office as you would usually do if your child is unwell and will not be able to take part in online learning that day.

 

Free School Meals

We are making weekly food parcels available for all children in receipt of free school meals. Please contact the school office by the end of the day tomorrow on 0161 413 8707, or email d.coxon@irkvalley.manchester.sch.uk if you would like to order a food parcel and one will be made available for you to collect. If there is an extension to this period of school closure, we are likely to move back to the voucher system we had in place before.

 

 

SCHOOL CLOSED - REMOTE LEARNING ONLY

 

I hope you have all been able to enjoy the break and are looking forward to a brighter 2021.

 

I am sure you will have been following the news over the past few days with regards to the new variant of the coronavirus and the knock-on effects for primary schools around the country.

 

With the spread of the new variant of the virus, which is much more infectious than before, and following advice from teacher and support staff unions, I have taken the decision that we will be moving to remote learning from Tuesday 5th January.

 

From Wednesday 6th January we will be open for face-to-face teaching for children of key workers, those with EHC plans and others that fall under special circumstances. For all other children, we will move to the online provision that we have been using while class bubbles have been closed.

 

We will review this decision weekly, with the aim of having all children back in school as soon as it is safe to do so.

 

I have not taken this decision lightly, as I believe the best place for children to learn effectively is in school. However, we must make sure that children, families and staff are as safe as they can be, and I believe we need a bit of time and some further guidance to make sure this is the case.

 

If you are a key worker and would like a place in school for your child from Wednesday, please phone the school office or email d.coxon@irkvalley.manchester.sch.uk tomorrow (Monday 4th January), so that a place can be arranged. Parents of children with EHC plans and in special circumstances will be contacted directly.

 

Further information about remote learning and access to free school meals during this period will be sent out in the next two days.

 

Thank you for your understanding during this very difficult time.

Our school is now fully open. 

Please visit our September 2020 webpage for more information. 

Advice about Home Learning for Parents

Talking to children about the Coronavirus

The attached guide will help you to manage the conversation with your little ones. There's also a fun quiz and a science experiment that you can do at home to share the importance of hand hygiene.

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