Mr Burrows' Updates

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Wednesday 3rd March 2021

On Friday 5th March we will be celebrating World Book Day and we invite pupils to dress up as book characters.  On this day our Google Meet sessions will be live from the classroom so that pupils at home and at school can see each other's costumes or share their favourite books.  It is not too late to enter our World Book Day competition. Please download the entry form for your child's age group - EYFS, KS1 or KS2.  These are available on our World Book Day page on the school website. There will be three prizes awarded per class.  Please send entries to your child's class email account by 12:00pm on Thursday 4th March. 

We are counting down to Monday 8th March! We can’t wait to see everyone back in school. I have written to parents today with the practical arrangements for all pupils returning to school. A copy of the letter can be downloaded below.

The information contained in the letter is a summary of the school’s latest Recovery Plan and Risk Assessment which has been written in response to the latest guidance and in consultation with staff, governors, professional associations and trade unions. A copy can be downloaded from the school website. Please make sure you read all of the information carefully.

We have taken into consideration any additional government guidance and we will operate the same robust measures that were in place during the Autumn Term. The children should not be aware of any significant changes to how the school operated before Christmas and the teachers will deliver the full curriculum as normal.

It has been lovely seeing the children on our Google sessions each week, but lockdown learning is no match for the joys of the classroom. Some recent research about the worldwide efforts to provide remote education concluded that a “computer is no match for a classroom as a place for children to learn.” 

Dawpool has found it difficult to deliver regular ‘live’ sessions simultaneously because School Lane does not have the infrastructure for ‘high speed’ broadband connectivity in comparison with other schools. Currently, Dawpool can only access very basic broadband speeds which is a common problem for schools in rural locations. We raised this issue with the Department for Education (DfE) who agreed to fund, at great cost, the upgrade to gigabit capable broadband infrastructure on School Lane as part of their Rural Gigabit Connectivity Programme. This work started in August 2020 and is still underway. Openreach are showing Irby/ Thurstaston as in the process of being connected up to ultrafast broadband through the rural broadband initiative (the only area this side of Wirral at present). It is good to know that an attempt to get Dawpool connected to faster broadband will eventually benefit the wider community. At present, the drone operators are looking at tree cutting requirements. In rural locations like ours, the overhead network often progresses along roadsides or fields through trees. These can become extremely dense over time and tree cutting has to be arranged. The project is currently 45% complete and we are hopeful that work will progress quickly in the coming weeks.

 

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Friday 26th February 2021

We are really looking forward to welcoming all of the children back to school on Monday 8th March after the Prime Minister announced the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

We are working through the latest guidance and will write to parents and carers next week with full details ahead of the return. We will continue with the same robust measures that were in place during the Autumn Term and will be considering any additional government requirements.

Wirral Council issued a statement this week regarding the return of all pupils. Councillor Wendy Clements, Chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee said:   

COVID-19 has brought with it many challenges – one of the most significant being the disruption to children’s education. Time in school is about more than just lessons, it helps to develop children all round. I am immensely proud of the dedication and work Wirral’s education settings have put in throughout the pandemic, they have gone above and beyond. I would also like to thank parents and pupils for the resilience and understanding they have shown during this time.  I am confident that, as our children and young people return to school, educators will continue to do everything they can to make sure your child will be in a COVID secure environment.  We can all help our education settings prepare by continuing to show the tremendous support and patience that has been seen throughout the pandemic.”  

Next week will be the final week of remote learning in its current format. Thursday 4th March is World Book Day.  Class teachers will be signposting pupils to live author sessions and activities on the remote learning pages.  On Friday 5th March we invite pupils to dress up as book characters.  On this day our Google Meet sessions will be live from the classroom so that pupils at home and at school can see each other's costumes or share their favourite books.  We have also organised a competition for all pupils to participate in.  Please download the entry form for your child's age group - EYFS, KS1 or KS2.  These are available on our World Book Day page on the school website. We hope pupils will very much enjoy this activity and we look forward to seeing their book character designs.  There will be three prizes awarded per class.  Please send entries to your child's class email account by 12:00pm on Thursday 4th March.  I have also attached below the World Book Day e-voucher which can be used to purchase one of the World Book Day £1 books.  These books are usually available to purchase in supermarkets.  

Friday 5th March is also World Day of Prayer. I have attached below some activities and resources which families may like to use to mark this occasion.

The news that all children are returning to school has coincided with signs of spring, sunshine and blue skies. I can’t help but feel lifted up and I am reminded of the words in Psalm 40: 1-3

 I waited and waited and waited for God.

At last, he looked, finally he listened.

He lifted me out of the ditch,

Pulled me from deep mud.

He stood me up on a solid rock

To make sure I wouldn’t slip.

He taught me how to sing the latest God song,

A praise-song to our God.

More and more people are seeing this:

They enter the mystery,

Abandoning themselves to God.

(The Message)

At the minute I think we can all relate to this. During this period of lockdown, we may feel like we are stuck in the mud and waiting and waiting for God to act - to hear us. The good news is – He does hear us and He will lift us up. He will pick us up and stand us on solid rock, making us secure in His love. We don’t always know or understand God’s plan for our lives but if we abandon ourselves to God then we can trust that He will pick us up, place us on solid rock and help us to sing a new song.

A prayer for us all:

Dear God

As we stand here, waist deep in mud and not knowing what is coming next.

We ask that you lift us up.

Hold our hands, take us out of the mud and onto solid ground.

Stand us on the rock safe and secure in your love.

Help us to abandon ourselves to you,

to know that you hear us and you love us.

As we sing a new song to you,

we pray that all those around us will hear it and praise your name.

We ask this in your name.

Amen

 

I have included below a beautiful worship song that helps us to reflect on these words.

 

Have a lovely weekend
  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Tuesday 23rd February 2021

Following the Prime Minister’s statement yesterday, we are delighted that all children will be returning to school on Monday 8th March

We will be looking carefully at the revised guidance to schools and will aim to write to parents with further information shortly.

We’re really looking forward to seeing everybody in school very soon!

 

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Friday 12th February 2021

Today brings us to the end of a difficult half term of remote learning. However, all of the children have again risen to the challenge of learning very differently and I am very proud of their achievements. I am sure all parents will be listening carefully to the government plan over the next two weeks, as indeed I will be. I will write to all parents after half term once we have more information. 

The staff will not be setting any homework next week to give themselves and the children a full break over half term. We would encourage the children to step away from their computers/devices and take every opportunity to get outdoors and be active.

We’ve had a number of families come up to school to collect their free litter picking kit. Please email your child’s class teacher if you would like one. Mrs Cutts has recently established a new ‘Wirral Wombles’ community group which is focused on keeping the local area tidy and has gained over 800 keen litter-picking members in just a few weeks! See: https://www.inyourarea.co.uk/news/wirral-wombles-group-encourages-locals-to-clean-up-their-community/. We’d love you to get involved, too.

The season of Lent begins during half term and runs from Ash Wednesday (17th February) to Easter Sunday (4th April). We have created a new section on the school website called Lent at Home & School. This will be updated every day during lent with activities for significant parts of the Christian calendar over the Lenten season (e.g. Mothering Sunday, St Patrick’s Day) and also some other significant dates (e.g. World Book Day, International Women’s Day). Hopefully these activities will help children and families focus on something positive during Lent. The first few days of activities are now available, beginning on Tuesday 16th February with Shrove Tuesday. 

You will be aware from my previous updates that our parish churches are organising to ‘Heart Bomb’ our Community for St Valentine's Day. Both St Chad’s Church & St Bartholomew’s Church will be decorated. The Women’s Institute are going to help with decorating Irby village. The local shops are being invited to decorate their windows and local Guiding and Scouting groups have also been invited to participate.

We would also love our school community to get involved. The aim is to have everyone put up their decorations as soon as possible so that by this weekend there will be hearts everywhere to brighten up our community and bring a smile to people’s faces. 

Feel free to decorate trees and gardens and be as creative as you like. There will also be a ‘Love is . . .’ trail at St Bartholomew’s Church. If you’re sharing your decorations on Twitter, please remember to tag in @DawpoolCofE & @StBartsStChads.

Lots of children have popped into my office this week with lovely pictures and ‘thank you’ cards. Receiving a note of thanks is often enough to raise your spirits. I have attached below printable cards of love for various people (post people, refuse collectors, neighbours, carers) that you may like to use as part of our community Heart Bomb Initiative.

It was a wonderful surprise to find that the school staff have been ‘Heart Bombed’ and a beautiful banner secretly installed on the school gates, see our recent tweet. Thank you for this generous gift and for the many messages of support we have received.

The Christian value of Hope will sustain us through this Lenten season and we pray that the coming weeks are filled with good news. I have included a song below which is great for sustaining people through difficult times.

I wish you all a peaceful half term. 

 

 

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Friday 5th February 2021

At the end of Children’s Mental Health Week, I want to highlight some helpful resources to support wellbeing at this time.

We have created a new 'Faith at Home' Worship Page on the school website which includes lots of Worship videos created in association with the Church of England, iSingPOP and the Oak Academy. These worship videos cover themes such as resilience, fear, feelings and flourishing, as well as Christian values such as love, kindness, hope and compassion.

On Tuesday afternoon next week at 1:30pm, Thumbs Up Education will continue the live wellbeing sessions for Dawpool pupils and families. Please join the session as follows:

 Go to: https://zoom.us/join

Meeting ID: 686 089 4709
Passcode: 141002

Those of you who didn’t get chance to see this week’s Oak Academy assembly on mental health and wellbeing can view it here: https://classroom.thenational.academy/assemblies/childrens-mental-health-week-2021.

There are two useful documents regarding mental health and wellbeing which parents and carers may wish to look at: 

The following organisations offer information and support on mental health and wellbeing:

Young people can get free, confidential support at any time from government-backed voluntary and community sector organisations by:

  •        texting SHOUT to 85258
  •        calling Childline on 0800 1111
  •        calling the Mix on 0808 808 4994
The Pastoral Support section of our website provides further information:
 
  • Talking to children about coronavirus
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing Policy
  • CAMHS Support
  • School Nursing Service Support
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing Support
  • SEND Support

WIRRAL WOMBLES

Next Friday, 12th February, the school will close for half term. During the half term holiday, we encourage the children to embrace the great outdoors by becoming ‘Wirral Wombles’. We have created lots of ‘litter picking’ kits comprising litter sticks, collection hoops and refuse sacks. Families are welcome to collect a litter picking kit next week, so just email your child’s class teacher if you would like to collect one and we will leave it at the foyer for you. Families can take their kit with them when they’re out for a walk and help to keep our local area tidy and free from litter. Please send us a photograph of you using your kit or tag us on Twitter, @DawpoolCofE. We hope you will be able to get involved.

Have a lovely weekend.

 

Collect your Litter Picking Kit Next Week

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Friday 29th January 2021

I hope you have all had a good week.

Next week is Children’s Mental Health Week (1st-7th February). This year it’s even more essential than ever to make sure pupils are supported with the disruption, uncertainty and isolation that many of them have faced recently.

The Oak National Academy is working alongside the mental health charities Place2Be and Bafta Kids to present a  free assembly at 9am on Monday 1st February on the theme ‘Express Yourself’. We hope that all children can start the week by watching it. The Place2Be website also has some excellent resources and links to support your child’s mental health. 

Following this week’s news that schools will not reopen to pupils until 8th March at the earliest, we have reviewed our remote learning offer and will be providing additional ‘Google Meet’ sessions for all pupils. I have written to parents today with more information. A copy of the letter is attached below.

We are now ending the fourth week of the spring term and the fourth week of lockdown.  Each new day presents its own challenges, is different from the day before and can add further angst, worry, demands and strain.  Each of you will be facing different and unexpected daily challenges. Sometimes, it can prove to be extremely stressful, as you worry about what is coming around the corner in the days or weeks ahead, but often these things are beyond our control.  In the enormity and relentlessness of what you may be dealing with at the moment, it is easy to feel or become overwhelmed by the situation.   But in accepting that this isn’t easy, enabling yourself to focus on a day at a time and reminding yourself that you can only control the things that you have control over, ‘controlling the controllables’, helps to provide a level of perspective.

In the current diocesan e-bulletin, Revd Jenny Bridgeman, Director of Studies for Pastoral Workers, Associate Vicar of Timperley, and mum of three primary aged children, shares her personal account of the challenges of home schooling. Jenny provides an interesting insight of her experience and honest reflection of how demanding and hard it can be.  She shares this prayer from the New Zealand Prayer book which offer the simple lines;

 It is night after a long day.

What has been done has been done;

what has not been done has not been done;

let it be.

Here is a link to Jenny’s blog https://www.chester.anglican.org/news/the-reality-of-home-schooling.php

Please do not let school work put any extra pressure on you when you are trying to hold down jobs, earn a living and keep your children safe. Everyone's circumstances are different and we appreciate that.  It is understandable that parents will be anxious that lockdown is causing their child to fall behind with their learning. We are confident that when all pupils return to school, we can help them to catch up as quickly as possible. In his statement this week, the Prime Minister has committed to providing a programme of catch up for all schools over the next financial year.

Our school Bible verse provides hope and encouragement for all families who are worried about the impact of lockdown. In Jeremiah 29:11, God says to you: “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out - plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.

Wishing you a good weekend. 

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Monday 25th January 2021

Fill The Neighbourhood With Love.

Our parish churches are organising to ‘Heart Bomb’ our Community for St Valentine's Day. Both St Chad’s Church & St Bartholomew’s Church will be decorated. The Women’s Institute are going to help with decorating Irby village. The local shops are being invited to decorate their windows and local Guiding and Scouting groups have also been invited to participate.

We would also love our school community to get involved. The aim is to have everyone put up their decorations on 11th-12th February so that by the weekend of 13-14th there will be hearts everywhere to brighten up our community and bring a smile to people’s faces as they go about their daily exercise or travel to and from work. Feel free to decorate trees and gardens as well and be as creative as you like. There will also be a ‘Love is . . .’ trail at St Bartholomew’s Church. If you’re sharing your decorations on Twitter, please remember to tag in @DawpoolCofE & @StBartsStChads.

We are looking forward to the Zoom ‘family wellbeing’ sessions with Thumbs Up Education commencing tomorrow afternoon, Tuesday 26th January. I have attached more information and the login details below. These sessions are suitable for all year groups and parents and carers are also welcome to attend.

This week's Worship videos are now available for families to enjoy together:

iSingPOP Worship & Activities

Picture News Assembly & Activities

HeartSmart Video

We look forward to seeing the children on Google Meet today and we hope to see you at the wellbeing sessions tomorrow.

Have a great day!

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Friday 22nd January 2021

I hope you have had a good week?

Everyone wants to know when the lockdown might end. We are all eager to try and get back to some sort of normality and from my conversations with others, this time round feels a lot harder going. The lockdown is placing intolerable strain on families who are being pulled in so many directions.

I am sure there have been times over these last few weeks, when no matter how hard you work or how hard you try, you don’t feel that you are getting anywhere and perhaps coming to realise that you can’t do it on your own.  Put simply, you can’t do it in your own strength, and so it is important that you know that you don’t need to! 

God provides both physical and spiritual strength in our time of need.  This is the everlasting, unlimited strength of God.  We can bring our trials, tribulations, worries, doubts, even our anger and frustrations to Him in prayer.  Our loving Father wants us to fully depend on Him and not ourselves.  There are many references that we can turn to in the Bible that reinforce how we can gain strength from the Lord when we put our faith and trust in Him.  And so, in these testing of times and at the end of this third week of lockdown, I offer these two verses as an encouragement and comfort to you in seeking strength in the Lord throughout the weeks ahead.

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. [Philippians 4:13]

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him and he helps me. [Psalm 28:7]

As Andrew Murray, a South African writer and Christian pastor wrote, “Do not strive in your own strength; cast yourself at the feet of the Lord Jesus and wait upon Him in the sure confidence that He is with you and works in you.  Strive in prayer; let faith fill your heart-so will you be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.” 

For a short moment of reflection, I have included below a beautiful song called ‘Look up Child’ by Lauren Daigle.

Wishing you a lovely weekend.

 

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  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Thursday 21st January 2021

Hello everyone,

A few updates for you:

Today Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Education, said that the Department for Education would "want to give all schools a clear two weeks' notice period" ahead of their full reopening. Therefore, we should be told soon if schools are to reopen after half term. However, it depends on scientific advice and the current situation makes a return after half term unlikely. When we receive any more information, I will update you. All staff in school now have access to lateral flow tests. Staff will be able to take a test twice a week. The purpose of the testing is to help break chains of transmission by identifying staff who could be carrying the virus but have no symptoms.

You may be aware that the Council is consulting communities on a number of cost saving measures. One of the proposals is to stop school crossing patrols. A significant number of our children use the school crossing at the end of School Lane and will be concerned to know that it could be stopped. If you wish to share your concern about the proposed removal of the service please complete the online survey. Your views are really important and do make a difference. I have attached an overview of the consultation below. The link to the survey can be accessed here: https://wirralview.com/covid-19-news/have-your-say-wirral-council-budget-options-2021-22

Over the last few weeks, the school has provided food hampers to those families in receipt of benefit related free school meals. As from Monday 25th January, we will be using the government’s voucher scheme until further notice.

Have a good day.

 

 
Mr Burrows' Updates: March - July 2021
 
  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Friday 17th July

Good morning.

Today brings us to the end of the Summer Term.

Yesterday the prime minister delivered an end of year message to the country’s pupils and teachers in the last of the year’s Oak National Academy assemblies. The broadcast featured Boris Johnson praising the work of teachers and pupils. He also looked ahead to the full reopening of schools in September. Olympian Daley Thompson also shows pupils how to do a sports challenge at home. You may wish to take a look.

Today we say goodbye to our Year 6 pupils. It has been wonderful that Year 6 have had the opportunity to return to school before the end of term so that we can spend time together. The children have got lots of fun activities and celebrations organised today, culminating in a party and a presentation this afternoon. We have created a Year 6 Leavers page on the school website and have uploaded photographs, videos and memories for you to enjoy. We wish all of the Year 6 pupils every success for the future. 

I will be writing to all parents today with the arrangements for pupils returning to school in September. A copy of the letter will also be uploaded to our Coronavirus Information page. Please read the information very carefully.  The school’s risk assessment will be revised over the Summer holiday in response to the latest guidance and in consultation with staff, governors, professional associations and trade unions. A copy of the risk assessment will be available on the school website from 1st September. During the Summer Holiday, I will continue to update the school website with any pertinent information. The government have also published some useful information for parents: What Parents and Carers need to know about schools in the Autumn Term

I have attached below a toolkit containing lots of fantastic resources for parents and carers, to help prepare children for September and help them to manage and understand their emotions at this time. The Enrichment Curriculum section of the website provides lots of activities for the children to complete over the Summer holiday. I have also attached a list of the all of the free activities that are taking place across Wirral during the Summer break. Your child may also like to catch-up on this term’s school worship videos on the Church Facebook page.

Finally, I would once again like to thank all parents and carers for your amazing dedication to supporting your child’s home learning as best you can. I know that many of you have continued to work and yet have done your utmost to help your child with their daily learning. I know that it has not been easy and I really appreciate all that you have done. All of the staff would like to say a huge thank you to parents and pupils for the kind words and good wishes at the end of this difficult year – your generosity is very much appreciated by us all. 

Have a lovely Summer holiday.

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Friday 10th July

Good morning,

I hope you have had a good week?

It is lovely to hear about the wonderful work the children are doing for the Fruit of the Spirit Project. I know many of you are also having a good attempt at this week’s Virtual School Games Activities and are finding the Essential Life Skills Programme very helpful. All of the activities can be found on the Enrichment Curriculum page of the website. Please share your pictures with us on Twitter: @DawpoolCofE

I have written to parents this week about the initial arrangements for pupils returning to school in September. I have attached a copy of the letter below. The stringent protective measures we have been required to implement over the past months will understandably need to be eased in order to welcome all pupils back to school. The government have made clear that schools should place emphasis on delivering an ‘ambitious and broad curriculum in all subjects from the start of the autumn term’. We will therefore be revising our risk assessment over the next few weeks in response to the government’s latest guidance and I will write to you again during the Summer holiday with further information. 

Next week, the teaching staff will be sending out the children’s end-of-year reports. We will also say goodbye to our wonderful Year 6 pupils as they move onto their secondary schools. We hope to be able to make their final days at Dawpool as special as we can under the circumstances, culminating in a party and a special presentation on Friday 17th July. We have written to Year 6 parents with these arrangements. 

Have a great weekend. 

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Monday 6th July

Good morning,

I hope you had a good weekend?

Today we launch our Enrichment Curriculum which will be available throughout the Summer Holiday:

  •       Online Learning: BBC Bitesize and Oak National Academy.
  •       Fruit of The Spirit Project
  •       Virtual Merseyside School Games 2020
  •       Summer Reading Challenge: The Silly Squad
  •       Essential Life Skills Programme: Thumbs Up Education
  •       Don’t Forget Your Maths Packs
  •       Virtual School Trips

It will be lovely to see as many of you as possible joining in with these activities, so please share your pictures with us on Twitter: @DawpoolCofE

We have missed so many activities and special occasions during the Summer Term. On Saturday, we would have enjoyed our Summer Fair which is a wonderful occasion for our school community to come together. The Summer Fair is not only a day of fun and friendship, it is also a major means of raising funds. The cancellation of so many fundraising events has meant the loss of a significant amount of money for the year.

I know that FoDS have recently set up a Just Giving Page to help raise some of the money we have lost through fundraising. If you are able to donate even some of what you may have spent in person at the school fair, we would be so very grateful. Alternatively, contact Mandy Parr (treasurer) at: mparr@dawpool.wirral.sch.uk.

FoDS have recently purchased a new reading scheme for Early Years and Key Stage 1 and is ready for the children to enjoy in September. They have also been able to go straight ahead and fund a new Key Stage 2 reading scheme which we will be in place during the Autumn Term.  This is something that all children will benefit from. A big thank you to everyone for your ongoing support for our school.

I will be writing to parents this week with the staffing arrangements for September. Following the government’s announcement that all pupils will return to school in September, they have published some information for parents: What Parents and Carers need to know about schools in the Autumn Term. You may wish to take a look.

Have a great week.

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Friday 3rd July

Good morning,

From Monday 6th July, we will be offering pupils an extensive range of enrichment activities, comprising sport, arts, science and humanities. These activities encourage a holistic approach to learning and provide for pupils’ physical and spiritual development and wellbeing. All of the activities listed below will be available on the Enrichment Curriculum page of the school website from Monday 6th July at 9:00am:

 Fruit of the Spirit Project

  • Pupils will be provided with a wide range of challenges and activities linked to the Fruit of Spirit, with a range of opportunities across the curriculum, including sport, arts, science and humanities.

Virtual Merseyside School Games 2020

  • Pupils will be encouraged to participate in the Virtual Merseyside School Games with daily fitness activities. All of the details will be posted on the school website and Twitter feed.

Summer Reading Challenge 2020

  • The Summer Reading Challenge this year will celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter. Children taking part in the challenge will join the Silly Squad, an adventurous team of animals who love to have a laugh and get stuck into all sorts of funny books! The Summer Reading Challenge website is free to access and features games, quizzes and downloadable activities that incentivise and encourage children to take part in reading related activities. Go to http://sillysquad.org.uk 

Don’t Forget Your Maths Packs

  • We will be providing maths packs to help pupils start next term ready for their maths lessons. Each pack will contain 20 maths challenges which will help pupils to keep practising the maths they've been learning this year. They're fun, flexible and involve little more than a piece of paper, a pencil and a partner. We will providing packs for Y2 to Y3, Y3 to Y4, Y4 to Y5, Y5 to Y6

Essential Life Skills Programme

  • Dawpool has partnered with Thumbs Up Education to provide pupils with an Essential Life Skills Programme which can be accessed at home over the coming weeks. Pupils can engage with five videos lessons as follows:

Session 1: Effective communication

Session 2: Understanding ourselves better

Session 3: Why being a good person is so important

Session 4: How does my brain work

Session 5: How do I use all these superpowers.

 

There is also a sixth session specifically for Year 6 pupils to support transition to secondary school:

 Session 6: Moving Forwards (Year 6)

 Online Learning

The government recognises that every pupil in the country has experienced unprecedented disruption to their education as a result of coronavirus and they have announced a package worth £1billion to support pupils to catch up. Yesterday, the government announced their plans for all pupils to return to school in September. The staff are working to prepare the school environment according to the government’s guidelines and are preparing a holistic catch-up programme for all pupils. We are finalising our school improvement plan for 2020-21 which will focus on three key areas:

  • Reset for Safety (routine, structure, policies)
  • Recover for Wellbeing (social, emotional & mental health, friendships, & relationships)
  • Rebuild for Learning (‘catch-up’, curriculum, enrichment)

I recognise that the last 3 months have been very difficult for all pupils and parents. We are hopeful that all children will return to school in September. I will be writing to parents next week with the staffing arrangements. The practical arrangements will be explained at a later date once we have established a reintegration plan in accordance with the government’s latest guidance. 

Have a lovely weekend.

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Monday 29th June

 Dear All,

 I hope everyone is well?

We are looking forward to welcoming Foundation 2 pupils back to school today. 

It has been lovely to see children returning to school, hearing their laughter on the playground, seeing them enjoying their activities and the smiles on their faces. My only disappointment is that we are unable to welcome all children back to school before the summer holiday. I am hopeful that all pupils will return to school in September, but we are still waiting to receive guidance from the government about how schools should prepare for the Autumn term. Of course, I will let you know as soon as I get more information. The staffing arrangements for the new academic year are almost finalised and I will share this information with parents shortly. 

All of the staff have now returned to work in school. Therefore this week will be the final week of home learning in its current format. Next week, we will be introducing a family project linked to the school’s values which will focus on the following objectives:

  • Supporting physical health
  • Supporting mental health and wellbeing
  • Supporting spiritual development
  • Connecting families together on a common theme

I will provide more information about this project on Friday.

At the end of last week, the DfE announced that “there is no expectation that schools should open for vulnerable children and children of critical workers over the summer holiday.” Additional funded activities may be available in the local area, such as holiday clubs and activities and I will let you know about these as I receive more information.

Dawpool will therefore be closed to pupils during the Summer Holiday. The last day of term will be Friday 17thJuly. School will reopen to pupils on Wednesday 2nd September and I will let you know of the arrangements as we receive more information from the government. 

Please refer to our Coronavirus Information webpage for the most up-to-date information and correspondence to parents.

Have a great week.

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Monday 22nd June

Good morning.

I hope everyone had a good weekend?

On Friday, the government provided information about a billion-pound catch up plan for children when they return to school. It is not yet clear how this funding will be allocated to schools, but we can expect more detailed information in due course. The government also sounded hopeful that all pupils will return to school in September. We are currently in the process of establishing our school improvement plan for the new academic year which will focus on pupils’ mental health and wellbeing and enabling all pupils to catch up with their learning as quickly as possible. I hope to be able to write to you about the arrangements for September shortly.

We will be welcoming Foundation Two pupils back to Dawpool next Monday 29th June. I will be writing to Foundation 2 parents today with more information. All correspondence to parents can be found on our coronavirus information webpage. 

Last week saw the reopening of many non-essential shops, public spaces and places of interest. You may wish to have a look at this week's British Values activities which focus on the reopening of Chester Zoo. 

We are expecting some lovely sunshine this week which we hope will lift everyone’s spirits at this time.

Have a lovely week.

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Friday 19th June

Good morning,

I hope you’ve had a good week?

Yesterday, the Duchess of Cambridge led the UK’s biggest online assembly, delivering a message about kindness. You can view the assembly on the TES YouTube channel. In the assembly she talks about what kindness looks like during the coronavirus pandemic and how being kind to others and to ourselves can support our mental wellbeing. You may wish to take a look. 

If you didn’t get chance to join Revd Jane for school Worship on Wednesday morning, you can view the video on the Church Facebook page

The Summer Reading Challenge 2020 has been launched this week. The Challenge this year will celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter. Children taking part in the Challenge will join the Silly Squad, an adventurous team of animals who love to have a laugh and get stuck into all sorts of funny books!

With the disruption caused by Covid-19 and the impact of social distancing on schools and public libraries, the 2020 Challenge will launch in a new digital format designed to keep children engaged and interested in reading. It will support parents and carers with children already at home, offer schools exciting ways to animate remote learning, and provide great content for those back in the classroom. Many wonderful partners are supporting the Challenge this year to help reach even more children than ever. The Challenge will run from 5 June to mid-September.

The Summer Reading Challenge website is free to access and features games, quizzes and downloadable activities that incentivise and encourage children to take part in reading related activities. Although public library buildings are closed, libraries will continue to deliver the Challenge through virtual services and e-lending platforms.

Go to http://sillysquad.org.uk to get registered. Dawpool has had lots of success with the Summer Reading Challenge in past years – let’s try and make this our best year yet!

It has been fantastic to welcome Year 6 pupils back to school this week! They have settled into school life brilliantly and we’re very proud of them all. 

Foundation 2 pupils will return to Dawpool on Monday 29th June. I will be writing to F2 parents early next week with the arrangements for implementing phase 3. 

Have a lovely weekend.

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Monday 15th June

Good morning.

Some of you will have had trouble accessing the school’s website and email accounts over the last few days. Dawpool’s Internet systems run through the Local Authority’s central server which unfortunately suffered a hardware failure last week, affecting many schools and public services across Wirral. This was dreadful timing, considering our reliance on technology at this time. The fault is now mostly resolved and we should be fully up and running in the next couple of days. 

After reviewing the latest available evidence, Cheshire and Merseyside Directors of Public Health (CM DsPH) have considered the phased return of schools very carefully. Taking this evidence into consideration, including the current R value for the North West, it is the view of the CM DsPH that schools should continue their plans for a phased return of pupils. The local authority is also supportive of schools opening more widely.

I am pleased therefore that Year 6 pupils were welcomed back to Dawpool today. A letter outlining these arrangements is on our coronavirus information webpage. Year 6 pupils who haven’t yet returned are welcome to do so on Monday 22nd June. Please email the school office at the earliest opportunity and let us know if your child will return next week. We hope to be able to provide information about Foundation 2 pupils returning to school shortly (phase 3). 

For those of you who have followed my regular online updates, you will know that my deepest hope is for our wonderful school to return to normal as soon as possible. The past weeks have been very difficult for everyone and it saddens me that we are still separated. When the government issued strict social distancing guidelines for schools to follow, it was inevitable that all pupils would not return to school before September. I listened intently to the Prime Minister last week who said that all pupils will return to school in September “if it is safe to do so.” Of course, this will only be possible if the guidelines are revised to enable us to accommodate all of the children. We are expecting to receive guidance about school provision in September soon and I will write to you with the arrangements. 

I would love to be able to offer parents the school places we know they desperately need. For example, I have been approached by parents who need to return to work, but do not meet the key worker criteria or have children in priority year groups. I recognise that this situation places considerable strain on families and I am very sorry that the guidance we are required to follow prevents us from offering school places to families who would like them. However, the health and safety of our whole school community is of paramount importance in the decisions we have to make.

I have had lots of positive feedback from parents regarding the home learning. I know that many families have engaged with the activities provided by the teachers to the best of their ability. Thank you for all of your efforts. I know that home learning is difficult for many families for lots of different reasons. When pupils return to school, it is inevitable that they will have gaps in their learning and the government acknowledges this. Our school improvement plan for the new academic year will focus on pupils’ mental health and wellbeing and will enable all pupils to catch up with their learning as quickly as possible. The government is also expected to provide information this week about a national catch-up programme and how pupils can be supported over the summer holidays.

The following contacts may be helpful to you at this time:

Wirral helpline: 0808 196 4147 

A dedicated helpline for children and young people in Wirral has been set up by the council. The helpline, which is staffed by professionals from across children’s services who are experienced in dealing with young people, will be open from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. All calls made to the number are free. Children and young people can call 0808 196 4147 to speak to one of the advisors who will be there to take their call.

National helpline0330 313 9162

A national helpline for parents to provide advice on home learning, sharing tips, techniques and resources to help children continue their learning and to support family wellbeing. Phone 0330 313 9162

CAMHS Helpline: 0300 303 3972.

The new mental health helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is for residents of Cheshire West, Cheshire East & Wirral. It is open to people of all ages who need urgent mental health support. The number is 0300 303 3972.

The CAMHS website www.mymind.org.uk has various resources, self- help guides and information on local services. They have been updating the website to include resources specific to Covid 19. Also on the website is a self-referral form should you wish to refer your child into CAMHS.

I will continue to provide regular online updates. The coronavirus information page will also be updated regularly to include the latest information and letters to parents. 

Have a good week.

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Wednesday 10th June

Good morning.

I hope you are all having a good week so far?

There is lots in the news at the moment about the ‘Black Lives Matter’ campaign. The children may remember participating in Wear Red Day during the Autumn term and exploring the issue of racism in society. I have provided some resources on our British Values page that help children to understand what ‘Black Lives Matter’ is all about. 

Revd Jane is leading school worship on the Church Facebook page at 10:10 this morning. I have attached the Order of Service. We hope you are able to join in.

Have a good day. 

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Monday 8th June

Good morning,

I hope everyone is well?

During the weekend, you may have read some reports that the reproduction (R) median value for the North West is currently above 1.0? You may have also seen reports that Wirral Local Authority has advised schools not to open more widely until further notice?

Some reports have recorded the (R) median value for the North West as above 1.0, but this has not been officially confirmed by the government. However, Wirral Local Authority advised schools late on Friday to pause any plans to open more widely on 8th June.

Dawpool’s plan to open to Year 6 pupils on 15th June at the earliest is still a possibility, but this is dependent on the official advice we receive this week. 

I propose to write to Year 6 parents today with information about the proposed return of pupils on 15th June. However, if the reproduction (R) median value for the North West is confirmed by the government as being above 1.0, or if Wirral Local Authority advise against opening for any reason, we will not permit Year 6 pupils to return to school on 15th June and the start date will be delayed. We will let you know as soon as possible if this is the case. All correspondence to parents can be viewed on the coronavirus information page. 

We will continue to offer provision in school for children of key workers. The teachers will also continue to provide home learning in the usual format until further notice.

I hope you have a good day.

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Friday 5th June

Good morning, 

I hope you have had a good week?

We have had a number of requests to provide families with a copy of the ‘Looking to the Rainbow’ video.

There are two ways of doing this:

  1. If you are happy with the low-resolution copy on the school website, simply right click on the video and it will give you the option to download it to your computer (file size 15MB).
  1. If you would like to download a high definition copy, please click on the link below to download it from the school’s WeTransfer page.  

https://dawpool.wetransfer.com/downloads/b2fc7209fe406eb0f7214423f6490e0820200604193149/5181b53683a39055abc06c407f240eac20200604193150/4a2684

Please note this copy is 3.0GB so you will need sufficient storage available to download it (although it is great quality). You may also wish to share the link with your family and friends. 

If you have problems downloading a copy, please email us at twitter@dawpool.wirral.sch.uk and we will email you a separate link.

I am also pleased to be able to share with you the latest Dawpool Radio Show. I have attached a copy below. A big thank you to Mr Greenop for putting it together! It’s lovely to hear all the messages and music requests from staff, pupils and families. I hope you enjoy it!

At 9:30am this morning the NSPCC are leading a virtual broadcast of their ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ assembly with guests Ant & Dec, David Walliams and the Children and Families Minister, Vicky Ford MP. You may wish to take a look.

Have a good weekend!

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Wednesday 3rd June

Good morning,

I hope you are all well?

Revd Jane is leading school worship on the Church Facebook page at 10:10 this morning. Today’s focus is Pentecost and as a follow up to Revd Jane’s story, I have attached below a windmill craft activity which you may like to complete. I have also attached the Order of Service. We hope you can join us. 

Following the wider opening of schools from 1st June, the government has updated their guidance for parents which answers many frequently asked questions, including attendance, free school meals, remote education and keeping children safe online. 

This week, we have implemented the school’s recovery plan and risk assessment and the number of key worker pupils attending school has increased. The protective measures are working well and we are hopeful that Year 6 pupils can return to school on Monday 15th June. We will be writing to Year 6 parents early next week with further information. 

We recognise that this measured and cautious approach to admitting more pupils might cause some parents difficulty with work commitments and childcare, however the health, safety and wellbeing of our whole school community is of paramount importance in the decisions we have to make. I really appreciate your patience and understanding at this time. 

Have a lovely day.

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Monday 1st June

Good morning!

I hope you have enjoyed the half term break and managed to enjoy the lovely sunshine?

I have included above the final edit of our ‘Looking to the Rainbow’ performance. Unfortunately, I’ve only been permitted to upload a low-resolution copy to the website. I hope to be able a share a high-definition copy with you soon. I hope you enjoy it!

The teachers will continue with their daily bulletins in the usual format until further notice. 

During the break, the media has continued to speculate on the safety of schools reopening for more pupils. 

The Local Authority has agreed a procedure for Wirral Primary Schools to follow. Pupils will return to school in four phases: 

  •       Phase 1 – Pupils of key workers and vulnerable pupils.
  •       Phase 2 – Year 6 pupils will start attending.
  •       Phase 3 – Foundation 2 pupils will start attending. 
  •       Phase 4 – Year 1 pupils will start attending.

The Local Authority is not prioritising Foundation 1 at this stage. Similarly, Years 2,3,4 and 5 are not identified as priority year groups. 

In accordance with Local Authority advice, Dawpool propose to take a measured and cautious approach to admitting more pupils. We will not implement phase 2 until 15th June at the earliest which the governors and I believe is sensible given the national position. I will continue to keep you updated of developments on our coronavirus page

This week, we continue to offer provision for children of essential workers. There is high demand for these places which may limit our ability to implement other phases quickly. We are asked to accommodate no more than 15 pupils in a group. Due to the restricted space in school and reduced ratios of staff and pupils, we are limited as to how many pupils we can accommodate whilst implementing the government's protective measures. 

The school governors have established a risk assessment for more pupils returning to school. Please view a copy on our website.

For those pupils returning to school, I have attached a ‘Social Story’ which may help to prepare for this transition.

I hope you have a good day.

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Friday 22nd May

Dear All,

I hope you enjoyed the staff video. Please be reassured that I have emerged from the log – even though staying there was very tempting!

I hope you have all had a good week? Today we break for half term. The teachers will not be providing daily bulletins next week which will hopefully give you the chance for a change of scenery - within current parameters, of course!

I know that many parents have been reflecting on the information I shared in my letter on Monday.  I want to be as open and honest as I can so everyone is aware of the changes we are being asked to make. As a parent myself, I fully understand how difficult it is to decide if your child should return to school. I will, of course, fully respect your decision whatever you choose to do.

I have written to all parents today to provide information about how we plan to open school safely to more pupils during the Summer Term. A copy of this letter is attached below. This will be followed by further communication over the half term break to those parents whose children will return on Monday 1st June. During half term, I will continue to update the Coronavirus Information Page with relevant information. 

On Wednesday this week it was Thank a Teacher Day. I would like to thank all of the staff for doing their very best to keep everything going in such difficult circumstances. I know this situation has been very difficult for them. School has remained open for key worker and vulnerable children and the staff have continued to work in school without reservation. They are an amazing team!

I also wish to thank the school governors for their outstanding support during this challenging time and for ensuring the actions that we take are in the best interests and safety of pupils, families and staff.

Have a good half term break.

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Tuesday 19th May

Good morning!
 
All of the Dawpool staff would like to thank our school community for your support during the weeks of lockdown. We have a produced a video to express our appreciation and I have included a copy below. Feel free to share the link more widely so everyone gets the chance to see it: https://youtu.be/v8_unwCHgNE.
 
Enjoy!
 
  • Mr Burrows Update

    Monday 18th May

Good morning.

I hope you have had a good weekend?

It has been lovely to receive everyone’s contributions to the ‘Looking to the Rainbow’ project. We’ve received 26 singing videos and 50 photographs. Pupils from Foundation 1 to Year 6 (and staff) are all represented. It has brought us great joy to see all of the children’s efforts. We look forward to sharing the final edit with you when it’s completed. 

I recognise that there is unease about the government’s proposals for some pupils to return to school on 1st June. Having studied government and local authority guidance very carefully and taken into account advice from the professional associations and unions, I have written to all parents today to explain what happens next. I have attached a copy of the letter below.

To help us with our preparations, we will today send an online questionnaire to the following parents: 

  • Parents of pupils in F1, F2, Y1, Y6.
  • Parents of key workers who are entitled to a school place.

The questionnaire will ascertain if your child will return to school as the government allows. We ask that you complete the questionnaire promptly and submit it by Wednesday 20th May at 12:00pm. Detailed plans and risk assessments will inevitably take time to prepare and we will write to you with more detail about the practical arrangements in advance of the school opening to more pupils. I will continue to provide information in my regular online updates. You should also refer to our Coronavirus Information webpage for more information. I also recommend that you read the government’s Guidance to Parents and Scientific Advice & Information for schools. 

Have a good day.

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Friday 15th May

Good morning.

I hope you are all OK? 

Thank you so much to everyone who has sent their ‘Looking to the Rainbow’ video clips and images. Everything you need to get involved can be found on our 'Looking to the Rainbow' webpage.

I am aware that some parents may be having problems emailing videos because the files are too large. Therefore, we recommend the following alternative options:

  • WhatsApp: We have set up a temporary mobile number so that parents can use WhatApp to send us the video clips. Please send them to 07496 577752
  • We Transfer: This is a free to use app which can be installed on a phone or tablet. You can attach the video file and then WeTransfer sends us an email link so we can download it.
  • DropBox: You can send videos via Dropbox using the email address: twitter@dawpool.wirral.sch.uk

If your child would like to take part, but would prefer not to sing, just send us a photograph of your child holding a rainbow and we will include it in the final edit. Please note we are happy for siblings to sing together if preferred.

To enable you to have more time to get involved, we have extended the deadline to Sunday 17th May at 5:00pm. Thank you for supporting us with this project.

A final reminder that messages, music requests or shout-outs for the latest Dawpool Radio Show should be emailed to Mr Greenop today, year4@dawpool.wirral.sch.uk

You may have noticed that I didn’t provide an update yesterday? You won’t be surprised to hear that I was engrossed in preparations for pupils returning to school after half term. There is a flurry of activity at the moment from the DfE, Local Authority and professional associations and unions. Information, advice and recommendations are changing by the hour and it will take a few days for a clear plan to be established. The current situation is confusing so I would rather provide parents with clear information when the time is right. I hope to be able to write to you early next week to explain the situation more clearly. Thank you for your patience.

As I write today’s update, my children have caught glimpse of my photograph above. They wish it to be known that I currently look nothing like the photograph – more like Shaggy from Scooby Doo! The lockdown has clearly taken its toll!

Have a lovely weekend. 

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Wednesday 13th May

Good morning,

It was announced yesterday that the new Bishop of Chester is The Right Reverend Mark Tanner who is currently Bishop of Berwick in the Diocese of Newcastle. The full announcement from the Diocese of Chester can be found here

Dawpool pupils were honoured to be asked to greet Bishop Mark in a live webinar yesterday afternoon. This was a wonderful opportunity to hear about his plans for engaging with children and young people through our schools and parishes. We hope to be able to share a recording of the webinar with you soon.

We are carefully making plans for pupils in F1, F2, Y1 and Y6 to return to school on Monday 1st June. I am sure you will appreciate the complexity of this task which requires very careful planning. Thank you for your patience as we respond to this challenge. I hope to be able to write to you next week with more detailed plans. In the meantime, please refer to the government’s Guidance to Parents for more information. 

Our Year 6 pupils were scheduled to attend a residential visit to Kingswood Colomendy on 3rd-5th June. Unfortunately, Colomendy is still closed and the residential will not take place. My deepest hope was that our Year 6 pupils would be able to return to school before they moved to their secondary schools . . . we have lots of exciting plans for their final few weeks!

You may wish to look at ALMA which is a dedicated health and wellbeing website developed by the NHS and councils in Cheshire and Merseyside. With ALMA, you can access a range of Intensive online therapy courses that have been developed by medical professionals to help you work on your mental wellbeing as well as a knowledge base of free health and wellbeing apps that have been evaluated by a medical professional for their clinical effectiveness.

As usual, Revd Jane will be leading school worship on the Church Facebook page this morning at 10:10am. I hope you will be able to join us. I have attached the Order of Service below. 

Enjoy the day!

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Tuesday 12th May

Hello, everyone!

A big thank you to FoDS who have kindly funded a new reading scheme for F1, F2, Y1 & Y2 pupils. The books have arrived in school and staff have been preparing them ready for the pupils’ return. We are now hoping to raise funds for a new reading scheme for all Key Stage 2 pupils. 

National Book Tokens are providing the opportunity for schools to win £5,000 worth of books. Please nominate us via the following link: https://www.nationalbooktokens.com/schools. If your entry is picked, you'll also get £100 of National Book Tokens to spend on yourself! Thank you for your support. 

Yesterday, the government published guidance about the wider opening of schools for F1, F2, Y1 & Y6 pupils from Monday 1st June. Over the coming days, I will be working closely with the Governing Body, Local Authority, Trade Unions and local schools to establish a unified response to this guidance. I will write to you next week with further information.

In order to ascertain likely demand for school places, the Local Authority ask parents of pupils in F1, F2, Y1 & Y6 to complete the following short questionnaire: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XRK7GPQ. The council’s Communications Team will collate the responses to inform local planning.

The government have published Guidance to Parents which will answer many of your questions about the wider opening of schools. Please be assured that I will not sanction the return of pupils unless I am entirely satisfied that pupils, staff and families are safe. In the meantime, our Home Learning Procedure will continue until further notice.

I hope you have a good day.

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Monday 11th May

Good morning.

I hope you have had a good bank holiday weekend? We were fortunate to have some beautiful sunshine!

We are missing you all! A big thank you to everyone who has helped to produce the amazing ‘Amarillo’ video which is attached above. It has brought us great joy. Myself and all the staff are overwhelmed by your thoughtfulness. It’s great to see everybody smiling despite the difficult time we are facing!

Mr Greenop is preparing the latest Dawpool Radio Show which will be ready next week. Please email messages, music requests or shout-outs to Mr Greenop, year4@dawpool.wirral.sch.uk

You may have heard the Prime Minister's Speech yesterday about a phased approach to opening primary schools? I understand that you will have lots of questions about the next steps.

Initially, there is no change to the current arrangements. The teachers will continue to provide daily bulletins to support your child’s learning. School will continue to be open for children of key workers and vulnerable children who have been offered places until further notice. 

I will write to all families when I have reliable information about the proposed return of Foundation 2, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils. In the meantime, please be alert to the government’s social distancing measures to ensure everyone’s safety. Please be assured that I will only accept more children at school once I am satisfied that staff, pupils and families are safe. 

Last week, we launched the Looking to the Rainbow project. Please see our 'Looking to the Rainbow' page for all the information you need to get involved. The recording instructions are also attached below. Please email your child singing the song to twitter@dawpool.wirral.sch.uk by this Friday 15th May at 12:00pm. All of the individual video clips will then be edited together to create Dawpool’s own multi-screen music video like the example from the Blue Coat School:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAVCHH6ZO2s&feature=emb_logo. If your child would like to be included, but does not wish to sing, just email us a photograph of your child holding a rainbow and we will include it in the final edit. 

Have a great day.

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Thursday 7th May

Good morning,

The lead performer in Disney's West End production of The Lion King is leading the nation's children in an assembly singalong, in the second assembly from the online National Academy. 

Janique Charles, who plays Nala in the show, walks children through the production's song Circle of Life. You can watch live on the TES YouTube Channel at 10am this morning.

Tomorrow, Friday 8th May marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, the long-awaited moment when fighting stopped on the European battlefields of the Second World War. While the 2020 May bank holiday was moved to mark this event, and many towns and cities across the UK had street parties and celebrations planned, the day itself will now be a toned-down affair in light of the lockdown. We have provided lots of resources to commemorate this occasion on our VE Day 75th Anniversary Page

There are lots of VE day television programmes taking place throughout the day. Itineraries can be found online. Please keep in touch with us over the weekend and let us know about your activities. 

Have a lovely bank holiday.

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Wednesday 6th May

Yesterday, we emailed parents a letter about the 'Looking to the Rainbow' projectIf you didn’t receive a copy, I have attached it below. We would love everyone to get involved, so please let us know if you need any help. Email us at twitter@dawpool.wirral.sch.uk if you have any questions. Please visit our Looking to the Rainbow webpage to access all of the resources you need to take part. 

A reminder that this Friday is VE Day and we have uploaded to the website lots of resources to commemorate this occasion. Please have a look at the 75th Anniversary Resources page.

Mentally Healthy Schools have been producing a fortnightly coronavirus toolkit, providing a range of resources that might help address some of the anxiety that you, or your children, may be feeling. In this week’s toolkit, there are lots of practical activities for children and families, which are both active and craft- based, to reduce anxiety and improve wellbeing, such as breathing exercises, a relaxation story and a complete self-care kit. There is also a six week ‘Wellbeing Through Sport’ programme to do at home and three worksheets to help children with emotional expression and regulation. You may wish to take a look: https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/

Revd Jane will be leading school worship this morning at 10:10am from the Church Facebook Page. I have attached the order of service below. I hope you can join in.

Christian organisations and churches from across the United Kingdom came together virtually on May 3 to sing a blessing across the nation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of more than 65 churches and ministries across the country videotaped themselves singing along to the song 'The UK Blessing.' I have included a copy below for you to enjoy.

Have a great day.

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Tuesday 5th May

Hello Everyone!

Looking to the Rainbow – 1000 schools’ campaign

Yesterday, I mentioned the national launch of the Church of England’s Faith at Home campaign. As part of this campaign, a song has been written for schools to record called ‘Looking to the Rainbow’ – it’s by Becky Drake from Worship for Everyone - she is chaplain at a school in Birmingham, and they have made  a multi-screen video of their students singing it – watch it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAVCHH6ZO2s&feature=emb_logo

The Church of England is about to launch a campaign to ask a thousand schools to produce their own video of this song in time for ‘Thank a Teacher Day’ on Wednesday 20 May. It would be fantastic for Dawpool to participate. It is a really lovely resource to share across our school community, bringing our children together during this lockdown period. We therefore have 2-weeks in which to complete the project. I have created a 'Looking to the Rainbow' page under the home learning tab of the school website which contains all of the resources you will need to take part:

  • Video Clip
  • Lyrics
  • Performance Backing Track
  • Recording Instructions

This would be an amazing way to bring our school community together at this time, so please give it a go! Please email the video clip of your child singing the song to twitter@dawpool.wirral.sch.uk by Friday 15th May at 12:00pm. All of the individual video clips will then be edited together to create Dawpool’s own multi-screen music video. We can’t wait to see the finished result.

Please see our 'Looking to the Rainbow' page for all the information you need.

Thanks for your help!

Have a great day.

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Monday 4th May

Good morning,

I hope you have had a good weekend?

On Friday the Church of England launched Faith at Home, a programme of resources to help schools, households and churches to explore questions of faith during this time of lockdown. It is hoped that the resources will inspire children and young people to build new habits and practices at home that will serve them long after this crisis has passed. The programme will feature high-quality video materials led by children, young people, staff and leaders from across the network of 4,500 church schools. Over the coming weeks, Faith at Home will explore the following themes:

  •        7 May – Hope
  •        14 May – Courage
  •        21 May – Love
  •        28 May – Humility
  •        4 June – Patience
  •        11 June – Resilience
  •        18 June – Kindness
  •        25 June – Generosity
  •        2 July – Vulnerability
  •        9 July – Compassion
  •        16 July – Flourishing

As part of the Church of England’s Faith at Home initiative, iSingPOP have launched a brand new online resource with specially written material, tackling issues such as fear, loneliness and loss - but also hope, thankfulness and joy! The iSingPOP team use their skills in singing, dancing and storytelling to create a series of weekly episodes which will be available to view each Friday at 11.30am on YouTube. The first episode is available now.

Your child will no doubt be demonstrating so many of the school values during this challenging time, so I have attached below copies of the school’s Fruit of the Spirit Award and Learning Values Award for you to present at home. Please share your child’s success on our Twitter feed, or email the teachers to let them know. 

dedicated helpline for children in Wirral has been set up by the council. The helpline, which will be staffed by professionals from across children’s services who are experienced in dealing with young people, will be open from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. All calls made to the number are free. Children and young people can call 0808 196 4147 to speak to one of the advisors who will be there to take their call.

Have a good day.

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Friday 1st May

Good morning,

Next Friday 8th May is a Bank Holiday to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. We will not be providing daily bulletins on this day, but we have added a VE Day section to the home learning tab of the school website which contains lots of resources and activities that you can use to commemorate this important occasion.

On Friday 8 May, we pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of the entire Second World War generation, from British, Commonwealth and Allied Forces to evacuees and those who served on the home front. As we face some of the most challenging times since the end of the Second World War, now more than ever it is important to unite in recognition of service to the nation, just as communities did 75 years ago. 

With members of the public unable to attend VE Day 75 events, the Royal British Legion is playing a central role in the delivery of a range of remote activity, including: 

  • VE Day 75 Livestream at 11.15am
  • National moments of Remembrance and thanksgiving, including a 2-Minute Silence at 11:00am.
  • A UK-wide singalong to Vera Lynn’s ‘We’ll Meet Again’ at 9pm on BBC 
  • VE Day Learning Pack for children aged 7-14 years
  • An evening of memories and music in partnership with the BBC from 8pm on BBC One 
  • The BBC will broadcast two special programmes on BBC One
    to mark VE 75 which will be shown at 14:45 – 15:45 and 20:00 - 21:10 

The following prayer was shared by the Archbishop of Canterbury in his address during yesterday’s national assembly:

Lord, our God.

Come and be with all of us, together in these difficult times.

Give us patience, enable us to stay positive.

And give us courage to keep going under pressure.

And may the choices we make today reflect our hopes, not our fears.

Amen

Have a good weekend.

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Thursday 30th April

Good morning,

There has been a lot of speculation in the media about when and how schools will reopen. Yesterday, the Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, announced that the reopening of schools in England is expected to take place in a “phased manner”. The government have not yet provided schools with guidance about these arrangements, but please be assured that I will let you know when we get more information. Nevertheless, the current arrangements are likely to continue for a few more weeks.

This morning, the Archbishop of Canterbury is leading the first national assembly with the new online academy. It will be available for livestream at 10:00am through the TES YouTube Channel. The archbishop will say “I suspect this year 2020 will stick in the mind for many reasons and there are lots of things that you will be going through. What do we do with that? For Christians, it’s all summed up in a word ‘hope’… hope means the certain expectation of something you don’t have yet but you will have in the future because it’s been promised by God. Hope is hope of life, hope of purpose, hope of peace, hope of justice, equality and a good future.” The archbishop also draws on the words of Nelson Mandela, as well as his own experience of a visit to Sudan where he met and prayed with a young refugee.

During Worship this week, Revd Jane told a story about helping those in need. This can be a challenging thing to do when we have to stay at home. That is why the organisers of the London Marathon, which should have taken place last Sunday, have invited us all to take part in a new challenge that can be completed at home. It’s called the 2.6 challenge and anyone can take part. You may wish to have a look at the 2.6 challenge website and see if there is a challenge that you can do to raise money for a charity that has had to reduce or stop services at a time when vulnerable members of society need them most.

This evening at 8:00pm, there will be another clap for carers. I have attached some ‘Thank you to key workers colouring posters’ that the children may like complete and display in prominent places. I know this is appreciated by so many.

Have a good day.

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Wednesday 29th April

Hello everyone,

As the weeks of lockdown continue, parents will undoubtedly notice changes in their children’s emotional wellbeing. Many children will be feeling lonely since schools were closed and behavioural symptoms including tantrums, nightmares, fighting and crying, as well as physical symptoms such as stomach aches, will not be uncommon. If your child is finding the situation particularly difficult, please do let us know and we will try our best to help.

There is specific help on the Childline website for children who are finding things difficult. Similarly, CAMHS have compiled an extensive catalogue of downloadable resources and self-help guides to support children’s mental health and wellbeing. The Padlet Collection also provides some excellent links and resources to help support mental wellbeing at home. The Mental Health & Wellbeing Support section of our website also lists lots of recommended books to support emotional symptoms such as anger and anxiety.

Edsential at Home are providing weekly activity sheets which are free to download. Their lead teachers and practitioners have carefully planned weekly themed ideas for you to explore whilst giving exciting opportunities to learn and play together. They have endeavoured to provide activities which carefully balance screen time and activity to ensure your children stay fit, healthy and motivated.

I recommend that you listen to Dawpool’s latest radio broadcast which can be downloaded from the homepage of the website. It’s lovely listening to all the messages from pupils and staff. We are also looking forward to Revd Jane leading school worship on the Church Facebook page at 10:10am this morning. We hope you are able to join us.

Have a lovely day.

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Tuesday 28th April

Good morning,

I hope the week has started well for you?

I am pleased to inform you that Dawpool’s radio show is now ready. You can download a copy below. A big thank you to Mr Greenop for putting it together. The show is great fun and contains lots of messages, ‘shout outs’ and music requests. I hope you enjoy it.

Thank you to Revd Jane who will once again be broadcasting school worship from the Church Facebook page on Wednesday at 10:10am. It would be lovely to have lots of families joining in. I have attached the order of service below. You may also be interested in this week’s Worship activities from Illustrated Ministry.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will deliver a message of hope to school pupils across the country in the National Academy's first assembly this week. Education secretary Gavin Williamson will also appear in what is expected to be the biggest school assembly ever to be held in the UK. The Archbishop’s address will be streamed through the TES YouTube Channel from 10am on Thursday and it will then remain available on the National Academy website. This will be the first of a series of National Academy assemblies delivered by a range of well-known faces. They will focus on topics like hope and resilience, as well as practical advice and support. The assemblies are designed to offer a moment for the country’s pupils to come together, and to provide reassurance during this uncertain time. 

I have included on the British Values page some activities that explore the wonderful story of the 99-year-old British war veteran, Captain Tom Moore who has completed 100 laps of his back garden. He has raised over £28 million for the NHS. Captain Tom, who celebrates his 100th birthday on Thursday, began raising funds to thank NHS staff who helped him with treatment for cancer and a broken hip. He originally aimed to raise just £1000 but quickly passed his target and has even become the oldest person ever to top the UK music charts.

I hope you have a good day.

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Monday 27th April

Good morning.

I hope everyone had a good weekend?

On Friday the government launched ‘Starline’, a new national helpline for parents to provide advice on home learning. The helpline will be run by volunteers, including teachers, headteachers, parenting experts and redeployed Ofsted staff who will share tips, techniques and resources to help children continue their learning and to support family wellbeing. Starline can be called on 0330 313 9162

The government has worked with a range of partners to establish services to support families with home learning:

BBC Bitesize Daily

Daily lessons in English, Maths and other subjects on the BBC Bitesize website and in special programmes broadcast on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button. 

The National Academy

Provides a bank of sequenced video lessons and resources. They cover a range of subjects including Maths, English, Art and Languages. 

HM Government: Hungry Little Minds Campaign

Resources to support pupils aged 0-5

List of online education resources for home learning

These websites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages.

A recent Survey with the parents' organisation Connect highlighted that many parents find it difficult to navigate all of the online resources available. We therefore encourage you to prioritise the activities outlined in the teachers’ daily bulletins which will signpost you to the different resources available if appropriate. The survey also revealed that many parents are concerned about children spending too much time in front of screens. I have attached below 25 non-screen activities that your child might like to work through in the coming weeks.

Continue to keep in touch during the week via the class emails or Twitter. We look forward to hearing how you’re getting on.

Have a good day. 

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Friday 24th April

I hope you have all had a good week?

At this time, the nation - and the world - is coming together by showing love in the ways we can, given we're physically distant from one another. I would like to share with you the ‘Beatitudes for a Global Pandemic’ which was written by Jayne Manfredi and is based on the Beatitudes (a list of blessings) in the gospel of Matthew, Chapter 5. 

Blessed are those who stay indoors for they have protected others.

Blessed are the unemployed and the self-employed, for their need of God is great.

Blessed are the corner shopkeepers, for they are the purveyors of scarce things.

Blessed are the delivery drivers and the postal workers, for they are the bringers of essential things.

Blessed are the hospital workers; the ambulance crews, the doctors, the nurses, the care assistants, and the cleaners, for they stand between us and the grave, and the Kingdom of Heaven is surely theirs.

Blessed are the checkout workers, for they have patience and fortitude in the face of overwork and frustration.

Blessed are the refuse collectors, for they will see God despite the mountains of waste.

Blessed are the teachers, for they remain steadfast and constant in disturbing times.

Blessed are the church workers; the deacons, priests and bishops, for they are a comforting presence in a hurting world as they continue to signpost towards God.

Blessed are the single parents, for they are coping alone with their responsibilities and there is no respite.

Blessed are those who are alone, for they are children of God and with Him they will never be lonely.

Blessed are the bereaved, for whom the worst has already happened. They shall be comforted.

Blessed are those who are isolated with their abusers, for one day – we pray - they will know safety.

Blessed are all during this time who have pure hearts; all who still hunger and thirst for justice; all who work for peace and who model mercy. May you know comfort. May you know calm. And may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all. Amen.

 I have attached below a drawing of the beatitudes illustrated by Dave Walker of Cartoon Church

Take care and have a great weekend.
  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Thursday 23rd April

Hello, All

A big thank you to Revd Jane for leading worship yesterday morning on the Church Facebook Page. Please have a look if you haven’t already. We look forward to doing it again next Wednesday 29th April at 10:10am.

If you like to sing, we have provided lots of songs on our Worship Songs page, including links to Out of the Ark MusicBob Hartman's Rhyming Bible and the iSingPOP Youtube Channel.

Mr Greenop is currently recording a Dawpool radio show and has gained a lot of support from pupils through the blog on Purple Mash. If you would like to share a message, receive a ‘shout out’, or make a music request, please email Mr Greenop at year4@dawpool.wirral.sch.uk. We look forward to the broadcast which should be ready shortly. 

Please continue to get in touch with us through the class emails and twitter '@DawpoolCofE'. It’s great to hear from you.

Have a good day,

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Wednesday 22nd April

Good morning.

There is a lot of uncertainty around the current COVID-19 outbreak, particularly given that the situation is constantly developing and the information about the virus remains incomplete. You may have lots of questions about coronavirus and the ongoing school closures, so I have provided below answers to the most frequently asked questions.

HM Government

In the document below, the government have answered common questions about educational provision for critical workers, school closures, exams, free school meals and home schooling.

HM Government: What parents and carers need to know about schools and education during the coronavirus outbreak

NHS

In the resources below, the NHS have answered common questions about COVID-19, health, fitness and wellbeing.

NHS: Health advice for everyone

NHS: Maintaining your mental wellbeing while staying at home

NHS: 10 tips to help if you're worried about coronavirus

Children and young people will also have lots of questions, too! The following website will help to answer their questions in an age-appropriate way:

BBC NewsroundCoronavirus - Your questions answered

The Wirral Mental Health Support Team have put together a resource that you may find useful for children that are anxious about the current situation. It answers lots of common questions that children ask. I have attached it below.

Similarly, a helpful book about coronavirus illustrated by Axel Scheffler has recently been published and I have attached a copy below.

We hope that you will be able to join us for Worship at 10:10am this morning on the Church Facebook Page. The order of service is attached below. It will be lovely to have lots of people taking part.

Have a good day!

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Tuesday 21st April

Good morning,

As schools enter the fifth week of lockdown, with no clear indication of how long the current situation will continue, it is understandable to have a level of concern and possible despondency.  We can gain comfort that in such testing times, we can receive our strength from God.  May these words from Isaiah 40:31 offer encouragement, reassurance and a renewed energy at the start of this new term:

‘But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.’

St Chad’s and St Bartholomew’s have launched a Facebook Page so we can enjoy the fellowship of the Church community from home. Please remember that you are not on your own. If you feel in need of a chat, there are lots of people in the Church who would love to speak to you. I have attached below the ‘Need a Chat’ leaflet with all the contact details.

Tomorrow morning at 10:10am, and every Wednesday whilst school is closed, Revd Jane will be broadcasting school worship from the Church Facebook Page. In preparation, I have attached below the order of service. We do hope you can join us tomorrow morning. I have also included on the Worship Songs Page a beautiful song which we use during worship called ‘The Prayer.

The following sentiments were shared on the Year 1 home learning page yesterday:

 

Don’t stress about schoolwork.

When we return to school, we will get your children back on track.

We are teachers and that’s our superpower!

What we can’t fix as easily is emotional trauma that prevents the brain from learning.

So right now, we just need you to share your calm, share your strength, and share your laughter with your children.

No children are ahead. No children are behind.

Your children are exactly where they need to be.

 With Love.

In the words of our school Bible verse, 

‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord. ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.’ (Jeremiah 29:11)

 

Have a great day.

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Monday 20th April

Hello, everyone.

Welcome back to the Summer Term! I hope you have been safe and well during the Easter break?

There has been lots of speculation in the media about when schools will reopen, but the government have not confirmed when this will happen. We have included on the Coronavirus Information page the five criteria that the government will use for easing the lockdown. My deepest hope is that we will all be back together again very soon. In the meantime, we will continue with the Home Learning Procedure until further notice.

As usual, the teachers will provide a daily bulletin on the home learning pages. We will do our best to provide you with lots of ideas and support, but there is no expectation to complete all of the work. The Example Home Learning Timetable on our website provides scope for creativity, physical activity, relaxation, home chores and academic work. Find a balance that works for your situation, but most importantly try not to put yourselves under too much pressure. 

To complement the teachers’ daily bulletins, the BBC is today launching ‘Bitesize Daily’, a newly expanded education offer, comprising daily lessons in all core subjects, tailored for every age group from Year 1 to Year 10 with special programmes broadcast on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button. The full schedule for this week can be found here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/bitesize-daily-schedules-teach/zdtwjhv

At the start of the Easter break, the Government published a comprehensive list of Online Educational Resources to support home learning, you may wish to take a look. Also check out this week’s ‘British Values’ question: ‘Do you think people will travel as much in the future?’ I have uploaded lots of activities that explore this theme on our British Values page. The Worship page includes a link to ‘Engage at Home’ who are providing daily prayers and worship activities which families can engage with together, using movement, interaction, craft, play and more. There is also a weekly resource from 'Illustrated Ministry' which consists of a variety of resources, including children’s worship bulletins, devotionals, and colouring pages. 

We would love to hear from you, so please get in touch using the class emails and remember to tag us into your tweets, '@DawpoolCofE'.

 

Have a good day.
  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Friday 3rd April

Good morning, everyone.

There was another round of applause yesterday evening to show gratitude to the countless workers who are helping us at this time. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone in our school community who is contributing in some way to this national effort. 

Today we break for the Easter holiday. If you wish to contact school during the break, please email schooloffice@dawpool.wirral.sch.uk and we will direct your query to the member of staff best placed to help you. 

We will resume our daily bulletins on Monday 20th April. The home-learning pages of the website provide recommended reading, statutory spellings, practical tasks and ideas for further study. Please also refer to the Home Learning Procedure for guidance.

Cambridgeshire County Council have established the Learn Together Website which provides families with extensive resources to support home learning. I recommend that you a take a look over the Easter holiday as it’s very comprehensive and provides lots of activities for all areas of the curriculum.

I have summarised below some of the resources I have mentioned in my updates that you may wish to explore further. I will continue to update the Worship page during the holiday with Easter resources and I will update the British Values page with a weekly question and related activities. I have added to our Worship songs a beautiful song called ‘Remember Me’ which delivers the message of Easter.

You all deserve a rest over the Easter holiday. I hope you manage to enjoy some quality time as a family and I pray that you stay safe and well during this time.

God bless.

David Burrows

 

Recommended resources to explore further over Easter

 

Cambridgeshire County Council

Learn Together Website

National Trust

50 things to do before you're 11 3/4  

Kids Activities.com

List of education companies offering free subscriptions

Times Educational Supplement

87 Free Home Learning Resources

Twinkl

Free Home Learning Packs

Engage at Home

Daily Family Prayer & Worship Activities

BBC Teach Primary

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/primary/zd7p47h

BBC Bitesize Primary

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary

BBC IPlayer

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer

HM Government (0-5 Years Home Learning)

Hungry Little Minds

ThinkuKnow Safer Internet

Home Activity Packs 

First News 

Free Downloads

Audible

Free Children's Audio Books

Archbishop of York Youth Trust

Young Leaders Award at Home

Church of England

Mental Health Resources

Thumbs Up Education

Well Being Videos and Live Streams

Mental Health Foundation

How to look after your mental health during the Covid-19 outbreak

Out of the Ark

Home Singing

iSingPOP

YouTube Channel

World Wide Fund for Nature

Things to do at home

Our Planet

Resources for schools and young people

Chester Zoo

Animal encounters, Feeding Demonstrations, Virtual Tours

Amaven.com

Free fitness training programmes for children of all ages

The British Museum

Virtual, interactive tour through the galleries

The Musee d'Orsay in Paris

Virtual, Interactive tour through the galleries 

The Uffizi Gallery in Florence:

Virtual, interactive tour through the galleries

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Thursday 2nd April

Good morning,

I hope everyone is feeling well today?

I can’t help but think about all of the wonderful events and activities we had planned on the lead up to Easter. It’s a such a shame that we can’t experience them together. At this time, we are reminded of all those things we take for granted and are so thankful for.

From bonnet parades to book fairs and chess tournaments to church services . . . the ‘Abundant Life’ which is central to Dawpool’s curriculum has been captured in over 60 Photograph Montages on the school website. You may wish to take a look. 

Mrs Poston informs me that Dawpool has received free Chester Zoo tickets for F1, F2, Y1 and Y2 pupils. This visit will take place in December and is something we can really look forward to. Like most places, Chester Zoo is currently closed to the public, but you may be interested in visiting their YouTube Channel. They have uploaded lots of feeding demonstrations, zoo tours and animal encounters. It’s well worth a look. On the theme of nature and conservation, the WWF Website and Our Planet Website are excellent and provide lots of ideas for home learning activities.

You don't have to travel far to find weird and beautiful wildlife. Your garden, local park, street tree, window box or the verge alongside a local footpath are rich ecosystems filled with species that live alongside us. My family have recently discovered the free 'Seek' App by iNaturalist which identifies any living thing you come across (simply by pointing your camera at it) - plants, flowers, insects, fungi, birds and animals. It’s like having a naturalist in your pocket! When you identify a species, you’ll be able to find out all about it, and see how common or rare it is for your area and the time of year. I highly recommend it!

During the Easter holiday, 06.04.20 – 19.04.20, we will not be providing daily bulletins on the home learning pages. These will resume on Monday 20th April. Hopefully you will enjoy the time together, pursuing your own interests, hobbies and activities. I will summarise some ideas in my update tomorrow.

Enjoy today!

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Wednesday 1st April

Good morning.

I hope the week is going well for you?

Thank you so much for sharing examples of the children’s activities on Twitter and the class emails. I really appreciate all that you are doing to support your children at this time. A recent survey by Parentkind revealed that most parents worry that the Coronavirus pandemic will have an effect on their child’s education and that they will fall behind. Please try not to worry about this. Every single child is in the same boat and they all will be OK.  When we are back in the classroom, we will meet them where they are and help them to get back on track as quickly as possible.

The effects of mental health problems are huge and exacerbated further at this time. Given these challenging times, the Church of England have updated their mental health resources to help you through this time of physical distancing. They provide access to tips, techniques and reflections and aim to provide hope, reassurance and comfort. Visit http://cofe.io/MentalHealth. There is also excellent support available at the Mental Health Foundation which has lots of helpful resources and contacts. Visit https://mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus.

Sue and Cath at Thumbs up Education have received a fabulous response to their live streams. They are really helping children with understanding their emotions and feelings at this time. Visit their Facebook Page to view all the previous sessions and to join in with today’s live stream at 1pm.

Yesterday, the government announced details of its provision for families who have registered for free school meals (FSM). This is welcome news as it fills one of the remaining gaps in the complex jigsaw puzzle of provision that has arisen from the Covid-19 crisis. If you have previously registered for FSM, you will shortly receive an email with a supermarket voucher that can be used in a range of different shops.

Please get in contact with us if we can help.

Have a good day.

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Tuesday 31st March

Hello, All.

‘The Fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Generosity, Faithfulness, Gentleness & Self Control' (Galatians 5:22-23)

I really hope that the children are demonstrating Dawpool's values whilst at home?

I would like to share with you the exciting resources published by the Archbishop of York Youth Trust which are designed to develop children’s leadership skills and character virtues throughout this difficult time. The Youth Trust team have created the Young Leaders Award at Home for KS1 and KS2 pupils. The resources are parent friendly and are free to download and share. From ideas for supporting the local community to practising acts of kindness, perseverance and teamwork at home, their website is full of creative and fun resources, exploring how children can be Young Leaders during this challenging time and beyond. 

I have attached below a copy of our Fruit of the Spirit Certificate. Please feel free to print a copy and award it to your child if they show Dawpool's values in action at home. Please share your child’s success on our Twitter feed, or email the teachers to let them know. 

Many of the songs we sing in Worship promote our core values and these are written and recorded by Out of the Ark Music. Out of the Ark want to make their songs available to you for use at home. Music has an extraordinary power to bring us together, it can lift us when we feel low, energise us when we feel tired, and it is something we all have in common. So, to help with the rhythms and routines of your new daily life, they are releasing seven songs, one for each day, all with challenges and activities related to each song. Every week for the next few weeks they will continue to add songs and resources. I have added the link on our Worship Songs page, but you can also check them out here: https://www.outoftheark.co.uk/ootam-at-home/

I hope you have an enjoyable day.

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Monday 30th March

Happy Monday, everyone!

I hope you had a good weekend? This is the last week of home learning before we break for the 2-week Easter holiday. Hopefully the teachers’ daily bulletins, and the additional resources I’ve highlighted in my updates, will provide plenty of ideas to keep you busy during the week. 

In order to keep Dawpool’s Twitter feed going, it will be lovely to have examples of the children’s home learning activities to share. You can email photographs and messages to twitter@dawpool.wirral.sch.uk and we will send a tweet on your behalf. Alternatively, please remember to use the tag ‘@DawpoolCofE’ in any tweets that you send.

To start the week, I have added the song ‘Blessed be Your Name’ to our Worship Songs. I have also included this week’s resource from illustrated Ministry on our Worship page which consists of a variety of activities: children’s worship bulletins, devotionals, and colouring pages.

Also check out this week’s ‘British Values’ question: ‘Can you think of ways to remain positive during difficult times?’ I have uploaded lots of activities that explore this theme on our British Values Page

First News is a newspaper specially written for children and we use it in school.  They are making digital copies available for parents to use whilst your children are at home. Please visit:

https://subscribe.firstnews.co.uk/free-downloadable-issue

Listening to audiobooks is a brilliant way of developing language and reading.  Amazon have made their children’s audio books free to listen to on Audible. Login here: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

This weekend the Times Educational Supplement published '57 Free Resources for Home Learning'. It includes lots of ideas to supplement the teachers’ daily bulletins. I have also included an image below of a few other options you might be interested in.

If you would like to get in touch about your child’s learning, please don’t hesitate to contact us using the email addresses in the Home Learning Guide

Have a great day.

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Friday 27th March

Dear All,

What a week it has been! I hope you are all keeping well? Thank you for your patience and understanding this week as we’ve got to grips with home learning. It would appear that the global demand for online learning has sent cyberspace into meltdown! I am sure this will eventually settle down. We are doing our best to smooth out the creases. One bit of advice – if you’re using a Mac computer at home, try to use the Google Chrome internet browser to access our home learning pages on the website (Safari doesn’t allow you to access all of the work as easily). 

If you are one of the lucky ones to get uninterrupted access to the Internet, I encourage you to spend some time discussing Internet safety with your child. You may wish to look at the Online Safety Guidance section of our website. Thinkuknow is the national online safety education programme from CEOP, the online child protection command of the National Crime Agency. They have launched new materials to support parents during the closure of schools. Each fortnight, they will be releasing new Home Activity Packs to support your child with online safety at a time when they are spending more time using the Internet at home. I have also attached below a handy leaflet, ‘keeping your child safe online while they are off school.

As we move towards the weekend, take some time to stop and reflect on your first week at home. Consider what adjustments you will make so things are easier for you next week. I’ve been so thankful for the sunshine this week and hopefully it has helped to lift everyone’s spirits at this difficult time. I have been praying for everyone in our school community each day and I thank God for looking after us all. I continue to pray that we will all be back together again very soon.

Have a good weekend.

 

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Thursday 26th March

Hi Everyone.

You may feel overwhelmed and under pressure by everything that's happening. After all, many of you are trying to help with your child's learning and trying to work from home all at the same time. I wanted to just give my perspective on it all:

  • None of us wanted to be in this position. Schools and parents were given no notice of the school closure and no time to prepare.
  • Schools were not asked by the government to provide home-learning for pupils, so don’t feel under pressure to complete all of the work we suggest.
  • Our staff are conscientious and will continue to plan lessons as normal  (that’s what we do!), but complete as much or as little as you are able.
  • There is no roadmap or manual for these circumstances. Simply do what you think is right.
  • Stop trying to be superheroes! You can’t work from home and help your child all at the same time. Just do what you can.
  • Find a routine that works. The Example Home Learning Timetable on our website provides scope for creativity, physical activity, relaxation, home chores and academic work. Find a balance that works for your situation.
  • You are doing enough. You are loving your children and supporting them through a difficult time. Look after yourself, too. Don't let this be something that stresses you. 

Keep in contact with us via the email addresses in the Home Learning Guide. We are here to try and help as best we can under the circumstances.

 

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Wednesday 25th March

Good morning. 

I do hope everyone is finding the teachers’ daily bulletins helpful? As you navigate your way through the suggestions, please remember you are not home-schooling. This is not something you have chosen – it is the result of an unprecedented emergency situation. Your family will have its own unique set of challenges, so do what you can and be proud of everything you achieve together, however big or small. Try not to worry about your child falling behind. Every single child is in the same boat and they all will be ok.  When we are back in the classroom, we will meet them where they are and help them to progress from there. 

I have added a few new things to our Worship page which you may find helpful:

  • Our iSingPOP song, ‘All Over the World’ which has a wonderful message of love and hope and I encourage you to sing it out loud!
  • A link to ‘Engage at Home’ who are providing a daily prayer and worship activity which families can engage with together, using movement, interaction, craft, play and more. The themes and types of engagement with God will be varied and you’ll be able to adapt the ideas to suit your whole family.
  • A weekly resource from illustrated ministry which consists of a variety of resources, including children’s worship bulletins, devotionals, and colouring pages. There are a variety of different ways that this resource can be used at home.

Sue and Cath from Thumbs Up Education had their first live stream on Monday, please find a link below if you would like to view it:

https://www.facebook.com/thumbsupprogramme/videos/1871076643024804/

They are holding another livestream today at 1pm where they will be talking about what emotions the children may have been feeling, and also looking at the importance of self-esteem.  The theme running throughout their sessions will be kindness to each other and to ourselves. 

https://facebook.com/events/s/live-with-sue-and-cathagain/215142156392711/?ti=icl

I mentioned in my last update how the government are working with the BBC and other partners to provide a range of educational content to parents. The government have developed a wonderful site to support home learning for children under 5 years. Check out hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk. I will keep you informed when resources are released for other year groups.

Have a great day!

  • Mr Burrows Update

    Tuesday 24th March

Hello, Everyone.

I hope you had a good day yesterday? Many parents will be feeling overwhelmed about home learning. Please be kind to yourselves and lower your expectations slightly. We will do our best to provide you with lots of ideas and support, but there is no expectation to complete it all.

As expected, there was high demand for our website yesterday morning and it struggled to cope initially.  We expect this to settle down and be less of a problem as we go forward.

It was lovely to hear about the children’s creative activities and outdoor learning. It’s nice to see lots of rainbows in people’s windows!

We are informed that the Department for Education (DfE) is working very closely with the BBC and other partners to provide advice and support directly to parents, including online resources you can access for your children at home.

I advise you to explore the following BBC sites:

BBC Teach Primary

Classroom resources for teaching pupils at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2  organised by subject and age-group.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/primary/zd7p47h

BBC Bitesize Primary

Over the coming days and weeks BBC Bitesize will be changing to bring you daily content that supports your child’s education and wellbeing whilst at home.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/primary

BBC IPlayer

The BBC is reviewing its IPlayer content to provide a range of educational programmes for pupils.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer

It can be difficult to answer children’s questions about Coronavirus so we have added a page to the Pastoral Support section of our website that you may find helpful, Talking to children about Coronavirus.

I hope you have a good day – please keep tweeting examples of your work. We love to see what you’re doing: @DawpoolCofE            twitter@dawpool.wirral.sch.uk

Take care.

  • Mr Burrows' Update

    Monday 23rd March

Good morning!
 
All of the Dawpool staff would like to thank our school community for your support during the weeks of lockdown. We have produced a video to express our appreciation and I have attached it below. Feel free to share the link more widely so everyone gets the opportunity to see it: https://youtu.be/v8_unwCHgNE
 
Enjoy!

Good morning everyone!

We’re really going to miss you all at the school gate this morning. It will feel very strange in school without you. I hope all the mums had a lovely Mothering Sunday yesterday – it was great to see the sunshine making an appearance!

It’s the first day of home learning today. I hope you will find lots on the home learning pages to keep you going. I will update this page regularly with some other resources that you might like to use. I have added to the Home Learning tab an example timetable for home learning. You may find this a helpful guide to structuring your day. 

In order to keep Dawpool’s Twitter feed going, it will be lovely to have examples of the children’s home learning activities to share. You can email photographs and messages to twitter@dawpool.wirral.sch.uk and we will send a tweet to the school community on your behalf. Alternatively, please remember to tag us into any school related tweets that you send, ‘@DawpoolCofE.’

I know the children love to sing in Worship, so I will add a new song to our Worship Page every few days. To get us started, I have uploaded ‘My Lighthouse’ . . . sing your hearts out (and don’t forget the actions!) 

Also check out this week’s ‘British Values’ question: ‘Do you think that space tourism is a good idea?’ I have uploaded lots of activities that explore this theme on our British Values Page.

Dawpool work very closely with Sue and Cath from Thumbs up education who work with the children on aspects of their wellbeing. Check out their YouTube Channel to help the children deal with their emotions and feelings during this time. 

If you need any help with anything, please contact us using the email addresses outlined in the Home Learning Guide.

To ensure that your child’s learning is accurately focused on the correct areas of the curriculum, we advise parents and carers to prioritise the work outlined by the class teacher in the daily bulletins on the home learning pages. However, if you are looking for other things to do, perhaps at the weekends or in the holidays, find below links to a variety of additional resources that I think will be helpful:

  •       100 things to do indoors
  •       50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ (National Trust)
  •       Entire list of education companies offering free subscriptions due to school closings.
  •       School Closure Home Learning Packs (Twinkl)

Have a great day everyone.