Our News items
Keeping Children Safe Online, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 10th Jun 2021 @ 9:26pm
Please download this guide for tips and advice related to online safety for primary-aged children.
The Art of Brilliance, by Mrs Woollam
Date: 22nd May 2021 @ 4:34pm
The children in Years 3,4 and 5 have been learning all about positive thinking over the past couple of weeks. Andy Cope (author of the Spy Dog books), has been busy inspiring our pupils and staff into thinking about the positives in life rather than focusing on the negatives. We discovered that actually, no matter how bleak the last couple of years have been, we have plenty to be grateful for.
Maintaining a connection with the natural world, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 15th May 2021 @ 7:45pm
Mental Health Awareness Week may be coming to an end, but maintaining a connection with the natural world and taking good care of our wellbeing is still so important.
The Wildlife Trusts have some great suggestions of things you can do to help relieve stress and improve mental wellbeing. We love this mandala activity!
Find more ideas here: https://mythrive.uk/31hp50w
How can nature benefit my mental health?, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 10th May 2021 @ 9:38pm
Spending time in green space or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. For example, doing things like growing food or flowers, exercising outdoors or being around animals can have lots of positive effects.
The downloadable file below shares some brilliant ideas…
5 ways to better wellbeing for your family, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 10th May 2021 @ 9:31pm
A mental health downloadable information sheet: 5 ways to better wellbeing for your family.
Mental Health Awareness Week, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 10th May 2021 @ 10:35am
Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 10th – 16th May, and provides a great opportunity for us all as a community to normalise the discussion of mental health and wellbeing.
The theme for this year’s week is ‘nature’. Recent National Trust research found a link between feeling connected to nature and having improved wellbeing.
It’s important to keep the focus on mental health and wellbeing throughout the school year, beyond Mental Health Awareness Week, so we use a variety of resources and opportunities to help open up conversations about mental health all year round.
We will be sharing a range of resources on our social media and website platforms this week and beyond.
Oak Leaves, by Mrs Woollam
Date: 8th May 2021 @ 6:12pm
In order for our newly revamped reception area to look truly amazing, I’ve enlisted the help of the children. Each child has been given an oak leaf to decorate . Once completed, all leaves will hang from the branches in reception. The brief was autumnal and stunning. I think those that have finished have more than met the brief, don’t you?
Word Millionaires, by Mrs Woollam
Date: 8th May 2021 @ 6:08pm
Our word millionaire badges finally arrived on Friday and were given out to the worthy recipients. Well done to all our millionaires. We are hoping more children will soon join the millionaire list as some are very close!
Changes, by Mrs Woollam
Date: 8th May 2021 @ 6:03pm
We thought you might like to see some of the changes happening in school at the moment from the new reception area to the organisation of the library. As the saying goes, ’a picture paints a 1,000 words.’
There will be more changes coming soon…….watch this space!
Alsager Nub News, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 6th May 2021 @ 9:52pm
A wonderful report about our new Headteacher via the Alsager Nub News:
Summer Term, by Tina Muddy
Date: 17th Apr 2021 @ 9:13pm
Dear Parents & Carers,
I hope this letter finds you all safe and well and enjoying the sunny Easter weather.
As we embark on the final term of yet another disrupted and challenging academic year, I am looking forward to getting to know you and your children better as I start my full time position as Headteacher.
Our main priority this term, is for our children to have an uninterrupted end to their academic year, or indeed primary education. We would like to have as much normality as possible, including wider curriculum opportunities and end of year celebrations. In order to have the best possible chance of succeeding in our aim, we ask you as parents and carers to adhere to the Government Covid-19 guidelines, maintain social distancing and wear a face covering when necessary.
In order to try and improve the staggered start to the school day, we have amended the start times of some classes. I apologise for yet another change, but hopefully the times stated below will mean children are waiting around for a shorter amount of time. Please do your best to adhere to the new start times. Thank you for your anticipated co-operation on this matter.
|EYFS||8.50 – 3.10|
|Year 1||8.50 – 3.10|
|Year 2||8.55 – 3.15|
|Year 3||8.50 – 3.10|
|Year 3 and 4||8.45– 3.05|
|Year 4||8.40 – 3.00|
|Year 5||8.50 – 3.10|
|Year 5 and 6||8.45 – 3.05|
|Year 6||8.40 – 3.00|
Easter menu 1st April, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 29th Mar 2021 @ 8:40pm
Our Easter menu for Thursday 1st April
Thank You to Asda Supermarkets, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 24th Mar 2021 @ 1:26pm
This week we gratefully received a very kind donation of laptop devices (including headphones, data and wireless internet connection) from Asda supermarkets. The Alsager branch nominated our school to receive these devices in a national ‘Laptops for Schools’ programme Asda was running in partnership with Dell and Vodaphone. The supermarket chain has made the generous gesture to help support children in their learning following the partial closure of schools over the last 12 months. The devices themselves are of a high specification and can be used with both keyboards and touch screen, for this reason we plan to use them with our Reception and Key Stage 1 children. In the picture are Steve Rowley (Manager of Asda Alsager), Jess Rigby (Asda employee), Mrs Frost (our School Business Manager) and Ben V, Olivia T, Holly R, Billy E, Isla B and George F, all from Reception and Key Stage 1, who will be lucky enough to be using these devices soon. Thank you Asda and Dell!
Comic Relief - Non Uniform Day, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 18th Mar 2021 @ 6:50pm
Tomorrow (Friday 19th) is comic relief non uniform day – Please wear something red if possible and bring one pound to donate to comic relief - We will be telling jokes to find the best one in each class to be shared in our celebration assembly and also to be shared on our newsletter next week!
Year 6 Leavers Jumpers, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 11th Mar 2021 @ 4:10pm
Dear Year 6 Parent / Carer
We are delighted to offer you and your child, the opportunity to purchase a Class of 2021 Leavers Hoody for the Year 6 cohort of 2021. The hoodies will have a large `21` printed on the back, containing the first name (not nicknames) and surname initial of all students in the year group and will also feature an embroidered school logo on the front. The colour will be charcoal grey for all children, with white lettering. We will permit all year 6 children to wear their leavers hoody as part of their school uniform from Monday 7th June onwards until they leave us on 16th July.
Please dowload the information below for further details:
It's Mindful March, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 1st Mar 2021 @ 1:51pm
This calendar has lots of easy mindful activities for each day in March.
NSPCC Assembly, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 12th Feb 2021 @ 10:40pm
The NSPCC have developed an adapted version of their 'Speak Out. Stay Safe.' assembly to support children through the current lockdown. This will be shown as a Facebook live event on Tuesday 23rd February at 10am and can be accessed via the NSPCC Facebook page. It will be available afterwards on the NSPCC website as well.
Communication Thursday, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 11th Feb 2021 @ 1:59pm
Dear Parents / Carers
I hope you and your families remain safe and well. I would like to thank you for all your continued support and hard work over this last half term, which I know has been very difficult for many of us. There is still no confirmation from the government about the full re-opening of schools but we are planning for this to be on 8th March as was announced (which is two weeks after half term). As I have mentioned previously, we are going to make a few changes to our remote learning starting after February half term on the 22/2/21. This is to reflect changes in government guidance and to help prepare all our young people for their return to school;
· The children of key workers or deemed vulnerable that are attending school on a daily basis, will no longer be supervised in their year groups, rather they will be with their normal class teacher in their regular classroom.
· Ms Malton will be taking over from Miss Crowther-Green who will be starting her maternity leave. All year 5 children should continue to access remote work via the Mrs Dyde’s class page and all year 6 children should continue to use Mrs Walker’s class page for remote learning. Ms Malton will conduct the daily class tutorials for her class.
· All tutorials will operate in exactly the same way as now but will take place via Microsoft Teams and not Zoom. All parents / carers will be sent an individual letter through parent mail or e mail or post (depending what you use), this will contain further instructions about how Microsoft Teams works and most importantly it will contain your son’s / daughter’s unique school e mail address and password. If you have not received this information by Monday 22nd February or you have any questions about how to use Microsoft Teams, please contact the school on firstname.lastname@example.org As always, there maybe a few glitches initially as we move over to using Teams but I am sure they will be sorted out quickly.
Parent Friends Association (PFA) Update:
In accordance with the PFA constitution, the financial statement for the year ending 31st of August 2020 and the annual Chair’s Report can now be found on the PFA section of the school website. The school would like to place on record their thanks to the outgoing Chair, Mrs Carlie Wright who stood down in
the autumn term. In her year as Chair, Carlie and the committee, ably assisted by the PFA ‘fairies’, put on a number of high quality events and raised much needed funds for school. At the meeting in the autumn term the committee agreed to fund £2000 of new reading material for each classes recommended reading boxes. Miss Sarah Simpson now takes over as Chair and she will be looking to recruit further members to the committee in the new calendar year, so that the PFA can start to plan for events in the summer term and beyond.
Finally, I wish you and your families a safe and relaxing half term break. For those children and families who are in receipt of Free School Meals, you should soon be receiving a link to download your vouchers. If you are facing financial difficulties, please remember to contact Mrs Henshall on email@example.com
My thanks once again for your continued support and please remember to contact the school if you need any help or support, we are here for you.
Acting Headteacher and Executive Headteacher for Alsager Multi Academy Trust
Safer Internet Day Certificate, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 9th Feb 2021 @ 2:11pm
Our Safer Internet Day 2021 Certificate "Together for a Better Internet"
UK SAFER INTERNET DAY, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 8th Feb 2021 @ 5:37pm
UK SAFER INTERNET DAY - Tuesday 9th February
This year Safer Internet Day explores reliability online. The internet has an amazing range of information and opportunities online, but how do we separate fact from fiction?
Safer Internet Day will be celebrated globally with the slogan: Together for a better internet.
More info here:
UK SAFER INTERNET DAY - RESOURCES BY AGE GROUP
To support the delivering of interventions the UK Safer Internet Centre have developed a library of educational resources that covers all age ranges and is inclusive of parent/carer resources additionally.
UK SAFER INTERNET DAY - FILMS
To mark Safer Internet Day these three films have been produced. They cover the 5 -11 year olds, 12 - 18 year olds & parents and carers.
Space Topic, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 5th Feb 2021 @ 4:13pm
Year two have been busy with their space topic this week and they have all made robots. This robot’s name is ‘Sir Job Flag’ (an anagram of the children’s names).
Virtual holiday club, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 5th Feb 2021 @ 9:32pm
Wesley Place Methodist Church are running a virtual holiday club for three days called 'Big Dreams' Holiday Club over half term. Its aimed at primary school children and its free. they will be looking at big dreams and hopes for the future and the story of Joseph. There will be a YouTube video released at 10am and then we will join them on zoom at 11:30am. Both will last about 30 minutes. In between the sessions, there will be a chance to create crafts, where will be providing packs. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Communication Thursday, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 4th Feb 2021 @ 4:09pm
Dear Parents / Carers
I hope you and your families remain safe and well. Many thanks for all the positive comments we are receiving from families about our remote learning offer and the support we are providing. This week our daily Breakfast Club started and has been very well attended, we have distributed more laptops, our reading book swapping service has started and we have approximately one third of our children in school on a daily basis. It is really frustrating when I hear in the media that schools are ‘closed’, they most certainly are not and we are very busy. As I am sure many of you are aware, this week is also ‘Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week’ and we have posted various related items and links on our website and social media feeds. If you have completed any of the activities linked to mental health awareness week and positive wellbeing that you are happy to be shared with our school community, please e mail your photos and comments to Mrs Henshall at email@example.com and we can share them on our social media feeds and website. It is important that we remember to support and look out for each other, especially during the current situation. However, as I have said before, it is important to remind ourselves and our children, that it is perfectly normal to feel a ‘little flat’ or ‘fed up’ sometimes (especially at the moment), everyone does and that is not a sign of mental illness, it is human nature.
As we approach half term, I would like to praise all our fantastic young people and brilliant staff for the way in which they have approached and managed this difficult start to the term. We do not know anymore as yet, about the full re-opening of schools to all children. The date of the 8th March remains the government’s ambition but that all depends on certain conditions being met, so we will continue with our current offer for the foreseeable future. The one minor thing that will change after half term, is that rather than using ‘Zoom’ for the daily class tutorials and targeted tutorials, we will be using ‘Microsoft Teams’ instead. This is much better platform and will allow staff and children to do much more with it in terms of teaching and learning. The staff have been completing training on how to use this over recent weeks. This is the only change, everything else will be as it is now, apart from as from Monday 15th February, all tutorials will be conducted through ‘Teams’. I will send more details about this in next week’s newsletter.
Please remember we are here for you and to contact school on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, need support or have any ideas as how we could improve what we are doing.
Best wishes and please keep yourselves safe.
Remote Learning Offer for Reading, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 29th Jan 2021 @ 11:21am
As you continue to support your children with their Remote Learning at home during this national lockdown, we wanted to update our offer of support with reading.
Please download the letter below for more information.
Communication Thursday, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 28th Jan 2021 @ 2:45pm
Dear Parents and Carers
I hope you and your families remain safe and well. I would like to thank and congratulate all parents / carers and children for the way in which you have coped with the move to remote learning and for many people juggling ‘home schooling’ and work. All schools now have to have a Remote Learning Statement on their website and ours can be found here http://www.alsagerhighfields.com/page/school-policies/32597 or under ‘Information’ > ‘School Policies’. However, I would like to reassure all parents / carers that as a parent myself (albeit secondary aged children), I know that home schooling can be very difficult. Please do not put too much pressure on yourself or on your children. The most important thing for us all, as we navigate through this pandemic, is that our young people feel loved, cared for, safe and reassured. It is also important to remember that it is perfectly normal for all human beings to have some days when we feel a little ‘flat’ or ‘fed up’, especially at the moment. We must not worry if we feel like that sometimes, everyone does and it is important that our children understand that.
I would like once again to praise our brilliant staff here at Highfields for the way in which they have embraced live remote tutorials, with setting remote work on their class page, while at the same time supervising children face to face on a daily basis and self-testing themselves for Covid with a Lateral Flow Device twice a week. Their jobs have changed beyond recognition and I am inspired by them every day!
Yesterday, the Prime Minister announced that schools will not open for all children until 8th March at the earliest, depending upon certain conditions being met. We will wait to hear more details on that in the future and I will keep you informed. This means we will continue to work as we are now for a few more weeks yet. We are continually reviewing our remote learning offer and trying to improve it. I have always said, reading is such an important part of our remote learning offer and as from Tuesday 2nd February, we are introducing the opportunity for children to come and swap / collect a new reading book from school. This will clearly have to be controlled, with specific time slots given etc. Details will be sent out in a letter from Mrs Windel, our Reading Lead, tomorrow (29/1/21).
Can I remind all parents / carers to keep on uploading photos and your child’s achievements to our ‘Highfields Stars From Afar’ tab on our website http://www.alsagerhighfields.com/page/highfields-stars-from-afar/89766 The more photos we get the better so please keep them coming in.
Please remember that we are here to help in any way we can. We are continuing to distribute more laptops as they come in, provide regular food parcels for our families on Free School Meals and Sara Leopold our Family Liaison Officer is visiting homes on a daily basis. If you are in need of help, advice, materials to help with work or support please contact Mrs Henshall on email@example.com
Acting Headteacher Alsager Highfields primary School and Executive Headteacher AMAT