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Bradfields Academy

Bradfields Academy

End of Term Updates & Term 5

2nd April 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

As we draw to the end of what has been a highly unusual term I wanted to thank you for your support and provide updates on a few areas:

Frontline Keyworker provision

  • We have been open to only provide care for Frontline Keyworkers children.  If you require a place please email office@fortistrust.co.uk  To support social distancing guidelines this provision is only for Government identified keyworkers where there is no possibility of supervision at home. Remember it is safer where possible to keep your child at home.

Free School Meal provision after Easter

  • We will not be using the national voucher scheme for Free School Meals. This is due to the scheme only being available to schools who do not already have catering contracts in place with local companies, in our case Chartwells. Instead, we will be continuing with food hamper deliveries for those children who are entitled to Free School Meals where their Parents/Carers have requested that they would like to receive a hamper. All hampers will now be delivered, there will be no need to collect. These hampers have enough food for a week’s worth of healthy balanced lunches for your child.
  • With the current situation affecting many families financially, you may now be eligible to claim Free School Meals. Check you qualify – are you in receipt of and can provide the relevant proof of one of the following benefits:
    • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
    • Income Support
    • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
    • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
    • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
    • The guarantee element of Pension Credit
    • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
    • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

To register for Free School Meals, please follow the link below:

https://www.medway.gov.uk/info/200164/school_information/354/free_school_meals/1

Students’ home learning

We would like to thank all parents for your support with home learning particularly those parents who are juggling homeworking or looking after younger children and supervising their child’s studies – we know this can be a real challenge!

We have provided a range of platforms and resources to support you in helping your children to continue their education at home, found on our website here:

https://www.bradfieldsacademy.co.uk/page/?title=Academic+Materials+In+The+Event+of+Academy+Closure&pid=245

Please can you prioritise the following:

Primary (Reception-Year 6):

  1. Reading
  2. Literacy skills and numeracy skills
  3. Life Skills Challenges (on our website and in student planner)
  4. Daily physical activities which can be found under the PE section via the above link
  5. EducationCity (Log in details were sent in the post). Work will either have been allocated or you can access learning activities via the links on the home page

We cannot stress how important it is to be guided by your child and not put too much pressure on them to be studying all day long. If you mix formal learning opportunities with life skills around the home this will be better for their well-being.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9):

  1. IXL for English and maths (Log in details are in your child’s planner)
  2. Times Table Rock Stars (Log in details are in your child’s planner)
  3. Reading (at least 20minutes a day)
  4. Life Skills Challenges (on our website and in student planner)
  5. Daily physical activities which can be found under the PE section via the above link
  6. EducationCity (Log in details were sent in the post). Work will either have been allocated or you can access learning activities via the links on the home page
  7. Additional subject based activities can then be selected from our website via the link above

We cannot stress how important it is to be guided by your child and not put too much pressure on them to be studying all day long. If you mix formal learning opportunities with life skills around the home this will be better for their well-being.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11):

  1. IXL for English and maths (Log in details are in your child’s planner)
  2. Times Table Rock Stars (Log in details are in your child’s planner)
  3. Reading (at least 25minutes a day)
  4. Life Skills Challenges (on our website and in student planner)
  5. Daily physical activities which can be found under the PE section via the above link
  6. Careers based resources via our website link above
  7. In additional subject based activities can be selected from our website

We cannot stress how important it is to be guided by your child and not put too much pressure on them to be studying all day long. If you mix formal learning opportunities with life skills around the home this will be better for their well-being.

Key Stage 5 (Years 12-14):

  1. IXL for English and maths (Log in details are in your child’s planners
  2. Times Table Rock Stars (Log in details are in your child’s planner)
  3. Reading (at least 25minutes a day)
  4. Life Skills Challenges (on our website and in student planner)
  5. Daily physical activities which can be found under the PE section via the above link
  6. Careers based resources via our website link above          
  7. In additional subject based activities can then be selected from our website

Students studying GCSE English in Key Stage 4 or 5 will receive additional materials in the post for writing practice. We cannot stress how important it is to be guided by your child and not put too much pressure on them to be studying all day long. If you mix formal learning opportunities with life skills around the home this will be better for their well-being.

Student wellbeing

  • Please find attached a booklet (at the bottom of the letter) produced by Mind – the Mental Health Charity which has useful tips for speaking with teenagers about the current situation and also tips for supporting the wellbeing of adults and children.
  • Every Wednesday we will be sending out via email Mental Health and wellbeing resources for you and your children.
  • Online Safety information – with your child accessing more online during this period of time, it is important for Parents/Carers to keep their child safe online the following may be useful :

Exam year groups and final grades

  • Further updates from the exam boards are showing that we will be asked to give a final teacher prediction for Year 11 and 13 students. We do not yet know the date by which this information will be submitted and therefore it is very important Year 11-13 students continue to engage with learning and give us evidence for the best possible grades.  We will keep you up to date as we know more.

Booklet from Year 11 induction into Sixth Form

  • We are hoping that in school induction will go ahead as planned in Term 6. If this is not possible we will send information out in the post/add detail to our website.
  • In the absence of exams we will be using teacher predictions as mentioned above to clarify whether students have met entry criteria. We will send more details on this once grades have been sent to exam boards, however, we would like to reassure you that our main priority will be ensuring all our students receive the recognition they deserve.

Term 5 Frontline Keyworker provision after Easter

  • After Easter we will be continuing to provide support for our Keyworker’s children who cannot be looked after at home, often as both parents are Keyworkers and so no one is at home to look after the child. 
  • If you are a Frontline Keyworker and your child does not currently attend and you need them to have a place after Easter as your circumstances have changed, for example your hospital shift patterns have increased, please email office@fortistrust.co.uk 

I would like to finish this letter by thanking everybody again for working with us in this unprecedented time. I am so pleased with how well staff, students and parents have engaged to make this time as successful as possible. Thank you all for your ongoing support.

I hope we are all able to have a good Easter break and stay safe.

Kind regards

Miss M Sweetlove

Principal