Category Archives: Lower School News

Walk to School Week

Walk to School Week 2020

Next week (5th to 9th October) is Walk to School Week.

Organised by the charity Living Streets, Walk to School Week is the greatest national Walk to School celebration, where pupils and grown-ups around the UK unite for one week of walking to school.

The five-day walking challenge is a fun and engaging week-long activity, raising awareness and celebrating walking for all. Pupils will be well on their way to reaching their recommended 60 minutes minimum of physical activity per day before even reaching the school gates! Not only will it set them up for a positive day in the classroom, it will also help create healthy habits for life.

The Family Walk to School Kit, produced by Living Streets, which contains advice for parents on how to overcome common barriers to walking to school can be downloaded here;

https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/media/3561/family-walk-to-school-kit.pdf

Sustrans is working with Central Bedfordshire Council to encourage walking, cycling and scooting to school, aiming to promote healthy journeys and reduce congestion at the school gate. If you would like to get in touch, contact alister.barclay@sustrans.org.uk

Family Walk to School Kit

DfE Guidance updates

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Opening hours:

8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the helpline.

Updated handwashing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene. E-Bug has published posters on hand hygiene, and covering coughs and sneezes, to display in bathrooms, classrooms and shared spaces.

The hand and respiratory hygiene posters and other educational resources can be found here:

https://e-bug.eu

DfE Guidance updates

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Opening hours:

8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the helpline.

Updated handwashing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene. E-Bug has published posters on hand hygiene, and covering coughs and sneezes, to display in bathrooms, classrooms and shared spaces.

The hand and respiratory hygiene posters and other educational resources can be found here:

https://e-bug.eu

Returning to School Video

Good afternoon!

We hope you all had a lovely half term and enjoyed the sunshine!

As you know, after half term, school will be re-opening for Reception, Year1 and Year 6 children, but there are a number of changes to the school day in place. To explain these, a video has been put together that walks us through how school will operate on a day to day basis. We ask that everyone returning to school next week watches the video, which can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXvFDKOXtIE

Additionally, if you are planning on sending your child back to school next week, we ask that you watch the following video, which explains social distancing, with your child. Please discuss the video and how it could apply to school next week. Here is the link for this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PnnFrPaRgY

If you have any questions, please feel free to send your child’s teacher a message on Dojo.

Thank you

 

Potton Community Help Group

Potton Community Help Group 

Potton Community Help Group have been in contact with school to tell us about ways in which they can help provide additional support to families during the current situation.

They are currently able to provide a food box from Morrisons, a gift card for Tesco or in an emergency, a food parcel from the Need Project.

Any family who is in difficulty financially due the effects of the Covid19 situation would be eligible. Each request is dealt with in confidence.

If you feel that you could be eligible for this support, please contact Andrea MacAdam by text/phone on 07590 359 630 or by email if you prefer andream@bedsrcc.org.uk

Potton Community Help Group

Potton Community Help Group 

Potton Community Help Group have been in contact with school to tell us about ways in which they can help provide additional support to families during the current situation.   

 They are currently able to provide a food box from Morrisons, a gift card for Tesco or in an emergency, a food parcel from the Need Project.

Any family who is in difficulty financially due the effects of the Covid19 situation would be eligible. Each request is dealt with in confidence.

If you feel that you could be eligible for this support, please contact Andrea MacAdam by text/phone on 07590 359 630 or by email if you prefer andream@bedsrcc.org.uk

 

World Book Day

We had a fantastic time celebrating World Book Day last week!

Children at the Middle School participated in a range of workshops that celebrated all aspects of books and reading, from writing stories themselves to mixing their own ink and creating their own paper. At the Lower School, children enjoyed dressing up – either in their pyjamas, or as their favourite characters – and sharing some of their favourite stories. There was a lovely ‘book buzz’ in both schools and, to top it all off, we raised a significant amount of money for BookTrust, a charity which works to inspire a love of reading in millions of children across the UK. A huge thank you to everyone for your phenomenal support!

 

Sports Relief – Friday 13th March 2020

PLS

This year for Sport Relief the Voice and Values committee would like to raise money by undertaking a very exciting challenge as a school. Along with the organisation “Mind Fit” we would love to attempt to (as a school) virtually run to Big Ben in London and back to Potton Lower School during the course of the afternoon (100 miles in total).

We would also like to invite everybody to come dressed in sports clothes for the small donation of £1.00, this could be the kit of a club that children participate in (including football teams for which they actually play). As per the usual school rules on non-uniform days football shirts aren’t allowed.

In addition to this we are also selling Sports Relief wristbands which are available from the school office in exchange for £1.00

We hope you will join us in supporting this worthwhile charity and look forward to sharing if we were successful or not in our mission!

Potton Lower Voice and Values Committee.

 

PMS

PMS will be having a non-school uniform day on Friday 13th March for Sport Relief. Students must make a minimum £1 donation to then be allowed to come into school wearing PE/sports clothing. We’d like to encourage everyone to wear kit from any sport they play or follow or perhaps even come in dressed as a famous sports person. Miss Crawford-Smith will be coming in wearing her netball kit but as per the usual school rules on non-uniform days football shirts aren’t allowed.

Sport Relief wrist bands will also be on sale for students to purchase and further activities taking place during lunchtimes starting from Monday 16th March to ensure nothing clashes with any Science Week activities.

 

Breakfast with Miss Coppenhall

Every month, one Values Champion is chosen from each class across the Federation from Year 1 to Year 8. To celebrate and congratulate them how well they have demonstrated the Value of the Month, the Values Champions are able to attend breakfast with me on a Friday morning.

We enjoy eating croissants, pain au chocolat, fruit and fruit juices, whilst talking about our school. Conversations are led by the children, as we discuss together how we are feeling at school, what we are enjoying and what the adults can do to help things to become even better. The children are always very honest and open about their feelings, and we always leave with very full tummies too!

Each month I will provide a write up of the children’s thoughts and share them with you – please see below for the feedback from November.

Miss Coppenhall.

December 2019

 

Back to the Moon!

During the course of the week children from Potton Lower and Potton Middle Year Eight’s have been able to experience what it is like in Space.

Mark Rutherford School in Bedford kindly loaned us their inflatable Planetarium.

We are very grateful to give this opportunity to our students and I hope all the children enjoyed becoming space explorers!