Dear Parents and Carers

I am writing to you in these difficult and anxious times to wish you all well and hope that you and your families remain in good health. If your child attended school on Thursday 19th March or Friday 20th March they will have brought home a work package with them, all other children will have had this package sent to their home address. In addition to this work package, additional work has been uploaded onto the website for you to access. If you go onto the home page of the website and hover over Primary and then click on Student Resources you will see a drop down menu called Home Learning, click on this and you will see a further drop down menu ordered by year group (please see below). There are a significant number of additional resources here for your child to work on. 
Learning is important but for some of you this may be the least of your troubles. This work on the ARA homepage is there to support both you and your child if this is what you want – it is not meant to be a compulsory regime.

It is really easy for children and adults to become over anxious during this time and the daily bombardment of worrying and increasingly negative news does nothing to relieve these feelings. Please try to allow only one daily showing of a news briefing.

I want to cautiously suggest that if you are able to, then please limit the time that your child spends online. This will ensure that they are not subjected to an over negative view of the current situation and that they can have some positivity on a daily basis.

The remainder of this newsletter contains some really positive aspects of what was happening in school in the few weeks leading up to the 20th March. I wish you all well and hope that this situation is resolved positively in the coming weeks.
Primary trip to the West End!
30 children, travelling across London in unpleasant weather and travelling back during rush hour-wow!

Firstly, I’d like to say a massive well done to the pupils in year 5 who attended the ‘Prince of Egypt’ theatre trip. They were so engaged, well-behaved, responsible and we were extremely proud to have taken them. The children thoroughly enjoyed the performances despite it over-running (over 2.5 hours!) What an amazing enrichment opportunity for the pupils, some of whom had never been to the theatre before and some had never even been into London! What a great day.
Secondary & Primary staff dressed up for World Book Day 2020
What an amazing World Book Day in the primary phase! A massive thank you to all the pupils and staff who dressed up- it certainly made for a much livelier environment.

We had 9 lucky winners who all went home with a certificate and a prize; please join me in congratulating them – well done to you all! What an astonishing effort especially as some costumes were made from scratch! The day consisted of many well-planned activities all to secure our main goal with the pupils when it comes to reading: to foster a real love for it! 
The Spoken Word Show 
What an amazing spoken word show (The house that Jackson built) delivered fantastically by Justine Coe!

The pupils thoroughly enjoyed his action-packed performance and many even encouraged him to write a book about it. The props, the voices and the energy were great and the children were engaged throughout. An absolutely lovely end to the week and a lovely way to celebrate the children’s reading at home!
The #ARAartchallenge 
Our Primary Phase team used their creative skills to design a lovely art challenge for everyone to take part in keeping you busy and entertained at home. We’ve had some very beautiful entries come in! Please see the images below!
Rosa from Coral Class baked some beautiful space cookies!
Aaliyah's mini-beasts and space drawings
Bartosz's mini-beasts and space alien
Filza's mini-beasts and alien drawings
Karlie-Rose's fabulous drawings
Malika showing off her baking & drawing skills
Nadia's mini-beasts & alien
Tehan's beautiful flower
Ziad's freshly baked cookies!
Mariam's freshly baked cookies!
Rishabh's mini-beast!
Home Learning
Primary Phase have been using class dojo for parents to access learning, they have been posting activities every day. Take a look at a few pictures from Kingfisher Class of what parents have been sharing with us. They have been taking part in a number of different activities; such as phonics lessons, writing activities, art activities and PE lessons with Joe Wicks. Take a look below!
Some more photos of the fabulous work that Primary have produced...
During the school closures we've had some staff and students still attending school, they have been working very hard and experimenting with shades of colours and some were also creating their own torch light art! We're also hoping to release the butterflies that our primary group have seen grow from caterpillars! See images below!
Issue 82 - 3rd April 2020
ARA To Provide Free School Meal E-Vouchers 
Whilst the Academy is closed to all children with the exception of vulnerable children and the children of keyworkers, we will be following government advice to provide free school meals to our eligible children. We are contacting all our parent / carers of eligible children to let them know we will be sending them a Tesco e-voucher. If you believe you are eligible for free school meals and have not received an email please contact the Academy at Finance@alecreedacademy.co.uk
Some parents are experiencing problems opening the link and get an error message. This type of error is often due to the URL link not been pasted or typed into the browser in full. If any part of this is missing an error message will be shown.
If the link does not work for you, please copy it carefully and paste it to your browser.
 
You do not need to print the voucher, it can be presented to the cashier or scanned at the self-service checkout via your mobile phone in order to redeem in store.
FREE SCHOOL MEAL SCAM – DO NOT GIVE YOUR BANK DETAILS
There are scams asking parents for their bank details in order to receive free school meals. Please do not give your bank details. ARA will not be asking you for your bank details. This is a scam.
School News App

To keep up with the latest news happening in and around the school, you can download our FREE school new app.
How does the app work?

Firstly, you will need to download the app from either the iTunes App Store, Google Play or Windows Store.

Once you have located and downloaded the free app, launch the app and you will then be able to either click on the ‘Find my school’ button which uses the phones GPS to locate all the schools in the surrounding 20 miles, or you can type in the schools postcode and click on ‘Get my school’ button.

Your school's postcode is: UB5 5LQ

You will then see a list of schools that use the app. Click on Alec Reed Academy

You will then be able to click on the ‘News’ button to view all of the latest news items that have been added to the school website.
Consent Forms
The Academy occasionally takes photographs of students for publication on the Academy’s website, in newsletters, on social media and for display in the Academy, in order to celebrate the life of the Academy, pupil work and achievements. 
Parent/Carer's have previously been sent an online form to complete regarding photographic consent. If you have not done already, please complete the form by clicking the link below.

Parent View
Your feedback is incredibly valuable to us and we are always keen to hear your thoughts. You can leave your feedback on Ofsted's Parent View website.
Home Corner
Giving you ideas for learning with your child at home
E-Safety Top Tips:
• Did you know the minimum age for Facebook is 13?
• Did you know the minimum age for Instagram is 13?
• Did you know the minimum age for Snapchat is 13?
BBC Schools
Search for learning games, activities, worksheets to help your child learn at home: Click here for BBC Schools resources
National Literacy Trust 
The NLT provides lots of great ideas for learning at home with your child. 
Click here for NLT inspiration and resources!
Vacancies
Associate Vacancies:
PRIMARY PLAY THERAPIST

Teaching Vacancies:
There are currently no teaching vacancies.

More details on the vacancies section of our website.

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