Dear Parents and Carers

Thank you so much for all your help and support this half term with the staggered starts, breaks, lunchtimes and dismissal times – I know that the differences and changes will not have always been easy for you to navigate but you have all helped your children to settle into these new timings and routines. All of you should be immensely proud of your children because apart from the large containers of hand sanitiser around the school, measured markings on the floor and posters around the building – you would not know that there was anything different happening in school. The excited buzz of children learning is present loud and clear for us all to hear throughout each and every day.

I should also like to thank parents and carers for wearing a face covering when they come on to the school site and for being so calm and patient. We are aware that this isn’t a government policy, but we feel that it helps to keep us all safe when safe distancing is more difficult. It isn’t necessary for children to wear a face covering in school, (however if they prefer to do so that is fine) although we are aware that some children travel by public transport and would need to wear a face covering at that time. We are trying our very best to ensure that we are offering the very best education to our children, whilst balancing the need to keep them safe and to follow the ever- changing guidelines.  
Attendance

Last week, fifteen classes’ attendance were below the ARA and Local Authority target of 96.4%.  Attendance is monitored closely by the school and if your child's attendance falls below 90% and they miss more than three days in any half term for whatever reason, you will be sent a letter and you may be invited to meet with the head teacher. Children with attendance of less than 90% are judged nationally as being a persistent absentee. Over a whole year 90% equals 19 days and almost one month of learning lost.

I have some key bits of information to share with you all and these are listed directly below.
  • Childhood flu vaccination

    This month all children from reception through to year 7 have been offered the flu vaccination (nasal spray) in school.

    Flu can be a very unpleasant illness in children, with serious complications including pneumonia and bronchitis. This year, it is especially important to protect children and the wider community from flu during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The programme is designed to not only provide individual protection to children, but also to prevent the spread of flu throughout the community.  

    Please note: Alec Reed Academy Primary School would never give a vaccination to a child without written permission from a parent/carer.

  • Covid-19 Update

    Please remember to wear a face mask when coming on to the school site.  This is for the protection of you, our children, our staff and our community.  Thank you.  I am aware that a few people are not able to wear a mask for health reasons and I have been informed about this. 

  • If you, your child or any other member of your family shows signs of COVID-19 you must:

    •   immediately inform the school of your symptoms

    •   do not come on to the school premises

    •   book a COVID test immediately

    •   inform the school of the results of the test as soon as it is known.

    Signs of COVID-19 include:

    •   a new persistent cough

    •   high temperature – greater than 37.8

    •   loss or change in taste or smell

    •   If your child develops any of these symptoms while at school, we will need to follow LA and Public Health England advice.  Children will be isolated from others and will need to be collected by a parent or carer.  The child would need to have a covid test.  If you are unable to get a test, then the child would need to be isolated for 10 days, and all members of the household for 14 days.

    Children with other respiratory symptoms such as a runny nose, a sore throat, sneezing, can still attend school if they are otherwise well – so long as they do not have a high temperature, new cough or loss/change in taste/smell.

  • Pupils with a Medical Condition - responsibilities of parents/carers 

    Some of our children have medical needs and we have a responsibility to ensure that we can support their medical needs whilst the child is in school.  Listed below is a checklist that sets out parental responsibilities:

    • Informing the school if your child has a ‘medical condition’ (as defined in the ‘Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions’ policy) and providing consent to share this information with relevant healthcare professionals including the school nursing service.

    • Liaising with the school to complete an individual healthcare plan, ideally before the start of the school year. The individual healthcare plan requires health professional input, either by the school nursing service (arranged by the school), or by appointment with your health professional (GP, practice nurse or specialist).

    • Completing a medicines permission letter if your child requires medication during school hours.

    • Completing an individual pupil risk assessment form during a meeting with school staff if your child’s needs are severe, complex or potentially life threatening.

    • Informing the school of any medicines the child requires during visits, field trips and other out of-school activities.

    • Ensuring your child’s medicines and medical devices are labelled with their full name and date of birth, in the original pharmacy packaging.

    • Ensuring that your child’s medicines are within their expiry dates.

    • Ensuring that new and in date medicines come into school on the first day of the new academic year, to collect all medication back at the end of the school year, and to dispose of any out-of-date medication.

    • Ensuring that your child catches up with any schoolwork they have missed if they are absent from school due to their medical condition or healthcare appointments. 

    • Providing the school with supporting information from your healthcare professional if your child has frequent or prolonged absence(s) from school.

    • Informing the school of any changes to your child’s condition

    • Liaising with the school annually to ensure that the individual healthcare plan is up to date (even if just to say ‘no changes’).
Anne Franklin
Head of Primary
Primary News
PE in Primary
Right now, staying active and healthy could not be more important for all our pupils. Half term is an ideal time to think about exercise at home. Being active can come in many different forms. Even a short walk around your neighbourhood is a great way to stay active. To encourage exercise at home, parents can play their child’s favourite song, which signals it’s time for 10 squats, 10 push-ups and a 10-second plank for example. Or challenge your children to do 100 jumping jacks in place every hour. Children could watch a dance video on YouTube and try to follow the routine. Hula Hoops and football also provide regular exercise!
Below are two simple circuit activities to do from home to keep fit:

Wall sit
• Stand against a wall 
• Place your feet hip-width apart, keep your back straight and arms parallel out in front of you
• Bring your body down into a floating seated position
• Hold position for 30 seconds then stand back up into your starting position

To increase intensity, hold the seated position for longer

Tabletop press-ups

• Find a sturdy table/bed/chest of draws
• Take four steps back
• Place your hands with straight arms on the edge of the object
• Lower your body towards the object and bend your elbows, pushing them backwards
• Push up and through your arms to return to your starting position  

Good luck, keep active, keep safe, remember social distancing and wash your hands regularly!
Roald Dahl Day
This half term Primary celebrated Roald Dahl Day. The children enjoyed learning about Britain's favourite author! They spent time creating their own characters, learning about famous characters from stories like James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the Enormous Crocodile as well as reading some of his best-known books! 
School Council Healthy Recipe
This week’s recipe is written by Najma in Year 5 Giraffe. Take a look below - Well done Najma!
Promoting Healthy Choices
Promoting Healthy Choices at Alec Reed Academy
To raise awareness amongst pupils on the importance of making healthy lunch choices, Mrs White and the school council held a healthy packed lunch competition with the opportunity to win a brand-new scooter across each key stage.  A massive well done to every child who took part in this competition, the entries were all colourful, healthy and of really good quality (which made the decision extremely hard).

Well done to the overall the winners:
EYFS: Safaa From Nursery
Key stage one: John from Starfish Class
Key stage two: David P from Turtle Class

Year 5 and The Solar System
Year 5 have been learning all about planets in our solar system. They have learnt about the similarities and differences between planets, the distance they are from the sun and why we have night and day. Here are some of the excellent planets created by Giraffe class.
Forest School
The Year 3 children were very excited and instantly engaged with the changing environment from the new fungus to the spider webs laced with dew.

They began their session with a new game, Pheasant and Fox. As a group, they discussed the predator and prey relationship and the need for camouflage and stillness. The groups were split in two: the pheasants and the foxes. Each group had time to prepare. The foxes had to look around the site and use different natural materials to camouflage themselves. The pheasants built nests around the site and put 5 'eggs' in their nest.

Their task was to stay as still as possible when encountered by a fox. If they stayed still the fox had to move on to another nest. If they moved, they had to give one of their eggs to the fox. The children had great fun rubbing mud on their faces and hiding behind branches.

Other children learnt how to whittle sticks using peelers, they decorated them with coloured dyes and then used knots and lashings to secure a piece of flint to the end of the stick. It was very tricky and the children really had to persevere to solve the problem of attaching the different shaped rocks.

Other children enjoyed building teepees with the long branches and securing them with rope. Some children enjoyed using clay to make a variety of creations, whilst others found their own clay by digging deep holes using the trowels.

They have also begun to plant some bulbs around the fence in the middle of the field which will hopefully bring colour and increase the diversity next Spring.
The Scouts
Last week, 3 of our Primary school students were selected to represent The Scouts for an event in Northolt! They were joined by The Duchess of Cambridge who also took part in some fun outdoor activities.
Nursery News
We have only been in for just over 2 weeks and already we are settled and making the most of our learning opportunities... A huge well done to all the youngest children in the academy who have adapted to their new surroundings and learning environment like the superstars they are!
Issue 85 - 23rd October 2020
School Uniform Shop

The Academy is operating social distancing and has closed the physical shop until further notice. Parents are asked to use the Academy’s online shop, and information about how to use the online shop is below.
Items can be purchased online through our web site. To see the online shop click here to view and order the uniform. Detailed measurements for items of uniform are shown below to help you assess which size will fit your child. If you need further information or assistance, please email Uniformshop@alecreedacademy.co.uk

Payment should be made by credit or debit card, you do not need a Parent Pay account.

Once orders have been placed online, you will be notified by email when your order is ready. This normally takes 2 to 4 days.

During term time, the order will be given to your child to take home. If any items ordered are out of stock, we will contact you by email to let you know the date we expect to fulfil the order. For pupils starting mid-year, you will be given a time to collect your items. To collect items, you should come to the Main Reception.
Around Ealing Feature

If you didn’t get the chance to see Alec Reed Academy on the front page of the latest edition of Around Ealing take a look HERE

Our very own Olivia Rooney on the front cover representing ARA! Olivia joined the ARA team in September after completing an apprenticeship with Work West.
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.
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!
Primary News
Vacancies
Associate Vacancies:
There are currently no vacancies available.

More details on the vacancies section of our website.

Term Dates 2020-21
Click HERE to view term dates for 2020-21
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