Dear Parent/Carers
I wanted to take a moment to thank all the parents at home who have embraced home learning this term.  We would like nothing more than to have a school full of children, but for the time being, we must prioritise safety to help reduce the Covid levels in the community.  I appreciate that home learning is tough, and for many parents balancing home learning and work is very challenging.  Please be kind to yourselves.  Try to embrace and enjoy this time with your family, learn together, and most importantly keep healthy, both physically and mentally. A huge well done to everyone, you are doing really well, and the teachers have commented on how hard many of the children are working. Please remember that, if you are struggling with some of the work, our teachers will be able to answer your queries. Do not panic about trying to get everything done, and don’t worry if you are struggling to upload any completed work. Just do your best – we appreciate everything you are doing.

You may have seen in the news, that Boris Johnson has set a target for schools to open on Monday 8th March, therefore delaying the original opening of February 19th. As soon as the guidance comes out (so far, we have only been informed via press release) we will start planning. The date of a full reopening of school is yet to be confirmed, and I will keep you updated on any new guidance as and when I receive it. Until then, we will aim to reopen on Monday the 8th March, continuing with Remote Learning for 2 weeks after half term. We cannot wait until we can see you all again!!

The DfE have also released a statement to say that schools will be closed as normal during the February half term break and will not be expected to remain open for critical key worker or vulnerable children, as we did last year during the Easter and May holidays. Please ensure that you have this in your diary and make alternative childcare arrangements if you require them. Thank you.

 From the DfE: 

…..the Prime Minister has announced that it will not be possible to resume face-to-face learning immediately after the February half term and instead hopes it will be safe to commence the re-opening of schools and colleges from Monday 8 March. This is in response to the national public health data and pressure on NHS capacity.

If the Government achieves its target of vaccinating everyone in the four most vulnerable groups with their first dose by 15 February then those groups will have developed immunity from the virus around three weeks later, that is by 8 March. It is for this reason that we hope it will therefore be safe to commence the reopening of schools from Monday 8 March.

The government will also continue to provide support for pupils eligible for benefits-related free school meals through the national voucher scheme to those learning at home during term time next half-term. Support will also be available during the half -term holiday for vulnerable families through the Covid Winter Grant Scheme.

THE OAK NATIONAL ACADEMY

The Oak National Academy have opened a Virtual School Library where each week a popular children's author or illustrator will provide you with free books, exclusive videos and their top three recommended reads. This first week is Jacqueline Wilson and you can read 'The Story of Tracy Beaker' for free and download some linked activities. https://library.thenational.academy/ 

On-line Safety

CEOP - Safer In-Game Chat - for parents 

CEOP have a video that may be useful to share with you. It is less than 4 minutes in length and explains what in-game chat is, which can be useful opening up conversations with children and young people. 

The link to the video, which is hosted on YouTube, is HERE.

KS1/2 Competition from SafeToNet

The wonderful charity, SafeToNet have put together a competition for KS1/2 children. The competition is for Safer Internet Day and children are asked to submit their creative thoughts on what the safeguarding solution of the future could look like. This could be a great task to set, as a couple of years ago a similar task was set and the ideas the children were coming out with were truly inspiring.

To find out more and register click HERE.

Anne Franklin
Head of Primary
Primary News
Rockstar Times Tables
We are so proud of all our students working super hard! Below is the Rockstar's Times Tables leader board, well done to all children working hard on their timetables at home!
Click here to view the leader board.
Art Work
For his art homework, Jamsigan in Year 6 was asked to draw a picture which depicted our frontline workers as superheroes of the pandemic. This was his piece. Well done for producing this amazing piece Jamsigan.
Well done to Filza in Year 1 for creating this beautiful sculpture! Keep up the creativity!
English
A massive well done to the students in Year 3 for producing some very impressive pieces of English work. Students have been writing their own openings to the story ‘The BFG’, check out a few examples below! 
Andrei's English Work
Jason's English & Science Work
Nikita Sharma - Monday 1st February  - image
Science
Year 4 science have been using balloons to investigate static energy!!
Nursery News
In nursery, this half term we have been learning all about people who help us. Here is what we have been up to. We have completed this learning at home and at school.
Dentists: We have been learning all about our teeth and how we must look after them! We have learnt how to brush our teeth and how many times a day we must clean them. We have even used tweezers to put teeth into our pretend playdough gums to practise our dentistry skills!
Police: Pupils learnt all about how the police protect and keep us safe. They now know how to use a radio to call other police officers too if they need help. We have had great fun pretending to catch “bad people” and “put them in jail”. Pupils now know the importance of police officers to the community. 
Firefighters: Pupils had a lot of fun learning about firefighters! They counted all the fire extinguishers in the Arc building, they learned how to put out fires and we even took part in a candle experiment. Pupils got creative and made their own fire engines from junk modelling! They all produced such amazing work. 
Opticians and Teachers: Pupils learnt all about how to look after their eyes and how glasses can help them see.  They also did observational drawings of a The Gruffalo to test their eyesight. Pupils also had a go at being teachers for the day and read stories to their classmates! 
Fizz Free Feb!
This February Alec Reed Academy decided to take part in Fizz Free Feb in order to lower our sugar intake. According to studies, fizzy drinks are the largest single source of sugar for children ages 11-18. Cutting out fizzy drinks for the whole of February will help to develop new habits and make it easier to cut our sugar intake in the future. Well done to everyone that has taken part!  
Black British History
DramEd are inviting children in and around Ealing to join their free half term holiday clubs online. 

We will be celebrating black cultural music and dance styles through the arts. They will be led by some very talented artists and creatives, including UK artist, Kyra!

These workshops are taking place from the Monday 15th to Friday 19th February 2021 on Zoom.

For more information on how to get involved, please click HERE
 
Children's Mental Health
Find out how you can support your child's mental health during the pandemic by visiting the YoungMinds website. Click here.
For further tips on how to look after your mental health, please visit our website page dedicated to this by clicking here
 
Healthy Schools
We are delighted to announce that Alec Reed Academy has achieved the Healthy Schools London Gold Award.
Although it has been a very different year for all of us, we continue to try and make a difference within our community and have worked hard to support the health and well-being of our pupils!
Issue 87 - 12th February 2021
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.
For detailed measurements for items of uniform please click here. 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.

Online Critical Thinking Guide

Internet Matters have put together a very useful, comprehensive guide for children to assist with critical thinking on a range of topics, such as fake news, making personal information, managing relationships and much more. There is advice and guidance for children and young people, as well as activities that parents can do with their children so this is a good one to share with half term coming up.

Click HERE for the guide.

Snapchat’s new safety resources launch in the UK 

Ahead of Safer Internet Day Snapchat have launched a new Discover channel, Safety Snapshot, dedicated to online safety for Snapchatters. Twelve episodes will be released over the coming months that focus on topics like keeping your account safe, debunking myths, protecting your data, reporting illegal activity or bullying on Snapchat, and more.

When the pandemic first hit, there was a 40% increase in reports related to hacked accounts. With that in mind, the first episode includes a swipe-up call-to-action to encourage Snapchatters to verify their email. 

Subscribe by searching for Safety Snapshot in app and clicking the subscribe button. Once done, you’ll receive safety and privacy tips and tricks as they’re released on the channel. Over the next year watch out for advice about digital literacy, combating hate speech and taking social media breaks.

Click HERE to view the parent's guide to Snapchat.
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!
Vacancies
Associate Vacancies:
SUBJECT LEADER - GEOGRAPHY

Teaching 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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