In this Newsletter I want share and celebrate some of the exciting learning which is taking place at Belmont this half term and tell you a bit more about some of our forthcoming plans. But before I do that I do need to thank you once again for your ongoing support, especially your readiness to follow our COVID-19 procedures and protective measures.
Although we did have to send home 4 class bubbles before half term, so far we have had very few cases where pupils or adults working at the school have tested positive for COVID-19. Since half term our attendance has been improving steadily and last week we had 3 classes at the school with 99.3% attendance, with overall attendance at just over 95%. This is great news because children are not missing out on their learning, and if they do have to stay at home because they have been told to self-isolate, we are able to ensure they can access their learning online.
We are promoting lots of outdoor activities and learning as part of our curriculum this term, and to support this we have re-started our Forest School, which is taking place on the school field. At the start of this term we also installed a dedicated Outdoor Area for our specialist Stargazers provision and you will see pictures of this later in the Newsletter. Another initiative which takes learning to a new level outside is the Year 1 Belmont Story Theatre which has been set up in the school Quad. Meanwhile we have decided to use some of this year’s PE and Sports Premium to install an outdoor gym which will support PE lessons as well as fitness for Years 1 to 6.
All of this means that your children and our staff need to have warm clothes, jackets, hats, and gloves every day so that they can learn safely indoors and outside, even in cold and damp weather. We also understand the importance of good ventilation in preventing COVID-19 infection so we are keeping as many windows as possible open in the school at all times. The heating is on but it is also a good idea for children to have several layers of clothing so they can stay comfortable indoors too.
In other areas of the curriculum your children’s teachers have completed baseline assessments for Reading, Maths and Phonics. They are using this information to plan for and teach “lost learning” due to the lockdown and school closure last term, so that all children are supported to catch up. We are now dedicating extra support for catch up learning across the school and this is supported by some additional government funding.
We also hope that you are finding our new school website helpful when it comes to finding out what your children are learning about this term and how you can support them. We have not quite finished our upgrade but we would love to get some feedback from you on what you like about the website, what you would like to see added to the website and whether you find the information in our Virtual Office useful. So please take some time to explore the Belmont School website and tell us what you think.
Please keep up your great support – remember to wear a mask when you are dropping off and collecting your children, and always try to keep 2 metres apart from people you do not live with when you are lining up outside.
The year 1 children were very excited about the grand opening of their very own outdoor theatre! Below are some pictures and reviews from the year 1 pupils:
'Belmont theatre is extremely excellent' - Teddie
'It was really amazing' - Melisa
'it was so amazing, - I had never seen that before' - Arah
'We got to look inside it and it was really fun' - Amai
'It was very nice' - Dila
'I like the theatre and I can even play with the puppets and it is so much fun playing with puppets because it's my favourite and I like playing with the puppet all the time'. - Parnika
Year Group News
Stargazers – Our new 'amazing' outdoor area!
Stargazers were very excited to have our outdoor area built over the Summer break. The children have really enjoyed enjoying our new 'Sensory Garden', full of different sounds, textures and colours. Over the next term, Stargazers will also be developing their Forest School area and Allotment, ready to grow lots of tasty vegetables for the school in the Spring and Summer terms!
Wealdstone Community Area
Harrow Council has unveiled a public space in the centre of Wealdstone to bring the community together. The project’s aim was to create a proud identity for Wealdstone, which celebrates and supports Wealdstone Town Centre. We worked with local residents, businesses, community groups, young people and stakeholders to develop the project and now that it is complete we would like you to share your thoughts and experiences of the Square with us.
Please complete a short survey. We would love to hear your views:
Times Tables Rock Stars for Years 2 to 6; and Numbots for EYFS and Year 1. Both of these programmes are now up and running and pupils are accessing them at home on a daily basis. Generating excitement amongst the pupils as they are eager to improve on their scores. Contact their class teacher if they are unable to access them.
Safeguarding remains ‘EVERYONES BUSINESS AT BELMONT SCHOOL.’
Harrow Children Services’ Golden Number is available to everyone, and gives people one number to call for information or advice on services for children, young people and their families.
Golden Number: 020 8901 2690.
UNCRC Article 19 - I have the right to be protected from being hurt or badly treated
Contact Details - Safeguarding
We MUST have up to date contact numbers for you for home and work so that we can reach you or a close relative if your child becomes unwell or if there is a school emergency. We were unable to reach all families via the school Text to Parents service last term when we had to close the school, so please help us to safeguard your children by providing latest phone numbers email and home addresses.
Our Virtual School Office
The following forms can be completed on the school website in the virtual office section under 'Forms':
Admissions forms for pupils who are named to start Belmont School.
Exceptional leave forms
Child collections forms - all Parents must complete.
School Hot Lunch Bookings
Calling all parents - You must activate your Parent Pay accounts and book your child's hot school lunch meal via the Parent Pay Website.
We are going paperless and will no longer be taking bookings in school.
All those eligible for free school meals must ALSO book online.
Free School Meal Eligibility Checker
A website has been developed for Parents to check whether their child qualifies for free school meals. Please check even if your child receives meals under the Universal Free Schools Meal scheme. If your child is currently on the free school meal list you will also need to register on the website. If you need any help please come to the school office.
We urge all parents to check so the school can receive extra funding.
The link is https://pps.lgfl.org.uk/
Maths Week - Hidden Figures
From 23 Nov until 27 Nov
Last day of term - School end time to be finalised