Dunton Green Primary School

Life at Dunton Green Primary School
  • "Pupils make strong progress across year groups in reading, writing and mathematics." (OFSTED 2018)
  • "Parents and carers are overwhelmingly positive about the quality of education. They believe that their children are happy and safe, and make good progress." (OFSTED 2018)
  • "Teachers have high expectations of pupils. This ensures that pupils are motivated to pay attention and work hard." (OFSTED 2018)
  • "Pupils' progress from their starting points in reading, writing and mathematics is strong across all year groups." (OFSTED 2018)
  • "The early years foundation stage provides a very effective springboard into Year 1." (OFSTED 2018)
  • "Staff and pupils have strong relationships built on mutual respect. Pupils are adamant about treating all people equally." (OFSTED 2018)

 

School Closed - From Monday 23rd March 2020

School Will Open to Reception & Year 1 from 1st June 2020

Click here for  FAQ for parents about children returning to school

We can confirm in line with government guidance we will be opening the school to some pupils on 1st June. 

If your child is in Reception or Year1 and you received a letter last week detailing the drop off times then we will be expecting your child on Monday. 

If you have a child in Reception or Year 1 but did not receive a letter and would like a place- please contact the school office on Monday.  

If you are a key worker or have a child in the purple bubble and received a letter,  we look forward to seeing you on Monday 1st June. 

Year 6 pupils who are not part of the purple bubble should not return to school on Monday. 

All year groups will continue to have work set on a weekly basis on padlet. Teachers will continue to provide feedback and respond to parents via email on a daily basis. Teachers will also continue to make contact via telephone calls. 

If any parents are concerned about their child's mental health or need support themselves- please contact the school office so that Ms Boanas or Mrs Hennessy can call you back. 

If you have any specific concerns regarding a child with SEND- please call the school office and Mrs Linkins will call you back. 

We realise that the current situation continues to be an anxious time for everyone and we really would like to offer support in any way we can.  

 

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers 

I hope that you have all had an opportunity to look through the extensive work packs which have been prepared for your child. As you will see from the activities there is lots of choice for your child to choose from. Please try and work out a structured timetable each day, as this will be easier for your child if they can develop a routine. 

We will be providing any updates on the website, so please check in from time to time. We are also hoping to upload some messages from staff to keep in touch with the children. (see below)

As it is unclear how long the school closure will be for, we may also be uploading more links to learning on the website too. 

We would like to thank everyone for their words of support and thanks during this difficult time. 

Ms Boanas

Headteacher

 

Keeping in touch with your Teacher and more class activities:

Hi all,
I am excited to introduce a new system that will allow us to interact more. When you click on the link you will be taken to our site that has all of the classes divided into sections- please slide across to find yours. Underneath class heading, you will find posts from your teacher! These may be of challenges or tasks they would like you to complete, messages from them, recordings or links to places that will help you with your learning. Underneath each post there is a section which allows you to leave a comment, please feel free to do this, but as per GDPR restrictions please do not leave a name. You can also ask questions in the comment box and your teacher will get back to you!

I hope you enjoy using it.
Many Thanks
Mrs Day

https://padlet.com/cday34/gfeqmmcdwfwo

 

Other Resources:

Please find below some links to a wide range of learning resources you may like to try:

 

Weekly Art Activities:

Click here to try Pontillism as a home learning art activity                                                                     

Click here to try creating a Penny Spinner at home

Click here to try creating an Optical Illusion

Click here to make an Origami Fish

Click here to create a Picasso inspired picture

Click here for this week's art activity - Pebble Painting

Click here - this week's art activity is - Kaleidoscopes

Click here - this week's art activity is making Sock Puppets

Click here - have a go at making a Dream Catcher for this week's art activity

Click here - for this week's art activity which is Wax Crayon Transfers

Click here - to try making your own African Sunset

Click here - this week's art activity is making a Stained Glass Window

 

Other art activities to try:

Why not try to  Draw with Rob for easy to follow tutorials.  Inspiring art in children of all ages.

Lots of art and craft ideas at the Tate https://www.tate.org.uk/kids

 

Museums & Virtual Places to visit:

Click here for a a range of virtual tours around some of the World's best Museum's and Art Galleries

The National History Museum has some great suggestions for learning https://www.nhm.ac.uk/take-part.html

Live West End Musicals: Click here for a free showing of the 2017 performance of Wind in the Willows (Donation Suggested)

Zoos:  Lots of Zoos are offering live Cams to view the animals, here are just two, but see how many more you can find.

Click here for a link to San Diego Zoo

Click here for a link to Edinburgh Zoo

 

Other Learning Resources you may like to explore:

 

  Literacy & Reading:

 

   Editions of First News - Newspaper for 7-14 year olds

Edition 719 - 27th March

Edition 720 - 3rd April

Edition 721 - 10th April

Edition 722 - 17th April

Edition 723 - 24th April

Edition 724 - 1st May

Edition 725 - 8th May

Edition 726 - 15th May

Edition 727 - 22nd May

Edition 728 - 29th May 

Edition 729 - 5th June

Edition 730 - 12th June

Edition 731 - 19th June 

Edition 732 - 26th June

Edition 733 - 3rd July

Edition 734 - 10th July

 

Resources for Special Educational Needs (SEND):

 

Resources for PE at home:

  • Click here for Simon-Says PE at home 
  • Joe Wicks is offering daily PE lessons on You Tube at 9am for children (and parents) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8o8wMgAT-YThe Active Rainbow Challenge  
  • Why not try the "Active Rainbow Challenge" organised by Kent School Games in partnership with School Games.  The children and families need to complete an activity from each colour of the rainbow, from within the booklet. Once they have completed it, they must colour in that part of the rainbow. Depending on how many complete rainbows/activities they do, they can submit the work and win prizes including Kent School Games Medals! Which are lovely medals!  A video on how the challenges and booklets work can be found here:

    https://www.kentschoolgames.com/my-active-rainbow

    Click here for more information

    Click here for an example of an age 6 pupil who has completed the booklet.

    This is a great challenge and completely FREE OF CHARGE!!!

    Join in and let Miss Spicer or your class teacher know how you get on!

 

 

Support for Parents: (Includes links to live lessons)

If you are looking for some top tips and support in helping with parenting during the lockdown click on the link below from Fegans:

 https://www.fegans.org.uk/parenting-in-a-pandemic/

 

The links below are from the NCETM (National centre for excellence in the teaching of mathematics) They have some very good videos.

Our parent support page has a short introductory video, before offering support in three separate areas: learning activities and games; video tips; and Facebook Groups, all sub-divided into primary and secondary.

The two Facebook Groups, Primary maths – teachers supporting parents and Secondary maths – teachers supporting parents, are for any parents/carers and teachers across the country to join. Their purpose is for parents to pose questions about the maths their children are learning, and for teachers to provide easy to understand, straightforward answers.

This area includes our new primary lesson videos, intended to provide primary school pupils with interactive lessons while they are at home. Most lessons are 15 to 20 minutes long, each ending with suggested follow-up tasks. The current plan is for three new batches of five lessons each to be added every week.

 

  Live Lessons:

The Oaks National Academy has been developed in conjunction with the government and 'expert' teachers and learning can be accessed by year group and subject. It is very well organised and there are powerpoints on there with teachers to 'teach' the children with follow-up quizzes which assess the children's answers. They can see which questions they were correct on.

Parent Information: https://www.thenational.academy/information-for-parents-pupils/

Year 6 - https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-6/#subjects

Year 5 - https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-5/#subjects

Year 4 - https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-4/#subjects

Year 3 - https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-3/#subjects

Year 2 - https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-2/#subjects

Year 1 - https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/year-1/#subjects

Reception - https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom/reception/#subjects

 

They can do the maths as extra learning - but the preferred maths lessons are still through the White Rose Maths links.

If your child does any English work they should start with lesson 1 in any week and work through in order.

 

 

There are also 'live lessons on BBC bitesize. Particularly good for Science.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/live-lessons/primary-live-lessons/zmc9jhv​

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/primary/zd7p47h

 

  Online Safety:

In the current climate of social distancing we understand that children will be potentially using the internet and social media more than ever before. It is vitally important then that you remind your child/ren about the e-safety learning they would have completed at school. Please talk to your child about how the rules of bullying are just as important when using social media or messaging through online games via Xbox and playstation. If you have any concerns about messages that your child is receiving from other pupils, please do not erase the messages and contact the school.

Useful weblinks for further guidance and support:

  Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Support:

If families or children are not sure what support is needed, then they can call the Single Point of Access (SPA) on 0300 123 4496 to talk through what information, advice and support might be appropriate.  This is also the number to call if a child needs urgent mental health support.

For people of all ages needing immediate mental health support, just text the word “Kent” or “Medway” to 85258.  This is a new 24/7 text service provided by SHOUT and the Crisis Text Line as part of the Kent and Medway Release the Pressure campaign.

Other services that young people can access directly are:

  • Kooth is a mental health and wellbeing online platform for young people aged 10 to 16 across the whole of Kent. The service is free and can be accessed at  www.kooth.com   It’s a place to get advice, information and support 24/7. Young people can chat to a friendly qualified counsellor Monday to Friday between 12 noon and 10pm and Saturday and Sunday between 6pm and 10pm.
  • Accessing www.moodspark.org.uk or www.kentresiliencehub.org.uk to learn about mental health and find tips and resources to keep emotionally healthy.
  • Texting ChatHealth for support around physical and mental health on 07520 618850. The number is monitored Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
  • Self-referring to the Children and Young People’s Counselling Service at www.kentcht.nhs.uk/forms/school-health-service-referral-form
  • Accessing the Big White Wall if aged 16+ for anonymous support through https://www.bigwhitewall.com