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July

Week 1

We have come to the end of another very successful week in school. Just a final reminder that parents/carers wishing their children to finish the academic year in school should contact  the office for places,  as we still have a limited number of places in each year bubble.

Please contact the office if you have changed your contact details as we will be sending lots of information home including end of year reports. If you would like to register two sets of contact details with the office, let us know so that we can send messages and reports to both parents separately.

Reports will be emailed to all parents/carers on Friday 10th July and we will post the ‘Meet the Teacher’ videos on the VLE. Parents/carers wishing to have an end of year consultation will be offered a time and will be contacted by the class teacher by telephone in the final week. 

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June

Week 4

Next week all the pupils who have requested a ‘return to school’ place will be back at school, which is a positive end to the school year.

There is a lot of information that needs to go home about the end of the year and the start of the new academic year, so please keep an eye on your emails and text messages, so nothing is missed.

The teachers will be in school for the final week, so the last Home Learning Grids will be created for the WB 6th July. Reading is going to be even more important this Summer, so please use our online resources and visit the Barnet libraries website. There will be no grid sent on the WB 13th July, however a final grid will be sent home for the summer holiday, which will suggest activities to help with transferring to the next year group. This work will not be marked and pupils will not receive feedback online. We are also asking that laptops be returned in the week beginning the 13th July. Subject to government funding and match funding it may be possible for families eligible for PPG to get financial assistance to purchase a chrome book for home learning. More information to follow.

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Week 3

Having taken part in a meeting of Barnet Headteachers and Local Authority Representatives, the emerging picture in Barnet regarding Covid 19 is a positive one and schools like Livingstone can consider bringing more year groups back into school subject to space and availability of staff.

The tentative take up of places by Year 5s has meant that we have been able to offer to 2 days to every member of this cohort wishing to return. We have now put together the bubbles and pupils in this group will be starting this coming Monday.

Based on the numbers returning across the different year groups, we feel that we can start to explore the possibility of bringing in the other cohorts and next week we will review the impact of having the 5s and decide if it is feasible to expand numbers.

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Week 2

Now that the government plans for re-opening the school to other year groups have been postponed, we are having to re-evaluate what we are doing for these and every year group.

Dear Parents / Carers,

Now that the government plans for re-opening the school to other year groups have been postponed, we are having to re-evaluate what we are doing for these and every year group. Each school and local authority are deciding how to move forward and whilst the current situation does not allow for all year groups to return simultaneously, there is a consensus that more has to be done for pupils seriously at risk of falling behind.

At Livingstone, we know that we can make up the learning for the majority of the pupils as we have always provided, additional classes, however these interventions require extra time. If the SATs are re-instated in 2021, we are particularly concerned for the year 5 pupils as there are children in this cohort that we feel would be very difficult to prepare for the tests, especially if there is delay in opening in September.

 

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Week 1

I am happy to announce that the first week of re-opening the school has been very successful and we are confident that with one or two slight adjustments, the school was well prepared for the re-opening.

Now that the lockdown is being relaxed, more pupils are coming under key worker status so we are looking to expand our provision for these pupils. We are also having to look how we can meet the needs of pupils at risk of falling substantially behind in their work and not meeting National Expectations. The teachers have continued to work hard producing resources and they have been tracking the work being produced online, but because of the time away from school, we have noticed quite variable outcomes for our some pupils. Due to their learning needs and home circumstances, some of our pupils have not been able to access what has been made available to them.  Even with the distribution of laptops and copies of worksheets, it has not always been possible for these pupils to access sufficient differentiated lessons, to enable them to make progress.  For this reason we will be contacting some families to offer additional support and possibly offer school places under the ‘vulnerable’ category.

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May

Week 4

Newsletter—Re-opening of school Monday June 1st

 Parents will not be permitted to enter the school office unless an appointment has been made. Please email or leave a telephone message if you urgently need to speak to someone on Monday.

Dear Parents / Carers,

Today we have been working in school completing the preparations for the re-opening of the school for Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 6 and Key Worker pupils on Monday.

Please ensure that you read this letter carefully as it sets out the instructions which will enable the school to re-open and operate, while keeping everyone as safe as possible.

Preferably one parent/carer only should drop off and collect on time at the designated points.

If parents/carers arrive early, please use the grass verge across the road and do not congregate outside the school gates or line up along the pavement. Please maintain physical distancing and leave immediately.

All the areas are clearly sign-posted and, when you do leave, please ensure that you follow the arrows in one direction to allow for social distancing and no contact.

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Letter to Parents

Re-opening of school June 1st - Information for all Parents including  Yr 2, Yr 3, Yr 4 and Yr 5 Parents!

As I indicated in last Friday’s newsletter, staff have been risk assessing and planning for school to open more widely.

On the basis of our current risk assessments and staff availability our plans for reopening are as follows:

Timetabling

Rec, Yr 1 and Yr 6 will be split into two groups of 15 and will attend 2 days a week –

Monday & Tuesday or Thursday & Friday

Nursery are offering  two morning or afternoon sessions on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday

Kingfisher 1 and 2 will be returning for the morning sessions on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday

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Week 3

I am that sure many of you will have watched the Prime Minister speaking on Sunday evening saying that it may be possible to have a phased re-opening of schools from 1st June, starting with pupils in nurseries, reception, year one and year six. 

The safety of everyone in the school community is paramount.  We all want to get more pupils back into school.  However, I do want to stress that our first priority has to be the health and well-being of all our children, families and our staff.   

So, if we are able to open some classes on this date, it is extremely unlikely that school will look anything like it did before lockdown.  Social distancing is difficult for many of our children and especially the youngest.  People are still advised to minimize their social contact. This is likely to have a significant impact on the number of adults available to work in our school and therefore the number of children in school at any one time will/may need to be much reduced. This means that we have much planning (including maintaining our virtual learning), risk assessments and safeguarding issues to work through before we can open the school safely.

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Week 2

This weekend we commemorate the end of the Second World War, and the courage and sacrifice of those who fought in it and suffered from it!

Watch our VE assembly on the VLE!

We should, perhaps, take some encouragement from the fact that they endured six years of hardship, and not just the six weeks of lockdown that we have had to deal with. Let’s draw inspiration from them, and look forward in a spirit of hope. 

Thank you to all our families for sending in photos of your children’s work. We can see they are working really hard and hope they are enjoying the variety of activities on their home learning grids.

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Week 1

It is incredible to think that we are now entering our sixth week of lockdown with no indication of when this will end or how the easing of restrictions will be implemented.

Next week, teachers will be contacting you directly, so please be aware that if you get a call and the number is unfamiliar or protected it is likely to a member of staff calling you. 

 We are hoping that the news will continue to be positive next week so small steps can be taken to bring the lockdown to a close. However, even with the most optimistic outlook it may take a while before we get back to the way school used to be.

 It is therefore imperative that all pupils continue to work on the learning grids and, just as importantly, that they post, download, or send the work they have done to their teachers.

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April

Easter Newsletter

The last couple of weeks have been very challenging. It seems incredible to think that the schools have only been closed for two weeks!

Thanks to the incredible generosity of Mr and Mrs Bach, the parents of Lucas in Reception, we have been able to order 27 computers for the school, and so make laptops available to families who have none in the household. We are extremely grateful to Mr and Mrs Bach for making this possible.

Please do not worry if your children have not managed to complete all of the work that has been available to them over this period.  The work is there to help pupils engage with learning and to provide structure to the day. The learning grids and VLE are there to help, and are not meant as a substitute for school.

By now, all families should have been contacted by class teachers, either by VLE or by telephone. If you haven’t heard from us, please telephone the school and leave a message on the answerphone; we will get back to you on Monday.

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March

Week 2

Well done to the Year 6 pupils who went to the Barnet Schools Dance Festival at the Artsdepot North Finchley! 

Based on the latest government news conference, we are keeping up the handwashing and we are cancelling the trip to Paris. All other trips are being evaluated and no further trips are being booked!

Please do not send children into school if they are unwell and self-isolate as recommended in the Coronavirus health guidelines if anyone in your family has the symptoms or has been tested positive and finally, let the school know.

Please ensure that your contact details are up to date so that the school can contact you by text or by email. Please let the office know of any changes and if you have problems with any pupil logins.

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Week 1

World Book Day, a fantastic effort, and some of the best costumes ever!

The Coronavirus is affecting everyone globally, therefore our response to the outbreak is based on advice given at government level. 

So far we have implemented everything we have been asked to do, which means pupils are washing their hands at regular intervals. We have cancelled the trip to the Buddhist Temple and are reviewing all future trips and events on the basis of advice given.

On Thursday 5th, we celebrated World Book Day by dressing up as our favourite book characters; being read to by different teachers; buddy reading with different year groups; and having an 'author-meets-artist' Art day. Some children also created a 'Book-in-a-Box' project. The children looked fantastic in their costumes and have shown a real love of reading - thank you to everyone who made our Book Day a success!

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February

Week 3

Sponsor Your Child for the Sports Station Challenge 10 Activities. One week to complete them all. Sponsorship forms coming home soon! 

PTA Family Fun Evening!

Pupils must bring sponsorship money in an envelope with their name and year group and hand to the office on Friday 13th March.

On Friday 6th March the PTA are hosting a FUN evening which will consist of quizzes, activities and fun games. There will be something for everyone, both children and adults, on the night and we are very much looking forward to it. It is a great way to meet new people and have lots of fun at the same time.

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Week 2

World War 2 Workshops supports our Curriculum!

Mathletics Treat for hard work!

Lately, 6B and 6S had a World War 2 workshop. An expert came in from the Imperial War Museum a showed us a short film about a Jewish boy called Leo who lives in Berlin, Germany. 

On Thursday 6th February, the top 25 from KS1 and KS2 were chosen to participate in a fun activity, led by Smart Play. The children took part in fun circus tricks, and were all happy and excited. 

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Week 1

Mathletic Reward Circus Skills!

No-Entry Sign! 

A big congratulations to all of the children who scored the highest points in TT Rockstars and Mathletics!  They enjoyed a well-deserved treat learning to perform circus skills.

Please note there are changes to Baring Road.  There is a no entry sign from the bus stop on Grove Road.  New double yellow lines are on both sides of the road.  Tickets have been issued to parents, so please park responsibly.

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January

Week 5

Thank you to everyone who has kindly donated pet food for the animal shelter!

Next week we will be announcing the class with the most donation, so keep sending in the food.

We have to start with congratulating the boys on how their sporting attitude has improved significantly along with their organisation and general team play. Their passing and movement with the ball would have embarrassed lots of premiership players because it was well calculated and skilled.  

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Week 4

Naomi, Karolina and Jana presenting an excellent assembly on de-forestation!

This week, Year 6 experienced a workshop provided by the National Holocaust Centre which informed them all about Kinder transport to support their learning about World War II

Naomi, Karolina and Jana presenting an excellent assembly on de-forestation. Isabella also helped but was unwell on the day. Well done!

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Week 3

Year 3/4 Kurling 15.1.20
Children were selected to represent Livingstone at a New Age Kurling event!

On behalf of all the staff, thank you for all your good wishes and generous gifts.

The children modelled superb sporting values and excellent skills where they progressed into the semi-finals placing 4th.  Well done to Jamie, Emmanuel, Zack (Y4), Aiden and Nathan (Y3) Thank you to Miss Nicholson and Alfie.

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Week 2

If you want to help, help Children in Need!

Please Come and join us in sampling a school dinner at Lunchtime on Thursday 16th January 2020. Let the office know by Wednesday 15th January if you are interested for £2.35!!

On Friday 15 November, Livingstone School participated in Children in Need Day. On the day, children from every class gave money and stored it in bottles to be counted later on. On behalf of the school, I am delighted to say that lots of children gave money for the cause and that many children wore Pugsy accessories for the occasion. I am proud to say that Livingstone School raised £284.18. By Isabella 6B

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