Free School Meals Voucher System

Vouchers have been paid for weeks beginning 22nd June, 29th June and 6th July.  For queries relating to the vouchers please email office@stmargaretsoldham.net

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On Tuesday 31st March, the government annouced its Free School Meal (FSM) voucher system: St Margaret's registered for this scheme and have been providing e-vouchers to parents since. Parents who are eligible for FSM will receive an email to redeem a voucher for £15 per child, per week. 

If you are unsure whether or not you may be eligible for free schools meals please follow this link to the coucil's website to find out more Oldham Council Free School Meals Info

Parents are advised to ensure they are checking their bulk/spam folders as it is possible the vouchers may appear there.  While you are waiting for your voucher to arrive you could familiarise yourself the process of redeeming it (see link below). 

To redeem your voucher (you must do this and not simply take your code to the shop) please visit this website.

If you have any queries please see the document for details about the voucher system including frequently asked questions. 

Frequently Asked Questions DfE FSM Vouchers 

If you are sending your child back to school . .

If you are have been contacted by school because your child is eligible to come back to school, all the information you require regarding start and finishing times, information about school uniform, etc, is contained in the Parent and Pupil Protocols document.  Please ensure you read this carefully. 

File icon: pdf Parent and Pupil protocols - return to school v5.pdf [pdf 233KB] Click to download

Letter Friday 12th June 2020

Please find below a letter that outlines our current position with regard to opening the school more widely. 

 

File icon: pdf 12th June update on wider reopening.docx (2).pdf [pdf 256KB] Click to download

Letter Monday 1st June 2020

Year One and Key Worker Parents

Please find attached a detailed letter regarding the wider reopening of St Margaret's school for key worker and year one children. 

The letter from 22.5.2020 explains that school is working towards a wider reopening date of 8th June for children in year one initially with more year groups to follow as soon as it safely possible.  

File icon: pdf Parent and Pupil protocols - return to school v4.pdf [pdf 236KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf 22.5.20 Wider reopening letter.pdf [pdf 89KB] Click to download

Child Protection and Safeguarding: COVID-19 Addendum

Please find below an addendum to our current Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy which details changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

File icon: pdf Child_protection_policy_addendum_-_updated_30_June_2020.pdf [pdf 221KB] Click to download

Home Learning

Packs of home learning have been placed on each class page of the website that children can complete.  This is in addition to the online platforms children currently have available to them -

Purple Mash www.purplemash.com/StMargaretsol8,

Times Table Rockstars https://ttrockstars.com/ and

Google Classroom www.classroom.google.com

Those children that usually use Lexia in school are able to utilise this resource at home also https://www.lexiacore5.com/

Class teachers can be contacted in the usual way while school is closed (older children by emailing the class teacher direct) and younger children via the Class Dojo app. 

Queries about home learning should be made to the class teacher directly (see above) or if this is not possible please email: homelearning@stmargaretsoldham.net or phone school - the office is manned daily from 8am to 6pm. 

 

File icon: pdf April 2020 home schooling letter.pdf [pdf 223KB] Click to download

Coronavirus information

Please select from the documents below to access the information.

File icon: pdf Letter from Oldham Director of Education May 2020.pdf [pdf 127KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf June reopening letter.docx.pdf [pdf 261KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Minister Ford's open Letter to the SEND sector - 24th March 2020.pdf [pdf 327KB] Click to download

E-Safety 

The impact of COVID-19 means that most of us will be at home for an extended period and are likely to be spending increasing amounts of time online.  The online world is a necessity for many children in accessing school work and it delivers huge benefits, not least in enabling us to stay connected to family and friends during this period. However, many parents may feel concerned about the content their children are accessing.  These guides are intended to help and inform parents during this difficult time.

KS1 E-Safety Age 5 to 7

KS2 E-Safety Age 8-11

File icon: pdf E-safety Newsletter Issue 1 May 2020.pdf [pdf 253KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf E-safety Newsletter Issue 2 June 2020.pdf [pdf 328KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Digital safety during COVID-19_ June 2020.pdf [pdf 87KB] Click to download

Oldham Council Creative Writing Competition

Oldham Council is inviting schools to  take part in a creative writing competition to capture the views and opinions of students during the Covid-19 Pandemic.   For more information please see the flyer below.  If you are interested in taaking part please email all submissions to karen.rose@oldham.gov.uk by 12pm 17th July. 

File icon: pdf Oldham Writing Competition.pdf [pdf 214KB] Click to download

Oldham Libraries - Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge is here! On Friday 5 June the new look online Silly Squad Digital Summer Reading Challenge was launched for all children to access directly and start their reading adventures.  Children can log their reads and collect virtual prizes as they unlock content on the Silly Squad website: sillysquad.org.uk. It is free and easy to register.  Alongside the main challenge, Oldham Libraries will be running an online programme of stories, crafts, competitions, writing workshops and more, through the Oldham Libraries Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OldhamLibraryService/.  For more information please click on the picture link.

The James Dyson Foundation - Science Challenge

Please access the resources below.

File icon: pdf The James Dyson Foundation - KS2 Engineering and Science - Challenge Cards.pdf [pdf 4MB] Click to download

National Sports Week - Starts 20th June 2020

Youth Sports Trust are working with Sky Sports to provide activities and ideas to help keep our children moving at home and in school.  Parents can register by clicking on the picture link, to receive further information.  Any schools getting involved can tag @oldhamssp on twitter or instagram.  We love to see Oldham's youth getting involved in activity. 
Please click on the picture link to register as a parent.  Please don't try to register via school.

Oldham’s Lockdown Museum

Oldham’s Lockdown Museum is a new digital project to collect a snapshot of what life is like in our local area during the Covid-19 pandemic.  There is a saying: ‘Change is the only visible sign of life’ and what changes we’ve gone through. Gallery Oldham is looking for objects that tell the story of life in lockdown so that we can share them with future generations. Have you bought or made something unusual? What object sums up the changing world outside or the unchanging reality of staying at home? Sometimes it is the most ordinary object that tells the most amazing story. We’d love to share your experiences and ideas, and see pictures (photographs or drawings/paintings) of the objects that sum them up, whatever they are.  Click on the picture link to find more information. 

Department for Education Online Learning Resources

Information, guidance and support for parents and carers of children who are learning at home.

Supporting your children's education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

We have brought together these lists of online educational resources to support children’s education at home while they may not be attending their normal education setting.

English Resources

Maths Resources

Science, PE, Wellbeing and SEND Resources

Lockdown Survival Guide

Please select the document below.

File icon: pdf Lockdown Survival Guide May 2020.pdf [pdf 432KB] Click to download

Oldham Library Services Family Support

With some children remaining at home, the home learning environment and parental engagement will be more important than ever.  To support families, Oldham Libraries are delivering an exciting online offer. From ‘Ask a Librarian’, live rhyme time sessions, quizzes to plenty of creative activities that you can do with your family, there’s something for everyone. Check the libraries website for the weekly programme through this link . You can also follow Oldham libraries on social media.
 

BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons

You'll find daily lessons for homeschooling in Maths and English for every year group, as well as regular lessons in Science, History, Geography and more.

Harry Potter at Home

Welcome to the Harry Potter At Home hub where you’ll find all the latest magical treats to keep you occupied - including special contributions from Bloomsbury and Scholastic, nifty magical craft videos (teach your friends how to draw a Niffler!), fun articles, quizzes, puzzles and plenty more for first-time readers, as well as those already familiar with the wizarding world. We’re casting a Banishing Charm on boredom!

Code Camp

We're opening up our online coding platform to help kids around the world stay engaged and keep learning during these uncertain times. We'll send you access to Code Camp World right away, plus two awesome lesson plans where your children can build their very own games from scratch using drag and drop coding. It's so much fun, they won't realise they're learning important skills!  Please click on the picture link to access their website.

Elevenses with The World of David Walliams

The World of David Walliams is releasing an audio story from The World’s Worst Children every day for the next 30 days. Keep the kids busy with these daily audio treats, perfect for tea-and-biscuit breaks.

Celebrity Classes

Join the celebrities for their lockdown lessons.

British Sign Language Course - Years 5 and 6 Pupils

During this difficult time, as more of us are finding ourselves in self-isolation or spending longer periods at home, we would like to provide the opportunity for you to use this time to learn British Sign Language. Our 20hr CPD certified course can be studied at your own pace and is a comprehensive introduction to BSL.

£3 – if you are a full time student or finding things tight right now.

Please click on the picture link if you are interested in doing the course.

Useful resources for parents during the COVID-19 pandemic

Dave the Dog and Nurse Dotty Story

A story to help explain to younger children about the coronavirus and help them with their worries.

File icon: pdf Dave the Dog Story - Explaining Coronavirus to Younger Children.pdf [pdf 7MB] Click to download

Mental Health and Wellbeing Resources

File icon: pdf coronavirus-mental-health-and-wellbeing-resources.pdf [pdf 81KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Story to explain Lockdown to chn .pdf [pdf 489KB] Click to download