17th July 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

​It has been an extremely difficult four months as we all have tried to cope with the pandemic. As a head teacher I have tried to ensure that all families and children are in constant contact with the school through a range of communication mechanisms: StudyBugs, email, Parent Mail and the website. I know you have been all working hard at home keeping your families safe and well as well as encouraging on line learning.

During June and July we have opened our doors to more children following the lock down in March, April and May when we were open for critical worker and vulnerable family children.  When we opened on June 1st to welcome more children back we carried out a rigorous risk assessment and trained all staff to ensure the children and staff were safe. As more children have returned since June we have been able to see that our risk assessment has worked and everyone has remained safe and well.

As you are aware it is the expectation that from September 2nd all children are to  return to school. We have been issued with clear government guidance to ensure that we continue to be vigilante and mitigate against all risks. We are therefore updating our risk assessment and the amended version will be on our website before children return on September 2nd.
Strategies that we will be using include:

  • Staggered start of the day
  • Staggered end of the day
  • Staggered lunchtime and play times
  • Children will remain in their year group bubbles throughout the day—arriving, eating, playing and learning in the same bubble. This will enable us to track and trace effectively.
  • A range of eating areas will be in operation to ensure the children are not too close with one another.
  • Counsellor on site 3 days a week to support our children on their return
  • No parents will be allowed on site and there will be a limit to other external visitors.
  • Rigorous and regular cleaning of the school and the facilities.

Further information regarding these safety strategies can be found on our website at www.newcity.boleyntrust.org

I am sure many of you are anxious about returning to school, but I would like to reassure you that we have very detailed plans to ensure everyone is safe. Please do contact the school if you have any questions and we will work with you during this difficult time.

You will have received information about times of the day and the name of your child’s class teacher. There is a video on our website welcoming children to their new class teacher.

During the summer holidays we have placed some learning resources on the website for the children to do at their leisure.
 

Summer Activities
Newham Council is putting on a range of activities for children during the summer holidays. We will signpost any information we get directly onto our website. In the mean time please check out their website at www.newham.gov.uk/children-families/activities-young-people-newham/1

There is also another company that offers summer clubs. Their information can be found at https://clubs.school/summer

Please see the attached flyer for summer activities.
 

Breakfast and After School Clubs
Unfortunately  we will not be able to run our range of extra curricula clubs in September, but we will monitor the situation and hopefully have these running as soon as we can.
Breakfast and after school club will be organised by an external   company at our Family Centre. Please see their flyer attached here.
 

Uniform
Don't forget - uniform needs to be ordered via Parentmail  or via www.myclothing.com  - There is no longer an on site uniform shop. 


Is your child joining our Reception in September? 
We very much look forward to welcoming our new Reception children in the 2020-21 academic year who will be embarking on the next stage of their educational journey here at New City Primary School. We have created a short 'Introduction to Reception' video which outlines the daily routines and general information. The video should answer any questions or queries about the Reception Year, however if there are any unanswered questions then please do not hesitate to contact us by phone or by email at info@newcity.boleyntrust.org

Here is our video:


Year 6 Transition

Transition
As you get closer to saying goodbye to New City and starting on your new journey of learning in secondary education, we wanted to let you know that change can be worrying for adults and children. If you have any worries about transition then do email us on year6@newcity.boleyntrust.org and your class teacher will call you and answer any questions you may have. We want you all to be excited about moving to secondary school and our goal is alleviate any concerns you may have so do let us know about any anxieties you may be having.

We have attached the transition booklet for Brampton which is filled with lots of useful information about how their school day is, adults you can talk to if you have any questions and it also contains useful tasks to complete so your new school can find out how incredible and talented you already are on your first day there.

Year 6 Invitation
We know this year has been different and unfortunately you have missed on experiences that every Year 6 child cherishes. As a thank you for all your hard work and for bringing smiles to the faces of our school community during your time at New City we would like to invite you to a socially distant get together on Thursday 16th July 2020 at 2PM. Please see the attached invite and do let us know if you’re coming so we can start preparing a safe and enjoyable experience

Please see attached transition guidance from Brampton Manor Academy and Cumberland School.



Transition for September 2020
Please see our transition video below, so you can see your new teachers for September. I hope you have all received your letters about your class teacher next year!

 

The Summer Reading Challenge
The Summer Reading Challenge is back and New City are eager to retain their title which we won last year due to the children of the school visiting their local libraries and reading lots of different books over the Summer. Each year the Challenge, delivered with the support of public libraries, motivates over 700,000 children to keep reading to build their skills and confidence. Never has such support been needed than during the current lock down when the 'summer slide' is likely to have an additional impact on confidence and mental health for both children and parents alike.

This year, Silly Squad, the Summer Reading Challenge 2020, will celebrate funny books, happiness and laughter. Children taking part in the Challenge will join the Silly Squad, an adventurous team of animals who love to have a laugh and get stuck in to all different kinds of funny books!

By visiting the Challenge’s website children will be able to join the Silly Squad and create their unique Silly Squad avatar, discover awesome books to read, play games and unlock badges.

There will be a host virtual events that can be found on the website and throughout social media, with celebrity ambassadors who will be providing online readings, draw-alongs, poetry workshops and general silliness.

The link to the website for you to join the Silly Squad is below and we want all our children to join so that they have access to all the fantastic resources which will be on offer throughout the Summer. 

Remember, the more books you read the better chance we have of retaining our title. Good luck!

https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/​


New City Assembly
Our final assembly can be found below:

Click here for documents to help you access the assemblies:


Wellbeing
During these difficult times it is important that we all look after our well being. Attached is an activity book that you may wish to use with your family. Download activity book here.

Newham Educational Psychology Service are also running drop in sessions for parents. Please see the attached document to book a slot. Download document here.

Newham are concerned in the reduction of A&E attendance by children and young people and have issued a video to promote their service. 

You tube: 
https://youtu.be/m3xBUR5Fl9I

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/NewhamLondon/status/127291208791277978

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/newhamcouncil/posts/2987239534717389

Please see the links to the attached flyers for CAMHS workshops

We will be offering on site counselling every Tuesday during the summer holidays. Please see the attached flyer for details.


Online Learning
We have set a range of learning activities for children to complete at their leisure over the 6 weeks holiday. These can be found here.


Goodbye to Mr Kershaw
We are very sad to say goodbye to Mr Kershaw who is leaving us for new adventures in Spain. We will miss him but wish him all the best!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support during these last months. Please stay safe and well and I am really looking forward to seeing everyone on September 2nd.

Thank you

Best wishes and stay safe

Mrs Stone
Head Teacher



Summer Counselling sessions available every Tuesday at New City Primary School.

Please see the attached flyer for details.

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Whole School Assembly



Year 6 Assembly



Click here for documents to help you access the assemblies:


Home learning timetables for Monday 13th July 2020


Learning Hub


The Department for Education (DFE) has created a set of online lessons to help you with home learning so feel free to use the following weblinks to help support your child’s learning.
 

Phonics Lessons developed for Reception pupils

Click here for more details

 

Oak National Academy online classroom and resource hub

Oak National Academy have launched its online classroom and resource hub. The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use by both teachers and young people.

The Oak National Academy can be accessed here:
thenational.academy/online-classroom
 

BBC Bitesize

The BBC has launched an education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and teachers, helping to keep children learning at home and supporting parents.

BBC Bitesize can be accessed here:
bbc.co.uk/bitesize



Welcome to New City

Caroline Stone, Head Teacher

We are a school with high expectations and aspirations for all our pupils. New City is a happy and exciting learning community that nurtures all pupils to achieve to be the best they can be. 

The purpose of our curriculum at New City Primary School is to ensure that all our children are prepared learners for the 21st Century and are responsible global citizens. Our curriculum will introduce our children to the essential knowledge, skills and understanding that will help them develop a love for their lifelong learning. We want our children to be confident, resilient and independent learners and ensure that they have an appreciation of their own place in the wider world.

At New City we want our children to be proud and passionate about their learning and have a desire to be successful within and beyond the school day. Our curriculum is designed to provide an outline of core knowledge around which our teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of children’s knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.

The learning environment celebrates and reflects the high emphasis we place on reading for pleasure, the creative arts, sciences and sports. We teach music from Nursery and enable all children to learn a musical instrument.

We aim to reflect the diversity of the community we serve through strong and powerful community cohesion with high parental involvement. We also promote an understanding of citizenship and British values through school visits to central London, rural and coastal areas.

We encourage parental involvement in our learning through parent workshops, stay and read sessions to ensure that the needs of all children and parents are met. Workshops include online-safety, phonics and early reading and healthy eating. Our Family Centre is used to support parents with younger children.

We offer a large selection of after school clubs including robotics, photography, reading, puzzles, Lego, cheerleading, gardening, science, choir to name a few! We also offer breakfast and after school club which is open from 8am until 6pm. 

In 2018/19 we had the best Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 results ever.

You are more than welcome to come and visit and look around this amazing place.


School day times

Nursery

Morning session
8:55 am - 11.55 am

Afternoon session
12.30 pm - 3.30 pm

Children in our Nursery for the 30 hour provision have the following times: 9:00 – 3:00. If you have older siblings in the school you can pick your child up before 3:30. Please discuss with our Nursery staff.

Reception

Morning session
8:50 am – 11:55 am

Afternoon session
12:50 pm - 3.10 pm

Key Stage 1

Morning session
8:50 am - 11:55 am

Afternoon session
12:50 pm - 3.10 pm 

Key Stage 2

Morning session
8:50 am – 12:45 pm

Afternoon session
1:40 pm – 3:10 pm


Diary dates

17th July - Last day of term
2nd Sep - Start of Autumn term

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