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13th January 2021

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Whole School News

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that my email finds you well after the first week of home schooling.  We wanted to remind you that we are all here for you as a Prep School team should you need any additional support at any point.  We know that you are probably now ‘old hands’ at remote learning, but as this is a brave new world for us all, there may be things that come up that you have not previously experienced, that you could do with some additional support to deal with.  You will be aware that your child will have lots of opportunities to speak with their class teacher should they have any questions or problems, but if you are experiencing an issue, or have any questions when your child’s class teacher is teaching online and therefore unable to respond, please feel free to contact the following staff who will be available to help:

  • The IT department if you are having any problems accessing your child’s remote learning that your child’s class teacher cannot assist you with: IT@radnor-sevenoaks.org
  • Ms Faye Green, Head of Pre Prep, for any queries at all related to a child in Pre School to Year 2 (please note that Ms Green teaches in Reception all day on a Friday, so may not be able to respond to emails as quickly on a Friday): fgreen@radnor-sevenoaks.org
  • Mr Adam Woodward, Director of Studies, for any queries related to academic work for children in Years 3-6: awoodward@radnor-sevenoaks.org
  • Mrs Deborah Spencer, Deputy Head, for any pastoral questions or concerns for children of any age: dspencer@radnor-sevenoaks.org

Whilst these members of staff will be in school at some points, and working remotely at others, they are very happy to discuss things with you over email, over Teams or by phone.  Additionally, I will be in the Prep School every day and would equally be happy to support you with any questions or concerns that you may have of either an academic or a pastoral nature.  Please email me at emargrett@radnor-sevenoaks.org.  I am also available over email, Teams or on the phone.

We have recently been given the details of a free course for parents about supporting your child whilst they are home learning by Guide Education.  It can be found at Parent Support Course | Guide Education.  Whilst I appreciate that it may be difficult to fit in time for your own study whilst also supporting your children, it may be a useful resource.  We all wish you the very best for dealing with juggling your work commitments and your children’s home schooling.  It is not an easy time and we hope that our extensive remote learning provision will make the task a little easier for you and your children.  We have been so impressed by their positive attitudes to learning and by what they have achieved so far.  They are a credit to you.

Best wishes,

Emma Margrett - Head of Prep

Health Declaration Form

Only if your child/ren are attending school because they are in Nursery and/or Transition or you are Key Workers, please complete the Health Declaration Form here and submit this by Sunday 17 January.

Absence

Please be reminded that if you need to advise the school of your child’s absence due to a medical or dental appointment, illness, or any other reason for absence, please email absence@radnor-sevenoaks.org and also your form tutor.

Behaviours for Learning update

We will still be sending out your child's behaviour for learning report on Wednesday 10 February.  We are aiming for this to be a full report including all subjects as children in years 3-6 are receiving live teaching across all subjects.  In order for your child to receive grades in all subjects, teachers will be taking attendance at the beginning of each session.  If a child has not attended enough sessions to be graded then they will receive an 'Abs' (Absent) in place of a grade.  Please do inform teachers if your child is unable to attend a particular session. 

Awards in Celebration Assembly

Congratulations to the prep children whose achievements we celebrated in our Celebration assembly on Monday.  Please click  here for the full list of awards given.

If your child has achieved something exciting outside of school in a club or activity that they participate in, please invite them to share it with the Prep School during our weekly Celebration Assembly on Mondays by sending any information to Dr Margrett at the following address emargrett@radnor-sevenoaks.org.

Poetry Competition

Foal Farm, in Biggin Hill looks after over 300 animals, including dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, donkeys and sheep.  It takes in sick, distressed, and unwanted animals, nurses them back to health, and sometimes finds them a new happy home.  Looking after 300 animals is expensive.  They need food, toys, exercise, and medicine.  That’s where YOU can help!

We are running an animal-themed poetry competition, for everyone from Reception to Year 6.  Perhaps you want to write about your own pet or sponsored animal?  Or maybe you would like to describe an endangered species that you’re interested in, or even a mythical creature from your imagination - the more creative the better!.

HOW TO ENTER:
Submit your entry by  FRIDAY 5 FEBRUARY.  There are no rules or word limits, but your poem must be animal-themed.  Save your work into: ‘Whole School Prep’ Team/ 'Neve Foal Farm Poetry Competition Channel'/ ‘files’

PRIZES:
The competition will be judged by Mr Veness, Head of English, and Neve Beesley (House Captain, Nightingale).  There will be lots of Dojos awarded for entries and the winners will be published on the Foal Farm website!

We would be really grateful if you could donate an amount of your choice for your entry via the Nightingale donation page here.

Thank you.

Using an XBox or Playstation to access Microsoft Teams 

Please see the attached information if you feel that your child might benefit from being able to access Microsoft Teams on a larger screen.  You will need to plug in a USB keyboard; navigation will be controlled through the gaming control itself or by attaching a mouse if preferred.   

What to read next?

It has been fantastic to hear from pupils about the books they have been reading recently. 

If you are looking for recommendations about what your children can read next then try these 2 websites for readers of all ages:

#BookMatch/The Reader Teacher and Book Trust's What to Read to read after both provide suggestions for what to read next if you like a particular author or series. 

If you enjoy listening to stories:

Audible is free for a selection of audio books - no subscription required. 

Supergreat Kids Stories is a website with stories for 5-105 year olds. 

Community Help Needed for Staff at Pembury and Tonbridge Cottage Hospitals

An approach has been made to a parent of RH7 (Julie Humphreys who has children in Years 10 and 11) with a wish list for essential items urgently needed for staff, nurses and doctors at Pembury Hospital who work on the A&E, COVID wards and ICU.  Tonbridge Cottage Hospital have also reached out for help.

The essential items they need are:

  • Small bottles water / fizzy drinks / isotonic drinks
  • Snack bars / nutrition bars
  • Hand cream
  • Antibacterial wipes (for their belongings once they have left wards to wipe down phones, name badges, pens etc)
  • Lip balm
  • Hairbands

In a non COVID world, we would be putting out a plea to our parents and staff to make donations of these items which could be collected and then dropped off to the hospital staff, however, in this time of high risk of contagion, this is not viable and the need for these items is urgent.

We would therefore request, (if you are able and willing), to make a donation to the cause which will enable items to be ordered and then delivered in one trip thus reducing the risk of infection to all involved. 

An example of what donations will buy are as follows:

£5           16 cans of drink OR 45 hair bands

£10         10 Lip balms OR 1 pack of 200 Clinell antibac wipes

£20         64 cans of fizzy drink

£30         60 protein bars

£40         140 cans of Lucozade energy drinks

£55         800 individual packs of Clinell Antimicrobial wipes

If you would like to make a donation to this cause, please complete this short form so that we can email you the bank account details to enable you to donate.

To ensure that we meet the urgent demand, the donation form will be open from today @6pm and will close on Wednesday 13 January @11pm. 

We will update everyone with all items we have been able to donate in due course and as always, thank you for your continued support of our local community and of those in need to keep the community safe.

Year 3 News

Knowledge Organisers

As part of our continued drive to support learning at home as well as in school, each class has had a knowledge organiser created for them that links to their specific topic.  You can find your class' knowledge organiser here. 

The purpose of these is for children to visually see the important knowledge required and being taught throughout the unit of work each term.  This includes key vocabulary, events, and people as well as visual timelines for history units of work. 

Teachers will be referring to these regularly during their lessons to promote the retrieval of this key information.  The more that these are referred to, the more information that children will be able to retrieve from their long-term memories, freeing up working memory for the use and application of this information during lessons.

We would like children to be using their knowledge organisers at home, referring to them with yourselves to memorize the key information included throughout the term.

If you would like to discuss the research behind the retrieval practice, knowledge organisers or dual coding, or if you have any other questions, please contact Mr Woodward at the following address awoodward@radnor-sevenoaks.org

Adam Woodward, Director of Studies

Free Access to First News during lockdown

First News is a weekly newspaper aimed at 7 to 14-year-olds.  They report the news in an age-appropriate and non-scary way that gets children engaged and have just made their publications free to access during lockdown.  If you are interested to find out more, you can sign up here.

Year 4 News

Knowledge Organisers

As part of our continued drive to support learning at home as well as in school, each class has had a knowledge organiser created for them that links to their specific topic.  You can find your class' knowledge organiser here. 

The purpose of these is for children to visually see the important knowledge required and being taught throughout the unit of work each term.  This includes key vocabulary, events, and people as well as visual timelines for history units of work. 

Teachers will be referring to these regularly during their lessons to promote the retrieval of this key information.  The more that these are referred to, the more information that children will be able to retrieve from their long-term memories, freeing up working memory for the use and application of this information during lessons.

We would like children to be using their knowledge organisers at home, referring to them with yourselves to memorize the key information included throughout the term.

If you would like to discuss the research behind the retrieval practice, knowledge organisers or dual coding, or if you have any other questions, please contact Mr Woodward at the following address awoodward@radnor-sevenoaks.org

Adam Woodward, Director of Studies

Free Access to First News during lockdown

First News is a weekly newspaper aimed at 7 to 14-year-olds.  They report the news in an age-appropriate and non-scary way that gets children engaged and have just made their publications free to access during lockdown.  If you are interested to find out more, you can sign up here.

Year 5 News

Knowledge Organisers

As part of our continued drive to support learning at home as well as in school, each class has had a knowledge organiser created for them that links to their specific topic.  You can find your class' knowledge organiser here. 

The purpose of these is for children to visually see the important knowledge required and being taught throughout the unit of work each term.  This includes key vocabulary, events, and people as well as visual timelines for history units of work. 

Teachers will be referring to these regularly during their lessons to promote the retrieval of this key information.  The more that these are referred to, the more information that children will be able to retrieve from their long-term memories, freeing up working memory for the use and application of this information during lessons.

We would like children to be using their knowledge organisers at home, referring to them with yourselves to memorize the key information included throughout the term.

If you would like to discuss the research behind the retrieval practice, knowledge organisers or dual coding, or if you have any other questions, please contact Mr Woodward at the following address awoodward@radnor-sevenoaks.org

Adam Woodward, Director of Studies

Free Access to First News during lockdown

First News is a weekly newspaper aimed at 7 to 14-year-olds.  They report the news in an age-appropriate and non-scary way that gets children engaged and have just made their publications free to access during lockdown.  If you are interested to find out more, you can sign up here.

Year 6 News

Knowledge Organisers

As part of our continued drive to support learning at home as well as in school, each class has had a knowledge organiser created for them that links to their specific topic.  You can find your class' knowledge organiser here. 

The purpose of these is for children to visually see the important knowledge required and being taught throughout the unit of work each term.  This includes key vocabulary, events, and people as well as visual timelines for history units of work. 

Teachers will be referring to these regularly during their lessons to promote the retrieval of this key information.  The more that these are referred to, the more information that children will be able to retrieve from their long-term memories, freeing up working memory for the use and application of this information during lessons.

We would like children to be using their knowledge organisers at home, referring to them with yourselves to memorize the key information included throughout the term.

If you would like to discuss the research behind the retrieval practice, knowledge organisers or dual coding, or if you have any other questions, please contact Mr Woodward at the following address awoodward@radnor-sevenoaks.org

Adam Woodward, Director of Studies

Free Access to First News during lockdown

First News is a weekly newspaper aimed at 7 to 14-year-olds.  They report the news in an age-appropriate and non-scary way that gets children engaged and have just made their publications free to access during lockdown.  If you are interested to find out more, you can sign up here.

Parents' Association - FoRH7

Contact us at  friends@radnor-sevenoaks.org

As we finalise some fun lockdown activities it would be superb if more families could sign up to Easyfundraising or Amazon Smile.  

With more and more shopping being done on-line this is such a great opportunity to raise funds for our charities, with no catches. 

We are also keen to see who may be able to help us with match funding for any of our fundraising activities so that we can really maximise every single opportunity to support our charities.  Please can you email us at the address above if you think your company has such a scheme that we could potentially tap into?  Many thanks! 

Easyfundraising

So far we have 46 supporters who have raised over £300.  Let's try to hit 60 by half term!  Sign up here.

Amazon Smile 

We are also registered to receive donations (0.5% of the net purchase price), from eligible purchases as you shop via Amazon UK.  It's easy to start donating by clicking here and selecting Friends of Radnor House Sevenoaks as your chosen beneficiary. 

Twitter

We are @rh7friends, please do follow us!

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