Welcome to Reception 2020

I would like to welcome all of our new families to the Coopers Lane School community. 

We are living in strange and challenging times and we know that many of you will be wondering what September will look like for the children starting school. There is still a great deal that is unknown but we expect all children to be in school again by September. At Coopers Lane we are planning for a range of scenarios, which will be adapted as announcements and clarifications come from the Government.

We have had to adjust our transition into school and have planned some remote activities that will help put your child at ease and get them feeling excited for school in the new academic year. At Coopers Lane, we aim to build an excellent relationship between home and school. Whilst this may start off as more of a virtual relationship, this remains a priority for us. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require any further information. Currently, email is the best way to get in touch via info@cooperslane.lewisham.sch.uk and we will respond as soon as we can.

Unfortunately, we are unable to hold our home visits in the usual way, so instead we have planned a Zoom Visit for you with the class teacher. You will receive a letter with all of the dates and times for the meetings shortly. This is an informal 10-minute chat to get to know you and your child. It is also an opportunity for you to meet the Reception team and ask any questions you may have about starting school.

 We have made a welcome film for you which has some information about the school and virtual tours of each classroom with a little welcome from each of the Early Years Team who will be working with your child. We have also made videos of story time with the Class Teachers and Nursery Nurses. 

The BBC have also got a wealth of information about starting school that may be useful in the months leading up to September, which can be found here

 Whilst we cannot be sure exactly what September will look like, we can be sure that your child’s first day at school will be a momentous event in their life. We are excited to welcome our new pupils and cannot wait to see them at Coopers Lane to start their learning journey. Our Early Years Team very much look forward to meeting you and your child for the Zoom meeting.

If you have any questions about starting school or general questions about Coopers Lane School, please let us know by completing this survey:

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RSE Policy and Curriculum

The Department for Education has announced changes to relationships and sex education (RSE).

These changes will come into effect from September 2020 and all schools will be required to comply with the updated requirements.

This means that we are reviewing our RSE curriculum and policy so we can be sure our RSE provision is appropriate for our pupils based on their:

  • Age
  • Physical and emotional maturity
  • Religious and cultural backgrounds
  • Special educational needs and/or disabilities

We are currently asking parents/carers, governors and staff to review the draft policy and curriculum before we implement the changes to the curriculum in September 2020.

Please use the survey monkey link to add your comments: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5BJHT3B

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Black Lives Matter

As the events of the past week have unfolded in the news, we feel that our motto at Coopers Lane has never been more poignant. We would like to take this opportunity to share our feelings at this pivotal moment in time.

As a Rights Respecting school, we pride ourselves on our commitment to educating our children on their Rights and Responsibilities, and we strive to ensure that we always embody the belief that we are all indeed, “All Different, All Equal, All Smiling.”

In response to the unlawful murder of George Floyd, an innocent black man, in Minneapolis, we stand together in condemnation.

As Lewisham Leaders, we stand united in our commitment to tackle and challenge racism, address inequality and call out discrimination.

Black people are 40 times more likely to be stopped and searched in the UK . Young black people are nine times more likely to be locked up in England and Wales than their white counterparts, while BAME offenders are far more likely than others to be jailed for drug offences.  

As educators of a wonderfully diverse and multi-cultural school population we cannot remain silent.

The murder of George Floyd must prompt careful reflection about racism in Britain today, and the extent to which it shapes our values, politics and economic life.  As a staff, we have already begun the process of reflection and re-education for ourselves to ensure that we are all aware of how deep-rooted and institutionalised racism really is in our society, both in the UK and across the world.

For many of our children, the recent events – from George Floyd’s death to the protests happening on our streets – will bring another layer of anxiety and questions about the world they live in.  We ask that you all take some time to discuss this as families, as we will also be doing so in school; it is essential that we teach and internalise Black Lives Matter.  Here is a link to an extremely useful video that we will be using in school and we would ask you to watch together at home too:

https://live.firstnews.co.uk/i-dont-get-it/bfi/racism-why-is-it-still-a-big-issue/

The Mirror Challenge

As part of the above, we will be supporting children in school to build on their self-belief and self-love.  One way in which you can help with this at home would be to help your child complete The Mirror Challengeevery day throughout June.  This is a daily exercise of self-appreciation, which the children should do in front of a mirror or looking at themselves on a screen (smart tablet/phone).

It is essential that they can see their own face as they:

  1. Stand in front of a mirror and say their name: “I am …”
  2. List the things that they love about themselves or are proud of: “I love that I am kind”,

“I love my curly hair”, “I love that I tried to do my writing today even though it was difficult” or “I love that I am a fantastic big brother.”

  1. Finish by saying “I love you!” to yourself.
  2. Take it all in by taking a deep breath, and smile as you breathe out.

We would love you to share your self-love statements via twitter @CoopersLaneSchor email into tbonner@cooperslane.org to see your Mirror Challenge photos and statements in the next newsletter.

And remember, if you are struggling at home, then please seek help at:

 www.place2be.org.uk/page/get-urgent-help/

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School opening to more pupils

Update 29th June 2020

We have now closed admission to school this term. We currently have children in school from the families of key workers, vulnerable groups, reception, year 1 and year 6. All of the bubbles are now full and we will not be able to have any other children return to school until September. 

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact the School Office on 020 8857 7680 from 9am- 3pm or via email info@cooperslane.lewisham.sch.uk.

Thank you

 

Returning to School 18th June update

Following the government announcement on Thursday 28th May,  we can now give you further information regarding the opening of school for more pupils in some year groups.

As communicated previously, school will be closed for staff training on Monday 1st June. 

Children can only return to school if you have received a letter informing you of a start date and other details. If you have not received a letter, you must not bring your child to school. Please contact the school office if you have any questions.

Children of Key Workers and Vulnerable Groups

If you have requested a place, you should have already received a letter via email detailing the information that you will need, including start date, drop off/pick up times and the allocated ‘bubble’ for your child. If you have not received a letter it is because we have not received any communication from you, and your child will not be able to return to school at the current time.

If you are a key worker and would now like to request a school place, please complete the following form and return it to info@cooperslane.lewisham.sch.uk We will then contact you. School places can only be allocated if we have space in the relevant bubbles. Please let us know by Monday for a possible start back at school the following Monday – example email us by Monday 22nd June for a start date of Monday 29th June. At this stage we have very limited space available.

Please note – school is Monday-Thursday only,  unless you are a critical worker and have requested a Friday place (see form). We may not be able to offer any further Friday places due to numbers.

Nursery and Reception

At the current time, we are only opening for the children of Key Workers and Vulnerable Groups. See above.

Year 1 and Year 6

If you have requested a place and we have space in the bubbles, you will receive a letter detailing the information that you will need concerning your child’s return to school, including drop off/pick up times and the allocated ‘bubble’ for your child. If you do not receive a letter it is because we have not received any communication from you, and your child will not be able to return to school.

If you have been offered a place for your child to return to school prior to 22nd June but you have not yet brought your child to school, you will need to make a new request for a place. We cannot keep places open indefinitely and we have now filled these places with other children.

The final intake this term will be on Monday 29th June, which will be for the last 3 weeks of the school year. If you would now like your child to return to school, please email the school office to let us know – info@cooperslane.lewisham.sch.uk. Please ensure you give the name of your child and confirm that you wish for them to return to school. The final start date will now be Monday 29th June. We are unable to offer a return to school this year after this date.

Please note: due to the government guidance on reduced class sizes, your child will now be in a mixed bubble with children from all 3 classes in the year group, and they will not have their own class teacher.

 School is Monday-Thursday only

Year 2,3,4,5

We are unable to open the school for these year groups at the moment and it is unlikely that this will change for the remainder of the school year. We will continue to provide home learning resources via google classroom for all year groups – see the home learning page of the website.

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact the School Office on 020 8857 7680 from 9am- 3pm or via email info@cooperslane.lewisham.sch.uk.

You can watch a video of the changes we have made in school here:

Parent Information

Government guidance on testing for coronavirus

Anyone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus can now request a test. Tests are for any age, including children under 5 years old.

You can request a test online or by calling 119. 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-for-coronavirus

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Cooking with Coopers

Why not try a bit of baking to pass some time at home. Join in the fun with Mr Hooper as he teaches you how to bake.

VICTORIA SANDWICH

  • 4 large eggs 
  • castor sugar (same weight as the 4 eggs)
  • butter (same weight as the 4 eggs)
  • self-raising flour (same weight as the 4 eggs)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 level tsp baking powder

MUFFINS

  • 145g caster sugar
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 85g melted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 200 millilitres milk

 

FLAPJACK

Ingredients

  • 200 g oats
  • 150 g dates, raisins or other chopped dried fruit
  • 40 g desiccated coconut or seeds e.g. sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  • Zest of a lemon
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 apple grated (peeling is optional)
  • 1 table spoon of honey 
  • 100 g butter (you can also use sunflower oil or coconut oil)

BREAD

Ingredients

Medium Loaf (double everything for a large loaf)

250g Strong White Bread Flour

20g Butter

6g Dried Yeast

1 tsp Salt

150ml Luke Warm Water

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Newsletter

Here is our latest newsletter

 

 

 

 

 

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VE Day 2020

 

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Coopers Lane Covid-eo

 

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Hello from the teachers!

Watch our year group videos and find out what the class teachers have been up to over the past few weeks. The links are also available on google classroom.

Nursery

Reception

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

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Cooking with Coopers

Why not try a bit of baking to pass some time at home. Join in the fun with Mr Hooper as he teaches you how to bake.

Victoria Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs
  • Self-raising flour (same weight as the eggs)
  • Castor sugar (same weight as the eggs)
  • 2 level tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

FLAPJACK

Ingredients

  • 200 g oats
  • 150 g dates, raisins or other chopped dried fruit
  • 40 g desiccated coconut or seeds e.g. sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  • Zest of a lemon
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 apple grated (peeling is optional)
  • 1 table spoon of honey 
  • 100 g butter (you can also use sunflower oil or coconut oil)
https://vimeo.com/407661860

 

BREAD

Ingredients

Medium Loaf (double everything for a large loaf)

250g Strong White Bread Flour

20g Butter

6g Dried Yeast

1 tsp Salt

150ml Luke Warm Water

https://vimeo.com/403685543
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Weekly Newsletter

Check out the weekly newsletter here

http://www.cooperslane.lewisham.sch.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Newsletter-1st-may-2020.pdf

 

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Home Learning

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers,

School is closed until further notice, so we have provided a number of resources for you to use for home learning :

On each year group page, you will find:

•           Links to useful websites that you can access with your child as you see fit.

•           Some ‘practical ideas’ for fun activities to try at home

•           Some key spellings for each year group for you to practise with your child.

•           The times tables that each year group are learning this year for you to work on with your child.

•           A link to Google Classroom where you can access work on a daily basis (see info below)

Google Classroom

We are using this online platform to set daily work for all children in Reception – Year 6 to complete at home ( Download the google guidance document which includes the login details and how to access the work from the year group pages of the website).

This work will consist of 3 elements each day:

•           A maths activity

•           A writing activity

•           A reading comprehension or phonics activity

The work will be uploaded to the website between 3-4pm everyday ready for the next day e.g. Monday’s work will be available by 4pm on Sunday and so on. The work will be designed to last for approximately 1-2 hours per day and is aimed at the age related expectation for each year group. You will have access to all year groups’ pages using the guidance above and are therefore able to use work from an alternative year group if that is more appropriate for your child.

The work will be predominantly in pdf format and there is no requirement for the work to be printed or for the children to answer it online. Instead we have provided all children with an exercise book in which they can record their work. Answers will be available where applicable so that parents can mark the work at home (Please note: There is no expectation for these home learning books to be returned for marking once school reopens.)

Over the coming weeks we will be adding other curriculum subjects to the google classroom activities and lessons.

To help the children to be able to complete these activities we have also be provided each child with the following:

All year groups have received:

•           A blank exercise book

•           A pencil

•           A rubber

•           A pencil sharpener

In addition other year groups will receive the following:

Reception & Year 1:

•           A glue stick

Year 4, 5 & 6:

•           A handwriting pen

If your child was absent and did not receive the resources, you can collect them from the school office.

Reading 

In addition to the Google Classroom work, we would also like the children to be reading every day. Therefore, we sent the children home with up to 3 reading books each for them to read at home during the closure. The titles of these books were written on a slip of paper, which was stuck into the blank exercise book that your child brought home. This is in order for you to know which books will need to be returned when the school is open again.

Once the children have read the school books that they came home with, we would ask for them to read their own books at home or ask that they access the Oxford Owl website. Once registered on this website, you and your child will have free access to hundreds of age appropriate reading books.

We are faced with an unpredictable and unprecedented time over the next few months but hope that the above provision will allow for your child to continue to progress with their learning in the absence of formal schooling, we also hope that it provides you with a clear idea of what your child should be completing each day and helps to provide a structure that enables you to stay sane! For more on providing structure at home, you may wish to read the following:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51936286

If you require any technical support with Google Classroom over the closure, please email:

googlehelp@cooperslane.org

Once again I would like to thank you all for your continued support and rest assured that we will keep you updated with any further details of school closure as soon as they become available. In the meantime, please follow the government guidance, keep your families safe and contact the office if you have any further queries.

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Corona Virus Update

Monday 16th March 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Coronavirus/ COVID-19 Update – 16th March 

I am sure that you are all following the news closely and are aware of the new Coronavirus advice that came out on Friday.

Following updated government guidance, if any pupils or staff members develop the following symptoms, they must stay at home for seven days:-

• a high temperature 

• a new continuous cough 

Do not go (or take your child) to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. 

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.

For most people, Coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection but if symptoms get worse or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/urgent-and-emergency-care/nhs-111/

If you have no internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

Stay at home guidance can be found at 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

Please let the school know as soon as possible if your child is unwell.

If anyone becomes ill during the school day they will need to go home and will be asked to remain at home for 7 days. Please make sure that the school has up-to-date contact details for you and that you keep phones on so we can get in touch with you if necessary.

We do not have any confirmed COVI18 cases at school.

We have been informed by members of staff and families that they are following the medical advice and are self-isolating at this time. We wish them all well.

Public Health England and Department for Education current advice for schools in London is that staff and pupils should monitor themselves for symptoms and self-isolate if they experience symptoms. People who do not have symptoms are advised to carry on as normal and do not need to self-isolate.

We understand that parents are concerned about the risk of their children catching Coronavirus and that some may want to keep children at home even though they are not required to do so by the medical advice. All pupils who are well enough to come to school and who do not fall into the two categories described above, should attend school as normal.

We continue to follow the advice of the Department for Education and Public Health England in school. We are encouraging all children and staff to wash hands properly and regularly and we are taking extra care with cleaning. We will continue to follow advice and we will keep you informed of the situation and what we are doing about it.

Please make sure you check the NHS and government websites daily:

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

I realise that this is a very worrying time for all of us. Rest assured that the safety of pupils, staff and the school community remains our priority and we will keep you updated with any new information.

Wednesday 11th March 2020

All schools are receiving daily guidance updates from the Department for Education and any action we need to take will be implemented immediately.

At the current time, we have not been advised to cancel trips. We will continue to follow the government and local authority guidance and will inform you of any changes. We carry out risk assessments for all trips and as part of the current risk assessments we ensure that hand washing facilities are available and that regular opportunities for washing hands are included in the timetable for all trips. We are not currently booking new trips.

The general advice from the NHS about how to stop viruses like the coronavirus spreading is as follows:

DO:

• cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

• put used tissues in the bin immediately

• wash your hands with soap and water often – use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

• try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

DON’T:

• touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

We are helping children and adults follow this advice in school. During assemblies this week we have been showing the children how to wash their hands effectively and this has been reinforced in class.

The most up to date public health advice from the government can be accessed here (this includes a video showing you how to wash your hands effectively):

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

If you have any concerns, please contact the school office.

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Spring Term Parent/Carer Drop-Ins

 

Year 1

14/01/20

 

Year 2

13/01/20

 

Year 3

 

17/01/20

28/01/20

27/01/20

31/01/20

11/02/20

10/02/20

14/02/20

03/03/20

02/03/20

06/03/20

17/03/20

16/03/20

20/03/20

Year 4

15/01/20

Year 5

20/01/20

Year 6

 

16/01/20

29/01/20

03/02/20

30/01/20

12/02/20

24/02/20

13/02/20

04/03/20

09/03/20

05/03/20

 

23/03/20

19/03/20

 

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PTA Ceilidh

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Children in Need

Thank you to everyone who contributed to Children in Need. Our fabulous school raised £615.46 towards the charity!

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PTA BINGO NIGHT

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Reception Open Days

We are happy to announce our Reception  Open Sessions in November:

Tuesday 5th November: 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Tuesday 12th November: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Tuesday 19th November: 9:30 am – 10:30 am

Tuesday 26th November: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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MP visits Coopers Lane

Today, some members of the school Green Team, School Council and Rights Respecting Rangers met with Janet Daby, MP for Lewisham East. The children gave Ms Daby a tour of the school and then had a chance to interview her and ask some burning questions:

Rangers – Daisy, Drew, Jayden

What are you doing to make sure that every child has a voice?

Janet said that she goes around all the schools in Lewisham meeting and speaking with all of the school councils who represent all the children in the school. She also works closely with The Young Mayor of Lewisham and teenage ambassadors.

Which do you focus on most? The environment? Air pollution? Recycling? Climate change?

Janet said that climate change and the environment was her focus. She believes that making a change in the environment starts at home. We should all do all that we can at home to reduce, recycle and be energy efficient. She also believes that car companies should make more electric cars so that they become cheaper.

 

School Council – Kayshia, Pascale, Amy

What do you do to help every child?

Janet believes in equality for all and making sure that all children get the best possible education. She campaigns for more funding for education so that the schools don’t need to make cuts.

What does your job involve?

Janet said that her job was very similar to that of the School Council, Rangers and Green Team! She listens to people concerns and worries and helps them out as much as she can. She also asks the government questions about what they are doing and puts bills through the houses of parliament to try to make positive change.

Green Team – Yasin, Paris, Timi, Cavira

How could we set up a community garden in our local area?

Janet suggested that we ask the Ringway Centre if they have any space we could use. They might even be able to put some raised beds in. Janet also said maybe in the Library Gardens and that we could write to her for her help.

Do you think you could put Brexit on hold and do more about climate change?

She said that we have been focussing on leaving the EU for over three years now and that has distracted us from the other issues closer to home. She believes that we should have another people’s vote and then get it over with! Then we could focus on climate change, housing, education, jobs and the NHS.

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Important Dates 2019/20

The following dates are for most of the key events that we have planned this year. However, there will be class trips and other events added throughout the year.

2019/20 Important Dates

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Contacting the School

Coopers Lane Primary School is situated in Grove Park in the borough of Lewisham. The entrance to the school is in Pragnell Road, SE12 0LF

School Times

School Day
Mon-Thu 8:45am to 3:15pm,
Fri 8:45am-2:15pm
Breakfast Club 7:30am to 8:45am
EYFS/KS1 Lunchtime 12:00pm to 1:00pm
KS2 Lunchtime 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Afterschool clubs 3.30pm to 4.30pm
After school Tea Club 3:15pm to 5:45pm

School Office

Telephone: 0208 857 7680

Office Email

info@cooperslane.lewisham.sch.uk

Headteacher

Headteacher@cooperslane.lewisham.sch.uk

Ayse Mehmet – SBM (School Business Manager)

Rachel McCulloch – Senior Admin Assistant

Karen Hill – Admin Assistant/Attendance Officer

Kerry Michaels – Admin Assistant