‘Helping Hand’ – Buckinghamshire Council’s commitment to children in need over half term
Due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 this year, Buckinghamshire Council is supporting pupils who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals and are committed to ensure that no child in need goes hungry.
The council with our partners in the voluntary sector have already spent over £180,000 on food for families in need. In addition, we already have plans to develop a number of longer term programmes to assist the most vulnerable, with programmes aimed at early intervention, manage family finance and with £120,000 committed to schemes to help residents grow their own food, if they can, and learning how to cook healthy food on a low budget.
This autumn half term we want to ensure that families across Bucks, with children eligible for free school meals, know how to access the wide range of support that is available. Buckinghamshire has a strong voluntary and community sector which is active in supporting vulnerable families. Our ‘Helping Hand’ team can help direct people to the support that is right for them. This may be from the voluntary or community sector or direct from the council. If anyone is worried about food over half term, and not sure what help is available, please contact the council’s ‘Helping Hand’ support line on 01296 395000, and someone will be ‘on hand’ to help you. This programme is funded by joint support from the Government’s Hardship Fund provided to local councils over the summer and Buckinghamshire Council.
Martin Tett, Leader of the Council, said “We don’t want any child in Buckinghamshire to go hungry this holiday. As a council we are committed to ensuring that does not happen. We know how fantastic our communities are with supporting each other during times of crisis, there is lots of local support available. We also know it isn’t always that easy to know where to turn, so I would encourage anyone with a child who is eligible for free school meals and is worried, to contact us so we can ensure they can get access to the support they need. We are here and can offer that practical help, including links to supermarkets if needed too.”
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have been looking at the relationship between multiplication and division. They have found missing numbers using the inverse operation and bar models. In English, they have been concentrating on reading comprehension using the Tin Forest story. We are extremely impressed at how well Year 3 have done this half term, we hope they all have a fantastic half term and manage to get lots of rest ready for the next half term!
Year 4 – have worked hard to finish writing and publish their narrative about our adventurous plastic bag. They have then been busy designing a front cover and illustrations to go with their finished work. Miss Booth and Miss Rowe are very impressed with everyone’s creativity! In science, they have been learning about tooth decay. They have written and carried out an experiment where we have been testing the impact of different drinks on our teeth. They made predictions about what they thought each drink would do to the egg (the egg represents a tooth) and have compared them with the actual results. We couldn’t believe what had happened to some of the eggs!
Year 5 – have had another busy week! In English, they have completed writing, editing and publishing a newspaper report about a refugee family's journey to safety. In Maths, they have continued to answer questions related to graphs and timetables. They have learnt a lot about the Ancient Greeks this week including Greek warfare; The battle of Marathon and The Trojan war.
Year 6 – have been following up last week's successful diary entry by writing another diary entry, but this time from a different character's point of view. They finished reading their class book - Floodland - which the children really enjoyed; they wrote their own ideas of a sequel in Guided reading. In Maths, the children have started looking at fractions. Y6 topic lessons this week have focussed on Music where the children have been learning about the history of music, looking at composers, the features of different music and various musical styles throughout history.
We missed our class assemblies so much we decided to start them virtually! Here is the first class up, Morpurgo!
Some our the local secondary schools have arranged to have virtual open days this year on the following days. You can click each date for more information or the school's logo for their school website.
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have been focussing on multiplication. They have used bar models and arrays to represent multiplication calculations and place value grids to help them multiply by 10 and 100. In English, they have been thinking about the local environment. They have begun to write a formal letter to the local MP urging her to help protect the environment in Iver!
Year 4 – have been working hard on their addition skills. They have been adding 4 digit numbers and trying their hand at tricky missing number addition problems. In English, they have been planning a narrative based on their class book, 'One Plastic Bag'. Their narratives tell the story of a poor lonely plastic bag left abandoned on a hot Gambian path. They have also been enjoying using Times Table Rock Stars to improve their times table knowledge.
Year 5 – have been busy this week! In English, they have finished the final paragraph of their narratives, edited all four paragraphs and published their final pieces. In Guided Reading, they learnt how to answer comprehension questions that require P.E.E (Point, Evidence, Explain). They also began learning about the Ancient Greeks, how Athens and Sparta lived very differently and about Ancient Greek warfare. Kipling have competed in a tennis tournament with Mr Hawkes this week, Morpurgo will have their turn next week. In Maths, they have learnt how to use the written method for subtraction and answered multi step word problems involving subtraction.
Year 6 – have continuing to read 'Floodland' which they are really enjoying. This has led to some great discussion in class and the children are really starting to think about the characters involved in the story. In Maths, they have been focussing on division, particularly long division. The children have continued their Science topic on Evolution and Inheritance this week where they have been researching Charles Darwin and have produced some good fact files about him.
This year, Iver Village Junior School is working towards achieving the Wellbeing Award for Schools.
In order to make sure that we improve the support we offer, we want to understand how well we are currently supporting the emotional wellbeing of our pupils. For this reason, we are inviting pupils at our school to complete an anonymous survey.
The following information is important since it will explain about both the survey process and how the information gathered will be used.
Why we are writing to parents/carers:
We are asking for your permission to invite your child to complete the survey. If you are happy for your child to do this then you do not have to do anything. However, if you do not want your child to complete the questionnaire then please let us know by 16th October 2020.
If we do not hear from you, we will assume you are happy for your child to be invited. Please be reassured that by deciding against you or your child taking part in the survey will not disadvantage you or your child in any way.
If you are unsure about whether you would like your child to take part and you have some questions about the survey, you are welcome to contact Mrs Sarah Chapman-Allen.
Why has my child been asked to take part and what will they do?
The survey has been specially designed for pupils. It is a survey which should take about 15 minutes to complete. The answers your child gives to the questionnaire will not be seen by their friends or teachers - unless your child chooses an adult to help them complete the questions.
What will happen with the information that your child gives us?
The information from the survey will help our school to improve its work in providing better provision for emotional wellbeing and mental health. All information collected is anonymous and will be kept confidential.
What we need parents/carers to do:
We hope that you have found this information useful and that you will be happy for your child to be invited to take part in this survey. As noted, if you do not want your child to participate in this survey, you need to contact the school by 16th October 2020.
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have completed their poems and have continued to show off their writing skills using descriptive language including adverbs, adjectives, metaphors, similes. In Maths, they have been learning all about money and finding change using counting on strategies. In Science, the children have carried out an investigation on water transportation in plants.
Year 4 – have been very bossy! They’ve been using their imperative (bossy) verbs to write instructions for how to turn a pile of recycling into an exciting robot! In Maths, they have focused on their 8 times tables and begun their next topic of addition. They have also been introduced to Times Table Rock Stars and are looking forward to starting their rock journeys. Donaldson class have made a start on their art projects this week, recreating their own Tingatinga animal paintings and making Benin inspired clay relief tiles. Meanwhile, Dahl class have been busy on the laptops using Purple Mash and brushing up their typing skills and publishing a piece of work. Next week, it’s the two classes will swap tasks and Dahl class will get to explore their creativity.
Year 5 – have started writing a narrative based on the book, 'The Journey'. They have been focusing on using speech and a variety of sentence openers. In Guided Reading, they have written informal letters, imagining they have to leave their home in a hurry because of war. They thought about what they would take with them and how it would feel. Year 5 have also learnt about how intonation can help with their understanding of a text. In Maths, they have looked at using the formal written method for addition and answered word problems related to this. They have also carried out an experiment in Science, learning about which materials dissolve in water.
Year 6 – have continued reading their book, ‘Floodland’ and in English have been writing an informal letter in character. The children have been revising strategies for solving multiplication calculations in Maths and have started their Science topic for this half term: Evolution and Inheritance, where they have been looking at characteristics passed down to offspring and how various organisms are adapted to survive in their environment.
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