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Brent Knoll School Newsletter 22/01/2021

Dear families

Brent Knoll gets a mention in Parliament…

Ellie Reeves constituency MP for the school area has been a keen advocate for Special Education and visited the school before lockdown. I have shared my view that staff in Special Schools should be prioritised for the vaccine and as well as raising the issue by letter with the Secretary of State Ellie has also raised the matter in Parliament and the link to her Twitter feed can be found here

BKTV

BKTV continues to post a range of activities and interest programmes which can be readily accessed at home. Highlights this week include ‘Fruity Fish’ a ‘How to’ creating a fish from fruit posted by Naomi May from Birch class. In addition, there is a fantastic piece of Opera posted by Gina Evans, our music teacher and Makaton lead. It is an Aria from ‘O Mio Babbino Caro’ by Puccini and Ms Evans gives an introduction before performing a fantastic rendition. Please also look out for the weekly link to join the virtual Makaton Choir. BKTV has really taken off as part of our suite of resources to support Remote Learning and contributions and feedback can be sent to BKTV@brentknollschool.co.uk  Please do send contributions so we can share all the great things that have been happening at home!!

Reading Eggs

Brent Knoll has subscribed to a wonderful online reading platform called Reading Eggs to support you and your child to engage in reading and reading activities together at home. It consists of a number of great features including reading games, songs, phonics activities and an extensive library of over 2500 e-books which you can explore and use to read with your child. We hope that you enjoy using Reading Eggs and that it gives you and your child the opportunity to share positive, engaging reading experiences at home. You will be receiving an email from your child’s class teacher before the half term holiday with the details that you need to get your child logged in to the website. We will send further information in due course.

Remote Learning

As you are aware we are aiming to set all Remote Learning work home by use of the SeeSaw App which will be the primary source from 01/02/2021. Many thanks to those of you who have been in touch to discuss any issues and we have worked hard to resolve them with you. There was also a Family Forum meeting where families had a chance to meet with staff and additional training for staff has been provided this week. Please do let the class team know if you are having any difficulties and we will offer further information in the coming weeks. 
Have a lovely weekend and stay safe by following the Government advice to Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives. Act as though you have Covid

- Andy Taylor, Headteacher

And finally – 

Safer Internet Day

The London Grid for Learning (LGfL) are producing daily sheets to raise awareness of online safety issues. These are aimed at primary aged pupils but in our context would be of benefit to secondary aged pupils as well. The resources can be accessed here and I recommend visiting the site and talking through the content with pupils.

It is Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 9th and the theme this year is 'An internet we trust: exploring reliability in the online world.’ And more information can be found here. I am a keen advocate of technology but in these times, it seems that we have been forced into ever greater reliance on the internet and we just need to be aware of the care and responsibility that we need to exercise when using the internet. This is clearly something that we need to be open and transparent with our young people and take the opportunity to talk to them about the benefits of the internet but also how to stay safe. Parental controls are an important tool in keeping young people safe and the resources shared will help you to work in tandem with the school to reinforce these vital messages. The document here is a useful guide.
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