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NSPCC Helpline

The government has today announced its intentions, along with Ofsted, to respond to the issue of peer on peer abuse in schools. The link to the announcement is here:https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-review-into-sexual-abuse-in-schools

The NSPCC have set up a dedicated number- 0800 136 663- to provide both children and adults who are victims of sexual abuse in schools with the appropriate support and advice. This includes how to contact the police and report crimes if they wish. The helpline will also provide support to parents and professionals too.


Emergency Contacts & Resources During School Closure

Please find below a list of emergency contacts that you may need whilst school is closed during the national lockdown.

Deborah Howard- Headteacher- deborah.howard@oswaldroad.manchester.sch.uk

Donna Wealleans- Designated Safeguarding Lead- d.wealleans@oswaldroad.manchester.sch.uk

Lisa Cameron- Designated Safeguarding Lead- l.cameron@oswaldroad.manchester.sch.uk

Amanda Clifton- Health Lead- health@oswaldroad.manchester.sch.uk

All other school enquiries- messages@oswaldroad.manchester.sch.uk

Support for Families in Crisis

Trafford South Food Bank- 07749 378447 info@traffordsouth.foodbank.org.uk

Chorlton & Didsbury Food Bank- 07938 191 038 info@chorltondidsbury.foodbank.org.uk

Helpline for parents from One Education’s Psychology team- 0161 276 0113

Domestic Violence – Organisations which give information and advice
For women:
https://www.womensaid.org.uk/

http://www.refuge.org.uk/

For Men:
http://www.mensadviceline.org.uk/
http://www.survivorsuk.org/
http://www.male-rape.org.uk/

MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING

It is entirely understandable that many people may be finding this uncertain time difficult. Please see the information below that may be of use for parents struggling at this time.

Self-care

The NHS offers some practical tips to care for both your mind and your body. Please visit: Mental Wellbeing While Staying At Home | Every Mind Matters | One You (www.nhs.uk) for advice on looking after your mental wellbeing while staying at home.

Mind, the mental health charity, has providing some useful information on self-care techniques and general lifestyle changes to help manage many mental health problems here: Self-care for mental health problems | Mind, the mental health charity – help for mental health problems

Sleep

The NHS website offers some practical tips and ideas for those that are struggling with sleep. Please visit: How to get to sleep – NHS (www.nhs.uk). You can also view 10 tips to beat insomnia here: 10 tips to beat insomnia – NHS (www.nhs.uk).

The Sleep Charity also offers lots of practical advice covering a wide range of sleep issues. Visit their website at: https://thesleepcharity.org.uk/

Managing Anxiety

You can find out more about anxiety from Mind, the mental health charity here: Is anxiety a mental health problem? | Mind, the mental health charity – help for mental health problems

Depression

Depression is a common mental health problem that affects many of us. You can find out more about ‘mental wellbeing while staying at home’ here:

Mental Wellbeing While Staying At Home | Every Mind Matters | One You (www.nhs.uk)

Mental health help in Manchester

Please click here to view a range of services in the Manchester area:

https://hub.gmhsc.org.uk/mental-health/in-your-area/manchester/

OTHER USEFUL RESOURCES AND WEBSITES

Small Steps for Independent Living- for parents struggling at home

The Anti-Baddies- Resilience Toolkit

Children’s Guide to Coronavirus

Responding to the coronavirus: resources for mental health and wellbeing

Self isolating and dealing with conflict at home

‘The Stay Home Superheroes’- written by a Play Therapist

Coronavirus Support Sheets

100 Things to do Indoors

Mind’s self help guide to manage your mental wellbeing during Coronavirus

Talking to older children about self-isolation/social distancing

How parents can manage their teenager’s mental health during COVID-19

Keeping it together during the Coronavirus- guide for parents/carers

Bereavement Support Helpline

Mental Health Support in Greater Manchester for Children and Young People


Emergency Contacts During School Closure

Please find below a list of emergency contacts that you may need whilst school is closed for the Christmas break.

Deborah Howard- Headteacher- deborah.howard@oswaldroad.manchester.sch.uk

Donna Wealleans- Designated Safeguarding Lead- d.wealleans@oswaldroad.manchester.sch.uk

Lisa Cameron- Designated Safeguarding Lead- l.cameron@oswaldroad.manchester.sch.uk

Amanda Clifton- Health Lead- health@oswaldroad.manchester.sch.uk

All other school enquiries- messages@oswaldroad.manchester.sch.uk

If your child develops symptoms of Covid-19 (cough, temperature or change in or loss of sense of smell or taste) please email admin@oswaldroad.manchester.sch.uk. If your child starts to develop any of these symptoms from Monday 21st December onwards, you do not need to let us know, but you should still follow the household self-isolation guidance and take them for a test.

If your child is attending Hoot Camp, please continue to use the admin@oswaldroad.manchester.sch.uk email address to let us know if your child has any symptoms of Covid-19 up until and including Saturday 26th December.

If your child tests positive for Covid-19 at any time, please text 07340 472 269 or email deborah.howard@oswaldroad.manchester.sch.uk.

Trafford South Food Bank- 07749 378447 info@traffordsouth.foodbank.org.uk

Chorlton & Didsbury Food Bank- 07938 191 038 info@chorltondidsbury.foodbank.org.uk

Helpline for parents from One Education’s Psychology team- 0161 276 0113

Domestic Violence – Organisations which give information and advice
For women:
https://www.womensaid.org.uk/

For Men:
http://www.mensadviceline.org.uk/
http://www.survivorsuk.org/
http://www.male-rape.org.uk/

USEFUL RESOURCES AND WEBSITES

Small Steps for Independent Living- for parents struggling at home

The Anti-Baddies- Resilience Toolkit

Children’s Guide to Coronavirus

Responding to the coronavirus: resources for mental health and wellbeing

Self isolating and dealing with conflict at home

‘The Stay Home Superheroes’- written by a Play Therapist

Coronavirus Support Sheets

100 Things to do Indoors

Mind’s self help guide to manage your mental wellbeing during Coronavirus

Talking to older children about self-isolation/social distancing

How parents can manage their teenager’s mental health during COVID-19

Keeping it together during the Coronavirus- guide for parents/carers

Bereavement Support Helpline

Mental Health Support in Greater Manchester for Children and Young People

Summer Reading Challenge 2020


Emergency Contacts & Useful Resources

Please find below a list of emergency contacts that you may need in case of school closure due to Coronavirus.

Deborah Howard- Headteacher- deborah.howard@oswaldroad.manchester.sch.uk

Donna Wealleans- Designated Safeguarding Lead- d.wealleans@oswaldroad.manchester.sch.uk

Lisa Cameron- Designated Safeguarding Lead- l.cameron@oswaldroad.manchester.sch.uk

Amanda Clifton- Health Lead- health@oswaldroad.manchester.sch.uk

All other school enquiries- messages@oswaldroad.manchester.sch.uk

Please note that the school office may not be staffed full-time during the closure. If you call the office and get no answer and need to speak to us urgently, you can call 07340 472 269. This number is for emergencies only and will be monitored between 8:00am and 4:00pm.

Trafford South Food Bank- 07749 378447 info@traffordsouth.foodbank.org.uk

Chorlton & Didsbury Food Bank- 07938 191 038 info@chorltondidsbury.foodbank.org.uk

Free School Meals- If your child is eligible for Free School Meals, you can apply for a cash grant through Manchester City Council’s ‘welfare provision’ scheme. Click here for more information and to apply online- please note that you will need to know your National Insurance number to apply. 

Helpline for parents from One Education’s Psychology team- 0161 276 0113

Domestic Violence – Organisations which give information and advice
For women:
https://www.womensaid.org.uk/

http://www.rightsofwomen.org.uk/get-advice

http://www.refuge.org.uk/

For Men:
http://www.mensadviceline.org.uk/
http://www.survivorsuk.org/
http://www.male-rape.org.uk/

Safeguarding Policy- COVID-19 Addendum

Public Health England Documentation

Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

COVID-19: review of disparities in risks and outcomes

Education Settings Guidance Posters

What parents and carers need to know about schools during the coronavirus outbreak

Useful Resources and Websites

Small Steps for Independent Living- for parents struggling at home

The Anti-Baddies- Resilience Toolkit

Children’s Guide to Coronavirus

Responding to the coronavirus: resources for mental health and wellbeing

Self isolating and dealing with conflict at home

‘The Stay Home Superheroes’- written by a Play Therapist

Coronavirus Support Sheets

Joe Wicks PE Lessons

100 Things to do Indoors

Dance and PE Home Learning Resources

Alphabet Fitness Bingo – 35 days of workouts for home

Big Draw Art Project

Minister Ford’s Open Letter to the SEND Sector

Manchester Healthy Schools- Parent and Carer Homeschool Toolkit

Manchester Healthy Schools- Health and Wellbeing Challenges

Oxford Owl – Help your child learn

The Best Ideas for Kids

The Imagination Tree

Social Distancing for Children

Andy’s Wild Workouts!

Cosmic Kids, We’re going on a Bear Hunt

The World of David Walliams

Phonics Videos

Joe Wicks PE Classes

Edinburgh Zoo Live Streaming Animal Cam

Family Friendly Gaming

Just Dance Videos

Virtual National Parks

Mind’s self help guide to manage your mental wellbeing during Coronavirus

Talking to older children about self-isolation/social distancing

How parents can manage their teenager’s mental health during COVID-19

Keeping it together during the Coronavirus- guide for parents/carers

BBC Bitesize Primary Planner- Podcast for Parents/Carers

Bereavement Support Helpline

Mental Health Support in Greater Manchester for Children and Young People

Summer Reading Challenge 2020

Supporting Reading at Home

Top 10 Digital Books to Enjoy

SEN Specific Resources

Information on who is exempt from wearing face coverings on public transport

New Manchester Local Offer Newsletter

Autism & Covid-19: How to Support Autistic People During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Recommended resources for home-learning and helping children’s understanding

Podcast- Coronavirus, and helping children with autism

Helpline for Parents of SEN Children

e-Safety

If you have any specific concerns, please get in touch with a member of our Safeguarding Team as soon as possible. You can do so using the contact details at the bottom of this email.

Vodafone’s Digital Family Pledge

What is the Houseparty app? What parents need to know

Skype: A guide for parents

Zoom: e-Safety Guide

ChildNet’s Parents & Carers Zone

Video Chat & Webcams

Parental Controls

NSPCC- Warning over online child abuse

Six Top Tips To Keep Primary Kids Safe Online During School Closure

DigiSafe Daily- worksheets for children with a focus on staying safe online

Jesse and Friends- online safety videos for 4-7 year olds

NSPCC- Livestreaming and Online Video Apps

How to Spot Fake News (and Teach Kids to Be Media-Savvy)

TikTok- Guide for Parents


Coronavirus Updates

Monday 16th March

We have taken the decision this morning to stop all external visitors coming into school unless absolutely necessary. As a result, we are cancelling all afterschool clubs run by external providers until further notice. This includes Musical Theatre, Singing, We Are Adventurers, SportsPoint, French, Creative Writing and Marvellous Maths.

As they are run by school staff members, Kieran’s sports clubs (Reception Multisports, KS1 Football, KS2 Invasion Games, KS2 Football) and Netball and Girls’ Football will still go ahead as normal.

To avoid heavy levels of traffic in the foyer area, we are going to be dismissing children from these afterschool clubs in the playground. This will start today (Monday 16th March) and continue until further notice.

Owl Club will be releasing their children via the side door by the hall, so please access this via the gate on Nicolas Road. No parents will be permitted to come through the main entrance to collect their child from a club. Those dropping off at Early Birds will be asked to drop their child off at the usual door, rather than bringing them into the building.

As mentioned in the email we sent out to all parents on Friday, we are preparing work for children to do in case of school closure due to Coronavirus. This work will be web-based, therefore we are asking parents to let us know if they do not have access to the internet at home and we will try our best to provide non-web-based work for your child to do in the event of a school closure. Please contact Ellie Linton in the school office if you do not have access to the internet at home.

Finally, it is very important that we have up to date contact details for all parents/carers so that we can continue to keep you informed on any new developments. If you have a new telephone number or email address and have not informed the school office, please do so as soon as possible.

Friday 13th March

In light of the recent developments with coronavirus and in line with population distancing measures we have taken the decision as a school to cancel all parent events in school for the foreseeable future. This includes class assemblies, PTA coffee morning, Stay & Plays, Stay & Read and the Parent Forum.

We cannot confirm at this stage whether Hoot Camp will be taking place over the Easter holidays, so for now you can register your interest on the usual page on the website. We will keep you posted regarding Parents Evening, as this was due to take place in the week after the Easter holidays.

If your child has developed a cough and/or a fever (above 37.8) in the last week, please follow government advice and self-isolate for 7 days. This is regardless of whether or not you or your child has travelled abroad. This absence will be authorised given the unprecedented circumstances.

If at any time your child is tested for Covid-19, please inform the school, regardless of the outcome.

This article has some useful advice on how to speak to your child about coronavirus if they are worried about it- please note that this is an American article so please don’t call any of the helpline numbers!

We will continue to promote good hand washing and hygiene routines with the children as put forward by Public Health England. We will continue to update you as and when we receive further information. You can see the latest guidance through the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

We do not have any diagnosed cases of Covid-19 at Oswald Road currently and we’d like to thank you for your support and vigilance during this difficult time.

At the moment the government is not closing schools in England, however as a school we are planning work for children to do at home in case this situation changes. We will send the full details of this out to parents via email if the school does close.

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We are continuing to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

The DfE have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

You can also get in touch with Public Health England North West via the contacts below:

Helpline (office hours): 0344 225 0562 (Option 1)

Helpline (out of hours): 0151 434 4819

Email: ICC.Northwest@phe.gov.uk

No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.

The importance of hygiene

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19. Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.

Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:

https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources

Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available.

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for educational settings:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus


Cultural Diversity Day

On Friday 19th May we celebrated World Day for Cultural Diversity at Oswald Road. One of the best things about our school is the wide range of cultures represented in our children, parents and staff, and we wanted to show off this amazing diversity with a full day of celebrations!

Each class had at least one parent volunteer in to deliver a workshop on a particular culture, and there was an amazing variety of activities on offer! From a chapatti making master-class, to singing songs in Krio from Sierra Leone, and from stories of a World War 2 refugee from Spain, to Zambian dancing, the children were well and truly taken on a journey round the world from the comfort of their classrooms! A huge thank you to all the parent volunteers who came into class, and anyone who provided foods from around the world for the children to taste.


Clean Air GM

On the afternoon of Tuesday 18th June our brilliant KS2 Rights Respecting Ambassadors took to the streets to show their support for the #CleanAirGM campaign. The children worked with local PCSOs to produce their own banners to tell people why it’s such a good idea to walk or cycle to school and the importance of not parking outside the school entrance!


Year 2 Guy Fawkes Workshop

Year 2 took part in an exciting Guy Fawkes workshop as part of their topic on the Gunpowder Plot. During the interactive workshop the children dressed up as some of the plotters such as Robert Catesby, while other children dressed up as soldiers.

“We liked it when Guy Fawkes kept saying “ma darlin’.”

“I liked dressing up as a plotter, I especially liked hiding the gunpowder barrel in my cloak.”

“I learnt that Guy Fawkes was born in 1570.”

“We learnt that the plotters used 36 barrels of gunpowder.”

“The children and staff really enjoyed the workshop. The actor was extremely engaging and very informative. The children have remembered some key facts from the story of The Gunpowder Plot and used them in their work.” Mr Farrow


Year 1 Trip to Eureka

Year 1 visited Eureka! last week as enrichment for their topic on the human body and senses. Whilst they were there the children took part in a ‘Gross Lab’ workshop… which was really gross because they made germs, sick, poo and even scabs!!

The Year 1s then got to explore a museum called ‘All About Me’, in which they went to a hospital and had a body scan. They even got to hear a baby’s heart beat on the monitor!

Next up the children explored what it’s like at the dentist and dressed up as dentists. Finally, the budding scientists spoke to Zoom the robot, who answered lots of questions the children had about their senses.

“I liked it when we spoke to Zoom the robot because he spoke back to us.” Freya 1JJ

“I liked the Gross Lab when we made scabs because they were yucky and gross. It made me want to pick it!” Jacob 1JJ

“I liked going inside the giant mouth.” Sam 1JJ

“Eureka was such a fab trip. The children got to learn so much about the body in a practical way. Making germs, poo, sick and scabs was definitely a great experience and a brilliant way to engage with learning! Miss Jones


Kingswood Residential

Year 6 had a fantastic time on their residential trip to Kingswood Colomendy in North Wales last week! The visit was action-packed, with daredevil activities such as caving, the famous 3G swing, the balance beam, not to mention ‘nightline’, which is a blindfolded obstacle course! Whilst these activities tested the children’s resilience and self-confidence, other challenges were set to test their team work skills, such as the den and buggy building exercises. Mrs Walker and Mr Salisbury were the lucky ones that had to test the children’s homemade buggies!

“Kingswood was really fun, the best thing was the 3G swing. It was so fun and I really want to go again!” Kya 6KR

“Kingswood was a great experience to eliminate fears. It was great fun for me.” Harvey 6KR