A message from your Headteacher, 16th June 2020
Hello everyone,
can you believe that it is 12 weeks since we were all together?  Last week, we finally settled back into Atlas with our Key Worker group.  It feels great to be home, but we are still missing you all lots.
Today, we have opened our doors to some of our Year 5 and Year 6 pupils.  I would like to thank all of the parents and children for ensuring that you followed all of the measures that we have put into place for a safer return – we are so happy to see some more smiling faces!
Thank you to those parents who have answered our poll.  If you haven’t done so yet, please do so that we can plan accordingly.
Later this week, Miss Snowden and I will be calling more of our families to discuss coming back, but in the meantime if you have any questions please get in touch.
In those 12 weeks, we have seen so much – from being at Green Lane, organising 270 food parcels for the community, sorting out food vouchers for our families and even doing the shopping, organising work packs and challenges, and taking care of our key worker children in school.  All of that has been wonderful and I would like to thank everyone who has helped in any way, but I know that in whatever circumstances we face, the team at Atlas will always go above and beyond to make sure that we are doing what is right – that is what makes our school a special place to be.
The world feels like a very uncertain place at the moment, from the outbreak of Covid to the protests and subsequent riots in different parts of the world and within our country.  I know that in our school we are raising children who know that kindness is key and who will stand up for what is right.  Let’s hope that more can be done to help some of the adults in the world to see this, too.
I am proud of our diverse, inclusive, respectful and caring ethos here at Atlas, but we all still have work to do.  Take some time to reflect on what you think would make the world a better place and what you would like to learn more about.
It is clear from the events of the last few weeks that education is vital in order for us all to have a shared understanding of everyone’s right to humanity and respect.  I am learning about parts of history that I didn’t know – we all have learning to do to try and make things right and we are never too old to learn more.  I would love it if you could share some of the work that you have done at home so that we can share our messages of kindness and hope.
I know that you might be worried about some of the things that you might see or hear on the news – please talk to your family at home or message me or your teacher via the website or office email address if you need somebody to talk to – I really wish that we were all together to talk things through.  You might also have some worries about going out and seeing more people – this week, the non-essential shops are opening and things will start to feel different once again.  Please continue to follow the guidance on social distancing and take all sensible steps to keep yourselves safe.
Take care, I hope to see you all very soon,
Mrs Simpson
Duchess of Cambridge hosts special assembly on kindness.

Click to see this article about American author, Shola Richards and his daily experience of racism.

Picture News

Click the picture to download this week’s flip from Picture News all about the Black Lives Matter movement.

Help for parents

If you need help during the current situation, these two documents from Bradford Council are full of advice and information for parents and carers.

                                      

Support for Parents                          Emergency Help

Relationships under Covid19
The coronavirus outbreak is leading to big changes in the way we live our everyday lives. Our relationships will be hugely important for getting us through this but self-isolation, social distancing and other concerns may also place them under added pressure. You can find blogs, advice and tips for helping your relationships stay healthy during the pandemic.
This website is packed with advice on how to handle relationships during difficult times. Find out more HERE.

This fantastic website from the NHS has a huge amount of information about your well-being. There are sections for children  with lots of activities, quizzes and information. There is also a great section for parents and carers – helping you to help others during stressful times.

Lockdown Ideas

This amazing letter was written by Hareem’s mum. It contains a huge amount of information on how to keep busy, happy and healthy during lockdown. It’s great to see one of our parents sharing good ideas for the benefit of everyone. Click the button for your copy.

Want to talk to your child about their worries of Corona virus or Covid 19?

These documents will help you answer their questions in the right way.

 Child Friendly Explanation    Talking to Children about Corona virus      Supporting Children’s Questions

We were really happy when Mrs Simpson and Ayaan made it onto the news.

Makaton Lesson Number One

Over the next few weeks our Nursery teacher, Mr Tunnell, is going to teach everyone the basics of Makaton signing. Take a look at the first lesson and join in for more lessons as time goes on.

Makaton Lesson Two

This week Mr Tunnell teaches us all about shape.

Carol Vorderman’s “Maths Factor” is free for all children while the school closures are in place. Usually £2 per week, this offer is a great opportunity that children in any year group will find useful. Sign up at the site HERE.

Out of the Arc have made daily lessons with activities songs. Each day a new activity sheet is available as well as a video with backing track and song words.

Find them HERE.

Our old friend, Harold the Giraffe from the Life Bus is here to help while school is closed. His daily diary is full of information, games, puzzles and fun.

Visit Harold everyday and see what he’s been up to, HERE.

Everyday at 11.00, David Walliams is reading extracts from his books.

Follow the link HERE.

Lizzie from Bee Outdoors who runs our Forest School sessions has created a pack so you continue to learn at home. Please click to here access the pack.

English Heritage have created some colouring sheets for some of their monuments. Why not have a go at colouring one in. Once you have done this, use the internet to research about your monument. We would love to see your work on Weduc. The best ones will win a prize from Mr Brearley. Click HERE to view.

Premier League Primary Stars have created lots of fun football-related resources to use at home. Resources will cover EnglishPhysical Activity, Health and Wellbeing and Maths for Key Stage 1 (5-7 year-olds) and Key Stage 2 (7-11 year-olds). Please click here to view.

When working online, it’s always good to remember how to stay safe. All of the resources on this page have been checked before posting. “Think You Know?” have made a range of activities for parents and children to work on together. Follow the link HERE to their website to make sure you stay safe online. As ever, if you have any worries or problems, you can contact the school for further information.