Skip to content ↓

COVID 19

COVID 19

27th March Update:

Message from the Music Service 

 

With the novelty of school closures wearing thin on our pupils/children we are delighted to announce from Monday 30th March the arrival of our online resources for all our music students and the wider community.

 

Please visit www.solihullmusicservice.com and click on the online resources tab.

 

Here you will finds lots of different musical activities for your whole family to get involved with.

 

At the top of the page you will find a link to our You Tube tuition channel where pupils can play along or learn to play different pieces with some of the SMS staff. (Please be aware this will continue to grow as time goes on)

 

Underneath this tab you will find resources for the different instrument groups, just click on the link and it will take you to the instrument page. There you will find some links to online music sessions or further links to specific levels for particular instruments. If you are involved in the Whole Class Ensemble Tuition programme there is also material for you to practice.

 

At the bottom of the opening page you will find links to classroom based lessons - which we hope is something the whole family can get involved with. This will develop further as we add more resources in partnership with our schools.

 

The whole website is live and we will continue to add and develop it further over the coming weeks and months to make sure our young musicians get get the most from it.

We will send out regular tweets via @musicsolihull as we add further resources. (Please make sure you are following us!)

 

Please can pupils and families practise at least half an hour every day, and there is also the fantastic opportunity to encourage families to learn together as we are all stuck indoors at this present time. We would like to think that every family will learn a song to sing per week as we know that will spread at little happiness. (Backing tracks for songs can be found under our vocal lesson tab).

 

Please keep checking back to our website and twitter feed as we will continue to update you on a regular basis. We want to keep music alive in Solihull and are working hard to achieve this.

 

26th March Update: 

Fraud warning - free school meals
The Department for Education has been informed that some parents have received an email stating the following:
'As schools will be closing, if you're entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we'll make sure you're supported'
This is a scam email - it is not from the local authority. Please try to use your communications with parents to warn them. No one should respond to it and it should be deleted immediately. 

For those parents, whose children are in receipt of a free school meal, you will be receiving a postal or electronic communication from us regarding the provision, moving forward.   

25th March Update:

How to support home learning 

Follow this guidance to create a positive learning environment at home

Be realistic about what you can do 

  • You're not expected to become teachers and your children aren't expected to learn as they do in school. Simply providing your children with some structure at home will help them to adapt. Use the tips below to help you make this work for your household
  • Experiment in the first week, then take stock. What's working and what isn't? Ask your children, involve them too
  • Share the load if there are 2 parents at home. Split the day into 2-3 hour slots and take turns so you can do your own work
  • Take care of your own health and wellbeing. This will be new for your entire household, so give it time to settle. Take a look at the links at the end of this factsheet for some advice on mental health and wellbeing

Keep to a timetable wherever possible

  • Create and stick to a routine if you can. This is what children are used to. For example, eat breakfast at the same time and make sure they're dressed before starting the ‘school’ day – avoid staying in pyjamas!
  • Involve your children in setting the timetable where possible. It’s a great opportunity for them to manage their own time better and it’ll give them ownership
  • Check in with your children and try to keep to the timetable, but be flexible. If a task/activity is going well or they want more time, let it extend where possible
  • If you have more than 1 child at home, consider combining their timetables. For example, they might exercise and do maths together – see what works for your household
  • Designate a working space if possible, and at the end of the day have a clear cut-off to signal school time is over
  • Stick the timetable up on the wall so everyone knows what they should be doing when, and tick activities off throughout the day
  • Distinguish between weekdays and weekends, to separate school life and home life

Make time for exercise and breaks throughout the day

  • Start each morning with a PE lesson at 9am with Joe Wicks, if you want to.
  • If you have a garden, use it regularly. If you don’t, try to get out once a day as permitted by the government (households can be together outdoors but 2 metres apart from others)

Other activities to keep children engaged throughout the day

  • Where you have more freedom in the timetable, make time for other activities. Add some creative time or watch a dance video from Go Noodle to get the heart-rate going
  • Get your children to write postcards to their grandparents or to pen pals
  • Give them chores to do so they feel more responsible about the daily routine at home
  • Ask them to help you cook and bake 
  • Accept that they'll probably watch more TV/spend time on their phone – that's ok but you might want to set/agree some screen time limits

Dont forget to check our COVID-19 well being page for updates on how to stay safe and well, during these difficult times 

23rd March Update:

Please click here for an update from the Headteacher.  

20th March Update: 

The Government has now provided the list of key workers (see below for this and the key principles we should all be following) .  Please ensure that if you have not done so or you now on the key worker list, you complete our survey by 12 noon today

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/emergency_parent_response

Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors listed below, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision:

Health and social care

This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.

Key public services

This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.

Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).

Public safety and national security

This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.

Transport

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

19th March Update

Some useful links: 

 

18th March Update:

Further to the Prime Ministers announcment at 5.15pm regarding school closures from Friday further information will be issued tomorrow morning.

For any families requiring information around financial support and assistance to the following website link https://www.solihull.gov.uk/benefits

This website covers financial support and assistance with housing benefit, council tax support, information regarding welfare reforms including how to make a claim for universal credit.  The website also has ‘support to success’ information

If students are self-isolating and working at home, please use Show My Homework to message teachers with any queries.

Here are some useful links:

English: 

Maths:

History: 

KS4:

https://www.senecalearning.com/

KS3: 

Life & Morality

Music 

 PE 

For year 9 – 11 GCSE PE students these links

Yr 9 Sports Science – Past Papers and next assignments

Art

 

17th March Update:

Please click here for the letter sent to parent/carers 

Here is the link to the Government advice:   https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

New guidance for households with symptoms (17.03.20)

Yesterday, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
  • if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

The symptoms are:

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:



 

Google Map