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Posted on: 30/03/2020

Online Curriculum Offer

Dear Parents and Carers, As you know we are working hard behind the scenes to provide you with some supportive learning resources developed specifically for our pupils. We know there are lots of lovely pre- prepared online activities for you to access, but these are not always appropriate for Fordwater learners. Therefore the teachers are busy creating activities you can successfully try at home and are also making short personalised videos as well as sourcing the most useful online links. Please go to the Fordwater website and find Learning from Home in the menu bar across the top. Click on here and you will find a drop down menu of teaching activities to choose from. Please be patient, this is new for us and our teachers are doing their best to get work made for you as well as many of them having their own children to look after at home whilst they do this!  We will add learning material all the time as it gets made so please visit often and select what you feel is the best fit for you and your family. In addition to the support material and videos on our website every teacher will start to send home a fortnightly newsletter for their class with teaching ideas for the summer term. The first newsletter will be sent to you immediately following the Easter Holidays and will have links, and a few simple activities you can follow to support the new topics if you would like to do so. Please check out the section called Support from Therapists and the Communication support pages too. Here you will find blank daily schedules to adapt, ‘Now and Next’ boards and a range of routines to support you at home with personal care and life skills. If there is anything particular you would like us to include please contact me through the support@fordwatersch.co.uk email address, so I can make sure it gets on the website for all parents to benefit from. In the meantime, however long that may be, please remember home is a very different environment to school and we fully understand how difficult it can be trying to continue learning with your children. The most important thing is always continuing to support communication and maintain positive relationships, everything else will be a bonus! All the best to you and your families, Kathryn Crosby - Deputy Head
Posted on: 26/03/2020

Free School Meals Offer

Dear Parents and Carers, Dear Parents/Carers I am pleased to announce that as of next Monday those pupils in receipt of Free School Meals will have a food ‘box’ delivered to school. Unfortunately this service is not being provided for those pupils on Universal Free School Meals (the entitlement for all year groups Reception, 1 and 2 pupils), only those who are in receipt of certain benefits. If you are not sure about your eligibility please do not hesitate to contact us on the support email support@fordwatersch.co.uk. If your financial situation has changed as a result of the current pandemic, and you wish to see if you now qualify for Free School Meals, please follow the link below: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/education-children-and-families/schools-and-colleges/free-school-meals/ We are currently looking at the best and safest way to distribute these ‘boxes’ to you and this will be communicated either this Friday or Monday next week. These ‘boxes’ are coming centrally from County, due to the nature of what is able to be provided it may be that the food is not necessarily appropriate for all eligible pupils, ie those on a blended diet or pureed food. It is likely the offer will be food that could create a sandwich lunch box type daily meal. However families may wish to continue to receive these ‘boxes’ in order to support the rest of the family in this challenging time. If you do not wish to receive this food ‘box’ please can you let me know via support@fordwatersch.co.uk and we will look at distributing it to another family who we know may be going through a difficult time as a result of the situation we are currently in. Best wishes Vicky Oliver-Catt​ - Deputy Headteacher
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