Our response to Covid 19

                   SAFEGUARDING

We want all of our children to be safe during these difficult times.  If you have any concerns about the safety and wellbeing of a child, please report them immediately.

If you believe a child to be in immediate danger, call 999

If you wish to speak to a social worker to discuss your concerns, please call 01782 235100 or email SRT.Referrals@stoke.gov.uk

Or call the Emergency Duty Team (out of hours) on 01782 234234

 

Please remember - no concern is too small.  It is always better to discuss it with someone than to leave a child at risk of potential harm. If you wish to discuss your concern with the Designated Safeguarding Lead, please email office.sta@ctkcc.co.uk and leave a contact number.

 

 

Please scroll down this page for further information.  Home schooling may be found under the Learning tab and your child's class pages. 

 

Useful Contacts:

Father Hudson's Support - jackiekelsall@fatherhudsons.org.uk

Jackie provides support to our school community. Please note Jackie's usual working day is Friday, however, she will try her best to respond as soon as possible.

NHS Mental Health Supporthttps://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/

Samaritanshttps://www.samaritans.org/ or call 116 123

School Nurse Service - Text 07520 615723

Stoke on Trent Health Visiting Hub - 0300 303 3298

Young Mindshttps://youngminds.org.uk/

For the latest information and guidance regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), please click here.

GUIDANCE FOR HOME LEARNING

  

Please access your child’s class page under the learning tab and access the class page that begins with a letter C (eg. C FS1; C Year 4) in order to find work that has been set for pupils.

As stated in my other letter, initially there will be no new learning taking place in school as far as new topics or new concepts are concerned. Pupils will be receiving help and support from staff in school in order to help them access the tasks and challenges set for them and to help consolidate learning. This may need to change somewhat, depending on how long the restrictions remain in place, but for now pupils cared for at home will not be missing out.

We have talked to the children about finding the best way of ensuring they can continue school work at home and we suggest the following:

  • Make sure you set aside learning time each day of the working week
  • Where possible, set up a small work station for your child so that they know when they are sitting there, it is now work time
  • Remove distractions where possible – turn off the TV, radio etc.
  • Don’t expect or allow your child to sit at a computer all day – vary activities, read a book, explore the garden etc.
  • Take regular breaks and drink plenty of water.
  • Try to establish a regular routine and set boundaries for what is and is not acceptable behaviour in your home.
  • Give praise and rewards when appropriate.
  • For younger children, little and often is a much more effective way of learning.

 

Remember, your class teacher is on hand to help if needed. Parents please contact the teacher on your child’s behalf, using the email address you have been given. (Please only during school day hours). Remember that staff will be supervising children in school so please be patient whilst waiting for a reply.

Try to make this awful situation as positive as you can. All learning is good. Let your children help out at home, acquiring new skills and experiences.

We wish you all well and look forward to welcoming everyone back in school as soon as we can.

 

 

COVID-19: Coronavirus

We are, of course, worried that the closure of our school could affect the children's spiritual life, education, health and well-being. Please read the information below and use the links to help your child on their spiritual journey during this challenging time for us all. 

 

Celebrating Mass

Despite the fact that we can't gather for Mass in our churches, many priests and bishops are broadcasting their Masses live online.

https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/live-catholic-mass-online/

 

Online liturgies

Dan and Emily from One Life Music have kindly recorded a liturgy for schools and home, this will be updated on a weekly basis. This is such a wonderful way to bring us together as a community of prayer and I am sure that we will all be strengthened by it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NL-kS4ZP6hs&feature=youtu.be

 Praying with your children at home

Prayer is fundamental to the life of our school and the children have many opportunities to pray together frequently throughout the school day.  It is important that the children continue to pray, especially during this difficult time, and that you come together as a family to pray.

 

Here are some prayers that you can pray with your children at home.

https://www.tentenresources.co.uk/primary-subscription/prayers-for-home/15-prayers/


Each week we will post links for you to share in prayer together.

Sunday Liturgy for Families- an opportunity for families to lead their own Sunday liturgy following the order of the Mass, leading to 'Spiritual Communion'.

Daily Prayers for Home- daily prayers rooted in the Sunday Gospel for families to pray together.

 

Sunday Liturgy for Families

https://www.tentenresources.co.uk/primary-subscription/prayers-for-home/sunday-liturgy-for-families/

RE Resources

http://www.natre.org.uk/about-natre/free-resources-for-you-and-your-pupils/?utm_source=emailmarketing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=more_free_home_learning_resources_for_pupils_are_available_now&utm_content=2020-03-27

 

https://cafod.org.uk/Education/Primary-teaching-resources/Home-learning-primary

 

Welcome To Our School

St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School is a one form entry school situated on North Street in the middle of Stoke. The school caters for pupils between the ages of three and eleven.

We are proud of our diverse community with approximately fifty percent of our pupils coming from different countries and cultures. We believe that this prepares our pupils to live alongside others in an ever changing multi cultural society.

We are also proud of our sporting and musical traditions. We are well represented in local sporting competitions and are usually very successful. Our music groups have increased over the years and now we are able to take part in a variety of concerts, performing to a very high standard.

Integral to our school are our Catholic beliefs and values which permeate everything that we do and teach. Consequently, our pupils achieve high standards not only academically but also spiritually and personally in a supportive, nurturing environment.

By following in the footsteps of Jesus we are:

‘making the heart, mind and spirit soar’

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