Menston Primary School

Making our world a better place

March 2020

As the spring bulbs begin to appear I thought families might like an update on what we are doing to get ready for outdoor learning later in the year.

Firstly, the pond has been re-lined and is now leak-free, deeper and larger. It now has a range of aquatic plants which will help to provide a healthy habitat for wildlife. We counted over sixty frogs in there last week and the frogspawn is beginning to appear; the children are really looking forward to pond dipping later this year! We have also planted over twenty Alder and River Birch trees and have installed new land drains to help drain the field above the pond and to keep water off the Daily Mile track.

The Polytunnel was erected last week. Funded by FoMPS, it will be ready for use in the summer term.  It can accommodate two classes and we will be completed with tables, benches and staging for growing all sorts of interesting things. In addition, we have cleared two areas on the Key Stage One field to allow us to plant flowers and shrubs to attract different insects and birds.

This term, three of our staff in Key Stage 1 will be trained to deliver ‘The Wild Passport’ curriculum. This will be ready for September and will enable us to deliver a progressive outdoor curriculum that builds up key skills and knowledge as the children grow older. An additional outdoor seating area has been installed next to the pond enclosure behind the staffroom and will introduce yet another possibility for taking learning outside.

We’re excited about these improvements and look forward to seeing you on Friday 3rd April after school when the grounds will be open to families.

Announcements

In line with the government directive, as of Monday 23rd March until further notice, Menston Primary School will be open as a childcare facility to our school’s key worker children and children that fall into the vulnerable category for those times when they cannot be safely cared for at home. Department for Education advice is that if it is at all possible for children to be at home then they should be. For any children registered for childcare, please report all absences to the school office before 9am. We have a 24 hour absence line 01943 873180 where you can leave a message to let us know what the reason for absence is. You must not send any children in if they are displaying the symptoms of Covid-19 which include a new, persistent cough and/ or a high temperature. If your child has sickness or diarrhoea they must be kept off school for 48 hours after the last bout of illness.

Important Dates

Apr
6
Mon
2020
Easter Holiday – The school will continue to run as a childcare facility for key workers’ children/ vulnerable children throughout the Easter holidays.
Apr 6 – Apr 17 all-day
Jul
20
Mon
2020
Teacher Training Day
Jul 20 all-day
Jul
21
Tue
2020
Summer Holidays
Jul 21 – Sep 2 all-day