We've invited our subject leaders to write a monthly blog, outlining the priorities and progress in the delivery of their subject across the school. This month, our English team have written about the effect that 'sentence stacking' has had on children's writing.
The blog can be seen here.
Here at Madginford, we are using several websites to help keep home and school connected in a world where close contact is not always possible. We use Google Classroom to set homework as well as work for any children who have to self-isolate for any period of time. We also use Class Dojo to enable communication between teachers and families and EdShed (encompassing Spelling Shed and Maths Shed) to help children practice spellings and number facts at home.
If you have not been given, or have lost, your login details for any of the above services, please contact your class teacher through the school office. Unfortunately, we have had to disable the facility to retrieve logins online at the present time.
More can be found about Google Classroom in our Home Study section
Please find attached our remote learning expectations and acceptable use policy:
Our Behaviour Systems
Mrs Sargent has made a short video outlining how we now reward good behaviour at school, and the systems in place to prevent behaviour falling short of our usual standards. We'll have this video with you as soon as technology allows!
Influential People At Madginford
We have introduced the 'Influential People at Madginford' program, outlining three people from History for each year group to learn about and discuss. Every class has watch a video from Mr Day about their first person in term one, before discussing them and the school values that they have shown. Each class will then draft a message to be sent to a representative of that person, explaining the impact that the figure has had on them. We hope to be able to share some replies soon!
In the meantime, why not watch some of Mr Day's videos by clicking the link below?
Back to school videos -September 2020
Return to School - 8th March 2021
As all children return to school, we understand that there may be some anxiety on the part of children as well as adults. Most children have been away from school from an extended period of time and the return to school can represent another change in routine, especially as children will be going back to a different teacher or classroom. Below, we have collated several resources to help you prepare children for their return to school. Please also find the school risk assessment for returning to school.
Kent Together - Helpline launched by Kent County Council
A 24-hour helpline has been set up to support vulnerable people in Kent who need urgent help, supplies or medication.
The helpline – called Kent Together - provides a single, convenient point of contact for anyone in the county who is in urgent need of help during the Coronavirus outbreak. It is a collaboration between KCC, central Government, District, Borough and local councils, the voluntary and community sector, the NHS, emergency services and other partners to ensure help is at hand for vulnerable people.
It is also the place to report your concerns about the welfare of someone else.
Kent County Council Leader Roger Gough said: “In every district and borough throughout Kent and Medway there has been an incredible and heartening response to this pandemic, and we have a huge army of remarkable, public-spirited volunteers who are ready and willing to help each other through these challenging times.
“We now need to make sure that these vital resources are directed to where they are most needed. The new central helpline will link to Community Hubs across the county and ensure that we are effectively working hand in hand with the amazing teams out in the heart of communities in every part of Kent.”
Kent Together is being coordinated by Kent County Council which will feed the information through the network of volunteers, district and borough council teams and local support groups, to ensure people get the support they need, when they need it.
People’s needs will be assessed and staff will liaise with Community Hubs in the districts to prioritise those who need urgent help.
Mr Gough added: “At this unprecedented time, we all need to support each other to cope with the changes to our lifestyles we’ve had to make in order to delay the spread of Covid-19.
“I appreciate those radical changes have brought about difficulties and uncertainty and that we are all having to live our lives very differently.
“I hope with the launch of this service we can help bring some sense of familiarity and comfort back to those who desperately need it.”
If you are vulnerable and have an urgent need that cannot be met through existing support networks, you can contact the Kent Together helpline at www.kent.gov.uk/KentTogether or by calling on 03000 41 92 92. It is a 24 hour service.
Kent County Council also has a page on its website answering frequently-asked questions and the very latest Coronavirus information on its service updates page.
Visit www.kent.gov.uk to find out more.
We understand that in these times of enforced isolation, young people will want to find ways to communicate with their peers, and several popular games, websites and social media apps give them the opportunity to do so. However, these also raise concerns over their online safety. We have put a set of factsheets outlining these, along with tips for how to use them safely in our 'online safety' section (found within the Development tab).
They can also be found here.
Madginford goes pancake potty!
Children throughout the school had lots of fun on Pancake Day. Some children learnt about the history of Shrove Tuesday, while others go to try out different toppings (chocolate sauce was popular!) Children also got to try Pancake races in their houses, which got quite competitive!
Amazing efforts for 'EduFootyAid'
Madginford children took part in a 'wear your kit to school day on 24th January, to support Mr Day taking part in the 'EduFootyAid' Charity football tournament in aid of Mind at the Excel Centre in London.
We raised an amazing £500, which Mr Day was able to hand over to the organisers - a higher amount than any other school involved in the campaign. Unfortunately, Mr Day's South East Team was unable to match those efforts, finishing fourth and picking up a few battle scars along the way!
The organisers of the tournament and Mind, the charity for mental health, have passed on their heartfelt thanks to all at Madginford for their incredible fundraising work.
Festive feathery fun at Leeds Castle!
30 children from Years 3 & 4 visited Leeds Castle just before Christmas to visit the ‘Magical Birds & Festive Feathers’ themed rooms. Our visit took place on a rather wet day but the weather was kind enough that we could spend time spotting the dragon and other tree stumps which have been carved into interesting shapes on our way to the castle. We watched a short film which animated the castle’s story through time before stepping inside – the castle was beautiful! Some of the rooms had little robins hidden away which we had to count but the decorations were stunning and we particularly enjoyed staying very quiet in one room and listening out for an owl which hooted quietly! This was a stunning extended learning opportunity and it was a great shame that only 30 of us could go but hopefully we will be able to do something similar again!
Year Four get Fruity!
On Monday the 14th October, Year 4 had the privilege of being visited by a local farmer, Mr Uren, who shared his expertise on Modern farming. This linked nicely to our history topic where we were learning about how farming had changed over time. He specialised in the growing of fruits and vegetables, in particular apples, pears and strawberries. Year 4 showed him great respect and listened intently to all the information he shared with us and asked sensible and interesting questions in response to what they heard. They were able to recall a lot of facts and were lucky enough to take home an apple each. They were very tasty! We even got to see some Lambourne and Egremont apples!
Very well done to all those girls who took part in the Maidstone & Mid Kent Area 7-a-side football tournament recently. Two teams were entered, one of which came fourth overall. All the girls showed excellent sportsmanship and demonstrated our school values superbly. Congratulations!