Constantine Cornwall

Constantine School – news and life under lockdown

Cags Gilbert, Head of School

Essential childcare for Key Workers

You may be aware that Constantine Primary School has merged with three other Kernow Learning Trust Schools in order to continue providing essential childcare during Covid-19. We have been operating out of Falmouth Primary School daily since 30th March where our staff are working alongside the other school’s staff. This has enabled us to minimise the number of staff and children who are exposed to each other and ensure we can adhere to social distancing measures where possible, with those children on site who really do require essential childcare.

If your circumstances change and you need to call us, then please ring our usual number (340554) and leave a message or call Falmouth Primary as stated on our website on: 01326 341070. The other way to contact us is via Dojo.

CPS in the community

Prior to merging with three other schools we continued operating from our school site
and were approached by Mrs Olds to write messages to people in care homes in Mawgan
and St Keverne due to them not being able to see visitors and family members. The few
pupils we had in school during the first week of lockdown rose to the challenge and made a
huge rainbow poster for those in Park Vro Residential Home, Mawgan and made individual
rainbows and messages of hope to those in Polventon House, St Keverne. These were all gratefully received and put a huge smile on the resident’s faces.

Learning

Our teachers and staff have been very busy working from home since lockdown was an- nounced to ensure a variety of home learning activities and ideas are posted daily on our school Dojo system. Whilst keeping up with daily maths, reading and writing challenges we have been in awe of all the amazing learning that has been sent back to us. We’ve had models of countries made from pasta, wine bottles and Lego, some amazing art in the great outdoors and even skills such as cleaning and baking to help at home.

Tamar Class Blog

https://constantine.cornwall.sch.uk/tamarblog/There are some very enthusiastic writers at Constantine School who have continued to update the Blog whilst away from school, especially in Year 5. You can follow their Class Blog at the following address: constantine.cornwall.sch.uk/tamarblog/

Our Curriculum

Although the curriculum is a little different right now the teachers are all busy planning and preparing our curriculum re-design from their own homes. They are ensuring that what we have planned is current and in line with all guidelines as there are many changes in edu- cation all the time. The new RE Agreed Syllabus for Cornwall has been published recently along with new statutory guidelines for relationships education.

Staff have also been taking part in online training to update them in many areas such as; fire warden, safeguarding, equality and diversity, risk assessments and safe working practices. So, once we are back in school we shouldn’t need time out of classrooms to train. We want to be with our children all the time once school does start again.

To help keep spirits up during this time the staff have been publishing photo messages to keep in touch. See our Website Twitter feed: We miss you; Super heroes; Flora Day; Reading challenge.

Return to school

We have always been open for the children of key workers and are potentially opening more widely for Reception children on June 3rd and Year 1 children on June 8th. We have our plans in place but won’t know if this will actually go ahead until the Government make the announcement on 28 May.

Unfortunately, we don’t have the capacity to open for Y6 also, as by following Govern- ment guidelines we don’t have the space or staff numbers to adhere to social distancing and the group sizes recommended and this is still a top priority. The key is to keep children and staff safe, reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19.

If we do open, we cannot mix our groups of ten children or the staff who are with them, we will have staggered start times, staggered play, lunchtimes and end of the day pick up. School will be very different for a while, that’s for sure.

As a team we are really missing not being in school with all the children and are very much looking forward to a time when we can all be together again. Unfortunately that cannot happen until it is safe to do so and we will be guided by the Government and Kernow Learning Academy Trust.