Category Archives: Middle School News

DfE guidance updates

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Opening hours:

8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the helpline.

Updated handwashing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene. E-Bug has published posters on hand hygiene, and covering coughs and sneezes, to display in bathrooms, classrooms and shared spaces.

The hand and respiratory hygiene posters and other educational resources can be found here:

https://e-bug.eu

DfE Guidance updates

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Opening hours:

8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the helpline.

Updated handwashing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene. E-Bug has published posters on hand hygiene, and covering coughs and sneezes, to display in bathrooms, classrooms and shared spaces.

The hand and respiratory hygiene posters and other educational resources can be found here:

https://e-bug.eu

Potton Community Help Group

Potton Community Help Group 

Potton Community Help Group have been in contact with school to tell us about ways in which they can help provide additional support to families during the current situation.

They are currently able to provide a food box from Morrisons, a gift card for Tesco or in an emergency, a food parcel from the Need Project.

Any family who is in difficulty financially due the effects of the Covid19 situation would be eligible. Each request is dealt with in confidence.

If you feel that you could be eligible for this support, please contact Andrea MacAdam by text/phone on 07590 359 630 or by email if you prefer andream@bedsrcc.org.uk

Potton Community Help Group

Potton Community Help Group 

Potton Community Help Group have been in contact with school to tell us about ways in which they can help provide additional support to families during the current situation.   

 They are currently able to provide a food box from Morrisons, a gift card for Tesco or in an emergency, a food parcel from the Need Project.

Any family who is in difficulty financially due the effects of the Covid19 situation would be eligible. Each request is dealt with in confidence.

If you feel that you could be eligible for this support, please contact Andrea MacAdam by text/phone on 07590 359 630 or by email if you prefer andream@bedsrcc.org.uk

 

World Book Day

We had a fantastic time celebrating World Book Day last week!

Children at the Middle School participated in a range of workshops that celebrated all aspects of books and reading, from writing stories themselves to mixing their own ink and creating their own paper. At the Lower School, children enjoyed dressing up – either in their pyjamas, or as their favourite characters – and sharing some of their favourite stories. There was a lovely ‘book buzz’ in both schools and, to top it all off, we raised a significant amount of money for BookTrust, a charity which works to inspire a love of reading in millions of children across the UK. A huge thank you to everyone for your phenomenal support!

 

Breakfast with Miss Coppenhall

Every month, one Values Champion is chosen from each class across the Federation from Year 1 to Year 8. To celebrate and congratulate them how well they have demonstrated the Value of the Month, the Values Champions are able to attend breakfast with me on a Friday morning.

We enjoy eating croissants, pain au chocolat, fruit and fruit juices, whilst talking about our school. Conversations are led by the children, as we discuss together how we are feeling at school, what we are enjoying and what the adults can do to help things to become even better. The children are always very honest and open about their feelings, and we always leave with very full tummies too!

Each month I will provide a write up of the children’s thoughts and share them with you – please see below for the feedback from November.

Miss Coppenhall.

December 2019

 

Back to the Moon!

During the course of the week children from Potton Lower and Potton Middle Year Eight’s have been able to experience what it is like in Space.

Mark Rutherford School in Bedford kindly loaned us their inflatable Planetarium.

We are very grateful to give this opportunity to our students and I hope all the children enjoyed becoming space explorers!

Back to the Moon!

During the course of the week children from Potton Lower and Potton Middle Year Eight’s,  have been able to experience what it is like in Space.

Mark Rutherford School in Bedford kindly loaned us their inflatable Planetarium. We are very grateful to give this opportunity to our students and I hope all the children enjoyed becoming space explorers!

 

 

Year 6 Sportshall Athletics

The Year 6 Sportshall Athletics Team travelled to Stratton Upper School on Thursday 7th November,  to compete against Biggleswade Academy and Edward Peake in the East Bedfordshire Schools competition.

Athletes competed in both track and field events including:

  • individual races over 1, 2 and 6 laps
  • team track relays
  • standing long jump
  • speed bounce
  • javelin

Points were awarded to the athletes in each event, the number of points varied depending on where they finish. These points were then added together in each event to give each school a finishing total. Overall Potton had lots of 1st place finishes with some excellent sprinting on the track and superb throwing and jumping in the field from both the boys and girls.

Overall Potton accumulated 42 points and finished in 2nd place only 2 points behind the eventual winners Edward Peake.

A massive well done to the team who, for their first sportshall athletics competition did brilliantly and showed some excellent sportsmanship throughout the whole evening.

Also a massive thank you to Miss Carrington who attended the event with us and helped with organising the team.

Jeans for Genes Day

Well, school life has fully resumed now after the summer break, and whilst we’re all trying to make the most of this late September sunshine school life is proving to be as busy as ever. Today is no exception and in true federation style we have all been sporting our jeans to raise lots of money for the charity “Genetic Disorders UK” by taking part in “National Jeans for Genes day”.

In assemblies this week the children have been learning all about the charity and the work it does, gaining an understanding of what our “Genes” actually are, as one child mentioned in assembly, “Jeans for Genes is a great homophone!”

We have all donated £1 for the privilege of coming to school in our jeans/denim and look forward to announcing how much we have successfully raised over the coming days.