Letter from Executive Director – Education & Children’s Services

28 May 2020

School Re-opening Information

 

Dear Parent/Carer

You will have heard the announcement by the First Minister last week in Parliament regarding the publication of, ‘Scotland’s route map through and out of the crisis’. This is a plan for how we slowly get back to a new normal after lockdown.  

Within the National Recovery Framework, also published last week, there is a clear message that any return to school for children and young people will only happen if the scientific and health advice tells us it is safe to do so, that is as important to us as it will be to you as parents.

Over the last few weeks we have been looking at all the different ways we could re-open schools and how we keep our children making progress with their learning. We will continue to plan using the ongoing advice from the Scottish Government and Public Health Scotland to deliver the best way to keep staff, children and parents safe as we allow children to keep learning.

Children will be returning to school in August across Scotland, but it won’t be the same as before. To keep our pupils and staff safe we need to ensure physical distancing. This will mean changes to previous patterns of attendance at schools, arriving and leaving at different times, different break and lunch times.

We want to do all that we can to keep your children safe when they are at school and we are looking for you to help us share some key messages to keep everyone safe and learning;

· Learning at School Continues at Home – a blended model of in-school and at home learning will be how children will learn from August 2020

· Stay Apart – Children and young people will all need to stay 2 metres apart, for younger children they may stay in small groups when 2m distancing would be difficult.

· Wash your Hands – increased hand washing will be a key feature both at home and in school

We are already listening to groups of parents, staff and our children and young people to help inform what our new school model will look like. We intend to update you with information as our plans develop. There is much to consider such as school transport, school meals, cleaning regimes, blended learning models, school drop offs and pick-ups and much more,

The Scottish Government Parent Club website has new information that you may find helpful and may answer any further questions you might have: www.Parentclub.scot/easing-restrictions-in-scotland . There is also a Q&A page:  www.Parentclub.scot/reopening-schools-faqs

We are all looking forward to having our children and young people back in the classroom in what will be a very new model of blended learning and by working together on this we will keep everyone safe and keep our children learning.

 

Carrie Lindsay

Executive Director – Education & Children’s Services

 

Weekly Learning Overviews for Week Beginning 25/05/20

Please find attached the Weekly Learning Overview for your child’s year group.

Week 35 Home Learning Overview – S1

Week 35 Home Learning Overview – New S3

The overview provides basic information on the area of study from each faculty in Bell Baxter.

We will continue to send overviews every Monday so that you are aware of the work as early as possible in the week.

We are also aware that there are challenges around home learning and access to IT, so it may not be possible to complete all tasks every week.

Support Team staff will continue to contact all homes to check in with families and ask about access to the set work.

If you are having difficulty accessing the work, please contact the school using one of the email addresses below and we will get back to you as soon as we can:

S1 – carron.pour@fife.gov.uk

New S3 – tara.pollock@fife.gov.uk 

General Enquiries – Bellbaxterhs.Enquiries@fife.gov.uk

Yours sincerely

Brian Harris

Depute Rector

Music Team’s ‘Album of the Week’

ALBUM OF THE WEEK 

This week our “Album of the Week” is ‘Elephant’ by The White Stripes

Elephant is the fourth studio album by the American Rock Duo ‘The White Stripes’ (Jack and Meg) and was released in 2003. The White Stripes set their own rules while they were recording this album: ten days in a non-modern studio. The liner notes include the disclaimer “No computers were used during the writing, recording, mixing, or mastering of this record”.

TRACK 1 – SEVEN NATION ARMY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDuzszjrdcc

‘Seven Nation Army’ features distorted vocals, a simple drum beat, and is driven by a bass-like riff which was created by playing a guitar through a ‘pitch shift’ effect (an octave effect to sound like a bass).

Does this 7 note guitar riff sound familiar? Listen to Anton Bruckner’s ‘Fifth Symphony’ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gx3h3VKq5bA : hint: 0.58s).

TRACK 2 – BLACK MATH https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMbL2K3xVEM

TRACK 3 – THERE’S NO HOME FOR YOU HERE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ahICj_vEZ4

TRACK 4 – I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ALa916ynVs

TRACK 5 – IN THE COLD, COLD NIGHT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7kuDjOv3Og

TRACK 6 – I WANT TO BE THE BOY TO WARM YOUR MOTHER’S HEART https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hq35xNUmp-0

TRACK 7 – YOU’VE GOT HER IN YOUR POCKET https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LppNqA7Z_J0

TRACK 8 – BALL AND BISCUIT https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6j97ZvyuSc

TRACK 9 – THE HARDEST BUTTON TO BUTTON https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DGX6HBR-XA

TRACK 10 – LITTLE ACORNS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSvGOKH5zxk

TRACK 11 – HYPNOTIZE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3V-QqdRXpk

TRACK 12 – THE AIR NEAR MY FINGERS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMbL6AlqeuQ

TRACK 13 – GIRL, YOU HAVE NO FAITH IN MEDICINE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mWM0S1dMro

TRACK 14 – WELL IT’S TRUE THAT WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXm1g4TJ46M

Enjoy!

For the budding guitarists among us, here is the ‘Seven Nation Army’ riff for you to learn: Happy jamming!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHlTQ0biOig&list=RDZHlTQ0biOig&start_radio=1

 

 

Download this information as a PDF by clicking here.

*New* Mental Health Booklet Available

Bell Baxter recognises that the ‘lockdown’ can bring many challenges, particularly with personal wellbeing.

Mrs McGinty from Bell Baxter Support Team has produced some useful wellbeing resources, inlcuding the *new* Teen Guide to Surviving Lockdown and Beyond

You can view these, and all our Mental Health information by clicking here.

 

The Fife Council Education Psychology Service Website has also recently been updated to include some helpful resources/advice on COVID-19. It can be found using this link:

https://www.fife.gov.uk/kb/docs/articles/education2/supporting-children-in-school/educational-psychology-service

It also contains contact details, should you want to get in touch with the them to discuss any concerns.