We’re now open for FS, Y1 and key worker children! We were interviewed by BBC Radio 4 Today programme on 18th May & 1st June. You can hear the interviews, featuring Sam, Izzy, Rafe & Gwyn, Mr Poote & Mrs Stamp, by clicking the links here:
18th May
May 2020 – Lockdown at Long Crendon School!
We have remained open since the 23rd March lockdown was announced, to ensure that the children of key workers and vulnerable children have been able to continue to come to school. Staff have worked on a rota basis to ensure that children in school are looked after and that work is set online, or in the form of paper learning packs, for those who remain at home. Because key worker parents have had to work when required, and have been unable to access their usual holiday childcare arrangements, we stayed open during the Easter holidays and will remain open at half term. In addition, we now have a number of pre-school age siblings attending, who are getting an early taste of school before they join Foundation Stage in September.
The unprecedented nature of the pandemic has meant that we have had to adapt and a typical school day now looks very different! The children have now, because numbers have increased, been split into KS1 and KS2 groups. In the mornings the children are working their way through the work which has been set for the rest of their classmates online. Mrs Finlay, our PE teacher (look out for her PE challenges on the garden gate as you walk round the village),  continues to teach PE lessons when she is in school on the rota and Forest School is also still taking place when Mrs Berrell or Mrs Motion are in.
Thanks to the generosity of the Co-op we were able to hold an Easter egg hunt. We have chalked on the playground, painted, made campfires and dens and built obstacle courses- and come in our pyjamas for Pyjamarama day! Over the weekend the blue tits we have been watching on our nest box camera hatched and we now have seven baby birds to watch. We are so fortunate to have such wonderful school grounds and to have had such glorious weather – we are making the most of the sunshine and getting the children outside as much as possible.
Huge thanks go out to the Long Crendon School staff and the school Governors, who have continued to work so hard to support the school, whilst also juggling their own work, childcare issues and home schooling their own children. We’d also like to give a big shout out to all the  parents, who have worked so hard to facilitate home learning whilst juggling their own work – we have been amazed at the amount of work the children at home are submitting!
If this pandemic has highlighted anything, it is the things that maybe, in our busy world pre lockdown, we may have taken for granted. We are so fortunate in Long Crendon to have food, clothes, shelter, friendship and a strong community. We look forward to the day when we can welcome all the children back to school. When tomorrow comes, these are the positive things we will remember.
Very best wishes
Sue Stamp
Headteacher

Dear Parents

With thanks to my dear friend Luanne, a teacher in Ethiopia, for her wise words, I would like to share with you some thoughts:

Teachers and parents have all been thrown in at the deep end by the current situation. As teachers, last week we had to hustle to prepare authentic and relevant home learning tasks to cover the curriculum, whilst at the same time trying to teach classes and deal with the absence of almost half our teaching staff. We are open now only for the children whose parents are key workers needed on the front line.

My advice to parents worrying about home schooling is, first and foremost, relax – try not to stress – because it may become stressful. Your children may be scared by things they have seen or heard on TV and children won’t learn much if they are stressed.

Cuddle up together and read, read, read. Take turns reading. Do a puzzle. Build a fort. Bake. Set up a tent in your living room and camp out. Build a den. Look at photos of when you were a child and talk about what life was like then. Play board games. Paint. Garden. In other words, don’t fret about them forgetting everything they’ve learned at school – every child in the country is in the same boat and this will end.

This is a scary time, but is an opportunity to spend time together, and it may very well be a time that the children look back and remember as one of the good times in their lives.

Teachers have spent a lot of time creating learning opportunities which are on the class pages; make sure you’re relaxed and ready to do these tasks – try not to get frustrated – maybe do it in the tent!

We are currently working on developing a learning platform and ways in which we can develop two-way communication effectively with parents and children during this closure. Staff are all still working, so please remember that you can still contact your child’s teacher by email during working hours if you have any questions or concerns and they will get back to you.

Young children are going to remember how their family felt during this time, more than anything specific about the virus. Our children are watching and learning how to respond to stress and uncertainty. Let’s work together to wire them with the values of resilience, adaptability, kindness and courage.

Very best wishes

Sue Stamp

Please see our latest blog on anxiety from Mrs Fleming:

Anxiety blog

SEN UPDATE

Buckinghamshire Family Information Service has a link of useful teaching resources to use at home, including a link for resources to use with children that have additional needs.

If anyone would like to contact our SENDCO Mrs Poote for any support during school closure please feel free to email mpoote@longcrendon.bucks.sch.uk

Welcome to our school

At Long Crendon we subscribe to an educational philosophy based upon valuing self, others and our environment. Values education is at the centre of our school vision. Long Crendon School is a place where children can grow as individuals, as learners and as caring and productive members of society. We are committed to supporting and developing the physical and emotional health and well-being of all the children and staff at our school.

We aim to offer all of our children an outstanding, inspirational, educational experience. Learning outside the classroom is a key aspect of our curriculum, giving children opportunities to identify and manage risk effectively. Promoting Growth Mindset empowers our children to always believe that they can improve.
Read what The Good Schools Guide has to say about our school.

Our Values

Our core values, underpinning all aspects of the school experience, are:

Unity – incorporating co-operation and support
Courage – incorporating uniqueness and creativity
Resilience – incorporating determination, self-belief and positivity
Kindness – incorporating friendship, loyalty, humility, love and forgiveness
Enthusiasm – incorporating curiosity, joy and happiness
Honesty – incorporating integrity, reliability and trust
Respect – incorporating empathy and tolerance
Equality – incorporating acceptance and inclusion

We also promote democracy, the rule of law, mutual respect, tolerance and individual liberty.

At this difficult time,  the values that we need to focus on on are  Courage, Resilience and Kindness

Vision and Values page

Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC)

We are passionate about LOtC

We have developed our fabulous, extensive grounds, including allotments, a bottle greenhouse, a woodland, a pond, a fort, swimming pool, mud kitchen  and the OWL (Outdoor Woodland Learning lodge), which are extensively used for learning outside the classroom. Our Eco initiatives are run by a committee of staff, children and parents and we hold an Eco Green flag and have a thriving Eco club. We hold an LOtC gold quality mark and our Foundation Stage teacher was awarded an LOtC Oustanding Innovative Eduucator award. Our LOtC practice has featured in Green Parent and Teach Early Years magazines and in the Guardian. All our KS1 and KS2 children attend regular Forest School sessions (weekly in Years 1-4 and fortnightly in Years 5 and 6).

Have a look at our LOtC page.

PLEASE SEE THE LATEST CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

Key information for parents about partial re-opening – click link below:

Partial re-opening of school information for parents

Dr Amy Kerstein answers children’s questions about Covid-19 in this podcast.

It covers important topics like snakes, gorillas and cows (with no fake news and plenty of reassurance).
With games to play at home while you listen and a guest appearance from a certain Year 1 pupil…
https://anchor.fm/dr.amy/episodes/Covid-for-Kids-ecmm8d

It is our intention to remain open for the children of key workers. Please contact the school office for further information, or to let us know about dates and times when school places are needed – the more advance notice you are able to give, the better.

In the event of an exceptional closure any parent with a child that is entitled to continue attending a setting ( e.g. key workers, children with an EHCP and vulnerable children)  that does not have a place can contact the following for support:

Pre-school/Early years (0-5) brokerage@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

School age children admissionskeyworker@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE FOR PARENTS 2020 03 20 v2

COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE FOR PARENTS 2020 03 17

GDPR 

Data protection policy GDPR 2020

PRIVACY NOTICE STAFF

PRIVACY NOTICE PARENTS

PRIVACY NOTICE VISITORS

PRIVACY NOTICE JOB APPLICANTS

Retention of Records IRMS

If you would like any part of this website in paper copy, please speak to the school office.

PARKING
When you visit our school please do not drive onto the school grounds – access is for staff only. Please help to keep our neighbours happy and our surroundings pleasant by not parking on grass verges or across driveways. Thank you for thinking of others by parking safely and considerately in the surrounding streets.

Adverse Weather

In the event of adverse weather, the decision to close the school is made by the Chair of Governors, in consultation with the Headteacher. Final decisions rest upon the weather conditions first thing in the morning (between about 6am and 7am). We always aim to give as much notice as possible, posting closure information on the Bucks CC website, which in turn triggers local radio announcements. If school buses are not running then schools often make the decision to close, as this is an indication that driving conditions are not safe. Schools may also close if it is not considered possible to make the site safe for users (for example, due to extremely icy conditions). We monitor the weather and driving conditionsand the conditions on the school site and inform parents as early as possible if we are unable to open.

Find out about our staff, governors, curriculum, facilities and the many opportunities that are available to your child at Long Crendon School. Also learn how you can help support the PTA.

Visit the class pages for news by year group, information for classwork and topics, and photos of the children at work and play.

See which team is leading in the hotly contested house points competition!

All those vital bits of information you need to know, in one handy place!

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