Newsletter 5th February 2021


Dear Parents and Carers


February half-term school closure

Following the recent government announcement, we can confirm that school will be closed to all children, including those of key workers during the half term week Monday 15th - Friday 19th February.


February half term free school meal vouchers

If your child is entitled to Free School Meals, Sandwell Council has agreed to provide FSM vouchers over the half term break.  If you have any queries, please email


Government school closure update

Since the Government announced that schools reopen on 8th March, we have not had any further information. When we know more, we will let you know.  We can't wait to welcome all of our children back to school as soon as it is safe to do so.

Remote learning provision will remain in place until then, as will our vulnerable and key worker provision in school.






We're going on safari (well, virtually at least!)

Join us on our virtual visit to Longleat Safari Park on Friday 12th February. More details are in this letter 


Google Meet - a social time for children and their teachers

Don't forget the weekly class Google Meet session with your teacher.  Here's a reminder of how to take part.

The session is a chance for teachers to check how children are, what they have been doing during the week, check how learning has gone and to try and talk about the learning that is coming up next week.  It is also an opportunity for the children to be with their friends as part of their class community during lockdown.

We would love your children to take part, so here are links to a letter explaining more about the sessions, a 'How to' guide for joining a Google Meet and the protocols so everyone knows how to keep themselves safe online and behave in an appropriate way.


How to: 



Weekly stories and family challenge

Each week, we will be posting a new story to our school sites. A different member of staff will be reading a variety of stories and setting you a challenge at the end of the story. This is a fun challenge for you to do as a family. If you have a go at the task, please tweet us pictures/videos or send them to your child(ren)'s teacher over Google Classroom - we'd love to see them! 

This week's story is 'Bedtime for Monsters' by Ed Vere and is read by Miss Roddis. 

Go and have a look to see what the weekly family challenge is. Enjoy! 




We believe that it is important to celebrate achievements.  Each week, children may be given a gold letter from a member of staff or a certificate from Mr Dickinson, Miss Copestake or Miss James.

If your child has done something special outside school - maybe they have helped someone or done something special.  Tell us so that the Uplands community can share in their celebration. Email 


Headteacher & Deputy Headteacher Awards

Some children are sent to the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher for a special award.  Congratulations to:

  • Nahid A for her hard work practising copying letters and numbers
  • Oliver H for his hard work with his phonics and hearing initial sounds
  • Ridwan A for his high standard of learning on Google Classroom
  • Emily J for always doing her best in all activities with great interest
  • Kian S for fantastic progression in his reading and fabulous contributions in all areas
  • Manraj S for always trying his best and showing a lovely big smile.
  • Gurshan K for the energy and concentration he puts into Get Active
  • Troy B for working so hard on home learning
  • Joell O for working so hard on home learning
  • Mohammed I for working so hard on home learning
  • Samarpreet S for working so hard on home learning
  • Shaan T for working so hard on home learning
  • Dovydas S for working so hard on home learning
  • Ojasvi K for working so hard on home learning
  • Lexi R for working so hard on home learning
  • Olivia D for working so hard on home learning
  • Carter B for working so hard on home learning
  • Sarah O for working so hard on home learning
  • Jaiver S for working so hard on home learning
  • Prabhdeep C for working so hard on home learning
  • Jasreet S for working so hard on home learning
  • Faaris A for working so hard on home learning
  • Avleen K for working so hard on home learning
  • Ahkierah H for working so hard on her writing and using skills she has learnt effectively
  • Aysha O for working hard with her home learning and going above and beyond
  • Eben H for working hard and independently at home
  • Kaycee B for working so hard and completing remote learning tasks to a high standard.
  • Alexis M for working so hard on her remote learning tasks
  • Emily G for working so hard at home and has completing her Google Classroom tasks every week
  • Jasdeep S for consistently producing high quality remote learning work
  • Amelia N for consistently producing high quality remote learning work
  • Ellie-May C for consistently producing high quality remote learning work
  • Daniella C for working so hard on her remote learning tasks
  • Maria D for completing her work daily and presenting it so beautifully
  • Artjoms P for completing all the work on google classrooms to a very high standard
  • Alex T for his enthusiasm with taking part in family activities on Well-Being Wednesday
  • Haleema S for completing all of the Google Classroom activities to a high standard and completing extra-curricular activities at home


Reading Plus Awards

Each week, the Year 4, 5 and 6 teachers will be choosing one pupil that has impressed them on Reading Plus. This could be because of the amount of time they've spent on Reading Plus, the amount of combos they have earnt, achieving 80% or more or gaining a new level. Each week a certificate will be posted to those children. 

This week the awards have been given to: 

  • Year 4 - Dayal
  • Year 5 - Isabella
  • Year 6 - Alex

These pupils have worked extremely hard this week to improve their reading skills. Well done! 

Could it be you next week? 





Parents' Factsheets

We have several factsheets on the school website to help you understand Google Classrooms.  Click on this link to find them 





Dorothy Parkes Centre and St Alban's Community Centre Community Support

We are based at Dorothy Parkes Centre and St Albans Community Centre.

 Our role is to support and help you to manage any problems or concerns you may have about benefits, the need for food parcel’s, reducing utility bills, general household issues to helping with money/debt problems, volunteering opportunities and much more.

For more informations, contact Pam at school on 01215581602, Fionnuala on 07503 504 064 or pop in to the Dorothy Parkes Centre.


Olio is a mobile app for food-sharing, aimed at reducing food waste that otherwise would have been thrown out by local shops and supermarket chains. There are people who volunteer as a 'Food Waste Hero' and their role is to collect food which has a short 'use by/best before' date on them from the shops and supermarkets. They will then upload the food items on the Olio app where local people in the community can request the food for collection. The best part about it is that it is absolutely FREE. It does this by connecting those with surplus food to those who need or wish to consume such food. 

It is easy to use. Simply download the OLIO app from the app store, register with your details then you are good to go.


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