How to Apply for Free School Meals
During the Covid-19 pandemic, the financial situation for many families has changed and we have seen a steady growth in the number of pupils eligible for free school meals. At Littleham C of E, we were quick to act regarding FSM for our families and provided our existing FSM families with hampers on a weekly basis.
The government recently announced that they will provide vouchers per pupil for families in receipt of free school meals to help with the costs of food over the summer holidays. Many families are unaware that they are entitled to this support so below we outline the various reasons why you might be able to apply for this.
Children qualify for free school meals if you get one of the following benefits:
- Universal Credit and your household income after tax is less than £7,400 per year (not including any benefits you get)
- Child Tax Credit, as long as you are not getting
- Working Tax Credit and have an annual income of less than £16,190
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
- The guarantee part of Pension Credit
- Asylum seeker support
- Children aged between 16 and 18 who are getting Universal Credit in their own name can also get free school meals
It is easy to find out if you qualify, click the link below and complete a simple form.
You will be notified instantly if you are eligible. The process is fairly straight forward, as you just need to provide your name, child’s name, school name and importantly your NATIONAL INSURANCE NUMBER. If you are eligible, please screen shot or send that confirmation to us at admin.littleham.devon.sch.uk and you will then be able to claim these vouchers for the summer holidays and beyond. Of course the free school meals team will also notify us but not as instant as you notifying us.
If you experience any problems with the link please call the Education Helpline on 0345 155 1019.
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The Summer Reading Challenge, presented by The Reading Agency and funded by Arts Council England, encourages children aged 4 to 11 to set themselves a reading challenge to help prevent the summer reading ‘dip’.
Each year the Challenge, delivered through public libraries, motivates over 700,000 children to keep reading to build their skills and conﬁdence. Last year more than 14,000 children across Devon and Torbay took part.
The Challenge will run from June to September.
This year, Silly Squad, the Summer Reading Challenge 2020, celebrates funny books, happiness and laughter and features bespoke artwork from award-winning children’s author and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson (Amelia Fang; Evil Emperor Penguin; I Don’t Want Curly Hair). Children taking part in the Challenge will join the Silly Squad, an adventurous team of animals who love to have a laugh and get stuck in to all different kinds of funny books!
The digital Challenge is free to access, featuring games, quizzes and digital and downloadable activities to incentivise and encourage children and their families to take part in reading-related activities at home. Although our library buildings are closed we have boosted the number of children's books available to borrow via our e-lending platforms which can be accessed from our Devon Libraries and Torbay Libraries websites. From July we will also be hosting lots of Silly Squad events and activities on our Facebook pages, so look out for those!
Please sign your children up here
Please look at the facebook pages (https://www.facebook.com/ExmouthLibrary and https://www.facebook.com/Devon.Libraries) where we will be hosting lots of Silly Squad digital events throughout the summer. More information to follow.
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This year Thy Kingdom Come will run between 21-31st May 2020.
Please find attached some resources to help children learn about this important part of the Christian story and will encourage them to reflect on some big ideas.
Here is the web link for the resource
This is also a link to the Thy Kingdom Come website that has some podcasts for families to listen and respond to together.
The Family Prayer Adventure podcasts are a fun and engaging way to help families pray together. There is one following each daily theme of Thy Kingdom Come, and they are about 10-12 minutes long. They feature a game, an interactive Bible story (written and performed by folks like Bob Hartman), a chance to pray and great music.
Prayer spaces in schools have also created some ideas for families to create Prayer Spaces at home. The ideas are really simple and I was thinking that we could invite families to send in photos of the prayer spaces that they have created.
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Dear Littleham School,
I am writing to you on behalf of Exmouth Library, to let you know about the services we are offering that may be especially helpful to children while the physical building is closed.
If the children are already members of Devon Libraries they can access eBooks and eAudiobooks for free using their library card and PIN. If they are not sure of their PIN number they can email us at email@example.com. If they don’t have a library card they can join for free online and make a temporary library account with an account number and PIN number (which can be converted to a physical card when we re-open) to access these resources on the Devon Libraries website: https://www.devonlibraries.org.uk/web/arena/join-thelibrary
By downloading Libby Overdrive, they can access all of the eBooks we have available. We currently have 1177 eBook titles available to children, including 235 eBooks which are always available (the others are borrowed and have a loan period much the same as physical books). These include a ‘Reading well collection’ for children, with helpful books on mental health and wellbeing, as well as a range of useful fiction and non-fiction eBooks including Beginner Reads. If people look on the overdrive link https://librariesunlimited.overdrive.com/ they will be able to see what is available. If they need any help using the eBook service with their library card, or need help getting the Libby app and setting it up, then Cassie from St Thomas Library has produced this brilliant video guide to help:
Exmouth Library is also updating our Facebook and Twitter accounts every day, signposting to potentially useful resources, including lots for children. We have also uploaded some suggested activities for children on our social media pages such as short craft videos. We are also still offering those who are participating in Book Track to email us from their parent’s or carer’s email a review of the books they have read, helping them get closer to achieving the 100-books challenge. If there are any children who would like to join the Book Track Challenge to read 100 books and are over 6 they can email to let us know.
For any help in accessing online resources, or anything else, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Exmouth Library Team