Coronavirus update: 19th March 2020: 12.10pm

Dear Friends, 


Re: Coronavirus update – school closure to most pupils


Good afternoon, I’m now writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children after this Friday until further notice.


As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers and children with certain needs.


We are waiting for the government to publish more information on what this means, when we receive this information we will contact you to see if you meet that criteria. We’ll be in touch as soon as we are sure who this applies to.


All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.


Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. 


What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home

Our children’s learning is of course important to us, so we’ll continue to help our children to learn.


Our staff have prepared packs of learning which will go home today and tomorrow, inside these are log on details for a variety of cloud based learning platforms. As previously advised we will be using Seesaw as our primary platform and all communication should take place through this platform.


All our children are being given the opportunity to take out multiple library books, they will also bring home some of their own class books to aid note taking and revision.


All classes will receive some literacy and maths activities daily via Seesaw. Some of these will be open ended tasks with no time expectation. All classes will also get one project a week to work on and this may be updated daily.


We would recommend a daily reading and Times Tables Rock Stars session and spellings will be updated weekly on the website, supported by the Spell Excel booklets which will be brought home.


Additionally there will be activates on our website and my daily communication will include some challenges and activities. I will attempt to provide a daily video via our Twitter page which would be a brief chat and a bedtime story, although not as exciting as Tom Hardy I will do my best! If anyone else would like to contribute a story please tweet us with your addition.


If your child usually receives free school meals we will also be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government will be announcing.


We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops. 


Although we may not be able to answer phone calls from Monday the email will be monitored throughout.


And remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.

Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can


Stay safe and well