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School Update 12 - 27th March 2020

Today, we are looking at the practicalities of providing Emergency Childcare for the 1st week of the Easter holidays.  This is an unprecedented situation where our school is looking to support those critical or key workers, if needed-over the Easter holidays.


The Government have clearly stated:


Critical workers are defined as parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response, including those who work in health and social care and in other critical sectors.


However, many parents working in these critical sectors will be able to ensure their child is kept at home.


Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. 


The bookings will go live on Monday 30th March and will close on Wednesday 1st April. Please ensure you complete the online ParentmailPMX survey is a timely manner.  If you no longer require the Emergency Childcare place, please ensure you email:


If you have a child in Reception, we would like to encourage you to use Tapestry, the online Learning Journal.  Both teachers are uploading information e.g. videos for you to use with your child/ren at home.  This platform also enables you to communicate with the teachers through posts and messages where teachers can comment.  You can even upload photographs of what your child/ren are doing at home.


Please be reminded that we continue to add content to the Home Learning Guidance, on a daily basis.


NEW today:


  1. Daily Challenges by Mr Batey


If you feel able, why not have a go at the Mr Batey’s daily challenges?  Remember to visit the Home Learning Guidance page each day to see the next challenge.  Today you can choose from:

  • Challenge 1-Skipping,
  • Challenge 2-Running and
  • NEW: Challenge 3-Daisy Chain


Why not give them a go?  CLICK HERE.


  1. Youth Sport Trust


FREE home learning resources to support parents and carers in understanding the importance of continuing with Physical Education (PE) whilst children and young people are inevitably going to be schooled in the home environment. 


These are being added to on a frequent basis and are available to you whenever you are ready.   Resoucres include ideas for:

  • PE activities within the family home;
  • Active Breaks; and
  • 60 second challenges.


     2.  Table Tennis


To help provide some fun activities to keep children active at home, Table Tennis England has launched a series of videos based around their TT Kidz programme.


These videos show activities for children and are a nice and easy way for them to be challenged to try something new while they are at home. You don't even need table tennis equipment - you can use a frying pan or saucepan and another type of ball instead!


Come, give it a go!


     3.  Phonics - Live Lessons at Home/Support for Parents


From Monday 23rd March and for the next two weeks, Ruth Miskin training films will be shown at the times below and be available for 24 hours:

  • Set 1 9.30 am 
  • Set 2 10.00 am
  • Set 3 10.30 am


Why not visit the website and view the videos available?  There are also videos offering support for parents:

  • Understanding Phonics
  • How to say the sounds
  • Why read to your child
  • 10 things to think about when reading to your child


    4.  The Easter Story


For those of you who would like to take time to reflect upon the Easter Story, Michael Buckeridge (one of our regular visitors, who delivers Collective Worship) has created a series of 4 short videos re-telling the Easter Story:

  • Video 1- a story about Palm Sunday is available, ready to view.
  • NEW: Video 2- is now available


    5.  Easter Bonnet - Invitation for all Reception Children


Next week, we were due to hold our annual Easter Service where our Reception children are asked to make an Easter Bonnet and join us in the church for an Easter Bonnet Parade.  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this service will no longer take place.


However, we can ask our Reception children to take part in a 'virtual parade' perhaps.  For those parents and children who would like to take part, here's what we would like you to do:


  • Over the coming days-make an Easter Bonnet at home;
  • Take a photograph of your child wearing the Easter Bonnet; and
  • Email the photograph to  by Wednesday 1st April.


Please note if you e-mail your child/ren's photograph to school-you provide permission for the image to be posted onto the school website.  No children's names will be used in the slideshow.  Image only.


Each photograph received, will be added to a slideshow available to view on our school website.   


Even the forced school closure, doesn’t dampen the Barrowby Spirit!  We look forward to seeing our Reception children's 'virtual Easter Bonnet Parade,' next week.


Please remember to keep up to date with the class pages.  The teachers are busily preparing a whole host of resources and videos for you to use.  Please visit your child/ren’s class page for further support:


  • Mrs Banfield-NEW this week:  Banfield reads the ‘Tiger who came to tea’ through video




  • Miss Sugden-NEW:  How to Add and Subtract Videos - support






Remember to ‘pick n mix’ your daily activities, as well as keeping up to date with the new resources appearing on the Home Learning Guidance.


All communications e.g. emails, letters, texts from school will be through our ParentmailPMX service.  If you have any queries regarding school please email: 


We will continue to support our school community as best we can.


Stay safe.