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School Update 16 - 2nd April 2020

Please be mindful that the most effective way to communicate with the school is through email: as there is no guarantee there will be a member of staff on hand to answer the telephone due to the reduction in staff working in school, during this time.


Please visit the Home Learning Guidance, as well as the individual Class Pages on a daily basis as new resources are being added.  The teachers are working very hard signposting resources and ensuring there is a range of resources for you to ‘pick n mix’ during the Home Learning Days:


  • Mrs Banfield-NEW:  Week 2-Resources-‘Very Hungry Caterpillar’ snacks





  • Mrs Webster-NEW:  Week 2-Daily Story Videos available


  • Mr Caton-NEW:  Week 2- Food Challenge



  • Miss Lees-NEW: Week 2-Resources-‘Wacky Scientists and inventions’ theme


NEW today:


  1. Daily Challenges by Mr Batey


If you feel able, why not have a go at the ‘Mr Batey’s Daily Challenges?’  Today you can choose from:

  • Challenge 1-Skipping,
  • Challenge 2-Running and
  • Challenge 3-Daisy Chain
  • Challenge 4-Step ups
  • Challenge 5-Hand Clapping featuring Miss Lees & Miss Swatton
  • Challenge 6-Bounce Clapping
  • NEW:  Challenge 7-Tennis ‘wall’ bounce


Why not give them a go?  CLICK HERE.  Well done to all who have attempted the challenges!


In addition, today we have added a range of resources and web-links to support those who may wish to organise ‘reflection’ time, whilst at home:


  1. What is Collective Worship?


At school, your child will be used to taking part in collective worship every day (they might call it ‘assembly’).


At this difficult time, you might want to find time to reflect and support your child/ren come to terms with what is happening, across the world.  When in school, we would hold daily acts of Collective Worship to help the children comes to terms with the world in which they live.  We understand that this is not possible at this time of forced school closure. 


In church schools this Collective Worship is planned to be:

  • Inclusive: something for children and teachers, of all faiths or of none to be able to join in with;
  • Inspirational: a time in the day to think about the 'big questions' in our lives; an occasion that supports the school community’s spiritual development, creates an opportunity to gather around and reflect on a common theme and ‘feeds’ their inner being; as well as
  • Invitational: in school, children and teachers are invited to pray, think, or reflect, it is the child’s or teachers choice how they respond.

At this time, many children will be missing the familiar routines of school.   Perhaps you could consider conducting an act of Collective Worship, at home? 


Use the link below to access FREE resources designed to support parents deal with the 'big questions' in delivering home-based acts of worship:



As well as this, we’ve added a range of resources to support those children with identified SEND needs:


     2.  Special Educational Needs & Disabilities


For those parents and carers who are working with SEND children at home, during the forced school closure, we have begun to compile resources and web-links for you to use. Please visit SEND to learn more.


In addition, yesterday we have added a range of resources and web-links to support those who may be worried or anxious, at this time:


      3.  Health & Well Being


Please find below a range of resources available to help you at this time:

  • Coronavirus & Well Being
  • Coronavirus - How to protect your mental health
  • Headspace - Meditation for Children
  • Yoga - Cosmic Kids


     4.  Supporting Each other During the Coronavirus


A Children's Guide to Understanding the Coronavirus

  • Talking to Children about the Coronavirus
  • Place 2 Be - Helpful advice
  • Young Minds - Talking to your child/ren about the Coronavirus


Easter Bonnet - Invitation for all Reception Children


This 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.   


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


Please see updates from the Government:


Guidance for parents and carers:

keeping children safe online

We have updated our information for parents and carers to include a section on keeping children safe online. It provides links to online resources that will help support parents and carers in keeping their children safe online.

Full details can be found in section 6.3 of the guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings:

Handwashing advice

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and whenever you return home.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found here:


Please find a message from our school’s Games Organiser-Mr Terry Plumb:


Dear Parents/Guardians,


With the importance your school places on PE, exercise and sport for all young people, it is a valued member of the SW Lincolnshire School Sport Partnership. At this exceptional time, I am sure you will agree that it is vital all children continue to exercise at home not only to maintain their physical health, but also maintain a good mental health as well.


We are building up a bank of FREE high quality PE/exercise resources for parents and children to access and use at home. I have liaised with Vincent Brittain CEO of Inspire+ (Sports charity) that these will be added to on a regular basis to the Inspire+ website ( – SGO programmes/initiatives on the School and Family Activities tab. Has SGO’s we are looking at creating some interesting inter-school/pupil virtual competitions on a weekly basis.


Please follow There are lots of daily and weekly physical activity tasks/challenge ideas on the website. This offer is to all pupils/parents in SW Lincolnshire even if your school is not an affiliated member of Inspire+.


There are already lots of ideas on there to keep your children active. FREE PE / Exercise resources to help keep your children active!

  1. Inspire+ - daily and weekly physical activity tasks/challenges ((healthyhappyactive) – click on tab for School and Family Activities

  1. Joe Wicks the Body Coach – join him every morning for a kids workout at 9am
  2. YST Home Learning Resources
  3. YST School Games Personal Challenges
  4. BBC Super Movers resources for KS1 and 2
  5. Premier League Primary Stars - Resources for all subjects


Kind regards,


Mr Terry Plumb

School Games Organiser

Priory Ruskin Academy