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School Update 25 - 15th April 2020

For those of you who would still like a little structure over the coming days, yesterday, the teachers added a new ‘weekly topic’ to each of their class pages.  They are:







  • Mr Caton-NEW:  Week 4 – Sporting Challenge with a role model quest




In addition, the teachers have also begun to create ‘tutorial videos’ for parents and their children to help them with some of their home-tasks.  So far we have created:


Year 1 and 2:

  • Addition                                    by Miss Sugden
  • Subtraction                               by Miss Sugden


Year 5 and 6:


Over the coming weeks, we will continue to add video support for our children to the school’s website.  Don’t forget you can contact your child’s class teacher via the e-mails on the class pages and they will do their best to support you at this time.


Moving forwards, next week, the class pages will be updated on Monday 20th April and will have further activities and resources for home learning linked to the school’s summer term topics. 


In addition to these resources, we would like to signpost the NEW  daily lessons available via BBC Bitesize:


From Monday 20th April, you will be able to access regular daily lessons in English and Maths, as well as other core subjects, in a new version of the BBC Bitesize website and also on special programmes broadcast on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button. Education experts from around the UK have come together to produce this resource to make sure everyone who needs it can access learning resources during this uncertain time. The Bitesize website will expand to offer additional help for students and their parents.


New Maths and English lessons will be available every day for all ages. These will be created with resources from Bitesize, other parts of the BBC and other education providers. The content of these lessons will be backed up by new videos, practice tests, educational games and articles. Regular lessons on other core subjects, including science, will also be available. Parents and carers can also get advice on how to teach anyone who is home-schooling and the Bitesize website will also have guides for pupils with SEN (special educational needs).


BBC iPlayer and the Red Button service will host Bitesize Daily. These are six different 20 minute shows, each designed to target a specific age group, from ages five to 14, and for pupils throughout the UK. Experts and teachers will be involved, covering what should be learned that day for the different year groups and key stages. Maths, Science and English will be covered in dedicated programmes, and other subjects such as History, Geography, Music and Art will also be covered.


In addition, BBC Sounds is also launching separate podcasts, aimed at either primary or secondary pupils, to support everyone learning at home. The daily shows, each around 10 minutes long, will link with content on Bitesize which supports education and also your other needs.


Please feel free to ‘pick n mix’ these online resources which will supplement the school’s Home Learning Guidance as well as the individual Class Pages.


Please remember the teachers are on-hand to support you at home.  Feel free to share your child/ren(s) work with the teachers or ask for further support or guidance via the new e-mails provided:



Please do not use for sharing work. 


Please be aware that if you send photographs of children or of their work, we would like to use these in ‘slideshows’ which will be viewed on each class page of the school website, as a way of sharing and celebrating pupil’s work, at home.  Slideshows so far feature:


Further slideshows will be created next week so don’t forget to share your home-learning successes! 


You might also want to try the Daily Challenges by Mr Batey- listed in the Physical Activities.  Today’s challenge can be completed either inside or out.


Today you can choose from:

  • Challenge 1-Skipping,
  • Challenge 2-Running
  • Challenge 3-Daisy Chain
  • Challenge 4-Step ups
  • Challenge 5-Hand Clapping featuring Miss Lees & Miss Swatton
  • Challenge 6-Bounce Clapping featuring Mrs Kay
  • Challenge 7-Tennis ‘wall’ bounce
  • Challenge 8-Balancing Skills
  • Challenge 9-Wildflower Hunt
  • Challenge 10 – Alphabet Challenge
  • Challenge 11 – Natural Artwork
  • Challenge 12 – Balancing
  • Challenge 13 – Hopscotch
  • Challenge 14 – Sit Ups and Push Ups
  • Challenge 15 – Star Jumps
  • NEW:  Challenge 16 – Obstacle Course


Why not give them a go?   Well done to all who have attempted all the challenges!  Please do let me know how you get along with these challenges-let’s get active!


Even though it is the Easter holidays, the school continues to provide Emergency Childcare provision for those identified vulnerable children as well as children of key workers, so they can support the national emergency. 


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. 


Therefore, if children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.


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.


As always, we will continue to support our school community as best we can.    


Stay safe.