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School Update 28 - 20th April 2020

As you will realise, Barrowby CE Primary school continues to be closed for the majority of our pupils, due to the national emergency.


However, 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 effort. 


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. 


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


Food Boxes ordered for this week will be delivered to school on Tuesday 21st April 2020 and can be collected from 12.30pm until 3.45pm, tomorrow.


Today, the teachers are in the process of adding new content to their class pages.  During the Summer Term, the resources available on the Class Pages of the school website will follow the school’s Topics:

  • Reception, Year 1 and 2:          Homes and Habitats
  • Year 3 and 4:                            On Safari
  • Year 5 and 6:                            Light, Camera, Action!


Each week the teachers will create a ‘weekly bite’ which will help parents to explore the topics in manageable ‘bite-size’ chunks.  This week the children can look forward to learning about:


  • Mrs Banfield-NEW:  Week 5Topic: Homes & Habitats-Weekly bite: Spring


  • Mrs Eggleston-NEW:  Week 5Topic: Homes & Habitats- Weekly bite: Spring



  • Miss Sugden-NEW:  Week 5Topic: Homes & Habitats Weekly bite: Pond Life


  • Mrs Webster-NEW:  Week 5Topic: On Safari Weekly bite: Lions and the Lion King


  • Mr Caton- NEW:  Week 5 Topic: On Safari Weekly bite: Lions and the Lion King



  • Miss Lees-NEW: Week 5 – Topic: Lights, Camera,Action! Weekly bite:  ‘At the movies.’


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


From today, you will also 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.  Look on your child’s class page as well as the Home Learning Guidance for the links.


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


Remember, as you begin the ‘new term’ and continue to support your child/ren with their home-learning I would like to encourage you to ‘reach out’ to your child’s class teacher, at least once a week


This could be simply to:

  • confirm that ‘all is well’ at home and your child is happy with the tasks that they are doing;
  • to share some work with your child’s teacher; or
  • to ask for further support around a particular activity.


The teachers and I remain on-hand to support you through these times.  Please use the e-mails:



In addition to the class pages, we are going to use our school’s Video Sharing Platform which can be found on the ‘Children’s Tab’ of the school website to support our parents.  As and when the teachers receive request for support from parents they will endeavour to create a short Video and post it in this section of the school’s website. 


Periodically, as part of the daily School Update, I will signpost the Video content available to support our parents, at home.  Videos available provide support with:



  • Spelling – Examples of Activities children in Key Stage 2 can use to practise their spellings at home






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 unless you state otherwise. 


Slideshows so far feature:


NEW Today:


  1. Video Stories


Michael Buckeridge has continued to create ‘video stories’ to be used at home, as part of ‘quiet reflection’ time: The Good Samaritan - by Michael Buckeridge is the first ‘video story’


   2. Daily Challenges by Mr Batey


You can choose from challenges 1-19. Today’s challenge can be completed either inside or out:

  • NEW:  Challenge 19 – Leap Frog


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!  Daily Challenge photographs can be sent to your class teacher who will then forward them onto me.  I could even create a ‘Daily Challenge’ slideshow for the website, celebrating your effort.


I know that these are uncertain times for us all but we will continue to support our school community as best we can.    


Stay safe.