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School Update 46 - 14th May 2020

I understand that parents may have lots of questions regarding the possibility and practicalities of the school  re-opening from the 1st June.  At this stage, I can confirm that we are looking at the Government guidance and establishing plans, procedures and guidance for this eventuality.


On Monday 18th May 2020, I will begin to explain how our school aims to facilitate the possible re-opening of our school for Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils whilst maintaining the Emergency Childcare provision for those identified vulnerable pupils and the pupils of critical key workers.


As I am sure you can appreciate, there is a lot to consider.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.


If you haven’t already done so, please remember to contact your child’s class teacher today. 


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.


Virtual Competition

On Monday 11th May 2020, the third competition was launched:  Cricket Skills


For this competition your pupils will need to complete 4 cricket skills challenges – Batting, Catching, Throwing, Bowling (see the instruction videos in the pack attached).  Remember to ask someone to video them completing the challenges and you can have a go as many times as they wish and record their best scores.


Ask a parent/guardian to:

  1. Complete the entry form and include their child’s  best scores for each skill.
  2. Upload a link to the video of one of their skills being performed onto the entry form.
  3. From here you will need to input some other information so that we know which school you attend.


You have two weeks to submit your entry from 11th May onwards until Friday 22nd May. The best scores from each SGO area will be selected for a county final event.  Good luck!


60 Minute Challenge

Please watch the video:  60 Minute Challenge Video


This is a national initiative to keep all children physically active.  Remember to keep a record of all your activity.  Good luck.


Yesterday, I added some extra Hints and Tips to the 11+ Information area of the school website for our Year 5 pupils.  CLICK HERE to view the 11+ section.


I also added a new section entitled How do I support my child, at home, during the forced school closure?


Today, I have now added:   NEW: Other Resources


To support our Year 5 pupils and their parents, while at home, practicing 11+ skills please find a selection of exercises you may find helpful.  Either print or copy/work directly from the screen.


Remember to read the instructions carefully.  We have looked at these techniques and exercises in school, so why not give them a go?


Further resources will be uploaded over the coming weeks.


NEW TODAY: May 20th is National Thank A Teacher Day. It will mark a moment when we, as a nation, can come together to say thank you to teachers across the country who are making a difference not only now during these unprecedented times, but every day of the year.


The Teaching Awards Trust are asking as many people as possible to share their message of thanks, ideally in a video clip leading up to the day. This will be in an expression of their choosing- singing a song/miming to a song of thanks to their teacher, writing and/or reciting a poem, or sharing a picture of a drawing.


For more information please visit

Downloadable Poster


Children will be invited to download and colour in the below poster from our website.

Access Poster Here



Shortened Link :

Facebook :

Twitter :

Hashtags : #HowWillYouSayThankYou #ThankATeacher


From now until May 20th please keep an eye out for our updates on social media and share with your followers. Where possible, please use the Twitter handle @UKThankATeacher and #HowWillYouSayThankYou #ThankATeacher.


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.