School Closure - Home Learning Information

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am sure that many of you will already be aware that on Wednesday evening, the government announced that all schools in England will close on Friday for most pupils. This closure is until further notice. Schools will remain open for some pupils; children of key workers, children who have an Education Health Care Plan and children who have an allocated social worker. The school will be in contact with these parents and carers individually to inform them of what this means for their family.

This closure means that the majority of our children will be at home, most likely for a number of weeks. The children are still expected to continue their learning through home learning tasks. On Wednesday, the school sent home exercise books to all children that were in school. Inside these books were login details for Purple Mash and Times Tables RockStars (Years 2 – 6). These are key websites for continuing learning at home. Whilst we remain unsure of how long the school will be closed for, the school has an action plan that takes place with immediate effect for providing work whilst children are at home.

School Home Learning Plan:

Phase One: If closed for the remainder of this half term, the school website will be updated regularly with learning packs for each year group. These can now be found under the ‘Parents’ tab of the website, where you will find links to the learning areas for Early Years/Key Stage One, and Key Stage Two. Children should complete this work, and work provided by their class teacher, in the exercise books that were sent home. We do understand that some families may not have received these exercise books, so we have tried to provide work on our website that does not need printing and that can be completed on paper at home. The school website will also provide homework for the Easter holiday.

Phase Two: If the school remains closed after the Easter break, the next development would be for teaching staff to plan additional activities for children to work on at home, via both our school website and the website ‘Purple Mash’. Some children may already have work set for them on this website, so please do check. Purple Mash is an educational website which will enable teachers to provide targeted work for our children to complete at home. It will also allow teachers to provide feedback on work. Most of this work, can again, be completed on a computer, a tablet, or even a phone, so there will be no need to print work. There has been a separate letter sent to parents and carers about this website.

Phase Three: The school does have plans in place if the school is closed for a further significant time. Further information on this will be available via our school website and ParentMail, when and how this comes into effect. It is really important that you check the school website regularly and that the school has up-to-date contact information for you, particularly as we do not have any indication about how long school may be closed.

Finally, I would just like to thank our school community who have been incredibly supportive, and your patience and understanding is very much appreciated. These are unprecedented times and I know how worrying this situation is, and how challenging this period may be for families. I hope that together, as a school community, we will continue to support one another through the situation we are all faced with.

During this period of closure, if children need help or support with school work, please do get in touch via and we will do all we can to help you.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Trevena
Head of School