We will use this page to update parents and carers about any potential disruption to school activities during the Covid19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.
The school is closed from Monday 23rd March and is only open to the children of key workers and those children who are vulnerable.
Home Learning Resources
We have placed materials on this page to support children who may be at home due to an enforced isolation of for those who are unable to access childcare.
You will need a password to access these resources. This has been issued to parents already.
If you need a reminder, please contact the school office. We can also supply forgotten passwords for other online resources.
Coronavirus Explained for Children
Axel Scheffler (illustrator of the Gruffalo) has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist.
The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds:
• What is the coronavirus?
• How do you catch the coronavirus?
• What happens if you catch the coronavirus?
• Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus?
• Is there a cure for the coronavirus?
• Why are some places we normally go to closed?
• What can I do to help?
• What’s going to happen next?
Please find a copy of the book below:
General advice from HM Government
Department for Education
Advice for parents/carers about childcare
Situation from 23rd March
Following instructions by the Government, the school is closed indefinitely.
The school is only providing childcare for the the children of parents who are key workers and those children who have been identified as vulnerable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Does my child have to come to school?
No. It is better that children are not in school. We are keen to keep the numbers as low as possible to lower the risk of infection and maintain our provision.
Please do not consider this a place of learning. It won't be. Please don't consider this a place for children to socialise - it isn't.
Remember the message:
Stay home, Stay safe.
The school is closed and is offering childcare only. This is completely flexible. Parents may choose whether they use this or not and can choose their own hours. Please use the form on the homepage.
Please do not leave children in the care of elderly/vulnerable relatives.
Q: What has happened to future planned school events?
All planned future school events are cancelled.
Q: I want to keep my child at home what do I do?
Fill in the form on the home page once to indicate that you wish to keep your child at school until the crisis is over.
Q: What is the best thing to do with my child at home?
Try and develop some structure and routine and have set times for work where you are able to. Children will appreciate that. Access the Home Learning resources and activities opposite.
Ensuring that children read (and are read to) regularly would be the finest things to do. Make sure there is time for fresh air and exercise.
Q: I think I'm a key worker but I've not been identified as such, what do I do?
Advice from DfE "If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service."
The employer (not the employee) should then contact the school.
Q: Does my child have to wear uniform if they are in school?
No. Children should wear comfortable and safe clothing in order to do indoor and outdoor activities. Children will not be getting changed.
Q: My child has Special Educational Needs, should they be in school?
The school will not be providing education. Each Thursday, our SENDCO will provide resources for children and will be able to support SEN children who are home learning. We are making a page of resources to support SEND learners. However, our role is now primarily about childcare.
Q: What will they be doing?
The National Curriculum has been suspended. There are no SATS, phonic screen tests etc. Our main objective is childcare for key workers. We will, however, ensure that children are completing educational activities daily and we'll provide support for those parents whose children are not in school to do the same. In times of uncertainty, children enjoy the routine of normality.
Q: Are you operating during the Easter holidays?
Yes. A separate letter has been sent to parents to explain how this provision will operate during these two weeks.
Q: What about school transport?
It is our understanding that eligible children will continue to be transported as normal. The buses will operate at the normal times. Please indicate on the form whether you need this.
Q: My child receives free school meals because of my income. What happens?
We have written to all our parents of children of free school meals. If you are a key worker/vulnerable, your child will receive a dinner as normal if they are in school. If they are not, they will receive a food voucher for a local supermarket/store. More details to follow.
Q: When will things go back to normal?
We don't know. School are shut indefinitely.
We will keep in touch with parents via this page, text and email.
Please contact the school if you have any queries.