Coronavirus Closure - General Information for Parents

Updated 23.03.20 - Parent letter uploaded
Updated 24.03.20 - Suggested daily structure uploaded
Updated 25.03.20 - 'Online Safety At Home' link uploaded 
Updated 25.03.20 - Mrs O'Connell's email address should be:
Updated 02.04.20 - Home Learning Gallery added to showcase children's fabulous work!
Updated 03.04.20 - Home Learning Gallery: Science Gallery added
Updated 03.04.20 - Easter Competition details uploaded
Updated 07.04.20 - Note 'Online Safety At Home - Pack 2' available (See link below)
Updated 07.04.20 - Easter Page contains details of further creative and fun ways of keeping those brains busy.
Updated 08.04.20 - 'Coronavirus: A Book For Children' link uploaded
Updated 15.04.20 - Home Learning Gallery: Writing Gallery added
Updated 16.04.20 - 25 ideas for Non-Screen Time activities uploaded
Updated 23.04.20 - Please see new E-Safety Advice and Support within the 'Our School' section of our school website
Letter sent to parents
18th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

COVID-19 - Home Learning for children in Year 5 and Year 6

Your child has been provided with a pack of work to complete during our school closure. The pack contains a selection of Reading, SPaG and Maths activities. As I’m sure you’ll agree, it is important that all children continue to engage with daily learning tasks with the aim of consolidating and securing the knowledge, skills and understanding that they have worked so hard to develop throughout the last two terms.

Class teachers will communicate with children and parents via the school website: in the form of a weekly blog. This will be found within your child’s class page. Details of the home learning tasks that need to be completed each week will be outlined along with additional resources that can be used to support the children.

Weekly home learning tasks for children in Years 5 and 6 will include a set of spellings, a selection of work for English and Maths as well as the expectation that all children access Times Table Rockstars to complete their allocated sessions.

It is also important that your child reads as much as possible across a number of genres each week. Please take the time to discuss the texts that your child is reading as well as identify pieces of vocabulary that they may not understand.

Should you or your child need to contact class teachers regarding the home learning tasks, this can be done so using the following School360 email addresses:

Rowan / Larch: and

As I’m sure you will appreciate, this is an evolving situation and we as a school receive updated guidance on a daily basis. We will continue to update you as necessary and thank you for your co-operation.

Kind regards,

The Upper Key Stage Two Team

Online Safety at Home

This page has been created to support parents during COVID-19 and the closure of schools. Each fortnight, Thinkuknow will be releasing new home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities that parents can do with their children to support their online safety at a time when they will be spending more time online at home.

- Online Safety Home Learning Pack 2 now available (07.04.20)
Coronavirus - A Book For Children
Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school children 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?

Visit to read online or print out.

Ideas for keeping children's minds active: 25 Non-Screen Time Activities