Y2-6 Virtual English lessons from Monday

Virtual English Lessons

As a school we have been using a new English approach this year and all the children from Year 1-6 have experiences Jane Considine live lessons and units taught by their teachers in class.
We are very aware that for many households, siblings are having to share devices and, with this in mind, have decided to use Jane’s live lessons during lockdown so families can participate together.
Jane Considine will be teaching English #LiveLessons every week day between Monday 11th January and Friday 12th February for years 1-6.
The children will be ‘chotting’ – collecting word, phrases and ideas prompted by Jane, watching Jane model sentence writing and then writing their own using their notes.


Key Information

• The lessons will be streamed every day on Jane Considine’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.
• You will be able to watch the lessons daily at a time which suits you.
• The lessons are suitable for Years 1-6.
• Your teachers will explain the expectations for work each day. We would love to see the sentences the children write so we can create our class ‘sentence stacking’.

Preparation for the lesson
• Please subscribe to Jane Considine’s YouTube channel here before Monday so you can keep up-to-date and be ready for her lessons starting on Monday.
• Facebook link if this is more suitable – https://www.facebook.com/JaneConsidineEducation/
• Ask children to have their books ready in the usual layout with thinking and writing sides, if they can but it will become clear in the live sessions.


More information – Critical Workers and Vulnerable Children Places

Dear Parents/Carers,

If your child has been allocated a critical worker/vulnerable place in school, you should now have received a confirmation email from admin.

Year Drop off Pick up
R 9am 3pm
1 9am 3pm
2 9am 3pm
3 8.45am 3.10pm
4 8.45am 3.10pm
5 8.45am 3.10pm
6 8.45am 3.10pm

Siblings can all be dropped off at the same time.

We ask that children come to school in school uniform.

We are unable to offer wraparound care this week but we are working hard to get something in place, ready to start next Monday (11th January). More information will follow later this week.

For the rest of this week we will be providing Grab and Go Bags only, with all the usual choices available.

From next week the menu will be as follows:

Monday: Grab & Go bags

Tuesday: Grab & Go bags with extra choice of sausage roll/vegetarian sausage roll

Wednesday: Grab & Go bags with extra choice of hot chicken, beef or quorn bap

Thursday: Big Breakfast

Friday: Pizza

Critical Workers and Vulnerable Children Places

Dear all,

Thank you all for your timely responses to all our questions today, allowing us to sort out provision in school as quickly as we can!

We believe we have heard from all the category one families and allocated places. We have also been able to accept an equal number of category two families where both parents are critical or key workers and unable to work at home.

We are now full and cannot accept anymore category two children.  Admin are working through the emails as fast as possible but f you have not had confirmation by 5pm then unfortunately your child hasn’t been allocated a place.

If you ARE eligible for a category one place, but don’t need it at the moment, please let us know if your circumstances change, as we will then take your child(ren).

Please remember that the government want as many people to work from home as possible and the idea of closing schools is to stop the spread of the disease. We need to keep the amount of children in school to an absolute minimum. If you have a place, but do shifts or part-time hours, please keep your child at home on the days you are not working.

Online learning will be very different this half term, with lots of face to face contact from teachers, live lessons and worships daily. Our aim is to make sure there are at least 2 zoom contacts per day for every class. If your child was receiving intervention in one of Miss Cluderay’s groups,  she will be continuing her sessions via zoom.

Whole school worship will be at 9am everyday. Your teachers will let you know the log in details on Dojo. By the end of this week, they will have lots of information for you as they are busy working out schedules. Check the Covid Home-learning Pages on the class pages of the website and your Dojo feed.

Many thanks for all your help and patience at this difficult time.

Temporary Lunch Menu

For those that have been allocated a place in school please see details of our current lunch menus. For the rest of this week we will be providing Grab and Go Bags only, with all the usual choices available.

From next week the menu will be as follows:

Monday: Grab & Go bags

Tuesday: Grab & Go bags with extra choice of sausage roll/vegetarian sausage roll

Wednesday: Grab & Go bags with extra choice of hot chicken, beef or quorn bap

Thursday: Big Breakfast

Friday: Pizza


Important News – possible school closure

Dear parents and carers,
I do not want to wait until the PM’s announcement 8pm tonight before giving you an idea of what will be in place IF we are asked to close our schools. The information below is to help you prepare. Please do not act upon it if we remain open!
Children of Critical Workers in School
We have been asked to prioritise which children come into school during lockdown, as the purpose is to have as few in school as possible. Therefore, please let us know by  tomorrow whether you fit into category 1, where you will automatically be allocated a place. Or Category 2, where we will consider numbers and family circumstances and reserve the right not to offer you a place.
If you are applying for a place on the grounds of category 1A. then please attach proof of your occupations with your request email.  A list of category 1A jobs can be found on the DFE https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision
Email the admin address as soon as possible so that we have an idea of numbers.
Category 1:
a)Both parents are Critical Workers for Covid response or EU Transition
b)Vulnerable children
c)Children in care
d)Children with an EHCP
Category 2:
One parent a Critical worker and one parent a key worker
One or both parents key workers, but not covid response
Parent in hospital
Even if you fall into the eligibility for a critical worker’s place, you may still prefer to keep your child at home, and if you are able to do that safely, then we advise it.
Your child’s teacher has had VERY limited time to process this new lockdown and prepare, but work will be provided on the school website class page under the section HOMELEARNING. They may also use Dojo to send you copies of worksheets or photographs of the whiteboard. As the week goes on, we will bring in some face to face teaching. From Wednesday, you will be sent a link to a morning Zoom so your child can register with their class and be told what is expected of them during the day. They will also be expected to join Worship via zoom, and as the week goes on, some other lessons or feedback zooms with their teacher.  There will be more information once we know what is going to happen.

Clare Williams

Mrs Clare Williams

School Return Tuesday 5th January – update

I wanted to just write an update today as there is so much in the news about whether primary schools should be returning this week.

As it stands, we are ready and looking forward to welcoming you all back on Tuesday. We have our robust risk assessment in place and will maintain our excellent hygiene standards this term.

If your child is currently displaying any of the covid symptoms, DO NOT send them back into school until a negative test result has been received. If your child is isolating due to another family member displaying symptoms or having had a positive covid result, please ensure they have fully completed their isolation period and are feeling well themselves before they return to school. If you are unsure of the timeline and isolation period please feel free to email admin as they can go through this with you to be safe.

The teaching unions are advising their members not to come into school this week, but to deliver lessons remotely until January 18th. Our own local authority are having an emergency meeting later this evening, when hopefully we will receive more guidance.

Just to let you know that union members are within their rights to follow their union advice if they choose to do so. If I receive any such requests, I will let you know as soon as possible. Learning would then be online for that bubble.

Please rest assured that vulnerable children, those with an EHCP and children of critical workers would still be able to come into school where they would access the live lessons delivered by their teacher.

Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors are outlined on the DFE website.

Please keep an eye on this news feed as more information will be posted as and when we get it.

Thank you for your understanding,

Mrs Williams