SCHOOL CLOSURE (Coronavirus)
Coronavirus Anxiety booklet
Coronavirus Books for children
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Mrs Etienne reading a story to EYFS and KS1 children Monday 30th March 2020
Mrs Etienne reading a story to EYFS and KS1 children Tuesday 31st March 2020
Mrs Etienne reading a story to EYFS and KS1 children Wednesday 1st April 2020
Mrs Etienne reading a story to EYFS and KS1 children Thursday 2nd April 2020.
Mrs Etienne reading a story to EYFS and KS1 children Friday 3rd April 2020.
For the children
On the twentieth of March, twenty-twenty,
I was told that I had to shut school,
I really did not want to close us,
But had to follow the Government’s rules.
I knew it was going to be difficult,
And it all felt so scary and unknown,
But we made the most of our last days together,
Before I sent you all off, safely home.
We’ve still been here for a few children,
Making sure that they have a great time,
Doing things that we don’t always get time for,
In the great outdoors, under beaming sunshine.
I’ve missed you so much since you left us,
And I think of you in all that I do,
Nothing seems quite right with no children,
And I can’t wait to be reunited with you.
I miss the daily ‘hello’ and ‘welcome’,
And the big rush to all get inside,
Seeing no bags and coats hanging down on the pegs,
The corridors just feel empty and wide.
Daily phonics has stopped with your teachers,
When you learn how to read, spell and write,
The pride on you faces as you learn new words,
And knowing that you’re getting it right!
Weekly assemblies in the hall are missing,
When we gather, talk and celebrate,
Coming as one to learn and give thanks,
Award certificates to show you are great.
Our playground is big, grey and empty,
And the field is all lonely and bare,
Your games and your chatter are missing,
Spaces are just not right now you’re not there.
I can’t hear you counting and adding,
As you learn in your daily maths time,
There’s no sorting shapes or using measuring tapes,
Or singing and chanting number rhymes.
At lunch the dining hall sits all silent,
With the trellis tables packed away,
They’ve all been cleaned, ‘til they sparkle,
For you to sit at on your return one day.
Science is not being studied,
And PE lessons are now on hold,
History and geography are waiting their turn,
And no children’s stories are being told.
Arts and crafts remain it the cupboard,
Musical instruments can’t play by themselves,
Library books sit there unopened,
Gathering dust on the wooden book shelves.
What’s still here are your wonderful workbooks,
Great displays with your work on the walls,
The photos of reading and writing,
And playing with big bats and balls.
And all the feelings I have for you are going nowhere,
It’s safely locked deep down inside,
So when all the germs have been sent far away,
You’ll be here, safely back by my side.
Information shared with children
Letter to Parents/Carers 12th March 2020
Home Learning Additional Resources
Dear parents and carers,
Please see below links to three stories read by a volunteer from the charity Schoolreaders, who provide free volunteers to listen to children read 1:1 at our school during term time. As the volunteers can’t come to school as normal at the moment, they have arranged for some volunteers to do reading videos instead.
The ravenous beast is hungry; he’s hungry, hungry, hungry. But is he the hungriest animal of all?
Reading age: 5+
If one is a snail and two is a person, we must be counting by feet!
Reading age: 3+
A book about the power of sharing. George says the cardboard house is his and no one else can share it.
Reading age: 5+
Optional activities to accompany each story can be found here
5 Ways to Wellbeing
Supporting you during the school closure
Daily Challenges for children and parents
Everyday a member of staff will choose a new challenge for the children to take part in that day. These are non curriculum based challenges and are optional.
Week 1 Day 1 Mrs Etienne's physical challenges
Week 1 Day 2 Mrs Bell's creative challenge
Week 1 Day 3 Mrs Goodman's nature challenge
Week 1 Day 4 Mrs Shortland's drawing challenge
Week 1 Day 5 Mrs Clarke's skill challenge
I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General
I am the very model of a modern Major-General,
I've information vegetable, animal, and mineral,
I know the kings of England, and I quote the fights historical,
From Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical;
I'm very well acquainted too with matters mathematical,
I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical,
About binomial theorem I'm teeming with a lot o' news
With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse.
Week 2 day 1 Mrs Robert's nature challenge
Week 2 day 2 Mrs Clark's physical and maths challenge
Week 2 day 3 Mrs Butler's jigsaw challenge
Week 2 day 4 Mrs Etienne's St.George's Day challenges
Week 2 day 5 Miss Bond's creative challenge
Week 3 day 1 Mrs Green's science challenge
Week 3 day 2 Mr Ring's juggling challenge
Week 3 day 3 Mrs Plunkett's 'end of lockdown' challenge
Week 3 day 4 Miss Shadbolt's creative challenge
Week 3 day 5 Miss Oakley's challenge is to learn a new skill
Week 4 Day 1 Mrs Duston's creative challenge
Week 4 day 2 Mrs Dowie's challenge is to learn a new skill
Week 4 day 3 Mrs Bunce's word making challenge
Week 4 day 4 Mrs Lee's den building challenge
Week 4 day 5 VE day challenges and activities
Week 5 day 1 Miss Bunyan's physical challenge
Week 5 day 2 Mrs Allman's physical challenge
Week 5 day 3 Mrs Gill's Creative challenge
Week 5 day 4 Miss Merry's challenge to learn a new skill
Week 5 day 5 Miss Chatman's Jar of Happiness challenge
Week 6 day 1 Mrs Robert's creative challenge.
Week 6 day 2. Mrs Shortland's challenge. This will blow your mind!!
Week 6 day 3. Mrs Bunce's investigation
Week 6 day 4. Mrs Etienne's art challenge
Week 6 day 5. Miss Knott's bubble making machine challenge