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School Closure Update 14th May 2020

Bishop’s Primary Academy
Date: Thursday 14th May 2020

Unfortunately, the school is closed to most children.
Government advice remains that: ‘every child who can be cared for at home should be.’

We are working with DNEAT, unions and the Local Authority to draw up a plan that matches the circumstances of our school and enables us to open the school to more children later in the term. As soon as we have information to share with you we will provide further details.

Bishops Wave
We have created a short video to for the children to remind them that we are missing them and look forward to seeing them back in school. We hope you all enjoy it!

Home learning packs
Teachers will be contacting some families over the coming days to check how you are finding the home learning. This is to offer a support and hear your views. We fully appreciate how hard it is to become teachers for your own families!
Home learning packs are available in the entrance to the school. These packs provide work until the half term break which starts on Friday 22nd May. Teachers will send Dojo messages each day to remind you of the tasks for that day. Please try and post examples of your child’s learning on Dojo each day.
The packs should be collected during your daily exercise. Please ensure that you respect social distancing. There will be cones showing where to wait if there is a queue. There should only be one person in the entrance at any time.

Mental health support

Just One Norfolk have asked us to share the following message:
We want you to know that we are still here for you. These are unusual times for families, we are all facing increased stress or have things crop up that we don’t know how to deal with. Just One Norfolk has support and advice for Norfolk families so if you need us, contact us on 0300 300 0123 or #We're Still Here.

Home learning
We do understand how difficult it is to support home learning. We hope these materials help but we only ask families to do their best with their children. Sometimes taking a break is really important. You can always return to learning activities later in the day.
It is also helpful to practise basic skills such as:
• Maths – counting and/or multiplication tables
• A reading activity with an adult or older brother or sister
• Practising spelling or phonics
• A short writing activity
• A physical activity
These can be done in a variety of ways – sometimes without the children even noticing!!

There remain a huge amount or really useful and enjoyable resources available on the internet. These can also be used at any stage. We think the following are particularly helpful:
You Tube daily lessons
• 9.00 -9.30am every day - Joe Wicks PE
• 10.00am Music with Myleene Klass
• 11am Science with Maddie Moate
• 11.30 Dance with Oti Mabuse
• 1.00pm Maths with Carol Vorderman
• 2.00pm History with Dan Snow
• 3.00pm English with David Walliams
• 5.30pm Food Tech with Jamie Oliver

We are offering a provision for children of key workers and vulnerable children in line with government advice. If you think that you are a key worker and have not already spoken to us you MUST speak to us before sending your child in so that we can ensure there are enough adults present in school. Please contact the school to book places.

Families who have ordered a free school meal should collect these from the car park at 12:00. Please ensure that you stay two metres away from others as you wait to collect. If you do not collect an ordered meal we will not be able to provide further food for the rest of the week as we have been instructed to reduce food waste.

Please order your meals for the week via Mrs Knight If you are currently in isolation then delivery of meals can be arranged.

Latest government advice can be found at:
If you wish to contact the school please email We will respond within one working day.

Mental health support
This is now the single place to find out how to access mental health advice and support for 0 -25’s in Norfolk & Waveney. The key message is that you don’t need a referral, you can get in touch straight away for advice and support. If you need more specialist help, we will make sure you get to the right person.
If you urgently need support from Children’s Services please call: 0344 800 8020
NSPCC 08088005000