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School Closure Update 18th June 2020

Bishop’s Primary Academy
Date: Thursday 18th June 2020

Provision in school
The morning sessions for Reception and Year 1 children have gone very well and some more children will join us from next week. We will be open all day except for Friday afternoon. The children will need to be collected at 12:00 on Friday to allow for additional cleaning.

We appreciate that some of the children been very tired after so long out of school. If this as concern for you next week please speak to the staff in your child’s bubble.

If you have a child in Reception or Year 1 and would like them to attend from Monday 29th June please contact the school office so we can place your child in a new group, let you know our expectations and confirm a place.

Lunch arrangements
Due to the increased number of children now attending school, along with the limited number of Kitchen staff allowed on site, we will be continuing with cold pack lunches next week. Please continue to place your order of Ham/Cheese/Tuna to Mrs Knight by Friday afternoon for the following weeks meals.

With government guidance now changing we will be offering collection only from Monday 22nd June in the school carpark. Please speak to the office if you are having to isolate due to a government track and trace request.

Yesterday was our first day with Reception and Year 1 children back in school. It was great to see familiar faces back in school as we took careful steps towards a new normal.
We are working to offer provision to children in Nursery and Year 6 at a later date.
Home learning
New home learning packs are now available to collect from the school entrance. As there will be more teachers in school there will be some changes in the way that we communicate with you.
There will be general reminders to carry out daily tasks and we would still like you to post evidence of learning each day.
You will still have access to message your child’s current class teacher but they may not be able to respond quickly if they are working in school. This will be clarified over the next week.
Please respect social distancing when you collect the packs.

Critical workers
We are presuming that all critical workers have now returned to work, and with our groups at capacity will not be able to offer any further places in these groups. There are places for children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1.
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:
Latest government advice can be found at:
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