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School Closure Update 22nd June 2020

Bishop’s Primary Academy
Date: Monday 22nd June 2020

Provision in school

There are more children in the Reception and Year 1 groups this morning. It is great to see the children settling safely back into school. We expect to see some Nursery and Year 6 children in school later in the week.

If you have a child who is in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 or Year 6 and have not been offered a place please email us by 12:00 Wednesday so we can confirm places from Monday 29th June.

Staff news
Over the last few weeks there have been some important staffing changes within the school.
Dan Pickard has now left his role as Headteacher at the Bishops, We would like to wish him well in his future endeavours. Chris Read will continue as Interim Headteacher while DNEAT seek to appoint a new, permanent Headteacher and then support the induction of the successful applicant.

Last week Miss Boyle gave birth to a little boy. I am sure you join us in wishing Miss Boyle and her family well.

Mr S Taylor will be leaving at the end of the term. We thank Mr Taylor for all he has done to support Bishops.

Also leaving at the end of term is Mrs Sody. Mrs Sody has provided music lessons in the school in recent years and led a number of important visits and events.

We are pleased to have appointed three new members of staff. Miss Sirrell has been working in the school since Easter while Miss Sole and Mr Davies will also be joining our teaching team over the summer.

The government have now announced that they intend all children to return to school in September. We are awaiting guidance in the coming about how schools will be organised. Once that we have this information we will review our plans and communicate to you who your child will be working with and in which classroom. There has been so much uncertainty in so many areas of our lives we are sorry that we cannot be clearer about this at the moment.
However, we are very aware that the children who have not yet returned to school will need time to settle back into school and get to know the adults with whom they are working.

Home learning
As more children and teachers return to school, the way in which home learning is provided will need to change. A new dojo class for each year has been created and from next week this is where those children still using home learning packs will receive information and help from the teacher overseeing their group. Don't worry you will still be able to message your current class teacher via their old dojo class, but they may be in school and not able to respond quickly.
If you need help with dojo, help will be available in school to show you what to do.

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 are offering collection only in the school carpark. Please speak to the office if you are having to isolate due to a government track and trace request.

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