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School Closure Update 23rd June 2020

Bishop’s Primary Academy

Date: Tuesday 23rd June 2020

Provision in school

The school is now open for Nursery, Reception and Year 1. Some Year 6 children are returning to school later in the week.

Please contact the school to organise a place. For children to start next Monday you must contact us before 12:00 tomorrow.

The sessions in school are running very well. However, please remember that you need at arrive at the right time as we do not have anyone to supervise children who arrive early. Also, if you are late the gates will be closed because we cannot have parents walking through groups that may be working outside.
Unfortunately, we are not allowing children to cycle to school at the moment as there may be crowding at the cycle racks.

Please remember that Reception and Year 1 will be closed from 12:00 every Friday to allow for cleaning

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, Year 1 and Year 6.

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