Note on the Coronavirus Outbreak – School Closure

Dear Parents, Carers and Families

As you will be aware, the Government has instructed all schools in the UK to close for the majority of students from Monday 23rd March until further notice as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Schools have been asked to remain open for the children of critical workers and vulnerable children only. All other students must remain at home and continue with their learning.

Parents and carers have been asked to follow the guiding principles below:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them at school.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

The government has also given clear guidance on self-isolationhousehold isolation and social distancing. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

The school has already made contact with all families with vulnerable children. If you are a key worker as defined by the list in the Government’s guidance document https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision, please call or email the school as soon as possible.

All students will shortly receive a workpack through the post which will have a selection of work from a variety of different subjects for students to complete at home. Individual teachers have also given students direction for other work to be completed and many have also briefed students about work that will be set on Google Classroom. Below is some guidance on Google Classroom and a  list of helpful online resources to help students carry on learning at home. We also advise that students continue to read as widely as possible. 

Google Classroom

Useful and engaging online resources

News and general interest

Daily local, national and world news from the BBC:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news

 

  • The Guardian newspaper online:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk

 

  • BBC Newsround:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround

 

  • Virtual tours of Yellowstone National Park

https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm

 

  • Virtual tours of famous museums:

https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

 

  • Explore the surface of Mars

https://accessmars.withgoogle.com/

 

  • Explore historical photographs from all over the world

http://www.whatwasthere.com/

 

  • Learning to draw tutorials:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmzjCPQv3y8&feature=youtu.be

 

  • Get up to speed on Human Rights:

https://academy.amnesty.org/learn/public/catalog/view/37

 

Learning support

  • Khan Academy

https://www.khanacademy.org

Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.

 

  • BBC Learning

http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch/

This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.

 

  • Scholastic learn from home site:

https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html

 

  • Seneca free learning resources

https://www.senecalearning.com

For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

 

  • Openlearn

https://www.open.edu/openlearn/

Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.

 

  • Blockly

https://blockly.games

Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.

 

  • Scratch

https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/

Creative computer programming

 

  • Ted Ed

https://ed.ted.com

All sorts of engaging educational videos

 

  • Duolingo

https://www.duolingo.com

Learn languages for free. Web or app.

 

  • Mystery Science

https://mysteryscience.com

Free science lessons

 

  • The Kids Should See This

https://thekidshouldseethis.com

Wide range of cool educational videos

 

  • Crash Course

https://thecrashcourse.com

You Tube videos on many subjects

 

  • Nature Detectives

https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/

A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

 

  • British Council

https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find

 

  • Free Science Lessons youtube channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqbOeHaAUXw9Il7sBVG3_bw

 

If your child usually receives free school meals we will also be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government has just announced.

We appreciate that this is a very difficult and uncertain time for all families and appreciate your continued patience and cooperation as we all deal with this in the best way that we can. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.

Look after yourselves and others.

 

With best wishes

Patrice Canavan OBE

Executive Headteacher

 

 

Public Health England Advice on Coronavirus can be found here