20th March 2020
Dear Parents / Carers,
As you have been made aware Whitchurch CE Infant & Nursery Academy and Whitchurch CE Junior Academy will close today 20th March 2020 for the foreseeable future.
From Monday 23rd March, the school will only be open to pupils who absolutely need to attend – children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and those children who are most vulnerable children only and who cannot be safely cared for at home. Parents of these children will have already had a conversation with the Head of School at their respective academy and their permission will have been provided. Other children will not be admitted.
During the period of school closure, we would like to give you the following advice and guidance.
Health and Well-Being
The Whitchurch CE Federation is continuing to follow guidelines from Public Health England, NHS and the Department for Education.
While we really hope you are not ill during this time, if you are unwell then you should take the precautions outlined by Public Health England.
You may have some natural anxiety around your child missing education, your child may be anxious about missing their teacher, teaching assistant and friends or you and / or your child may have concerns for a family member. Below are some organisations that may be useful:
Young Minds: www.youngminds.org.uk
The Shropshire Parenting Team will continue their service of telephone consultations. Parents and carers simply need to call their office on 01743 250950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a consultation at a time convenient to them.
Taking the current situation into account the team can support parents and carers with:
managing difficult questions and worries from children due to the current situation
managing challenging behaviour which might be a result of the changes to their everyday lives
suggestions on activities with children
At the time of writing this letter the indications are, that the academies may be closed for a considerable time. The Department for Education will be providing further advice to you as parents to support home learning. The Department is working with the BBC and others to provide resources for children to access while at home. For parents with children under five years old see hungrylittlemonds.campaign.gov.uk (https://hungrylittleminds.campaign.gov.uk)
In the meantime, our teachers have gathered a range of home learning activities to support your child.
We propose that you use the existing systems to support your child’s learning. These include PurpleMash (EYFS- Y6), Mathletics (Y1 – Y6), Times Table Rock Stars (Y2 – Y6) and Spellodrome (Y3 – Y6). Over the last few days your child’s teacher has provided a reminder of your child’s username and password so that you and your child can access theses online platforms.
Learning packs are being sent home with every child which provide English related activities. This includes writing, spelling and where applicable phonics activities.
You will appreciate that during the closure period, we will not be able to provide regular access to our reading scheme materials, however, we have published relevant links on our website pages.
The Federation website, www.thewhitchurchcofefederation.com, has been uploaded with other home learning activities and useful website links to support learning. Please see tab, Home Learning, and locate your child’s year group for age appropriate activities and suggested websites.
White Rose Maths which is the scheme of learning we adopt across the Federation has produced learning packs for children from Year 1 to Year 6 to access which will provide some consistency in respect of maths knowledge and skills. Please see, https://whiterosemaths.com and access the Home Learning tab. These are also available on the website pages.
For those children who are unable to access our website from home, paper versions have been included in your child’s learning packs.
We are all about to embark on a very challenging time but our approach to whatever may happen in the coming days, weeks and months will be based on advice given by Public Health England and the Department for Education.
May I thank you all for your on-going support and wish you all well over the coming weeks.
Mrs SHL Cope, Executive Principal