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Term Plans & Homework


Please see the attached document for a list of term dates for the upcoming school year.

Dear Parents and Carers of children at Barningham CEVC Primary School,

Procedures for Returning to School in September 2020

Following the announcement from the DfE regarding the guidance for schools for September 2020 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak – I am writing to you to outline our expectations and planning. We are aware that there will be changes ahead and hope that together we will create a safe, secure and positive learning environment for every child. We have already a number of successful strategies which have been in place since the March lockdown.

The staff, governors and I are looking forward to welcoming every child back from Thursday 03 September 2020. The children will be in their new classrooms. Each classroom will be a ‘bubble’. Bubbles will play, learn and have lunch together. Assemblies will be held in individual classrooms. The school day will look very much as normal. Teachers will be planning a creative curriculum, but appreciate that for many children there will be issues to be talked through and some recovery of skills and knowledge.

The school day will continue to start at 8:50. We shall have a staggered start time from 8:40 – 8:50. The children are to come into the classroom straight away. There will not be a school bell. Please can I ask parents and carers not to wait on the playground to minimise contact. Y5 and Y6 children will have the opportunity to walk to and from school with parental permission. Playtimes will continue to be split into two time periods: EYFS (Rabbit) and KS1 (Squirrel) 10:15 – 10:30 one class on each playground. LKS2 (Badger) and UKS2 (Owl): 10:30 – 10:45 one class on each playground. Lunchtimes will also be staggered to keep each bubble safe. Tables are washed at lunchtimes. Toilets are monitored by adults to ensure that children allow a sensible space. We will ask parents and carers to collect your child from 3:10 to 3:20 to stagger the number of people waiting on the playground.

With the return to school, I am expecting each child to wear the correct school uniform. Each child will need a water bottle and snack. PE kits will be required in school each day as normal. The teachers will continue to organise their classroom by placing the desks in rows. Each child has a work station, with their books in their tray. In order to reduce physical contact points, I am asking parents and carers to provide a stationary set for each child: 1 30cm ruler, rubber, black, green and blue pen, glue stick, coloured pencils, coloured felt pens and highlighters. The pencil case will stay in school in their individual class tray. Badger and Owl children will also require a basic calculator and a protractor, if possible.

Mrs Chapman will cook school lunches daily as at present and an order form will be sent home shortly. The Breakfast Club will be running Monday to Friday, starting at 7:45 and costs £4. After School Club will also run from Monday to Friday, finishing at 4:30 prompt to allow for cleaning, with a cost of £4 per child. Booking is essential, please.

The emphasis will remain on regular washing of hands and good hygiene. We will continue to take everybody’s temperature each morning. Any child or adult who is feeling unwell will be removed and we will contact you to collect them immediately and follow the COVID-19 NHS advice. The school is deep cleaned every night.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I wish you a great summer holiday and look forward to welcoming you in September.

Frances Parr – Head Teacher

School Closure

19th March, 2020

Following the announcement yesterday by the Prime Minister, I am now writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children after this Friday until further notice.

As advised by the government, we will do all that we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services, supermarket delivery drivers) and children with certain needs.

Please could you let us know if you think your child may fall into one of these categories? There is a paper copy for these children only to state which days next week your child will be in school, if they require Breakfast or After School Club (finishing at 4:30) and lunch requests. This will ensure that we have the correct staff: pupil ratios in place. There will be a First Aid trained and a Safeguarding member of staff in school each day to keep your child safe.

All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards please.

Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by text or letter. Our aim is to ensure that the students, parents, carers and staff are prepared for the closure. Despite the inevitable disruption and distress that a closure would bring, there is still much we can do to support learning during this period.

In order to prepare as a school, staff have worked together to implement a plan for remote learning during this uncertain time:

How will I communicate with my child’s class teacher?

Any questions you may have can be emailed to barningham1@gmail.com and your class teacher will respond as soon as is practical.

What resources will be available to the children?

All work for the Rabbit class will be set through the Tapestry. For Squirrel, Badger and Owl classes, work will be available on-line plus a workbook. Each child will be given activities using www.classroom.google.com

  1. First create a gmail account
  2. Sign in by clicking go to classroom (blue button)
  3. Sign in
  4. There is an accompanying picture guide

  • Codes:
  • Owl: xqvvii4
  • Badger: bkyqgjp
  • Squirrels: xnxortz

Please also continue with daily reading, using their reading records, and perhaps they could create a diary. There may also be activities for the children, which can be accessed through the school website www.barningham.suffolk.sch.uk

How will I know which program/app to access?

Any information you need to complete the tasks will be on the school website alongside the tasks set.

How much time should my child spend completing tasks?

This is a very difficult question to answer. I know every family will be different but there needs to be a balance of learning, which will include being online, drawing, reading, creative and practical tasks, and outdoor play.

We believe that the preparations we are making will help to ensure that important learning can still take place in the event of the school closing as part of a national response to this public health emergency, or in the event of a self-isolation.

If you have any queries relating to our plans, please get in touch. If you are a family who do not have access to the internet then please contact the school so that we can provide learning material in a different format.

This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it is far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.

I wish you and your family good health in the coming weeks and months and thank you for your support during these uncertain times. Our prayers are with you all.

Kind regards

Mrs Frances Parr Head Teacher

Spring Term 2

28th February, 2020

Owls’ Spring Term 2020

5th January, 2020

Welcome to 2020 in Owls Class. Spring Term is set to be an exciting one for us. Here are the newsletter, homework map and medium term plan.

Spring Term 1

3rd January, 2020

Spring in Badgers

2nd January, 2020

Welcome back to school. We have an exciting term planned in Badger Class as our topic is the Ancient Greeks. We will be busy immersing ourselves in their history and discovering how they lived as well as what they discovered and invented that we still use today. We will look at the legend Theseus and the Minotaur and study the book Who Let the Gods Out as well as designing and making Greek Sandals!

Above are our topic web, letter and homework.

Mrs Fairlie

29th November, 2019

Badger Class India Homework

Attached is the homework map for Badger class, the sharing assembly is on Wednesday 18th December at 9am, please join us to celebrate the children’s achievements.

As always, the homework is meant to be fun and a choice of activities for you to choose from that you can complete together. This homework will replace the weekly homework in Badgers for this half term and goes towards their reward – bring a teddy to school day!

Please speak to me if you have any questions regarding the homework

Mrs Fairlie

Term Dates

  • 2019 - 2020
  • PD Days: 02 & 03 September
  • Autumn Term 1: 04 Sept - 17 Oct
  • PD Day: 18 Oct
  • Autumn Term 2: 28 Oct - 19 Dec
  • Spring Term 1: 06 Jan 2020 - 14 Feb
  • Spring Term 2: 24 Feb - 03 April
  • Summer Term 1: 20 April - 22 May
  • Summer Term 2: 01 June - 17 July
  • PD Day: 20 & 21 July

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