National Schools Closure

National Schools Closure

Following government guidelines, our school is now closed to almost all children until further notice.

During this time your child’s learning is very important to us and we will do our utmost to continue to help them to learn. Every pupil will have received their home learning support and other individual packs. Many of these resources are available to download here (see further down this page) as well as on individual class pages.

We recognise that this is a challenging period for children, families and staff and we appreciate your continued patience as we adapt to the ever-changing situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Throughout this period of closure, we will try to keep you updated as best as we can.

We will reopen fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by texting you the day before we reopen. In the meantime, please check this page for any updates and if you need to get in touch with us, you can do so here ›

Key Workers:

As advised by our government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers.

The headteachers of the Westminster South Cluster Schools (Burdett-Coutts, Soho Parish, St Barnabas’, St Clement Danes, St Gabriel’s, St George’s Hanover Square, St Matthew’s, St Vincent de Paul and Tachbrook) have grouped together to arrange childcare provision (not education) for children of key workers attending these cluster schools from Monday 23rd March to Friday 3rd April, 9am to 3pm.

It will be available as follows:

This provision will continue AFTER the Easter holidays (Monday 20th April – Friday 1st May, 9am to 3pm) as follows:

This childcare provision are for children whose parents are key workers and depends heavily on the capacity of our dedicated staff teams in each school. Please do not use a space for your child if you do not truly need it – these spaces are for children of parents whose jobs play a vital part in the country’s approach in dealing with this situation.

We are running this scheme to save lives and request that parents only use it if they meet all necessary criteria.  The Department for Education states:

  • If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  • If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or you work in one of the critical sectors and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your child will be prioritised for provision.

For further details, please refer to this letter from the Headteachers of the cluster schools regarding the initial provision, this letter regarding the provision AFTER the Easter holidays and the key worker list taken from guidelines published by the Department for Education.

If you meet the necessary criteria and it is not possible for your child to be at home, please contact our school’s office. Evidence for your eligibility will be required for verification by a member of staff, after which we can confirm whether your child is eligible for a childcare place.

Free School Meals:

If your child usually receives free school meals, we will 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. If you need to contact us about this, you can do so here ›

Safeguarding:

If you have any safeguarding concerns, please contact the Children’s Services Team on 020 7641 4000 (9am to 5pm weekdays) or outside of these times, the Emergency Duty Team on 020 7641 2388.

If you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.

Home Learning:

We know that this period of school closure will be difficult for families, especially those who are isolating due to symptoms or underlying health conditions. If possible, you may find it useful to create a structure for each day so that the children know what is expected of them and have opportunities to continue their learning even while at home. We have drawn up a suggested timetable but please modify it to suit your family best.

7.30am 9.-30-
11.30am
11.15-
12.00pm
12.00-
1.00pm
1.00-
2.30pm
2.30-
3.30pm
3.30-
4.30pm
Wake Up English activity Exercise Lunch – children
can help
prepare meals
Art activity Exercise Video call
friends & family
Breakfast Maths activity Movement Clear up kitchen Science activity Movement
Get dressed Relax Geography/
History activity

Workpacks & Other Resources:

The school has sent home a pack for each child with some activities and ideas to do at home, along with an exercise book. You can download many of them here (please note you may need Adobe PDF to view these files).

Online activities you might like to try:

PLEASE NOTE: Clicking on these links will take you to an external site. Although we make every effort to ensure these links are accurate, up to date and relevant, we cannot take responsibility for pages maintained by external providers. The inclusion of these links in no way constitutes a recommendation of the services or information provided. Please use your own judgement and be especially wary of any service which asks you to pay.  

Useful links:

  • BBC Bitesize offer a variety of daily content to support children’s education and wellbeing, at all Key Stages.
  • You might find this list of education companies offering free subscriptions helpful.
  • Educational resource provider, Scholastic, have created a 20 day Learn at Home programme to support parents during this time. It is American so refers to ‘Grades’ rather than year groups but there are fantastic online resources to help teach your children a range of topics including Science, History, Geography, Maths and Art.
  • The BBC Bitesize website has a huge range of online activities for all ages. You can also go to BBC iPlayer to watch Alphablocks and Numberblocks, the award winning series for EYFS and KS1 children. You can also watch episodes for free on You Tube. REMEMBER: online safety.

Maths:

  • Maths activities to help with counting, addition and subtraction, shape, pattern and measuring would be great to work on. Older brothers and sister may also like to help out by creating a Maths board game.
  • Mathletics – this is an online Maths resource the school has subscribed to for Years 1-6. Each child has an individual log in and teachers are able to set tasks remotely, or children can complete all the activities for their year group. Username and password slips will have been sent home with the work packs.
  • Carol Vorderman is offering The Maths Factor FREE for everyone (usually about £2 per week) to support children’s continued learning at home for the duration of the UK schools closure period.

Literacy:

  • Read, Write, Inc website to help with phonics. There are useful videos to help out with sounds and blending.
  • Why not try writing letters and cards to friends and family members? REMEMBER: capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.
  • The Centre for Literacy in Primary Education has shared free poetry resources on their Poetryline website. These includes an extensive bank of poems, teaching resources, videos of performances and interviews to support the teaching of poetry that can be used by parents for children across the primary years.
  • Every day at 11am, you can listen to one of David Walliams’ World’s Worst Children stories, so sit down, take a break, and enjoy 20ish minutes of pure fun!

Other subjects:

  • Miss Roberts, our Art Leader, has set some Art Competitions based on our founder Baroness Angela Burdett-Coutts – you can find more information on the Art and Design NewsletterThere are also fantastic resources and home learning opportunities via the Tate Gallery website ›
  • There are several live history lessons and story time events hosted on Facebook – check out Western Approaches HQ and Piper’s Passport (please note this will take you to a Facebook page).
  • You can also signup for a free 30 day plan at HistoryHit.Tv for History with Dan Snow › (Please note: you must cancel before the 30 days end otherwise you will be charged)
  • The Cosmic Shambles Network are the team behind The Stay At Home Festival. They have a schedule of programmes including Science Shambles with Robin Ince, Professor Brian Cox and other guests. (Please note: some of their programming is not suitable for younger children, so parental guidance is advised at all times)

Activities:

We will be updating this page with more links to home learning so please check back often. Please also feel free to share this information with other parents of children in the class who may not have received this information. 

The children, your families and the whole community are all in our thoughts and prayers.