Ensuring communication during this period of uncertainty

School re-opening for children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6

From 1 June 2020 we will be opening the school for children in these year groups.

Full explanation and timetable can be found HERE

Graphic showing UK government advice on social distancingSchool Providing Care for Key Worker Children

The government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open for those children – who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.

If you feel that your work is within these categories and you are unable to ensure the safety of your child, please establish with your employer that your role is critical and email the school on with:

  • Your name
  • Your child’s name and class
  • Your role and employer
  • Contact details of your employer and line manager
  • Any other adult in the house’s role and employer
  • The days (next week) on which you are unable to ensure safe keeping of your child
  • Contact email and telephone number


Government guidance is that anyone with a fever or persistent cough should stay at home for seven days if they live alone or 14 days if they live with others.  Furthermore, anyone who lives with someone displaying coronavirus symptoms should also stay at home for 14 days.

Therefore, if anyone in your household displays the symptoms shown below, then the whole family should self isolate for 14 days.

NHS advice on Covid-19 can be found here

Coronavirus key symptoms: High temperature, cough, breathing difficulties 

Staying in touch

The school will be contacting parents throughout the coming days.  Please ensure that your emails settings are set to allow messages from so that you do not miss anything.

Information from the school will also be posted here.

Contact with the school

In this period of uncertainty we have created a new email address which is monitored from 9am to 3:30pm every day for general enquiries.

Children working remotely

Children in years 3, 4, 5 & 6 will be set work by their class teacher via Google Classrooms  also using PiXL & (same log-in for each link) and linguascope 

  • 1 piece of literacy – Daily lasting around 45 minutes  
  • 1 piece of mathematics – Daily lasting around 45 minutes
  • Topic work – project/research/presentation style – Daily lasting about 1 hour, building on and progressing through a week
  • PiXL or Linguascope work – 45 minutes, set as required (might replace a mathematics or literacy task)
  • Listen/read to ebook on that relates to your topic work (or just your general interest!)

Children in years 1 & 2 will be set activities via Bug Club  They will also have a paper based workbook in the first instance.  After which work will be emailed (Please see Contact with the class teacher). 

There will also be work using PiXL & (same log-in for each link)and linguascope

  • Daily Maths Task from the maths booklet.
  • Either phonics or Spelling/Grammar/Punctuation task from the SPAG booklet.
  • Complete work from ‘homework grid’.
  • Listen/read to ebook on that relates to your topic work (or just general interest!)

Parents of children in Reception and Nursery will be liaised with via Tapestry.  Activities  will be set by the class teacher and you are invited to capture the outcome of these activities on tapestry. .

These will then be commented on by the class teacher or Early Years Practitioner and extended where appropriate

Setting of work for children to access at home

Please note that the school is open and as such teachers will be focussed on delivering lessons and learning for children in class.

Should the government announce that schools are to close, then we will publish and upload work for children to complete at home, but not before this time.

Protocols using Google Classrooms

The default setting is for children and teachers to have access to “comment”.  We will be talking to children about the appropriate use of comment and reminding them that any inappropriate content/messaging will be screenshotted and passed to the Headteacher where the school’s behaviour policy will be followed and children / parents contacted.

Contact with the class teacher

Teachers will be using newly created email addresses to post new work and to liaise with families.  The email address of classes are;

(i.e., roper@elthamce….) 

Please be aware that the volume of emails has risen dramatically and be patient with teachers as they strive to manage them all.

Please also be aware of teachers workload and allow them time away from their emails and classes.  Therefore, do not expect emails to be answered after 4pm each day, and not before 9am each morning.