Messages for parent/carers
There is lots of information out there about coronavirus. Not all of it is based on facts or evidence. Help stop your children worrying about things that might not be true by talking to them about where their ideas come from and encourage them to talk to you if they don’t know if something is true. Find out more at http://www.durham.gov.uk/covid19mentalhealth
Are your children missing their friends and usual activities? Why not encourage them to keep in touch with friends or groups online, have a virtual play date or dance class. Remind them that we can still have fun even when we are in the house. There are ideas for activities at http://www.durham.gov.uk/covid19mentalhealth
What are you doing to stop the young people in your house being bored or worried? We’re playing window bingo with the neighbours – let us know your ideas 😊
Being busy can distract us from our worries – why not get your children to help you with activities in the house or garden. It’s a great way to learn new skills too.
Messages for young people
Are you bored of being in the house? Why not see if you can help with tasks around the house – then do something fun with the rest of your family 😊
If you are feeling sad or worried, remember lots of people are feeling the same way. Talking about your feelings with you family could help, or there are groups that you can call or contact online that can support you. You can find details of support at http://www.durham.gov.uk/covid19mentalhealth
Going for a walk or a jog with your family is a great way to exercise and it’s a good way to forget about your worries for a while. Always try to get your outside time if you can 😊
BBC Bitesize have put up a timetable of lessons that you may find useful for when children are working at home. The link to the BBC article is below, along with the timetable of lessons for each year group.
Other online learning lessons can be found at this website from Oak National Academy which you may have heard about in the media over the weekend, it has lessons and ideas for pupils from Reception to Y6
School staff have also updated the home learning timetables which are currently in the ‘Our Classes’ section of the website this week ( 20th April) to give you more ideas for work children can be doing at home.
Just remember there are no right or wrong answers to home schooling. Home isn’t school and even school isn’t like school at the moment! Whatever you are trying to do with your child , we thank you, and please believe that you are doing the right thing.
If you have any queries please get in touch.
We have been asked to share this important advice with parents and carers , it has been sent by Joanna McCabe, our school nurse. It concerns when children are presenting as unwell or injured , and what parents/carers should do.
Year 6 are hoping to complete the Year Book to celebrate the achievements of Y6 this year, as we do every year. Please see the letter below if you wish your child to opt OUT of this publication.
As we come to the end of the second week of school closures I’d just like to update you all before we move into the Easter Holidays. I can understand that these are exceptionally difficult and worrying times , but I hope that you are all managing to stay safe and well.
We have been able to keep the infant building open for the last two weeks for emergency childcare for children of critical workers . Staff have been coming in on a rota basis to ensure we can maintain social distancing whilst keeping pupils safe. We will be able to keep the school open over the Easter holidays to maintain this emergency childcare provision , with the exception of Good Friday and Easter Monday ( ie Bank Holidays).
Critical worker parents should have been contacted by text message and we ask that you inform Mr Soler at school of the likelihood that your child will need emergency childcare over the Easter holidays. This will help us to plan our rota to ensure we have sufficient staff available to cover. Please do get in touch with school if you haven’t done so already.
Can I take this opportunity to remind ALL parents/carers that official advice is for children to remain at home IF AT ALL POSSIBLE , as this is the safest way to protect everyone and stop the virus from spreading. I would therefore ask that if it is in any way possible that your child can be safely cared for by their other parent or family member that this is preferred option. We hope that levels of staff absence remain low, but if it increases and school is not able to open , this will obviously cause difficulties for all going forward. I do appreciate that the numbers of pupils who have been coming into school are quite low, which is currently manageable, but if circumstances change and you are able to keep pupils at home , please do so, in order to stop the virus from spreading. I would also politely request that it should be a member of the child’s immediate family who brings and collects pupils from school and that social distancing is observed when waiting outside of school.
School meals have been provided in the form of packed lunches for those entitled to them , and will continue over the holidays for those attending school. We have heard only in the last day or so about the national voucher scheme for meals which is being rolled out. When we have further details we will immediately pass these on to you, hopefully this will be very soon.
In the meantime thank you for your support and I hope that you are able to continue to stay safe. I will update you with more information once it becomes available to us.
We hope everyone is staying safe and well in this difficult time. I’m sure children and parents have settled into a routine which works for your family – balancing spending some quality time with keeping some home learning going.
As part of your child’s Reading activities, you may wish to tune into Adam Bushnell’s live story-telling events each day at 2.30pm:
Adam is an excellent author, who regularly visits Bowburn Primary and works with children from all age ranges, so they will be very familiar with him and his stories.
We have received this information from County Hall this morning, which I am sharing with you . If your circumstances change please inform us as soon as possible.
Communications regarding Key Workers for schools to share with parents:
As the situation with coronavirus continues to develop we are asking you to carefully consider whether or not your child needs to be in school.
We appreciate that the central government guidance around what constitutes a key worker is quite broad, however we would like to remind you that the reason schools are remaining open is primarily to ensure that those frontline workers who are key to helping this country get through this situation, can get to work.
Each school will have different levels of demand for these places and may handle this situation differently in order to ensure the welfare of all staff and children. We ask you to respect any restrictions your school may put in place to help them cope during these challenging times.
Finally can we remind you that in line with Public Health England guidance, the best place for your child, wherever possible is at home with you, helping to maintain good social distancing for our wider community.
Personal Assistant to:
Richard Crane – Head of Education and Skills
Karen Davison – Strategic Manager – One Point and Think Family Services
Durham County Council
Update: Monday 23rd March.
Thank you to all parents/carers who have heeded Government advice and kept their children at home. We are still open to provide emergency childcare for pupils in certain groups and those of key workers.
From Tuesday 24th March this will be on the Infant site, Wylam Street , Bowburn, from 8.30am.
All phone calls regarding pupils to be directed to the Infant site.
All children, including nursery, to be brought to the main entrance. All collection of meals to be from the Infant kitchen from Tuesday.
Children can be collected from 3pm at the main entrance.
Thank you for your co-operation.