Coronavirus Update for Parents

27th March 2020

Dear Parent/Carer,

Re: Coronavirus concerns

I write to update you further to my letter of the 23rd March 2020.

The current guidance remains the same, that if a child can be safely cared for at home then they should remain at home. At this stage, as per the guidance, the academy will remain closed as an educational institution for the foreseeable future. It is therefore very unlikely that the academy will open after the Easter holidays. As previously advised, the absence will be authorised and you will not be fined.

I know that this is a very difficult time for many of you and the next few weeks will be an adjustment for all of us. We will be making contact with parents/carers by telephone on a regular basis to offer our support to you and your families.

For those pupils who receive free school meals, we are in the process of arranging for vouchers to be sent home and hope to update you on that shortly.

Please also see our Facebook page for updates.

Teachers will continue to add activities for pupils on the Evisense platform. If you have not already provided the academy with your consent and email address to enable you to access Evisense, you can email the academy on admin@russett.trlt.org.uk to provide the same.

You can also find useful resources on the following websites: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Search.aspx?q=weights%20and%20measures – Weight and measure https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/games – Maths and literacy games

Whiteboard Room – Maths

https://equals.co.uk/whiteboard-room-english-reading/ https://equals.co.uk/whiteboard-room-pmld-cause-effect/ https://www.learninggamesforkids.com/

English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnr65z4AN_I – The giant jam sandwich story https://www.homeschoolshare.com/giant_jam.php – The giant jam sandwich book of activities https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=jolly+phonics+set+1+2+and+3 – Phonics songs

https://www.google.com/search?q=jolly+phonics+phase+2&rlz=1C1GCEV_en- ome&ie=UTF-8 – Phonics songs https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm – Phonics website for all ages

Maths: https://www.google.com/search?q=maths+songs+for+kids&rlz=1C1GCEV_en-GBGB872GB872&oq=maths+songs+&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l7.2175j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 – Maths songs for children https://www.pinterest.co.uk/heathergarl0560/sensory-maths/ – Great for ideas sensory maths sessions

On YouTube you can search for maths songs and also ‘Barefoot Books’ for stories mainly accessed through YouTube.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround https://singinghands.co.uk/ https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

www.crickweb.co.uk www.mathswithgraham.org.uk www.teachyourmonstertoread.com www.studyladder.co.uk www.skillsworkshop.org www.bksb.co.uk www.bbc.co.uk/teach/skillswise

If you are finding it difficult at home with your child and area struggling to cope, you can call Family Lives for free, confidential advice on 0808 800 2222.

If you are worried about the safety of another child in our community, you can call NSPCC on 0800 800 5000 or the police on 999 if you think a child is in immediate danger.

If you are in any doubt, please contact:

· The academy.

· The Department for Education Coronavirus helpline on 0800 046 8687 or DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk. · NHS, if you want to know more about the symptoms of coronavirus. If you think you or your child may have the symptoms, use NHS 111 online if at all possible before calling 111. · DGovernment’s travel advice, if you want to know whether any upcoming trip or holiday you’re taking abroad should go ahead.

If you or your child have any further concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact Catherine Lewis, Executive Head Teacher in the first instance, and then Kathryn Richardson, Deputy Head of Academy on 01606 853005.

We will continue to update you. Thank you for your continued support.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs C Lewis

Executive Head Teacher