School Closure

It is an unsettling time for all as we remain contained to our houses due to Covid-19. 'Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives' is our new and hugely important mantra. 

Our school community is amazingly supportive and the sense of team spirit and 'Belong, Believe, Achieve' prevails. 

This page will provide some guidance and links to support you at home over the coming weeks to help keep the children engaged and motivated. Please also see the linked 'Health and Wellbeing' page for ideas to help both you and your child. 

Please remember to follow @BurleyOaks on Twitter for regular updates and suggestions. Our teachers are all available via email and then by phone should you need; all of the contacts were sent out via Parentmail. If in doubt contact the school office by phone on 01943 862642 or office@burleyoaks.co.uk

Keeping Children Safe

Keeping EVERYONE safe at this time is our nation's ultimate goal in this unprecedented emergency situation. The government's advice for keeping safe at home can be found here. 

Advice from the DFE has also been published about school closures.

We have added an annex to our Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy to take account of new measures which are now in place to ensure that our procedures are robust. This can be read here. 

If you have a concern about a child's welfare please click here. 

The NSPCC have published a guide to support families during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

A children's guide to Coronavirus from the Children's Commissioner can by found by clicking on the picture below:

If you are a child and have a worry that you need to share, you can email your teacher or contact Childline on 0800 1111. 

Learning at Home

Currently, we have a small number of children in school who are either vulnerable or have parents who are key workers critical to the Covid-19 response. Our staff are doing a great job both in school and remotely to support children's learning despite the obvious challenges. 

The packs we sent home are a start for your child to keep learning at home. As per my email, please keep perspective and understand that this is not 'homeschooling'; this is, at best, distance learning. In reality, it's everyone trying to do the very best they can amidst a range of challenges.

In addition to this, teachers will set work through their blogs on a regular basis. For those in Upper Key Stage 2, the Google Classroom will be used to set and upload work. Please keep checking them regularly. Please bear with us as we develop our strategies for learning together. 

You are your child's primary educator and know your child best; the first priority here is to keep our mental and physical wellbeing in top shape. Have a look at the 'health and mental wellbeing' blog on our site for some ideas. 

This is a great start:

The DFE has published the following guide (click on the picture) which is accompanied by an 'easy read' to help look after our feelings. 

From there you could aim to do:

  • A bit of reading every day (independently or to/with your child or via an audio-book etc.). See our reading blog page with great activities for reading and links to our vast online library. Choose from the collection to keep imaginations alive. 
  • Some free writing now and then - a diary is great and will serve as our very own piece of history in years to come. 
  • Practical hands on maths, be that via cooking, cleaning, outside or some maths games, physical or digital.
  • Some fine motor work; lego, cutting, play-dough, tidying up small toys.
  • Physical exercise every day.
  • Some art/music where possible through the week.
  • Working on a project is great for keeping brains ticking over. Start researching in a book or online and putting together something to present to family.
  • Lots of imaginative free play; the more independent the better.

If you prefer to set more of a structure,  picking and choosing from the following may be of use:

Any time:

The link here will take you to a list of other available websites which are currently free for use at home. This list is also useful. 

This Easter, why not take a virtual trip/tour? Click here for a pretend holiday!

Stay safe; stay at home, everyone. You know where we are if you need us.