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Minster Church of England Primary School

Nurturing Foundations, Flourishing With God


Minster News Update – 4.5.20

Dear Parents,

As lockdown continues, there is still uncertainty about when schools will open again and what this will look like when it happens. Currently all information is being broadcast in the daily updates and like you, this will be the first time we have heard the information. When we do re-open, we want it to be a safe environment for your children and the staff. As a school, we will have many adaptations to put in place prior to starting back. I will keep you updated as and when we receive information.

In the meantime, home schooling is set to continue. The government’s expectation is that we are providing you with the work and support to achieve this. It is extremely important that children are completing the work set to limit the effect that this forced break will have on their education. We can see from Facebook and the e-mails sent to teachers that children are producing some amazing work! Please keep up this great effort!

Should you have any problems, class teachers are on hand to support and motivate as necessary. Please keep in regular contact with them and they will support you the best they can.

Some parents have asked for some additional guidance to help support them with home learning. Please see below some information to support you and (via the link at the bottom) a suggested timetable should you need to develop some structure to your children’s learning.

We are all looking forward to school returning to a more regular working practice – school is a strange place without children and we cannot wait to welcome them back!

Until then stay safe and keep in contact.


Kind Regards


Paul McCarthy - Head of School


How to support home learning

Follow this guidance to create a positive learning environment at home

Be realistic about what you can do 

You're not expected to become teachers and your children aren't expected to learn as they do in school. Simply providing your children with some structure at home will help them to adapt. Use the tips below to help you make this work for your household

Experiment in the first week, then take stock. What's working and what isn't? Ask your   children, involve them too

Share the load if there are 2 parents at home. Split the day into 2-3 hour slots and take turns so you can do your own work

Take care of your own health and wellbeing. This will be new for your entire household, so give it time to settle. Take a look at the links at the end of this factsheet for some advice on mental health and wellbeing



Keep to a timetable wherever possible

Create and stick to a routine if you can. This is what children are used to. For example, eat breakfast at the same time and make sure they're dressed before starting the ‘school’ day – avoid staying in pyjamas!

Involve your children in setting the timetable where possible. It’s a great opportunity for them to manage their own time better and it’ll give them ownership

Check in with your children and try to keep to the timetable, but be flexible. If a task/activity is going well or they want more time, let it extend where possible

If you have more than 1 child at home, consider combining their timetables. For example, they might exercise and do maths together – see what works for your household

Designate a working space if possible, and at the end of the day have a clear cut-off to signal school time is over

Stick the timetable up on the wall so everyone knows what they should be doing when, and tick activities off throughout the day

Distinguish between weekdays and weekends, to separate school life and home life



Make time for exercise and breaks throughout the day

Start each morning with a PE lesson at 9am with Joe Wicks


If you have a garden, use it regularly. If you don’t, try to get out once a day as permitted by the government (households can be together outdoors but 2 metres apart from others)

Get your children to write in a diary what they did each day – this can be a clear sign that the ‘school’ day has ended

Other activities to keep children engaged throughout the day

Where you have more freedom in the timetable, make time for other activities. Add some creative time or watch a dance video from Go Noodle to get the heart-rate going

Get your children to write postcards to their grandparents or to pen pals

Ask grandparents to listen to your children read on FaceTime (or ask grandparents to read to younger children)

Give them chores to do so they feel more responsible about the daily routine at home

Ask them to help you cook and bake 

Accept that they'll probably watch more TV/spend time on their phone – that's ok but you might want to set/agree some screen time limits



Examples of home-learning timetables

Horniman Primary School in Lewisham created this timetable for its parents

Five Minute Mum has a timetable including lots of activities for younger children



If you need to contact the school


Tel: 01843 821384 during office hours



See guidance on supporting your mental health and that of your children:

You also should all have direct contact details for your child’s class teacher.


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The Federation of Minster and Monkton Church of England Primary Schools

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