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Full School Reopening from September 2020

We are really pleased that school will be reopening to all pupils from September 7th 2020. Children will be moving up into the new classes with their new teachers and have all been invited to a 'zoom' transition meeting.  When we start back there will be some changes to how we do things:

  • Classes will have different start and finish times to help stop them mixing and to help keep the numbers of parents lower.
  • There will be markings on the playground and arround school to help everyone stay socially distanced.
  • There will be a 'one way system ' in' and 'out' to try and help everyone stay apart near the gates.
  • Children will have their lunch in their classrooms and will stay in their class bubble throughout the day.

It is very important that if you, or anyone in your household, has coronoavirus symptoms that you stay way from school, get a test and let us know the result.

While many children have been away from school for a long time, we have had around 80 children coming every day since June and are pleased to say that our risk assessment has worked well, that children are happy and are learning well.  If you are anxious about your child returning to school there are some resources below:

Return to School Guide for Parents and Carers

My Back to School Bubble - story for children on returning to school

Food during School Holiday

Left Bank Leeds have recently opened their new cafe and have teamed up with the Food Revival and Fare Share to provide free lunchboxes packed full of healthy food for children. This will run until Friday 28 August. 

To get a lunchbox, parents can book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/healthy-holidays-free-kids-lunch-boxes-at-left-bank-tickets-114258965642, then go down to collect. You can eat in, sit outside in the garden or take the food box away with you.

You can book on the day, but please note that Leftbank will need an hour in between booking and collection to make sure that they can get the food ready for any children. 

Getting in touch

If you need to get in touch with school you can ring the office while we remain open.  In the event of school being closed, please email jtimmins@burleystmatthias.co.uk

We should be able to access the school computer systems remotely during a closure so please get in touch if your phone number changes or there is anything else we need to be made aware of.

As well as updating these pages, we will also send out text messages when needed.  These will still only go to Priority 1 contacts, so please forward them to others in your family as needed.

Children with SEN

If you know your child is learning things from a year group below their age group, please have a look at the sort of things being suggested by other teachers.  You will have had information about their current working levels at parents' evening recently.

We are also hoping to add a specific SEN tab to this section of the website.

Family Support

This section has now moved to the Support for Parents Page under School Closure

Barnardo's (@barnardos) | TwitterSee Hear Respond is a service provided across England by Barnardo’s and a group of national and local community-based organisations  in response to Covid-19.

The programme has been created to help children and young people in England (from pre-birth up to 18 years of age and those with special educational needs under the age of 25) who are experiencing harm and increased adversity during lockdown by providing support to those who are not being seen by schools or other key agencies. Click on the link above to find out more.

Families under Pressure | Kings Maudsley Children

Families Under Pressure

'During this stressful and cooped-up time, don’t let the pressure of parenting get you down. Try these simple tips and tricks, formulated by researchers and NHS mental health experts, which are backed by science and proven to work with families.' Click on the link above to find out more.

Learning during school closure

We have posted resources and ideas to help children and families continue their learning at home now and over the coming weeks and there is guidance on how to manage home learning here.  These will be a mixture of the following:

  • Reading, reading and more reading - anything and everything!
  • Links to online/ web based apps and activities.
  • Sheets of simple to understand worksheets.
  • All children will have a blank exercise book to record their learning and experiences during this unprecedented time.
  • Ideas for projects and investigations
  • Ideas for everyday learning oportunities.

Depending on the length of the closure, teachers will try and ensure the pages are refreshed with new ideas and resources.  However, please be aware that some of our staff will have their own young children at home to look after, and some may become ill themselves, so please be patient if your child's year group page looks different from another one.

There is no particular expectation on children to do any or all of these activities - some types of activities will suit some families more than others which is why we have tried to provide a broad range to meet as many needs as possible. Don't feel limited - you can do and record anything you want. There will be major amounts of dojos awarded for children who get really stuck in though! Plus, who knows, one day your coronavirus diary could be worth a fortune!


Online courses

CENTURY is offering free support to all schools and FE colleges closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Students will receive access to thousands of CENTURY's learning resources in English, maths and science. Their learning will be supported by an AI engine that creates a personalised learning path for each student, identifies gaps in knowledge and remedies misconception. 

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