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Coronavirus Advice and Sources of Information

 January 2021

As per the Prime Ministers statement last night, 4th January 2021, Coads Green will be closed until further notice. 

The school will be open for key worker pupils whose parents require childcare as their work is critical to the COVID-19 response. Please get in touch with the school office at to reserve a place. 

As always we will endeavour to keep you informed of any changes as they occur.  

Understandably this will be a challenging time for us all and we appreciate your continued support.

Stay safe and stay well.


Remote Learning Overview

The expectation is that all pupils will engage in the remote learning opportunities provided by the staff.  We will be using the learning platform of Just 2 Easy to set task's and Microsoft Teams for live teaching.  Other links and access to further resources will be put on our school website and signposted to you.  Should you wish for additional support please contact your child's class teacher: 

Class 1 Hayley Thorp 

Class 2 Sarah Dempsey    Claire Bader     Tracy Cruise

Class 3 Oliver Stephens

We recommend that anything you choose to do is as relaxed as possible and meets your family's needs and style. We have provided some useful hints and tips below.

Like you we believe that your child's emotional wellbeing at this confusing and worrying time is of primary importance and we have provided an extensive section with some basic ideas and links to further resources on our website.

We have worked hard to provide materials  that may be a solution for each of you during these difficult times and will continue to add a range of resources that you can choose from:   All our ideas are based on the same ways of working that we use in school where we provide engaging, practical activities as part of their school life. Sometimes this may be in the form of a worksheet, sometimes a more open investigative task. Our teachers will also record and share information through videos which will either consolidate prior learning or introduce new concepts.

Learning packs can also be requested from the school and these will be tailored to suit your child’s needs.


All the on-line learning can be used in a flexible way to suit your family and we will continue to share additional links and useful advice.


How to make home learning work for your family.

We are realistic about what pupils will be able to do during this period, and we want you to be too.


You are not expected to become teachers and your children are not expected to learn as they do in school. Simply providing them with some structure at home will help them to adapt and keep the ‘habit of learning’.


The following tips are designed to help you create a positive learning environment at home. See what works best for your household!


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 are dressed before starting the ‘school’ day – avoid staying in pyjamas.

Involve your children in setting the timetable where possible. It is a great opportunity for them to manage their own time better and it will 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 one 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.


Take stock at the end of each week. What is working and what is not? 

Ask your children, involve them too.


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


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


Please do not worry about your children getting behind with learning. Everyone is in the same boat and when things get back to normal, we will make sure we get everyone back on track.


However you are working with your children please can we ask that you continue to read with and to your child every day 

Updated January 2021


This is the latest government publication for information for parents/carers during the Corovirus School Closures.

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak 


Further Advice and sources of Information:


Take care of yourself


It is important right now to take care of your own physical and mental health. 

Children are very perceptive, and they react to what they sense from

the adults around them.


Here are some things you can do to help keep yourself healthy:


  • Connect with others 

maintain relationships with people you care about through phone and video calls.


  • Exercise –take some time every day to exercise. You could go for a walk or run. You will also find many fitness videos online for everything from yoga to dance. 

Find something you enjoy and that makes you feel good.


  • Eat healthy meals – try to keep a well-balanced diet and drink enough water.


  • Get some sleep – 

being anxious or worried can have a big impact on your sleep. 

If you are struggling to get a good night’s sleep, 

try to develop a calming bedtime routine – for example, do10 minutes of yoga or listen to calming music. There are also apps you can download 

that provide guided meditation to help you get to sleep more quickly.


  • Turn off the news – it is important to keep up to date, but the 24-hour news cycle can make you more anxious. 

Limit your exposure to the news to only a small amount of time, just enough 

To know what the latest government guidance is.


  • Do things you enjoy –now that we are all spending more time at home, we can finally take up that hobby we have always meant to learn. Try baking, gardening, or learning to

knit. These are also great activities we can share with our children.


  • Set goals – 

it is easy to lose track of the days in our current situation, so it can be 

helpful to set daily and weekly goals to give us a sense of control and 

purpose. Examples might be setting a goal of walking for half an hour at

least 3 times this week or reading a new book.


  • Connect with the outdoors –depending on where you live, it may not be possible to spend time outside. If you do not have a garden or terrace, you can still open a window to let some fresh air and sunlight in. 

Put a comfortable chair by the window so you can look outside 

and get some air as you read a book.


  • Talk to someone –during this difficult time, sharing with family and friends how you are feeling 

and what you are doing to cope can be helpful for both you and them. 

There are also helplines you can call for support – we have included a list at the end of this pack.



How to talk to your child about what is happening


The tips here are from the article Coronavirus: addressing pupil anxiety.


No matter how calmly you manage the current environment, children are likely to be anxious, so it is important to talk to them about what is happening.


For younger children


Children pick up bits of information from their friends, from the news and from listening to adults talking around them –but they can misunderstand what they are hearing.


  • Deal with the news head on and talk about it openly and calmly, 

giving them the facts


Give them age-appropriate information – take a look at:

           BBC Newsround hub – regularly updated with information and advice


             #covibook – for under 7s


Chi ldren ’s gu id e to c or ona v ir us – a download from the Children’s Commissioner to help explain the situation to children


Teach them how to know if information they find on the internet is reliable. Explain how some stories on social media may be based on rumours or inaccurate information.


Encourage them to take breaks from listening to or reading the news – over exposure is not helpful.


  • Encourage questions


This will give them the confidence to reach out, if they have anything to ask.


Be reassuring, but honest when answering questions – it is ok if you do not have all the answers.


Be ready to answer the same question over and over - children tend to repeat 

themselves when they are feeling uncertain or worried, so you might 

have to answer the same questions more than once as they

seek extra reassurance.


  • Be a role model


Recognise and manage your own worries first.


Be open about your own feelings and let them know it is normal to be concerned – 

for example, let them know you are also finding the news a bit worrying and what you are doing to stay calm.


  • Explain how our body's immune system protects us


It is constantly working against germs without us knowing. We cannot and do not need to control this process.


Explain that we are taking precautions against this particular germ because it is a new one which our bodies have not come across before.


Remind them how important it is that they eat healthy food, sleep and 

exercise, as this helps to fight germs.



If it helps, reassure them that the effects of this virus on healthy 

young people are very mild.


  • Keep doing your bit to help children reduce the spread of germs


Remind them to maintain good hygiene like bathing daily 

and wearing fresh clothes.


Encourage them to sing 'happy birthday' twice when they are 

washing their hands.



If you have older children in your household


Older children will have the same anxieties about their own health and that of their 

family and friends as younger children. However, they are also likely to feel socially isolated and worried about the result of school closures on their education and what life will be like after the pandemic is over.


In addition to the steps above:


Reassure them that when more guidance comes from the school about how grades will be awarded, you will share this with them as soon as you have it –you could also check that they understand the information you have received so far, in case there are any points of confusion or worry that the school could help too.


Encourage them to maintain social ties –relationships are especially important for older children, so give them room to keep in touch with their friends.


Equip them with accurate information – for example:


Mythbusters from the World Health Organization


Data visualisation pack from Information is Beautiful (regularly updated)


Share tools to help them manage anxiety


o YoungMinds: practical steps to take if you're anxious about coronavirus


o Mind: how to take care of your wellbeing when staying home


If your child struggles with higher levels of anxiety


Some children are naturally more anxious, such as those with existing phobias or obsessive-compulsive disorders. The current situation can make those anxieties worse.


Get them to do activities such as counting, ordering and sorting tasks 

which can help them calm down. 


Encourage them to use relaxation techniques such as controlled breathing.


Look out for obsessive or compulsive behaviours and try to get ahead of them early by challenging unhelpful thoughts and assumptions.


If you are worried about your child’s anxiety, YoungMinds is a charity dedicated to children’s mental health. 

They have opened a parents’ helpline for confidential, expert advice. You can reach 

them at 0808 802 5544.



Helplines and websites for children and young people


If your child would like to speak with someone confidentially, there are helplines and websites specifically for them.









Free, confidential supportvia text, available



Text SHOUT to 85258 in the UK to text with a trained crisis volunteer who’ll provide active listening and collaborative problem-solving


The Mix


Free confidential telephone helpline and online service that aims to find young people the best help, whatever the problem


  •  Call 0808 808 4994 for free (11am to 11pm daily)






Confidential telephone counselling service for any child with a problem


  •  Call 0800 1111 any time for free




Where to find learning resources online


There is plenty of support for parents online for everything from tools for home learning to PE:







BBC Bitesize

Online resource for learning and revision. Starting on 20 April, you’ll also find daily lessons to support home learning






Movement and mindfulness videos for primary children




Free home learning resources for all ages in science, technology, engineering and maths






This popular site for teachers is now offering free daily activities for home learning




English National Ballet


Free ballet classes streamed daily




Where to turn to for help


It is okay to not be okay. We all need someone to talk to sometimes. If you feel overwhelmed, at risk of abuse or experiencing financial need, there are people you can call on for support:


Mental health







Mental Health Foundation


Provides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities






A mental health charity


Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm) Website:




Youth suicide prevention society


Phone: 0800 068 4141 (Monday to Friday, 9am to

10pm, and 2pm to 10pm on weekends and bank holidays)






Confidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair


Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline) Website:




Emotional support, information and guidance for people affected by mental illness, their families and carers






A charity dedicated to children’s mental health


Phone: Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544 (Monday to

Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)




Cruse Bereavement Care


Support for grief and bereavement


Phone: 0808 808 1677 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to






Domestic violence









Child protection charity


Phone: 0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child (24-hour helpline)


0800 1111 for children (ChildLine’s 24-hour helpline)












Advice on dealing with domestic violence


Phone: 0808 2000 247 (24-hour helpline) Website: