Memo for parents EYFS and Primary School students

Monday 11th May 2020

At this point in time you will be aware of the initial statements Prime Minister Boris Johnson began to outline last night with this briefing to the nation, with more detailed information being made available tomorrow.

From what he shared last night we can see that we will need to continue to provide education at Bradford Christian School in the same way that we have done for the past five weeks; namely through the school being closed to all but vulnerable and key worker’s children, should they request that we provide for such children with the rest of students being provided for through online education. This provision will continue in the first instance until the end of his half term, which is in two weeks time.

We were all told that the government are making ‘conditional ’plans to open schools to EYFS, Year 1, Year 6 students  from June 1st with a vague statement being made about Year 10 students, who sit their exams next year, ‘ being able to see their teachers before the end of the school year’.

These plans are ‘conditional’ on the virus continuing to be under control with infection and death rates continuing to fall over the next few weeks and the R rate continuing to be under 1.0

As a school leadership, we shall receive detailed information about these proposals from the Department for Education over the next few days, which we will scrutinise and then we will  publish our plans when we are absolutely clear of what is expected of us by the government and are clear about what we can safely provide for you specifically at BCS.

So for the next two weeks our provision remains as follows: is where we will share any additional information.

Teachers will continue to communicate on a daily basis, and Year 3 and 4 will continue some lessons on Google Meet, after relative success last week.

These are our expectation of what needs to be done as the usual weekly work pattern:

  • Work will be posted on line DAILY
  • We suggest that you work with your child/children each day to help them organise their work.
  • We would encourage you to make a family timetable for the week. We would recommend that your timetable should include slots for rest and play as well as work.
  • Students in year 3 and 4 will be invited to an online class for some of their lessons this week. There will be either 2 or 3 online lessons to attend. The number has not increased from last week. Meet links will be in student’s Classroom Streams.
  • Teachers are available 9:00am to 3:30 each day and will respond to comments. 
  • Please note that teachers will not be available exclusively all day 9:00am – 3:30 for the five days of the working week. Some teachers are part time and this will be reflected in the times that they make themselves available. Others are on a rota system teaching in school.
  • Teachers can receive emails after 3:30pm but will not reply to comments and questions until the next day unless an answer is vitally necessary.

Please note that Mr McGrail is available to parents and students if you have any problems and queries concerning online working.

  • Please continue to contact us about any concerns, or just for your children to say ‘hello’. We miss seeing them.
  • Mrs Zeilah CHadwick continues to work for the school from home on our policies in conjunction with the SLT and the Governors. As a result the Careers Education policy has now been ratified and is available to view on the school website. This even impacts our Nursery children!

Our aim remains to be clear and consistent in our expectations and the details of our provision but also to positively refine our provision as we continue to move forwards in working with you and your children.

As we teach and receive work, parent comments, and online conversations, we will continue to make assessments and will adhere to our plans to provide you with a progress update. The majority of assessments will be made through the home learning tasks, and we hope to make data available to you after the half term holiday.

Jane Prothero