Educating at Home?/ BBC Bitesize
April 3, 2020, 10:39 am
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We’d be breaking up for Easter today in normal circumstances. I don’t see a harm in relaxing the home schooling a little for a fortnight if everybody at home is in favour.

To keep it fresh from 20th April, it would be well worth looking out for BBC’s expanding BiteSize service. In the past the BBC has offered very good education packages indeed, closely in tune with National Curriculum expectations. I’d look out for it and consider basing your work with your children around it in some way. See link below:

The class teachers will be refreshing their class blogs also for 20th April, and don’t forget the Hamilton Trust has free downloadable English and Maths worksheets which are being added to all the time:

Other free links are below:

April 3, 2020, 10:08 am
Filed under: Headteacher Online support for young people

We would like to remind you of the availability of our online service to support the wellbeing and resilience of young people.

Kooth is a web based confidential support service available to young people. Kooth provides a safe and secure means of accessing mental health and wellbeing support designed specifically for young people. Kooth offers young people the opportunity to have a text-based conversation with a qualified counsellor. Counsellors are available from 12noon to 10pm on weekdays and 6pm to 10 pm at weekends, every day of the year on a drop-in basis. Young people can access regular booked online counselling sessions as needed. Outside counselling hours’ young people can message our team and get support by the next day. When young people register with Kooth they will have support available to them now and in the future. Support can be gained not only through counselling but articles, forums and discussion boards. All content is age appropriate, clinically approved and fully moderated.

To find out more visit:

Free School Meals vouchers
April 3, 2020, 9:34 am
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We are currently processing e-vouchers for parents for whom we provide term time free school meals for financial reasons, i.e. those for whom the school receives Pupil Premium money. Parents should receive further information electronically today. The vouchers will be issued from the commencement of the summer term, i.e. 20th April.

A thank you to staff
April 3, 2020, 9:10 am
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I wish to say a public thank you to the staff who have come in all week this week to keep the school open for children of key workers: Sue Crabtree, Andrea Sharples, Hilary Newton, Steph Young, Gaynor Peacock, Victoria Farrar, Sarah Patterson, Katie Cooper, Simon Fletcher and Val Hibbs.

Hey with Zion will stay open for the children of key workers throughout Easter, including Good Friday and Easter Monday, thanks to staff such as these.

Needless to say, nobody will take even one extra penny in wages.

A message to key workers
April 2, 2020, 9:34 am
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Dear Parents,

Numbers in school are rising. I wish to stress that every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

Please only send your child to school if it is absolutely necessary and your work is critical to the COVID-19 response.

If you are a key worker whose work is critical to the country’s Covid-19 response and you cannot provide safe care for your child any other way, we are privileged to look after your child while you fulfil your role. However your child should only be in school when you are at work: when you are at home, so should be your child.

The fewer the number of children in school, the better the NHS will be protected, the safer children and staff in school will be and the more lives are likely to be saved by reducing the risks of spreading the virus.

Every child who can be safely cared for at home should be, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.

Yours sincerely

Mr A Clowes


Free School Meal Vouchers
April 1, 2020, 10:27 am
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There has been talk in the media about school meal vouchers for children who, for financial reasons, are entitled to free school meals.

I was informed by Oldham Council yesterday afternoon that “The DfE … will contact schools directly with details of this scheme and an online portal schools can access directly.

As soon as the government contacts us with the details we shall act upon it as quickly as possible. We await the details.

Free coding
April 1, 2020, 9:25 am
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International Space Station Passing tonight
March 31, 2020, 1:37 pm
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… at 8.46 p.m. and 10.22 p.m.

What am I looking for? 

The ISS looks like a fast flying plane or a very bright star moving across the sky – but it doesn’t have flashing lights or change direction. 

Planes usually fly at approximately 600 miles per hour whereas the space station flies at 17,500 miles per hour.

It takes just 90 minutes to orbit the earth.

The Book Trust- bookish fun
March 31, 2020, 1:27 pm
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April Family Half Million Minute Reading Challenge
March 31, 2020, 1:22 pm
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Sports days, leavers’ parties and Year Six productions seem a long way off, but we still have books and in my opinion reading is the most important of all the academic work we do.

I’d like each family to take up an April Reading Challenge, where… if every one of our 300 children reads (or is read to) for 30 minutes per day every day in April (30 days), as a school we’ll have read…

300 x 30 x 30 = 270,000 minutes

And if the adults do as much as the children we’ll easily double that to make half a million minutes.

Please email your teachers to let them know if you’re prepared to take up the challenge and let them know from time to time how you’re getting on. You can even ask the teachers to join in!

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