In the News
The Duchess of Cambridge to lead an online assembly on mental wellbeing among children
Tomorrow - 18th June 2020, the Duchess of Cambridge will lead an online assembly for the Oak National Academy during which she will speak about the importance of mental wellbeing among children. The theme of the Duchess’ assembly is ‘spread a little kindness’ and is based on a lesson plan which is available on the Mentally Healthy Schools platform. This platform was developed in collaboration with children’s mental health charity Place2Be and encourages children to explore ways in which they can show kindness and recognise the benefits of kindness to others.
The Mentally Healthy Schools platform can be accessed here:
The assembly will be live on the Oak National Academy website at 11am on Thursday 18 June and can be accessed here:
A recording of the assembly will be available to view on the Oak National Academy website following the event.
Early Help Early Years Family Leaflet Apr 2020
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Just look at how many people have supported this wonderful cause.
Look at all of our amazing pictures. Well done everyone!
We are continuing with WEAR A HAT DAY this year to support a charity very close to our hearts – Brain Tumour Research. Further information can be found via the link below:
This year we have a challenge!
If we can get one hundred photos of children or family members wearing a hat, Miss Bullock and Mrs Milnes will make a £50 donation to the charity on your behalf.
Please help us achieve this – send your photo of you wearing your hat to firstname.lastname@example.org by midday on Friday. Please adhere to social distancing and only have one per person on each photo. We will get all of the photos on the website so we can all see each other and we will also put the best pictures on our Moorhouse Twitter.
Hope you are all keeping well (and doing all of that learning from the website!)
Miss Bullock and the Moorhouse team.
Updated Government Guidance for School Closures - 23rd March
Should your child be in school? - 23rd March
Dear parents and carers,
Please be reminded that school is closed and only open to children of key workers that are critical to the fight against COVID-19 where alternative child care arrangements cannot be made. We are also open for our most vulnerable children who absolutely cannot be cared for at home.
As per Government guidance on 22nd March, children MUST be kept home if at all possible, even if they qualify to attend. The provision at school is only for emergencies if there is absolutely no other alternative. It is important that we do all we can to halt the spread of the virus and not put children’s or teacher’s health at risk. Everyone is SAFER AT HOME.
We currently have too many children who qualify for provision – some of these families have an adult either not working or working from home. If this is you, you must keep your child at home. Children of critical key workers will be considered if those jobs cannot be done at home. Attendance for qualifying children is not compulsory and again, it has to be re-iterated that EVERONE IS SAFER AT HOME.
School are an emergency childcare provision for families who have no other choice and also qualify under the Government criteria. The whole point is to STOP the transmission of the virus – the whole country is going on lockdown and the Government are insisting that families are safer at home. Schools need to support the minimum number of pupils, with the minimum number of staff, so that the minimum number of people are exposed to risk. Please, please support us to keep all of our children, families and staff safe during this dangerous time.
We thank you for your continued support. Further guidance will be communicated to you via parent mail, website, parent text and school twitter. Please check the website for key Government guidance during the next few weeks.
As always, our commitment is to ensure that all of our children are safe. We thank you for your support in this.
May we also say again – stay safe and keep well. Please follow the Government guidance re social isolation and hand washing to ensure your family remains safe.
We will keep in touch and are thinking of you all always.
Miss Ellen Bullock
Additional School Closure Information - 20th March 2020
IMPORTANT COVID-19 (CORONAVIRSU) AND SCHOOL CLOSURE INFORMATION
PLEASE BE REMINDED THAT SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED AFTER TODAY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
As you may be aware however, school is able to offer provision for children identified as being in a vulnerable group or children of a critical key worker, as per guidance below:
Unless you receive a separate letter today informing you of being eligible for this provision, do not send your child to school on Monday.
If your child is eligible for free school meals, there will be another letter today explaining the arrangements.
May I take this opportunity to wish you all well. Please continue to stay updated via our school website, Parentmail, parent text and Moorhouse Twitter.
As always, if you have any queries then please email email@example.com or call 01706 642742. We are here as always and happy to help.
School Closure Update
Thursday 19th March 2020
Dear families of Moorhouse,
I am sure you are now aware that there was an announcement late yesterday that all schools across England have to close for the foreseeable future. This is to support the Government plan to control the COVID-19 / Corona Virus.
School will close on Friday 20th March at 3:00pm.
We are awaiting further clarity from the Department For Education (DfE) about the provision we will be offering for our vulnerable learners and those children of key workers, as well as provision for children entitled to free school meals. We will be in touch with relevant families as soon as we have further information.
All key information will continue to be available and will be updated regularly on our school website:
We will also continue to use our text and Parent Mail service, as well as Moorhouse Twitter, where possible. If you are not signed up then please do so as soon as you can. Please let us know if you have changed your phone number recently or if you did not receive a text from school today.
Although this will be quite a challenging and uncertain time for all of us, we would like to reassure you that if we follow the guidelines laid down by Public Health England, risks can be minimised. Please continue to do the following:
- Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds.
- Use a tissue to cough and sneeze into. Catch it Bin It Kill it.
- Use NHS online and 111 when necessary.
Please continue to keep updated via the following links, also live on our website:
We are committed as always that our children do not miss out on their schooling. You will find lots of helpful information and advice on our website including learning packs and links to online learning and resources.
It would really help if every day you could support your children to do the following:
- Practice times tables and number bonds
- Practice their spelling and do some writing
- Follow lines of enquiry to learn about topics
Here is a sample timetable that you may wish to use with your children if you are at home with them, including plenty of brain breaks.
9:00 - 9.30
Reading, focus on discussing the book
10:00 - 10.30
Maths – use links on website or play some maths games. There are also Assertive Mentoring maths activities (with parent answers too!)
11:00 - 11.30
Phonics, spelling and grammar – see links on website and also play some word games. Also see Grammar Hammer on website (with parent answers!)
12:30 - 1:30
Writing and practising hand writing. Writing about interesting things you have read together is valuable.
Look for links to our topic work on line, e.g knowloedge organisers and links via BBC bitesize. Further information and topics will follow over the coming weeks.
And of course – more reading. Play lots of board games and make learning as fun as possible.
There are lots of resources on the web site and all children will have their log in details to access TT Rockstars, Purple Mash, Education City and lots of other links. If you need further clarity, then please call or email school and ask.
We will endeavour to update work weekly in term time but please do be patient as we do not know which teachers will be redeployed and busy teaching and learning elsewhere as per Government plans. We also have, and may continue to have, a high level of staff illness but we will keep you as updated as much as we can. Please keep checking the website.
If you have paid for dinners or any trips, please be re-assured that all money will be refunded as soon as possible.
Please stay safe and look after each other. If you have any queries during the closure, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try and get back to you as soon as we can. I am sure we will all continue to ensure that our children are at the centre of all we do and that we maintain a sense of calm during this difficult time.
I will ensure I am available as much as possible over the next couple of days to try and answer any questions you may have.
Thank you all for your continued support.
Government / NHS Guidance
- COVID-19 symptoms = self-isolation for 7 days, inform school as soon as possible. NHS online advice
- If been in contact with a confirmed case = self-isolation for 14 days, inform school immediately. NHS online advice
- If anyone in family tests positive for COVID-19 = self-isolation as per NHS advice, inform school immediately.
- School will also be notified by Public Health England if any children test positive; risk assessments and further notification will immediately follow to ensure the whole school community remains safe.
If you have any questions
Please consult the following:
- School office on 01706 642742 if you have any questions about our response to this issue
- School website and school Twitter as well as Parentmail
- NHS.If you want to know more about the symptoms of coronavirus. If you think you or your child may have the symptoms, use NHS 111 online if at all possible before calling 111
- Department for Education’s coronavirus helpline: 0800 046 8687, if you have any questions about the government’s response to coronavirus in relation to schools.
- Government’s travel advice, if you want to know whether any upcoming trip or holiday you’re taking abroad should go ahead.
In light of the current issue, we have been asked to signpost you to the following websites for further guidance.
Looking after your Mental Health
It is vitally important that we look after each other and ourselves during this time.
Please click below to find out further information.