‘Foundations for Life’

Alderbury and West Grimstead Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School

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Government Enforced Closure

On Wednesday 18 March, the Government announced blanket closures of all schools, apart from for certain groups of pupils, and I would like to inform you about how we will communicate with you and the work our teachers have set for the foreseeable future.  

Please keep this letter somewhere safe so that you can refer back to it! Please also be mindful that this is an ever changing picture and depending on the length of the enforced closure, our plans are subject to change.

What work will be set for my child?

The teachers are setting home learning using our normal school email distribution lists from the main school office, with a mixture of 'paper' activities. If you have informed us that your child does not have access to technology, then your child will be getting a 'paper' pack of activities. We have also set up a YouTube channel, where parents and pupils can watch videos set by the class teacher to help them with their own learning. In some cases, teachers may choose to record short videos demonstrating how to complete particular skills and tasks - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCekpAF1X82EOufOKPhMDshQ

We will be sending home "PowerMaths" workbooks, which the children can write in and also some blank exercise books for work to be completed in too.

Once completed, work can be scanned or photographed and sent back to the following email addresses, for your child’s class teacher to see and mark / provide feedback on, as appropriate. Please do bear in mind that staff themselves may also be ill over coming weeks and we are still required to keep the school open for certain groups of pupils, so feedback may sometimes be brief or there may be a delay. Work sent to the school will be reviewed by a member of staff and in most cases this will be your child’s normal teacher, but may be a different member of staff in the event of sickness.

Year Group

Please email your work to:

Year R


Year 1


Year 2


Year 3


Year 4


Year 5


Year 6


Children in Year 2 & 6 - SATs

Although the Government have announced that formal testing will not take place this summer, it is vital that pupils in our Year 2 & 6 cohorts continue to meet the objectives of the National Curriculum, so that they are not disadvantaged in their future education. We are currently setting up Office365 accounts for our pupils in these year groups, so that they can contact their class teacher for feedback on the work they have been given. Under Office365, pupils will also be able to have "live chat" with their teacher at a pre-agreed time. In order to comply with Safeguarding requirements, please be assured that this is a secure platform controlled by our school ICT provider.

What can I do if they complete all the work that is set?

Online educational publishers, such as Twinkl, have offered parents free access to all their resources for a period of one month to support continued learning at home. All you need to do is enter UKTWINKLHELPS to get started. Once on Twinkl, you should be able to access free Home Learning Packs for each primary year group. Each pack contains resources to help with distance learning.

For pupils who love science, the Children's University of Manchester website is an excellent interactive resource in which your child can browse a number of different science topics, which have a quiz at the end of each unit.

BBC Bitesize is an excellent online resource that provides students help with revision and learning. Here you will find a number of free videos, step-by-step guides, activities and quizzes by level and subject on every subject for students aged from three to 16 and over.

For those of you who enjoy making crafts with your child at home, Activity Village is a great resource for ideas and templates to develop creativity at home.

You may also like to go for some virtual tours around some museums in different parts of the world: https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours

You can also sign up for a 14-day free trial to access spelling and maths resources:

   * Spelling Shed    https://www.spellingshed.com

   * Maths Shed       https://www.mathshed.com

You may also find the following Maths resources useful: https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/free-home-learning-packs/

I would also encourage you to use the letterjoin website each day with your child: www.letterjoin.com so they can continue to develop their beautiful handwriting and presentation.

The School’s Username is: eg1773   Password: home

If accessing from a tablet the username is the same: eg1773

and the password is an “L” shaped finger swipe!

What if I need to contact my teacher/the school?

Whilst we are closed, should you have any questions or queries, please email them to the school office as normal: admin@alderbury.wilts.sch.uk Mrs Agland, will continue to monitor this address on a morning only basis. She will ensure that any queries are shared with the relevant teacher and will email you back as soon as possible.

Throughout the closure the school will be following all government guidelines, and it would be helpful if you could avoid contacting the school for anything other than emergencies or queries relating to your child's work.  

How will the school contact me?

All letters will be sent out in the normal way via our email distribution lists. Copies also go on the school website. Please also remember we have a school Facebook page, where we will post from time to time.


If you would like further information on the latest government guidance you can find more detail here.


Mr Thorpe


“Foundations for Life”