Cathedral

Primary School

College Square, Bristol BS1 5TS

0117 353 2052

admin@cathedralprimaryschool.org

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 Tuesday 20th October 2020

BCCS COVID-19 Update

Dear Parents & Carers,

Following on from the email sent last week, we have now been notified of another 2 positive cases in BCCS. These are in Year 7 & Year 13 and these year groups are now self-isolating.

Again, we would like to reassure you that BCCS and CPS operate in separate buildings and we will continue to monitor the situation as things arise.

Thank you for your continued support,
Mrs Yarnold
Headteacher

 Tuesday 13th October 2020

COVID-19 Update

Dear Parents / Carers,

As many of you will have heard, BCCS now have two confirmed cases of COVID 19. Year 12 and Y9 children have been asked to self-isolate.  

I want to assure you that we are still operating as two separate schools and continue to not use shared indoor spaces. 

We will continue to update if there are any additional cases confirmed at BCCS.

Thank you as always for your continued support,

Mrs Yarnold 
Headteacher

 Wednesday 23rd September 2020

Information for Parents & Carers

Dear Parents & Carers,

Attached are two useful documents that have been shared with us today from Bristol City Council and NHS Test & Trace.

Best wishes,
The CPS Office Team

School Outbreak FAQ for parents_2020.09.22

23rd September - PHE letter to parents and guardians

 Tuesday 22nd September 2020

Face Coverings 

Dear Parents & Carers,

In light of the current coronavirus alert level, and in order to further protect the vulnerable within our school community, from this afternoon we are asking all parents and carers who are able to wear a face coverings to do so when picking up or dropping off children.

Please be mindful that some individuals are unable to wear a masks due to medical reasons.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Cathedral Primary School

 Tuesday 15th September 2020

COVID-19 - Guide for Parents

Dear Parents & Carers

The school office has received many queries over the past few days over what action parents should take if their child becomes unwell. As such we thought it would be useful to share the recent guidance for parents with you. 

Bristol City Council have prepared the attached ‘Quick Guide for Parents’, detailing the steps you need to take if your child, or a member of your household, becomes unwell with the 3 main symptoms of coronavirus. A reminder that the NHS states the three main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature);

  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual);

  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.

For clarity at this time, if your child has an elevated temperature then you should keep them AND their siblings at home, until a test has been taken and a negative result returned.

If a child comes to school and develops any of the three main symptoms whilst at school, we will send the child (and his or her siblings) home immediately, and ask parents to follow guidance on testing as soon as possible.

If your child has other minor illness symptoms, such as a sore throat or runny nose, but does not show any of the 3 main symptoms, then they are able to attend school so long as they feel well enough to do so.

Please rest assured that our highest priority is for all children to attend school whenever they are safely able to do so; we are taking all possible steps to minimise disruption to learning, whilst maintaining a safe learning environment for all our pupils.

Kind regards,

Cathedral Primary School

Quick Guide for Parents re COVID and Attendance

 Tuesday 9th September 2020

Letter to Children - Start of Term

  

Dear Children,

Welcome back! We are all so excited to see you and have everyone together again at school. It's been such a long time, you must be really tall and grown up by now.


You might feel lots of different feelings today - excited, a little bit worried, a bit nervous, really happy ! All your teachers are here to keep you safe and make sure you have a lovely time now that you are back . 

 

Some things will be a bit different in school and we have some special rules to help keep everyone safe, these include:

  • How the classrooms look

  • Arrow stickers on the floor to show you where to go

  • Trying to give each other space and not touch each other

  • Eating lunch in your classrooms

  • Washing our hands often.

Don't worry about this, we are all here to help you learn the rules. We will all learn together and help each other.  Remember ! You are all awesome - every time you wash your hands and try to follow our keeping safe rules you are part of a GIGANTIC team helping everyone to stay safe and enjoy school.

If you have any questions or worries you can share them with us. 

  

There is another very important thing !  You must have fun !  Havsupeday!  

Best wishes, 

CPS team 

 Tuesday 9th September 2020

Letter to Parents - Start of Term 

Dear parents / carers,

I hope you are well and looking forward to the new school year. 

All staff are now all back in school making the final arrangements for the children’s return, and we hope that you and your children are looking forward to it as much as we are. I wrote you an update last week confirming the details of our plans to make the school as safe and welcoming as possible, and that letter can be found on the school website. 

Although your child/children may be excited to return to school we also understand that many children may be feeling anxious about the return. Tomorrow when they come to school we will need parents/carers to drop off children at the designated entrance for their child’s year group. Staff members will be on duty to welcome the children. Once inside, children will be directed by a staff member to their new classroom. Please be assured that we have lots of people available to guide and support your child when they come into school. The teachers have planned some lovely activities to make sure the children have a wonderful first day! 

We will continue to support the children’s well-being and provide opportunities for them to discuss and ask questions about the impact of the COVID-19 on our daily lives. The children will have time to understand with their class teacher why school routines have been altered. We want children to get back into their normal school routines and to feel happy, confident and safe. For any children who are experiencing difficulties with this transition back to school our Pastoral Team will be on hand to support. 

We have been extremely excited to watch the play equipment being installed over the summer. We know that when the children arrive tomorrow, they will be eager to explore this wonderful new play space. The children will get an opportunity to play on this each day for one of their playtime breaks. They will have the equipment rules explained to them before they go out to play. As we need to keep the site as safe as possible, we ask that the children do not use the play equipment before and after school. We would like all children to leave the site at the end of the day as quickly as possible. In order for us to manage social distancing we ask that you support us with this. Please remember to be punctual for your child’s drop-off and collection times. 

At the beginning and end of the day we will need parents / carers to spread out as much as possible. The children will now be collected from different parts of College Square. It is really important that teachers are able to safely lead their classes to the designated collection points. Please do not drive onto the Square.

Finally, I would like to assure you that we will continue to work hard to communicate with you. I realise that you have received a lot of information. As you are aware, Government guidance is updated regularly and we will make sure that any changes to how we operate the school will be shared with you. 

We are so looking forward to welcoming everyone into school tomorrow.

Kind regards,

Mrs Yarnold 

Friday 28th August 2020

CPS Parent Information

Dear Parents and Carers

We are very much looking forward to welcoming all of our children and families back to school and meeting the new reception children later in September.  We hope that you have continued to remain safe and well and have enjoyed the summer holidays despite the context we now find ourselves living in.

As you can imagine, we have been working hard behind the scenes on the preparations to ensure that the return to school in September is well coordinated and managed with the safety and wellbeing of our children and staff our highest priority.

In this letter, we would like to update you on the new measures we have put in place and also about some changes you may notice to our school site. This is in addition to the document entitled “Information for Parents and Carers” which has been issued by the Trust. 

School day times and locations

Please have a look at the list below for details on where your child/children should enter and exit the school. We are aware that some families may be required to collect children from different locations, teachers will be mindful of that. We ask that you are as punctual as possible and keep to government guidelines with social distancing to ensure that things run smoothly and safely. 

 

EYFS

  • Enter School - 8.45am - 9.00am via the EYFS Gate (please do not enter the Reception garden) 

  • Leave School - 3.15pm via the EYFS Gate

Year 1

  • Enter School - 8.45am - 9.00am via the main entrance doors

  • Leave School - 3.20pm via the main entrance doors

Year 2

  • Enter School - 8.45am - 9.00am via the main entrance doors

  • Leave School - 3.25pm via the main entrance doors

Year 3 & Year 4

  • Enter School - 8.45am - 9.00am via the 'Staff Entrance' doors. (side doors near the Cathedral archway with 'staff entrance' written on them)

  • Leave School - 3.25pm from the Tump. Parents please 'distance' gather at the bottom of the Tump. Children will be lined up with teachers on the slope (next to the Tump) and will be sent through once the teacher has seen the parent and made eye contact.  

Year 5

  • Enter School - 8.40am - 9.00am via the 'Staff Entrance' doors. (side doors near the Cathedral archway with 'staff entrance' written on them)

  • Leave School - 3.30pm. Collect from the large wooden doors outside Bristol Cathedral side entrance. Class teachers will bring the children over to the doors and line them up. Only then will they begin to dismiss the children once they have see a parent. 

Year 6

  • Enter School 8.40am - 9.00am via the 'Staff Entrance' doors. (side doors near the Cathedral archway with 'staff entrance' written on them)  

  • Leave School - 3.35pm via staff entrance doors. Please 'distance' wait on the new paved area outside of the staff entrance doors and children will be sent out to you once you are seen using radio contact to the classroom.


Breakfast Club and After School Club  

We will be running Breakfast Club starting as normal at 7.45am. This will begin on Monday 14th September.  If your child is in EYFS or KS1 they will be having Breakfast Club in the main hall and you should use the main entrance for drop off.  

If your child is in KS2, they will be having Breakfast Club in the small hall and children should use the side “Staff Entrance” doors located near the archway on the side of the school building.  A member of staff will be on duty at that entrance to welcome the children. 

Within the halls, children will also be separated into their year group bubbles.

 

New Booking System for Breakfast Club

To book your child into Breakfast Club you will need to log onto a new online booking system. This is the same system used to book your Parents Evening slots. 

Children cannot attend Breakfast Club unless they have booked in advance. 

We are still in the process of setting this up. Sorry for any inconvenience and we hope to have this booking system live very shortly. 

 

School Lunches

Our school meals provider changed over the summer holidays and our new caterers are Impact Food Group.

With the continuing uncertainty of COVID-19 the decision was made to continue with a packed lunch only option for Term 1. This will be reassessed towards the end of the first term and a further decision will be made about Term 2. Packed lunches can either be provided from home or booked online should you choose a school packed lunch.

ALL MEALS MUST NOW BE BOOKED ONLINE AND PAID FOR IN ADVANCE. 

THIS APPLIES TO EVERY CLASS IN EVERY YEAR GROUP. 

The deadline for booking meals is midnight on a Saturday. You can book one week at a time or a whole term should you choose to do so.

Children will not be asked in the morning for their meal choice as this will have already been done online and in advance by you. Please make sure you choose what you child will want to eat as meal choices cannot be changed on the day.

 

Expectations at school

We have carried out risk assessments in school and have a detailed action plan to minimise the risk of spreading of Covid in School.  Whilst we want school to be as normal as possible, staff have undergone training on our Covid Protocol and we will be teaching the children about the changes made within school.  Below is a short summary of the changes that your children will experience in school 

  • Year Group Bubbles - for teaching and learning children will have a group of adults to work with and will have interaction with the other class in their year group for lessons.  This group is known as their Year Group Bubble.  Children will have all lessons, playtimes and lunchtimes with this group only.  They will not have interactions with other children within the school. 

  • Bubbles for playtimes and lunchtimes  - the children will be in a larger group.  These groups will be EYFS, Year 1&2, Year 3&4, Year 5&6.  There will be designated play areas for these groups which will be operated  on a rota system

  • EYFS & KS1 book bags only - your child should bring their book bag to school each day.  These will be stored in the classroom in a designated place, so that they are accessible for 1:1 reading.  Please do not allow your child to bring a bag or additional items from home into school e.g. toys etc

  • KS2 NO Bags - please do not bring your child’s larger rucksack into school at this time. If your child has a book bag please bring it.  If not, their class teacher will provide them with a plastic wallet to store their reading book and homework in. 

  • Water Bottles - please ensure that your child has a water bottle clearly labelled.  This should be taken home each day, washed and replenished for the next day

  • Individual stationery - children will have a set of stationery resources in the tray under their table, we are seeking to limit the resources that are shared in school

  • Pegs out of use - children will keep their coat on the back of their chair and no other items will be stored on pegs

  • Packed Lunches - children will be eating their packed lunch at their table in the classroom and will have an outside playtime either before or after this

  • To limit contact - parents and carers will not be allowed to enter the building unless for emergency reasons or for a pre-booked appointment

  • School uniform - children should return to school in full school uniform

  • Uniform on PE days - children may arrive in their PE kit on their PE day and are NOT required to change out of it afterwards


Summer Updates

It’s been a very busy summer at Cathedral Primary School with various new builds taking place. Below is a snapshot of what’s been happening. 

 

Our new classroom

The finishing touches are just being made to our new classroom. This is located under the children’s area of the Central Library and will be used by Mr Byron and Miss Veuve’s Year 4 Class and is called Motown Class. 

 

Our new playground

Touchwood have been working hard through a heat wave, thunder storms, gale force winds and torrential rain to provide us with our new play equipment. It’s been really exciting watching it evolve and we can’t wait to see the children’s faces when they return to school. We are assured it will be completed by the start of term. 

 

Removal of the parking bays & pavement widening 

The small amount of paid parking bays that were located on College Square have now been removed and the widening of the pavement in this area is almost complete. This will give us some much needed gathering space for families arriving with children using the ‘staff entrance’ doors. 

We would also like to remind everyone not to drive onto College Square when dropping off or picking up. There is now nowhere to turn around and due to the new collection arrangements at the end of the day, any cars entering the square are likely to be a cause of concern to pupil and parent safety. 

 
Finally, we would once again like to thank you all for your support during this difficult time. We are very excited about having the children back at school. We know that this may be an anxious time for some of you but would like to assure you that we are doing as much as possible to make our school a happy and safe place. 

We look forward to working with all in this academic year.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Sara Yarnold

 

CST Information for Parents & Carers September 2020

 Friday 17th July 2020

CPS Updates  

Dear Parents & Carers,


Term may have ended but we still have lots going on behind the scenes at school. Below are a few updates.


New Staff:
We would like to welcome Jessica Hufford to CPS. She will be joining our team in September as our new Year 3 teacher. Miss Hufford will be in Country Class and is very much looking forward to meeting her class and their families. 


We would also like to welcome Cara Parry and Lisa Mackay to CPS. They will be part of our Learning Support Assistant (LSA) team. 

 

Lunches in September:
Our school meals provider will be changing over the summer holidays and our new caterers will be Impact Food Group.

With the continuing uncertainty of COVID-19 we have made the decision to continue with a packed lunch only option for Term 1. This will be reassessed towards the end of first term and a further decision will be made about Term 2. Packed lunches can either be provided from home or booked online should you choose a school packed lunch.

ALL MEALS MUST NOW BE BOOKED ONLINE AND PAID FOR IN ADVANCE. 
THIS APPLIES TO EVERY CLASS IN EVERY YEAR GROUP. 

The deadline for booking meals is midnight on a Saturday. You can book one week at a time or a whole term should you choose to do so.
Children will not be asked in the morning for their meal choice as this will have already been done online and in advance by you. Please make sure you choose what you child will want to eat as meal choices cannot be changed on the day. 

Please click on the link below for information about Impact Food Group, a sample packed lunch menu and a guide to ordering meals online.


School Meals


You will not be able to book meals just yet as we are still in the process of setting everything up.

New Reception parents. You will be sent a username and password for Parent Pay later in the summer. 

 

Breakfast Club:
We are in the process of setting up a new online booking system for Breakfast Club. As the school has grown so has the need for breakfast provision. We only have limited space and therefore any child using Breakfast Club MUST be booked online and in advance. We cannot accept any children who turn up in the morning and who have not been booked in.

We will send out more information on this in due course. 

 

School Texts:
From September CPS will be using text messaging as a form of communication. Please make sure we have your up to date numbers. Text will go to 1 primary contact. If you would like to check which contact we have listed a ‘primary’ please contact the school in September. For parents who do not live together, we can arrange for both parents to receive the messages. We will just add these manually in the office. This will also be done in September. 

 

Shine:
Shine will continue to run at CPS from September. They will be coming to school for a site visit in August. They will be looking at spaces across the school and working on their risk assessment. The Shine booking system will be made available later in the summer. 

 

Summer Works at CPS:
College Square. Anyone passing will have seen that work has begun on the road on College Square. The parking spaces have been removed and the council are now starting to widen the pavement and add further paving detail across the road.


Touchwood have begun building the play equipment off site and are due to begin construction on site soon. 
Additional classroom. The contractors are on site and work has begun. Mr Byron is looking forward to his new classroom and new class name, Motown Class! 

 

Uniform:
Don’t forget to read the updated information regarding purchasing any new uniform this summer. Please click on the link below for more detail.
CPS Uniform 

 

Useful Information:  
Life After Lockdown. One of our school Governors, Dr Will Shield, has been answering questions on Newsround on life after lockdown and the worries that some children may have.
Life After Lockdown

Think U Know. Below is a link that has been created to support parents during Covid-19 and the closure of schools. Each fortnight, they will be releasing a new presentation for parents and carers to help with online safety at home.
Think U Know

 

Healthy Holidays. Advice and ideas for recipes, food ideas and support for children and families.
Families in Focus. Activities and information to keep families occupied over the summer break.
Both of these links can be found on our Pastoral page, link below. 
CPS Pastoral Care 

Chandos Art. Our Art Club provider Emma Wreyford has put together some ‘how to’ videos over the lockdown period and has decided to put them all on to a YouTube channel. Take a look for some tips and ideas.
Chandos Art

 

If there are any significant Government updates over the summer holidays we will of course keep you informed. 

 

I hope you all have a restful and safe summer break. 

 

Best wishes,
Emily Piti

 Monday 13th July 2020

Letter from Cathedral Schools Trust

Dear Parents & Carers,

Please see attached letter from Cathedral Schools Trust.

Best wishes,
CPS Office Team  

Letter to Parents July 2020

 Monday 6th July 2020

Food Bank and Free School Meals

Dear Parents/Carers

We know many families may be facing financial difficulties due to the current situation and in response to this we are also able to make an online referral to the local food banks for families who are worried they may not be able to obtain food over the summer holidays due to financial pressure.

Once the referral has been received the food bank will be in contact with you to arrange a delivery, they will provide approximately a weeks worth of food for each family. 

If you would like us to make a referral please send an email to admin@cathedralprimaryschool.org, we need to know the following in order to complete the form -

  • The number of adults and children in your household

  • Reason for referral - Low income / change in benefits / Sickness or ill health / any other reason

  • Dietary needs - Vegetarian / Halal / Diabetic / allergies

  • Do you require baby essentials? - Nappies / Baby formula

  • Do you require Pet food?

  • Area you live in 

Please send us this information as soon as possible in order for us to get the referrals completed before the end of term, any referral requests sent over the holidays may take a little longer to process as the email account will not be monitored daily.

If you haven't already please also make an application for Free School Meals through the following link - CPS Free School Meals . You should receive an instant reply showing your eligibility status, if you feel this may be incorrect please provide the office with any relevant benefit documents in order for us to assess this for you. The system automatically updates every week so if your circumstances happen to change over the upcoming period we will be notified of your eligibility to Free School Meals.  

We do have a few supermarket vouchers available for those families in need, again please send us an email if you would like to be considered for one of these.

Best Wishes

CPS Office Team

 Friday 3rd July 2020

CPS Newsletter

Dear Parents & Carers,

Attached is the final Newsletter for this term.

Have a lovely summer.

Take care,

CPS Office Team  

CPS Newsletter No.11

 Friday 26th June 2020

CPS Newsletter

Dear Parents & Carers,

Attached is the Newsletter for this week.

Have a lovely weekend.

Take care,

Emily Piti

CPS Newsletter No.10

 Friday 19th June 2020

CPS Newsletter 

Dear Parents & Carers,

Attached is the Newsletter for this week.

Shine have also just released their summer activities and holiday clubs. Information can be found via the link below.


SHINE Holiday Clubs
 
Have a lovely weekend.

Take care,
Emily Piti

CPS Newsletter No.9

 Thursday 11th June 2020

School Update 

Dear Parents and Carers,

Many of you will have heard this week that the Secretary of State for Education clarified the position regarding the full opening of primary schools before the end of term. He accepted that schools cannot welcome back all children.

This week we welcomed back some Year 6 pupils. From Monday 15th June we have offered part-time places to Year 1 and Reception families. This is in line with the guidance that school’s received to prioritise these year groups. 

The school has implemented social distancing measures and many of our classrooms can only accommodate 9 to 10 children. We also have a reduced number of staff who are able to be at school. With these factors determining how the school functions we are unable to open to further year groups this term. 

We want to assure you that the Year 2/3/4/5 teaching teams will continue to provide high quality home learning. The staff work creatively to ensure that children are provided with appropriate tasks which are regularly responded to. We continue to be impressed with how hard your children are working and would like to thank you for all the support you are providing. Please continue to keep in touch with us if you have any worries or concerns. The Pastoral and SEND team are available:

pastoral@cathedralprimaryschool.org

senco@cathedralprimaryschool.org

I also want to assure you that staff are planning for transition. Towards the end of this term there will be tasks set on Seesaw which are focused on moving children to their new class. Teachers will be sending video clips and messages so that children feel reassured about who their new teachers are going to be and what classrooms they will be in. 

We understand that this is a difficult time for children and want you to know that although many of our children are not at school that we are thinking about them lots. We will continue to think about whole schools projects and ways in which we can communicate with you to celebrate the achievements of this year. You will be receiving a school report for your child at the end of this term. 

We will of course keep you updated about arrangements for September as soon as we are given guidance. 

We hope that you are all keeping well and safe,

 

Kind regards,

Sara Yarnold 

 Friday 5th June 2020

CPS Newsletter

Dear Parents & Carers,

Attached is the Newsletter for this week.

Also, we have some rather talented and creative singing staff. Miss Kelly organised a fantastic rendition of One Day More, supported by many members of the CPS staff. Mr Byron has also been keeping his class entertained with his very own Country Class Corona Blues. These songs are now on the website, click on the link below to view, listen and smile.

CPS Music Page 

Have a lovely weekend,

Take care,

Emily

CPS Newsletter No.7

 Thursday 4th June 2020

Year 1 Information for parents/carers on return to school

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for completing our initial survey on returning to school, this has helped us gain a picture of the numbers of children planning to attend school.  As you can imagine we have been busy planning the processes and procedures with the Trust and at school.  

The Board of Trustees will be meeting today - until this has happened we cannot guarantee that school will open to more children. However, we have made detailed plans (including extensive consultation with health and safety advisors) about how to open to a wider group of pupils. 

We are now planning to offer Year 1 children a place at school for two days a week.  This will be every Monday and Tuesday commencing on Monday 15th June

 

What to do next?

Before the children return, if you have chosen for them to do so, there are three tasks that we need you to complete. 

  1. Please read the rest of this letter to understand the specifics of return at Cathedral Primary School

  2. Please read the attached Trust guidance which has been compiled for all schools within the Trust (please note the guidance is slightly different on uniform for our school)

  3. Please complete the google form below by 7pm on Monday 8th June.  This is a Health and Safety requirement before your child can be offered a place to return to school. Your child will not be able to return to school unless this form has been completed

  • Year 1 Wider Opening of CPS 

  1. If you do not wish your child to return to school you do not need to do anything

  2. If your child was previously attending school in the Key Worker/Vulnerable group and you need a full time place, your child will need to remain with the key worker groups and not be part of the Year 1 groups. Please email the office if this is the case. 


If you take up the offer of the place, then we will expect your child to attend school every Monday and Tuesday until the end of term. After the first week, pupils from other year groups may also be joining us in school. The risk assessment will be continuously reviewed and we may be inviting children from Reception once the Year 1 groups have settled. 

Drop off and Pick up times

School drop-off will start at 08:45am. Before your child starts school, we will inform you of which entrance they will use to enter the building . There will be clear markings for parents whilst waiting for their child to enter school.  You should not stand in groups with other parents.  As there will be a staff member on the door, you can leave your child on arrival .  Children will be directed to enter the building at safe intervals.  Parents will not be allowed into the school building.

 

Year 1 will leave the building at the designated entry and exit point at 3:15pm.  This will be either the main entrance or the EYFS garden.  Please note, there will be no vehicle access to the Square from Anchor Road, so please consider, if arriving by car, where you can safely park. 

Timetable for the day

Based on the number of responses we receive, we will be allocating your child to a group.  This group will be no more than 15 children and will have two members of staff. Once assigned to a group, children will not move from that group or mix with the other group at any point in the school day. Children will be shown to their group and their deskspace by their teacher on the first day. The members of staff allocated will remain the same on a weekly basis. Please note that your child will be with a known member of staff from the Year 1 or EYFS team but it may not be their class teacher. Class Teachers continue to plan the learning for all of the children in Year 1. We will be using the reception and Year 1 classrooms. 

 

It will not surprise you to hear that we will be operating on reduced staffing capacity as we still have staff who are shielding, self-isolating or unable to attend for other reasons because of the current set of circumstances.  In the same way that many of you will be anxious and possibly even fearful about schools re-opening, understandably some of our staff feel the same way.  We need to maintain their confidence as well as yours as we start to return to school-based learning.  Clearly, we will also need staffing capacity to provide home learning for those who will not be in school during term six. Below you will find the timetable for Year 1.

 

Lunchtime arrangements

We will not be providing a hot meal option.  Chartwells, our lunchtime provider, will be preparing packed lunches for children with a choice of sandwich fillings.  The admin team will be in touch to find out whether you wish to order a school packed lunch under the Universal Free School Meals offer, or whether you wish your child to bring in a packed lunch from home.  Children will be eating their packed lunches in their classroom before going out to a designated play area for their group for 30 minutes. 

What your child needs to bring

Please ensure that your child brings a clearly named water bottle. Refills will be available throughout the day. Children should not bring toys, stationery, books or any bags into school.  Please ensure these are clearly labelled and can stay in school. Any belongings that your children bring in will be stored underneath their designated table and not on pegs.

 

Please do not send any food to school with your child to share with others. Your child may bring their own packed lunch to school but please remind them not to share any food or accept any food or beverages from others. Children will not be sent home with school resources.  Please ensure children are in school uniform, or school PE kit, but this must be laundered daily. 

PE and Forest School

We are planning to use the outdoors as much as possible.  Mr Baynton is planning to teach PE outdoors each Tuesday afternoon.  Please ensure your child is wearing a suitable kit on Tuesdays.  There may be some forest school sessions planned and we will be communicating the dates for these later in the term. 

Remote Learning

We have been able to provide high-quality remote education opportunities or programmes through Seesaw over recent weeks. Now that we will be opening more widely, larger numbers of staff will be needed to provide face-to-face teaching at school. Work will still be set on Seesaw but you may see the number of activities reduce slightly. 

 

Kind regards, 

Sara Yarnold

CST Information Brochure

 Wednesday 3rd June 2020 

IMPORTANT - Lunch information for Year 6's

Dear Parent/Carer,

 

Please click on this link to read important information about lunch times for Year 6 students returning to school.

 

Many thanks,

CPS Admin Team

 Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

As you can imagine we have been busy planning the processes and procedures with the Trust and at school for the wider reopening of the school to Year 6, Year 1 and Reception.  We wanted to provide more information on how this will affect the running of the school. 

To continue to attend school in the key worker group there are four tasks that we need you to complete.

What to do next?

  1. Please read the rest of this letter to understand the specifics of how the groups operate.
  2. Please read the attached Trust guidance which has been compiled for all schools within the Trust (please note the guidance is slightly different on uniform for our school)
  3. Please complete the attached google form by Friday 5th June (Key Worker Wider Opening of CPS). This is a Health and Safety requirement that we are now required to do. Your child will not be able to return to school on Tuesday 9th June if this form has not been completed. 
  4. If your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 6, you will need to make a decision on whether you would prefer your child to remain in the key worker group (attending as many days as you require) or whether you wish your child to join their class groups.  Please note, if you wish your child to join their class groups, it has been necessary for us to offer a part-time basis. We are planning to offer two days a week for Reception and Year 1 and four days a week for year 6.  

Parents who have completed the questionnaire will be able to continue to bring their children to school from Tuesday 9th June. Please note the school is closed to all children on Monday 8th June.

Drop off and Pick up times
School drop-off will start at 08:45am. Key worker groups will enter the building via the main entrance.  There will be spaces clearly marked on the pavement running from the bottom of the steps up to the arch.  Your child should stand on the floor marker, and then you should move away.  You should not stand in groups with other parents.  As there will be a staff member on the door, you can leave your child once they are standing on a spot.  Children will be directed to enter the building at safe intervals.  Parents will not be allowed into the school building.

Key worker children will leave the building via the same route but the times will now be staggered. 
Key worker A - EYFS/Y1 = 3:20 - Main entrance
Key worker B - Y2/Y3 = 3:25 - Main entrance
Key worker C - Y4/Y5/Y6 = 3:30 - Main entrance

Please note, there will be no vehicle access to the Square from Anchor Road, so please consider, if arriving by car, where you can safely park. 
Timetable for the day

Key Worker children will now be grouped into three  smaller groups.  We will be using Opera, Country and Soul class.  Each group will have a teacher and a teaching assistant.  Once assigned to a group, children will not move from that group or mix with the other group at any point in the school day. Children will be shown to their group and their deskspace by their teacher on the first day. 

Lunchtime arrangements
Chartwells, our lunchtime provider, will be preparing packed lunches for children with a choice of sandwich fillings.  Those children eligible for free school meals will receive this free of charge. If your child is in Key Stage 1 they will still be entitled to a packed lunch with no charge under the universal free school meal offer.   For everyone else, this can be provided for the normal cost of a school lunch. The admin team will be providing you with further details on how to order this. Children will be eating their packed lunches in their classroom before going out to a designated play area for their group for 30 minutes. 
What your child needs to bring
Please ensure that your child brings a clearly named water bottle. Refills will be available throughout the day. Children should not bring toys, stationery, books or any bags into school. Any belongings that your children bring in will be stored underneath their designated table and not on pegs.

Please do not send any food to school with your child to share with others. Your child may bring their own packed lunch to school but please remind them not to share any food or accept any food or beverages from others. Children will not be sent home with school resources.  Please ensure children are in school uniform, or school PE kit, but this must be laundered daily. 

PE and Forest School
We are planning to use the outdoors as much as possible.  There will be some PE and Forest school sessions. For Forest School we will be using the forest school overalls so there is no need for the children to have different clothing. Mr Baynton will be teaching PE outside on a Wednesday afternoon. Please make sure that your child is wearing suitable shoes for these activities. 

Remote Learning
We have been able to provide high-quality remote education opportunities or programmes through Seesaw over recent weeks. Now that we will be opening more widely, larger numbers of staff will be needed to provide face-to-face teaching at school. Work will still be set on Seesaw but the number of activities may need to be reduced. 

Kind regards,
Sara Yarnold
 Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Year 6 Information for Parents/Carers

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for completing our initial survey on returning to school, this has helped us gain a picture of the numbers of children planning to attend school.  As you can imagine we have been busy planning the processes and procedures with the Trust and at school.  

The Board of Trustees will be meeting this Thursday - until this has happened we cannot guarantee that school will open to more children. However, we have made detailed plans (including extensive consultation with health and safety advisors) about how to open to a wider group of pupils. 

What to do next?

Before the children return, if you have chosen for them to do so, there are three tasks that we need you to complete.

  1. Please read the rest of this letter to understand the specifics of return at Cathedral Primary School

  2. Please read the attached Trust guidance which has been compiled for all schools within the Trust (please note the guidance is slightly different on uniform for our school)

  3. Please complete the attached google form by 7pm on Wednesday 3rd June  (Schools Wider-Opening). This is a Health and Safety requirement before your child can be offered a place to return to school. Your child will not be able to return to school unless this form has been completed

  4. If you do not wish your child to return to school you do not need to do anything

  5. If your child was previously attending school in the Key Worker/Vulnerable group and you need a full time place, your child will need to remain with the key worker groups and not be part of the Year 6 groups. Please email the office if this is the case. 

Parents who have completed the questionnaire will be able to bring their children to school in the first week on Tuesday 9th, Thursday 11th and Friday 12th of June, if approval is given by the Trustees.  Then the following week the pattern will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. This pattern will continue to the end of term. If you take up the offer of the place, then we will expect your child to attend school each day we are open. After the first week, pupils from other year groups may also be joining us in school. We will be continuously reviewing our risk assessment and use this to plan for the number of pupils returning. 

Drop off and Pick up times

School drop-off will start at 08:40am. Year 6 children will enter the building via the side entrance near the archway.  There will be spaces clearly marked on the pavement running from the bottom of the steps up to the arch.  Your child should stand on the floor marker, and then you should move away.  You should not stand in groups with other parents.  As there will be a staff member on the door, you can leave your child once they are standing on a spot.  Children will be directed to enter the building at safe intervals.  Parents will not be allowed into the school building.

Year 6 will leave the building via the same route at 3:30pm.  A staff member will supervise the door, and will radio through to the classrooms when they see a parent arrive. Your child will be sent out to you. Please ensure safe distancing from other parents when you are waiting to collect. 


If you already had an arrangement for your child to leave school without being collected by a parent e.g. with an older sibling, to meet you where you have parked, or alone; this can still apply, but obviously this is not recommended under the current circumstances.  

Please note, there will be no vehicle access to the Square from Anchor Road, so please consider, if arriving by car, where you can safely park. 

Timetable for the day

Below you will find the timetable for Year 6. It will not surprise you to hear that we will be operating on reduced staffing capacity as we still have staff who are shielding, self-isolating or unable to attend for other reasons because of the current set of circumstances.  In the same way that many of you will be anxious and possibly even fearful about schools re-opening, understandably some of our staff feel the same way.  We need to maintain their confidence as well as yours as we start to return to school-based learning.  Clearly, we will also need staffing capacity to provide home learning for those who will not be in school during term six.

 

Children will be grouped into two smaller groups.  We will be using Choral classroom and Blues classroom.  Each group will have a teacher and a teaching assistant.  Once assigned to a group, children will not move from that group or mix with the other group at any point in the school day. Children will be shown to their group and their deskspace by their teacher on the first day. 

Lunchtime arrangements

We will not be providing a hot meal option.  Chartwells, our lunchtime provider, will be preparing packed lunches for children with a choice of sandwich fillings.  Those children eligible for free school meals will receive this free of charge.  For everyone else, this can be provided for the normal cost of a school lunch. The admin team will be providing you with further details on how to order this. Children will be eating their packed lunches in their classroom before going out to a designated play area for their group for 30 minutes. 

What your child needs to bring

Please ensure that your child brings a clearly named water bottle. Refills will be available throughout the day. Children should not bring toys, stationery, books or any bags into school. If your child does have a pair of headphones/earphones that they can bring in from home, this would be useful.  Please ensure these are clearly labelled and can stay in school. Any belongings that your children bring in will be stored underneath their designated table and not on pegs.

 

Please do not send any food to school with your child to share with others. Your child may bring their own packed lunch to school but please remind them not to share any food or accept any food or beverages from others. Children will not be sent home with school resources.  Please ensure children are in school uniform, or school PE kit, but this must be laundered daily. 

PE and Forest School

We are planning to use the outdoors as much as possible.  Mr Baynton is planning to teach PE outdoors each Friday afternoon.  Please ensure your child is wearing a suitable kit on Fridays.  There will be some forest school sessions planned and we will be communicating the dates for these later in the term. 

Remote Learning

We have been able to provide high-quality remote education opportunities or programmes through Seesaw over recent weeks. Now that we will be opening more widely, larger numbers of staff will be needed to provide face-to-face teaching at school. Work will still be set on Seesaw but will be limited to English and Maths. 

 

Kind regards, 

Sara Yarnold

CST Information Brochure

 Monday 1st June 2020

Virtual Summer Games

Dear Parents, Carers and Children, 

I have really enjoyed both reading about and seeing all the different ways our community has been keeping active during the last 10 weeks. However, I’m sure everyone in the school shares my disappointment that we will not be able to enjoy our traditional CPS sports days together this year. I thought it would be great to get involved in a sports event all together from our homes.

Wesport (the West of England active partnership) have organised a ‘Virtual Summer Games’, which has been launched this week. A new activity will be introduced at the start of each week and you will have to practice it and see how much you can improve your personal best. At the end of the week you enter your best score into an online form and the more CPS entries we have, the more points we earn! You can even send pictures or videos of you completing the challenge if you like. The ‘Virtual Summer Games’ will last for 5 weeks and will finish on Tuesday 7th July with a celebration when the most active school will be announced.

All the information about the events and video instructions can be found on the Wesport site:

WESPORT 

The entry forms are accessed:

West of England's Virtual Summer School Games 

Please find attached the flyer and instructions for the week 1 activity, which begins today.

 

Your Sincerely,

Mr Baynton

 Friday 22nd May 2020

CPS Newsletter

Dear Parents & Carer,

Please see the attached Newsletter for this week.

Have a lovely half term.

Take care,
CPS Office Team 

CPS No.6 Newsletter 

 Thursday 21st May 2020

Applying for Free School Meals

Dear Parents and Carers,

As lockdown continues, we understand that many of you will be finding yourself in drastically different financial circumstances. In light of a change of circumstances, you may have applied for state benefits or may be considering doing so. If your household income is below a certain level and you are in receipt of any of the following you may have become eligible for Free School Meals:

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • The guaranteed element of Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit (provided youre not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)

  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)

Please complete the online eligibility CPS FSM Eligibility Checker  as soon as possible and we will be notified when this has been processed, usually within 24 hours. If eligible, we will add your child to the free school meals register and provide you with food vouchers.  Any information received as a result of any application will be treated as confidential.

Kind Regards,

CPS Admin Team

 Tuesday 19th May 2020

CST Letter to Parents


Dear Parents & Carers,

 

Please see the attached letter from Cathedral Schools Trust.

 

Best wishes,
CPS Office Team 

CST Letter to Parents 

 Friday 15th May 2020

CPS Newsletter

Dear Parents & Carers,

Attached is the Newsletter for this week.

Have a lovely weekend,

Take care,

Emily

CPS Newsletter No.5

 Tuesday 12th May 2020

Possible reopening of the school to more pupils in June

Dear Parents and Carers, 

I am sure that you will have been following the news and will be aware of the announcement on Sunday that the government believes it may be in a position to begin the phased reopening of primary schools on 1st June, beginning with Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.

We are waiting for further guidance and clarification from the government, which will help us create an action plan for our phased reopening. We’ll share this with you as soon as possible so you know what the school’s reopening will look like in practice. However, I want to reassure you that we, together with the Cathedral Schools Trust Central Team have already begun to consider our approach to any changes.  

I appreciate that many of you will be feeling anxious about the announcement and will have questions about how we can safely return to school.  I will be in touch with you as soon as possible to provide more detail and to make sure that you are informed of plans in place to support the health and wellbeing of children, families and staff as we move forward.

In the meantime, although some people have been encouraged to return to work, currently school remains open only for children of key workers and vulnerable children previously identified.

We’d like to thank you for your continuous support in helping your child learn from home. We’ll need to keep going with this for a while yet, so please do continue to do what you can and stay in touch with us about how your child is doing.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

 

With best wishes,

Sara Yarnold

 Monday 11th May 2020

National Thank a Teacher Day

Dear Parents & Carers,

May 20th is National Thank A Teacher Day. It will mark a moment when we, as a nation, can come together to say thank you to teachers across the country who are making a difference not only now during these unprecedented times, but every day of the year.

The Teaching Awards Trust in partnership with the DfE and other education partners, are asking as many people as possible to share their message of thanks, ideally in a video clip leading up to the day. This will be in an expression of their choosing - singing a song/miming to a song of thanks to their teacher, writing and/or reciting a poem, or sharing a picture of a drawing. For more information visit:

Thank a Teacher Day 

Children will also be invited to download and colour in the poster from the 'Thank a Teacher' website - link below.

Thank a Teacher Poster 

 

#ThankATeacher 

#HowWillYouSayThankYou

 

Best wishes and take care,

CPS Office Team

 Friday 1st May 2020

CPS Newsletter 

Dear Parents & Carers,

Attached is this week's Newsletter.

There will be no Newsletter next week due to the Bank Holiday weekend.

Have a lovely weekend.

Take care and stay safe,

Emily

CPS Newsletter No.4

 Wednesday 29th April 2020

School Nurse Service 

Dear Parents & Carers,

Please find attached information from the School Nurse Service, who are operating a daily telephone helpline and are keen to talk to any families who might want help or advice across a wide range of issues (see poster for more details).  

We are also including information about the Food Package Helpline who are a different organisation to North Bristol Foodbank, and are providing food boxes to families in need.

Thank you,
Lizzie Snelling
SENCO

School Nurse Service

Food Package Helpline 

 Monday 27th April 2020

Virtual Concert 

Dear Parents & Carers,

Please see email from Mr Nicholls, Director of Specialism at BCCS.

Take care,

CPS Admin Team

 

Dear CPS,

We may be physically apart, but we can still make music!

Here’s your chance to take part in a virtual concert - get involved!

Please see attached details of how you can take part.

 

The deadline for the first project is 5pm on Monday - apologies for the short notice.

 

Kind regards and warm wishes,

 

Mr Nicholls, Director of Specialism

Bristol Cathedral Choir School

Cathedral Schools Trust

Lockdown Project #1

Lockdown Project #2

 Friday 24th April 2020

CPS Newsletter

Hello Everyone,

Welcome back (virtually) after the Easter break.

Attached is this week's Newsletter.

 

Take care & stay safe,

Emily Piti

CPS Commuinity News No.3

 Monday 20th April 2020

Welcome Back 

Dear parents/carers,

Welcome to our summer term, I hope you all had a restful Easter break and that you are keeping well. We continue to miss the children very much, but we must follow the government’s guidance to keep everyone in our community safe. 

This term we will carry on using Seesaw to support your child’s home learning. Today, your child will have been introduced to their new topic of learning along with their daily timetable. We really enjoy seeing the children’s fantastic learning at home – please keep sending their work in using Seesaw and we will showcase some work in our weekly community newsletter. 

We’ve all had to adapt to new ways of working, so I wanted to take the opportunity to say what an amazing job you’re doing supporting your child’s wellbeing and learning during this time. 

We can’t say yet when we’ll be able to open the school fully, but rest assured that we’ll continue doing our utmost to keep your child learning and our school community connected. 

Thank you for your continued support,

Kind regards,

Sara Yarnold
Head Teacher 

 Thursday 9th April 2020

Below is a link to the Government website with the latest Information for parents and carers about the closure of schools and other educational settings following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers

 Friday 3rd April 2020

CPS Newsletter 

Dear Parents & Carers,

Attached is the Newsletter for this week.

Have a very Happy Easter and please stay safe.


Best wishes,

The CPS Office Team


CPS Community News No.2

 Friday 3rd April 2020

CST Newsletter 

Dear Parents & Carers,

Attached is the Newsletter from Cathedral Schools Trust.


Best wishes,

The CPS Office Team


CST Newsletter

 

 Monday 30th March

Email from our Pastoral Team

Dear Parent/Carer

Following on from previous emails I would like to continue to offer you support from our Pastoral Team.  Please contact us using pastoral@cathedralprimaryschool.org. Through this email you can request for a telephone conversation or we can communicate through the email. Telephone conversations will be held through a withheld number so please accept these.

Public Health England have released guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people’s mental health and well being during the coronavirus outbreak. This can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing/guidance-for-parents-and-carers-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak. 

  • The highlighted points from this document are:
  • It is important to take care of your own mental health and wellbeing. Children and young people react, in part, to what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with a situation calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children and young people
  • Children and young people may respond to stress in different ways. Signs may be emotional (for example, they may be upset, distressed, anxious, angry or agitated), behavioural (for example, they may become more clingy or more withdrawn, they may wet the bed), or physical (for example, they may experience stomach aches). Look out for any changes in their behaviour.
  • All children and young people want to feel that their parents and caregivers can keep them safe. The best way to achieve this is by talking openly about what is happening and providing honest answers to any questions they have. Explain what is being done to keep them and their loved ones safe, including any actions they can take to help, such as washing their hands regularly.
  • Remember that children and young people often take their emotional cues from the important adults in their lives, so how you respond to the situation is very important. 
  • Life is changing for all of us for a while. Routine gives children and young people an increased feeling of safety in the context of uncertainty, so think about how to develop a new routine – especially if they are not at school.

The website also highlights phone numbers and websites to seek additional support, advice and guidance about mental health in children and young people. 


Take care,

Miss Bailey

Behaviour and Pastoral Lead. 

 Friday 27th March 2020

 CPS Newsletter 

Dear Parents & Carers,
 

Attached is this week's Newsletter.

The Newsletter will now be going out weekly during term time while the school is closed. We are hoping this will help us feel a little more connected in our CPS community. 

Have a lovely and safe weekend.

 

Best wishes,

The CPS Team

CPS Community Newsletter No.1

 

 Friday 27th March 2020

North Bristol Foodbank and Free School Meal

Dear Parents and Carers,

We wanted to remind you that we have Foodbank vouchers in school which can be picked up or posted out to families should you want them.  The vouchers are issued by North Bristol Foodbank, who have said that they should be able to be used at other Foodbanks across the city. Each voucher can be exchanged for staples to last a family for a week, and we can send you out 3 vouchers at a time.  If you already have vouchers from us at home, please complete the details about number of people in the family etc. before you go to the food bank.

Families of children who receive free school meals can arrange to pick up a weekly provision box with lunch items from school on Monday or Tuesday afternoon.  If you would like to collect a box or would like someone to collect a box on your behalf, please email the school office (admin@cathedralprimaryschool.org) by 2:00pm today (Friday 27th) for collection on Monday, or by Monday lunchtime for collection on Tuesday.

If any family is facing difficulties accessing food for any reason, please let us know and we will do our best to help you.

We hope you and your families are keeping safe and well.  

The CPS Team

 

 Friday 20th March 2020

Letter to Children

Dear Parents & Carers,

Attached is a letter for you to read to your children from everyone at CPS.

All the best,
T
he CPS Team

Letter to Children 20/03/2020

 

 Friday 20th March 2020

Food Bank Vouchers - please reply to ADMIN email

Dear Parents/Carers

We know many families may be facing financial difficulties due to the current situation and in response to this have obtained some Bristol Foodbank vouchers. These vouchers are for families who are worried they may not be able to obtain food due to financial pressure.

Each voucher provides approximately a week of food for a family and each family will be given 3 vouchers.  The food bank asks that families only use one voucher each week to ensure there is enough food to go round.

The vouchers are issued by North Bristol Foodbank, who have told us that the vouchers should be able to be used in other areas of the city too, due to the current situation.

Currently the vouchers are being offered to families whose children receive pupil premium or free school meals and other families at the school's discretion.

Vouchers can be collected from the school office, or if you are already self isolating, collected  on your behalf or posted to you, however we cannot guarantee the reliability of the postal service.

If you require vouchers, please email admin@cathedralprimaryschool.org or call us on 0117 353 2052 by the end of the school day so that we can have them ready for collection.


Kind Regards,
CPS Team

 

 Friday 20th March 2020

Information for Families whose children receive free school meals or who will be in school next week

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have been in touch with Chartwell’s our school catering provider and would like to let you know what will be happening for pupils who receive free school meals in the near future.

For pupils who will be learning from home or are self isolating and currently receive free school meals

In the short term, Chartwell’s will be able to provide a packed lunch on a daily basis which can be collected from school.  If you wish to use this service, you must email the school office by 8:00am each morning that you want a packed lunch, so that we can arrange for a meal to be made. We will then contact you to let you know what times the meals will be available for collection.

Longer term, we will be looking at alternative arrangements such as Supermarket vouchers or accessing school food hubs in other areas of the city as we know many parents live a considerable distance from school.  We are still waiting for advice from the Government and Supermarkets about how this will work and will let you know as soon as we have more information.

For pupils who will be coming into school 

School meals will operate in the normal way with a free cooked meal provided to all REC, KS1 and Free School Meals Children. KS2 children will be able to order a meal daily to be paid on Parent Pay in the same way or bring in packed lunch.

It is highly likely that the range of foods on the advertised menu’s will not be available, but the kitchen will do their best to provide favourites such as pasta or jacket potatoes. 

We appreciate this is a very difficult time for all of our families.  Please remember that we have food bank vouchers available at school should you want to collect some.  Please ask at the school reception.

We want to do our utmost to support our families, so if you are struggling with accessing food, please contact us  

School office  admin@cathedralprimaryschool.org 

Pastoral email pastoral@cathedralprimaryschool.org

CPS Office Team

 Friday 20th March 2020

Vulnerable Pupils/Key Worker Occupation List

Dear Parents & Carers,

Following on from the email sent from the Trust, below is a Google form we would like you to complete if you fall into the categories listed and require childcare provision.

These are the key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions. 
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible. 

Please complete the form as soon as possible so that we can staff accordingly for Monday.  We will get back to you as soon as possible to let you know if we can provide the care you have requested for your child. 


Vulnerable Pupils/Key Worker Occupation List


Thank you for all your continued support.


Sara Yarnold

Head Teacher

 Friday 20th March 2020

CST Letter to Parents 20th March

Dear Parents & Carers,

Please see the attached letter from Cathedral Schools Trust.

Many thanks,

CPS Office Team


CST Letter to Parents COVID-19 20th March 

 Thursday 19th March 2020

CST Letter to Parents - 19th March 2020

Dear Parents & Carers,

Please see the attached letter from Cathedral Schools Trust for the latest update regarding school closures. 

Best wishes,

CPS Office Team


CST Letter to Parents COVID19 19th March

 Thursday 19th March 2020

Message from our Pastoral Team

Dear Parent/Carer

Following on from previous emails relating to the coronavirus and school closures the Pastoral Team would like to offer their support. We will still be available for advice/support regarding your child’s well being through our email pastoral@cathedralprimaryschool.org. Through this email you can request for a telephone conversation or we can communicate through the email. Telephone conversations will be held through a withheld number so please accept these.

If you are concerned about the well being of a child you can contact the First Response team on 0117 9036444 or through their website https://www.bristol.gov.uk/social-care-health/report-your-concerns-about-a-child. 

If you need support from local or national organisations regarding your child’s behaviour or a problem related to domestic violence or substance misuse you can contact support through 0117 9036444 or https://www.bristol.gov.uk/social-care-health/support-for-parents-and-carers

If you need support or advice on claiming universal credit or benefits please contact support through https://www.understandinguniversalcredit.gov.uk/coronavirus/

If you feel that you need support through the food bank please contact 

https://www.trusselltrust.org/get-help/find-a-foodbank/eastbristol/

https://northbristol.foodbank.org.uk/get-help/

https://www.wellaware.org.uk/organisation/refresh-food-bank-bedminster/

The Pastoral Team is here to listen, offer support and sign post families to appropriate provision and outside services. 

Please do not hesitate to get in touch,

Katherine Bailey

Pastoral and Behaviour Lead


Alex Lewis

Pastoral Support Mentor

 Thursday 19th March 2020

Food Bank Vouchers - Reply required to ADMIN email address

Dear Parents/Carers

We know many families may be facing financial difficulties due to the current situation and in response to this have obtained some Bristol Foodbank vouchers.  These vouchers are for families who are worried they may not be able to obtain food due to financial pressure.

Each voucher provides approximately a week of food for a family and each family will be given 3 vouchers.  The food bank asks that families only use one voucher each week to ensure there is enough food to go round.

The vouchers are issued by North Bristol Foodbank, who have told us that the vouchers should be able to be used in other areas of the city too, due to the current situation.

Currently the vouchers are being offered to families whose children receive pupil premium or free school meals and other families at the school's discretion.

Vouchers can be collected from the school office, or if you are already self isolating, collected  on your behalf or posted to you, however we cannot guarantee the reliability of the postal service.

Please email admin@cathedralprimaryschool.org or call us on 0117 353 2052 by 12:00, lunchtime tomorrow (Friday) to let us know if you will be requiring vouchers or not. After this time, we will offer vouchers to families in the wider school community, who may also be in need.


Kind Regards,

CPS Team

 Wednesday 18th March 2020

Coronavirus Update

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am sure you have already seen this evening’s announcement from the Secretary of State. After Friday, schools as providers of education will be closed. Schools have been asked to play a different and vital role in the national effort of tackling coronavirus. 

From Monday, schools are being asked to open to provide care for vulnerable pupils and those whose parents or carers are key workers. The Secretary of State is clear: this is an entirely different role for schools and school staff. It is primarily about care, not education.

We will be open as usual on Thursday 19th March and Friday 20th March. We will be contacting all parents tomorrow with more information about how the school will operate from Friday 20th March.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the staff who have this week kept everything as normal as possible. Staff have worked above and beyond and shown positivity throughout the week. There have been lots of moments of success and laughter and all the children have been wonderful. They have asked many questions and shown empathy and care for each other. As always they have been a delight!

Finally, thank you to all our parents and carers for their kind words of support. We are very grateful to be part of such a caring community. I will be in touch with you again tomorrow.


Kind regards,

Mrs Yarnold
Headteacher

 Wednesday 18th March 2020

Dear Parents & Carers,

Please see the attached letter for more information regarding home learning for your child should the school need to close.

Today, your child should have come home with a Home Learning Book. This book can be used in conjunction with our online learning platform, Seesaw.

If your child is currently NOT in school and you are able to collect the Home Learning Book yourself, or you know someone that can collect on your behalf, the books will be available to collect from the office tomorrow (Thursday) between 8am and 4pm. The Home Learning Books also contain access information for Seesaw.


Thank you so much for your continued support,

CPS Office Team

 

Possible School Closure Planning

Home School Learning


Dear Parents/Carers,


This is a unique event for us all and there is no way of knowing exactly when schools will resume as normal. We are responding to the daily national directive from the Government and planning for possible school closure. All staff at Cathedral Primary School have been working hard for this eventuality. It is of huge importance to us that we establish a learning platform to continue learning at home.

In the event of school closure, all staff are clear about our expectations to keep children engaged in their learning as much as possible. As you will see from previous communication, we are establishing the use of Seesaw as a secure online journal where students can document and reflect on what they are learning at home. Your child will have come home today with a Home Learning Book with suggested activities. This book can be used in conjunction with our online learning platform, Seesaw. Your class teacher, intervention LSAs and specialist teachers have all had training in the use of this system. This week, class teachers have already tried using Seesaw with your children.

What should I expect from my school?

On the first school day of closure, we would like you to try an activity from the list provided in the front of the home book.  From the second day of closure, your child’s class teacher will add a suggested timetable along with a list of activities for your child to complete at home each day onto Seesaw. This will involve responding to some activities through Seesaw directly, and other activities can be recorded in their Home Learning Book. Your child will be able to add the things they work on (including photos, videos, worksheets, drawings and voice recordings) to their Seesaw journal which is an amazing way for them to share their home learning with us. We would like to reiterate that your child’s safety is paramount and their work will only be visible to school staff. Seesaw has strict privacy and security settings and these can be viewed at https://web.seesaw.me/privacy.

How does my child access Seesaw?

In order for your child to use Seesaw, you will need either a mobile device (mobile or tablet) with the free Seesaw application downloaded.  You can then use the QR code provided to gain access. You can also access Seesaw through the website web.seesaw.me.

Although Seesaw will be the primary platform, your child’s class teacher may direct them to some of the other online resources that we currently use in school. The following are sites that our children use as part of their learning. 

Spelling Shed

All children have a personal log in for https://play.edshed.com/ where they are set individual or class spelling lists to teach and learn a specific spelling sound or rule.Children are able to learn their spellings through 4 levels of a spelling game; easy, medium, hard or extreme.

Spelling shed should be used daily to practice new spelling rules, it is also important that children then use their spelling words in written activities and tasks that may also be set by their class teachers. All children in school have been using Spelling Shed as a part of their English curriculum through whole class teaching, guided reading and interventions this year and they are all confident to use this to aid their learning at home. Please encourage your child to practice writing these words through making flash cards, handwriting practise or putting words into sentences, as well as through the spelling shed game.

Letterjoin

As part of your home learning your child can practice their handwriting on the Letter-join website on iPads and tablets as well as desktop and laptop computers. There you will find the same, easy-to-use handwriting resources that we use at school.

DESKTOP AND LAPTOP LOG-IN

Simply go to www.letterjoin.co.uk 
and log in, using the Desktop log-in boxes, with these details:

User name: 

Password: 

Letter-join will work on the following browsers on PCs:

  • Google Chrome • Firefox
  • Safari • Opera 

We do not recommend using Internet Explorer for Letter-join.

IPAD AND TABLET LOG-IN
Go to www.letter-join.co.uk, select the Tablet Login button and log in using these details:

User name: 

Swipe code (starting at top left):


Letter-join will run on the following tablets:

  • iPads running at least iOS7 through the Safari browser. 
  • Windows 8 tablets (8 inch and bigger) using the built-in browser.
  • Android tablets (8 inch and bigger) using Google Chrome, Firefox or Opera.

Times Table Rockstars

In either paper form or online, Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice.  Each week concentrates on a different times table, with a recommended consolidation week for rehearsing the tables that have recently been practised every third week or so. Your child can continue to practise their multiplication tables using the TT rockstars account. Please log on at:

https://play.ttrockstars.com/login/34647 and enter the following details.

Your family, school or organisation - Cathedral Primary School, Bristol

Username -  this is unique to your child and will have been sent by their teacher.

Password - this is unique to your child and will have been sent by their teacher. 


Please also keep looking at our website class pages to see if additional links are added to these pages. 

All staff are committed to supporting home school learning in the best possible way.  However, the unknown, about how long the school may be operating in this way, may mean that we might have to make some changes to future learning. We ask you to bear with us as much as possible during this uncertain time. 

We aim to communicate with you as much as possible and also find ways in which we can share the successful learning that is taking place in the home environment.   We really value the support and guidance that you can give your children at home, but we will be there for you should you need support. Please continue to email our admin team with your questions or enquiries.  

Thank you for your continued support. 


With kind regards,


Sara Yarnold
Head Teacher