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Lockdown information and support

This page is being worked on all the time to put all the info and links in one easy to navigate place. Look out for **NEW THIS WEEK**!


Click here for the latest news from the Department for Education (updated daily).

Click here to go the parents' forum page where you will find notes from the 4 online parent's forums held for parents of Reception, Y1 and Y6 children, as well as vulnerable children, children with EHCPs and children of keyworkers. 

The following link is to a useful document with FAQs for parents:

Guidance for parents and carers on opening educational settings from 1st June

These next two links are to the two guidance documents that our school Senior Leaders are currently working on:

Actions for education and child care settings to prepare for wider opening on 1st June

Covid19: implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings

Video about the virus, lockdown and returning to school. 

Staff video for the children:



We feel at this time that children and families' mental and physical health and wellbeing is more important than completing endless online lessons or video tutorials. However, we also recognise that parents would like some signposts to learning resources. This is your call, you do what you feel is best for your child. We will pick it all up when we get back to school, please don't worry. Here are our suggestions for home learning, please go to your child's year group page for the daily learning:

Click here to go to our online e-safety page where there are specific age related activities for children to do to help ensure their safety online at this time. 

Click here to go to the Home Learning page

Click here for advice for parents on home learning from the Education Endowment Foundation 

Click her for The Maths Factor

Click here for Letters and Sounds (EYFS in particular)

Purple Mash


TimesTables Rock Stars

Free audio books for kids from Audible

The National Academy  - online classroom

BBC Bitesize


SpecSavers Virtual Sussex Games

I See Me scan and listen books (need QR code reader) 

Parental support from the Education Endowment Foundation 

Survey results from "young minds". This may allay concerns you have about your children as it seems many families are finding the same thing. 

Mental health and wellbeing resources from the Anna Freud Centre including a toolkit for parents/carers, and other resources (two different links).

Video on developing resilience in children.

Factsheets from SPACE (Supporting Parents and Children Emotionally) using trauma awareness about children's and adults' emotional behaviour. 

Yes Futures - activities for "home grown" wellbeing and personal development. 

Click here for a pdf version of a book about Coronavirus to explain things in a suitable format to children of all ages.

There is also a picture book called "Staying at Home" about the lockdown which can be accessed here. Or if you'd prefer, click here to hear Mr Finch, a teacher from Oxford (and Mrs Owbridge's friend) reading it.

This is a short video for younger children about why we cant hug some of the people we love at the moment.

Support from East Sussex for SEND children

Information from the Young Carers service 

Ideas from Waitrose

30 days wild with the Sussex Wildlife Trust

FREE until 14th June online course "Understanding anxiety, 10 things you need to know" 


Follow @BeaconAPE and @NorthwealdenSSP on Twitter for PE and sport ideas from our local providers.

 VE day commemoration activities: The Dept for media culture and sport have released a whole load of ideas for how families and children can celebrate VE day 75 at home including an educational challenge, recipes, art ideas, spotify playlists, dance instructions..etc Dan Snow is also doing a series of educational history lessons on YouTube to educate children about the importance of VE day. More information here.

And this chap was the one who came and worked with Y1 on Samuel Pepys' diary:

The PTA at St Michael's Primary, Withyham,have put together a webpage of fun activities for children. You can access it here. Huge thanks to St Michael's for sharing this with us.

For advice or queries about Free School Meal vouchers (for families on low income, not the universal free school meals for infant children) please contact Mrs Lorna Isted, our School Business Manager. She is in school all week (01892 655846) or email her on