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Coronavirus Update - School Closure


Dear Parents/Carers,

The government statement that was released at 8pm last night states that schools in England are to close from midnight tonight 5.1.2021 until further notice.

School will now only be open for children of key workers and children with an EHCP. All other children will be required to stay at home and access their learning via Google Classroom. Meetings have taken place today to arrange lessons for the children while they are at home. There will be an allocated slot daily in which the children will be required to login to Google Meet to have a face to face with their class teacher and receive instructions for the day’s learning.

Y6 - 08:30 - 08:45

Class teachers will communicate via Class Dojo how to access Google Meet.

Please log in 5/10 minutes earlier than your allotted time so that you are ready for the session.

Online learning will be available from 8:30am each morning. Teachers will send timetables to help with how you may wish to structure the day.

Work should be submitted by 3pm each day to guarantee marking ready for the next day. Work completed after this time may not be marked the same day.

Y3 - 08:45 - 09:00

Y4 - 09:00 - 09:15

Y2 - 09:15 - 09:30

Y5 - 09:30 - 09:45

Y1 - 09:45 - 10:00

YR - 10:00 - 10:15

We have tried to be mindful of those pupils with siblings in school and so have staggered the times to allow all children to access shared electronic devices. The online learning will be a combination of online resources the children are already familiar with alongside pre-recorded lessons in maths, reading and writing delivered by the class teacher. 

Following the last national lockdown, it was evident that the children had huge gaps in their learning but over the autumn term all of the children made accelerated progress. It has been such a blow that we now have to close again and lose the momentum that we had gained and so I would urge you to please support us in engaging your child with this learning that will be provided. We want to give our children the best possible life chances regardless of the pandemic but cannot do this effectively while the children aren’t in school, therefore your support is vital.

All online learning will be monitored daily/weekly by class teachers and SLT so that we can ensure any necessary support is given quickly.

We really appreciate that this is a difficult time and it is hard to keep children motivated whilst at home to complete their tasks. We will try to give as much guidance as we can and support you in ensuring that your child understands the work that needs to be completed. Please keep lines of communication open either through dojo or email and we will respond as quickly as we can.

Class teachers will be available via dojo daily between the normal school day hours.

Thank you once again for your continuing support which is greatly appreciated.

Kindest regards,

All the team at Latchford St James



If you have either a PlayStation or Xbox at home you can use them to get onto Google Classroom or other internet application and websites:


  • Plug a keyboard into the Xbox USB slot.
  • Go to my games and apps.
  • Find and select Microsoft Edge.
  • Navigate to your online learning platform.


  • Identify the PlayStation internet browser icon (WWW with dots around it).
  • Press the PlayStation logo on the controller.
  • Go to the library and find options for games and applications.
  • Go to applications and you will find the internet browser.
  • Navigate to your online learning platform and log in as usual.

You will be able to access Google on any device that connects to the internet and there are apps for Classroom, Drive and Docs that can be downloaded onto Android and Apple devices too.

If you are not able to do the work online, you can still work with pen and paper and photograph it and either email to the class teachers or upload it on Google Classroom.




Resources for talking to children about coronavirus

https://www.bps.org.uk/news-and-policy/talking-children-about-coronavirus British Psychological Society tips for talking to young people

https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/51861089 Newsround video clip for children

https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/3210-tips-for-families-coronavirus Tips for families

https://www.thedadsnet.com/this-free-book-is-great-for-explaining-covid-19-coronavirus-to-your-children Conic book style story about coronavirus

https://carolgraysocialstories.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Pandemics-and-the-Coronavirus.pdf?fbclid=IwAR23zxNlbEumpw4oKlM7Xy3VlKnA25b8Gi53N6YiFIeKB9Vx0LQypSPYzzg Social story

https://krisepsykologi.no/what-can-we-say-to-children-about-coronavirus/ Guide for parents and professionals

https://www.brainpop.com/health/diseasesinjuriesandconditions/coronavirus/ Animation for older children

https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus?t=1584464333506  A comic exploring coronavirus for young people

https://www.adamspsychologyservices.co.uk/coronavirus.html Comprehensive guide for adults to manage a range of situations related to coronavirus

https://www.specialneedsjungle.com/calming-coronavirus-anxiety-children-everyone-else/#Update Advice for parents of children with SEN

https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/ Advice from The Child Mind Institute

https://www.elsa-support.co.uk/coronavirus-story-for-children/   ELSA coronavirus story for children   https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource  Parent resources from National Association of School Psychologists

https://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-03/Information%20about%20Coronavirus%20ER%20UPDATED%20130320%20SD%20editsAH.pdf Easy read information page about coronavirus

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