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Important update from Mr Beverton

Proposed reopening letter to parents and carers May2020(1).docx



Home Learning for Term 6

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Home Learning Menu - Year 3

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Friday 15th May update

Dear Families of St Thomas a Becket,

We hope this finds you all well and safe given the difficult circumstances we are all living through. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

I am sure you are all aware of the news given by Boris Johnson that schools will be looking to re-open beginning with year groups Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.

Since this announcement the school has been planning how it will manage this by following government, local authority, diocese and union guidelines. The first priority of the school must be to keep the children and staff and parents safe. The government states in guidance:

'We are therefore gradually increasing the numbers of children and young people attending schools and colleges. This decision is based on the latest scientific advice. By returning pupils gradually, settings can initially reduce the number of children and young people in classrooms compared to usual and put protective measures in place to reduce risks.

We will prioritise younger children in the first phases of wider opening, for several reasons. Firstly, because there is moderately high scientific confidence in evidence suggesting younger children are less likely to become unwell if infected with coronavirus; and secondly because evidence shows the particularly detrimental impact which time spent out of education can have upon them. In addition, older children are more likely to have higher numbers of contacts outside of school so pose a greater transmission risk, and they are typically better able to learn at home.

One of the protective measures we can take to reduce transmission is to have smaller group and class sizes. We know that, unlike older children and adults, early years and primary age children cannot be expected to remain 2 meters apart from each other and staff. In deciding to bring more children back to early years and schools, we are taking this into account.' DFE Actions for Education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020 guidance.

We will be looking to have Reception children attend school on a transition part-time basis for the first two weeks at least and constantly review the situation. Children will be in small groups and attend two full days every other week. This will enable us to maintain small groups and social distancing and keep children and staff safe. It will also enable us to maintain effective cleaning of the site and resources. We will inform each year group of your actual start dates once the school has met with governors and in light of any future guidance. To clarify, we are planning for Reception to return first, following the government guidance above.

Having been out of education for an extended period we need to ensure the children have transition time to readjust into school life and learning. Once we are satisfied that all groups are safe (and by reviewing any future released guidance from government, local authority, diocese and unions), and only then, we will move on to Reception returning to school full time and each week. We will be keeping all families informed of developments as they are planned and put into place. We will then do the same with Year 1 children returning to school. Once this transition has happened safely, we will then invite Year 6 to return to school. Depending on guidance changes or the situation in general this may be a speedy or extended process.

Critical worker families that have been identified by the school will continue to access learning at the school as they have been since the school closed to the wider community in order to maintain essential services.

Each school context, setting and staff team structure is different and each school will be working in different ways to re-open to the children - some faster than others. Currently, due to staff absences for a number of reasons, we will not be able to run to our full capacity. This means we are not in a position to accept all identified year groups back at present but will work towards this as fast as we can bearing in mind any guidance given, health and safety and staffing numbers.

We are also working very closely with the Chair of Governors and will be meeting next week to discuss plans for re-opening the school. Once agreed, we will send out more detailed information on which children will come into school first and when. As well as giving further details on social distancing measures that families will need to adopt when entering the school grounds and the staggered starts to drop off, pick up, play times and lunch breaks.

Thank you for your continued support and patience. We hope you all remain well and safe during this time.

With best wishes during the holy season of Easter,


Paul Beverton


Please see the information via the link below regarding the opening of schools to Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children.

We are currently working on plans for these children to return and will share them as soon as we can.



A message from Mr Beverton...

Dear All,

We hope all our families continue to remain safe and well. The staff have posted on our Facebook page a lovely video message to the children to let them know how much we are thinking of them and how much we miss them (and you). Miss Barrow and myself have also posted out the next home learning pack last Thursday which should arrive on your doorsteps over the coming week. Please can you ensure that we have your correct address details in order for you to receive these. We hope the children are also making good use of the e-learning available on our website, DBPrimary, Education City, White Rose Maths, Espresso, My Maths, BBC Bitesize and the National Oak Academy resources amongst others. 

Please do contact the school if you are experiencing any issues with accessing the learning or any hardships being faced by your family. We may well be able to support or know where to signpost you to receiving the support you need.

I am also writing in response to Boris Johnson's announcement yesterday evening. Although guidelines and safe working conditions have not been detailed, we have started to plan for the eventual return of some year groups after the half term - namely Reception, Year 1 and Year 6. This will obviously be staggered and we will be working to ensure there is adequate social distancing. We will create a return programme and then refine this in the light of government guidance documents as they are released.

It is difficult to know what this will look like today but I am sure this will become more apparent over the next week or two. We will make sure we try to keep you posted with as much notice as possible. We will ensure we continue to keep the safety of your children, yourselves and our staff at the centre of all we do.

I can't thank you enough for all your commitment and flexibility to ensure the children have a good educational experience.

Wishing you all Easter blessings as we continue through this most holy season.


Paul Beverton

A message from all of us here at St Thomas a Becket Catholic Primary School...





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Home Learning

An exciting competition from the English as an Additional Language Service. Please see flyer for competition details.

The Department for Education has shared this resource to encourage writing at home.

'Authorfy have got a new 10 minute writing challenge every day, hosted by a different children’s author. They’re fun, inspirational and perfect for home learning 📚

Full video 👉http://authorfy.com/10minutechallenges '

We hope the children have been enjoying the online White Rose Maths lessons. As you may have seen, from Monday 11th May the worksheets will revert back to only being available for premium subscribers. As a school, we follow White Rose and have a school subscription so your child will still be able to access the worksheets. The worksheets will be saved to your child’s DB page at stthomasbecketcatholicschool.co.uk. We have made two short videos, using this week's resources, that show you how to download the worksheets.

The White Rose teaching videos will continue to be free and can be found at https://whiterosemaths.com/homelearning/ Remember to watch the video before your child attempts the worksheet. Worksheets are provided for years 1 - 6.

If you are unable to print the worksheet, you could have it open on your screen and write your answers on a sheet of paper.






Information booklets for parents

A series of short information booklets have been produced by the Educational Psychology Service to support parent carers at home with their children:




East Sussex ISEND services have collected information and resources that parents and carers of children with SEND may find useful during the coronavirus pandemic.
Here are 3 simple ways to stay in the know…
Follow ISEND and CLASS on Facebook
Links and resources each day structured around a daily routine of learning and play at home.
Take a look at the Local Offer
Favourite resources in one place, so you can browse for info, family learning and activities when you need them.
ESCC website - Community resources
The latest links with support and advice for residents and businesses in the county.

The Government have now published their own list of online home education resources available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-online-education-resources/coronavirus-covid-19-list-of-online-education-resources-for-home-education?fbclid=IwAR3bstN0-bpdxAbcK4MW9JHgf3D6BRSiN55WpDqA96pqOgeeMA7oXDUw1CQ#english-primary

Stay Active at Home Resources 

Home Learning Menus for after the Easter Holiday

Home Learning Menu 2 - Reception

Home Learning Menu 2 - Year 1

Home Learning Menu 2 - Year 2

Home Learning Menu 2 - Year 3

Home Learning Menu 2 - Year 4

Home Learning Menu 2 - Year 5

Home Learning Menu 2 - Year 6


Home Learning Menu - Reception

Home Learning Menu - Year 1

Home Learning Menu - Year 2

Home Learning Menu - Year 3

Home Learning Menu - Year 4

Home Learning Menu - Year 5

Home Learning Menu - Year 6

RE Home Learning -https://www.abeducationservice.org.uk/ViewArticle/?section=Resources&id=1102&subsect=RE%20Resources


Please see the updated advice regarding the COVID-19 virus - 



Coronavirus School Bulletin 17th March

Coronavirus School Bulletin 18th March

Coronavirus School Bulletin 19th March

Coronavirus School Bulletin 20th March


Updated FAQs for parents

  • simple explanation of education closures




 Updated travel advice

  • reflecting FCO travel ban, advising against all domestic and overseas trips, and advice for students and staff currently overseas


New Q&A re exam cancellation













Embedded Calendar

School Privacy Notice

Staff Privacy Notice

Volunteer and Governor Privacy Notice


Whole School Curriculum Intent

At St Thomas a Becket Catholic Primary School our intention is that our curriculum extends opportunity, raises aspiration, opens children’s eyes to Jesus and God’s love and the world beyond their immediate environment, enabling them to live happy, healthy and productive lives and inspire them to become lifelong learners.

For full information please follow this link:  Whole School Curriculum Intent



Please take note of the following information supplied by The Catholic Church Bishops' Conference of England and Wales

Key Messages
• At the time of writing, individuals in the UK remain at low risk from coronavirus.
• The best way of protecting us from spread is for everyone to use universal good hygiene, which will effectively disrupt spread of the virus. We should be doing this all the time for ‘flu:
 Catch it - sneeze into a tissue
 Bin it - bin the tissue
 Kill it - wash your hands with soap and water
 Do not touch your face unless you’ve washed your hands
 Ensure good regular cleaning of surfaces lots of people touch regularly
• There is a government campaign on hygiene and posters can be downloaded and placed in parishes. It would be sensible to place these in churches and premises and alert people to this in newsletters and bulletins. The link can be found in the further materials section below.
• Government has issued guidance for the public and this remains the best source of advice. The link can be found in the further materials section below.
• At the time of writing there is no need to take special measures on suspending the Chalice or Sign of Peace. Should that become necessary, more detailed pastoral care guidance will be issued.
• Ensuring ministers of the Eucharist wash their hands before distributing communion or sanitise them is a good practice to encourage always.
• Catholic Schools and Care Facilities should have regard to guidance from government, and for ease of reference this guidance has been summarised in this document
• Pastoral care remains important
o Chaplains and others working in institutions where people with coronavirus are being cared for should seek and follow hygiene guidance from that institution
o Those who have been asked to self-isolate in the community as a precaution by medical staff will understandably be anxious but equally it is important not to breach this isolation. “In person care” should be kept to a minimum and advice taken from NHS 111 on any precautions needed.
Coronavirus: Advice for Catholic Parishes and Congregation

Coronavirus – understanding the outbreak
On 31 December 2019, the World Health Organisation was informed of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan City, China.
The cause is now identified as a coronavirus, one of the family of viruses which caused the SARS (Serious Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak in 2002-2003 across the world, though it is less severe than SARS. The virus is now called Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).
As a family of viruses, these viruses are fairly common, and can range from mild to very severe in effect.
Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Most people who get coronavirus will have mild to moderate illness, a bit like ‘flu.
Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease. The death rate is low, typically at present around 2%, which is a little above the death rate for ‘flu. But it has understandably caused concern because of the lack of information and because of myth. Some of the most important things Catholics can do would be to restate the facts accurately, reassure, counter prejudice against Chinese and other communities.
There has been a great deal of anxiety because of people assuming wrongly that the virus is more serious than it is. A key issue is to reassure people.
This is a rapidly evolving situation and latest updates can be found on the Gov.uk website here
• For the public https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2020/01/23/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/
• For professionals https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-background-information
The NHS has processes in place to manage cases where people may have or do have the virus.





The new coronavirus was first reported in Wuhan City, China, on 31 December 2019, and has since been detected in travellers to other countries.  The government is monitoring the situation closely and will continue to work with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the international community.

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses some causing less-severe disease, including the common cold, and others causing more severe disease such as Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).  People with Wuhan novel coronavirus (WN-CoV), are presenting with a fever, and respiratory symptoms including a cough, shortness of breath, rapid breathing, a sore throat, or a runny nose.

               For further information please go to;




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The Child Therapy Service CIC exists to promote and facilitate opportunities that; enhance positive emotional well-being, improve academic resilience, and develop a greater understanding of specific educational needs in children under 14.   


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With the wonderful support of The Art House, Eastbourne.  I am able to run free, exclusive and relaxed coffee mornings on the 1st Monday of each month - for those parents or carers that have young children who struggle with anxiety.  This small group of parents have the chance to come together with like-minded people, and know that they are not alone.

With so many other services being cut, the demand for this will grow.  There is a maximum of 20, as it is held in the private function room, downstairs.  However, with small groups - comes friendships and tailored support.

Each month, I will focus on a particular area of parent well-being, this will be with the help of different volunteers specialised in a particular area.  It could include a short talk on; healthy eating, or mindfulness, even a hand massage, but all very chilled and accessible ... I want them to walk away with at least 1 usable tip, to help with their emotional well-being.

Please, continue to share this service - so that parents and carers get the support they need, when they need it:


Child Therapy Service CIC
Tracy Chadwick   Founder

Child Therapy Service CIC

m:  07868 017020
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