Coronavirus School Letter 19.03.2020

Thornbury Coronavirus Bulletin Thursday 19th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers, please see the information below. We are currently doing our absolute best to stay open this week with some degree of normality. This is largely thanks to our amazing staff who have gone above and beyond over recent weeks, and our strong partnerships with you as parents. However, this situation nationally is moving into uncharted waters – thank you for your ongoing support. Our first priority is our community’s health and wellbeing, followed by their learning.

In this bulletin, there is a lot of information – please read carefully. You will see some useful home learning ideas and also some ideas about keeping the children ‘chilled out’ about the situation, by giving them age appropriate guidance and not saying too much. I have written a letter to our children, and it was shared with them today. You will see this on our website and facebook. It went down very well and the children really appreciated it. Thank you very much to all parents who have expressed thanks and best wishes to us.  My very best wishes, Mrs Hardisty.

If they are fit and well but a family member is self-isolating, or if they themselves have temperature and/or continuous cough they need to stay at home as does the household. Children self-isolating must not leave the house.


Please see letter in bookbags today about school next week and going forward for those requesting child care (due to being Key worker or with a vulnerable child). The form needs to be returned by 9.00 tomorrow. Do not assume anything until we reply to you, hopefully by the end of the day tomorrow. Parents with children off at the moment, please complete and send in via email. Thank you very much.

Be aware that all pupils and families, who are not self-isolating are advised to minimise social contact at this time in order to help stem the spread of the virus.  e.g. not be out playing with other children or visiting lots of places.

Advice to Parents and Carers

The most reliable and up-to-date advice can be accessed from the government website. You and your family should familiarise yourself with and follow this advice:

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your family’s health in the current situation that are not covered by the national advice, you should contact your GP or NHS 111.

If we are closed and you have a concern about your family in regard to a welfare matter, please call The Gateway on 668000.

If there are any urgent and serious matters (non-emergency) related to school or your child, please email school on, and someone will endeavour to get back to you.


School Work

We have already been sending homework booklets/ text books and a blank exercise book home, just in case this is required in the event of the school closing. To best help parents/carers and pupils we have considered at length how we can support you.  Each team has put together a list of suggested activities which you will find on the school website if we close. Please do check you will be able to access the school website and our online learning such as Times Tables Rockstars.

It might be a suggestion to, now while you can, get together a craft box of wrapping paper/ old magazines/ colouring pencils/scissors/ boxes/ cardboard/ Sellotape and glue for craft activities.

Possible Daily Timetable

Below is a possible timetable for the day when pupils are at home. We would encourage you to make sure that you structure your child’s day so that they do not fall behind in their learning. Remember, they are used to this structure in school so keep it going at home. You can, of course, choose your own timetable, but our minds are sharpest in the morning. Try to have breakfast at the usual time and change out of the pyjamas!

If in doubt you could always say, ‘Mrs Hardisty says…!’


Possible Daily Timetable

9.00 - 9.30am

Wellbeing Activity- go for a walk (If allowed due to Social Distancing rules), relaxation/ Story CD, etc…

See action for happiness calendar – link below

9.30 - 10.15am

Learning Zone (Literacy / Numeracy / Learning through Play)

See Class Pages

10.15 - 10.40am

Morning Break

10.40 - 11.20am

Creative Time (Lego, drawing, baking, crafting)

11.20 - 12.20am

Learning Zone (Literacy / Numeracy / Learning through Play)

See Class Pages

12.20- 1.00pm

Lunch/ Short film choice

1.00 - 2.00pm

Learning Zone

(Other Learning/ Specialist Subject Research Project)


2.00 - 3.00pm

Wellbeing Activity

See action for happiness calendar

Happiness Calendar:




























Support for Parents:

NHS Mental Health Help Lines - 

Mind for Better Mental Health 

Young Minds - Fighting for Young People’s Mental Health