This is a dedicated page for updates during the Corona Virus/COVID-19 outbreak which we hope parents will find useful. On this page we will post updates specific to our school, updates from Public Health England, the Government and Department for Education, advice for families and links to educational resources and activities for the children to use in the event of a school closure.
Thursday 4 March 2021
Please see below letter from Miss Lennon regarding the arrangements for the full re-opening of school on Monday 8 March. Also below is the school’s updated risk assessment.
Thursday 4 February
Below are some resources parents may find useful in supporting children at home. (Click on images to enlarge.)
Friday 29 January 2021
Please see Miss Lennon’s letter below regarding on-site school provision.
Thursday 28 January 2021
The following documents may be useful for parents when supporting children with home learning.
Monday 25 January 2021
Tuesday 5 January 2021
School Arrangements for Key Workers
For children of Key Workers who will need to attend school this week, the following arrangements will apply:
The school day will be 8.45am to 3.15pm for all children.
Entrance and exit points this week will remain the same as they have been since September. This may change next week once bubbles have been established.
Children attending school will have access to the same learning set for the children at home, supervised and facilitated by a member of school staff. This may be a Teacher or a Teaching Assistant. Children will need to bring into school each day the resources previously provided for home learning eg CGP books, exercise books.
Tuesday 5 January 2021
Further to my message last night, school is now closed due to the national lockdown, to the majority of pupils.
Could I now please ask all parents to complete the short online form below to determine which pupils are the children of Critical Workers.
Thank you for helping us to plan effectively, by returning your form promptly, by the end of today.
Monday 4 January 2020
Following the latest Government announcement from the Prime Minister this evening, tomorrow school will be closed to the majority of children and will remain open for vulnerable children and key worker children ONLY.
We will contact parents tomorrow for clarification on key worker status and attendance requirements. We ask that key worker children who need to attend tomorrow arrive at 8.45am and line up and enter at their normal class entry points. Further instructions on times, arrangements, entry and exit points will follow later tomorrow.
Details of home learning arrangements for the children will be posted tomorrow.
Thank you for your understanding in these challenging and difficult times.
Friday 4 December 2020
Winter Grant Scheme
Parents may now be eligible for help from the Covid19 Winter Grant scheme. This grant provides additional funding for families in hardship, to help to support them over the winter months with food and basic utility bills during the December to March period.
Families already in receipt of Free School Meals should have received a letter from Warrington Borough Council explaining how to apply for the grant. This letter and accompanying FAQs are available below so parents can check to see if they qualify for the grant.
Applications should be made online – Please note, you will need to apply by 13th December in order to receive the December payment before Christmas. A further three payments will be made in January to March.
Thursday 5 November 2020
Warrington Borough Council, in partnership with Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has launched a public data dashboard which details the latest coronavirus-related figures in the town.
The dashboard, which will be updated each weekday, will offer a brief summary of the most recent, verified case numbers, as well as relaying the current situation in the hospital.
Link below to a press release which offers more information about why the dashboard is necessary:
Link below to the data dashboard:
Monday 2 November 2020
Following the announcement that the country will enter a second period of national lockdown on Thursday 5th November, could we please remind parents/carers of some of the systems we have in place to ensure that our school is as safe as possible:
Please adhere to your designated drop off and pick up times to avoid congestion outside school.
Please do not linger outside school once your children have entered/exited at the start and end of the school day. We are happy for parents to leave as soon as children are lined up behind the barriers and a member of staff is at the entry point.
As children exit, please try to keep the line flowing to exit together quickly.
Please keep the passageway between the zebra crossing and the parish club clear – please try not to wait in this area.
Please continue to wear a face covering when dropping off/picking up children.
Please keep your distance from other parents/families.
If you need to collect or drop off your child within school hours – eg for a medical appointment – please telephone the office from the main school gates and a member of staff will come out to you.
If you leave your child’s forgotten items in the box outside the school office, it is helpful if you call the office to let us know and we will come out and collect them.
Teaching staff will only contact parents by e-mail or telephone – please do not try to speak with the teacher at the school gates.
Please avoid travelling to school on bikes/scooters if you live within walking distance as this can disrupt the flow of the lines going in/out of school and break social distancing systems. At the current time we do not have safe storage for bikes and scooters etc.
If your child is self-isolating and is sent work to do at home, please acknowledge by e-mail that you have received the work so that the teacher does not need to follow up with a phone call.
We are working with the local PCSO who is assisting schools locally to ensure that systems are covid-secure at the start and end of the school day.
We need to all work together to be able to continue to offer a safe environment for the children and all within our school community. Please be respectful towards others and help to keep others safe, particularly the most vulnerable members of our school community and parish.
Thank you for your support.
Monday 12 October 2020
Please see below letter to parents and carers from Warrington Borough Council.
Friday 2 October 2020
NHS letter to help parents identify symptoms and take appropriate action where necessary.
Wednesday 30 September 2020
Contingency Plan for future isolation or school closure periods:
Thursday 25 September 2020
Tuesday 23 September 2020
A guide for parents/carers on symptoms at home and school attendance.
Tuesday 14 July 2020
Please see Miss Lennon’s letter below regarding the arrangements for September.
Wednesday 1 July 2020
Timings for school drop off/pick up
Please note the drop off/pick up times for different groups of children are as follows. Could we please ask that these times are strictly adhered to avoid overcrowding at entrances/exits:
Key workers (Junior gate)
Drop off 8.45-8.55am
Pick up 3.30pm
Reception (Infant entrance)
Drop off 9.00-9.10am
Pick up 3.00pm
Year 1 (Rear Hall door)
Drop off 9.15-9.25am
Pick up 3.15pm
Year 6 (Junior gate)
Drop off 9.05-9.15am
Pick up 3.00pm
Many thanks for your co-operation.
Wednesday 1 July 2020
Some of you may now need new uniform items ready for September. Our uniform supplier – Cactus Clothing – are currently taking online orders which you can collect from the shop in Culcheth, have delivered to your home or delivered to school for collection from the office up until we close on Friday 17th July. The online shop is available at www.cactus-clothing.co.uk or by clicking the cactus clothing tile on the school app.
The shop in Culcheth is currently open 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and in August will also be open on Saturdays – please note that entry to the shop is limited to one child and parent at a time.
Cactus Clothing Company
Unit 6 The Warehouse Studios
Friday 26 June 2020
Please see Miss Lennon’s letter below regarding the plans for September 2020.
Thursday 11 June 2020
Please see Miss Lennon’s letter below for parents of Year 1 and Year 6 regarding the wider opening of schools.
Sunday 7 June 2020 – 4.40pm
I have this afternoon received a telephone call from the Local Authority informing me that following an emergency meeting this afternoon, the LA has made the decision to defer the wider re-opening of primary schools until next Monday 15th June for health and safety reasons. This means that the Reception class children who were due to re-join us tomorrow are now not able to attend. The school will remain open for children of Key Workers but if, in light of this notice, any Key Workers decide not to send children in to school this week, we do of course understand. We just ask that if you have registered your child for a place in school and now decide that they will not be attending, please let the school know tomorrow.
Please see below the press release from Warrington Borough Council:
The council, in close partnership with its school leaders, has today (Sunday) agreed to defer primary schools extending their opening to more pupils by one week, until Monday 15 June.
Despite tireless work between the council and schools in the borough to prepare to welcome primary schoolchildren back to educational settings for Monday 8 June, a joint decision has this afternoon confirmed that arrangements will be put back by one week, to allow more time to consider the safe return of pupils.
This decision does not affect secondary schools, who are already planning wider reopening from Monday 15 June.
Cllr Matt Smith, Cabinet member for children’s services, said: “This isn’t a decision we’ve taken lightly, but it is a decision which balances the scientific evidence and advice with our own prudence and caution. Our decision to delay the wider reopening of our schools by a week also follows the regional consensus, with similar decisions being made by other councils and schools in the North West.
“Our schools have made excellent preparations and, following their own comprehensive risk assessments, will be equipped to open their doors, safely, to more pupils when the time comes. I can say that with absolute confidence, particularly given our schools have remained open for some of our most vulnerable children, and children of key workers.
“Our decision has been a difficult one to come to, especially given we want to see more children in schools. But, ultimately, we have agreed that the decision to delay the expansion of our primary school offer by a week, to the 15th, is the correct one – in line with our evidence-led, safety-first approach.
“We have had to carefully consider many different factors to come to our joint decision to delay, including the most recent information from Public Health England. This one week delay will provide us with a further opportunity to review recent scientific information, its impact, and implications locally.
“We will now be notifying head teachers of all affected primary schools and will continue to work with them on their arrangements and plans for expansion, in a week’s time. We will also reconvene on Wednesday this week to review our joint position and make a further assessment.”
Monday 1 June 2020
Please see Miss Lennon’s letter below regarding the phased opening of school to more children from Monday 8 June. Also below is the school’s Risk Assessment on the phased expansion of pupil numbers in school.
Thursday 21 May 2020
As we now approach our official two week half term holiday, finishing on Friday 22 May until Monday 8 June, I hope all our children will have a good rest from their studies, close their books, computers and i-pads and enjoy having more time to relax and enjoy the lovely weather we are having. Teachers will continue to work in school during the Whit holiday and bank holiday for the key workers’ children attending but I am asking Teachers not to post any additional work on class pages on the website and to close down their parent/Teacher emails during this period so they too can also stop and relax when not in school.
As you will know from my previous correspondence, Monday 8 June is the date that we may begin to open up the school to more children (Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children). Children are likely to return on a part time basis to ensure children’s groups (bubbles) are kept as small as possible to support our health and safety plans. This re-opening will only happen if the Government’s ‘five tests for easing measures’ have been met and the Government and teaching unions say that it is safe for us to do so. I continue to work with staff and Governors to plan for this so that in the event that this partial opening of the school does go ahead, we have all the necessary safety measures in place before any children return. It will therefore be necessary for me to continue to communicate with parents – particularly parents of children in those three classes – during the holidays to update you on our situation as we approach Monday 8 June.
To assist us with planning for this, I have asked parents to complete a short survey so that I can ensure we have appropriate staffing and adequate social distancing space in classrooms for the children who may be returning to school. Thank you to all parents who have submitted a response so far. If you haven’t done so already, it would be very much appreciated if parents could complete this quick survey for each child you have in our school. A link to the survey can be found on the Covid19 page of the school website.
Teachers will continue to post work for all classes on the school website from Monday 8 June. To support this ongoing home study, additional work books have been purchased for the children to use at home. These are available now for collection for Reception and Year 1, with the books for other year groups to follow soon. I hope you will all find these useful.
On behalf of all the staff and Governors of St Oswald’s, I once again send to you all my good wishes to remain fit, safe and well.
Wednesday 20 May 2020
To assist us in our planning, could parents please take a moment to complete this short survey as soon as possible? If you have more than one child at the school, please repeat the survey for the number of children you have and complete fully. To do this, at the end when you have clicked ‘submit’, it will give you the option to submit another response. Many thanks.
Wednesday 20 May 2020
Please see letter to parents below from Cllr Matt Smith, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Warrington Borough Council.
Monday 18 May 2020
Please see letter below from Miss Lennon.
Wednesday 13 May 2020
I hope you are all continuing to keep fit and healthy during this lockdown.
Well done to all of you that have incorporated some form of exercise into your daily routines.
Last week I introduced you to the Virtual School Games Personal Challenges that occur each Wendesday. This week it is all about Volleyball! You will find a PDF below detailing how you can do take part in the challenge, and here is a link to video showing you how to do it.
I hope you have fun having a go at these.
All the best,
Monday 11 May 2020
Following the Prime Minister’s statement yesterday regarding the possible re-opening of schools for some year groups on 1 June, I wanted to write to you today as I know that you will have many questions and that you will be seeking reassurance on the safety of your children and your families.
Until we receive the guidance from the Department for Education and the Local Authority, it would be unwise for us to speculate any further as this will only lead to greater confusion. As soon as there is clarity and we have a clear plan on how this phased return to school will be managed, I will share this with you.
Like you, I want to be sure that any re-opening of the school only happens when we are confident that it can be done as safely as possible for our children and staff.
For now, nothing has changed and we remain as we are.
Please be assured that as soon as we get some clear direction from the DfE, Local Authority and Trade Unions, on how the phased re-opening of school is to take place, I will inform you without delay.
Monday 11 May 2020
Class pages have been updated with new activities/timetables for this week.
Wednesday 6 May 2020
Please see below Miss Lennon’s letter to Year 5 parents regarding the planned residential trip to Condover Hall in September/October 2020.
Wednesday 6 May 2020
I hope all of you are well and are keeping fit and healthy during this lockdown.
I know lots of you have been doing PE with Joe each day which is a fantastic way to exercise at home!
I wanted to share a few ideas that have been created by the Warrington Schools Sports Partnership that we are a part of at St Oswald’s. They do a new Virtual School Games Personal Challenge each Wendesday and this week it is all about Basketball! You will find a PDF below detailing how you can take part in the challenge, and here is the link to a video showing you how to do it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWMo0AFSyMM
I hope you have fun having a go at these.
All the best,
Monday 4 May 2020
Following many phone calls home over the last 2 weeks, Teachers and myself have picked up requests from parents asking for more direction on the time children should spend on subjects within our home learning programme. In response to this and as we move into week 7 of our lockdown and home learning programme, below are timetable guides for Upper Key Stage 2, Lower Key Stage 2, Key Stage 1 and Early Years. From this week, Teachers will be setting work against these timetables and we hope you will find these detailed plans helpful.
It has been a pleasure chatting to many of you over the last couple of weeks and hearing about the learning that is happening and the routines you have established. I thank you sincerely for working with your child(ren) and understand that this can be extremely difficult, particularly if you have more than one child at home and/or you are trying to balance this with your own home working. Being happy and healthy remains the priority for your children and for us all during these challenging times.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Teacher if you need any further help or direction.
Please continue to take care of yourselves and your families and stay safe.
Wednesday 29 April 2020
The link below has been shared previously but the guidance (updated on 21 April) contains some helpful advice on helping children – and ourselves – get through this strange time and manage some of our anxieties. It contains useful links to Mental Health resources, recommended online educational resources and help with talking to your child about Coronavirus.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#helping-children-and-young-people-cope-with-stress
Below are some resources which may be useful when explaining/talking about CoronaVirus with young children and for helping to manage children’s anxieties:
Thomas Leech, Director of the Schools Singing Programme at the Diocese of Leeds, has shared with us details of their newly launched daily singing sessions:
Daily virtual singing sessions from the Diocese of Leeds Schools Singing Programme are now available at 2pm every weekday. Aimed at primary school children every session includes sacred music, RE and music curriculum learning, and lots of vocal fun and songs to keep children engaged in lifting their voices to God. They’re led by the Diocese’s expert Choral Directors, and sessions for younger and older children are also available.
Please subscribe to the YouTube channel, found at www.schoolssingingprogramme.org.uk – this is a wonderful tool to reach children and families across the country.
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Monday 27 April 2020
Class pages have been updated today with Teachers’ messages.
Friday 24 April 2020
Thursday 23 April 2020
Please see below newsletters from the Cheshire Police School Engagement Officer. Further newsletters will be posted as we receive them.
Wednesday 22 April 2020
Please find below some more online resources you may find useful:
The Maths Factor
Carol Vorderman has announced that access to her maths school The Maths Factor will be free while schools are closed (normally £2/week). It’s aimed at 4 to 11-year-olds and is matched to the national curriculum.
Teachers are aware that some children are already using The Maths Factor every day – well done to those children and keep it up!
While we are on lockdown and children are not in the classroom it is quite tricky to teach spellings in the way we usually would at school. We would like you to try a new award winning app that helps children improve their spelling by looking at words and practicing spelling in lots of different ways. The app is called ‘Sir Linkalot’ and schools and parents have kindly been given free access to it to use during school closure time.
Sir Linkalot does not just look at spelling it covers many of the technical requirements of the English curriculum including: vocabulary, homophones, punctuation, grammar, rules and patterns.
How to access the Sir Linkalot app:
1. Download the app from the App Store.*
2. Tap on the log icon (for log in) at the top right.
3. Click on ‘Have an access code?’ and enter the word ‘Free’ as the username and the password.
4. Choose which bundle you want to try and you’re ready to start!
*There is a problem with downloading Google play Android app at the moment which is being resolved as quickly as possible by the SirLinkalot team. In the meantime you can access the app using a PC/Laptop by typing ‘app.sirlinkalot.org’ into the browser itself then enter the access code as above.
The Archdiocese of Liverpool has provided the document below containing some activities to support your child’s learning in RE.
This work comes from the ‘Come and See’ Religious Education programme which is taught in all Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Liverpool. The activities aim to keep Religious Education practical and fun. They are in Year groups however, there is no harm in completing other year group work as this will help your child to remember and strengthen their learning.
BBC Bitesize Daily Lessons
Launched this week with three daily lessons for each year group. Lots of celebrities involved in the delivery of the lessons – might be worth a look!
Oak National Academy
From Monday 20 April, parents can access 180 lessons a week for every year group from Reception through to year 10, through a new online platform, Oak National Academy.
To access the Oak National Academy resources, head along to their official website, where resources went live this morning. From here, you can view lessons by subject and level, or you can follow their planned weekly schedule. https://www.thenational.academy/
English with David Walliams 11.am www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
Monday 20 April 2020
Class pages updated with messages from Teachers.
Wednesday 8 April 2020
Class pages updated with messages from Teachers.
Monday 6 April 2020
ITV have an announcement for all kids! They are making a very special ITV logo featuring artwork created by kids at home across the nation. More information can be found at ITV Kids Create – please note closing date is 19th April.
Wednesday 1 April 2020
In it together Top tips from Warrington’s Parenting Leads on how to help your household be pleasant and as stress less as possible during the coronavirus outbreak:
Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp The Government has launched a Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp. The free service is an automated ‘chatbot’ that will allow people to get answers to the most common questions about COVID-19 directly from government. It aims to further reduce the burden on NHS services, including 111, combat the spread of the virus and ensure people stay at home and save lives.
To use the free GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp, simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to get started.
A set of menu options is then presented which the user can choose from and then be sent relevant guidance from GOV.UK pages as well as links to GOV.UK for further information.
Important information for people with learning disabilities and autism and their families on staying at home – and the difference between social and physical isolation: https://mailchi.mp/nwtdt/easy-read-video-daily-update-27-march-2020-coronavirus?e=64f0262c55
Advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-supporting-children-and-young-peoples-mental-health-and-wellbeing
Tuesday 31 March 2020
PE lessons with Joe Wicks are streamed live each school day 9am on The Body Coach YouTube channel so log on and get moving…parents can join in too!
If you miss the live stream at 9am you can play the video later in the day and still get your daily workout! Link below…
Friday 20 March 2020
Teachers’ temporary e-mail addresses for use during the school closure are listed below. Teachers can be contacted by e-mail during school hours 8.45am and 3.30pm if you have any questions regarding your child’s work. There will be skeleton cover in the school office for general enquries during the school closure period.
Thursday 19 March 2020
Wednesday 18 March 2020
An update letter has been sent home to parents today along with a work pack for each child for use in the event of a school closure. A copy of the letter can be found below. If your child has been absent from school today, please could parents arrange for their work pack to be collected from the school office.
Thursday 12 March 2020
Useful documents and links can be found below – please check regularly as more may be added as the situation progresses: