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31/03/20 - Coronavirus and Free School Meals

The Government have just issued guidance to schools for additional support for families eligible for free-school meals.  If your circumstances have changed and you think you may be entitled to free school meals, please go to our parents tab and select school meals, where you will find a link to the Norfolk County Council free school meals page to apply.

Coronavirus - Critical Workers

The Government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and has asked schools to remain open only for those children who ​absolutely need to attend; for example, children whose ​parents​ are critical to the Covid-19 response ​and​ who cannot be safely cared for at home. This is to limit the chance of the virus spreading. 

The Government states that “if it is​ at all possible​ for children to be at home, then they should be”.  The Local Authority has issued further guidance based on the latest government advice. The key message is that in-school provision is ​only for those families who really cannot keep their child/children at home.  ​Therefore if there is any possibility of a parent working from home or making alternative arrangements then this should be undertaken.

We are aware that the situation with the Covid-19 response could escalate and therefore demands on key workers may change.  If this is the case for you and you need access to emergency childcare please email straight away so that we can try to support you.  You will need to submit the form which you can click on here 'Eligibility - request for place.pdf'   or can be found at the bottom of this page.  We will need to have confirmation from your employer that your role is critical to the Covid-19 response and what your working pattern is to be.  We will need confirmation from you that there is no other possible childcare option for you. (If there is an adult at home then your child is safest at home.

Wymondham’s local schools are working together to provide emergency childcare over the Easter holidays for the children of approved key workers who are involved in the front-line response to the Covid 19 crisis. 

Places have been arranged for eligible Barnham Broom Primary School children at Robert Kett Primary School’s ‘Extra Time’ club.  If, during the holiday, you need to contact the childcare service (ie shift changes for emergency workers or redeployment that means you now need urgent access) please call the Robert Kett Primary School office on 01953 603405 and email and

Mrs Benson will be contacted to confirm that this is a valid request, so please ensure that you have submitted an 'Eligibility - request for place.pdf' form to Mrs Benson and you are able to provide verification from your employer that your role is critical to the Covid-19 response and they can verify your new working pattern.  You will need to confirm that there is no other possible childcare option for you.  

Please scroll down for some home learning activities  
There are more home learning activities under each of the class pages.  

Please can you notify school as soon as possible if your family is having to self isolate.

Updated 17/3/20

The following information is from the NHS information pages:

Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms

Stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.

How long to stay at home

  • if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
  • if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms

If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.

If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

Read our advice about staying at home.

Main messages

  • if you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 14 days from when your symptoms started. Your whole household needs to self isolate for the 14 day period 
  • this action will help protect others in your community whilst you are possibly infectious.
  • plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home.
  • ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home.
  • stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home whenever possible.
  • sleep alone, if that is possible.
  • wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water.
  • stay away from vulnerable individuals such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions as much as possible.
  • you do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

Will I be tested if I think I have COVID-19?

The Government has said that they will not be testing those self-isolating with mild symptoms. 

How to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus (social distancing)

Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.

It is particularly important for people who:

  • are 70 or over
  • have a long-term condition
  • are pregnant
  • have a weakened immune system

The NHS will contact you from Monday 23 March 2020 if you are at particularly high risk of getting seriously ill with coronavirus. You'll be given specific advice about what to do.

Do not contact your GP or healthcare team at this stage – wait to be contacted.

You can find more information if you click on the links below.

The following are links to further information from the Government:

Stay at home guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response

Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.


Ideas to support your EYFS child:

  • Read a story and talk about the characters
  • Practise phonics as often as you can
  • Practise counting
  • Talking about shapes and finding some in the home
  • Letter and number formation
  • Interact and play games
Practical ideas for YR home learning pack see PDF files at the bottom of the page


Ideas to support your Year 1 child:

  • Find objects around your home and use your phonics to label them.
  • Read a book everyday and write a sentence about what happened in the story, remembering to include capital letters and full stops.
  • Collect 10 pairs of socks, use them to practise counting in 2s
  • Get a pile of your favourite toys or Lego, group them into tens and ones and count how many you have
  • Get some seeds and plant them, record how high your plant grows each day
Practical ideas for Y1 home learning pack see PDF files at the bottom of the page


Ideas to support your Year 2 child:

  • Read everyday
  • Write book reviews for the books you finish
  • Keep a diary
  • Practise 2, 5 and 10 times tables
  • Complete calculations using all four operations (+, -, x and ÷)
  • Measure objects around your home and record the lengths
  • Go on a 3D shape hunt, write the names of all the shapes you find, then make a table and record the number of faces, edges and vertices for each object.
  • Collect some coins from your money box, list the coins you have and find the total amount. Try to make the same amount using different coins.
Practical ideas for Y2 home learning pack see PDF files at the bottom of the page 


Ideas to support your Year 3 child:

  • Recall 3, 4 and 8 multiplications as well as their division facts
  • Use everyday objects to write fractions
  • Compare, order, add and subtract fractions with the same denominators
  • Measure objects around the house using a ruler and record in mm and cm
  • Baking is a perfect way to measure mass, capacity and time
  • Tell and write the time in 24 hour and analogue - do this at certain times of the day. Try to create a timetable
  • Draw 2D shapes and use a ruler to measure their sides
  • Add and subtract money using both pounds and pence
  • Ensure your child reads every day. Ask your child to give you a recount of what they have read.
  • Ask your children to keep a diary and include:
     - Conjunctions (if, since, at when, although, because),                                                                                             - adverbs and prepositions (during, before, after, behind, in front of, between) to make sentences longer               - Speech in sentences
Practical ideas for Y3 home learning pack see PDF files at the bottom of the page


Ideas to support your Year 4 child:

  • Read every day. Ask questions about what might happen next, you could write these down and see if you were correct
  • Write a book review
  • Practise timetables
  • Practise spellings
  • Encourage addition and subtraction using money. How much change?
  • Use everyday objects to practise fractions - how much pizza have you eaten? What fraction of the socks are blue? What fraction of the cars you can see are red?
  • Make a plan to decorate a room and measure the perimeter
  • Write an explanation text about your favourite hobby
Practical ideas for Y4 home learning pack see PDF files at the bottom of the page


Ideas to support your Year 5 child:

  • Read lots of different types of texts and discuss them
  • Estimate the area and perimeter of the rooms in your house
  • Write a story including direct speech and parenthesis
  • Create different fractions using everyday objects, then record and compare them
  • Practise Y5/6 spelling words
  • Recap specific grammatical terminology
  • Practise multiplying 4 digit numbers by 1 or 2 digit numbers
  • Practise dividing 4 digit numbers by a 1 digit numbers
  • Read, write, order and compare decimals, for example money
Practical ideas for Y5 home learning pack see PDF files at the bottom of the page


Ideas to support your Year 6 child:

  • Recap specific grammatical terminology
  • Practise spellings from the Y5/6 word list and put them in sentences
  • Read lots of different types of texts and discuss them
  • Practise calculating using all 4 written methods of calculation (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division)
  • Explore equivalences between fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Practise calculations using fractions and decimals
  • Find fractions and percentages of amounts
Practical ideas for Y6 home learning pack see PDF files at the bottom of the page

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