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Dear Parents \ Carers,  

It is with great frustration and sadness that we have had to close our school following last night's announcement. Having our pupils back in school for the Autumn term has been wonderful and we have seen them make so much progress over this time.  

However, we now face at least a half term of remote learning for our pupils with school closed until February half term. This will be a challenge for us but I am confident that we have developed our remote learning to best meet our pupil’s learning needs. This provision, however good, can never replace regular schooling for any pupil. It is our hope we can return all pupils to school as soon as it is possible.  

For all classes we are now implementing our remote learning plan: stage one of which is to provide work for the next 2 days. The link below will take you to the Remote Learning page of our website, which is where all resources will be shared for each class (each class has their own star icon link to a sub-page).  

Paper copies of stage one remote learning can be collected from the school entrance this afternoon.  

Details of stage two of remote learning will be shared via email tomorrow, with sessions starting on Thursday 7th January 2021.  

This will follow the format of recent isolation class work and be a mixture of: 

  • Directed time on specific sites/apps (TT Rockstars, Numbots,, Bug Club, Read theory…) Pupils will already have details of these at home but please contact school via email if you have issues accessing any of the above. 
  • Specific lessons from Oak Academy or BBC Bitesize that link to the pupil’s current learning. 
  • Paper booklets containing sheets to support live sessions and other stand-alone activities (for collection or available on the school website) 
  • Details of specific tasks for submission each week that will receive feedback from staff 
  • Daily live sessions with the class teacher to introduce new content, give feedback and check in with pupils and possibly some pre-recorded materials for use at home for our younger pupils. 

If you would like to check that you can connect to Teams sessions before live learning starts, please use this link to join the test meeting on Wednesday 6th January 2021 at 14:00 - Join Microsoft Teams Meeting 

As with isolation class work carried out last term, we want to make it clear that we are aware that all households face unique situations during this time and that learning may need to be adapted for our pupils. Please focus efforts on the daily Teams sessions and English and Maths work. Once we have moved to stage 2 of remote learning, teachers will be available via email to support you as much as they are able. School has a limited number of laptops that we can provide families to support remote learning. These will be allocated based on an individual basis. To request a laptop, please email us. 

Remote Learning Link 

Vulnerable Pupils 

The Department for Education has updated its guidance on pupils who can be classed as vulnerable and it is now expected that these pupils attend school daily. If your child can be classed as vulnerable, we will have already been in contact with you about them attending school. We will also confirm this via email individually. 

Key Worker Pupils 

Thank you to all parents who completed the form requesting Key Worker places in school. Parents who have requested a place will be sent a separate email to confirm their child can attend school from Wednesday 6th January 2021, giving full details of this provision. Please be aware that these pupils will still be completing the same work as their peers who are at home, in line with remote learning guidance. 

Free school meals 

Emergency sandwich meals/hampers can be collected for free school meal pupils from school today. We have been informed by the catering agency that they will be delivering food hampers to schools weekly, for pupils who are eligible for free school meals. We will share more information on this as soon as we have it. 

Please note this is not for universal free school meal pupils (which all Reception and KS1 pupils receive when in school) and that the Eden red voucher system used last summer is not presently running. Please contact us if you are unsure if your child qualifies for a free school meal.  

If you need any support during this time of Lock Down, please contact school so we can try and help out as best we can. We can deliver packs for remote learning and drop off food hampers for families in need. 

Thank you for your patience and support. Due to a high number of emails, we have received, we have not been able to respond to individual queries. I hope that this email, and the others detailed above, make current arrangements clear. 

Kind regards,
James Clay

Head Teacher

Manston Primary School

 0113 2645 445
Manston Primary School, Dennil Road, Leeds, LS15 8SD