School Closure Information

Your child’s learning and overall wellbeing remains of extremely high importance to all of us and the academy will continue provide education, learning activities and resources whilst the academy is closed. Please click on the links below:

  • Every student has plenty of work set on Show My Homework .
  • Sixth Form students may also have work set via Google Classroom.
  • Students looking for further reading and reasearch will find lots of resources on Seneca 

Daily planner template for home studyResources & ideas for keeping students busy at homeTalking to your child about Coronavirus - a guide for parents

Coronavirus - a guide for young peopleCoronavirus and UK schools closures: Support and advice for parents/carers from the Division of Educational and Child Psychology and British Psychological Society 

Scroll to the bottom of the page for more ideas.

Parents and carers have their own log in for Show My Homework to allow them find out what work has been set for their child.

If you need a reminder of your log in details for Show My Homework please email helpdesk@petcheyacademy.org.uk.

Whilst the academy is closed as far as possible staff will be working remotely so you will be able to email teaching staff, and you can also contact the academy via mail@petcheyacademy.org.uk. Our IT helpdesk will also be available for technical support related to Show My Homework or academy student email.

School closure may result in children spending more time online too. Please click the link below for information and resources for parents regarding online safety.

Parents' Guides & Resources

The academy will be fully closed for the Easter holiday period between Monday 6th - Friday 17th April.

Where can I go to get support to help keep my child safe online?

There is a lot of support available to keep your child safe online. Below are some useful links to help parents and carers:

  • Thinkyouknow (advice from the National Crime Agency to stay safe online)
  • Internet matters (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Parent info (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • LGfL (support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online)
  • Net-aware (support for parents and carers from the NSPCC)

More resources & ideas for students and children

Free Children's Classics eBooks & Audiobooks
https://www.researchify.co.uk/audiobooks.html
 
Find Great Literature Online for Free https://readgreatliterature.com/how-to-find-great-literature-online-for-free/


Storyline Online
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.
https://www.storylineonline.net/


Virtual Story-times happening now!
Josh Gad's Gad Book Club - the man who contains the voice of Olaf in Frozen has been live-streaming himself reading picturebooks on his twitter account (https://twitter.com/joshgad). You can find the videos of past performances under the hashtag #GadBookClub


Neil Gaiman and friends have read The Graveyard Book & Coraline  
Oliver Jeffers has been reading one of his books every weekday, you can watch previous recordings here or you can watch LIVE on his instagram (@oliverjeffers) at 6 PM GMT/ 2 PM EST/ 11 AM PST


Lunch Doodles with Mo Williams, the creator of the Pigeon and Elephant & Piggie has been live-streaming doodle workshops at 1pm ET every weekday, you can catch up with his videos here 


Audible Stories free to use during the Coronavirus crisis
Elevenses with David Walliams  

Reading Realm Creative Writing Prompts: https://thereadingrealm.co.uk/2020/03/17/free-reading-realm-home-learning-pack-3-creative-writing-prompts


Shirley Mcmillan video on how to make a 'zine/mini book: https://youtu.be/6YzwaPt5VuA

 

 
Culture
With publicly available performing arts having come to a standstill, many organisations, bands and individuals have stepped up to offer virtual(ly) live performances. Many of them for free. Below is  list of some of what is available:
 
Ballet & Opera
The Royal Opera House will be bringing the drama to your home, the theatre will offer a free schedule of both opera and ballet broadcasts so audiences can access world-class performances right at their fingertips.
Full details: https://secretldn.com/royal-opera-house-free-performances/

Music
 
TogetherAtHome Concerts 
Musicians from John Legend to Chris Martin have been recording themselves playing concerts in their homes. You can catch up on these concerts here:https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=togetherathome
 
Dropkick Murphys Streaming Up from Boston
The Dropkick Murphys broadcast their annual Saint Patrick's Day concert live online from an empty studio. The full concert can be watched online here: https://youtu.be/5j06g0TE_Ao
 
Full-length Performances to Stream Online for Free
https://allarts.org/2020/03/5-full-length-performances-available-to-stream-for-free/
 
Self Care Reading Listhttps://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/blogs/the-scoop/self-care-not-selfish/


Other Useful Resources
The TeenLibrarian Toolbox: Roundup of Pandemic Resources for Librarians, Teachers and the Parents That We Serve : http://www.teenlibrariantoolbox.com/2020/03/a-roundup-of-pandemic-resources/

Things to do if your school library is closed, by Sarah Pavey: https://slgtalkingbooks.com/2020/03/23/things-to-do-if-your-school-library-is-closed/

Literary Resources courtesy of Lucas Maxwell: https://glenthornelrc.blogspot.com/2020/03/literary-resources.html

Information for Key Workers

Key Workers

Government advice is that the best place for all children is at home whilst schools are closed, however selected schools remain open for the children of Key Workers and children with certain needs only. 

Click here for the government guidelines on parents/carers who are eligible to send their child to school becuse they are Key Workers.

Parents/ carers of children who have an EHCP, are Looked After, or who have a social worker under safeguarding arrangements are also eligible to send their child to school during the closure period.

We appreciate that childcare arrangements are going to be very tough for many families, but have been asked to be strict about limiting places to those qualifying under the above categories, in order to keep the  number of children spending time together as low as possible.   

Parents/carers who need to send their child to the academy because they are in work must confirm the days they will be sending their child IN ADVANCE using the form below.

Parents/carers will be required to provide proof from their employer that they have Key Worker status.

Students must attend in uniform from 8.30am-3.15pm and they must bring their own packed lunch as we have no catering available on site. 

If you are a Key Worker and you need to send your child to school please email jayne.nelson@petcheyacademy.org.uk.

The academy will be fully closed for the Easter holiday period between Monday 6th - Friday 17th April.