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Rabbits Class

Dear Parent/Guardian,

As you are most likely aware, part of the government’s plans to ease lockdown includes the possibility of schools and early years settings opening to more pupils from 1 June 2020. As we approach this date, we wanted to write to you to update you on the position across Suffolk.

We know that keeping your children at home has been challenging and we want to thank you for being part of the national response to the coronavirus pandemic in doing this. Schools have also done an excellent job in challenging circumstances and we thank them for all the work they have done.

The phased opening of schools to more pupils would start with pupils in nurseries, reception, year one and year six. This will be in addition to accommodating children of key workers and vulnerable pupils. Secondary schools and other schools such as pupil referral units and special schools will also gradually increase the number of children and young people they can accommodate. For secondary schools this will start with year 10 and year 12.

This will only happen if the level of new infections continues to decrease and the following conditions set out by the government are met;

• To make sure the NHS can cope by providing sufficient critical care across the UK • To see a sustained and consistent fall in daily death rates with confidence the UK is beyond the peak • Reliable data to show the infection rate is falling to manageable levels • There is enough testing and personal protective equipment (PPE) to meet future demand • Any changes in restrictions would not lead to a second peak

A decision by the government is not expected until Friday 29 May 2020.

Suffolk County Council is supporting school leaders to safely increase the number of children and young people on site; this will be based on risk assessments which will be developed for each school. Not all schools will be able to respond in the same way, but they will all give priority to the health and wellbeing of pupils and staff as well as families. We have been listening to the experiences and concerns of children, young people and families since the start of the pandemic. These are very important to us and have helped us make decisions about where services and support should be focused. This is also reflected in the risk assessment guidance that we have shared with schools and settings. We realise that the decision whether to send your children and young people back to school at this time will not be an easy one to make so we have emphasised to schools the importance of ensuring that parents and carers are given the information they need in order to make an informed choice. Government guidance has made it clear that it is not compulsory for parents to send their children to school at this time and there will be no penalties for families who choose to keep children at home. Schools will continue to provide accessible opportunities for children and young people to learn at home and your school will explain to you how they plan to keep in touch with you over the coming weeks. For more information on the re-opening of schools, the government has issued the

following guidance; information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings- from-1-june

We would once again like to thank families for their efforts during this time. In Suffolk we will continue to monitor the situation closely and follow guidance released by the government. We will update you as soon as we have more information. The following resources are available for families during this time: SCC schools guidance: Advice and help for parents or carers who have a child with SEND:

Help and advice for young people:

Yours sincerely

Adrian Orr

Assistant Director, Education and Learning

Children and Young People’s Services

Dear young people,

Can you think of your favourite day of the year? For many of you we reckon it’s your birthday! Even as we write now, we can imagine the cake and the candles, the singing, the cards and hopefully a present or two.

Well, for us, the most special day of the year (as well as our birthdays which we really like too) is Easter Sunday, and we’ve been preparing for it for weeks. Obviously, we love the chocolate eggs (especially the big ones with lots more chocolates inside) but we also love the Easter story behind the eggs. More about that in a minute…

Yet, this year, it has to be one of the strangest Easters either of us have ever had, and together we have celebrated well over 100 Easter Sundays!

We bet it’s pretty strange for you too. Perhaps it’s hard sometimes at home? We guess that you might be missing your friends, the chance to play outside as much as you’d like. We’re also concerned that our eyes are starting to look like the shape of our screens, we’re on them so much! What about yours?!

Anyway, back to the Easter story, which happened over 2000 years ago. It is about Jesus, the teacher and healer (and of course friend to many children), being let down and betrayed by someone he called

a friend. He had done nothing wrong but ended up dying on a cross. People thought it was all over, end of story. But no, three days later Jesus walked out of the tomb alive, showing everyone he had fought with death and won. In fact, it wasn’t the end but the start of something new for all of us – a new way of life with Jesus who loves us so much he wants us to be everything we can be, with Him.

It’s because of this story that we love Easter so much and every time we eat an egg in the next couple of days, we remember the new life that Jesus brought and we celebrate. Now we know we’re not on our own and Jesus is with us. We are praying with Jesus every day at the moment for those who are sick or sad and those who are helping them and we’d love you to join us in praying. God loves it when we pray so the more the merrier. If you’re not sure how to pray just tell God what you’re thinking. He’ll do the rest.

Finally, we want you to know that we’re praying for you, that God will be with you through this time. If you ask your Mum or Dad or a grown up you’re with to email us [] your first name, we will pray for you by name on Easter Sunday and whenever we get the chance. We very much look forward to meeting you one day, hopefully in our churches or schools, when this time is over. Do say hello and tell us that you read our letter.

Bishop Martin and Bishop Mike

*for very strange reasons our official titles are the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich and the Bishop of Dunwich but that’s far too long isn’t

School Closure

19th March, 2020

Following the announcement yesterday by the Prime Minister, I am now writing to let you know that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children after this Friday until further notice.

As advised by the government, we will do all that we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services, supermarket delivery drivers) and children with certain needs.

Please could you let us know if you think your child may fall into one of these categories? There is a paper copy for these children only to state which days next week your child will be in school, if they require Breakfast or After School Club (finishing at 4:30) and lunch requests. This will ensure that we have the correct staff: pupil ratios in place. There will be a First Aid trained and a Safeguarding member of staff in school each day to keep your child safe.

All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards please.

Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by text or letter. Our aim is to ensure that the students, parents, carers and staff are prepared for the closure. Despite the inevitable disruption and distress that a closure would bring, there is still much we can do to support learning during this period.

In order to prepare as a school, staff have worked together to implement a plan for remote learning during this uncertain time:

How will I communicate with my child’s class teacher?

Any questions you may have can be emailed to and your class teacher will respond as soon as is practical.

What resources will be available to the children?

All work for the Rabbit class will be set through the Tapestry. For Squirrel, Badger and Owl classes, work will be available on-line plus a workbook. Each child will be given activities using

  1. First create a gmail account
  2. Sign in by clicking go to classroom (blue button)
  3. Sign in
  4. There is an accompanying picture guide

  • Codes:
  • Owl: xqvvii4
  • Badger: bkyqgjp
  • Squirrels: xnxortz

Please also continue with daily reading, using their reading records, and perhaps they could create a diary. There may also be activities for the children, which can be accessed through the school website

How will I know which program/app to access?

Any information you need to complete the tasks will be on the school website alongside the tasks set.

How much time should my child spend completing tasks?

This is a very difficult question to answer. I know every family will be different but there needs to be a balance of learning, which will include being online, drawing, reading, creative and practical tasks, and outdoor play.

We believe that the preparations we are making will help to ensure that important learning can still take place in the event of the school closing as part of a national response to this public health emergency, or in the event of a self-isolation.

If you have any queries relating to our plans, please get in touch. If you are a family who do not have access to the internet then please contact the school so that we can provide learning material in a different format.

This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it is far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.

I wish you and your family good health in the coming weeks and months and thank you for your support during these uncertain times. Our prayers are with you all.

Kind regards

Mrs Frances Parr Head Teacher

Sport Relief

18th March, 2020

On Friday 13th March we enjoyed walking, running, skipping, dancing, hopping and even some cartwheeling for at least a mile around the field and then a bake sale afterwards. We raised an amazing £197, well done Barningham!

Safer Internet Day 2020

10th February, 2020

Safer Internet Day is on the 11th February 2020! 

Safer Internet Day 2020 will be celebrated globally with the theme:

Together for a better internet.

Have a read through for some handy tips – See the web page at

D-I-S-C-O on Thursday!

3rd February, 2020

Meeting: 15.01.20 1. The council discussed the changes at playtimes and lunch times with the introduction of the basketball. Everybody agreed that it was calmer and children seemed less angry. There were not so many angry exchanges between certain children. 2. There is a need to talk to the school about looking out for children on their own. Perhaps to extend the friendship groups? 3. The worship council will plant a prayer garden after half term. 4. The Worship Council wrote certificates for the next Celebration Assembly.

About the Teacher

Miss Garland and Mrs Duncan teach the Rabbits Class. Miss Garland enjoys art and science. She likes baking and gardening. Mrs Duncans favourite subjects are PE and maths. She loves animals and keeps chickens.

Term Dates

  • 2020 - 2021
  • PD Days: 01 & 02 September
  • Autumn Term 1: 03 Sept - 22 Oct
  • PD Day: 23 Oct
  • Autumn Term 2: 02 Nov - 18 Dec
  • Spring Term 1: 04 Jan 2021 - 12 Feb
  • Spring Term 2: 22 Feb - 26 March
  • Summer Term 1: 12 April - 28 May
  • Summer Term 2: 7 June - 16 July
  • PD Day: 19 & 20 July