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School Closure

THURSDAY 19TH APRIL WILL BE OUR LAST SCHOOL DAY UNTIL AFTER THE EASTER HOLIDAYS

Please visit our home learning gallery where you will see images of our home learning.

LETTER SENT TO PARENTS 18TH MARCH

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much for the overwhelmingly positive messages of support for the school in the light of making the difficult decision to close.

To confirm - tomorrow will be the last day of school before the Easter Holidays.

We are in the process of making packs of resources to send home today; these will consist of paper, an exercise book, some coloured pencils and felt tip pens, and a writing pencil. Any parent whose child is already absent can either pick up a pack tonight or tomorrow from the office or ask another parent to pick it up on their behalf.

Please click on the links below to access a list of useful educational websites for all children covering a range of subjects and topics. We have also put together a list of websites aimed specifically at children in Year 2, Year 1 and Reception, also attached. 

As I write this, we wait to see whether the government follows the decision we have already made at Ramsgate Holy Trinity. I will give more details to you tomorrow as to how we will continue to provide learning opportunities for your child during school closure in the following week or weeks - outlining our approach depending on the government's decisions for all schools.

As we have had only about half of our children in school today, we have spent much of the day outside, enjoying the sunshine. I can assure you that the children have remained bright and in good spirits, which is a testament to their character in these difficult times. 

We will make sure that tomorrow is just as enjoyable for them,

Yours,

Erin Price and Tim Hunter-Whitehouse

INFORMATION FROM THE LETTER SENT TO PARENTS 17TH MARCH

Our staffing situation remains very difficult with significant numbers of teaching and support staff not being able to work in school either through showing symptoms of the Coronavirus or because they have, or family members have, underlying health conditions.  As the guidance now states that households have to isolate for 14 days, the situation at school is only going to become more and more difficult. Therefore we have taken the decision to close Ramsgate Holy Trinity; Thursday the 19th will be our last day before the Easter holidays. This is not a decision that we have taken lightly, but we feel that it is in the best interests of our children, staff and community. Tomorrow, staff will be preparing some resources for children to take home with them on Thursday, and arrangements will be made for learning activities to be placed on our website for each year group each week. Although this is the decision that we have made for Holy Trinity, we understand that it is also the decision being made in schools up and down the country.

Whilst we are open, we will keep up our daily communication; and once closed, we will ensure that there is regular and clear communication with you as to what the future holds.

Other useful resources:

Khan Academy
https://www.khanacademy.org
Especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it's mostly common material.

BBC Learning
http://www.bbc.co.uk/learning/coursesearch/
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.

Futurelearn
https://www.futurelearn.com
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).

Seneca
https://www.senecalearning.com
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.

Openlearn
https://www.open.edu/openlearn/
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.

Blockly
https://blockly.games
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.

Scratch
https://scratch.mit.edu/explore/projects/games/
Creative computer programming

Ted Ed
https://ed.ted.com
All sorts of engaging educational videos

National Geographic Kids
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Duolingo
https://www.duolingo.com
Learn languages for free. Web or app.

Mystery Science
https://mysteryscience.com
Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This
https://thekidshouldseethis.com
Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course
https://thecrashcourse.com
You Tube videos on many subjects

Crash Course Kids
https://m.youtube.com/user/crashcoursekids
As above for a younger audience

Crest Awards
https://www.crestawards.org
Science awards you can complete from home.

iDEA Awards
https://idea.org.uk
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.

Paw Print Badges
https://www.pawprintbadges.co.uk
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.

Tinkercad
https://www.tinkercad.com
All kinds of making.

Prodigy Maths
https://www.prodigygame.com
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.

Cbeebies Radio
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/radio
Listening activities for the younger ones.

Nature Detectives
https://naturedetectives.woodlandtrust.org.uk/naturedetectives/
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!

British Council
https://www.britishcouncil.org/school-resources/find
Resources for English language learning

Oxford Owl for Home
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/
Lots of free resources for Primary age

Big History Project
https://www.bighistoryproject.com/home
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.

Geography Games
https://world-geography-games.com/world.html
Geography gaming!

Blue Peter Badges
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/joinin/about-blue-peter-badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.

The Artful Parent
https://www.facebook.com/artfulparent/
Good, free art activities 

Red Ted Art
https://www.redtedart.com
Easy arts and crafts for little ones

The Imagination Tree
https://theimaginationtree.com
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

Toy Theater
https://toytheater.com/
Educational online games

DK Find Out
https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/?fbclid=IwAR2wJdpSJSeITf4do6aPhff8A3tAktnmpaxqZbkgudD49l71ep8-sjXmrac
Activities and quizzes

Twinkl
https://www.twinkl.co.uk
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.