Pilgrims School is beginning a phased reopening for Little Pilgrims, Pre School, Reception and Year 1 children while continuing to provide for key worker children from all year groups. Our phased return dates are as follows:
Monday 1 June: Reception and Year 1
Monday 8 June: Pre School children
Monday 15 June: Little Pilgrims children
Monday 22 June: Year 2 children
To view our COVID-19 Risk Assessment for reopening, please see the below document:
This risk assessment has been developed in response to the Government’s aim to allow Early Years and Year 1 students to re-join Key Worker students at the school’s premises from the 1st June. It has been developed following Government guidance as a minimum. It will be reviewed regularly based on both ongoing operational experience and emerging Government advice.
The control measures mentioned in this document are in addition to the School and Harpur Trust departmental risk assessments and policies which are being reviewed in light of changing Government Guidance.
To keep up to date with our latest news, please find our parent newsletters below:
For parents of pupils in Year 2 we’ve put together a short video. We hope you find this beneficial ahead of coming back to Pilgrims from Monday 22 June.
As the school is closed to most of the pupils until further notice, your child’s class teacher will be arranging home learning activities for the children to complete each week. At the beginning of each week your Room or Year Group will email you the learning which has been planned for the week ahead. This will be organised in the following way:
- All age groups
Children will have some age appropriate daily tasks to take part in ranging from having tummy time in the Baby Room to completing 15 minutes of TT Rockstar practice in Year 2.
- Little Pilgrims
Each room will receive a weekly ‘Next Steps Activity Grid’ and an ‘Additional Activity List’. ‘The Next Steps Activity Grid’ will contain ten suggested activities for the week. We suggest the children complete one activity for each session they attend. So, for example, if a child attends all day on a Monday and Wednesday (4 sessions), they would complete four activities. The activities in this grid are related to the identified ‘next steps’ for each room. Running alongside this, there will be a more general ‘Activity List’ which will be sent out to all rooms giving additional activities you might like to do with your child.
- Pre School and Reception
Children will receive 3 ‘Activity Banks’ each week, a literacy, a numeracy and a topic one. Each ‘Activity Bank’ will contain a list of five activities for the week with sets of instructions. We suggest the children in Reception choose one activity from each ‘Activity Bank’ every day and for Pre School one from each, for each day they normally attend. Alongside this they will also have an ‘Activity Grid’ with some additional activities on they might like to complete.
- Years 1 and 2
Children will receive a Literacy, Numeracy and a Topic/Specialist ‘Activity Bank’ each week. The Topic/Specialist one will contain lessons for IT, French, Music and Topic. We suggest the children choose one activity from each ‘Activity Bank’ each day. Alongside this they will have an additional ‘Activity Grid’ with some further activities on they might like to complete.
Some of the activities for the children in Reception to Year 2 will require them to use their Purple Mash account. All children should have received a log in. Please ask your child to log-in to the program and complete the ‘2Paint’ task which has been set as a ‘test activity’ in the ‘2Dos’ section. This will allow you to check that the system is working properly at home for you. Please let your class teacher know if you have any problems with the program. If you have problems logging in, please could you photograph the error message on the screen.
We think it is very important for the children to still hear and see the adults they are normally with in school. With this in mind, and to help keep that emotional link with us, each age group will provide some video links for some of their activities and these will be able to be viewed on our Pilgrims’ YouTube channel.
With most people staying at home, we have come up with some activities for the children to do at home to encourage learning through play.
Arts and crafts
Arts and crafts encourage the children to use their imaginations, so let them go wild with these ideas and don’t be afraid to get messy!
- Rainbows – if you haven’t already, why not make a rainbow to display in the window? This shows off their artwork and cheers up any people walking past while on their daily exercise.
- Build a den – using blankets and bed linen, let the children create their own den and ask them whether it is a secret club, a film club or even an igloo!
- Potato printing – cut some potatoes into shapes, watch your children paint them and create a picture with shapes.
- Sock puppets – find some old socks and glue on some googly eyes, pipe cleaners or paper to create characters and encourage your children to put on a show for you or recreate a story read by David Walliams.
- Shadow drawing – ask the children to collect some of their favourite toys and create a shadow with them over a piece of paper, whether using natural light or a torch if needed. Then they can draw the outline and colour them in!
- Roads – use masking tape to create roads and parking spaces then challenge the children to drive their toy cars successfully down the roads and park them in size or colour order.
- Activity packs – there are lots of activity packs online available to download and print. Try this free activity pack for children of all ages from Penguin.
Even though we are staying home, it is still important to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Try these outdoor activities with your children and watch them get closer to nature.
- Grow your own veg – assist your children with planting some home grown vegetables and help them to nurture the plants and then cook them once they are ready.
- Chalk drawings – offer your children to draw with chalk in your garden or on the driveway and create pictures. You can even draw around their shadow and ask them to draw themselves and colour it in!
- Nature hunt – ask your children to see if they can find any plants, birds or bugs in your garden. You could even encourage nature to visit your garden by using these RSPB activities to build a bug hotel or bird cafe.
It’s important to stay active. Try out these exercise ideas with your children and have fun together!
- Obstacle Course – help your children to make an obstacle course through the house, finding anything that they can go over, under or around. Use a stopwatch to time how long it takes for them to complete to see if they can get a personal best or even do it faster than you!
- PE with Joe – Joe Wicks, also known as The Body Coach, is holding PE lessons every weekday at 9 am on YouTube, although you can catch up with them at any time.
Keeping in touch
Right now it is so important to keep in touch with family and friends virtually. While we know you are probably carrying out some video calls, here are some creative ideas to make the ones you love smile.
- Post a picture – your children can draw a picture of their favourite things or things that they have been doing and post them when on their daily exercise. Friends and family will love receiving these and can display them on their wall or fridge.
- Post cards – help your children to write a message to their friends and family to let them know that they are thinking of them. Why not include the things that they are looking forward to doing together when they are able to visit?
- Send a hug – draw around your child’s head and stretched out arms, then ask them to draw themselves. Pop these in the post or through the letterbox of those who live close by to send a virtual hug!
- Special occasion cards and cakes – is it someone’s birthday coming up soon? Help your child to make a card or cake and deliver them to their doorstep. If they don’t live nearby, help them to find a business local to the recipient that is doing home delivery. This will make their day extra special!
- View our latest parent newsletter
- View the latest Harpur Trust letter to parents
- Watch this NHS video on how to wash your hands
- Public Health England – five things you can do to protect yourself and your community
- For updates see the NHS dedicated Coronavirus webpage
- Download this PDF for more information Hello, I’m Coronavirus – for kids
How to protect yourself video
Events and school trips
As the school is now closed, the following events have either had to be cancelled or postponed. Please find the details below:
- Pilgrims Parents Cake Sale (2BS): Thursday 19 March – This has now been CANCELLED. We hope to reschedule later in the year
- Year 2 Production: Friday 20 March – This has now been POSTPONED. We will reschedule later in the year
- Reception trip to Woburn: Monday 23 March – This has now been POSTPONED. We hope to reschedule later in the year
- Year 1 Church trip: Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 March – POSTPONED following instructions from the Church.
- Choir visit to Airedale: Tuesday 24 March – This has now been CANCELLED
- Tennis Tournament: Wednesday 25 March – This event at Bedford School has been CANCELLED
- Hindleap Warren, Year 2 Residential: Wednesday 22 to Friday 24 April – Unfortunately, this event has had to be CANCELLED as the setting has been directed to close (updated 19 March).
We thank you very much for your help and understanding at this difficult time. We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone back to school soon.