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4/6/20
Here I am Art Project
Good morning,
I hope you and your families are all safe and well.  
The three things I am grateful for today are:
-	My family are keeping well
-	I have enough food to eat
-	Music – great songs can really cheer you up
I received the information below yesterday, it seems a nice activity to get involved in.
Take care today.
Best wishes,
Mrs. Cope.

Press release: # Here I Am 

We are celebrating the people living in Calderdale. Will you join us?   

Artworks is inviting thousands of people living in Calderdale to make a creative expression of their lives to 
celebrate Calderdale being a Valley of Sanctuary and Refugee Week. 

People of Calderdale, here we are. Wherever you’re from, whatever communities you’re part of, we are all 
united in being in the same place at this unique moment in time. 

Who are you? What do you imagine? For yourself, this place, and the future?  
 
Any form or creative expression is welcome, from drawing to writing, song to dance.  Artworks are looking 
forward to receiving a wide variety of responses that will provide a heartwarming insight into the lives of 
people living in Calderdale and what it means to be here in this place at this time. Suggestions, inspiration 
and more information can be found on their website 
https://www.theartworks.org.uk/here-i-am 

Submissions received will be brought together and turned into a series of beautiful creative responses 
shared online by partners during Refugee Week 15-20 June. These include; 
-An audio visual collage by Artworks 
-A live theatre performance from Stand and Be Counted Theatre Company 
-A live artwork at The Piece Hall  
 
People living in Calderale can take part by making something about them and sending it to Artworks before 
the 7th June by text or email to join thousands of other contributions from across our valley.  
Whatsapp / text: 07914863892 or email: info@theartworks.org.uk with your name, age & postcode. 
 
This project is made possible by The Community Foundation for Calderdale and Calderdale Metropolitan 
Borough Council Support and Integration Fund as well as emergency funding from Arts Council England. 
It is delivered in partnership with St Augustine's Center and the Valley of Sanctuary with the theatre 
performance and audio visual collage commissioned by Northern Broadsides. 
For more information, or to discuss the project please contact lauren@theartworks.org.uk

 

3/6/20
Horrible Histories
Good morning,

I hope you are all still keeping safe and well. The weather seems to have changed today and it looks like 
we may be in for a prolonged damp spell. This might make life a bit more difficult during Lock Down e.g. if 
the children become frustrated indoors but we know from Forest Activities and play times that most children 
don't mind a bit of rain. If you can't get outside today how about getting involved in educational 
games/TV from the BBC e.g. Horrible Histories and Deadly Dinosaurs? You can watch on BBC iplayer or 
Youtube and games and activities can be found following the links below.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/horrible-histories
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/deadly-dinosaurs
https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/nature-on-cbbc

The three things I am grateful for today are:
- good health
- the rain as it's good for plants and local wildlife
- freedom of speech

Take care today.
Best wishes,
Mrs. Cope.

2/6/20

The Ickabog
Good Morning,
As a fan of the Harry Potter books I was very interested to see that J.K. Rowling has released a new 
children's story called The Ickabog. It is being released one chapter at a time and can be read for free at 
https://www.theickabog.com/home/ 
You can also enter a drawing competition to illustrate the book version being published later this year at
https://theickabogcompetition.com/
This is what J.K. Rowling has said about it:

"The Ickabog will be published for free in instalments, over the next seven weeks, a chapter (or two, or 
three), at a time. It isn’t Harry Potter and it doesn’t include magic. This is an entirely different story.

The most exciting part, for me, at least, is that I’d like you to illustrate The Ickabog for me. Every day, I’ll 
be making suggestions for what you might like to draw. You can enter the official competition being run by 
my publishers, for the chance to have your artwork included in a printed version of the book due out later 
this year. I’ll be giving suggestions as to what to draw as we go along, but you should let your imagination 
run wild.

I won’t be judging the competition. Each publisher will decide what works best for their editions. However, 
if you, your parent or your guardian would like to share your artwork on Twitter using the hashtag 
#TheIckabog, I’ll be able to see it and maybe share and comment on it!

When the book is published in November, I’m going to donate all my royalties to help people who have 
been affected by the coronavirus. We’ll give full details later in the year.

I think that’s everything you need to know. I hope you enjoy reading it and I can’t wait to see your pictures!"

The three things I am grateful for today are:
- a bit of peace and quiet
- green fields and hills around Calderdale
- supportive family members

I hope that you and your families are all keeping safe and well.
Take care,
Mrs. Cope.

 

1/6/20
 
Happy Monday
Good afternoon,
I hope you are all keeping well.I'm sure by now you will have seen the email I sent by parentmail on Friday 
evening. If not, this is the content:

Calderdale Council sent a letter explaining that they still do not believe it is safe for schools to open any 
wider than for key worker children/vulnerable children because the 5 key points have not yet been fully met. 
Calderdale will review the situation again next week. I am sorry to disappoint you but we believe it is 
sensible to follow their advice, therefore we will not be open until they say it is safe to do so and we have 
all our risk assessment measures in place.

Further news: I had a visit from the Calderdale Health and Safety advisor at Unit 11 last Friday. He shared 
my concerns about the virus and our temporary building and advised that we should only open to a limited 
number of key worker and vulnerable children whilst there. However, the refurbishment is going well at 
Burnley Road and we might be able to open some rooms there in the next few weeks. The Calderdale 
Health and Safety advisor will help me to risk assess the building before that happens. We will keep you 
informed about this when we know more. Please be aware that when we reopen, it will be in line with 
government guidance - Nursery first, then Reception, followed by Year 1 and then Year 6. This is because it 
seems that younger children are less likely to suffer with Covid-19.

Please note we are still open for eligible children. Contact admin@burnleyroad.calderdale.sch.uk if you need 
us to provide care for them. Teachers will be posting activities for other children, as usual from today on 
Seesaw.

The three things I am grateful for today are:
- I will be able to see my eldest daughter and granddaughter again soon
- The sun is shining
- The refurbishment at Burnley Road is going very well.

Best wishes to you and your families,
Mrs. Cope.

 

22/1/20
Friday Funday - Exercise and Energise
Good Morning,
It's Friday Funday. 
This week we were a bit disappointed that we missed out on our Skip2Bfit session so we thought about all 
the different ways we can exercise and energise. Have you been keeping fit and healthy during Lockdown? 
I hope you enjoyed our staff  Exercise and Energise video (see the homepage).

Remember it is the half tern break next week. We won't be posting on Seesaw but there are still lots of 
activity suggestions on the Headteacher Messages tab on our website. You can also log on to Maths Shed 
or Spelling Shed, and access the national Oak Academy resources if you want to keep on learning.

The three things I am grateful for today are:
- photographs that make you smile
- the time and opportunity to exercise
- a job that gives me plenty of mental exercise

Best wishes to you and your families, keep safe and well.
Mrs. Cope.
 
 
21/5/20
Happy Days - Remember NHS at 8:00pm
Good Afternoon,
I hope you are still all keeping well and that you and your children are happy today. 

Does your child enjoying singing? If so you may be interested in this information from Young Voices:
On 2nd June 2020 at 2.30pm, families and students from all over the world will pay tribute to their teachers 
and music educators by joining together for a spectacular global singing event from the safety of their own 
homes. Young Voices, the current Guinness World Record holders for the world’s largest simultaneous sing, 
will invite all children, teachers, and families across the globe to join together and sing one of our favourite 
songs -  “The Power in Me”. Participants can register their involvement at: 
https://www.youngvoices.co.uk › powerinme
to access learning resources for the song and to log their location to create an online map showing where 
all the singers will be performing on the day of the event. 

The three things I am grateful for today are:
- a lovely morning at Unit 11. A few parents called in to pick things up and it was great to see them and 
have a chat (at a distance of course).
- I had a meeting our Burnley Road building yesterday. The refurbishment is going well. 
- The children in school today are very cheerful

Best wishes,
Mrs. Cope.
 
20/5/20
Mental Health Awareness Week and Other Ideas
Good Morning,
I hope you are well and enjoying the sun again today. I am beginning to write my comments ready for the 
children's reports and trying to catch up with what has been happening on Seesaw. I still only have access 
to Year 1, 2, 3 and 6 but it's lovely to see children's work, photos and videos. The amount those children 
have posted is very impressive. 

Year 6 parents/carers - please note I have sent you a message in parent-mail today. 

We have four children in school with us today, they have worked on a mixture of activities this morning and 
are currently tucking into their packed lunches - I can hear them playing "Would you rather...?" e.g. Would 
you rather have three legs or three arms? They have to explain why. Staff are planning to take them out for 
a walk later.

If your child likes topics such as dinosaurs and fossils I noticed that the Natural History Museum in London 
is offering virtual tours at the moment:  https://www.nhm.ac.uk/

This week is Mental Health Awareness week. If you have concerns about your child's mental health and well 
being please let us know - you can email us at admin@burnleyroad.calderdale.sch.uk and we will give you a 
call. In the meantime the following websites might be useful:
http://www.openmindscalderdale.org.uk/
https://www.childrensmentalhealthweek.org.uk/parents-and-carers/
There are lots of other useful links under the Emotional Health and Well Being tab on our own website:
https://burnleyroadacademy.org/calderdale/primary/burnleyroad/site/pages/emotionalhealthandwellbeing

The things I am grateful for today are:
- the funny things children say
- unlimited access to water
- my family, including happy memories of those no longer with us

Best wishes for you and your families today,
Mrs. Cope.
 
19/5/20

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are still open for key worker children and those with an EHC plan or social worker involvement. Email admin@burnleyroad.calderdale.sch.uk if you need that service for child care. 

Other children will continue to be catered for through Seesaw, Spelling Shed, Maths Shed, suggestions on this website/ourschoolsapp and the online national Oak Academy resources.

The three things I am grateful for today are:
- Supportive parents and their good wishes
- The support our governors and senior leaders have provided in the last week or so as we have carried out the risk assessments and made plans A, B and C. 
- The NHS and the Scientists working towards Covid-19 solutions.

Best wishes to you and your families,
Mrs. Cope.

 
 
18/5/20
Risk Assessments and Plans
Good afternoon,
I'm sorry this message is late again but it has been another busy day. This morning was spent with our 
chair of governors and the senior leadership team working through the DfE guidance, risk assessments and 
discussing possible plans. Whilst we have listed strategies to lower the risks we still cannot guarantee 
school will be 100% risk free with regards to the transmission of Covid-19. I will be writing to you later this 
week when we have formalised that work so you can see the measures we are putting in place. I know 
many of you are waiting for that so you can make an informed decision. 

This afternoon I had another Zoom meeting with a local authority representative and local head teachers. 
It is reassuring to note that we all share the same sorts of concerns and are making similar plans. I have 
also written to local authority leaders and the health and safety advisor regarding the particular limitations 
of our temporary school building - I am hoping for definitive advice about how many children we can have 
in school (during this pandemic) with the limited access to toilets and sinks. 

Three things I am grateful for today are:
- Cups of tea
- Supportive head teacher colleagues from the Calder Valley
- Another member of my family did the supermarket shopping today so I don't have to
I really hope that you can all find things to be grateful for today. 

Best wishes to you and your loved ones. 
Keep safe,
Mrs. Cope.
 
 
15/5/20
Friday - A Busy Day
Good afternoon,

Sorry this message is so late. I hope you all saw the Parent-mail email I sent this morning. I spent the rest 
of today in 'Zoom' with the Local Authority, communicating with other head teachers to share ideas; 
communicating with the DfE about our exceptional circumstances at the unit and with our Academy 
governors to share all of this. The day finished with a planning phone-call with Mr. Theaker and I'm 
pleased to say we have managed to sketch out some options. We will continue to work on those next week. 

Many thanks to parents and carers from N, Rec, Y1 and Y6 that have let us know their intentions about the 
wider school opening. Please do not worry - we are not offended when you share your concerns about this 
situation.

Thank you to everybody that took part in the Virtual Year 1 Bun Day today. If you would like to send your 
child's photo to us for Twitter, please do so @BurnleyRoad.

I hope you are still keeping safe and well and you manage to have a good weekend.

The three things I am grateful for today are:
- Refurbishment work is going well at Burnley Road. 
- I am pleased with the work I've done today.
- I am having pizza for tea.

Very best wishes,
Mrs Cope.
 
 
14/5/20
Find Your Balance
Good Afternoon,

I hope you and your families are keeping safe and well, however, I'm sure many of you are finding life quite 
difficult at the moment. I suppose it's good to know we are all feeling similar things. I'm missing loved ones, 
particularly my older daughter and my granddaughter - she is 9 months old now and I haven't been able to 
hold her since lock down began. Social media is great but it's not the same.  
Having said that I know I am lucky in many ways and I'm grateful for what I have:
- my family are managing well
- I enjoy my job
- I saw lots of lovely flowers and plants on my journey to work
I think it's important to think about the good things in our lives and try not to dwell on the problems - we 
all need to try and find a comfortable balance to keep ourselves well. 

If your children enjoy history have a look at the following website for more ideas and resources:
https://royalarmouries.org/learning/?where=HomeLearningHub

Best wishes,
Mrs. Cope.
 
13/5/20
Local Authority letter re: widening the opening of schools from 1st June
Good Afternoon,
I have recently emailed you a letter from Calderdale Local Authority. It explains the DfE guidance about the 
wider opening of schools, it includes a list of questions parents might be asking and a link to the DfE 
document that answers those questions. I hope this helps to clarify some of the items you may have seen in 
the news during the last day or two.

We have started to receive emails from concerned parents not wanting to send their children back to school.
Whilst we cannot guarantee everyone will be safe, I assure we will do our very best. We are working with 
the local authority to make plans and put risk assessments in place ready for 1st June. DfE guidance says 
we should strongly encourage eligible children to return to school, however it also states that families will 
not be fined if children are kept at home. 

Please could parents of children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 email 
admin@burnleyroad.calderdale.sch.uk to inform us if you intend to send your child to school - this is so 
we can work out staffing, group sizes, timetables and which rooms to use. 
Thank you.

The three things I'm grateful for today are:
- good friends
- chocolate
- the support of our academy governors

Best wishes to you and your families,
Mrs. Cope.
 
12/5/20
Good Morning,
I have sent all families a letter via Parentmail email outlining the latest guidance from the DfE about wider
 school opening from 1st June. It includes some of the points we need to consider whilst we make plans to 
open as safely as possible. There are also links to the actual guidance documents. 

We have begun the planning process and I will continue to update you with information using this app, our 
website and Parentmail. I ask for your patience whilst that takes place and assure you that we will do our 
best to keep everybody safe. In the meantime we will continue posting work on Seesaw and offering places 
in school for eligible pupils. 

The three things I am grateful for today are:
- the opportunity to exercise outside more often
- your ongoing patience, support and understanding
- all the great work I've seen children posting on Seesaw

Have a good day today. 
Best wishes to you and your families,
Mrs. Cope.
 
11/5/20
Covid-19 Lock Down update
Good morning,

I am sure, like us you watched the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday and that you will have many 
questions and concerns. The Department for Education tweeted this last night: 
‘As confirmed by the Prime Minister this evening, we are asking education and childcare settings to prepare 
to open for more children from 1 June. We will publish further guidance setting out more information for 
early years, schools and colleges tomorrow.’

At the moment, there is no change to the guidance for schools. We will continue to offer care for children 
of critical workers, if they have no other way to look after their children at home safely; for children with an
EHC plan or those involved with a social worker. The best advice is still to stay at home.

We expect to see further guidance later this afternoon and we will let you know what that entails tomorrow 
morning. We have received some information from Calderdale assuring us that the Local Authority will be 
working hard with schools to determine the right approach and support over the coming days. We will need 
clear guidance to plan how it is possible to social distance in school and keep children, families and staff 
safe, how we might start to phase groups of children returning and what this might look like. Please be 
assured we will not open further until plans are in place. 

As always, we will keep you informed but for now, please try not to worry. Our plan is to continue to provide 
activities for home learning and to keep in touch with you through our ourschoolsapp, parentmail, the 
website, Seesaw and Twitter and to continue to support each other in these very difficult and uncertain 
times. 

Best wishes to you and your families. 
Yours sincerely,
Mrs. Clare Cope
 
8/5/20
VE Day 75th Anniversary - 2 minutes silence at 11:00 am
Good Morning,
I hope you and your families are still safe and well and looking forward to a break from home learning on 
this VE Day bank holiday.

You may already be aware that there is a 2 minutes silence at 11:00 am. I will use this to think about those 
people that lost their lives during the war and hope for an end to conflict across the world. 

We hope you enjoyed our staff video celebrating VE day. If you plan to celebrate it please Tweet us a photo 
@BurnleyRoad or send them to the teachers in Seesaw. Thanks.

The three things I'm grateful for today are:
- my family and friends are safe and well
- people who are willing to put themselves at risk for others
- friendly neighbours

Have a great day today.
Best wishes,
Mrs. Cope.
 
7/5/20
Thursday - Remember the NHS at 8 pm
Good Morning,
How are you feeling today? I hope you are safe, well and happy. 
Staff are keeping well and looking forward to the VE Day celebrations tomorrow. Remember if you take a 
photo of your VE Day homework/celebrations and send it to us @BurnleyRoad on Twitter, we will retweet it.

The three things I am grateful for today are:
- the Burnley Road staff as they are always willing to take part in a bit of fun
- the kindness and generosity of others
- NHS staff and other key workers risking themselves for us during Lock Down

Have you tried these for sites for PE yet? 
BBC Supermovers https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers
Boogie Beebies https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006mvsc

Enjoy the warm weather today. 
Best wishes to you and your families,
Mrs. Cope.
 
 
6/5/20
Happy Wednesday
Good Morning, 
The sun is shining and the weather forecast is good for the next couple of days. We might be in West 
Yorkshire in Lock Down but with a little imagination we could pretend to be on holiday somewhere beautiful.
I hope you get the chance to go outside at some point - it's a great day for a walk in the woods, some 
nature spotting, a mini beast hunt, gardening or sketching. If you're feeling very brave you could even make 
water pistols from old plastic bottles. 

When things get a bit too frantic, drawing or colouring in can be good for calming children down - check out 
Colouring Heroes on Facebook, they have VE day pictures to colour and templates for making bunting. 
Listening to stories is good for helping children to relax, it is also a 
fantastic way to develop vocabulary and improve literacy skills - see below:
The Harry Potter actors are reading Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone at 
https://www.wizardingworld.com/
Tom Hardy is reading bedtime stories on CBeebies - catch up on iplayer or YouTube
Remember David Walliams reads at 11:00 https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/elevenses/
A variety of actors and books can be found at https://www.storylineonline.net/

The things I'm grateful for today are:
- family time 
- time to think
- the good weather

Have a great day. 
Best wishes to you and your families,
Mrs. Cope.

 

5/5/20
Good Morning,
I hope you are all feeling well today. 
Some of you may have noticed that I now have access to certain classes on Seesaw - unfortunately the 
platform won't let me see them all yet but I have really enjoyed logging in and viewing the amount of work, 
photos and videos posted by children in Classes 1, 2, 3 and 6. Well done to everybody involved - keep up 
the great work.

Have you got lots of ideas for things to keep you working well today? Continuing the theme of VE day - 
what about making some bunting to decorate your house on Friday? You could use fabric or paper - any 
light weight material will do. Although bunting is often made with triangles, you can use any shapes. You 
could colour them in red, white and blue, or decorate them with pictures or patterns. When you are ready, 
join the shapes together with string, tape or staples, then hang them in a place of your choice. 

If you would like to work on something else today, Oxfam have some great resources for PSHCE - Personal, 
Social, Health and Citizenship Education. They look at topics such as human rights, fair trade and climate 
change.
https://www.oxfam.org.uk/education

The three things I am grateful for today are:
- being able to see children's work and messages on Seesaw
- great books e.g. the Harry Potter series and The Tales of Peter Rabbit
- my own children and my granddaughter
Have a good day today, keep safe and well.
Best wishes,
Mrs. Cope.

 

4/5/20
 
VE Day a week of learning and a party
Good afternoon,
I hope you are all keeping safe and well. 
As far as I am aware school staff are all fine (we communicate each day and and have weekly Zoom 
meetings). Staff enjoyed our Friday Funday and are all looking forward to the next one. This week we have 
decided to join in the national celebrations for the 75th anniversary of VE day. Teachers will be setting 
Seesaw activities so children can learn about this during the week. On Friday we will all dress in red, white 
and blue and some of us will be taking part in garden or street parties (but keeping safe social distances!). 
If you would like to Tweet photos of children in red, white and blue we will retweet your celebrations on 
Friday. 
If you still can't access Seesaw or you're looking for more information, the British Legion website has some 
useful resources https://www.britishlegion.org.uk › get-involved › remembrance › ve-day-75
The three things I am grateful for today are:
- Family and friends are currently safe and well
- Lock down has given me time to think about what is really important
- Food is not rationed (as it was in the war)
Best wishes to you and your loved ones today,
Mrs. Cope.
 
1/5/20
Teddy Bears' Picnic Friday 1/5/20
Thank you to everybody for taking part in our Teddy Bears' Picnic today. We have had a fantastic response 
with photographs on Seesaw and Twitter. We hope you had as much fun as we did. Wait and see what we 
have planned for next Fridaysmiley.
Have a lovely weekend.
Best wishes,
Mrs. Cope.

 

Good Morning,
Friday Funday - Welcome to our Teddy Bears' Picnic. You can watch a video of our staff picnic on website 
by clicking the link below or by following the main Academy Website link in this app.
https://burnleyroadacademy.org/calderdale/primary/burnleyroad
You can also see it (but without the music) on the Mytholmroyd Facebbok page if you'd like to share.
Join us by having your own Teddy Bears' Picnic today - you could bake buns, write invites, set up a picnic 
blanket with all your teddy friends, play games and have fun!
Post your photos on Seesaw or our Twitter page.

The things I am grateful for today are: 
- Amazon has made audible books free for all children during Lock Down
- My family 
- Great colleagues
Best wishes to you and your families.
Have a lovely weekend,
Mrs. Cope.

 

30/4/20
Good Morning,
It's Thursday again! Are you ready to make some noise for NHS workers at 8:00 this evening? Someone on 
my street played the recorder last week and we had lost of cheering, clapping and pots and pans. It's 
brilliant to see everybody getting involved.

We have planned a fun activity for all the children today. Staff have also agreed to get involved. The task is 
to plan a Teddy Bears' Picnic to take place tomorrow, then tomorrow (FRIDAY) send the teachers 
photographs of children taking part in it. The teachers will share this on Seesaw and we will be posting on 
Twitter. It would be fantastic to see lots of Twitter photos of children having a Teddy Bears' Picnic in reply 
to ours tomorrow.  Follow us on Twitter @BurnleyRoad

The three things I am grateful for this morning are:
- the sun is out again
- my family and friends are well
- old family photos because they bring back good memories

Best wishes to you and your families today,
Mrs. Cope.

 

29/4/20
Gratitude
Good afternoon,
I've just realised that I forgot about the three things I'm grateful for when I posted this morning - I was in 
a rush and it slipped my mind. Are you still remembering to list yours? Here are mine for today:
- Burnley Road staff. Zoom meetings with them during the last two days reminded me how great they all 
  are. They really care about the children and our school and do their best to make it a great place to be. 
  They are missing you and I am missing them.
- Technology. It's been Zoom, What'sapp, emails, Twitter, ourschoolsapp and conference calls all day today. 
  I don't know how I'd manage without it.
- Coffee and or tea. Need I say more?
Keep well.
Best wishes to you and your families,
Mrs. Cope.

Good morning,
I hope you are all keeping well. 
I received an email from Phunky Foods today - they have produced resources for home learning that should be very useful to reinforce learning in science and health.
Content will be released weekly, each Monday, at www.phunkyfoods.co.uk/home-learning/ 
The material is open access so no usernames or password are required. There will usually be: 
- a fun, theme-based worksheet looking at aspects of healthy eating
- a PhunkyFoods recipe to make together using simple, healthy ingredients
- Phunky15 creative exercises which can be adapted to create your own classroom and done anywhere around the home
- Mindful Moment activities with guided instructions to help all the family relax
Activities will follow a different PhunkyFoods theme each week - kicking off with Eat Well. The theme-based worksheets and Mindful Moment activities are differentiated according to age. 
I hope you will find those resources useful.
Have a good day today.
Best wishes,
Mrs. Cope.

 

 
28/4/20
Workers' Memorial Day - 1 Minute Silence at 11:00am
Good Morning,
It's Tuesday. What have you got planned for today?
Remember that teachers are posting activities on the Seesaw app regularly and children can access great 
learning activities in Maths Shed and Spelling Shed. Please contact admin@burnleyroad.calderdale.sch.uk 
if you need login details for any of those.
Here are two more suggested websites for home learning/fun activities: 
https://grammarsaurus.co.uk/portal/
https://www.scouts.org.uk/the-great-indoors/
Today is International Workers' Memorial Day. At 11:00 am there will be one minute of silence to remember 
workers who have died due to Coronavirus. I will be thinking of them today.
The three things I am grateful for this morning are: 
- Critical workers and volunteers that are currently risking their own health to help and care for others and 
those at risk whilst keeping essential shops and services running.
- Staff, children and families at Burnley Road because it is a lovely place to work.
- The internet and technology as it is making difficult times easier for lots of us at the moment.
Keep safe today.
Best wishes to you and your families,
Mrs. Cope.
 
27/4/20

Good afternoon,
I hope you enjoyed the weekend and that you and your families are feeling well. 
As we enter another week of Lock Down I'd like to share some good news. Burnley Road Academy is finally dry, the tendering process has been carried out and the refurbishment work begins this week. Fingers crossed, it should be completed towards the end of July. 

Are you finding it difficult to keep your children supplied with books? If so please use the link below to join the Calderdale on-line library service. It is currently free to all Calderdale residents because the libraries are closed: https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/forms/home-library-service-application
They also have a reference library: https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/leisure-and-culture/libraries/digital-library

This is a link to the government's new online learning resource - Oak National Academy. Activities have been posted by teachers.  https://www.thenational.academy/

The three things I am grateful for today are:
- Refurbishment work is finally starting at school
- People I know are safe and well
- My family and I are still speaking to each other despite being in Lock Down :)

Keep safe and be well.
Best wishes,
Mrs Cope.

24/4/20
Good morning,
How are you feeling today? I hope things are going well for you and your families. Everything is fine with school staff but we are missing you, the children and each other. 
Here are two more useful websites for home learning:
https://grammarsaurus.co.uk/portal/
https://sameboatmusic.com/
The three things I am grateful for today are:
- books, TV and the internet for entertainment
- the good weather
- family and friends
Have a good day today and a lovely weekend.
Best wishes,
Mrs. Cope. 
 
23/4/20
Good afternoon, 
This is just a quick message to let you know that teachers might give you a call this week to check that you 
and your families are all ok. They will be ringing from an unknown or private number. Please don't worry if 
you don't get a call as they will begin with children that haven't managed to get on Seesaw yet. 
Best wishes,
Mrs. Cope.
What will you do today?
Good morning,
Here are some suggested activities for today:
I spotted a useful maths resource on the internet earlier - it covers a new money topic every two weeks
 - https://natwest.mymoneysense.com/home/
If you want to practise writing, a diary is a great idea - just let your feelings and thoughts flow, it can be
very therapeutic. Maybe you're not a keen writer - try recording a video blog instead.
Have you got any plans for today? Perhaps a bit of Maths Shed and Spelling Shed, followed by a Horrible 
History video on Youtube? Possibly some baking or painting?  A walk along the canal or a bike ride? 
Whatever you choose to do today, I hope you enjoy it. 
Remember it's Thursday - I'll be outside making lots of noise for the NHS at 8.00pm. 
I may also watch a bit of BBC One's Big Night In.
The three things I'm grateful for today are: 
- My family
- Facebook Messenger because I've been using it to keep in touch with my cousins
- My dog Mish, she is great company.
Take care, best wishes,  Mrs. Cope
 
22/4/20
Happy Wednesday
Good Morning,
I hope you and your families are keeping safe and well. 
The three things I'm grateful for today are: 
-My family
-Seeing my first ever shooting star in the meteor shower last night
-The Zoom app  and Whatsapp for communicating with staff
More activity ideas:
Art - leaf rubbing or stencilling with leaves and paint
Design - Make a model garden in a shoe box using grass, flowers, twigs and pebbles or a model room using 
scrap paper and boxes
Science - dilute some ink in water, stand a flower or some celery in it and wait to see what happens or 
investigate the length of your shadow outside at different times of the day to find out when your shadow 
is longest.
Have a lovely day,
Best wishes,
Mrs. Cope

21/4/20

Wishing You A Great Day Good afternoon, I hope you are all feeling well today. I received a handy document from the Calderdale Safeguarding team yesterday. It has lots of links to safeguarding resources as well as some for mental health; it also includes a list about protecting yourself from scams. Some of the links are things you can use with children, others are aimed at adults. I have loaded it under the 'Safeguarding and Child Protection' tab on our website. With health and well-being in mind, here is an activity you could encourage children to do each day: List at least three things you are grateful for. Today I am grateful that the sun is shining again, my family are well and I have enough food to eat. Keep safe. Best wishes, Mrs Cope.

20/4/20

Welcome to the summer term - an unusual one for all of us. These are very strange times and I understand how difficult it is for everyone, e.g. trying to keep self-motivated and entertain the children during Lock Down with limited resources. At least the weather has been on our side - I hope you have managed to enjoy it. Are you finding enough to do? Although it's hard to keep children occupied and engaged, I'm sure they will look back on this time with great memories of all the lovely things you did together. If you would like more suggestions login to the Seesaw app or check out our Ideas for Working at home lower down this page. 

Best wishes, keep safe, Mrs Cope.

16/4/20
Lock Down Extended
Dear Parents/Carers,
We hope that you and your families are keeping safe and well and that you have enjoyed some rest over the
Easter holidays.  As you are probably aware, the government announced this afternoon that ‘Lock Down’ will 
continue for at least the next three weeks. We understand that this is disappointing news but accept that it 
is vital if we are to slow the spread of Covid -19, Coronavirus. 
As before, schools can open for vulnerable children (those with EHC plans or social workers) and for children 
of critical workers - if they have no other way to care for their children safely at home. If you would like to 
book a school place for any time during the next three weeks please email 
admin@burnleyroad.calderdale.sch.uk, using the template in the letter sent to you via parentmail email this 
evening, giving at least 24 hours notice. If you need care on a Monday, you will need to book by 10:00am 
on Friday morning. Please be aware that your child may be the only one in school. If you would like us to let 
you know that beforehand we will do so. 
We will continue to provide work and suggest activities for all other children through the Seesaw app and 
our academy website. If you are struggling to access Seesaw, please email our admin address to let us 
know. We are doing our best to organise the free school meal vouchers, but the booking system is causing 
problems for many schools. These will be emailed to appropriate families as soon as possible. 
Please know that we are thinking of you and missing you. Stay at home and keep safe. Take care.
Yours sincerely,
Mrs Cope

3/4/20

Good morning,

We will be closed for the next two weeks for the Easter break. Yesterday wizardingworld.com released their new Harry Potter at Home Hub - see below.

'We are proud to announce our new Harry Potter At Home hub, a free online collection of child-friendly activities, videos, puzzles, illustrations, quizzes, creative ideas, articles and much more, that will help you bring the magic of the wizarding world into your home at this difficult time – as well as keep you all occupied for hours on end!'

Enjoy a break from working at home and keep safe. Best wishes,

Mrs Cope.

2/4/20

Good morning, 
Have a good day today - remember there are lots of resources on our website and on the Seesaw app to 
keep children busy learning. If you are stuck for ideas today - how about using emails, Messenger or 
Whatsapp to send photos of homemade cards or pictures to relatives.
Keep safe and best wishes,
Mrs. Cope.

 

1/4/20
Good afternoon,
I hope you are all still safe, well and looking after each other. I'm pleased to let you know that the staff are 
all keeping well. Are you finding enough activities to keep children busy and learning?  If you are struggling 
for ideas remember to download the Seesaw app - class teachers are setting learning activities on there 
each day. I've also made a list of educational TV programmes below. Most of these are on CBBC or 
CBeebies. They can be accessed through 'iplayer' or on 'Youtube'. A little screen time is ok and these shows 
might give you ideas for things you can try out at home.
Best wishes,
Mrs. Cope.  
Deadly 60
Horrible Science
Horrible Histories
Art Ninja
Operation Ouch
Number Jacks
Happy Tent Tales
Mister Maker
Andy's Wild Adventures
Alpha Blocks
Sesame Street
Get well Soon
Get Squiggling
Num Tums

31/3/20

If you are running out of ideas to keep the children busy learning, there are some history activities to try out below. Stay at home and keep safe. Best wishes, Mrs Cope. - Show children photographs from when you were children - look at clothes and hair styles to see if fashions were different then. Talk about things you enjoyed, explain how life was different then e.g. TV shows and technology. - Phone grandparents and interview them about life when they were younger - ask them about toys and games, clothes, T.V. shows and their favourite foods. - Use the above to write about how life has changed since grandparents were children. - Make a shoe box model of a house in e.g. Roman or Viking times. - Make a model fort/castle/temple/ship/boat/carriage. - Write a letter to a character from history explaining what life is like now compared to then. - Imagine you had a character from history coming to tea, think of a list of questions you'd like to ask them. - Watch an episode of Horrible Histories at https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/horrible-histories - Do some research about your favourite time in history at http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/forkids/ - Write a play set in the past and act it out. - Dress as a historical character and send a photo to school - admin@burnleyroad.calderdale.sch.uk asking Mrs Finnegan to pass it on to Mrs Cope.

30/3/20

Good morning, 
We judged the Easter Egg competition this morning. There were about twenty entries (some from each 
Key Stage) and we were delighted with the effort everybody had made - thank you and very well done. 
Congratulations to the winners: Laurel from Foundation Stage, Tulizza from Ks1 and George H from Ks2. 
We will ensure there are sweet prizes for them when school re-opens. I will post photos of the winning 
entries on Twitter and our website. 
Madame Bailey-Wood has provided French activities for Years 3,4,5 and 6 to do at home. 
Teachers will be posting them on Seesaw and I will put them on the class pages under the 'Children' tab 
on our website. 
We hope you and your families are all keeping well. Be safe. 
If you are still struggling to access Seesaw let Mrs Finnegan know on:
admin@burnleyroad.calderdale.sch.uk, she will see if Mr Theaker can help.
Best wishes,
Mrs. Cope.

 

Message from Time Out - Healthy Minds Calderdale
When it rains, look for the rainbow! We’re inviting you all to make your own rainbows, display them in your 
homes or somewhere and send us a photo. We’ll be featuring our favourites on our website and we’d like 
you to send them to our Facebook page to brighten up everyone’s day. Because the idea of Time Out has 
come from young people and is based around young people’s experience, we’re also going to have a regular 
blog from a young person. Please let us know if you’d like to write one – we want to hear as many 
different voices as possible. We can post it anonymously or with a name credit – it’s up to you. Just write up 
to 500 words about how you’re finding this funny old time. We want to hear about the highs, the lows, the 
things you’re finding helpful (or unhelpful) – basically just tell us how it’s going for you. We’ll be featuring 
our first blog later in the week.If you’d like to write a blog, we’d love to hear from you at
timeoutcalderdale@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk
 
27/3/20
Good morning,
It's fantastic to hear that so many of you have signed up to Seesaw. Mr Theaker will be posting about that 
shortly. Unfortunately we are only allowed two teachers per class - Mr T and the class teacher so I can't 
access any of that at the moment. He is hoping to set me up as a parent in each class then I can see and 
respond to announcements. If you haven't accessed it yet, he plans to contact you by email. In the 
meantime, remember our website has links to resources you can use at home. There are some on the 
homepage and others on class pages under the 'Children' tab. 
I hope you and your families are keeping well. Although I have seen some staff this week, I really miss 
seeing all of you. 
Very best wishes to you and your families. Be safe.
Mrs Cope.

26/3/20
Please keep yourselves safe at home - remember you should only leave the 
house for exercise once a day or to shop for essentials. Let's do everything we can to stop this awful virus 
spreading. Our thoughts are with NHS and other critical workers today. 
Best wishes, Mrs Cope.

25/3/20

Well done to those of you that have logged on to Seesaw. We are delighted with your response. The messages from families and the children's work are fab. If you haven't logged in yet try and do so asap - you are missing out!!! For those unable to access Seesaw, remember to check out our website - I will keep adding activity ideas and useful resource links on the home page or in these messages. Please note that we are thinking of you all and hope you are keeping well. Stay safe.

Best wishes, Mrs Cope.

Ideas for Working at Home

  • Mini beast hunt in the garden or during a walk
  • Fun idea for older children - become an investigator: -  set the scene  of an accident or crime using toy figures and get the children to guess what has happened based on clues at the scene. 

  • Learn computer coding with BT at www.bt.com › codeacake 
  • More computer work: https://www.barefootcomputing.org/homelearning
  • https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessonsDaily lessons for all sorts of subjects and year groups at
  • Online learning resources including Saltaire World Heritage Site: at www.unesco.org.uk/news/uk-unesco-network-educational-resources-during-covid-19-outbreak/
  • Use email, Messenger or Whatsapp to keep in touch with relatives e.g. write to them, send photographs of your work or make them a card and send a photo. 

History

  • Show children photographs from when you were children - look at clothes and hair styles to see if fashions were different then. Talk about things you enjoyed, explain how life was different then e.g. TV shows and technology.
  • Phone grandparents and interview them about life when they were younger - ask them about toys and games, clothes, T.V. shows and their favourite foods.
  • Use the above to write about how life has changed since grandparents were children.
  • Make a shoe box model of a house in e.g. Roman or Viking times.
  • Make a model fort/castle/temple/ship/boat/carriage.
  • Write a letter to a character from history explaining what life is like now compared to then.
  • Imagine you had a character from history coming to tea, think of a list of questions you'd like to ask them.
  • Watch an episode of Horrible Histories at https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/horrible-histories
  • Do some research about your favourite time in history at http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/forkids/
  • Write a play set in the past and act it out.
  • Dress as a historical character and send a photo to school - admin@burnleyroad.calderdale.sch.uk asking Mrs Finnegan to pass it to Mrs Cope.

 

More Fun things to try at home

  • Baking and cooking
  • A scavenger hunt for numbers hidden round the house - when you find them you have to make a up a sum. 
  • A scavenger hunt for letters - find them and try to make up words. 
  • Play shop with real coins or money made from paper. 
  • Make a fort out of chairs, cushions and blankets.
  • Junk modelling using your recycling items.
  • A minbeast hunt in the garden - then use the internet to find out about the ones you found.
  • Gardening.
  • Create your own drum kit with pots and pans.
  • Make telephones with yoghurt pots and string.
  • Create an indoor obstacle course.
  • Make boats out of plastic tubs and race them in the bath.
  • Have a Lego contest.
  • Invent and make your own board game.
  • Write a play and act it out.
  • Write your own book and design the cover.
  • Pick a long word and see how many small words you can make using the letters. 
  • Learn to tell the time.
  • Learn to tie shoe laces.
  • Play hide and seek.
  • Learn to spell days of the week and months of the year.
  • Make art with shaving foam and food colouring.
  • Make a mini golf course.
  • Recipe for salt dough - one cup of salt, one cup of flour and half a cup of water. Mix together into a dough.
  • Make ice cubes out of various liquids and see how long each one takes to freeze.
  • Create a treasure hunt with a map and clues.
  • Play Battleships.
  • Build paper planes and use the internet to find out how to launch them.ild paper
  • Check out educational TV shows e.g. on CBBC and CBeebies - access through iplayer or on Youtube

Useful apps

Lingokids, Duolingo, Dragonbox Numbers, Phonic Fun with Biff, Chip and Kipper, TT Rockstars

Other websites with activities for children working at home:

David Walliams is reading stories every day at 11:00 am. www.worldofdavidwalliams.com 

Lego Challenge Ideas  https://thatbricklife.com/lego-challenge-30-days-of-play-calendar/

Joe Wicks  PE sessions every morning at 9:00 am -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K6r99N3kXME

https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2020/03/enjoy-a-one-of-a-kind-learning-experience-from-disney-imagineers/

https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/

https://www.youtube.com/lizziedalywildlifetv

Free access to a wide range of galleries and museums https://artsandculture.google.com/partner

Science of plants - free resources from Kew Gardens  kew.org/endeavour

Phonics Play www.phonicsplaycomics.co.uk      Username: march20     Password: home

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/

https://pobble.com/for-parents

https://www.funbrain.com

https://www.starfall.com

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com

https://www.discoverymindblown.com/

https://www.shaunsgameacademy.co.uk/

https://www.whatsonstage.com/london-theatre/news/wind-in-the-willows-coronavirus-stream-free_51205.html

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/craft-ideas/how-to/g1389/diy-kids-activities/

https://familyeguide.com/boredom-busters-110-fun-at-home-activities-for-families-kids-2/

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/movement-apps-games-and-websites

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/meditation-apps-for-kids

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/free-educational-apps-games-and-websites

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/apps-that-act-like-math-and-science-tutors-for-homework-help

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/apps-to-help-kids-stay-focused

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/best-documentaries

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/sibling-watch-together-tv

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/sibling-watch-together-tv

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/seal

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-lists/family-movies-we-love

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/50-books-all-kids-should-read-before-theyre-12

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/best-music-apps-and-games-for-kids

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