Learning at Home

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers,

The instruction is for schools to remain open for children of key workers and vulnerable pupils (including those with an Educational, Health & Care Plan - EHCP - or those with an assigned social worker) only. 

Please click here to go to a page on the Gov.UK website which lists who qualifies as a vulnerable pupil or 'key worker’.

If you believe you fall into a 'key worker' role, and would like your child/ren to attend school, I ask you to make contact, clarifying your role. Please be clear, the government have said that wherever possible children should remain at home. The government are clear that we should all be practising “social distancing”. 

In addition, if your child is classed as a vulnerable pupil (in receipt of EHCP or has an assigned social worker) please inform us if you are intending your child/ren to access school. (Only those who fall into one of the listed categories). Please email: j.gascoigne@combedown.com 

Below are some resources to enable each year group to continue their learning at home. 

With every best wish for our community to stay safe in these difficult times,

Jane Gascoigne, Headteacher

New Online Learning Platform!

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers,

I hope you all managed to enjoy the good weather over the Easter break.

As you are aware, we are not able to open the school ready for the start of Term 5, however we are doing all we can to ensure learning opportunities continue for your children.

I am so proud of the staff team for all the "behind the scenes" work that has been going on over the Easter break. My huge thanks goes to each and everyone of them. In particular, I would like to thank the Year 3 team, Mrs Biffen, Miss Lowe and Mrs Thompson, as well as Mr Bibby, Miss Jones, Mr O’Neill and Mr Williams-Trim. They have given lots of time and energy to this body of work. Thank you too to Soft Egg, our IT support team.

The result is an impressive online learning platform which can be accessed securely by individual children - with your support!

Please continue to be patient with us as we roll this platform out to you. We are learning too! The learning guide should be self explanatory. If issues do arise, please email us and we will try to remedy these as quickly as possible.

Parents will need to email their class teachers in order to get their child’s log in details. This way we are keeping everything as secure as possible. Staff email addresses are on the Class Blog pages on the school website.


Please find the link for our online learning platform in the user guide attached, which will be available from next week using Microsoft Teams. The purpose of this document is to explain how to access the online learning portal that all pupils at Combe Down Primary will be using for home learning during the remainder of the Covid-19 school shut-down.

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding at this challenging time. As I was thinking about resilience, several quotes came to mind which I felt may sum up how many of us are feeling at the moment. I am sure many of you will recognise the quotes and find them helpful.

Nelson Mandela. "Do not judge me by my success, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”

Albert Camus. "Sometimes carrying on , just carrying, is the superhuman achievement."

Joshua 1:9. I repeat, be strong and brave! Don’t be afraid and don’t panic, for I, the LORD your God, am with you in all you do.

Philippians 4:13. I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.

Helen Keller. “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”

We know that you are all showing superhuman strength at the moment. Thank you.

Kind regards,

Jane Gascoigne

Head teacher

New! Home Activity Packs from Think U Know (updated fortnightly)

Whole School Diary Challenge!

When this strange time is over and everything is back to normal, people in the future will look back on this period as a major event in world history - in all the gloom and self-isolation, that is actually something to get excited about! You are a piece of that history and have an opportunity to take part in creating a historical record of this period. Who knows – in 50 or 100 years, people might look back at what we create now to find out what life was like.

So, with this in mind we would like to set a challenge for the whole school to get involved in writing some diary entries during your time at home. We want as many children as possible to take part and when we’re all back together at school, we will collate all your wonderful pieces of writing / photography / artwork and put them into one big Combe Down diary.

Here are some things to consider:

  1. You don’t have to do it every day, but the more often you do, the greater chance you have or more of your work appearing in the collated diary (we might have 20 amazing accounts from Wednesday 25th March and wouldn’t be able to include them all necessarily!).
  2. It is a chance to practise all those English skills you have been learning! Children should focus on trying to include some of the elements of grammar, punctuation and style that they have been taught this year – see the ‘Timetable of activities’ documents on the ‘Learning at home’ page on the school website for some key elements each year group should focus on.
  3. If you are too young to write a diary entry or find writing particularly tricky, we would still love you to take part – you can take photos and ask a grown-up to help you write a couple of sentences about them or perhaps photograph some creative work you have produced.
  4. Write the date each time you start a new diary entry so that we know which day you are writing about.
  5. Write about funny or interesting things that have happened to you that day – what have you enjoyed? How are you feeling?
  6. Make sure that what you write is true! Your diary should be an accurate account please!

Here’s a short example of how you could lay your diary entry out:

Wednesday 25th March 2020

This morning, I woke up and realised with glee that it was another gloriously sunny day. How should we spend the day? After breakfast, I had a go at the Joe Wicks P.E. session – it was quite tough but set me up well for the day and I ended it feeling really positive, though as the day has crept on, my legs are definitely starting to ache! I hope he focuses on arms tomorrow…

Following the session, I went out into the garden and recorded a video message for the school Instagram feed – it’s so weird not seeing the children and I know all of the staff really miss them. Let’s hope we can get back to normal life really soon! I know it’s probably quite fun for most people at the moment, but I have a feeling it might get boring soon if we don’t think or some interesting things for the children to do.

Resources for anyone who is isolated at home

ChatterPackLots and lots of links to all sorts of interesting websites! 

Foundation Stage

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

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