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Covid-19 Online Provision update: October 2020

If school is closed or if your child has to self-isolate because of Covid-19, all teaching and learning will move online.

(Please note that the online provision is not for use by pupils who are absent from school for any other reason and not for pupils who are unwell.)

Years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 will use Google Classroom and the pupils have their own nsix email address and login. They will already have logged into the classroom at school.

Years R and 1 will use Tapestry.

All teachers will be at school during any lockdown measures in normal school hours to teach keyworker and vulnerable pupils in person as well as taking turns in year group teams teaching, setting work and marking online.

Teachers will teach the Drake curriculum as normally as possible. We will continue to pursue our mission, vision and aims and promote a curriculum of joy and curiosity whatever the circumstances!

Google Classroom for Years 2-6

Pupils will access:

  • A suggested weekly timetable of activities
  • A mixture of live (on Google Meet) and recorded lessons from class teachers
  • Links to teaching videos and online content from the government’s Oak Academy learning platform as well as other websites (BBC Bitesize, etc)
  • Online learning activities for children to complete independently
  • Online learning activities for children to complete with some support from a family member
  • Suggestions of activities for families to do together
  • Special days and activities, assemblies and events (Sports Day, etc)

Tapestry for Years R & 1

As above but all activities will be accessed through Tapestry posts and links.

Online access

Please contact the school office if you are unable to offer your child access to the online provision so that we can plan to provide you with support in the event of any closure or self-isolation.

Autumn Term 2020

Welcome back everyone, thank you for your tremendous support with all the new and complex arrangements for the term. As we had opened to all year groups at the end of the summer term, the majority of pupils were confident and raring to go from the first day! For some pupils especially those who are new, there was a lot to take in. All teachers and support staff are keeping a close eye on the children.  


When the swimming and music begins again you know we are getting back to normal. Mrs Booth and Mr Hughes have shared times and arrangements for these aspects of the curriculum. We have posted risk assessments on our website for any activities that pose a greater risk of transmission of the Covid 19 Coronavirus. If you have any worries then please email the school office and we will get back to you as soon as we can. 


We have reviewed all risk assessments and adapted in light of lessons learnt  from the  summer  term, adding outdoor hand-washing stations and seeing all our friends. The children have behaved wonderfully, and it is a real testament to you all that we have had outstanding attendance this week with a tiny number of pupils absent.  



The Government has translated their guidance for parents and carers with children in nursery, school, or college in the autumn term.

The guidance is now available in the following languages:

·         Arabic

·         Bengali

·         Chinese – traditional

·         Chinese – simplified

·         French

·         Gujarati

·         Polish

·         Portuguese

·         Punjabi

·         Romany

·         Somali

·         Turkish

·         Urdu

Parental Feedback

We would like to thank parents for your positive response to the reopening of school. We have received some lovely positive feedback:


“I appreciate these are very difficult times so thank you for everything you and all of the staff are having to do, I can’t imagine that it’s been easy.”

 “Thank you so much for all the updates & information you are giving us, you are doing ONE AMAZING JOB!!”

“The organisation by the staff at Drake school was brilliant and social distancing was adhered to by everyone outside. I was very anxious about him going back but he was excited on the way and very happy upon collection. The schools are doing their very best in an impossible situation and I thank each and every staff member.”

“The staff were fantastic, I think everybody was probably a bit anxious this morning including myself but there was nothing to worry about and my child had a great time being back.”

Our fantastic Key Worker rooms