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West Norfolk headteachers reveal how pupils will learn at home during coronavirus

Teachers are ensuring pupils have the necessary resources online as they are set for a period of home learning following an Government announcement regarding the coronavirus.

As well as learning their usual subjects, staff are keen to ensure the children stay active without their scheduled PE lessons.

Springwood High School headteacher Andy Johnson said several smart online products will provide English and Maths to his students, while a similar software is also available for Sciences.

Andy Johnson, Springwood High School headteacher
Andy Johnson, Springwood High School headteacher

"Children should be able to study independently and make the best of the circumstances," Mr Johnson said.

"We have utilised the online software before but in the longer term it may well be used more as the parents can see the progress and there's lots of information."

With regards to the students exercising when isolating, Mr Johnson said the pupils will learn how to schedule fitness into their everyday lives.

He said: "They will try to get some routine in their lives. At school, they are provided with a wonderful routine but then they will enter the real world where there is not a normal schedule, so they will learn how to schedule some sort of regularity and routine.

"Exercise is so important for mental health and we need to support them to keep mentally and physically active."

All schools in England are closed from Friday except to those children whose parents are key workers like NHS staff, police and delivery drivers who "need to be able to go to work" and children who are "most vulnerable".

There are also to be no GCSE or A-level exams.

Mr Johnson added: "The Government are doing their best in difficult circumstances and we will just have to do the best with getting on with this structure we have put in place."

Primary schools have also been affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Howard Junior School has announced it does not have the staff capacity to support those identified as key workers by the Government.

A statement said: "The school is fully closed to all pupils including those with a designated place.

"If you are a key worker and cannot care for your child, please contact the Local Authority at 0344 800 8020."

In a letter sent out to parents, Howard Junior said it was looking into providing free school meals on a collection basis to those children who are entitled to them.

The school said last week they were dealing with supplier issues, but were "confident" the packed lunches will be available. Parents were asked to fill in a slip on the back of the letter if they felt entitled to a free lunch.

Jennie Wildsmith-Garton, headteacher of Holly Meadows School, said: "We have sent home a selection of home-learning activities to help children continue to progress in key area such as Maths and English.

"We have also included activities which are Science, Humanities and Arts based. We have made recommendations about keeping fit and healthy, with helpful links to a wide range of websites to promote physical activity."

Holly Meadows School logo
Holly Meadows School logo

The BBC has also released a whole host of resources online for parents and pupils to use. A list of learning resources can be found here: These are the best online learning tools and apps to help with childcare when the schools close

KWEST Multi-Academy Trust, who operate seven schools in the Lynn area including Greyfriars, Churchill Park, Magdalen, Highgate Infant, Wimbotsham and Stow, has released a statement which says the schools will remain open for pupils with special educational needs and those whose parents are key workers.

The statements adds: "Relevant communications have already been sent to parents to ensure they are fully aware of the arrangements in place.

Our teachers and leaders are working hard to ensure the provision of education both for pupils who attend the Academies and those at home. This will continue throughout the period of the closure – however long that may be.

"Our Academies did close one day early to all pupils to enable staff to have everything in place.

"Our aim is to ensure parents are supported as much as possible and pupils continue to receive an education. The Trust would like to put on record our thanks to our marvelous staff who are pulling out all the stops to do this and to the parents and pupils who are working with us at this difficult time."

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