Risk Assessment Version 9

Risk Assessment Version 9

This COVID-19 Risk Assessment and Action Plan document sets out the decisions taken and measures put in place to prepare for the phased re-opening of the school and ensure the school continues to operate in a safe way.

To view the Risk Assessment and Action Plan document, please click the link below:

Risk Assessment Version 9

Information for parents – Critical Workers

Information for parents – Critical Workers

Information for parents

This is the Government’s list of Critical Workers, who are entitled to childcare in school. If after reading the guidelines – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19- maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision )  you believe you qualify then please complete the enclosed form and email the school admin (address above) by 6 o’clock today to allow school to make arrangements.  We understand that your shift patterns may change regularly so please inform school of any changes, so that we can try to provide the correct staffing levels.

We will only have a limited number of Critical Worker places in school. Can I ask parents to please make use of their ‘Support Bubble’ before sending children into school.

If you choose to send your child into school, they will be put into a learning bubble. The children will carry out the same work as the children working at home. However children coming into school will not have access to Teams meetings with the rest of the children in their class.

I hope parents will try where possible to use their support bubbles as we already have a significant number of staff in self-isolation. It is important that we only offer this support to the parents that need it and that St Alban’s staff welfare is protected.

The enclosed contact details sheet is very important as school need to know they can contact parents in an emergency. School may not have the staff to isolate any child who displays any symptoms while in school; therefore you will be expected to collect your child immediately.

It is our aim to open school to Critical Worker children on Wednesday 6th January. All the details will be emailed to the parents of the children that have received a Critical Worker place.

Thank you for your support.

Mr Smith

January 4th 2021

Please see below for the Critical Worker form:


Risk Assessment Version 9

School Closure

Dear Parents, Carers and Pupils, 

I hope everyone enjoyed a peaceful and happy Christmas and New Year.
I’m sure you will be aware of the ongoing discussions around the safety of fully reopening primary schools especially those in Tier 4 areas. The safety of our pupils and staff has always been our priority and following guidance from unions, we have made the very difficult decision not to fully reopen St Alban’s Primary School on Tuesday 5th January as planned, except for vulnerable children and those of critical key workers.   
This decision is unfortunate but has to be made on the grounds of health and safety. The headteacher has a legal duty to protect the health, safety and welfare of staff and pupils. Staff have been directed by their unions (NEU and Unison) not to attend school to take full classes at this time. This is based on advice from SAGE who believe that previous safety measures no longer apply.  

Remote learning will be provided for the children for the next 2 weeks and will be reviewed before January 18th. There will be more details about remote or home learning tomorrow.

As mentioned, school will be open for the children of Critical Key Workers (list here). Teachers will leading the remote learning, while support staff will be overseeing the learning of the Critical Key Workers children in school. There will be a limited number of Critical Key Workers children in each class. I would hope that parents will use their ‘support bubbles’ rather than use the Critical Key Worker places as this is safer for the children. I will send out more details about Critical Key Worker places tomorrow
I am sorry for any inconvenience caused but these are truly exceptional times. We have tried to give our families as much notice as possible, given the ever-changing and uncertain situation.   
Thank you for your support in helping us to keep our school and community safe.
We’ll be in touch tomorrow with further details.

Take care and stay safe

Mr Smith Mrs C George
Headteacher Chair of Governors
3rd January 2021

Free/Low Cost Meals – Half term

Free/Low Cost Meals – Half term

The school office have managed to track down some organisations that are offering free or discounted meals over half term. Please see the organisations listed below:

The Fish Quay Hub – North Shields – Offering free meals and parents/carers a hot drink.

Whitley Bait Sandwich and Coffee Bar – Whitley Bay – Free packed lunch to any child.

Deli-cious Deli – Scrogg Road, Walker – Free hot meal or sandwich for children.

The Ship – Wallsend – Free packed lunches to children.

Cafe Beam – Gosforth – Free packed lunches to children.

Ouseburn Farm – Ouseburn – Free packed lunches to children Tuesday – Friday.

The Turbinia Bar – Walker – Free packed lunches to children (pre-order the previous day)

Community Food bank, Hebburn – Free packed lunches – Monday – Friday 11am – 1pm.

Vinnie’s Cafe (St Vincent’s Support Centre) – Newcastle – Fee meals, food parcels, clothing, toiletries and essentials needed.

Top Nosh Cafe – Hexham – Free packed lunches to any child.

Coach and Horses – Birtley – Free children’s meal with one paying adult (under 12’s).

Laurence’s Tapas Bar – Blyth – Free meal to any child – Collection and delivery (must be pre-ordered each morning)

The Poachers Cottage – Callerton – Offering free meals to children (request only via Facebook page or telephone)

The Staith Cafe – Southbank, Gateshead – Offering ‘Pay it with a post it’ – You are able to take a post it note from the ‘pay it forward’ board to receive a free hot drink.

M&S Cafe – Spend £3 on food in the cafe and receive a free children’s meal deal (worth £4).

Morrisons Cafe – Spend £4.50 on food in the cafe and receive a free child’s hot or cold meal (daily after 3pm).

Tesco Cafe – Children’s hot meals £2.85 or £2.50 hot breakfast.

Asda Cafe – Spend £4 on food in the cafe and receive a free child’s hot or cold meal (Mon – Fri after 3pm).

Food Nation – Jamie@foodnation.org – Doorstep delivery to those in need of fresh ingrediends and reheatable healthy meals.

Cornerstone – cornerstonebenwell@gmail.com – Hot food and food parcel delivery (depends on volunteers available).

Year Group Timings

Year Group Timings

We would like to thank parents for their cooperation and patience for the new arrangements for starting and finishing the school day.

Could we ask parents NOT to arrive at school before their allocated time, as this may contaminate other children’s bubbles?

Timings for each year group can be found below:

 NurseryReceptionYear 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5Year 6  
Start Time:9:15am  9:15am8:40am8:40am8:50am9:00am8:50am9:00am
Home Time:2:45pm2:45pm3:00pm3:00pm3:15pm3:30pm3:15pm3:30pm
Please ensure that you arrive at school at these times.

Although at the minute the plan is working well because the weather is fine, can I just remind parents that should the weather turn and we have rain, we unfortunately must stick to the same plan. It will be important that children come into school with suitable footwear and coats. Can I ask that children only bring ONE bag, containing everything they need for school – books, water bottle, lunches etc. This will help us and the children when they are sanitising their hands.

Year Group Timings

Year 5 Home Learning – 13/07/2020

Learning Project

The project this week aims to provide opportunities for your child to learn more about music. Learning may focus on famous musicians, listening to and performing music and exploring a range of music genres and instruments. To see the learning project, please click here.

Oak Academy

The Year 5 timetable for Oak Academy can be found here.

White Rose Maths

The home learning video links for White Rose Maths can be found here.

Additional maths worksheets can be found below:

Lesson 1 – Metric units

Lesson 1 – Answers

Lesson 2 – Imperial units

Lesson 2 – Answers

Lesson 3 – Converting units of time

Lesson 3 – Answers

Lesson 4 – Timetables

Lesson 4 – Answers


The Year 5 RE booklet can be found by clicking here. The subject is ‘Universal Church’.


This week’s Geography topic is ‘Places’. To access Oddizzi World Explorers, please click here.