News Update

News Update:

Firstly, can I say thank you to all of you for your support and hard work during this lockdown. It is a difficult time for everyone and we know that you are all doing your best to help your children continue learning at home whilst remaining safe and happy.

Thank you to everyone who has responded to the text asking you whether you will be sending your child to school after half term if school is open. The decision on this has not yet been taken and we are still currently collecting potential numbers so that we can risk assess and see what we can do as safely as possible. We understand that you may want further information before making this decision.

We have agreed within our Family of Schools that we will not be open on 1st June as we will need this day for staff Heath and Safety training and the organisation of classrooms in preparation for partial opening. If it is decided that we open, this would potentially be from 2nd June.

The following information is what the government are asking us to do. It may be helpful if you are still considering your decision:

The government know that, unlike older children and adults, early years and primary age children cannot be expected to remain 2 metres apart from each other and staff. They have also said that PPE is not expected to be used in schools. In deciding to bring more children back to early years and schools, they have taken this into account.

We are advised to do the following:

  • Split children into groups, called ‘bubbles’, of no more than 15 with the same teacher and Teaching Assistant every day. (These may be mixed age groups due to numbers and it is unlikely that the children will have their usual teacher or Teaching Assistant or be in their usual classroom.)
  • Ask everyone to avoid contact with anyone who has symptoms, which I am sure you are already doing anyway.
  • Have frequent hand cleaning and good respiratory hygiene practices (lots of tissues available) and continue to teach children about these.
  • Children must bring their own, clearly labelled drinking bottle.
  • Regularly clean the setting, especially those places where a lot of contact will take place.
  • Keep doors open, where possible, to limit the numbers touching handles and door plates.
  • Minimise contact and mixing with other ‘bubble’ groups in school. The children would stay in their ‘bubble’ during the day and would only have minimal passing contact with children and staff from outside their ‘bubble’.
  • Stagger the start and end of the school day for each ‘bubble’. This will probably mean a shorter school day and we will give you a time that you must adhere to. The 2m rule will apply for parents/carers as they drop children off.
  • Stagger lunchtimes and playtimes for each ‘bubble’.
  • Make arrangements for children to eat lunch in their ‘bubble’ group. (This would probably mean either eating a packed lunch from home, or one provided by the school meals service, to be eaten in the classroom.)
  • Have arrangements in place for children to be met at the gates. Parents/carers will not be able to enter the premises and must remain 2M from the drop-off point.
  • Children should be brought to school by one person only. If you have other children who you cannot leave at home, you would need to ensure that they remain at least 2M from the drop off point and other people.
  • Advise parents and children to walk or drive to school rather than use public transport.
  • We ask that children do not come on bikes or scooters as they may ride ahead of you on their journey and get close to other families travelling to school.
  • Not allow parents/carers to congregate when bringing or collecting children.
  • Children will not be permitted to bring any toys or books etc. from home and we will not be sending reading books home.
  • Ask children to wear uniform that can be machine washed.
  • Remove resources such as play-dough, sand, water, soft toys etc. from classrooms and regularly clean other resources used.

Staff will only wear PPE when they have to deal with children’s personal care.

If anyone in the group has symptoms of Covid19 all the group will be sent home and testing will be arranged. If any of the tests prove positive, all the children, staff and their families will have to self isolate following government guidance. The classroom will be deep cleaned.

Where we do not have capacity for Nursery, Reception and Y1 to all attend, we have been told to prioritise Nursery and Reception aged children.

We will continue to run home learning but it will be the teachers who are not in school who will be responsible for this.

Across Nursery and school we currently only have three teachers who can attend work. We have five Teaching Assistants who are able to attend work. We may have groups of children who work with Teaching Assistants rather than a teacher. These members of staff will not also be expected to also comment on children’s work on Google Classroom.

The other school staff are in the extremely vulnerable group. This means that children at home, particularly those in Y2, may not receive feedback from their own teacher anymore but will be able to follow the same curriculum as those in school. The staff who remain ‘working from home’ will comment on children’s work.

If a member of staff becomes ill, for reasons other than Covid19 symptoms we would try and source supply staff from our usual agency. If this is not possible, we may have to send children home until staff are available.

The children who come into school will work on the same material that we put on Google Classroom for the children who are working from home.

Breakfast Club and Kid’s Club will not run as this would require children to mix with those from different ‘bubble’ groups.

We will continue to work with our sports coach who would take different ‘bubble’ groups during the day but would remain 2m away from the children.

We may have lunchtime supervisers who look after more than one ‘bubble’ group at different times to relieve staff at lunchtime. If this is the case, they will try to maintain social distancing from the children.

Staff will maintain a 2m social distance from other staff who are not part of their ‘bubble’ group.

If you have not replied to the text sent, on reading the information above I urge you to send me a text or email to let me know of your likely intentions for your child’s return to school. (Please note: Y2 children cannot return to school on 2nd June.) Please do this before 1pm on Monday. If we have not heard from you we will ring you. If we are unable to contact you we will take it that you do not wish your child to attend school.

If you have already sent me your decision and wish to change it on receiving this information, you may do so.

It is not possible to make any risk assessments around the safety of a return to school if we do not know how many children will be attending.

My telephone number for texts (send your child’s name and ‘yes’ or ‘no’) is 07740004467 and my email is

Thank you once again. I am sorry for the official nature of this message but the health of our children, families and staff is a very serious matter.

Take care and keep safe,
Helen Stokes.

School Closed due to Coronavirus ~ The government have confirmed that the closure will continue until further notice.
Please read on for information about education during the closure:

School Meals:

We are currently ordering Supermarket vouchers for the children in receipt of Income-based free School Meals. It is important that we have the correct email for these families. Please email your child’s name to headteacher@waterthorpe.sheffield.sch if your child has Income-based Free School Meals. (All these families have been sent a text.)

We are asking for all children of key workers who attend school after the holidays, to bring a packed lunch to allow the cook to remain at home with her son. If you are entitled to Income-based FSM and your child attends school and brings sandwiches you will still receive a supermarket voucher.

School Closure

Due to the Coronavirus crisis school in closed to all pupils except those as specified by the government as vulnerable or children of essential workers.

Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans. Children who have a social worker include children in need, children who have a child protection plan and those who are looked after by the local authority. 

Critical workers include NHS staff, police, farmers and food retail workers, who need to be able to go out to work.

Children with a parent or carer who is listed on the government’s critical worker list should be considered for a school place.

If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

If you need to contact us for any reason during this period of closure please email

Home Learning

We have set up a Google Classroom site that children can access to continue their learning at home. The staff will be posting tasks, videos and links to educational websites.

If you don’t already have a gmail account you will need to set one up. The accounts are free and provide 15GB of storage. To set up an account go to:

To access our classroom please either go onto Google on your PC 

download the free Google Classroom App on your phone or tablet

Sign in for the first time

  1. Go to and click Go to Classroom.
  2. Enter your google username and click Next (This is the username and password that you would sign into your gmail account with).
  3. Enter your google password and click Next.
  4. If there is a welcome message, read it and click Accept.
  5. You may need to click I’m A Student or I’m A Teacher. …
  6. Click Get Started.
  7. Select/add your class and paste in the following links to accept the invitation to join (only add the link):
  • Nursery/Foundation 1: kvqxchn
  • Red Base/Foundation 2: w6stwjn
  • Blue Base / Y1:  f52qddg
  • Green and Yellow Base/Y2: ge4d5yh

If you do have problems please feel free to email me at and we will do our best to help.

Children can also access their ReadWriteInc. reading work.

These resources are available on Oxford Owls website, you will need to create an account for free to access the RWI materials. Once you have created an account you should select the correct level for your child. The level that your child is on has been emailed out to you via Parentmail. Please contact if you need confirmation of the level.

Remember children read the same book for one week, to become a speedy reader.

ebooks on Oxford Owls can be found by logging on to Oxford Owls – reading – (scroll down to RWI logo and click) – levels- choose RWI levels -(then choose the colour book you need)

Hotline for parents and carers

There is now have a hotline for parents and carers helping children learning to read at home with Read Write Inc. Phonics.

You can email with any queries.

RWI Phonics lessons at home from Monday 23rd March

Free Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons are being scheduled on Facebook and YouTube for children to watch at home; three short Speed Sound lessons with one of the trainers every day for the next two weeks. Films will show at the times below and be available for 24 hours. 

–  Set 1 Speed Sounds at 9.30 am

–  Set 2 Speed Sounds at 10.00 am

–  Set 3 Speed Sounds at 10.30 am

RWI encourage parents to follow the Ruth Miskin Training Facebook page and subscribe to the Ruth Miskin YouTube channel for regular updates. 

Free resources for parents are available on Oxford Owl for Home: new resources are being added regularly at the moment, there are now 61 eBooks, plus Speed Sounds Practice Sheets, Speedy Green Word slideshows, parent information booklets, and Ditty Sheets.


👉Ruth Miskin Facebook page:
👉Ruth Miskin YouTube channel:
👉Ruth Miskin Home reading page:
👉Oxford Owl for Home free resources page:

Please click below to access home learning packs:

Year One Home Learning Pack

Year Two Home Learning Pack

Nursery Home Learning Pack

Reception Home Learning Pack

Message from Greg Fell, Director of Public Health for Sheffield

SD guidance for parents and carers March 2020

Healthy Minds Leaflet for Parents

Please click here for information/standing Newsletter items (This is a word document and you can find information you require by clicking on the contents titles.)

School Uniform

It has been agreed that Pinders can now sell our school uniform. If you wish to buy uniform through this company, they are sited in Crystal Peaks Market where they will take your orders.

Uniform, embroidered with the school logo, can also be purchased through Tesco’s online uniform service at My

Henry ‘Healthy Start’ Programme

Henry is a programme for families, aimed at offering support with many areas that affect children under 5 and their parents e.g. mealtimes, behaviour and early learning. The programme is for an hour each week for 8 weeks and it comes highly recommended. This is free to families and can be accessed by completing the form attached, emailing or by texting 07720090949.

Please take a look at the attached flyer and application form.

Click here for the information flyer.

Click here for the application form.

Positive Parenting What’s On Guide

There are lots of things happening in the local area to support parents and families. Please click below for a copy of the latest ‘What’s -on’ guide.


English and Maths Adult Education Courses

English and Maths courses for adults will be run from 18th September at Thorpe Green Meeting Rooms. These courses are for beginners up to Level 2.

The English course will run on Tuesdays from 10a.m. to 12 noon.

The Maths course will run on Tuesdays from 12:30p.m. to 2:30p.m.

If you would like more information, or to book on a course, please contact Lesley Roberts (Learning Champion) at Woodhouse Forum on telephone number: 0114 269 0222.


Please sign up for email alerts about weather, school closures etc. from Sheffield City council.  Visit the page to register.

Once  registered, you can go to Education – School Closures – Then look under primary/secondary/special educational needs to find your school.

On-line Payments

We are now able to accept online payments through sQuid. We are starting with milk payments for next term and will add other payments over the rest of this half term. Information and registration codes will be sent home to all families. Please call at the office if you have not received yours by 5th December.

Please visit our sQuid Online Payment page for more information by clicking here.

For more information on downloading the sQuid App please click here.

On the first Saturday of every month there is a free Board Games Club for children 1pm to 2pm at Crystal Peaks Library. Children under 8 should be accompanied by an adult.board games poster – sessions 

 Speech and Language Drop-in 

If you have speech and Language concerns about your child, aged 5 or under, please call at one of the drop-ins at Crystal Peaks or Darnall.

Click here for more information