COVID-19 News

11/06/2020 - New Starter Packs


We have sent home information packs to our new Reception families this week. I hope you find the information booklet helpful. Please complete the two forms and post in the secure post box next to the main door of school by Friday 19th June.

Please can parents also check their emails as Mrs Booth believes that emails sent last month may have gone into your junk or clutter. Simply search for in your email account.

We still hope to invite parents in for information evenings before the new term starts and also allow children to attend some transition sessions - subject to government coronavirus guidance.

Take care and stay safe.
Mr Smith


09/06/2020 - Wider Re-Opening of Schools


Today the Government announced that their initial plan to open to all primary years, before schools finish for the summer, can no longer go ahead. I know families will be disappointed by this news, as are we, but we have to follow the safety advice we are given.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer additional places as part of the Government's 'wider reopening' to children in Reception, Y1 and Y6, unless they have parents who are 'critical workers' or are classed as 'vulnerable' children.

From Monday 15th June, we will be adding an extra group to meet the increasing number of 'critical worker' children and 'vulnerable' children. This will take us to 6 groups from Reception to Y6. All staff continue to work incredibly hard to support learning in school and at home.

Take care and stay safe.
Mr Smith and the Mossgate team


01/06/2020 - Pupil Progress Reports


Your child's report will be coming home this week. Some will arrive in the post and others will be hand delivered. If your child is in school this week because they are classed as 'vulnerable' or a 'critical worker' child, then they will bring it home with them.

We have made some slight changes to the format this year. We hope you find the information in the reports useful.

Take care and stay safe.
Mr Smith and the Mossgate team


31/05/2020 - Non Uniform


As it is so warm, and to make it easier for children to wear fresh, clean clothes daily for school, we are allowing all children who will be attending school to continue to wear suitable summer clothes.

Please remember to put on sun cream before school and also bring cream, water bottle and sun hat daily.

Take care and keep safe.
Mr Smith


28/05/2020 - Changes to wider re-opening plans

All parents should have received a text/email/School Spider message this afternoon summarising the changes from Monday 1st June.

Parents who are 'critical workers' and children who are classed as 'vulnerable' will have also received a text/email/School Spider app message to confirm their place from Monday 1st June.

Children can only attend from Monday 1st June if they have had a text/email/School Spider app message or phone call today confirming this from school.

Thank you for your support and understanding.
Mr Smith



Last night, Lancashire County Council issued advice to schools 'not to open to more pupils from 1 June, but instead to continue with current arrangements' because the government's five test have not been met in Lancashire.

The current arrangements are to remain open for children who are 'vulnerable' or those who have parents who are 'critical workers'. Our only change from the plans we shared on Tuesday will be to say no to a small group of Reception and Y1 families as they are not 'critical workers' or 'vulnerable'. From the 1st June, we will have five groups for children across the school from Reception to Y6.

A letter has been uploaded to our school's website homepage, which can be downloaded by searching for our school name online. You do not need the School Spider app to access this.

Take care and stay safe.
Mr Smith


27/05/2020 - Access arrangements from 1st June


With an increasing number of families returning to school from the 1st June, we have introduced a one way system on the school site.

Please enter through the main gate nearest to the school entrance / office and exit the grounds using the gate nearest to the nursery building.

Reception parents will have two different drop off / collection points depending on their group.

Take care and keep safe.
Mr Smith


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26/05/2020 - Letter regarding wider re-opening of school


A letter has been uploaded to the homepage of our school website with information about the wider reopening of schools from 1st June.

If you have any questions, please contact me directly at school by phone (01524 850736), email ( or private FB message.

Take care and keep safe.
Mr Smith


22/05/2020 - Plans for w/c 26/05/2020


We continue to make changes to our routines as our our 'critical worker children' numbers increase weekly.

From Tues 26.05.20, we ask that parents drop off between 8am - 8:20am and collect at 2:45pm from the following classrooms:

Children in Reception, Y1 &Y2 will be based in the Y2 classroom. Children in Y3 & 4 will be based in Y4 and those in Y5 &6 in the Y5 classroom.

Children still need a packed lunch. Uniform not required.

If you have any questions, please contact me by email ( Children can only attend when agreed by myself.

Thank you for your support.
Mr Smith and the Mossgate team


21/05/2020 - FSM Voucher Update


From Monday 25th May we will be sending out vouchers to families entitled to Free School Meals on a fortnightly basis. This means families will receive two weeks worth of vouchers every other Monday.

If you have any issues receiving or redeeming your voucher please email Miss Turnbull ( or FB message.


21/05/2020 - Parent Surveys


We have two surveys available (through the School Spider app)which we are asking ALL parents to complete. This will help us to plan for possibly welcoming back more children from the 1st June at the earliest - decision to be made by the Government.

If you are a critical worker, please complete the 'Critical Worker' survey - especially if you plan to send your child back from the 1st June.

If your are not a critical worker, but have a child in Reception, Y1 or Y6 and would like to send your child back from the 1st June, then please complete the survey titled 'Return to School - 1st June'.

Thank you to the parents who have already replied.

I will be writing to all parents with our plans this week, which will explain how we intend to implement the Government's guidance.

Take care and keep safe.
Mr Smith


21/05/2020 - Home Learning Over Half Term


We will not be posting any new home learning tasks on Monday as it is half term. However, children can still access their online learning platforms, if parents wish, which include: IDL (English and Maths), Times Tables Rock Stars, Emile Education and Classrooms Secrets - depending on year group.

The weekly formats we upload for each year group will return for Monday 1st June.

Take care and keep safe.
Mr Smith and the Mossgate team


14/05/2020 - R, Y1 & Y6 Survey


We have published a survey on the School Spider App for parents of children in Reception, Y1 & Y6. Please could parents check their app and complete the survey to let us know your thoughts or any concerns around returning to school on 1st June.

If you have any problems accessing your app or need to reset your login please contact or FB message.


11/05/2020 - White Rose Access

Some parents are having problems accessing the Whiterose Maths resources this week .
To access them :
1)Go to the Year Group Home Learning document and click on the White Rose Maths link.
2)Click on the Year group you need .
3) Some plans come up but they are blurry . Scroll down the page and you will see previous weeks resources . This week you are looking for the Summer Term- Week 2 resources .
We hope this helps.
Any problems, please email using the year group emails.
Stay Safe.
Mrs Taylor and the Mossgate Team


08/05/2020 - Citizens Advice


Citizens Advice North Lancashire are still available for anyone needing free, confidential, impartial, quality assessed
advice and assistance.

They continue to operate their client advice services by telephone and by email between 10am and 4pm each weekday.

● Email:
● Telephone Advice: 03444 889 622 (local rate charge)
Locally staffed advice line
● Food vouchers (online referrals to food bank): 01524 400404 (Admin-only)


07/05/2020 - Home Learning Week 4


Home learning activities for next week are available from our website:

Simply click on:
1. 'Home Learning' from the top menu
2. 'Summer 1 Home Learning'
3. 'Week 4'

and then select the year group you need. You will need to have a PDF viewer for most files. Some files will need an app to view Microsoft PowerPoint. These can be downloaded for free for most devices.

Enjoy the bank holiday weekend.
Take care and stay safe.
Mr Smith and the Mossgate team


07/05/2020 - Trip Refunds


We have processed refunds for the London and Wastwater residentials this week. Payments made via Parentpay will be visible in your Parent Account this morning.

From here you can choose to allocate the money to other items or follow the steps on the link below to withdraw the money back to your bank account:…/

Payments made in cash through Paypoints or on Paypoint cards will be refunded separately. We will be in touch with families concerned to arrange this.

If you have any queries regarding your refund please email or FB message.

Miss Turnbull


04/05/2020 - Edenred FAQs

We are aware that a number of issues with the Free School Meal Voucher scheme have arisen over the past few days. Please see answers to FAQs below from service provider Edenred in response to these problems. If you are still having trouble with your voucher after reading these then please email or FB message to let us know.

Stay safe

Miss Turnbull

Have not received your eCode?

Please check with your school administrator to confirm the correct email address was entered for your eCode order.

eCodes can take up to 48 hours to be delivered. If it hasn’t been received in this timeframe, then please check your devices email junk and/or trash folders. The eCode email will be sent from or

The eCode isn’t working when I try to redeem it.

If you have received an error message when trying to redeem your eCode please double check you have entered the correct code. Please try to enter your code again.

If your code is still not accepted, please delete the browsing history on your device as it may be storing the incorrect code from its memory.

If you are re-entering your code because the system had frozen or timed-out, and you are getting an invalid code message, this is because the redemption was successful and you should receive your e-Gift card within 48 hours.

E-Gift Card

Our e-Gift Card delivery system is currently experiencing high volumes of traffic and as such it is taking longer to process and deliver your e-Gift card. We anticipate the e-Gift Card will be delivered to you within 48 hours.

Accessing the redemption website

Due to exceptional demand, we have implemented a queuing system on the ordering website. This is to control the amount of traffic on the website at any one time in order to improve the user experience for everyone and speed up the voucher redemption process once past the queue.


04/05/2020 - Online Safety Resources


Whilst there are huge benefits to being online in order to stay connected to family and friends during this period, the government recognises many parents may feel concerned about the activities and content their children are accessing. This guidance outlines resources to help keep children safe from different risks online and where to go to receive support and advice.

It is important to have regular conversations about staying safe online and to encourage children to speak to you if they come across something worrying online.

Take care and keep safe.
Mr Smith and the Mossgate team

To access the weblinks for the resources listed below, click here:…/coronavirus-covid-19-support-for-paren…

These resources provide guidance for parents and carers to keep children safe online. They will, amongst other things, support you to talk to your child about a range of online safety issues, set up home filtering in a child-friendly way and set up age-appropriate parental controls on digital devices:

• Thinkuknow by National Crime Agency-CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) provides resources for parents and carers and children of all ages to help keep children safe online

• Childnet has developed guidance for parents and carers to begin a conversation about online safety, as well as guidance on keeping under-fives safe online

• Parent Info is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP, providing support and guidance for parents and carers related to the digital world from leading experts and organisations

• NSPCC has guidance for parents and carers to help keep children safe online

• UK Safer Internet Centre provides tips and advice for parents and carers to keep children safe online - you can also report any harmful content found online through the UK Safer
Internet Centre


04/05/2020 - VE Day Resources

VE celebrations had been planned for the Bank Holiday this Friday. This is just one resource to support conversations at home.

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01/05/2020 - Home Learning Week 3

It has been great to see so many families engaging and enjoying the Home Learning activities this week. The activities for ‘Week 3 ‘ are now available via the school website so you can download them ready for Monday . There are only four days of learning activities next week due to Bank Holiday Friday .
You will find these resources by following these simple steps:
1) Click on ‘ Home Learning ’ in the red banner on our homepage.
2) Scroll down to ‘ Summer 1 Home Learning ’ in the drop down menu
3) Scroll across to Week 3
4) Then scroll across to the relevant year group.

Here you will find a year group timetable and the required resources for each task. You will notice that this week we have updated every year group's Topic Tasks - we hope you will enjoy the varied activities.
Please remember to send us any evidence of what your children have been up to .
Stay safe.
Mrs Taylor and the Mossgate Team


01/05/2020 - Safe Spaces for Domestic Abuse

People living with domestic abuse will be able to access safe spaces at Boots pharmacies from today.

Those needing help can ask staff at the counter to use the consultation room, where they will be able to contact services for help and advice.

Charity Hestia said it launched the scheme in response to the "desperate situation" many people are facing in lockdown.

For information and support on domestic abuse, contact:
Police: 999 press 55 when prompted if you can't speak
Refuge UK wide 24-hour helpline: 0808 2000 247


01/05/2020 - Guidance on Applying for Free School Meals

If you get any of the qualifying benefits listed, click on the link below to register. Please inform school if you are successful by email ( or private FB message.

Vouchers are worth £15 per week, per child and can now be spent at Aldi and McColl's.

Many thanks
Mr Smith

• Universal Credit with a household income of less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
• Income-Based Jobseekers' Allowance
• Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
• Child Tax Credit, not entitled to Working Tax Credit and household income less than £16,190
• Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
• Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
• Income Support
• Working Tax Credit 'run on' – the payment you receive for a further four weeks after you finish work

If you have a younger child starting school in September and you are no longer eligible, they will not be protected because this would be a new claim.…/…/…


31/04/2020 - Store Update for FSM Vouchers


Free School Meal vouchers can now be used at Aldi and McColl's. If you are having difficulties redeeming your ecode, please email Miss Turnbull ( who will try to assist you.

Take care and keep safe.
Mr Smith


30/04/2020 - Keeping Our Community Safe

Please share widely. We want our whole community to keep safe during these difficult times.

Mr Smith and the Mossgate team


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29/04/2020 - Teacher Phone Calls

Class teachers continue to phone families this week with Mrs Massey, Mrs Taylor and Mrs Booth all ringing from school. The number may appear as 'unknown' so please answer.

Take care and keep safe.
Mr Smith and the Mossgate team


28/04/2020 - Minute Silence for Key Workers

A minute's silence will be held across the UK later to commemorate the key workers who have died with coronavirus.

I hope many of our families will be taking part at home.

Take care and keep safe.
Mr Smith and the Mossgate team


27/04/2020 - Leavers Hoodies

School Leavers hoodies will be ordered on Friday 1st May. If you haven’t already ordered one before school closed in March we are still taking orders.

Please see below for sizes and colours available. If you would like to order a Leavers Hoodie then please e-mail your Childs Name, Choice of Colour and Size to

Payment is via ParentPay and needs to be made before the order date: Fri 1st May.


24/04/2020 - Week 2 Home Learning

It has been great to see so many families engaging and enjoying the Home Learning activities we have been providing you with. The activities for ‘Week 2’ are now available via the school website so you can download them ready for Monday.

You will find these resources by following these simple steps:

1.) Click on ‘Home Learning’ in the red banner on our homepage
2.) Scroll down to ‘Summer 1 Home Learning’ in the drop down menu
3.) Scroll across to ‘Week 2’
4.) Then scroll across to the relevant Year group

Here you will find a year group timetable and the required resources for each task, which you can download when needed.

Please remember to send us any evidence of what your children have been up to – it really does make us smile plus it is great to hear from you too.


Mr Thwaites


21/04/2020 - Printing

We are aware that the vast majority of parents do not have access to a working printer. Please be aware that any online activities / sheets are intended to viewed online with children discussing their answers with parents or using the exercise book we provided to record their answers and make notes.

We never intended for parents to print of sheets daily etc. Please do not spend money on buying printers and ink!

If you are struggling to access online resources due to a lack of working devices or limited internet connection, please contact me by phone or email.

Many thanks for your support and patience.
Take care and keep safe.
Mr Smith


20/04/2020 - PE Home Learning Resources

Another element of our Home Learning provision has been added to our school website this morning - Physical Education.

Please visit the school website and click on the following:
3.) Click on the relevant link for your child's year group

Here you will find all the information you require to ensure your child/children have access to the PE Curriculum for each day of the week. We will update these links each week.

Keep safe and keep smiling,

Mr Thwaites


19/04/2020 - Home Learning Access

If you are struggling to access the resources we have uploaded to our website, you will need to make sure you have software / app that opens Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint files. You will also need software / app which will open PDFs.

If you are having any difficulties accessing the resource, please email or phone.

Take care and keep safe.
Mr Smith and the Mossgate team


Some of the resources on our home learning section of the website are Microsoft PowerPoint files. We haven't changed them to a PDF because many of them are interactive or have transition effects within the slides which would not display properly in a PDF document. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. Please FB message or email if you are struggling to access any files.

Take care and keep safe.
Mr Smith


18/04/2020 - Updates from Home

We want to hear from you so send us your photos or videos of your news! These can be of you completing home learning tasks, reading books in unusual places, helping parents at home with cooking or other jobs, family exercise routines or anything else you want to share.

Please email your teacher directly using the email addresses below and they will share weekly on our Facebook page.

Keep in touch, take care and keep safe.
Mr Smith and the Mossgate team


17/04/2020 - Home Learning Updates

From Monday 20th April, teachers will be uploading weekly plans to support home learning for every year group.

To access these, go to our school's website (or Google Mossgate Primary School) and click on 'Home Learning' > 'Summer 1 Home Learning' > 'Week 1'.

Man thanks for your hard work at home with your learning.
Mr Smith


Any questions about home learning? Email your class teacher directly.

Take care and keep safe.
Mr Smith and the Mossgate team



17/04/2020 - Foodbank Donations

The Foodbank are in particular need of the items listed below. Please donate directly in many of the local supermarkets, or if you are struggling to get there, we will continue to have a box at the end of the KS1 path.

Many thanks for your incredible support so far this week as we have had lots of items donated to help families in difficulty.

Thanks again.
Mr Smith and the Mossgate team

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Cheese slices
Pasta sauce
Tinned fruit
Baked beans
Tinned soup
Rice pudding
Breakfast cereal


10/04/2020 - FSM Voucher Updates

You should have now received your 16 digit eCode by email if you are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM).

Go to, enter your 16 digit code and choose your supermarket eGift card. (You cannot use the 16 digit ecode directly with your supermarket.) The eGift card will be sent to the email address entered during check-out and can be spent in store at the chosen supermarket only.

I hope this works for you, although I am aware of problems with website today, when I have tried to access it. If you are struggling please don't panic as we resolve this for you - I will be in school all next week to assist any parents.

Take care and keep safe over the long Easter weekend and remember to follow the advice. Stay at home, Protect the NHS, Save lives.
Mr Smith and the Mossgate team


07/04/2020 - FSM Voucher Updates

We are still trying to resolve the issues with the FSM voucher system. The email should come from the following email address:

If you have received the evoucher in your email, please can you email with 'Yes FSM evoucher' and your child's name in the email.

If you haven't, please email the same address with 'No FSM evoucher' in the subject and your child's name in the email.

Many thanks
Mr Smith


06/04/2020 - Teacher Phone Calls

Mrs Taylor will be phoning families in her Y4 class this week, so please answer when you see 01524 850736 calling your mobile.

Other class teachers will be phoning over the coming weeks on a rota system to maintain regular contact. If you have any questions or concerns, please email or call us and we will do our very best to support you at this difficult time.

Take care and keep safe.
Mr Smith and the Mossgate team


04/04/2020 - Easter Break Information

The traditional Easter break starts today! We hope all our families will continue to follow the latest guidance about staying at home to keep safe and protect the NHS.

We are developing plans over the two week Easter break to develop learning opportunities further. Although no new learning activities will be set by teachers in Emile, children can still access the different platforms.

Take care and keep safe.
Stay at home / Protect the NHS / Save lives.
Mr Smith and the Mossgate team


04/04/2020 - Guides for Online Learning Platforms

Easy to follow 1 page trouble shooter guides for Classroom Secrets and Emile Education created by Mr Thwaites. These should resolve the majority of problems parents are having at home.

If you are still having difficulties then please email.

Thanks for your understanding and thanks also to Mr Thwaites for creating these guides and for responding to parents' emails / FB messages.
Mr Smith

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04/04/2020 - Contact Information

Our staff continue to keep school open to provide childcare for vulnerable children and for parents who are key workers. Staff are split into three teams and we will continue to be open over the Easter break, including Bank Holidays.

If you have any questions, concerns or difficulties then please contact us by phone or email and we will do our best to respond as soon as possible. Please use email addresses below so your query gets to the correct person.

Childcare provision for essential key workers and vulnerable children -

Foodbank / welfare / safeguarding / child protection concerns about our children -

Home learning online accounts -

General matters -
Mrs Attwood will forward the email to the appropriate member of staff who will reply when they are able to.

Take care and keep safe
Mr Smith


04/04/2020 - FSM Voucher Update

Please do not worry if you have not received your email with your voucher. We will continue to contact Edenred to resolve any difficulties. Can I thank Miss Turnbull again for all her work at home to get this new system up and running.

Take care and keep safe this weekend.
Mr Smith


03/04/2020 - FSM Voucher Update

We have spoken to Edenred who organise the vouchers for families entitled to Free School Meals to get an update on the e-vouchers. Due to the high number of orders currently being processed, there maybe a small delay in parents receiving their eCodes/Vouchers. These should arrive in the next 24 hours. Please keep an eye on your emails, including any clutter or junk folders.


03/04/2020 - Home Learning Update

Dear Parents,

Firstly, I hope you are all keeping safe given the current circumstances.

Secondly, thank you to all those parents who have helped ensure their children have been regularly accessing the online learning platforms. We do monitor these and have been impressed with those who have accessed the sites.

As you will be aware, the Easter holidays will start next week for two weeks. As a result, children will not be set assignments through ‘Emile’ by their class teachers. However, it would be a good idea to allow your child/children to still access this learning platform and the others, which you have been signposted to, to keep your child’s/children’s routine and their opportunities to learn in a fun and exciting way. Alongside these platforms, you can use the paper learning packs that we sent home also.

After Easter, we will be modifying the home learning opportunities for the children so please visit the school website during that first week. These resources will be a mixture of downloadable and online resources.


Mr Thwaites


02/04/2020 - FSM Vouchers

Yesterday the government announced the roll-out of a voucher scheme to support families who receive Free School Meals (FSM) during term time only. This will replace the FSM packs some families have been receiving over past fortnight. We will be sending the codes to all eligible families, even if you have previously opted out of the FSM pack.

Each family will receive £15 per week, per eligible child which they can spend at selected supermarkets / stores - Tesco and Morrisons are our closest.

Parents will receive the evouchers through their email accounts which we have on our school records. If you have changed your email recently, please email or private FB message to change this.

Many thanks
Mr Smith


31/03/2020 - Social Distancing Guidelines

If you need to leave your house for essential food, medicine or exercise, remember to follow social distancing advice. Only use trusted sources like BBC News.

Take care and keep safe.
Mr Smith


30/03/2020 - FSM Meal Pack Collection

Families eligible for Free Schools Meals can collect their school meal pack(s) from the school hall between 12 noon and 2:30m today or from 8am – 2pm tomorrow. Please knock on the hall door and then stand by the cone. If there is a queue, remember to observe social distancing and stay at least 2m apart. If the hall is empty, go to the school office and ring the bell.

We have been contacting eligible families directly by text / phone last week so they will now who are they are.

If you have any difficulties in collecting your pack, please email me at or send a private FB message.

Take care and keep safe.
Thanks, Mr Smith


30/03/2020 - Free School Meal Entitlement Guidance

Quick, easy and confidential. Register online or by phone using the detail here:…/…/…

Mr Smith

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

- Universal Credit with a household income of less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get)
- Income-Based Jobseekers' Allowance
- Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit, not entitled to Working Tax Credit and household income less than £16,190
- Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Income Support
- Working Tax Credit 'run on' – the payment you receive for a further four weeks after you finish work

If your child is currently eligible for free school meals, that eligibility will be protected until Universal Credit is introduced (expected March 2022) even if your circumstances change. If your child is still in education on this date, they will be eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they are in.


30/03/2020 - Packed Lunches

Children will need a packed lunch, and snack, daily from Monday when attending school for childcare provision.

Remember, childcare provision is only for 'vulnerable children' and children of essential 'critical workers' who have no alternative but to use school.

Take care and be safe.
Many thanks, Mr Smith

Stay at home, Protect the NHS, Save lives.


30/03/2020 - Stay At Home Guidance

Please remember to follow the latest government advice this weekend. This will help to slow the spread of COVID-19, Protect the NHS and ultimately save lives.

Mr Smith

When are people allowed to leave their homes?

1.Shopping for "basic necessities", as infrequently as possible. People should use delivery services, where they can.
2. Medical reasons, to provide care, or to help a vulnerable person.
3. Travelling to and from work, but only if it is "absolutely necessary".
4. People should not meet friends or family members who do not live with them.

What other new measures are there?

1. Shops selling "non-essential goods" including clothes and electronics stores will be closed immediately
2. Libraries, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and places of worship will also close
3. Gatherings of more than two people (excluding people who live together) will be banned
4. There will be no weddings or baptisms but funerals will be allowed
5. Parks will remain open but people are only to go out to exercise once a day
6. All of the new measures will last for three weeks from 23 March before being reviewed.



30/03/2020 - Further Home Learning

We hope our families have found the home learning packs useful this week. We will be providing more resources after the scheduled Easter break.

Please enjoy the sun this weekend and take a well earned rest.

Take care and be safe.
Mr Smith and the Mossgate team


27/03/2020 - Free School Meal Packs

Lancashire County Council (LCC) are organising for families eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) to receive a pack of food - very similar to those you have received this week.

I need to send LCC the correct number of packs needed by 3pm, so please can the families who are eligible email to opt out or private FB message school.

Many thanks
Mr Smith


27/03/2020 - Online Session with Natasha Butler

Natasha will be launching a fun and energetic session at 10am.


26/03/2020 - What Happens if Someone in Your Family Gets Sick?

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26/03/2020 - Answers for Home Learning Packs

The answers to the 'Classroom Secrets' and 'Arithmetic Tests' have been uploaded to our website:

To access them, select 'Curriculum' > 'Home Learning' and then select your year group.

The comprehension answers will be uploaded this week.

Many thanks for your hard work at home.
Mr Smith


25/03/2020 - Work Books to Support Home Learning

Some families have been asking if we can recommend any work books for children to use at home. CGP produce workbooks for different year groups and are very reasonably priced. We do use some of their materials in school.

If the workbook has 'KS1' in the title, then these are suitable for Y2 and 'KS2' for Y6.

You can buy bundles or individual books for certain subjects depending on your needs.

Mr Smith


25/03/2020 - Scams & Fraud

Lancashire County Council have been made aware that people are sending out fraudulent emails asking for your bank details if you are entitled to Free School Meals whilst schools are closed.

Remember to keep safe. No organisation, council or bank etc,
would ever ask for your bank details in this way.

If you receive one of these emails, please do not respond.

Stay at home, Protect the NHS, Save lives.
Mr Smith


24/03/2020 - David Walliams FREE Audio Stories

David Walliams is releasing a FREE audio story every day for the next 30 days. Parents could build this into their day in the same we have a class novel every day at school.

(Depending on the length of the novel, we read a chapter or two every day over a week or two.)

Enjoy and remember to explore any unfamiliar words to widen your child's vocabulary.

Mr Smith…


23/03/2020 - Guidance on Staying at Home

Please can critical 'key workers' and 'vulnerable children' only use the child care being provided at Mossgate if you absolutely need to. Otherwise, Stay at home / Protect the NHS / Save lives.

You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:

1) shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible - aim to do this online

2) one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household - keep to social distancing of 2m

3) any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person

4) travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home

These 4 reasons are exceptions - even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

Please, please, please can our community STAY AT HOME, PROTECT THE NHS and help to SAVE LIVES.

Thank you for your support.
Mr Smith


23/03/2020 - School Contact Detail Updates

From tomorrow, we will have a skeleton staff in school working on a rota basis to ensure we can keep the school open at this difficult time for children of essential critical workers and vulnerable children. This is also to reduce unnecessary journeys, the risk of infection spreading and limit the possibility of staff becoming ill.

This means that our ability to answer phone calls and deal with queries will be very limited - if at all. A senior leader will be on duty each week, this week it is me, and will do their best to listen to voice messages and respond if they can. Please only leave voice messages if it is important or urgent. The main point of contact for all parents will be FB and our website. Parents can still access the information we post on FB without an account.

If you have any concerns relating to the following areas, then use the email addresses stated.

Childcare provision for essential key workers and vulnerable children -

Welfare / safeguarding / child protection concerns about our children -

Home learning online accounts -

General matters -
Mrs Attwood will forward the email to the appropriate member of staff who will reply when they are able to.

Many thanks for your understanding and support.
Mr Smith


23/03/2020 - Free Online Phonics Games & Activities

Reception and Year 1 parents can access free phonics games & activities at Simply enter the username: march20 & password: home. Children working at a Reception level should access Phase 3 & Phase 4 and children working at a Y1 level should access Phase 5. There are also decodable comics here too that may act as a good replacement for the usual reading scheme books that we are unable to provide children with currently...


23/03/2020 - FSM Packs

We are still waiting for the school meal food packs to be delivered. Some schools have already been told that they will not receive their delivery until tomorrow. When we know more, we will contact families directly. Please do not call the office, unless it is to authorise a relative or friend to collect when the packs arrive.

Many thanks
Mr Smith

Original post regarding the free school meal packs below.

Children who normally receive 'Free School Meals' (FSM) will be provided with a 'school meal food pack' on Monday 23rd March. Each pack will contain sufficient food to prove a basic breakfast and lunchtime meal for 5 days. The pack will also contain details of the food included an d guidance on allergens and intolerance.

Lancashire County Council have organised for the packs to be delivered directly to school. We will text parents eligible parents when the packs have been delivered so they can collect if it is safe for them to do so. If you are self-isolating, then please arrange for family or friends to collect on your behalf - you will need to contact school directly if this is the case so we know who will be collecting.

Mr Smith

Please note that children in Reception, Y1 & Y2 are not automatically entitled to the school meal food packs unless the family receive Universal Credit, Income Support etc. The free meals Reception, Y1 & Y2 normally receive at school are classed as 'Infant Free School Meals' which is different to FSM. FSMs are means tested with families only eligible if in recent of certain benefits as stated earlier. (A full list can be found by searching free school meals online.)


22/03/2020 - Guidance from Public Health England

An easy to follow guide for households with possible coronavirus infection, which has been produced by Public Health England (PHE) and shared with schools.

Versions are available in different languages here:…/publica…/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

Mr Smith


20/03/20 - School closure and home learning packs update

As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Prime Minister has instructed that all educational settings, including schools, close from the end of school today until further notice.

Today, the government has asked that parents keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked educational settings to open only to ‘vulnerable children’ and those who absolutely need to attend so ‘critical workers’ can keep essential services going. If your child can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. The fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society.

Please do not bring your child to school on Monday 23rd March unless this has been confirmed by a senior leader today by phone. As I have already stated, we are only open to children who absolutely need to attend because they have no other childcare options. We are not open to families so ‘normal life’ can continue. The country is preparing for a national emergency situation, and schools are being asked to play their part in this effort, therefore we expect parents only to use this facility when there is no alternative child care available.

Home learning packs have been sent home which staff have been working hard to develop this week in preparation of school closing. If you are currently self-isolating, friends and neighbours can collect packs from the tables at the front of school today.

Thank you for your understanding and support. Thank you for the cards and messages of support we have been receiving, which have been very much appreciated by our team of talented and dedicated staff. Take care, be safe and we look forward to having our wonderful families back at Mossgate as soon as possible.

Best wishes

Mr Smith – Headteacher

You can access the government guidance which was published this morning regarding key workers, vulnerable children and school closures by clicking the links below: 

Guidance: Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers

Guidance for schools, colleges and local authorities on maintaining educational provision

20/03/2020 - Hand Washing

The most effective way to stop the spread of Coronavirus is to wash your hands effectively using warm water and soap. Follow this simple video to ensure you are properly washing all areas of your hands (including wrists) and remembering to turn off the dirty tap with your tissue or paper towels.

Children at Mossgate are experts and will be able to tell you to wash your hands BEFORE eating, brushing your teeth and going to bed.

They will also be able to explain that you must wash your hands AFTER coughing or sneezing, going to the toilet, touching rubbish or dirty areas, handling pets and being outside.

Why not create your own hand washing guidance when at home? Watch the BBC clips and others for creative ideas. Send your best posters, videos and other ideas to the Mossgate staff and we will post those which impress us the most. Email

Good luck
Mr Smith and the Mossgate team

Dr Adele McCormick from the University of Westminster demonstrates how to wash your hands.


20/03/2020 - Home Learning Packs

Most families have been able to collect their home learning packs. We hope these will support you at home and help to provide some structure to your very long days.

The separate letters for EYFS, Y1 and Y2 - Y6 have been uploaded to our website and can be accessed on our homepage at

Please note that the online version of the letter will not have your child's individual usernames and passwords for the different online platforms we have created. If you still need to collect the packs, and can do so safely, a table will be outside the main entrance next week during school hours.

Please remember that these packs are provided to support learning at home. The aim is not to add to the stress and worry families will be experiencing, or possibly experiencing, as this uncertain period continues.

'Working together to achieve success'
Mr Smith and the entire Mossgate Team