St Ambrose Barlow Catholic Primary School

Covid-19 Response

In response to the school closure due to the Coronavirus outbreak, this page will contain information on the school's response and resources for parents/carers.

Return to School from 1 June

A video to familiarise you with the new safety procedures when entering and exiting the school site.

Related Letters from School

  • 27 May 2020 - Possible re-opening of school (to parents of children returning)
  • 27 May 2020 - Possible re-opening of school (to parents not returning)
  • 30 March 2020 - School signing up for Google Education
  • 27 March 2020 - Closure update and Home Learning routines going well
  • 21 March 2020 - Response to requests for childcare provision
  • 20 March 2020 - Advice on child provision for 'key workers'
  • 19 March 2020 - School will close on Fri 20 March to most children
  • 16 March 2020 - Cancellation of school events due to Coronavirus outbreak

Parental Support

Resources for Children and Parents

Please find below a list of resources dealing with the social and emotional aspects of your child returning to school following lockdown.

Some of the resources are ebooks, songs, storybooks being read aloud and film clips. Stories are a creative way to talk about social situations or ‘tricky situations’ with children. They can help children to prepare for changes, solve problems and help them feel ready for certain experiences through story writing.

We hope you find these resources useful to help your child feel more prepared to return to school. Please ensure that you look at the books and videos first and decide whether you think it will be helpful for your child.

EYFS and Key Stage 1

All Key Stages

  • Everybody Worries by Jon Burgerman (external link) - an ebook explaining feelings of anxiety and worry.
  • YouTube: Keeping Calm (external link) - a clip explaining how to build resilience and to keep calm. It also provides breathing techniques to practise during times of anxiety.
  • YouTube: The Huge Bag of Worries (external link) - the story read aloud, helping to soothe worries during stressful times.
  • YouTube: Everybody Worries (external link) - a story and drawalong session with Jon Burgerman, touching on the feeling of anxiety and worry.
  • YouTube: I Can Handle It (external link) - a book read aloud, which touches on anxieties. Your child will incorporate the idea of 'I Can Handle It' almost immediately after reading this book, even in our current uncertain times.

Key Stage 2

  • My 2020 Covid-19 Time Capsule - how to create a Covid-19 time capsule! This is a fantastic task that your child could complete whilst learning from home.

For Parents

  • NHS: Every Mind Matters (external link) - how a child or young person reacts to the coronavirus outbreak may depend on their age, past experiences or understanding of what is happening. Some children and young people, including those with additional needs and disabilities, may find it difficult to deal with things.
  • What is a Coronavirus Pandemic? (external link) - another ebook explaining what the virus is.
  • Pandemics and the Coronavirus (external link) - Covid-19 explained for children through a PowerPoint presentation.
  • Coronavirus: A Book for Children - this book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds: What is the coronavirus? How do you catch the coronavirus? What happens if you catch the coronavirus? Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus? Is there a cure for the coronavirus? Why are some places we normally go to closed? What can I do to help? What’s going to happen next?
  • Returning to School: Creating Your Own Story - this is a blank template that you can use and adjust so that it works for your family and child when helping your child to prepare for returning to school. There are spaces for your child to complete activities that might help them feel more prepared about starting back at school. This story template provides that opportunity to consider some of the steps that might be involved when helping your child feel prepared about the change in routine. These include things such as considering the new morning routine, the journey to school and the wide range of feelings a child might be experiencing as a result of this disruption. There are also a range of calming techniques, which might help in supporting your child to feel calmer and soothed.
  • Why I am Not Going to School at the Moment - for those children who will not be returning to school at the moment, this too can prove to be an uncertain time. Please find the below document that includes picture exchange communication symbols. You may find this document helpful, to help explain the reasons why your child will not be returning to school at this time and how life will return to how it was, eventually.

More Advice on the Coronavirus

All documents on this page are pdf files unless otherwise specified.

Our Prayers

Our prayers can help us to cope in difficult times and we need never feel alone, as Christ is walking beside us.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.

Also see: Pray As You Go (external link) - daily Examen Meditation for children.