Learning From Home

19.03.2020 10.45am

As most of you are aware, we have been instructed to shut our doors after our last session on Friday. At the moment, from Monday,  we will be accommodating only children of key workers and vulnerable pupils should parents have no other alternative for care. We are waiting for confirmation of who is deemed a key worker and will be in contact shortly - if you have any questions please email the office.  As I have a duty of care to my own staff and their families, should any of them need to self-isolate there may be the need to fully close the school if we cannot have enough staff on site. We hope this will not be the case but we encourage only those who need the provision to use it.  Many of our staff have their own families, elderly relatives and we even have some staff in the high risk category who are putting themselves at risk to support the community in this unprecedented time. 


Meanwhile, we are trying to have a really lovely two days for the children who are in school currently as we realise this could be the last time we are in session until further notice. Learning packs will be coming home with children either today or Friday. 



No doubt about it this is an anxious time for many children, parents and families. We have never experienced disruption to lives and routines on this scale in our lifetimes. We must adhere to the guidance we are given by the DFE but feel there is a very good possibility we may have to close the school either due to staffing issues or DFE closure due to the Covid19 virus.

Anstey First School Staff are currently compiling and organising a learning bank of resources, articles, activities and tasks for our pupils. We will also be sending home books for daily journaling and books to record learning in the instance that we need to officially close. At the moment we are trialling an online learning platform called Seesaw but will send you further information in the near future. We recognise that you may have multiple children in the house and may even be working from home yourself which will no doubt put a strain on computer devices as well as internet service so we are hoping to have a range of paper based, practical, physical and online learning that can be utilised to give children a range of opportunities to continue their learning.


Should school closures take place myself and staff will be available during school hours through email but should you have any questions please feel free to email myself at Head@anstey.herts.sch.uk

In the meantime please find the information below that you may find of support during this time. 





































Suggested Daily Activities

Daily reading approximately 35 minutes

 15 min(or more) D.E.A.R Time

"Drop Everything And Read"  is quiet reading on any book you want to read or look at

 20 min Reading Practice with adult

Reading for phonics and comprehension (colour banded books). These books should be read to parent/carer and discussed. Some books will have questions in the back cover for comprehension. You should receive a selection of banded books to practice.

15-20 min Daily writing journal (dark green book)

Each child will be given a journal to write in daily. Children will need to set out the date (underline and skip a line) and write about what is happening in their lives, what activities they have done, thoughts, stories and it could even include a picture (no felt tips!)


Years 1 through 4 please practice on the Times Tables Rock Stars daily (children know their long ins). Early Years Maths activities will come through Seesaw.

30 minutes (minimum) Physical Activity

Ideally we would like children to be out in the fresh air and active as much as possible however with restrictions on public spaces and distancing we know this can be tricky. You could use one of the Joe Wicks or cosmic kid videos I have linked, laps around the garden (daily mile), hoola hoop challenge, family hike in the country (if not in self isolation), create an obstacle course in the garden, jump rope. Using big muscles helps to reduce anxiety, boredom and calms the nervous system. 

These are your suggested daily activities which is the minimum we expect. Your child's teacher will send home additional activities and projects through Seesaw as well as through hard copies in a pack. Children are being shown how to use the Seesaw programme and you will soon be sent further information on how to access your child's account.

If you are having trouble accessing Seesaw or have trouble working it out please do not hesitate to email

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01763 848 346

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Anstey Nr Buntingford, Hertfordshire SG9 0BY

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