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St Mary's Bentworth

Church of England Primary School

Love, Respect, Belong

Coronavirus Updates


We can all help prevent the spread of Coronavirus!

Please make sure that you and your children follow these simple steps. 

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into school/work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home
  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
  • only travel on public transport if you need to
  • If you are worried about your symptoms please use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services


Please click on the link below to see a video of the best way to wash your hands.

My Coronavirus Test - A Social Story for children

Guidance for Parents and Carers on Choosing holiday child care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

For parents and carers considering holiday child care and activities, this guidance explains changes to after-school clubs, holiday clubs, tuition, community activities and other out-of-school settings for children and young people over the age of 5, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. You may wish to use this information when considering a placement for your child/children this summer. Guidance has also been made available for providers.

East Hampshire School Nursing Team Advice for Children who are unwell or injured.

Where to find the latest updates

Latest Department for Education information

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

This is to help answer questions about COVID-19 related to education.  Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline.

Phone: 0800 046 8687


Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)




Resources to explain Coronavirus to children.

Talking to children about COVID-19 guidance and support including links and books

School information

Home Learning is going to look different for every single family and pupil. We recognise this and you have our full support. Our job in this time, is to make sure your children maintain their learning and are stimulated and inspired by activities and new explorations. Our aim is to make this learning enjoyable, active and balanced across the curriculum. We know that our children need to have not developed any gaps or 'lost' some of their learning but we also want our children to feel calm, happy and in control of their learning.

You will have some 'ups and downs'. We all will and that is be expected. Please do not feel guilt if you can not sit with your children to do the work all the time. They do not have this at school either so they do not need it at home. I hope this little list of things we (parents and teachers) can and can't do will be helpful and reassuring:


We can:

  • As teachers, set work daily that responds to children and parents feedback; that builds on previous knowledge and that is in the medium and long term plans for the year group
  • As teachers, give personalised feedback via telephone calls and email during the school day
  • As teachers and LSA's, support our children with additional needs through personalised weekly plans linked to their SEN targets or their EHCP (calls and emails daily are also available)
  • As teachers and LSA's we can support our keyworker children who are in school to complete their home learning and ensure all in school are safe
  • As teachers and LSA's we can be involved with a Zoom meeting with a year group when invited to do so by a parent
  • As teachers and LSA's we can make pre-recorded videos and post them on our website
  • As parents you can access the daily plans with your child
  • As parents you can encourage, explain and support your child completing the work
  • As a parent you can choose when they need to do more or when they need to do less
  • As a parent you can contact you classteacher at anytime via email and the school office by phone
  • As parents you can contact the headteacher at anytime via the school office


We can not:

  • As parents expect our children to learn exactly as they do at school- this is a unique situation for us all
  • As parents expect ourselves to be able to teach all the subjects and topics being set as home learning- be gentle with yourselves and each other
  • As teachers and LSA's be on Zoom meetings one to one with a child. We can not anticipate a child's reaction; nor do we know the context of their day or the expectation of the call. We are not there to support the child physically and therefore can not help if there is an adverse reaction. There are also many safeguarding concerns as well as the intrusion pupils, parents and staff may feel. Zoom meetings can be recorded, there is a concern about who else is in the home and who can overhear conversations. There is a real fluidity to Zoom meetings and there are too many unknowns and risks for staff.
  • Be expected to know what we happen next......we promise to keep you as informed as possible.


Thank you for all your support and kindness. 




Information from Cancelled events/meetings


My children feel so safe and happy here. They are keen to go to school every day

Parent - July 2018


The school teaches really important life skills through the resilience work- understanding failure is a learning opportunity, not a catastrophe

Parent - July 2018


Communication is excellent- I always know the door is open

Parent - July 2018


The staff show an exceptional level of commitment to the school

Parent - July 2018


You are passionate about children being at the heart of everything you do

Parent - July 2018


94% of our pupils said that 'Teaching is good all the time'

Pupil Survey - July 2018

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