Summer 2020

Friday 17th July 2020
We are almost at the end of our school year and what an 'interesting' year this has been.
I just wanted to express my thanks to all the staff at PV for their support and hard work during this time and hope you all have a well deserved break during the summer.
I would also like to say 'well done and thank you' to all our parents for supporting and working closely with the school since 'lock down'. I know many of you have worked very hard to maintain some resemblance of a school routine whilst at home and have made lots of effort to keep the learning going. We have really enjoyed sharing the amazing work you have shared with us!
I would like to wish you all a restful and healthy summer break and we look forward to seeing you all in September!
I would also like to share with you a letter forwarded from The Greenwood Tree Academy Trust Chair.
Please take a moment to read it as it is a consultation paper regarding changes to the school's admission policy for September 2021.
Many thanks

I have been asked to share the following information with you from the Dorchester Family Partnership Zone. It may be of interest.

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Monday 6th July 2020
Good morning everyone, I do hope you are all well.
What a fantastic start to the week …
Today we welcomed back into school the Year 4 children. We are all so pleased to see them and to be able to have the chance to spend time with them before they move onto their next school.
There was a mixture of excitement and some nerves this morning but that soon disappeared when the children saw each other and their teachers; Mr. Young and Mrs. Hudson.
The focus this morning has been to make sure all the children are happy and settling back into school life after such a long time away.
It really has been a super day!
Please see below information we have been asked to share about Dorchester Library service during the summer holiday - a great opportunity to access the facilities they have on offer...

Dorchester Library

 As the school year comes to an end we thought we would take the opportunity to let you know about some of the activities available through the library service this summer.


On Tuesday 14 July we’ll be welcoming children’s author Ali Sparkes who will be hosting a Zoom session to talk about her experiences as a writer.  Ali’s sessions are always hugely entertaining and we hope that this virtual opportunity will reach new audiences. This is a great opportunity for children to meet a real life artist and perhaps discover new reading choices.   This is a FREE event and booking is on Eventbrite (link - )


 The Summer Reading Challenge continues online at and will run until September. 

  • Children register and set their own target for their challenge 
  • They read or listen to books, comics etc. that make them happy! 
  • Adding each completed book to their online profile will give a reward of online badges, games and videos 
  • When their challenge is complete children download their certificate  
  • Children can take part using our digital lending services, or what they have at home.  When libraries reopen, they’ll be able to borrow library books.

o   eBooks and audiobooks  

o   Digital comics 

  • Children who are not library members can join online for instant access to our digital services; they will be sent a library card when libraries reopen. 

 We’re offering a range of activities to support the Challenge and keep children engaged with reading and the arts during the Summer holidays.  Look out for details, which we’ll be posting on our website, Facebook page  and Twitter


  • We’ll be inviting children to submit a drawing for inclusion in a short animation as part of our drawing challenge – more information to follow.
  • Storytelling with Mama G will take place on Tuesday 11 August.  This Zoom event will be bookable on Eventbrite
  • We’ll have regular activities on our Facebook page throughout the summer holidays including creative activities, Storytime, Lego challenges, author blogs and more.
  • Arts Award Discover, administered by Trinity College London is available to all children aged 5+.  This introductory qualification in the Arts is designed to get children and young people engaged with and excited about the arts in the broadest sense. The attachment ‘Discover at Home’ is a guide for parents, which takes them through each stage of the award.  Taking part through Dorset Libraries if FREE, we ask that families contact us at  to register and we will be able to guide them through the process as required, moderate their work and order their certificates. All of the activities outlined above could be included in Arts Award Discover.

 You can keep up to date with library news and activities by signing up for our newsletter


Friday 19th June 2020
Good afternoon,

Thank you for the positive comments from our families regarding the reopening of the school for our preschool, Reception and Year one pupils. It is so wonderful to hear more children back in school and happy! 

We have received an update from the local authority this morning, reassuring us all that the infection rate in Dorset remains very low and we are still not anticipating another peak of the virus - this is really encouraging and so great to hear!

There has been much in the news, of course, around catch up and tutoring and we all await further guidance on this, so more to follow I am sure.

This week schools have had good discussions around transition and arrangements for year groups not in school and I hope we will have further information to share with you next week.

The local authority is also speaking to schools about how support may be offered to families over the summer holiday. They are currently shaping a plan which I hope we will be able to share with you soon.

Our Year 4 pupils transitioning to St Mary's Middle School, Puddletown are beginning to receive letters from the school about starting in September - how very exciting. I understand the staff at St Mary's have been busy creating a series of short videos that will be shared with the Year 4 pupils to help with transition at this time. I look forward to seeing those!

Take care and stay safe,

Mrs. Browne


Monday 15th June 2020
Good morning everyone and welcome to a new week.
I just wanted to share the DASP Music Summer Newsletter with you.
I also wanted to share a link with the Dorset Museum as they have put together some activities for home learning.
Friday 12th June 2020
Good morning everyone, I hope you all continue to be well.

I have received a video from Dorset Healthcare about returning to school for pupils. Please click on the link below to access part 1. I hope it is useful.

 The MHST have also produced the first video for their ‘online book’ which will develop over the year. Here is the link for ‘chapter one: Back to Basics’

Each year the children are invited to take part in the Dorchester Library summer reading challenge. We have been asked to forward the following information to all our families.


The Summer Reading Challenge 2020 – Silly Squad 


Last year over 8000 Dorset children aged 4-12 years participated in the Summer Reading Challenge – run nationally by libraries and The Reading Agency.   This reader development promotion is designed to encourage 4-12-year olds to read for pleasure and to help maintain literacy levels over the summer holiday period.  


This year's Summer Reading Challenge is Silly Squad; a celebration of funny books, happiness and laughter.   In light of the Covid 19 restrictions, the Challenge this year will be digital.


How Silly Squad will work (The promotion will run from June to September 2020) 


·        Children join the Challenge online at and set their own target for their challenge 

·        They read or listen to books, comics etc. that make them happy! 

·        Adding each completed book to their online profile will give a reward of online badges, games and videos 

·        When their challenge is complete children download their certificate  

·        Children can take part using our digital lending services, or what they have at home.  When libraries reopen, they’ll be able to borrow library books.

o   eBooks and audiobooks  

o   Digital comics 

·        Children who are not library members can join online for instant access to our digital services; they will be sent a library card when libraries reopen. 



Library activities to support the Challenge 

·        We will be offering a range of activities to support the Challenge on our website and Facebook page

·        Children will have the opportunity to take part in Arts Award Discover as part of their Summer Reading Challenge and will receive a certificate from Trinity College London upon completion.  

o   More information on how to take part can be found on our website 


You can download the Summer Reading Challenge Schools Pack, containing information about the Challenge, ideas for promoting it to your pupils and links to resources and activities.









Friday 5th June 2020
Reopening for Year R and 1 Pupils
This week we have had the pleasure of inviting our Year R and Year 1 pupils back into school.
It really has been delightful hearing them in the school and on the playground.
A really positive start and a massive thank you to all those children for being super stars this week!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff at Piddle Valley school for their continued hard work and dedication. Even when staff are not in school they are working hard to support the children with the online learning and having contact via eschools with families.
The 3 teams in Year R, Year 1 and Keyworkers have worked extremely hard to ensure procedures and measures to keep our children and staff safe are in place and maintained. The younger children have really impressed us with their knowledge of social distancing and keeping their hands washed etc. Please continue to support us at home and out of school in supporting the Government guidelines. A reminder please as this keeps our children, staff and all families safe.
Staying alert and follow social distancing guidelines. You must not:
  • gather outdoors in groups of more than six people with people you do not live with
  • visit friends or family inside their home or any other indoor place
  • stay away from your own home overnight, except for in a limited set of circumstances, such as for work purposes
Please click on the link below for the full guidance from the Government.
Good News
I am very pleased to announce that Mr Bevis and Briony have had their baby; a beautiful baby boy called Jude. We would like to wish them both many congratulations and warm wishes. We can't wait to meet Jude!
Also congratulations to some of our families...
Congratulations to Mason and Tyler who have a new baby sister; Connie-Mae - such a beautiful name and William who has a new baby brother; Benjamin - another great name!  Congratulations to both our families and we hope you are all well and we look forward to meeting both Connie-Mae and Benjamin!
Friday 15th May 2020

Whilst this letter is primarily for parents/carers with a preschool, reception or Y1 child I feel that it would be useful for our whole community to know what has happened since last Sunday’s announcement by the Prime Minister. We are currently working to implement the Government’s intention to begin reopening our school from 1st June 2020.

In doing so the key consideration will be the safety and well- being of the whole school community. We are therefore following all national and local advice and guidance from Public Health Dorset, the DfE, the Local Authority and GTAT.


The DfE guidance is available here;


Please click on the link below to access the letter sent to parents/carers.

Many thanks

Tuesday 12th May 2020
Please click on the link below to access further information for Parents/Carers from the Department of Education regarding the next steps and actions for school to prepare for wider opening from June 1st 2020.
I know many of you will feel particularly anxious about sending your child/ren back into school but we will continue to keep you updated with the measures staff and I are taking to ensure our children and staff are safe.
Stay safe
Thank you very much to everyone who has shared their home learning with us … it really is great to see what you are doing. Please click on the link below to see how Ben has been spending his free time between learning. Many thanks to Ben and his Dad for putting this video together but also giving us permission to share.
Monday 11th May 2020
Please find attached a copy of the letter sent to Parents/Carers via eschools following the statement from the Prime Minister on Sunday evening.
Friday 8th May 2020
Happy Bank Holiday Friday!
What a beautiful day for the VE 75 Year Anniversary celebrations.
Have you decorated the front of your house?
We would love to see your photographs - please send them to Mrs. Browne at the following email address
As a very special treat for all our families, all the staff at Piddle Valley CE First School have been working on something rather special for you all. Please click on the link below and enjoy!
A special THANK YOU to all the staff for taking part and really putting their hearts and souls into this, to Mr John Hudson for singing the backing track, to Mrs. Hudson for her amazing organisational skills and a really massive THANK YOU to Mr. Young for his IT wizardry!
All the staff want to say a big 'Hello' to all our families and to say we are all thinking of you...please take care and stay safe and we look forward to when we can all make our way back to 'Piddle Valley'.
Thursday 7th May 2020
Good morning everyone!
It's a beautiful day in the Piddle Valley.
If you are keen to stay fit please click on the links below to join Mr. Dailey in some exercises and keep fit.
Have fun!
Good morning everyone!
I hope you are all keeping well and looking after each other.
I just wanted to share the following link below from 'Thinkuknow' an excellent resource regarding staying safe online and safeguarding our children. There is lots of advice for parents and carers as well as an activity pack to share.
Another resource you may find useful...

On behalf of the Chief Fire Officer we would like to say a massive thank you on behalf of all the key workers, including firefighters, whose children may be coming into school so that their parents/carers can continue to work and provide essential and emergency cover during the national pandemic.


We also appreciate your hard work in providing resources to help parents/ carers support their children during these times.


Due to increased time spent at home, the Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Rescue service would like to help parents/carers and children understand how they can stay safe and the importance of fire safety within the home.


They have created a series of free online resources for use with younger children (Foundation and Key Stage 1, although older children may enjoy some of the activities) which parents/ carers can access for free.


Each week will include the following:

  • A story with a safety message; either a video or read by a firefighter, the author and in some cases a celebrity!
  • Activities based around the story including literacy, maths and art and other activity sheets . This includes our Firefighter Paul “Glue and Make” videos with art and craft creations and “How to draw” videos. All focused on the fire service and fire safety.
  • “Meet the firefighter” video, each week introducing one of our firefighters who will talk about the fire safety message of the week, a way to help stay safe with Covid 19, the importance of healthy eating and a fitness challenge.


Every week a new story and section will be added with topics such as fire safety, water safety and challenging gender stereotyping (My Mummy is a firefighter)

The current topics on the website are:

What do firefighters do: London Fire Brigade Play Mobil video introducing the work of firefighters.

Sam’s Sad Day : read by a firefighter, looking at the consequences of outdoor fires

No Dragon’s For Tea: read by the Canadian author Jean E Pendziwol

I hope you will find it useful.
Take care and please stay safe!
Sunday 3rd May 2020
Good evening everyone, I hope you are all well and have enjoyed your weekend.
This week in school Mrs. Hudson and Ms. Stanley will be hosting some activities around the VE Celebrations. It is the 75th Anniversary. 
Victory in Europe Day. Victory in Europe Day, generally known as VE Day (Great Britain),  is a day celebrating the formal acceptance by the Allies of World War II of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender of its armed forces on the 8 May 1945.
If you would like to continue with our French lessons, please click on the link below for Part 3.
Thursday 30th April 2020
If you enjoyed the French lesson we posted recently, please click on the link below to access part two - French Numbers
Au revoir!
Thursday 30th April 2020

New Coronavirus helpline for parents and carers 

A new helpline has been launched to support parents and carers who are worried about how their child is coping during the Coronavirus pandemic. Dorset Council’s Educational Psychology Service has set-up the helpline to support those who are worried about their child or teenager during the lockdown. 


The helpline number is 01305 228300. It is open from Monday to Friday from 9am to 4.45pm. Callers need to ring and make an appointment for a 30-minute phone consultation. Please click on the link below for further information.

Tuesday 28th April 2020
Good morning everyone,
I hope you are all well and staying safe!
Once again we have shared some of the amazing home learning with you below - please enjoy looking at the different activities and creations - well done everyone!
If you would like to learn a little bit of French click onto the link below.
I just want to mention the impressive charity work one of our students is taking part in - Elodie has set up a just giving page as she is raising money by walking laps around her garden in support of the NHS. We are very proud of you Elodie, keep up the great work!

Barney’s poem

The Sky


The spring sky glows blue.

The morning grass glitters with dew.


The seasoned sky changes its hue.

The winter months are my favourite ice blue.


Dull or bright I get much delight.

Morning or night oh, what an amazing sight.

Thursday 23rd April 2020
Thank you everyone for sharing the wonderful learning you are doing at home.
We are all enjoying seeing the art work and photographs of you being creative with your learning.
 It has been great to see so many of you taking your learning outside and learning new skills and developing new interests.
Mrs. V is in the office next door at the moment talking to all our families - it's lovely to hear how excited the children are telling Mrs. V what they have been doing.
We are really impressed how many of you have managed to learn to ride your bikes without stabilisers - fantastic news and well done! 
Please continue to send your photographs to the teachers but also to Mrs. Browne via email so we can keep updating the blog and sharing with everyone!
Take care everyone, please stay safe.
Information for parents and pupils

 Monday 20th April 2020

 Learning On Line - Oak National Academy

Oak National Academy is a new collection of high-quality lessons and online resources.

Backed by the Government, it has been created in response to the coronavirus lockdown.

The online classroom offers free access to great teachers, delivering video lessons, quizzes

and worksheets. Available for both primary and secondary levels, it covers a range of subjects.

All of the lessons are ordered so your child can learn along a clear plan. 

They provide new lessons and resources each week.

Although we have our own plans already in place, we think this could work really

well alongside existing work.

Oak National Academy will fit alongside other resources such as BBC Bitesize to

offer a structure for the day for children until schools fully reopen.

Oak National Academy was built at speed; at present our resources are for

pupils who usually access their schools’ curriculum in mainstream education,

from reception through to year 10, without significant support or adaptation. 

They are currently working on providing support for teachers working with

pupils with additional needs, and teachers based in specialist settings.