Summer 2020

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.