School Closure Support


We are so grateful to all parents and carers for their support and understanding during the current times. We understand for you and your children these are unsettling and uncertain times.

You will have heard the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Education announcement last night. Further to this announcement yesterday evening, schools as providers of education will be closed ‘for the foreseeable future’. St Raphael’s will close at 3.15pm on Friday 20th March 2020.

Please keep safe, care for one another, follow our school Mission Statement and we pay fro you and look forward to being together again in the future.


Please read the following letter for more information;

Coronavirus School Closure March 2020 19.03.20

Coronavirus School Closure March 2020 – 20.03.20

We have sent work packs home and the school website contains lots of useful links for parents. Also, we will use Tapestry and Seesaw to communicate with you. The school website will also be regularly updated so that we can keep you up to date with any news.

School will remain open from Monday 23rd March to pupils of  key workers and vulnerable staff as directed, you can still contact school on 0161 338 4095 or email to



We have organised a series of tasks, both online and printed, for children to complete in the event of any closure. The information below outlines our current plans and give you advice on how to prepare beforehand so that things are in place in advance.

Our aim is that all children will bring work home to complete and you will have information on accessing online learning platforms, minimising the need to print at home. As we continue to collate work and activities we will add to this page.

Your pack will be sent home in readiness – please do not start working through activities – you will be directed via tapestry and seesaw.

In addition children in Year 2 and Year 6 will bring Practice SATS Papers home to work through;

  • Year 2 you will be directed via Seesaw as to which pages to complete and when.
  • Year 6 Mr Matthews has provided clear instructions on using the papers in his class letter.

We aim to stay in touch with our school community in the event of a closure, please communicate with your class teachers via Tapestry and Seesaw and email for all other queries.


EYFS – Tapestry

All parents and carers in EYFS have access to Tapestry. We will use Tapestry to keep in touch and provide work and activities.

The attached document also provides ideas to support parents at home.

EYFS Activities to do at home


Year 1-6 – Seesaw

All parents and carers in Year 1-6 have access to Seesaw. We are currently expanding use of this in order to provide work and activities.

Seesaw offers an excellent tool for home learning. Teachers can upload worksheets or links to websites and set instructions for how to complete them. Children can write on worksheets using a tablet or computer and then return via the site.

The children do need a code to access this feature which will be distributed as soon as possible. Your child will bring a sheet home with instructions, you will need to download a new app ‘Seesaw Class’ and then follow the instructions. The Seesaw site has clear instructions online to help with access to remote learning.

Specific Projects

Whole School RE:

Lent project - EYFS and KS 1 write about their favourite Bible character and KS2 write about their favourite Bible story or piece of scripture and explain why.

Year 1-6 Geography project:

A contents list for a project will be sent home that can be completed using ICT or handwritten. This will focus on an area of the world already covered in class or one that is planned for later in the year. Encourage your children to research as much as possible for their region or country and the writing must be their own words.

Reception-Year 6 Reading:

Extra reading books are available from school and we ask that you encourage your child to read each day and record their thoughts in their home school diary. They could write a review of their favourite books.


For further support we provide the following list of resources;


Inspire Sports Coaches

Subscribe to Inspire on You Tube – Inspire work in School with our children every day!



This is a website with lots of resources for schools and during the closures this has been made available to parents. Setting this up is easy to do – go to and enter the code UKTWINKLHELPS




White Rose Maths

Will be publishing free content for parents commencing next week.


Dough Disco – EYFS - link for Shonette’s page where she is doing live TV on her YouTube channel each day - easy pladough

We use Dough Disco in EYFS to support the children’s motor skills… and its great fun!



This can be accessed on any device and the children are all children in Year 1-6 are being given a log in to bring home. Mrs Taylor has set up online courses for the children to complete at home and the attached document is provided for support.


Code Break with -

Scratch Coding

Learn how to pop balloons, splat flies or even catch hearts with our web cam video game guide, for ages 7+!


Code Spark Academy

We have requested log-in details for Year 1-6 to access the free app, we will post details on Seesaw.


TTS Group

Free downloadable packs that can be downloaded onto a device for access at home


Classroom Secrets

Children can sign up for free access.

Learning Packs to support parents.


Phonics Play

Free access for Parents, enter the username MARCH20 and password HOME



Children in Year 1-6 have and know their log-in details.


Times Table Rock Stars

Children in Year 1-6 have and know their log-in details.


Top Marks

Resources for all year groups and key stages in school.



If you have used this before at home enter the usual details.

If you are new Lexia Core5 enter teacher email and then enter the child’s name and the password read.



We use Numbergym at school, to access this at home please use the username straphaels and the password millbrook


Charanga Music Resources

Year1 St Raphs – letter

Year2 St Raphs – letter

Year3 St Raphs – letter

Year4 St Raphs – letter

Year5 St Raphs – letter

Year 6 St Raphs – letter




BBC Website

Has a wealth of resource and support for parents and children as follows;

CBeebies –


BBC Bitesize –

Newsround –


Book Trust

Support for reading with your child at home.


National Literacy Trust

Family Zone is a one-stop shop for families. Drawing on both expertise and incredible partnerships with teachers, authors, publishers, educational organisations and corporates.



Is launching a Meet The Author series on Instagram. Twice a week an Octopus author—across all subjects, including cooking, health, mindfulness, fashion, design and gardening—will introduce themselves and their book, and answer five questions that they feel readers would most want to know.



Is giving free access to its online learning platform, Collins Connect, for the length of the school closures. The platform is for both primary and secondary schools and is home to learning and teaching resources for a range of subjects including English, maths and science at all levels, as well as international curricula. It includes more than 300 e-books from its Big Cat reading programme, activity sheets, a times tables practice tool, revision and PDF downloads of many of its titles. Collins is adding resources daily to the site.


Children’s Laureate Cressida Cowell

Has launched a digital hub with reading charity BookTrust. BookTrust Home Time contains free books, videos, games, recipes, competitions and quizzes. A menu of ideas including activity sheets and live draw-alongs has been created by children’s authors and illustrators.



When it’s time for them to get up and move around, this always-free app has videos that kids can follow along with for a little dance break. They’re also coming up with daily activities for parents to use at home.


Cosmic Kids Yoga

Similarly, the Cosmic Kids yoga videos are good for a few minutes peace and quiet so you can work — we mean, a nice stretch and mindfulness break in the middle of all the academic learning. The app requires a subscription, but you can watch the videos on YouTube.


Gardening for Children


Learning with Lego


Cooking with Children





Outdoor Activities–activity-list

If you aren’t unwell or self-isolating, try some of these activities from the National Trust!



Join up and use this virtual pin-board to save ideas on just about everything!














Government Portal


Educational Guidance

Self-Isolation Guidance


NHS Advice


Tameside Council


Social Distancing

To help you understand social distancing better please see the attached poster from the World Health Organisation. If you are not self-isolating this poster helps you determine what you can and can’t do during social distancing;

Social Distancing