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Confirmed Covid Case

Darwin Class advice following the confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19)

The family received the positive test result on Sunday 13th September and Darwin class parents were notified on the morning of Monday 14th September that their child must not attend school.

Based on the advice from the health protection team, schools must send home those people who have been in close contact with the person who has tested positive, advising them to self-isolate for 14 days since they were last in close contact with that person when they were infectious. This means that pupils and staff from Darwin class must not return until Tuesday 22nd September.

  • Household members of those contacts who are sent home do not need to self-isolate themselves unless the child, young person or staff member who is self-isolating subsequently develops symptoms. If someone in a class or group that has been asked to self-isolate develops symptoms themselves within their 14-day isolation period they should follow guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. They should get a test, and:
  • If the test delivers a negative result, they must remain in isolation for the remainder of the 14-day isolation period. This is because they could still develop the coronavirus (COVID-19) within the remaining days.
  • If the test result is positive, they should inform school immediately.




Welcome to a new week.

Last week was our first full week back at school and all the pupils in Darwin are now well and truly settled into our ‘new normal.’ Everyone has worked hard and a lot of revision and new learning has taken place.

Last week, I was impressed by the efforts of everyone in class but two pupils really stood out: Allison, who received the ‘Reading Certificate’ for her expressive story reading (she read out a story which she had written at home, so that was extra impressive!), and George who has been an all round super star and was awarded the ‘Red Certificate’. It is always tricky when I can only choose one or two pupils, as so many pupils try their very best. This week I will be able to award two more certificates: the ‘Writing Certificate’ and the ‘Red Certificate’. I will be on the lookout for winners from Monday 8:45 on wards!

This week’s homework is a trial run for using Edmodo quizzes. There are often a few hitches when getting started with Edmodo, but the more the children use it, the easier they find it. This week’s quiz is available to complete until the end of Friday this week. The children will find it pinned to the top of their Edmodo ‘feed’. Children will also find (further down their feed) a post from me which contains links to a film clip and to a slide show of images from Mohenjo-Daro. There were far too many images for us to look at during our history lesson last week, so I posted the link for those who wanted to spend more time exploring the images.

Mrs. Evans.



The first few days of the school year.

I have thoroughly enjoyed having the children back in class this week. They have worked hard in all of our lessons and have been really quick to pick up the new rules and procedures. I have been impressed with their attitude to the work they have been set and with how much information they have retained from the previous academic year. There were some very strong scores in our mental maths ‘test’ this morning!

Here’s what some of our students had to say about their first few days in Darwin class:

“It’s been fun. I enjoyed playing dice games to learn about place value.” (Noah)

“I’ve enjoyed reading Aquila – there’s a lot of mystery! I am getting used to the new routines and all the hand washing!”  (Allison)

“We did a test. It was hard but it was fun and challenging.” (Seb)

“I was surprised that I had forgotten so much but I am remembering it now!” (Anna)

“I know exactly what you mean, Anna!” (Mrs. Evans)

I am looking forward to our first full week together next week. Have an excellent weekend everyone and I will see you on Monday.

Mrs. Evans.

End of the Academic Year.

We have reached the official end of the academic year – well done everyone!

As from today, I will no longer post the daily learning menu and additional tasks on Edmodo. I will, however,  continue to post the daily ‘morning activities’ until the end of July – just in case the children want to do them. I will continue to log on to Edmodo periodically throughout the holidays, so if the children have any questions about September they can contact me on there.

I’d like to thank you all for your hard work over the past few months. I know that balancing home schooling with all your other daily demands must have been extremely challenging at times and I appreciate all the hard work that you have put in.

I am very much looking forward to having all of our new Darwin class in school in September, although I will miss our present Year 6 children very much.

I hope you all manage to relax over the summer break – you all deserve some serious ‘me’ time!

Mrs. Evans.

Darwin Class letter

Farewell Year 6!

We said a fond farewell to our lovely Year 6 pupils today. We wish them all the very best for the future. They are a delightful bunch of pupils and I am very proud to have been their teacher.

Thank-you to Mrs. Shellabear and Mrs. Roberts for supplying us with cakes and fizzy pop!


Week Beginning Monday 13th July

This week’s BBC Bitesize learning overviews are posted below. Please note that I will post additional daily tasks on Edmodo.  If your child finds any of the concepts in the lessons tricky, they can contact me on Edmodo and I will be able to provide them with further resources/support.

Please don’t forget that you can also contact me via the email address below with any questions about teaching and learning. I am also very happy to receive photographs/files of your child’s work and provide feedback.

Click here to visit the BBC bitesize lessons.

For an additional/alternative lessons, please visit The Oak National Academy website.

Click here to visit the Oak National Academy lessons.

Year 6 Leavers’ Event

Sadly, we have been unable to hold any of our usual transition events this year, due to the Covid-19 crisis. To give the Year 6 pupils a chance to say goodbye to each other, and for me to say goodbye to them, we have arranged a ‘socially distanced’ DVD event for them.

This event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday 15th July. Whilst in school, we will maintain social distancing as far as possible and we will ensure that we wash our hands frequently, so we are as safe as we possibly can be.

If your child would like to attend this event, please text the school to let me know. We will be providing a free picnic lunch for each child, so could you please also tell me which sandwiches your child would like: egg, cheese, ham or beef.

Mrs. Evans.





Week Beginning 6th July

Please find below this week’s learning overviews from BBC bitesize. I have also attached links to the Oak National Academy website.

Additional resources will also be posted on Edmodo daily. Please let me know if your child experiences any difficulties logging in.

If your child experiences any difficulties understanding any of the lessons, please get in touch with me and I will do all I can to help! I can be contacted via the following email address:

Oak National Academy Year 4 Classroom.

Oak National Academy Year 5 Classroom.

Oak National Academy Year 6 Classroom.






Moving into Darwin Class.

Dear parents of current Year 4 pupils,

As we approach the end of the school year, we would usually hold a move-up afternoon for the children, so that they can experience being a member of Darwin class and ask any questions they may have before the new school year begins.  As we are not able to have a move-up afternoon this year, I thought that it may be helpful for the children if I called them for a chat. I know, from experience, that some children may be a little anxious about moving into what they perceive as the ‘big class’.

I know that the children often feel that it is a bit strange, having a teacher call them at home! Please reassure them that it is not a ‘check-up’ phone call – I won’t be grilling them about how much work they have done! It is just a chance to say hello. It would be really helpful if they had thought about any concerns they have and if they have a few questions ready to ask me when I call.

I hope that you feel that this is something that your child would benefit from. If you do, please could you text the school and let me know which day it would be best to call. I can call on Monday 13th, Tuesday 14th, Thursday 16th or Friday 17th.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Mrs. Evans.

(If your child is currently in school on a ‘key worker’ basis, I will catch -up with them during the school day rather than phone them at home.)



Week Beginning 29th June

Please find this week’s learning overviews below.

Additional daily tasks will be posted on Edmodo as usual!

Please do not hesitate to contact me  if you have any questions about teaching & learning:

Click here to access the BBC Bitesize lessons.

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