Sulby Primary School

'learning is a great adventure'

Autumn Term October 2020

I think we all feel very fortunate that school life returned to normal very quickly on our Island. We are following our recovery plan to ensure that the needs of all our children are considered following the lengthy closure. We are also keeping a very close watch on developments and on the advice issued by our government.

Our current Home Learning provision will follow our usual pattern in each year group. Please advise the teachers if there are any issues with weekly activities. We are also considering and planning our support should there be another school closure and will use the website as our communication platform as last tume.

Home Learning from 22nd June

Our school is now fully open for all children although the DESC has advised that parents may keep their children at home if they choose until September. As we are expecting most children back in school from 22nd June we will not be able to continue our home learning support in the same way. Teachers will be planning for their class and we will not be uploading any activities to the website or onto Google in the following weeks. If you children's remaining at home we can offer the activity sheets used in school for parents to collect if they feel that support will be useful. Please advise the office if you child will not be in school and if you would like a class set of sheets available for collection on Friday afternoon.

Home Learning Week 8

Hello Everyone,

We are now coming to Week number 8 in our home learning – a shorter week this week because of the Bank Holiday on Monday. We now have one more week before the TT holiday which everyone is being encouraged to enjoy as much as possible as a family.

We can now confirm the exciting news that we are allowed to open our school from Wednesday 17thJune. We have to follow government guidance so this will only be for the children in Year 6 and Year 2 and also for the children of key workers who have been attending the hub school. If any parent of children in those groups would like their child to attend please can you advise us by mail to our SulbyEnquiries@sch.im address.

We have contacted all our Year 2 and Year 6 parents by telephone but it is really important that key worker parents let us know if their child will be attending. We are expecting children who are currently attending the hub schools but I am sure there will be additional children as more businesses are opened. I realise there will be some parents who decide to keep their children at home and this will be supported by the DESC. We will be continuing our home learning support after the TT holiday for children in all year groups.

We have created a new web page called ‘Return to School’ and we will post all information on that page – I imagine it will become quite busy over the next few weeks. The initial letter explaining the opening date is already posted. The main priority will be to make the school as safe as possible for children and parents and staff. We will have to follow social distancing guidelines and best practice from other jurisdictions.

Our school will need to be different for quite a while but we will work hard to make it the fun and exciting place that we all enjoy. We will need to stagger start and finish times and review entrance and exit doors for each group. Our new protocols will be published soon which will explain all the new routines and guidelines.

Have a great week and don’t forget it is still really important to keep following the social distancing guidelines.

Best wishes

Mr Jackson




Home Learning Week 7

Hello Everyone,

We are now coming to Week number 7 in our home learning. We have two more weeks before the TT holiday which everyone is being encouraged to enjoy as much as possible as a family.

We have been given the exciting news that we are allowed to open our school from Wednesday 17thJune. We have to follow government guidance so this will only be for the children in Year 6 and Year 2 and also the children of key workers who have been attending the hub school. If any parent of children in those groups would like their child to attend please can you advise us by mail to our SulbyEnquiries@sch.imaddress.

We have created a new web page called ‘Return to School’ and we will post all information on that page – I imagine it will become quite busy over the next few weeks. The initial letter explaining the opening date is already posted. The main priority will be to make the school as safe as possible for children and parents and staff. We will have to follow social distancing guidelines and best practice from other jurisdictions. Our school need to be different for quite a while but we will work hard to make it the fun and exciting place that we all enjoy.

The teachers have created an exciting week of ideas and challenges for everyone. We had to advise parents of the need for Google permission to continue using the classroom and, although this was short notice, we have nearly everyone signed back up. If we don’t have parental permission by Monday morning I will have to suspend those accounts until confirmed.

We have posted home learning ideas on the website as well as Google for now. We all feel the most important consideration is to keep our children and families safe and happy in these very strange times. Please use the ideas and activities as they work best for you and please remember there is no expectation or requirement to complete everything or anything. We can provide additional exercise books if anyone requires one through collection at school. If you do have any problems please ask, we are monitoring the SulbyEnquiries@sch.imemail address seven days a week at the moment.

We trialled our first video conferences this week with Year 6 children which were great fun and it was lovely to see everyone again. We are planning the same opportunity for Year 5 children this week but we do need separate parental permission for this which is on the Zoom website page.

We can provide additional exercise books if anyone requires one through collection at school. If you do have any problems please ask, we are monitoring the Sulby Enquiries email address or teachers can respond directly to a question on google.

We are working with our insurance company to provide full refunds for the Newlands trip and hope to have news soon. The company is obviously very busy but our claim is progressing. We will inform Year 6 parents directly when advised.

Have a great week and don’t forget it is still really important to keep following the social distancing guidelines.

Best wishes

Mr Jackson

Google Update - urgent

We have been advised that we need parent permission to continue the children's Google accounts. The reasons for this are posted on our Google Classroom page on the website. We could do with an immediate response to prevent any disruption to children’s learning or communication.

We can accept parent authority in the form of an email to our Sulby enquiries address or by responding positively to the text that we are sending out today.


Home Learning

Welcome to Week 6

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to our Home Learning pages for Week 6. Although it seems quite a while since we had chance to meet up it has been lovely connecting through the Google Classrooms. I hope everyone was able to enjoy the VE celebrations on Friday, when we were able to show our appreciation from a distance.

We are starting to use Google now across all age groups to share activities and communicate with each other. Children can message everyone through the Classroom or send personal messages to teachers using Gmail. The teachers will all be available at certain times each day for advice or for feedback. The home learning for all children will be found on Google this week with some website information too. We can provide additional exercise books if anyone requires one through collection at school. If you do have any problems please ask, we are monitoring the Sulby Enquiries email address daily or teachers can respond directly to a question on google.

I would like to remind everyone that, although the teachers have tried to create an enjoyable and entertaining week of activities, learning and challenges, these are all optional. We all feel the most important consideration is to keep our children and families safe and happy in these very strange times. Please use the ideas and activities as they work best for you and please remember there is no expectation or requirement to complete everything or anything. However, it is always nice if the children have a chance to engage with their teacher, either themselves or with help of parents or carers, so that we can keep in touch. When we do return to school we will make sure we address the learning needs of every child as we are very aware that everyone will have had unique and individual experiences over the past weeks.

The hub schools are still open and supporting children of key workers. If you require any information on attendance at the hub school please let us know though our enquiries email or you may like to communicate directly with the hub. The link for attenders to confirm places next week is as follows, https://forms.gle/paRQeNYuSCyJJAE78.

There have been some further changes to lockdown this week and these have been communicated by government. We are monitoring developments closely and will let parents know as soon as we have any news about schools opening and what that provision may look like. At the moment we have all been told to take the TT break, which comes at the end of May, as a holiday.

We are working with our insurance company to provide full refunds for the Newlands trip and hope to have news soon. The company is obviously very busy but our claim is progressing. We will inform Year 6 parents directly when advised.

Have a great week and don’t forget it is still really important to keep following the social distancing guidelines.

Best wishes

M Jackson



Welcome to Week 5

Hi everyone, welcome to our home learning pages for Week 5. We have had a wonderful weekend of sunshine, which seems to have made everyone smile even if we are still apart from family and friends.

This week we are making good use of Google Documents for home learning, which includes the classroom, emails and documents as well as other elements of the package. We have seen lots of log-ins last week and some lovely supportive comments between the children. We will move towards this platform for everyone over the next week for so. Please remember that Google needs a log-in and a password - if you have any problems please email our enquiries address for help.

There are lots of exciting learning activities for everyone to try this week but please remember there is no expectation to complete everything. We try to offer a variety of ideas and challenges but it is very much up to parents to decide how much children will be able to complete. We realise the current circumstances are difficult for everyone and we are here to support here we can. However, we do suggest that older children, especially those in Year 6, work more independently and have a go at each challenge. The teachers will all be available for communication each day through Google Classroom and Gmail and will provide a timetable of sessions each day. It is important to try and maintain some routine each day and there is guidance for each class on how this can work.

We are currently looking at developing Microsoft Teams, in conjunction with our technical staff, which will allow us all to have video conferences and face to face communications. We have been using this platform as a staff over the last couple of weeks and there are some exciting possibilities for us all. We are now able to offer additional exercise books for children if required - please let us know though the enquiries address if you would like to collect one from school.

There have been some government changes in what we are allowed to do in our social time this week but the key message is to maintain social distancing to keep everyone safe. Our norther hub school remains open for the children of key workers and is supported by several of our Sulby teachers on a rota basis.

The government has advised that the TT break will be considered a holiday for everyone and there will be no home learning or hub school during those two weeks. We also have the Bank Holiday on Friday, which is a chance to take part in family VE celebrations - the teachers have included some great resources and links that might be useful. The hub school is open for the children of key workers.

This is my second attempt at a welcome message as my first try went missing when the Website logged me out - a reminder to everyone I think. (I confess to a few tears of frustration!!)

Have a great week and don’t forget it is still really important to keep following the social distancing guidelines.

Best wishes

Mr Jackson


Home Learning

Welcome to Week 4

Hi everyone, welcome to our home learning pages for Week 4. I hope you have managed to get some sun time in the garden and are staying happy and healthy.

It is lovely to be able to catch up with everyone on our Google platform – we now have accounts for all the children and it will be exciting if we can get everyone logged on this week. We all enjoy sharing messages and it is great to read your supportive comments to each other.

The home learning for children in Year 5 and Year 6 will be on Google this week, which means that any work can be sent directly to your teachers. We hope that Year 3 and Year 4 will follow that routine next week. If you do have any problems please ask, we are monitoring the Sulby Enquiries email address daily or teachers can respond directly to a question on google. There have been some changes to lockdown this week and these have been communicated by government. Our hub schools remain open for children of identified key workers but the best advice remains stay home and stay safe.

Have a great week and don’t forget it is still really important to keep following the social distancing guidelines.

Best wishes

Mr Jackson


Welcome to Week Three

I am sure Easter was a very strange time for everyone this year but I do hope all our families were able to spend time together and stayed healthy and happy. There has been lots of appreciation shown for all the people who are caring for us and the weekly street clapping has been a really nice way of supporting our health teams as well as being able to see all our neighbours on their doorsteps. It is also a nice reminder of our community spirit on the Isle of Man and how much we rely on, and support, each other.

We are now entering our third week of home learning but it does seem a lot longer since we were all in school with friends and teachers sharing learning and having fun. We will have lots of news to catch up on when we get back. The teachers have been planning some great learning activities for everyone next week and you will find instructions for these on the class page on the website and also on Google Documents. Please remember to try your best but don’t worry if there are things you haven’t got time to do or are not too sure about. We will sort everything when we get back to school.

We now have two home learning platforms, our website and Google, which includes Google Documents and Google Classroom. This week children in Year 5 and Year 6 will find some tasks to try in their Google Classroom as well as on the website. Children in Year 3 and Year 4 have the challenge of logging into their Google Classroom and becoming familiar with the new opportunities this provides. We have also set up accounts for all the children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 and we are hoping these children will be able to log in, with parent help, and send a message to your teachers. The passwords for the younger children are all on the class page on the website, along with the guidance, but if you have any problems please use the school email enquiries contact.

This week the teachers will be available for communication and learning feedback through the Google platform at certain times during each day. The times the teachers are available are provided on each class page and we will see how this works during the week. We do have teachers supporting the local hub school so they will need to juggle their available times.

I know some of the Year 6 children are anxious about their LGA project and we will do our best to make sure you achieve your certificates. If you communicate how you are getting on through your Google page we will look at how we can adapt things for this year and maybe set a home challenge for you.

We are still not sure when we will get back together again but I think everyone understands the importance of our Governments guidance and how important it is that we all try and follow what we have been advised and keep everyone safe.

Have fun!

Mr Jackson

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Welcome to Week Two

I hope everyone enjoyed the activities the teachers provided last week and had some fun completing the tasks and challenges. It is really strange having to stay indoors but it is very important we all follow the advice we are given. I am sure everyone has become a champion hand washer and can complete the 20 second squeaky clean challenge!!

This week the teachers have uploaded the learning activities directly to the class website pages which is very exciting and should be easy to access. We have provided a similar booklet format for everyone. Please do not worry if you cant complete everything, especially if you don't have anyone to ask. The teachers have suggested some important challenges such as daily reading and Flashback maths which should be fun to do.

The Easter break is coming up on Friday and we have no plans to share learning over the break so please make sure you have a good holiday in the garden or around the house. After the break we will be supporting learning using Google Classroom for children in the juniors and also exploring this option for our younger children too. Everyone in the junior classes should have a log in and it will be great if you can try this out and add your name to the class shared record so we know you have been successful. There is a special Google Classroom page on our website which provides a user guide - good luck!

Our enquiries email is still available to parents and is monitored so we should be able to answer any questions using that address.

Have a great week of fun learning, stay safe and try and be really helpful around your house!!

Best wishes

Mr Jackson

Welcome to Week One

This is one welcome message we didn’t expect to have to write but here is a big friendly Sulby greeting to introduce our new home learning web pages.

We will be using our website as the main form of communication for teachers to send messages to the children. Each class will have a page that they can access to support their learning. There will be advice, guidance and hopefully some fun ideas added over the next few weeks

The learning booklets have all been sent out by mail and should arrive home shortly. The home learning letter provides advice on how to learn at home.

We have included several letters in our postal package and added them to this site. The information includes details on home learning, communications and hub schools for the children of key workers. We will continue to monitor our Enquiries email address over the next few weeks to answer any questions but please add ‘Virus’ in the subject box to ensure it is picked up.

A lot of our children were quite emotional about the closure of their school and we will miss all their smiley faces and cheery greetings during this closure.

Stay safe, look after each other and hopefully we will be back together again soon.

Take care

Mr Jackson


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