CORONAVIRUS - All The Latest Updates for Cantrell Primary School Are Featured Here.
Please Check Daily.
Tuesday 7th April 2020
To all parents and carers registered as critical workers and accessing our services.
We continue to thank-you for helping us by sharing your rotas and working patterns.
In the week of 13th April we will gather intelligence on requirements for the following fortnight.
Monday 20th April - Monday 4th May.
If you are accessing a regular place then there is no need to inform us, unless there are any changes.
We will confirm arrangements with you at the gate.
Any new requests sgould be in writing to
or by telephone 0115 9155770.
Thank-you for all your help and support. Keep safe.
The advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear.
If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
If your work is critical to the COVID-19 response, and you work on the frontline of one of the critical sectors listed here - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision, and you cannot keep your child safe at home then your children will be prioritised for education provision.
(Please note that proof of your employment will be required for your child to enter the school site).
Before looking at the list of what may constitute ‘keyworkers’ please read these paragraphs from the government statement (also note that this is an offer to parents and there is no requirement for parents and carers to send their children to school if they do not need or wish to do so):
“The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading. That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
It is important to underline that schools, colleges and other educational establishments remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society. Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable and children whose parents are critical to the Covid-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.
Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home. And every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.”
I would urge you to consider this advice very seriously. Whilst we are staying open and we want to do everything to support the government’s strategy to tackle COVID-19, it would defeat the whole purpose of this measure if more children than absolutely necessary were in school. Please bear in mind that we want to have the capacity to be able to cater for the children of those workers who are critical to the COVID-19 response at a time when school staffing is also depleted as staff have their own health concerns and vulnerable members in the household to consider too.
Children absolutely MUST NOT be in school if reasonable, safe alternative arrangements can be made. Neither should they be in because you feel they’ll benefit from a continuing education. That may sound drastic, but it’s the stark truth of the situation we are in: we are effectively opening as a shelter to allow key workers to do their invaluable work during this crisis. Rest assured for those who do have to send their children in, that staff will ensure that they feel safe, secure and are occupied with meaningful activities. The welfare and mental health of the children who come in is crucial at a time when their parents/carers are on the frontline of this emergency.
Stay safe and best wishes,
Keep up with events via our website www.cantrell.nottingham.sch.uk our twitter and Facebook pages: @Cantrell Primary. Please note the latest Coronavirus updates will be posted on this website. We will also use text messaging if appropriate.
Dear parents and carers
It is with a heavy heart we close our doors today for most children until further notice.
A message about children’s wellbeing at this confusing time:
We have prepared work packs to keep your children busy during their time off and you might be inclined to create a minute by minute schedule for your children. You might have high hopes of hours of learning, including online activities, science experiments, and book reports. You’ll limit technology until everything is done! But here’s the thing...
Our children are just as concerned and worried as we may be right now. Our children not only can hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our constant tension and anxiety. They have never experienced anything like this before. Although the idea of being off of school for a few weeks sounds awesome, they are probably picturing a fun time like summer break, not the reality of being trapped at home and not seeing their friends.
Over the coming weeks, you will see an increase in behaviour issues with your children. Whether it’s anxiety, or anger, or protest that they can’t do things normally - it will happen. You may see more meltdowns, tantrums, and oppositional behaviour in the coming weeks. This is normal and expected under these circumstances.
What kids need right now is to feel comforted and loved. To feel like it’s all going to be ok. And that might mean that you tear up your perfect schedule and push your love on to your kids a bit more. Play outside and go on walks? Bake cookies and paint pictures? Play board games and watch movies? Do a science experiment together or find virtual field trips of the zoo on-line? Start a book and read together as a family? Snuggle under warm blankets and do nothing for a while?
Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every single child is in this boat and they all will be ok! When we are back in the classroom, we will all work hard to get this back on track and meet them where they are. Teachers are experts at this! Don’t get upset with your children because they don’t want to do work all day or follow a schedule every day and all week.
If I can leave you with one thing, it’s this: at the end of all of this, your kids’ mental health will be more important than their academic skills. And how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during their weeks away from school is long gone. So, keep that in mind, every single day.
Stay safe and take care of each other.
We recognise that for many parents and carers the task of providing appropriate
educational experiences can be daunting.
To help you, we have put together a range of suggestions for home learning
which is designed to cover a number of curriculum subjects.
Cantrell Learning Platforms
Find the Main Menu, Click on Learning Zone
Each Year Group has links for learning at home.
Here are some additional ideas to get you started.
Try Twinkl, a subscription service offering a
month of free access to parents: https://www.twinkl.co.uk
Phonics and Early Reading
To help our children continue to read, Oxford Owl have enabled free access to some of their eBooks.
We have started to introduce 'Big Cat Collins'
reading books in school and they have also
opened up their reading scheme eBooks for free. Please note that these books are not fully decodable,
unlike the books that we use in school. The books may contain some words that your child cannot
If you would like to access the eBooks please use the following link.
Click on Big Cat Collins.
Phonic Play offer online games for your child. You are able to tailor these games to your child's ability by using sounds that they have been taught. A class favourite is 'Obb Bob' where you sort real and alien words (very handy for the Phonics check). In response to the Coronavirus you able to access it entirely by using:
Teacher Your Monster To Read (Website is free. Paid App)
Access online games to promote your child's continual learning.
Below is a link to access online reading books for your child. Please refer to their current reading book for their book band level (Lilac through to Dark Red).
A fantastic resource to promote comprehension skills at home.
Choose an age appropriate video to watch and complete some of the writing tasks.
World Book Reader
Lots of free- predominantly non-fiction- books to read online.
Mindfulness and Keeping Active
Keeping children up to date with the world around them- creating opportunities to talk about news with children.
Joe Wicks- The Body Coach- 5 Minute Moves
9am PE with Joe Monday-Friday live on YouTube- let's get moving! (Week commencing 23.3.20)
These are 5 minute High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts that a designed for the perfect 'brain break' or just in general to keep your children active at home. On this channel there are a variety of longer workouts too all for free!
Short audio sessions to help with mindfulness.
Cosmic Yoga- Youtube
Yoga videos designed for children aged 3+
Interactive videos to support with KS1- Maths, Literacy, PSHE and PE Learning.
Go Noodle- Youtube (More videos on their own website)
Hundreds of 'brainercise', dancing, strength and mindfulness videos- as well as videos that are 'just for fun'.
Just Dance- YouTube
Available free of charge! Choose from plenty of songs for the whole family.
NHS Disney Wake up Shake up
Provided by the NHS, here are lots of short games to keep children active and engaged to coincide with some of their favourite Disney characters.
Children all have a log in and password for this site. Tasks can be set by their teachers for children to complete at home.
Another chance for your children to practice times tables at home.
White Rose Maths
A set of tutorials and resources has been made to use at home with your child – this is the same scheme we use in school.
Many of these games are problem solving tasks. If you access the 'Getting started' link to see how to present the problem and the 'Solution' link this will give you an idea of the purpose and end target.
This is a simple hundred square online. You can use this with your child to count forwards/backwards from any given number, count in 2's/5's/10's, take turns counting (counting choir), add, subtract, splat odd/even numbers, notice patterns when you're counting (for example looking at where the numbers fall in the columns and rows), recognise numbers (you could ask your child to splat the number you call out).
Hit the Button
An interactive game to practice number bonds and times tables.
Great Maths activities that are not a sheet.
Explorify for Science
DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes on a variety of topics.
WORLD BOOK DAY. We had the theatre company M&M Productions in school showing The Hunchback of Notre Dame, our theme this year is “diversity and being unique”. The children were invited to dress up as a book character, a person who triumphed despite adversity, or just as their unique selves, e.g. Abraham Lincoln – lost 8 times before becoming president of the USA; J K Rowling – had 12 book rejections; the Wright brothers – 2 failed attempts at flying.
Thanks for the fantastic costumes children worn on WBD last week. You helped us raise £547.07 which will be spent on books for school.
Year 2 Teddy Bear Hospital.
COLLECTION ARRANGEMENTS. Can we remind parents that we need written consent of who is allowed to collect your child from school. Safeguarding procedures mean we cannot take instructions over the telephone, or use a code word. A record of who is allowed to collect is kept in the office and classroom. Please update any changes at the school office. Please be aware that if anybody who is not on the list comes to collect your child, we will not allow your child to go with them.
Midday Supervisor Training.
Cantrell Reading Challenge - Remember to read at home everyday!
CANTRELL’S TOP TEN REASONS WHY WE READ!
Reading makes you cleverer. Reading is a complex task for children’s brains – much more complex than watching TV, or playing an online game. Reading strengthens your child’s brains connections and builds NEW connections. Reading promotes achievement in all subjects, not just English, so if your child is a good reader, they are more likely to achieve better across the whole curriculum.
Reading makes you happier. Research shows us that children who read books regularly are, on average, more satisfied with life, happier, and more likely to feel the things they do in life are worthwhile. A book does not take up much space in your child’s bag and is light to carry, so they can take one anywhere they go. Your child can never be bored if they have a book in their bag.
Reading improves concentration Children have to sit still and quietly so that they can focus on the story when they are reading. If your child reads often, they will develop the skill to do this for longer.
Reading teaches children about the world around them. Through reading a variety of books, children learn about people, places, and events outside of their own experience. Everything your child reads fills their head with new bits of information, and you never know when it might come in handy. The more knowledge they have, the better-equipped they are to tackle any challenge they’ll ever face.
Reading improves vocabulary and language skills Children learn new words as they read. The more your child reads, the more words they gain exposure to, which will inevitably make their way into their everyday vocabulary. Vocabulary is one of the biggest indicators of academic achievement and success in later school life.
Reading develops a child's imagination. As children read, their brains translate the descriptions they read of people, places and things into pictures. While children are engaged in a story, they are also imagining how a character is feeling. Children then bring this knowledge into their everyday play. The more your child reads, the more imaginative and creative they will be.
Reading helps you relax. Reading is a great way of escaping from the stresses and strains of day-to-day life! A story can transport your child to other realms, letting tensions drain away and allowing them to relax. Reading has been shown to lower blood pressure and bring about an immense sense of calm.
Reading is a great way to spend time together. Research shows us just how important reading can be as a way of bonding with your child. Snuggling up to read together on the sofa, bedtime stories and visiting the library are just some of the ways that you can enjoy spending time together with your children while reading.
Reading helps children to develop empathy. As children read, they learn to empathise with characters that they like and care about. They begin to have feelings for situations they read about in stories such as happiness, sadness, anger, frustration or excitement. Reading regularly helps your child learn to understand these and other emotions, and to develop the social skills needed to forge positive relationships with others.
Cantrell Under 10's in their new Orange kit.
1-1 Draw with Southwark. A big thank-you to the PTA who bought the new kit.
Key Stage 1 enjoying Fairy Tale afternoon.
Year 1 Sports Festival at Bulwell Academy
Young Voices 2020
Nottingham Forest 1979 European Cup Visits Cantrell: The 1979 European Cup visiting our school. Trevor Francis scored the only goal of the game seeing Nottingham Forest defeat Malmö FF of Sweden 1–0.
Beaumanor Hall Year 5 - 2019
FOOTBALL FOCUS. Fantastic result for our Under 11s footballers! Great defensive effort combined with strength, speed and skill in attack gave us an excellent 2-0 win over Rufford in our opening match of the league season! Congratulations to all the team on a fantastic display!
Cantrell Under 11s footballers claimed their second straight win and second clean sheet of the season with a hard-fought 2-0 win against Hempshill to maintain our 100% league record and climb to the top of the table. Tremendous effort and workrate again from the entire team in cold, difficult conditions. Fantastic positive support as always from our terrific parents too!!
Year 5 Dodgeball Festival
Year 6 Nottingham Hockey Centre
Staying Safe Online
1) Don’t post any personal information online – like your address, email address or mobile number.
2) Think carefully before posting pictures or videos of yourself. Once you’ve put a picture of yourself online most people can see it and may be able to download it, it’s not just yours anymore.
3) Keep your privacy settings as high as possible
4) Never give out your passwords
5) Don’t befriend people you don’t know
6) Don’t meet up with people you’ve met online. Speak to your parent or carer about people suggesting you do
7) Remember that not everyone online is who they say they are
8) Think carefully about what you say before you post something online
9) Respect other people’s views, even if you don’t agree with someone else’s views doesn’t mean you need to be rude
10) If you see something online that makes you feel uncomfortable, unsafe or worried: leave the website, turn off your computer if you want to and tell a trusted adult immediately.
Colwick Park Camp September 2019 Year 5
We are delighted to announce that Cantrell Primary and Nursery School is a Good School!
Dear Parents and Carers,
I am delighted to tell you that the recent Ofsted visit to our school was very successful and the inspectors found that Cantrell Primary and Nursery School is a GOOD school!
In brief, the inspectors told us that the school has improved since the last inspection and that:
This is a good school
The fiercest rag rugby team at Lady Bay tournamnet.
Times Tables Rock Stars App
The Times Tables Rock Stars app is now available to download. Your children can practise their times tables on their phones and tablets! Click here to download the app.
New Battle of the Bands
Class 16 V Class 1
Class 2 V Class 3
Class 11 V Class 4
Class 6 V Class 5
Class 12 V Class 13
A battle of the classes is a fun way for your children to learn their times tables.
Music Camp - Year 5
We have been working hard to update your child's Learning Zone!
From the main website menu click on Learning Zones and then follow the new menu to your child's school stage. You will find a whole range of links to websites that will support your child's learning. These have all been chosen by staff to support teaching and learning relevant to the school curriculum.
Here is an example of Year 5. We hope you enjoy your Learning Experience.
ART AND DESIGN