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CORONAVIRUS - All The Latest Updates for Cantrell Primary School - Featured Here.

Please Check Daily.


Friday 3rd July 2020


Breaking News!

New work packs are available from Monday 6th July.


Important Letter on the Wider Opening of Schools from Nottingham City Council 

 Phased return of more children to Nottingham schools from 22 June

 Return of Year 6 to schools in Nottingham from 15 June


Our Weekly Newsletter Is Back - Edition 5 - 

Cantrell Primary School Newsletter 3rd July 2020

One Photo Challenge

One Picture - More pictures to come.

Keep following this space.

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A fun task: Submit one photograph that powerfully

communicates an image that you would

like to share from your recent experiences.

One photograph allowed from each child and each adult.

Those whose lives have been forced to slowdown and those

working at a hectic pace,

we hope this challenge will provide an opportunity

to record an experience through one still image.

And that by bringing together these enjoyable individual moments

we can create a collective portrait of our

Cantrell Primary School Community in a film for our website.

Please send your photos to;

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Homestudy packs - all year groups are available

If you missed a previous collection - we have spares available.

Feel free to collect!

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We remember all those who gave their lives, we must also take a

moment to learn the lessons of the past and say never again.


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Across the continent, British soldiers paused for celebration

before beginning the task of the reconstruction

and, for some, finishing the War in the Far East.

We remember them all.


‘Respair’, a word from centuries ago, is the recovery from despair.

To respair is to have fresh hope.

Seems appropriate for the world at war with Coronavirus.

Fresh hope for tomorrow!



Tomorrow will be a better day!



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Oak National Academy

Lessons and resources are now available in the online classroom.

A plan of lessons has been published until half-term #LearnWithOak

Pick your year and start homeschooling You'll find daily lessons

for homeschooling in

Maths and English for every year group, as well as regular lessons in Science,

History, Geography and more.

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Daily phonics lessons will be available online from

Monday 27th April for children in FS2 and Year One.

Please collect your pack from the school office which

gives you information about which session your child

should access. Use this link to access the sessions : 

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 If you are enjoying our bed time stories, with your children, 

we will share more throughout the week. Check them out on our

U-Tube Channel:


If you are interested in

making and sharing a video for our U-tube

channel in unprecedented times then please send to

We would love to see how you are spending your time at home.

This is a chance for families to share a message, tell us about  your 

home learning experiences, or anything else that you think others

would be interested in viewing.


Some Ideas


A message from the family.

Reading and sharing a story.

Share something interesting. - A hobby?

Outside - backyard sports. Planting.

On-line learning platforms that you are using.

A spoken diary.


We are missing you all very much.

Thank-you in advance.

Very Best Wishes 



Message to Cantrell Primary School Community 

The @OakNational lessons have been launched.

We would highlyrecommend to all parents & particularly

to any parents with veryreluctant primary homeschoolers! 😅🤓👊🏻 ‬



How about learning some Spanish?


Specific Year 6 Information is updated at the top of this page.

To all parents and carers registered as key workers and accessing our services.


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 -, 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,

Debbie Weaver

Head Teacher

Dear parents and carers

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.

Debbie Weaver

Home Learning

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:

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

decode yet.If you would like to access the eBooks please use the following link.

Password: Parents20!

Click on Big Cat Collins. 

Phonics Play

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:Username: march20Password:

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Cbeebies- Alphablocks

Teacher Your Monster To Read (Website is free. Paid App)

Oxford Owl

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).

Pobble 365

A fantastic resource to promote comprehension skills at home.

Literacy Shed

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.

Rising Stars. 

Mindfulness and Keeping Active

BBC Newsround

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!

Smiling Mind

Short audio sessions to help with mindfulness.

Cosmic Yoga- Youtube

Yoga videos designed for children aged 3+

BBC Supermovers

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.

TT Rockstars

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.

Cbeebies- Numberblocks 


Great Maths activities that are not a sheet.


Explorify for Science

DK Find Out

Activities and quizzes on a variety of topics.…

ICT Games


The Kids Should See This

Wide range of cool educational videos

Virtual Tours

Take a look at some top museums that are offering online tours and exhibits.

Red Ted Art

Easy arts and crafts. ​​​​​​​


BBC Bitesize


BBC Bitesize

National Geographic Kids

Activities and quizzes for younger kids.


BBC Bitesize

Check out your child's Learning Zone and other links that will be updated in this section.

The Nottingham Schools Trust Partners have developed the following comprehensive 

Home Learning Pack for Primary Children. Please check out by following the link:

Nottingham Schools Trust Home Learning Pack – March 2020


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.

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Year 2 Teddy Bear Hospital.

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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.

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Cantrell Reading Challenge - Remember to read at home everyday!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Reading develops a child's imaginationAs 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Year 1 Sports Festival at Bulwell Academy

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Young Voices 2020

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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

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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!!

Boom!! ⚽⚽⚽



Year 5 Dodgeball Festival

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Year 6 Nottingham Hockey Centre

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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

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Ofsted Report

Ofsted Good GP ColourWe 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
Since the last inspection, leaders, supported by the dedicated staff, have taken decisive action to bring about swift improvements. 

The school’s curriculum is designed to provide pupils with a wealth of opportunities they may not typically encounter. Leaders are keen to raise the aspirations of families for their children. 

The development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education (SMSC) is a strength. Pupils are encouraged to think philosophically about their own and different cultures and faiths. They receive a wide range of opportunities to appreciate the arts.

Leaders have taken effective action to improve rates of attendance. The proportion of pupils who are persistently absent has fallen significantly. Parents and carers understand the importance of regular attendance. 

Governors are determined to provide the best possible education for pupils from the early years and onwards.

Arrangements for safeguarding pupils are secure. Adults have a comprehensive understanding of the risks that pupils may face and leaders train staff to be professionally suspicious.  

Teachers have high expectations of pupils. They use questioning skilfully to develop pupils’ knowledge and understanding. Teachers deploy other adults well to enhance learning. 

Pupils are confident, independent, and self-assured learners. They take pride in their work and express their views well. They behave well. 

Pupils who struggle to manage their behaviour receive support to enable them to understand their emotions. 

In the early years, staff understand the value of a language-rich environment.


I’m sure you will join me in congratulating all our wonderful teachers and support staff on this Ofsted visit. I am delighted that their hard work has paid off and our school is now officially a GOOD school!  

Thank you to everyone for your continued support and please join us in celebrating. However, be assured that we have many plans to develop the school so that it improves even further.

With very best wishes,

Deborah Weaver

Head Teacher
Cantrell Primary and Nursery School

Please follow the link below to read the full Inspection Report:

Cantrell Primary School Full OfSTED Inspection Report May 2019



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.

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Cantrell Carnival 

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Music Camp - Year 5 

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