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Monday 18th May


Re: Possible reopening of school to more pupils in June


Dear Parent/Carers,


As you have heard, schools may start to reopen from 1 June to nursery, reception, year 1 and year 6 pupils if the government thinks it’s safe to do so at the time.

It’s a very unsettling time for us all, but please be assured that we are going to be doing everything we can to make sure we are ready to receive these year groups if it is safe for our school to reopen in the coming weeks.


We are in the process of creating a detailed plan of how we may be able to phase the return of these year groups. We will, of course, keep you updated on how we propose to phase a return and how we are preparing to make sure the school is as safe as possible. However, at present we cannot say when the year groups will be returning to school.


In the meantime, the school is still open only for vulnerable pupils and the children of critical workers.


We’d like to thank you for your continuous support in helping your child learn from home. We’ll keep you updated once we know more about when schools will be able to reopen for other year groups.


Saadia Lansiquot





The 2020 Hay Festival for schools has been created especially for learning at home, bringing authors straight from their house to yours from Monday 18 – Friday 22 May.
Each day, from 8am onwards, you can see two primary authors introduced by Konnie Huq. These events will be available to watch again on Hay Player and you can access teaching materials to support learning before, during and after the festival. This digital programme for schools has been kindly funded by Welsh Government.


At Anson, we have pulled out 5 of the authors to create the Together Tasks for this week. They include Cressida Cowell, Konnie Huq, Pamela Butchart, Christopher Edge and Liz Pichon.

Join them as they talk about what is takes to be a writer, play some great games and launch some exciting activities for you to try in your home. 

We’d love to see your thoughts on the school blog. So, upload any writing you are inspired to do after watching the authors, show us your makes or write your own review about one of the books. 



The Great Zumba Challenge - join us by June 1st!


Are you ready for the Zumba Challenge? Miss Garcia has filmed a great routine for everyone in the school community to try and learn or follow. 
The challenge is to film yourself doing the zumba routine. You can film yourself on your own, with your family, dressed up as your favourite character or in disguise.
Film yourself and ask a grown up to send your video to
We will then edit together all your videos into one 'epic' Anson zumba routine. 
As the music says, "we feel better when we're dancing" so keeeeeeeep dancing! Watch the routine on Anson TV. 


Support from Brent

Would you like to talk to an Educational Psychologist about difficulties that you or your child are experiencing during the Covid-19 pandemic? The Educational Psychology Service parent drop-in line is available to any parent or carer who has a child in a Brent school and who would like to have some time to discuss any concerns with an Educational Psychologist.  


For example, Do you need some support with creating a daily routine for your child while schools are closed? Do you have any concerns about your child’s well-being? Are you struggling to motivate your children at home or manage sibling relationships. Your child does not need to be known to the Educational Psychology Service, does not need to have special educational needs or be eligible for additional support within school for you to request an appointment. The sessions aim to be supportive, confidential and informal. Each session is up to 45 minutes, and will take place on the following dates from 9.30-12.30:

Wednesday 20th May 2020
Wednesday 24th June 2020
Wednesday 22nd July 2020


To book a session contact the Brent EPS on 0208 937 3200 or email:  

Appointments need to be made by 1pm on the day before the session.

Monday 11th May




On Sunday evening the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, addressed the nation in a pre-recorded statement about the COVID-19 pandemic. 
In this statement he outlined that IF certain conditions are met during the next three weeks, it may be possible for children in Reception, Year One and Year Six to return to school on Monday, 1st June. 
We know that many of you will have questions following this statement about how this return to school will happen, what procedures will be put in place and what this means for older siblings. Over the next few weeks there will be a number of documents released by the Government that will answer these questions and support schools across the country to reopen in a phased and manageable way.  
As we receive this information, we will be acting upon it and using the newsletter to continue to update all parents about the steps that both you and we, as a school, will need to take. 
However, the opening of our school is not yet certain. If will only happen if the Governments five key objectives are met. So, please continue to stay at home, stay safe and protect yourselves and our community. We must all continue to be aware of our impact on both passing on and containing the virus.
There is light at the end of the tunnel we all find ourselves in and we will ensure that we help you walk towards it confidently over the coming weeks.



During our phone conversations we have been delighted to hear from so many people who are finding a way to establish learning routines at home. 
Thank you for all your positive comments about the range of content on the school website. This is obviously a very difficult time, and we wanted to create activities that could help you keep your child reading, writing and learning with numbers, as well as providing content in line with our school ethos. 
Remember, reading a little every day, completing some mathematics and trying to do one task as a family will be enough to keep your child’s learning ticking over. We do provide much more than that but you should make the learning work for you. 
Remember, you can share any activity you are doing on the school blog. Every post made is blocked from view until one of the teachers approves it. This means that every post is positive, every comment valuable and every section of the blog supports the well-being of your child. 
Our teachers are actively commenting throughout that day and the community is building.  



The teachers will complete phone calls to every child in the school by the end of this week. The calls are designed to provide a morale boost to your child as they get a chance to chat to their teacher and be congratulated on their efforts so far. This will have a positive effect and they have really enjoyed hearing about all the exciting things happening in your homes. 



As a parent of a pupil at Anson Primary School, if you receive benefits, your child will be eligible for free school meals. The qualifying benefits are:


  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods) 
  • Income Support 
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance 
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance 
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit 
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190) 
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit


If you meet the criteria you can apply by:



Please note that when you apply, providing the Local Authority with an email address or mobile number (or both) will help to ensure they can regularly inform and update you on the progress of your application. If you think you are eligible please apply as soon as possible to avoid delay.


There are 5 new Together Tasks to try this week including jellyfish, potato prints, an origami dog and some story creating. It’s also worth checking our Rob Biddulph. He’s got a great competition to get your art on a Formula E car and some tips of drawing Super Bear for the John Lewis competition too.



This week we have uploaded a series of tasks to help children learn all about the oceans of the world. 

There will ultimately be five topics on the subject, but for this week we have uploaded, ‘Oceans of the World, Rockpools and Coral Reefs’. You can complete all the tasks using the website, or by downloading the workbook (Word or PDF). 

There are reading tasks, writing tasks and creative tasks, as well as a few quizzes. Don’t forget Maddie Moate & Greg Foot will be talking all about the ocean on YouTube this week.


Friday, 1st May 2020



As a parent of a pupil at Anson Primary School, if you receive benefits, your child will be eligible for free school meals.


The qualifying benefits are:


  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods) 
  • Income Support 
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance 
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance 
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 
  • The guarantee element of Pension Credit 
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190) 
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit


The following benefits do not qualify for claiming free school meals:


  • Contribution-based Job Seeker's Allowance
  • Contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance
  • If you (or a partner) are also awarded Working Tax Credit regardless of your family's income
  • Incapacity benefit and DLA.


The school, or the local authorities, do not set the qualifying criteria for free school meals and we are unable to waive them. If you apply, both the school and local authority will ask for proof of child benefit if this is your first application for free school meals. Eligibility for free school meals will not be backdated, so ensure you apply as soon as possible. 


If you meet the criteria you can apply by:


  • Completing an online application (best and fastest option)
  • Downloading the free school meals application form (postal)
  • Collect a form from the school office (bring your National Insurance Number or National Asylum Support Service Reference Number with you and any evidence of your benefit) 


Please note that when you apply, providing the Local Authority with an email address or mobile number (or both) will help to ensure they can regularly inform and update you on the progress of your application. If you think you are eligible please apply as soon as possible to avoid delay.



Every week we are uploading new content to the Class Pages on the Anson website. We believe that a little bit of work each day will help to stop your children getting bored and keep them up to date with basic skills. However, this is also a time to build memories for your family which will be valuable for the well-being of your home. Remember, if you are managing to get your child reading each day and completing a maths activity they will be fine. Everything else can be more relaxed to reduce pressure on you and your child. Please pick and choose activities that are a good fit for your family. 



This year marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe and there were big plans in place for the 2020 VE Day celebrations at Anson. We had street parties, music, special assemblies and lots of classroom activities planned. 

We know that some of you in the community were planning big celebrations too. However, the Bank Holiday celebrations of Friday, 8th May are on hold due to COVID-19 and much of the event will now happen through our television screens. 

However, we have put together a series of 4 activities to help you build towards VE Day. 

During the 4 activities, which replace the Together Tasks for one week, you can make your own timeline, explore the countries of the world, build your own Anderson shelter and think about life in The Blitz. All the information is on our VE Day page and we hope that you share some of your work on the school blog. 



John Lewis and Waitrose have just launched a competition to honour the NHS and are inviting you to take part! 

They are looking for a superhero-themed teddy bear for their shelves this Christmas and need your help designing it. The winning design will be turned into a ‘Super-Bear’ cuddly toy and will be sold in John Lewis and Waitrose shops later this year, with 100% of the profits going to the NHS. 

All you need to do is simply draw your design on a piece of paper and ask your grown up to send it in to the e-mail: 



Every week during Lockdown the children can be part of Film Club Friday. By watching a film each week, and sending us a review, they can be featured on the Film Club Five podcast. Don’t forget to listen to the Film Club podcast. 9 pupils are working in their own homes, communicating remotely, to keep the show going and would love your support:

Monday 27th April



The school remains closed during the lockdown period. We encourage everyone to stay safe and only make the recommended trips each day. 



Ramadan is a special time of the year and if we were at school we would be learning all about the festival. 
This year's Ramadan will be a bit different, as the current situation means that many people will not be able to visit friends and family, or their local mosque. However, we wish everyone a safe, peaceful and happy Ramadan. 
As you will see we have built a section in the class pages so we can continue to learn about Ramadan. There is a story, a quiz, an activity to make a lantern and a link to some content in Espresso. 



The posts to the blog continue to grow and we are really happy to see so many children taking part.
If you’ve never used a blog before it can be a bit daunting with so many posts, different topics and a plethora of comments. We’ve put together a series of videos on Anson TV to help you workout how to add to the blog. 



This is an extremely difficult time for everyone  across the UK. 
We know that for many people the way we work has changed. For some, circumstances have changed and  some people have lost their jobs, been furloughed or finding their income shrinking.
There are people and organisations ready to help you at this time and we would urge anybody that needs support to accept it. 
Food is one of the biggest issues and expenses for people. The Sufra Foodbank and Kitchen for North West London has transformed the way it is working in response to COVID-19.   
The new model focuses on delivering both emergency food parcels and freshly cooked food to those in urgent need across Brent. Their services continue to rely on the goodwill of our amazing volunteers as well as local mutual aid groups, businesses, faith organisations and others – it’s truly a community effort.
They have also been working closely with Brent Council, voluntary sector organisations and the Brent Food Aid Network to establish a borough-wide food aid response accessible to anyone in need.
With Sufra’s support, a temporary new food hub has been established by Brent Council to reach those who are not in touch with existing food aid providers. The Council’s food aid service can be accessed by calling 020 8937 1234.
We would urge anyone who is in need of their support to pick up the phone and call. There are people ready to help you if you need their support. 



Every week we are uploading new content to the Class Pages on the Anson website. We believe that a little bit of work each day will help to stop your children getting bored, keep them up to date with basic skills, but more importantly will help to build memories for your family. On the Class Pages there are home learning tasks for reading, writing and mathematics. However, there are also a lot of projects, resources, ideas and activities to help you keep busy during lockdown. This week…



We would like to wish everyone who is currently celebrating Ramadan and very happy time. At school, we would all be learning about Ramadan, sharing stories and understanding the celebration. Visit the website to find out more about this special time. 



Welcome to the Lockdown Club. This is an art, craft or creative task where you get to think about the people, products and pages that are getting you through this lockdown period. Make a poster, collage, piece of art or a list, video or podcast with the people who are entertaining you. 



It’s almost May and time for a new challenge. We think this is a special time where families can make their own memories, but also learn new skills. 

So, we have 30 verbs that can be completed in the kitchen. 

Perhaps by the end of these activities you might have a mini-masterchef on your hands. 



We’ve been setting up our special night-vision camera around the school in an attempt to track the wildlife that is active at night in our local area. 

You can now watch the fox-cam on Anson TV. We’ll be trying to capture more of the movements of the fox over the next few weeks. 



For those of you who have been following Rob Biddulph, you might be interested in this lovely product from Adobe. They’ve worked with a number of artists from around the world to produce a beautiful colouring book - available to download.



Don’t forget the next five Together Tasks are available too. 

Monday 20th April


The school reopened on Monday for the children of Keyworkers as well as a small number of other children who fall in the Government’s lists of children who can attend school. 



As a school we have really enjoyed the connections that the blog is providing for pupils and teachers. 
We’ve seen some great photos and posts from children since it was launched and we look forward to this continuing. The blog is the way you can share any home learning or activities and experiences that are happening in your home. There is no expectation that you share any of your work and you are welcome to give your child feedback and rewards. However, if you would like some feedback from our staff, please post it on the blog.


This week we have switched our online maths to White Rose. 
This is the programme that children use in school each day.  The White Rose website has set up a home learning portal where a teacher guides the children through a video session on a different concept each day. The children fill in a worksheet and are asked to pause the video to complete questions. There are also answers sheets available so parents can mark the work. On Monday their website did experience some issues but they have assured us they are working to fix them.




The Education Secretary launched the Oak National Academy on Monday as a tool for parents to use during the closure. This provides online sessions for children from Reception to Year 10. 
The online school, which can be found here: has three daily lessons for every year group. In the sessions a teacher will use video and slides to teach a concept to your child in the subject areas of English, mathematics and the foundation subjects. As a school we are committed to providing our own activities on our class pages as these fit with our planning, the topic areas we would be covering at school and the creative ethos of the school. However, if you would like to use the Oak National Academy instead (or in addition to our tasks), please do. We are unable to take any questions or comments about the Oak National Academy as this is not part of our school offer. For any enquiries please contact the Academy directly. 

The BBC has also launched their daily content. There are six different 20 minute shows per week day, each targeting children of different ages (5-7, 7-9, 9-11). They are available on the red button between 9am and 11am and then on BBC iPlayer. You can explore the content at 



Every week we are uploading new content to the Class Pages on the Anson website. There is no expectation that work is completed, handed-in or marked. We know that many of you are sharing devices, have your own work commitments or simply cannot access all the content for multiple children covering lots of subjects. However, the work and activities are designed to give you ideas and support for online and offline activities. We hope you enjoy them if you are able to do so.



There are five new Together Tasks this week that will see you making patterns, building something, designing a book cover, playing a board game and making an object rainbow. There are even some board game downloads for you to try. Good luck finishing the games!



For those of you who have been following Rob Biddulph art on YouTube or watching Maddie and Greg, we continue to update the webpages each week to make sure you have access to the latest of their work.



It is Earth Day on Wednesday 22nd April and we are working on this page to give you some great online and offline makes to try and do. Earth Day helps us to remember how valuable the Earth is and consider ways we can look after it. We are excited to see what you come up with this year in our Earth Day challenge. 



The wonderful people at Barefoot Computing have developed some activities to help you think like a computer. They do not need any access to a computer (other than to see the documents). We've put all the resources into the page so that you can use the Google Translate icon to understand what each task involves.



Have you joined our virtual Film Club yet? This week is the 4th week of the club which involves you watching a film as a family at home and sharing your thoughts in a review on the school website. We then record a podcast and include your review in the episode. 



You can also download the latest home learning packs on the website. If you cannot download them you can pick up a copy from the school office.






Tuesday 14th April 2020




It is with sadness that we need to inform you that the school will remain closed for most pupils until further notice. However, the school as you know, remains open to  provide for the children of key workers and vulnerable pupils. Firstly, and most importantly, we hope you are all safe and well in your homes. Brent is currently among the London Boroughs that have been most affected by COVID-19 and we would urge you all to follow the Government guidelines until they are relaxed.


As we do not know when schools will be reopened, Brent have asked that schools plan, in the first instance, for the next half term at the very minimum. During this closure we will continue to provide a range of resources to support children who may be able to continue learning at home. We use this word ‘may’ deliberately. We know from our conversations with many families that a high number of people are experiencing significant stress and uncertainty at this time. We do not wish to place excessive burdens on parents, or pressure on the relationships between families by making expectations that may be impossible to meet. We are not demanding children adhere to a rigorous timetable of work. We appreciate that this is not practical. The overall wellbeing of the Anson community is extremely important at this time. However, our teachers are committed to providing a range of high quality learning opportunities. We hope that you are finding them useful and engaging.


This newsletter outlines ways we will be helping. It will support you to try and create an environment, with a relaxed routine over the next few weeks and strike a balance between the need to keep up some basic learning, alongside a collection of tasks and experiences which will hopefully help your family reduce the pressure through the closure. We will continue to release regular newsletters with updates and information for the duration of the closure.


The vast majority of you are not teachers. Nobody can expect you run full lessons and setup your homes like a school. We know that juggling working from home, the routines of children and the situation is hard. But, this is an extraordinary time. We are already seeing artists, bakers, writers and poets emerging from your homes and are in awe of the way the Anson Community is finding its feet.



All schools are expected to be mindful of the fact that many children and young people live in households with no or limited access to the internet or to the technology required to make use of online resources.

Even in households with full internet access, the number of suitable online capable devices may be insufficient at any one time to meet the demands of home-working adults and children attempting to access educational materials or live learning sessions. As a result the Government has said from the first day of closure that they will be working with partners to provide content to support parents. This will be public service broadcasting that can be streamed into every home with a television.

From Monday, 20th April, the BBC will be taking the lead in providing teaching opportunities. There will be up to 6 programmes daily where children will be able to access teaching content through the BBC network. There will also be a host of other programming to support the school closures.   

However, our class teachers will continue to provide activities for children that encourage reading, spelling, writing, mathematics and physical activity through the class pages of the website. These will be a mix of online and offline activities that we hope will provide opportunities for as many people as possible. In addition there will be a lot of resources on our class pages that set challenges, provide links to great content and draw the community together. If you have no access to any of the online content, the school office will hold paper copies of packs you may wish to collect, which your child can work through. These will be produced each fortnight.

We will also be encouraging the community to connect, through our blog and whole school events and competitions. This is an extremely difficult time for everyone but we are trying to strike a balance that is sustainable, will benefit the most people, is low on expectation but high on the positive well-being of parents and pupils.



Did you know the government gives additional funding to schools for those children entitled to free school meals?

Schools use this money to obtain additional staff and resources that help improve the quality of education for these children. It is a crucial part of our funding at Anson Primary School.

The funding also gives parents access to extra benefits such as discounts on school trips, events and tickets. Children receive packed lunches on trip days and reduced prices for residential events. The school also uses the funding to provide some workshops for families.

Although every child in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 already receives a free school meal, we know many families are eligible for additional funding but have not applied. This means the funding for the school is currently lower than it should be.

Please could all parents check if they are eligible for the extra funding as soon as possible. You can visit to complete the check. If you are eligible then simply send the certificate to ensure you are added to the list. This will save you money throughout your child’s education and we strongly advise you to complete the check. Thank you.



In the last two weeks of the Spring Term, Mr Pile worked with the Primary Site web team to build a blog for our school community.

The blog is a chance for children to connect with each other, share activities with their teachers, and try to keep in touch with our community.

To enter the blog every parent was manually sent their child’s username and password. Simply click to select your class and then enter your username and password to enter the blog.


Once you are inside the blog you will see the content for your class. You can check out all the other class blogs by clicking on the right-hand side and selecting the blog of a different class.


Every entry on the blog is moderated. This means that no entries  appear on the blog until it has been approved by a teacher. So, what do you add to a blog? Well, we’ve seen model making, art, walks, exercises, writing and pets all placed on the blog during the first three weeks.


There have been challenges set by teachers, community events launched and updates on learning too. It’s been lovely hearing from the children and seeing what they are doing. It’s also been a great way for some of them to share their feelings about the lockdown.


You can also comment on any blog by clicking the title of the blog. This is a great way to say something nice about a picture, an event or a piece of work. It is also the way that the teachers will interact with your child. We cannot give out email addresses for teachers and do not want children sending work or images to teachers working on their family computers.


So, please use the blog. You can begin by sitting with your child and sharing an image, writing a post or sharing a link with the community


Head to the blog, login and click ‘create post’ - we can’t wait to see what you are getting up to.


We’ve responded to over 100 emails and sent over 300 text messages with usernames and passwords since the school closed. Just email if you need your child’s usernames and passwords.




30 Day Challenges

You can download two new challenges. One is created by the team at Apple and uses drawing, photography, video and music. The other is created by us to get everyone being musical at home. Make some instruments, listen to music and have fun with music.


Together Tasks

Every Monday during the closure we update our Together Tasks. These are designed to give you a different activity each day that you could do together, as a family, to keep being creative and have a little bit of fun.


Rob Biddulph

Artist Rob Biddulph is releasing a different ‘draw-along’ video every day of the school closure. We update our webpages each week to make sure you have access to the latest of his work


Let’s Go Live

Every day at 11am on YouTube, Maddie Moate and Greg Foot do a live 30 minute show with lots of makes and games and knowledge sharing.

You can access Garden Week, Brilliant Bodies, Space Week and Dinosaurs from the school website.


Scavenger Hunts

There are a whole series of Scavenger Hunts on the website. These are activities where you unplug from the online world and look for things around the home that fit into categories.

You can download each one as a checklist and tick them off as you find them.


Harry Potter at Home

JK Rowling has unlocked a host of resources including a full audio version of the firs Harry Potter book on audible.


African Safari

Check out our African Safari using webcams from around Africa.




You’ve just completed your third week in lockdown and may well have already established a routine that works for you and your family. Routines look different for every family and you need to find one that fits with your life.

We are all just trying to find our way. Whatever you do, it must work for you and your family. It must fit in around your work commitments. It must build in some down time for you too. Here we present a few versions of daily timetables that could work for you. You can changed them and adapt them and make them work for you. They are just a guide.


Sample Timetable One: The Learner

9.00: Joe Wicks PE

9.30: Drinks & Snacks

10.00: Reading Time

10.30: Mathematics

11.00: Maddie Moate Science

11.30: Break Time

12.00: Lunch

13.00: Art with Rob Biddulph

13.45: 30 Day Challenge Time

14.15: Daily Diary

15.00: End of school


Sample Timetable Two: Getting Outside

9.00: Family Walk

10.00: Drinks & Snacks

10.30: Reading Time

11.00: Break

11.30: Mathematics

12.00: Lunch

13.00: PE with Joe Wicks

13.30: Drinks & Snacks

14.00: Daily Diary

15.00: End of school


Sample Timetable Three: Being Creative

9.00: 30 Day Challenge

10.00: Drinks & Snacks

10.30: Scavenger Hunts

11.00: Let’s Go Live with Maddie

11.30: TT Rockstars

12.00: Lunch

13.00: Art with Rob Biddulph

13.30: Drinks & Snacks

14.00: Reading or Writing

15.00: End of school



The teachers will post the work in the class pages ready for the start of each ‘school week’.

You will need to visit these pages to see which tasks you may be able to do in your home. As you will realise from the rest of the newsletter, there is no pressure for parents to make sure this work is done each week. You must do what is right for your child and your circumstances. Be flexible and do what is right for your family each day during these extraordinary times.


Head to ‘Children’ and then click ‘Class Pages’

Select the ‘Home Learning’ button

Choose your year group