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  • Check in with us!

    Published 03/04/20

    Although we've been trying to stay in contact with as many of our families as possible, this can be tricky with reduced staffing. So that we can 'check in' with you all and offer support in any way we can, please complete the ‘check in’ when we send it out every fortnight.


    If you have any questions before our check-in points, please don't hesitate to contact your child's class teacher through the class e-mail or

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  • Easter Packs!

    Published 03/04/20
    Happy Friday to all our super families! It has been another busy week in school and at home and we have now reached the ‘Easter Holidays’! As a special little treat, and to support with some physical resources, we have our lovely Keyda
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  • Easter CRAFT

    Published 31/03/20
    Please see the attachment below for some nice art and craft Easter activities suitable for all ages at Crossdale.
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  • Doodlemaths Spring Challenge

    Published 29/03/20
    How to take part The DoodleMaths Challenge is taking place from Wednesday 1st April and Thursday 30th April. During this time: Children need to… • Earn a 7-day streak • and 400 stars   Why not print off our Ch
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  • Update for all families 27/3/20

    Published 28/03/20

    Dear Parents and Carers,

    We hope you are well and adjusting to the new situation we all find ourselves in.

    Please see the 2 attachments below:

    • A letter to your children from the whole staff team - please read it to them so they know we are thinking about them.
    • A newsletter for parents with some tips and reminders about supporting your children's learning at home.

    If you have any questions at all, contact your child's class teacher using the new class emails, or use for general enquiries.

    Kind regards,

    Peter Cresswell

    Class emails for home learning enquiries:

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    Published 25/03/20

    This resource has been produced especially for children with Special Educational Needs/Additional Needs.  However, many resources are beneficial for ALL children.

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    Published 25/03/20

    Has your child lost or forgotten their password for one of the apps we have access to?

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  • Social Distancing

    Published 23/03/20

    We have been told this evening that groups of primary school aged children in Keyworth have been congregating and ignoring government pleas to 'socially distance' themselves.

    Please talk to your children about this - this video and this video might help. 


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  • Update for parents using childcare at Crossdale from Monday

    Published 21/03/20

    This information is for the Critical Workers, and parents of vulnerable children, whose children require childcare from Monday. This does not affect the families whose children will not be attending school from Monday.

    From Monday, the childcare provision for Crossdale and Keyworth Primary and Nursery School will be based at the Crossdale Primary site. The Keyworth Primary site will be closed to children.

    We have taken this decision as it gives us the best chance of staying open in a safe and clean building for as long as possible. We are already seeing the impact of Covid-19 on our ability to keep our schools operating smoothly. As one example, Notts County Council can no longer provide cover when a cleaner is absent due to sickness – last week this meant teachers arrived at 7am to clean parts of the school at Crossdale. It seems inevitable that staff availability will reduce further in the coming weeks. Pre-existing medical conditions and illness means our staffing complement in both schools has already been reduced.  Having 2 site managers, 2 cleaners, 2 cooks, 2 sets of admin staff, more teachers, more first aiders, more safeguarding leads and more specialist TAs will ensure the children can continue to come to school and have a safe and positive experience.

    In making this decision, our one priority was to ensure we can stay open safely for as long as possible.

    Many other local schools are already making similar contingency plans to work together in hubs based at one school. Our close partnership between KPNS and Crossdale means we have been able to implement this more quickly than others.

    Mr Cresswell and Mrs Westie will be on the gate as normal to greet the children when they arrive on Monday morning and Crossdale staff members will be ready to welcome the children into the school. There will be a Crossdale staff member in every classroom working with a KPNS staff member on Monday, and we plan to continue this for the rest of the week.

    Staff from both schools have been working incredibly hard to plan engaging activities for all the children - we are hoping that they will all return home on Monday evening talking about their new friends and the positive day they have had.

    All children should NOT come to school in uniform on Monday. Children should wear clothes that will allow them to join in with the sporting challenges Miss Robinson and Mr Sanders has planned for them. Outdoor activities and sport will be a feature of every day, so uniform will not be required at all from Monday.

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  • School Closure Update 3

    Published 21/03/20

    Many thanks for reading and responding to the blog posts we put out yesterday – your responses really helped us plan our provision for next week.

    If your child will now be at home for the foreseeable future, please keep checking the website (there’s some great advice here) and make sure they know how much they will be missed in school. School staff were very emotional yesterday at the prospect of not seeing your wonderful children in the weeks to come!

    If you weren’t able to read the information we sent out yesterday, you should probably read the two blog posts from yesterday (linked at the bottom of this page) before continuing with this one!

    The children of Critical Workers and children classed as vulnerable may be in school next week to access childcare. Guidance about Critical Workers can be found here and guidance about vulnerable children can be found here.

    We have already spoken and made arrangements with several parents about next week and many parents have already booked and agreed childcare. However, we are aware that we have sent a lot of information. Here is a quick summary so you can check you haven’t missed anything:

    • If you are a Critical Worker and you completed the booking form – send the children on the days you booked.
    • If you are a Critical Worker who requires childcare, but we didn’t text you the booking link, email us.
    • Email us if you have any questions about how the vulnerable children guidance relates to your child.

    We will update you with practical arrangements for next week later today. If you are accessing childcare in school next week, please read this update and email us if you have any questions.


    Please note that Windmills Childcare will continue to operate if you require the service. Parents accessing this service will be invoiced in the normal way. Email us if we can help you access the services Windmills Childcare offers.

    If you are a Critical Worker and having your children cared for in school means you can go to work and help with the current crisis our country is facing, do not hesitate to get in touch about using school for childcare – we went to help in any way we can.

    Yesterday’s blog posts:

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    Published 20/03/20

    Please read the information below and then use the link at the bottom of this post to

    complete our CRITICAL WORKER SURVEY.

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  • School Closure update - URGENT

    Published 20/03/20

    Dear Parents and Carers,

    Overnight, the government have provided guidance regarding the care schools are being asked to provide from Monday for a limited number of children. You will all be aware that all schools in England will be closed from 3.30pm today for the majority of children.

    To help us all plan, the government have published some key principles. The following apply to our school and to all families in England:

    1. PARENTS: If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
    2. PARENTS: Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
    3. PARENTS: Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
    4. SCHOOLS: If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them. (Our school will contact you if your child might be classed as vulnerable)

    The government have asked that, as a country, we do what we can to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It is clear that we all have a responsibility to help slow the spread of the virus and save lives.

    Urgent actions for all parents and carers:

    • Read the 4 principles above and consider your role in helping slow the spread of the virus.
    • Read the Critical Worker guidance and ‘confirm with your employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, YOUR specific job role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.’
    • Please respond to the survey we will send out by text this morning (as soon as you possibly can) to help us plan our provision from Monday.

    Click here for the Critical Worker list

    Many thanks for your ongoing support – you have helped us considerably over the last few days

    Full government advice: Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers

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