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Throughout this session we have continued to consult our parents in a range of ways – from our feedback forms at our Family Learning events, asking your opinion at one of our Parents’ Evening to our Class Assemblies and Open Mornings. During this strange time as we begin to look towards next session and what our priorities should be, we would like to hear more of your views. Your thoughts are essential to ensuring that Cochrane Castle continues to be the school we all want it to be and we hope you will take the time to share your thoughts with us by completing the short survey below. The survey will close on Monday, 18th May, We look forward to reading your thoughts.

Home Learning Survey

We want to capture your thoughts on how home learning is going during this very different start to Term 4. We have created a short survey and would be grateful if you could complete this by Friday, 8th May.  Just click on the link or QR code below to take part.

The information gathered from this will allow us to make sure we are supporting our families as best we can.

Thank-you in advance.


Term 4, Week 1

After another week of lockdown, I am so grateful for the tremendous efforts of all our staff and parents as we try to adjust to the new normal. We have had some fantastic videos, photos and work posted by the amazing pupils at Cochrane Castle – go children! Our staff have been sharing their good news stories at our online meeting today to put a smile on everyone’s face. All their stories were about seeing or hearing from our wonderful pupils and we were all grinning from ear to ear by the end! So thank-you all our families for all you are doing whilst your children are at home 👏🏻👏🏻.
If, like me, you would like to say a special thank you to any of our staff, the following website lets you do just that
Please keep in touch and stay safe everyone. Enjoy the weekend and we will be back on Monday!

Welcome Back!

Welcome back everyone! We hope you have all had a restful holiday and stayed safe.

This is the start to a term like no other. We are all learning and working together to figure out the best way forward.

Our plan is to give out a range of tasks for the children to complete throughout the week, with Friday being a catch-up day for all. Class teachers will put out a literacy and numeracy task every day which children can complete that day if they are able or catch-up when they can. Not every task will be a written one as we want our pupils to have fun too! We hope that by providing a range of activities, it will be easier to motivate your child/children to complete them.

Good luck and stay safe!

Happy Easter Holidays!

The last few weeks have been an unprecedented time for education and I am sure a scenario that no one could possibly have foreseen. The change in daily routine for our us all has been dramatic.

We recognise that this has brought great uncertainty, anxiety and challenges for us all and we hope that the support the school has been providing has helped to alleviate some of this.

I am grateful to all staff and parents for the tremendous effort and commitment they have made to keep learning going for all. As for our learners, we have been blown away by the resilience, creativity and responsibility they have shown towards their own learning – well done all!

None of us know how long the current situation will last and I know we are all concerned what learning will look like as time passes. Rest assured that we will continue to do all we can to support you and your children in every way we can.

We hope that you have a restful Easter holidays, albeit unlike any holiday we have had before.

Take care and stay safe everyone and we hope to see you all soon.

Helping Children and Young People Manage in Unsettling Times

There has been a lot of coverage in the media and social media about the Coronavirus and it is easy to feel overwhelmed by this. It is understandable that children and young people are feeling anxious too. They might find it difficult to understand what they are seeing and hearing about the Coronavirus and so they can be particularly vulnerable to feelings of stress, anxiety and sadness.

Alongside educational establishments, parents can help provide opportunities where feelings can be discussed within a safe context, as well as maintaining a sense of normality, routine and calm. Supporting children and young people in this way will help them to process and manage their feelings and build resilience. Suggestions to help:

  1. Ask open questions and listen. Find out how much your child already knows and follow their lead. If your child is young and has not heard about the outbreak you may not need to raise the issue.
  2. Offer reassurance. Children may not distinguish between the images they see on TV/social media and their own personal reality. Reassure your child that adults are there to keep them safe.
  3. Be honest. Give information at an appropriate level for your child’s understanding. Watch their reactions and be sensitive to their level of anxiety. Adults have a responsibility to keep children safe from distress.
  4. Provide opportunities for children and young people to be honest about their feelings. Sharing worries or feelings of upset with other family members will help reduce a sense of vulnerability and isolation and raise optimism. Acknowledge your child’s feelings and let them know that it is natural to be worried or scared. Give your child your full attention and make sure that they know that they can speak to you whenever they like.
  5. Help your child to cope with stress by making opportunities for them to play and relax.
  6. Maintain a normal routine. Set up a work/leisure/exercise routine for your child at home. Make extra time to listen to what your child needs to tell you.
  7. Place an emphasis on resilience and strengths. Focus on your child’s skills, in terms of their daily life. Help them see they have many strengths to help them cope if feeling anxious or upset.
  8. Share positive stories of people helping each other with Acts of Kindness and generosity. This can be a big comfort and can help to restore positivity about the world.
  9. Provide opportunities for physical exercise. Exercise is valuable in producing natural chemicals in the brain to help us cope with feelings such as shock or worry.
  10. Communicate any concerns with your child’s school. If you have any worries or concerns about your child’s emotional wellbeing please do let the school know.
  11. Look after yourself. You will be able to help your child better if you are coping too. Children will pick up on your response, so it helps them to know that you are calm and in control. So please take care of yourself and reach out to friends, family or other trusted adults if you are feeling anxious or upset.