Statement from Evolution Academy Trust 19.3.2020

Evolution Academy Trust Family of Schools – Update following the Government’s announcement to close schools Thursday 19th March

Following the announcement by the government yesterday, schools in Evolution Academy Trust will continue to do all we can to support the learning of our pupils and families across the trust.

We support the Government’s decision that children of key workers and vulnerable children will continue to attend school. We understand that examples of key workers include NHS staff, police and delivery drivers and we expect a definitive list from the government to be released later today. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans. Your individual school will contact you directly about the arrangements for your children. If you are not in one of these groups, you will be expected to keep your child at home from Monday.

It remains our duty as schools to provide an education for your children. Each school will provide work and explain how further work will be communicated. We are recommending that during term time children keep to a similar routine as when they come to school. If you need further support throughout this period, please make contact with your school who will do their best to support you. Unless school staff are unwell, they will be continuing during term time to work and support their pupils.

Parents whose children are entitled to a free school meal will be contacted to provide a voucher during term time for the value of the meal or a collection point for food that would have been provided in school. The Department for Education has said that there will shortly be a national voucher scheme and we will keep you updated over the next 2 days as details emerge.

As a trust, we recognise the significant anxieties that surround the current situation for children and families. Our School staff have the same anxieties for their health and their families and are working hard to ensure that we retain the highest quality of provision and care for all our families during this time. The trust is grateful for their continuing diligence and care at this time. We thank you for your patience as we work at speed to answer the many questions that this new situation brings. Please be assured we continue to work on your behalf to do the best we can for all children across the trust.

We will issue further communications as the situation develops and as the government and local authorities release further information.

Seesaw online learning platform

In order to ensure that children can still access learning during this time of school closures we are producing a range of support materials, resources and ideas for keeping learning alive.  We have decided to use Seesaw as the platform for facilitating home learning online.  In order to do this, we need your consent so that both the school and Seesaw can remain GDPR compliant.


Please follow this link to see the letter that was sent out to families on Tuesday 17th March.

Click here for Seesaw letter

We are going to “go-live” with Seesaw for your child unless you opt-out by 9:30am on 19/3/20.

Learning Blog 1 – Spring Term – w/c – 2nd March 2020

There has been lots of exciting learning happening at Nelson this week. Here is an overview of some of the learning in each year group.

Orchard Class

We have been writing recounts about our weekend activities.

We have been learning subtraction by putting animals on an island, and taking some off. We then found out how many were left. We were signing and talking the calculation.

We have been learning to add by finding two animals, counting the legs finding the numicon tile, and then counting the numicon tile holes to see how many legs altogether.

We have been looking for signs of spring: daffodils, crocuses, frogs, frog spawn….and climbing trees without having to wear a coat!


We have been learning about 2D and 3D shapes this week. We have been ordering and grouping the shapes.

Year 1

We have travelled to Holland, found out about windmills, tulips, canals. After a long night on the ferry, had ‘hagelslag’ (sprinkles on toast) for breakfast.

We have looked at work of Van Gogh, painted tulips and daffodils in the style of his sunflowers.

We have also played lots of games to practise solving problems involving subtraction.

Year 2

We visited Strangers Hall on Friday to continue our learning about the Great Fire of London. We learnt about different materials and how to make sure that your house was safe from fire. We hunted for fire hazards around the hall, including the bedrooms! Finally, we spent heard from people who were living in London during the time of the fire.

Year 2 – Autumn 2nd Half Term so far!

In year 2 we have started this half term with some exciting learning activities. We have been making fires and creating charcoal. The children then cooked toast on the fires and created their own drawings using the charcoal.

In English we have been reading The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield. We have been using drama and story mapping to remember the story and we are now about to start to write out own stories.

Finally – In science we have been exploring solids, liquids and gases and their properties. We have looked at how they are all different and how they behave when we apply different forces to them! Here are some pictures of our experiments.

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