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Infection Control Measures in School 10th March 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian

Infection Control Measures in School
I am contacting you following the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK and abroad.
I would like to take this opportunity to outline the preventative measures the school has put in place in order to minimise the spread of infection.
As per the advice from the government, the school has taken the following actions for infection control:
• Encouraging good hygiene by promoting the importance of handwashing for at least 20 seconds with warm water and soap in the following circumstances:
• On arrival at school
• After using the toilet
• After breaks and sporting activities
• Before food preparation
• Before eating any food, including snacks
• Before leaving school
• Ensuring pupils and staff understand that they must cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away
• Ensuring frequently touched objects and surfaces are cleaned and disinfected more regularly than usual
• Calling NHS 111 if someone becomes unwell and isolating any unwell people in a separate room
• Advising people who have returned from category 1 specified countries/areas in the last 14 days to self-isolate for 14 days – even if they don’t have symptoms – before they return to school and use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next.
• Advising people who have returned from category 2 specified countries/areas in the last 14 days to stay at home if they develop symptoms and use the
111 online coronavirus service  to find out what to do next.
The full list of category 1 and category 2 countries can be found on the government website:
As an important part of our school community, I would ask that you encourage good infection control practices, such as thorough handwashing, at home and keep your child informed about the things they can do to discourage the spread of infection.
Unless your child has tested positive for the coronavirus (and hasn’t been exposed to anyone with the virus), they should attend school as usual unless they are too unwell due to an unrelated illness or they have specifically been advised to self-isolate.
If you think your child may have been exposed to or has coronavirus, please contact the school on Tel. 0161 432 4941 the earliest opportunity.
Yours sincerely,
Mrs Katherine Muncaster

Eggstravaganza & Eco Newsletter

10th March 2020

Dear Parent,

This year we will be holding an Eggstravaganza in school on Friday 3rd April 2020. The aim is to raise money for the children’s chosen charity; for school and to have some fun!

The junior children will be running stalls in small groups, whilst the infant children will run a stall or activity as a class.

We will also be holding a decorated egg competition; we will be looking for entries where we can see how independent the children have been in their creations! A secret judge will be awarding prizes in the following categories:

  • Tithe Barn is 50!
  • My favourite book
  • Sporting Events

We are looking forward to a successful day and thank you for your support.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs K Muncaster


Our Team of Eco-Warriors

During the autumn we invited interested children from years two to six to apply to fill the role of Tithe Barn Eco-Warriors. We were completely inundated with amazing applications, and now have a team of thirty children, who are all eager to make our school and also the planet a better place.

Just before the Christmas holidays, a team of the older Eco-Warriors embarked on a fact-finding visit to the main Greater Manchester Recycling plant in Sharston. You can view the video they made about the trip and what they found out by scanning the QR code, or following the link below.

To read this Newsletter click here  Spring 2020 Eco Newsletter


Corona Virus Update 6th March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Public Health England (PHE) is the body through whom all of the latest guidance and information is being produced and distributed. Schools have been advised to include links to the resources rather than producing their own or downloading information produced by others. This means that the latest information will be available through the links rather than schools needing to update already downloaded information as and when new information becomes available.

There are links to the latest resources guidance and advice contained at
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China in December 2019.
Public Health England is working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus.
Read the latest information about the situation in the UK, along with guidance for what to do if you think you’re at risk.

Go to NHSUK/coronavirus for information about the virus and how to protect yourself. Use the 111 online coronavirus service to check if you need medical help.
The government has published its coronavirus action plan and expanded its public information campaign.
Number of UK cases and latest test figures.
Read Public Health England’s blog posts about its response to coronavirus and how it uses contact tracing to prevent the spread of infection.

We think it is important to make parents aware that the DfE are keeping schools up to date also. As you would expect there are a great many similarities and duplicates in terms of links.

Department for Education

There is currently a daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Government Coronavirus action plan
This document sets out what the UK as a whole has done to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next.
The action plan can be found here:
The document includes:
• what we know about the virus and the disease it causes
• how we have planned for an infectious disease outbreak, such as the current coronavirus outbreak
• the actions we have taken so far in response to the current coronavirus outbreak
• what we are planning to do next, depending upon the course the current coronavirus outbreak takes
• the role the public can play in supporting this response, now and in the future

Current advice remains in place: No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.
The importance of hygiene
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.

Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:
Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available.

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
On 02 March we launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687


Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Where to find the latest information
Updates on COVID-19:

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

These links are where we will all find the latest information and guidance and the information is updated at least daily.
On 03 March there was a Downing Street press conference which is available at


Tithe Barn Times 29th November 2019

Countdown to Christmas

The run up to Christmas is always a magical time in school. The children’s excitement is contagious and it is lovely to hear snippets of Christmas carols and rehearsals for our Christmas celebrations.

The children have been working hard to prepare for our celebrations; they have decorated school with a range of Christmas creations. From baubles and stockings to snowman. The school is awash with colour!

I look forward to seeing many of you at our wonderful Christmas Fair this Sunday between 11 am and 2pm.

We all look forward to you joining us for our Christmas celebrations and sharing this magical time in school.

Meet our SENDCo

I am delighted to introduce Mr Earp our SENDCo and Year 5 teacher.

We are inviting parents to come and meet Mr Earp and are arranging drop in sessions this half term and next.

Mr Earp will be available-

Tuesday 3rd December at 9 am

 Thursday 12th December at 2.30 pm

We will share further details after the holidays

Key Dates

2nd December Operation Eagle Eye begins

6th December Book People Book Bus in school

7th December Santa Dash

10th December 1.30 pm Infant Nativity

11th December KS2 Carol Concert 9.15 am and 2 pm.

12th December whole school trip to the pantomime and FOTB Christmas Discos

13th December 9.15 am Infant Nativity

17th December School Christmas Dinner (Please order online via Dolce)

18th December pm Infant Christmas Party (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2)

19th December pm KS2 Christmas Party

20th December Toy Day and school closes for the school holidays


KS2 Christmas Carol Concert

This year’s concert will take place at school on Wednesday 11th December with performances at 9.30 am and 2 pm. We do hope you can join us. If you are unable to attend we will be filming the concert and sharing it via E-Schools.

Infant Nativity

The KS1 and Reception Nativity will take place on 10th December at 1.30pm and 13th December at 9.30 am. We will also be filming the Nativity and sharing it via E-schools.

Christmas Post

Once again, Mr Blackburn and his merry band of elves will be operating a Christmas postal service at school. Christmas cards can be brought into school from Monday 9th December.

Christmas Discos

On Thursday 12th December it will be FOTB’s Christmas Discos. You will have received a letter regarding how to purchase tickets.

Please note the discos are only for children who attend Tithe Barn and parents are asked to drop their child off and return to collect them.

5-6pm children in Reception, Years 1 and 2

6.30pm -7.45 pm children in Years 3, 4, 5, and 6.

Raffle Tickets

You should have received a booklet of raffle tickets this week- two books for each family. This year we are raffling some amazing hampers that have been kindly donated by our parents.

We will be drawing the raffle on Friday 13th December at the Infant Nativity. Please ensure you have returned your tickets by then.

Packed Lunches

Reminder- if you send your child in with a packed lunch for their dinner, please ensure that you have cancelled their school dinner order.

Thank you

Photo Booth

Once again, Mr Stamper will be running our Christmas photo booth at the Fair on Sunday. Make sure you don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to create Christmas Magic. The images will be available after the fair via google drive.

Tithe Barn Times 15th November 2019

Fantastic Assembly

It was a privilege to watch our Year 6s perform their class assembly this morning. They had planned and designed the assembly all by themselves and it was a morning of war time songs, drama, and exploration of what life was like at that time.

It was wonderful to see their learning brought to life! Year 2 have also been exploring their History topic of the Great Fire of London and participated in an amazing workshop this week. We will be sharing the assembly and the Year 2 workshop via e-schools so please take a look.

Follow us on Twitter


We have also have a Facebook account Parents and Carers of Tithe Barn Primary School where we share information and events that have occurred in school.

Operation Eagle Eye

2nd – 6th December 2019 

Working in conjunction with the Local Authority we are having a week focused on road safety in school. There will be various activities going on including learning how to cross the road safely, cycle safety and Year 6 will be out patrolling the streets looking at speeding and parking in the local area. We will share the different activities during the week via the school website and twitter. 

Thursday 5/12/2019

Step Outside, Year Two, 9am – 12.

Headsmart, Year 4 (pm)

Friday 26/01/2018

Child Speedwatch,Year 6, 9am – 12pm.

Key Dates

22nd November- Non-uniform day in return for a bottle for the Christmas Fair

1st December- Christmas Fair 11 am – 2pm.

2nd December- Operation Eagle Eye begins in school

6th December – Book Bus in school 8.30 am -4 pm.

Book Bus

We will be visited by the Book People’s Book Bus on Friday 6th December. The bus will contain a wide array of books at discounted prices for parents to buy. In addition to this the school will receive 15% commission in free books. If you wish to visit the bus it will be in the school car park between 8.30 am and 4 pm

Google Classrooms

On Wednesday 27th November at 2.15 pm we are inviting parents, particularly those from KS2 to join us for an information evening regarding how we use Google Suite and how you can support your child at home. The session will include a short presentation from our Digital Leaders. We hope you can join us for this informative session.

Fond Farewell

It is with great sadness that I am writing to inform you that Diana Vose, our Inclusion Manager will be leaving us later on this term. She will be setting up her own business The Buffet Carriage serving homemade sandwiches and cakes.

Diana has worked at Tithe Barn for 17 years

and during that time has worked tirelessly for every child to ensure that they are well supported and achieve their true potential. She will be sorely missed by us all and we wish her the best of luck with her new enterprise.

We will continue to ensure that her fantastic work continues and we will share our future plans for this role shortly.

Once again, I would like to thank Diana for her hard work and effort. It has been a privilege to work with her.

After School Club

Our wonderful After School currently has some additional availability. The Club is open from 7.45 am till the start of school and at the end of the school day until 5.45 pm. It is run by our team of friendly staff and provides a high standard of care

We have availability for both regular sessions or for them to be booked as required. We currently have limited availability every morning except Thursday and after school on Monday and Friday.

Please contact Miss J Hughes (club manager) for further information-



Tithe Barn Times 1st November 2019

Welcome Back

Welcome back to a very busy half term as we begin the countdown to Christmas!
Please find attached a document providing further details on all the different events which will be occurring in school this half term. We hope you find it useful. I hope you all had a lovely half term. Many of our children spent time during the holidays with Mr Stamper and Miss Edwards on our Forest Schools Day. Listening to the feedback from children and parents they had a fantastic day and I would like to thank Mr Stamper and Miss Edwards for giving up their time in the school holidays. If your child is interested in attending we will be offering similar days in the future.
I look forward to another great half term, with lots of wonderful learning in school.

Math’s Challenge
Recently a number of children from Year 4 attended a local Math’s Challenge at Lum Head Primary School. The day consisted of challenging questions which involved recalling multiplication and division facts and problem solving. The children had an amazing time and worked very well in teams. We were extremely proud of them all. One of our teams won the competition and we have shared their exciting news in our Learning Assembly.

Key Dates
7th November– Google Evening 6 pm Twitter

12th November Bag2School Collection
15 November 9.15 am Year 6 Class Assembly and Children in Need Non-uniform day

Book Bus
We will be visited by the Book People’s Book Bus on Friday 6th December. The bus will contain a wide array of books at discounted prices for parents to buy. In addition to this the school will receive 15% commission in free books. If you wish to visit the bus it will be in the school car park between 8.30 am and 4 pm

Google Classrooms
On Thursday 7th November at 6 pm we are inviting parents, particularly those from KS2 to join us for an information evening regarding how we use Google Suite and how you can support your child at home. The session will include a short presentation from our Digital Leaders. We hope you can join us for this informative session.

Bags to School
You will have received a bag for our next collection of unwanted adult and children’s clothing, paired shoes, hats, belts, handbags, ties and soft toys.
We would appreciate your support in collecting these items. The bags will be collected at 9am on 12th November and can be returned to school any time before then.

Dogs in the playground
Please can I politely remind parents that dogs are not allowed in the school playground or on the paths around school. I kindly ask that all parents respect our school policy.
Thank you ever so much for your support with this matter.

Doodle Maths
It has come to our attention that some parents are having problems with Doodle Maths, particularly when using the website. We have reported the problems to the company and they have suggested that the problem may be that children are using the website on a device such as an I pad rather than the app.
As a solution, they recommend that you download the most up to date version of the app onto devices and use this.
If problems persist please let us know so we can rectify them. Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention.

Vacancies at Tithe Barn
We currently have the following vacancies in school.
Mid-day assistants (2 vacancies of 7.5 hours per week)
Site supervisor (37 hours per week)


Countdown to Christmas

Please find detailed all the events and festivities planned over the next 2 months.

Countdown to Christmas at Tithe Barn Primary School2019

School Calendar



Download as PDF

Tithe Barn Times – 18th October 2019

Harvest Festival

Thank you ever so much for all your wonderful contributions to our Harvest Festival recently. We had a wonderful morning and it was fantastic to have so many parents join us for our celebrations.

The Wellspring and Stockport Food Bank have now collected our donations and they are being distributed across our local community. Thank you again for all your support.

Please accept our apologies for the delay in sending out the calendar, it will be with you after half term.

Follow us on Twitter


We have also have a Facebook account Parents and Carers of Tithe Barn Primary School where we share information and events that have occurred in school.

Fond Farewell

Today was a very sad day for everyone at Tithe Barn as we celebrated Bob’s time at Tithe Barn. The children sang a special thank you song. We shared memories of Bob’s time at school and presented him with cake, cards and a wonderful collection.

We are extremely grateful for everything Bob has done for our school so we presented him with the key to our school. We have invited Bob back to join us for some special occasions but if you’d like to visit him, he will be supervising the road outside Heaton’s Library.

Key Dates

October 29th (Tuesday) – Children return to school following half term.

October 30th and 31st– Parents’ Evening

7th November- Google Evening 6 pm

Book Bus

We will be visited by the Book People’s Book Bus on Friday 6th December. The bus will contain a wide array of books at discounted prices for parents to buy. In addition to this the school will receive 15% commission in free books. If you wish to visit the bus it will be in the school car park between 8.30 am and 4 pm

Google Classrooms

On Thursday 7th November at 6 pm we are inviting parents, particularly those from KS2 to join us for an information evening regarding how we use Google Suite and how you can support your child at home. The session will include a short presentation from our Digital Leaders. We hope you can join us for this informative session.

School Admissions

31 October 2019 and parents will be notified about their child’s place by the 2nd March 2020. Places for children who were born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016 for Reception 2019 must be made by 15th January 2020.   Parents will be notified about their child’s place by 16th April 2019. Further information and the online application is available at –

Flower Festival

On Tuesday 9th October we had our annual school Flower Festival. The children brought an array of flowers and resources in to school and created displays on the theme of ‘Celebrations’. The results were fantastic and more of the creations can be viewed at

I would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Osborne for organising such a wonderful event which raised £144.04 for Francis House.

Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter. The newsletter will be sent out every fortnight and I hope to give you a snap shot of all the exciting things that are happening in school. Hope everyone has a wonderful half term break, we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 29th October.

Katherine Muncaster





Tithe Barn Times – 27th September 2019

Busy Term

The children have all been working very hard and our new Reception children have settled into life at Tithe Barn.

I would like to say a huge thank you to all the wonderful grandparents who joined Year 1 recently to talk about their childhood and answer the children’s questions.

I would also like to thank our wonderful volunteers who attended our Safeguarding training this week and are helping to ensure that we keep all our children safe.

We are looking forward to our Flower Festival and our Harvest Festival and hope that you can join us for our celebrations.

Thank you for your continued support

Katherine Muncaster.

Sporting Adventures

We were delighted to have Kiera Byland return to school last Friday to receive a fantastic cheque for £904.45 to support her trip to compete in the next Special Olympics. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped to raise the funds through our sponsored cycle last term.

We also presented Kiera with Martin the Monkey who is one of our characters from our Learning Jungle. Martin’s learning power is to continuous improve and we felt that this reflected Kiera’s amazing attitude to life.

We are looking forward to continuing to work in partnership with Kiera. She has now become our first Sporting Ambassador and will continue to be an inspiration for all of us.

Key Dates

Thursday 10th October – Flower Festival (Year 2 upwards)

Friday 11th October- Harvest Festival

Friday 18th October- Book Bus to be in school

Friday 18th October- Surprise celebrations for Bob!


Giving Machine

As part of the Friends of Tithe Barn efforts to raise money for our school they have set up an account with the Giving Machine. This is one of the easiest ways to support our school in raising much needed funds. All you have to do is register and shop. What could be simpler!

The site is supported by a number of big retailers including John Lewis, Amazon and Waitrose- to name just a few. Also you can pay for Car insurance, house insurance holidays. Please have a look if the company you are buying online from is listed with Giving Machine. The easiest way to raise money.

Visit the link below to support us-


Book Bus

The Book People’s Book Bus will visit us on Friday 18th October. The bus will contain a wide array of books at discounted prices for parents to buy. In addition to this the school will receive 15% commission in free books. If you wish to visit the bus it will be in the school car park between 8.30 am and 4 pm

Nut Allergy

Please be aware that we have children in school with severe nut allergies. Therefore we kindly ask that you refrain from sending any nuts or products such as snack bars in containing nuts.

Thank you for your support with this matter.

Celebrating 50 years of Tithe Barn

We are all very excited to be celebrating 50 years of Tithe Barn Primary School this year and want to make the year extra special for our school community.

We would like to invite you to a meeting on Friday 11th October at 2.30 pm to discuss plans and ideas. We do hope you can join us. If you are unable to please send any ideas or offers of help to

We will be consulting with the children to gather their ideas through our school council. We are all looking forward to an exciting year.

Thank you once again for your support .

Harvest Festival

This year our Harvest Festival will take place on 11th October at 9.15 am.   We will be collecting donations for both the Wellspring and Stockport Food Bank. They are keen to collect the following-

  • Tinned fruit
  • Tinned puddings
  • Tinned meat, vegetable and potatoes
  • Long life milk and
  • Long life orange juice.

Please bring your donations to school from Monday 7th October 2019.


Tithe Barn Times – 7th September 2019

Welcome Back

Welcome back and a special welcome to all our new children and families who are just starting their journey at Tithe Barn.

We have had a busy first week and the children have all settled into their new classes and are working hard.

School Calendar

We are currently putting together a school calendar that will provide an outline of events for this academic year. We hope you will find this useful and will be distributing it to every child as soon as it is finalised.

Follow us on Twitter


We have a school Twitter account, which is used as an additional method of keeping you up to date on key events and information.   Please follow us.

School Crossing

We are delighted that over the summer the council has installed a puffin crossing outside of school. For the first half term Bob will be there teaching the children how to use the crossing safely. We will also have Stockport Road Safety team in working with the children and delivering an assembly. We are sure that the crossing will enable our children and local residents to cross the road safely throughout the day.

We would appreciate your support with teaching your children how to use the crossing safely. Please ensure that you-


  • Do not cross when the Red Man is showing.
  • Stay within the two sets of studs on the road when crossing. (Sensors are detecting you and therefore will give you time to cross to the other side)
  • Do not follow other pedestrians into the road without checking it is safe to do so especially when crossing in large groups.
  • Do not cross if a car has stopped on the crossing and is blocking it. Press the button again and wait.
  • Do not cross if a driver tells you to do so, check the Red/Green Man box first.

Key Dates

September 13th Year 4 start swimming

September 20th Jeans for Genes day.

September 21st  FOTB have made the decision not to have the Family Festival this month, instead it will be rearranged and become part of our 50 year celebrations. We will send out further details this term about our plans for our celebrations.

Pupil Voice

As practically every single decision we take in school will ultimately affect one group of people (the children), we believe that it’s vital that they have a voice in the decision making and that their voice is heard. Tithe Barn’s school council aims to be one way of doing this. Classes from Y1 to Y6 hold annual elections to vote for a girl and boy who will best represent their class.

Any child who is interested in standing for the position of school councilor is asked to think carefully about how they can effectively represent their class and how they can contribute to developing their school.   The children will be asked to share their ideas with their classmates prior to the confidential elections taking place next week. I will let you know the outcomes of the elections in the next newsletter.

Celebrating Bob

After October half term, Bob will be relocating to cross children near the library. We are extremely grateful for his dedication and the time he has given to our school and we are planning a special celebration later this term.

We will send out further details nearer the time. However, please keep it a secret as we want to surprise him!

In the meantime, we are starting a collection for Bob to show our appreciation of his time at Tithe Barn. If you would like to make a donation please send it in a sealed envelope clearly labelled with Bob’s collection. We will be creating a book of personalized messages, If you would like to include one please also send it in an envelope to the school office.

Thank you

Jeans for Genes Day

Friday 20th September is Jeans for Genes Day and we are inviting your children to come into school wearing jeans. We would be grateful for a donation of £1 to support this worthwhile charity. If you would like to find out more about the charity, please visit

Medical Needs 

It is very important that you let us know if your child has a particular medical need such as asthma or allergies. If your child needs to take medicine whilst in school, please speak to our medical needs co-ordinator, Mrs Ceri Barrett You will need to complete a form to enable her to administer medication which must be given to her in a clearly labelled pharmacist’s packet or container with your child’ name, dosage and date printed on it.

Aldi Kit for Schools- Please help us…

How it works… Get involved!

Every time you spend over £30 in any Aldi store you’ll receive a Team GB sticker. Bring your stickers to school to help us complete our poster. Once we have 300 stickers on our poster we can send the poster back to receive an exclusive sports kit and to be in with a chance to win £20,000 for your school.

Thank you for your support.




Tithe Barn Reading Challenge


Tithe Barn Reading Challenge

Over the Summer, we are asking every child to read a book selected by their new teacher in preparation for September 2019! These books will be used as the basis of your child’s English work and often also relate to their topics. They have been carefully selected by the teachers. We hope you enjoy the books and look forward to discussing them in the new school year.


Year 1- ‘Five Minutes Peace’ by Jill Murphy


Year 2- are doing an author study on Julia Donaldson so please read any of her books.


Year 3- ‘The Boy Who Grew Dragons’ by Andy Shepherd


Year 4- ‘Roman Myths’ by Geraldine McCaughrean


Year 5- ‘The Lion and the Unicorn’ by Shirley Hughes


Year 6- ‘When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.’ By Judith Kerr