School Assembly 22nd April 2020

Good Morning Everyone

I hope that you are all staying safe and well at home. We are all missing your smiling faces, especially at our school assemblies. Please watch this week’s assembly and let us know what makes you unique. Looking forward to seeing some drawings of your smiles, or a model or a song…. whatever you decide to share will be wonderful.

Stay safe and well from Mrs Muncaster click here to watch this week’s assembly

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Tithe Barn Times 20th April 2020

Thank You

Dear Parents and children,

I hope you have had an enjoyable Easter holiday, despite it being a particularly different one for us all. We are all really missing seeing the children and trying to find new ways of keeping in touch with them. As you know, schools continue to remain closed until further notice; our childcare provision remains open for children of key workers only and we are pleased to be able to support them during these difficult times. I would also like to thank our staff, who ensured that we were able to provide this provision over the Easter holidays.

Our staff has worked incredibly hard to ensure work is uploaded to E-schools and Google classrooms (children in Years 3-6) for our children, which we know so many of you have found useful and interesting. Thank you ever so much for the positive feedback and the suggestions you have made. We are continuing to develop and enhance our provision this term. Please bear with us whilst we develop our provision. I am aware of the challenges that all our families are under and we are trying to support our children and parents at home by providing learning opportunities. However, we cannot recreate Tithe Barn at home and I also need to be mindful that my hardworking team all have their own families and commitments and their own challenges at the moment.

Over the next week new learning opportunities will be added and shared on E-Schools these will include the new resources on BBC Bitesize and from the new online learning platform National Academy. Please can I politely request that parents wait to access these platforms until directed to by their class teacher so that the children are accessing appropriate learning opportunities and covering the curriculum that we would be teaching rather than other schools.

We have been so pleased with the amount of work students have produced and also shared via our Twitter page; there has been some fabulous work produced. Well done to all – please keep sending your work in; it is cheering so many of us up!

Over the next few days you will receive further information regarding how to support your child’s reading at home and also our first whole school assembly. I hope that you will find this useful and we will continue to develop the best provision that we can. Please be rest assured that once we are able to reopen we will do everything that we can to ensure that every child makes the progress that they should and achieves their true potential.

Thank you for your continued support. Hoping you and your families are staying safe and well.


Katherine Muncaster

Key Dates


Tuesday 21st April- First online assembly available

Stockport Helpline


Helpline has supported over 1,700 vulnerable residents in Stockport.

Since the Council launched the dedicated coronavirus helpline at the end of March over 1,700 of the most vulnerable people in the Borough have been offered support and advice.

The helpline was set up for those residents who do not have a network of family and friends they can call upon, particularly if:

  • you’re over the age of 70 and you’re self isolating
  • you’ve received a letter from the NHS advising you’re high risk and should stay at home
  • you’re medically vulnerable according to the government criteria and should stay at home
  • you’re any age and self-isolating due to illness
  • you’re experiencing financial hardship
  • you’re experiencing food poverty


A wide range of support has been given since the helpline started including help with access to food, shopping and medication, help with finances and support available for those who are experiencing loneliness.


Support can be accessed by calling 0161 217 6046

Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm

Saturdays from 10am to 4pm


At busy times, residents are automatically offered a call-back from one of our call handlers.

BAASC and after school clubs


Just to confirm that we will not be asking for any payment for Before and After School club and after school activities until we reopen. Once we do we will issue up to date invoices that include a credit for the final week of term when we were closed.

Child Care for Key Workers


Please can I politely remind anyone needed to access our child care provision for key workers to ensure that they book their child a place using our parents’ evening booking system prior to bringing their child. The booking system closes the day before so if you need urgent childcare at the last minute please email


Thank you for your support with this matter.

PE and Keeping Fit during Lockdown


We wanted to share a few activities that will help your child keep fit and healthy during this time.


Fitness Friday


Led by our wonderful Sports Ambassador Kiera Byland, you can join in her workout to improve your core stability. This will be online every Friday at 10 am. We will also be tweeting the link.


The Body Coach


Every morning at 9 am join Joe Wicks as he takes you through some fitness challenges. This is also available on his YouTube channel ‘The Body Coach.”


Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter

Katherine Muncaster

Update on Coronavirus 17th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Update on Coronavirus

As you are aware yesterday, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

· if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started

· if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community

· for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

The symptoms are:

· A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)

· A new, continuous cough

The full stay at home guidance for households with these symptoms can be found here:


Anyone with underlying health conditions have been advised to social distance all information can be found on this website.

We are maintaining regular hand washing to reduce the spread of germs, if any child wishes to bring in their own small soap and keep with them they may.

We have asked children to bring in their own water bottles which should be labelled with child’s name washed and refilled at home for the next day.

As a small school any reduction in staffing may lead to the need for alternative strategies being put into place. For example, the use of supply teachers, teaching assistants covering classes and a reduction in activities. At the forefront of any decisions we make are our children and their health and safety.

We are monitoring the situation regularly and parents will be notified through our text messaging service and social media. Therefore we are asking all parents to ensure that we have up to date contact details for them. Please contact the school office directly to update your details or be added to the systems.

We appreciate your support with this matter, as a school we are trying hard to ensure that all of our school community is kept safe and well. As further information arises we will keep you updated.

Please keep well and follow the guidelines as I know this is a difficult time for all families

Kind Regards

Katherine Muncaster

COVID-19: prevention and control in school 13th March 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian

COVID-19: prevention and control in school

Following the email we circulated to parents yesterday outlining the preventative measures currently being taken in school, I am writing with a further update. I have had a meeting with the Governors this morning and we have taken the decision to postpone any unnecessary school events from today. This is a precautionary measure to reduce the risk for our school community.

Therefore the following events are being cancelled/postponed;

• Tonight’s FOTB Cinema Night (refunds will be issued next week)
• Year 4 Class Assembly scheduled for Friday 20th March (new date TBC)
• Next week’s Teacher/Parent Meetings postponed for all Year Groups.

However we are looking into alternative arrangements and will be in touch regarding them shortly. If you have any immediate concerns about your child please contact your class teacher directly.

In line with yesterday’s Government announcement, we are also asking all parents to follow the guidance below;
You child needs to stay at home for 7 days if they have either:
• a high temperature
• a new continuous cough
This will help to protect others in our school community while they are infectious. Please ensure that you notify the School Office in the usual way regarding their absence.
We appreciate your understanding and support with this matter. If you have any further concerns please contact me via the School Office (T. 01614324941/Email.

Kind Regards

Mrs K Muncaster

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



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