Home Learning Newsletter

We hope everyone is safe and well, coping with the lockdown measures during what are unchartered waters for us all.

As we start the Summer Term, albeit very different to usual, we would like to recognise the efforts and achievements of our pupils. We hope the below information in our Home Learning Newsletter is of use.

A Guide to Home Learning

from Matrix Academy Trust


VE Day 75

We may not be able to celebrate how we had planned but Dame Elizabeth Cadbury will be celebrating 75 years of VE day.

Please join us and send in pictures to enquiry@decschool.co.uk on how you celebrated VE day.

You can view our informative powerpoint for VE Day HERE.

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By the beginning of 1945, the German army had been weakened and defeat looked likely. Tuesday 8 May, 1945, was an emotional day that millions of people had been waiting for.




Even more online lessons!

The BBC and the government have put together daily lessons for children across the UK. If you have finished the work we have set or you fancy something different, take a look.

BBC Bitesize 

This week the BBC is launching its own education package as part of their Charter across TV and online – helping to keep children learning and supporting parents. You can find more information about this here

The key difference between the BBC offer and the Oak National Academy is that the Academy is a planned and sequenced series of lessons for schools and trusts to use as part of their planned curriculum offer. Whereas the BBC offer is aimed more at parents and pupils.

Oak National Academy

I’m very pleased to welcome Oak National Academy, a new online classroom and resource hub, which has launched to support teachers until schools re-open. The online classroom will provide free lessons and resources for pupils from reception through to year 10. All resources, lessons and more information can be accessed here

As part of a collective response to the crisis, 40 teachers will be producing over 180 free online lessons each week, which will cover a range of subjects from English and maths to arts and languages.

Please note that we are not responsible for any of this content. If there are any technical issues, please contact the BBC or Oak Academy directly. We have found that the Oak Academy videos work best on Internet Explorer (the sound doesn't always work on Chrome, but we are sure they will be ironing out these teething issues moving forward).


SEND Newsletter April 2020

At Dame Elizabeth Cadbury School, we are lucky to work with a wealth of professionals who have sent through lots of useful links to share with you during your time away from school.

In addition, I have scoured the internet and found a variety of websites, which should supplement what the individual faculties are directly supplying.

The list can be found HERE and is a collection that I hope will offer free resources for our pupils to use. Many will be time-limited so please take advantage of their generosity now.

Also, please continue to look on the school website for other support and advice.

I hope that you find something here that you can use during these unprecedented times.

Keep safe and well.


Daily Live PE Workouts

Starting Monday 23rd March Joe Wicks The Body Coach is going to be hosting a free workout aimed at kids LIVE on his YouTube channel.

With the schools closed and with us all spending more time at home, it's more important than ever that we keep moving and stay healthy and positive. Exercise is an amazing tool to help us feel happier, more energised, and more optimistic.

The workouts will be fun and suitable for all ages and even adults can get involved.  You don't need any equipment, just tune in on YouTube at 9am each morning for a 30-minute, fun workout. 

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Closure Information

 As a result of the decision made by HM Government to close schools, I write here to outline important information which you need to read and respond to if appropriate. Click the link below to read a letter regarding your child's year group.

School will be closed to almost all pupils from Monday 23rd March 2020. 


Coronavirus Update

You will be very much aware of the current escalating situation nationally and internationally in relation to Coronavirus.

Some pupils and parents have asked questions around how DEC may or may not be affected by the current situation – I write here to provide a brief overview and some reassurance.

We receive daily updates from The Department for Education advising us of new information and any action we may need to take. So far, the direction given to all schools matches everything that we have all seen on the news. Regular washing of hands for more than 20 seconds with soap and water remains the most effective action we can all take to prevent the spread of the virus.

Pupils have been reminded of this advice - multiple notices are placed around school and on big screens to continually prompt everyone to wash their hands. In addition, we are ensuring that cleaning remains thorough in school every day.

So far, there have been no cases of Coronavirus within or connected to school.

In the event of a change to our situation, we will notify parents straight away and act according to the advice given to us by Public Health England and The Department for Education.

As things currently stand, it is business as usual for all pupils.

Thank you for your continued support.


Year 7 Girls Football

Congratulations to our Year 7 Girls Football team! We are proud to announce that they became Birmingham School Games champions yesterday. Competing against 11 other teams, they showed incredible team spirit and character to be crowned the champions.

Well done girls, we are extremely proud!


SEND Newsletter February 2020

Welcome to the latest SEND Newsletter, aimed at keeping parents and carers informed and updated on all things associated with supporting those with additional needs. I believe that working in partnership with families will produce positive educational and social outcomes for your child as this directly links to supporting learning and development. It was therefore very pleasing to meet with so many of you at the recent SEND Coffee Morning.

Please do not hesitate to contact me at school should you have any suggestions about future agenda items.


World Book Day 2020

On Thursday 5th March pupils are invited to join us in fancy dress in aid of this year's World Book Day. 20 points will be awarded for any pupils dressed as their favourite literacy character.

If your child does not wish to partake, they must wear school uniform.

Book Swap

This year we will also be running 'Book Swap'. In order to get involved in this exciting opportunity, all you have to do is bring a book from home and pass it to Room 13 by Monday 2nd March. The book needs to be appropriate for Year 7, 8 or 9 readers; no graffiti, no missing pages and no broken or ruined covers.

Book Swap will take place on Friday 6th March from 3:05pm in Room 13. You can come and collect a book providing you bought one in previously.

Summer school finished with Dame Elizabeth's very own version of the Commonwealth Games!


We are extremely proud of our pupils from @bloxwichacademy, @barrbeaconsch and @FollowDECTC who took part in the Queen's Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games!👏 @birminghamcg22
#QBR2022 #CommonwealthGames #Birmingham


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