We are all delighted, as I am sure you are, at the government announcement of a return to school date for all Primary School children on 8th March. We have been extremely pleased with the really high levels of engagement by the vast majority of the children attending the online lessons and reading groups and it has been great to see so many examples of work sent in. The children attending school have loved seeing their friends on the screen during lessons, but nothing can beat the real thing!
Without wishing to dampen the excitement, I must please remind everybody that we will still have to operate under very specific conditions and protocols in order to keep all families and staff as safe as possible. This will in no way detract from the joy of having all of the children back in their classrooms, but I am sure we all want this to be the last time we are ordered to ‘lockdown’ and restrict attendance. All necessary regulations and guidance that have been coming in this week have been carefully digested and risk assessments and operating procedures updated.
Travelling to School
Government recommendations of travelling only with your own household still stand. Please maintain a 2 metre distance from all other families on site.
Face masks for all Parents and Carers
All parents / carers must wear a face mask from the moment they enter the site through the front gates. Many thanks to all the parents of key worker children in school who have complied with this requirement from January. Of course this does not apply to people with particular medical conditions who are unable to do so.
Access into School
All children and parents are to enter and exit through the front gates on the school drive. The side gate will continue to remain closed in line with the risk assessment requirements. EYFS to queue at the front of the building and Year 1-6 inclusive to proceed through the car park to the playgrounds where a zone is set for each year group bubble. Children must wait with their parents on the playground until the teacher for the year group bubble calls them in (unless they are Year 5 and 6 children arriving with the correct written permission from their parents to walk home from school on their own. These children must wait sensibly in their own class bubble if they arrive before the class door opens).
The front gates will be closed to vehicles 8:00 – 9:15 am and 2:45 – 3:30 pm to keep children and families safe. Vehicle entry to staff and blue badge holders only. Thank you.
Staggered Start and Finish Times
EYFS: Arrive from 8:50 am. Queue at the front of the building on the pavement at the 2 metre markers. Entry at 9:00am. End of Day: Children to be picked up from the front entrance one by one.
Year 1 and 2: Arrive 8:50 am. Please wait in the correct year group zone on the Key Stage One playground. Entry at 8:55 am. Teachers will call the children in. End of Day: Children to be collected from the external classroom door one by one. Year 3, 4, 5, 6: Arrive 08:35. Entry from 8:40.
Year 3, 4, and 5 will enter through their outside classroom doors when called in by the teacher.
Year 6 will enter through the Key Stage 2 corridor double doors. End of Day: Children make their way to their parents in the playground zones to then walk home with them. Year 5 and 6 children with written permission to walk home from their parents will leave the site promptly. Parents with children from more than one class bubble can choose one zone to stand in with all of their children.
Please ensure that the children are wearing full uniform including school shoes. Other footwear can be brought into school as required. Extra layers can be worn, as even though we are hoping for plenty of sunshine, the classes will remain fully ventilated.
Please keep equipment to the essentials: water bottle, books, lunchbox (if having packed lunch). No pencil cases or other equipment required as it is all supplied in school. Please use a book bag or small bag. No large rucksacks please. PE kit can be brought in and left in school.
School dinners are available as usual or children can bring packed lunches if preferred. Times will be staggered to maintain bubbles in school.
The INSET day originally scheduled for Friday 26th March has been cancelled so that the children can come into school in order to get a full 3 weeks in a row before the Easter Holidays. An alternative date for this non pupil day will be in the Summer Term and will be communicated soon.
These have been rescheduled. They will no longer be at the end of this Spring term and have been scheduled for Thursday 20th May and Monday 24th May instead. A brief summary progress report paragraph will be issued at the end of the Spring term and detailed school reports with assessments will be issued at the end of the Summer term.
Our Enhanced Healthy Schools work project with a central feature of the promotion of good emotional and mental health through our learning is ongoing. The zones of regulation work has been well received and very successful and this has, and will continue to be built upon in school. We are very fortunate with our lovely outside environment and this and other outdoor therapeutic learning experiences will feature as we progress through the Summer term. Already planned in are our ‘Take One Picture Art Week’ during the first week all the children return and a special ‘Beehive Books and Story Week’ in the Summer term.
Take care and we are looking forward excitedly to seeing you all again on Monday 8th March.