I would ask that these timings are followed in order to ensure a smooth and calm arrival to school. We want children to look forward to coming to school and not be trepidatious of walking up the steps. These timings are simply in place to minimise mixing outside of their class.
0800 – 0815 – Year 6 (and siblings) and Year 1 (and siblings) children to arrive
0815 – 0830 – Reception (and siblings) to arrive
0830 - 0845 – Nursery (1st and 2nd Steps) to arrive
I appreciate that there will be times when circumstances may combine to cause delay, I would ask that you allow us to manage the arrival times and allow children to enter at a suitable time, potentially waiting until after 0845.
On arrival, ensuring a calm and welcoming environment, the process will be as follows:
Children and parents to walk up the slope (by the minibus)
As you can see from the image, we have used wooden slices to indicate 2m distancing measures should there be a need to queue prior to dropping off or collecting your children.
I will greet each and everyone of you by the main school door and take the temperature of each child.
Parents to then make their way down the school steps to the pavement
Children to enter through side gate
Children will wash hands using soap and water at their allocated facility before going to class
Internal doors will be kept open to avoid contact and a route to each classroom identified
Wherever possible, lessons will take place in an allocated area in the school grounds. We consider time outdoors and in the natural environment crucial for the health of our children. Children will be allocated their own desk/area.
Desks will be arranged to maintain social distancing rules as effectively as the space allows. Official guidance states that children do not need to adhere to the 2m requirement during the day. However, working areas are set to maximise distance between individuals.
Children will need to bring and then leave in school their own stationery. iPad devices will remain an essential tool and will be cleansed on arrival and again prior to dismissal.
iPad devices will go home each day to enable children to continue with their learning and to further facilitate communication.
Children must charge their device overnight so that it is ready for the next day. It is essential that children bring in to school their own headphones and stylus.
These items will remain in school.
We are enormously proud of the standard that we have set in recent weeks and believe that this can be maintained and developed when children return to the school site.
The majority of children in Reception and Year 1 will be returning to school on 1st June. Lessons will continue to be delivered through the platforms of Showbie or Tapestry. The work and curriculum content that children undertake either at home or in school will be the same. Colleagues have provided a Zoom timetable for children not choosing to return on 1st June
We have removed items from around the site such as soft furnishings and fabrics for the time being.
Due to the nature of our combined Year 6 and Year 5 class, lessons will continue to be delivered through Zoom, albeit with those children returning on 1st June being physically in class gaining from that social interaction and support. The timetable will remain the same.
The timetables for Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 will also continue to be delivered as per the published and current timetable, albeit with an increased number of 'live' zoom lessons in certain classes. These refined timetables are available in the respective Showbie folders.
First Steps children will enjoy a continuous provision within their airy classroom and separate outdoor area and toilet facilities as will Second Steps with their own shaded area and facilities.
We are fortunate to have a great deal of outdoor space available to us, and similarly, we already use our space efficiently in the structure of break times prior to this outbreak.
Break will continue to take place from 1030 – 1100 as normal.
Individual classes will be allocated their own areas of the schools grounds, with surfaces cleaned prior to use and following each break.
Children will eat lunch either in their classrooms or, more likely, in their allocated ‘outdoor classroom.’ Desks and tables will be wiped down and disinfected after they have eaten.
I would ask that children bring in a packed lunch and snack, certainly for the first two weeks upon return. Whilst we will continue to review the lunch provision it seems prudent to restrict deliveries and movement around the site. I would ask that packed lunches do not contain nuts and children reminded not to share or swap items. Packed lunches will be stored in a cool environment but not refrigerated, a cool bag for the packed lunch is needed. Children will also require a named water bottle to be left in school.
Moving around site
There will only be one child at a time permitted in the toilets to maintain distancing, and children encouraged to use the hand sanitiser on return to the classroom. Mixing of classes will avoided and managed accordingly.
Parents are asked to wait on the pavement outside school and calmly respect social distancing measures. Children will be dismissed from the side gate at the times outlined below having been called one at a time from their classes. Children will wash their hands as they depart.
1550: Year 1
1600: Year 6
We will be offering after care provision to 1730 for children of key workers only.
The school has completed a full disinfecting deep clean over the half term period. In addition to this, time has been allocated to disinfecting cleaning to take place each evening by our cleaning team.
I am conscious that many of our children may well have grown out of existing school uniform. I shall be taking a pragmatic approach to uniform for the summer term. For boys, grey school shorts and a white shirt is sufficient. For girls in Y6, the grey skirt and either a white shirt or striped pink blouse is suitable. For Reception and Year 1 girls, the pink summer dress or grey skirt with white shirt is acceptable at this time. On cooler days, children are welcome to wear the grey school jumper or school tracksuit top. No school blazer is required at this point.
Children will need a school cap with sun protection applied prior to the start of the day as teachers will be unable to apply cream. Children are welcome to apply their own sun protection, ideally through a spray method.
Cycling, Scooting and Push Chairs
I am very keen to encourage more of our children and families to cycle or scoot to school. I am hopeful that with the Government promoting such activities that we, as a school, can also encourage children to enjoy these modes of transport. Again, the physical and mental benefits of this are particularly important. As such, I am in contact with the Council to explore how they may be able to help and we are investing in additional secure bike and scooter racks for the front of school to encourage their use.
Whilst you are welcome to leave pushchairs and prams at the front of the school, I would ask that no pushchairs or prams are left by the side gate to enable us to manage the required movement around the school site.