It has been absolutely wonderful to welcome all our pupils back last week. While I have been so impressed with our remote learning offer during bubble closures and lockdowns, there is nothing quite like face-to-face teaching. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all parents and carers for their support – teaching is tough and we thank you for your patience and hard work to keep learning going. We are hopefully now moving towards an easing of restrictions nationally, which will mean we can start to welcome parents/carers back into school. For now, parents evening will be via phone call, so please make sure to book in an appointment on Arbor. Once again, thank you for your efforts and we can look forward to a brighter spring together.
RETURN TO SCHOOL
By now you should've received a letter with all the information about all pupils returning to school. However, here are the most important sections of the letter and the key parts of information. Please familiarise yourself with the below information.
Staggered start and finish times
Parents will be encouraged to enter and exit school as swiftly as possibly while adhering to school distancing measures in place. Please remember that this is vital as the pavement outside school can be narrow and become easily congested, therefore where possible we advise only one adult to attend drop off and pick up.
PLEASE NOTE THAT PARENTS MUST WEAR FACE MASKS/COVERINGS WHEN ENTERING THE SCHOOL PREMISES, UNLESS YOU ARE MEDICALLY EXEMPT.
Early Years and Reception start and finish times
Foundation Stage will remain as a year group bubble due to the large environment and continuous provision therefore Mrs Gregory & Mr Lickley’s class will start at 8.45am-3.15pm. Please continue to queue around the school building into the carpark as before.
Nursery provision will begin as normal again, those children in morning provision should attend 8.30am-11.30am and those in afternoon provision should attend 12.30pm-3.30pm.
Year group entrance and exit points
The entry and exit point for year groups will remain the same as those that were introduced in September, again this is to maintain social distancing and contact wherever possible. Please see below the different entry and exit points:
What should my child bring to school?
Children are encouraged to bring minimal items to school with them, a coat and packed lunch (if they would like), PE kits, sunhats and suncream can also be brought in (when required). Children should not bring stationery and other items from home.
Government guidance and advice
The latest government advice around the reopening of schools can be found at:
Parents evening will take place on Monday 22nd March and Tuesday 23rd March and will be via a telephone appointment. The slots will last approximately 10 minutes each.
Please note that slots for parents evening can only be booked via Arbor. We would also like to use this as a reminder to all parents that Arbor is our main channel of communication. Any relevant information from school will be sent using Arbor. If you are not already set up on the app, please contact the school office and we can help you log in.
Red Nose Day 2021
Red Nose Day 2021 will take place on Friday 19th March. We have asked children to come to school in something red. The theme for this Red Nose Day is to 'Share a Smile', we have encouraged children to learn a joke to share with their friends.
When all children return back to school on 8th March, the School Lunch menu will return back to a full menu. We will start back on Week 1 and continue with the 3 week rotation.
We would like to remind all parents that we have a no dinner debt policy, meaning that if there is an outstanding dinner debt on your child's lunch account, then we cannot provide them with a school meal. We ask that all parents keep on top of their child's dinner account and keep it in credit.
If there is an outstanding dinner debt on your child's account, you can make payments via the Arbor App or by calling the school office and taking payments over the phone. Alternatively, you can call into the school office and we can take card payments that way. We kindly ask that you do not use cash to pay for your child's dinners.
A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO IT DAVE
We have decided to continue with the Attendance Stars initiative and give children the chance to win a £5 Amazon Gift Card. There will be one lucky winner within each year group.
To be in with a chance to win the £5 voucher, your child must attend school very day during the week. All the children with 100% attendance for the week will be put into a prize draw and we will announce 1 winner from every year group.
Before returning to school, we posted our countdown challenges! For each of the 7 days before our school reopening, we had a challenge each day for you to think about. It was great to see so many wonderful comments about what you had learnt through home learning, who you were looking forward to seeing, the games you wanted to play with your friends and how you felt about returning to school.
Responses to to the countdown challenge!
Throughout all our time remote learning, the effort that pupils’ and families put into learning was outstanding! Every week, we were impressed by the quality of work you produced throughout all subjects. Also, we loved seeing all of your additional achievements throughout lockdown, whether this be learning to ride a bike or competing in horse riding competitions! To celebrate all of your fantastic achievements, we have created a short video to showcase our achievements throughout lockdown.