Returning to school in September
I am writing to give you information about the plans for returning all classes to school in September. Firstly I would like to say how much we are looking forward to seeing all of the children back in school full time where they will be able to enjoy learning, socialising and playing together again. We understand that children will return with mixed emotions and may feel nervous about coming back to school after such a long time. We will do everything we can to ensure all children resume their confidence and wellbeing back at school. We also have plans in place to ensure that children can catch up academically if they have fallen behind.
Please read the information below but if you would like to hear about these plans in more detail, then please have a look at this Loom presentation that I have prepared for you.
You can also view the full risk assessment here :-
We will be continuing to follow all recommended government guidance on protective measures within schools. These include:-
- Regular hand washing throughout the school day.
- Regular promotion of good hygiene and respiratory health including ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’
- Ensuring that anyone with Covid symptoms does not attend school and follows the procedures to self-isolate and take a Covid test.
- Hand sanitisers available in all classrooms and areas accessed by staff.
- Continued enhanced cleaning arrangements with cleaners on site during the day.
- Children sitting forward facing in classrooms.
- Maintaining distance between class groups as much as possible although year group bubbles may operate some activities together.
- Children to continue eating packed lunches in classes to minimise risk of using shared spaces.
- Class groups to play in designated zones separately from other class groups with their own playground equipment which is cleaned daily.
- PPE will be worn by staff when they are attending to a child for medical needs or first aid.
- The School will have active engagement with NHS Test and Trace and will take immediate guidance from the local health team in the event of an infection.
- Staggered start and finish times to reduce the amount of parents and children together on the playground.
Every pupil is expected to return to school, even those that have been shielding or have been shielding as a result of someone else in their household. Some children who are under the care of a specialist health professional may need to discuss their care before they return to school. From September, absence will no longer be authorised unless agreed with a health professional.
If you have a particular concern and feel worried after a period of shielding, then please do not hesitate to contact us. It is important to us that our families feel reassured to return.
Children will still be allowed to wear trainers to school instead of school shoes as this has proved to be very practical allowing children to more easily and readily take part in active lessons. However these should be either navy or black rather than white or bright colours.
Children should wear their full PE kit to school on the days they are taught PE so please ensure they have a PE kit that fits them including tracksuit bottoms and navy sweatshirts for the winter months ahead. This means that children will not have to take part in changing activities in school.
Educational off-site day trips will recommence with added protective measures but residential visits will remain on hold.
Breakfast and After School Club
Breakfast and After School Club will resume operation from Wednesday 2nd September in line with government guidance for Years 1-6. It will be open from 7.40 a.m. and close at 6.00 p.m. as previously. All bookings should be made via the School Gateway system.
Breakfast and After School Club will be carried out in year group bubbles in classrooms. Drop off and pick up will be via the classroom doors on the playground which will be clearly signposted.
We will be ascertaining usage from EYFS parents with the aim of opening it to EYFS when they are full time.
Children will continue to eat packed lunches in the classrooms and some year groups will be staggered in the hall. This will however be reviewed for Term 2 as the weather gets colder and a hot meal becomes more important.
Children may therefore bring in a packed lunch from home or order a school packed lunch.
We will continue to provide children with individual stationery packs although they may start bringing in small bags for their reading books and any homework.
In EYFS and KS1 we will allocate 2 reading books each week. 1 reading book will be given out on a Monday to be returned on a Thursday and 1 reading book will be given out on a Friday to be returned on a Monday. Books will be kept in separate boxes to ensure there is a period of 72 hours between reuse.
In KS2 reading books will be allocated on a Monday. Books should be returned on Thursdays although this does not need to be every week as some KS2 books are much lengthier and will take longer than one week to read.
We understand that there will be a period of time where children will need to re-adjust after an extended period at home and therefore we will be implementing a recovery curriculum to support them. This will include the following:-
- Time for children to re-build relationships with increased opportunity for social interactions with peers.
- Opportunity for parents to give feedback on their child’s home learning.
- Time for children to have space to reflect themselves on their experiences.
- Increased emphasis on mental health and wellbeing with opportunity for physical exercise.
- Increased initiatives with our Wellbeing Committee and therapy dogs.
- Strategies to increase resilience and concentration when learning throughout the day.
- Increased interaction with our school community.
Academic Catch Up
During September we will be carrying out assessments to re-establish where children are at with their learning. This will help identify any gaps in learning. Strategies will be put in place to ensure all children can catch up in English and Maths if they have fallen behind.
Catch up strategies will include:-
- - Whole class adaptions to teaching sequences
- - Catch up with small groups and individuals
- - Precision teaching and retrieval practice
- - One to one reading
Timetable for Staggered Start and Finish Times from September
8.30 a.m. / 3.25 p.m. Year Six
8.40 a.m./ 3.30 p.m. Year Five
8.50 a.m./ 3.20 p.m. Year Four
9.00 a.m./ 3.15 p.m. Year Three
8.50 a.m./ 3.10 p.m. Year One
8.40 a.m./ 3.20 p.m. Year Two
9.00 a.m./3.00 p.m. EYFS
Children will have direct entry into the school rather than a playtime before school.
Siblings may arrive together at the earliest arrival time but classes must leave at the allocated times to avoid disruption to lessons.
Children in EYFS, Year One and Year Two should enter via the main wooden playground gates. Children in Year Three, Four, Five and Six should enter the building via the main entrance.
We will be carrying out staggered playtimes and children will be playing in different zones for each class group. Years 1,2 and 3 will have a breaktime from 10.20 – 10.40 a.m. and Years 4,5 and 6 will have a playtime from 10.40 – 11.00 a.m. Nursery and EYFS will be carrying out their playtimes in their own outdoor areas.
In addition to the face to face meetings, we hope you took the opportunity to meet new class teachers via their Loom presentations on the Microsoft Teams pages. These presentations give your child the opportunity to meet their new teacher online and hear about the expectations of the year group that they will be going into so please do watch them if you haven’t already.
Teachers will also be posting a further presentation today which will outline some exciting transition activities for the summer holidays.
The safety of children and staff will continue to be of utmost priority in September and I hope you find our plans reassuring.
I look forward to seeing you all again in September and thank you for your ongoing support in recent months.
Mrs A Early