Wednesday 24th June 2020
As part of the plans to reduce restrictions, schools are planning to return in September for all pupils full time. There are likely to be some different routines in school, but in large the school day will hopefully return to normal and will feel much more familiar to the children. School reports will be mailed out later this week along with details of which class your child will be in next year. Your child can access the transition materials on line or in their work packs. This work will help introduce them to their new class and teacher before September. Please check the links on your child's current class page and contact the school office if you need a pack printing off.
We will continue to keep you updated with any changes and or information we feel you will need. If you require any further support please don't forget the 2 new Family Support Workers we have working with us as 'Family First'. They can be contacted directly or we can pass your details on through the school office. More information can be found under 'Our Community' and 'Family First'.
Monday 8th June 2020
We welcomed lots of our children back last week in Foundation stage, Y1 and Y6. The Governemnts plan is to open school up to all pupils for some part of the next few weeks leading up to the Summer holidays. As you can appreciate it will not be possible to have all pupils back in school, socially distancing full time. We are therefor looking at different ways of organising this so all the children can have some time in school before the end of the year. A huge part of this planning process will be to know which children are or are not wanting to come back. Please contact school to let us know if you are wanting to send your child back or not. We need to organise safe 'bubbles' for them to work in and staff these with the same members of staff. We will contact you to inform you if and when your child is able to return. This may be part time only if demand is high. Thank you for you co operation and support, we are working hard to try to accomodate as many children in the safest way possible.
Friday 29th May 2020
School will be reopening to pupils in Foundation stage, Y1 and Y6 from Wednesday 3rd June. All parents with children in these year groups will have been contacted with regards to their child returning. Below are a range of letters that outline the start and finish times to your child's day. These have been staggered to ensure social distancing and ultimately the safety of eveyone in school as well as their families.
We appreciate things will feel a little strange to start with but we hope to get the children settled into a safe routine and return to a school day that is as familiar as possible to them. Leaders and governors have considered the potential and real risks of returning to school and put a range of control measures in place. This has resulted in lengthy discusssions with the Local Authority and completed risk assessments. As a school we are working to ensure that we continue to be a safe place where your child can come to learn, play and be with their friends. Please read the advice for your child's year group and follow the guidelines so we can all work together to achieve this.
I have also attached a document from the Local Authority addressing questions that are being raised by parents across the city.
Although school will be open to these children on Wednesday, the office will be closed. Please call with any queries you have and do not try to enter the school building.
Tuesday 19th May 2020
School is continuing to undertake a range of risk assessments and preparations to welcome back children over the next half term. We are awaiting final details from the governement's announcement on Thursday 28th May. To assist with our plans could you please reply to any text you receeive to indicate if you are intending on sending your child back. We appreciate you may change your mind, however this will assist us in planning the staffing and grouping of the children who are returning. School will be a very different place for those children returning, with staggered starts and ends to the school day. There will be some changes to the routines and rules that they are used to as well as the need to work in set spaces. We will however spend time explaining this to children and reassuring them that they are as safe as we can make them. There is a lot of work for us to do and many variables, we will keep you as informed as much as possible and up to date with any further developments.
The school will be closed Monday 1st June and Tuesday 2nd June. This time will be used to share risk assessments and planning with staff should the decision on Thursday 28th be confirmed. We have cancelled the inset day that was planned for Wednesday 3rd June, so any children who are returning that week will do so on Wednesday 3rd June. Please continue to keep yourselves and your families safe by socially distancing and staying alert.
Friday 5th May 2020
The Government have announced that we are about to enter the second phase of tackling the pandemic. More details will be available on Sunday about how this will look. At the moment we have no information about how this will effect schools and potentially more children returning. We do not know if school will be open on different days or for certain groups of children. We are also unsure if it will look the same in every school as we are all so different. What we do anticipate is a lot of questions and some anxiety about returning. We are on hand to support as much as we can and will share any information and decisions as soon as we are able to. We thank you for your patience while we deal with the new changes and trust that you understand the difficulties we will have in putting any plan together at such short notice. We will endeavour to keep you as up to date and as informed as we can about how this will effect you and your family.
Please ensure your contact details are fully up to date so we can keep you as informed as possible.
We are continuing to put lots of activities and learning on the school website for your child to access. They can keep in contact with their teacher and class friends through their class email or by sending in a post to be added to our school instagram account. If you are unable to access the learning online please contact the office and they will print a pack off for you to collect between 11.30 and 12 each Monday morning. If you have any queries we are here to help and will respond as soon as we can.
I hope you are able to make the most of the lovely weather, enjoy VE celebrations and a lovely weekend.
Monday 20th April 2020
I hope you and your families had a good Easter and were able to find some way to enjoy the lovely weather. As you are all no doubt aware the lockdown is continuing with all children and families being asked to stay at home where ever possible. This is the safest way to protect all of our children families and neighbours. We appreciate that the children may be finding it difficult not having contact with their friends and may even be missing school. Our teachers will continue to plan sessions from their homes and update the class pages weekly with the new learning. Please encourage your children to continue with their learning and keep in contact with their teachers and friends via the class email, Instagram account and website. There are lots of additional interactive learning opportunities on the web site for them to access. If you have limited access to the internet we will be happy to print out a weekly learning pack for your child. Please contact the office to let them know if you would like one for your child. As a way of minimising contact and cross contamination, these will be printed each week and available for collection between 11.30 and 12pm at the school gate each Monday morning.
The FSM entitlement vouchers are being issued by the government. These are for those families whoa re entitled to FSM via the benefit system and do not automatically include the UFSM children. The UFSM entitlement is for all children until the end of Year 2.
We have a list of who is entitled if you are unsure, however this list is not compiled by us it is compiled by the benefits agency so we are unable to assist with any questions with regards your entitlement. The voucher system that the Government is using is currently over loaded with over 20,000 schools accessing it. We have submitted all the details of parents we have and you should receive your vouchers directly by email once these have been processed. Unfortunately we have no other information at this point.
If you have not provided us with your email it will take longer for your voucher to be processed as these will need to be sent to school separately. To ensure you receive your voucher as quickly as possible please ensure school have your current email address. This can be emailed to email@example.com
Please remember to stay at home and stay safe.
Wednesday 1st April 2020
We have received details of the voucher scheme that is being put in place for those children entitled to Free School Meals. As we finalise this we will send details to those parents who are entitled. The idea is you will receive a voucher to spend at Tescos on food to feed your child/children. This can only be used for food. It is likely that these vouchers will be sent via email or text so please contact the office if you believe we need to update your contact details. In the meantime we will be continuing to provide packed lunches to those who are entitled to FSM at the school gate between 11.30 and 12pm.
We have added some more information to our internet safety section. This is to support parents and older children to ensure they are keeping themselves safe whilst using online apps and media services. Please ensure you discuss internet safety with your child/children as it is likely they will be spending more time on their than usual.
Place 2 be currently work in school offering emotional and mental health support to pupils and parents. This is a particularly worrying time for all, please feel free to direct your child to the resources on that page if they are concerned or need any reassurance. Further support and resources will be added over the next few days, with information on where to source any support you may need.
Although school is closed, we have staff on hand to offer support and signpost you where they can to agencies that can assist. If you are unsure please call the office and they will try to help.
Monday 30th March 2020
The continued advice from the government is to remain in you household with the immediate members of your family. This is likely to continue for a considerable period of time, but is crucial if we are to keep one another safe.
We are updating class pages with different learning activities and as many ways as we can to help you keep your children entertained. If you have a garden encourage the children to use this as a learning space, giving you some space and an opportunity for them to let off a bit of steam. We are looking at continuing with our annual Easter bonnet and Easter egg competitions. Encourage your children to design them and plan them on paper first. Then if you have materials to hand they can make them. Don't forget to take lots of photos and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org who will upload them to our school Instagram account.
We would also like to continue to show our support of the NHS through displaying as many different rainbows as we can. Please send any rainbows your children have made so these can be added to our pages too.
Many of your children may be asking questions or growing concerned about what is happening. The link below is a child friendly book which explains what is happening, whilst still reassuring them. If you can, please take time to share this with your child/ren. If you need any further support with this please let us know. https://www.flipsnack.com/CSKidsBooks/what-s-going-on.html
Teachers and support staff are continuing to work from home, so please email and let us know if you need any assistance. We will help where ever we can.
Stay safe, stay home and keep washing your hands!
Tuesday 24th March 2020
As you are no doubt aware everyone has been instructed to stay at home with their families where ever possible. This means your children should not be allowed out on their bikes or for a walk unaccompanied. If children wish to take a walk or run for exercise they must be supervised by an adult. They are no longer permitted to go to the playgrounds or meet with their friends. They must be reminded of the social distancing rules and not to stand and talk to others that they may see.
Whilst off school your child may be spending more time on the internet. Please remind your child about keeping safe online and on different apps. The link below offers some guidance to parents.
More information is coming to our internet safety link
Well done to all those who managed to get through their first day of lessons. Don't forget your teachers are working from home and are able to help, advise and give feedback through the class emails. If parents need any guidance with helping their children, teachers will be happy to help.
Monday 23rd March 2020
The latest advice from the Government is stay at home and ensure you are socially distancing. Your child is safest at home and should only leave the home if supervised to ensure they are correctly social distancing themselves from others. This is a difficult time but you and your children should stay at home where ever possible to protect vulnerable members of all our families and the communitiy.
Be a super hero, save lives and stay at home!!!!
Saturday 21st March 2020
Thank you to all those parents who have generously offered their support and time over the coming period. We also appreciate your thanks and best wishes as many of our staff are also juggling children and vulnerable family members as well as their roles in school. It is a difficult time and I am sure that working together we will get through this with a true sense of what our school community is all about.
The Government advice is very clear, all our children and adults are safer where ever possible at home. We are providing 'emergency care' where children have been identified as needing to stay in school. This care does not reflect a typical school day and can not replace the learning that the children can access on the school website. The guidance continues to state that even these children where possible should remian at home. This advice is to ensure minimum risk of exposure to the virus. The more people individuals come into contact with, the more likely they are to contract the virus. Ideally all children and adults would remain isolated at home, this is not always possible, but we can do our part by keeping contact to an absolute minimum.
We will have a skeleton staff in school for the forseeable future, so please be patient if you have a query. We will get back to you. Staff will continue to work from home and are keen to hear from your children and see the work they have completed. We have class emails to help children to keep in touch with their teachers and send completed work for marking. We also have a school instagram account where we will share work the children have sent in. I am sure they will have lots of ideas about how they can continue sharing their learning with using different technologies. Please don't forget the PE and dance sessions that are also available, many are also appropriate for adults too.
As difficult as it may be, do not allow your children to play out unsupervised, they need to continue socially distancing for the forseeable future. If you would like to take them to the park for a run or some fresh air - remind them about keeping their distance from others. the National trust are now offering free access to their grounds to encourage long walks, although the houses etc will be closed.
Please keep yourself and your families safe.
Friday 20th March 2020
School will be closed to all pupils from Monday 23rd March until further notice.
The Governement have taken this action as they feel the safest place for children to be at this point in time is at home. all children should be following the 'social distancing' protocol and should not be encouraged to meet with their friends to socialise in close proximity. School has produced a wide variety of learning and fun activities for all children to access and have devised different ways to keep in contact with pupils. This information has been circulated to all parents via MMe and is available in the newsletter section under parents.
We have all been affected by the current situation with many of our staff and families being identified as vulnerable or needing to self isolate for significant periods of time, or simply struggling to deal with child care following school closures. Due to the limited number of school staff and the importnace of social distancing, only children for 'key workers' or those with a specific support plan are being offered 'care' in school hours. Once again the Government advice is where children can remain safely at home they should do. We have contacted all families who have indicated that they are key workers to discuss wether or not they qualify for this care. This is a very difficult decision and position for us all, we are using guidance set by the government and ask that all parents consider their options carefully. We are ultimately trying to ensure the safety of all our pupils and families, whilst continuing to support the work of the emergency services.
School staff will continue to be available during working hours for the forseeable future. If you have any queries or concerns we will be happy to advise and refer to agencies that may be able to assist. It is important we continue to work together through these next few months and offer what support we can to one another.
Thursday 19th March 2020
Nursery, Reception Year 1 and Year 2 classes are closed until further notice.
Years 3,4,5 & 6 pupils are to attend school today and tomorrow.
The whole of school and Nursery will be closed to pupils from Monday 23rd March until further notice. Staff will continue to work and will keep contact with pupils via email and the school website. Regular updates for parents will be shared via MMe and text messages. If you require a link to the MMe app please let the office know. All children are being provided with work and a timetable of activities for them to follow whislt school is closed. Government advice is that children should be socially distancing during this period. Although they are encouraged to still take exercise in the garden, accompanied visits to the park etc they will need to 'socially distance' themselves from other children and adults where possible.
We are awaiting further guidance and advice on the provision required for key workers and vulnerable children. Once this is received we will be in contact with those families who are affected. If you feel you fall within the catagory of requiring this support and wish to take this up, please contact the office with your details.
If you have any specific questions please contact the office who will assist if they can. As you can appreciate we are continually in receipt of new infomation and updating our plans in line with this. Our priority today is to reassure the children and help them understand why school is closing. We have also outlined how they can safely keep in contact with their friends and staff throughout this time.
Wednesday 18th March 2020
Although there are still no confirmed cases in school, for children or staff, we do have several families and staff members who have followed the Government advice and self isolated. This has resulted in lower ratios and the need to close Nursery until Thursday 2nd April.
The advice from the Government remains the same, they are keen for schools to remain open but for parents to make the decision wether or not they need to self isolate. Where families do isolate because of suspected symptoms, they are not to return to school for 14 days. Advice may well change in the coming days, we will keep you up to date as much as we can and thank you for your continued support.
We have had reports of some false and distressing comments being made about the school community on Facebook. Although these may appear harmless they are causing some upset and anxiety to some of our older pupils, staff and family members. We urge all parents to follow the Government guidance and not be drawn into speculation on social media. This is a difficult and anxious time for all of us, I am sure you will appreciate all the hard work and dedication the staff have to keeping the school running as smoothly as possible.
For pupils who are self isolating at home there is work available on their class page. Further details will be shared on how they can keep contact with their class teacher throughout this period. We appreciate not everyone has access to a printer, so these include online games and activities that can be completed in homework books. Those who do not have access to the internet may request a paper pack of work from the office, if there is someone to collect it on their behalf.
Tuesday 17th March 2020
Despite having no confirmed cases, school is continuing to remain open with an extended cleaning program throughout the day. Parents are encouraged to follow the latest advice and guidance.
All visitors and planned trips have bveen suspended for the near future. This unfortunately means we will be postponing our KS1 mother's day assembly and Meerkats class assembly. These will be rescheduled later in the year.
Your continued support and understanding is appreciated at this difficult time.