Thursday 24th September 2020

We have all settled into the new routines in school and are starting to add in some additional activities with caution. Latest guidance allows for us to pass limited books and papers back and forth to families. From Friday this week we will be reintroducing homework in the children's books. To ensure the safety of all our families; books need to returned by Wednesday the following week but will not be marked until Friday. If books are returned later than Wednesday there will be a delay in them being sent back home as staff are going to leave them at least 48hours before marking them. Your child should be encouraged to wash their hands before starting their homework and afterwards. Encourage your child to do their homework in one place eg. at a table, rather than moving around the home to different surfaces. If you would rather your child completed their homework online and you have the facilities to do so, your child's class teacher will be happy to accept this too.

There are lots of online learning activities for the children to access as well as their weekly homework, these links can be found on their class page. All children will be familiar with these as they use them in school on school lap tops. Each class also has its own email so your child or yourself can email the teacher directly with any questions.

We also have a school instagram account to share activities and experiences whilst learning. If you would like to share anything on the instagram account please email this to the class teacher.

Home Learning

Our Home learning page also provides details and guidance around the work your child should do if they need to isolate. We do not expect your child to do this if they are unwell, but if they are isolating due to their class being sent home from school or a family member awaiting test results, they are expected to continue as much as possible with their learning from home. This can be accessed online or through a paper pack if requested from the school office. Paper packs must not be returned to school until after the isolating period has passed. Further details are available on the Home Learning link.

PE

Your child will continue to receive an hours dedicated PE slot on a Friday, where they come to school in their PE clothes. There are other opportunities throughout the week for them to be active through outdoor learning, break times and short active session. At the moment your child is not required to bring in their PE kit for an additional PE session. We will let you know when this changes and what day your child will need their kit. 

COVID results

We are still fortunate enough to have not had any confirmed cases within our school, despite local high schools reporting they have. If any member of your family has symptoms (as below) please inform the school and ensure all your household isolate until test results are returned. If you receive a positive result over the weekend or when school is closed please inform me directly via headteacher@swarcliffeprimary.co.uk

If school is open you can still email me and call the office. There is changing guidance on what school should do if there is a positive case, myself and the governors will ensure the latest guidance is followed swiftly.

Friday 18th September 2020

Here is the latest guidance with regards to symptoms your child may have. Please use the guide if your child is unwell, if you are unsure please contact our attendance team.

 

Thursday 17th September 2020

We have been made aware that a local high school has closed it's year 8 bubble as a precaution following a member of the bubble having a positive test. Public Health England and the school have asked all those in the 'bubble' to isolate. Siblings and other family members in the household of the Y8 bubble do not need to isolate unless the child starts to show symptoms.

The government will be sharing further guidance on when to isolate a younger child and seek a test. There is a difference between children having their usual coughs and colds symptoms and showing symptoms of COVID. Please contact 111 if you are unsure and speak to our attendance team if you believe your child needs to isolate. We appreciate these are difficult times with lots of conflicting guidance, we are happy to discuss this and try to assist. 

Friday 11th September 2020

As we draw to the end of the first week back, I am very pleased to see the children settled into the new routines and classes. They have already started lots of their new learning topics and begun to look forward to a whole new year of learning. 

The start and end of the school day routines are much smoother. With parents carers and children used to the staggered start times. We are now going to invite Y1 children who live closer to the back gate to use this if it is easier. Staff will meet the children there and take them to class. At the end of the school day, we will continue to allow parents to socially distance when waiting for their children and suggest they use both the pedestrian and vehicle gates when leaving to limit incidents of congestion. Reception and Nursery parents will need to continue using the front pedestrian gates as this provides direct access to those buildings. 

As we move further into the term we anticipate seeing an increase in coughs and colds. If your child has a temperature, please seek advice by calling 111. Otherwise if they are a little unwell with a runny nose, but feel well enough in themselves, they can come to school. We will contact any parent where we feel their child is unwell enough to be in school. 

Have a lovely weekend and we look forward to having you all back next week. 

     Start times

  • 8.40 am Y2,3,4,5 & 6 (Main/Rear gate)   
  • 8.50 am Y1 (Main/Rear gate)  
  • 8.50 am R & N (Front pedestrian gate)

 

      Finish time

  • 3.15 pm    R - Y6

 

 

Monday 7th September 2020

Welcome back and we hope all the children enjoyed their first day back. We saw lots of learning and fun activities around school and enjoyed hearing all the children's news. 

Thank you for your co operation and patience at the beginning and end of the school day.We appreciate that these are difficult times and it is confusing when routines are changed. We have sent reminder messages as to where and when children are to be dropped off and collected from school. Please do not attend school earlier as this can cause obstructions and make socially distancing difficult. We have slightly staggered times to help avoid too many parents being in the same area at any one time. 

The children now know where they are lining up and will have decided with you if they are being collected or meeting you at a gate. The following reminders have been text to all and should ensure a smooth start and end to the school day.  (Hopefully we won't have the rain tomorrow!)

  • 8.40am - Y2,3,4,5 &6 pupils only enter the back gate or vehicle gate.
  • 8.50am - Y1 pupils line up at the vehicle gate.
  • 8.50am - N, R enter front pedestrian gate with one adult.

 

  • You may socially distance and collect your child at the end of the day, or arrange for them to meet you at the front vehicle gate or rear gate.  

 

Friday 4th September 2020

 We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back on Monday. Our plans remain the same as we shared before the holidays. There are details of the full risk assessment and measures taken to ensure the safety and well being of all our children, staff and families is attached below. We are expecting all children back and have attached a summary of the key things to remember. We appreciate that there is a lot in the media about local lock downs and what other schools are doing. Please rest assured all our measures are in line with the latest government guidance and are in place to get our children back to learning and some normality as safely as possible. 

We will be spending a significant amount of time with the children to ensure they are confident and happy with the new routines in school. Please reassure your child that they can ask any questions if they are unsure. We look forward to seeing you all on Monday, have a lovely weekend. 

Thursday 16th July 2020

School will reopen to all pupils Monday 7th September 2020. Attendance is compulsory and the government has instructed schools to issue fines where children do not attend. Attached is a letter setting out the plans for entering and leaving school with a key focus on parents/adults not entering the school site. The detailed risk assessment sets out the measures which will be undertaken to limit the risk of infection to pupils, staff and their families. 

There is also a letter from the Local Authority summarising some of the precautions taken. Should advice or guidance change over the summer we will update the information here. 

Have a lovely summer break and stay safe.

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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.

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Re-opening Information - from Wednesday 3rd June

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Coronavirus update

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.

office@swarcliffepriamry.co.uk

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 office@swarcliffepriamry.co.uk

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 lions@swarcliffeprimary.co.uk 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!

 

 https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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.

https://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers

https://www.net-aware.org.uk/

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.

Stay safe. 

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!!!!

 https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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. 

 https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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. 

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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.

 https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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.

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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. 

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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.