Wider Reopening of the School
Back to School Videos
Each year group has their own 'back to school' video. Most of the video is the same but there are a few differences for each year group or class.
Some things you might want to know.
School Bag or Book Bag - You don't need both
Don't bring in anything you don't need. We'll give you a new pen, pencil etc. to use in school.
Don't bring them in for now. If you do need them your teacher will send your parents a text.
We think that returning in uniform will help our children with a sense of returning normality. We are asking for at least top half of uniform - if it still fits. Full uniform is great but we'll not make a fuss if they don't have it!
Warm Top & Waterproof
All of the windows and doors are being left open to help with air flow. It can get chilly even on a sunny day so bring in a sweatshirt or fleece. If it rains, we'll still be going outside so always bring a waterproof coat.
We'll be doing more outdoor learning than normal so please apply sun screen in the morning and, if possible, bring some in your school bag.
We had to throw away all of the class water bottles. If possible, bring in a water bottle each day. We still have a few new bottles that we can give out if you don't have one. Water bottles need to go home to be washed every day and brought back next time you are in.
Hand Sanitiser & Tissues
You don't need either but are welcome to bring your own in if you like. You have a small pack of tissues on your table already. There is a hand sanitiser unit in every year group as well as sinks with a soap dispenser.
For a short while, all school dinners are free. The children can, of course, bring a packed lunch if you prefer. The menu is being finalised and we'll send you the menu tomorrow and then each week.
Inhalers & Medicines
If your child needs an inhaler or EpiPen, could you make sure they have it in their bag. If your child is taking medicine for any reason, please phone the office to talk us through what we need to know before coming in.
No one should come to the office except in an emergency. Even then, phone first of you can. If you need to speak to someone, call or e-mail and your message will be passed on to someone who can help. We can speak to you by phone, zoom or even sat at the picnic tables in the playground where a face to face meeting is helpful.
Picking Up Work Packs If Your Child Isn't In School
If you are not yet sending your child back to school, we will continue to print work packs for you. Next week, you will have to come in and collect them. We'll let you know when they are ready and how to pick them up - probably from the car park. After next week we may be able to post them to you as there will be far fewer families needing them.
Drop Off and Pick Up times
The purpose of the staggered start and end times is to reduce the number of people on site at any one time and to reduce the number of children coming through a particular door at any one time.
If you have a child in more than one year group, drop them off at and the earlier time. At pick up, collect your child at their two allotted times but wait on the playground in the area we allocate to you. (This will be sent to you by Monday).
The children head straight into the building when they arrive.
Don’t leave your children on the playground unattended if you arrive before the doors are opened.
The car park will be closed from 8:40am - 9:15am and from 3:10 - 3:35pm because the car park entrance is being used as a pedestrian exit.
Key Worker Children
It's all very complicated! It's been very difficult to work out, nearly as hard to explain to the staff and very confusing for you! I'm going to record an explanation which I hope makes sense.
The simple version is, your child is in a pod one day a week where they can play and socialise without sticking rigidly to the 2 meter social distancing when they are outside (everyone is sticking to the 2m inside on every day). On the other days they will be in class at a table or in the group room at a table working on their 'home learning' while their class is indoors. This is safe because all children are sitting 2 metres apart.
Outside, they can socialise at distance (chatting etc) with other children but can only play up close with other children from their pod. There may not be any of course! However, they cannot physically mix with children from other pods or it isn't worth us doing the pods in the first place. We will make sure they have some toys and games or a reading book if they prefer. And we'll look after them!
Borrowed iPads and Laptops
Please keep them for the rest of term while you still need them for home learning.
However, the laptops need to be logged onto once a month on our school network or Windows and Office apps may stop working. You can bring them to class on your day and use them here.
If you have borrowed an iPad, could you also bring it in to use on your day in school? We are moving our iPads to a new managed system so I may swap the one you have for a different one in the next couple of weeks so I can get the ones we've loaned out on the new system as well.
Key Worker Children
Key Worker children who are booked in go to their own class. If possible they arrive at the allocated time for their year group. If you need to be away earlier, bring them in at the time you have previously been asked to bring them in.