Phased Return of Year R, Year 1 and Year 6 Pupils
As a school, we are planning for the phased return of children in Year R, Year 1 and Year 6 which will take place no earlier than Monday 1st June. The government will be announcing on Thursday 28th May whether or not this will go ahead.
What Will This Look Like?
Mrs Long has created a video that you can share with your children about returning to school.
Arrival and Pickup
We will have a one-way system through the school grounds for the drop-off and pick up of children; this will go through the playground, around the nursery and out through the car park. Year 6 children will walk to their allocated classroom and then Year R and 1 children can be dropped off at the outer classroom doors.
Children can be dropped off between 8.45am and 9.15am and picked up between 2.45pm and 3.15pm. This has been arranged to support social distancing so please can we ask that parents don’t congregate in groups.
On Fridays, children can be collected between 1pm and 1.30pm. We will, of course, continue to look after any children who cannot be collected at this time.
We will not be able to offer breakfast or after-school club provision for any children other than key workers.
Arrangements for Teaching & Learning
Children will be placed in groups of no more than 15 children with two adults per group. We have deployed the staff so that each group has within it a member of staff from your child’s year group team. It is important that parents understand that we cannot ensure that your child is with their class teacher or indeed with particular friends in their class.
Children will not be permitted to mix with children from other groups, they will be based in a classroom and have their lunch and break times separate from the other groups in the school.
Teachers will be recapping what has (or maybe has not) been learnt over the last four weeks at home and addressing any gaps or misunderstanding in children’s learning.
Children in Year R and 1 will maintain some form of active play-based learning and will not be sitting as desks 2m apart.
We will be having Stewart Bristow, Laura Andrews and Matt Miles in school although they will be teaching groups at least 2m from the group to maintain social distancing – during these sessions, staff will remain with their groups.
Location of Groups
KCC have provided guidance on how many children can be in a classroom/work space depending on its size in order to provide some measure of social distancing. The DfE have recognised that primary aged children “cannot be expected to remain 2m apart from each other and staff.” However, we are taking the following measures to maintain social distancing wherever possible by “minimising contact and mixing”.
What is clear is that we do not have the capacity and space to accommodate all Year R, Year 1 and Year 6 children should they choose to return. I hope that we will not be in a position to turn anyone away but that is a possibility.
Cleaning & Hygiene
In order to maintain thorough cleanliness, the following measures will be in place:
- Children will be asked to wash their hands on entry to the school and at frequent intervals throughout the day; hand-cream will also be available.
- Each group will have an allocated toilet to use. There will be dedicated ‘toileting time’ for all groups although we would obviously never prevent a child from going to the toilet if they needed to.
- All staff have completed a training course on infection control.
- Staff will be cleaning surfaces, door handles and materials throughout the day and, after the children have gone home, our Site Team will be cleaning the rooms that have been used by the children ready for the next day.
- If would be helpful if children were to bring in their own stationery in a pencil case, but this should not be shared with any other children.
Children will be eating their lunch in their groups and they will be eating their lunch together regardless of whether they are packed lunch or school dinners. Timings will also be staggered to minimise the number of children in the hall at the same time.
We are hoping to set up ParentMail so that school dinners can be ordered in advance.
Should a child exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19 we will remove them from the classroom and place them apart from their peers (we’ll keep an adult with them!) until they can be collected by their parent. We would then ask that testing is carried out and all children and staff within their group will be advised to self-isolate pending the results from this test.
Staff have access to minimal PPE supplies and this will be reserved for the treatment of children who are displaying symptoms.
As teachers will be full-time with their groups, please can I ask that emails are only used for queries around learning. If you have a query about anything else, please direct it to the office.
Maths home-learning will continue to be based on White Rose, the school has purchased the premium subscription and we will be uploading these resources onto the school website.
English home-learning will reflect what is being taught in school.
Staff will continue to record and send home weekly videos for children who are not in school and we will also be offering 10-minute Zoom calls if requested but these won’t be weekly! (please bear in mind teacher’s work-load)
In order to maintain a sense of normality, we are asking children to wear their uniform or PE kit (if it is a day they have a PE-based activity)
Please do not enter the school office unless it is urgent, messages should be sent in via email.
Frequently Asked Questions
What size will the groups of children be?
Children will be taught in groups of no more than 15.
Who will be teaching my child?
Each group of 15 will be led by a teacher and have an allocated teaching assistant. We cannot guarantee that your child will be taught by their class teacher but we will ensure that at least one of these adults is familiar with your child, i.e. their teacher or their teaching assistant.
Will my child be placed in a group with their friends?
Children will be kept in their year groups although we cannot ensure that they are with their class mates.
If my Year 1 child returns, can my Year 3 child return too?
Sadly no, we have been advised that only Year R, Year 1 and Year 6 are eligible to return to school at the current time.
Do you have any indication when other year groups will be returning?
Currently no. The government has made clear its ambition for all primary pupils to return to school before the summer holiday but given the maximum class size of 15, this is not currently possible. As soon as we have information, we will share this with parents.
Will you enforce social distancing?
Within the groups of 15, it will not be possible to social distance. We will, of course, make every effort to maintain high standards of hygiene. We will, however, be social distancing between the groups.
What are the arrangements for drop-off and collection?
We will be having 'soft starts' and therefore children can be dropped off between 8.45am and 9.15am. Likewise, children can be collected between 2.45pm and 3.15pm. We are doing this to minimise the number of adults on school premises at any one time.
There will be a one-way system through the school premises with parents and children entering through the playground, walking through to the large playground and out through the car park in a circuit.
Can you offer breakfast and after-school club?
No. We are keeping our BASC provision for children of critical workers only in order to ensure small numbers and therefore safety.
Will school dinners be provided?
Yes, school dinners can be provided although the menu may be limited by what supplies we can arrange.
Can my child attend part-time?
Yes, although we would encourage as much consistency as possible, i.e. just mornings, in order to support the child's emotional wellbeing.
If I sign my child up (or don't!) can I change my mind?
Of course, although in order to protect children, we cannot have pupils coming 'in and out' of their groups.