This is our final newsletter for this academic year. We have had a somewhat unusual summer term and therefore all of our normal summer-time activities and experiences for the children have obviously not happened and home-schooling for most of our children has become the’ new normal’. We have missed seeing all the children in school and hope that you have found the zoom calls useful over the last few weeks.
The year group padlets have been a great success over lockdown and we have loved seeing the children’s work. Along with class email accounts, the current padlets will be saved and withdrawn as of Friday 17th July. All electronic correspondence should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org thereafter.
In September, in line with Government guidance, children will remain in their class bubbles so there will be no Maths sets until further notice. School will have staggered play and lunchtimes to help ease the pressure on staff and keep everyone safe. Whilst children will no longer have to maintain social distancing between each other, school staff should, where possible, still keep socially distanced from children. In the classrooms children will sit facing the front and will not be able to sit in table groups. At break time and lunch time the children will be outside with their year group. We will have staggered start and end times to the day. This is to ease congestion on and around the school site. There is NO ENTRY for Parents to any of our classrooms due to COVID-19 Restrictions and until further notice both the Trim Trail and the Play Pod will be out of use due to COVID-19 restrictions.
We kindly request that only one parent brings their child/children to school (if necessary) and that parents do not arrive at school before the designated drop off and pick up times. We will review this and we may need to change this during the term if it becomes too congested. Children will need to remain with you at all times and not run around the school site. We fully understand that these are challenging and unprecedented times for everyone and we are grateful for your continued support and ongoing co-operation with these new plans. They are in place for everyone’s wellbeing and we must ask that you respect social distancing measures on school premises at all times and encourage your children to do the same.
Staggered start and finish times from September
From September we will have revised start and finish times for all year groups which must be strictly observed. At pick up time, if Parents need to wait for siblings from any year group please do so at a safe distance on the playground.
Y3 Arrive at 8.40am, use main gates and wait on Playground
Y3 Depart at 3.00pm, children will be brought out to meet Parents on Playground
Y4 Arrive at 8.45am, use side gate (off car park), Parents please leave children at this gate
Y4 Depart at 3.05pm, meet Parents on Playground
Y5 Arrive at 8.50am, use front gate or field gate and go straight to classroom Y5 Depart at 3.10pm
Y6 Arrive at 8.55am, use front gate or field gate and go straight to classroom Y6 Depart at 3.15pm
From September, children will be required to only bring a small bag to school each day, all they need is a reading book, homework, lunch box and a water bottle. All stationery will be provided, do not bring pencil cases to school.
There will be no PE in the first week of term but when children do have their PE days, which you will be notified of when the term begins, they will need to wear PE kit to school on 2 days a week. PE Kit is black or navy joggers, school PE Tshirt, school jumper/cardigan and trainers. No football kits are allowed.
Additionally, as we hope to have the children outside as much as possible from September, please ensure that your child has a waterproof coat with them every day as they will be unable to ‘borrow’ items from Lost Property to wear if it rains. If it is absolutely necessary, children may bring mobile phones into school, but they must be handed into their Class Teacher who will place them in a tray and lock them in their cupboard until the end of the school day.
Breakfast/After School wrap around care will be available from 8am-8.30am and from 3.15pm to either 4.30pm or 5.30pm as required. Places are available and application forms are on the school website. If you would like a place for your child, please fill out the form and return it to school via post with payment. Please do not wait until September to request a place. We are unable to accept payment via ParentPay.
There will be NO after school clubs running in September due to COVID-19 restrictions. We do hope that some clubs will be able to start later in the school year.
There will be no hot school dinners in September. For the foreseeable future, the school kitchen will only be providing packed lunches (fillings available will be ham, cheese or tuna). As and when this situation changes we will let you know. Very important information concerning sandwiches and snacks. Please can we ask that you DO NOT send your child to school with snacks or food containing NUTS. We have a number of adults and children with severe nut allergies in school – many thanks for your kind co-operation in this regard.
Due to COVID-19 Restrictions, please refrain from visiting our School Reception unless absolutely vital. Office staff are on site from 8.30am-4.30pm and an answerphone is available during and after school hours if Staff are busy. If you do need to contact school please do so by phone on 01452 617376 or by email: email@example.com wherever possible. If a visit is strictly necessary, please allow extra time for your visit as only 1 person at a time will be allowed in Reception due to Social Distancing requirements.
Under the’ children’ tab on the school website, you will find the new ‘Wellbeing’ page. As we come out of lockdown and the summer holidays approach, some children may have worries and anxieties. They may also be anxious about coming back to school in September. This page has a range of advice, tips, resources and links to support services you can access over the summer and to help prepare your child for September.
The deadline for ordering the ‘We are Writers’ book is Monday 13th July 2020. Books will now arrive after the summer holidays and we will ensure Y6 children who have ordered books do receive their copies.
At present we are expecting Guitar lessons to recommence from Monday 21st September. The Guitar teacher will be in touch with all parents whose children currently have lessons. We will also be emailing all parents who will have children in Years 4 & 5 to see if they would like to start lessons. From September 2020 there will be no Music Tech lessons due to COVID-19 restrictions. We have also been in touch with our current Woodwind teacher. She will liaise with Gloucestershire Music about lessons recommencing in September but as yet we have no start date.
And finally, as we say goodbye to our Y6 children we wish them all the very best as they start their new adventure at Secondary school. We are also saying goodbye to Mme Medwin and we send her our best wishes for the future.
We wish you and your families a very pleasant summer holiday and look forward to welcoming all our children back to school in September.
Geraldine Brogan, Headteacher
School re-opens on Wednesday 2nd September 2020