Fun Afternoon & Coming Back in September

Dear Parents

Thank you for your patience once again as we unpick the new guidance for September.

We are delighted that the school will be fully reopening to all year groups on Tuesday 8th September and are looking forward to getting all children back in and settled into the new normal as soon as possible.

We understand that some children will not have had an opportunity to be in school for an incredibly long time by then and this may be quite a daunting prospect for them whilst some children will be excited and raring to go. However you child returns, our staff will be fully sympathetic and ready to meet them where they are and with what they need to make the best start to this next academic year.

Fun Afternoon
To help support the children with this reintegration, we are proposing a fun afternoon for each class on one afternoon next week. These will take place as follows:
Reception –   Thursday 16th July  1pm – 3pm
Year 1 – Thursday 16th July 1.15pm – 3.15pm
Year 2 – Thursday 16th July 1.30 – 3.30pm
Year 3 – Wednesday 15th July 1pm – 3pm
Year 4 – Wednesday 15th July 1.15pm – 3.15pm
Year 5 – Wednesday 15th July 1.30pm – 3.30pm

These will take place on the school field within the current guidance for schools. Each class will have a coned off area of the field and will be split into two groups of 15 children who will be kept apart by ‘Chat Mats’, at least two metres apart,which will in affect segregate the two groups but also allow them to sit and chat to children in the other group. They will also take part in some physical activity sessions with Mr Butterworth and be able to spend some time with their class teacher before they move on in September. Attendance is by no means compulsory and the event is also weather dependent, but the forecast is looking good at the moment. If you would like your child to attend, simply bring them to the school at the time specified for their class and they will be met by a member of staff who will guide them to the correct space on the field. If your child is already attending school on those days, they will attend as normal, and be taken to the field at the correct time. Could we please ask that you collect them at the time allocated to their year group above at the end of the day, this may be different to your usual time.

Next Year’s Class Teachers

I know many of you are eagerly waiting to hear who will be your child’s teacher next year. We have a couple of changes in year groups and we also welcome back Mrs Moss who will be teaching in a few of the classes next year after her maternity leave.
Reception: Mrs Heslop
Year 1: Miss Ablett
Year 2: Mrs Bucknall
Year 3: Mrs Bainton
Year 4: Miss Knowles
Year 5: Miss Yewman
Year 6: Mr Tutty

They are all looking forward to meeting their new classes in the Autumn.

Staggered Start and End of Day

Whist we are looking forward to the children coming back to some sort of normality in September, there will be necessary changes to the normal routine to assist us in minimising risk of infection for both children and staff. These include, virtual assemblies and dinners in classrooms to avoid larger gatherings. We also need to stagger the start and end of the school day to avoid large numbers of children and parents being on the playground at any one time. We still need to fine tune these plans but we are aiming to develop a system which suits most people including families of more than one child at the school. We will need to change the timings of the school day slightly to allow us to do this so your child may be in school from 8.30am – 3pm, 8.45am – 3.15pm or 9am – 3.30pm. We anticipate this being the greatest challenge of the changes we need to make and aim to get more specific details to you very soon to allow you to make plans for September. We will be contacting the Before and After School providers to make arrangements with them for drop off and collection.

Class Photo
You may or may not be aware that all of the classes had a year group photo taken by Tempest who temporarily closed their business at the same time schools closed. They have now reopened and are ready to take orders from families who would like a copy of this snapshot of time pre-pandemic! The admin team are working hard to get these proofs out to families to see. The letter enclosed with it will explain the method for ordering as there are no online orders this year.

School Reports

We are aware that there are some families who have not yet received their child’s school report. The admin team are working hard to get those out to families who are not currently in school and you will all receive them before the end of term. Thank you for your patience.

End of Term

The school will close on Friday the 17th July for the summer and for the teachers and staff to have a well earned break before their preparations for the Autumn term begin. Therefore, there will be no more homelearning posted on to the school website from that day. Thank you to you all for the incredible job you have done with the home schooling, you should all be very proud of your achievements. Anything you were able to do during this time will have supported your child’s return to full time education. Although the children and their families also need a break, I  understand that many of the online learning pages are going to continue through the summer, such as https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons and https://www.thenational.academy/  for any families that may wish to continue some of this work during the summer break. The children’s reading accounts on Bug Club will also be loaded with books before the summer. Thanking you for taking the time to read through this. I am aware there is a lot of information here. Please get in touch if you have any questions regarding any of the content.

Kindest Regards

Caroline Ainley