It has been wonderful having everyone back in school these last three weeks; it has felt like some kind of ‘normality’ and there has been a real ‘buzz’ around school! Our children have enjoyed being with their friends; learning and having fun and we can’t wait for more of this after the holidays!!
As we break up for Easter it is important to remind you of some of our routines and systems and let you know of some of the changes we will be making to them to ensure the health and safety of our whole school community.
Staggered start times will remain the same for the time being. Siblings can still be dropped off with the earliest start and picked up with the latest. Finish times have changed and are outlined in the table below.
It is really important that you stick to the timings so that we avoid congestion around the gates at these busy times. I know that it is lovely to see other parents but please can you avoid chatting outside the school gates as parents have reported that the paths are often blocked and they struggle to get past. We need to be mindful of social distancing at all times and continue to wear face masks until the government lift these restrictions – Thank you!
|Year Group||Start time||Entry to school via||Finish Time||Exit from school via|
|Reception||8.30-8.40a.m.||Reception yard gate||3.10p.m.||Reception yard gate|
|Year 1||8.45 -8.55 a.m.||Reception yard gate||3.20p.m.||Reception yard gate|
|Year 2||8.45 -8.55 a.m.||Main gate (Quiet Yard)||3.20p.m.||Main gate(Quiet Yard)|
|Year 3||8.30-8.40a.m.||Main gate (Quiet Yard)||3.10p.m.||Main gate(Quiet Yard)|
|Year 4||8.45 -8.55 a.m.||Car park gate||3.20p.m.||Car park gate|
|Year 5||8.30-8.40a.m.||Car park gate||3.10p.m.||Car park gate|
|Year 6||8.45 -8.55 a.m.||Car park gate||3.20p.m.||Car park gate|
After Easter Changes:
- the children in Years 2 & 3 will wait in the quiet yard for the 10 minutes drop off time and then the teacher will line the children up to come into school together as a class.
- Children in Years 4, 5 & 6 will come onto the main playground for the 10 minutes drop off time into their designated class space and then they will be lined up to come into school together as a class.
- Children who are dropped off with siblings will be on the yard until their class is collected.
- For Reception and Year 1 – children will just enter in the same way as they are now.
N.B.Classes will still have staggered playtimes and lunchtimes and be working within their own class bubbles to minimise the risk of any spread of COIVID in the event of any positive cases.
We are hoping to re-start Breakfast Club at the start of May once we know that infection rates are continuing to drop and more restrictions are lifted. Access to breakfast club will be offered on a ‘needs’ basis so that we can limit contact to avoid cross-contamination.
After School Clubs;
After Easter I have booked Rob proud for 2 after school sessions per week. This is part of our ‘Health & Well-Being’ offer for our children and there will be no charge. We are offering each class 2 sessions each across the 7 week half term and all children in the class can access both of these sessions. They will run from 3.30-4.30p.m. Doing it this way means that we are not crossing class bubbles and there is an equity in the offer for all classes and all children. School staff will be joining in/supervising all sessions too!
The sessions for each class are:
|Class||1st session||2nd session|
|Reception||Monday 19th April||Thursday 20th May|
|Year 1||Monday 12th April (Our first day back!!!)||Thursday 13th May|
|Year 2||Monday 26th April||Thursday 27th May|
|Year 3||Thursday 15th April||Monday 10th May|
|Year 4||Thursday 22nd April||Monday 17th May|
|Year 5||Thursday 29th April||Monday 24th May|
|Year 6||Thursday 6th May||Wednesday 26th May (this will be with school staff)|
There may be some changes to the days – I am just waiting to here back from the companies who support our P.E. offer in school. I will let you know the P.E. days for your child’s class after the holidays.
We are very aware that children have only been back in school for three weeks however, we do not want to put too much pressure on them (or you!) to do too much ‘schooling! There is a minimum requirement for homework which is based on reading and some maths basic skills as we feel it is very important to keep the momentum of this going.
Once again can I thank you all for the tremendous support you have shown over the last few months – it is very much appreciated especially when times have been so tricky for all of us. Hopefully we are on the way out of this pandemic now and, slowly but surely, we can start to do ‘normal’ again and reintroduce some of the things back into school life that we have all been so desperately missing and that help to support our ‘whole school team’ ethos that we are so proud of!
I hope that all of you manage to get some rest over the Easter break – everyone I think needs to recharge their batteries! Let’s look forward to all the positives that the new term will bring for us all as we head into summer!
Take care and stay safe
Wendy Gill & Staff