I am delighted that the school is now re-open. The staff and I are excited to be back to our core business – educating our wonderful children.
The school continues to follow all the latest government guidance and we regularly review our risk assessments to ensure we are keeping the whole school community as safe as possible.
Children are taught in class/year group bubbles throughout the school day and we have had to make some changes to the normal procedures such as arrangements for breaks and lunchtimes, as well as the use of some shared spaces. Within their bubbles, children are not expected to socially distance from each other however, they are encouraged to do so when possible.
All children are expected to maintain high levels of hand and respiratory hygiene and there is continued enhanced cleaning in place. We also carefully manage the use and cleaning of any shared resources.
Please note parents and all visitors are not able to enter any school buildings without an appointment and all enquiries to the school office should be via email or phone. All visitors are required to wear a face covering in communal areas inside the school.
A one-way system operates on various paths/routes around the school. These are clearly signposted. When on the school site, all parents and visitors are asked to maintain social distancing and, at pick up time, parents are asked to queue in a socially-distanced way in designated areas whilst waiting for their children.
We have a full Recovery Curriculum in place, and I am confident that we are providing a broad and rich curriculum including weekly outdoor learning, PE and creative subjects. We have reviewed our plans for the core subjects of English, Maths and Science and have created a curriculum which focuses on key skills and missed subject knowledge. We have also planned many opportunities for collaboration/teamwork which will have been missing for many children over the last term and a half.
We have thought carefully about the mental health and wellbeing needs of the children and we have daily Me Time and increased PSHE lessons.
Teachers are monitoring and assessing all children to identify gaps and areas for support, and we are targeting inventions and support for those who need it.
Should individuals, groups or classes need to self-isolate, home learning will be provided from the first day your child cannot attend school, until they are able to return.
Where possible, we plan to keep the structure of the ‘school day’ as familiar as possible for the children and maintain a regular routine. We do, however, understand if parents need to manage their child’s working day to take account of their own home working or other circumstances.
The ‘school day’ online will consist of a combination of live lessons, recorded content and independent activities which will be set throughout the day via Microsoft Team or the Class Dojo depending upon the age of the children. Full details will be sent to parents when needed.
The term has started very positively for all the children. They are enthusiastic, focused, and keen to learn and we are glad to be back to as near normal as possible.
Government health advice on Covid-19 can be accessed here.
If you find yourself having to self-isolate, please use the link below to access the 'Oaks National Academy' website. This website has a wealth of online lessons for each year group with accompanying videos and tasks that you can use to support learning at home.
Remember that you can also make use of our other online learning platforms such as Mathletics, Spelling Shed, Pobble, Accelerated Reader etc. Please contact your class teacher for more information.
Please click here to access our Home Learning Zone, where you can find:
- Home Learning Projects by Year Group
- Wellbeing ideas
- Additional websites to support learning at home
Relevant Letters to Parents
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