Newsletter -5th June
5th June, 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
We have had a lovely week back in school with our key worker children who have been their usual fantastic selves in getting on with their work and getting back into their slightly different school routine. Health and safety continues to be of paramount importance to us all and they have managed the social distancing really well – thank you for supporting them in understanding how important this is.
Our key worker bubble has worked incredibly well together, working as a team during play and lunch time to make sure everyone is okay and included in all that they do – a true community spirit. I have been particularly impressed with the way our younger children have interacted with the older ones.
We are thrilled to be able to continue to offer forest school to the children who are in school – key worker children attended yesterday afternoon and they will do so again all day on Monday next week, returning to school for lunch. We will also be offering this for Owls Class when they return on Thursday. In order to ensure maximum safety at all times, half of Owls Class will go on Thursday morning and the other half on Thursday afternoon.
It is important to remember that, as lockdown in the UK eases, we need to continue to be vigilant. I will therefore continue to follow government guidance and advice from Sage so that I can keep everyone informed. Should we need to apply a pause to the plan, both the Chair of Governors and I will let you know as soon as possible.
So far pupil numbers are relatively low. As we start to reintroduce other year groups, Nicky will contact parents and carers the week before at the latest, so that we know which children will be in school. We need to do this in order to ensure we have the right staff in the right place at the right time, and also to make sure our groupings do not get too big for us to be able to continue with social distancing.
Some parents have asked if they can send their children back to school later than their planned re-start time (i.e. when they feel more confident that the virus is under control). The answer is yes, but you must let us know in advance so that we can continue to make sure our bubbles are small. Our classrooms do not take more than 7 children, so we need to ensure we have adequate learning space and adult supervision at all times. Should numbers of children suddenly rise in school, I will let you all know and we will have to readjust our provision accordingly.
This week, we are sending out our new Home School Agreement which addresses our commitment to you and your children as they return to school. You will also see the ways in which you can also ensure your child’s safety when they are back in school. Please do go through this with your child/children to ensure we all understand our shared responsibility in keeping everyone safe.
For those children who are still working from home, please continue to download your Power Point presentations from either Class Dojo or Teams as they provide a lot of support to the children in carrying out the work set by their teachers. As we welcome back year 1 and Early Years next week, Miss Green will be overseeing Parrots Class work on Monday and Tuesday when Miss Mason is in school, and Mrs Rowley will continue to oversee Owls Class. She will also be helping out with Penguins Class, so please bear this in mind if you need to contact her on Thursdays and Fridays. Our teachers are all working very hard to juggle being back in school and teaching as well as making sure we are supporting those working from home.
Finally…a note from our school nurse, Aimee Burgon:
During the Lockdown many of our team have been redeployed to other Community Services in Oxfordshire. The remainder of our team have been working hard to provide a service to children, young people and their families. As your students return to school, we would be grateful if you could share the video link below. It is a video that has been assembled by the School Health Nursing Service to remind Children Young People and their families that the Service is available to them upon their return, to talk about and help them understand any worries or concerns that they may have.
Your School Nurses
Please share via your Twitter feed, Email, Newsletters, Facebook Pages, even your web page. Here are the links for other platforms.
Many thanks for your continued support. Stay safe and well and I hope to see you all very soon.
Alison Bellingham, Headteacher