The staff, governors and I are looking forward to welcoming every child back from Thursday 03 September 2020. The children will be in their new classrooms. Each classroom will be a ‘bubble’. Bubbles will play, learn and have lunch together. Assemblies will be held in individual classrooms. The school day will look very much as normal. Teachers will be planning a creative curriculum, but appreciate that for many children there will be issues to be talked through and some recovery of skills and knowledge.
The school day will continue to start at 8:50. We shall have a staggered start time from 8:40 – 8:50. The children are to come into the classroom straight away. There will not be a school bell. Please can I ask parents and carers not to wait on the playground to minimise contact. Y5 and Y6 children will have the opportunity to walk to and from school with parental permission. Playtimes will continue to be split into two time periods: EYFS (Rabbit) and KS1 (Squirrel) 10:15 – 10:30 one class on each playground. LKS2 (Badger) and UKS2 (Owl): 10:30 – 10:45 one class on each playground. Lunchtimes will also be staggered to keep each bubble safe. Tables are washed at lunchtimes. Toilets are monitored by adults to ensure that children allow a sensible space. We will ask parents and carers to collect your child from 3:10 to 3:20 to stagger the number of people waiting on the playground.
With the return to school, I am expecting each child to wear the correct school uniform. Each child will need a water bottle and snack. PE kits will be required in school each day as normal. The teachers will continue to organise their classroom by placing the desks in rows. Each child has a work station, with their books in their tray. In order to reduce physical contact points, I am asking parents and carers to provide a stationary set for each child: 1 30cm ruler, rubber, black, green and blue pen, glue stick, coloured pencils, coloured felt pens and highlighters. The pencil case will stay in school in their individual class tray. Badger and Owl children will also require a basic calculator and a protractor, if possible.
Mrs Chapman will cook school lunches daily as at present and an order form will be sent home shortly. The Breakfast Club will be running Monday to Friday, starting at 7:45 and costs £4. After School Club will also run from Monday to Friday, finishing at 4:30 prompt to allow for cleaning, with a cost of £4 per child. Booking is essential, please.
The emphasis will remain on regular washing of hands and good hygiene. We will continue to take everybody’s temperature each morning. Any child or adult who is feeling unwell will be removed and we will contact you to collect them immediately and follow the COVID-19 NHS advice. The school is deep cleaned every night.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. I wish you a great summer holiday and look forward to welcoming you in September.
This week Owls Class have been busy learning about percentages in maths; writing explanation texts in English; planning an investigation in science; making stone age tools using clay in art; learning about Stonehenge and creating models of this is topic; using music notation in music; creating formulas in Spreadsheets for computing and more!
We are really pleased with how well everybody is settling down to this new way of experiencing school. We are hoping to see you all back from September. Here is a letter from us to you to explain the current situation.
Over the past two weeks we have been busy in school and it has been great to see and hear about all of the amazing learning happening at home too! Here are some photos showing our work with sculpture in art; basketball skills in PE; aging paper for writing in English; playing battleships when learning about coordinates in maths and giving each other directions to navigate around the classroom in French.
Welcome back to this half term. On Monday we started our work on ratio in maths, began some work for an information text in English and made paper sculptures in art. We will be moving onto clay sculptures this half term. The children in school have been getting used to the new social distant classroom layout and the more frequent hygiene procedures.
As you are most likely aware, part of the government’s plans to ease lockdown includes the possibility of schools and early years settings opening to more pupils from 1 June 2020. As we approach this date, we wanted to write to you to update you on the position across Suffolk.
We know that keeping your children at home has been challenging and we want to thank you for being part of the national response to the coronavirus pandemic in doing this. Schools have also done an excellent job in challenging circumstances and we thank them for all the work they have done.
The phased opening of schools to more pupils would start with pupils in nurseries, reception, year one and year six. This will be in addition to accommodating children of key workers and vulnerable pupils. Secondary schools and other schools such as pupil referral units and special schools will also gradually increase the number of children and young people they can accommodate. For secondary schools this will start with year 10 and year 12.
This will only happen if the level of new infections continues to decrease and the following conditions set out by the government are met;
• To make sure the NHS can cope by providing sufficient critical care across the UK • To see a sustained and consistent fall in daily death rates with confidence the UK is beyond the peak • Reliable data to show the infection rate is falling to manageable levels • There is enough testing and personal protective equipment (PPE) to meet future demand • Any changes in restrictions would not lead to a second peak
A decision by the government is not expected until Friday 29 May 2020.
Suffolk County Council is supporting school leaders to safely increase the number of children and young people on site; this will be based on risk assessments which will be developed for each school. Not all schools will be able to respond in the same way, but they will all give priority to the health and wellbeing of pupils and staff as well as families. We have been listening to the experiences and concerns of children, young people and families since the start of the pandemic. These are very important to us and have helped us make decisions about where services and support should be focused. This is also reflected in the risk assessment guidance that we have shared with schools and settings. We realise that the decision whether to send your children and young people back to school at this time will not be an easy one to make so we have emphasised to schools the importance of ensuring that parents and carers are given the information they need in order to make an informed choice. Government guidance has made it clear that it is not compulsory for parents to send their children to school at this time and there will be no penalties for families who choose to keep children at home. Schools will continue to provide accessible opportunities for children and young people to learn at home and your school will explain to you how they plan to keep in touch with you over the coming weeks. For more information on the re-opening of schools, the government has issued the
following guidance; www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings- information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings- from-1-june
We would once again like to thank families for their efforts during this time. In Suffolk we will continue to monitor the situation closely and follow guidance released by the government. We will update you as soon as we have more information. The following resources are available for families during this time: SCC schools guidance:
www.suffolk.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/schools-guidance/ Advice and help for parents or carers who have a child with SEND: www.suffolksendiass.co.uk www.spcn.org.uk
Help and advice for young people: www.thesource.me.uk
Can you think of your favourite day of the year? For many of you we reckon it’s your birthday! Even as we write now, we can imagine the cake and the candles, the singing, the cards and hopefully a present or two.
Well, for us, the most special day of the year (as well as our birthdays which we really like too) is Easter Sunday, and we’ve been preparing for it for weeks. Obviously, we love the chocolate eggs (especially the big ones with lots more chocolates inside) but we also love the Easter story behind the eggs. More about that in a minute…
Yet, this year, it has to be one of the strangest Easters either of us have ever had, and together we have celebrated well over 100 Easter Sundays!
We bet it’s pretty strange for you too. Perhaps it’s hard sometimes at home? We guess that you might be missing your friends, the chance to play outside as much as you’d like. We’re also concerned that our eyes are starting to look like the shape of our screens, we’re on them so much! What about yours?!
Anyway, back to the Easter story, which happened over 2000 years ago. It is about Jesus, the teacher and healer (and of course friend to many children), being let down and betrayed by someone he called
a friend. He had done nothing wrong but ended up dying on a cross. People thought it was all over, end of story. But no, three days later Jesus walked out of the tomb alive, showing everyone he had fought with death and won. In fact, it wasn’t the end but the start of something new for all of us – a new way of life with Jesus who loves us so much he wants us to be everything we can be, with Him.
It’s because of this story that we love Easter so much and every time we eat an egg in the next couple of days, we remember the new life that Jesus brought and we celebrate. Now we know we’re not on our own and Jesus is with us. We are praying with Jesus every day at the moment for those who are sick or sad and those who are helping them and we’d love you to join us in praying. God loves it when we pray so the more the merrier. If you’re not sure how to pray just tell God what you’re thinking. He’ll do the rest.
Finally, we want you to know that we’re praying for you, that God will be with you through this time. If you ask your Mum or Dad or a grown up you’re with to email us [firstname.lastname@example.org] your first name, we will pray for you by name on Easter Sunday and whenever we get the chance. We very much look forward to meeting you one day, hopefully in our churches or schools, when this time is over. Do say hello and tell us that you read our letter.
Bishop Martin and Bishop Mike
*for very strange reasons our official titles are the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich and the Bishop of Dunwich but that’s far too long isn’t
In Owls Class this week we were learning about decimals and how to convert between decimals and fractions. We learned some skills to help us and then applied these to play a board game converting between fractions and decimals.
This is my eleventh year of teaching and I feel privileged to call myself a teacher. I am a Maths Specialist Teacher, so maths is definitely a passion of mine. I enjoy making my lessons motivating, exciting and challenging. When I am not teaching, I like to spend time with my friends and family, go on country walks, visit new places and read, or listen to, a good book. Mrs Smithson