Newsletter 26.02.21


Diary Dates

Thursday 4th March – World Book Day

 Including a potato challenge, live story session and a virtual pantomime performance. More details will follow from the class teachers.

Monday 8th MarchALL children return to school.


School Reopening to all Pupils Monday March 8th - Safety

Exactly the same safety procedures will apply as in September. Throughout last term, only 21 children had to isolate, as a result of possible transmission of the virus in school and pleasingly, no child developed any symptoms. Unlike many schools, we did not have to send a whole year group home. Well done to all children, staff and families for following the procedures and keeping children safe

Please see below for reminders of procedures.

The only additional procedure is that all staff will undertake lateral flow tests, twice a week, in order to reduce the risk of any staff member being in school with the virus, but displaying no symptoms.



School Reopening to all Pupils – Mandatory Attendance set by the Department for Education

From the 8th March, the usual rules on school attendance apply, including:

  • Parents’ duty to secure their child’s regular attendance at school if they are of compulsory school age.
  • The ability to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices in line with local authorities’ codes of conduct.

The guidance notes that many pupils and/or families may be wary about returning to school, but the DfE insists this is not a legitimate reason for children not to attend.


Therefore, all children should return to full time education from Monday 8th March. Parents should report any absence to the school office before 8:45 am or at the latest 10 am.


Online Safety on School Laptops

All loaned devices have an online safety monitoring program to ensure that children are kept safe.

It allows us to capture and take screen shots of racist, homophobic or any use of inappropriate language or programs i.e. Roblox (which is designed for children 12 and over.)

Each individual laptop can be identified and if inappropriate words have been used, parents/carers and children will be required to attend a meeting in school, as this abuse is serious. Plus, it breaks the online agreement that all parents/carers sign annually.

Furthermore, parents should NOT be using the device for their own personal use.

All devices will need to be returned in the week beginning 8th March and Mr Heathershaw will set up a date and time, so they can be socially distanced and safely returned to school for the children to use.


Process for Secondary School Places offer Day for September 2021 (current Y6)

    • Letters will be with you on March 1st confirming which secondary school your child will be attending from September 21.
    • If you are happy with the school placement; do nothing.
    • A dedicated email address is provided for parents/carers to email us if they wish to refuse the place offered.

School Procedures for all Pupils Returning on Monday March 8th


Staggered arrival and collection times


RD, 1DM, 2H, 3AF, 4C, 5FB

RS, 1H, 2B, 3F, 4W, 6PH

Access points


RD – Reception gate by Station Road

1DM – the open gate close to main entrance

2H & 3AF – gate opposite Wilton Road

4C & 5FB – car park gate

RS - Reception gate by Station Road

1H - the open gate close to main entrance

2B & 3F – gate opposite Wilton Road

4W & 6PH – car park gate

Arrival time Monday - Friday

8:45 am

9:00 am

Collection time Monday - Thursday

3:15 pm

3:30 pm

Collection time FRIDAY

12:15 pm

12:30 pm


Friday afternoon

  • Reception, Y1 and Y2 children will eat their packed lunch in school as usual
  • All KS2 (Y3, 4, 5 & 6) children will leave school with their packed lunch
  • Friday afternoon provision will continue for those families who were using the service in December.


Minimising contact and maintaining distance

  • Children’s tables will be in rows and placed facing the front of the class
  • A 2m distance, where possible, will be kept between children and staff
  • Children will have their own tray (plastic wallet) of resources i.e. pencils, crayons, ruler
  • Staggered planned visits to the toilet, where possible



  • Y1 – Y6 will be taught in their classroom, for much of the time, but children from the same year group will be kept as one bubble particularly for lunch and play times.
  • YR (Reception) will be kept as a year group bubble within the classroom and outdoor provision.
  • The same Lunchtime Supervisor will supervise the class bubble daily in the hall and the same Playground Supervisor will supervise outside play during lunchtimes.



  • Daily class session to address hopes and concerns from children on returning to school.
  • Reception: Initially, a focus on communication and language, personal, social and emotional development plus, physical development, with specific activities to address gaps in language, early reading and mathematics, phonics knowledge and extending vocabulary.
  • Key stage 1 and 2: Identify and prioritise gaps to re-establish good progress in phonics, reading, increasing vocabulary, writing and mathematics, plus identify opportunities across the curriculum so children read widely, and develop their knowledge and vocabulary.



  • Children specifically taught good hygiene and reminded daily by staff and signage
  • Children will use hand sanitiser every time they enter the school building and also wash their hands every time they leave the classroom
  • Classroom tables wiped after each learning session and cleaned daily by cleaners
  • Lunch tables wiped after each bubble has finished lunch
  • Additional cleaning of toilet areas is undertaking after each lunchtime.

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