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Returning to School

I hope you and your families have all had an enjoyable summer.  We are really looking forward to welcoming the children back into school for the autumn term!  As you will be aware, most of the legal restrictions in relation to Covid-19 have been lifted.  When the children return to school in September, we are no longer expected to keep them in separate ‘bubbles’ or to stagger opening times and lunchtimes.  Also, we shall be able to come together for collective worship and assemblies instead of using Zoom!  They showed lots of resilience last year but I believe that these changes will make a big and positive  difference to the children’s experience of school life. 

Of course, we shall continue to work hard to keep children and staff members safe.  There is still a focus on ventilation, good hand hygiene and the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach to coughs and colds.  It will still be the case that children showing Covid-19 symptoms should not come to school and any child showing symptoms at school will need to be sent home.

It is important to note that any restrictions related to coronavirus may have to be re-imposed, depending on the local situation and advice from the government.

In order that everyone has a happy and safe return to school, please take note of the following points.  It is a good idea to discuss this with your children, so that they know what to expect. This is especially important for the younger children, who may never have experienced what we think of as ‘normal’ school!

  • Parents are now very welcome to come onto the school grounds at drop-off and pick-up times.  However, while case rates remain high we continue to ask that you do not come into the building except by prior arrangement for an appointment.
  • We are no longer asking that parents and staff members wear face coverings at drop-off and pick-up times.
  • Children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 will enter their classrooms directly from the small playground from 8:55am.  The school day ends at 3:15pm.  At the end of the day, please wait for them on the small playground and staff will ensure that they come to you for collection.
  • Children in Years 2 and 3 will enter their classrooms directly via the external classroom doors onto the field.  They can enter from 8:50am.
  • Children in Years 4 to 6 will enter via the courtyard gate near the large trees on the field.  This will be open from 8:50 and a bell will ring to indicate that it’s time to come in.  The intention is that children will be at their desks and ready for registration at 9:00am. 

The school day ends at 3:15pm.  At the end of the day, the teachers will lead their classes out to line up on the large playground, where they will be able to watch the children go to the correct adult for collection.  This is a slight change to previous arrangements because we feel that it will allow us to watch the children more carefully as they are no longer used to crowds of people on the premises at the end of the day. 

For lining children up on the large playground, it will help if adults coming to collect children don’t wait in the middle of the playground but stand around the sides.

  • Your child’s teacher will communicate with you in the first week about which days there will be PE lessons.  For Years 1 – 6, we intend to continue asking children to come into school in suitable PE kits on those days.  Last year, we actually found that we had much better PE sessions without taking the time for the children to get changed.  Of course, during the pandemic, we accepted more freedom around PE kits.  We would like children’s PE clothing to return to our more typical PE kits: white T-shirt; blue/black tracksuits or jogging bottoms and sweatshirts; blue shorts. 
  • On days when they do not have PE, children must come in their full school uniform. Wearing full uniform is an important part of returning to ‘normal’ school, reinforcing the sense of school identity and being part of a team.   
  • Children in the Early Years (Nursery and Reception) should come in their uniform every day and bring a separate PE kit to change into for PE.  This is because we want to help the younger children develop their self-care skills.
  • We still wish to minimise the number of belongings that children bring into school.  We actually found that it worked well last year having more stationery supplied in school as children always had everything they needed.  We shall provide all the equipment and stationery children will need for the classroom.  The main things children will need to bring into school are:
    • A small bag for their belongings;
    • A named water bottle;
    • Their school reading book and reading diary (your teacher will give more information about this, depending on your child’s age);
    • A change of footwear for break times when the field is muddy;
    • A named coat;
    • A sunhat in warmer weather;
    • A healthy snack for Years 3 – 6 (these are provided in younger year groups).

It is important to help your children be enthusiastic about coming to school!  Help them to be prepared and talk positively to them about their experiences and any changes to school life!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.  Once again, we are really looking forward to seeing the children in September.  Schools getting back to something like ‘normal’ will be a huge help to families, communities and the whole country!

 

 

Supporting Anxious Children

 

If you or your children have any worries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.  You can email admin@stmaryshad.co.uk or your children's teachers using their class email address.  Also, you can contact our Pastoral Support Worker on pastoral.support@stmaryshad.co.uk.

 

If your children are anxious about coronavirus or worried about coming back to school, the links below may be helpful. 

Collective Worship in School

We can now enjoy collective worship together in the hall again!  We know the children have missed being together and singing with the whole school.  When restrictions were in place and we could not gather together in the hall, the children continued to have collective worship regularly, using the interactive whiteboards in the classrooms to make sure we could see everyone.  Here is a story we shared in worship in the summer term.  If restrictions are imposed again, we shall return to doing collective worship remotely in this way.  If your child is isolating, there are more examples of Bible story videos that you can use for worship at home on our page dedicated to the school's Christian vision and values.

 

Worship with Mr Frolish - 'Shipwrecked' a story about courage

PE This Term

 

You do not need to send in PE bags with your children in Years 1 - 6.  This is to reduce the number of items coming into school and so that lots of children do not have to get changed together in small spaces.  Also, we found last year that PE lessons were much more productive without having to spend time changing.  Instead, we ask that your children come dressed in suitable clothes for outdoor physical activity on the days they are due to have PE lessons.  Your child's teacher will let you know when PE lessons are timetabled.  They will remain in these clothes during the day and do not need a change of clothes.  Please send them in fresh, clean clothes every day.  Suitable clothes may include:

  • Trainers for outdoor sport;
  • T-Shirt and shorts (these are likely to be the school’s usual PE kit although this is not essential at the moment);
  • Long trousers (e.g. jogging or tracksuit bottoms) and a long-sleeve top (e.g. a sweater or fleece) over the kit because the weather may be cool.

Please note that children in the Early Years should wear school uniform everyday and should bring a separate PE kit.  This is because changing in school will help them to develop their self-care skills.

 

We strongly recommend that children bring a change of footwear, such as trainers or wellies, for breaktime as the field is very muddy but we are using all the available space to spread the children out.

 

We are expecting swimming lessons to take place again from the autumn term 2021.  Your child's teacher will  inform you when your child will have lessons at Hadleigh pool. 

 

How Can Parents and Carers Help?

 

  • If your child is unwell at all, please arrange a PCR test.  A link for this is below.
  • If your child is displaying a cough, loss of taste and smell or high temperature they will not be able to return to school until they receive a negative PCR or it is 10 days from the start of the symptoms. You must follow NHS advice and the child must self-isolate for 10 days. If the PCR test is negative and your child is well, they can return to school.
  • Please avoid speculating on the situation on social media.  Be assured that I will always share with you any information you need to know, such as school closure if this becomes necessary.
  • Please talk to your children about keeping safe and following the rules in school.
  • Please inform the school immediately if a child or someone in the household shows symptoms or takes a coronavirus test.  It is essential to let us know the outcome of tests straightaway as we are expected to keep records and liaise with the Local Authority and Public Health Teams.
  • Use our dedicated email address for sharing any information about Covid-19.  This will help to make sure that your important Covid-19 messages do not get 'lost' amongst all our other messages and this address can be checked easily outside of school hours.  The address is covid@stmaryshad.co.uk. 

 

 

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Home Learning

If the school has to close during term time or if your child is isolating but well enough to access learning, we still expect pupils to engage in learning activities at home.  We encourage the children to use:

  • Times Tables Rock Stars to practice times tables through fun activities;
  • Accelerated Reader to complete quizzes on reading books (children in Years 2 – 6 and some Year 1 children are registered).

 

If you cannot find your child’s log-in details for these, please contact your child’s teacher and they will support you.  To further enhance your child’s learning, we also recommend the free BBC Bitesize resources for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zbr9wmn

 

Your child’s teacher will share a weekly timetable of learning activities.  Each day, there will English and maths tasks and an activity that relates to the broader curriculum.  All activities will be posted on SeeSaw, so that you only have to look in one place.  If you are still struggling to register or use SeeSaw, please do contact the school for help.  Where families have significant problems with technology, your teacher will support you by providing other learning opportunities, such as paper packs or borrowing a school device. 

 

For some learning activities, teachers will post videos or examples to help your child understand the tasks and be more independent.  This will also help them to feel more connected to school.  We strongly encourage children to share their learning with teachers on SeeSaw, for example by posting photos and completed work.

 

We strongly recommend for the wellbeing of you and your children that you try to stick to a daily home-learning routine.  A lack of routine could make it more difficult for your child when they return to school.  The Government clearly expects all children to engage with home-learning and teachers will communicate with you to offer support if your child is struggling to manage this.  We are going to try hard to move the children’s learning forward rather than just post revision tasks.  As this crisis extends further, the children cannot ‘stand still’.  We ask that parents work in partnership with the school to encourage children to complete these tasks at home. 

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