Thursday 4th July
Dear Parents and Carers
We have set aside the final week of the school year, Monday 13th July to Friday 17th July, for our Year 6 pupils. We are aware that these children have missed many events that usually mark the end of their Primary School education, so we have set up a week where we hope they will be able to see their friends, at a safe social distance, for a final week of fun and transition work before we break for the summer holidays.
This post aims to explain the arrangements that will be in school and the new guidance that everyone will have to follow to make sure that everyone in school can remain safe.
- Whilst we will take all measures possible to ensure social distancing, it must be acknowledged that we will not be able to guarantee social distancing at all times
- Children will be working in groups of no more than 15 children in all cases, and children will often be divided into smaller groups. Children will always remain in these groups. These groups will be fixed for the whole period
- The staffing of these groups will be as consistent as possible with the same adults working with the group unless staff absence makes this impossible
- Your child may not be with their usual teacher or teaching assistant in their current classroom. This is because we want to spread children out into smaller groups, if possible, for parts of the day
- Classroom layout will be different to support social distancing, with set desks
- Paired and group work will not be possible and the use of education resources will be greatly restricted and these will need to be cleaned more regularly
- Children may see staff wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) where this is required or to deal with medical or sickness situations
- Children may wear PPE but this must be fresh for school – it can’t be worn in from home. Children need a fresh set for arrival at school
- Finally, I would like to clarify that the government has stated that there will be no penalties for parents and carers should they decide to keep their children at home
The year 6 celebration week will run on Monday and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, with the school being closed on Wednesday for deep cleaning. Please also note that school will finish by 1.30pm on Friday 17th July. Although the children will be organised into ‘bubbles’ to minimise social contact, many of the events will take place in large, open spaces, so the children will be able to see all their classmates and other friends in other Year 6 classes. Our provisional timetable for the week is as follows:
|Monday||School transition activities, farewell film activities and Circus Show|
|Tuesday||School transition activities and farewell film activities||Olympic themed sports day*|
|Wednesday||Deep clean day|
|Thursday||Art activity and yearbook signing||Party on the field|
|Friday||Showing of the farewell film, farewell assembly and picnic on the field|
*Your child will need their P.E. kit, a bottle of water, hand lotion (the children will be using hand sanitiser at each station and my wish to moisturise their hands to stop them becoming dry.)
Drop-off and collection
We will be having staggered start and collection times to support social distancing and children will be assigned times, within the range of 8.40am to 3.15pm – your class teacher will contact you to inform you of your class group. Please ensure you stick to these times for the safety of our school community.
Please remember that no parents will be permitted inside the school building.
|Class groups||Arrival time||End time|
Beech group 1
Larch group 1
Oak group 1
Beech group 2
Larch group 2
Oak group 2
Beech group 3
Larch group 3
Oak group 3
There will be new arrangements in place for collection and drop off of children for the week. Please see the table above. Drop off and collection times have been staggered to aid social distancing measures. Please do not arrive at school before this time. As pupils arrive, they will go straight into the building and into their assigned classroom.
Beech class (all groups) will enter the building through the main door in the bottom playground.
Larch class (all groups) will enter the building by taking the side entrance off the top playground (Year 3 stairs entrance)
Oak class (all groups) will enter the building through the main door in the top playground.
At the end of the day, we ask parents to wait in the playground as children are dismissed by staff. Parents and children must then leave immediately. Please walk or cycle where possible and avoid public transport.
In order to ensure that the school site is a safe as possible for all please do not congregate and maintain a 2 metre distance from others at all times. This includes whilst waiting for your child’s entry to the school and whilst waiting for your child at the end of the day.
Please also ensure that you adhere to social distancing measures outside of school for the safety of our school community.
Sickness & vulnerable children
If your child has a medical condition which deems them to be clinically extremely vulnerable, or if another member of your household is extremely critically vulnerable, then your child should remain at home and not return to school.
If your child has a medical condition which deems them to be clinically vulnerable, then parents should follow medical advice if their child is in this category regarding returning to school.
Children who have a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in their normal sense of taste or smell, should not come to school and should isolate at home for 7 days. If anyone in the house also displays these symptoms, the family needs to isolate for 14 days and the child cannot come to school.
If a child becomes unwell whilst at school, they will be placed in isolation and parents will need to collect them as soon as possible. Please ensure that the office have up-to-date contact numbers for you. Pupils with asthma inhalers and epi-pens will need to bring these in with them and they will be kept in the classroom that the child works in, as the medical room is closed to pupils. We will not be able to administer any medications at this time and pupils needing to take medicine should either take it before they come into school or remain at home until the course of medication is complete.
We will continue to offer provision for our key worker families and for our vulnerable children in all year groups. The children currently in this group who are in Year 6 will be integrated into their class unless you wish your child to remain in the Key Worker provision. To prevent cross contamination between groups of children, you cannot switch between the year group provision and key worker provision.
Contacting School Staff
We are not permitting parents to enter the school building. If you need to speak to the school office, please do this via phone or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need to speak to your child’s class teacher, please do this through the office by phone call or email and the class teacher will contact you at an appropriate time. Lunch and break times will be staggered and groups will eat together in classrooms or on the field in good weather. Where possible, please send packed lunches in a disposable bag. School lunches will be delivered to classrooms in disposable containers.
Children will be required to wear their school uniform. Following government guidelines, the uniform will need to be washed daily to avoid spreading the virus. It is also recommended that children and staff who have been in school should remove clothes and wash them as soon as they get home and shower and wash their hair to keep the household safe from the virus. All long hair must be tied up and no jewellery is to be worn by children.
We are asking children to limit the items they bring to school to only a coat and lunch bag if necessary. No school bags or pencil cases will be permitted in school. Individual resource packs will be provided for each child and for their individual use. .
When in the school buildings, movement around the school will be limited and we will share the new school rules with the children once they are in school. We ask that you remind your children of the need to maintain social distance and follow the rules set out so that everyone can be safe. The adults allocated to each group of children will be regularly cleaning touchpoints throughout the day in their room. The school will be more thoroughly cleaned at the end of each day and on a Wednesday. Hand hygiene will be scheduled into each group’s timetable at regular points throughout the day. Cloakrooms will not be in use. Classroom resources will be organised and separated for each group and remain in these classrooms. They will also be cleaned regularly.
We understand that all these measures mean that school will be a very unfamiliar place and that the school day will be very different from what children are used to. We will try to make the school as friendly and welcoming a place as it can be but in order to keep everyone safe we need to ensure that everyone adheres to the guidelines set out.
We look forward to seeing all the Year 6 children back for a fun-filled final week.
The Year 6 Team