Information for September 2020:
Question and answer sheet for Acorn class for return to school
Arrival and pick up:
Children will be collected and dismissed by front playground gate.
You must remain prompt for drop off and pick up.
Acorn class arrival time: 9.05am
Acorn class collection time:3.30pm
Who are Acorn class?
Acorn is a class of 21 pupils all in Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
Where will Acorn classroom be?
Acorn classroom will remain located in the current Acorn room at the front of school, with direct access to the outdoor area and playground.
Who are the teachers?
Miss Follett will be teaching in Acorn class all week.
Will Acorn class have a teaching assistant?
Yes, Mrs Burnett and Mrs Costello will be in Acorn class as teaching assistants.
Will we have to wear school uniform in September?
Yes, we are back at school in September in full school uniform. A copy of our school uniform policy is available on our school website. If you need any school uniform, this can be ordered online from https://kidsandcodirect.co.uk/st-nicholas-c-of-e-primary-school-83-c.asp and PE kit and ties can be ordered through the school office via the teachers2parents app.
What key stage is my child in?
Your child is entering Early Years Foundation Stage (Reception).
What provision will be made to keep pupils and staff safe from Covid-19?
When we return to school in September, things will be a little different. Government guidance recommends that each class becomes its own bubble and each bubble stays in its own zoned area in the school. This will be our classroom. Pupils will eat their lunches in class and members of staff will not mix amongst the bubbles. There will be staggered start and finish times for each class and each class will have its own entry and exit gate. Each class will have a staggered lunch and break time so they do not mix with other classes or adults. The teachers and TA will supervise the lunch hour. Further details about this will follow.
Assemblies will be delivered to the classroom remotely. There is an increased cleaning regime and children will be expected to wash and sanitise their hands regularly throughout the school day. Early Years classrooms have specialist guidance on using equipment in their class bubbles. The guidance states that any equipment that can be easily cleaned at the end of the school day, can be shared within the class bubble e.g. Lego, scooters etc. Pencil cases are not be allowed in school. Currently, computing will not take place due to the fact that the laptops and iPads are shared resources. Government guidance is constantly changing so as and when these rules change, we will change accordingly. PE will be taught by class teachers, rather than PE specialist teachers and will take place outside, weather dependent. The weather will be checked in advance to try and ensure a good day is selected for our PE sessions, and you will then be asked via a text message/email to please send your child into school with their PE kit on, for the whole day.
What will my child need to bring into school?
EYFS and Key Stage 1 pupils are asked to bring a school book bag not a rucksack or other type of bag. However, in September, currently we are not allowed to send reading books home and so there is no real need for pupils to bring a book bag to school. However, as and when restrictions relax during the year, pupils will be allowed to bring in their book bag again.
Pupils are not allowed to bring in their own pencil case as all equipment they need will be provided by the school.
If they are a home packed lunch, they will need to bring their own lunch (ideally in a disposable bag for now). Under normal circumstances a fruit snack is provided by the government for all EYFS and Key Stage 1 children to eat at morning break time. However, this is not currently able to be provided so if you wish your child to have a fruit snack in the morning (which we strongly advise) then you will need to send it in each day. For now we need to avoid bringing it in a container and try to just bring a piece of fruit or chopped fruit in a disposable bag. They will need to bring a leak proof bottle of water that will be sent home every day to be refilled. Proper water bottles should be refilled, refilling disposable ones should not happen due to the risk of bacterial infection. If it is a hot day, please ensure that a high factor sunscreen is applied before school to minimise the need to reapply at school. Staff are not allowed to apply sun cream so children will be supervised to re-apply their own sun cream and ideally, the bottle of sun cream should remain at school please (it must be named).
Can my child have a hot meal at school?
Unfortunately, due to the current situation, our school kitchen is not able to offer hot food. However, a packed lunch can be provided by the school kitchen that the pupils will eat in their classroom. As your child is in EYFS, school meals are still free for all pupils however school dinners must be ordered the week before to be able to be provided for your child.
My child is anxious about starting school, what can I do to support him/her?
If you feel your child might find it particularly difficult to return to school in September, please do get in touch as soon as possible. We will be able to offer additional support to ease the transition.
I am worried my child is behind after being out of pre-school for so long, how can we help him/her catch up?
Teaching staff have received remote training from Vine leaders in education this term outlining the areas of learning to focus on to ensure that your child gets the best start to school they can. Baseline assessments will be carried out in the first half term which will inform us where we need to takes your child’s learning in all of the areas of learning.
What will you do to support my pupil’s mental health and wellbeing?
We are planning lots of fun activities for September including a whole school topic on George’s Marvellous Medicine for the first two weeks of term which will focus on pupils wellbeing, alongside carrying out their baseline assessment to ensure we know exactly what your child needs to start their primary school days off in the best way possible. We intend to have lots of PSHCE activities, bubble time and circle time so that we can really support how children are feeling about the return to school. We are working on the Vine strategy to ‘nourish, nurture and flourish.’
What will my children be learning in the next academic year?
We teach using a topic -based approach; this is based on children’s interests. At the start of the school year the new topics for your class will be shared with you. We run six half-termly topics a year.
Can I send in hand sanitiser?
Individual hand sanitiser will not be allowed in school (other than those identified children with allergies). We will be washing hands regularly and this will be monitored and supervised, our handwashing routine includes the use of the school hand sanitiser.
We hope that this sheet has answered any of the questions you might have and reassure you for a positive start back to school in September. If you have any other questions or queries, please do not hesitate to email us or contact the school via telephone. We will do our best to answer them and support you.
Have a lovely summer,
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