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St. Nicholas' Church of England (VC) Primary School

St Nicholas Church of England Primary School


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Pine Class

Information for September 2020:

Question and answer sheet for Pine 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.

Pine class arrival time: 9.00am

Pine class collection time:3.25pm


Who are Pine class? 

Pine class is a class of 18 year 1 pupils.

Where will Pine classroom be?

Pine classroom will be located in the current year 3/4 (Birch class) room, where Mrs Barnes and Mrs Bearman currently teach.  Our previous Pine class is a large classroom so it has been necessary for Pine class and Birch class to swap classrooms this year due to the larger pupil numbers in the other classes. We shall still have access to the outside through the school hall door and have put plans in place to make our own outdoor learning space.

Who are the teachers?

Mrs Blackmore will be teaching in Pine Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Mrs Robinson will teach on Thursdays to cover Mrs Blackmore’s NQT and PPA out of class time.  Due to the current guidance on class bubbles and social distancing, Mrs Hurst won’t be able to teach on Thursday’s in Pine when we return due to adults not being able to work in more than one room. As soon as this government ruling changes, Mrs Hurst will be back in Pine on a Thursday.

Will Pine class have a teaching assistant?

Yes, Mrs Robinson will be the Pine class higher level teaching assistant, Monday to Friday.

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 has now completed the ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ and is entering Key Stage 1.

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.  Pupils will not share equipment with other pupils.  They will be provided with their own learning pack in a zippy wallet containing everything they need for their lessons. Pencil cases will 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.  PE kit will need to be in school every day so that we can do PE on days that suit the weather!


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 and ideally should not be brought into school. PE kit will need to be in school every day.

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 Key stage 1, 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 the return to 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 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 the essential content of last year’s curriculum that may have been missed is caught up.  We are ensuring that the key performance indicators are covered for English and maths. 


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.  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 our history and geography programme of study.  At the start of the school year the new topics for your class will be shared with you, in the first half term the topic will be Castles and Knights. We run six half-termly topics a year.

Is there anything I can do to support my child over the summer holidays?

We appreciate that teaching and working from home since March has been a juggle and stressful for many families, so please so use this time to have a well-deserved rest as you would usually.

Some parents have asked the school for ideas of things to do during the summer holidays so we will be putting together a list of web links that you could dip into if you want to. These will be shared on the school facebook page and emailed out at the start of the Summer holidays. If you want to keep their skills ticking over, you can buy some inexpensive work books for their year group.  We highly recommend the CPG weekly workouts.

Year 1 is particularly important for Phonics and beginning to learn your 2,5 and 10 times tables, so any practice you can do at home to support this would be great.

And finally and most importantly, read, read, read, read!  Read for pleasure and read for enjoyment! Get lost in a book! Travel the world in a book! If you do anything to support your child’s education, reading regularly has such a massive impact on every area of your child’s education as it underpins so much. 

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,

Best wishes,

Mrs Blackmore and Mrs Hurst