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7th September 2020

7th September 2020

Dear Parents and Friends,


Welcome back!


It was brilliant to open our doors to everyone today I hope you have all had a fantastic summer.


We hope all the children have had a great first day back. It has certainly been great to see the energy and enthusiasm as they have returned to learning for the first time in six months. We are very pleased to see your children back in school ready for another year of great learning!


A special welcome to the new children who have joined the school. We hope they settle in very quickly. We are also very pleased to welcome Miss Toms who is teaching in Year 2, Miss Federico, Mrs Fearn and Miss Barnett who have joined our team of teaching assistants.


Building update


The enabling works has been completed over the holidays ready for the start of the new year. The first ground workers are expected on Wednesday. They will start to prepare the ground in time for the arrival of the steel frame in October.


Morgan Sindall are committed to involving the children in the building progress as much as possible and to maintain a high level of communication with the school and local community throughout the project.




Thankyou for ensuring that your children have returned to school looking so smart. Please check that you have labelled all your child’s uniform, including PE kit and shoes, with their name and class.


A reminder that we are asking children to wear PE kit into school on their PE days. We would suggest a pair of joggers over their shorts and their school sweatshirt over their white T-shirt. Children should wear trainers on these days. PE days for each class will be confirmed in letters from your child’s class teacher which you will receive shortly.



Meet the teacher


We are sorry that we are unable to invite parents into school to meet class teachers as we usually would. We recognise that parents will be concerned about how the children are settling back into school and the progress they are making with their learning and so we have scheduled our Parents Evenings for the end of September. We will send out information detailing options for meeting with your child’s class teacher closer to the time.


In the meantime, if you have any concerns about your child, please contact the school office who will arrange for your child’s class teacher to contact you by phone.



Start and end of the day


Thank you so much for your brilliant efforts to use our new systems this morning. We hope that the end of the day pick-up will work equally smoothly.


Please make sure you leave the site as soon as you have collected your child.


If you have children in both Oaks and Acorns buildings, please drop off/ pick up in Acorns first to reduce the length of your journey.


If you are late picking your child up, please let the office know, if at all possible. We will look after your children at the relevant office until you arrive. After 3.40pm, children will go to tea-time club for which there will be a charge.



Bike and scooter racks


The bike and scooter racks have been relocated.


KS1 racks are just inside the white fence in the playground.


Year 3 and 4 racks are located beside the path to the Year 3 and 4 playground. Children can walk their bikes through the gate and up the tarmac path on their way to the classroom entrance.


Year 5 and 6 racks will be on the grass area to the right of the gate into the back playground. These should be in place by the end of the week. In the meantime, children are invited to leave their bikes and scooters by the Heras fencing on the grassy area. The gates to the playground are locked during the school day.




It is important that every child attend school as regularly as possible if they are to achieve their full potential.  We are very much hoping that school will be able to remain open throughout this academic year in order to support this!




Parents are key to keeping the school open! If your child is unwell, please do not send them into school but do contact us as soon as possible to tell us about their symptoms.


If your child (or anyone within your household) has symptoms of Covid19 (new, continuous cough, high temperature, loss of sense of taste or smell or diarrhea), please contact us urgently. Do not send your child to school.


We will ask you to contact your GP or 111 for advice about whether you or your child needs to be tested for Covid19.


If your child falls sick in school, we will contact parents as we would normally do. Please make sure we have your up to date contact details.



Equipment for school


Children need to bring their lunch box (plastic, please) and their water bottle to school. A reminder, please, to make sure that your child’s water bottle is named (name and class). A sharpie pen will do the job effectively. If you would like us to label your child’s bottle in school, please let us know.


Please send your child with a full water bottle every day. We would suggest that water bottles are washed out daily.


Please do not send bags into school. Water bottles are taken directly to the classroom and lunch boxes are stored in the corridor so there is no need for storage once your child is in school.


Food in school


A reminder please that children in Years 3-6 should bring a piece of fruit/ vegetable to school for their break snack. Children in Reception, 1 and 2 will have a snack provided each day.


Please could we also ask that you keep sweets as treats for your children at the end of the day and do not include these in lunch boxes.




Clubs will start the week beginning Monday 14th September. Clubs will be held every week except for the last week of this half term and the final week before the Christmas break.


This term, clubs will be organised in ‘bubble’ groups. This means that the teachers in each bubble will offer clubs only to the children within the bubble. For example, Miss Bailey will run a Spanish Club which will only be open to children in Year 3 and 4.



We are pleased that our teaching staff have been able to find a solution that enables us to run clubs this term.


Information about clubs for the Autumn term will be emailed home tomorrow, however we are currently experiencing problems with out booking system and will advise when you are able to book.


With best wishes





Helen Roderick