Letters & Newsletters
Tuesday 24th November 2020
After a very different return to school in the autumn term we are all very much looking forward to Christmas!
Obviously, we know that our plans cannot go ahead as they usually do, so we have had to make some adaptions to our usual routines. However, we have planned a number of different activities which each class can take part in. We feel that everyone has worked so hard and adapted so well to our new rules and routines that we all need some nice things to look forward to!
Please see dates below. We will also send out text reminders, so please make sure we have your up to date mobile number. We will try our very best to rearrange any of the dates below should classes miss them due to self-isolation.
Friday 27th November.
“Feel Good Friday!”
Children can come in their own clothes. During the day, each class will help to make some decorations for the classroom and corridors.
Friday 4th December.
Pyjama Day. All classes can come to school in their favourite pyjamas. They will be able to watch a Christmas film and enjoy some Christmas treats.
Week beginning 7th and 14th December.
Children will be taking part in lots of Christmas crafts activities within their class.
Please note, children are able to write out one Christmas card for their class which will be displayed in their classroom. We thought this would be better than children passing out cards to lots of other pupils which will then be travelling backwards and forwards to people’s homes. We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Christmas!
Wednesday 9th December.
Christmas dinner day. A letter we be sent home with more details.
Friday 11th December.
National Christmas Jumper day. Children can come to school wearing their Christmas jumpers for a donation of £1 for Save the Children
Thursday 17th December.
Party Day! Children will enjoy party games, music and prizes in their classes, and can come to school in their party outfits.
Friday 18th December.
Dress down Friday. Children can wear an outfit of their choosing; Christmas jumpers, superhero or dressing up costumes, anything goes! We also hope to be able to share a whole school Christmas celebration video and message from all of the staff.
We really do want everyone to have a safe and happy Christmas with their families. Please remember, if your child, or anyone in your household has any symptoms at all, you must all remain at home until that person has a test and results are confirmed. We do not want to have to send any classes home to self-isolate if it can be avoided.
Mrs C McDermott
Mrs C McDermott
Wednesday 4th November 2020
As Thursday’s national lockdown approaches, we would like to reassure parents and carers that school will be open as normal, continuing to follow the safety policies and procedures we have had in place since returning in September.
We would like to take this opportunity to remind you of a few of our safety rules and routines that we have in place.
Start and End of School Day Procedures
So we can continue to minimise the number of people on site we ask that children are dropped off and collected by ONE adult to reduce the number of parents on site. Once on site, we ask that parents continue to use the queuing system. Staff will receive the children at the door and parents will follow the one-way system marked out around school to leave the school premises. Please remember all Nursery, Reception, year 1 and year 2 children must be brought onto site by an adult and handed to a member of staff at the door.
We ask that parents do not congregate in groups on the premises or just outside the school grounds. The government advice is clear, that for the next 4 weeks, you may take your child to school but you must return home and only leave for essential journeys / essential work. Please be mindful and considerate of others, and maintain your distance from others when on or around school premises.
Please also ensure all children are waiting with their adult at all times before entering school and not playing together in groups. This also applies to younger siblings or siblings that have already been collected when waiting for older children. Please keep your children beside you.
At the end of the day we ask parents to enter the site and wait in the same places using the queuing system. There are staff available to point you in the right direction.
Start and finish times
|Start time||Finish time|
|Nursery||8.30am / 12.30pm||11.30am / 2.30pm / 3.30pm|
|Reception||9am (doors open at 8.50am)||3pm|
|Year 1||8.45am (doors open at 8.35am)||3.15pm|
|Year 2||8.45am (doors open at 8.35am)||3.15pm|
|Year 3||8.50am (doors open at 8.40am)||3.20pm|
|Year 4||8.50am (doors open at 8.40am)||3.20pm|
|Year 5||8.50am (doors open at 8.40am)||3.20pm|
|Year 6||8.50am (doors open at 8.40am)||3.20pm|
Please do not come onto site earlier than these times each morning, especially Reception parents as the queue will block the path around school for other pedestrians.
We hope that by continuing to keep the children in class bubbles of no more than 30, this will minimise the risk of the virus spreading. The only exception to this is year 2, where the children are in a year group bubble of 42, in order to group the children effectively to meet their educational needs in reading (in particular phonics). The following steps remain in place:
- NO adult or child should come onto the school site if they, or someone within their household, is displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive.
- Please inform school immediately if your child or a member of the household displays symptoms or tests positive for Covid -19. Your child and the household must remain at home for 14 days.
- If a child becomes unwell at school, or displays symptoms, they will be removed from their group by an adult wearing PPE. They will be kept isolated until an adult collects them. It is expected they will be collected immediately and a test is arranged by parents.
As a school we have had very little disruption to learning so far and we hope that we can continue to work together to look after our school community. As always please do not hesitate to contact school via telephone or email if you have any queries or concerns.
Mrs C McDermott
Thursday 22nd October 2020
We have been made aware of a child in our school community who has tested positive for COVID 19.
We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with Public Health England. This letter is to inform you of the current situation and provide advice on how to support your child. Please be reassured that for most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
The small number of children who have been in close contact with the individual who has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) have received a letter informing them that their child must stay at home for 14 days.
The school remains open and your child should continue to attend as normal if they remain well.
What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID 19
If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19, they must not come to school and should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for testing and this can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
All other household members who remain well, must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’.
The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
Household members should not go to work, school or public areas and exercise should be taken within the home.
If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online.
Household members staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period.
The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:
- a new continuous cough
- a high temperature
- a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)
For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.
If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.
How to stop COVID-19 spreading
There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19
- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- wash your hands as soon as you get home
- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
20th October 2020
Normally at this time of year we would be supporting MacMillan by holding a coffee morning for our school community to attend. Unfortunately, as this is not possible this year we have been looking at ways of still supporting this event.
Class teachers will be donating individual cakes for their class on Friday 23rd October. For a donation of your choosing, children will be able to receive and enjoy a cake. All money will be collected and sent to support the charity.
If during the half term holiday, anyone enjoys any baking activities to keep themselves busy, please take a photograph and send in to our school email address. We would love to use and share your pictures as part of our display work.
Finally, many children are celebrating birthdays while at school and would usually enjoy bringing in a cake to share with their class. At the moment we are not allowing cakes which need to be cut up and shared out amongst the children. However, if you want to send in any small, individually wrapped cakes, or small packets of sweets, we would be happy to give them out to celebrate your child’s birthday.
Friday 11th September 2020
We have been delighted to welcome all children back to school over the last two weeks and have been amazed at how well they have returned. Children settled back into a slightly new routine with their previous class teachers and have adapted brilliant to any adjustments and changes in school.
Thank you also, to all of you who have helped us by following our one-way system around school with new drop of and collection points. It has meant that we have not had to stagger children’s start and finish times significantly.
Please see some reminders below, along with some new information about school routines over the coming weeks.
Move to new classes Monday 14th September
Children have enjoyed meeting their new class teachers this morning and will move to their new year groups permanently from Monday. Your child will bring home a slip to explain who their new teacher is.
|Reception||Mrs Delap and Miss Hughes|
|Year 1||Mrs Stubbs, Mrs Stamper and Miss Liddle|
|Year 2||Mrs Huscroft, Mrs Sanderson and Mrs Clarke|
|Year 3||Miss Slater and Mr Hughes|
|Year 4||Miss Suri and Mrs Bewick|
|Year 5||Mrs Hordon-Clark and Miss Dodds|
|Year 6||Mr Tye, Mr Wardropper and Miss Forster|
- Currently from Year 1 onwards, children are remaining in their literacy and numeracy groups for the time being. This is so we can keep children in bubbles of 30 throughout the day. We will review this over the next few weeks, particularly in Years 1 and 2, where we would like to move to year group bubbles to help in our delivery of phonics etc.
- All children will continue to use the same entry and exit doors. The only exceptions are our new Reception classes, who have their own entrance and our Year 1 classes who will enter down the main school drive and across the carpark to the blue gates. Staff will be out to assist with this next week so everyone is clear.
- Children continue to have their lunch in classrooms for the time being. All school dinners will consist of some hot and cold items to try and cater for everyone. We hope to return to normal menus with a wider range of choice by October.
Start and End of School Day Procedures
- So we can continue to reduce the number of people on site we continue to ask that children are dropped off and collected by ONE adult to reduce the number of parents on site.
- Entry to school premises is via the Key Stage 1 gate. There will be signage and staff available to help point everyone in the right direction.
- We please ask parents not to congregate on the premises for longer than is absolutely necessary. Please also ensure all children are waiting with their adult and not playing together in groups.
- Please make sure that you are on time.
We kindly ask that you send your child into school in their PE kit on the day they are taking part in PE. This will start the week beginning Monday14th September.
Allocated PE days:
Nursery – Thursdays
Reception – Wednesdays
Year 1 – Tuesdays
Year 2 – Fridays
Year 3 – Tuesdays
Year 4 – Fridays
Year 5 – Wednesdays
Year 6 – Thursdays
All children must have a full school PE kit (black or red shorts with a plain white t-shirt). Children can wear tracksuit or jogging bottoms instead of, or over, their shorts, and a hoody or jumper to keep warm, as most PE will be taking place outside. Children should bring a coat as usual. Children should continue to bring a named bottle of water in school.
We appreciate that parents have been so understanding about the measures we have put in place and acknowledge these are not to cause inconvenience, but to help us continue to do the best for staff, children and parents. Please do not hesitate to contact school via telephone or email if you have any queries or concerns. It is lovely to have the children back in school, we and are looking forward to the term ahead.
6th July 2020
Application for Free School Meals
As your child will be transitioning into Year 3 in September 2020, they will no longer be entitled to Universal Infant Free School Meals.
If you believe you are currently eligible for Free School Meals (i.e. you are claiming benefits), applications can be completed at http://www.sunderland.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=5066.
Those who already have eligibility will not be required to complete another application as their current claim for FSM will transfer into the next academic year.
If you have any queries or would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.
Mrs S Connelly
School Business Manager
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