What will lunch times look like?
Our wonderful catering team is hard at work putting together a lunch menu that the children will enjoy. Between each lunch sitting for each pod all tables and chairs will be sanitised. All children must bring their own water bottle that is labelled, as our drinking fountains remain closed. They must use and refill this throughout the day.
If you want your child to bring a packed lunch, please ensure that it is healthy and they are able to independently open the containers you pack for them (not the preschool). You will need to inform the school office of the packed lunch selection and this choice remains in place for a half term.
How have the classrooms and the school building changed?
Classrooms have been adjusted and somewhat emptied, this includes the removal of unnecessary furniture to make more space. As per the government guidance, the childrens tables in Years 1 – 6 are in rows rather than their normal groups. Children will be asked to store anything they bring into school, such as their coat or jumper, in their blue boxes rather than hanging them on a peg.
Unnecessary furniture has been removed from around the school building to reduce the number of places that people may touch.
There are markings on the floor so that we go up the centre of stairwells and down corridors to avoid touching walls.
Surfaces, door handles, stair banisters (handrails) and other regularly ‘touched’ points will be disinfected regularly throughout the day. Daily deep cleaning will continue to be done at the end of each day.
There is access to handwashing points for children in classrooms and hand sanitising stations have been installed throughout the building for adults. Your child will be asked to wash their hands on arrival at school each day.
How will my child use resources and stationary in the classroom?
Children in Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 will each have a school provided pencil case in which they will have their own pencil, ruler, glue, colouring pens etc that will stay with them. This means that they will not need to share these resources. Children in these year groups will also have access to their iPad for use.
What will the children be doing in school?
We are returning to the full curriculum offer with adaptations in place to support children in filling any gaps that may have developed in their learning. When we first return to school we will also have a focus on wellbeing and reintegrating into the school community.
What is happening with collective worship?
For the time being we will not be coming together as a whole school group into the hall as we will be keeping children in their bubbles and pods. As such this will alter how we will be carrying out our daily collectiveworship. DuringlockdownvideosweremadebyVicarLaura,staffandchildrentoleadcollective worship which was very well received by both children and families. It seems sensible given the current situation to continue with this method of collective worship so we will be doing so for the Autumn Term.
Will staff be wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in school?
No, staff will not wear PPE most of the time, although there will be occasions when they will. Examples of when a member of staff may wear PPE are when an adult is with a child who is displaying symptoms of COVID-19; they will wear PPE while they remain with the child until their parents arrive or when a child is having intimate care such as nappy changing.