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Back to School in September 2021

Dear Parents,

 

We are looking forward to the start of the academic year in September 2021 and to a time of less disruption under the Government’s new operational guidance.

 

We will continue to follow the guidelines as they are published.

 

At this stage, it would be most helpful if you would familiarise yourselves with the following important arrangements:

 

The first day back

 

The first day back for the children from Year 1 to Year 6 is Monday 6 September 2021.

 

Parents will be aware that start dates for Reception classes and Nursey are different and all details are on the PARENTS area of the website.

 

The start of the day

 

Arrival times have changed. You may arrive between 8:40am and 8:55am. Please do not arrive before 8:40am as the doors will not be open and vehicles may still be arriving.

 

Children can come straight into school to settle in their classes ready to learn.

 

It is important to know that lessons start at 9:00am.

 

The end of the day

 

The end of the day for Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, and Year 4 will be 3:10pm.

 

The end of the day for Year 5 and Year 6 will be 3:15pm.

 

The 5-minute time interval will allow a safe and orderly departure from Key Stage 2.

 

It is important to know that we will no longer dismiss the children before 3:10pm. Please do not arrive early.

 

Please collect: Reception children from the reception classroom doors; Year 1 children from the Year 1 classroom doors, Year 2 children from the Key Stage 1 door and Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 from the Key Stage 2 door.

 

We will continue to use the blue line as a boundary and politely ask that you remain behind the line. Using the blue line boundary provides us with a clear view of parents and helps us to hand the children over to you safely.

 

Food and drink

 

Please see the separate letter to parents giving information about school meals. This is on our website in the PARENTS area on the School Meals page.   

 

Reception and Key Stage 1 will eat their lunch in their classrooms; Key Stage 2 will eat their lunch in the dining room. This arrangement continues to give us more time and space for a calm and enjoyable lunch time.

 

If children are bringing a packed lunch from home it must be in a clearly labelled lunch bag.

 

All children should bring a healthy snack for morning break. Drinks and toast are not available to purchase in school.

 

All children should bring a water bottle clearly labelled with their name. This can be refilled during the day. 

 

School Uniform

 

We expect children to wear uniform to school. Our uniform plays a valuable role in contributing to the ethos of the school and a sense of belonging.

 

A Uniform Shop is available at the Key Stage 1 door on Thursday 2 September from 10:30am to 12:00 and 5:00pm to 6:00pm, and Friday 3 September from 10:30am to 12:00.

 

During term time please do not come to the office to purchase uniform. Instead, uniform can be bought by sending the correct money in an envelope with the child’s name, class, item and size you require.

 

For details of our uniform please see the PARENTS area of our website.

 

PE

 

Being physically active is important.  We will begin PE lessons from the first day back.

 

Children should continue to wear their PE kit to school on their PE day/days. Not having to change in school is a better option for us as time is not wasted changing and there is more time for PE. The children like it better too!

 

We are busy arranging the PE timetable and we will confirm the days when your child has PE before Monday 6 September. This is likely to be on 2 separate days and PE kit should be worn on both days.

 

Please remember - for outdoor PE lessons in cold weather children can wear jogging bottoms, sweatshirts, track suits and trainers. Dark colours are preferable.

 

To reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus we will continue to:

 

  • Ensure good hygiene for everyone.
  • Maintain appropriate cleaning regimes.
  • Keep occupied spaces well ventilated.
  • Follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of Covid-19.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Kindest regards,

Mrs S Guest, Headteacher.

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