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Posted on: February 25th 2021

Headteacher's Newsletter

Dear Parents and Carers

Following Monday’s announcement from the Government, we are delighted to see schools reopening for all children from 8th March.

The guidelines for reopening are similar to those of the autumn term detailed in my letter to you on 16th July:  https://www.ourladyofgracecatholicprimaryschool.co.uk/198/letters-to-parents  

These included: 

  • staggered starts to keep groups apart as they arrive and leave school
  • all children being taught in consistent group ‘bubbles’
  • packed lunches being eaten in classrooms.  (It will not be possible to serve hot food until the guidance changes)
  • teachers and Support staff, including SEND staff, operating across different classes

Additional Guidance

  • Face Coverings will be mandatory for all staff and visitors, but this will not include the children.
  • Weekly testing for all staff.

NEW - Timetable for the School Day

 

DROP OFF TIMES

COLLECTION TIMES

ACCESSING GATE

YEAR 6

8.20am

2.20pm

CAR PARK

YEAR 5

8.20am

2.20pm

CAR PARK

YEAR 4

8.30am

2.30pm

CAR PARK

YEAR 3

8.40am

2.40pm

CAR PARK

YEAR 2

8.50am

2.50pm

CAR PARK

YEAR 1

9.00am

3.00pm

CAR PARK

EYFS St Francis

8.45am

2.45pm

LIME KILN DRIVE

EYFS St Bernadette

8.50am

2.50pm

LIME KILN DRIVE

 

YEAR

PLAYTIME

LUNCHTIME IN CLASSROOM

 

YEAR 5 & 6

10.25 – 10.40am

11.30-12.30pm

(20mins in classroom, 40 min play)

YEAR 3 & 4

10.45 – 11.00am

12.15-1.15pm

(20mins in classroom, 40 min play)

YEAR 2

10.30 – 10.45am

11.45-12.45pm

(20mins in classroom, 40 min play

YEAR 1

10.30 – 10.45am

11.45.-12.45pm

(20mins in classroom, 30 min play)

EYFS

10.30 – 10.45am

11.45.-12.45pm

(20mins in classroom, 40 min play)

To ensure the school is ready for the return of the children there will be a staff INSET on Friday 5th March.  The school will be closed to all children (including Key Worker children) and there will be no Home Learning on that day.

Parent Questionnaire: Review of Online Learning

Thank you to all those who filled out the online questionnaire.  We had 102 responses with the following results:

  1. My Child is spending too much time on a screen for learning.

56% of parents said their child spends the right amount of time on screen for learning.

  1. My child is completing all their schoolwork in the set time allocated.

57% of parents agreed that their child completed the schoolwork in the set time allocated.  

  1. My child receives too much work.

76% of parents thought their child received the right amount of work.

  1. My child doesn’t receive enough work.

88% of parents disagreed with the statement.

All of us would agree that Home Learning has been challenging, this review highlights the contrasting views of our parents.  Teachers have done their best to continue educating our children in these very difficult circumstances.  We are all pleased to be returning to the classroom!

Academic Review Day

It is essential that the partnership between home and school continues after this latest lockdown.  In order to update parents on their children’s progress I have requested that

Wednesday 31st March (last day of term) be set aside as an Academic Review day.  This will be an opportunity for teachers and parents to discuss their children via zoom.  Once this date has been agreed by governors I will contact parents to confirm.

World Book Day

On Thursday 4th March, we will be celebrating World Book Day.  It would be fantastic if the children could dress up as their favourite book character.  During the week children will also be expected to read in unusual places, e.g. in a cupboard, on a car etc.  Please could parents take photos of their children and post them on the class stream on Google Classroom.  These will be shared with the whole when we return.

Lent

As we prepare ourselves for Holy Week, please continue to pray with your children and to share bible stories with them.  Our faith journey during Lent is so important in these unprecedented times. 

“Lent is a humble descent both inwards and towards others.  It is about realizing that salvation is not an ascent to glory, but a descent in love.”  Pope Francis, Lent 2021. 

Finally, to make sure infection rates do not rise there needs to be minimal contact between parents at the start and end of the day.  In order for the school to remain open after the 8th March, we need the cooperation of all our parents and carers to adhere to the social distancing guidelines and to wear the obligatory facemasks.

Yours sincerely

Mr Sean Small

Headteacher

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