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It has been announced that the children will all return to school on the 8th March. We are really excited to welcome everyone back.!

 

As a school we will be making sure that this transition runs smoothly and the focus will be on the childrens' wellbeing, feeling safe and once again getting used to the routines of school. After such a long time away there are some things you can do at home to support this return -take a look below for ideas. As always we will continue to work together to make the return positive. Also this time we have had previous experience of a return following a long period away and we can reassure you that last time the vast majority of children ran in through the doors as they were very keen to see their friends, teachers and were ready to come back!

 

Preparing for the return to school -

How can parents and carers support children and young people going back to school?

1. Prepare them for what to expect

Helping children to prepare for change is the first step in tackling any transition. Talking openly about when and why things will happen helps children to make sense of the world around them. It is important to make sure that they know what is going to happen as far as is possible so that there are no surprises. This can help them to feel safe and secure. Try to talk to your children as much as possible about what to expect.

2. Get back into a routine

Getting back into a routine can be a great way to prepare for a return to school. Bedtimes and waking times may have changed during lockdown; try to adjust these gradually so that children are ready for the school day.

It may help parents to begin to get the practicalities ready for school – for example clean school uniforms and gather up the school equipment. Remember, the reopening of schools will be a big change for many parents too.

3. Listen to children and young people

Just being there and available to listen to children’s thoughts and feelings is so important. Acknowledging these feelings without judgement or needing to find solutions immediately can help children to open up and share their concerns with you. It can be helpful to reassure children that their feelings are natural and that you are there for them. Every child is different and will experience things in their own way.

4. Encourage them to talk

Sometimes, children can find it difficult to talk about how they are feeling. They may not have the words or know what to say. It can help to offer prompts and open questions as a starting point for conversations. Here are some suggested questions that parents and teachers could ask children to help them talk about their feelings about going back to school:

  • What are you looking forward to?
  • What might be hard?
  • What do you think will be ok?
5. Keep talking once they go back to school

Once children and young people have returned to school, parents may find that asking about their day can often lead to a shrug and “I can’t remember”. Again, offering them prompts to start conversations can help them to open up and share some of their feelings more easily. Here are some examples:

  • What was good about your day?
  • What went well today?
  • What did you enjoy?
6. Offer reassurance

Some children may need lots of reassurance about returning to school. We will continue to regularly communicate via the weekly newsletter so that families know what to expect and what safety measures the school are putting in place. Parents will then have more knowledge to be able to share with their children.

If children are anxious about returning to school or separating from their parents, it can be helpful to talk to remind them of the things they enjoy at school. Having some fun and rewarding activities planned could help to boost children’s positivity and sense of achievement. It can be helpful to talk to children about what is staying the same, as well as what is changing during times of transition – this can increase their sense of stability.

We know that things are difficult at the moment. We are still here for you. Please do not hesitate to give us a call for a chat if your are struggling and we can help signpost you to help. Please take a look below at this useful local helpline. 

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What a brilliant first week back! A huge thank you to you all for enabling us to make the drop off and pick ups at the start and end of the day as smooth as possible. We are amazed with the attendance this week, it has been wonderful to see all the children in KS1 in! We fully understand the challenges of the new timings and we are making sure we support families as much as possible. Staff have been on hand to ensure the children go in quickly in the morning and also leave promptly. Please continue to stick to your timings and entry and exit points as we have sixty new F2 children and the Nursery children to welcome to Phoenix next week. The F2 children will use the main drive as their entry and exit point, with the timings in place to ensure that we keep our Year group 'bubbles' separate. The gates to enter the site for KS1 ( Classes 3,4,5 and 6) will close at 9.15am.  We really need children to be on time but if your child will be late due to an appointment or one off issue then please call the office on 0115 9539927 to let us know. You will then need to buzz the main entrance and we will let your child in. 

 

Our first newsletter will go out on Monday 7th September with lots of further information on and latest NHS guidance links. It is vital that you read these as they will contain important information to ensure that we stay as safe as possible. Please take a look below at the main symptoms of Coronavirus and how to get a test. Further down is a reminder of general information including information regarding PE. 

 

Coronavirus in children (NHS Information) 

Children can get coronavirus (COVID-19), but they seem to get it less often than adults and it's usually less serious.

Symptoms of coronavirus in children

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature

  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours

  • a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

What to do if your child has symptoms

If your child has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if they have coronavirus as soon as possible. ( The current guidance around test and trace urges parents to call 119 or go online to book a test for anyone with symptoms. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/  )

  2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get the test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get the result. Please let school know that your child is off due to having a test and then also let school know the results. 

 

How long to self-isolate

If you have symptoms or have tested positive for coronavirus, you'll need to self-isolate for at least 10 days.

You'll usually need to self-isolate for 14 days if:

  • someone you live with has symptoms or tested positive

  • someone in your support bubble has symptoms or tested positive

  • you've been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace

 

Reminders about in routines in school 

 

-Children will be in their class and also year group bubbles.

-Lunchtimes are being staggered with only one year group at a time using the dining area. A hot meal will resume, and we would encourage as many families as possible to take up this option. 

 -Wherever possible, social distancing should be implemented. We will have no large

gatherings, bringing different groups together, e.g. whole-school assemblies /coffee mornings and events or shows for the foreseeable future (this is just a warning for

Christmas)

- Hygiene and cleaning routines will continue to be part of everyday practices and will be a high

priority. Regular handwashing routines will be in place. Your child must not bring hand sanitiser into school. The school has installed hand sanitiser units that use alcohol free sanitiser and are safe for our children. 

 -Parents/carers will not be allowed on school site, except for exceptional circumstances or for a pre-planned meeting that cannot take place over the phone or via video call.

-Any communication will need to happen via the Home School Diary,  email ( either the office or class email)  or by contacting the school office . As you will be aware, this goes against the usual ethos and open-door policy of our school. I will continue with the weekly newsletter, as well as regular texts. I will also be around the site in different locations both before and after school so that you can still come and have a chat.

- If a child or staff member displays symptoms, they will be isolated and will need

to go home as soon as possible. They will then need to arrange for a test.

- In the event of a confirmed positive tests for Covid-19, we would liaise with Public Health England and potentially shut down that bubble for 14 days after taking advice. 

-Children must not bring in things from home apart from book bag, reading book, water bottle and lunch box if packed lunch. 

- A letter will go out from the class teachers regarding PE days and further information.  On PE days your child will need to come in school in their PE kit - this will be their plimsolls or trainers and also jogging bottoms or leggings with their usual school uniform tops. This will be reviewed regularly as guidance is updated. 

 - Attendance is once again mandatory from September and all children are expected to attend school. Again, we will always work with our families to ensure the very best attendance is in place for our children.

 

 

 

KS1 ( Classes 3,4,5 and 6) Start and finish times 

Class 3  Mr Farooq

Please enter and exit via Apple Tree Lane

 

Start time 9 am

Enter via Apple Tree Lane and along the path to Class 3 Fire Door. Once you have dropped your child off then please exit via Apple Tree Lane

Finish time 3.10 pm

Enter via Apple Tree Lane and along the path to Class 3 Fire Door. Once you have collected your child then please exit via Apple Tree lane

 

Class 4    Miss Moretto and Mrs Haywood (Job share)

Please enter via Apple Tree Lane and then exit via the main playground.

 

Start time 9 am

Enter via Apple Tree Lane and along the path to the main playground and Class 4 Fire Door. Once you have dropped your child off then please exit via the main drive.

 

Finish time 3.10 pm

Please enter via Apple Tree Lane and along the path to the main playground and Class 4 Fire Door. Once you have collected your child then please exit via the main drive.

 

 

Year 2   Children in Year 2 will start back on Wednesday 2nd September

Please enter and exit the site via the main gate

 

Class 5 Miss Greasley and Mrs Bloom (Job share)

Start time 8.50am

Enter via the main entrance and into the playground to line up. The class teacher will collect the children from the playground. Please exit via the main gate.

Finish time 3.20 pm

Enter via the main entrance and into the playground and wait outside the lobby doors. The children will be handed over at the door. Please exit via the main gate.

 

Class 6 Miss Gossington

Start time 8.55 am

Enter via the main entrance and into the playground to line up. The class teacher will collect the children from the playground. Please exit via the main gate.

Finish time 3.25 pm

Enter via the main entrance and into the playground and wait outside the lobby doors. The children will be handed over at the door. Please exit via the main gate.

 

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