Shenton Primary School

Empowering and nurturing young minds to achieve excellence



12th Letter to Parents 21.5.2020

Dear Parents,

 

It is now 10 weeks since we all started our isolation and I hope that you are all safe and well.

For all of you celebrating Eid, I hope you found everything you needed to cook your special dinners and that you will be able to at least talk to your wider families even if you can’t see them in person.

 

We have managed to get in touch with every family this week, and have seen many of you. This has been so reassuring for us to know that you are managing, and that your children are coping. We know that some families are dealing with bereavement and some are dealing with other issues, for you as always remember we are here if you need anything.

 

Homework Packs

Nearly all the homework packs have been collected which is great. We are continuing with online learning too. I sent you a message about Mr Riley reading stories for older children, and Ms Bailey for younger children, so please have a look at those if you haven’t already.

 

School Opening

The Governing Body at Shenton have safety as the first priority in their minds.

  • Some people say children carry the virus even if they don’t get as sick as adults.
  • Some people say it isn’t safe yet because there are too many infected cases.
  • Some people say the ‘track & trace’ program the Government said would be in place isn’t, which means infection cannot be effectively kept low.

I have spent all of last week and most of this, trying to put effective health & safety measures in place and plan for your children coming to school.

Whilst I still don’t have detailed plans yet to share with you, what I can tell you is this, even with all the measures in place and with bringing your children to school in small groups of 8, I cannot guarantee 2m social distancing for your child.

 

What can I tell you about our plans?

The earliest we will ask children to attend will be the 8th June, but this could move to the 15th.

We will start with Y6, and then extend to Reception and Year 1.

 

What will we teach?

Our focus will be your child’s mental and physical wellbeing; they will have missed contact with friends, and are likely to have had much less exercise whilst at home.

We will then make sure your child is prepared for the next academic year.

For Y6 this is preparing them for secondary school as well as saying ‘Goodbye’ to primary school.

For Reception children, it is about helping them to remember routines, with a focus on reading to help them prepare for the more formal educational approach in Year 1.

For Year 1 children it is again about getting them into a routine and focussing on reading.

 

Online Learning & Homework Packs

These will continue in some way throughout the second half of the term until we break for school holidays on the 10th July 2020.

 

Timings

If we open for children, we will be running a reduced timetable initially from 8.40am – 1pm, with your child attending as one of a group of 8 for one day during the week.

This is to gradually bring your children in and limit social contact.

 

What’s the risk?

Y6

In Year 6, the children will be told to social distance, and no doubt will understand what is being asked of them. Desks will be spaced 2m apart, and there will be markings all around school helping them to line up 2m apart etc.

They will not share any equipment and any sports / activity lessons will not involve any kinds of contact sport, but they will be able to share a ball for example, as we might when we play tennis.

We can minimise the risk quite well, but children are children, so if they are distracted or excited they can easily forget.

I cannot guarantee 2m social distancing for your child.

Y1

In Year 1, it will be the same as for Y6. The children will be told to social distance, and some may understand what is being asked of them but they are likely to forget. Desks will be spaced 2m apart, and there will be markings all around school helping them to line up 2m apart etc.

They will not be expected to share any equipment in class, and same as Y6, any sports / activity lessons will not involve any kinds of contact sport, but they will be able to share a ball for example, as we might when we play tennis.

I cannot guarantee 2m social distancing for your child.

Reception

We are still trying to figure out how this might work but what I do know is that children will be sharing some resources and 2m social distancing cannot be guaranteed.

 

After the Governors and I have finished all the planning, we will share more detailed information so you can make a decision that is right for you and your family. I will write to you again after half term to give you an update on this.

Remember, you can choose, you do not have to send your child if you don’t want to take the risk.

 

In the meantime, stay safe and stay happy.

 

Eid Mubarak!

Ms Gita