September 2020

I am delighted to be writing to you today to give you details on welcoming your child back to Littletown Primary Academy on Monday 7th September. To get to this point has yet again required a great deal of work and thought from school leaders, staff and Governors. I would like to thank them all for efforts in ensuring we are able to receive children back to school. There is a lot of information and detail on this page, but all measures are in place in order to make your child as safe as possible. Please note that it is absolutely crucial that you and your child comply with the procedures and arrangements listed below in order for school to be able to operate safely. This page focuses on practical and operational elements of returning to school. Lots of information on our ‘Recovery Curriculum’ approaches will continue to be shared in due course. 

Please speak to your child about these arrangements prior to their return and take a look at the transition padlets for specific year group information. Although school will look and feel different upon return, it is still ‘Littletown’ with the same teachers and staff fostering the same culture and showing incredible care and nurture to children. I want to assure you and your children that we have done everything we can to make school as normal and enjoyable as possible, but there are some restrictions that are out of our control due to government guidance. For example, children will be facing forwards in rows in classrooms. However, great effort has also been made to make classroom pods as child friendly as possible.

We have also had to update procedures for illness to include those displaying Covid-19 symptoms and our behaviour policy to more explicitly cover protocols for things such as spitting that now carry increased risk. Details on these are described below.

Transition padlets

Staff have been working hard on creating a year group padlet specifically for the new year group starters. On the padlet you will find lots of useful information about staff, your child’s new classroom, information about the specific year group and how to help prepare your child for their new year group. See below for the links to the transition padlets.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Key Information
  

Class

Start Time

Drop off Point

Finish Time

Collection Point

Nursery

9.00am

In Front of the Nursery building

3.00pm

As drop off

Reception
Mrs Katene/Mrs Hawkins

8.50am

Front Playground
(class lining up)

3.05pm

Slope on Front Playground

Reception
Miss Croft

9.00am

Front Playground
(class lining up)

3.15pm

Slope on Front Playground

Year 1
Mrs Veevers

8.50am

Front Playground
(class lining up)

3.05pm

Slope on Front Playground

Year 1
Mrs Lambert/Miss Meecham

9.00am

Front Playground
(class lining up)

3.15pm

Slope on Front Playground

Year 2
Mrs Bentham/Mrs Rossiter

8.50am

Front Playground
(class lining up)

3.05pm

Scooter rack on Front Playground

Year 2
Mr Luxton

9.00am

Front Playground
(class lining up)

3.15pm

Scooter rack on Front Playground

Year 3
Mrs Searle/Mrs Davis

8.50am

Classroom Door

3.05pm

Top Back Playground
(from class line)

Year 3
Miss Bodgin/Mrs Hugerre

9.00am

Classroom Door

3.15pm

Top Back Playground
(from class line)

Year 4
Mrs Wright/Mrs Arni-Tossell

8.50am

Year 3/4 Door

3.05pm

Top Back Playground
(from class line)

Year 4
Mr Driscoll

9.00am

Year 4 Music Room Door

3.15pm

Top Back Playground
(from class line)

Year 5
Mrs Binmore

8.50am

Classroom Door

3.05pm

Lower Back Playground (from class line unless walking home alone)

Year 5
Miss Urry

9.00am

Classroom Door

3.15pm

Lower Back Playground (from class line unless walking home alone)

Year 6
Mrs Fallon

8.50am

Classroom Door

3.05pm

Lower Back Playground (from class line unless walking home alone)

Year 6
Mr Priddle

9.00am

Classroom Door

3.15pm

Lower Back Playground (from class line unless walking home alone)

 

Entering and  Exiting the School Premises

  • Please adhere to the signs and one way systems at all times.

  • Please phone or email the school if you need to speak to a member of staff. No visitors are able to enter the school building. 

  • All children are to enter the school premises through the main front gate and exit through the front gate next to the Nursery. The back school gate will be locked.  
  • We ask that only one parent/carer comes into the playground to drop off/collect your child.

  • If your child’s classroom is located at the back of the school please be aware there are steps.

  • We advise only 1 person drops off and collects.

  • If you have more than one child coming to school please drop off the child at the earliest start and end time. (We are aware that the staggered start/end times are not ideal, however we have tried to minimise any disruption matching most families to the same start and end time.

  • If you  are picking up before the end of the day please knock on the classroom window rather than entering the external classroom door.  

  • Please remember that staff are unable to assist by holding children’s hands at drop off time, if your child clings to you and refuses to leave you then you may need to take your child home.As soon as you have dropped off or collected your child, please leave the playground as quickly as possible.  Please be aware, that in order to keep to current government social distancing guidelines, staff must adhere to 2m distancing from adults, and will not be able to take your children from your arms, should they be anxious or upset.  Whilst the guidelines acknowledge that staff will not be able to keep to this social distancing with the children, due to their age and needs, we need to adhere to the guidelines when interacting with parents/carers.

  • If you have any messages, these can verbally be given to the staff member receiving your child or rung through via phone.

 

Additional Information

  • All children to wear full school uniform

  • Please do not send your child with anything other than their book bag, fruit snack, lunch, water bottle, sunhat (suncream already applied if needed) and jacket/coat if necessary. 

  • We are hoping that Fruit snack will be available as normal for the Y1 and Y2 children but this is to be confirmed.

  • Please give the teacher at drop off any new medication and asthma inhalers.

  • Please inform the member of staff in the morning if someone different will be collecting your child.  If changes happen in the day please ring the school.  

  • Please inform the school by phone or email if there are any changes to your home circumstances including change of contact numbers.


What to bring to school:

Your child needs to bring in (all named): 

  • Bookbag

  • Water bottle

  • PE kit and trainers (to stay in school and be taken home at half term)

  • Lunchbox (if packed lunch)

  • Fruit snack 

  • Coat and sunhat

Reading books and reading records will operate as normal. The school will provide children with their own pencil case with the resources they need.

Please do not bring:
  • Stationery 

  • Hand sanitiser 

  • Toys/comforters/squishies etc (unless this has been approved previously by the SAFS team)


Lunches
Please continue to book lunches through ParentPay.  If you are new to school you will be given a ParentPay login in the first week.  Please remember to book school dinners by Friday night for the following week. 

Things to discuss with your child:
Please ensure you have shared the class pod information listed above with your child and use the following explanation to describe the class pod:........

What is a class pod? 
Just like at home you have been part of your ‘family pod’ for the last few months.  You have been keeping each other safe by not meeting up with people from other pods.  So, being in a class pod at school is just like what you have been doing already.   When you return to school you will become part of a ‘class pod’.  This means you are part of a special team.  In your special team you will have you, the other children in your class and your teacher/s and teaching assisant/s.  It is important you only play with the children in your class pod while you are at school.  

  • Please ensure you have shared the information sent out previously regarding how different school will be for your child. 

  • Inside the school your child will be taught to follow the one way systems using a footprint image on the floor laid 2m apart. 

  • Reception and Year 1 will eat their lunch in the hall and Years 2-6 will eat their lunch in their classroom with mealtime assistants allocated to each class pod.

  • There will be morning, lunchtime and afternoon play times (afternoon play for KS1 only) in allocated class pod outdoor spaces.

  • Your child’s teacher may be wearing a face shield.

Behaviour
The behaviour policy has been updated in accordance to the Government guidance. These changes reflect the importance for all children to follow the rules to keep themselves and others safe, for example not spitting. The policy can be found on the school website.

If your child becomes unwell
If your child displays covid symptoms whilst at school we will contact parents/carers immediately and ask you to collect your child from a specific school entrance. Your child will be isolated in a room with a staff member whilst awaiting collection. Parents/Carers will need to take their child to be tested.

If your child becomes unwell at home please contact the school and keep us informed of the type of illness. Please inform us immediately if it is covid.

If another child or adult in your child’s pod tests positive for covid then all adults and children in the pod will need to self isolate for 14 days. 


Thank you so much for reading all of that information. I know it is a lot to take in! Please do get in touch if you have any questions or concerns at all as we need to make sure this goes right in September so everyone is kept safe. No question is a silly question!  I would like to once again thank all of the staff for their hard work in putting all these plans together and to all of you for being so patient and understanding as we navigate the school through these unprecedented times. I continue to be very lucky to work for such a great school community. I wish you all a wonderful Summer.

Yours faithfully,


David Perkins
Principal