End of term messages to the children 21.07.2020

Dear Children

Here are links to a couple of messages we would like to share with you all.
We had a fantastic morning saying goodbye to our Year 6 children yesterday.  We wish them all the very best as they start their new secondary school adventures in September.
We wanted to wish everyone a happy and safe summer holiday and we look forward to seeing our school families back at school at the beginning of the autumn term on Monday 7th September.
Take care
Mr Hughes
Deputy Headteacher

Weekly message for families 17.07.2020

Dear Parents and Carers,
We have reached the end of the school year – not the year that any of us were planning for!  I would like to thank everyone for their patience, understanding, and support as we have navigated our way though lockdown and beyond.  We are looking forward to coming back together as a whole school family – although it will not quite be ‘normal school’ yet.
Although this is the last letter of the school year, there is a lot of information to share with you.
We have created a family-based Summer Challenge for those families that would like to continue to have some structure to their activities through the holiday. This has been attached to this letter and we hope you have lots of fun with this. 
As part our welcome curriculum provision for the first two weeks of the term, the children are going to be engaged in lots of learning outside the classroom, including a daily P.E. lesson.  Please see the P.E. kit information attached.
Following the government guidance, we have had to put in place seven separate sittings for lunchtimes.  For some classes this may mean a longer morning or afternoon.  The EYFS and KS1 government fruit scheme will return in September.  However, we are encouraging all children to bring in an extra piece of fruit or healthy snack.  Please note we will become a NUT-FREE SCHOOL in September.  Please be aware of what food is packed into your children’s lunchboxes.
Have your children signed up to the West Sussex Libraries Summer Reading Challenge called ‘The Siily Squad’? The link to do this is https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/
We realise we have sent out a lot of information to you over the last few weeks.  A new tab on our school website will be created over the next couple of weeks.  Clicking on this ‘SEPTEMBER 2020’ tab will allow you to access all the information regarding the full opening of school in September.
We have sent our invitations to an Open Day to all our families yesterday. If you have a child who due is start school in September 2021, please book an appointment time using the office2@yaptonschool.org email address.
If you need us, please continue to email the school using the above email address.  This will be checked once a week over the summer holidays.  If you have any concerns relating to the safeguarding of your children, please contact the West Sussex MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub) on 01403 229900
Take care and see you in September, ready for Y-Fest!
Kim Huggett

Monday Message 13.07.2020

Dear Parents and Carers,
this week the Monday Message to you all is via Parentmail because I wanted to share with you the plans that we have put in place for our curriculum when we return in September.
For our children, being part of a class of 30 after such a long time will be exciting, but will also bring challenges. Taking turns, listening to others and generally being in a far larger group of children will take some getting used to!
We aim to introduce the curriculum gradually to our children whilst incorporating time to assess what stage they are at in their learning behaviours as well as their ability.
I have attached our plan for the first half of the Autumn term for you to read and to share with your children so that they are familiar with what is going to happen when they return to school.
I hope that you find this helpful.
Kind Regards
Kim Huggett

Early Years 2020 Garden Party 11.07.2020

On Saturday 11th July 2020, Yapton C. of E. Primary School welcomed the newest members of their school family at a special Garden Party. 
Royalty, Lords and Ladies explored their new classrooms in safe groups and met staff from the school. What an exciting start to their school journey. 

Weekly message for families 10.07.2020

Dear Parents and Carers
WOW! POW! and KERPOW!  We hope you have enjoyed the Super Hero themed learning this week.
The introduction to the learning in what would have been the final week of the school year is now ready to watch on the school YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLALN1BnSl4&safe=true
Here is the link to the Home Learning resources you may want to use: folder_16x16.pngSummer 2 Week 7 What Yapton means to me
We are looking forward to meeting our brand new Early Years children at their Royal Garden Party tomorrow. Rumour has it, a certain member of the Royal Family will be attending…!
Thank you to everyone who has come to this week’s Share and Shine events.  It was lovely to be able to catch up and see what you have been up to during lockdown.  There are still opportunities to come on Tuesday 14th or Thursday 16th July.  Please let us know as soon as you can using the office2@yaptonschool.org email address.
The school year finishes on Friday 17th July for children in Early Years to Year 5.  We are looking forward to seeing our Year 6 Leavers at their Celebration Breakfast on Monday 20th July.
Looking forward to September 2020
We have been working on implementing the government guidance for schools in order to have everyone back in September.  We would like to begin to share with you some of our proposed arrangements.  Please note that these may have to change if the guidance changes.
  • The children will be taught in their Castle Classroom.  These groups of children will automatically form their own Pods.  The idea of the Pod is to reduce the chances of cross-contamination of potential germs between a number of children.  The Pods will stay together for learning, playtime and lunchtimes – they will not mix with any other Pod once they have come into school.
  • To minimise the risk at pinch points, we will continue with a staggered start and end of each school day. Camber, Amberley, Southsea, Pevensey and Hastings Castle Pods will start their day at 8:45am and finish at 3:00pm.  Lewes, Bramber, Portchester, Arundel and Bodiam Castle Pods will start their day at 9:00am and finish at 3:15pm .  If siblings have different start/finish times, the adult dropping off and/or picking up their children will need to wait follow the social distancing guidelines.  We will continue with the arrangement of only one family adult coming to school.
  • Before the start of term, teachers will have produced a short film showing where the children in their class will need to go as well giving an idea of what the set up of the classroom will be.  These will be uploaded onto the school YouTube channel on Friday 4th September.
  • We will not be able to run our Breakfast Club or any Extra-Curricular Clubs which normally take place before or after school during the first half of the Autumn Term.
We realise that returning to school for some families will be worrying.  We want all of our families to be looking forward to coming back to school. So we have organised a Festival Day on our first day back – Monday 7th September.  This will be a fun day with a Festival theme that we hope the children will look forward to.  Our new Early Years children will be starting with us on the Monday afternoon.
To help create the festival atmosphere, we are inviting all families to respond to a couple of requests:
  1. Visit the school on the weekend of 5th and 6th September to tie a bow on our gates as a decoration.  If you have your own ribbon or fabric that is great.  If not, there will be some made available in the front porch of the school. 
  2. Create a festival accessory (for example a hat, a head dress, a flower chain) to wear to school on Monday 7th September.
If there are any anxieties or questions about the start of term within your family, please email these using the office2@yaptonschool.org email address so that we can help.
We hope that this information is helpful to you at this point.  We understand that these are continuing unusual times.  Please be assured that all of our plans have the children at the centre of them.
Have a lovely weekend.
Take care
Kim Huggett 


Dear Parents and Carers, 
as you will have understood from the media, today the Government have published the guidance for the full opening of schools in September 2020.
I would to reassure you that we are working on implementing these guidelines and building on what we have already put in place since March.
We will continue to share with you our arrangements with you at appropriate times.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding in these times.
Take Care
Kim Huggett and the staff at Yapton C of E Primary School.

Weekly Message to families 3.07.2020

Dear Parents and Carers
It has been great to see all of the ‘This is Me’ work that has been going on, both in school and at home. Next week’s theme has a heroic flavour to it!!  Have you seen the teachers videos yet? We hope that you enjoy the learning.
Looking forward…
Thank you to all of the families who have responded to our invitations to come to see us for ‘Share and Shine’, the new Early Years Royal Garden Party and the Year 6 Leavers Celebration Breakfast. If you haven’t replied yet, please let us know using our office2@yaptonschool.org email.
The teachers have been writing the end of year reports for their classes. This year, these will be sent to you by ParentMail in the last week of term. If you would like to respond to any elements of your child’s report, you will be able to communicate to your child’s teacher using the office2@yaptonschool.org email.
Hot Meals in September 2020
If your child is moving into year 3 in September, please can I remind you that they will no longer be entitled to a free school meal. You will need to contact Chartwells – our catering company – to order directly. If you feel that you may be entitled to a free school meal, please contact the school office. Please look out for the information for parents/carers of children moving into Year 3 on our school website next week.
Keeping Safe 
The Government have recently published new guidance about keeping children safe, please see the link below:
Free School Meal Vouchers
We will be ordering the Edenred vouchers for one week to finish the term and then a voucher specifically for the summer holidays. Please check your emails over the next couple of weeks.
As always, if you need us, please contact the school, either by phone  01243 551246 or office2@yaptonschool.org
Have a lovely weekend and take care.
Kim Huggett