Welcome Fortnight Evaluation 21.09.2020

‘Welcome Fortnight’ Evaluation

Dear parents and carers ,
thank you to the children, home grown ups, staff and governors who responded to our request for feedback about our ‘Welcome Fortnight’. I have summarised the response and would like to share with you the main themes and the resulting action we are going to take as a school.
WWW: What Went Well?
  • The children are happy in school
  • The children feel safe
  • The recovery curriculum provision in the first two weeks was fun
  • The opportunity to meet the teachers
  • The children are keen to come to school
  • The children enjoyed the outdoor focus
EBI: Even Better If
  • Children waited calmly next to their parents and did not run around
  • The ‘only 1 home grown up’ at the school was carried out by all families
  • Teenage children are only at school if they are the 1 person to collect the child
  • Adults do not congregate together in groups
  • Adults do not hang around at the school waiting for their friends
  • Families arrive at the correct times and are not here early and therefore queueing
I would like to clarify the rationale behind our decision making with regard to the staggered starts and lunchtimes.
The staggered starts are in place to reduce the footfall entering and leaving the school at any time. We have two start and end times for the school day to enable this to happen. The DfE have been very clear that no learning time should be lost as a result of this arrangement. We have  therefore reduced lunchtime by 15 minutes for each bubble to accommodate this. In addition, as we have 7 ‘bubble sittings’ for lunch, we have to allocate 15 minutes per bubble in the Log Cabin to remain within the working pattern of Chartwells our hot food provider. We have asked for a healthy snack to help support the children.
ACTION WE ARE TAKING
Please can all families be clear about the expectation of
  • only 1 adult to be on the school run,
  • ensure that children stand quietly and remain with their adult,
  • families do not wait for other families on our school site
  • teenagers are only at school if they are the 1 family member allocated to collect children from school
 
FROM TUESDAY 22/09/2020 
  • ALL ADULTS COMING ON TO THE SCHOOL PREMISES WILL BE REQUIRED TO WEAR A MASK (THIS INCLUDES NORTH END ROAD ADJACENT TO THE SCHOOL). SCHOOL STAFF WIIL BE WEARING VISORS WHEN AT THE SCHOOL GATE OR CLASSROOM DROP OFF POINTS.
Thank you for taking the time to feedback to us.
These are unusual times and we must continue to work together, placing the children at the centre of our actions.
Take care
Kim Huggett

Friday News for Families 18.09.20

Dear Parents and Carers ,
what a busy two weeks!! It has been great to welcome everyone back and to hear and feel the buzz of chatter, laughter and friendships.
 
EXPLORATION FORTNIGHT
We now look forward to our ‘Exploration Fortnight’ when we will re-introduce the core subjects of reading, writing and maths. The teachers will be working with your children to see where their strengths are and where they might need either challenging or support. The children will be bringing home reading books and reading journals. All books that return to school will go into a ‘special box’ for 72 hours before being put back into our Library or class reading areas.
 
PE AND FOREST SCHOOL TIMETABLES
The timetables for PE and Forest School are attached to this ParentMail. On the days that your child has PE, please send them in to school wearing their PE kits. The children will need to have trainers in school on the other days so that they can run the ‘Daily Mile’. It may be easier to keep their trainers in school all week and wear their school shoes to school with their PE kit and change into trainers at school. All PE will be outside due to current guidance. For Forest School, the children will need clothes that are suitable for the weather that day. Please don’t send children to Forest School in their best clothes!
 
STAFF NEWS 
I am delighted to tell you that Mrs Bowles is expecting a baby in February 2021. Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Bowles. Her two boys, Archie and Tommy are going to be wonderful big brothers. Mrs Horrex has kindly arranged to increase her days from 2 to 3, so she will take the lead for Pevensey class. We will be advertising for a teacher to cover the maternity leave for two days per week. We will let you know as soon as we have finalised the appointment.
 
KEEPING SAFE 
As we adjust to our new ways at the beginning and the end of the day, it is really important to ensure that
  • children stay with their home grown ups sensibly and calmly
  • adults are respectful of social distancing
  • families do not arrive too early and form a queue (we will open the gates at 8.40 and 2.55 to give you plenty of time to be ready to bring or collect your child)
 
Have a great weekend. We look forward to seeing you all on Monday.
Take Care
Kim Huggett

Friday News for Families 11.9.20

Dear Parents and Carers,
 
WOW! We are already at the end of our first week back as a school family. There has been lots of fun, new friendships developing, old friendships continuing and of course…hand washing !!
“It has been really good, because we have had fun and know that we are safe” Alice Y6
“It was scary at first but it got easier and I am having more fun now” Lucy Y5
 
PARENT MEETINGS
We are looking forward to meeting with you next week. Please remember to bring your questionnaire so that we can look at how we can support you and your family as we move forward through the term. In order to reduce the amount of adults at school at the same time, we can only meet with ONE adult per family.
 
SOCIAL DISTANCING
We continue to ask that only ONE family member accompanies the children only to the school premises.
We ask that social distancing requirements are kept to whilst on our school premises and as you leave.
 
HEALTHY SNACKS
Thank you to those families who have provided a healthy snack to help with the early/late lunch situation. Normally schools would ask for fruit, however we understand the concerns regarding fruit and accept that snacks like bread sticks and fruit bars may be preferable at the moment as they are in a sealed packet.
 
HAND SANITISERS
The children are washing their hands regularly with soap and water. We ask that individual sanitisers are not sent in to school.
 
NEXT WEEK…
Our ‘Welcome Fortnight’ continues. The children in Early Years will wear their uniform and the rest of the school will wear their PE kits. Please check the Forest School timetable so that you can make sure your child is ready for some fun in the forest.
Enjoy the sunshine this weekend. We look forward to seeing you on Monday.
 
 
Take Care
Kim Huggett

Information Update 7.09.2020

Dear Parents and Carers,
 
it was great to welcome everyone back to school and to meet our new EYFS children who joined Camber Class and Lewes Class today.
As we are navigating our way through a new normal, there are going to be areas of organisation that we need to adapt at times.
 
School Uniform
please make sure that ALL school uniform is clearly labelled.
 
The start and end of the school day
Please make sure that only 1 adult from your family comes to school for the start and end of the day.
Please make sure that you do not arrive too early to avoid extra people being at school.
Please continue to respect the social distancing requirements when you come to school.
 
Left-over PE kit etc
These items have been outside the school office since Friday for you to come and collect. Wednesday will be the last day.
 
School bags
We are trying to encourage a reduction of equipment and items being transported between home and school. If your child needs to have a school bag to carry their belongings, please can it be as small as possible and only if necessary.
 
Reading books
If your child has their own reading book from home, it will be kept with them on the table each day or in their drawer. If we send home reading books from school to you at home, they will have been ‘left’ for 72 hours before being given to you.
 
Term dates and INSET Days
Please find attached the dates of the remaining INSET days and term dates for this academic year.
 
Kind Regards
Kim Huggett

For recent posts please Information clarification 3.09.2020

Dear Parents and Carers ,
we have had some queries about arrangements for our return to school on Monday 7th September. I hope that this message helps to clarify our arrangements for you. I realise that over the past few months, you have received a lot of information from us! Thank you for your patience and your support in working with us.
 
MONDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER:Y-FEST
Originally we had planned to put in place a transition morning for the children to spend time with their previous teacher before moving on to their new class. However, the guidance changed and we were unable to continue with this idea. We have planned the Y-FEST as a fun way to start back to school together with their new teacher. All of the teachers are busy in school today filming a welcome video for you to watch. You will see the classroom and the way that you will need to enter and leave the school site.
 
HEALTHY SNACKS
Due to the ‘bubble’ system, as you know, there will be 7 sittings for lunch. This may mean that your child will have either an earlier, or later lunch than usual. We asked you to provide a healthy snack for your child so that they can adjust to these timings without being hungry.
 
OUTDOOR PE KIT
The outdoor PE kit (sweatshirt and joggers) need to be plain. The colour does not matter.
 
We are looking forward to seeing you all on Monday.
Kim Huggett

A message for Early Years children starting school on Monday 7.09.2020

Hello to you all, 
 
Welcome back after a fabulous summer 🌞. We hope you are well and have enjoyed your time at home as a family. 👑🌈
 
We are busy in school this week preparing our exciting classrooms ready for your children to start school on Monday 7th September. 
The Early Years Team are very much looking forward to welcoming you all into school. 
 
Here are a few reminders about the arrangements for the week beginning 7th September. 
 
Monday 7th September – Children to arrive at school at 1:30pm – 3:00pm 
Tuesday 8th September – Children are in school from 8:45am – 11:45am
Wednesday 9th September – Children are in school from 8:45am – 11:45am
Thursday 10th September and Friday 11th September – Children are in school from 8:45 am – 1:30pm we have ordered hot school dinners for the children however, if you would like to provide your child with a packed lunch then please feel free to do this. 
 
We would like your children to wear their school uniform as they would usually on these days. Please provide some spare clothes in case your child has an ‘accident’ during their time in school. 
We will let you know which days your child will be doing PE,  your child will need to come dressed in their PE kit on these days. 
 
Camber class and Lewes class will be running as a ‘pod’ . The children will be reminded throughout the day to wash their hands and hand sanitiser will also be available. The staff in school will be regularly cleaning surfaces and resources. 
 
I mentioned in the letter which we sent home to you all that we would be offering home visits, unfortunately due to the current situation we are not able to offer these anymore. There will be an opportunity to meet with the class teacher to discuss your children early in the Autumn term. 
 
As parents with children who are already part of our school family will already know we are asking children to wear ‘festival’ headwear on their first day as a celebration of coming back to school. We are also inviting children to walk up to the school gates and tie a ribbon onto the fence to make our grounds look colourful prior to Monday. This is also an opportunity to have a practice of the school run. If you would like to do this with your children it will be a great way to remind them of the school grounds and they can spot the ribbon they tied on monday. We are very much looking forward to seeing an array of colours and patterns when we come to school on Monday. 
 
Best Wishes to you all, 
 
Miss Emery and the Early Years Team 💚
 
EYFS and Key Stage One Leader of Learning 
Yapton C. of E. Primary School 

Welcome Back to School

We are looking forward to seeing everyone back at school on Monday 7th September for Y-Fest.  We hope this letter provides answers to some of the questions you may be asking as the summer holidays draws to a close.
 
What are the timings of the school day?
We are operating a staggered start and finish to our school day to reduce the number of people on the school grounds at one time.  We ask that only one family member brings and/or collects their children.  This does not need to be the same person on each occasion.
Families of our new Early Years children will already have a timetable for the arrangements for the first week of school.  They will begin their staggered starts from Monday 14th September.
 
The following classes will start at 8:45am and finish at 3:00pm: Camber, Amberley, Southsea, Pevensey, Hastings.
The following classes will start at 9:00am and finish at 3:15pm: Lewes, Bramber, Portchester, Arundel and Bodiam.
 
We appreciate that some families will have children with different timings.  We ask that you wait on the large playground continuing to observe social distancing.
Whilst we understand some parents of Year 6 children would want to begin letting them walk to and from school themselves, we would encourage this not to be this case for the first half term.  If, however, there is a strong wish for a Year 6 child to make their journeys to/from school on their own, written permission will be required.  This could be a letter or an email.  Please note Year 6 children will not be allowed to take younger siblings with them.
 
What does my child need to wear?
On Monday 7th September, all the children need to wear their full school uniform.  We expect lots of you will be taking photographs of your children at the beginning of the new school year.  Don’t forget an extra colourful festival-themed garland or head dress ready for Y-Fest.
 
From Tuesday 8th September until Friday 18th September, the children need to come to school wearing their school PE kits and trainers.  This may include a plain track suit (or jogging bottoms and sweatshirt) if the weather turns cooler.  The school PE kit does not include school jumpers or cardigans for hygiene reasons.  It doesn’t matter what colour trainers the children wear – we just ask that they are well-fitting and safe for physical activity.
 
As mentioned on a previous letter, the children will be taking part in a Forest School session during the first two weeks.  On this day the children will need to wear appropriate clothing for being outside in the School Wild Garden.
 
From Monday 21st September the children will need to go back to wearing their full school uniform and bring in their PE kits and trainers.  We will send the PE kits home for washing at the end of each week.
Please can you ensure each part of the school uniform and PE kit is clearly named.
 
Quite a large amount of school uniform has remained in school during lockdown and the summer holidays.  We will put these on tables outside the school office on Friday 4th September from 9am until 3pm.  If you decide to come up to the school to claim any bits and pieces, please continue to be aware of the social distancing expectations.
 
What will my children be learning?
We have carefully planned the first seven weeks of term to ensure a smooth transition back into school for all families. Term will start with out ‘Welcome Fortnight’.  Further details about this and the following weeks are on the school website in the September 2020 section.
 
How do the class bubbles work in school?
We continue to follow the guidance from the government and the Department for Education. Each class will from its own ‘bubble’ (apart from Lewes and Camber classes – these will from a larger ‘joint bubble’ – due to the arrangement of their indoor and outside spaces and the developmentally appropriate learning provision).  As well as the staggered starts, the school day has been very carefully structured to keep the children and staff as safe as possible.  Measures in place will include separate playtimes and lunchtimes for each class bubble.  Furniture in Bramber, Pevensey, Portchester, Southsea, Arundel, Bodiam and Hastings classrooms has been set up in rows in line with the guidance.  Each class has a designated outdoor space which is available to the children during the day.
Your children will get in to the routine of regular handwashing using soap and water at key points in the day.  Surfaces such as tables and classroom door handles will be cleaned at the end of the morning and the afternoon each day.
Children and staff are not required to wear a face mask or covering at this moment in time.  If a child requires first aid treatment, the qualified member of staff will wear a mask, a disposable apron and a pair of disposable gloves. 
 
How can I help prepare my family for the return to school?
Take a look at the September 2020 section on our school website where you will find lots of information about our first half term back together as a whole school community.
Look out for a short video from each of the class teachers on our school YouTube channel from Friday 4th September.  You will be able to see the set up the classrooms as well as bring informed about the different entry and exit points for each class.
Over the weekend before Monday, why not come up the school and add a small festival decoration (e.g. bunting, flag, flowers) to our school fence at the front of the school in preparation for Y-Fest?  This will give your children a fun opportunity to rediscover the school run after such a long time away and something to look forward to seeing on the first day of the new school year.
 
Have an enjoyable end of the week. If you have any final questions or concerns, please contact the school using the office2@yaptonschool.org email address.  Mrs Hayes, Mr Hughes and myself will be outside ready to welcome you on Monday morning.
 
Take care
Mrs Huggett

Preparing for the new school year

Dear Parents and Carers,
 
We hope you all have had a lovely summer holiday – wherever and whatever you have been up to.
We are all really looking forward to seeing everyone at the beginning of term on Monday 7th September.  Don’t forget we are starting the new school year with Y-Fest.  All the details regarding this and the arrangements for the start of term are in the September 2020 section of our school website.  Here are a few key points to help you prepare for the beginning of the Autumn Term.
 
Stationery equipment
The guidance from the government continues to be updated.  With this in mind, we are suggesting very child in Years 1 to 6 brings in a small pencil case which will contain their own colouring pencils, rubber and pencil sharpener.  All other stationery items will be provided by the school.
 
Daily PE Lessons
Don’t forget that every child in Years 1 to 6 will also be having a daily PE lesson during the first two weeks of school.  The children will need to wear their school PE kits to school every day.  Details about this are attached to this letter.  As the very warm weather has seemed to have left us, part of this PE kit could be a plain tracksuit – this could be a pair of jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt.
 
Forest School
We are going to be continuing to work with Mr Stuart Slade – our Forest School provider – and sessions have already been organised for the beginning of term.  Every class with children from Years 1 – 6 will have one Forest School session in the first couple of weeks.  Please see the attached timetable.  On their Forest School Day, the children will need to wear appropriate clothing. Old clothes that could get dirty, sensible footwear (this may need to be wellies) and water proofs will also be needed.
 
Chartwells Hot School Meals
Through the Universal School Meals programme, Children in Early Years and Key Stage 1 are entitled to a hot meal every.  Unless entitled for Free School Meals, hot dinners for Key Stage 2 children need to be ordered.  Please follow this link https://westsussex.mealselector.co.uk/OrderMeals.aspx to do so.  
 
If you have any questions regarding the beginning of term, please do not hesitate to ask – please use the office2@yaptonschool.org email address.
Enjoy the last few days of the summer holiday.
 
Take care
Kim Huggett
Headteacher