COVID-19: Information and Resources
Welcoming All Of Our Pupils Back Safely - September 2020
We are all really looking forward to being able to welcome our children back at the start of the 2020/2021 academic year on Thursday 3rd September 2020.
Pupils from Years 1 to 6 will be arriving at the main academy playground entrance at the following staggered times (to allow for social distancing) and parents are asked to leave pupils at the gate and to adhere to social distancing wherever possible:
(Siblings can be dropped off together at the earliest time).
Thursday 3rd September 2020
Year 6 in school 8.20am to 3.30pm
Years 4 and 5 return to school at 8.20am and are collected at 1pm
Years 1, 2, 3 return to school at 1.30pm and are collected at 3.30pm
For futher timings please see our Parent hub, Timings of the school day page.
Pupils are expected to wear uniform as normal and must attend every day. If pupils are quarantining, or in rare circumstances there are other health concerns, then approval from Mrs Corbett needs to be agreed. In this case Mrs Corbett will ensure a short term online programme is available on Teams for home education, until your child can return safely to the academy.
Classrooms have been set up with limited furniture and desk now all facing the front. This ensures that contact between pupils is limited and each child will have their own books, resources and pencil cases provided by the academy. Handwashing on entry to the academy and throughout the day will be enforced and pupils will be trained. The academy is aware that some pupils may find the return to fulltime education a challenge and may experience some anxiety, so all staff have received trauma training and will be able to guide pupils. To facilitate this further we have set up "Feelings stations" with the Blobs in each classroom. If you need to know what the Blobs are you can find out more information here: https://pedagogy.blog/2015/10/01/the-blob-tree/
At lunchtime our pupils from Years 1 to 6 will be eating in their classrooms. A hot meal will be provided for those who have a hot meal, in a Bento box and cutlery will be provided.
Playtimes and lunch breaks will be staggered so that each group of pupils stays in their year group bubble, minimising further any risk of infection.
Parents should collect pupils at the end of the day from the Main playground gate. This will be staggered and teachers willl bring their classes at the following times, to ensure as much social distancing as possible is sustained.
Home times will be staggered and younger siblings will need to wait in class for older siblings to be dismissed - For example if a Year 2 child has a Year 5 sibling, they will stay in class with support staff. When year 5 are going home, the Teaching Assistant in Year 5 will collect the child in Year 2 to leave together. This will allow parents to pick siblings up together and avoid long waits.
Should any pupil display symptoms of Covid19 then a clear isolation procedure is in place and parents would be contacted and their child kept safely in isolation until they could be collected. If any child displays symptoms of Covid19 infection then they should be kept at home and a call made to the academy to report this. If a case was to be confirmed through testing then the academy will follow government guidance and will communicate this, as required, with parents via email. If any closure was enforced on a year group or locally we have an online curriculum to be provided via Teams as needed.
If parents need to make contact with the school they can do so by phoning our office on 0207 394 5700 or emailing at: email@example.com
If for an exceptional reason the query cannot be answered by telephone or email then an appointment will be made with you and a meeting held in an allocated room at a set time, with 2 metre social distancing enforced. For obvious reasons this would only be where a problem cannot be resolved without a face to face meeting.
When Reception pupils begin fulltime education on the 14th September 2020, we will update the drop off and collection arrangements for Reception pupils on this page.
We are all very excited about seeing you and your children return and we know what a huge step forward this is. Mrs Corbett and Mrs O'Byrne will be on the gate to welcome you each day and pelase be patient and show understanding while we establish the new working pattern, as our primary concern is to keep all of our pupils safe.
July 2020 Advice:
Home learning during academy closure
Year group specific home learning is posted on the 'classes' page of this website by 5pm each day, ready for the following day's learning. To find it, click on 'classes' from the top menu, then on your child's year group in the list on the left hand and then on 'Academy closure- home learning'. The relevant documents can be found by scrolling down the page.
Over the Easter break, from Monday 6th April to Friday 17th April 2020, we won't be adding to the Home Learning daily pages, as we are doing during term time. If you do wish to continue school work with your child, we suggest you look back over any of the activities from the previous two weeks that you didn’t manage to complete and/or try out some of the free learning resources out there, either ones you have found yourself or from the extensive list below.
Remind your child that if they are worried about anything or need to talk to someone while the school is closed there are places they can go for support. For example, Childline can be contacted for free on 0800 1111, or children can get support online
Our designated safeguarding leads are still working during usual school hours during the COVID-19 academy closure, so please do contact them on the school phone number 0207 394 5700 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are concerned about a child.
If you are concerned a child is at immediate risk out of school hours, you should contact one of the following:
Southwark Council’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
020 7525 1921 or email@example.com (core hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday)
Out of hours emergency contact: 020 7525 5000
0808 800 5000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Or by clicking the link on the NSPCC website:
Staying safe online
Resources to teach children about e-safety/online safety.
Free learning resources
List of free online learning resources from the Government
Art activity ideas from British Artists
Activity ideas from the Scouts
Draw tutorials with children's author and illustrator Rob Biddulph
Stay active with Sport England
Free mathematics resources from Carol Vorderman
Free maths activities by year group
Ideas for cooking with children from Jamie Oliver
Singing with Mylene Klass
Dancing with Darcey Bussell
History with Dan Snow
Science with Dr Brian Cox
Geography with Steve Backshall
Free David Walliams audio books
Free books being read, often by the author or a celebrity
Various free activities and resources
Various free educational games and activities
Scholastic learning resources (20+ days)
Virtual tour of 12 museums
Free daily 30 minutes workout at 9am with the Body Coach, Joe Wicks
Free educational resources from Twinkl https://www.twinkl.co.uk/resources/parents
To set up your account go to www.twinkl.co.uk/offer and enter the code UKTWINKLHELP You will then be asked to set up your own log in details which will give you full access to the website.
Resources to support children's mental health and well-being
Information from the Children's Commissioner
Coronavirus: Resources to support mental health and well-being from 'Heads Together'
Young Minds: Talking to children about Coronavirus
#Covibook - Supporting and reassuring children around the world
Place2Be - Coronavirus: Helpful information to answer questions from children
Advice from the mental health charity MIND
Mental health advice and support from the NHS
E-learning to support healthy minds
Guidance for supporting mental health from Public Health England
General COVID-19 related information
The Government/Public Health England advice for Educational Settings
The Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline
The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday
Advice and support
NHS 111 is for when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. The service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.
What to do if you're not feeling okay: You can get in touch about anything that’s troubling you, no matter how large or small the issue feels.
Phone: 116 123
A national helpline providing information and support for people with mental health problems and those who support them.
Phone: 0845 767 8000
A grassroots federation working together to provide life-saving services and
build a future where domestic violence is not tolerated.
Web: www.womensaid.org.uk/ Phone: 0808 2000 247 (Freephone 24hr National Domestic Violence Helpline)
Cruse has a UK-wide network of branches that provide bereavement support to anyone who needs it.
St Christopher’s - Candle Child Bereavement Service:
St Christopher’s has been providing bereavement counselling to patients’ families for over 40 years. The Candle Child Bereavement Service extends this support to all children, young people and their families in the south east London area.
Phone: 020 8768 4533
A national charity aiming to make a positive impact on the lives of children, young people and adults grieving a significant and often devastating loss in their lives.