In the autumn term, the children all learnt about Sikhism. In the spring term, the children all learnt about Christianity. Due to school closure, teachers were unable to teach our summer term Islamic unit to the children. Therefore, the final themed week for the summer term will be based on our whole school unit on Islam. Please click on the PDF to find out activities you can take part in with your child/children.
We are delighted to be able to re-open our after school club in September as we know that many people rely on it to support their family needs.
The costs of this provision remain the same:
3.10pm – 4.30pm £5.50
3.10pm – 6.00pm £9.00
Many schools are suspending wrap-around-care but we very much want to be able to continue to support working parents. Be assured that we are very conscious of the need to abide by the government advice and guidelines concerning the ongoing Covid-19 threat, and therefore there will be some inevitable alterations to our provision.
Children will be grouped in bubbles and these groups will not mix. We will be keeping very clear records in case we have need of the ‘track and trace’ process.
Timings of ASC will remain the same but we must stress that if you have booked your child in until 6 pm then you will need to have collected them promptly as our site closes at 6 pm.
Collection will be slightly different as outlined below:
For collection of children before 4.30 pm, the office will be manned up until this time. You will be able to buzz through from the main entrance (do not enter the school building) and a member of staff in the office will radio through to ASC to have your child sent to you.
For collections of children after 4.30 pm, the double doors at the back of the hall will be your new collection point as it is a larger outdoor area in which to wait once the office is no longer manned. One of the ASC bubbles will be in the hall and their member of staff will radio though to the other bubbles as required to send for your child.
If you will require an after school place in September, we now need to know in advance exactly who will be attending and for how long. Please contact school in order to book your child in. We need as much notice as possible so that we can be confident in our staffing and room allocation. No same day bookings will be accepted for this reason.
Dear Parents / Carers,
We are very much looking forward to welcoming all children back into nursery and school in September (I know some of our children will be enjoying the Crossbar club at school over the holiday. Check out our website if you want to book any places).
All the way through this terrible situation I have stuck to the Government advice. Our thoughts have always been that Government must be advised by the highest level of scientists and medics and therefore offer the best advice to schools. We continue to carefully read what they suggest schools do, to ensure the safest possible full opening of school come September. I hope the following advice goes some way to assuring you that we do not intend on becoming relaxed in our procedures and practices and that the safety of your children and our staff remain paramount at all times.
We know that returning to school is vital not just for children’s education, but for their well-being too. The impact of missed schooling can affect both current levels of learning and children’s future ability to learn, and therefore we are ensuring all our pupils can return to Newdale. The Department for Education has stated that given the improved position, the balance of risk is now overwhelmingly in favour of children returning to school. They go on to say that there cannot be a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. They say that school leaders are best placed to understand the needs of their schools and to make informed judgements about how to balance delivering a broad and balanced curriculum with the measures needed to manage risk.
We will of course be continuing to follow public health advice to ensure that we minimise the risk of the transmission of coronavirus at Newdale and continue to comply with health and safety law, which requires us to assess risks and put in place risk assessments. This will include the following:
- any child or member of staff who is ill should stay at home and inform school immediately
- continuing our robust hand washing systems for all
- continue to promote the ‘catch it, kill it, bin it’ approach towards respiratory hygiene
- enhanced cleaning arrangements will continue in every part of school – we have ensured we have plenty of cleaning products ready for the Autumn term and that regular rubbish collection and toilet cleaning is maintained
- active engagement with NHS Test and Trace where required
- reducing contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible – the DfE recognise that ‘schools should assess their circumstances and if class-sized groups are not compatible with offering a full range of subjects or managing the practical logistics within and around school, they can look to implement year group sized ‘bubbles’. The key is knowing who has been in contact with who for ‘track and trace’ purposes. The DfE also recognises that ‘younger children will not be able to maintain social distancing, and it is acceptable for them not to distance within their group.’
How contacts are reduced will depend on the school’s circumstances and will (as much as possible) include:
- grouping children together in year group bubbles when inside
- assemblies will take place as phase assemblies (allowing just 2 year groups at a time to fully space out in the hall, entering and exiting via 2 different doors)
- arranging classrooms with forward facing desks (where possible) and with encouragement for children to maintain safe distancing. Early Years and Year 1 children will be sat in groups.
- staff maintaining distance from pupils and other staff as much as possible
If anyone in school becomes unwell with Coronavirus symptoms, they will be sent home and advised to follow current guidance from the government and Public Health England. We will ensure that anyone developing those symptoms during the school day is sent home immediately and that our protocol is followed. If we do have a case in school, we are fully aware of the ‘track and trace’ requirements and are clear about the protocol for schools to follow should this be the case.
Face coverings are not encouraged or required in school settings. Bags will be allowed in school, but pupils should limit what they bring to just essentials: e.g. PE Kit, lunch boxes, reading/ homework / home-school communication books.
Start and end times
We are lucky to have multiple entry and exit points on our school site. This means we can separate gatherings far better than many other schools. We will be staffing these points.
|Year group||Entry point and start time||Exit point and end time||Notes|
|6||8.40 am: Gate by the Year 6 classrooms||3.10 pm: Gate by the Year 6 classrooms||Please encourage your child to enter and exit independently|
|5||8.45 am: Gate by the Year 6 classrooms||Just after 3.10 pm: Gate by the Year 6 classrooms.
Year 5 Teachers will ensure Year 6 have gone before they release
|Please encourage your child to enter and exit independently|
|4||Mr Jackson’s class
8.40 am: Steps to the left of the Iron Giant
Miss MacFarlane’s class
|3.10 pm: Steps to the left of the Iron Giant
3.10 pm: Steps onto the decking area front of school
|Please encourage your child to enter and exit independently|
|3||8.40 am: Gate by the carpark to the back of classrooms on the playground||3.10 pm: Gate by the carpark to the back of classrooms – please keep distanced from others whilst waiting for your children||Only one parent/carer to accompany the children onto site|
|2||8.40 am: Gate by the carpark to the back of classrooms on the playground||3.10 pm: Gate by the carpark to the back of classrooms – please keep distanced from others whilst waiting for your children|
|1||8.45 am: Steps onto the decking area front of school||3.00 pm: Steps onto the decking area front of school|
|Reception||8.50 am: Gate by the carpark to the back of classrooms on the playground||3.00 pm: Gate by the carpark to the back of classrooms – please keep distanced whilst waiting for your children|
|Nursery||Usual drop-off time for your child’s allocated hours: Nursery garden gate by main entrance||Usual collection time for your child’s allocated hours: Nursery garden gate by main entrance|
Note: Please do inform us if you are not happy in allowing your child in Year 4, 5 and 6 to enter and exit the site independently.
Attendance & Equipment
The usual school rules will once more apply from September and all children will be expected to be in school (unless following public health advice because of self-isolating or following a positive test result).
We will also return to full school uniform: blue or white school polo top / shirt with a navy jumper (school logo or plain); grey or black trousers / skirt; grey or black socks / tights and black school shoes (not trainers). PE kit should comprise of a white t-shirt with navy or black shorts / joggers and should all be plain. Trainers will be required in school. Please ensure PE kit is available every day, should teachers decide to do extra fitness sessions. Please also make sure your children have the correct kit for forest school as we will continue to make sure the children receive as much outdoor learning as possible. It is important that nail varnish is not worn for school and that haircuts comply with our policy and do not show shaved patterns or extreme styles including hair dyes.
Before and After School Clubs
The DfE advice here is that, ‘schools may keep children in their class groups for the majority of the classroom time, but also allow mixing into wider groups for specialist teaching, wraparound care and transport.’ They go on to say that, ‘if it is not possible to maintain bubbles being used during the school day, then schools should use small, consistent groups.’
To support our working parents, our breakfast club and afterschool clubs will resume as they were before lockdown; however, we will be keeping children within fixed groups alongside children in their year groups/phases. Social distancing and hygiene rules will apply as in the wider school including an altered menu and disposable cups and plates.
Curriculum and Learning
Teachers have already been planning home learning activities to support you and your children over the summer break. We know that many schools are not in a position to offer this, but felt it significantly important for children during this current situation. Your current teacher will let you know when the suggested learning activities will be released to you online.
The Department for Education states, ‘All teachers and other staff can operate across different classes and year groups in order to facilitate the delivery of the school timetable. Teachers can work across groups if that is needed to enable a full educational offer.’
In September we will be resuming our own high-quality, broad, and balanced curriculum, but will also be ensuring that time is given to cover any missed curriculum content and prioritising reading as a key skill which underpins everything (please help your child by carrying out as much reading with them at home as you can over the summer holiday). We will be assessing starting points and knowledge gaps at the beginning of the new academic year to ensure we personalise learning for every pupil. Teachers have already begun planning ways to fill gaps in core subjects so that no child is at a disadvantage from the time they have spent away from school. Your support with home working and reading will only help your child get back on track more quickly. In key stage 2, we will be grouping maths a little differently to ensure that children have the best possible chance to catch up with any missed learning, close gaps and reach their full potential.
We will be offering hot dinners/school sandwiches as we normally do. The kitchen staff are fully aware of the safety measures needed and have limited the menu (see website) and altered delivery and equipment to suit. Home sandwiches will be eaten in classrooms by some of the older children (following handwashing and table wiping) and all other dinners will be served in the hall with particular attention given to hygiene and the careful grouping of children.
Pastoral and Social Support
The return to school will allow pupils to socially interact with peers and school staff once more which will hugely benefit their well-being. As always, our excellent pastoral team will be on hand to support all pupils and their families, some of whom may need support re-adjusting to school after so long away. You can help too by talking to your child about school routines and ensuring they are ready for early starts and a structured day once more.
The DfE state that ‘the benefits of children being back in school far outweigh the very low risk from coronavirus.’ ‘All schools must follow the system of controls, but the way different schools implement some of the requirements will differ based on their individual circumstances.’
We really are working so hard on making sure we continue to get it right for our children and families. We hope you find this information both useful and reassuring.
If you have any questions or concerns, please be in touch with school by telephone or email. We look forward to seeing you all in September and wish you a happy and healthy summer holiday.
As part of the Newdale Mini Olympics week, children have been invited to dress up this Friday (10th July) to complete their final sporting challenge. If your child is currently in school, then they are also welcome to attend in fancy dress of their choice. However, please note that children will not be changing their costumes in school. They will therefore remain in their costume all day, including trips to both PE and Forest School.
We look forward to seeing all of your costumes. Don’t forget to share them on the school homework blog 😊
Thank you for all your support with the value of the month for June, which was Honesty. Throughout June, children learnt the importance of being truthful to others; being truthful to themselves; doing what’s right regardless of who’s around and being someone others can trust.
Our value of the month for July is Reflecting.
Providing opportunities for reflection is an important part of school and home life. It is important that children are given the chance to reflect upon their learning, school and life experiences.
What is Reflecting?
- To think carefully or deeply about something.
- To look at ways to make changes or improvements.
Suggestions for parents to work with children at home:
- Talk with your child about ‘reflecting’. Try to answer: ‘What does reflecting involve?’ Discuss some examples.
- As your child is approaching the end of this academic year, it is important that they reflect on all the positives and negatives they have encountered over the year. Discuss with your child what has gone well this year; have they met a certain challenge or target? What steps did they take to achieve it?
- Also discuss with your child what they feel they need to improve on. Perhaps it could be that they need to read regularly at home or have a positive attitude towards their work.
- Has something happened this year that they wish they had handled differently? Discuss with your child what they could do next time if faced with the same situation.
Please let your child’s teacher know if we can celebrate any work from home, in school. Feedback on the values and what you do at home is really valuable to us and we really appreciate all your support.
If you can support us in any way, please get in touch via the school office.
Dear parents / guardians,
Miss Cook and the Governors will be reviewing the school’s vision statement for next year.
As parents and carers, we would welcome your comments and ideas around the new copy, which is below. Please respond by Friday 3rd July.
This week’s theme is all about Growth Mindset! Click on the link here to find out more!
You can access links and videos to learn more about what having a Growth Mindset is! There is a variety of activities we’d like you to try this week which links to Growth Mindset and there are also other activities you can try! See the links below!
We look forward to the children of Newdale adopting a Growth Mindset over the week and training your brain to think positively for the future too!
Post your pictures and work to your class blogs, we cannot wait to see them!
Any further questions/queries, please email Mrs Trevor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Files you will need:
Please can we remind you of our uniform requirements between now and the end of term. Children are permitted to come in school PE kits with a school top. We know that having some form of uniform helps children settle into work mode more easily. We have said that Year 6 can wear Athog hoodies as an alternative. Appropriate footwear for forest school/basecamp may be needed if the weather is rainy.
We understand that at this time of the year parents do not want to be buying new uniform and so we are saying that a closely matched plain coloured top with no logos would be fine should they have grown out of the school jumper / cardigan.
Thank you for your continued support.
We are continuing to listen very carefully to Government advice and act accordingly in the best way we can for our children using the resources we have.
The children who have returned are really enjoying seeing their friends and teachers and of course getting back into the school routines.
The Government told us ‘there may be capacity to welcome more children back, in group sizes of no more than 15, before the summer holidays’. This is exactly what we have done!
We already made provision available for children of critical workers right from the very first day of lockdown. We also offered out spaces for all vulnerable children and children in the Government stated year groups – Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6.
From today we are operating the following provision –
Year 6 – 3 classes of 15 children.
Year 5 – 3 classes of 15 children.
Year 4 – 1 class of 15 children.
Year 3 – 1 class of 15 children.
Year 2 – 1 class of 15 children.
Year 1 – 2 classes of 15 children.
Reception – 4 classes of 15 children.
Nursery – Ladybugs and Mighty Oaks operational up to a limit linked to room space.
The allocation of classes has been dictated by critical worker request, along with demand for the specified year groups. As I have stated before, we are very lucky to have such a big school and the available staff in order to offer the best possible options we can for our children.
At this moment in time, we are full in all year groups and we cannot go over the 15 children per class base maximum, unless there is a change in the policy from Government.
If you require a place for your child/children over the final 4 weeks, we can only suggest you put your name on a waiting list by ringing the office, and then if and when policy changes we will notify you with more details.
In the meantime, the teaching and teaching assistant teams are working very hard on making sure the ‘Home learning’ offer is of a very high standard and easy to access. Again, if you are having difficulties with access or completion do let your child’s teacher know and they will be more than happy to assist.
I hope you are able to enjoy some of the wonderful sunshine this week; I know the children will certainly enjoy their time outside whilst at school.
Thank you for your continued support.
As you know, we are having a topic focus each week. This week is Design and Technology week. I know that we are lucky enough to have lots of budding engineers, mathematicians, designers and inventors at Newdale, so I am really exciting to see some of the projects that you get up to this week! Please make sure that you share all of your super efforts on the homework blogs! 🙂 Have fun! 🙂