June 3rd 2020

Dear Parents / Carer,
 
We are looking forward to welcoming your child back to school next week.
 
Please take some time to read the Home School Agreement and share this with your child before they return to school. This will make sure that their transition back to school is as smooth as possible. We do have to make sure we all follow this agreement as the safety of children and staff is the main priority.  Staff will ask that you have read and agree to follow this plan before your child enters school.
 
You will have already been informed which adults your child will be working with.
 
If your child is with Mrs Murrell and Miss Hughes they will be based in one half of the Nursery room. Please enter the school site through the Nursery gate on Nelson Terrace. The usual Nursery door into the building will not be used. The children will enter and exit the classroom through the door closest to their outdoor play area. You will exit the site using the main gate on the yard. Staff will be on hand to ensure the route is clear. Signs will be in place to support with this too. Your child must arrive at 8.45am. If you arrive late, you will not be allowed to enter via the Office. Pick up time is 11.45am.

If your child is with Mrs Bailey and Miss Thompson they will be based in one half of the Reception classroom. Please enter the school site through the Nursery gate on Nelson Terrace. The children will enter and exit class through the usual Reception door. You will exit the site from the main gates in the yard. Staff will be on hand to ensure the route is clear. Signs will be in place to support with this too. Your child must arrive at 8.45am. If you arrive late, you will not be allowed to enter via the Office. Pick up time is 11.45am.

If your child is with Miss Sutton and Miss Ridley they will be based in the Year 1 classroom. Please enter the school site through the entrance on Nelson Terrace. The children will enter and exit class through the Year 1 classroom door. You will exit the site from the main gates in the yard. Staff will be on hand to ensure the route is clear. Signs will be in place to support with this too. Your child must arrive at 12.30. If you arrive late, you will not be allowed to enter via the Office. Pick up time is 3.30.

If your child is with Mr Bates, Mr Iveson and Miss Lister they will be based in the Year 6 classroom. Please enter the school site through the entrance on Nelson Terrace. The children will enter and exit class directly through the Year 6 classroom door via the fire escape. You will exit the site from the main gates in the yard. Staff will be on hand to ensure the route is clear. Signs will be in place to support with this too. Your child must arrive at 12.30. If you arrive late, you will not be allowed to enter via the Office. Pick up time is 3.30. 

The advice is constantly changing and once again can I thank you all for your support and patience during these trying times.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
 
Mrs K Thompson



Percy Main Primary School’s COVID-19 Home School Agreement.

At this very difficult time, it is imperative that all involved in the extended reopening of Percy Main Primary school know their roles in ensuring this is done safely and properly. This COVID-19 Home School agreement is key to ensuring Percy Main Primary School is a safe place for all children and staff to return to.

 

          
           Percy Main Primary School
                                Parents
                    Children
The school will:
  • Provide an environment which has been risk assessed in response to the COVID-19 infection and Local Authority Risk assessment;
  • Follow the risk assessment at all times to ensure the safety of everybody in the building;
  • Respond to any changes in government guidance as soon as we possibly can after publication
  • Adhere to the social distancing rules as set out by the government as much as we reasonably can;
  • Ensure all staff are aware of, and follow, all Government Guidelines and guidance linked to the opening of schools and COVID-19
  • Provide a curriculum that meets the needs of your child’s well-being, mental health and academic needs and which utilises the outdoor environment as much as possible;
  • Contact parents/carers if your child displays symptoms of COVID-19;
  • Inform you if staff or children in your child’s ‘bubble’ show symptoms of or test positive for COVID-19 as this will mean you will all need to self-isolate for at least 14 days.
  • Continue our clear and consistent approach to rewards and sanctions for children as set out in our Behaviour Policy;
  • Continue to communicate between home and school using phone-calls, text, email, newsletters and the school website to ensure we offer a transparent and informative school option at all times.
  • Be available for all parents via telephone or email initially to support them with the transition from lock-down to school reopening.
As parents we know and understand that:
  • If my child/children, or anyone in my household, shows symptoms of COVID-19, I will not send my child/children to school.  We will self-isolate for 14 days as a family.  The affected people will get tested and I will let the school know as soon as possible via telephone of the outcome;
  • If my child shows symptoms of COVID-19 at school, I will collect my child from school immediately. I will get them tested and I will let the school know as soon as possible via telephone of the outcome.  I will then follow the appropriate guidance;
  • On my commute, and when dropping my child off and picking them up, I will adhere to the 2 metre social distancing rules.
  • When dropping off and picking up, I will strictly stick to the school timings for my child and any systems the school have in place;
  • My child will not bring any items at all into school with them, apart from their own labelled water bottle.
  • My child will not take anything home from school with them.
  • I will not be allowed into the school building at all – if I need to speak to school or see a member of staff I will phone the office and arrange this.
  • I will support all staff in their efforts to create an ‘as safe as possible’ environment during this time by following all expectations:
  • I will read all letters/messages/emails that are sent home;
  • I will inform the school of any changes to parents/carer and emergency contacts details.
  • I will follow social distancing rules at all times (this includes beyond the school day), and understand if there is evidence that I have not followed social distancing, my child may lose their place at school.
  • If my child is deemed unsafe, he/she will be sent home and cannot return to school until they can be safe.
  • If my child has any illness (not linked to COVID-19) I will follow schools rules on illness at all times.
  • I will apply sun lotion before my child comes to school in hot weather
  • I will Inform the school if my child does NOT have permission to use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
I will do my best to:
  • Follow the Bubble rules that keep me safe.  These will be shared with me when I go back to school and my teacher will make sure I fully understand them and what is expected of me
  • Wash my hands as soon as I go into school for 20 seconds
  • Regularly wash my hands  using soap and water for 20 seconds throughout the school day
  • Tell an adult if I feel unwell;
  • Not bring things into school from home, or take things home from school;
  • Only use the equipment in my own pack and that is on my own desk;
  • Not go too close to my friends in school.  I can talk to them, laugh with them and have fun with them but I must stay a small distance away from them so I must remember not to hold their hands or give them a cuddle. Instead I will smile at them, talk to them, sing with them,  giggle with them and find new games to play with them to keep us all safe;
  • Walk into school and out of school using the right route;
  • Stick to where I am allowed to go inside of school – my teacher will make sure I know this;
  • Follow the catch it-bin it-kill it rules coughing and sneezing into elbow or tissue;
  • Follow the rules at all times to maintain the safety of myself and others;
  • Follow these expectations and know that if I don’t, my grown-up will be spoken to and I might be sent home and I will not be able to come back into school until I can be safe and keep others safe.
By sending your child to school, you have Percy Main Primary School’s agreement that we will follow all of the above. By sending my child to school, I am agreeing to adhere to all of the above. By coming into school your child must agree to follow all of these rules all of the time.
 

18th May 2020

Dear Parents / Carer,
 
Percy Main Primary Opening to Government Identified Year Groups
(Draft plan until the end of the summer term and based on the new DfE guidance)
 
 
We are now ready to share our plans with you for our phased return to school. We will be offering a very different experience to what would normally be provided for your children. It is important that you read the following points carefully before making your decision. We intend implementing stringent hygiene and social distancing measures to try to reduce the risk of the transmission of the virus. However, we cannot eliminate this possibility and there are no guarantees of absolute safety. Athough we will be vigilant, you have to be aware that children may not always stick to the rules.  We will review our plans on a daily basis in the light of new evidence and the practicalities of the situation as they unfold.
 
These are some of the main points taken from our risk assessment –
  • Rainbows/Nursery It is not possible to socially distance Nursery age children, even in small groups. Therefore, for health and safety reasons, Rainbows and Nursery will not offer provision on site before the summer holidays.
  • Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 will initially be offered a 3 hour session each day. They will be taught in small groups, and have the same teacher and same equipment. The classes will stay separate from each other at all times throughout the day to keep them in their own little ‘bubble’. Work stations 2m apart with their own equipment will be set up.

This 3 hour session means that staff will not need a break or lunch provision.  Safety is our absolute priority, especially during this early phase of extending our provision.
I am also only offering 3 hours so that children can return home and complete their remote learning in the afternoon. Our plan leaves no member of staff without a teaching group. Teachers also need time to support children at home who are not returning to school in all year groups. This offer also supports an enhanced cleaning routine.

  • Curriculum arrangements will take into account the need for social distancing and activities will be very limited and will include a significant amount of time outside
  • Increased deep cleaning measures will be in place at the end of every day and increased cleaning of touch-points and surfaces will take place during the day
  • Toilets will be used on a 1:1 basis and will be strictly monitored
  • Any child or adult who displays symptoms will be immediately isolated and sent home.
  • We will instigate our own ‘track and trace’ regime if alerted to any confirmed cases within staff, parents or children, who have attended school or have been in contact with those who have, and steps will be taken to isolate individuals who have been in contact with them. Partial or full closure may take place and a deep clean will follow.
  • All staff and children will wash hands following the guidance on entry to the building and at very regular intervals throughout the day. Hand sanitizers will be in all rooms.
  • Breakfast club will not be open in the first instance.
  • Strict procedures will be in place for dropping off and collecting children with distance measures in place between staff, parents and children. As a result, any children arriving late will unfortunately not be able to come in. The office will be closed, with no children entering through main reception. Further details of these arrangements will follow.
  • We encourage children on-site to wear uniform. However, guidance received into school advises that clothing worn needs to be washed at the end of the day. To support with this flexibility will be given if you don’t have sufficient uniform. Safety is our priority. If school shoes do not fit, then they can wear alternative footwear as we understand shopping is difficult.

Further information about what the on-site provision for Reception will look like is in Appendix A. 
Further information about what onsite provision for Year 1 will look like is in Appendix B. 
Further information about what onsite provision for Year 6 will look like, is in Appendix C.
Staff returning to on-site

All staff without health risks will come into school in small groups on Monday 1st June and Tuesday 2nd June.  This will be for training, support, guidance, discussion and advice.  It is essential that we do this before groups of children join us.  

What next?
We have no idea and no control over events related to COVID 19.  It could be that this plan does not happen, if it is not appropriate to proceed.  We need to be told we can go ahead.  We also don’t know for sure how this plan will unfold. But I do have confidence that this plan will work for us.  I will of course keep in touch with all parents, as the weeks go on. 
 
For parents/carers in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 below is a short survey to let us know your thoughts and to indicate if you will be sending your children in to school.  This is a decision for each parent/carer to make.  Please click on the link below to complete the survey. Paper copies are also available from the School entrance. Please remember that only one adult can enter the reception area at the office at a time.
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/R5NTVRD
 
Please complete and return the survey before 5pm on Friday 22nd May.
 
I know that many of you will be anxious, but please be assured that we will always do our very best for all of our children and staff. We have remained open throughout this period and children in school have happily adapted and enjoyed their activities. Government guidance is that there will be no fines or prosecution if you choose to keep your child at home between June 1st and the end of the summer term. I am happy to try to answer any questions that you may have and to provide as much information as I can. The advice is constantly changing and we will change our plans as this evolves.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
 
Mrs K Thompson
 

APPENDIX A
 
Reception
It is incredibly difficult to socially distance small children. The DfE health and safety guidance is detailed.  Therefore, no more than 6 children will access each class setting at a time

Reception children will be onsite from June 10th.  
They will be with a small team of staff from the EYFS team, who are all familiar faces to our youngest children returning.   

These 6 children in each classroom will have a structured 3 hour session, with a mixture of outdoor time and guided activities, which will focus on reading, maths, social interaction and well-being.  This structure will prevent the need for the children having ‘free access’ to their classroom space and objects until the summer holidays, during this early opening of the site.  


RECEPTION Group A in Reception class A  (cloakroom side of the room) 
Children will be with Mrs Godfrey and Miss Thompson
Children will enter and exit through the usual classroom door
Use of toilets in EYFS corridor

Time Activity Location
8:45 – 9.00 Wellbeing Circle Time- Speaking and Listening Classroom
9:00 – 9.45 Physical Activity/outdoor learning Designated area in Nursery garden 
9.45 - 10:15 Challenge Time (Phonics/Fine motor skills) Classroom
10:15 - 10:30 Yoga/Relaxation skills Classroom
10:30 – 10.50 Challenge Time (Maths focus) Classroom
10.50 - 11:00 Snack Classroom
11:00 - 11:20 Physical Activity/outdoor learning Designated area in Nursery garden 
11:20 - 11:45 Story Time/Hometime Classroom
 

RECEPTION Group B in Reception class B (carpet area side of the room)
 Children will be with Miss Kelly and Mr Maloney
Children will enter and exit through the KS1 door
Use of toilets next to Rainbow room

Time Activity Location
8:45 – 9.00 Wellbeing Circle Time- Speaking and Listening Classroom
9:00 – 9.45 Physical Activity/outdoor learning Reception outdoor area 
9.45 - 10:15 Challenge Time (Phonics/Fine motor skills) Classroom
10:15 - 10:30 Yoga/Relaxation skills Classroom
10:30 – 10.50 Challenge Time (Maths focus) Classroom
10.50 - 11:00 Snack Classroom
11:00 - 11:20 Physical Activity/outdoor learning Reception outdoor area 
11:20 - 11:45 Story Time/Hometime Classroom
 
 
RECEPTION Group C in Nursery (carpet area side of the room)
Children will be with Mrs Bland and Miss Hughes
Children will enter and exit through Rainbows door
Use of toilets in EYFS corridor
Time Activity Location
8.45 - 9.00 Wellbeing Circle Time- Speaking and Listening Classroom
9.00 - 9.45 Physical Activity/outdoor learning Designated outdoor area 
9.45 - 10.15 Challenge Time (Phonics/Fine motor skills) Classroom
10.15 -10.30 Yoga/Relaxation skills Classroom
10.30 - 10.50 Challenge Time (Maths focus) Classroom
10.50 - 11.00 Snack Classroom
11.00 – 11.20 Physical Activity/outdoor learning Designated outdoor area 
11.20 – 11.45 Story Time/Hometime Classroom
 

RECEPTION Group D in Nursery (main entrance side of the room)
Children will be with Mrs Stanton and Mr Collings
Children will enter and exit through the usual Nursery entrance
Use of toilets in the Nursery

Time Activity Location
8.45 – 9.00 Wellbeing Circle Time- Speaking and Listening Classroom
9.00 -9.45 Physical Activity/outdoor learning Designated outdoor area 
9.45 -10.15 Challenge Time (Phonics/Fine motor skills) Classroom
10.15 – 10.30 Yoga/Relaxation skills Classroom
10.30 – 10.50 Challenge Time (Maths focus) Classroom
10.50 – 11.00 Snack Classroom
11.00 – 11.20 Physical Activity/outdoor learning Designated outdoor area 
11.20 -11.45 Story Time/Hometime Classroom
 

APPENDIX B
 
Year 1
 
It is incredibly difficult to socially distance small children. The DfE health and safety guidance is detailed.  Therefore, no more than 8 children will access each class setting at a time.
 
Year 1 children will be on site from June 9th.  
These 6 - 8 children in each classroom will have a structured 3 hour session, with a mixture of outdoor time, English, Maths and guided activities, which will focus on social interaction and well-being. This structure will prevent the need for the children having ‘free access’ to their classroom space and objects until the summer holidays, during this early opening of the site.


Year 1 group A will be in the  Year 1 Classroom  from 12.30 – 3.30
Children with Miss Sutton and Mrs Leslie
Children will enter and exit through Year 1 classroom door
 
Time Activity Location
12.30 - 12.45 Wellbeing Circle Time- Speaking and Listening Classroom
12.45 - 1.45 Challenge Time/Phonics Classroom
1.45 -  2.05 Physical Activity/Outdoor learning Year 1 outdoor learning area
2.05 - 2.25 Challenge Time/Maths focus Classroom
2.25 - 2.40 Physical Activity Designated area of yard/field
2.40 – 3.10 Thrive/Mindfulness Activity Classroom
3.10 – 3.30 Story Time/Hometime Classroom
 

Year 1 group B will be in the Year 2 classroom from 12.30 – 3.30
Children will be with Mrs Walls and Mrs Large
Children will enter and exit through KS1 main door

Time Activity Location
12.30 - 12.45 Wellbeing Circle Time- Speaking and Listening Classroom
12.45 - 1.45 Challenge Time/Phonics Classroom
1.45 -  2.05 Physical Activity/Outdoor learning Designated area of yard/field
2.05 - 2.25 Challenge Time/Maths focus Classroom
2.25 - 2.40 Physical Activity Designated area of yard/field
2.40 – 3.10 Thrive/Mindfulness Activity Classroom
3.10 – 3.30 Story Time/Hometime Classroom
 
 
 
Year 1 group C in Rainbow room from 12.30 – 3.30
Children will be with Mrs Mohun and Miss Ridley
Children will enter and exit through KS1 door

Time Activity Location
12.30 - 12.45 Wellbeing Circle Time- Speaking and Listening Classroom
12.45 - 1.45 Challenge Time/Phonics Classroom
1.45 -  2.05 Physical Activity/Outdoor learning Designated area of yard/field
2.05 - 2.25 Challenge Time/Maths focus Classroom
2.25 - 2.40 Physical Activity Designated area of yard/field
2.40 – 3.10 Thrive/Mindfulness Activity Classroom
3.10 – 3.30 Story Time/Hometime Classroom
 

APPENDIX C
 
Year 6
It is easier to socially distance older children, as long as they are in socially distanced groups.  We can socially distance 12 children in a classroom.  Therefore 12 children in each class at a time, will be able to attend.
 
Y6 children will be on site from June 8th  
They will be doing things related to the end of their primary school journey, sports and mindfulness activities. There will be a real focus on doing leavers related activities, like creating leaver books. This will also involve children who do not come into school. They will have the best end of Y6 we can manage. 
We will actively support Y6 children who do not come on site, to fully participate in any leavers activities so that no-one misses out. 


Year 6 children to attend between 12.30 and 3.30
12 children in Year 5 classroom and 12 children in Year 6 classroom
 Children will be supported by Mr Bates, Mrs Reynolds and Mr Iveson
 
Time Activity Location
12.30 -12.45 Wellbeing Circle Time Classroom
12.45 - 1.45 Literacy/Maths tasks Classroom
1.45 - 2.00 Sport activities/Outdoor learning  Designated area of field/yard
2.00 – 3.30 Structured ‘Leaver’s’  based tasks Classroom

Advice for parents and carers of early years children who have not yet started school.
The link below will take you to the government website containing updated advice for parents and carers of early years children who have not started school yet.

We miss you!

NTC Locality Hubs Letter for parents and carers
Percy Main Primary School remains open to provide emergency care from 9am - 3.15pm for the following children:
Children of keyworkers;
Children with EHCPs;
Vulnerable children who cannot be safely cared for at home.

Government advice is that everyone should remain at home wherever possible. Therefore, please think carefully about your decision to send your child into school.

Please DO NOT send your child to school if they, or any member of your household, have symptoms of Coronavirus.
These are:
High temperature and/or a persistent dry cough.

If any member of your household displays these symptoms, you and your entire household should self-isolate for 14 days.

We wish you and your family all the best at this difficult time.



Details of your child's school work which can be completed at home can be found on the NEW class pages.
On these pages you can find out what work your class teacher is setting and how you can keep in touch while you are learning from home!

#OnlineSafetyAtHome

With students staying safe at home, the children will, understandably, spend an increased amount of time online. Please find useful links, activities and advice below to ensure that you, and your children, know how to stay safe online at home.

#onlinesafety at home NEW RESOURCES

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Important Information for Reception and  Key Stage 1 Parents

Please find attached a guide to help you download Read, Write Inc reading books from the internet.  If your child is in a Read, Write Inc group these books will help them keep on track with their phonics and reading through this difficult time.

Check with your child which colour group they are in, if they are not sure or you have any questions just email your class teacher (email addresses are on your child's class page) and they will be able to help.

This is a fantastic resource which can really help your child.  


**Packed Lunch Collection **

We have been lucky to secure an earlier drop off time for our packed lunches of 10am.

All lunches will now be ready for collection from 10.15am outside of the School Office.

In order to keep these sandwiches fresh for your family, we would advise you to pick your lunch up before 11.15am and no later than 12 noon. 

Thank you and stay safe. 

Packed lunches will be available during Half Term
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