What should we wear for school and what can we bring?
You don’t have to wear your school uniform because we would like you to wear clean clothes each day. You will need to come to school in comfortable clothes and shoes. You can also bring a coat if the weather isn’t great. If the weather is sunny, please put on your sun cream before you come to school and you can also bring sun cream with you and a hat.
We are also happy for you to bring your packed lunch and a water bottle. We will give you everything you need for the day so please leave your pencil cases and stationery at home.
Please make sure you arrive at school on time. Your parents will not be able to enter the school building.
Once we get into school, we will all need to wash our hands for 20 seconds before we go into our classroom. We will be washing our hands a lot during the day to keep us all safe!
How will our classes be organised?
Classes are going to be organised into ‘Bubbles’ and the Bubble you are working in will be a bit smaller than your usual class. Because we all have to stay 2 metres apart from each other, we can only fit up to 10 children in each Bubble. Your bubble will include some of your friends and two members of staff you will already know from school. You might not have all your friends in your Bubble, but you will have some of them.
Your Bubble will do all of their activities together.
Your Bubble will have a classroom space inside and some space outside. None of the children in the other Bubbles will come in to your classroom and you won’t be able to go into theirs.
Will we be in the classroom we usually work in?
You might not be in your usual classroom but we think you will soon get used to your new space. The classrooms look a bit different from how they normally do because we’ve had to take out a lot of the furniture so it is safer for us to work in there. You might also notice that lots of the toys and books are missing too – this just makes it easier to clean.
What will we be learning during the day?
This will depend on how old you are – but you will all be doing similar things to what we usually do at school each day. Pupils in KS1 and KS2 will be completing the Daily Tasks set by their usual Class Teacher. All English and Maths tasks will be completed in the morning. In the afternoon, you will do lots of different subjects, including art, geography and history and we will try to get outside and do as much PE as we can.
Will we still get a break-time in the morning?
Yes! You will have your break-time with the children and adults in your bubble. All the Bubbles have different break-times which means that you might not see the children in the other Bubbles.
Will we get homework?
No! You will do plenty of work at school, so you don’t need to do anymore at home – unless you want to! You can’t bring workbooks or folders or even reading books in between home and school like we normally do. Your teachers will read with you at school but you won’t bring reading books home. You can read your own books at home or there are lots of books available online.
What happens at lunchtime?
Your lunchtime might be at a different time from normal. Everyone will be eating in their classroom. You will always eat together with the children and staff in your bubble. When you have all finished eating, you can go and play on the playground or field.
This is new school menu :
What if I need to go to the toilet?
At any time of the day, including break and lunchtimes, you need to tell your teacher that you need to go to the toilet. Each Bubble has their own allocated toilets and sinks. All toilets will be cleaned at lunch time.
What happens if I hurt myself or feel poorly when I am at school?
If you hurt yourself or feel ill when you are at school, you need to tell the staff in your Bubble. If you need some first aid, they might be able to help you right where you are or if they can’t, they will ask another adult in school for help. The same will happen if you feel poorly or are ill. We might ring your parents at home and ask them to come and collect you. While you’re waiting for them to arrive, you will have to wait in a room with a teacher until you are picked up. You might have to stay off school for a while until you are well enough to come back. You may be asked to wear a mask whilst receiving treatment or waiting to be collected.
When the staff in school help you, they might have to put on special protective clothing so they can keep you and themselves safe.
It’s also important that you tell your parents at home if you are feeling poorly as it might be better for you to stay at home until you are better.
How can I stay safe at school?
The staff in school have been working hard to make the school as safe as possible for you to return. But it’s important that you do your bit too and there are many ways you can help keep you and everyone else safe whilst you are at school.
Washing your hands
You will be washing your hands a lot through the day so you need to remember to do a really good job every time you do it. You must always use soap and water and wash your hands for 20 seconds.
When you cough or sneeze…
You can cough or sneeze into your elbow or a clean tissue. All the bubbles have lots of tissues which you can use. Then you must throw it straight into the bin and wash your hands.
Help keep your hub clean and tidy
We need to keep our classrooms and equipment as clean and tidy as possible. Sometimes dirt is so small that we can’t see it and germs can be left on things we use or touch. You can help by keeping your equipment tidy on your own desk and not putting it on anyone else’s desk. Only touch your own equipment and if you use toys, you can help the adults keep them clean by letting them know what you have played with. You will notice that all the staff are cleaning everything more often and it will be easier for them if the surfaces are tidy.
At the moment, we need to keep apart from each other (about 2 metres) to keep each other safe. You have been staying in your houses for a long time and we know that you will be really excited to see your friends after so long. For now though, we can’t get too close to other children and teachers – unless they live in your house. We can still work and play together but we can’t sit right next to each other, hug each other, hold hands or high five. You should try and stay in your own space and apart from other people – but if you sometimes forget, don’t worry! Your teachers will remind you but you won’t get into trouble. In fact, the staff will be finding it as tricky as you are.
Any more questions?
We want you to feel as comfortable and excited as possible about coming back to school. If you have any other questions please email / phone us.
Thank you for taking the time to read this page and we look forward to seeing you all very soon.
Mrs B Smith