Back to School

As we get closer to a date for re-opening school, we wanted to explain to you how your child’s first day will be organised when they come. While we are not currently in a position to confirm, the proposed date for year one to start is Thursday 4th June – arriving between 8:45 and 9:15. We are really looking forward to seeing the children and welcoming them back to school.

All Year 1 children will enter and leave the school site via the Southbank Road gate. Staggered start and finish times are set to ensure social distancing rules are adhered to:

1 Red:  8.45 and 2.30, 1 Blue: 9.00 and 2.45, Yellow: 9.15 and 3.00

Children will come into school via Southbank Entrance based on the time that will be given to you depending on which bubble group your child will be in (phone calls will be made soon to share this information with you). There will be a member of staff at the gate to say, ‘Good Morning’ to the children and walk them down to the year one classrooms. Please note that parents will not be allowed onto the school site. The children will be reminded to keep their distance from the other children as they walk down to the classrooms. There will be markers to help your child to keep a safe distance.

The children will be working in one of the year one classrooms with around 8 or 9 other children and two adults. This will be their ‘bubble’ group (either 1Red, 1Blue or 1Yellow). The two adults will be either Mrs Davis / Mrs Gray and Mrs Wilson, Mrs Sweet and Mrs Gaffoor or Miss Bates and Miss Collier. The classrooms have been changed so that it supports us in keeping a distance between us. Here is a photo so you know what it will look like.  

You child will have their own table to work at and their own resource pack which will include a pencil, whiteboard and whiteboard pen, exercise book, among other resources. They will be able to put their school bag (with packed lunch) in the classroom and coat on the back of their chair. When they come in they will be asked to wash their hands – we will remind them that this is important to do this throughout the day. 

We will be completing a range of work that Mrs Davis, Mrs Gray and Miss Masterson have set, but will also be spending time outside in their ‘bubble’ group. When we have our morning and afternoon breaks this will be with their bubble group. They will have lots of space as break times will be staggered. Therefore, they will get to use the whole of the year one playground with their bubble group. At lunchtime there maybe two bubble groups out at once and we will be asking the children to stay to one half of the playground in their ‘bubble’ group. 

Each day we will also have an afternoon PE session (hopefully the weather says as nice as it has been) but you won’t need to worry about bringing in a PE kit. Alongside our learning we will also be doing craft activities too.

At the end of the day the teacher will walk their bubble group back to the Southbank entrance to meet parents and say goodbye to the children. 

Please remember that it is essential that your child comes to school at the time given to you for arrival so that you do not have to queue with other people.