13th July 2021
Dear parents and carers,
Following the government announcements about a return to a more normal schooling in September, I have the following information to share with you. These plans have been considered carefully and are designed to continue to make school as Covid-safe as we possibly can, whilst returning to a new normal environment.
Face coverings will no longer need to be worn on site and we can have sand, water, playdoh and soft furnishings back in our classrooms.
Westfield has always had a slightly staggered start and finish times to allow Nursery and Reception children to enter and leave the site whilst it is less busy, therefore these are the timings for September:
|Year Group / Class||Start Time||Finish Time|
|Part time Monkey Nursery children||8.30am or 12.30pm||11.30am or 3.30pm|
|Key Stage 1 (Yr1 & Yr2)||8.50am||3.20pm|
|Hedgehog Nursery & 30hr Monkey children||9.00am or 12.00pm||12.00pm or 3.00pm|
For Early Years, Nursery children come to the main front door for Monkeys class and Hedgehogs front door for the 2-year-old nursery. Reception children will enter via the double doors directly into the hall. Class staff will meet you at the door where you will hand over. Parents do not come into the classrooms. Thank you.
Key Stage 1 children will be met at the playground gates by an adult from KS1 who will direct them to their classroom. Giraffes, Parrots and Penguins will need to enter via the right-hand gate and Cheetahs, Meerkats and Elephants will need to enter via the left-hand gate.
Honeybees children will be met at the gate by a member of the Honeybees team.
Please ensure your children arrive on time as it can be very unsettling for them to be late and also disrupts other children who will have started their morning learning.
At the end of the day, Hedgehog and Monkey children should be collected from the door you drop them off to. Please do not ring the doorbell as the staff will bring the children out at the correct time and match them to their adult.
Reception and Key Stage 1 should be collected from their classroom’s outside door. The main playground gates will be unlocked at 3.05pm for parents to walk across the playground and wait outside your child’s class. Please do not go beyond the railings for each class’s outdoor area and please keep younger siblings next to you. At the end of day your child’s teacher will dismiss the children one at a time once they have seen you are waiting.
Playtimes for KS1 will be reinstated with other classes, but the children will have 3 set classes per playground. Reception classes will be able to play together at lunch time play.
Lunchtimes will return with multiple classes eating in the hall. Cheetahs class, Reception and Nursery will be the first sitting and the remaining KS1 classes will be the second sitting.
Collective worship (assemblies) will also restart for KS1 in the autumn term, with Reception joining in the spring term.
PE: Children arriving in PE kit has helped KS1 tremendously with gaining time in the classroom for the PE lesson, therefore, from September all KS1 children will continue to need to arrive in their PE kit on their PE days. We will advise you of these days in September.
Being able to dress themselves is part of the curriculum for Reception children, therefore, we would like them to bring their PE kit to school in a PE bag and leave it here for a half term before bringing it home for washing.
For PE, please ensure your child wears black joggers or shorts appropriate for the weather, trainers and their house-coloured PE shirt or sweatshirt available with the logo from Birds of Dereham, or without the logo from other retailers.
If you need to speak with the school office, you will continue to be met at the main front door during the busy drop off and collection times. During quieter times, staff may release the door and you can come into the lobby. The telephones are always very busy before 9am and you may wish to contact the office by email or look on the school website for answers to routine questions. Absence should always be reported to the office, but if you have a question for your child’s teacher you can message them directly via Class Dojo.
The guidance is very clear that if anyone has Covid symptoms, they must isolate and have a PCR test. Should we have an outbreak, we will need to return to the restrictions that have been in place this academic year.
Thank you for working with us this year, I know it has been the most difficult year imaginable for children, parents and staff. However, we have continued to put the children first in all that we do and with your support with home learning and their time in school, we have been able to help the children all achieve the best they can, and above all have fun and enjoy their learning.
I wish you all a safe and enjoyable summer holiday and I look forward to seeing you in September. For these last few days of term until next Wednesday, 21st July, we will keep to the routine we have used this year which the children are familiar with.
Mrs Helen Kemp
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