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Welcome to Manorfield Primary and Nursery School
Empathy,
Responsibility,
Integrity,
Courage
Acceptance

Welcome Back! - March 2021

Welcome Back!

We are so looking forward to seeing you all.

There is a lot of information on this page to help answer all of your questions.   

If you still need help, please use the contact form at the bottom of the page.

 

COVID Safe Practices:
Pupils, staff, parents/carers and visitors must not come in to school if: 

  • They or someone in their household (including support bubble or childcare bubble), has one or more Covid-19 symptoms (fever, coughing, headache, change to taste or smell, cold like symptoms); or has a positive test result 
  • They are required to quarantine having recently visited countries outside the Common Travel Area 
  • They must self-isolate for at least 10 days from the day after the start of their symptoms or the test date if they did not have symptoms but have had a positive test

Staff members, parents and carers will need to: 

  • Book a test if they or their child has one or more symptoms 
  • Self-isolate immediately and do not come to school if they develop symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for Covid-19 
  • Inform the school of any test results before returning to school.

If the school is informed of any confirmed cases of Covid-19 amongst the school community, this will be managed with advice from Public Health England. 
All staff in primary schools will continue to test with Lateral Flow tests twice a week in line with Government guidance.
 

Lateral Home Tests
The Government launched a site where families who have Primary School aged children can order twice weekly lateral tests to take at home – these are for the parents only. Primary school pupils will not be asked to test at this time.
There are two options:

  1. Collect tests from the nearest collection point - Gatwick Airport Summer Special North Terminal Long Stay Car Park, RH60PJ
  2. Order tests to be delivered to your home

If you take a lateral test at home you are required to report the results.

School will take no responsibility for ordering these tests for you but we do encourage you to take advantage of this facility. The more people who test the safer our school community will be.

Precautions:

  • Staggered times for drop off, break, lunch and pick up.
  • Children and adults will clean hands several times during the school day.
  • ‘Catch, bin it, kill it’ approach will be promoted and expected.
  • All classrooms, shared surfaces and toilets will be cleaned daily. Equipment will not be shared between bubbles.
  • Outside equipment for playtimes and PE allocated to each bubble and is cleaned each day. 
  • All areas will have windows open so that the school is well ventilated. 
  • Face coverings will be worn by staff and adult visitors where social distancing between adults and children is not possible.
  • Staff will wear face covering in corridors and shared areas.
  • Midday supervisors will all wear face masks.
  • Face coverings should not be worn by children at school unless specific permission given by the Headteacher.
  • PPE packs and thermometers are provided for each class.
  • Protocols are in place to manage any suspected case of COVID during school hours.
  • Whole school assemblies will be conducted on Zoom.
  • The administering of first aid will be conducted by the office staff using all COVID safety measures. Any medicines need to be kept in the office and medical forms completed – following our usual protocols.
  • If you have been called to collect your child for any reason, then please do so as quick as you can and they will wait in the medical room - every effort will be made to ensure that your child does not come into contact with more adults than necessary.

 

Our risk assessment gives more information.
 

Communication:
There are many ways in which you can communicate with school during this time. 
If you would like to speak with your class teacher please email them using their class email or send a Studybugs message.
If you have a general question please send a Studybugs message or if it is more urgent please call the office.
There is always someone in the office during working hours if you have any concerns:  01293 782839

Alternatively you can send a message to the office via the contact form at the bottom of this page.

Class Bubbles:
Children will be organised into bubbles to support track and trace procedures and minimize the risk of infection across year groups. 
  • Nursery and Pre-School bubble
  • Reception, Year One, Year Two bubble - For Read Write Inc. Phonics
  • Year 3 bubble – Monkey and Rhino class for Maths
  • Year 4 bubble
  • Year 5 bubble
  • Year 6 bubble 
Where we have bubbled more than one class, this is to ensure that we can deliver the correct curriculum provision for each child with an emphasis on the acquisition of early reading skills (RWI) or Maths skills. Where children are in lessons across bubbles, they will be seated at a distance to minimize any risk. Classes will be kept at distance at all other times of the day to mitigate any risk of infection.
 

Attendance:
We expect all children to return to school from the 8th March 2021 unless they are unwell, so please report all absence in the usual way using Studybugs or by calling the office if you need to speak with someone.  Attendance and persistent lateness will be followed up in the same way as normal by our Home-School Link Worker, Sally Whiteside. We hope to resume our attendance rewards for the Summer Term, which we know the children really look forward to.

If you are unsure of whether your child should come to school please refer to the guidance or contact the school office. 
 

Drop off and pick up:
We will continue to operate a staggered start and finish to our school day to ensure that large groups of parents and children do not congregate. We recognise that there are many families that have children in multiple bubbles, but we will keep to these times for all children in order to follow our COVID safe practices. 
Only one adult should do drop off and pick up and they are expected to wear a mask if they enter the school site, keeping a distance from other parents and families.  Whilst we understand that you want to talk and socialise with other parents, please do not gather on site or outside the school gates, and exit as quickly as possible. 
If you are late please accompany your child to the office where you will be supported by a member of staff.

Breakfast Club and AfterZone drop off continue to operate in the same way as they did in the Autumn term – via the side gate.
Nursery and Reception parents are to drop off and pick up as usual at classroom doors.
Key Stage One parents will drop off at side gate – kiss and say goodbye. (You will not be permitted into the Key Stage One playground)
Key Stage Two parents will use the drive and drop, or say your goodbyes outside the school gate. Please do not come onto the school site unless you really do have to, or your child has specific requirements.
Please do not approach staff at the gates or classroom doors unless you are invited to.
No parents will be permitted into the office area without an appointment.
 

  Start Finish
Pre-School/Nursery 8:50-9:00 3:00

Pre-School/Nursery Wednesday sessions

 

8:40

12:00

11:40

3:00

Reception 8:50-9:00 3:00
Year 1 8:40-8:50 3:10
Year 2 8:40-8:50 3:15
Year 3 8:40-8:50 3:00
Year 4 8:40-8:50 3:05
Year 5 8:40-8:50 3:10
Year 6 8:40-8:50 3:10

 

Snack and Water:
All children will need to bring a named water bottle into school every day containing plain water only. This can be re-filled during the day from designated taps around school. As the weather gets warmer this will be even more vital. We are unable to turn on the water fountains due to the risk of spreading any infections. 

EYFS and Key Stage One children will continue to be provided with a snack of fruit each day. 
Key Stage Two children should bring a mid-morning health snack/fruit to school. Our tuck shop remains closed. This will be reviewed in the Summer Term.
If you would like for your child to have school milk please contact the office for more information or look at the information on the School Milk page of our website.

Homework:
For the rest of the Spring term we will take a different approach to homework. We appreciate how challenging home-schooling was and that all of that work has been ‘Homework’, and so therefore homework for the rest of this term will focus on Reading, Timetable Rock Stars and spellings.
We will resume our normal Learning Theme projects after the Easter Holiday.
It is important for us to get back to normal routines, but we are mindful of the children’s mental health and getting out to play and meet with friends will be the priority as restrictions ease.
 

Uniform:
As we return to school it will be important to feel a renewed sense of pride in our school community and part of that is looking our very best.  We expect all children to return to school in the correct uniform and school shoes. 
On PE and Dance days please send your children to school in their PE kit with a school jumper. Your class teacher will post more details for you on your child’s Google classroom.
Children are permitted to bring fabric bags/bags for life into school to carry all their items, that can then be stored in drawers.
Children should bring in their book bags as normal.
Uniform information, and the links for ordering can be found on this page.

Wellbeing:
The pandemic has affected the mental health of our children.

At Manorfield we have planned in regular sessions during each week where they will participate in lessons that will teach them how to deal with their feelings in practical ways, and develop more positive strategies. Your class teacher will post these on your Google classrooms for you to practice at home.
If your child is anxious about returning to school you may like to look at the advice contained in this link:

Curriculum:
To support the children in their return to school each teacher has looked at their curriculum and considered the changes to support the transition from remote learning at home, to getting back into school.  For the first few weeks back the focus will be on socialisation, building relationships and well-being. Some of the Learning Themes have also been changed around from what was initially planned so may be different to what is on the website.

These decisions have been made to support your child, and make the transition back to school as smooth as it can be.  During the lessons the teachers will be seeing where every child is, and planning the way forward each of them.
For children who are self-isolating a remote curriculum will be provided.

Mobile phones:
The children in our Upper Key Stage Two (Year 5 and 6) are permitted to bring a mobile phone in to school if they walk to and from school without an adult. This phone needs to be turned off once they arrive at school and be given to their class teacher for safe keeping until the end of the day. Children are not permitted to use their phones during the school day for any reason. Pupils who do not adhere to the school rules regarding the use of mobile phones will not be permitted to bring one in. This is a matter of safeguarding.
 

Wrap Around Care:
Breakfast Club and AfterZone will reopen from the 8th March 2021.

Please go onto Scopay to book your child in and pay for your sessions. 
Breakfast club will open from 7.50am and your child will then be able to walk to their classroom at their designated time. Younger children will still be escorted to their classroom. 
AfterZone will run from the end of the school day until 5.00pm. We continue to have safety precautions in place to ensure the health of all children. By sending your child to Breakfast Club and AfterZone you are agreeing to them mixing with children from other bubbles. We will continue to encourage them to stay at distance from children who are not in their class bubble and we will clean all equipment daily. All COVID safe practices will be adhered to.
Please ensure that your child is picked up by 5.00pm each night.

Clubs:
Due to restrictions we are currently unable to run after school clubs, however after the Easter Holiday, following restriction guidance, we will be offering after school sports clubs. These will take place outside. We will continue to use class or Key Stage bubbles to ensure the health and safety of all. More information about this will be sent out towards the end of the term. 
 

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