Wednesday 1st September 2021
Arrangements for September
We are really looking forward to welcoming our Key Stage One children back to school on Friday 3rd September and starting a week of new Year R home visits. Please read the following information to prepare you for the big day!
One way system
Now restrictions have lifted, we are intending to return to a more normal school routine. The one way system remains in place for ease of pedestrian traffic and the main gate will be open from 8.40am for all children. Parents will enter via the main pedestrian gate and then walk round to their respective classroom door and wait in line. Once your child has safely entered their classroom, adults then continue to leave the site by walking around the back of school, past the three YR classrooms and leaving via the brown wooden gate that leads into the carpark. Cars will NOT be allowed to enter or exit the car park during this time to ensure the safety of all pedestrians.
The school day will revert back to 8.55am start with a 15 minute drop off window. Doors will close for registration at 8.55am and children arriving after this time will be marked as late and need to be signed in at the school office where a member of the office team will take them into class. The school day will finish at 3.15pm for all children and the main gate will be opened at 3.10pm. At the end of the school day parents queue in the same way as when dropping children in the morning. Please be patient as your new teacher and LSA needs to get to recognise your faces. Shakespeare Junior School finishes at 3.30pm allowing you plenty of time to pick up older siblings.
Uniform and what to bring to school
Our children will continue to wear their PE kits into school on the following days:
Year R – Work out Wednesdays (from 22nd September)
Year 1 - Trainers Thursday (from 9th September)
Year 2 – Trackie Tuesdays (from 7th September)
We expect our children to wear the correct unbranded PE kit and to wear weather appropriate PE clothes on the correct day. Please ensure children do not have shoes or trainers with laces if they have not yet learned to tie them independently.
-Tee-shirt and shorts, preferably blue shorts and white T shirt
- Blue or black leggings or tracksuit bottoms
- Trainers or Plimsolls
- No jewellery for health and safety reasons
-Stud earrings only
The rest of the week the children will be dressed smartly in their named Shakespeare Infant School uniform:
- Grey or black trousers /shorts
- White / pale blue shirt, or polo shirt
- Navy school logo jumper/sweatshirt
- Blue / White / Grey socks
- Black or Brown school shoes that they can do up independently
- Navy or grey pinafore /skirt /trouser
- White or pale blue blouse or polo shirt
- Navy school logo cardigan, jumper or sweatshirt
- Blue / White / Grey socks or tights
- Summer dress, blue and white check or stripes
- Blue, Black or Brown school shoes that they can do up independently
Please be aware that we encourage outdoor learning in our beautiful school grounds as much as possible so would like all children to have named blue waterproof trousers and jacket or a puddle suit. Wellington boots are also advisable if it is really wet. We will be outside in all weathers, unless it is torrential rain! As much as parents and staff ensure our children are dressed appropriately, it may be that sometimes they will come home a little grubby but this is all part of the learning process.
Please do not bring in pencil cases, PE bags, toys, trinkets or other non-essential personal belongings. We no longer have a lost property facility (if everything is named, then nothing should ever be “lost!”) and there is no need for children to bring these items to school unless it is for a special event. Information about what to bring in if your child is attending an after school sports club will follow in due course.
All children at our school receive a healthy fruit or vegetable snack for free so you do not normally need to send one in. However, past experience has taught us that the fruit delivery does not always arrive on the first day of term so please feel free to bring in a piece of fruit/carrot sticks etc in a clearly named bag/container just on Friday 3rd September.
Early Bird Breakfast Club and Sprouts After School Child Care
Places for these were allocated before the Summer and parents have been informed if they have a place from September.
Government guidance has allowed us to resume eating lunches in the hall from September which we are all very pleased about. The Year R children will eat first at 11.45am, followed by Year 1 and Year 2. None of our children are charged for the hot school dinner. School meals are provided by Hampshire Caterers and are cooked in our own kitchen. Please see the school website for the menu choices.
INSET days 2021 – 2022 (all the same as Shakespeare Junior School)
Thursday 2nd September 2021
Friday 22nd October 2021
Monday 28th February 2022
Friday 27th May 2022
Thursday 21st July 2022
Mitigating the risk of coronavirus in school
Although we have moved to step 4 of the government’s roadmap we continue to robustly manage the risk of serious illness from the spread of coronavirus. Although many things are returning to normal and it is no longer necessary to keep children in consistent bubbles, wear face coverings or social distance etc. we will still keep a number of preventative measures in place to continue to minimise risks. Enhanced cleaning throughout the day of the toilets and communal areas will continue and all children will continue to wash their hands on arrival to school and before and after break times. A staff member from the Senior Leadership Team will always be on the school gate to talk to parents and share information rather than having to enter the school office and we continue to have a contingency plan in place in case of a Covid19 outbreak. We will talk to the children in an age appropriate way about how we all need to continue to play our part to live with this virus and continue to keep our school community, and beyond, as safe as we can.
What if my child has Covid-19 symptoms or has a positive test
Children must not come into school if they have coronavirus symptoms, have had a positive test result or are required to quarantine. If anyone in school develops Covid-19 symptoms, however mild, we will send them home and ask the family to follow public health advice.
If a child or member of the family tests positive, NHS Test and Trace will work with parents to identify close contacts. Individuals are NOT required to self-isolate if they live in the same household as someone with Covid-19, or are a close contact of someone with Covid-19, and have been fully vaccinated or are below the age of 18 years and 6 months or have taken part in an approved Covid-19 vaccine trail or are unable to get vaccinated for medical reasons.
Therefore children should continue to attend school as normal.
How you can help your child in the lead up to returning to school
Any fears and anxieties you may have about your child either starting school for the first time or starting back in a different year group are entirely understandable so talk positively to your child about the prospect of returning to school.
If you have any worries about the return to school please talk to us rather than sharing them with your child.
Keep reading with or to your child. It makes a HUGE difference.
Watch any videos teachers have put on the class pages of our website to support transition.
If you need to share useful information about your child or have any worries about the return to school please reach out to us and we will do our best to support you and your family.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 02380 573888
Parents are also encouraged to visit www.gov.uk/backtoschool for information and practical guidance to help them plan for their child’s return to school in the autumn term.
What will we do?
Our first focus will be settling the children back in, building relationships and establishing new rules, routines and expectations. Teachers will use assessment tasks and observation to see where each child is in terms of their key learning. We are expecting the children to be at different stages of their learning so teaching will be based on these assessment tasks of each child and on the key skills, knowledge and understanding we have identified for each year group. One thing that is certain is that significant energy and focus will be allocated to ensure that we continue to provide stability, reassurance and care for our children as they start their new school year.
If you are a new family, please come up and introduce yourselves to me when you see me on the school gate. I look forward to meeting you all and I thank you in advance for your continued commitment as we work together to support our amazing children with their education at Shakespeare Infant School .
Mrs Nikki Wilson