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Catch-up plan


Class teachers came together in Autumn Term 2020 to review their class data, identify individual children’s needs and decide on strategies for their class. These were costed and added into the Catch up plan. This was due to start in January 2021, but when the 3rd lockdown began this was paused. Catch-up plans were implemented when school fully reopened on 8th March with some amendments: an initial 3 week focus on get ready-to-learn basics in year 1 and some changes to individuals identified following Pupil Progress Meetings. Changes to individuals identified for intervention were needed as some vulnerable children had been in school throughout lockdown and had made better than predicted progress. Others who had not previously needed intervention had not engaged fully during home learning and so have been included. Highlights include:

  • A recovery style curriculum on return to school in September including extra playtime for child-led socialising, additional circle time and PHSE. On return in January some of these activities were repeated, including a week of longer playtimes and additional circle time. Weekly PHSE including circle time are part of our curriculum.
  • Year 1 additional resources including outside environment and hands on phonics learning for children learning their initial sounds.
  • Laptops for loan to support home learning.
  • Part of the budget used to release skilled, trained and experienced Teaching Assistants while our 1 to 1 children are covered by quality agency staff who we have worked with before.
  • Additional trained adults for Year 1 and Year 2 phonics group teaching.
  • First 3 weeks back: focus on the basics for Year 1 with short sharp interventions for phonics, handwriting, reading and number led by Teaching Assistants.
  • Tried and tested longer term interventions led by Teaching Assistants:
    • First Class at Number, Power of 1 and 2 in Years
    • RWInc phonics catch up interventions in Year 2
    • Write Away Together in Years 4 and 5
    • Better Reading Support Partners across the school.
  • Part of the budget used for after school tuition by class teachers in Years 3 and 4. Teachers will work with small groups on Guided Reading and Writing, and pre-teaching in Maths. Children are being personally invited by class teachers. Teachers will be paid overtime for this work from the catch-up fund.
  • Support for the Year 1 team from experienced Year 1 teachers currently working in other year groups to prepare the children for Year 2 and help them to catch up on lost learning.

September 2021 welcome back


We are very much looking forward to welcoming all children back to school for the new school year. 


If you would like to talk to us about your child and any concerns, please – in the first instance – email your child’s year group email address to pass on information:









Arrangements for the start and end of the school day – Return to Autumn Term 2019 routines


We are returning to normal school routines and school day timings. Drop off for Year 1 to Year 6 will be through our main entrance from 8:45 - 9:00. Children and family members can enter through our main school gate at the left-hand side of our school site.


As with all other arrangements we will keep this under constant review.


The school day


To minimise the number of pupils and staff assembling for periods of time, we have made the following changes to the school day:


  • Learning will take place outside whenever possible
  • PPE has been purchased for first aid, intimate care (nappy changing and support with toileting self care) 
  • Breakfast club will open from the first day of school 
  • After school clubs will open from the first day. Please book after school sessions in advance here:  https://www.happydaysclubs.com/


Arrangements for break times and lunchtimes


We recognise the importance for all pupils to have a break from learning and to enjoy time outside during the school day. Reconnecting with friends will be an important aspect of pupils settling back into school life, but we have made some adjustments to break and lunch times.


  • Zoned areas will be marked on the playground and field
  • Reception to Year 6 children will eat their lunches in the hall 
  • Nursery children will eat lunches in their classrooms


School lunches and snacks

All children eligible for a free school meal (including all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2) will have a hot free school lunch cooked onsite by our regular kitchen team. The Government will not be providing any more free school meal vouchers.

Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 who would like a hot school dinner but are not eligible for free school meals can pay for a hot school lunch as usual. We ask please that children choose to have a hot lunch every day of each half term so that this is manageable for our kitchen team. If children do not wish to have a hot lunch, they must bring a packed up sandwich lunch as usual.

Children under 5 will receive free milk and milk is available in our dining hall each day for children who have had Free School Meals while they have been at Summerside. Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 will have a free fruit of vegetable snack each day. Children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 can bring a healthy fruit or vegetable snack for breaktime.



All children with a Health Care Plan must bring their medication back to school on the first day and hand it to the teacher at the gate. If you need to update us about changes to your child’s healthcare, please email admin@summerside.barnet.sch.uk


Laptops: Remote learning and possible future bubble closures

Thank you to all families who have worked with our school staff to support children’s learning at home. We have enjoyed working with you and would have been unable to do this without your support.  If future isolation or school closures are necessary, we have a stock of loan laptops for families who do not have a laptop at home.


Support for pupils and families


We do not underestimate how difficult the recent months have been for us all and we all will have been touched in some way by the coronavirus pandemic. We recognise the need to focus on pupils’ emotional wellbeing as well as their return to learning. We successfully welcomed children back in September and will use a similar approach in March.


Parents may wish to seek support for themselves from the following support agencies:


  • Barnet Bereavement Service - 020 3759 4347 or email barnetbereavement@tiscali.co.uk - This organisation offers skilled counselling support to people who have been bereaved. Counselling is offered one hour per week either in the person's home at the office. There is no charge for the service
  • Barnet Wellbeing Hub - For people who would like mental wellbeing support, Barnet Wellbeing Hub (based at the Meritage Centre, Church End, Hendon, London NW4 4JT) has moved all of its service provision online and via phone, including yoga classes, virtual wellbeing cafes and emotional health checks. To find out more call 03333 449088 or email: info@barnetwellbeing.or.ukExternal link.
  • SilverCloud free online CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). If you are experiencing anxiety, stress and sleep difficulties, SilverCloud are providing a free online CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) support programme. For further details, please visit their website at: https://beh.silvercloudhealth.com/signup/
  • https://www.good-thinking.uk/ is a London-wide NHS digital wellbeing service designed to support low-level mental health needs. It offers digital self-assessment followed by a range of personalised, clinically approved digital and local interventions based on your preferences and location.
  • Samaritans – call free 24 hours a day on 116 123
  • National Domestic Abuse Helpline – call for free and confidential advice, 24 hours a day on 0808 2000 247
  • Shelter provide free confidential information, support and legal advice on all housing and homelessness issues if you call 0330 0536 083 (please note, this is not a free phone number and your call will be charged). A free webchat is available at https://england.shelter.org.uk/get_help/webchat