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:
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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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: