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11-01-21

Dear Parents/Carers,

Unfortunately, owing to positive cases amongst non-teaching staff, and the need for school leaders to isolate, it will be necessary to close the school for a number of days as the school cannot be opened safely without senior staff trained to the required level of responsibility.

The school will close today, and will re-open on Wednesday 20th January. Your children do not need to isolate as they have not had contact with the personnel involved. Teaching staff will continue to work remotely from home and your children will have access to the work they would have been completing in school on our home learning platform ‘eSchools’.

We would ask that parents/carers start to collect their children as soon as possible, and staff will supervise children’s safe departure from school.

We apologise for this inconvenience, but the safety of your children has to take priority.

Yours sincerely,

Mr P Cornforth

(Headteacher)

 

06-01-21

Dear Parents/Carers,

Many thanks to those parents/carers who have requested school places and provided evidence of key worker status. Having analysed numbers, we are now at the point where we will not be able to take any further requests for places as we have reached a point where to take any more children would reduce levels of safety for both children and staff. It may even be that in the cases of some of the later requests we have received, we might have to turn them down. In addition, it is imperative that our online provision is well managed, and staff are required to carry this out on a daily basis.

We would again like to reiterate that the taking up of a school place is a last resort for key workers, and we would urge you to keep your child at home if childcare is available. The virus is now highly virulent and we must be constantly vigilant about the health and safety of all in the school, so the lower the numbers in classrooms, the safer the environment. Please consider very carefully whether you absolutely need a place; if childcare is available at home for your child/children, please use it, and let us know your child will not be coming into school.

Many thanks,

Mr P Cornforth

 

05-01-21

Dear Parents/Carers,

Many thanks for your support, patience and understanding as we enter the latest lockdown, and let’s hope that by the end of this one the country will be in a far better place.

Thanks to key worker parents who have supplied us with detailed evidence of their work situations; for those who have not yet provided evidence, if you could include your job title and place of work (as most parents have so far) it would be very helpful. Thank you.

Please can we remind you that in this lockdown situation (as back in March) school places are only to be taken up if and when absolutely needed. If there is an adult at home who can childmind, or if you are part of a childcare bubble, please don’t send your child to school; as you know, there is now an even more transmissible mutation of the virus causing an explosion of cases, so we must try to keep our numbers as low as possible to keep everyone as safe as possible. Many thanks to key worker parents who have already provided us with their work schedules which detail when their child/children will be in school, and when they don’t need to be – this, again, is extremely helpful to us.

Tomorrow, there will be lesson material for children to work on at home for each year group on our remote learning platform ‘eSchools’. It will be very important for children to complete this work, and to get into a routine of working school hours at home during this significant period of time, as we do not want any children falling behind through not engaging with their learning.

From this Monday, it is likely that we will make individual class bubbles into year group bubbles; this means that your child/children may not always be taught by their usual class teacher, as year group staff will need to work in tandem to ensure that all children (at home and in school) are catered for equally. While one teacher teaches the children who are in school, the other will prepare and upload lesson materials and resources for those children learning from home, and respond to children who may need assistance. The work children do at home will be the same as children will be doing in school, so all children are receiving the same curriculum. Mr Keen has provided some information on how to use the eSchools messaging service so that class and year group teachers can be contacted by children and parents, which is as follows:

If you wish to contact your child’s teacher directly, there is the option to message them via the Dashboard section in eSchools. If you click on ‘New Message’ and type your child’s teacher’s surname in the ‘To’ section, their contact details will appear. You can add a ‘Subject’ to your email such as ‘help with addition questions’ or ‘help with uploading homework’ and your child’s class teacher will get back in touch with you to help with the problem. Please use eSchools as the method of communication with your child’s class teacher as this is what we will be using for remote learning.

Breakfast and After-School Clubs will continue as normal during this lockdown for the children in school who usually access this service.

We thank you for your continued support and understanding through what will be another difficult period for everyone; but we will also stay positive about the future and keep on driving the children’s education.

Best wishes,

 

Mr P Cornforth and the staff at Fens

 

03-01-21

Dear Parents/Carers,

In the light of tonight’s announcement by the Prime Minister, from tomorrow (Tuesday 5th January) school will be closed to all pupils except those children whose parents are critical workers and those who are considered vulnerable.

The latest list of jobs/professions that qualify as critical workers and a list of criteria for what constitutes a vulnerable child can be found via either of the following links:

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

 

Critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

Please do not send your child/children to school tomorrow unless you qualify as a critical worker as defined by the information text the links take you to, or unless your child is considered vulnerable as determined by the criteria in the same text. If you are able to provide evidence of your status as a critical worker tomorrow, it would be most helpful; otherwise, we would ask that this is provided to school by Wednesday at the latest. We are heartily sorry for the many inconveniences this latest development will inevitably cause.

We will be updating our lists this week, and we will let you know more information about the emerging situation as we have it, particularly regarding online learning.

Thank you and good wishes,

Mr P Cornforth and all at Fens

 

 

 

03-01-21

Dear Parents and Carers,

'As things stand (and subject to any further government announcements this evening) school will be fully open tomorrow as planned (Monday 4th January).'

Many thanks,

Mr Cornforth

 

18-12-20

Dear Parents/Carers,

We hope you all have a Happy Christmas and that the new year, as it progresses, will see us moving back towards how we used to go about our lives.

Many thanks for your continued support and understanding in difficult times, with many more rules to follow and guidance to abide by. Let us all hope that by this time next year the world’s current pandemic will be a memory and that we will have returned to something approaching normality.

In the meantime, please stay safe, keep well and look after each other.

Please be sure to have a great Christmas, and very hopeful New Year.

Best wishes,

Mr Cornforth and all at Fens

 

Well done to our Breakfast Club Colouring Competition winners! Merry Christmas!

    

 

11-12-20

Dear Parents/Carers,

After twenty-two years at Fens Primary School, Mrs Wilkinson will be retiring at the end of this term, thus bringing the curtain down on a superb career from which countless children of Fens have benefited hugely.

Not only has she been a fantastic classroom teacher, but she also has led the school brilliantly in PE, and has expertly and determinedly guided the school to a position of excellence in the delivery of this subject, as evidenced by four consecutive gold mark achievements. Only the covid situation prevented her adding the coveted platinum award to her attainment roster, but what a wonderful legacy she leaves with the school well-placed to gain this accolade once we are through the current situation. She also founded and led our annual awards ceremony, which has become well-established over many years as a highly valued school event each summer, and which raised the profile of PE, sport, personal fitness, the value of the team ethic and sportsmanship within the school still further.

She has been a wonderful, supportive member of staff throughout her long career, well-liked and respected by children, staff, parents and governors alike, and we are sure that you would join us in thanking her for everything she has done for the school and the community of Fens, and wishing her a very happy retirement during which she enjoys a very well-earned rest and embarks upon a whole host of activities and endeavours that a busy working life doesn’t often allow us time for.

Thank you Mrs Wilkinson!

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Mr P Cornforth and all at Fens  

 

 

11-12-20

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

The purpose of this communication is to let you know what you need to do should your child test positive (and let us sincerely hope this does not happen) for Covid-19 in the days following the last day of term (Friday 18th December).

 

1) If your child tests positive for Covid-19 having developed symptoms within 48 hours of last being in school, it is very important that you contact the school on covid@fensprimary.co.uk, so that we can let their close contacts (their bubble, their teacher and TAs) know that they will need to self-isolate for 14 days from the point of last contact. This means the key days for symptoms developing are all of Saturday and most of Sunday (until early evening). It is likely that you would have the result of a Sunday test by Monday and a Monday test by Tuesday. As soon as you know the positive test result, you will need to contact the school using only the email address quoted above. School staff will be ‘on call’ to respond to communications, but only until 12 noon. Public Health England has agreed a six-day window after the final day of teaching for schools to remain contactable so that they can assist with contact-tracing where necessary, and the final day for any such communication will be Thursday 24th December (to allow for the return of a home test result which uses the postal service and takes longer), after which the contact window will end.

Please note: this email address is only for the communication of a child’s positive test result where symptoms have begun during the first weekend, and should not be used any later than 24th December.

 

2) Where a pupil tests positive for Covid-19 having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since last being in school, the school does not need to be contacted, and parents/carers should follow the instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.

 

3) It has been suggested by the government that schools make Friday 18th December a PD day where staff receive training online and work from home, but, of course, we have grouped all five of our PD days together in the week before Whit Week so that parents are able to book holidays during early summer at cheaper prices if they so wish, and this was communicated to you more than a year ago. To change this at a week’s notice would be extremely unfair to parents, and, of course, we have no intention of so doing. Equally, to give working parents one week’s notice of their child not being in school would be very unfair; it has been bad enough in situations which we cannot control, when bubbles have had to be sent home because of close contact with a positive case, so we will not add further difficulty where it can be avoided. In short, school will be open as usual on Friday 18th December, which will still be our Christmas Jumper Day.

 

4) To be absolutely certain that any text we might have to send out during the early part of the Christmas Holiday is received by all parents/carers who need to see it, we will carry out a text system test on Monday 14th December. Please watch out for a text which says ‘This is your text system test communication from Fens Primary School – if you have received this, then no further action is required’ which you should receive before 11am. If you do not receive this text, then please phone school as a matter of urgency, so that we can find out why you haven’t received it and correct the problem. Many thanks.

 

Finally, many thanks to all of you for your immediate communications when a family member has become symptomatic – this speed of contact is key to avoiding transmission, and is very much appreciated by the school. We’ll all have to maintain our vigilance and caution for some months to come, but at least now the vaccine roll-out has begun we can begin to hope for a return to something like normality during 2021.

 

Please have a safe, enjoyable and restful Christmas, and a much happier new year.

 

Best wishes,

 

Mr P Cornforth and all at Fens

 

27-11-20

Dear Parents/Carers,

We’d like to share some information about Christmas 2020. It is not going to be like previous years, unfortunately (but inevitably), and we would hope and expect next year’s to be business as usual, but for now we need to make some alterations whilst still trying to do what we can to make this time of year special.

So here goes:

 

Christmas Cards and Presents

We discussed this one at length as a staff and decided we did not want to stop this particular tradition, but we do need to change the usual practices:

  • Children can bring cards and presents (if they wish) to distribute to their friends, but only those in their own class (ie their own ‘bubble’). The giving of cards and gifts to adults (should parents and children wish to do so) needs to be restricted to only those adults who work directly with the class, ie the class teacher, TA and PPA cover member of staff, but no one outside their own ‘bubble’.
  • As we will need to quarantine the cards and gifts before their distribution (for a minimum of three days) we will need to ask that all cards and gifts are brought to school before the end of the second-last week of term, meaning that the deadline will be Friday 11th December.

 

Christmas Fun Day – Thursday 17th December

Our Christmas parties will not be able to happen in the usual manner this year, so instead each class will enjoy an afternoon of Christmas activities, games and competitions etc. in their own classrooms. Children can come to school in their party clothes for this day, but please make sure that their footwear is appropriate for when they go outside at playtime and lunchtime, and, of course, they will still need to come in their coats. We won’t be asking parents/carers to send in food this year; instead we will ask that you contribute £1 via ‘School Money’ (our secure online payment system) so that school can buy in what the children eat and drink and distribute it individually. More details will follow about making your financial contribution.

 

Christmas Shows

Christmas performances cannot happen this year, so our younger children will be preparing a covid-safe Nativity performance which will be created scene by scene and edited together, so that no two bubbles mix. Children will also be recording some carols out of doors using sign language, and these will be uploaded to our various platforms for you to view at home.

 

Christmas Jumper Day

As usual, we will make the last day of this term (Friday 18th December) a non-uniform day on which children can come to school wearing a Christmas jumper, t-shirt or outfit, if they wish to do so. This is a day established by the charity ‘Save the Children’, so if you wish to make a donation, please go direct to www.savethechildren.org.uk.

 

Key Dates - Reminders

Friday 18th December – last day of term

Mon 24th May – Fri 4th June: Whit fortnight

(our five PD Days plus Whit week)

Monday 4th January – school reopens

 

Monday 7th June – school reopens

Mon 15th Feb – Fri 19th Feb: half-term holiday

 

 

Tuesday 20th July – last day of Summer Term

Friday 26th March – last day of Spring Term

 

Mon 29th March – Fri 9th April: Easter Holiday

 

Monday 12th April – first day of Summer Term

 

Monday 3rd May – bank holiday

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Mr P Cornforth & all at Fens

 

13-11-20

Our Breakfast Club 'Pudsey Bear' Colouring Competition Winners!

     

11-11-20

Dear Parents & Carers,

We are looking for parent governors. If you are interested, please click the link below to download an information flyer which explains what you need to do.

Many thanks,

 

Mr Cornforth

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Parent Governor Information Flyer

10-11-20

Dear Parents/Carers,

We intend to celebrate ‘Children in Need’ day (this Friday 13th November) with a non-uniform day, as we usually do. However, we won’t be collecting in cash donations from parents this year, given the present circumstances. If parents want to make a donation, please make it direct to Children in Need; the BBC usually advertises a number of ways of doing this, one of which is through the ‘Children in Need’ website, the address of which is www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk

Once again, thanks to the vast majority of our parents and carers for their careful attention to our request for masks to be worn when dropping off and picking up their children. It’s great to see the commitment to keeping others as safe as possible, as well as ourselves, especially so in these times when the virus transmission is still high. It would be lovely if we can get to the point where everyone who drops off or picks up a child is wearing a mask, as every person who does so helps to make the rest of the community that bit safer.

Many thanks to you all.

04-11-20

Dear Parents/Carers,

As late Autumn is upon us and Winter approaches, the school field is now very wet and muddy as a result of the inclement weather. For this reason, from tomorrow (Thursday 5th November) we will no longer be allowing parents/carers who have children in both key stages to cross the field between the Key Stage One and Key Stage Two yards at pick-up and drop-off times. Parents/carers will need to exit each yard and make their way to the other yard around the outside of the school. Please do not worry about being a little late with/for one (or more) of the children in your care; no child will be left unattended and staff will wait for you where needed. We would appreciate it if parents could inform grandparents (or other relatives) or childminders who pick up and drop off children about this change.

Many thanks.

In addition, we would like to thank you for your continued attention to social distancing and the details of our drop-off and pick-up systems; they are largely working well. It has, however, come to our attention that clusters of children and parents are gathering in the areas in front of the Key Stage Two gates during the morning drop-off without queuing and reasonable distancing. We would like you to assist us in ensuring that a civilised, reasonably distanced queuing system is maintained at the start of the school day before the school gates are opened. Again, please ensure that other relatives and childminders who drop off and pick up are informed about this point.

Once again, many thanks for your attention to this issue.

Best wishes,

Mr P Cornforth and all at Fens

 

23-10-20

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

This is just a note to let you know about some further changes to the morning drop-off in the Key Stage One playground, which we hope will bring about some added improvements to the system.

 

From Monday 2nd November (the first day back after the half-term holiday) we would like to put the following in place:

 

  • Mrs Carey’s Y2 class will now enter straight into her classroom (the Heron Room) and will no longer need to enter through the playground gate. After dropping off, parents should exit the school grounds by continuing round the rope and cones, going through the gap in front of the gate, and walk out using the left hand channel. Parents/carers who also have Y1 children will need to continue through the gate into the playground to drop them off (see Y1 bullets below). Staff will be around to help out the first time we try this. Please note that Mrs Carey will not be able to talk to parents at this point as this would create a hold-up and potential bottleneck.
  • Mrs Robinson’s Y2 class, Mrs Atkinson’s Y1 class and Ms Pearson’s Y1 class will enter through the school gate and follow the chair/oval one-way system. Please maintain your social distance as you progress towards the school entrances.
  • Mrs Robinson’s Y2 class will enter school straight away through the Bousfield Suite fire door at the end of the Bousfield building. After dropping off, parents should continue round the chair oval and exit in the usual manner.
  • Mrs Atkinson’s Y1 children will need to be dropped off at the end of the Bousfield Suite building. The children will continue to the left of the cones and enter the school through the door adjacent to Mrs Atkinson’s room. Parents/carers need to continue on round the chair oval and exit in the usual manner.
  • Ms Pearson’s Y1 children will also need to be dropped off at the end of the Bousfield Suite building, and will continue to the right of the cones, entering school through the door near Ms Pearson’s room. Parents/carers need to continue on round the chair oval and exit in the usual manner.

 

  • The parents/carers of Reception children will need to queue at the designated queuing point (which will be marked with a sign post) outside the school (Mowbray Road), keeping close to the perimeter fence and maintaining social distance (2 metres) whilst in the queue. Please avoid arriving at the queuing point until just before 9am, and please do not queue inside the school grounds near the Heron Room – we must avoid congestion for the new system to work. At 9am the reception classes will enter through the school gate and follow the chair/oval one-way system. Please maintain your social distance as you walk alongside the Bousfield Suite building.  

Once at the corner of the Bousfield Suite:

  • Mrs Connor’s reception children will continue to their classroom walking to the left of the cones, and enter school through the door near Mrs Connor’s room. Parents/carers need to continue on around the chair oval one-way system and exit in the usual manner.
  • Mrs McCarroll’s reception children will continue to their classroom walking to the right of the cones, and enter school through the door near Mrs Atkinson’s room, from where they will progress to Mrs McCarroll’s classroom. Parents/carers need to continue on around the chair oval one-way system and exit in the usual manner.

 

To be clear, all KS1 and Early Years children (apart from Mrs Carey’s Y2 children) need to be dropped off at the end of the Bousfield building, and parents/carers should then immediately proceed out of the school grounds. It is not intended that parents should accompany their children to the school doors, and staff won’t be able to talk at this point as this would hold up the flow and potentially create a bottleneck.

 

Please also note that the reception queuing point is only for reception parents after 8.55am, and that masks need to be worn wherever parents/carers are queuing or waiting.

 

Staff will be around to assist parents and carers with these changes as they will no doubt take two or three days to get used to.

 

  • There will also be a new queuing system outside the nursery building for parents/carers of nursery children. We will create a snake system with cones and rope to make better use of the nursery space; this should avoid the nursery queue spilling out to where R, Y1 and Y2 children and parents/carers are walking into the school.

When nursery parents/carers have dropped off their children, please turn to the left when exiting through the nursery gate and walk around the one-way system, turning right before the playground gate and exiting by the left hand channel.

 

Many thanks for your attention to, and patience with, these changes; we do hope they bring about the expected improvements to the system.

To sum up, many thanks for all your messages of support and thanks this half term – they do go a long way and are very much appreciated by all our staff, especially in the circumstances we’re all currently living through.

Please have an excellent half term holiday, and we look forward to seeing you on Monday 2nd November.

Best wishes,

Mr P Cornforth and all at Fens

 

 

 

 

 

 

12-10-20

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have been advised that there has been a confirmed case of COVID-19 involving a member of staff of the school. Given that the person in question was not in the school setting when becoming symptomatic, and has not been in school for a number of days, we would like to reassure you that there is no impact on the wider school community. Therefore, all pupils and staff do not need to make any changes to their usual routine, including school attendance. This decision follows a full risk assessment carried out in consultation with Public Health England this morning.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or a high temperature and/or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia). If your child, or anyone in your household, develops these symptoms, your whole household must remain at home and not go to work, school or public areas. You should arrange testing for the person who has developed symptoms. When the result is known further advice will be available.

Testing can be arranged by calling 119 or via the NHS website: nhs.uk/coronavirus

How to stop COVID-19 spreading

There are things we can all do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with COVID-19:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

 

Further information

Further information is available at nhs.uk/coronavirus

Yours sincerely,

Peter Cornforth

Headteacher

12-10-20

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Parental consultations will take place over the course of next week by phone, as clearly we cannot have face-to-face discussions in this current period of time.

Tomorrow you will receive a link by text which will take you to the site where you can book your phone appointment.

 

Please note: Mr Keen will not be available for the consultations next week as he will be on paternity leave by then, so please do not make an appointment on his class grid unless your child is taught English and Maths by Mr Collinson, in which case book your appointment and Mr Collinson will phone you at your chosen time.

Mr Keen will contact parents of the rest of his class on his return to school to organise his consultations.

 

Many thanks.

09-10-20

Dear Parents/Carers,

Many thanks for your excellent response to our request to wear masks when dropping off and picking up. The need to wear masks at these times is growing ever more important with infection rates doubling on a weekly basis, and to make this even more effective, we would like to ask that you wear your masks while queuing in the street before entering the school grounds (or while waiting outside of nursery). Thank you for your attention to this – we need to do all we can to keep ourselves and each other as safe as possible.

Another thing that would help at drop-off time in key stage one is if parents of reception children arrive as close to 9am as possible, rather than ten minutes early. This is to reduce the numbers of people waiting outside school in the minutes leading up to nine o’clock by avoiding an overlap of reception parents with parents of Y1 and Y2 children. Again, many thanks for your attention to this point.

Earlier in the term parents were issued with letters about the flu vaccination programme for schools. There has been an excellent response to this from parents, with a record uptake already. Our vaccination date is next Friday 16th October, and it is not too late for parents to return their slips to school if they have not done so already and wish their child to be vaccinated. If anyone has mislaid their form, please contact the school office for a replacement.

Have a safe and pleasant weekend,

Mr P Cornforth

 

 

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08-10-20

Dear Parents, 

I wanted to make you aware that one of our Year 6 pupils has tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with our rigorous safety procedures and in consultation with Public Health England, the pupil is self-isolating at home and so too are the other pupils in their ‘bubble’. All of their parents are aware of the situation.

None of the other pupils in the year group or in the rest of the school are affected and the school continues to function normally and safely, however, we will continue to monitor the situation closely in conjunction with Public Health England. As always, the wellbeing of our pupils, staff and parents remains our highest priority.

Kind regards,

Peter Cornforth

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23-09-20

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please click below to download a letter from Public Health England (PHE) regarding COVID-19 symptoms.

Many thanks.

PHE Letter 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If your child shows symptoms of COVID-19:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

You must:

  • Keep your child off school for 10 days or until symptoms have resolved
  • Tell the school your child has symptoms as soon as possible
  • Arrange to have your child tested
  • Tell the school that the test has been booked
  • Tell the school the result as soon as you receive it
  • Follow advice from the school on when your child can return

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18-09-20

Dear Parent/Carers,

Many thanks for your continued support and assistance in making drop-off and pick-up times as safe as we can.

We do keep on reviewing the systems and looking for ways to tweak additional improvements, so we’d like to share one or two changes we would like to put in place from this coming Monday (21st September).

1) In Key Stage One, we are going to change the one-way system from anti-clockwise to clockwise. We would like parents/carers to enter the school grounds on the left hand side of the path, and make your way around the chairs in a clockwise direction. At the narrow gate, please operate a ‘one-in, one-out’ courtesy system to avoid clustering at this pinch-point, and leave the school grounds keeping to the left. We’ll set up cones to make the entry and exit paths clear.

2) Given the current critical nature of the virus spread, we think that it would be sensible for parents and carers to wear a face mask when dropping off and picking up (including whilst waiting in queues outside the school grounds). We all need to do anything we can to stop the virus spreading further. We thank you in advance for your compliance with this request.

3) Please try to avoid clustering together in groups to chat, which may block pathways and make social distancing difficult. We need people to be able to keep moving freely and maintain a reasonable distance from each other.

Once again, many thanks for your understanding and support, and for your attention to the above changes.

Have a pleasant and safe weekend.

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Fens Primary School - Risk Assessment for full reopening on Tuesday 1st September

Risk Assessment 

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14-07-20

Dear Parents/Carers,

Thankfully, schools will finally be able to welcome back into school all their children, as you will know by now, from September 1st, and we would like to share with you our plans to do so as safely as possible.

A key part of the return for all children is the continuation of the ‘bubble’ idea, which was central to our wider reopening in June. The social ‘bubbles’ in Fens during this latest period have contained a maximum of ten children in order to ensure that two metres of social distancing could be maintained in the classroom. The ‘bubbles’ now have to be rather larger, as we are welcoming back around 470 children, so each whole class of children will now be considered a ‘bubble’. Contact between these groups of children has to be avoided, as far as possible, so children will only spend time in school with members of their class.

Within the classroom, children will not be organised in groups where they face each other; they will be in rows facing forwards, though clearly in classes of thirty or nearly thirty, two metres of social distancing will no longer be possible. What is important is that contact between children from different groups is minimised, as far as possible. Early years classrooms will not have the same organisation as those of older children, but their classes will still be bubbles that will not be able to have contact with other bubbles.

Children will not go into each other’s classrooms, and resources will, as far as possible, be kept within each classroom and will not be shared between groups. Where resources have to be used across groups, they will be thoroughly cleaned between uses.

The government guidance on the full reopening of schools, on which we have based our planning, can be found via the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools

Organisational Measures for September 

Health and Hygiene

· This seems an obvious one, but it is imperative that anyone, be they child or adult, who is unwell with any of the coronavirus symptoms (high temperature or new, continuous cough or loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell) does not come into school. School has set up a system for dealing with situations should children begin to develop symptoms whilst in school, but, in short, parents will be called and the child taken home. The expectation will then be that the child is tested as soon as is practicable, and the results shared with school.

· There has been a very thorough handwashing and sanitising regime in school during the past few months, and this will continue, and the importance of this must now be hard-wired into the mindsets of the whole school community. Hand sanitisers were installed in school in the weeks before lockdown, and we now have twelve sanitising stations around school, so that children can sanitise on entry to and exit from school, and before and after lunch. Regular and thorough handwashing will be an essential part of everyday school life for the foreseeable future.

· Each bubble will have a plentiful supply of tissues so that the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach to good respiratory hygiene can continue to be promoted.

· We have had, and will continue to have, an enhanced cleaning system. The LA cleaning service has been giving school a mid-day clean, so that toilets and frequently touched surfaces receive additional cleaning, and each classroom has COSHH – labelled disinfectant spray, cloths and sanitising wipes to ensure that surfaces and objects can be cleaned regularly, as far as is possible.

Class Bubbles

·  As stated above, children will be grouped into class bubbles, which will not, as far as possible, come into contact with other bubbles. Y6 always has a third curriculum support group, which contains children from both Y6 classes, but this group only contains twelve children, so in their teaching room they will be able to sit at a greater distance away from each other, and the children from the two classes can be kept well apart, thus avoiding contact between bubbles.

·   Breakfast Club and After-School Club will both return, but with organisational changes. As children from different bubbles attend these clubs, we will need to set out the main hall to ensure that children sit only with those from their own bubble, and that inter-bubble contact is avoided.

Arrangements for the start and end of the school day

Key Stage Two

 

·  It has been possible, and will continue to be so, to create a one-way system in the Key Stage Two yard, so that children can be dropped off by one parent (we need to keep numbers of parents on the yard as low as possible), who can then make their way out of the school grounds via the KS2 car park exit. This will minimise contact between parents on the yard, and we will still be expecting all who enter the school grounds to maintain their social distancing practice of two metres. We would ask that parents do not wait around after dropping their children off, and make their way straight out through the car park.

·  As we have a one-way system, with different entrance and exit points, we don’t think we will need to stagger the start of the day for KS2 children, so year groups 3, 4, 5 and 6 should be able to come to school at the usual time of 8.45am. The end of the school day has added complications, however, largely to do with handing children over to a parent safely. Therefore, we will be asking that children in years 3 and 4 are picked up at 3.05pm, and children in years 5 and 6 at the usual time of 3.20pm. This will mean that the process of leaving school can be carried out safely and efficiently.

 

Key Stage One

 

· The start of the day for Key Stage One children will need to be staggered because parents enter and exit at the same point. There is a circular one-way system in use currently, but parents are required to be mindful of social distancing at the gates, and this will need to continue. As for KS2, we will ask that only one parent drops their child off, in order to minimise numbers on the yard (though we will make an exception in the first week for parents of new reception starters and for when new nursery children start). During the first week back (commencing on Tuesday 1st September) the Reception children will not be starting their day until 9.15am. Thereafter, Reception classes will be asked to come in at 9am, and Y1 and Y2 classes will be able to come in at 8.45am, the usual drop-off time. This will reduce the numbers on the yard, and facilitate a safer process. Again, please be mindful of the need to keep your distance from each other, especially at the gate areas, and please note that this year reception parents will unfortunately not be able to accompany their children into the school building.

·  The end of the school day will also need to be staggered for Key Stage One. During the first week Reception children are part time, so will have gone home in the middle of the day. Y1 children will need to be picked up at 3.10pm, and Y2 at 3.20pm.

From the second week onwards the pick-up times will be:

Reception: 3.00pm

Y1: 3.10pm

Y2: 3.20pm

 

Nursery

·   Nursery times will operate as usual (morning: 8.50 – 11.50am, afternoon 12.25 – 3.25pm), but unfortunately it will not be possible to invite parents into the building for the foreseeable future.

 

Staggered break times, lunch times and toilet times

 

·  During playtimes, each bubble will be supervised by a member of that bubble’s year-group teaching team, using a staggered system.  This will then further discourage interaction between bubbles. Each bubble (as happens currently) will need a designated area of the yard or field, and there should be no crossover between bubbles.

·  We will continue to need a longer lunch ‘hour’ with what, in effect, will be four year-group ‘sittings’ in the KS2 hall, and three in KS1, so that tables can be cleaned between times. This will allow for smaller numbers of children than usual in the hall at any one time, and will help to maintain social distancing between bubbles. The lunch period is likely to require around two hours to complete, but each class will only have one hour for their lunch and outdoor time. This means that each year group’s mornings will end and afternoons will start at different times. In addition, this also means that at no point will all the children of the school be outside, thus helping to avoid bubble contact. As with playtime, year-group members of staff will supervise bubbles.

·  We will continue to timetable frequent toilet breaks so that ‘bubbles’ can go to the toilet at an appointed time, accompanied by one of their staff bubble members. This is to avoid a lot of children trying to use the toilet at ‘hot spot’ times. The children will wait in lines at two-metre intervals, with probably no more than three children in the toilets at once. Children will be expected to wash their hands thoroughly after using the toilet (for at least 20 seconds) and also dry them

thoroughly.

·  As stated earlier, toilets will be given a mid-day clean by members of the LA cleaning staff, in addition to their usual daily cleaning regime.

Other points

 

·  We will continue to operate the current water bottle system where children take home their bottle, wash it and refill it for the next day (all children were given a new bottle just before lockdown; if this is lost, please send one of your own in, labelled with your child’s name). Children will not be refilling their bottles themselves during the school day as they cannot leave the classroom unless with their bubble, so large plastic jugs have been made available for each class. A staff member will fill the jug at the start of the day and refill a child’s bottle (the top of which the child will have removed) as required.

·  We wish to continue to avoid groups of children passing in the corridor, as far as possible, and we need to continue to avoid passing on the stairs (in KS2). For this reason, we set up a one-way system where children stick close to the right hand side of corridors (with two-metre intervals between children). The wildlife garden stairs have been, and will continue to be, the ‘up’ flight, the KS2 car park stairs the ‘down’ flight. There are two-metre markers next to walls to support the maintaining of social distance, and arrows and signs are set up to remind everyone about direction and distancing.

·  In cases where there are younger (KS1) and older (KS2) siblings, we have not been able to let KS2 siblings walk through the school buildings. Please could parents/carers continue to drop off their KS1 child first, followed by their KS2 child (weather permitting, please make use of the school field for the purpose of moving from the KS1 yard to the KS2 yard).

·  Thanks again to parents/carers for keeping away from school as far as possible (other than dropping off and picking up), and dealing with any issues or enquiries by telephone; this will, unfortunately, need to continue to be the case in September.

·  From 1st September school meals will remain at £2.05 per day, £10.25 per week, with payments due on the first day of each week.

Breakfast and After School Clubs

As stated earlier, Breakfast and After School Clubs will be reinstated from Tuesday 1st September with a few necessary changes. We mentioned the organisation of the hall to ensure that bubbles are distanced; we will also need to move the drop-off and pick-up point from the Heron Centre entrance to the main school entrance. Please note that payments will also need to begin again in September.

We are all hoping for a positive, productive and, above all, undisrupted year. Staff were devastated to have their year with their current classes diminished because of Covid-19, but are excited to start work with their new classes, and begin to drive forward children’s education again in the classroom, with full classes of children. We will be very mindful that many children may be anxious about the process of returning to school after a long time away, and staff will be ready to support and encourage them through what could initially be a difficult return process. However, we don’t think it will take too long for them to get back used to school life again.

Once again, please continue to stay safe, keep healthy and keep on observing your social distancing. Have a wonderful summer, and we look forward to having our whole community back on 1st September.

Very best wishes,

Peter Cornforth and all the staff at Fens

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Staffing 2020/2021

Year Group

New Teacher

Previous Teacher

Support Staff

Nursery

Mrs Martin

 

Mrs Musgrove

Mrs Metcalf

Reception

Mrs Connor

Mrs Keen

Mrs Stead

Reception

Mrs McCarroll

Mrs Keen

Miss Grainger

Year 1

Mrs Atkinson

Mrs McCarroll

Mrs Riley

Year 1

Miss Pearson

Mrs Connor

Mrs Harlow

Year 2

Mrs Robinson

Mrs Atkinson

Mrs Hillyer

Year 2

Mrs Carey

Miss Pearson

Mrs Hillyer

Year 3

Mrs Wilkinson

Mrs Carey

Miss Clark

Year 3

Mrs Sibly

Mrs Robinson

Mrs Wood

Year 4

Ms Low

Miss Taylor

Mrs Stirk

Year 4

Mr Birtwistle

Mrs Wilkinson

Ms Thompson

Year 5

Mr Johnson

Ms Low

Mrs Hull

Year 5

Mrs Todd

Mr Birtwistle

Mrs Pickering/Mrs Morton

Year 6

Mr Keen

Miss Calvert

 

Year 6

Mr Bryson

Mr Johnson

 

Year 6

Mr Collinson

 

 

 

 

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02-07-20

Dear Parents/Carers,

During the summer holidays the school will begin its much-needed three-phased major whole-school re-wiring project. This is a big job, and the first phase will take up pretty much all of the summer.

The work teams need to be in school from Monday 20th July in order to ensure the work is completed before our full re-opening on September 1st (we cannot and will not countenance the slightest delay) and there will have to be considerable clearance of rooms for the work to go ahead.

For the aforementioned reasons, school will need to close for the end of term to all children on Wednesday 15th July. This will allow the staff two days to prepare rooms for re-wiring, and to re-organise the rest of the school, which is currently set up in ‘small-bubble, socially-distanced’ mode, in readiness for welcoming back the whole school. We do apologise for the inconvenience this may cause.

 Staff will need to come back to school for two days during the last week of their holidays to restore order to the key stage two classrooms so that all children can enjoy a return to what we desperately hope will be something a little more like normal school experience.

 In summary, then, school will close to all children for the summer holidays at 3.20pm on Wednesday 15th July and will reopen for all children on Tuesday 1st September.

 On another point, owing to the fact that there has been a rise in the number of key workers requiring places for their children, we will not be able to take in any Reception children, as had been our hope, for the last week of term, as our capacity has been reached. Again, we apologise for disappointing some of our parents and children.

 Many thanks for your kind words and messages of support through what has been a difficult period for all of us in the community. We really do hope for a profitable, purposeful and undisrupted school year in 2020-21.

 Best wishes and have a safe, healthy and happy summer,

 Mr Cornforth and all the staff at Fens Primary School

 (PS Please watch out for a communication regarding September organisation; we expect information to be forthcoming from the DFE today about what we will have to do, so we will let you know about school arrangements by the end of term.)

 

 

 

 17.06.20

 

Hello Parents and Children,

 

We have set up a new emailing system so that you can now have contact with school regarding issues related to school work (eg work on our website, TT Rock Stars etc.). It may be that you would like to ask a question or seek clarification on any aspect of work that may have been proving difficult, and this is a facility which will enable this to happen.

 

The email system is only for such educational communications, and any other sorts of issue should be communicated with the school office by phoning our office staff (as usual), who will then direct you to the appropriate member of staff.

 

Please only make use of this facility during the hours of 9am and 3pm. Any communications outside these hours will not be dealt with until the following day, and any communications over a weekend will not be looked at until Monday.

 

Parents/carers will soon receive a text message from school communicating the email address for your year group, so keep a look out for this and then you can start to send emails to your class teacher.

 

We hope you find this a valuable and useful facility for staying in touch with your teacher(s) and maintaining your work momentum and motivation during what continues to be a difficult time for everyone.

 Keep well and stay safe everyone!

 Best wishes from all at Fens Primary School.


 

 

05-06-20

Dear Parent/Carer,

 

We would like to update you on some new developments that will take place across all schools in Hartlepool.

Each of our children’s journeys through education, from primary to secondary, is our key priority and we are always looking to improve that journey.

We have been working closely with all Hartlepool schools to think about how we can best support all children in their transition to secondary school. Together we have developed a new process to share information so that we can ensure that the right support is available to your child from the moment they start their new school. One of the ways that we can help with this transition is to ensure that the secondary school is in a position, at the start of term, to support your child in all the ways we did in primary school.  This can only happen if the secondary school is aware of the information held by us.

As you will know from our Privacy Notice on our website, we are legally required to transfer information as described in The Education (Pupil Information) (England) Regulations 2005. However, this year, using the new processes, we are hoping to share additional information (if we hold it) with your child’s secondary school, such as your child’s:

·                     Learning style

·                     Social & emotional development and behaviour

·                     Punctuality

·                     Early Help/Social Care involvement

·                     Child and family circumstances

·                     Home to School Partnership arrangements

·                     Friendship groups.

 

The above information will be shared to highlight any areas of strength as well as areas that your child may need support. If necessary additional conversations will be held to ensure your child’s needs are met in their new school. 

Under normal circumstances, we would have discussed this with you in person and involved you in the transition process, however, due to the current COVID-19 situation, this has not been possible.  We would, therefore, ask that if you have any concerns about us transferring this additional information to your child’s secondary school then please contact the school on 01429 870405 before 10-06-20.

Yours sincerely,

Fens Primary School and HBC

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04-06-20

Dear Parents/Carers,

We hope you are continuing to stay safe and keep well, and we thank you for your patience and support in these difficult circumstances.

Since my last letter, the government have gone ahead with 1st June as their preferred opening date, and some schools around the country have returned. As you will know, the ‘R’ rate is still high in the north-east, and we have said that the safety of children and staff is central to our thinking and planning regarding reopening. For this reason, we have decided to defer the beginning of our phased reopening until Monday 15th June (in line with a number of local authorities around the country and a number of other Hartlepool schools), and this will be a very cautiously managed process.

Many thanks to parents/carers of Y6, Y1 and Reception children for emailing us their intention regarding whether or not they would be sending their children back to school on reopening. As stated in the previous letter, we have taken non-returns as a signal that those parents will not be sending their children back to school before the summer holiday. This information, and the numbers we have collated on who will be returning, is crucial to our ability to plan effectively.

An important central feature of the government's guidance for the reopening of schools is the creation of a number of small groups of children in school called 'social bubbles'. The size of each bubble is dictated by the number of children that can be situated within a classroom whilst still maintaining a social distance of two metres between each child. In our school, the maximum number of children that we feel can be kept safe within a classroom is 10, well short of the 15 suggested by the government documents. In addition to this, each social bubble will need to be managed and taught by the same group of staff.

When more children return, it is likely that each bubble will be managed by two members of staff, because these teachers and TAs will need to be with their 'bubble' all through the day, including lunchtimes and breaktimes, so two people are needed to allow for staff breaks and lunchtime breaks to be adequately managed. The effect of having to use such a system is that our capacity will be greatly reduced, and once we have reached that capacity, we will no longer be able to admit further children. Therefore, we will have to give priority to the children of key workers, vulnerable children and the children of parents who returned their intention email by 22nd May, should there be a growth in demand beyond currently expected numbers.

Each bubble is likely to contain children from both year group classes, and the membership of each bubble will remain the same for the remainder of the term. Also, as stated in the previous letter, there is no guarantee that children will be taught by their original class teacher given the restrictions that the social bubble system, with its small group sizes, creates for us. Children of keyworkers and vulnerable children will also be organised into social bubbles from 15th June as numbers in school begin to increase, as the system needs to apply throughout the school. Y6 children who have been in school during lockdown will move into a Y6 bubble from 15th June.

Our intended reopening sequence is to begin with a part time return for Y6 children (whose parents responded to our email) of two days per Y6 group (or ‘bubble’) for the week beginning 15-06-20. We feel that Y6 will be the safest option for children and staff as the older children are more able to observe the rules of social distancing. School staff will contact the parents of the returning Y6 children very soon and let them know which group/bubble they are in, and which days they will come into school during their first week back.

The following week, wb 22-06-20, Y6 children (whose parents responded to our email) will come into school full time. From wb 29-06-20 we expect to be able to start bringing back children in Y1 (whose parents responded to our email), firstly part time, and then full time from wb 06-07-20. School staff will contact parents to inform them about groupings and other arrangements in due course. From wb 13-07-20 we hope to be able to bring in the children from Reception whose parents informed us of their wish for their children to return. Again, Reception parents will hear from school staff nearer the time.

At this point in time, owing to the demands of the social bubble system and the limits it puts on the number of children we can have in school, it seems highly unlikely that year groups 2, 3, 4, 5 and nursery will be able to return before the summer holidays. We will be looking very closely at the materials for their home learning, along with the home learning of Y6, Y1 and Reception children who will continue at home during the current period of the outbreak, and will contact you presently.

In summary:

Wb 15-06-20: Monday and Tuesday: Y6 group 1.  Thursday and Friday: Y6 groups 2 & 3

Wb 22-06-20: Y6 groups 1, 2 and 3 full time

Wb 29-06-20: Monday and Tuesday: Y1 group 1. Thursday and Friday: Y1 group 2

Wb 06-07-20: Y1 groups 1 and 2 in full time

Wb 13-07-20: Reception children return if possible

It must be said that this planning all comes with the proviso that it is very much dependent on the local experience of the viral spread, and infection rates continuing to get lower.

Measures we have taken to prepare school for reopening:

Classrooms:

·  As well as being 2 metres apart, children will also all be facing in the same direction, towards the whiteboard during lessons. To free up space, a good deal of furniture is being removed and stored elsewhere, and many soft and difficult to clean items will also be removed. Each child will have their own set of equipment which will stay on their desk all day, and never be shared with another child.

·  Each bubble will remain in their own classroom and will not go into classrooms and areas designated for other children.

·  During playtimes children will need to continue to be socially distanced, with no interaction between bubbles, and with each bubble in a designated area of the yard or field. One member of the bubble’s staff team will need to supervise them.

·  We will continue with the current water bottle system where children take home their bottle, wash it and refill it for the next day (all children were given a new bottle just before lockdown; if this is lost, please send one of your own in). Children should not fill their bottles themselves during the school day as they cannot leave the classroom unless with their bubble, so large plastic jugs will be made available for each class. A staff member will fill the jug at the start of the day and fill a child’s bottle (the top of which the child will have removed) as required. Children will not do the filling themselves, and should not touch the jug at all.

·  Windows will be kept open as long as the room is in use and only closed when the children have gone; this is because it is more difficult to catch the virus with a healthy air flow. Doors will also be kept open to further encourage air flow.

·  Each classroom will have COSHH - labelled disinfectant spray, so that staff can maintain a regular surface cleaning regime as far as is possible, and we will ensure that a good supply of soap is available for classrooms to allow regular handwashing by children and staff.

·  We will try to put a limit on the periods of time we remain in the classroom space, and we will continue to use the outdoors as far as we can, as we know that the disease spreads less well outside. This does depend on the weather, however, and some learning relies on the classroom environment in order to be effective.

 

Social distancing for parents and children during drop-off and pick up times

·  We will be creating designated waiting areas on each yard for parents and children. There will be one for each social bubble in order to minimise the risk of interaction between members of different bubbles, and each adult and child must be sure to maintain a two-metre distance from other parents and children.

·  Whilst we understand that some Y6 children currently walk to school on their own, from 15th June we will expect one parent to accompany their child to school, and pick them up afterwards (we are saying one adult only to keep the yard numbers down). This is to support the social distancing rule and to discourage groups of children from coming together before and after school, which might cause interaction between children from different bubbles, and which this system seeks to avoid. We thank you in advance for your attention to this point.

·  In the KS2 yard, we would like parents to enter by the usual gate, but to make their way out of the school grounds via the KS2 car park exit to Catcote Road, which we will open for this purpose (please note that this is not to be used to gain entry to the yard). This way, parents will not be returning through the front gates and potentially passing close by other parents walking in the opposite direction. The same will apply at the end of the day, with parents waiting in their designated ‘bubble’ area, and leaving school with their child via the KS2 car park.

·  In the KS1 yard we aim to create a one-way system, marked by tape, also using two-metre measures, so that parents bring their children whilst maintaining their social distance, walk close to the Heron and Bousfield buildings and wait in designated areas related to social bubbles, as for KS2. Once they have dropped off their child, they will need to walk back using the directions marked by tape, and maintain their two-metre distance from other parents, especially at the gates, where particular care will need to be taken.

·  At the end of the day, children will be taken out (with two metres of distance between them) in their bubbles and ‘handed’, in an orderly fashion, to their parent/carer, and parent/carer and child will then leave the premises in the ways detailed above.

·  We will be staggering the start of the day for different groups from 15th June. The children of keyworkers and vulnerable children will come to school at 8.45am and leave at 3.20pm (usual start and end times). In order to avoid too many children arriving at, and leaving from, school at once, we will be asking parents/carers to bring their Y6 and Y1 children to school at 9am, and to pick them up at 3pm.

·  In cases where there are younger (KS1) and older (KS2) siblings, we will no longer be able to let KS2 siblings walk through the school buildings. Please could parents/carers drop off their KS1 child first, then their KS2 child (weather permitting, please make use of the school field for the purpose of moving from the KS1 yard to the KS2 yard).

·  Please remember to check that your child is in good health before bringing them to school. If they seem unwell, have a temperature or any other symptoms of Covid-19, please keep them away from school and seek medical advice as advised by the government website.

·  Thanks to parents/carers for keeping away from school as far as possible (other than dropping off and picking up), and dealing with any issues or enquiries by telephone; this will need to continue for the present time until transmission rates have been driven right down.

 

Toileting, Hand Washing and Sanitising

·  We will ‘timetable’ frequent toilet breaks so that ‘bubbles’ can go to the toilet at an appointed time, accompanied by one of their staff bubble members. This is to avoid a lot of children trying to use the toilet at ‘hot spot’ times. The children will wait in lines at two-metre intervals, with probably no more than one or two children in the toilets at once. They will then wash their hands thoroughly for at least half a minute and return to the line. Toilets will be given a mid-day clean by members of the LA cleaning staff, in addition to their usual daily cleaning regime.

·  We will be keeping up the handwashing and hand sanitising regime very conscientiously – we know that this has been a strong message throughout the pandemic, and for very good reasons – so this must be built into the mindset of the children. Another batch of sanitiser dispensers has been purchased, and these have been installed in key positions, so that children can sanitise on the way out and on their way back into school, for example, and on entry to the dining hall.

·  We are ensuring that there is a supply of tissues for each bubble, so that the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ regime can be strictly followed by everyone.

 

Movement Around School

·  We would wish to avoid groups of children passing in the corridor, as far as possible, and we need to avoid passing on the stairs (in KS2). For this reason we are setting up a one-way system where children stick close to the right hand side of corridors (with two-metre intervals between children), and the wildlife garden stairs will be the ‘up’ flight, the KS2 car park stairs the ‘down’ flight. We will put two-metre markers next to walls to support the maintaining of social distance, and have arrows and signs set up to remind everyone about direction and distancing.

 

Playtimes and Lunchtimes

·  During playtimes, each bubble will be supervised by a member of that bubble’s teaching team, using a staggered system.  This will then further discourage interaction between bubbles. Each bubble, as mentioned earlier, will need a designated area of the yard or field, and there should be no crossover between bubbles.

·  We will need a longer lunch hour with what, in effect, will be two ‘sittings’, so that tables can be cleaned between times. This will allow for fewer numbers of children in the hall at any one time, and will maintain the children’s social distances. At the moment, 11.30 – 1.00pm will be the timescale, with sitting 1 spanning 11.30 until 12.10, and sitting 2 from 12.20 to 1.00pm, 10 minutes being allowed in between for the cleaning. We thought it would be good to try to keep to cooked meals, at least in the first instance, but later on with more children in school, we may have to reconsider. Children will continue to be supervised by staff within their own bubble, as far as possible.

 

Breakfast and After School Clubs

·  Unfortunately, owing to the need to keep children within a single social bubble in school, we will have to suspend our Breakfast and After School Clubs from the 15th June, until we reach a time when we are able to move away from the bubble system. The clubs will continue until Friday 12th June before temporarily closing. Many apologies to those who use and support this facility; we do this with great disappointment, but have no choice because these clubs contain children from different bubbles, who must not interact for the safety reasons detailed in the text above. We will get these clubs up and running again just as soon as we can.

 

Staying safe at all times

·  To minimise the risk to other children in school, please do ensure that your children continue to follow government advice on social distancing when out of school; please do not put the school in a position where access to school has to be refused for a child where it has come to our attention that social distancing guidelines have been ignored. We cannot afford to jeopardise the safety and wellbeing of children and staff in the school.

 

As you can see, there is a lot of information that you need to know, and there will probably be further things that we need to contact you about or tell you about before 15th June arrives. We would like to assure you that we are doing everything we can to make the school as safe an environment as it is possible to be in the current circumstances, and we hope this letter gives you some idea about the steps we are taking.  We are also, as you will be, looking forward to a time which is rather more normal than the one we are currently living through. Until then, we will continue to endeavour to make the school experience both a safe one and a purposeful one for the children present in school and the children working at home.

 

Please all stay safe, observe careful social distancing, keep healthy in both body and mind, and take care of each other.

 

Very best wishes,

 

Peter Cornforth and all the staff at Fens

 

 

 

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05-06-20

 

Dear Parent/Carer,

We would like to update you on some new developments that will take place across all schools in Hartlepool.

Each of our children’s journeys through education, from primary to secondary, is our key priority and we are always looking to improve that journey.

We have been working closely with all Hartlepool schools to think about how we can best support all children in their transition to secondary school. Together we have developed a new process to share information so that we can ensure that the right support is available to your child from the moment they start their new school. One of the ways that we can help with this transition is to ensure that the secondary school is in a position, at the start of term, to support your child in all the ways we did in primary school.  This can only happen if the secondary school is aware of the information held by us.

As you will know from our Privacy Notice on our website, we are legally required to transfer information as described in The Education (Pupil Information) (England) Regulations 2005. However, this year, using the new processes, we are hoping to share additional information (if we hold it) with your child’s secondary school, such as your child’s:

·                     Learning style

·                     Social & emotional development and behaviour

·                     Punctuality

·                     Early Help/Social Care involvement

·                     Child and family circumstances

·                     Home to School Partnership arrangements

·                     Friendship groups.

 

The above information will be shared to highlight any areas of strength as well as areas that your child may need support. If necessary additional conversations will be held to ensure your child’s needs are met in their new school. 

Under normal circumstances, we would have discussed this with you in person and involved you in the transition process, however, due to the current COVID-19 situation, this has not been possible.  We would, therefore, ask that if you have any concerns about us transferring this additional information to your child’s secondary school then please contact the school on 01429 870405 before 10-06-20.

Yours sincerely,

Fens Primary School and HBC

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04-06-20

Dear Parents/Carers,

We hope you are continuing to stay safe and keep well, and we thank you for your patience and support in these difficult circumstances.

Since my last letter, the government have gone ahead with 1st June as their preferred opening date, and some schools around the country have returned. As you will know, the ‘R’ rate is still high in the north-east, and we have said that the safety of children and staff is central to our thinking and planning regarding reopening. For this reason, we have decided to defer the beginning of our phased reopening until Monday 15th June (in line with a number of local authorities around the country and a number of other Hartlepool schools), and this will be a very cautiously managed process.

Many thanks to parents/carers of Y6, Y1 and Reception children for emailing us their intention regarding whether or not they would be sending their children back to school on reopening. As stated in the previous letter, we have taken non-returns as a signal that those parents will not be sending their children back to school before the summer holiday. This information, and the numbers we have collated on who will be returning, is crucial to our ability to plan effectively.

An important central feature of the government's guidance for the reopening of schools is the creation of a number of small groups of children in school called 'social bubbles'. The size of each bubble is dictated by the number of children that can be situated within a classroom whilst still maintaining a social distance of two metres between each child. In our school, the maximum number of children that we feel can be kept safe within a classroom is 10, well short of the 15 suggested by the government documents. In addition to this, each social bubble will need to be managed and taught by the same group of staff.

When more children return, it is likely that each bubble will be managed by two members of staff, because these teachers and TAs will need to be with their 'bubble' all through the day, including lunchtimes and breaktimes, so two people are needed to allow for staff breaks and lunchtime breaks to be adequately managed. The effect of having to use such a system is that our capacity will be greatly reduced, and once we have reached that capacity, we will no longer be able to admit further children. Therefore, we will have to give priority to the children of key workers, vulnerable children and the children of parents who returned their intention email by 22nd May, should there be a growth in demand beyond currently expected numbers.

Each bubble is likely to contain children from both year group classes, and the membership of each bubble will remain the same for the remainder of the term. Also, as stated in the previous letter, there is no guarantee that children will be taught by their original class teacher given the restrictions that the social bubble system, with its small group sizes, creates for us. Children of keyworkers and vulnerable children will also be organised into social bubbles from 15th June as numbers in school begin to increase, as the system needs to apply throughout the school. Y6 children who have been in school during lockdown will move into a Y6 bubble from 15th June.

Our intended reopening sequence is to begin with a part time return for Y6 children (whose parents responded to our email) of two days per Y6 group (or ‘bubble’) for the week beginning 15-06-20. We feel that Y6 will be the safest option for children and staff as the older children are more able to observe the rules of social distancing. School staff will contact the parents of the returning Y6 children very soon and let them know which group/bubble they are in, and which days they will come into school during their first week back.

The following week, wb 22-06-20, Y6 children (whose parents responded to our email) will come into school full time. From wb 29-06-20 we expect to be able to start bringing back children in Y1 (whose parents responded to our email), firstly part time, and then full time from wb 06-07-20. School staff will contact parents to inform them about groupings and other arrangements in due course. From wb 13-07-20 we hope to be able to bring in the children from Reception whose parents informed us of their wish for their children to return. Again, Reception parents will hear from school staff nearer the time.

At this point in time, owing to the demands of the social bubble system and the limits it puts on the number of children we can have in school, it seems highly unlikely that year groups 2, 3, 4, 5 and nursery will be able to return before the summer holidays. We will be looking very closely at the materials for their home learning, along with the home learning of Y6, Y1 and Reception children who will continue at home during the current period of the outbreak, and will contact you presently.

In summary:

Wb 15-06-20: Monday and Tuesday: Y6 group 1.  Thursday and Friday: Y6 groups 2 & 3

Wb 22-06-20: Y6 groups 1, 2 and 3 full time

Wb 29-06-20: Monday and Tuesday: Y1 group 1. Thursday and Friday: Y1 group 2

Wb 06-07-20: Y1 groups 1 and 2 in full time

Wb 13-07-20: Reception children return if possible

It must be said that this planning all comes with the proviso that it is very much dependent on the local experience of the viral spread, and infection rates continuing to get lower.

Measures we have taken to prepare school for reopening:

Classrooms:

·  As well as being 2 metres apart, children will also all be facing in the same direction, towards the whiteboard during lessons. To free up space, a good deal of furniture is being removed and stored elsewhere, and many soft and difficult to clean items will also be removed. Each child will have their own set of equipment which will stay on their desk all day, and never be shared with another child.

·  Each bubble will remain in their own classroom and will not go into classrooms and areas designated for other children.

·  During playtimes children will need to continue to be socially distanced, with no interaction between bubbles, and with each bubble in a designated area of the yard or field. One member of the bubble’s staff team will need to supervise them.

·  We will continue with the current water bottle system where children take home their bottle, wash it and refill it for the next day (all children were given a new bottle just before lockdown; if this is lost, please send one of your own in). Children should not fill their bottles themselves during the school day as they cannot leave the classroom unless with their bubble, so large plastic jugs will be made available for each class. A staff member will fill the jug at the start of the day and fill a child’s bottle (the top of which the child will have removed) as required. Children will not do the filling themselves, and should not touch the jug at all.

·  Windows will be kept open as long as the room is in use and only closed when the children have gone; this is because it is more difficult to catch the virus with a healthy air flow. Doors will also be kept open to further encourage air flow.

·  Each classroom will have COSHH - labelled disinfectant spray, so that staff can maintain a regular surface cleaning regime as far as is possible, and we will ensure that a good supply of soap is available for classrooms to allow regular handwashing by children and staff.

·  We will try to put a limit on the periods of time we remain in the classroom space, and we will continue to use the outdoors as far as we can, as we know that the disease spreads less well outside. This does depend on the weather, however, and some learning relies on the classroom environment in order to be effective.

 

Social distancing for parents and children during drop-off and pick up times

·  We will be creating designated waiting areas on each yard for parents and children. There will be one for each social bubble in order to minimise the risk of interaction between members of different bubbles, and each adult and child must be sure to maintain a two-metre distance from other parents and children.

·  Whilst we understand that some Y6 children currently walk to school on their own, from 15th June we will expect one parent to accompany their child to school, and pick them up afterwards (we are saying one adult only to keep the yard numbers down). This is to support the social distancing rule and to discourage groups of children from coming together before and after school, which might cause interaction between children from different bubbles, and which this system seeks to avoid. We thank you in advance for your attention to this point.

·  In the KS2 yard, we would like parents to enter by the usual gate, but to make their way out of the school grounds via the KS2 car park exit to Catcote Road, which we will open for this purpose (please note that this is not to be used to gain entry to the yard). This way, parents will not be returning through the front gates and potentially passing close by other parents walking in the opposite direction. The same will apply at the end of the day, with parents waiting in their designated ‘bubble’ area, and leaving school with their child via the KS2 car park.

·  In the KS1 yard we aim to create a one-way system, marked by tape, also using two-metre measures, so that parents bring their children whilst maintaining their social distance, walk close to the Heron and Bousfield buildings and wait in designated areas related to social bubbles, as for KS2. Once they have dropped off their child, they will need to walk back using the directions marked by tape, and maintain their two-metre distance from other parents, especially at the gates, where particular care will need to be taken.

·  At the end of the day, children will be taken out (with two metres of distance between them) in their bubbles and ‘handed’, in an orderly fashion, to their parent/carer, and parent/carer and child will then leave the premises in the ways detailed above.

·  We will be staggering the start of the day for different groups from 15th June. The children of keyworkers and vulnerable children will come to school at 8.45am and leave at 3.20pm (usual start and end times). In order to avoid too many children arriving at, and leaving from, school at once, we will be asking parents/carers to bring their Y6 and Y1 children to school at 9am, and to pick them up at 3pm.

·  In cases where there are younger (KS1) and older (KS2) siblings, we will no longer be able to let KS2 siblings walk through the school buildings. Please could parents/carers drop off their KS1 child first, then their KS2 child (weather permitting, please make use of the school field for the purpose of moving from the KS1 yard to the KS2 yard).

·  Please remember to check that your child is in good health before bringing them to school. If they seem unwell, have a temperature or any other symptoms of Covid-19, please keep them away from school and seek medical advice as advised by the government website.

·  Thanks to parents/carers for keeping away from school as far as possible (other than dropping off and picking up), and dealing with any issues or enquiries by telephone; this will need to continue for the present time until transmission rates have been driven right down.

 

Toileting, Hand Washing and Sanitising

·  We will ‘timetable’ frequent toilet breaks so that ‘bubbles’ can go to the toilet at an appointed time, accompanied by one of their staff bubble members. This is to avoid a lot of children trying to use the toilet at ‘hot spot’ times. The children will wait in lines at two-metre intervals, with probably no more than one or two children in the toilets at once. They will then wash their hands thoroughly for at least half a minute and return to the line. Toilets will be given a mid-day clean by members of the LA cleaning staff, in addition to their usual daily cleaning regime.

·  We will be keeping up the handwashing and hand sanitising regime very conscientiously – we know that this has been a strong message throughout the pandemic, and for very good reasons – so this must be built into the mindset of the children. Another batch of sanitiser dispensers has been purchased, and these have been installed in key positions, so that children can sanitise on the way out and on their way back into school, for example, and on entry to the dining hall.

·  We are ensuring that there is a supply of tissues for each bubble, so that the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ regime can be strictly followed by everyone.

 

Movement Around School

·  We would wish to avoid groups of children passing in the corridor, as far as possible, and we need to avoid passing on the stairs (in KS2). For this reason we are setting up a one-way system where children stick close to the right hand side of corridors (with two-metre intervals between children), and the wildlife garden stairs will be the ‘up’ flight, the KS2 car park stairs the ‘down’ flight. We will put two-metre markers next to walls to support the maintaining of social distance, and have arrows and signs set up to remind everyone about direction and distancing.

 

Playtimes and Lunchtimes

·  During playtimes, each bubble will be supervised by a member of that bubble’s teaching team, using a staggered system.  This will then further discourage interaction between bubbles. Each bubble, as mentioned earlier, will need a designated area of the yard or field, and there should be no crossover between bubbles.

·  We will need a longer lunch hour with what, in effect, will be two ‘sittings’, so that tables can be cleaned between times. This will allow for fewer numbers of children in the hall at any one time, and will maintain the children’s social distances. At the moment, 11.30 – 1.00pm will be the timescale, with sitting 1 spanning 11.30 until 12.10, and sitting 2 from 12.20 to 1.00pm, 10 minutes being allowed in between for the cleaning. We thought it would be good to try to keep to cooked meals, at least in the first instance, but later on with more children in school, we may have to reconsider. Children will continue to be supervised by staff within their own bubble, as far as possible.

 

Breakfast and After School Clubs

·  Unfortunately, owing to the need to keep children within a single social bubble in school, we will have to suspend our Breakfast and After School Clubs from the 15th June, until we reach a time when we are able to move away from the bubble system. The clubs will continue until Friday 12th June before temporarily closing. Many apologies to those who use and support this facility; we do this with great disappointment, but have no choice because these clubs contain children from different bubbles, who must not interact for the safety reasons detailed in the text above. We will get these clubs up and running again just as soon as we can.

 

Staying safe at all times

·  To minimise the risk to other children in school, please do ensure that your children continue to follow government advice on social distancing when out of school; please do not put the school in a position where access to school has to be refused for a child where it has come to our attention that social distancing guidelines have been ignored. We cannot afford to jeopardise the safety and wellbeing of children and staff in the school.

 

As you can see, there is a lot of information that you need to know, and there will probably be further things that we need to contact you about or tell you about before 15th June arrives. We would like to assure you that we are doing everything we can to make the school as safe an environment as it is possible to be in the current circumstances, and we hope this letter gives you some idea about the steps we are taking.  We are also, as you will be, looking forward to a time which is rather more normal than the one we are currently living through. Until then, we will continue to endeavour to make the school experience both a safe one and a purposeful one for the children present in school and the children working at home.

 

Please all stay safe, observe careful social distancing, keep healthy in both body and mind, and take care of each other.

 

Very best wishes,

 

Peter Cornforth and all the staff at Fens

 

 

 

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20-05-20

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

We hope you and your families are staying safe and keeping well, and managing your way through a difficult period of time.

 

You will know that the government has made a conditional proposal for a phased return to school for children other than those of keyworkers, and the date given was 1st June at the earliest; many councils have expressed concerns about the safety and feasibility of such a date, Hartlepool being one of them, so our actual re-opening date is uncertain, and depends upon many circumstances changing, and conditions being met. We will plan for a potential reopening sometime in June, so that we are ready if this becomes possible.  Please be assured that the safety of children and staff will be central to our thinking and our planning regarding when and how we reopen.

 

At this stage, we have not fully ‘firmed up’ our plans, and potential numbers will directly affect our planning, but parents, carers and children will need to know that school life will be very different to normal as we attempt to ensure the safety of our children and staff. Examples include the following:

·  Pupils may not be with their usual teacher, nor may they be in their usual room.

·  Pupils will need to be placed in small groups which will not be able to interact with other groups.

·  Resources in use will need to be limited.

·  There are likely to be staggered starts and ends to the school day.

·  Strict hand washing and hand sanitising procedures will be in place throughout the day.

·  Social distancing rules will be applied as effectively as possible (though, as you will be aware, this is very difficult with young children, and so we cannot give a 100% guarantee on this).

 

As many of us are parents ourselves, we fully understand and share your apprehensions and anxieties about sending children back to school under the current circumstances; it is a very difficult decision that needs to be made. We will absolutely not be pressurising any parents and carers to send their children into school, nor will families be penalised in any way for keeping their children at home.

 

We do, however, need some information from you to allow us to determine what kind of provision we are able to make when any reopening comes. Thus, we are asking the parents of children in the year groups Y6, Y1 and Reception to let us know whether or not they will be sending their children back to school in the event of a reopening in June or July.

(Please note that owing to staffing issues, we will not yet be opening to nursery children).

We would be very grateful if these parents would either fill in the short survey slip below, and email it as an attachment, or simply send an email which contains the required information (Child’s Name, Year Group and whether or not your child will attend school on reopening) to:

 

admin2@fensprimary.co.uk 

 

Please only respond to this in the manner requested, by email, and avoid phoning in your response.

 

Also, please complete this by 3pm on Friday 22nd May; if we do not hear from you by

then, we will assume that your child will not be attending school upon any reopening (this side of the Summer Holidays).

 

Once we have these numbers we will be able to advance our planning and provide you with more detailed information about any reopening, whenever it might come, and how we intend it to work. There are many things to consider, such as risk assessments, cleaning, social distancing measures, size of rooms and the nature of the school site and numbers of children relating to numbers of staff available (quite a number of staff are in the ‘vulnerable’ categories and must work from home), and as soon as our plans are finalised, they will be communicated to you. In the meantime, there could be many changes and developments in what is a fluid situation; all we can do is endeavour to be ready and prepared when reopening comes.

 As ever, thank you for your support and cooperation.

 Keep well, stay safe and good wishes,

 Peter Cornforth and all at Fens

 

 

 Child’s Name:                                                              Year Group:

 I will / I will not be sending my child back to school should school reopen this side of the summer holidays.

(Please delete as appropriate).

 Send to:

 admin2@fensprimary.co.uk 

 

 

11.05.20

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are sure you will have seen the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday evening, and at the moment we know as much as you do. Schools in Hartlepool are working with each other and the local authority to decide how best to plan for and implement the phased re-opening of schools of which he spoke yesterday.  We want to work across the town to make sure we make the right decisions that support our pupils, our families and our staff.

We are expecting guidance to be issued later in the week, and hope to announce local plans in the coming days, and we ask that you bear with us while we work through the Government’s announcements.

Thank you for your support and patience,

Mr Cornforth and all at Fens Primary School

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31-03-20

FSM Vouchers

Dear Parents and Carers,

The government has announced today an e-voucher/e-gift card scheme for pupils who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals.  All schools are awaiting further information on the scheme so that we can roll the programme out.

The e-vouchers/e-gift cards are for term time only and we are working through the detail as we receive the information.  Our plan is to continue as we have been, offering packed lunches, until after the Easter holidays, but if we can, we will claim your e-voucher/e-gift card this week.

 For the next 3 weeks we will continue to provide FSMs as we have been so please continue to come into your school to collect your FSM.  We will inform you of further information as soon as we have it.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance-for-schools

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22-03-20

EMERGENCY Childcare (Key Workers) - We would like to reiterate to parents and carers that you should keep your child/children at home tomorrow unless your work is critical to the Covid-19 response AND you’ve exhausted all other childcare options. School is only expecting the children of those confirmed with parents/carers via written consent sent out on Friday, or confirmed over the phone.

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20-03-20

Hello Parents and Carers,

As well you know by now, schools will be closed to many children from Monday 23rd March, and we have no way of knowing when in the future we might return to normality. During this time, we will endeavour to maintain a regular line of communication via social media and our website, and at some point, we hope sooner rather than later, let you know our re-opening date.

Many thanks for your many good wishes, expressions of support and offers of help. These are very much appreciated in a difficult period of time for all of us.

Please all stay safe and healthy.

With our very best wishes,

Mr Cornforth and all the staff of Fens Primary School

 

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19-03-20

Hello Parents and Carers,

As I write, we continue to await the definitive list of ‘Key Workers’ which we were promised after yesterday’s announcement. Some of these ‘Key Workers’ will absolutely be what we would expect, but there may well be some that are added for specific reasons related to the current crisis.

We must assume that this list will be published sometime today, and ask that those of you who are ‘Key Workers’, as defined by the government list, complete the slip below and return it with your child tomorrow. If this is, for whatever reason, not possible (eg, your child is absent), please send us the information we need by email to the admin address above.

Many thanks to the NHS employees who responded in great number to yesterday’s letter - you’ve helped us a great deal; this was done in advance of the 5pm announcement, so sorry to give those parents another job to do. We do need to have a clear picture by tomorrow of the names and numbers of children we can expect to be attending school this Monday (23rd March).

Parents of children deemed to be vulnerable, as defined by yesterday’s announcement, will be contacted directly by school.

Many thanks to you all and best wishes,

Mr P Cornforth

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Please only complete this slip if you are employed in one of the ‘key worker’ professions as defined by the government list due to be published today:

Name (Parent1): _________________________   Name (Parent 2): __________________________

Child’s/children’s name(s): __________________________________________

Teacher’s(s’) name(s): _____________________________________________

Key Worker job or role (Parent 1): ________________________________________________

Key Worker job or role (Parent 2, if applicable): ______________________________________

Will you be continuing to send your child/children to school from Monday 23rd March?

YES or NO (please delete as applicable)

 

 

 

 

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18-03-20

Hello again Parents and Carers,

One or two things to update you on:

We’re currently trying to make contingency plans for different possible school scenarios (which is difficult when things change and develop on a daily (even hourly) basis, and we don’t know how things are going to look a few days down the line).

We will let you know the outcomes of such planning and decisions as soon as we have heard more from the government and our LA, and know more about the health and family situations of our members of staff.

To help us with such planning, we would like to ask parents and carers that if you are an employee of the National Health Service, we would be most grateful if you would fill in the slip below and return it with your child tomorrow. If your child happens to be poorly tomorrow and doesn’t attend, perhaps you could send school an email (using the admin address above) containing the information the slip below is asking for. To reiterate, we only need NHS employees to do this. Many thanks for this.

Secondly, in order to increase children’s safety even further, we will be giving out all children a brand new water bottle (free of charge) and would like to ask that they take these home each evening for you to thoroughly clean and sterilise, and to refill with water the next morning for your child to have with them in school (they can keep on refilling as necessary throughout the day). This will mean that the bottles do not need to be collected in at the end of every afternoon for cleaning/sterilising, and the only hands touching each bottle will be those of the child who owns it. Again, many thanks for your patience and your attention to this change.

That’s all for now, and best wishes to you,

Mr P Cornforth

 

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Please note: we only need you to complete and return this slip if you work for the NHS

Your name: ________________________   Your child’s/children’s name: __________________________

Name of child’s/children’s teacher(s): ____________________________      

What is your role in the NHS? ___________________________

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17-03-20

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am writing again with our latest school update relating to the Coronavirus situation. You will receive this before the next 5pm government update, so things may well change again; we’re in a pretty fluid situation.

We’ve been taking numerous steps in response to the current crisis. These include the following:

·         Increasing the amount of classroom talk on the importance of regular handwashing, and the importance of making the washing thorough and at least twenty seconds in length.

·         Explaining how to catch coughs and sneezes and dispose of tissues safely.

·         Purchasing and installing six hand sanitiser dispensers.

·         School assemblies have been suspended for the time being.

·         Children are being spread through both halls for dinner (instead of just the large KS2 hall) to lessen the proximity of large numbers of children to each other.

In addition, we need to make you aware of the following:

·         The Parental Consultation Evenings scheduled for Monday 23rd March and Wednesday 25th March have been cancelled. If we are still open during the final fortnight of term, teachers will contact the parents of children they feel they most need to talk to, and parents who feel they need to talk to their child/children’s teacher/teachers should contact the school to request a phone consultation.

·         Teachers have been preparing work materials for children to engage with should the school have to close; given that a directive could come at any time, we are giving out these work packs now, so that you have them ready if a closure has to happen (please don’t let your children complete them while the school is still open; please make them wait until any possible closure comes, however keen they might be – thanks!). These packs will be distributed today and tomorrow.

·         Swimming (currently Y4 children), after school activity clubs (such as Yoga, Zumba, Table Tennis etc) and Tees Valley Music Lessons have all been cancelled after today. For now, Y6 booster classes will continue (these are delivered by internal staff, not external providers).

It’s a difficult situation we’re all in, right across society; numerous members of our staff are in categories the government is calling vulnerable, and no doubt many of you will be in a similar position. We’ll all just have to keep on paying attention to each new government directive and keep on responding to them as best we can. To be clear, the school remains open until we are told otherwise.

We’ll keep you updated with more information and developments as soon as we have any.

Let’s all try to stay safe and well, and look after each other.

Best wishes,

Mr P Cornforth

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16-03-20

RE: Coronavirus update (HBC)

Dear Parent/Carer,

I’m sure you are all aware of the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the increase in the number of confirmed cases in the UK.

We take the health and safety of our pupils and staff very seriously and – whilst there is currently no cause for concern at our school – we will keep you updated with any developments, including whether we will need to close.

Please note, this letter is not confirming the school will close – we simply want to reassure you that if this were to happen, we are fully prepared to take action.

Current guidance from the Department for Education (DfE) and Public Health England (PHE) remains that schools stay open; however, it is possible this advice may change at short notice as the spread of coronavirus continues. If we are required to close our school, we will take the necessary steps to ensure you are informed of the closure and that the effect on pupils’ education is limited.

In the event that we do close the school, you will be informed via text message, social media and our website. Please check that you have provided us with your most up-to-date contact details to ensure you receive any correspondence regarding a closure. If you need to provide us with new details, please contact the school office on 01429 870405.

We are currently preparing work/learning materials for children to complete at home in the event that the school has to close, as well as information about online learning materials.

In the meantime, we will continue to implement additional health protection measures and follow the relevant advice issued by the DfE and PHE.

The latest NHS advice and information is available at nhs.uk/coronavirus

The latest information from the Department for Education website can be found via this link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19#contents

Yours sincerely,

 Mr C P Cornforth

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Department for Education Advice

Guidance for educational settings in relation to COVID-19 (Coronavirus):

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Please click below to download advice for education settings poster:

Public Health England Poster

 

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Department for Education Advice
 
 

We are continuing to keep you updated on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

Today, we have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

  • No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.

The importance of hygiene

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19. Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.

Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:

https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources

Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available.

New guidance for employers

The Department for Business (BEIS) and Public Health England have issued guidance for employers, which you can find at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-covid-19

Where to find the latest information

Updates on COVID-19:
https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Guidance for educational settings:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

 

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13th February, 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Christmas Performances

We would like to thank you all again for joining us for our Christmas Performances, and for so many good wishes and positive comments about them.  The proceeds of £1,123.00 from the sale of the show tickets and raffle tickets will be used to benefit the children of the school.

Donations to Charities

The school has participated in a number of charity events so far this year, the outcomes of which are as follows:

Children in Need: £479.97

Hartlepool Food Bank: two contributions, one of tins donated by parents, another of food left over from the Christmas Parties.

Poppy Appeal in aid of The Royal British Legion: we have not been notified of the amount (the money is collected in sealed containers).

Christmas Jumper Day in aid of NSPCC: £132

Many thanks for all your generous contributions.

School Fundraising

The sponsored Zumba fundraising day raised a fantastic £5,599.31 to help fund school initiatives (eg replacing aging IT equipment). This is an absolutely superb effort by the school community; our heartfelt thanks go out to parents and children who have done such a brilliant job in inspiring the community to give so generously, and, of course, to all of you who have made contributions, grateful thanks for such kind generosity. Thanks to Mrs Wilkinson for organising it and running it with her brilliant dancing team.

Many thanks also for attending the Christmas Fair, which was a lovely festive event to kick-start the Christmas period in school. £1,753.32 was raised for school funds, which is another excellent effort. Thanks again for your attendance and generous spending, and to Mrs McCarroll and Mrs Keen for organising the event.

School Book Fair and World Book Day

This year’s Book Fair will take place from Friday 28th February until Wednesday 4th March, and our celebration of ‘World Book Day 2020’ will happen on Friday 6th March. Please see Mrs Keen’s separate information sheet for the fine details.

Class/Group Photographs

Class and group photographs (groups being, for example, music groups and sport teams) will be taken on Thursday 23rd April, 2020.

Safer Internet Day

An excellent whole-school Safer Internet Day has occurred this week (11th Feb), organised by Ms Low and her team of Digital Leaders (many thanks to all of them for their efforts), so we will take this opportunity to remind parents of the importance of monitoring carefully the online activities of your children, and to support them with the steps they need to take to ensure their own safety when using the internet. Thank you.

SATs

This year’s SATs for Y6 pupils take place during the week commencing Monday 11th May, 2020. The Y2 SAT period takes place throughout the month of May.

Y1 Phonics Screening (and re-tests for Y2 children)

The Y1 Phonics Screening Tests will take place during the week beginning Monday 8th June, 2020.

Y4 Multiplication Tables Check

This new test will take place during the three-week period from Mon 8th June to Fri 26th June, 2020.

Arrangements for the Summer Half-Term Holiday, 2021

Please note that our arrangements for the Summer half-term holiday (Whit) will be as follows next year (2021):

PD day week (school closed)                             

Mon 24th May – Fri 28th May, 2021

Summer Half-Term Holiday (Whit Week)         

Mon 31st May – Fri 4th June, 2021

In short, our Whit fortnight in 2021 will be from Mon 24th May to Fri 4th June.

School re-opens                                                  

Mon 7th June, 2021

Once again, we very much hope that parents/carers will take the opportunity to use this fortnight for holidays next year, and try their hardest to avoid school time; this way no children will lose any days of schooling to term-time vacations.

 

Yours sincerely,

Mr C.P. Cornforth

Headteacher

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Dear Parents and Carers,

We would like to share these communications we have received from Education Minister Rt Hon Nick Gibb. I am sure you will agree that these are something to be extremely proud of.

Well done everybody!

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Discos – Tuesday 3rd December

 

KS1/Early Years (Infants – Reception, Y1 & Y2 children) Disco – 3.30-4.45pm

This time round we have brought the starting times forward so that the KS1/Early Years Disco begins straight after school. This will reduce the number of journeys parents/carers have to make to and from school, and will also mean an earlier finish. The children will need to bring their disco clothes in their bag in the morning so that they can get changed and ready towards the end of the afternoon. KS1/Early Years children will also need to bring their spending money (a small amount, no more than £2) in a small purse, envelope or money bag clearly marked with the child’s name. The child’s disco ticket will also need to be placed inside this purse, envelope or money bag which they will hand to their teacher for safekeeping during the day.

KS2 (Junior – Y3, Y4, Y5 & Y6 children) Disco - 5.00-6.30 pm.

For KS2 parents could we please ask that (as usual) you bring your children to the main entrance and assist us by taking their coats home with you, bringing them back when you return to collect the children.

Could we please also ask that children bring no more than £2 to spend on refreshments. Many thanks.

Would you please note that, as usual, parents will not be able to stay with the children at either of the discos.  Staff will be present to supervise, as always.

 Disco tickets will be on sale from Tuesday 26th November, priced at £1 per ticket.

 Christmas Performance Tickets

Tickets for these performances will be sold at the cost of £1 each from Tuesday 3rd December at the main school office. 

Please would parents/carers be reminded that in order to ensure that all parents of children in Key Stage 2 have the opportunity to see their child in one of the three shows, tickets are restricted to two per family (not two per child), as has been usual in recent years. Admittance is by ticket only, so please advise grandparents and other family members that they won’t be able to pay at the door. Please also be aware that we are not able to hold tickets for anyone, nor can telephone requests be accepted.

 We also remind you that any unsold tickets which are left will be sold on a first come, first served basis on the morning of the performance from 8.30am.

 It is also of huge importance to note that, owing to child safeguarding issues and issues relating to GDPR, no photography or filming can be allowed during the performance.

This year’s Christmas Performance details are as follows: -

Nursery and Reception:     

Tuesday 10th December, 2019:

Morning Performance - 10.00 am.

Afternoon Performance - 2.00 pm.

KS1 (Y1 & Y2):                                                                      

Wednesday 11th December, 2019:

Morning Performance - 10.00 am.

Afternoon Performance - 2.00 pm.

KS2 (Y3, Y4, Y5 & Y6):                                                         

Thursday 12th December, 2019:

Afternoon Performance - 1.45 pm.

Friday 13th December, 2019:

Morning Performance - 9.45 am.

Afternoon Performance - 1.45 pm.

 If you require tickets for a particular day, please purchase them as promptly as possible as there can only be a certain amount of tickets available because of Fire Regulations. We cannot guarantee we will have tickets available for the day you wish to attend if you don’t purchase early.

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Flu vaccinations will be offered to all children from Reception class through to Year 6 on November 15th. To consent please see attached letter and visit www.hdft.nhs.uk/electronic-consent.  

Consent Letter Download

Many thanks

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Dear Parents/Carers,

Arts Week

This year, our ‘Art’s Week’ will be held the week commencing the 15th July. We have decided to base the week around the theme of ‘The Jungle’.

The children’s work will be showcased in our celebration event on Friday 19th July. The event will coincide with our end of year Summer Fair, beginning at 3:30pm and ending at 4:30pm.

We will have children’s work on display for you to enjoy, our ‘Mini Picasso’ gallery exhibition, a performance from the school choir, samba drumming and much more!

We look forward to seeing you all there!

 

Summer Fair

On the afternoon of Friday 19th July we are having our Summer Fair. The Summer Fair will begin at 3.30pm and, weather permitting, will be out on the school field.

 Could we ask for donations for the tombola and bottle stall, bottles can be of any type. Please send any donations into the school office by Wednesday 17th July.

Our cake stall is always a favourite and we rely on our school community to make this a success. Could we ask for cakes to be brought in by the morning of Friday 19th July.

All stalls will be taking cash so bring plenty of change!

 

Many thanks for your continued support,

 

Miss Hammond and Mrs Keen

 

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Dear Parents/Carers,

As you will have seen in our various media for communication, we have re-arranged our sports day for Friday 28th June at 1.30pm. Let’s hope the weather is kind this time.

Reminders about other dates:

Tues 2nd July                                                         

Summer Discos (R/KS1: 4.15-5.30pm KS2: 5.45-7.15pm)

Thurs 4th July                                                      

Y6 Leavers’ Assembly for parents – 5.00pm

Fri 5th July                                                             

Y6 Leavers’ Assembly for the school

Mon 8th – Friday 19th July                                  

Y6 secondary school transition fortnight (except English Martyrs – one week of transition starting on Mon 8th July)   

Tues 23rd July, 2019                                           

Last day of Summer Term – school closes at 3.20pm

Mon 2nd Sept, 2019                                          

First day of Autumn Term, 2019-20 – school re-opens.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 Mr P Cornforth

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Dear Parents and Carers,

On Friday (15.03.19) we will be celebrating Comic Relief in school. This will be a non-uniform day and children can, if they wish, bring in a small donation for the charity.

Many thanks,

Mr Connor

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Book Week

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please click here to download our information letter, which contains details about our Book and Writing Week events.

Many thanks,

Mrs Keen

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Summer Half-Term Holiday 2020

In case you might be turning your thoughts to booking next year’s holiday (2020), we will take this opportunity to inform you of, and confirm, our arrangements for the summer half-term holiday for that year. We will again organise all five of our PD days (days when the children do not attend school, and which are usually spaced throughout the year) for the first week in June 2020 (Monday 1st June to Friday 5th June). This follows straight on from the half-term holiday (Whit Week) which occurs in the last week of May (Monday 25th May to Friday 29th May). This means that instead of school being closed for just one week, it will be closed for two weeks, and, because the first week in June is not school holiday time for the majority of schools, holiday prices will be cheaper than during standard school holiday times. Thus parents have the opportunity to take their holiday during the fortnight Saturday 23rd May to Saturday 6th June at cheaper rates without having to remove their child/children from school. We hope you will give this serious consideration.

 

Many thanks,

 

Mr Connor

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School Uniform

 

Tesco uniform embroidery service will cease to operate from 15th February 2019. School uniform will now be supplied by School Trends with immediate effect.  Uniform can only be ordered online using the following link

 

https://www.schooltrends.co.uk/uniform/FensPrimarySchoolTS252LY.

 

The ordering can be done on a mobile phone, tablet, laptop or PC, size charts are available so please refer to these and measure your child before ordering.  Delivery is £2.99 to your home address.

 

Many thanks.

 

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Youtube

Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been brought to our attention (and many thanks to the concerned parents that spoke to us) that a series of Youtube videos known as ‘Super Mario Logan’ and involving a character called ‘Jeffy’ are growing in popularity currently. Whilst these videos use puppets, and appear on the surface to be aimed at young people, the content is certainly not at all appropriate for primary age children and appears to be intended for an adult audience. These videos seem to have managed to get through computer blocking systems too, so please be particularly vigilant about knowing what sort of content your children might be accessing online.

Best wishes,

Mr Cornforth and the staff of Fens

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Christmas Activities

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please find below information regarding upcoming Christmas activities.

Discos

Reminder: As mentioned in the September newsletter, the Christmas Discos will be held on Tuesday 4th December, 2018. Please note the following times:

Early Years/KS1 (Reception, Year 1 & Year 2) will be held from 4.15 – 5.30 pm.

KS2 (Years 3-6) will be held from 5.45-7.15 pm.

Would you please note that, as usual, parents will not be able to stay with the children at either of the discos.  Staff will be present to supervise. Could we please ask parents/carers to bring children to the main entrance and assist us by taking the children’s coats home with you, bringing them back when you return to collect the children. Could we please also ask that children bring no more than £2 to spend on refreshments and that you place any Early Years/Key Stage 1 child’s money in a small purse or envelope. Many thanks. Tickets are currently on sale, priced at £1.

Christmas Performances:

Reminder: As detailed on the school APP and school website, the Christmas performances will take place on:

10am 11.12.18 Nursery (AM) and Reception

2pm   11.12.18 Nursery (PM) and Reception

10am 12.12.18 KS1

2pm   12.12.18 KS1

1.45pm 13.12.18 KS2

9.45am 14.12.18 KS2

1.45pm 14.12.18 KS2

Tickets for these performances will be sold at the cost of £1 each from Monday 3rd December (8.30 am) at the main school office.  Any tickets left on the morning of the performance will be sold on a first come first served basis.

Admittance is by ticket only: please advise grandparents and other family members that they cannot pay at the door. Please be aware that we cannot hold tickets for anyone and no telephone requests can be accepted. Due to child safeguarding issues would you please also note that no photographs or video recording will be allowed during the performance. If you require tickets for a particular day you must purchase them as soon as possible as there are only a certain amount of tickets available for each day because of Fire Regulations.  We cannot guarantee we will have tickets available for the day you wish to attend.

We have reviewed our seating capacity for the Key Stage 2 Christmas shows this year in line with current fire safety regulations.  In order to ensure that all parents of children in Key Stage 2 have the opportunity to see their child in one of the three shows, we have needed to restrict tickets to two per family instead of two per child.  Therefore, if you have more than one child in KS2 you will no longer be able to get two tickets for each child; the tickets will be allocated in your eldest child’s name only.  Again, any remaining tickets will go on sale at 8.30am on the day of the show at the school office.

Christmas Parties:                                              

Mon 17th December, 2018                Reception and Year 5 Parties.

Tues 18th December, 2018                 Year 2 and Year 6 Parties.

Wed 19th December, 2018                Year 1 and Year 4 Parties

Thurs 20th December, 2018               Year 3 Party

Please note that Nursery Christmas activity information will be sent out separately to this letter.

Yours sincerely,

Mr C Connor

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Diary Dates

Please find below the December dates for our various Christmas performances:

 

10am 11.12.18 Nursery (AM) and Reception

2pm   11.12.18 Nursery (PM) and Reception

10am 12.12.18 KS1

2pm   12.12.18 KS1

1.45pm 13.12.18 KS2

9.45am 14.12.18 KS2

1.45pm 14.12.18 KS2

The sale of tickets and further information will follow. Please note that tickets for the KS2 performance will be limited to two per family.

Thank you.

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Dear Parents/Carers,

We are extremely pleased to report that together the Fens Community raised a fantastic £502.19 for Children in Need.

Thank you for your amazing generosity!

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Children in Need

Dear Parents/Carers,

Please note that we are holding a non-uniform day this coming Friday (16.11.18).

Children can bring in a small donation if they wish.

Many thanks.

 

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Dear Parents/Carers

After the success of last year, we are hoping to support our local food bank again, as part of our harvest celebrations.

Trussell Trust foodbanks provide three days of emergency food to local individuals and families in crisis. Frontline care professionals including health visitors, social workers and school liaison officers refer people who are facing hunger to the foodbank. 

As well as receiving nutritionally balanced, non-perishable food parcels, people visiting the foodbank are welcomed with a cup of tea, listened to and signposted to agencies who are able to help resolve the underlying cause of the problem.

By donating to the foodbank you can help support local people in crisis. Below are the types of food our local foodbank would like;

Pasta sauce                                         

Tinned meat

Tinned fruit                                        

Tinned sponge pudding

Longlife Juice                                       

UHT/Powder Milk

Sugar (500g)                                       

Biscuits/snacks

Tinned vegetables                                 

Tea/coffee

If you would like to support us as a school with something from the list above or similar please send them into school with your child by Friday 12th October as all donations will be collected on Monday 15th October.

Many thanks in anticipation of your support.

Mrs Keen

 

 

 

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Epilepsy Outlook is setting up a Peer support group for parents of children with epilepsy.

 

Epilepsy Outlook provides advice, information, support and equipment to individuals and families of those affected by the condition.

 

This Parents Support Group, the first of its kind in Hartlepool, will be a practical yet relaxed group that will meet regularly, sharing vital information, support and advice .

 

The Group’s first meeting will be 11th October 1pm – 3pm at our  Park Road Centre .

 

Regards

Elaine Bartholomew

Outreach Worker

 

Epilepsy Outlook

79 Park Road

The Arches

HARTLEPOOL

TS24 7PW

 

Telephone: 01429 297007

www.epilepsyoutlook.org.uk

 

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Dates for Your Diary

 

Date (2018 into 2019)

Event

Wednesday 19th September

Individual & family photographs

Thursday 27th September

Bryan Cross Book Launch 5.00pm

Wednesday 17th October

Rec to Y5 ‘Flu Vaccinations

Monday 22nd October

Parental Consultations 3.40-5.30pm

Wednesday 24th October

Parental Consultations 5.00-7.30pm

Monday 29th October– Friday 2nd November

Half-Term Holiday – school closed

Monday 5th November

School re-opens

Tuesday 4th December

School Discos

Wb Monday 10th December

School Christmas Productions Week

Wb Monday 17th December

Christmas Parties Week

Friday 21st December

Last day of Autumn Term

Monday 24th December – Friday 4th January

School closed for Christmas Holiday

Monday 7th January

Children return to school for start of Spring Term

Monday 18th – Friday 22nd February

Half-Term Holiday – school closed

Monday 25th February

School re-opens

Friday 5th April

Last day of Spring Term

Monday 8th April – Friday 19th April

School closed for Easter Holiday

Monday 22nd April

Bank Holiday – school closed

Tuesday 23rd April

School re-opens for start of Summer Term

Month of May

Y2 SAT assessments

Monday 6th May

May-Day Bank Holiday – school closed

Wb Monday 13th May

Y6 SATs week

Monday 27th May – Friday 7th June

Whit Fortnight (Whit Week plus five PD Days) – school closed

Monday 10th June

School re-opens

Wb Monday 10th June

Y1 Phonics Screening Tests

Tuesday 23rd July

Last day of Summer Term

 

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Dear Parents/Carers,

Please note the following letter which was sent out to all KS2 pupils this afternoon.

 

 

Dear Key Stage 2 Parents/Carers,

Today, several of you have contacted school seeking to collect your child early from tomorrow night’s disco, so as to be at home ready for the England World Cup game against Columbia.

To do this ad-hoc would be logistically difficult and we are not in a position to bring the start time of the disco forward. As a result, if you would like to collect your child early, or if they are old enough to walk home alone, we have made 6.45pm a time when we will pause the disco, gather any early leavers together and take them out onto the Key Stage 2 playground (exiting the door opposite the caged staff car park). The gate to this playground will be open from 6.40pm.

You must sign and return the slip below (to school tomorrow), if you wish your child to leave the disco early. Please also indicate whether your child will be collected or whether you wish them to walk home alone. Please note that there will be no crossing patrol at that time.

If you do not return the form and just turn up at a different time, we cannot guarantee that your child will be immediately handed over as the disco will be in full swing.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Cornforth

 

 

I __________________________________, the parent/carer of ______________________, request that they be collected early from the Key Stage 2 disco (03.07.18) at 6.45pm.

 

My child will be collected from school at 6.45pm ________

 

My child will walk home alone at 6.45pm ________

 

Signature _______________________

 

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Languages Afternoon

Key Stage 2 children enjoyed an afternoon of experiencing the French culture. A carousel of activities was put in place whereby the children could enjoy some French food, try out some traditional French dance and play some popular French games.
 
A selection of year 6 children helped to run the afternoon and supported the other children to get the most out of each activity. They even made sure that children were asking for their food in French!
 
 
Diary Dates

Wednesday 27th June, 2018                

Sports Day – 1.30pm

 

Friday 29th June, 2018                                        

PD Day – school closed

 

Tuesday 3rd July, 2018                                       

Discos:  KS1 4.15pm – 5.30 pm, KS2 5.45pm – 7.15pm

 

Thursday 5th July, 2018                                      

Y6 Leavers’ Assembly for Y6 parents – 5.00pm

 

Friday 6th July, 2018                                             

Last day at Fens for (the majority of) Y6 children

 

Monday 9th July, 2018                                        

Start of Y6 secondary school transition fortnight (one 

week only for English Martyrs pupils)

 

Monday 9th – Friday 13th July, 2018                

Arts Week

 

Friday 13th July, 2018                                         

Arts Week celebration event (3.30pm)

 

Wednesday 18th July, 2018                              

Parental consultations 3.30pm – 5pm

 

Friday 20th July, 2018                                         

Last day of term – school closes 3.20pm

 

Monday 3rd September, 2018                            

School re-opens - first day of term for children

 

 

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'Aspire 2 Be' - Careers Fair - Wednesday 21st March 2018

Our second Careers Fair took place this afternoon. A range of visitors from the world of work kindly shared their experience and expertise with our Key Stage 2 children. Our aspiring participants worked in groups, asking a range of questions of our experts in relation to their own experience from school to their current career roles. A huge thank you is extended to all of those visitors who generously gave up their time to enrich the experiences of the children at Fens Primary.

 
 
 
 

'Aspire 2 Be' - Gestamp Manufacturing workshops with Year 5 and Year 6

Our Year 5 and Year 6 children took part in workshops with our visitors from Gestamp Manufacturing. They learned all about the company's own manufacturing plant, the use of technology in their industry and the skills that employers look for in successful employees. They also really enjoyed completing an engineering task in groups. Thank you to Daniel and Dave for giving up their time to share details of their organisation.   

 
 
 
 

'Aspire 2 Be' - Northern Powergrid workshops with Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6

Bob Knox, a career veteran from Northern Powergrid, shared his experience and expertise with our children in Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 in our Bousfield Learning Suite. The children learned all about the company's roles and responsibilities in delivering power to our homes: they enjoyed hearing about the wide range of roles available in such a large organisation.

 
 
 
 

'Aspire 2 Be' - NHS Nurse workshop with Year 3

Our Year 3 children welcomed Stacy, an NHS nurse, into school. They loved hearing about her job role and about her career journey from school to nurse. We would like to thank Stacy for sharing her experience with us.    

 
 

'Aspire 2 Be' - Year 5 visit to Hartlepool College of Further Education - Tuesday 20th March 2018

Our Year 5 children visited Hartlepool College of Further Education this morning. They enjoyed workshops in the college's construction department and learned more about the possible future paths they could follow for a career in a range of industries.

 
 

'Aspire 2 Be' - Careers Fair - Wednesday 14th March 2018

The first of two career fair events took place this afternoon in our school hall. A range of visitors from the world of work kindly shared their experience and expertise with our Key Stage 2 children. Our aspiring participants worked in groups, asking a range of questions of our experts in relation to their own experience from school to their current career roles. A huge thank you is extended to all of those visitors who generously gave up their time to enrich the experiences of the children at Fens Primary.

 
 
 
 

'Aspire 2 Be' - EDF Energy Hartlepool Power Station workshop with Year 5  

Our Year 5 children enjoyed an afternoon with two visitors from Hartlepool Power Station. This workshop involved the children working in teams and independently, considering their own likes, skills and aspirations. Thank you to our visitors for sharing your expertise with us. 

 
 
 

'Aspire 2 Be' - Careers and Aspirations Half Term 

Our 'Aspire 2 Be' half term kicked off with a bang as we welcomed George Fouche and his 'Dare to Aspire Roadshow' to Fens Primary. George shared the interactive story of his life and experiences that demonstrated to children that no matter what life throws at you if you hold your "big dreams" in your heart and practice resilience you will succeed. Children enjoyed the whole school assembly and Y4, Y5 and Y6 participated in workshops that shared the 10 key attributes to living a successful life. We look forward to welcoming more visitors as the half term progresses. 

 
 
 
 

 Dear Parents/Carers,

School will open as normal tomorrow morning (05.03.18). Please take care on your journey to and from school as there is still a great deal of snow and ice on the ground.

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Dear Parents/Carers,

 

After advice from the local authority and taking heed of local weather warnings, we have decided to remain closed on Friday 2nd March. Once again, apologies for any inconvenience this causes you, but the safety of our children and staff is paramount.

 

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Dear Parents/Carers,

Unfortunately, due to the severe weather conditions, the school will be closed tomorrow (01.03.18). Our World Book Day and Writing Week events and celebrations will be postponed until a future date. Apologies for any inconvenience this causes. 

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Dear Parents/Carers,

Unfortunately, due to the severe weather conditions, the school is closed today. Apologies for any inconvenience this causes. We will inform you as soon as possible regarding tomorrow.

 

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Christmas Performances

We would like to thank you all again for joining us for our Christmas Performances.  The proceeds of

£805.86 from the sale of the tickets will be donated to a range of charities.

Writing Week, School Book Fair and World Book Day

These three events will be combined into an exciting literary week. The Writing Week will take place during the week beginning Monday 26th February, and the Book Fair will take place after school each evening from Friday 23rd February to Thursday 1st March inclusive. World Book Day will be celebrated on Thursday 1st March, and we will also hold our Celebration Event for parents after school on 1st March to coincide with both World Book Day and the last evening of the Book Fair. We look forward to seeing you in school during that period; Mrs Keen will be in touch shortly with further information.

Class/Group Photographs

Would you please note that class and group photographs (groups being, for example, music groups and sport teams) will be taken on Tuesday 17th April, 2018.

SATs

This year’s SATs for Y6 pupils take place during the week commencing Monday 14th May, 2018 through to Friday 18th May, 2018.

Y1 Phonics Screening (and re-tests for Y2 children who fell short in Y1)

The Y1 Phonics Screening Tests will take place during the week beginning Monday 11th June, 2018.

PD Days

Would you please note that the school will be closed on Friday 29th June, 2018 for a PD day.

Free School Meals

Could we please, once again, encourage any parents who think they may be eligible for Free School Meals to claim them as it generates a great deal of funding for the school.  Please note that children are not identified in any way as being in receipt of Free School Meals.  For further information please contact the school office.

 

Important new arrangements for the Summer Half-Term Holiday, 2019

Please note that the following applies to NEXT academic year, not the current one.

A significant factor in keeping our average attendance figures a little below where we would like them to be is that of term-time holidays. Many school sessions are being lost to absences due to children being taken out of school for family holidays, so next year we would like to put in measures to help parents book cheaper holidays without their children missing school.

Schools have to organise five PD days across the course of an academic year, and these are usually placed at different time points. However, next year, we intend to take all five of our PD days together in one week straight after the summer half term (Whit Week) holiday, meaning that there will be a break from school for a fortnight next year at that time. This will thus give parents the chance to book their holidays at more favourable rates without having to remove their child/children from school.

To summarise, this is what we intend to do:

Summer Half-Term Holiday (Whit Week)       Mon 27th May – Fri 31st May, 2019

PD day week (school closed)                             Mon 3rd June – Fri 7th June, 2019

School re-opens                                                  Mon 10th June, 2019

We very much hope that you will take the opportunity to use this fortnight for holidays next year, and try your hardest to avoid school time; this way no children will lose any days of schooling to term-time vacations.

Aspirations Half-Term

Another exciting feature of the second half-term of the Spring Term (Mon 19th Feb to Thurs 29th March) is that we will be designating it an ‘aspirations’ half-term which will go by the title ‘Aspire 2 Be’. A range of visits and visitors have been organised with the intention of giving children a host of opportunities to find out about the possibilities that exist for them in the world of work when they are older. This is very much intended as a ‘seed-sowing’ initiative, as there is a good deal of evidence to suggest that ‘seeds sown’ or interests developed at primary school age often bear significant fruit once the children become adults.

Mr Bryson will be in contact with further information in the new half-term.

 

Dates for your diary

 

Mon 12th Feb – Fri 16th Feb, 2018 School closed for half-term holiday

Mon 19th Feb School re-opens

Fri 23rd Feb – Thurs 1st March Book Fair

Writing Week Mon 26th Feb – Fri 2nd March

Thurs 1st March World Book Day and Writing Week Celebration Event               

Mon 26th March Parental Consultation Session (3.40-5.30pm)

Wed 28th March Parental Consultation Session (5.00-7.30pm)              

Thursday 29th March, 2018 Last day of Spring Term

Fri 30th March – Fri 13th April, 2018 School closed for Easter Holiday

Mon 16th April, 2018 Children return for the start of Summer Term

Tues 17th April Class and Group Photos

Mon 7th May Bank Holiday – School closed

Mon 14th – Fri 18th May Y6 SATs week

May 2017 Y2 SATs & assessment period

Mon 28th May – Fri 1st June, 2018 Half Term Holiday – School closed

Mon 4th June, 2018 School re-opens  

11th – 15th June Y1 Phonics screening test week

Fri 29th June PD Day – School closed

Tues 3rd July Summer Discos (R/KS1: 4.15-5.30pm KS2: 5.45-7.15pm)

Fri 6th July Y6 children leave Fens (secondary transition fortnight begins Mon 9th July)

Fri 20th July, 2018 Last day of term – School closes at 3.20pm

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Dear Parents/Carers,

We are delighted to announce that our blue and white non uniform day in support of Hartlepool United FC raised £591.37.

A huge thanks for your generous donations.

Mr Keen has been in communication with Hartlepool Mail and it is anticipated that there will be an article in today's (26.01.18) edition, that will hopefully drum up even more support for the club.

Many thanks,

Mr Cornforth
 
 
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Dear Parents/Carers,

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very ‘Merry Christmas’ and give you our best wishes for a peaceful ‘New Year’! We have a had a wonderful start to the festive season at Fens and would like to thank you all for your help and support whilst preparing for our parties, performances, discos and other Christmas related activities.

Christmas Jumper Day is proving to be a roaring success, and the children are sporting some lovely eye-catching items of clothing. Thank you for your generous donations; they will make a huge difference to Save the Children and those it supports.

A huge thank you also for all of the lovely gifts and cards that the staff have received.

We look forward to seeing you all next year and wait in anticipation of the coming joys of 2018!

Merry Christmas,

Mr Cornforth

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Upcoming Events

 

Tues 5th December, 2017                                  Discos KS1 4.15 – 5.30pm, KS2 5.45 – 7.15pm.

Tues 12th December, 2017                                Nursery and Reception Performance 10.00am and 2.00pm.

Wed 13th December, 2017                                KS1 Performance 10.00am and 2.00pm.

Thurs 14th December, 2017                               KS2 Performance 1.45pm.

Fri 15th December, 2017                                   KS2 Performances 9.45 am and 1.45 pm.

Mon 18th December, 2017                                Year 1 and Year 5 Parties.

Tues 19th December, 2017                                Year 2 and Year 6 Parties.

Wed 20th December, 2017                                Reception and Year 4 Parties

Thurs 21st December, 2017                               Nursery and Year 3 Parties.

Friday 22nd December, 2017                             Last day of Autumn Term

25th December – 5th January                             School closed for Christmas Holiday

Monday 8th January, 2018                                Children return for start of Spring Term

Mon 12th Feb – Fri 16th Feb, 2018                    School closed for half-term holiday

Thursday 29th March, 2018                               Last day of Spring Term

Fri 30th March – Fri 13th April, 2018                School closed for Easter Holiday

Monday 16th April, 2018                                   Children return for start of Summer Term

Friday 29th June, 2018                                       PD Day - school closed

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Dear Parents/Carers,

This year we will once again be supporting Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day. Nationally, the date is Friday 15th December. At Fens, however, we are holding our Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 22nd December. As our Key Stage 2 children will be staging both morning and afternoon performances of their Christmas show on the 15th, they will be spending most of the day in costume. As a result, we will support Save the Children on the last day of term, and the children can wear a Christmas Jumper, t-shirt or other festive item of clothing to school. Please note that the rules regarding jewellery and hair colour still apply.

If you would like to send in a small donation to support Save the Children, this would be gratefully received.

Many thanks,

Mr Connor

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Please click on the link below to access and log on to the 'Letter Join' website. The required user name and password has already been sent home.

 

Details to log on using tablets will be sent out on 03/11/17.

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Tomorrow morning (27.09.17), we will be supporting National Fitness Day, with their aim to 'achieve a UK first, by supporting 10, 000 schools to get pupils moving for ten minutes at 10am'.

At 10am we will involve the whole school in a variety of fitness activities. Y5J, when they return from a school trip, and Nursery pm children will do their activities on the afternoon.

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At present, we have a variety of lost property items belonging to our pupils. If your child is missing any items of school uniform/clothing, please call in and look through the selection we have. Please do so by 06.10.17 (after this time, any remaining items will be disposed of appropriately).

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Dear Parents/Carers,  

Again, we are proud to receive the Active Gold Award 2017 as an acknowledgment of our commitment to PE and School Sport.

The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme used to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community.

Last year, all of our KS2 children were involved in sporting competitions within school. A high percentage of children represented the school and cluster group in competitions across the town, while some children went on to represent the town at district level.

We are delighted with the 'Gold Award' and will continue with our hard work, commitment and dedication to PE and school sport.

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Dear Parents/Carers,

On Friday 29th September we will be supporting the world’s biggest coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. We are supporting this charity by holding a cake sale in the Bousfield Learning Suite.

The cake sale will take place on the morning and afternoon of Friday 29th September. We will open the doors of the Bousfield Suite, which is on the KS1 playground, for you to come and buy a cake or two. Doors will open at 8:40am and 3:15 pm

We would be very grateful if you could donate some cakes to help support this event. We kindly ask for cake donations to be brought into school on Thursday 28th September. These can be sent in with your child to be given to their class teacher.

Thank you in anticipation of your support.

Mrs Keen and Mrs Connor

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Dear Parents/Carers,

Please read below and email sent to school from Hartlepool's Strategic Commissioner (Education & Children's Services) Rachel Smith. Please note that the survey is open until Tuesday 25th July.

Emotional Wellbeing of Children and Young People - Parent/Carer Survey
 
We have been involved in developing the Hartlepool element of the Hartlepool and Stockton On Tees Transformation Locality Plan, in response to the Future in Mind document published by NHS England in March 2015.
 
As part of this process we have undertaken a significant amount of research to understand what the key priorities are, which groups are most vulnerable and to inform future commissioning plans.
 
We have already carried out surveys with schools, providers, children and young people.  The most recent survey is asking for parents and carers to provide feedback on their views about the emotional wellbeing of their children, and ways in which we can work together to ensure that all Hartlepool children and young people receive the support they need.
 
The purpose of this survey is to understand;
·       what good emotional wellbeing and mental health should look like in Hartlepool;
·       to identify the gaps and issues in our current service provision;
·       to plan what arrangement of services we need to put in place to meet the needs of children and young people, now and in the future. <