10 Jul WEEKLY UPDATE FRIDAY 10th July 2020
Plans for Schools in September
We are looking forward to having all of the children back at school from Monday September 7th. Following the recent government guidance, we have begun to outline our plan of the school day; this includes staggered start and end times and altered break and lunchtimes to minimise contact between groups. The guidance outlines class size groups of 30 children and states that adults can work between different groups to enable the full delivery of the curriculum and any catch up and intervention programmes that are required.
We are planning to use three entry points into the school for drop off and pick up; children will be expected to arrive punctually for their start time and enter the school site by the correct gate. Next week you will be receiving information about your child’s new class and teacher. We are planning to have a small number of places available for Breakfast Club and After School Club. Currently we have no plans to run after school sports clubs.
Our current plan for the start and end of the day in September is outlined in the table below.
|8:45 Start||8:55 Start||9:10 Start||9:30 Start||12:30 End||2:50 End||3:00 End||3:10 End||3:20 End|
|Main Gate||Yr 3||Yr 2||Yr 2||Yr 3|
|Middle Gate||Yr 6||Yr 5||Rec.||Nur.||Nur.||Rec.||Yr 6||Yr 5|
|Job Centre Gate||Yr 4||Yr 1||Yr 1||Yr 4|
The government have stated that school attendance in September is mandatory and all children will be expected to attend school. We understand that some families may still have concerns and anxieties about their children returning to school. We have been constantly reviewing our risk assessment with the opening of the school since March, when the lockdown began. We are confident with following all guidance that we are making the school as safe as it could possibly be during the current pandemic.
We expect to be receiving further guidance from the government during the summer holidays; we will use all of the information and advice given to hopefully be able to reassure families that school is a safe place to be returning to in September.
September Nursery Places
We still have a number of nursery places available for September. If you would like a place in nursery for September please contact the school office to register your interest via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8888 9771.
End of Term
Friday 17th July is the end of term. The children in school will finish at the regular time they are finishing currently within their bubble. Home learning summer packs should be available for your child on google classroom or on the school website.
End of Year Reports
You should have received notification in the past couple of days about dates and times to collect your child’s annual report next week. If you have not been notified please contact the school office for the information.
Summer Holiday Free School Meal Vouchers
Families eligible for Summer Holiday Free School Meal Vouchers should be able to redeem the vouchers to the value of £90 on Monday 13th July. We suggest you redeem them next week so that if you have any difficulties you can contact the school office for support.
Muswell Hill Food Bank
If you think that you would benefit from additional support, we can issue vouchers for three visits to Muswell Hill Food Bank. Please contact the school office for further information.
Congratulations to Matias in Venezuela who this week received his pen licence. Well done.
Learning in Reception
Reception children have been learning about oceans and imagining what a mermaids cave may look like.
They also worked collaboratively on a collage of a rainbow fish.
Audiobooks and art
Follow this link for access to some free audiobooks
Or this link for games and activities inspired by The Tate art galleries
A Poem by Musab
Musab in year 3 has written this poem as part of year 3 work on writing poems about the weather. Lets hope for a sunny, hot summer.
Not David Bowie but Oussama and year 5 who this week were thinking of heroes and asking do all heroes wear capes? The answer was an emphatic no!
Some suggestion of heroes were Marcus Rashford, Greta Thunberg, staff of the National Health Service, Megan Rapinoe, Captain Tom, Michael Holding and Allan Saint-Maximin.
Year 6 and Black Lives Matter
Year 6 have spent much of this week doing work on Black Lives Matter and discussing issues of racism and inequality.
Fire Escape and Site Security
You hopefully saw the letter sent earlier this week from the Chair of Governors, Caroline Schloss, about the problem we face with the occupants of an adjacent building to the school site requiring access to the school site via their fire exit. This issues date back to the sale of the land by Haringey in 2001. Leaders within the school, since November, have been trying to resolve the issue with currently no suitable resolution for the school and little support from Haringey to resolve an issue of their making.
We have now managed to arrange a meeting next week with members from Haringey in attendance to hopefully work towards an appropriate resolution. If the outcome is not to our satisfaction the likely result will be that we lose part of our playground space and entrance/exit to the school premises. It is also a distinct possibility that as a major safeguarding issue, if the owners of the adjacent property go to court to gain access to the school site via this fire escape, we will be unable to open the school in September as it will pose a serious risk to the security of the school site.
From Mrs Spencer this week is this interesting recommendation.
Booktrust Recipes! Fancy doing some baking with your family? We’ve got lots of fun, easy-to-follow recipes for you to try out. Whether you’re a big fan of The Bumblebear by Nadia Shireen or The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, you’re sure to find some tasty treats to enjoy.
Follow the link below for more information.
If you try some tasty, inventive recipes, let Mrs Spencer know. She is always delighted to hear from children who are reading. Have a fun and relaxing weekend.