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Mobile Phones

If children need to bring a mobile phone to school, these should be handed in to the school office for safe keeping on arrival. Please do not bring them unless:

  • your child is travelling home independently
  • your child is going to a different home rather than their usual one after school

Lost Property

There is a large amount of lost property that has been handed in to the school office.  We will be putting a clothing rail outside and hanging out sweatshirts to start with, so please take a look if your child has lost one recently.  We will then hang out other items after a few days.  Please use the sanitizer before and after you have looked through the rail.

Reading

Congratulations to the children who have already achieved their bronze reading award.  Keep signing the home/school diary to help your child get their certificate.

Staff News

Some sad and some happy staff news this week. Sadly, Mrs Herrington, one of our fabulous team of Teaching Assistants, is leaving us this week. Mrs Herrington has been a super Teaching Assistant and colleague – caring, patient, smiley and efficient. We will miss working with her – she always knows just what everyone needs to best help them and has supported many children and teachers. Mrs Herrington needs to be able to give more time to caring for her parents, so our loss is very much their gain. We wish her well in every way.

In her place, we welcome Miss Sophie McGovern who is joining our TA team – she will be the Teaching Assistant in Class 5 and we hope she will soon feel part of the school.

The happy news is that Mrs Skelton is expecting a baby in March. Mrs Skelton covers teachers’ Planning, Preparation and Assessment time (PPA) on Wednesdays and Thursdays and she is also clerk to our governing body. Our congratulations to all her family as they look forward to their new

Did you miss the ‘Meet the Teacher Zoom’?

If you were not able make the Zoom meeting in the last two weeks, you can expect an email from your class teacher by Monday indicating how they will deliver the important messages to you. Thank you for your understanding with this. Please keep up lines of communication. Although seeing teachers is trickier at the moment, we all remain available if you book an appointment.

Department of Education Update

The Department for Education have released some updated information for what you as parents need to know about schools during the autumn term. Click on the link below to find out more.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/what-parents-and-carers-need-to-know-about-early-years-providers-schools-and-colleges-in-the-autumn-term

Water Bottles

You have done such a great job supporting us with the return to school. Just a reminder that the children need a water bottle in school every day. Thank you for keeping this up.

Finally, we hope you have a relaxing weekend and we look forward to seeing you all refreshed and ready for learning on Monday.

Arrangements for September 2020

Dear Parents / Carers and Children

We have now received DfE advice for the full opening of schools from September 2020. I hope the information here will give you reassurance of how we will be operating for the well-being of all concerned here at North Mundham.

The school will be operating in Class ‘bubbles’. The class ‘bubble’ will work, play and have lunch together during the day and contact with other ‘bubbles’ will be minimised.

School starts on Thursday 3rd September for all pupils in Class 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

 Prevention

    • No child should attend school who has any symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID 19) or if they have tested positive for Coronavirus within the past 7 days
    • Children must self-isolate for 14 days if a member of their family is displaying symptoms of Coronavirus and / or tests positive for coronavirus.
    • We will continue to wash hands thoroughly more often than usual eg on arrival, before and after break time, before and after eating, before leaving at the end of the day.
    • We will continue with the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach for sneezes and coughs.
    • Additional cleaning will take place during the school day of ‘touched surfaces’ and toilets etc.

Dropping off and picking up

We will be continuing with staggered drop-offs and pick-ups.

Class R, Class 1                  Drop off 9.00am                Pick up  3.20pm
Class 2                                  Drop off 8.50am                Pick up 3.20pm
Class 3, Class 4                  Drop off 8.40am                Pick up  3.10pm
Class 5, Class 6                  Drop off 8.30am                Pick up 3.00pm

Brothers and sisters may be dropped off and collected at the same time. Please drop off at the correct time for the eldest sibling.

In the classroom

Pupils will be seated facing forwards in all classes. We will minimise furniture and spread the class out as much as possible. There will be no bigger ‘meetings’ of pupils together eg assembly.

Lunch will be eaten in the classroom at the table where the child normally sits. Tables will be cleaned before lunch.

Curriculum

We will start on our new year group topics from the beginning of term and your new class teacher will send out the usual topic letter. Maths and English learning will focus on new learning as well as additional sessions for pupils who need to secure work covered during Lockdown. If you are concerned that your child did not engage well with Home Learning, please contact your new class teacher to discuss this as early as possible. A message through the office email address is probably easiest.

PE – the priority will be outdoor sport whenever the weather is kind. We will use the hall for dance-based PE only.

Well-being – all schools have been asked to consider the well-being of pupils as they return to school. We will be using some story books during September to help us all settle back to good learning attitudes and focus on building resilience.

Equipment

The children will be wearing school uniform again please. This includes: dark school shoes; dark grey trousers, shorts, skirt or tunic; white polo shirt and a school jumper or cardigan. The children will need to bring a coat. They can bring a bag and a water bottle will continue to be essential. Please contact the school office if you wish to order school uniform.

Children will have individual sets of pencils, rulers, glue sticks, scissors etc. Please do not bring in pencil cases from home. Sports equipment will be cleaned if used by different bubbles. Computer keyboards will be cleaned before use. Books can be used by different pupils in the bubble but we will continue to ‘quarantine’ books that have been sent home before they are sent to a different home.

Before School and After School Care Club

Initially in September these can only operate in ‘small, consistent groups’. Therefore, we can only accept regular bookings at the moment and not ad hoc arrangements. Please contact the school office as soon as possible for more details or if you need to book a place as numbers will be limited. Payment will need to be made a month in advance for the places reserved.

Snacks and hot lunch

Children in all year groups may bring a snack of fruit and / or vegetables only for morning break. Hot lunch is available free for pupils in Class R, Class 1 and Class 2. Older classes can order a hot lunch via the Chartwells website or bring a packed lunch.

There will be no ‘Fruity Friday’ until further notice.

I realise that this is a lot to read and take in but I think it is important to share as much as possible about how school will be in September. I would just add – advice tends to change or be added to – so I will keep you updated as necessary.

Yours sincerely

Julia Carey
Headteacher