Norbury Manor Primary School

Coronavirus Update


September 2021 Letter to Parents 

December 2021 COVID 19 Plan for Parents



February Update

Reminder letter to parents about extra mobile data

Letter to parents about February Update.pdf

Letter to parents about Assessments.pdf

Mid January Update

Letter to parents about reopening and devices January 2021.pdf

Remote Education Provision Information for Parents.pdf

Remote Learning Device Acceptable Use Agreement .pdf

NMP Online Safety policy.pdf

January update

January 2021 Partial Closure Letter to Parents.pdf

Access J2 Launch and Teams using an Xbox One console.pdf

J2 Launch PlayStation 4 instructions.pdf

Hamper Recipes.pdf

Emergency menu three week_2021.pdf

January 2021 Remote Learning letter.pdf

September School Reopening

 Initial Letter to Parents about September Reopening

20th September 2020 Letter to Parents

Croydon Council Parent guide and flowchart on COVID-19

Updated Croydon Council Parent flowchart on COVID -19 December 2020

December 2020 Letter to parents linked to the December 2020 Parent flowchart

School Reopening in September Letter

Dear Parents/Carers, 

We are looking forward to welcoming your children to our school in September. We wanted to get in touch to explain what you can expect from us in light of the coronavirus pandemic, and what we will expect from all our parents and carers.

As you are likely aware, the government has announced that schools should fully reopen from the start of the upcoming autumn term. They have decided this based on:

  • The prevalence of coronavirus decreasing
  • The new NHS test and trace system being in place
  • More clarity about the measures that need to be in place to create safe environments in schools
  • Time out of school being detrimental to children’s development
  • The low risk to children of becoming severely ill from coronavirus

 This means we are planning to open to all our pupils in September. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone on 7th September 2020, and we are working hard to make the school a safe, enjoyable environment.

 The Government has also made clear that attendance will be mandatory for all pupils from the start of the new term. This means all children are expected to come back to school.

 We have carried out a thorough risk assessment and have created a plan for full reopening.  I have attached a parent-friendly guide to our school plan.

 Before reading the plan, please read the message below from our Chair of Governors Charlie Mercer.

 A big hello to all students, parents, and members of our wonderful community! I hope you are all safe, healthy, and enjoying some sunshine. My name is Charlie Mercer, and in September last year I took over as Chair of the Board of Governors at Norbury Manor. What a year it’s been!

 It feels a lifetime ago that I was watching the school nativity in December and I don’t think anyone could have predicted how things were about to change so dramatically. In March this year, I was working with the Parent Governors on how I could join them and start to meet regularly with parents, with coffee mornings ready to go in the diary. Unfortunately, even the best plans can’t predict a global pandemic.

 Throughout the Covid-19 disruption, all of the Governors have been in regular contact with Mrs Potter and her team to make sure that we put safety above all else and over the summer we will continue to support with the plan for a full school return in September. Alongside ensuring that we can bring all students back safely and in line with Government advice, we will also be working closely with the team to look at the return to the school curriculum and how we make sure that we get all students back to “normality” at school. We won’t rush it, but I will also be looking into ways that I can start to meet with parents safely to make sure that we pick up where we left off in March.

 We were the Croydon School of the Year in 2019 for many reasons, not least the excellent leadership of Mrs Potter and team, and I am so excited to get back to school in September and properly meet you all. Stay safe, and I hope you all have a great summer!

September 2020 School Reopening Video

 September 2020 School Reopening 

 Following the government’s announcement that school will reopen fully in September, I am writing to share with you the arrangements we have implemented to ensure the safety of all staff, pupils, and visitors to the school.  These arrangements have been put into place following a robust risk assessment process, evaluating, and building on what has worked since our successful phased reopening at the beginning of June.

We hope you find this information useful:

What are Bubbles and Zones?

 The government define a bubble as a group of people with whom you interact with.  You can be part of several bubbles for one day.  Your own household is a bubble. Meeting close family and friends is entering another bubble.  Going to the shops/supermarket is entering another bubble etc.

At Norbury Manor Primary School, we aim to minimise the number of bubbles pupils enter during the school day by grouping children into year group bubbles.  This means that pupils will interact with other pupils in their year group, which includes their class.

The government have stated that educators and the operational team can enter several bubbles in one day. Still, they must try to maintain at least 1 metre+ distance from the pupils and other adults whenever it is possible.

Each class is positioned in certain parts of the school building, which are now known as zones.  The year group bubbles are not encouraged to mix with other bubbles in their zone but to support the Track and Trace process, their break and lunchtimes occur around the same time in different parts of the playground.

The zones are as follows:

Zone 1 Zone 2 Zone 3 Zone 4

Nursery Bubble

Reception Bubble

Year 3 Bubble

Year 6 Bubble

Year 1 Bubble

Year 2 Bubble

Year 4 Bubble

Year 5 Bubble

When will the children start back at school?

 Children in Year 1 to Year 6 will start back at school on Monday 7th September 2020.

The new children who are joining Nursery and Reception must refer to their introduction letter.  The children in these year groups have a different start date.

Do they need to wear a school uniform?

Yes, children are expected to wear full school uniform. 

Children will continue to wear their PE kit for the whole day during the days they have PE lessons.  Families will be informed of the day their child needs to wear their PE kit to school.

No jewellery to be worn, apart from single-stud earrings.

What other items do children need to bring to school?

Children can bring a bag to school; however, they are not allowed to bring unnecessary items from home. 

Children MUST bring a water bottle each day that is clearly marked with their name.

What happens if I need to use public transport to travel to school?

If you use public transport to travel to and from school, all adults, and children over the age of 11 must wear a face mask.  Facemasks are not allowed to be worn by children in school.

There is a dedicated travel webpage for education which will also be regularly updated at

We encourage all parents and families to walk or cycle to school to reduce congestion, help the local environment and improve the children’s fitness. 

What measures are in place to reduce the mass gathering of parents and children at the start and end of the school day?

 The beginning and end of the school day are the busiest times for children and adults congregating together in one place, so maintaining safe distances within normal arrangements can be a challenge. We have implemented the following measures when pupils return to school.

We will have a strict one-way system running around the school site which all parents and pupils must adhere to at the beginning and end of the day.  This is to encourage the forward face approach. Each bubble has been allocated a gate to enter the school site, a door to enter and leave the building and a gate to leave the school site.

The entrance and exits points are:

Class Entrance into school Entrance into building Exit
Nursery Car park Classroom door Back car park near the dining hall
Reception Car park Classroom door Back car park near the dining hall
Year 1 Car park Classroom door Back car park near the dining hall
Year 2 Main entrance Jamaica class Top gate near the main entrance
Year 3 Main entrance Under canopy Top gate near the main entrance
Year 4 Main entrance Entrance near the dining hall Top gate near the main entrance
Year 5 Car park The door next to the dining hall Back car park near the dining hall
Year 6 Main entrance Main hall Top gate near the main entrance

 Members of the staff team will be positioned in the playground to support families and pupils with this new routine. Due to the number of exits and entrances onto the school site, it is not necessary to stagger start and finish times. Pupils will continue to go straight into the school building via their entrance point rather than line up in the playground with their educator. Gates will be open from 8:45 to support a smooth transition. The school day remains the same.  Reception to year 6 start at 8:50 and finish at 15:10. Nursery pupils start at 8:30 and finish at 11:30.

Parents must not congregate on or around the school site before or after school.  All adults must always maintain social distancing to reduce the change of transmitting the virus and because they are role models for the children about how to behave in public places.  Adults waiting to collect children must distance themselves in the playground.

Pupils in Nursery, Reception and Year 1 will be dismissed from their classrooms. 

Pupils in Year 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 will be escorted to the playground by an adult, and the children will be sent to the waiting adult.

If parents in Key Stage two want children to walk home without their adult, they must inform the school office of this information at the start of the term.

When waiting to collect children, parents and other adults must keep any other children close to them; they are not allowed to move away from the adult or use thee adventure playground or play equipment.

The childminder must drop-off and collect your child according to the information above.  It is the responsibility of parents to share the details with childminders and make sure they are clear about the arrangements.

Pets, including dogs, are not allowed on school site.

What happens if you are late arriving or picking up your child?

 Pupils arriving late must sign in at the main office, which means they must use the main entrance. 

Pupils will sign into our InVentry system, which will automatically update the school register. They will be asked they are late.

Parents arriving late to collect their child will report to the main hall.  Children from different bubbles will be distanced while they are waiting.

The adult collecting the child will be asked why they are late, and the comments will be logged.

What is happening about Breakfast and After School Club (Extended Services)?

We will be able to offer Breakfast and After school club from 7th September 2020 for Reception to year 6 pupils.

Currently, we are prioritising places for parents who rely on it for childcare.

Our after-school clubs are popular, and we know lots of children will want to join them, so, as soon as it is safe for us, we will resume a full menu of after school activities for all pupils.

Parents who will use thee wrap around childcare provision must understand that if any child test positive for COVID 19, then both their class bubble AND their breakfast club/after school club group will be closed down and all children in those groups would be required to self-isolate.

Children who will attend Breakfast or After school club must be dropped-off and collected from the Car Park Entrance.  The club will continue to use the dining hall as its main base.

Please inform the school office via email if you require a Breakfast or After school club place. 

What hygiene measures are in place? What are you doing to keep the school clean?

Surfaces are cleaned regularly, and all equipment is cleaned in between use.

We have extra cleaning that is conducted during the school day as well as cleaning and premises checks in the morning and after school.

We have removed lots of equipment and items form the rooms to ensure surfaces are easily cleaned.

Pupils are expected to wash their hands multiple times throughout the day; members of staff will be available to support and supervise handwashing where it is appropriate, and we have visual reminders in all the toilets and corridors about good handwashing. These are also displayed in a range of languages.

We have plenty of tissues and remind children about good nasal hygiene.

We have supplies of hand-gel and sanitiser dispensers throughout the school, including the corridors, the dining hall, and classrooms.  Pupils are expected to use it regularly in addition to handwashing soap.

Lessons to support pupil’s hygiene routine will be taught.  This includes promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.

There are lidded bins in every classroom for the safe disposal of tissues. 

How will you make sure children are socially distant with each other?

 The government’s guidance to schools recognises that primary aged children may not be able to maintain social distancing so the emphasis will be on separating groups and where possible, it will be distancing.

Where possible, children will sit in rows facing the front of the class. This includes classrooms and the dining hall.

Pupils are organised in year group bubbles and will stay with each other for most of their time in school.  Although most of the time pupils will remain with their class group, they will mix with pupils in their year group at certain times, e.g. for catch- up interventions, year 6 English and Maths lessons.

Playtimes will continue to be staggered so that fewer children are outside the classroom.  Each year group bubble will be allocated an area in the playground.  This way, the bubbles will not routinely mix with each other.  Each bubble will have their own play equipment, and their supervising adult will initiate games with the children.

No play structures will be used.

Children will be taught to face the wall when another bubble walks past them in corridors.

We recognise that social distancing with younger children is a challenge, so we will remind them regularly about it, but we cannot guarantee it.  We want our children to learn through play and interaction with others.

Inevitably, there are common areas- such as toilets- which will need to be shared.  Children will be expected to follow hygiene protocols.

How will staff and visitors' social distance?

 Staff will continue to maintain 1 metre+ social distancing whenever possible. 

As break and lunchtimes are staggered there should be no gatherings in the staff room or other shared spaces.

We recognise that visitors, such as social workers and SERD specific support, may need to come on-site to see the children.

The usual sign-in and safeguarding procedures must continue to be followed.

All visitors will always be asked to remain within a designated area and maintain social distancing.

Contractors and deliveries may, at different times, need to come on-site.  When possible, their time slots will be before or after school hours.

How will parents gain access into school or contact a member of the leadership or pastoral team?

 Parents are asked to avoid visiting the office whenever possible, and instead, communicate via phone call and emails.

If parents must visit the office, only two families at one time can be in the main school office area at one time.

To arrange meetings or speak with a member of staff, this will need to be by email or telephone.

If a meeting is booked, you will receive an invite from our new InVentry system which is part of the signing in process.

From September 2020, parents will be able to contact the school via ‘My Child at School’, and the school will be able to contact the parents. 

 Events planned by the school that require parents to be on site such as graduation and parent workshops will take place in year group parent bubbles.   Parents will have to sign up via Bromcom before the event and places will be limited to one parent per family. Seats will be socially distanced.  When possible, parents will be able to attend via Google Meet.

Parent Target setting meeting with teachers will take place via the online platform Google Meet.  Parents will sign up to a time slot through Bromcom and receive a Google Meet link.

Currently, all year group assemblies and productions are cancelled due to government guidelines that restrict face to face movement and singing.

What will the classrooms look like?

The classrooms will look a bit sparser than they usually do; this is so that the surfaces are easily cleaned.

In Years 1 to 6, the desk has been arranged into front-facing rows. There is no carpet area.

Educators general teaching position will be 1 metre+ away from the pupil’s desk.

Teachers are planning learning activities that reduce the need for close face to face interaction. However, there may be times educators need to work face to face with pupils for a limited amount of time.  During these circumstances, educators will wear a visor and sanitise/wash their hands before and after the event.

Visors may also be worn if the COVID 19 rate increases to a concerning rate, but schools are told to stay open.

Adults will give feedback to the children at the adult’s level rather than the adult moving to the child’s level.

In Nursery and Reception, we will allow a more ‘free flow’ approach to the provision so that the pupils can learn through play.  The pupils will sit front-facing on ‘Bug’ Rugs.

When possible, doors and windows will be kept open to aid ventilation.



What equipment will be available to the children? What will they need to bring from home?

 Children from Year 1 – Year 6 will be given their own A5 zip wallet with their own equipment because they are not allowed to share equipment such as pens and pencils, especially during catch-up and intervention sessions.

Children in Nursery and Reception will remain in their zoned area during catch-up and interventions sessions so they will not require an A5 zip wallet.

Any equipment that does need to be shared will be cleaned thoroughly between uses.

All children are expected to bring a named water bottle to school.  This will stay on their desk too reduce movement around the classroom.  They will also take the water bottle to the dining hall during lunchtime.

Reading books will be sent home once per week.  They will be changed on Fridays.  Books that have been returned will be stored for 72 hours before they can be shared with pupils. 

Do the normal rules and expectations still apply? (Our RESPECT Values)

Yes! We have high expectations for behaviour and attitude at Norbury Manor Primary School, and we expect all children to meet our expectations.  Some children may need additional support and guidance to meet the expectations, and we have a team of staff who can provide this.

It would be particularly useful for parents to begin to talk to their child about the school expectations and routines before the start of the Autumn Term particularly if the routine at home has not been maintained during the recent closure.

If the bedtime routine has not been maintained, we strongly recommend parents begin to re-establish this important routine as soon as possible.

 Other suggestions are below:

  • Read stories that support the pupil’s return to school.  This could include bereavement books such as ‘If All the World were…by Joseph Coelho, Grandad’s Island by Benji Davies and the Memory Tree by Britta Teckentrup.  The books on our school website can also be used as well as Ruby’s Wory by Tom Percival and The Huge Bag of Worries by Virgina Ironside.  
  • For children who will be starting school in September for the first time, Lucy and Tom Go To School by Shirley Hughes, Starting School from the Usborne First experiences collection and Starting School by the Ahlbergs can all support a positive picture of what to expect.
  • Rather than talk about routines, speak about rhythm, and have a family rhythm to bring a sense of security and a flow pattern to days and weeks. Start with meals, mornings, and bedtimes.  This could be as simple as playing soft music during dinner time, having pancakes on a Saturday morning.
  • Taking care of yourself as a parent
  • The summer activity set by the teachers for all pupils to complete in the summer holidays will help prepare your child for September.   As we all know, reading is particularly important, so by reading at least five times per week with your child will keep them up to speed.

How will you make sure the children settle into their new class and teachers?  How are you going to support their wellbeing after such a difficult time?

In July, pupils were invited to a meet and greet via an online platform with their current teacher. 

Pupils new to Norbury Manor Primary School were invited to a Meet and Greet in July so they could meet their new teacher.

Children currently in Reception to year 5 will return to their previous classroom and educators for the first two weeks of the term. 

During the first two weeks, the children will explore their emotional wellbeing with staff that know them well and prepare for the move to the next year group through their class projects. They will also revisit our school motto, values, and expectations. 

All staff have received training on the recovery curriculum and pupil’s wellbeing during the summer term and will receive additional training during our September 2020 INSET.

As part of pupils’ transition to a new key stage, pupils in Reception, Year 2 and Year 7 will be invited to attend graduation.  Year 7 will also be given the option of attending their prom.

At the end of the first two weeks, pupils will meet their new teacher and share the class project they have been working on for the last two weeks.

All class will be introduced to Zones of Regulation.

 To find out more about Zones of Regulation, watch the video below.


What will the rest of the curriculum look like?

 Norbury Manor Primary school aim to deliver a balanced curriculum with a focus on key skills as well as creative and physical opportunities like PE and Natural Norbury.  However, we also must create time to cover the most important missed content.

Opportunities to talk and share thoughts and reflections using strategies such as Circle Time in the classroom and looking ahead at hopes for the future.

 There will be assemblies on Mondays and Wednesday/Fridays, but these will be delivered to most bubbles through our online platform Google Meet.

The government suggest the following:

  •  For children in nursery settings, teachers should focus on the prime areas of learning, including communication and language, personal, social, and emotional development (PSED) and physical development.  For pupils in Reception year, teachers should also assess and address gaps in language, early reading, and mathematics, particularly ensuring children’s acquisition of phonic knowledge and extending their vocabulary.
  • For pupils in Key stage 1 and 2, school leaders are expected to prioritise identifying gaps and re-establishing good progress in the essentials (phonics and reading, increasing vocabulary, writing and mathematics), identifying opportunities across the curriculum, so they read widely and developing their knowledge and vocabulary.  The curriculum should remain broad, so that most pupils are taught a full range of subjects over the year, including sciences, humanities, the arts, PE/sport, RE and RHE.

 The aim is to return to the school’s normal curriculum in all subjects by the summer term 2021.

How will you help the children to catch up?

 In the first two weeks while pupils are working with their staff members they know well, they will complete assessments in Reading, Writing and Maths. 

Nursery and Reception pupils will complete an EYFS baseline assessment.

Results from the assessments will be used to allocate pupils to interventions and catch-up programmes.

All teachers and leaders will also use the data to review the curriculum and adjust plans to enable pupils to repeat aspects they may need to, but also support rapid progress.

The government have announced a package to support schools to make up for lost teaching time.  Schools will have the ability to decide how best this catch-up funding can be used.

A National Tutoring programme will also be launched. This is aimed at the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Once the school have received additional information regarding the catch-up funding and Tutoring programme, a plan will be put in place and shared.

What will happen at lunchtime?

Our normal hot lunch menu will be on offer.  The Autumn lunch menu will be uploaded onto our website.

Remember, Reception, Year 1, and year 2 pupils are automatically part of the universal free school meal programme.  This means that pupils in these year groups are entitled to a free school meal.

Pupils in years 3, 4 5 and 6 who are not entitled to a free school meal can still book a school lunch. Lunches cost £2.20 per day/£11.00 per week.

 If you feel that you may be entitled to a free school meal but are not on our list, please refer to our school website page  or contact the school office for more information when we return in September 2020.

Lunches will be served in the dining hall. 


 Children will enter the dining hall in zone groups.  Each bubble will sit on either side of the wall facing forward.

Lunchtimes will continue to be staggered to ensure that no more than two bubbles are in the hall at the same time.

Pupils will play in designated areas in the playground. Each year group will be allocated play equipment placed in labelled bags.

Visors may be worn during playground supervision to ensure staff can support children who have fallen without delay and when maintaining 1 metre + distance is difficult to maintain.  It may also be worn if the COVID 19 rate increases to a concerning rate.

What happens if a child gets ill in my child's group?

No child or adult showing signs of infection are allowed on the premises.

Staff and pupils are required to have immediate tests if they show symptoms.  If a child is sent home with symptoms, we expect parents to arrange a test for the child and share the results (i.e. the test message from the NHS)

Thermometers will be used if any child or adult display symptoms and their temperature will be recorded into Bromcom.

Any child who displays any symptoms of COVID 19 must be collected immediately, and we expect parents and families to make provision if they are not based in the local area during the school day.  When the child is awaiting collection, they will be moved to a room where they can be isolated behind a close door with a window.  The entrance and exit are next to the gym.

The adult supervising the child will wear full PPE clothing when dealing with a suspected case; this includes a face shield/visor, apron, and gloves.

Schools have been advised that once they have become aware that someone who has attended has tested positive for COVID -19, they should contact the local health protection team.  This team will also contact the school directly if they become aware that someone who has tested positive for coronavirus attended the school – as identified by NHS Test and Trace.

The health protection team will carry out a rapid risk assessment to confirm who has been in close contact with the person during the period that they were infectious, and ensure they are asked to self-isolate.

The health protection team will work with schools in this situation to guide them through the actions they need to take. Based on the advice from the health protection team.  Schools must send home those people who have been in close contact with the person who had tested positive, advising them to self-isolate for 14 days since they were last in close contact with that person when they were infectious.  Close contact means:

  •  Direct close contacts – face to face contact with an infected individual for any length of time, within 1 metre, including being coughed on, a fact to face conversation, or unprotected physical contact (skin to skin)
  • Proximity contact – extended close contact (within 1 or 2 metres for more than 15 minutes) with an infected individual.
  • Travelling in a small vehicle, like a car, with an infected person.

The health protection team will provide definitive advice on who must be sent home.

What if one of our family members become ill?

If a member of a child’s household test positive for COVID, the child and the household members must self-isolate for 14 days.  The other children and staff in the child’s group do not have to self-isolate.

What if I am not sure about my child returning to schol in September or my child has been shielding?

From September, the government have stated that attendance will be mandatory for all children and, therefore, all children should return to school.  For families of children of compulsory school age, this means that the legal duty on you as a parent to send your child to school regularly will apply.

 Shielding advice for all adults and children will pause on 1st August, subject to a continued decline in the rates of community transmission of COVID 19.   This means that the small number of pupils who will remain on the shielded patient list can also return to school as can those who have a family member who is shielding.  Some pupils no longer required to shield but who generally remain under the care of a specialist health professional may need to discuss their care with their health professional before returning to school in September.  Where children are not able to attend school as parents are following clinical and/or public health advice, the absence will not be penalised. However, we will need to discuss this with you and have copies of the documents advising this.

Children on an EHCP have been risked assessed.  For those children returning groupings have been organised to ensure that each educational need is met.

Pupils who are unable to attend school due to medical advice but are not sick will login into daily lesson through Google meet and complete assignments on either J2 Launch, Busy Things, Mathletics, and Reading Eggs. 

How will children access learning if the Local Authority/ Health Protection Team or Government closed the school, bubble, or zone?

 If the pupil is well enough, they will be expected to complete assignments on J2 launch, Busy Things, Mathletics, and Reading Eggs.

Staff will use Google Meet and J2 Launch/Busy Things to review the work completed and set next steps.

The school will continue to support pupils understanding of the concepts being taught through the LGFL resources, BBC resources Oak Academy resources and any other relevant platform.

To prepare pupils for any sudden changes such as a whole school lockdown, pupils will explore the platforms above on a weekly basis in schools.  Login details will be shared with the pupils and families.

Weekly homework will be set on the platforms above and explored during teacher PPA time.

What is Reading Eggs and Reading Express?

The Stepping Stones Reading lessons are the core of the Reading Eggs learn-to-read programme. Each lesson builds on the previous one to build skills in the five key areas needed to become a good reader: phonemic awareness and phonics, sight words, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension.

The lessons are presented in three broad levels with 40 lessons in each level.

  • Level 1 Starting Out for absolute beginners, lessons 1-40.
  • Level 2 Beginning to Read for emerging readers, lessons 41-80.
  • Level 3 Building confidence for early readers, lessons 81-120.

Storyland opens after Reading Eggs lesson 60 and is recommended for children who have begun reading but are yet to graduate Reading Eggspress. Clinker Castle lessons have activities before and after children read the book with the book reader, including a good model of fluent reading. Each lesson has a strong focus on building comprehension skills and expanding a student’s vocabulary. At the end of each lesson, a ten-question quiz assesses reading comprehension skills. Students are rewarded with golden eggs and special items for their house and avatar, as well as opening extra-special features on their map

Reading Eggspress makes reading real books, improving spelling skills and building reading comprehension highly engaging for kids aged 7 to 13. The online reading programme is packed with hundreds of interactive reading activities, online children’s books, and literacy games. And it really works!

 To find out more about Reading Eggs, watch the video below.

To find out more about Reading Express, watch the video below.

 Reading Eggs and Reading Express will be trailed during the month of September across the whole school.

This programme might replace Bug Club.

July 2020 School Reopening

School Reopening

 Update on Phase Two Plan

 The government have decided to reopen schools for Nursery, Reception, Year 1, and Year 6 from 1st June 2020.  Thank you to the parents who have shared their views about their child returning to school. We appreciate that for some, deciding whether to send your child back to school is a difficult one so this letter aims to provide parents with more detail around the safety measures we are putting into place to keep our community safe. Please take the time to read all this key information.

Who will be returning to school on the 1st June 2020?

 • Children of Key Workers

Children with Educational Health Care Plans (EHCP)

Children with a social worker or supported by children services

When will the school reopen

to Year 6, Year 1, Reception and Nursery?

As a school, we have created a comprehensive risk assessment which should be viewed as a working document.  The risk assessment aims to ensure that the health, safety, social and emotional needs of children, families and staff are met during this recovery phase.  

To ensure everyone's safety is not compromised by the introduction of more children on-site, the start date for each year group will be staggered.  Please look at the table below to find out when your child could be returning to school.

Year Group

Possible Start date

Year 6 

The week beginning the 8th June 2020

Year 1

The week beginning the 15th June 2020


The week beginning the 22nd June 2020


The week beginning the 29th June 2020

The dates above could change if any safety issues arise.

Will my child attend school every day?

To ensure all actions outlined in our school risk assessment can be achieved, each year group above will attend school two days a week.  Please look at the table below to find out which day your child could be attending school.

Year Group

Possible Days attending school

Year 6

Monday and Tuesday

Year 1

Wednesday and Thursday


Monday and Tuesday


Wednesday and Thursday

Children of Keyworkers, EHCP plans, with a social worker or supported by children services

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and half-day Friday.

 The school will close to pupils on Friday 13:00 to accommodate teachers' planning time and deep cleaning of the school site.

I have a sibling that is not in Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 6, a child of a keyworker or a child with an EHCP- can they attend school?

To ensure that we can operate as safely as possible, we will need to prioritise the groups set out in the government guidance.  This means that only children in the following groups will be allowed to attend school:

  • Year 6 children
  • Year 1 children
  •  Reception children
  •  Nursery children
  • Children of Keyworkers
  •  Children with an EHCP
  • Children with a social worker
  • Children being supported by children services


Will I be fined if I do not send my child to school?

The Department for Education has stated that parents who do not send their child/ren back to school will not face a fine.


Parent/Carer letter about phase 2

Summary about phase 2 

Phase Two Plan for Lunchtime

Will I still receive my Free School Meal Voucher if my child attends school?

 On the days your child attends school (two days a week), they will be provided with a school meal, so your Free School Meal voucher will be reduced to three days a week (£9.00 a week).  However, if you would like to continue to provide your child with a lunch on the days they attend school, you will receive five days worth of Free School Meal vouchers (£15.00).  A member of the staff team will contact families a week before their child is due to return to school to discuss their decision on whether they will be returning to school and if the child will require a school meal. Once you have requested a school meal or stated that you would provide a packed lunch, this decision cannot be changed for at least three weeks.

My child received a Universal Infant Free School Meal (children in Reception and Year 1) so will I have to pay for a school meal?

 No.  All children in Reception and Year 1 are entitled to a free school meal at lunchtime.  However, if you would prefer to provide a packed lunch for your child/ren, please inform the staff member that contacts you the week before your child returns to school. Once you have requested a school meal or stated that you would provide a packed lunch, this decision cannot be changed for at least one week.

My child is not entitled to Free School Meals or Universal Infant Free School Meals, so can I still request a school lunch?

 Yes.  Your child can still have a school meal.  Meals must be paid for in advance.  Payment of school meals will be through SIMS Pay. Once you have requested a school meal or stated that you would provide a packed lunch, this decision cannot be changed for at least one week.



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Phase Two Plan for Distancing and Cleaning

How will the parents be distancing on the school grounds?

No parents or carers will be allowed beyond the school gates.  The school office will be closed so communication will be by email or telephone.  We have staggered the start and finish times for different classes to make sure there is as little congestion as possible.  

We request that, wherever possible, only one adult from each family drops off or collects the children to avoid overcrowding on the pavement. 

I have concerns around social distancing during the school day; how will this be achieved?

 We will endeavour for each group to have no contact with any other group or other adults responsible for different groups, however, as the government acknowledges, this may happen in hallways for example, and as such, this also cannot be guaranteed. Social distancing will be very difficult to achieve within Nursery groups, Reception groups and quite unlikely with year one groups. 

  The following steps will be actioned:

  • Children will be taught in groups of no more than 10, in their own space away from other groups; this means that children will not necessarily be taught in their usual classroom, by their usual teacher.
  • Children will stay in their group (known as a bubble) when eating their lunch and playing outside at playtime and lunchtime.
  • Different groups will start and finish school, playtime, and lunchtime at staggered times to ensure that groups of children are safely managed and can navigate around the school in a safe way as possible.
  • Further details on start and finish times for each group will be communicated to the families involved.
  • In each small group learning space, chairs and tables will be placed at least two metres apart.
  • Other furniture will be moved as necessary to enable social distancing to take place in each learning space.
  • Children will be explicitly taught to socially distance in class and will be continually reminded to maintain this when moving around the school and on the playground.
  • All school staff on-site will maintain social distancing in their interactions with each other and with pupils.
  • Markings and signage around the school will be used to help children remain in their groups and to stay two metres apart within their groups.
  • The adventure playground and climbing equipment will not be used.

Will the children's hands be sanitised or washed, and how will the school be cleaned?

  •  Hand sanitiser will be placed at entry/exit points to the school, in learning spaces, the dining hall and corridors.
  • All pupils will have regular access to wash/sanitise their hands
  • Pupils and staff will be required to wash or sanitise their hands-on entry and exit to the school building, and anytime they leave and return to their learning space.
  • Handwashing techniques will be taught and modelled by staff and pupils will be supervised when washing their hands.
  • The school site has been 'deep-cleaned' since the initial closure, and cleaning has continued to take place daily.
  • Enhanced, focused cleaning arrangements are being agreed with school premises and cleaning team.
  • Premises and cleaning team will conduct routine cleaning of high-risk items (door handles, push bars, etc.) during the day.
  • The school will be 'deep cleaned' every Friday.
  • Extra cleaning products have been purchased and stored where children cannot access them.

Phase Two Plan for Health

Will you be taking the children's temperature before you let them in school?

We will not be taking children's temperature, other than if a child informs us that they are not feeling well, as is current practice in schools.

The government guidance does not indicate that this practice should take place and could cause distress to children as well as slow children getting into school-this could cause issues in terms of numbers or adults congregating on school grounds.

What about personal protective equipment (PPE)?

While the government is not recommending that staff wear PPE, staff will be provided with visors and gloves, as the risk is more significant to adults. Children will not be provided with PPE.


What will happen if a child or adult becomes unwell at school with COVID -19 symptoms?

If anyone becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough and/or high temperature, they must remain at home, and the household will need to follow the government's self-isolating guidelines. 

If a child falls ill with these symptoms at school, they will need to be collected immediately.  In this case, the child would be isolated from other children but supervised by a member of staff until they are collected. PPE will be worn by the staff member caring for the child.

If they need to go to the bathroom while waiting to be collected, they will use a bathroom that is not part of a bubble for that day.  The bathroom will be cleaned and disinfected using standard cleaning products before being used by anyone else.

 Areas in the school where the child had been based would be thoroughly cleaned, and anyone who had come into contact with them would wash their hands thoroughly in line with medical guidance. 

If any staff member is experiencing symptoms, they will not attend school and will follow the government's self-isolating guidelines.

What happens if there is a confirmed case of coronavirus?

When a child or staff member tests positive for coronavirus, the rest of their group or bubble will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days.  


 Phase Two Plan for Curriculum and Resources

What will the children be learning?

 Initial lessons will be focused on pupils' wellbeing; emotional and mental.  We know that children cannot progress their learning until they feel safe and happy. For this to be effective, it means a gradual build-up to focused teaching over weeks and not days.  We will be using outside spaces wherever possible- small groups will not mix and will have allocated sessions outside.  There will be no interventions.

What additional support will there be for SEN children?

We have social stories and will be prioritising their emotional wellbeing on their return.

Parents of children with an EHCP will complete a risk assessment with a member of the inclusion team when considering their child's return to school.

What happens to my child's learning if they are not attending school?

 We will continue to provide online learning for all year groups through My Homework, J2 Launch, Bug club and Mathletics.



Phase Two Plan FAQ

Is breakfast club or after school club available?

 We are unable to offer a breakfast club or after school club provision.


Will the children be using the water fountain?

 Due to the proximity of people's mouths and noses to the water fountain, they will not be in use.  Your child/ren will need to bring in a water bottle.  They will be trained on how to self-clean the tap once they have filled their water bottle.

Will children have to wear a uniform?

 We understand that with increased emphasis on washing clothes daily, that you may not have enough uniform so children will not be expected to wear school uniform on the days they attend school.

What do I do if I change my mind and would/would not like my child to attend school?

Contact the school and share your thoughts.  If you would like your child to start attending school, they would be able to start school seven days after you have informed a staff member.  This is to ensure that all risk assessments have been updated.


Phase One Plan

We are continuing to monitor the situation concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19), and as you are aware, the picture is changing continually.  The school remains open – this is the current official guidance we’ve been given.

Following the Government move from ‘Containment’ to ‘Delay’ we have decided to cancel some school events.  This means that the following experiences planned for our pupils over the next three weeks are now cancelled or postponed:

  • Into Film Awards show
  • Mother’s Day event
  • Netball finals
  • Year 4 Swimming
  • Year 5 BMX sessions
  • Lacrosse festival 
  • Year 3 Imperial War Museum trip
  • Year 5 Science Museum trip
  • Nursery shop visits
  • CALAT course
  • Year 5 Parent Assembly

Breakfast and after school clubs will run as usual.  

Pupils should attend unless they feel unwell – if your child has any of the following symptoms then they should remain at home for 14 days:

  • A new, continuous cough and/ or
  • A temperature

If your child is unwell, report this as you would usually by contacting the school office.  If you have recently changed your contact details, please inform the school office as soon as possible.

Talk to your children about coronavirus.  It’s a scary time, and we should make sure children feel supported. BBC Newsround has regular updates.

Come and collect your child straight away, if we ask you to (we’ll contact you if they become ill with either a temperature or a new, continuous cough).

If you have any questions, please consult the:

  • School office, if you have any questions about your response to this issue or a member of the Senior Leadership Team. 
  • NHS, if you want to know more about the symptoms of coronavirus.  If you think you or your child may have the symptoms, use NHS 111 online and/ or call 111
  • Department for Education’s coronavirus helpline: 0800 046 8687, if you have any questions about the government’s response to coronavirus in relation to schools.
  • Government’s travel advice, if you want to know whether any upcoming trip or holiday you’re taking abroad should go ahead.

 What is Coronavirus?

How to Self Isolate


How to wash your hands in 20 seconds

Phase One School Action Plan












 Ensure all toilets have enough hand wash and place hand sanitiser dispensers in corridors. Continue to provide sanitiser in the canteen.

Explicitly teach children the ‘Hand Hygiene’ rules and how to protect themselves from infection through lessons and assembly:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds throughout the day
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze and put the tissue in the bin
  • Alternatively, sneezes and coughs should be directed into a flexed elbow 
  • Avoid touching your face





  Make proactive enquiries regarding pupils who travelled during the half-term break 

Children with suspected raised temperatures to be sent home immediately



 Share DfE advice with parents and carers

Website link to NHS advice


















Reduction of large-scale events and restriction of people in and out of the building

From Monday 16th March 2020, the school will cancel any large-scale events and put a limit on members of the public (including parents and carers) coming in the building.  This is to minimise the risk of exposure to the Coronavirus disease.  The following events will, therefore, be cancelled/postponed:

  • Into Film Awards show
  • Mother’s Day event
  • Netball finals
  • Year 4 Swimming
  • Year 5 BMX sessions
  • Lacrosse festival 
  • Year 3 Imperial War Museum trip
  • Year 5 Science Museum trip
  • Nursery shop visits
  • CALAT course
  • Year 5 Parent Assembly




















Increase school-wide handwashing protocol

The school has already taken children through the details of how to wash their hands properly, but further lessons will be thought during the next three weeks. The following plan will be implemented to ensure that the DfE guidance is strictly adhered to, in terms of handwashing:

  • Pupils will be encouraged to wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or apply the antibacterial gel on arrival at school. 
  • Pupils will be encouraged to either wash their hands or apply the antibacterial gel at the start and end of the break.
  • Pupils will be encouraged to wash their hands using soap and water for 20 seconds or apply the antibacterial gel before they eat lunch.
  • Pupils will wash their hands using soap and water for 20 seconds after going to the toilet.
  • Parents to remind children to wash their hands as soon as they arrive in the building.

Increase levels of visuals in key places such as dining hall exit from the building to remind children to wash their hands.


Planning for the event of forced closure






Should the Government direct all schools to close the following measures will be put into place:

Pupil Work

  • Teachers will remind children and parents of their child’s Mathletics and Bug Club login details and passwords.
  • Depending on the length of the closure, children may be given additional work through LGFL.  Teachers will share children’s login details with children and parents.

 Coronavirus: How to look after yourself and your children

 Coronavirus: How to look after yourself and your children

Guide to helping parents answer questions from their children and to support family wellbeing

NDCS National Deaf Children Society: new guidelines for children with hearing needs.

Social stories for Primary age children

Educational book aimed at younger children

Covibook – an interactive resource designed to support and reassure children aged 7 and under, designed to help children explain and draw the emotions that they might be experiencing during the pandemic

Mencap - Easy Read guide to Coronavirus

Carers UK - Guidance for carers

Public Health England have produced an easy read version of their Advice on the coronavirus for places of education:

Families of Early Years

Advice for families

Activity guides