Coronavirus

School Status Update - July 6th 2020

Warning - End of School Year Approaching!

We are now just a few days away from the end of this school year. Things remain very different to normal.

Our last day of term is Friday 17th July

The final farewell for Kelly Wright is taking place on Thursday 16th and as we want as many of our team to be able to mark her parting we are swapping the Thursday and the Friday around.

This means the school 'Year group bubbles' will be CLOSED on Thursday 16th July.

The school will remain open for those who have been validated as key workers. Nexus bubbles will continue as normal.

Friday 17th will be open for the Year R, Year 1, Year 5 and Year 6 bubbles for their final day! Key worker children will continue as normal. The usual timings will apply.

This will be our last chance to say goodbye to you all until September.

There may be some special activities on the day, especially for Year 6, and we will let you know more later. Any 'different' activities will happen under the current social distancing and bubble separation guidance.

The Final Week!

As this will be our last week we will organise activities slightly differently.

Whether or not you are in school or working at home, the usual approach of setting activities on the school's family webpages will be different.

Your child's new teacher will be organising tasks and activities to complete and these will mostly be shared through the current class blog on Purple Mash.

There will be an additional 'class' info page which can be accessed from the website. This will only be live from Monday 13th July.

Although Purple Mash, Mathletics, Rockstars, Bug Club will all remain accessible to you over the summer period teachers won't be updating, setting or responding to activities.

Happy New Year!

September will be more 'normal' but there will be some of our new routines that we have to keep.

We are expecting to return on Wednesday 2nd September.

All classes will be in action - you will soon receive details of your child's new class and teacher.

Arrival and leaving times will be staggered and we're busy trying to work this out - its quite a challenge!

Each class will be kept separate from each other and we won't be holding gatherings or sharing playtimes.

There won't be any after school sports/activities clubs although we do hope to be able to run before-school and after-school childcare.

Wrap around care will need to be booked in advance as numbers will be limited. There won't be a 'breakfast drop-off' until we are able to accommodate greater numbers and have less social distancing.

Exact details around timings and childcare will be shared with you before the end of term.

 

Previous information below.....

The Return of Wouldham All Saints

We can't wait to get back to normal and look forward to seeing all of our families back in school as soon as this is possible.

We are putting together plans for September but are awaiting guidance from the government and Kent County Council before we can share this with you. The latest announcements indicate a full return in September and we will try our hardest to achieve this.

Since March we have been operating childcare for key workers and maintaining remote learning which we believe has worked successfully. We do not want to lose anything that is successful and helpful or start a new system that is not sustainable. 

We have also started re-introducing certain Year groups since the start of June. We now have Year R, Year 1 and Year 6 in school from Monday to Thursday. These operate in 'bubbles' of small groups and are kept apart from other groups. It is very different to normal but working fine! We have approximately 80% of Year 6, 40% of Year 1 and 60% of Year R. 

We are also hoping to start Year 5 bubbles as well - but we're quickly running out of space and staff!

Parents aren't able to come into the school grounds and children will need delivering and collecting from set places at set times.

Does my child have their usual teacher?

This is unlikely! As children will be in bubble groups that are smaller than their normal class they are more likely NOT to have their usual teacher. 

Where possible, each bubble will have a teacher and a TA. If the teacher is unwell or unable to attend for any reason then we can't provide alternative cover and the 'bubble' won't be able to attend that day.

Should any member of a bubble (child or adult) develop symptoms of Covid19 then the whole bubble pops and everyone will have to remain at home. If the person affected has a negative test result confirmed then the bubble will be reinstated but otherwise would remain closed for 14 days.

To make sure that teachers can prepare and plan for their bubbles plus continue to set and maintain remote learning there won't be any provision for children on Fridays. The only exception to this is for key worker childcare.

How does the school day look?

Very, very, very different! We believe children need to be active in their learning and to experience a high degree of interaction and practical activity. Bubble learning restricts much of our normal style and especially so for children of younger age groups. We can't have the same sharing of equipment and access to certain resources that we would normally have which means teachers will not have access to their usual range of strategies to support learning.

The classrooms have children spaced out as much as possible. Below is an example ...

Children need to be active - this is going to be hard with the requirements around social distancing.

We will make as much use of outdoor spaces as we can but this will be weather dependent. Outdoor spaces will be allocated to separate bubbles. There may be chance for PE but children won't need to get changed for this. Most of the day will be spent in the classroom at the assigned desk.

There isn't be a breaktime or a lunchtime as normal. There will be very little interaction between children.

Lunches are eaten in the classroom and school dinners will be delivered as a 'take-out' to the classroom.

Information about the menu can be found here.

We try to make sure that learning taking place in the school building and that set remotely are very similar. There will be an emphasis on developing reading for those in school. We don't have enough computer resources in school to give everyone access to Purple Mash and Mathletics etc and so these may need to be completed at home as well.

What about getting to and from school?

We need to make sure that social distancing is observed on the way to and from school and avoid any gatherings or groupings of parents. Unfortunately no parents will be allowed within the grounds.

Each bubble will have an assigned gate to deliver the children to in the morning and collect from in the afternoon. There is an allotted time and if the slot is mssed then we may not be able to accept your child on that day.

The car park won't be open but it should be possible to park along Worrall Drive or in the drop off layby in Hall Road depending on the entry point assigned for your child. This will work in reverse at the end of the day.

The day will start between 8:45 and 9:30 to allow for staggered entry times and finish between 1:45 and 2:30pm. This will give 5 hours in school each day. The start and finish time will be set for the bubble and will be notified as soon as the bubble groups are finalised. There can't be any flexibility over the arrival and pick up times as we need to ensure that groups are kept apart.

We are requesting that parents avoid coming into the school office unless absolutely essential. If you have questions or messages then please email or call the office. If there is no alternative then only one adult is allowed in the entrance lobby at any one time.

Will breakfast club and after-school childcare be available

This is a very tricky question. The bubble system is about keeping the children separate from others. Coming earlier for breakfast or staying after will possibly compromise this. We are currently operating childcare for key workers from 8am until 5:30pm and so it may be possible if there is absolutely no alternative. We will need you to notify us if you need this childcare. Before and after-school sessions are being charged at £5 per child per session and don't include meals. There will be no reductions or discounted rates until the school returns to normal.

There won't be any other 'normal' after-school activities such as sports clubs.

What steps are the school taking to keep my child safe?

We are following guidance from the government and Kent County Council as well as professional groups and bodies. The arrangements detailed above aim to keep children in small groups and limit mixing with others. Children won't be able to share resources and equipment unless they have been disinfected inbetween. There will be increased cleaning around the school including a member of staff working throughout the day continuously sanitizing areas used by different groups at different times.

Children will wash hands frequently. Every classroom has plenty of running water, soap and hand sanitizer. Toilets will be assigned to different bubbles.

Fridays remain closed to all but children of key workers so that teachers can have preparation time as well as continue setting and reviewing remote learning activities.

How do I request a return to school place?

If you have children in Years R, 1 or 5 and haven't already requested a space then click here

There is no promise of being able to create additional bubbles but we will do the best we can.

We haven't got space for other year groups - sorry - and very limited space for key workers. If you need to register for key worker provision then email keyworker@wouldham.kent.sch.uk

As we focus on introducing year group bubbles it is unlikely that we are able to respond quickly.

Spaces are quickly running out and it may not be possible to provide new spaces.


It has been great to hear about what people have been up to so far and also to see examples of things that have been done at home. We are trying to set up a system where you can easily photograph and submit examples of work for your teacher to review. This has started in Dove and Wren Classes.

We know that some people will struggle to cope more than others, you may well have family members, friends and neighbours who are struggling. We urge everyone to look out for each other and help out wherever possible but this may not always be possible.

It may be useful to know that a new 24 hour helpline has been launched to support vulnerable people in Kent who need urgent help, supplies or medication; Kent Together is being coordinated by KCC. The helpline will provide a single, convenient point of contact for anyone in the county who is in urgent need of help during the Coronavirus outbreak. It is a collaboration between KCC, central Government, District, Borough and local councils, the voluntary and community sector, the NHS, emergency services and other partners to ensure help is at hand for vulnerable people.

More information about this can be found at https://kccmediahub.net/kent-together

A referral to request the service can be accessed at www.kent.gov.uk/KentTogether or by calling on 03000 419292.

Free School Meals

Children entitled to benefits related free meals have been getting support through vouchers purchased by the school. The government run scheme has failed our school miserably and we needed to ensure our families didn't miss out. Vouchers have been provided since the school closed to all but key worker children but we haven't yet heard about future plans to cover the next holiday period and beyond.

The voucher scheme will be limited to those families who qualify for free school meals because of entitlement to certain benefits. This is NOT universally for children in Years R, 1 and 2 who can currently get a free school meal because of their age. If you get...

  • Universal Credit ; Income Support; income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; income-related Employment and Support Allowance; support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; the guaranteed element of Pension Credit; Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190); Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit. 

...then you may qualify for free school meals. Apply here : https://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/free-school-meals

We appreciate how difficult this time is for you all.

If you're not sure where to go next or how to get started then click below.

It won't be instant but we will get in touch as soon as we can.

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Links to online resources can be found here.  

Government guidance for parents at this time of school closure can be read here.

The latest advice from the UK Government on the Coronavirus situation can be found HERE.