We are very happy and proud to have welcomed back all year groups!

Nursery 9:00-1:00 every day

Reception 9:00-2:00 every day

Year 1 8:30-1:30 every day

Year 2 8:00-12:00 every day

Year 3 8:00-11:00 Monday and Tuesday

Year 4 8:45-11:45 Wednesday and Thursday

Year 5 8:45-12:00 every day

Year 6 8:30-1:30 every day

We are also still offering provision for key worker children.

If you have any queries, please email office@oldmixon.extendlearning.org

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Wider Opening of School

Dear Parents/Carers,

This is a summary of the key points from Wider Opening Letter. 

The letter can be seen in full below.

If you have any further questions or concerns please email the school office

office@oldmixon.extendlearning.org  or 01934 812 879.

 

  1. School will be open for key worker and vulnerable pupils from Monday 1st June – Friday 5th June. 
  2. There will be no more weekend and bank holiday provision following Monday 25th May. 
  3. School will open more widely to Preschool, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from Monday 8th June.
  4. Children will be taught in “bubbles” of no more than 15 pupils with the same staff allocated to support them throughout the day. 
  5. Children returning may not be taught by their current teacher. 
  6. School will be open Monday – Friday.
  7. There will be 4.5 hours of learning time with a 30 minute lunch. 
  8. Extended provision will be in the key worker bubble only. 
  9. The Key worker bubble will have 4.5 hours of learning time in mixed age classes from 8th June. 
  10. Wrap around child care will only be available in the key worker bubble and payment for these services will resume on 8th June. 
      1. Breakfast club 8am-9am – £1 per session
      2. After school club £9.60 per session
  11. Children will need to wear uniform, if they have outgrown uniform, please speak to us.
  12. Payment for school meals will start again. 
  13. Free school meals will be available for children in Year 1 and Reception and any child in Year 6 eligible for free school meals. 

 

We will be in contact with all our returning parents to give them full details around what the start to school will look like.

 

Wider Opening Letter

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

I am pleased that I am now able to write to you with some more detail about how we plan to open to more children from 1 June 2020.

Central to all our decision making and planning has been the safety of your child and our staff.  Therefore, I would like to reassure you that we will only open the school to more pupils once the government confirms that it is safe to do so.

The government has issued clear guidance that identifies the children who are eligible to return to school at this time and how schools should operate during this first phase of wider reopening. This guidance dictates the number of places available and the order in which they are allocated.

The first phase identifies the following children as eligible for a school place:

  • all children considered to be vulnerable
  • the children of all key workers
  • Pre-school children aged 3 and 4
  • Year R
  • Year 1 
  • Year 6

The guidance requires that children can be taught in groups of no more than 15 children.  We have called these groups ‘Bubbles’ to reflect that. The children and adults in each group will not mix with any other group during the first phase of opening.  It is important to note that within the group, the government recognises that children and adults will not always be able to remain 2 metres apart from other children and adults.  That said, we will implement all of the protective measures recommended by the government.

Should any member of a bubble, child or adult, test positive for Coronavirus the whole bubble will be asked to self-isolate at home for 14 days. Government guidance is clear that the family or home group of a child in an isolated bubble do not have to self-isolate, unless the child tests positive for Coronavirus.

The creation of bubbles will mean that we will have to split classes. Whilst we will look carefully at the make-up of each group, we cannot guarantee that your child will be with their friends and may not be taught by their normal class teacher.

In preparation, we have risk assessed every classroom. This assessment dictates the maximum number of children that each space can accommodate so that children and adults can respect social distancing wherever possible.  This means that the number of places maybe limited.  We very much hope that we will be able to offer a place to your child should you wish them to return to school.  However, if necessary, places will be allocated in the following order as directed in the Government guidance

  • All children considered to be vulnerable (any year group)
  • All key workers(any year group)
  • Pre-school aged 3-4
  • Year R
  • Year 1
  • Year 6

Up until now, we have offered childcare to the children of key workers at weekends. Given the amount of resource required to implement the wider reopening of schools we have taken the difficult decision as a trust to cease provision at weekends.  The final weekend of childcare provision will be this weekend 23 – 25 May 2020 at Locking Primary School and will include the bank holiday.

 

In line with government guidance, we will start to open to more pupils from 1 June 2020.  We are really looking forward to seeing your children again and we want to make sure that we get this right for them and for you.  We have, therefore, decided to phase reopening as follows. From 1 – 5 June 2020 school will be open only for pupils considered to be vulnerable and the children of key workers.  During that week, our teachers and support staff will be working together to prepare the school, classrooms and site for the new way of working and undergo extensive training around this.

I will be in contact with regard to the finer detail around opening, which should address the many questions I know you will have. However, it is important that I share the following information around how we will operate from 8 June 2020:

The school day

  • school will be open Monday to Friday
  • the school day will be slightly shorter: children will access 4.5 hours of learning time and will have 30 minutes for lunch.  This means we can limit the amount of time  children and staff are in contact with others and allow thorough classroom cleaning and preparation
  • drop-off and pick-up times for different bubbles will be staggered to reduce site congestion and contact
  • children will need to wear school uniform
  • school meals will be available.  These remain free to those children in reception, year one, year two and those entitled to free school meals only
  • more information regarding our returning curriculum is included at the end of the letter

 

Early morning and after school provision

  • ‘wraparound’ care will still be available for the children of key-workers only from 8am-6pm.  If you require this for your child, they will be allocated to a ‘Wraparound Bubble’.  This will be a mixed-age bubble.  Children in a ‘Wraparound Bubble’ will still access 4.5 hours learning time with the remaining time being childcare
  • From 8 June 2020, we will resume charging for breakfast and/or after school provision. We will contact individual families to discuss this further

 

Home Learning

  • we will attempt to provide home learning for those children:
    • who are not eligible for a place
    • we were unable to allocate a place
    • whose parents choose not to take up a place
    • are shielding and, therefore, unable to attend school

However, at this time we are not certain how many staff will be available to carry this out and we may not have the resource to support home learning in the way we have to date. If this is the case, we will direct you to appropriate online resources including the Oak Academy and BBC Bitesize.

Attendance

  • we would like to encourage as many children as possible to take up their place if they are eligible.  However, the government has indicated that parents will not be fined for non-attendance should parents decide to keep their children at home.

 

Government guidance for parents is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers/reopening-schools-and-other-educational-settings-from-1-june


Over the coming days, we will be finalizing our plans for

  • allocate places using the eligibility criteria
  • place children in bubbles
  • allocate staff to bubbles
  • match bubbles to rooms
  • timetable start and finish times

 

Once this is complete, I will write to you in more detail explaining the routines and procedures around the wider opening of our school.

I am aware that this is a very long letter and contains much information, however, I feel it is important that I share as much information with you and am honest about what we intend to do.

If you have any questions please do contact us via the school office and we will do my best to help you in any way we can.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Best wishes,

 

 

Mrs Laina Pettifor

Interim Head of School

 

Additional Information

 

Opening Detail 23rd May – 8th June

Date

Provision

Venue

Eligibility

23 May 2020

Childcare

Locking Primary School

Children of key workers

24 May 2020

Childcare

Locking Primary School

Children of key workers

25 May 2020

Childcare

Locking Primary School

Children of key workers

26 May 2020

Childcare

Oldmixon Primary School

Children of key workers

27 May 2020

Childcare

Oldmixon Primary School

Children of key workers

28 May 2020

Childcare

Oldmixon Primary School

Children of key workers

29 May 2020

Childcare

Oldmixon Primary School

Children of key workers

30 May 2020

No childcare available

31 May 2020

No childcare available

1 June 2020

Childcare

Oldmixon Primary School

Vulnerable pupils and children of key workers

2 June 2020

Childcare

Oldmixon Primary School

Vulnerable pupils and children of key workers

3 June 2020

Childcare

Oldmixon Primary School

Vulnerable pupils and children of key workers

4 June 2020

Childcare

Oldmixon Primary School

Vulnerable pupils and children of key workers

5 June 2020

Childcare

Oldmixon Primary School

Vulnerable pupils and children of key workers

6 June 2020

No childcare available

7 June 2020

No childcare available

8 June 2020 onwards week days only

Education

Oldmixon Primary School

All vulnerable pupils; all children of key workers; nursery children, children in YR, Y1 and Y6 (subject to places being available)

 

 

 

 

The Returning Curriculum

 

Teachers are preparing an exciting curriculum for your children.  We know that all things new can cause children anxiety.  Our teachers are already planning to produce video tours of the classrooms that their Bubble will be in so that your child can see where they will be and which adults they will be with.  This video guides will include drop-off and pick-up routines.  We understand that you and your child may be feeling anxious about them returning to school. We want to make the return feel as familiar as possible and we want to be able to show you and them some of the things we have put in place to keep them safe.

During the first few days and weeks, children and adults in a Bubble will have chance to get to know each other, ‘catch-up’ with friends that they have not seen and share their experiences since school closed at the end of March.  The adults will also begin to introduce the children in their Bubble to the routines and rhythms of school life.  Some of this will be familiar and some of this will be very new as they learn more about social distancing in school and more regular washing of hands.  Adults will guide children through lots of activities that are designed to build their resilience and independence – key skills for learning.  Each day there will be time for children to talk and listen, for them to be physically active; for them to learn something new and for them to reflect.  Our aim is that children are happy to be in school, feel safe to be in school and are ready to learn.

Once everyone has settled into the new school routines our staff teams will start to focus on the core skills of reading, writing and mathematics.  If there are things that we feel the children need to catch-up with then we will plan our teaching to address those things.  Again, each day there will be time for children to talk and listen, for them to be physically active; for them to learn something new and for them to reflect. 

Our aim is that the children will be confident in the skills they need to access the wider curriculum.

 

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