Friday May 22nd 2020

Theme of the Term: Aspiration

Dear Parents and Carers,

Phased Return in June
We have been working hard to ensure that the school is ready to welcome children back in Reception, Year 1, Year 6 and continuing our work with Key Worker children. We have sent out letters to all parents who have confirmed they are sending their children in on June 1st. If you are undecided, there is no pressure to make a decision immediately, I just ask that you contact the school to have a conversation with me so we can ensure that we have the right provision for your child in place before they return, when and if you are ready. We cannot have anyone arriving without a discussion with the school first. If you haven’t received a letter, we are not expecting you back.

This week I have met with all the staff and governors reviewing the provision and ensuring our risk assessments are all in place. What I need to ask of you is to ensure that if you or anyone in your household is displaying any COVID-19 related symptoms, stay away from school and follow the NHS guidance. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/
As you can imagine we will be vigilant with any new coughs and/or temperatures and will be sending any children home if this develops at school.

When dropping off and picking up your children please ensure you are punctual as we have organised staggered times. We would like to avoid people being too early or late as this will increase the amount of people on the school site. If you are early, can you please wait away from the school site. We would also encourage you to walk or bike to school if possible. For those of you with more than one child returning, you can bring the children in from 8:30 to 9:00. If your child is walking to school by themselves, please remind them of the social distancing expectations.

We would also ask that you avoid coming to the office area. It is such a confined space that it makes social distancing impossible. Mrs Loader and I will be on the playground every morning and afternoon to pass on any information you have, or you can always email or ring the school. Thank you for your cooperation.

School Transport
For those of you relying on school transport the office has sent you an email with further information.

Learning Bubbles
We have set up ‘Learning Bubbles’ across the school. Numbers are limited for each group (no more than 15) and each bubble has their own handwashing station in and around their classroom. Playtime and lunchtime will all take place within their ‘Bubbles’ during the course of the day with no ‘Bubbles’ mixing. The children will be completing the activities that have been sent home via Seesaw each day. Children do not need to wear school uniform.
Remember that Reception children have been organised into Group A and B. Group A will be attending weeks beginning June 1st, June 15th, June 29th.
Group B will be attending weeks beginning June 8th, June 22nd, July 6th

You should have received an invitation to download the Seesaw app yesterday from your class teacher. For instructions on how to set up your account please click the link below: https://wychwood-pri.oxon.sch.uk/class-information/see-saw-support-for-parents/

For children in Year 6 we will be studying Clockwork by Phillip Pullman, if you would like to purchase the text so you can read along please feel free to do so.

We look forward to responding to all the children’s work and supporting them with their learning in a more interactive manner after half term.

Packed Lunches
We will not be offering hot school meals at this time but if you would like to purchase a packed lunch and/or your child is in receipt of free school meals, or they are in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, you can choose their meals as usual via Parent Pay. Please do this by Tuesday May 26th for the first week back. www.parentpay.com A school packed lunch will include a ham or cheese roll (please choose this option when ordering), crudities, flapjack or shortbread or a cake, yoghurt, bag of dried fruit.

House Points and Headteacher’s Award
Once again, I have recorded a message for the children this week. Please follow the link-

Mrs Loader has encouraged the school community to sing along to one of our assembly songs. Here is the recording for you to enjoy.

As everyone else in the country we will be watching out for the Prime Minister’s announcement on May 28th regarding school openings. As we will be closed for half term we will communicate via email and our Twitter feed if there are any changes to our planned provision on June 1st.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding. Take care and be safe.

Joseph Rubba