We are now at the end of week 13 of the current lockdown measures. The Reception and Year 1 children who have returned to school have settled well and are enjoying their time in school. The staff are working hard to support these children as well as continuing to plan learning for those children still at home.
We are still living with uncertainty and it’s difficult to make any plans in regards to September. The government are hoping that all children can return to school as normal in September and we would very much welcome that. However it all depends on how the virus behaves now we are starting to ease out of lockdown. We are not anticipating school to be open to any pupils during the summer holidays and we will ensure that we update parents on plans as soon as we are able to.
You will be aware that the government have scrapped their plans for all children to return to school in July and are now giving schools the discretion to welcome more children back into school this term. In order to meet the current social distancing measures, we are only able to operate class bubbles of 10 pupils. We are now using all of our classrooms for our key worker, Year 1 and Year R bubbles and we have reached capacity for the number of staff we have available. We therefore cannot invite pupils back from other year groups. We will continue to provide home learning through our website until the end of term.
Over the last week, we have had more calls from parents requesting a place; this includes requests for children of key workers. Our key worker group is now full. We have 7 places available in Year R and 6 places available in Year 1. Unfortunately once we have reached capacity, we will not be able to welcome back any more children from Year R or Year 1.
Lions Class – Year 4
We recognise that this has not been an easy time for our Year 4 children as they will be missing out on a rite of passage in leaving first school and moving on. We feel it is important for our Year 4 children to have closure and to be able to be part of St Luke’s First School for one last time this term. We are therefore going to invite the Year 4 children back for a special outdoor party in the last week of term. Unfortunately, in order to observe social distancing measures, we won’t be able to have all of the children in at once but we will put the children into groups, which Miss Fisher will decide.
Weather permitting; we aim to have a party in the forest school area. We will give the opportunity for the children to share their thoughts and feelings about lockdown and middle school. We will have some hot chocolate and treats and we will play some socially distanced games. The children will also be able to take home some of their work which is in school.
We will send invitations and details out at the start of July.
Please note: this plan is subject to ensuring we follow government legislation. Plans may change in light of Government changes and we may have to cancel this plan at short notice.
The weather next week is forecast to be very hot. We therefore ask that all children who are in school have a sun hat and apply sun cream before coming to school each day. We will keep the children well shaded and hydrated throughout the day.