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Letters home to parents & carers:

27th November 2020

 Dear Parents and Carers,

As December is only a few days away we are beginning to feel rather festive here at Pearson Primary School, so this week’s letter is all about Christmas!

We will still be celebrating Christmas this year with our whole Pearson family, albeit a little different to other years.  This year we will use social media much more to enable everybody to take part.  We will keep you updated about each event nearer the time, via text and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Christmas Tree – Decorations Needed

Our beautiful Christmas trees have arrived and this year we are lucky enough to have a tree outside.  We wanted to make our outdoor Christmas tree a festive focal point for our community, but we need your help to make it the most amazing tree ever! We know you have already been asked to make decorations for the Peel Street tree using recycled materials and we would love it if you could make one for our tree too.  We are really excited to see our tree decorated with your handmade creations.

Christmas Lunch

Our wonderful school cooks are making a delicious Christmas lunch for the children on Thursday 3rd December and Thursday 10th December.  We will be splitting the year groups over the two days to allow the children to have some extra time in the dining hall to enjoy their special meal.  We will inform you via text with the date for your child’s year group.

Christmas Cards

We know how much the children enjoy receiving and sending cards, and we don’t want this year to be any different. Your child can post their cards in a post box in their class and we will distribute them to their friends for them.  As we need to store all Christmas cards for a minimum of 3 days before delivering them to the children, please make sure all cards are in school by Thursday 10th December. Unfortunately, any cards received after this date will not be handed out.

Christmas Fair

Sadly, we are not able to hold a Christmas Fair this year so instead, all our children are making Christmas Enterprise gifts.  Each class has been given a small budget to make their gift with and we will be selling them on to our lovely parents to make a small profit.  All proceeds will go directly back in to making our school such a brilliant place to be.  We are looking forward to sharing our fantastic creations with you and we will send an order form and pricelist home very soon.

We hope you have a wonderful, relaxing weekend and we will see you on Monday for the beginning of a busy but fun week.

Take very good care,

Mrs L Clarkson

23rd November 2020

Dear parents and carers

I am writing to inform you that we have received confirmation that a member of our school community, who is not a member of your child’s bubble, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Following government and local authority guidance, the affected person and their family have now started their isolation.

We have also sent a letter to parents and carers of children, and the staff, of the school bubble affected telling them that they need to isolate for 14 days from when they last had contact with the person affected, in line with government guidance.

I would like to reassure you that our school is very careful to make sure everyone follows government and local authority guidance for cleaning and social distancing. Please be assured that this incident is not related to any other positive cases within our school community.

Should any member of your household start to get symptoms of COVID-19 please arrange to get them tested and inform the school immediately.

The main symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • a high temperature – this means they may feel hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to take their temperature with a thermometer)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if they usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste – this means they may tell you that they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different.

To book a free COVID-19 test, visit the NHS website or phone the NHS on 119:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

You can get a test at a testing site, or by asking for a home testing kit.

Information about coronavirus (COVID-19) is available on the government website: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

The wellbeing of our children and staff is extremely important to us and we thank you once again for your continued support.

Take very good care of one another and if there is anything at all we can do to help you and your family at this time, please do not hesitate to contact us on Tel: 01482 328569 or email us at Enquiries.Pearson@hcat.org.uk.

Yours sincerely

Mrs L Clarkson

20th November 2020

 Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you are all managing well in this difficult situation. We wanted to say thank you again for your unwavering support during these incredibly difficult times. We really do appreciate your kind words.

Odd Socks

We loved seeing all your colourful, stripy, spotty and most importantly, odd socks in support of Anti-bullying Week. Thank you for helping us highlight such an important message.

Year 4 & Foundation Stage Children

We are expecting our Year 4 children back in class on Monday and our Foundation Stage children are back to school on Tuesday.  We are really looking forward to seeing you all.

Important – Please Read

Unfortunately, it has been reported to us that a number of children who should be  self-isolating have been seen outside of their homes. To help keep our community safe, I must remind you that if you are self-isolating you MUST stay in your home. If anyone in your household has any COVID symptoms, the whole household MUST stay in your home until a test result is received for the symptomatic person. NHS Test and Trace will then advise you when you are able to leave the house.

It is vital that you follow the government advice to stop the spread of the virus.

If you are self-isolating and need extra help with shopping, food, benefits and general support please visit the Hull City Council website or click on the link below:

http://www.hull.gov.uk/coronavirus/coronavirus-community-advice-and-support/coronavirus-support-and-advice

Have a wonderful weekend and we will see you again on Monday.

Take very good care,

Mrs L Clarkson

13th November 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I would like to start today’s letter by saying a huge thank you for your support with our Friday afternoon early leaving that started today. Your prompt timekeeping enabled the teachers and support staff to get some much needed time to plan lots of exciting lessons, ready for next week.

Our Collaborative Remembrance Display

I know from your wonderful positivity and feedback, you all enjoyed our beautiful remembrance display as much as we did. We couldn’t have created such a spectacular display without your teamwork and amazing creativity, thank you.

Children in Need

After a very spotty, fun day, we are busy counting all of your generous donations for Children in Need. Thank you, and as always Children in Need will be very grateful for every penny.

Important – National Restrictions – Please Read

National Restrictions are now in place until at least Wednesday 2nd December. To help stop the spread of the virus, it is vital that we, as a community, make sure that we all adhere to the government guidance, both at school and at home. We know this is a difficult time, and now more than ever, we need our family and friends around us, but to keep our loved ones safe we must follow the restrictions. These are:

  • Not meeting socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household – meaning the people you live with – or support bubble.
  • Only meeting up with one other person outside, in a public place not in a private garden.
  • You must maintain a 2-meter distance at all times from anyone not in your household or wear a face covering and maintain a 1-meter distance from anyone not in your household.

We will help to stop the spread of the virus much quicker, if we all adhere to the rules put in place by the government.

Home Learning Information

Please check your child’s book bag for a letter containing all the information you will need regarding home learning should your child need to self-isolate. Please contact us if this letter is not in your child’s bag.

I hope you all have a well-deserved, relaxing weekend and look forward to seeing you all refreshed and ready for another busy week on Monday.

Take very good care,

Mrs L Clarkson

10th November 2020

Dear parents and carers

I am writing to inform you that we have received confirmation that a member of our school community, who is not a member of your child’s bubble, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Following government and local authority guidance, the affected person and their family have now started their isolation.

We have also sent a letter to parents and carers of children, and the staff, of the school bubble affected telling them that they need to isolate for 14 days from when they last had contact with the person affected, in line with government guidance.

I would like to reassure you that our school is very careful to make sure everyone follows government and local authority guidance for cleaning and social distancing. Please be assured that this incident is not related to any other positive cases within our school community.

Should any member of your household start to get symptoms of COVID-19 please arrange to get them tested and inform the school immediately.

The main symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • a high temperature – this means they may feel hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to take their temperature with a thermometer)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if they usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste – this means they may tell you that they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different.

To book a free COVID-19 test, visit the NHS website or phone the NHS on 119:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

You can get a test at a testing site, or by asking for a home testing kit.

Information about coronavirus (COVID-19) is available on the government website: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

The wellbeing of our children and staff is extremely important to us and we thank you once again for your continued support.

Take very good care of one another and if there is anything at all we can do to help you and your family at this time, please do not hesitate to contact us on Tel: 01482 328569 or email us at Enquiries.Pearson@hcat.org.uk.

Yours sincerely

Mrs L Clarkson

9th November 2020

Dear parents and carers

I am writing to inform you that we have received confirmation that a member of our school community, who is not a member of your child’s bubble, has tested positive for COVID-19.

Following government and local authority guidance, the affected person and their family have now started their isolation.

We have also sent a letter to parents and carers of children, and the staff, of the school bubble affected telling them that they need to isolate for 14 days from when they last had contact with the person affected, in line with government guidance.

Our school is still open to all other children.

I would like to reassure you that our school is very careful to make sure everyone follows government and local authority guidance for cleaning and social distancing.

Should any member of your household start to get symptoms of COVID-19 please arrange to get them tested and inform the school immediately.

The main symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • a high temperature – this means they may feel hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to take their temperature with a thermometer)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if they usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste – this means they may tell you that they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different.

To book a free COVID-19 test, visit the NHS website or phone the NHS on 119:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

You can get a test at a testing site, or by asking for a home testing kit.

Information about coronavirus (COVID-19) is available on the government website: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

The wellbeing of our children and staff is extremely important to us and we thank you once again for your continued support.

Take very good care of one another and if there is anything at all we can do to help you and your family at this time, please do not hesitate to contact us on Tel: 01482 328569 or email us at Enquiries.Pearson@hcat.org.uk.

Yours sincerely

Mrs L Clarkson

6th November 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am very pleased to say our first week back at school has been absolutely wonderful. It has been lovely to see the children so full of enthusiasm and eager to learn. It makes us very proud to be part of the Pearson family.

I also wanted to thank you all for your continuous support and encouraging words during these difficult times.

Warm clothing in classrooms

As the days are now getting colder, please remember you must dress your child in extra layers to keep them warm in class.  To aid ventilation in the classrooms, all windows will be wide open, regardless of the weather. This means the classrooms are very likely to be cold throughout the day.  You can dress your child in any coloured warm clothing but please make sure that they have their navy blue sweatshirt or cardigan on top.

Community Support

Our local PCSO Neil Brewer will be visiting the school on Monday 9th November to discuss any local community issues you may have. PCSO Brewer will be on the playground from 2.45pm, so please make sure you pop by to say hello and have a chat with him.

Friday afternoon closing

Further to Monday’s letter regarding Friday afternoon closing, I would like to clarify that from Friday 13th November:

If your child/children currently leaves school at 3pm, your Friday afternoon pick up time will be 1pm.

If your child/children currently leaves school at 3.15pm, your Friday afternoon pick up time will be 1.15pm.

Every child will still eat their lunch at school and get their attendance mark for Friday afternoons as normal. Homework will be provided for the children to complete on the Friday afternoon.

If you have any queries regarding early closing on a Friday, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Term Activities

As promised, this term is going to be super busy and so much fun! We have many exciting activities planned, we cannot wait to share them with you! So here are a few:

11th November – Remembrance Day. Poppies will be on sale in school from Monday. Please send your child to class with their money, and the poppies will be taken around the classrooms for the children to purchase. The children have been creating their own poppies in class and we will be decorating the perimeter fence with them to make a beautiful remembrance display.

13th November – Children in Need. We will be wearing non-uniform or spots in exchange for a small donation.

17th November – Odd Sock Day. Wear your oddest socks to show our support for anti-bullying.

4th December – Christmas Craft Sale. Following enterprise week, the children will be able to buy Christmas crafts they have made to start the Festive season. The children will be sending out adverts for their products on social media in the coming weeks.

9th December – Music Assembly with Mrs Farmery.  More details to follow nearer the time. We will make this available for your viewing via social media.

15th December – School Christmas Dinner. A delicious festive treat, especially prepared by our brilliant school cooks.

16th & 17th December – Class Christmas Parties. This year, we will provide the party food for the children to enjoy and will ask for a 50p donation per child towards the cost.

17th December – Foundation Stage, Year 1 & Year 2 Christmas Productions.  Parents will still be able to watch their children starring in this year’s fabulous production via social media.

We hope you are looking forward to this term as much as we are!

Have a lovely relaxing weekend and we look forward to seeing you all again on Monday.

Take very good care,

Mrs L Clarkson

3rd November 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I wanted to welcome you all back for an exciting new term. I hope you have all had a wonderful, relaxing break and are feeling refreshed and ready to work hard and enjoy another term of learning.

Traditionally, this term is very busy with lots of seasonal, family events taking place. This year will be a little different, but will still be lots of fun! We will be trying out different ways of involving our whole Pearson family, in a safe, socially distanced way.  We will be using social media and technology much more, so please bear with us if we experience a few hiccups along the way!

Friday Afternoon Closures

I apologise that you may have read about this in the local news before we had the opportunity to inform you directly. We can confirm the information published by the Hull Daily Mail was incorrect. Honest and open communication with our Pearson family is always at the forefront of our minds and a letter was scheduled to be sent to you all today, our first day back at school.

To clarify, following the HCAT letter you received this morning, from Friday 13th November, Pearson primary school will close every Friday afternoon but will remain open, as usual, the rest of the week. We will advise you shortly of your family Friday afternoon pick up time.

Lockdown Restrictions- School Measures

From Thursday, 5th November, new National Restrictions will come in to force for the whole of the UK. School will remain open and your child should still attend unless they or someone in your household is displaying any of the three coronavirus symptoms:

  • A high temperature
  • A new continuous cough
  • A loss of sense of smell or taste

To help keep everyone safe we ask that you remember Hands, Face, Space at all times.

When on and around our school grounds, please:

  • Continue to use our one way system
  • Sanitise your hands upon entry to the site
  • Maintain a 2 meter distance (or 1 meter when wearing a face covering and taking other precautions) from anyone that does not live in your household.
  • Wear a face covering when entering the school building.

We are also mindful that the pavement area around the school can become congested at pick up and drop off points. I would ask that you continue to maintain social distancing at all times on the pavements.

We will continue to practice good hand hygiene with the children and remain in our class bubbles, all staff will wear a face covering in communal areas.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 we are increasing the ventilation in all classrooms so all windows will be open regardless of the weather. Please make sure you send your child to school in warm clothing to wear in class, we recommend additional layers such as a vest or t-shirt, along with their usual t-shirt and jumper. Unfortunately, we do not have any uniform in stock at the moment, but a plain navy blue jumper, sweatshirt or cardigan is acceptable.

Lockdown Restrictions-Government Information

The new restrictions state you must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household – meaning the people you live with – or support bubble.

support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households in that support bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit outdoor public places together. A childcare support bubble is where parents are able to form a childcare bubble with one other household for the purposes of informal childcare, where the child is 13 or under.

The new restrictions also mean you must stay at home unless you are:

  • Travelling to school or work
  • Shopping for essential items only such as food or medicine
  • For any medical reason
  • To exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public space with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household
  • Providing care for a vulnerable person or visiting your support bubble

Please follow this Government link for further detailed information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november

Free School Meal Vouchers

To help reimburse the cost of meals over half term, eligible parents are entitled to a £10 voucher for each child who is in receipt of free school meals. If you receive a text or email from a company called Wonde, please follow the link to claim your voucher.

Free school meals are a benefit awarded by the council based on household income. If you think you may be eligible and have not yet applied for Free School Meals, please click here http://www.hull.gov.uk/education-and-schools/schools/free-school-meals


As always, the Pearson team is available to help with any questions you may have or feedback you would like to give. You can contact us at admin.pearson@hcat.org.uk, call us on Tel:01482 328569 or speak to a staff member on the playground at school drop off or pick up times. They are very easy to spot in pink high visibility vests!

Thank you for your continued support, take very good care.

Mrs L Clarkson

3rd November 2020

Dear HCAT Parents/Carers

Temporary adjustments to the school week due to COVID

Our priority at HCAT over the next few weeks, is to keep schools open to allow as many pupils as possible to attend. During this difficult period, we are experiencing unprecedented numbers of staff unavailable for work. In order to maintain the highest possible quality of education and to minimise the risk to pupils and staff, from week commencing Monday 9th November HCAT primary schools will close to pupils after lunch on a Friday. We will only be closed on the Friday afternoon each week. The school will remain open the rest of the week as normal.

This will mean that the staffing can be redirected. This will ensure schools have more capacity to cover for COVID related staff absences. This is a temporary measure and will be reviewed towards the end of term. This will take effect from Friday 13th November after lunch. Your individual school will notify you of exact timings in the coming days.

I understand this may be of some inconvenience however it is an essential measure to keep schools open. We would appreciate your continued support and understanding in these difficult times.

Yours Faithfully

Estelle Macdonald

CEO HCAT

16th October 2020

Dear Parents/Carers

Before we break up on Wednesday for a well-deserved half term holiday, I wanted to thank you all again for your tremendous support over the past few weeks. The children have adapted to our new way of life easily and we are so proud of each and every one of them for their resilience and hard work. Well done!

Half Term Dates

Our last day at school will be Wednesday 21st October and we will re-open again on Tuesday 3rd November for another busy but very exciting term.

Nut Free School

Please remember we are a nut free school. This means that you must not send anything into school that may contain nuts, including Nutella and other chocolate hazelnut spreads as some of our children suffer from severe allergies.

Dinner Menu

From 3rd November our dinner menu is changing to a two-weekly menu. More details to follow and an updated menu will also be available to view on our website soon.

Teacher Contact

Over the next few weeks, your child’s teacher will be calling you to let you know how your child has settled in since our return to school in September. Please be mindful that the caller ID will likely show the call as a withheld number.

Virtual Harvest Festival

This year, our Harvest Festival will be a little different to our usual service and we will be holding a Virtual Harvest Festival so that everybody can safely take part. We have chosen to support our local community with your kind donations and will post more details about our virtual service on our social media pages very soon.

Events and Celebrations Next Term

Next term will see lots of important events that we would normally celebrate with our Pearson family and friends. We absolutely want to continue our usual traditions but need to rethink how we can safely do this. If you have any suggestions on how we can celebrate together, in a COVID safe way, please contact the school office on 01482 328569, speak to a staff member on the playground or email us at admin.pearson@hcat.org.uk.

Have a wonderful weekend and we will see you all again on Monday for a very short week before our half term holidays begin.

Take very good care,

Mrs L. Clarkson

9th October 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thinking about events that have taken place in our community, we start this week’s letter with a very heavy heart. Our thoughts go out to anyone who has been affected by any recent tragic news. If we can do anything to support you or your family at this difficult time, please let us know.

Our children, parents and staff have amazed us once again with their resilience and community spirit. We are very proud of you all and thank you for your unwavering support.

School Photographs

If you would like a copy of your child’s photo, please return the completed order form along with the correct cash or completed card details before Friday 16th October.

Half Term

Half term is nearly upon us and our children will all be ready for an extra long break after all their hard work!

Our last day will be Wednesday 21st October and we will return to school on Tuesday 3rd November.

All our term dates can be found on our website.

World Mental Health Day

Today has been a bright and colourful day, that has certainly made us smile. Thank you for showing your support for World Mental Health Day by sending your child in something green.

If you would like any further information about this campaign please follow this link: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/world-mental-health-day

For advice on looking after your mental health please follow the NHS Every Mind Matters link below:

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters

We hope you have a lovely weekend and look forward to another wonderful week of learning next week.

Take very good care,

Mrs L. Clarkson

2nd October 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

I wanted to say thank you once again for your positive feedback and comments over the past few weeks.

With your support, we have had the best possible start to the year. Your prompt timekeeping has helped us to keep the flow of parents and children in the playground to a minimum and our attendance has improved greatly.  Thank you for your sensible approach by only keeping your child away from school if absolutely necessary. Every school day is vitally important, especially after such a long time away from school-based learning.

More information regarding when to keep your child at home if they are feeling unwell can be found on our website or by using this link:

https://pearsonprimaryschool.co.uk/what-to-do-if/

Flu vaccinations

Flu vaccinations will be taking place on 14th October for children in Foundation 2 through to Year 6.

Changes have been made to make sure it’s safe for your child to have the flu vaccine at school. These changes include social distancing, hand washing and wearing protective equipment.

We have sent a link via text message for you complete an online consent form. You must complete the consent form, even if you do not want your child to have the vaccination. The form is easy to do and will only take a few minutes.

New legal duty to self-isolate

People in England are now required by law to self-isolate if they test positive or are contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

Fines are now in place for those breaching self-isolation rules, starting at £1,000. This could increase to up to £10,000 for repeat offences and the most serious breaches.

If you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace or receive a positive test result, you must stay at home. This means you are NOT able to go out to the shops, work, school or meet up with others. If this is the case and we can help in any way please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Parents Survey

We will be sending out a parents/carers survey over the next few days. We are hoping you will provide us with any feedback or suggestions that you have.

Have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing all of your happy, smiling children again on Monday.

Take very good care,

Mrs L Clarkson

25th September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are now almost half-way through this very different half term and we are so pleased with the enthusiasm and resilience our wonderful children are showing throughout the school day.   We also wanted to say thank you to all our lovely parents and families for your continued support and kind comments during these unprecedented times.

As promised, we would like to advise you of a few changes that the government have introduced over the past week.

Entering the school office/building

In line with government guidance, please can all adults:

  • entering the school office wear a face covering or mask
  • ensure that you wash your hands at the basin in the foyer before entering
  • complete a track and trace form or scan the QR code with your NHS COVID-19 App each time you enter the main school building (anywhere beyond the school office)

Social distancing and the rule of 6

To help keep our children and wider community safe, please adhere to the following rules both on and off the school grounds.

  • maintain social distancing and keep 2 meters apart
  • do not gather in groups of more than 6 people, unless you are part of the same household

What do if your child is unwell

The government has produced some new guidelines should your child feel unwell. Further details can be found be following the link sent to your phone earlier today.

You should only book a test if your child has any of these 3 coronavirus symptoms:

  • a high temperature: any new high temperature where your child feels hot to touch on their chest or back (you do not need to measure the temperature)
  • a new continuous cough: coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste: a noticeable loss of smell or taste or things smell and taste different to normal

Your child does not need a test if they have a runny nose, are sneezing or feeling unwell but do not have a temperature, cough or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste. This is because these are not normally symptoms of coronavirus.

When to self-isolate?

Self-Isolation is vital in stopping the spread of the virus and you must follow the rules if your child or anyone in your household presents with any one of the 3 symptoms listed.

Self-isolation means that you are unable to leave the house for any reason. You are not able to go to school, work, food shopping or socialise with others.

The person who has any of the 3 symptoms listed, MUST self-isolate for 10 days, the rest of the household MUST self-isolate for 14 days or until a negative test has been received.

We hope this has helped clarify a few of the changes that have recently been made.

Enjoy a well earnt rest over the weekend and we look forward to another exciting, busy week next week.

Thank you once again for your support to help keep our children, families and staff safe.

Take very good care,

Mrs L Clarkson

 

18th September 2020

Dear Parent or Carer,

We are writing to you to say thank you for your support over the past two weeks, and what fantastic weeks they have been! The support from parents and families has been crucial in getting pupils back into our classroom and we are enormously grateful. The children have been wonderful, they have adapted brilliantly to our new school routine and we are so pleased to see our classrooms filled with hard working, happy children again.

We are continuously reviewing and improving our procedures and we will keep you updated with any changes.

Pick up/Drop off times

We have recently improved our entry procedure and each child will now sanitise their hands with their class teacher before entering the building, we hope this speeds up your morning!

To help keep the flow of parents moving and the amount of people on school grounds to a minimum, if your child is confident in going to their class teacher on their own,  you can leave them at the school gate.  We have several members of staff in high visibility vests on the playground to help your child if they need it.

At school pick up, we love to see all the children excitedly chatting about their day to their adults, but unfortunately, during these different times we need to ask you to collect your child and move promptly to the exit. We thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

We will continue to have several senior staff on the playground at school pick up/drop off times and they can be identified by their pink high visibility vests.  They are there to offer guidance and support to both children and parents and answer any questions you may have.

Whilst waiting for the school gates to open and while on the playground, please maintain social distancing guidelines at all times.

Masks

From Monday, staff in school will be wearing masks in communal areas only.  We will not be wearing masks in the classrooms or in any outdoor areas.

Masks for parents and family members while on the school grounds are optional, children do not need to wear a mask.

Absence and attendance

With cold and flu season upon us, we want to offer some guidance about your child’s attendance at school should they fall ill.

As per the government and NHS guidelines, the whole household must self-isolate and book a test for the symptomatic person if they are displaying the following:

  • a high temperature– this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough– this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste– this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If your child is ill with symptoms different to COVID-19, other than vomiting and diarrhoea we are happy for them to attend school. The simplest way to decide if your child should come to school is to ask yourself the following question:

Pre COVID -19 would you have sent your child to school with their current symptoms?

If the answer is yes, then please send your child to school.

The children have missed out on so much over the past 6 months and it is important that they are given the opportunity to catch up on all aspects of school including, learning and spending time with their friends.

Home Working

As you can imagine, we are busy planning for every eventuality and have already sent a pack home with every child containing 2 blank exercise books and a pencil for your child to complete their work, should you find your family self-isolating. In the case of self-isolation, schoolwork for the first few days will be sent home with your child or delivered to your home address. A teacher will then call you to check on the family’s well-being and to explain how to access home learning for your child.

We value your ideas and suggestions and if there is anything else we can support you with, or if you have any questions about what we are doing in school to keep our children safe, please contact us.

Take very good care

Mrs Clarkson

31st August 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am delighted to confirm that all children in Years 1-6 can return to school on Monday 7th September.

Children in Nursery and reception will receive a separate letter explaining their return to school and you will receive this in the next couple of days.

Many things at school have changed so that we can keep everyone safe; I hope that this letter explains clearly, the information that you need in order for the children to return.

Attendance

In line with government advice we will be expecting all pupils to return to school on Monday 7th September, except for reception and nursery pupils, who will follow a phased transition. The school will follow up non-attendance using our usual policy. We appreciate that some of you may still be apprehensive; if this is the case, please do get in touch and we can discuss any concerns you have.

Enquiries.Pearson@hcat.org.uk

Picking up and dropping off children

At start and end times of the day, one adult is permitted to come on to the playground with the children. There will be a one-way system in operation, adults need to come on site via the gate with the buzzer and leave the site via the Pearson Tree gate. There will be markings on the playground to follow. Children will meet in year groups by their classroom entrance point. Although it may not be possible to speak with your child’s teacher, there will be a number of senior staff on the playground, wearing high visibility jackets, to support with any queries or to pass on messages to your child’s classroom.

It is important that you keep moving and leave the site promptly. We would ask that children in Years 4, 5 and 6 are dropped off at the gate and make their way to their classroom entrance point independently, where possible. The Year 4, 5 and 6 pupils can be responsible for taking their younger siblings to their classroom entrance point if you would prefer. All the siblings in the family will have the same start and end of day times for your convenience. You have already received this information.

Class bubbles

Children will be in bubbles with their class and will have playtimes and lunchtimes in these bubbles. Staff can move between bubbles throughout the day and will keep a distance from the children where possible. Children in KS2 classrooms will be sat facing the front of the classroom, where possible.

Lunchtime

Children will have staggered lunchtimes during the middle of the day. EYFS will eat in the small hall and play in the Undercover area. All other classes will eat in the lunch hall in zoned areas and play on the playground in zoned areas. Years 1 and 2 will have lunch at the same time, Years 3 and 4 will have lunch at the same time and Years 5 and 6 will have lunch at the same time. The class bubbles will remain separate throughout and the dining hall will be cleaned between each group. Each class will have their own outdoor equipment to use.

We are able to offer a hot and cold meal choice each day (our revised menu is available on the website). At lunchtime, the children’s meal will be brought to the dining table for them by a member of staff. As the children are no longer able to make a meal choice at lunchtime, they will need to let their class teacher know what meal they would like each day, in the morning. We will have pictures to support them. It would be really helpful if you could discuss the meal options for that day with your child, so they are confident with their choice when asked by the teacher.

You can send a packed lunch in with your child if you prefer, these will need to be taken into the classroom with your child when they arrive at school.

School meals continue to cost £1.50 and we ask that you pay for the full week on a Monday morning. A member of staff will be available to collect money on the playground.

Book bags

We expect that children bring their book bag to school with them every day as usual.

PE

PE will be outdoors wherever possible, even if the weather is a little inclement, so please ensure that your child has warm clothes to wear. Years 2 to 6 must wear their PE kit to school on the day that they have a PE lesson during this interim period. EYFS and Year 1 pupils are to bring their kit in a bag. PE will always be the last lesson of their day.

Breakfast Club

We will be running a breakfast club for children of working parents who require the provision. Children will sit at tables in their year groups and so places are limited. Please contact the office if you require a place.

Year 6

We are pleased to be able to offer children in Year 6 an extended day. We look forward to welcoming them at 8:15 each day. Breakfast will be made available for them and they will be based in the Year 6 classroom.

After School Clubs

There will be no after school clubs at the beginning of the Autumn Term. We will review this decision at half term.

School Uniform

Children need to wear their school uniform when they return to school.

We will be selling school uniform on Wednesday 2nd September from the school office between 9:00 – 2:00. Uniform will not be available to purchase on the children’s first day back at school. School jumpers do not have to have the school logo on, so you may be able to purchase everything you need from local retailers. On Wednesday you will also be able to collect any items that were left in school during the school’s partial closure.

Hygiene

Children will be instructed to wash their hands or apply hand sanitiser at regular intervals during the day, including on arrival and departure, before and after eating, playtimes or PE. All of our classrooms have sinks, soap, antibacterial cleaning products and hand sanitiser to use throughout the day. We will be promoting good respiratory hygiene using the ‘Catch it, kill it, bin in’ message.

Cleaning

A cleaner will be on site all day to ensure that high touch points and toilets are cleaned regularly throughout the day. Usual cleaning routines will continue to take place in the evening.

COVID-19

If a child, or a member of your family displays symptoms of COVID 19 please keep them off school and let us know immediately. If a case is confirmed in a year group, that year group bubble will be closed following guidance from Public Health England. During this time, children will be provided with work to complete at home. If a child becomes ill at school, they will be isolated in a medical room and supervised by a member of staff until they can be collected by yourself.

We have compiled a comprehensive risk assessment for reopening that is available through our school website; paper copies are available on request.

I appreciate that this is a long letter and that it is overwhelmingly a repetition of information that you were provided with at the end of last term, but I wanted to make sure that you had all the information that you need, so that we can have a smooth return back to school on Monday 7th September.

We simply cannot wait to have a school full of children again!

Look forward to seeing you all soon.

Mrs Clarkson

Headteacher

 13th July 2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

We are now at the end of a very challenging school year and I would like to thank you all for your overwhelming support, patience and kindness over the past few months. We want each and every one of you to enjoy your summer holidays and have put together a ‘family fun bag’ to help get you started!

Along with a selection of small toys and gifts for you to enjoy as a family, you will also find the following for each child in your bag:

  • A reading challenge sheet and reading record
  • A summer activity sheet
  • A letter from your child’s new teacher
  • A postcard from the school
  • Some additional information about Summer Safety and Healthy Physical Activity

We hope you all create many happy memories, filled with laughter and happiness over the summer break and we would love to see photos of how you use your bag to create a fun family game. Please feel free to tweet or post your photos on the Pearson Twitter or Facebook page for us all to see.

The contents of these bags have been funded by a very kind donation from the Caselton family and we know you will all join us in thanking them for their generosity. Mr Caselton was a much loved and very respected Governor here at Pearson for many years. At the request of the family, the money donated to us will be used to buy rewards and trophies to help celebrate the achievements of our Pearson family. These bags have been provided by this fund.

As I am sure you are aware, we are expecting all year groups to return in September, and I can assure you the safety of our children and staff is paramount.  Children have now missed a significant amount of school and although many have been working hard at home, we now need to get them back in the classroom, learning and having fun with their friends and teachers. We know the transition back to school may be difficult for some children but with your support, we will soon have the children back in the routine of school.

Opening

The planned training days for staff have now been postponed in order to facilitate an earlier start to the school year. As a result, the autumn term start date will now be Monday 7th September.

At start and end times of the day, one adult is permitted to collect the children. There will be a one-way system in operation, adults need to come on site via the gate with buzzer and leave the site via the Pearson Tree gate. There will be markings on the playground to support this.

We will not be offering a typical breakfast club or any after school clubs, however if you are a key worker and need support with childcare please contact us to discuss it further.

There will be an extended school day for year 6 children only. Their start time will be 8.15am and they will finish at 3.15pm. If you are a parent of a year 6 pupil and need support with sibling start times, please contact us.

The school has compiled a comprehensive risk assessment for reopening that is available through our school website. Paper copies are available on request.

We will continue with our increased handwashing routines and rigorous cleaning of all areas of school.

All schools within the trust will follow the same protocol should a suspected or confirmed case of Covid becomes apparent. These procedures will be followed by all schools within the trust and has been compiled following advice from the relevant health services, local authority and government guidance.

Whilst we continue to value our partnership with parents, under the current circumstances’ parents will only be allowed into school on an appointment basis in order to safeguard the community. Contact with school may continue through email and telephone.

Attendance

In line with government advice, we will be expecting all pupils to return to school on Monday 7th September, except for some Foundation Stage pupils who will have a staggered start. The school will follow up nonattendance following our usual policy.

The Curriculum

All schools within the academy trust have been supported with a series of “catch up” programmes designed by a team of Specialist Leaders of Education. These programmes will ensure that all pupils will have the opportunity to address any gaps in learning that may have been missed during the lockdown. Schools will be using these early in the Autumn term combined with the broad range of the national curriculum content linked to their year group.

The school will be suspending large gatherings in the hall such as assemblies and concerts for the foreseeable future.

PE lessons will focus on “non-contact” activities and be delivered outside, where possible.

The academy trust is currently developing an online learning platform which can be utilised should the school need to temporarily close the school for any year groups for short periods of time.

Uniform

All children will be required to wear their school uniform, except on their PE day, when they can come to school in their PE kit and wear it all day.

Dinner money

Minimum of weekly or monthly payments please.

Lunches

There will be a hot meal and a cold meal option each day. A menu will be sent out when this becomes available.

You can send a packed lunch in with your child if you prefer, these will need to be taken into the classroom with the child when the child arrives at school.

Reading

We expect children to bring their book bags to school every day. Returned reading books will be left 48 hours before becoming available for another child to use.

Finally, enjoy the summer holidays and we will see you all on Monday 7th September. We cannot wait to see our school full of happy, smiling faces again!  Remember to have lots of fun and stay safe.

Take very good care of one another.

Mrs Clarkson

Head teacher

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