September 2021 Arrangements FAQs

September Arrangements 2021

Information for Parents (FAQs)

We are all looking forward to returning to more ‘normality’ in September as the world is opening up. We are sure that you are too. From a school perspective, we are hoping to re-introduce more of our ‘usual’ events, experiences and ways of working throughout the year, but will still continue to exercise caution around some elements of school life. Please see below, the answers to some of the key questions you may have. If you have any additional queries, please contact the school office for further information or speak to a member of the senior leadership team at the gates.      Thank you for your support,     Mrs Rolfs and Mrs Baker-Heath  

 

Are you continuing with staggered starts and end times?  -  Yes

Due to uncertainty around the Covid situation, we are going to continue with the start and finish times as we have had this year, and the separate entry and exit gates.  Children will be collected from the gates by the class adults and taken to their classes.  At the end of the day children will be brought back to the gate to be collected.  Children that are in year 5 or 6 can walk home alone, you must give consent for this to happen by completing a form, available from the school office.  

Year Group/ Class

Start of day time

End of day time

Gate

Nursery

9.00am

3/3.30pm

Main gate- Alvaston Park access road

Reception

8.45am

3.15pm

Main gate- Alvaston Park access road

Year 1

9.00am

3.30pm

Canal gate

Year 2

8.45am

3.15pm

Canal gate

Year 3

8.45am

3.15pm

Top gate- London Road

Year 4

8.55-9.00am

3.30pm

Top gate- London Road

Year 5

8.55-9.00am

3.30pm

Main gate- Alvaston Park access road

6A– Miss Morris

8.50am

3.20pm

Canal gate

6B- Miss Shanker

8.50am

3.20pm

Main gate- Alvaston Park access road

6C- Miss Waites

8.50am

3.20pm

Top gate- London Road

What will happen at playtimes? 

Classes will still have their own areas to play in within the year group zone.  The adults that know the children well and work with them in class will supervise them. 

The playtime will still be at staggered times:

KS1 (Year 1 & 2)  10.25-10.40am    KS2  (Year 3, 4, 5 & 6) 10.50-11.05am 

EYFS (Nursery and Reception) have time throughout the day outside as part of their continuous provision.

What will happen at lunchtimes?

For Year’s 1-6 we will go back to using the halls to eat at lunchtime.  A year group at a time will use a hall, this will reduce the amount of children in the space and enable the most familiar adults to stay with the year group.  They will play outside, as they do at playtimes, in their allocated areas.

Nursery will eat in the studio and Reception classes will continue to eat in their classrooms as they have done this year– this was found to be really successful in supporting the children when they first start school.  The EYFS children will use their outdoor area to play after eating.

Children can bring a packed lunch or have a hot school dinner.  School lunches are available at a cost of £2.20 per day, payment should be made via ParentPay and paid for in advance please.  The school menu for September will be sent out before the first week back, via Dojo and added to our school website.  More details about our school dinners can also be found here:  http://www.lakeside.theharmonytrust.org/page/school-meals/54681

 

Does my child need to come to school in PE kit on PE days?   YES

We have decided to continue with children coming to school in PE kits, as it saves valuable learning time, which is a positive to come out of the pandemic! We are expecting a high standard of uniform, including PE kit next year, we understand that this year things have been more difficult and children have been allowed to come in school in a range of sportswear.

PE kit is plain black shorts, leggings or tracksuit bottoms, plain white t-shirt and trainers/pumps. Your child must wear their normal school jumper on PE days, other sweat shirts and hooded tops are not to be worn at any time.

Full school uniform is required on non PE days with sensible black school shoes. No jewellery is to be worn except for small stud earrings and a watch. These must be removed by the child for PE and are brought to school at the parent’s own risk.

 

We are hoping to have a small stock of PE kit in school for parents to purchase in an emergency—white t-shirt £1 black shorts £2.  Many of the supermarkets and shops have a large selection over the summer holidays of school uniform and PE kits at reasonable prices  (and often have money off offers too)  so please take the opportunity to be prepared, so all children are in the correct uniform and PE kit for September.  Lakeside logo products are purchased from https://just-schoolwear.co.uk/product-category/lakeside-primary-academy/

 

Children are rewarded with Dojos for correct uniform (including PE) and being smart— Dojo points are exchanged for prices at the end of each half term.

 

What does my child need to bring to school?

Water bottle (with the child’s name on please), coat (weather dependent!), bag, reading book and packed lunch if required. A healthy fruit snack is also permitted for break time in Year 3, 4 and 5. Fruit for a morning snack is provided for children in Nursery to Year 2 free of charge. 

We are going to continue to provide a breakfast snack in classes each morning, on arrival.  This is no longer fully funded, as a school we feel it is really important to keep offering this provision, so have decided to pay for it to continue.  The provision is only a breakfast snack, and we advise that children still have a full breakfast before coming to school each day.

Will there be school assemblies?

We will be continuing to try our best to minimise the risk of transmission in school. We WILL be holding assemblies, but this will continue to be virtually via Teams to each classroom for the first half term.  Following that we may be able to start face to face assemblies, Covid dependant!  

 

Will my child be able to go on school trips?

Hopefully yes! The teachers are already looking ahead and mapping out trips and events linked to the curriculum to enhance our curriculum offer.  More details will come out to you in the first half term.

Year 5 children will start Swimming lessons in September (WC 13.9.21 until February half term) - this will be on a Monday and they will go in class groups. Year 6 will complete their missed Y5 swimming lessons from February to July. More details to follow in the first week back.  

 

Will parents be asked to wear face masks?

At the moment, in line with Government guidance, we will not be requesting that parents wear face coverings.  Staff and parents may choose to wear face coverings if they wish. If government guidance changes, we will of course be in touch. Children will still be asked to wash hands on entry to school, before lunchtime, at the end of the school day and after using the toilet.

 

Will there be extra-curricular after school clubs?   YES

We are in the process of planning our offer for the Autumn term and will get information out in the first week back.  We really look forward to being able to offer more extra-curricular activities.

 

Will Wrap around childcare (Breakfast Club and Afterschool Club) still be available?   YES

Wrap around care will continue to be available.  

Breakfast Club is open from 7.30am and costs £3 per session.

Afterschool club is open until 6pm and costs £6 per session.

All sessions need to be booked and paid for in advance, via ParentPay.  Please contact the school office if you need any support with this.  Currently we have spaces in all sessions, but we ask you in book early as we do have a limit to the number of children we can cater for.

 

 

SCHOOL OPENS TO CHILDREN ON MONDAY 6TH SEPTEMBER.

We look forward to seeing you then!

 

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