Year 2 day in school

When:
July 20, 2020 all-day
2020-07-20T00:00:00+01:00
2020-07-21T00:00:00+01:00

Dear Year 2 Parents

We would like to give you the opportunity for your child(ren) to visit our school as a ‘come and meet us’ transition experience – we cannot wait to meet them!  Normally myself and other school staff would have visited your child(ren) in their school setting a number of times by now and they (and yourselves) would have visited us already in our normal transition model. In addition, Luna and I have really enjoyed reading your letters and seeing your pictures you have sent in – thank you.

We understand your child(ren) would have had some time in their school the previous week so this would work nicely in terms of rounding off this unusual year with some ‘closure’ and excitement for September.  This will also allow them the chance to touch base with their new class teachers, staff and friends; to see how the school is setup; do a few transition activities that will be used in September and generally have a lovely, fun day in school!

We have achieved this by shortening the term for the Year 6s by a week, allowing us the capacity to have in more year groups for a day.  We have moved the INSET day from Friday 26th June 2020 to the last day of term – Wednesday 22nd July 2020 – therefore the 21st is our last day of term.

For your information to see how the other year groups have also been invited back, the following days have been allocated for each year group (please note we are following Local Authority advice as Key Worker children need to switch between groups temporarily – hence the two day window between the different groups):

Thursday 16th July: Current Year 5s (Please note Key Worker children in this year group cannot be part of the Key worker group after Monday 13th July 2020 and can then return on Monday 20th for the last two days.)

Friday 17th July: Current Year 3s  (Please note Key Worker children in this year group cannot be part of the Key worker group after Tuesday 14th July 2020 and can then return on Monday 20th for the last two days.)

Monday 20th July: Current Year 2s

Tuesday 21st July: Current Year 4s (Please note Key Worker children in this year group cannot be part of the Key worker group on Monday 20th.)

Itinerary

Children will spend the day with their teacher/s for September (you and your child will find out their class details next week – Monday for new Year 3s and Tuesday for the rest of the school).  The intention is for catch up, fun, transition activities and meeting new classmates, staff and Luna!  As each class will only have a maximum of 15 children from each year group, these plans will still follow current Government guidance.

The school day will be from 9 – 3:30 with a break at 10:15 and lunch for an hour at 12pm.

We will continue to follow the ‘fixed groups’ (bubble) system which we have been running for the Year 6 and key worker children. Your child’s fixed group for the day will be their new class for September.

 

 

Useful information for you to have to hand…

  • Children are to be dropped off at the school gate, or walked up – you may cycle too. Buses will not run on these days other than for key worker children.
  • Staff will be positioned at several locations to help children up to school in a socially distanced way.
  • Children walking to school via the carpark adjacent to the fire station will guided by staff ‘stationed’ in set positions. The map for this, the village square and school is on our website in the FAQs for parents

http://droxfordjunior.co.uk/year-2-3-transition-page/

 

  • If parents are walking up please limit this to one if at all possible. As a reminder parents are not permitted on the school site (until pick up at 3:30 – no earlier than 3:15) – for obvious reasons, unless they have an urgent appointment.  Please avoid driving up to school.
  • Children should enter the school site via the side gate and go straight to their new classrooms. Staff members will be on duty to point them in the correct direction.
  • We have arranged for the cleaners to do a ‘deeper clean’ of the site for the period specified above.
  • Your child needs to have a packed lunch with them (no nuts of course!). They will also need to bring an extra snack for morning break and water bottle in to school for the day. Also, please bring a hat and ensure your child is wearing suncream. If your child has any urgent medication this will need to be with them for the day.  Please e-mail the school office and the class teacher will ensure it is stored and returned safely.
  • Please do not bring any other items to school.
  • Your child doesn’t need to wear school uniform.
  • Trainers can be worn if school shoes aren’t fitting anymore.
  • Children will eat their packed lunches in their new class groups on the school field (weather permitting). Picnic benches and seating is provided to keep it sociable and relaxing.
  • Toilet use will be rotated across the groups so that groups aren’t mixing.
  • Each class group will have its own Den Building, PE and play equipment to use in their allocated zone on the field to limit any risks.
  • At the end of the day the children can be collected from the school field at the back of the school. We will let you through the side gate and then organise you in to appropriately distanced groups.  This will probably seem a bit odd but we are all used to it now and it is about keeping everyone safe.  No one is permitted to enter the school building.  If you do not wish to do this then we will deliver your child to the front gate. No parents will be admitted on the school field before 3:15.  If it is raining bring a brollie!

 

Please ensure the same diligence and social distancing applies on your return journey.  All details will be shared with the Parish Council out of courtesy and information sharing.

 

We are looking forward to welcoming your child for the day but please note, this is not compulsory and entirely parental choice.

So we can gauge numbers, please can you reply to this email stating your child(ren)’s name(s), current year school and if they will or will not be attending the day.

We are all really excited about seeing your child(ren) in school.

Best wishes

Matthew Dampier

Headteacher