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Church Lane, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN5 7EZ

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Barnburgh Primary School

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ADULTS & CARERS

July 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers

How have we come to the last few days of this academic year?

I don’t need to tell you how strange it has all been but, hopefully, we are starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel. Lockdown restrictions are starting to get lifted: shops are opening; you can get a drink in a pub; families can enjoy a meal in a restaurant; grandparents can hug their grandchildren and, at last, we can all get our hair cut!

I want to say a huge thank you to you all for supporting your children and the school during this lockdown period. Your patience, understanding, kind gestures and words of encouragement have meant such a lot.

I feel very proud to reflect on what our school has achieved during this period and I know it has been appreciated by the community we serve. It will come as no surprise when I tell you that the staff are very tired now. We have worked tirelessly from March 20th and we are now looking forward to having a few weeks to recharge our batteries and re-introduce ourselves to our own families!

As we are about to begin the six week summer holiday, I feel I must let you know that our school will be completely closed for the first four weeks of the holiday. This will include all staff coming off their emails, phones and school app messages.

From Monday 17th August, we will begin communicating with you once again to help you prepare for the return to school on THURSDAY 3RD SEPTEMBER.

Before we close down for the summer break, I thought you might appreciate me sharing some of our initial plans for the children’s return to school in September. Please be aware that our recovery plan is in its early stage due to guidance from the government only being released on July 2nd. The points below are subject to change and will be finely tuned during the summer break. However, the following points are highly unlikely to change before September:

  • ALL CHILDREN WILL BE ABLE TO RETURN TO SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER! 
  • BUBBLES: We will have four ‘bubbles’ in school made up of each phase:
    • Early Years (nursery & reception) bubble
    • KS1 (year 1 & year 2) bubble
    • Lower KS2 (year 3 & year 4) bubble
    • Upper KS2 (year 5 & year 6) bubble
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING: Children will not be expected to socially distance within their bubbles. This is in line with the guidance released from the government.
  • SCHOOL UNIFORM: All children will be asked to return to school in uniform in line with our policy as set out on the school website.
  • INDOOR SHOES: All children will be asked to bring a pair of plain black pumps or trainers (clearly labelled) to school to wear inside the building. This reduces the amount of dirt being brought in from outside which, in turn makes cleaning the school easier for Mr Johnson and his team. Keeping our school clean will remain a top priority in September.
  • PE DAYS: On the days that children have PE we will allow them to come to school wearing their school PE kit (as stated in our uniform policy). This will be for the Autumn term and will be reviewed at Christmas.
  • PERSONAL ITEMS: Children will be encouraged to bring minimal items into school. We will ask them to bring a labelled water bottle into school on the first day back. We request that this is left in school for us to clean and refill at the start of each day.
  • LUNCHTIME ARRANGEMENTS: We look forward to welcoming our catering team back in September. Lunchtimes will have to be staggered and will look a little different to the canteen system that we were using to serve meals before lockdown. We will be in a position to offer school meals from September but the choice will be greatly reduced to one hot option or sandwiches. This menu will remain the same for the whole of the Autumn Term. At the end of August, you will be sent a link to an order form to select your child’s menu choice. We encourage this to remain your child’s choice for the full Autumn Term. More information will follow in August regarding this.
  • ACCESS INTO SCHOOL: Sadly, we do not anticipate being in a position to be able to welcome parents into the school building in September. We have put safety precautions in place in our main reception for any parents needing to come to main reception. However, we ask that parents and carers remain respectful of social distancing and only come in to reception if it is absolutely necessary. The school office telephone number is 01709 893125.
  • WHOLE SCHOOL EVENTS: There will be no whole school events for the Autumn term. This will mean there will be no whole school assemblies or express events. We are in the early stages of exploring ways we can celebrate these events AND include parents and carers by revisiting the virtual world that we have relied on so much over the past few weeks. Watch this space!
  • KEY STAGE 2 CLASSROOM CHANGES: in order to ease congestion outside the current year 3 and year 5 classroom, we have made the decision to move year 6 into our current year 3 classroom. Year 5 will remain the same classroom. Our current year 6 classroom will be the new home to our year 4 cohort and year 3 will be learning in the classroom that has been occupied by year 4 this year. I hope this makes sense. More information will be provided on transition pages to support this.
  • START AND FINISH TIMES: At this stage we do not anticipate needing staggered start or finish times. Staggered starts and finishes create problems for parents and carers of children in different year groups. We are confident that, by opening all gates (including the field gate), we will reduce any congestion and we know that all adults will be respectful of people’s space. We hope that parents of older children will feel happy to say goodbye to their children at the school gates.
    • A special note for parents and carers of children who are going into year 1: we understand that the transition between reception and year 1 is more challenging. Therefore, we are considering a later start for children going into year 1 on Thursday 3rd September and Friday 4th September only. This will allow parents and carers the opportunity to bring their children onto the playground and hear how Miss Taylor welcomes them and explains what they need to do each morning without the worry of overcrowding from other adults and children from other year groups. More details will follow nearer the time.
    • WRAP AROUND CHILDCARE: School will cease offering wrap around childcare at 4pm on Thursday 16th Our school will be closed for all children on Friday 17th July due to a pre-arranged training day. When school re-opens on Thursday 3rd September wrap around childcare can be arranged with Sharon Taylor who runs Barneys on 07554 856423. We are working closely with Sharon to ensure that Barney’s can offer wraparound care within the constraints of the school bubbles (see above). More information will follow regarding this nearer the time of opening
  • FOOD VOUCHERS: I know the food voucher scheme has been welcomed by all families in receipt of them. You will have seen in the media that the vouchers were due to end on Friday 17th However, the government has agreed to extend this across the six week holiday for all children in receipt of free school meals. Free school meal vouchers go to children of any age where they are members of eligible families who are in receipt of certain government benefits.

 

Many of you have been receiving food vouchers because you have a child in reception, year 1 or year 2. These are known as universal free school meals. The government has not been supporting these food vouchers throughout lockdown but Doncaster Local Authority has! I am delighted to tell you that Doncaster Local Authority has agreed to support the continuation of these vouchers throughout the summer period also.  Therefore, eligible families for either free school meals or universal free school meals should expect to receive a food voucher on Friday 17th July to support your food shop for the first three weeks of the holiday. You should then receive a second food voucher on Friday 7th August to support you for the final three weeks of the school holiday. Please be aware that food vouchers will then stop. When children return to school in September we will be in a position to provide school meals (this could be a limited service – more information will follow nearer the time).

 

FINALLY…

We appreciate that some families may feel anxious about their children returning to school in September. We have worked hard to give you as much information as we can to prepare you and your children for September. If you haven’t seen our transition pages on the school website, can I please direct you to the CLASSES tab where you will find a page called TRANSITION 2020 TO 2021. These pages are currently work-in-progress. Staff are working hard to update them with videos, photographs, topic summaries etc to help alleviate any anxieties your children might have. Please feel free to contact me anytime between now and Friday 17th July or from Monday August 17th onwards if you wish to discuss any worries you have. My email address is head@barnburghprimary.com.

I promise that we will continue to work very hard to ensure we support every individual family on your return to some sort of normality.

I want to say one final, and quite emotional, ‘THANK YOU’ to you all.

What a year it has been!

Enjoy the summer break and we will look forward to seeing you all again in September.

Kind regards

Jo Potts

 

TRANSITION INFORMATION FOR SEPTEMBER 2020

Here is a list of the adults that will be teaching and supporting in each class next year. Click on each of the year groups on the left hand side to be taken to a special transition page, especially for your new class. 

CLASSES 2020-2021 
TEACHER  MONDAY
SUPPORT
TUESDAY 
SUPPORT
WEDNESDAY 
SUPPORT
THURSDAY 
SUPPORT
FRIDAY
SUPPORT

NURSERY

 

Mrs Ocock
(Acting SENDCO)

Miss Allison
(Trainee Teacher)

Mrs Norman

 

Mrs Norman

 

Mrs Norman

 

Mrs Norman

 

Mrs Norman

 


RECEPTION

 

Mrs St. Clair
(Early Years Leader) 

Mrs Millington  Mrs Millington Mrs Millington Mrs Millington Mrs Millington 


YEAR 1 

Miss Taylor
(Phonics Leader) 


Miss Johnson 

 

 


Miss Johnson 
Mrs Vockins (Phonics intervention)

Mrs Peace  Mrs Peace  Mrs Peace 

YEAR 2

 

Mr Taylor
(KS1 Leader and Maths Leader)

Miss Machin

Miss Machin

Miss Machin

Miss Machin

Miss Machin

YEAR 3 

Mr Fudge 

 

Ms Kilby

 

Ms Kilby

 

Ms Kilby

 

Ms Kilby

Ms Kilby

YEAR 4

Mrs Kay
(PE Leader and Reading Leader)

Mrs Langley

Mrs Langley

Mrs Langley

Mrs Langley

Mrs Langley


YEAR 5

Miss Appleyard 
(Curriculum Leader)


Mrs Parkinson


Mrs Parkinson


Mrs Vockins


Mrs Vockins 


Mrs Vockins

YEAR 6

 

Miss Watson 
(Acting Deputy Head and Writing Leader)

Mrs Dimanna 

Mrs Dimanna

Mrs Dimanna

Mrs Dimanna

Mrs Dimanna 

 INCLUSION 

 

LEADERS

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SHINE PROVISION INCLUSION

 


Mrs Jones 
(Inclusion Leader)

Mrs Ocock
(Acting SENDCO)

Mrs Herczeg
Mrs Wilkinson

 


Mrs Herczeg 

 

 


Mrs Herczeg
Mrs Wilkinson


Mrs Herczeg


Mrs Herczeg


 MIDDAY SUPERVISION 

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY
MIDDAY SUPERVISORS

 

Mrs Ellwell
Mrs Johnson
Mrs Kropniewski
Mrs Northam

Mrs Ellwell
Mrs Johnson
Mrs Kropniewski
Mrs Northam

Mrs Ellwell
Mrs Johnson
Mrs Kropniewski
Mrs Northam

 Mrs Ellwell
Mrs Johnson
Mrs Kropniewski
Mrs Northam

Mrs Ellwell
Mrs Johnson
Mrs Kropniewski
Mrs Northam

ADMIN TEAM 

MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY

ADMIN


Mrs Middleton (Business Manager)

Mrs Nowell
(Admin Assistant and Attendance Officer)

Mrs Middleton
Mrs Nowell

 

Mrs Nowell
Mrs Wilkinson

 

Mrs Middleton
Mrs Nowell

 

Mrs Nowell
Mrs Wilkinson

 

Mrs Middleton
Mrs Nowell

 

SITE SUPERVISOR 

Mr Johnson                                          

MATERNITY LEAVE 

Miss Clough                                          
Miss Yates (Deputy Head and SENDCO)                                       

 

BOOKING FORMS FOR OUTDOOR LEARNING

Wednesday 15th July

Please click on the year group link below

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

LETTER FOR PARENTS & CARERS OF CHILDREN IN YEARS 2, 3, 4 AND 5

 

Dear Parents and Carers of children in YEAR 2, YEAR 3, YEAR 4 & YEAR 5,

It has been wonderful to welcome children back into school this week but it is tinged with sadness because we are still missing children from four of our year groups.

It seems that the government has resigned itself to accepting this situation until September.

We have therefore been trying to find ways that we can bring the children together to offer a change of scenery and some face-to-face social interaction with their friends and teachers.

There is less demand on our outdoor learning space on Wednesdays. Therefore, we would like to invite children from years 2, 3, 4 and 5 into school for one hour every Wednesday to enjoy some outdoor learning activities.

Unfortunately, we cannot invite the children inside the building at the moment so this offer is weather dependent.

Children will need to come to school in comfortable outdoor learning clothes and trainers with a bottle of water.

The children will be met at the school gate and directed onto the playground – parents will be asked to say goodbye to their children at the gate rather then coming onto the site.

The sessions are as follows:

09:00 to 10:00 – YEAR 2

10:30 to 11:30 – YEAR 3

13:00 to 14:00 – YEAR 4

14:30 to 15:30 – YEAR 5

 

If your child would like to join us for their session, please complete the booking form below. Please be aware that, if your child is in childcare on Wednesdays, they will not be able to attend these outdoor learning sessions.

We anticipate the first session to be next Wednesday 24th June.

We will confirm details with you early next week. If the sessions have to be cancelled due to the weather, we will notify you via the app.

Kind regards

Jo Potts

 

PLEASE CLICK ON THE  RELEVANT YEAR GROUP BELOW TO BOOK YOUR CHILD IN FOR THE SESSIONS DESCRIBED ABOVE:

YEAR 2

YEAR 3

YEAR 4

YEAR 5

Monday 8th June

UPDATES ON THE REOPENING OF SCHOOL TO NURSERY, RECEPTION, YEAR 1 & YEAR 6

Dear Parents & Carers,

Firstly, can I take this opportunity to thank those of you who sent me further questions based on the action plan. I have included all updates in the second edition and, where changes have been made, you will see them recorded in red. 

Our plan today was to announce that Doncaster’s Director of Public Health, Dr Rupert Suckling, had given all Doncaster schools his support to reopen. 

Unfortunately, he is not making his announcement until Thursday 11th June

There is a general ‘feel’ in the local authority that he will assess Doncaster as being ready to reopen its schools on Thursday. 

Following a meeting today with staff and governors, we feel confident that we can be ready to reopen to nursery, reception, year 1 and year 6 on Monday 15th June. This is subject to Dr Rupert Suckling’s approval on Thursday. 

Please know, this does not mean your child has to return on Monday 15th. You may take the decision to wait for the announcement on Thursday and then give yourself another week to prepare coming back. The choice of IF and WHEN you decide to return will be completely your choice. We will work with you.

You will understand that, in order to agree an opening date of 15th June (subject to approval on 11th June), we need to start putting policy into practice from today. 

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? 

  • Below this letter you will find links to a booking form for each year group returning to school. You must use these booking forms to indicate if your child will or will not be returning to school. The booking forms will enable you to select the days you wish your child to attend school. We ask that you complete these even if you have no intention of sending your child back to school to be sure that all parents have received this communication.
  • The booking forms for childcare will be sent out in the usual way. 
  • If you require some days of childcare and some days of school you must complete both booking forms. 
  • The class teachers have posted a little video on their class pages on our website to help prepare the children for their return to school. You will also find these below this letter. When you make the decision to send your child back to school, you may want to watch one of these videos to help ease any anxieties.
  • Throughout the week we will post information on our website app to remind you about all the information you have read in the action plan such as start and finish times, lunch arrangements etc. 
  • We have stated in our action plan that we will form the bubbles based on friendships. The booking forms close on Wednesday at 5pm. Therefore, teachers will be in a position to let children know which bubble they will be in on Thursday morning. 

Please remember, if you choose not to send your children back to school, we will fully respect your decision. Attendance is not being monitored at this time. It might be that you don’t feel ready to send your children back at the moment. Booking forms will be posted onto the website weekly. This will give you the opportunity to book your child in to school when you feel confident to do so. This booking system also provides you with some flexibility in these initial stages. You know your children best. You may feel they will only cope with one or two days at school to start with. All we ask is that you inform us on the booking form so we can ensure we are fully prepared for numbers returning on a daily basis. 

ALL children who continue to learn from home will receive contact and help from the staff at our school. 

Please be aware that, if Dr Rupert Suckling does not give Doncaster schools his support to reopen on Thursday 11th June, then we will not be opening on Monday 15th June and we will inform you of our next steps in response to his announcement on Friday 12th June.

The actions we are taking today are a preliminary measure to ensure we can be ready to open on the 15th June should we get approval from the local authority. Therefore, please do not make any promises to your children that they will be returning to school on Monday 15th June until we have had it confirmed on 11th June. 

As soon as Dr Rupert Suckling releases his communication, I will let you know via the app. 

Thank you for your continued support and patience. 

 Jo Potts

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DO I QUALIFY FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS?

In these challenging times there will be some parents whose income varies and may well pass the threshold for eligibility for their child to have free school meals. We want to ensure that those families receive the support they are entitled to. The link below is for DoncasterMetropolitan Borough Council (DMBC) free school meals. 

www.doncaster.gov.uk/doitonline/free-school-meals

 

Before you start you you will need: 

  • your own name and date of birth
  • contact details
  • national insurance number or national asylum seekers number
  • child’s name and date of birth 
  • child’s school

You will be notified within 2 working days by DMBC if you are entitled to free school meals. Our school will be notified each week of any changes and will ensure you receive your electronic vouchers to be used in local stores. 

If you have any issues completing the form please contact us on any of the emails provided and we will do our best to help. 

HOW CAN I ACCESS LEARNING ACTIVITIES FOR MY CHILD?

There are lots of suggested learning activities on our website. This is not a definitive list. We are happy for you to pick and choose as you wish. In addition, the internet is full of suggested learning activities that you can do with your children. The key message is to try and do some reading, writing and maths every day and then enrich your day with some project work and physical activity. We Have provided all the children with diaries so they can keep a log of everything they are doing.

Over the coming weeks we will try to develop ways for children to share their work with their teachers. We will also develop our home learning pages to make them as exciting and as accessible as possible. To view our home learning pages go to our website. Go to CLASSES. Hover your mouse over CLASSES and you will see the option of HOME-LEARNING. If you click on this you will see the tasks that teachers have already set. Please please don’t put pressure on yourselves to complete everything unless you want to. You can learn just as much from playing board games, going for walks, reading stories together, singing songs etc. The older the children are, the more they should be able to access independently.

Teachers will be staying in touch with you over the coming weeks so please ask if you want more ideas or work. If you need to contact your child's class teacher or any other staff in school you will find their emails below.

ADMIN : admin@barnburghprimary.com OR d.nowell@barnburghprimary.com

HEADTEACHER Mrs Potts: head@barnburghprimary.com

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS Mrs Yates: l.yates@barnburghprimary.com

HEALTH Mrs Jones: m.jones@barnburghprimary.com

Nursery Mrs Ocock: l.ocock@barnburghprimary.com

Reception Mrs St. Clair: h.stclair@barnburghprimary.com

Year 1 Miss Taylor: h.taylor@barnburghprimary.com

Year 2 Mr Taylor: r.taylor@barnburghprimary.com

Year 3 Mrs Kay: n.kay@barnburghprimary.com

Year 4 Mr Longley: s.longley@barnburghprimary.com

Year 5 Miss Appleyard: s.appleyard@barnburghprimary.com

Year 6 Miss Watson: n.watson@barnburghprimary.com

 

The school nursing team have also offered their support and are available to answer questions that you may have. Their phone number is 01302566776.

 

Please keep your eyes on the school app for further updates. 

HOW WILL THE NEEDS OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE WITH SEND BE MET

DURING THIS CHALLENGING TIME?

For more Information linked  to Local Authority services and how the Corona Virus Act 2020 has impacted on local education  arrangements for children and young people who have special educational needs and/ or disabilities  please click on the links below:

https://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/schools/local-offer-covid-19

https://fsd.barnsley.gov.uk/kb5/barnsley/fisd/site.page?id=OjJT6k7is50

http://www.rotherhamsendlocaloffer.org.uk/site/index.php