Covid and Home Learning

We are continually reviewing and updating our Covid risk assessment in light of updated guidance from DfE and internal reviews. These risk assessments are ratified by our Governing Body.

To keep everyone safe in school, our established system of controls includes:

  • Enhanced hand hygiene

  • Extra cleaning protocols

  • Increased ventilation

  • Keeping distance in place where necessary

Parents and Carers

  • Attendance is mandatory for all pupils of compulsory school age. This means it’s your legal duty as a parent to send your child to school regularly.

  • If your child becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia), they must not attend school or they will be sent home. They must be advised to follow ‘Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection’, which sets out that they must self-isolate and arrange to have a test to see if they have coronavirus (COVID-19). On receiving a negative test result, as long as they are well, they may return to the school setting.

  • If your child is displaying symptoms and is required to be collected, they will be isolated within the school and are required to be collected promptly.

  • We reserve the right to take your child’s temperature when they are with us. If they have a temperature for whatever reason, you will have to come and collect them for testing. Prompt collection is required.

  • Although there are no longer requirements to socially distance in the same way and class bubbles will no longer exist, efforts will be made to distance staff and classes where possible to minimise the risk of infection. If, however, your child is compromising the safety of others through their behaviour or lack of respect for adhering to the boundaries then we will ask that you come and collect your child promptly to ensure the safety of others.

  • Children are expected to access the toilets assigned to them and on an individual basis.

  • Children must bring in a pre-filled water bottle.

  • School uniform is required along with plimsolls for indoor wear and full PE kit.

  • Increased ventilation will still be in place across the school so please ensure in colder weather that the children are appropriate dressed.

  • Visitors to the school site will be limited so we will still not be welcoming everyone in to the school building in the same way on regular days. Please continue to deliver messages via the children, emails or office and do not enter the school building unless for an authorised reason. Meetings will take a hybrid approach with some being delivered online and others being offered face-to-face


Back to school information

Public Health England leaflets

The GOV.UK website also has education guidance for teachers, school leaders, carers, parents and students

Key points of testing guides

Latest education guidance

As the country moves to Step 4 of the Roadmap from 19 July 2021, the government is moving away from firm restrictions, towards advising people on how to protect themselves and others. As we learn to live with Covid-19, the government are keen to reduce the disruption to children and young people’s education – particularly given that the direct clinical risks to children are extremely low.

Key messages include:

  • Secondary School Students will complete 2 onsite Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests on return to school and will then be encouraged to complete twice weekly LFD at home.

  • Members of staff and household members of nursery, primary, secondary or college age pupils or staff will be asked to complete twice weekly LFD tests at home. This is to identify if they have the virus and if so to stay away from work and get their children PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) tested as they are a close contact.

  • It is still important that students and staff do not attend school if they have symptoms of COVID-19 and get a PCR test to confirm. The school will then need to be informed on why the child is not attending.

  • All schools have plans in place to control the spread of COVID-19 at their setting. Should they get cases, they know how to respond and can access support from the Herts County Council Public Health Team.

Talking to children about COVID-19

We all realise how difficult it can be trying to talk to children and young people about global crises – how much to tell children, how and when to talk to them, and how we can feel prepared for challenging conversations.

Our Education Psychology Service has compiled a list of resources and useful websites that may help you.

Resources for home learning

Where children are not able to attend school, GOV.UK provides various online education resources to help with home learning. These may be useful alongside school resources and support.

Supporting your children’s remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19) – Information and support for parents and carers of children who are learning at home.

Get help with technology during coronavirus (COVID-19) – Guidance on the devices and support available to provide remote education and access to children’s social care.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): keeping children safe online – Advice and guidance to help parents and carers to keep children safe online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

More information

All education guidance for teachers, school leaders, carers, parents and students – Coronavirus information for parents, schools, colleges and universities.

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges.

Getting tested – Information on how to get a test, exposure to COVID, symptoms and isolation periods

COVID-19 vaccination: Resources for children and young people – Information for eligible children and young people on COVID-19 vaccination.

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Package of support for students who have to defer their studies – Details on a range of opportunities to gain new skills, undertake work placements, additional learning and career development support.

Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care – Preventing and controlling infection, including the use of PPE, in education, childcare and children’s social care settings during the coronavirus outbreak.


Remote Learning Policy

Please click here to read our Remote Learning Policy and here to view our Online Classroom Rules.

Below are a range of recommended websites to enhance the children's learning or to access in the event of your child not being able to attend school, including in the event of isolating or bubble/school closure.

In the event of your child having to isolate or their bubble/school being closed, work will be set directly by the class teacher within 2 working days. Please make use of these resources in the meantime to support your child's learning.

Remote Learning – Device Loans

If your child’s learning is being affected by a lack of suitable devices at home, please let us know. We have a small number of devices available to lend to the most needy families. Please get in touch with your class teacher if your family wishes to be considered for the loan of a device. Similarly, if you have an old (up to 5 years old) laptop or tablet that still works, with power/charging plug and cable, and would like to donate it, please let us know via the school office.

Oak Academy

Visit the government funded online classroom to view all of Oak Academy’s free lessons, searchable by key stage, year or subject.

https://www.thenational.academy/

We have collected useful website links for you to access materials at home to help support and develop your child's learning. There are a lot here so just investigate them gradually. Please remember to check all videos and websites before showing them to your child to make sure the content is appropriate as we are unable to guarantee that changes have not occurred from the time of posting this. We will add to them as we find ones that we recommend so please keep looking back at this page. If you have any websites or apps you think would be good to share then please email them to us so that we can take a look.

General learning:

Pobble Non Screen activities you can do with your child at home.

Lego daily challenge chart

Classroom secrets. Look in the KS1 section for resources linked to each area of the curriculum

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/tags/zjpqqp3/year-1-lessons/1 BBC Bitesize - online lessons to access

https://www.thenational.academy/online-classroom Oak Accademy - online lessons to access at home

Twinkl - Introductory offer. Focus on Year 1 pages.

The SEN Resources Blog - Added to daily. Videos of ideas.

Mrs M Activity - mixed ideas for activities.

BBC Primary teaching resources

Home learning projects Robinhoodmat Scroll down to week by week resources for KS1

Five minute mum Good for quick, short activities.

https://www.facebook.com/thephilosophyman/posts/2787256901312108 This is a handy bank of P4C (Philosophy 4 Kids) that we use in school and maybe handy at this challenging time for adults and children

https://www.intofilm.org/?utm_source=Into+Film+-+Master&utm_campaign=550c87f6d8-home-learning-2-cl&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a1465a9b17-550c87f6d8-138437331 Lots of activities to explore films you watch with your children


English

Pobble - A picture a day to discuss and use as a stimulus. Click on image for notes that may be of interest . You can select previous pictures if you do not like the one for that day.

Oxford Owl Reading resources

Letters and sounds website. Good for games and resources

Story online People reading stories to children.

Epic phonics

Athelney Primary Great for phonic videos.

https://spellingframe.co.uk/ Spelling activities


Maths

White Rose Maths Scheme of work Year 1

Top Marks Games Tablet Friendly

https://www.ncetm.org.uk/Default.aspx?page=133&module=res&restopic=122&resq= NECTM maths resources for KS1 (organised by areas of the maths curriculum)

Maths Factor Carol Volderman maths activities site

https://nrich.maths.org/ How to play Dominoes and other games

https://www.mathlearningcenter.org/resources/apps Numberframes and Pattern Shapes


Physical/Wellbeing

Yoga activities

Coronavirus social story to explain it to children

Dr Ranj Cbeebies video for children if they are worried about Coronavirus

Coronavirus story for you to work through with your child.

Coronavirus story for children.

Childline- Calm zone Lots for breathing and wellbeing.

Pinterest cross curricular activities. Great for all areas of EYFS too. Fine motor and funky fingers are recommended.

Go Noodle Movement and mindfulness

NSPCC - Pants campaign and song


Wider curriculum

Imagination tree - Does require some materials

Childhood by Nature. Virtual nature. Discussion point.

Stem activities Search by age.

Just 2 easy Please use your child's login details.

https://explorify.wellcome.ac.uk/ Free Science activities

Supporting your child with Phonics

Take a look at some of these videos and websites to give you and your child support with phonics. Any questions then please ask one of the EYFS team.

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ Log in using the school details provided

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7sW4j8p7k9D_qRRMUsGqyw Mr.T's Phonics contains videos for each of the graphemes and phonemes so is useful as a guide for how to pronounce and write each of the sounds.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=read+write+inc+phonics Read Write Inc. videos

See the resources pages on the Foundation Stage and Year 1 Resources tabs for specific videos to help with pronunciation and to provide further information.