Last week saw us welcome more children back to school. Pupils in nursery, reception, year 1 and year 6 joined the children of key workers to return to school in stages. Year 1 attended on Monday and Tuesday, Nursery on Tuesday and Thursday and Year 6 also on Tuesday and Thursday. Children in the key worker bubbles ( 2 in the infant building and two in the junior building ) attended everyday, as they have been since March. It was a successful week, and many children who were a bit apprehensive returning on the first day, were really looking forward to the second day ! In particular I was very impressed when Shrimps and Minnows came skipping through the doors last Thursday. Nursery children also came confidently into school , Miss Noble was very impressed !
Next week will run the same way, we have some more key worker children joining us , though some of the bubbles are now full. I know many of you have made the decision to keep your children at home, and I respect that. However, I hope that more feel confident to send their children back over the coming weeks ( check we have space first please) and doubtless you will be thinking of September. Children have been out of school for such a long time, and we do need to plan for more to return.
Many parents have asked us about the summer holidays . At present there are no plans to keep school open over the summer. The Government have announced a scheme to subsidise tuition to help children to ‘catch up’. We welcome this funding, though again there is very little information on how the scheme will be managed at this period in time . We are expecting more information on this , and what will be expected in September, very soon. The Government have promised that ALL pupils can return every day from September. If we still have any sort of social distancing by then ( it seems unlikely this will be abandoned but is likely to reduce to 1 metre) it will be impossible to bring in all the children at once. We currently can fit about 9 pupils into the classrooms with 2 metre distancing in place.
Watch this space !