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Updated Covid 19 Risk Assessment for return to school on 8th March 2021

COVID  19 symptoms

If your child or another household member has symptoms of COVID 19 - you must keep your child at home and inform the school.

You should check the NHS website for the most up to date guidance about what to do next.

Here is the plan should we move to online learning due to whole school closure, class bubbles self isolating or lack of staff to safely open the school

Each child in Main School has been provided with a plastic wallet containing a white board, pen, rubber, pencil and exercise book.  Children have been provided with their log in for Ed Shed and Times Table Rock Stars.  Teachers have put useful resources in each wallet.

Teachers will plan daily Maths, English and Topic activities for the children.  We will ensure that these activities are as similar as possible to the Long Term Curriculum Plan to allow the children to cover what is required.  The word documents containing the activities and necessary links will be put on the class pages of the web site by 9.00am each day.  Children will complete the work in the exercise books.  When they return to school they can bring their book back in for their teachers to look at.

We will organize two 30 minute zoom sessions a week.  In Nursery there will be two story and rhyme sessions.  In Reception there will be a story and phonics session and a Maths session. In Key Stage 1 and 2 there will be one session for English and Maths and one for Circle Time linked to Jigsaw our PSHE scheme.  Teachers will email the information to parents about these sessions on a weekly basis. 

For families that want more ideas BBC Bitesize, Newsround, Oxford Owl and Oak Academy are excellent.

If the teacher is ill during the time remote learning is required we will do our best to continue to provide the same provision.  However, please be aware that if this happens other staff in the key stage will have been teaching their own classes/ Critical Worker groups and will have limited time to cover the remote learning.

If you think you will have a problem accessing the information on the website or Zoom then please contact school and we will do our best to help.

Whole school Zoom assemblies will take place on a Monday at 10.00am and Friday at 2.00pm.  Invites will be sent out each week for children who are learning from home.  Please email your teacher with pictures of your home learning and you may get a certificate in assembly.




Remote education provision: information for parents

This information is intended to provide clarity and transparency to pupils and parents or carers about what to expect from remote education where national or local restrictions require entire cohorts (or bubbles) to remain at home.


The remote curriculum: what is taught to pupils at home


A pupil’s first day or two of being educated remotely might look different from our standard approach, while we take all necessary actions to prepare for a longer period of remote teaching.


What should my child expect from immediate remote education in the first day or two of pupils being sent home?


Children working from home will have activities to complete put on the class pages of our website to be recorded in their exercise books that have been sent home.


Following the first few days of remote education, will my child be taught broadly the same curriculum as they would if they were in school?


We teach the same curriculum remotely as we do in school.


Remote teaching and study time each day


How long can I expect work set by the school to take my child each day?


We expect that remote education (including remote teaching and independent work) will take pupils broadly the following number of hours each day:

Key Stage 1

Up to 3 hours a day including English, maths, topic, reading, spelling app and times tables app

Key Stage 2

Up to 3 hours a day including English, maths, topic, reading, spelling app and times tables app


Accessing remote education


How will my child access any online remote education you are providing?


The daily activities will be put on the school website-

Children will also have access to Times Table Rock Stars and Ed Shed.  The log in for these have been send home.  We will also use Zoom for assemblies and teaching sessions.


If my child does not have digital or online access at home, how will you support them to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils may not have suitable online access at home. We take the following approaches to support those pupils to access remote education:


Once we know how many free devices we are able to obtain from the DfE we will contact parents of children entitled to free school meals to see if they need one to help with online learning.


How will my child be taught remotely?

We use a combination of the following approaches to teach pupils remotely:


  • live teaching on Zoom (online lessons)

  • recorded teaching (e.g. Oak National Academy lessons, video/audio recordings made by teachers)

  • printed paper packs produced by teachers (e.g. workbooks, worksheets)

  • commercially available websites supporting the teaching of specific subjects or areas, including video clips or sequences

  • daily activities for English, maths and other curriculum areas uploaded on to the website for children to access


Engagement and feedback

What are your expectations for my child’s engagement and the support that we as parents and carers should provide at home?


We expect the children to complete the online learning each day.  Parents should help logging on to Zoom meetings and support where they can with activities at home.  Registers will be kept of Zoom meetings and parents of those who do not attend will be called to remind them to join for the next meeting.


How will you check whether my child is engaging with their work and how will I be informed if there are concerns?


Parents are able to email each class teacher with concerns or questions about the online activities.  Staff will make contact with families to see how they are getting on with the learning.  More frequent contact will be made with vulnerable children and those with an identified special need that are not in school.


How will you assess my child’s work and progress?

Feedback can take many forms and may not always mean extensive written comments for individual children. For example, whole-class feedback or quizzes marked automatically via digital platforms are also valid and effective methods, amongst many others. Our approach to feeding back on pupil work is as follows:


Teachers will include quizzes in the zoom lessons where appropriate.  Children and parents are encouraged to email in work for feedback.  When the children return to school their exercise books will be looked at to see what they achieved.


Additional support for pupils with particular needs

How will you work with me to help my child who needs additional support from adults at home to access remote education?

We recognise that some pupils, for example some pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), may not be able to access remote education without support from adults at home. We acknowledge the difficulties this may place on families, and we will work with parents and carers to support those pupils in the following ways:


Children with EHCPs are able to attend school.  The SENDCo will regularly contact parents of children with additional needs to find out what adjustments need to be made for their children.  Some children have been delivered packs of materials to best suit their needs.


Remote education for self-isolating pupils


Where individual pupils need to self-isolate but the majority of their peer group remains in school, how remote education is provided will likely differ from the approach for whole groups. This is due to the challenges of teaching pupils both at home and in school.


If my child is not in school because they are self-isolating, how will their remote education differ from the approaches described above?


For children who may be self-isolating staff will put weekly updates on the website with activities to complete.  There is also the homework bulletin to keep children busy with relevant learning.





Covid 19 Additional Funding

In June the government announced a £1 billion fund for education.  Further guidance can be found at  The funding is calculated per pupil based on the previous year’s census and does not include nursery numbers.  We will receive £12,640 for the academic year 2020-2021.  Schools are able to use the money in the way they feel will most benefit the children.  These decisions are shared with the governors of the school and will be scrutinised by the Local Authority and Ofsted.

We realise that getting pupils “back on track” is essential for children’s long term development.  We are mindful that their emotional and social needs must also be taken into account.  We will not be rushing through the curriculum and cramming teaching in.  A high quality, ambitious, broad and balanced curriculum will be followed.  Staff have taken time to assess the needs of the children and have carefully planned the additional support.

Following analysis of the needs of the pupils this money will be used for-

  • The purchase of tailored resources and materials designed to support learning across the school for example Ed Shed and Num Bots
  • Targeted intervention intervention in Reception by a Teaching Assistant
  • An additional teacher two mornings a week for six weeks in Year 2
  • Targeted intervention by a Teaching Assistant and Higher Level Teaching Assistant in Years 3 and 4

We hope that this gives you a flavour of how we will be using the funding to support the children.  If you require any further information then please email the school office.  Assessment of the children will be ongoing as they work through the interventions.  The teachers and teaching assistants will record the child's progress.  This will be discussed in termly Pupil Progress meetings between the teachers and the head teacher.  The children in year 2 will take the phonics screening test at the end of the Autumn Term.  Their results will be shared with governors and staff.

Like all schools and other establishments we have had to put in place new routines and procedures to keep the staff and children in school as safe as possible.

All risk assessments have been written following the guidance from the government.