This page lets you know how our school is organised so that we can continue to bring all children to school safely. If you have any other questions, please just ask us.
School year – 2021-22
Time of the school day
- Staggered timings remain in place. This helps reduce the number of cars dropping off around the site, and will also minimise the number of children gathering together in the porch areas. This helps with a much calmer start to the day.
- Start times are by surname to make dropping of siblings much easier.
|Family surname initial / Time||Family surname initial / Time||Family surname initial / Time|
|A – C||8.40-8.45am||D – L||8.45-8.50am||M – Z||8.50-8.55am|
- Children in Reception, Year 1 & Year 2 enter through the car park and adult supervision will be in place at these times. Nursery children will be greeted at the gate by a member of staff from Class 1.
- Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 will enter school across the yard, and through the pupil entrance.
- All children should be in their classrooms working by 8.55am.
- Shorter staggered timings are in place, making it easier and safer for staff to hand over children more quickly.
|Pick up||Collection point||Time|
|Class 1||END of Nursery fence||3.05pm|
|Class 2||END of Nursery fence||3.00pm|
|Class 3||Gate (line up at yard gate)||3.05pm|
During the day
- Break times are staggered to reduce the numbers of children moving around the corridors at the same time. This creates a calmer ethos around school.
- Outdoors during lunchtimes, there will be zones for the children to play in; these will change each week. Identifying areas in which the children can play reduces incidents of conflict and gives the children opportunities to develop their social and play skills.
- Childcare/Nursery & Reception will use their own outdoor areas.
- All children will eat in the hall at lunchtime, over two sittings. In the event of a rise in C-19 case numbers, we will revert to previous arrangements in classrooms.
- Assemblies will take place in the hall. If the need arises, some assemblies may continue by Teams.
- Handwashing/sanitising will continue to be a regular requirement during the day – and will be a minimum of on entry, before and after each break time and before and after lunch.
- Our cleaning regimes will continue, as will the ventilation of rooms.
Children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free school meal under a government initiative.
For children in Key Stage 2 (Y3-6), the cost of a daily meal will be £2.15 (£10.75 per week) and must be paid via ParentPay. For Nursery children and adults, the cost is £2.26.
Taylor Shaw will continue to provide three meal choices per day and we plan to continue the pre-ordering service which has worked well over the past year. Children select their choice at the beginning of each week, meaning those who are last to the kitchen still get what they choose.
We would ask that children who want to swap between school meals and packed lunches only do so at a half-term break. For further information on menus or school meal arrangements, please speak to Mrs Medcalf.
School Uniform / PE Kit
You can find a reminder of our school uniform and PE kit below. All ‘logo’ clothing can be bought relatively cheaply at Little Gems, Peterlee; or from www.myclothing.com
Please ensure that all items of uniform and kit are named to reduce the amount in the lost property pile.
Uniform – whole school
Red polo shirt, preferably (but not essential) with the school logo
Navy blue jumper, sweatshirt or cardigan, again, with or without the school logo
Dark grey/black trousers, skirt or shorts
Red/white or Blue/white checked dresses (Summer term)
Sensible shoes – children climb steps indoors and out, and play on outdoor equipment
PE will continue to take place on a Thursday, and children should come to school in their PE kit.
- Nursery: plimsolls/gym shoes
- Reception: gym shoes/trainers, dark shorts and a ‘House’-coloured t-shirt
- Year 1-Year 6: gym shoes/trainers, dark shorts and a ‘House’-coloured t-shirt plus tracksuit top/bottoms for outdoors
Coloured t-shirts without the logo are also fine. Although children will need House coloured tops for various events, plain white t-shirts may also be worn for PE.
👚👖 Pre-loved Uniform & School Clothes Swap 🥼👞
Our pre-loved uniform and school clothes swap rails are ready for browsing…
Items are of very good quality and some items are almost brand new. Each is size-labelled and displayed for easy access in the main entrance conservatory. Please come along and have a look at our stocks of uniform / school items, including coats and shoes.
We hope to promote an eco-friendly culture of donating / contributing and reusing good quality pre-loved (preferably uniform) clothes which children have quickly grown out of. Items can be sent into school during the year to help replenish stocks.
All items are available at no cost.
All children should bring their wellies back to school when they return. Outdoor education will be an integrated part of our learning, as will playing on the field in wet weather. Children in C1 & C2 have storage in their porches, and C3 & C4 will use the ‘welly sheds’ on the yard.
Equipment / Curriculum
- Every child MUST bring their own filled water bottle – this will be sent home daily for cleaning and returning. Water bottles will be kept in class on children’s desks. Cups will not be provided.
- Small bags may be brought to school to carry reading books and homework – these will be stored in the porch areas for C1 & 2, and in lockers for C3 & C4. Nothing else should be brought into school – everything needed for learning will be provided.
- We will be teaching a full curriculum based on plans appropriate to each class.
- UKS2 will continue to use Teams as a method of blended homework. Children will be shown/reminded how this works.
- Although we no longer are required to prepare remote learning, work and support will be provided for any children who may be absent, or in the event of an unforeseen closure.
All parents must set up Parentpay accounts for each child they have in school – including parents of new Nursery children. Adding every child means that we can direct our messages to specific groups, rather than the whole school at times when this is necessary.
It is not necessary to add money to the account (e.g. if children are entitled to free school meals, or bring packed lunch) but mobile number and email addresses are essential as this is now the platform we use for our text messaging service and sending any correspondence during closure periods.
Health & Safety / Medication
Reminder – Jewellery of any kind is not allowed and restricts the activities the children are allowed to do. Children should remove all rings, ear-rings etc. before coming to school and only wear inexpensive watches (which will be removed for PE).
All children with hair long enough to be tied back should do so. This helps to prevent the spread of head lice, and is necessary for PE and playing on the outdoor equipment.
Breakfast / After-school club
As previously, this provision is managed by Mrs Garside, through Hazel Dene Childcare, and places should be booked where possible. Mrs Garside will check emails during the holidays: email@example.com