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School Update 10.7.2020

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Dear Parents and Carers,

I trust you and your family are well and managing to move into this new phase of gradual unlock as the country gets back to some degree of normality.

As a school, staff are busily preparing for the end of term, whilst thinking carefully about the implications for September. There is much discussion on this, and key information will be shared with parents before we break up for the summer term, although I suspect there will be further information shared with parents over the summer as things evolve. We will ensure the office email (office@bean.kent.sch.uk) is checked regularly as well as the school phone (07828824416) to ensure parents can communicate with staff during this period; this will avert the rush of information in September before school gates open again.

Next week, you will receive a school report on your child which comments on the learning that has taken place this year, but won’t include either progress or attainment. This is in line with government guidance to schools and is as a result of the school having to close partially since March. Parents will have the opportunity to discuss their child’s report by phone if further clarification is required. This information will be included with the report next week.

Along with your child’s report, there will also be information on the usual reading challenge and open-ended summer project. I trust these prove helpful in keeping your child engaged during the summer break.

Kind regards,

G Reilly

Headteacher

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School Update

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This week has seen further announcements from the government which, as staff, we were pleased to hear as it confirms the return of all pupils from September. We have seen our numbers grow steadily from week to week, and I was pleased to see 90 pupils back on Thursday. I am confident that our proactive stance, supported by the determination of staff and governors in seeking to welcome back as many pupils as possible, has made the adjustments that will be required for September all the more easy to develop and implement. We will ensure parents are informed about the specific plans nearer the time i.e. entrance and times, ensuring parents have time to adjust.

You will be aware that there was a discussion at government level about opening schools for the summer. This idea has now been shelved and Bean Primary School does not have plans to open during this time. Nor will teachers be uploading work on the website. There will, however, be the usual reading challenges and summer project that children and parents can embrace. More details are to follow.

Our pupils in school continue to adapt to the changing nature of school at the moment, showing a commendable degree of stoicism and resilience which is to their credit.

Our pupils at home are also showing determination as they adapt to their home schooling arrangements. I know that parents continue to support their children as best they can, and should be commended for their excellent efforts during this time.

As yet we have not had to send a staff member or child home for COVID19 symptoms, but of course we remain vigilant and thorough and frequent cleaning continues to take place.

I trust you and your family remain positive and stay healthy at this time.

G Reilly

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26.6.2020

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Hello,

The school continues to adapt and develop to the many government guidelines issued to schools to ensure we are operating as safely as possible and that we do all we can to care for and educate our pupils through these times. This includes: online learning for all year groups, telephone support for pupils and parents, being fully open to all pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 as well as offering full-time places for keyworker pupils. Weekly assemblies are uploaded for home and school pupils to engage with and we are offering a week of education for all pupils in Years 2,3,4 and 5 this term.

This is all possible due to the hard work and dedication of staff, as well as having a generous and rural site.

This week parents and pupils have been encouraged to write a poem about lockdown and send this in to be published on the school website. I look forward to your entry.

Mr Reilly

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New School Routines from 1st June

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Today saw the return to school of 42 pupils from the four groups identified by the government – Reception, Year 1, Year 6 and Key Worker children. Although one or two pupils were a little apprehensive and needed a little encouragement, most returned with obvious enthusiasm. Thank you to parents and carers for complying with the new entry arrangements.

We appreciate that this was a difficult decision for parents and therefore encourage parents to contact staff (office@bean.kent.sch.uk – 01474 833225) to clarify any issues or concerns you may have. All questions are encouraged as we appreciate parents have much to consider at this time.

In order to open to pupils today, the school has taken a number of steps to make the environment as safe as possible for our pupils and staff. These include:

  • Frequent handwashing by staff and pupils with regular reminders
  • Social distancing measures in place across the school
  • Groups of no more than 15 children
  • Designated learning and play spaces for children
  • Designated staff where possible
  • Signage in and out of the building to promote social distancing
  • Enhanced cleaning of spaces throughout the day
  • Personalised learning resources allocated to the individual
  • Staggered entry and exit times
  • Rigorous risk assessments in place reviewed daily
  • First Aid protocols updated.

We have reviewed the modes of transport parents are currently using to arrive at school. If you are considering sending your child into school from the four groups mentioned above and require public transport, you should become familiar with the latest government guidance which can be found on the school website – COVID19 Updates. You should also contact the office to check that the school has the capacity to accommodate your child before sending them in as group sizes can’t exceed 15 children.

We will endeavour to keep you as informed as possible at this time.

Yours sincerely,

G Reilly

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School Update 24-4-2020

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Following the Easter break, we are now resuming our school offer to specific children in line with government guidance. Teachers are uploading work for your children to complete either weekly or daily depending on their ages. Feedback has been helpful from parents to help modify and adjust things accordingly and we will continue to be mindful of parents who are now taking on the role of teacher at home. Do remember that creativity, social development and well-being are just as important as 5 +7 or n-3y, so try to relax and enjoy this extra time with your children; they do grow up very quickly.

I know that some children have completed their workbooks and therefore new books can be collected from the school reception area as the need arises. We are also aware that children in England Class may be coming to the end of their activities sent out before the lockdown so new packs will be available in the next few days. More information to follow.

As well as the ‘Links’ tab on the website, which has a wide range of activities to try, we now also have some fun maths card games for all aged children on the ‘Home Learning’ tab under - resources. Do have a go.

If your child is entitled to a free school meal (other than the Key Stage One offer), please contact the office as packed lunches can be collected from Reception, although these do need to be ordered by 9:30.

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