Year 4 WOW Day

Next half term, Year 4’s topic will be ‘What makes a great warrior?’ in which we will be finding out about the invasion of Britain by the Anglo-Saxons. On Friday 16th April, we will be having a Saxon activity day where the children will have the opportunity to learn all about Saxon life.

 

To gain the most out of this day we would like the children to dress up as a person from the Anglo- Saxon period in Britain. Costumes need not be complicated — we suggest the following “homemade” alternatives:

 

A simple belted tunic, with or without sleeves; a cloak fastened on a right shoulder with a brooch (optional); trousers, either tucked into long socks or with string or braid crossed round the lower legs; boots or old leather laced shoes.

 

or

 

A long dress, skirt and blouse or tabard; headscarf; a cloak (mantle), fastened on the right shoulder with a brooch (optional).

 

Here are some useful (and ‘no-sewing’) websites that may help with the costume:

https://vikingschoolvisits.com/costume-ideas-for-dressing-up-day/

https://knutthelastviking.wordpress.com/2015/03/04/how-to-make-viking-costumes-for-kids/

(Vikings and Anglo-Saxons were close in time and style – helmet not required!)

 

Class teachers will lead a variety of activities for the pupils to participate in on the day, including finding out about Saxon villages, looking at Saxon style, and carrying out drama activities.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

PG Rated Film – Year 4

As part our topic this term ‘Can you travel the world in 80 days?’ we have been reading the classic story (children’s adaptation) ‘Around The World in 80 Days’ by Jules Verne. As a comparison, and as an end of topic consolidation, we would like to watch the movie adaptation: ‘Around The World in 80 Days’ (2004). The film is for general viewing.

 

If you would like to find out more about the film, please see the BBFC information on the link below

 

https://www.bbfc.co.uk/release/around-the-world-in-80-days-q29sbgvjdglvbjpwwc0zntqzodm

 

and a link to the trailer is available here:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XoJ53H1juCk

 

As this is a PG rated film, please follow the link below and use the form to provide your permission for your child to watch the film.

 

Around the World in 80 Days Permission Form

 

Thank you for your continued co-operation.

Newsletter – 12th March 2021

Welcome back!! I can’t tell you all what a relief it is to see so many happy children in the building again. Both children and staff are eager to get back into a routine and restart the journey of learning and socialising in school.

This week has consisted of lots of opportunities for children to talk to each other about life in lockdown, the postives and negatives, coming back to school and discussing the positives and the anxieties, and how we can help ourselves and each other through lots of PHSE sessions.

There has been little change to the systems put in place in September, and the children have reverted back to these routines with ease. Staff are LFD testing twice weekly and the wearing of masks when travelling around the site has not phased the children.

I have spoken to lots of children this week about how they felt about returning to school. The overwhelming feeling across the school was extremely positive. Here are just a few quotes:

 

“The best part is seeing friends, being together and getting ready to learn.”

                      

“My Dad was a good teacher but it’s not the same as being in class.”

 

“Handwashing, ‘catch it-bin it- kill it’ and staying in bubbles helps me feel safe.”

                  

“I’m looking forward to when we can have clubs, play football, see more of my friends, have normal routines and to get to climb on the galleon!”

When we receive news from the DfE when it is safe to relax class bubbles, we will be reintroducing after school clubs, and longer ‘mixed’ lunch and break times with welcome arms! We will keep you informed as we move forward.

It’s great to be hosting live celebration assemblies again, albeit it still via Teams, but the spirit of celebration is still high, focusing on praising achievements and displaying our core values both in and out of school.

Thank you to all the parents who have respected the requests to wear face masks when entering the site and for adhering to the one way system, and for collecting and delivering your children within in the allotted time slot. Please continue to follow these, and lockdown rules, so that we can continue to minimise the risk of transmission of Covid, lowering the risk of bubble closures and maximising the chance for all the children to safely remain at school.

We have had a complaint about parking around school, in particular on pick up times, around Nelson Road. The circled areas are private parking spaces so please avoid using them. Please be mindful of the residents and thoughtful when parking around the school site.  Thank you for your consideration.

I hope that you all have a restful weekend as I’m sure that this week has been a tiring shock to the system for the children, but a welcomed one nonetheless!

Thank you for your continued support.

Mr Hanshaw
Acting Head Teacher

Attendance matters

Our overall attendance so far this term is 96%.

Dates for your diary 2021  
End of Spring Term Friday 26th March 2021
Easter Holiday Break Monday 29th March 2021– Friday 9th April 2021
Start of Summer Term Monday 12th April 2021

 

PTA NEWS

 

SPONSORED READY STEADY READ 7 DAY CHALLENGE

Together with Usbourne Books, we are hoping to raise funds to enable us to buy much needed brand new books for the school for the children to enjoy! The challenge is for children to read for as many minutes as they can over 7 days.

If your child hasn’t had a chance to do this yet, don’t worry, as they can still take part!! All children are encouraged to read for as many minutes as possible over 7 days, and if you are able to sponsor them too this will help to raise funds to buy new books for the junior school. Don’t forget, all reading counts and can be recorded on their log – books, comics, websites, recipes and more!

 

Please upload your completed Reading Log Sheet to Teams by 24th March and 2 winners will be chosen from each class.

If you would like to sponsor your child for this challenge, which will enable us to buy brand new books for the junior school, please complete the Sponsorship Form (which was emailed home last week) and pay your sponsorship via www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta by the 24th March.

 

Well done to everyone who has already completed their 7 day reading challenge, we hope you enjoyed it!

 

PRE-LOVED UNIFORM

Thank you to everyone who bought uniform, you helped to raise £100.50! We are pleased to announce that from Monday 15th March, our pre-loved uniform will be available to buy online via www.pta-events.co.uk/chalkwellhallpta

 

NAME LABELS

We now have 3 companies who support our schools by offering donations for every order you place (with no additional cost to yourself!)

So if you are looking to label your child’s uniform, please kindly support our schools and help raise funds by ordering from one of the following companies, quoting our fundraising code:

STIKINS (https://www.stikins.co.uk/) – please quote code 3979 and we will receive 30% commission

Mine4Sure(https://www.mine4sure.com/) – please quote code LEI1368 and we will receive 15% commission

Stamptastic (https://stamptastic.co.uk/collections/home-page/products/basic-bundle)  – please quote code SS93NL and we will receive up to 20-30% commission

Reopening of School – 8th March 2021 – amendment

Please see amendment below in bold and italics.

 

Following the government’s announcement on Monday 22nd February 2021, we can now confirm that Chalkwell Hall Junior School will be open to all pupils again from Monday 8th March 2021.

 

We are aware that the reopening brings with it a mix of excitement and anxiety, and we have put the wellbeing of children, their families and our staff at the centre of our plans. We are confident the plans and support are in place to make the return to school as smooth and safe as possible. More details on our catch-up plans will be shared with you once we have received further clarity and guidance from the government.

 

The daily set-up for school is very similar to the way in which we were working before the Christmas holidays. Attached to the end of this letter you will find an updated copy of the information that was originally sent out in September 2020 ahead of our wider reopening. It would be very helpful to remind yourselves and your child of this information ahead of their return to school on Monday 8th March 2021.

 

Each class will remain in its own ‘bubble’ and staggered breaks and lunch times will remain with the playground separated into areas for each class to use. The staggered start and finish times remain unchanged, as does the one way systems at drop off and pick up time. Please note that the Sunningdale Avenue entrance/exit will be shut to Infant and Junior parents as preparations begin for building work at the Infant school.

 

We are asking all adult visitors to the school continue to wear a face mask/visor when on the school grounds, unless they are exempt on medical grounds. Staff in school will also be wearing a face mask when moving around school, but will remove them in the classroom or switch to a clear visor. There is no expectation for your child to wear a mask in school, and it is a parental decision whether you or your child wish to wear them when travelling to or from school.

 

We also wish to remind parents and carers to only enter the school site at collection times or if it is essential to visit the school office in person. If you need to wait before a pick up time, we advise you to make use of the open spaces in Chalkwell Park, and ask you to please respect social distancing and household mixing guidance both on site and in the park. This also extends to ensuring that your child follows this guidance should they be allowed to walk home by themselves.

 

We have also updated our FAQ for how to respond to any Covid-related symptoms, diagnosis or contact with a known case. You will find this information on the next page and please be aware of the reporting procedures required.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming everyone back to school.

 

 

What to do if … Action Needed Return to school when …
… my child has COVID symptoms ·         Do not come into school

·         Contact school daily

·         Self-isolate (all household members)

·         Get a test for your child

·         Inform school immediately about test results

… the test comes back

negative

…. My child tests positive for Coronavirus ·         Do not come into school

·         Contact school immediately regarding a positive test result (office@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk)

·         Self-isolate for at least 10 days (all household members)

·         Contact school at the end of the isolation period to confirm child’s return

….the child has completed at least 10 days isolation and they feel better. They can return to school after 10 days even if they have a cough or loss of smell/taste. These symptoms can last for several weeks once the infection is gone.
….somebody in my family has COVID symptoms ·         Do not come into school

·         Contact school daily

·         Self-isolate (all household members)

·         Household member with symptoms to get a test

·         Inform school immediately about test results

·         If your child is well, they should be engaging daily with remote learning via Microsoft Teams

…the household member test

is negative.

…somebody in my household has tested positive for Coronavirus ·         Do not come into school

·         Contact school immediately regarding a positive test result (office@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk)

·         Self-isolate for 10 days (all household members)

·         If your child is well, they should be engaging daily with remote learning via Microsoft Teams

…the child has completed 10

days of isolation.

 

… NHS Test and Trace have identified my child as a close contact of somebody with symptoms or confirmed Coronavirus
(this includes cases identified within school)
·         Do not come into school

·         Contact school immediately to inform them of Test & Trace advice (office@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk)

·         Self-isolate for 10 days (child only if it is a school-based case)

·         If your child is well, they should be engaging daily with remote learning via Microsoft Teams

…the child has completed 10

days of isolation.

…we/my child has travelled and has to self-isolate apart for a period of quarantine ·         Do not take unauthorised leave in term time

·         Consider quarantine requirements and FCO advice when booking travel

·         Provide information to school with regards absence and return

Returning from a destination where quarantine is needed:

·         Do not come into school

·         Contact school to inform of quarantine period (office@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk)

·         Self-isolate for 10 days (all household members)

·         If your child is well, they should be engaging daily with remote learning via Microsoft Teams

…the quarantine period of 10

days has been completed.

 

…we have received medical

advice that my child must continue or resume shielding

·       Do not come into school

·       Contact school as soon as possible

·       Shield until you are informed that restrictions are lifted and shielding is paused again.

·       If your child is well, they should be engaging daily with remote learning via Microsoft Teams

…school or medical advice informs you that restrictions have been lifted and your child can return to

school again.

… we have received medical advice that another person within our household must resume shielding ·       Contact school as soon as possible

·       Cases will be discussed on an individual basis

NB: While we will always endeavour to be as flexible as possible, it may not be possible to adapt our approaches to suit all requests while maintaining the ability to cater for all pupils safely

… it is agreed your child can attend safely whilst your family member shields.

Or

…   medical advice informs you that restrictions have been lifted.

CHALKWELL HALL JUNIOR SCHOOL

Coronavirus related absence – quick reference guide for parents and carers

 

 

Information for the full reopening of school in March 2021

 

Having risk assessed our building and staffing provision, we have made arrangements for all pupils to be in school at the same time. Please share this information with your child so they are prepared and ready to go when they come in to school.

 

Attendance from 8th March is expected for all children unless there are exceptional circumstances, please contact us if this is the case.

 

The main office will be out of bounds for parents from 8:20am-9:00am and from 2:50pm-3:25pm as the space will be needed for the entry and exit of pupils.

 

We will need to stagger the start and finish times of our days to make sure we do not have crowds of people in our limited outside spaces and we can ensure effective social distancing to keep you, your children and our staff safe.

 

Dropping off (at the main gate only):

 

If some of the older children can walk to school safely on their own this will reduce crowds at the gate. If they cannot come on their own then please be prepared to drop off and not hang around while maintaining a 2m distance from other individuals.

 

Year 6 children will enter through the main gate and go up the stairs by the boys’ toilets to their class. If children aim to arrive at the following times we can maintain a steady stream of traffic in one direction towards their classrooms.

 

6RM, 6TF and 6DS     – arrive between 8:20am – 8:30am

6AF and 6AD           – arrive between 8:30am – 8:40am

 


Year 5
will enter through the main gate and go up the stairs nearest the gate to their class.

 

5JW and 5JT            – arrive between 8:20am – 8:30am

5SH, 5AF and 5GB     – arrive between 8:30am – 8:40am

 

 

Year 4 will enter through the main gate and then go through the main reception door and on to their classroom. The reception area will be out of bounds for parents.

 

4AB and 4CF            – arrive between 8:40am – 8:50am

4GW and 4LR           – arrive between 8:50am – 9:00am

 

 

Year 3 will enter through the main gate and go straight to their classroom door, which they can access, directly from the playground.

 

3SR and 3KB            – arrive between 8:40am – 8:50am

3NM and 3OS           – arrive between 8:50am – 9:00am

Collection at the end of the day: 

 

If older children can walk home from school safely on their own this will help reduce crowds. If you are collecting, please do so individually if at all possible.

 

Parents collecting children in Years 3&4 will need to enter through the main gate and leave the playground via the gate between the two schools (London Road) please. This will keep everyone heading in the same direction and reduce the congestion we usually have at the end of the day at the main gate.  Please ensure you are following social distancing when on the school site to collect children and please be prompt in collecting your child.

 

Year 6 will exit from the door that is between the two schools (by the downstairs kitchen area). The expectation is that many Year 6 pupils will be walking home independently and parents that are collecting can wait around the corner in the front car park please. You will not need to enter the main playground.

 

6RM, 6TF and 6DS     – children will exit the building at 2:55pm

6AF and 6AD            – children will exit the building at 3:05pm

 

Year 5 will exit out of the blue doors at the eastern end of the building (Leigh Road) and be brought out to the car park by their teacher to be picked up by parents. Please enter via the large gate on Leigh Road. When you have collected your child, please leave via the small gate on to London Road.  Please wait in this area and only go on to the main playground if you are collecting another child.

 

5JW and 5JT            – children will exit the building at 2:55pm

5SH, 5AF and 5GB     – children will exit the building at 3:05pm

 

Year 4 will exit on to the main playground through the door near the boys’ toilets at the western end of the building. There will be a waiting zone marked out for parents to wait in for collection. When you have collected your child, please exit the playground via the gate between the two schools on to London Road.

4AB and 4CF            – children will exit the building at 3:15pm

4GW and 4LR           – children will exit the building at 3:25pm

 

Year 3 will exit from their own classroom doors at the following times. Please stay in the collection zones that will be marked out. When you have collected your child, please exit the playground via the gate between the two schools on to London Road.

 

3SR and 3KB            – children will exit the building at 3:15pm

3NM and 3OS           – children will exit the building at 3:25pm

 

We know that this won’t be perfect and that some people may need to go to more than one zone but this is the best way for us to minimise congestion with all 840 children needing to leave our rather cramped site. Please follow the signs (and the traffic controllers who will be outside) and we should be able to move everyone around safely.

 

We appreciate that parents will be keen to meet with their child’s teacher but it will not be possible face-to-face at the end of the school day under these guidelines. You will be able to contact your teacher via email/phone and we very much look forward to meeting you all when the guidance allows us to do so.

 

During the day:

 

Once the children are in class, we will use a one-way system in school. Up the east stairwell (office end of school) and down the west stairwell (toilets end of school). This means the main reception will be part of the children’s route through school. The front door will be locked and DfE guidelines state that school offices should be closed to all but essential visitors so please wherever possible contact the office by phone or email. We would much rather see you in person but you will need to book an appointment to visit the office so they can manage the number of people coming through.

 

When children are in class and when moving around school, we will remind and expect them to observe the social distancing rules that have become the norm. They have a combination of rules to follow now. Within their own classes, they are now allowed to be next to each other and don’t need to be separated but they should stay 2 metres away from their teachers and pupils from other classes as much as possible. Desks will all be facing forwards so the children are not directly facing each other.

 

The dining hall will be providing hot meals, however, as we are not allowed to mix class bubbles, children will be eating their dinners or packed lunches in their classrooms.  We will be sending out the 2 week menu as a reminder, the week beginning the 8th March will be Week 1. Free School Meal vouchers will cease from 5th March 2021, however, we await news from the government on whether vouchers will be provided during the Easter holidays.  Please pay for dinners using SIMs Pay.

 

Children will eat lunch in the classroom and will have outside time at morning break and lunchtime in a zoned area of the playground where they will only be allowed to socialise with the same children from their class. Playground equipment will be out of bounds but we will make sure the children have things to play with which will be sanitised regularly.

 

Stationery will be provided and only used by the individual child. You do not need to send in pencil cases, they won’t need them, but they can bring in reading books or something they have done at home they would like to share with their teacher. We are trying to minimise the number of items going back and forth from school to home and vice versa.

 

PE and other lessons that require equipment will still go ahead, we will have enhanced cleaning routines for any equipment that gets used and children will wash hands before and after using it as well. PE kits still need to come into school as before, and children will change for PE as needed during the day.

 

Desks will be cleaned during the day and handwashing routines will be strongly reinforced. The school will be thoroughly cleaned at the end of each day.

 

We expect the children to be in uniform, although we understand that getting every item sorted with growing children and other things going on at the moment is tricky so don’t worry if it isn’t perfect on day one.

 

Medication:

 

If your child needs medication, please drop it into the school office during the day outside of drop-off times.

 

To maintain social distancing please note that there should only be one parent in the school reception area at a time.  If queueing is necessary, please observe social distancing in the car park area as well.

 

Conkers before and after school club:

 

We are aiming to resume a service for wraparound care, and more details on Conkers before and after school club will be sent out separately.

 

Other clubs:

 

Although the guidance states that we can have clubs, we are still formulating plans to enable this to happen whilst remaining in class bubbles, which takes priority. We will inform and update when we have risk assessed all of the options.

 

Lockdown:

 

Should we find ourselves in a situation where there is another lockdown, be it local or national, then we will move to remote learning through Microsoft Teams. This will allow for direct communication between teachers and families, including feedback on work, and ensure that what we would be learning in school can be replicated at home. Please inform the school if you are unable to attend school due to parents/carers who are shielding.

 

 

Conkers Breakfast and After School Clubs

 

I am writing to confirm the latest situation with regard to Conkers Breakfast and After School Clubs with all pupils returning to school on Monday 8th March 2021.  Key worker and vulnerable children bookings will be given preference until further notice.

 

Mrs. Roe, Extended Schools Manager, has this week been contacting key worker parents and parents of vulnerable children who have been using breakfast or after school club to confirm bookings commencing on Monday 8th March.

 

For families who will be requiring this service from the 8th March, please contact Mrs Roe via asclub@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk regarding your booking requirements.

 

For families who now find they need before school or after school care who have previously not needed the clubs, you will need to register with Kids Club HQ to make a booking request.

The link to get started creating your account is here:

https://chalkwellhall.kidsclubhq.co.uk/rdr?u=home

 

Bubbles have been established, and will remain in place, based on the guidance that we have been given. There are 4 main bubbles – Reception, Year 1&2, Year 3&4 and Year 5&6.

 

Breakfast and after school club runs every day from 7.30am to 8.35am and 3.00pm to 6.00pm in term time. Prices remain unchanged: the breakfast club is £4 per session and the after school club is £8 per session.

 

Each bubble has a separate area of the playground and all equipment that the children use will be disinfected between uses and food will be delivered to their tables to avoid queueing and mixing groups.

 

Children will be asked to continue the regular handwashing that they will already be doing in school. Whilst children will not need to socially distance in their classes, they will be asked to maintain a level of social distancing in Conkers club to minimise mixing in line with the guidelines.

 

 

When collecting, parents will not be allowed to enter and we would ask that you maintain social distancing wherever possible when waiting for your child at the door. Please find below further information on both Conkers Clubs:

 

  • Mrs Tracey Roe is the Extended Schools Manager and Miss Carly Whitmore is the Deputy Extended Schools Club Manager, there are two great teams of staff who work with them in the Breakfast Club and After School Club.

 

  • Further information about the clubs can be obtained from the CHJS website.

 

  • Payment for bookings for at least the week ahead must be made by the Friday before the week in question. Failure to pay may result in your booking being cancelled. All cash or cheque (made payable to Chalkwell Hall Junior School) payments can be submitted on collection at Conkers Club. Other payment options – SIMS Pay and Childcare Vouchers will continue as normal.

 

  • You are required to pay your contact invoice in full. Refunds will be given for sessions missed if your child is absent due to sickness or in isolation in accordance with Health and Safety guidance. Please contact via email (asclub@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk) or telephone (07756263156) as soon as possible.

 

  • We have a policy on the Breakfast and After School Club which is available on both schools’ websites.

 

If you have any queries, please contact Mrs Roe on asclub@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk or contact the Junior school office staff on 01702 478570.

 

Reopening of School – 8th March 2021

Following the government’s announcement on Monday 22nd February 2021, we can now confirm that Chalkwell Hall Junior School will be open to all pupils again from Monday 8th March 2021.

 

We are aware that the reopening brings with it a mix of excitement and anxiety, and we have put the wellbeing of children, their families and our staff at the centre of our plans. We are confident the plans and support are in place to make the return to school as smooth and safe as possible. More details on our catch-up plans will be shared with you once we have received further clarity and guidance from the government.

 

The daily set-up for school is very similar to the way in which we were working before the Christmas holidays. Attached to the end of this letter you will find an updated copy of the information that was originally sent out in September 2020 ahead of our wider reopening. It would be very helpful to remind yourselves and your child of this information ahead of their return to school on Monday 8th March 2021.

 

Each class will remain in its own ‘bubble’ and staggered breaks and lunch times will remain with the playground separated into areas for each class to use. The staggered start and finish times remain unchanged, as does the one way systems at drop off and pick up time. Please note that the Sunningdale Avenue entrance/exit will be shut to Infant and Junior parents as preparations begin for building work at the Infant school.

 

We are asking all adult visitors to the school continue to wear a face mask/visor when on the school grounds, unless they are exempt on medical grounds. Staff in school will also be wearing a face mask when moving around school, but will remove them in the classroom or switch to a clear visor. There is no expectation for your child to wear a mask in school, and it is a parental decision whether you or your child wish to wear them when travelling to or from school.

 

We also wish to remind parents and carers to only enter the school site at collection times or if it is essential to visit the school office in person. If you need to wait before a pick up time, we advise you to make use of the open spaces in Chalkwell Park, and ask you to please respect social distancing and household mixing guidance both on site and in the park. This also extends to ensuring that your child follows this guidance should they be allowed to walk home by themselves.

 

We have also updated our FAQ for how to respond to any Covid-related symptoms, diagnosis or contact with a known case. You will find this information on the next page and please be aware of the reporting procedures required.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming everyone back to school.

 

 

 

What to do if … Action Needed Return to school when …
… my child has COVID symptoms ·         Do not come into school

·         Contact school daily

·         Self-isolate (all household members)

·         Get a test for your child

·         Inform school immediately about test results

… the test comes back

negative

…. My child tests positive for Coronavirus ·         Do not come into school

·         Contact school immediately regarding a positive test result (office@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk)

·         Self-isolate for at least 10 days (all household members)

·         Contact school at the end of the isolation period to confirm child’s return

….the child has completed at least 10 days isolation and they feel better. They can return to school after 10 days even if they have a cough or loss of smell/taste. These symptoms can last for several weeks once the infection is gone.
….somebody in my family has COVID symptoms ·         Do not come into school

·         Contact school daily

·         Self-isolate (all household members)

·         Household member with symptoms to get a test

·         Inform school immediately about test results

·         If your child is well, they should be engaging daily with remote learning via Microsoft Teams

…the household member test

is negative.

…somebody in my household has tested positive for Coronavirus ·         Do not come into school

·         Contact school immediately regarding a positive test result (office@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk)

·         Self-isolate for 10 days (all household members)

·         If your child is well, they should be engaging daily with remote learning via Microsoft Teams

…the child has completed 10

days of isolation.

 

… NHS Test and Trace have identified my child as a close contact of somebody with symptoms or confirmed Coronavirus
(this includes cases identified within school)
·         Do not come into school

·         Contact school immediately to inform them of Test & Trace advice (office@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk)

·         Self-isolate for 10 days (child only if it is a school-based case)

·         If your child is well, they should be engaging daily with remote learning via Microsoft Teams

…the child has completed 10

days of isolation.

…we/my child has travelled and has to self-isolate apart for a period of quarantine ·         Do not take unauthorised leave in term time

·         Consider quarantine requirements and FCO advice when booking travel

·         Provide information to school with regards absence and return

Returning from a destination where quarantine is needed:

·         Do not come into school

·         Contact school to inform of quarantine period (office@chalkwellhall-jun.southend.sch.uk)

·         Self-isolate for 10 days (all household members)

·         If your child is well, they should be engaging daily with remote learning via Microsoft Teams

…the quarantine period of 10

days has been completed.

 

…we have received medical

advice that my child must continue or resume shielding

·       Do not come into school

·       Contact school as soon as possible

·       Shield until you are informed that restrictions are lifted and shielding is paused again.

·       If your child is well, they should be engaging daily with remote learning via Microsoft Teams

…school or medical advice informs you that restrictions have been lifted and your child can return to

school again.

… we have received medical advice that another person within our household must resume shielding ·       Contact school as soon as possible

·       Cases will be discussed on an individual basis

NB: While we will always endeavour to be as flexible as possible, it may not be possible to adapt our approaches to suit all requests while maintaining the ability to cater for all pupils safely

… it is agreed your child can attend safely whilst your family member shields.

Or

…   medical advice informs you that restrictions have been lifted.

 

 

CHALKWELL HALL JUNIOR SCHOOL

Coronavirus related absence – quick reference guide for parents and carers

 

 

Information for the full reopening of school in March 2021

 

Having risk assessed our building and staffing provision, we have made arrangements for all pupils to be in school at the same time. Please share this information with your child so they are prepared and ready to go when they come in to school.

 

Attendance from 8th March is expected for all children unless there are exceptional circumstances, please contact us if this is the case.

 

The main office will be out of bounds for parents from 8:20am-9:00am and from 2:50pm-3:25pm as the space will be needed for the entry and exit of pupils.

 

We will need to stagger the start and finish times of our days to make sure we do not have crowds of people in our limited outside spaces and we can ensure effective social distancing to keep you, your children and our staff safe.

 

Dropping off (at the main gate only):

 

If some of the older children can walk to school safely on their own this will reduce crowds at the gate. If they cannot come on their own then please be prepared to drop off and not hang around while maintaining a 2m distance from other individuals.

 

 

Year 6 children will enter through the main gate and go up the stairs by the boys’ toilets to their class. If children aim to arrive at the following times we can maintain a steady stream of traffic in one direction towards their classrooms.

 

6RM, 6TF and 6DS     – arrive between 8:20am – 8:30am

6AF and 6AD           – arrive between 8:30am – 8:40am

 


Year 5
will enter through the main gate and go up the stairs nearest the gate to their class.

 

5JW and 5JT            – arrive between 8:20am – 8:30am

5SH, 5AF and 5GB     – arrive between 8:30am – 8:40am

 

 

Year 4 will enter through the main gate and then go through the main reception door and on to their classroom. The reception area will be out of bounds for parents.

 

4AB and 4CF            – arrive between 8:40am – 8:50am

4GW and 4LR           – arrive between 8:50am – 9:00am

 

 

Year 3 will enter through the main gate and go straight to their classroom door, which they can access, directly from the playground.

 

3SR and 3KB            – arrive between 8:40am – 8:50am

3NM and 3OS           – arrive between 8:50am – 9:00am

 

 

Collection at the end of the day: 

 

If older children can walk home from school safely on their own this will help reduce crowds. If you are collecting, please do so individually if at all possible.

 

Parents collecting children in Years 3&4 will need to enter through the main gate and leave the playground via the gate between the two schools (London Road) please. This will keep everyone heading in the same direction and reduce the congestion we usually have at the end of the day at the main gate.  Please ensure you are following social distancing when on the school site to collect children and please be prompt in collecting your child.

 

Year 6 will exit from the door that is between the two schools (by the downstairs kitchen area). The expectation is that many Year 6 pupils will be walking home independently and parents that are collecting can wait around the corner in the front car park please. You will not need to enter the main playground.

 

6RM, 6TF and 6DS     – children will exit the building at 2:55pm

6AF and 6AD            – children will exit the building at 3:05pm

 

Year 5 will exit out of the blue doors at the eastern end of the building (Leigh Road) and be brought out to the car park by their teacher to be picked up by parents. Please enter via the large gate on Leigh Road. When you have collected your child, please leave via the small gate on to London Road.  Please wait in this area and only go on to the main playground if you are collecting another child.

 

5JW and 5JT            – children will exit the building at 2:55pm

5SH, 5AF and 5GB     – children will exit the building at 3:05pm

 

Year 4 will exit on to the main playground through the door near the boys’ toilets at the western end of the building. There will be a waiting zone marked out for parents to wait in for collection. When you have collected your child, please exit the playground via the gate between the two schools on to London Road.

4AB and 4CF            – children will exit the building at 3:15pm

4GW and 4LR           – children will exit the building at 3:25pm

 

Year 3 will exit from their own classroom doors at the following times. Please stay in the collection zones that will be marked out. When you have collected your child, please exit the playground via the gate between the two schools on to London Road.

 

3SR and 3KB            – children will exit the building at 3:15pm

3NM and 3OS           – children will exit the building at 3:25pm

 

We know that this won’t be perfect and that some people may need to go to more than one zone but this is the best way for us to minimise congestion with all 840 children needing to leave our rather cramped site. Please follow the signs (and the traffic controllers who will be outside) and we should be able to move everyone around safely.

 

We appreciate that parents will be keen to meet with their child’s teacher but it will not be possible face-to-face at the end of the school day under these guidelines. You will be able to contact your teacher via email/phone and we very much look forward to meeting you all when the guidance allows us to do so.

 

During the day:

 

Once the children are in class, we will use a one-way system in school. Up the east stairwell (office end of school) and down the west stairwell (toilets end of school). This means the main reception will be part of the children’s route through school. The front door will be locked and DfE guidelines state that school offices should be closed to all but essential visitors so please wherever possible contact the office by phone or email. We would much rather see you in person but you will need to book an appointment to visit the office so they can manage the number of people coming through.

 

When children are in class and when moving around school, we will remind and expect them to observe the social distancing rules that have become the norm. They have a combination of rules to follow now. Within their own classes, they are now allowed to be next to each other and don’t need to be separated but they should stay 2 metres away from their teachers and pupils from other classes as much as possible. Desks will all be facing forwards so the children are not directly facing each other.

 

It would be enormously helpful if children could bring in a packed lunch, as the dining hall team will not be making hot dinners (we are not allowed to have everyone in one place eating together). Children who are entitled to free school meals or need to purchase a meal will have a packed lunch provided by the catering team on request.

 

Children will eat lunch in the classroom and will have outside time at morning break and lunchtime in a zoned area of the playground where they will only be allowed to socialise with the same children from their class. Playground equipment will be out of bounds but we will make sure the children have things to play with which will be sanitised regularly.

 

Stationery will be provided and only used by the individual child. You do not need to send in pencil cases, they won’t need them, but they can bring in reading books or something they have done at home they would like to share with their teacher. We are trying to minimise the number of items going back and forth from school to home and vice versa.

 

PE and other lessons that require equipment will still go ahead, we will have enhanced cleaning routines for any equipment that gets used and children will wash hands before and after using it as well. PE kits still need to come into school as before, and children will change for PE as needed during the day.

 

Desks will be cleaned during the day and handwashing routines will be strongly reinforced. The school will be thoroughly cleaned at the end of each day.

 

We expect the children to be in uniform, although we understand that getting every item sorted with growing children and other things going on at the moment is tricky so don’t worry if it isn’t perfect on day one.

 

Medication:

 

If your child needs medication, please drop it into the school office during the day outside of drop-off times.

 

To maintain social distancing please note that there should only be one parent in the school reception area at a time.  If queueing is necessary, please observe social distancing in the car park area as well.

 

Conkers before and after school club:

 

We are aiming to resume a service for wraparound care, and more details on Conkers before and after school club will be sent out separately.

 

Other clubs:

 

Although the guidance states that we can have clubs, we are still formulating plans to enable this to happen whilst remaining in class bubbles, which takes priority. We will inform and update when we have risk assessed all of the options.

 

Lockdown:

 

Should we find ourselves in a situation where there is another lockdown, be it local or national, then we will move to remote learning through Microsoft Teams. This will allow for direct communication between teachers and families, including feedback on work, and ensure that what we would be learning in school can be replicated at home. Please inform the school if you are unable to attend school due to parents/carers who are shielding.

 

 

8th February 2021

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Red Nose Day – Comic Relief – Friday 19th March 2021 – Non-Uniform Day

 

Red Nose Day is back and after a funny old 12 months, we’re more than ready for a giggle! The ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ tells us that by caring about and giving to others, it can actually improve your own wellbeing, so here’s the perfect opportunity!

 

If in school, we are inviting children to come to school in non-uniform (you can wear official Red Nose Day merchandise if you wish, just make sure it’s clearly named otherwise our noses get in a muddle!), but if you are at home why not wear your uniform for the day?!

 

To minimise bringing things in from home we are kindly asking for donations to be made on-line here: https://donation.comicrelief.com/

 

Here are some fun activities that you can complete at home if you wish. I really like the share a smile poster, I wonder how many I will see in windows around the local community?

 

Poster Bunting Assembly
Quiz and Games Quiz and Games Answers Certificate

 

We thank you in advance for your support.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Mr N. Hanshaw

Acting Headteacher

 

100 or Moore Challenge

 

 

#100orMoore

One hundred or more for Captain Tom Moore!?

What can you do??

With the sad passing of the incredible and inspiring Sir Captain Tom Moore, someone who despite challenges valued the importance of physical activity and raised millions for charity. We challenge you to continue his legacy by completing 100 of something.

You choose a 100 challenge that best suits you…..

You can have a go as many times as you like, challenging yourself to something different each time.

It could be 100 laps around your front room, 100 keepy-ups with a balloon, 100 hops, 100 jumps on a trampoline, …. think creatively maybe you could wear fancy dress whilst completing your challenge.  But PLEASE – do it carefully!

However you decide to challenge yourself, please show us how you get on!

Please upload your photos/video clips to the ‘#100orMoore’ assignment on Teams by Thursday 18th February 2021.

If you would then like to donate to Tom’s charity, you can donate here:

Donate — The Captain Tom Foundation

“Thank you Captain Sir Tom. Because of you tomorrow will be a good day for so many more.”

#100orMoore

Newsletter – 29th January 2021

Another week of remote learning is over, and it seems like a lifetime ago yet only two minutes since I was last writing a newsletter to you at the end of the Autumn term. My team and I are so amazed by, and grateful for, all of the hard work our pupils are putting in at home, or for those children attending school each day, as well as the amazing balancing acts that parents and families are dealing with.

 

As you have likely seen in the news this week, the government has confirmed that the school closures have been extended until at least 8th March. The whole CHJS team shares with you the very mixed emotions this creates; we all very much would like to have everyone back in school as normal, but do not want this to be rushed in a way that puts anyone in our community at too great a risk. Far too many families in our community have now either had someone in their household or close circle of friends experience the pain and suffering the virus can bring, and we must all do our bit in limiting this as best we can.

 

We know that as lockdown goes on, new stresses and strains will emerge and we are here in school to help you at home in whatever way we can. However, we must be clear that in-school provision is only for those who absolutely need it, and that the safest place for almost all pupils remains their home.

 

The government announced this week that all schools are to be fully closed for February half term, with no key worker/vulnerable pupil provision. This means school closes at the end of Thursday 11th February, due to the training day on Friday 12th, and reopens on Monday 22nd February.

 

We are always looking for ways that we can improve our remote offer, and we value parent feedback on our offer so far. Even where there may be differing views on what is best, we always look for common ground where we can tweak our provision to improve the experience for the whole community. We will always do this whilst maintaining the core features of our remote learning offer, which are to provide the greatest flexibility possible for our families whilst maintaining a good quality of work and regular access to teachers to provide feedback.

 

As such, we have been working on a few projects that we hope will further improve our offer over the coming weeks:

 

  • The pupil/teacher Teams meetings that began over this last fortnight have been positively received from pupil, parent and staff feedback in the meetings. They are now going to be regularly available for booking every other week, in line with staffing rotas and with slightly adapted timings. The new booking forms will go live from Monday.
  • We are going to be further extending the level of detail in the teacher input for all subjects, in response to the positive feedback we have had from the greater detail in maths. We hope this will further reduce the need for intense parental support on tasks, and our staff team have been trialling out different methods of presenting their teaching through the videos to mirror what the children are already familiar with in class.
  • We are setting up a one-to-one direct messaging channel for each child to have with their teacher, which can also be monitored by other staff but children will only see their own channel. This is to encourage children to address misconceptions, worries or misunderstandings about the work without the anxiety or embarrassment of making their post public on the chat space or class wall. Teachers will also use it to initiate check in conversations with each child as needed, alongside the regular calls and family email check-ins that our team are already doing for those families that we have identified as needing more support. This new channel will appear on Teams over the next couple of days.

 

Mr Birkinshaw has explained all of these changes, along with some images of what the new chat space will look like, in today’s assembly video, which can be found here: https://video.link/w/QIWLb

 

Another new development this week is that we have received rapid Covid-19 testing kits for all of our staff. This is a measure provided by the government to help reduce the risks of asymptomatic transmission within our school community, and staff will begin twice weekly testing from Monday. Rapid tests for asymptomatic persons are also available is our area alongside the regular testing routes. More information on testing for families can be found here: https://www.southend.gov.uk/health-wellbeing/coronavirus/12

 

Name the Chalkwell Hare competition

Hares About Town is a spectacular public art event in partnership with Wild in Art that will weave its way across Southend on Sea from July for 10 weeks in 2021. Hare sculptures, each one individually designed by an artist and sponsored by a business, form a free, fun, family-friendly trail of discovery for local people to explore and enjoy!

 

After entertaining and bringing people together, the legacy of Hares About Town continues as many of the sculptures will be auctioned to raise vital funds for a local charity Havens Hospices.

 

The children of Chalkwell Hall started the process for creating our hare by completing their designs back in March 2020. We have combined many different elements of their designs and there is some careful painting going on behind the scenes. All that’s left to do now is come up with a name!

 

Between the two schools, we have shortlisted 4 names for you to choose from in the poll, which will be shared on the class Teams pages today and closes on Friday 5th February.

 

While it has long been the common signoff for newsletters, in this current time I really do mean it when I say thank you all for your continued support in these challenging times.