Critical Worker - School Provision
From January 5th Riddings Junior School is open to the children of Critical (Key) Workers and a small group of children deemed a priority by school due to their vulnerability. All families have had communication from school offering school provision.
In line with Government expectations children will only be offered full-time educational provision at school.
Unlike the first lockdown (March – July) where provision in school was based upon child-care during this next half-term the experience for children will be a usual school day where learning is the absolute priority. Thus the children will follow a normal curriculum that is reflected by the home (remote) learning provision.
All placements are offered on a full-time, 5 day a week basis, which reflects the guidance from Government. In terms of their learning it is far better for the children to receive a consistent pattern of lessons rather than dipping in and out of school and trying to maintain progress at home. Whilst our home learning provision follows what is being taught in school it cannot match the effectiveness of a face to face lesson.
If there is an over-riding factor for your child not to access the full-time learning provision please contact me to discuss this. However given the need for us to maintain a consistent bubble of children through the week this is unlikely to be possible as we have limited capacity and full-time placement has to be given priority.
The children will be taught in their own Year Group bubble with no mixing across year groups. The make-up of the groups will stay fixed so that the capacity is limited. Therefore your child will mix with the same children so that limiting the number of days that they are in school would not reduce the risk. Children will, as they have been doing, have an allocated space in class and also at dinner time. Breaks and after eating, dinner-time, will be spent outdoors where the risk of transmission is minimised further.
A hot school meal will be continue to be available as usual, at a cost of £2.20 per day – if you prefer to provide a packed lunch this is fine. If your child usually has Free School Meals these will continue to be provided.
Despite the changes that are in place the usual Riddings Junior School expectations of PRIDE will apply which will include wearing school uniform – another nod towards creating a sense of ‘normality’. Your child will need to have PE kit in school – as before Christmas lessons will be outdoors as often as possible and we advise that they bring their plain black sweatshirt and plain black jogging bottoms to wear. If other equipment/clothing such as Forest School kit is required you will be informed.
Start and Finish times
Our ‘usual’ staggered start and finish times will continue to ensure that Year Groups do not mix and to keep the outside of school as clear as possible. Although there will be reduced numbers of parents and children please carry on following our expectations regarding drop off and pick up by car – we will continue to move cars away from the school entrances (politely of course).
Year 3 will enter and leave school through the rear playground as usual – they will be taught in Miss Jones’ classroom.
Year 4 will enter and leave via the ‘side’ door and will be taught in Mr Jones’ classroom.
Year 5 will enter and leave via the ‘side’ door and be located in Miss Pillings’ classroom.
Year 6 will enter via the rear playground and be taught in Miss Graham’s classroom.
The children will be taught by the teachers in their Year Group and be supported by Teaching Assistants who will also work within the same bubble.
Letter to Parents/Carers from DCC regarding school provision for the children of
Critical (Key) Workers & children deemed a priority by school
Critical (Key) Worker roles