End of Term and Summer Support
Dear Parents and Carers,
Following my email last week, please find below information regarding the rest of this term and the summer.
Reports and further transition into new classes
Reports will be sent home on Thursday 9th July. If your child is not in school, this will be posted to you.
This will include information regarding your child’s learning journey this year. Due to lockdown, attainment will be shared from March, when the last formal teacher assessment took place. The Government has removed the statutory requirement for schools to share end of year progress and attainment and attendance information.
This year we have included a transition document with the children’s reports as we want to understand how lockdown and ‘Home Learning’ has been for all children and families. We would encourage all families to complete the transition document sent home with the report. This would ideally be done alongside your child(ren) and would include information under the headings such as ‘things I have enjoyed during lockdown’ and ‘things I am worried about’. This document can be completed over the summer holidays and brought back to school in September to hand to your child’s new class teacher. Your child’s new class teacher will use the form to aid transition into the new school year.
If you would like to discuss the contents of your child’s report further with your child’s current class teacher, or have any questions or concerns relating to the report, we would ask that you email the class teacher directly (teacher’s email addresses can be found on Teams or by firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange a short meeting to discuss this. These pre-booked meetings will be held via Teams, or a phone call, depending on your preference.
Infant School – Teachers will be available to organise a meeting at a mutually convenient time on receipt of your email
Junior School - Teachers will be available between 4pm and 6pm on Monday 13th and Wednesday 15th July and will book in a slot for you on receipt of your email.
Summer Activities and Home Learning
We will keep the ‘Home Learning’ page live on our website over the summer holiday so you can access links and past lessons as you wish. Teams will remain online, however all communications will be muted as contributions will not be monitored during the summer holidays.
We are unable to open our school sites over the holidays as we have extensive building work taking place during August. This includes reinforcing some glass and windows at both schools, new roof at the Infant School and a new hall floor and path at the Junior School. However, there are some summer activities that we are supporting over the holidays and this information will be send out in a separate communication later this week.
We understand that children might feel worried and nervous about returning to school in September, especially if they have not been back regularly since the end of March. To support children through this period, teachers will be running an online session for children on either Thursday 27th August or Friday 28th August (these sessions are optional).
Your child will be sent an invite over Microsoft Teams, by Thursday 16th July, which will appear in their Teams calendar. Please watch this video to find out when your session is and how to access it when it starts.
We are also going to use the two INSET days in September (1st and 2nd) to support vulnerable children or children who are expressing high anxiety about returning to school. If your child falls into one of these categories and you feel that some support during these INSET days would help, can you please email email@example.com, by Tuesday 14th July, with the email subject ‘INSET support’ so we can discuss the situation. We might be able to offer a phone call, Teams session or on-site visit.
This can be a difficult time for families and when school closes for the summer there are a number of services you can access if you require support:
This organisation want to speak to parents and carers, directly over the phone; to listen to you, understand your situation and make a plan with you about how they can help.
Websites supporting vulnerable people, including NSPCC.org.uk, will now be free of charge during the pandemic. This means using these websites to access support and advice will not use your phone data.
Please click the link to find out more: www.parents.actionforchildren.org.uk
September plans – all children to return to school
The official guidance was released last week and we are in the process of updating our risk assessment. We are planning to bring all children back to school full time. We are also looking at how we can offer extended services (Breakfast Clubs and our After School Club) from Term 1.
Before the end of the summer term, we will share the finer details with our families. Thank you for your patience as we work through the government guidance and plan how we can implement it successfully and safely at the St Saviour’s Schools.
As always, I would like to thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.
St Saviour’s Infant Church School and St Saviour’s Junior Church School