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Mrs Fenton

Year 6 (30)

Home Learning Menu 6 - Y6

Dear Year 6

Below you can download a new menu of activities for the next 2 weeks.

It is important that the children have a balanced day, so please use the menu to ensure the children have a variety of physical, academic and mindfulness activities. We advise you to follow a routine as much as possible.

Don’t forget, if you would like to share any learning that your child has completed please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We love to see what you’ve been up to.

This week, the children will also be able to join our virtual classroom on Edmodo by using the code that will be emailed to you from school. Children will be able to connect with each other.

We are really looking forward to hearing from you all soon.

Mrs Fenton, Mrs Lever and Miss Slater

Home Learning Menu 5 - Y6

Dear Year 6

Below you can download a new menu of activities for the next 2 weeks.

It is important that the children have a balanced day, so please use the menu to ensure the children have a variety of physical, academic and mindfulness activities. We advise you to follow a routine as much as possible.

Don’t forget, if you would like to share any learning that your child has completed please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We love to see what you’ve been up to.

This week, the children will also be able to join our virtual classroom on Edmodo by using the code that will be emailed to you from school. Children will be able to connect with each other.

We are really looking forward to hearing from you all soon.

Mrs Fenton, Mrs Lever and Miss Slater

Letter to Year 6 Parents

Dear Parents and Carers of children in Year 6.

I wanted to write to you all to explain the difficult and challenging position we are faced with in making the decision not to bring all the Year 6 children back to St Marie’s before the end of the academic year. Firstly, I must stress that we are all very sad that the Year 6 pupils, that want to return to school, cannot as we operate under the present government guidelines.

As a school, we continue to follow the current phased approach with schools starting to increase pupil numbers prioritising younger children as set out in the Department for Education guidance. The guidelines are very clear in that we must give priority to vulnerable children and critical workers’ children, returning to school first and then, in the following order of priority, children in Reception, Year 1 and finally Year 6.

In St Marie’s, we have around 120 children across all the year groups that fall into the ‘Vulnerable and Critical Workers’ Children’ category.

Around 100 of these will be attending school on Monday 15th June.

Government guidance states that these children must be in groups (bubbles) of 15 children (at the maximum), they must have the same staff members and they must keep to the social distancing regulations of 2 metres whilst in school.

From Monday 15th June, we will have nine of these bubbles and be using most of the space within school (some of the classrooms are very small and some bubbles need two bases).

Looking at the space we have left in school, we may be able to fit one more bubble of 15 children in school and this is very likely to be made up of the next priority groups, Reception and Year 1 children.

Using the current government guidelines, we will then have no capacity to make new bubbles. Children joining after that will take up the very few spaces that we have left in the existing bubbles.

Unfortunately, with these stipulations in place we are unable to offer places for Year 6 children from June 15th (and later) unless their parents/carers are critical workers, or the children fall under the vulnerable children’s category.

Again, I must point out that offering places to all the Year 6 children will of course vary between local schools. This is due to constraints of the school buildings, staffing capacity and the type of school (infant schools have no Year 6 and junior schools have no Reception or Year 1 children).

I am really very sorry for any disappointment that this causes. We find ourselves in this upsetting position as a school due to the number of children in the priority groups taking the places before the Year 6 children.

 

I have always been clear that we will follow government advice to help us ensure that children at St Marie’s can come to school, only when it is safe to do so, and we will continue to do this.

However, if the government guidance changes (increase in the bubble size, for example), and we find ourselves in a position to welcome more children back to school before the end of term safely, we will do so.

The Secretary of State for Education announced on June 9th 2020 that all remaining primary school pupils would not be able to attend before the summer, which is in line with our previous approach where we stated we do not envisage a full return of all year groups by the end of the summer term.

As I mentioned in last weeks’ newsletter, we do plan to have some sessions for our Year 6’s to allow children to say goodbye, celebrate their achievements, join together spiritually and support them in planning for transition to secondary school. I hope to share this with you next week.

This Pandemic has brought with it stress, uncertainty and anxiety for us all and I would like to re-emphasize that there will be no pressure on parents to send their children to school and that no fines will be applied. We will offer transition support to children who chose to remain at home.

Finally, we have written a message to the Year 6 children below and we would be grateful if you share it with them.

Take care and God Bless

Mr John Fernandes

Headteacher

 

Dear Year 6 children

We hope you are all well. We have missed you so much!

You may have seen in the news that schools have been asked to welcome back more children to school as the government continues to help us return to normal lives. At St Marie’s, we have been working very hard to do this as we know that welcoming you back to school for a few weeks before you go to secondary school is very important and is something we want to do.

Unfortunately, the advice that we have from the Government means that we cannot make it safe at St Marie’s to welcome you and all your Year 6 friends back to school.

We can welcome a few Year 6 children back and your parents will explain why this is.

We are very sorry that this might make you upset, but we are sure that you understand that keeping you safe is the most important job that we must do. It is one of our main school rules and we only have three!

Now the best way to keep you safe is to ask you to keep learning at home and look after yourselves by having a regular routine, keeping active and staying in touch with your friends (and your lovely teachers!) please.

As scientists and the government continue to find out more about COVID-19 and how we can stay safe, they might ask us to change our plans again. If they do, Mr Fernandes will work as hard as he can to see if we are able to allow you to safely come back to St Marie’s before the end of the summer term.

Please do not worry if you cannot come back to school. We will be in touch to help you with your learning and explain what going to secondary school will be like.

Keep working hard and we miss you all!

 

Mrs Fenton, Mrs Lever and Miss Slater

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