September 2020

Re-Opening the School to all Pupils

School re-opens for all children in September 2020

From 7 September 2020 we will be opening the school for children in all year groups.

A full Risk Assessment on how the school will manage the re-opening of the school can be found HERE


Graphic showing UK government advice on social distancingKey Elements of the School’s Re-opening for Parents

  • Children will be placed in a ‘bubble’ = child’s class.
  • Bubbles can operate as a ‘group’ = year group, to share resources but contact between them will be minimal.
  • Adults in school (including peripatetic music teachers) will be able to move between bubbles following strict hygiene protocols.
  • Children will wash their hands on entering the school and frequently throughout the day.
  • Children should come to school with their own stationery in a named Pencil Case including:
    • Writing Pencils (HB)
    • Rubber
    • 30cm Ruler
    • Colouring Pencils
    • Pencil Sharpener
  • The start and finish times, break and lunchtimes will all be staggered throughout the day.
  • Children will be encouraged to socially distance – but it is recognised that this is difficult particularly with young children.
  • Social distancing for children in EYFS, Y1 and Y2 will not be possible.
  • Children will face forwards as much as possible, when the teacher is explaining / directing the class. But will face one another on shared round tables when working independently.
  • Sneeze screens will be used in KS2 for further protection where social distancing is difficult, and face-to-face is unavoidable.
  • Adults will  socially distance from children and each other.
  • There will be No visitors (including parents) into the school building.
  • Parents must stay on the ‘one way system’ when dropping off and picking up their children – always via Archery Road.
  • The office will continue to work ‘remotely’.  They are contactable by email and phone.
  • Children who are unwell, and/or display the symptoms of coronavirus (see guidance below) will be kept in isolation and parents will be called to collect them from teh Roper Street entrance.
  • They will be expected to self-isolate.  (Please see guidance below)

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Most people with coronavirus have at least 1 of these symptoms.

NHS advice on Covid-19 can be found here


What to do if you feel unwell?

Self-isolate if:

  • you have any symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste)

  • you’ve tested positive for coronavirus – this means you have coronavirus

  • you live with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive

  • someone in your support bubble has symptoms or has tested positive


How long do I self-isolate for?

If you have symptoms or have tested positive for coronavirus, you’ll usually need to self-isolate for at least 7 days.

You’ll usually need to self-isolate for 14 days if:

  • someone you live with has symptoms or tested positive
  • someone in your support bubble has symptoms or tested positive
  • you’ve been told by NHS Test and Trace that you’ve been in contact with someone who has coronavirus

Read more about how long to self-isolate.


When Self-Isolating

  • do not go to work, school or public places – work from home if you can

  • do not go on public transport or use taxis

  • do not go out to get food and medicine – order it online or by phone, or ask someone to bring it to your home

  • do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for people providing essential care

  • do not go out to exercise – exercise at home or in your garden, if you have one


If Children work remotely

Children in years 3, 4, 5 & 6 will be set work by their class teacher via Google Classrooms http://classroom.google.com  also using PiXL https://timestable.pixl.org.uk/ & http://vocab.pixl.org.uk (same log-in for each link) and linguascope https://www.linguascope.com/ 

  • 1 piece of literacy – Daily lasting around 45 minutes  
  • 1 piece of mathematics – Daily lasting around 45 minutes
  • Topic work – project/research/presentation style – Daily lasting about 1 hour, building on and progressing through a week
  • PiXL or Linguascope work – 45 minutes, set as required (might replace a mathematics or literacy task)
  • Listen/read to ebook on https://worldbook.kitaboo.com/ that relates to your topic work (or just your general interest!)

Children in years 1 & 2 will be set activities via Google Classrooms 

There will also be work using PiXL https://timestable.pixl.org.uk/ & http://vocab.pixl.org.uk (same log-in for each link)and linguascope https://www.linguascope.com/

  • Daily Maths Task.
  • Either phonics or Spelling/Grammar/Punctuation task.
  • Complete work from ‘homework grid’.
  • Listen/read to ebook on https://worldbook.kitaboo.com/ that relates to your topic work (or just general interest!)

Parents of children in Reception and Nursery will be liaised with via Tapestry.  Activities  will be set by the class teacher and you are invited to capture the outcome of these activities on tapestry.  https://tapestry.info/ .

These will then be commented on by the class teacher or Early Years Practitioner and extended where appropriate


Protocols using Google Classrooms

The default setting is for children and teachers to have access to “comment”.  We will be talking to children about the appropriate use of comment and reminding them that any inappropriate content/messaging will be screenshotted and passed to the Headteacher where the school’s behaviour policy will be followed and children / parents contacted.


Contact with the class teacher

Teachers will be using newly created email addresses to post new work and to liaise with families.  The email address of classes are;

classname@elthamce.greenwich.sch.uk

(i.e. avery@elthamce.greenwich.sch.uk, roper@elthamce….) 

Please be aware that the volume of emails has risen dramatically and be patient with teachers as they strive to manage them all.

Please also be aware of teachers workload and allow them time away from their emails and classes.  Therefore, do not expect emails to be answered after 4pm each day, and not before 9am each morning.