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School Year September 2020 - July 2021

Newsletter 19 – 21st July 2021

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

This was not the end of year that we had hoped for… closing the whole of Year 1 and Year 2 due to confirmed Covid-19 positive cases.  However, as the Local Authority said, we have done very well not to have closed the year group ‘bubbles’ earlier during this year and caused disruption to your child’s education.  We managed to provide a robust curriculum to enable them to make sufficient progress to be able to access their new year group.

 

We send our very best wishes to our Y2 children as they move on to junior schools.  They are an absolutely fantastic cohort who have demonstrated our MERTON values at all times.  We know that they will continue to excel in the juniors and will be greatly missed.

 

Remote Learning

Y1 and Y2 children can access activities this week on google classroom.  However, we are very much aware that many of you have started your summer holidays earlier!

 

COVID-19

If your child tests positive within a couple of days (48 hrs) of the end of term, please email the school and NOT leave a message on the school answerphone.  This also applies if your child tests positive in the days leading up to our return on 2nd September. You will need to follow the NHS test and trace guidance.

 

Staffing

I am delighted to announce that Miss Bennett has safely delivered a beautiful baby girl called Esme Olivia on Friday 16th July, weighing 9lb 8oz! 

 

End of Year Reports

Thank you for your positive comments about your child’s annual report.  If you would like to speak to your child’s class teacher about their report, then please book a telephone consultation during this week.  Staff have conducted transition meetings so that they are well prepared to support the children in their new year groups.

 

Funeral

Mrs Merritt, our Learning Support Assistant, will be laid to rest on Friday 30th July.  Please take the time to light a candle in her memory and keep her family in your thoughts.  It has been an incredibly sad time for all those who knew her.  She was an amazing lady who put others before herself.  In her memory our wellbeing garden will be called ‘The Venetia Garden’ and we will plan a grand opening in September.

 

INSET days for 2021-2022

We have confirmed next year’s INSET days.  Some of these have been planned to be at the beginning or the end of holidays to make it easier for parents to book long weekends away or holidays in light of the past year’s circumstances.  Please see below:

 

 

Friday 22nd October 2021

Monday 29th November 2021

Monday 28th February 2022

Friday 27th May 2022

Monday 4th July 2022

 

School Holidays

As we start the summer holidays, please keep an eye open for any vandals accessing the school site and contact the police.  We would really appreciate your support in keeping our school grounds safe.

 

Opening times from 2nd September 2021

We hope that we can resume normal opening and finishing times in the new academic year i.e. 8.45am - 3.15pm.  Children will enter / exit via their external classroom doors. This may be reviewed nearer the time depending on whether there are any national or local restrictions in place at the end of the holidays.

 

It has been a challenging year for various reasons but thank you for your continuing support, patience and understanding.  We are Team Merton

 

Stay safe and take care.  Happy Holidays and enjoy the sun.

 

Larissa James

Headteacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 July 2021

TO ALL YR PARENTS OF CLOSE CONTACTS OF COVID-19

 

Advice for Child to Self-Isolate for 10 Days

Dear Parent or Carer, We have been made aware that we have a confirmed positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) at Merton Infant School. We have followed the national guidance and, following a risk assessment with Public Health England (PHE) advisers, have identified that your YR child has been in close contact with the individual who has had a positive test result for coronavirus (COVID-19). In line with the national guidance, your child must stay at home and self-isolate until 23.59 hours on Friday, 9 July 2021. We expect to see your child return to school on Monday, 12 July 2021 at 8.45am. If your child is well at the end of their period of self-isolation then they can return to their usual activities and attend school as normal. Other members of your household can continue normal activities, provided your child does not develop symptoms within the self-isolation period. For more information, please see the guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-orconfirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person

Getting a PCR test for a close contact of a case? It is now also possible for close contacts to have a PCR test even where they do not have symptoms through Get a free PCR test to check if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) or by calling 119. In some areas you may be encouraged to do this by your local authority or local health protection team. Please note: if your child has a negative PCR test result this does not alter the self-isolation period as a contact. Close contacts should continue to self-isolate for 10 full days, as they could still become infectious and pass the infection onto others. Please make sure you read the full text message from NHS Test and Trace when receiving a negative result. This makes clear that you do not need to self-isolate unless ‘you've been told to self-isolate because you've been in close contact with someone who tested positive’ Negative test result for coronavirus (COVID-19) - NHS (www.nhs.uk). What to do if your child develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID 19) Having been identified as a close contact, if your child then develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), they should remain at home for at least 10 days from the date when their symptoms appeared. Symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a new, continuous cough, or a high temperature, or a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia). Anyone with symptoms will be eligible for a PCR test - this is the type of test that is normally available and can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. All other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 10 days. This includes anyone in your ‘Support Bubble’. The household isolation period includes the day the first person in your household’s symptoms started (or the day their test was taken if they did not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days. This means that if, for example, your 10 day isolation period starts on the 15th of the month, your isolation period ends at 23:59 hrs on the 25th and you can return to your normal routine. Household members should not go to work, school or public areas, and exercise should be taken within the home. If you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication, or walking a dog, you should ask friends or family. Alternatively, you can order your shopping online and medication by phone or online. Household members staying at home for 10 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community. If you are able, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period. If that is not possible, anyone with symptoms should try and stay as far away as possible from vulnerable members of your household. For more information, please read PHE’s ‘Stay at Home’ guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-homeguidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. If your child does develop symptoms, you can seek advice from the nhs.uk website at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/check-if-you-have-coronavirus-symptoms/. If you are concerned about your child’s symptoms, or they are worsening you can seek advice from NHS 111 at https://111.nhs.uk/ or by phoning 111.

How to stop coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading

There are things you can do to help reduce the risk of you and anyone you live with getting ill with coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

 

There will be work on Google Classroom for your child to do. Further Information Further information is available at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

Yours sincerely

Larissa James

Headteacher

Newsletter 17 – 21st June 2021

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

End of Year events

Following Boris Johnson’s announcement last week about the delay in lifting restrictions, the Department for Education (DfE) has advised schools to be cautious in planning the usual end of year events.  Therefore, we have made the difficult decision that we will not be inviting parents in for Sports Day on Thursday 22nd July.  We will take photos of the children and post them on the school website instead and children will do sports day during their normal PE lessons in the last week of term.  This will allow time for all the PE equipment to be sanitised in between the different sessions.

 

We will also not have our Y2 Leavers’ Assembly.  We have discussed possibly live streaming it but there were safeguarding concerns involved.  We are planning a free McDonald lunch and party on the field for the children instead.

 

Sorry for any inconvenience caused but we need to keep our school community safe and ensure that we do not all have to self-isolate for the first two weeks of the summer holiday with an outbreak of COVID-19 cases.

 

Transition Day

The children will meet their new teacher and Learning Support Assistant (LSA) for September on Friday 2nd July in the afternoon.  Due to the COVID-19 control measures that we currently implement, the children will remain in their year group bubbles in their current classrooms and the staff will move around instead. Current YR and Y1 classes will be split for their new classes. Current Y2 classes will remain the same. We will ensure the adults wear face visors and use hand sanitiser on entry to the classroom.  That day we will send home a social story detailing the names of the staff members including photos of their new classroom.  There are also photos and a virtual tour of the school on our website so that you can share them with your children during the holidays.  We are currently planning for Y2 to visit the junior school on the same day but awaiting guidance from the Local Authority to ensure that we meet health and safety guidance.

 

EAL Gold Award

I am delighted to announce that the school has achieved this prestigious award for our outstanding provision to support children who have English as an additional language (EAL).  28% of the children in our school are EAL children, speaking 33 different languages across the year groups.  The school was judged against specific criteria evaluating Leadership & Management, Pedagogy & Practice, Data, Assessment and Progress, Teaching and Learning, Parent & Community Engagement.  We are the 3rd school in the country, the 2nd Infant school in Hampshire and the 1st school in Basingstoke to achieve this high accolade.  A HUGE WELL DONE to Mrs Durbajlo, our Inclusion Manager and Miss Fellhauer, our Geography Curriculum Manager who co-ordinated this project.

 

Staffing

I am delighted to announce that Mrs Wisken is expecting her second baby which is due in December.  Miss Bennett is still awaiting the birth of her first baby.  Any day now!!

 

End of Year Reports

Your child’s annual report will be sent home on Friday 16th July.  This will detail your child’s achievement and progress this year including suggestions about how you can help them at home over the summer holidays in preparation for their new school year.  If you would like to speak to your child’s class teacher about their report, then please book a telephone consultation during the final week of term.

 

Term Dates and INSET days for 2021-2022

We have confirmed next year’s INSET days.  We have planned some of these days to be at the beginning or the end of holidays to make it easier for parents to book long weekends away or holidays in light of the past year’s circumstances.  Please see below:

 

Friday 22nd October 2021

Monday 29th November 2021

Monday 28th February 2022

Friday 27th May 2022

Monday 4th July 2022

 

Your child will also be coming home with a calendar for the term dates and inset days for 2021-2022. 

 

Key Dates

2nd July - Transition Day - children meet their new teacher

5th July – INSET day - school closed for staff training

6th July - YR trip to Wellington Park

14th July - Open Box Theatre visit Y1 & Y2

16th July - End of Year Reports to Parents

23rd July - Break Up for summer

2nd September - School re-opens for Years 1 & 2

 

Thank you for you continuing support.  Stay safe and take care.

 

 

Larissa James

Headteacher

 

Newsletter 16 – 9th June 2021

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Welcome back.  We trust that you had a lovely holiday and enjoyed some sunshine.  We have another busy half term, so please check your child’s book bag and the school website regularly for information. 

 

We have noticed that since we advised that you no longer need to wear face masks on the school site, parents are not adhering to the staggered start and finish times.  The DfE still advise schools to put this control measure in place to prevent the risk of transmission of COVID-19.  Please continue to socially distance and avoid large gatherings and leave the school site as soon as possible.     

 

When entering the office, we still require you to wear a face mask (unless you are exempt) and only one parent will be allowed in at a time. 

 

Y2 Leavers Assembly

We have provisionally planned this event for Wednesday 21st July.  Depending on the latest guidelines for large gatherings at that time, we plan to host two assemblies - at 9.10am and 2.00pm to enable one parent per child to attend either time.  It will be on a first come first served basis.  We will notify parents of our confirmed plans nearer the time.

 

Sports Day

We are planning this event for Thursday 22nd July.  Depending on guidelines at that time, YR will be 9.10 – 10.10am, Y1 will be 10.45 – 11.45am and Y2 will be 2.00 – 3.00pm.

 

We appreciate that this is not ideal this year, especially if you have siblings in different year groups but it will ensure that we continue with our effective control measures to avoid the transmission of COVID-19 and not mix our year group bubbles.

 

The two events above may change but we wanted to communicate the dates as early as possible in order that you can plan your work commitments.

 

Staffing

We welcome Mrs Clayton in Y2 Eagle Owls full time this half term as Miss Bennett has officially started her maternity leave this week.  We will let you know of the baby’s birth as soon as we know.

 

INSET days for 2021-2022

We have confirmed next year’s INSET days, when school will be closed for staff training.  We have planned some of the days to be at the beginning or the end of holidays to make it easier for parents to book long weekends away or holidays, in light of the past year’s circumstances.  Please see below:

 

Friday 22nd October 2021

Monday 29th November 2021

Monday 28th February 2022

Friday 27th May 2022

Monday 4th July 2022

 

Warm Weather

As the weather is now becoming warmer please ensure that you send your child into school with a named water bottle, sun hat and sun cream applied, as children’s skin can burn easily.

 

Key Dates

2nd July – Transition Day – children meet their new teacher

5th July – INSET – school closed for staff training

6th July – YR trip to Wellington Park

14th July - Open Box Theatre visit Y1 & Y2

16TH July – End of Year Reports to Parents

21st July – Y2 Leavers Assembly

22nd July – Sports Day

23rd July – Break Up for Summer holidays

2nd September – School re-opens for Y1 and Y2 children

7th September – YR Transition Meeting (9.30am to 10.45am)

8th September – YR children start school (8.45am to 12.00pm)

9th September – YR children stay for morning and lunch (8.45 am to 1.00pm)

10th September – YR children stay all day

 

Please note that the term dates for the next academic year can be found on our website, under ‘Parents’, ‘School Holiday and Term Dates’.

 

Thank you for you continuing support.  Stay safe and take care.

 

Yours sincerely

Larissa James

Headteacher

Newsletter 15 – 19th May 2021

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Following yesterday’s start of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, current DfE guidance states that parents/carers are no longer required to wear face masks outside on school grounds.  However, you may still do so if you prefer.  When entering the office, we still request you to wear a face mask and only one parent will be allowed in at a time. 

 

Please continue to socially distance and leave the school site as soon as possible.  Staggered start and finish times will continue.  This will be reviewed after half term. 

 

We are still making decisions for end of year events, for example, Y2 Leavers Assembly and Sports Day and will ensure that we communicate as early as possible in order that you can plan your work commitments.

 

Covid-19

The school continues to follow the current Government guidelines for Covid-19.  If your child or a member of your household has one or more of the coronavirus symptoms (i.e. a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or loss/change in sense of smell or taste) the whole household will need to self-isolate until that person has had a negative covid test result.  If anyone has any of these symptoms they will need to take a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test.  PCR tests are the most reliable tests but results may take a while as they have to be processed in a laboratory. 

 

Lateral Flow Device (LFD) tests are simple and quicker to use, but not as accurate as PCR tests.  They are mainly used for people who do not have symptoms of Covid-19 and are used to regularly test staff working in care homes, the NHS and schools (i.e. for the purpose of the rapid asymptomatic testing programme).  The Department for Education (DfE) and Public Health England (PHE) have stated that lateral flow tests should not be used on children under the age of 12. Therefore any child attending our school who has coronavirus symptoms should have a PCR test booked for them.

 

Attendance

Whilst our overall attendance since all children returned fully to school on 8 March has been very good, there are still some children whose attendance and/or punctuality is a cause for concern.  As a reminder, the Government’s expectation is that attendance should be 96% or above.  Any child whose attendance is 90% or below is classed as persistent absence

 

If your child has a cold or other minor ailment please consider giving them Calpol in the morning and send them into school, unless they are very unwell.  We can also administer Calpol in school if a parent has filled out the consent form.

 

There have been occasions when parents have kept their child off school due to having an unsettled night.  If your child has had a disturbed night please send them into school as soon as they awake – we cannot authorise a whole day off school for a disturbed night.  If your child is persistently absent or late we will arrange a meeting with you to discuss ways of improving their attendance/punctuality and to offer any support you may need.  However, if your child continues to be persistently absent or arrive late, the school may record the sessions as unauthorised absence.  When no valid reason is given for your child’s absence this will also be recorded as unauthorised.  If a child accrues 10 or more sessions (5 days) of unauthorised absence within a 10 week period parents may be issued with a penalty notice or may be referred to the Attendance Legal Panel (ALP), who may take legal action.

 

Please can I remind you to try, wherever possible, to arrange any medical or dentist appointments outside of school hours. If your child has an appointment in the morning for 10.00am or later, please try to bring them into school first so that they can get an attendance mark for the morning session and return them to school after the appointment so that they can get a mark for the afternoon. If you do not return your child to school the absence may be recorded as unauthorised, unless a valid reason is given.  Likewise, if they have an appointment in the afternoon please send them to school in the morning, otherwise the morning session may be recorded as unauthorised. We ask that parents please provide evidence (either a letter, text or appointment card) for any medical appointments during the day.  Also, if you know that your child is going to be late in please contact the office to let them know if you wish to order a dinner for them (orders have to be placed before 9.30am).

 

When children are absent or late for school it can have an adverse impact on their learning and friendship groups, making them less settled at school. We want your child to achieve their potential – children make the most progress when they attend school regularly and on time.

 

Fundraising

Thank you for your generous contribution to the Merton Workout.  You raised an amazing £1871.85.  The Film Nights have also raised approximately £460.00.  The money will be spent on resources for our well-being garden and replenishing guided reading books.

 

Bags for Schools is planned for 8th June.  Please donate any towels, bedding, clothes etc.  The more we collect, the more money we will receive! 

 

INSET days for 2021-2022

We have confirmed next year’s INSET days.  We have planned additional days at the beginning or the end of holidays to make it easier for parents to book long weekends away or holidays in light of the past year’s circumstances.  Please see below:

 

Friday 22nd October 2021

Monday 29th November 2021

Monday 28th February 2022

Friday 27th May 2022

Monday 4th July 2022

 

Key Dates

19th May –Y1 Film Night, 3.30pm to 5.00pm (children will go straight from their class at the end of the day)

20th May –Y2 Film Night, 3.30pm to 5.00pm (children will go straight from their class at the end of the day)

27th May – Website Photoshoot

28th May – INSET – School closed

31st May to 4th June – Half term holiday

7th June – School re-opens at 8.45am

7th June – Class photos

8th June – Bags for School

5th July – INSET – School closed

6th July – YR trip to Wellington Country Park (details to follow)

 

Thank you for you continuing support.

 

Stay safe and take care.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Larissa James

Headteacher

Newsletter 14 - 23rd April 2021

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Welcome back.  We trust that you all had a lovely holiday and managed to get out visiting friends and family!

At least the weather has been good for us!

 

The children have settled back to school routines very quickly and are enthusiastic about their new topics.  You should have now received copies of your child’s year group newsletter which outlines the learning taking place this half term including ways that you can support at home. 

 

Following our assessments of your child before Easter, there are some learning gaps, therefore, the more that you can practise key skills at home the more progress they will make.  Little and often!

 

Staffing

We welcome back Mrs Clayton who is job sharing in Eagle Owls whilst Miss Bennett delivers remote learning at home due to current COVID-19 guidance for pregnant staff.

 

We also welcome Miss Chestney-Stagg, Learning Support Assistant, in Eagle Owls.

 

Easter Raffle

Many thanks to everyone who purchased tickets for our Easter Raffle.  We had some amazing prizes this year and a total of £472.00 was raised for the school.  Well done to all our winners.

 

Car parking

This is an ongoing problem but please avoid parking in Romsey Close if at all possible. We have seen an increase in the number of parents who are parking at the top of the close, directly opposite another parked car ,resulting in a complete blocking of the road. This not only then causes further congestion but it is also a safety concern as emergency vehicles would not be able to get through should the school need to call them.

 

Key Dates

30th April - Merton Sponsored Workout

3rd May - Bank Holiday: School closed

17th May - YR Film Night (further details to follow)

19th May - Y1 Film Night (further details to follow)

20th May - Y2 Film Night (further details to follow)

27th May - Website Photoshoot

28th May - INSET Day - School closed

 

Thank you for you continuing support.

 

Stay safe and take care.

 

Larissa James

Headteacher

31st March 2021

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Easter holidays

The Department for Education (DfE) have asked all schools to remind parents to be extra vigilant over the Easter holidays and ask:

 

  • if a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, the school is asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in school.

 

If your child develops COVID-19 symptoms from Thursday 1st April, please arrange for them to be tested immediately with a PCR test.  If a positive test is received between Friday 2nd to Wednesday 7th April, then please inform the school via the school email address above.

 

Please indicate the date of the positive test result, your child’s last day in school, and any siblings in a different year group.

 

We will then contact Public Health England (PHE) to ascertain who will need to self-isolate.  We will notify via email all the parents of children whom PHE consider have been in close contact with the positive case and will need to self-isolate for 10 days. 

 

A positive test after 7th April does not need to be reported to the school as it is outside of the contact and trace period recommended by PHE.  However, if your child will be absent from the 1st day back (19th April) due to COVID-19 reasons, please inform the school on the 19th April.

 

  • Where a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, the school should not be contacted. Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.

 

Parents’ Evening

Thank you for your engagement with Google Meet.  Obviously face-to-face meetings would have been better but it worked and we were able to report on your child’s progress.  If you did not meet your child’s class teacher, please re-schedule for after Easter.

 

On behalf of the children, staff and Governors, we wish you all a very Happy Easter.


Thank you for you continuing support.

 

Stay safe and take care.

Larissa James

Headteacher

Newsletter 12 - 8th March 2021

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

 

It was so lovely welcoming all the children back to school this morning.  They have settled in well and not forgotten our Merton Values including behaviour expectations.  Staff are assessing those who were remote learning to evaluate any gaps in knowledge and understanding in order to amend curriculum plans where necessary. 

 

Thank you for supporting our new one-way system for Y1 children.  Please can you line up on the black lines in the shared area (as you did before) and not along the Y1 fence as this will limit access on that pathway.  We will continue to monitor this during the week.

 

Our priority is to ensure that everyone is safe and that we avoid mixing bubbles as much as possible to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.  Please remember the staggered start and finish times to avoid any congestion along any pathways on the school site and maintain 2 metre social distancing.

 

There will be two groups operating:

 

Group 1: 8.45 - 3.15pm for children with a junior sibling, vulnerable children and children of key workers

 

Group 2: 8.55 - 3.05pm for children with a sibling in the infant school and those without any siblings

 

INSET Days

Both infant and junior schools had booked Monday 15th March as an INSET day.  This will still go ahead as both schools have already booked external agency training.  Other INSET days are also booked for Friday 28th May and Monday 5th July.

 

Easter

We will be hosting our Easter Bonnet parade on Friday 26th March for a donation of £1.00 per child.  We look forward to seeing all your creative ideas.  We are also planning an Easter Egg hunt and raffle on Thursday 1st April. 

 

PE

PE will be on the following days:-

 

Year R             Little Owls - Monday and Thursday

                        Snowy Owls - Tuesday and Thursday

                        Owlets - Wednesday and Thursday

Year 1             Monday and Wednesday

Year 2             Tuesday and Friday

 

Due to the the current PE kit debate, to ensure consistency across both schools, all infant children should come  dressed in jogging bottoms and school tops ie: logo polo shirt/sweatshirt/cardigan on their allocated days.  We apologise for any confusion caused.

 

School grounds

We have been busy during the last 9 weeks renovating parts of the school site.  We have added new equipment to our Merton Adventure Land next to the pirate ship.  We have also designed a Wellbeing garden in the internal courtyard to support our work on Mental Health.  There will be a playhouse, water features and flowers pots etc.

 

 

 

 

 

Dates for your diary

Monday 15th March - INSET Day

Wednesday 24th March - Parents’ evening consultations via Google Classrooms  3.45 - 6.15pm

Friday 26th March - Easter Bonnet Parade - details to follow

Monday 29th March - Parents’ evening consultations via Google Classrooms 3.45 - 6.15pm

Thursday 1st April - Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Raffle - further details to follow

Thursday 1st April - Break up at 3.15pm for Easter holiday

Monday 19th April - School re opens at 8.45am

 

Thank you for your continuing support, patience and understanding.

 

Stay safe and take care.

 

Larissa James

Headteacher

Newsletter 11 - 26th February 2021

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday evening, we are so pleased to read that ‘returning to face-to-face education in schools and colleges is a national priority’, and we are excited at the prospect of welcoming all children back to school on Monday 8th March.

 

We are currently looking at the lastest guidance provided by Public Health England (PHE) and the Department for Education (DfE) to see what adaptations need to be made to our practices and procedures in school including across the school site.  Our priority is to ensure that everyone is safe and that we avoid mixing bubbles as much as possible to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. 

 

The school’s Risk Assessment will be reviewed weekly with staff and Governors.  We will continue to operate staggered start and finish times as we did in the autumn term. There will be two groups operating:

 

Group 1: 8.45 - 3.15pm for children with a junior sibling, vulnerable children and children of key workers

 

Group 2: 8.55 - 3.05pm for children who do not have any infant or junior school siblings or who have a sibling       who attends the infant school only

 

In order to avoid big gatherings and swift movement around the school site, we will continue to ask that you:

 

  • arrive as near to the staggered times above as possible
  • continue to wear face masks whilst on school site
  • ensure that only one parent drops off or collects  
  • keep to the 2 metre social distancing rule
  • leave the school site as quickly as possible
  • make an appointment to speak to a member of staff, if needed

Unfortunately, we are unable to permit parents and siblings to use the toilet facilities at any time. 

 

We will operate as year group bubbles, therefore classes will be able to mix and share areas and equipment.  We will still encourage social distancing, however, please remember the children are young and therefore cannot guarantee the 2 metre rule.

 

Children will enter / exit via their external classroom doors.  Children will use anti-bacterial gel on their hands on arrival and continually wash them throughout the day.

 

Attendance

From 8th March school will be compulsory and the Government has advised schools to exercise their usual rules on attendance.  This will include the option to issue sanctions, including fixed penalty notices.  Parents must complete a Leave of Absence form before any absences or holidays in term time are booked.  However, in line with current policy, it will be unauthorised unless it is deemed to be an exceptional circumstance.  Please remember to inform the school straightaway if your child is going to be late or absent for any reason – if the school is unable to ascertain the reason for any absence it will be unauthorised.

 

Break and Lunchtimes

These will be staggered times to ensure that year group bubbles do not mix.  Lunch will be served in the school hall and hot dinners will continue. The pirate ship and spider web will be sprayed with disinfectant at the end of each day.  Please do not allow your child to use it before and after school as this will affect the risk of transmission of COVID-19.  Each year group bubble will have its own box of play equipment which will also be sprayed at the end of each day. 

 

Clubs

Breakfast and After School clubs will also resume from Monday 8th March.  We will accommodate infant and junior children as one bubble but keep them socially distanced in their allocated room.  Other clubs managed by staff will not take place this half term. In the meantime, please continue to engage with Google Classroom activities and encourage your child to do their very best.

 

Parents’ Evening 

We will be holding consultations via Google Classrooms from 3.45 - 6.15pm on Wednesday 24th and Monday 29th March.  A text message containing a link to book your appointment will be sent out on Wednesday 3rd March.

 

INSET

Both infant and junior schools had booked Monday 15th March as an INSET day.  This will still go ahead as both schools have already booked external agency training.  Other INSET days are also booked for Friday 28th May and Monday 5th July.

 

Staff testing

Staff will continue coronavirus testing twice per week. 

 

Thank you for you continuing support, patience and understanding.

 

Stay safe and take care.

 

Larissa James

Headteacher

Newsletter 10 - 11th February 2021

 

Dear Parent / Carer,

We have nearly made it!  This has been a very challenging half term for us all adjusting to new ways of working.  Our remote learners have shown incredible resilience and engaged with their learning very well.  The uploads to Google Classroom have been tremendous.  Thank you parents for all your support.  The children who are attending school are also working incredibly hard and coping well with the new ways of learning.

Half Term Holiday

The Department of Education (DfE) have asked all schools to remind parents to be extra vigilant over the half term holiday (15 – 22 February) and ask:

  • that if a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, the school should assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in school.

 

If your child develops COVID symptoms from Friday 12th February, please arrange for them to be tested immediately.  If a positive test is received between Saturday 13th to Sunday 21st February, then please inform the school straightaway via the school email address above.  Please indicate the date of the positive test result, the date when symptoms first began, your child’s last day in school, and any siblings in a different year group.

 

If the symptoms developed within 48 hours of your child being in school, we will then contact Public Health England (PHE) to ascertain who will need to self-isolate.  We will notify, via email, all the parents of children whom PHE consider to have been in close contact with the positive case and who will need to self-isolate for 10 days. 

Even if your child tests positive after 17 February (which is outside of the contact and trace period recommended by PHE for informing schools) we will still need you to contact us to inform us of the reason why your child will not be attending school or accessing remote learning when school re-opens on 22 February.  Parents and carers should also still follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.

 

Parents Evening

We shall be using Google Classroom to conduct our Parents’ Evenings on Wednesay 24th March 3.45 - 6.15pm and Monday 29th March at 3.45 - 6.15pm.  Please book your appointment time via the link that will be sent to you by text message.  This will be an opportunity to review your child’s progress, whether they are currently in school or learning remotely. 

Key Dates:

12th February   - School closes at 3.15 for half term

22nd February  - School re-opens at 8.45am

4th March         - World Book Day

12th March       - Mothers’ Day Gift Wrap (details to follow)

15th March       - INSET Day

24th March       - Parents’ Evening

26th March       - Easter Bonnet Parade (details to follow)

29th March       - Parents’ Evening

1st April             - Easter Egg Hunt

                            Break up at 3.15pm for Easter holiday

 

Please keep in touch and stay safe.  Remember the T in MERTON…Teamwork!

Take care,

 

Larissa James

Headteacher

Child Protection Policy: Addendum in response to school closure due to Covid-19 outbreak

Context From 5 th January 2021 parents /carers were asked to keep their children at home, wherever possible. Schools and all childcare providers were asked to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable, and children whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home. This addendum of Merton Infant School’s Safeguarding and Child Protection policies contains details of our individual safeguarding arrangements in the following areas:

1. Context

2. Vulnerable children

3. Attendance monitoring

4. Designated Safeguarding Lead

5. Reporting a concern

6. Safeguarding Training and induction

7. Safer recruitment/volunteers and movement of staff

8. Online safety in schools and colleges

9. Children and online safety away from school and college

10. Supporting children not in school

11. Supporting children in school

12. Peer on Peer Abuse

 

Key contacts Date approved: January 2021 Headteacher: Larissa James Signed: L.J.James Date: 5 th January 2021 To be used for the period of school closure due to Covid-19 outbreak and to be reviewed and amended as necessary. Role Name Contact number Email Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Larissa James 01256 324507 c/o adminoffice@mertoninf.hants.sch.uk Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead Zoe Wisken Sophie Durbajlo Paula Bennett 01256 324507 c/o adminoffice@mertoninf.hants.sch.uk Headteacher Larissa James 01256 324507 c/o adminoffice@mertoninf.hants.sch.uk Chair of Governors Mrs Emily Mean 01256 324507 c/o adminoffice@mertoninf.hants.sch.uk

 

Vulnerable children

Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those children and young people up to the age of 25 with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP).

Those who have a social worker include children who have a Child Protection Plan or a Child in Need Plan, those who are looked after by the Local Authority as well as those supported by the Early Help Hub. A child may also be deemed to be vulnerable if they have been assessed as being in need or otherwise meet the definition in section 17 of the Children Act 1989. Those with an EHCP will be risk-assessed in consultation with the Local Authority and parents, to decide whether they need to continue to be offered a school or college place in order to meet their needs, or whether they can safely have their needs met at home. This could include, if necessary, carers, therapists or clinicians visiting the home to provide any essential services. Many children and young people with EHCPs can safely remain at home. The Designated Safeguarding Lead and deputies know who our most vulnerable children are. They have the flexibility to offer a place to those on the edge of receiving children’s social care support. Merton Infant School will continue to work with and to support children’s social workers to help protect vulnerable children. This includes working with and supporting children’s social workers and the local authority virtual school head (VSH) for looked-after and previously looked-after children. There is an expectation that vulnerable children who have a social worker will attend an education setting, so long as they do not have underlying health conditions that put them at risk. In circumstances where a parent does not want to bring their child to an education setting, and their child is considered vulnerable, the social worker and Merton Infant School will explore the reasons for this directly with the parent/s. Where parents are concerned about the risk of the child contracting COVID19, Merton Infant School or the social worker will talk through these anxieties with the parent/carer following the advice set out by Public Health England. Attendance monitoring Merton Infant School will continue to report daily attendance to the Department for Education (DfE) as per current guidance. Merton Infant School will follow up on any pupil that they were expecting to attend, who does not. Merton Infant School will also follow up with any parent/carer who has arranged care for their child(ren) and the child(ren) subsequently do not attend. Merton Infant School will, when communicating with parents/carer, confirm emergency contact numbers are correct and ask for any additional emergency contact numbers where they are available. In all circumstances where a vulnerable child does not take up their place at school, or discontinues, Merton Infant School will notify their social worker. Merton Infant School has a responsibility to complete a weekly return to the Local Authority to report who, of these vulnerable children, have attended school provision that week. If they have not attended, the school understand their safeguarding responsibility and will have decided how to appropriately make contact with these children and families. At any one time, there will be a trained DSL (or deputy) available. If they are not on school site, then they will be available to be contacted via phone. All of Merton Infant School staff and volunteers have access to a trained DSL (or deputy). The DSL will continue to engage with social workers, and attend all multi-agency meetings, which can be done remotely. Reporting a concern Where staff have a concern about a child, they should continue to follow the process outlined in the school Child Protection and Safeguarding Policies, this includes making an update via CPOMS, which can be done remotely. In the unlikely event that a member of staff cannot access their CPOMS from home, they should 3 email or phone the DSL (or Deputies). This will ensure that the concern is received. Staff are reminded of the need to report any concern immediately and without delay. Where staff are concerned about an adult working with children in the school, they should report their concern to the Headteacher by phone and follow this up in an email. Concerns around the Headteacher should be directed to the Chair of Governors: Mrs Emily Mean. For the period that COVID-19 measures are in place, a DSL (or deputy) who has been trained will continue to be classed as a trained DSL (or deputy) even if they miss their refresher training. All existing school staff have had safeguarding training and have read part 1 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (2020). The DSL should communicate with staff any new local arrangements, so they know what to do if they are worried about a child. Where new staff are recruited, or new volunteers, enter Merton Infant School, they will continue to be provided with a safeguarding induction. If staff are deployed from another education or children’s workforce setting to our school, Merton Infant School will take into account the DfE supplementary guidance on safeguarding children during the COVID-19 pandemic and will accept portability as long as the current employer confirms in writing that: - • the individual has been subject to an enhanced DBS and children’s barred list check • there are no known concerns about the individual’s suitability to work with children • there is no ongoing disciplinary investigation relating to that individual Upon arrival, they will be given a copy of the receiving setting’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policies, confirmation of local processes and confirmation of DSL arrangements. Safer recruitment/volunteers and movement of staff It remains essential that people who are unsuitable are not allowed to enter the children’s workforce or gain access to children. When recruiting new staff, Merton Infant School will continue to follow the relevant safer recruitment processes for their setting, including, as appropriate, relevant sections in part 3 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (2020 KCSIE). In response to COVID-19, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has made changes to its guidance on standard and enhanced DBS ID checking to minimise the need for face-to-face contact. Where Merton Infant School are utilising volunteers, we will continue to follow the checking and risk assessment process as set out in paragraphs 167 to 172 of KCSIE 2020. Under no circumstances will a volunteer who has not been checked be left unsupervised or allowed to work in regulated activity. Merton Infant School will continue to follow the legal duty to refer to the DBS anyone who has harmed or poses a risk of harm to a child or vulnerable adult. Full details can be found at paragraph 163 of KCSIE 2020. Merton Infant School will continue to consider and make referrals to the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) as per paragraph 166 of KCSIE 2020 and the TRA’s ‘Teacher misconduct’ advice for making a referral. During the COVID-19 period, all referrals should be made by emailing Misconduct.Teacher@education.gov.uk Whilst acknowledging the challenge of the current national emergency, it is essential from a safeguarding perspective that any school is aware, on any given day, which staff/volunteers will be in the school or college, and that appropriate checks have been carried out, especially for anyone engaging in regulated activity. As such, Merton Infant School will continue to keep the single central record (SCR) up to date as outlined in paragraphs 148 to 156 in KCSIE 2020. On-line safety in schools Merton Infant School will continue to provide a safe environment, including on-line. This includes the use of an online filtering system. Where students are using computers in school, appropriate supervision will be in place. Remote 4 Children and on-line safety away from school It is important that all staff who interact with children continue to look out for signs that a child may be at risk. Any such concerns should be dealt with as per the Child Protection Policy and, where appropriate, referrals should still be made to the Children’s Services Department and, if required, the police. Remote Learners will also be supported in ensuring that all children are safe working on digital devices at home. Advice is available for parents/carers on the school website. Remote Learning – Recorded and Live Lessons/Sessions Please read this in conjunction with the Remote Learning Strategy. Below are the key points within that policy that relate to the safeguarding of children, staff and parents/carers. It is important that the ethos, code of conduct and our relationship and behaviour policies are adhered to even when children are working from home online with teachers and LSAs.  Staff and children are to wear suitable clothing, as should anyone else in the household.  Computers/devices should be used in appropriate ‘daytime’ areas for example, not in a bedroom.  Live lessons/sessions will be recorded. This will be so they can be reviewed if any issues arise and also to support children who were not able to make the live lesson/session. Recordings that are to be used for children who missed the live lessons/sessions will only be available on the Google Classroom platform for one week.  Language must be professional and appropriate, including any family members in the background  Google Classroom is the only platform teachers will use Supporting children not in school Merton Infant School is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all children. Where the DSL has identified a child to be on the edge of social care support, or who would normally receive pastoral-type support in school, they should ensure that a robust communication plan is in place for that child. Details of this plan must be recorded on CPOMS, as should a record of contact made. The communication plans can include; remote contact, phone contact, door-step visits (at a distance of at least 2 metres). Other individualised contact methods should be considered and recorded. Merton Infant School and its DSLs will work closely with all stakeholders to maximise the effectiveness of any communication plan. This plan must be reviewed regularly (at least once a fortnight) and where concerns arise, the DSL will consider any referrals as appropriate. The school will share safeguarding messages on its website and social media pages. Merton Infant School recognises that school is a protective factor for children, and the current circumstances, can affect the mental health of pupils and their parents/carers. Staff at Merton Infant School need to be aware of this in setting expectations of pupils’ work where they are at home. Merton Infant School will ensure that where we care for children of critical workers and vulnerable children on site, we ensure appropriate support is in place for them. This will be bespoke to each child and recorded on CPOMS. Home Visits Home visits may be required where no contact can be made for a particular child or where we have deep concerns for their welfare. The necessity of these visits should be established by the DSLs through the monitoring of vulnerable children calls, CPOMS, Google Classroom engagement and emails. When visiting the DSL will carry a template letter of authorisations to valid essential travel in case they are stopped by the police. Visits should be dynamically risk assessed to ensure the safety of the staff member making the visit. 5 Supporting children in school Merton Infant School is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all children. Merton Infant School will continue to be a safe space for all children to attend and flourish. The Headteacher will ensure that appropriate staff are on-site and staff to pupil ratio numbers are appropriate, to maximise safety. Merton Infant School will refer to the Government guidance for education and childcare settings on how to implement social distancing and continue to follow the advice from Public Health England on handwashing and other control measures to limit the risk of spread of COVID19. Merton Infant School will ensure that where we care for children of critical workers and vulnerable children onsite, we ensure appropriate support is in place for them. This will be bespoke to each child and recorded on CPOMS. Where Merton Infant School has concerns about the impact of staff absence – such as our DSL (or Deputies) or first aiders – immediate plans are put in place to ensure the safety of all. Peer on Peer Abuse Merton Infant School recognises that during the closure a revised process may be required for managing any report of such abuse and supporting victims. Where a school receives a report of peer on peer abuse, they will follow the principles as set out in part 5 of KCSIE 2020 and of those outlined within the Child Protection and Safeguarding Policies. Merton Infant school will listen and work with the children, parents/carers and any multiagency partner required to ensure the safety and security of that child. Concerns and actions must be recorded on CPOMS and appropriate referrals made. Any emails sent by staff will be via the admin office email so they can be robustly monitored. Contact can also be made through Google Classrooms by all members of a year group team. Any concerns must be reported to a DSL so referrals can be considered. Individual video conferencing with a child will be through the Google Classroom platform using Google Meet. These sessions will be scheduled with parents’ permission and will be recorded for safeguarding purposes only. It is vital that that a parent or carer is visible in the video conference for part of the meeting, and that they also stay within the same room for the duration. This is to safeguard the staff member and child. We will continue to share safeguarding messages on our website and social media pages. We recognise that school is a protective factor for children and the current circumstances can affect the mental health of children and their families. Teachers are aware of this in setting expectations of children’s work while children are at home and it is made clear in posts and newsletters that children can access as much as they are able. We will also direct parents/carers to resources on the school website to support the mental health and wellbeing of their families.

5th Spring 1 Risk Assessment - February 2021

 

 

 

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CORONAVIRUS RISK ASSESSMENT & PROCEDURE

Review updates are highlighted in yellow

 

 

Location / Site

Merton Infant School

Activity / Procedure

COVID-19 Lockdown 3

Assessment date

11th January 2021

Identify people at risk

YES or NO

Employees

YES

Children

YES

Visitors

YES

Contractors

YES

       

 

National Lockdown announced on 4th January 2021

 

Below control measures are taken from ‘Guidance for all schools in England’ published 7th January 2021:

 

‘During the period of national lockdown, schools and wraparound childcare should allow only vulnerable children and the children of critical workers to attend. All other pupils and students should not attend and should learn remotely until February half term.’

 

‘Limiting attendance is about supporting the reduction of the overall number of social contacts in our communities.’

 

Identify hazard

Record  the hazard that could cause harm or injury – add appropriate detail about the type and location of hazards

Impact of social distancing in the classroom resulting in direct transmission of the virus

Control measures

List your control measures required to reduce risk – add appropriate detail about the type and location of controls

  • Current numbers attending: YR = 27, Y1 = 18, Y2 = 20.  Total = 65children
  • YR operate as year group bubble but children split into own classes taught by 2 teachers and 3 LSAs
  • Y1 operate as a year group bubble with each class placed on separate group tables
  • Y2 operate as 2 separate classes taught by 1 teacher and 2 LSAs
  • Continue to limit excess furniture in each classroom to provide additional space
  • Children to use same table space and chair each day
  • Charter displayed in each classroom to include instructions about how to line up, use of toilet, moving around the classroom etc. 
  • Charter re-visited and modelled many times a day and linked to school behaviour system – lots of praise for adherence and sanctions for non-compliance
  • Children isolated (in extreme cases) if they cannot adhere to charter and spoken to re: the need for social distancing
  • Each year group bubble must not mix with other year groups
  • Outdoor learning must be planned as much as possible
  • Book bags can be bought to school
  • No toys bought to school

Identify hazard

Record  the hazard that could cause harm or injury – add appropriate detail about the type and location of hazards

Lack of social distancing using toilets and poor hygiene resulting in direct and indirect transmission of the virus

Control measures

List your control measures required to reduce risk – add appropriate detail about the type and location of controls

  • Each year group bubble to use designated toilets
  • Planned toilet times throughout the day with adult supervision
  • Three children allowed to go to the toilet at a time
  • Children to wash hands for 20 seconds after using the toilet
  • Extra signs in toilet re: washing hands
  • Frequent cleaning of toilet doors/flushes/taps by supervising adult throughout the day – disposable wipes to be used for the toilets and disposed in nappy sack bags
  • Extra soap ordered to ensure we do not run out
  • Promote ‘catch it, bin it, kill it approach’

Identify hazard

Record  the hazard that could cause harm or injury – add appropriate detail about the type and location of hazards

Lack of social distancing at drop-off and collection times resulting in direct transmission of the virus

Control measures

List your control measures required to reduce risk – add appropriate detail about the type and location of controls

  • Start and finish times changed to 8.45-3.15pm – staggered times with junior school
  • Masking tape applied to outdoor surfaces to indicate 2 metre social distancing
  • Senior leaders to supervise pick up and drop off times wearing high-viz jackets
  • Parents encouraged to walk to school
  • Only one parent to drop off/pick up and reminded to leave immediately
  • Instructions shared re: social distancing with families via newsletters/school website/text/Facebook messages
  • Signage for parents and children displayed on external fencing and doors

Identify hazard

Record  the hazard that could cause harm or injury – add appropriate detail about the type and location of hazards

Lack of social distancing during playtimes and lunch playtime resulting in direct transmission of the virus

Control measures

List your control measures required to reduce risk – add appropriate detail about the type and location of controls

  • YR and Y2 share main playground with staggered times
  • Y1 to access own outside designated areas
  • Each year group bubble to access own playtime equipment
  • Games discussed with children which encourage social distancing
  • Staff supervision throughout – actively encouraging and insisting on social distancing
  • Apparatus used to be sprayed with disinfectant at the end of each day by the school caretaker
  • If raining, the year group bubble remains in their classroom

 

Identify hazard

Record  the hazard that could cause harm or injury – add appropriate detail about the type and location of hazards

Lack of social distancing when eating lunch resulting in direct transmission of the virus

Control measures

List your control measures required to reduce risk – add appropriate detail about the type and location of controls

  • Children sit in year group bubbles to eat lunch
  • Lunchtime Supervisors assigned to specific class
  • Lunchtime Supervisors to wear full PPE and when administering first aid
  • School kitchen to provide new hot & cold ‘picnic’ menus
  • Parents can provide own packed lunches
  • Lunchtime Supervisors will clean table surfaces ready for afternoon lessons

Identify hazard

Record  the hazard that could cause harm or injury – add appropriate detail about the type and location of hazards

Lack of social distancing in the corridors resulting in direct transmission of the virus

Control measures

List your control measures required to reduce risk – add appropriate detail about the type and location of controls

  • Staggered times for each year group bubble to access the hall for PE
  • Library visits are suspended until the end of the lockdown
  • Entry and exit via the external class door- eliminating the need to use internal corridors
  • Three children allowed in their designated toilet at a time
  • Staff walk though corridors one at a time to maximise the distance between each other
  • Staff wear visors or masks when moving around the school

Identify hazard

Record  the hazard that could cause harm or injury – add appropriate detail about the type and location of hazards

Contact of shared resources resulting in indirect transmission of the virus

Control measures

List your control measures required to reduce risk – add appropriate detail about the type and location of controls

  • Shared resources washed in Milton weekly and left to dry e.g. multilink, numicon, reading books
  • Tables, door handles and other surfaces cleaned regularly throughout the day – each year group bubble provided with cleaning materials
  • Lessons planned for limited sharing of resources
  • Shared resources on tables ready for lesson and not distributed within the lesson
  • Children encouraged to wash hands / use hand gel regularly during the day
  • Outdoor playground equipment allocated to each year group bubble and cleaned at the end of the day
  • PE mats / equipment are cleaned after every use before next year group bubble uses
  • Daily use of fogging machine following daily cleaning

Identify hazard

Record  the hazard that could cause harm or injury – add appropriate detail about the type and location of hazards

Emotional distress of the children

Control measures

List your control measures required to reduce risk – add appropriate detail about the type and location of controls

  • ELSA to provide additional resources/activities for children who are distressed
  • Parent advised of emotional support given to specific children
  • Staff ask parents whether they can hold the child’s hands if they find it difficult to leave the parent

Identify hazard

Record  the hazard that could cause harm or injury – add appropriate detail about the type and location of hazards

Emotional distress of the staff – including anxiety

Control measures

List your control measures required to reduce risk – add appropriate detail about the type and location of controls

  • Risk assessment reviewed weekly
  • Risk assessment shared with staff and Governors
  • Sharing of support helplines – Public Health Assured, DfE, OH
  • Individual weekly reviews with Headteacher where needed
  • Updates via weekly Business meetings
  • SEE ALSO ‘Minimising contact between staff’ hazard below
  • SEE ALSO ‘Staff Testing RA – 25th January 2021

Identify hazard

Record  the hazard that could cause harm or injury – add appropriate detail about the type and location of hazards

Risk of spreading virus due to close contact with children – 1:1 and physical intervention resulting in direct transmission of the virus

Control measures

List your control measures required to reduce risk – add appropriate detail about the type and location of controls

  • Seek expert guidance from special schools and PBS re: support for children with behaviour difficulties who might need physical intervention and display spitting, biting etc. Complete individual risk assessments and share with staff and parents
  • Staff wear full PPE if children or staff show symptoms. Medical room to be used to isolate children
  • Each year group bubble to have first aid kits, including thermometers, face masks, aprons and gloves

Identify hazard

Record  the hazard that could cause harm or injury – add appropriate detail about the type and location of hazards

Risk of spreading virus due to poor hygiene resulting in indirect transmission of the virus

Control measures

List your control measures required to reduce risk – add appropriate detail about the type and location of controls

  • Hand gel dispensers strategically placed throughout the school
  • Ensure adequate supplies of handwashing equipment - review regularly
  • Children hand wash or hand gel on entry to school, before break, after break, before lunch, after lunch, leaving school, using the toilet and any time they cough or sneeze
  • Washing hands posters placed in all washing areas
  • Reminders how to wash hands properly – videos and posters discussed each morning in each class
  • Adult supervision of children to ensure thorough hand washing
  • Ensure ventilation in classrooms i.e. doors and windows are left open
  • Children advised to wear extra clothing layers in classrooms if cold (normal heating will continue during the winter months)
  • Staff wear full PPE for intimate care supervision
  • Separate Risk Assessment in place for Visitors

 

Identify hazard

Record  the hazard that could cause harm or injury – add appropriate detail about the type and location of hazards

Risk of infection due to lack of cleaning resulting in indirect transmission of the virus

Control measures

List your control measures required to reduce risk – add appropriate detail about the type and location of controls

  • All surfaces, handles, toilets and shared equipment will be cleaned each day by cleaners and throughout the day by supervising adult
  • Soft / cloth toys will be removed from use in classrooms
  • Cleaners to thoroughly clean site at the end of each day
  • Caretaker uses the 'fogging' machine daily to spread a fine mist of disinfectant product on all areas in the toilets, offices and classrooms
  • External playground equipment also sprayed daily with disinfectant
  • Teachers advised to leave their classrooms by 4.00pm each day to ensure the cleaners have sufficient time to clean all areas thoroughly

Identify hazard

Record  the hazard that could cause harm or injury – add appropriate detail about the type and location of hazards

Risk of illness of vulnerable staff and family members through direct and indirect transmission of the virus

Control measures

List your control measures required to reduce risk – add appropriate detail about the type and location of controls

  • Clinically extremely vulnerable (those who have received a letter from NHS or specialist doctor and shown to the Headteacher) should not attend school and work from home until guidance changes
  • Clinically vulnerable staff can continue to attend school where it is not possible to work from home and should follow the control measures in this document to minimise the risks of transmission.
  • Staff living with someone who are clinically vulnerable or clinically extremely vulnerable can attend school and work with children adhering to the risk assessments
  • Staff have access to all relevant risk assessments on the school network
  • Staff have access to full PPE if nervous to work in school
  • Pregnant staff are deemed as clinically vulnerable and should work at home where possible.  If this is not possible, a thorough risk assessment must be in place and staff should follow the control measures in this document

Identify hazard

Record  the hazard that could cause harm or injury – add appropriate detail about the type and location of hazards

Risk of illness of vulnerable children and family members through direct and indirect transmission of the virus

Control measures

List your control measures required to reduce risk – add appropriate detail about the type and location of controls

  • Clinically extremely vulnerable children are advised not to attend school
  • Children living with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable should attend school
  • Clinically vulnerable children – parents should seek medical advice concerning the children returning to school
  • Children living with someone who is clinically vulnerable can attend school

 

Identify hazard

Record  the hazard that could cause harm or injury – add appropriate detail about the type and location of hazards

Risk of contact with individuals who are unwell with COVID-19 symptoms

Control measures

List your control measures required to reduce risk – add appropriate detail about the type and location of controls

  • If any child or adult is unwell, at home, with a high temperature or new persistent cough, the loss of smell and taste then they should obtain a test for COVID-19. They must then adhere to government guidance about not attending school
  • If a child falls ill, at school, with symptoms of COVID-19, they will be isolated in the medical room and parents asked to pick them up as soon as possible and get tested. Staff attending them will use full PPE.
  • If children or staff test positive for COVID-19, they and their household will need to self-isolate for 10 days form the first day of their symptoms and engage with the NHS Test and Trace process
  • If children or staff test positive for COVID-19, school will contact DfE and PHE to ascertain next steps about specific bubbles closing

Identify hazard

Record  the hazard that could cause harm or injury – add appropriate detail about the type and location of hazards

Minimising contact between staff

Control measures

List your control measures required to reduce risk – add appropriate detail about the type and location of controls

  • Member of staff is pregnant and a separate Pregnancy RA is also completed – parents have been notified
  • Staff reminded to maintain social distancing when walking down corridors
  • Y1 staff use back toilets and DT room as staffroom
  • Office, YR and Y2 staff use disabled and medical room toilets
  • YR staff use staffroom for lunch maintaining social distancing
  • Office and ELSA use Woodlands room for lunch maintaining social distancing
  • Y2 use Spotted Owls for PPA and as staffroom
  • Staff wear masks / visors when moving around the school
  • Office staff to stand outside classroom doors when delivering messages

Identify hazard

Record  the hazard that could cause harm or injury – add appropriate detail about the type and location of hazards

Safeguarding concerns of those learning remotely

Control measures

List your control measures required to reduce risk – add appropriate detail about the type and location of controls

  • Add addendum to the school CP and Safeguarding policies-share with staff and parents – upload to school website
  • Devise Remote Learning strategy for the school website by 25th January
  • Conduct weekly welfare checks of vulnerable children not attending school – inform child’s Social Worker
  • Complete LA returns for Vulnerable children every Friday
  • Reinforce Staff Acceptable use of IT policy
  • Mental Health Lead to view DfE webinars re: children’s MH and well-being and disseminate information to all staff

Identify hazard

Record  the hazard that could cause harm or injury – add appropriate detail about the type and location of hazards

Risk of infection from parents / contractors coming onto site

Control measures

List your control measures required to reduce risk – add appropriate detail about the type and location of controls

  • SEE ALSO ‘Visitors to School’ Risk Assessment
  • Hand gel is mandatory upon entering the reception
  • 2 metre line in office area – only 1 person in the area at a time
  • All visitors must wear face masks
  • Staff to talk through glass window and not open unless absolutely necessary and must wear a face mask
  • Contractors will be reminded of the school’s social distancing rules
  • Contractor escorted to and from the area required
  • No contractors will be in an area where children or staff are
  • All payments to be paid on line

OVERALL level of risk

Consider level of risk following use of control measures

HIGHLIGHT the appropriate assessment of risk

NOT REDUCED THE OVERALL RISK

REDUCED THE OVERALL RISK TO SOME DEGREE

CONSIDERABLY REDUCED THE RISK

Assessor’s comments

 

Even with these controls in place the risk of young children not social distancing remains high. Parents have been made aware that we cannot guarantee social distancing for the children via newsletters, Facebook, text messages and the school website.  While there are control measures in place, we cannot eliminate the risks but have aimed to reduce the risks.

       

 

Name of assessor

 

Signature of assessor

 

Date

 

Larissa James - Headteacher

 

 

L.J.James

 

11.1.2021

 

Health & Safety Governor comments

 

I agree with the assessor’s comments. We need to review this risk assessment weekly to ensure the safety of staff, children and parents.

 

Name of Health & Safety Governor

Signature of Health & Safety Governor

Date

 

Emily Mean

 

 

E.Mean

 

11.1.2021

 

Risk assessment review 1

 

Date 18.1.2021

Weekly

CHANGES TO CONTROLS MEASURES AND OR HAZARDS

Remote Learning team have completed the Display Screen Equipment e-Learning and certificates have been handed in to SBM

New foot pump hand sanitiser has been ordered for entry into staffroom

Attended Primary Staff testing webinar and devised procedures and register.  Planned staff meetings with all teams to share guidance this week ready for administering from 25th January 2021.

Lunchtime staff and DHT trained in using epi-pens

Who was involved in the Review: Larissa James / Paula Bennett

Signature of those involved in the Review: L.J.James / P.Bennett

 

Risk assessment review 2

 

Date 25.1.2021

Weekly

CHANGES TO CONTROLS MEASURES AND OR HAZARDS

Number of children attending has increased in each year group

Staff testing started on 25th January following all necessary training during the previous week.  Testing RA has also been devised and shared with staff and Governors.

Who was involved in the Review: Larissa James / Paula Bennett

Signature of those involved in the Review: L.J.James / P.Bennett

 

Risk assessment review 3

 

Date 1.2.2021

Weekly

CHANGES TO CONTROLS MEASURES AND OR HAZARDS

3 more children in YR attended today and 2 more children in Y1

Who was involved in the Review: Larissa James / Paula Bennett

Signature of those involved in the Review:  L.J.James / P.Bennett

 

Risk assessment review 4

 

Date 8.2.2021

Weekly

CHANGES TO CONTROLS MEASURES AND OR HAZARDS

 

Who was involved in the Review: Larissa James / Paula Bennett

Signature of those involved in the Review: L.J.James / P.Bennett

 

Risk assessment review 5

 

Date 8.2.2021

Weekly

CHANGES TO CONTROLS MEASURES AND OR HAZARDS

Who was involved in the Review: Larissa James / Paula Bennett

Signature of those involved in the Review: L.J.James / P.Bennett

 

 

 

Newsletter 9 - 28th January 2021

 

Dear Parent/Carer,

 

Last night’s news from the Prime Minister about schools fully re-opening was not what many of us wanted to hear.  The Department for Education (DfE) wrote the following message to schools:

 

Today, the Prime Minister has announced that it will not be possible to resume face-to-face learning immediately after the February half-term and instead hopes it will be safe to commence the re-opening of schools and colleges from Monday 8 March. This is in response to the national public health data and pressure on NHS capacity.

 

If the Government achieves its target of vaccinating everyone in the four most vulnerable groups with their first dose by 15 February then those groups will have developed immunity from the virus around three weeks later, that is by 8 March. It is for this reason that we hope it will therefore be safe to commence the reopening of schools from Monday 8 March.

 

Education settings, as well as students, parents and carers will be given at least two weeks’ notice to prepare for a return to face-to-face education.

 

Schools and colleges will remain open to vulnerable children and young people and the children of critical workers after February half-term, as they are now. All other pupils will continue to receive high quality remote education at home. This is in line with the wider national lockdown measures to help minimise the spread of the virus and respond quickly to the new variant.

 

We have had many calls from parents requesting that their child attends school.  Currently, we are near full capacity.  There are still a number of eligible children (i.e vulnerable children who have social care involvement) who are not attending school and, therefore, we need to remain flexible with school places.  Our next category of eligible children are those whose parents work in the NHS.  As you can imagine, these critical workers are constantly changing their working shift patterns and therefore are needing their child to attend school. 

 

Please keep in mind that we also need to keep our staff safe.  The more children who attend school the more there is an increased risk of transmission and therefore if staff fall ill with COVID-19 we will have no option but to close specific year group bubbles.

 

We do appreciate that this is very difficult for parents.  Many of our staff also have their own children learning remotely at home which adds to their stress levels.

 

Last week, I wrote the following which I will reiterate:

 

Please do not put yourself under the pressure of trying to replicate school.  In school, we gauge children’s concentration level on the number of their age plus 3 minutes; so if your child is 5 years old, their concentration is about 8 minutes.  The DfE has asked schools to provide 3 hours of learning per day but this is not 3 hours in one block sitting at a digital device receiving intense 1:1 support.  Remember to keep learning as active as possible with plenty of water, healthy snack breaks and fresh air. 

 

From what we are seeing on Google Classroom so far, you are supporting your child very well.  There will be good days and some not so good.  Do what you can and do not be hard on yourself!  

 

Some parents are worried that their child will fall behind.  When the children returned in September, the gaps in their learning were not as big as we anticipated and by December they had caught up with their knowledge and understanding.  When children return fully to school, we will assess their skills and plan accordingly as we did before. If you would like any of us to talk to your child to support them, please do contact your class teacher.

 

TOP TIPS ON HOME LEARNING!

 

  • Read the weekly overview which explains your child’s activities so you can plan your day/week.  Add your commitments so that they know their day and you can plan your time together.
  • If your child gets stuck, they can move onto something else and then try again when you are free.
  • Give your child a choice and a feeling of independence.
  • Praise effort and behaviour.
  • Support child-led learning. If your child wants to research something that is of interest to them, let them.
  • Remember learning is fun - add your own activities like baking, sport, gardening etc.
  • To help with behaviour use the ‘when..then..’ strategy.  For example, ‘when you have done 10 minutes of your maths you can then have 10 minutes free play’. This gives them an incentive to engage.
  • Ask for any resources that you need.
  • Children with English as a second language can access Google Classroom Translate
  • Contact helpatmertoninf.com if you are having any problems with technology.

 

Thank you for your many comments giving positive feedback regarding Google Classroom.  We are learning too and want to make remote learning as easy as possible for the children, parents and staff.

 

Children’s Mental Health week 1st – 5th February

 

We will be participating in Children’s Mental Health week commencing 1st February 2021 and will be doing daily activities to keep ourselves mentally healthy.  The theme this year is ‘Express Yourself’, so we would like to start our mental health week with an express yourself dress code on Monday 1st February.

 

‘Dress to Express’ in as many colours as represents your personality and we can’t wait to see how you all see yourselves!

 

Please keep in touch and stay safe.  Remember the T in MERTON…Teamwork!

 

Take care and stay safe

Larissa James

Headteacher

Newsletter 8 - 20th January 2021

 

Dear Parent / Carer,

 

Our third week in and a HUGE WELL DONE!

We understand that home learning is very difficult, trying to manage the demands with your work, home learning and different aged children at home.  When our children returned to school from the first lockdown, they coped really well.  Whatever you managed to do at home then, worked.

 

Please do not put yourself under the pressure of trying to replicate school.  In school, we gauge children’s concentration level on the number of their age plus 3 minutes; so if your child is 5 years old, their concentration is about 8 minutes.  The DfE has asked schools to provide 3 hours of learning per day but this is not 3 hours in one block sat on a digital device receiving intense 1:1 support.  Remember to keep learning as active as possible with plenty of water, healthy snack breaks and fresh air. 

 

From what we are seeing on Google Classroom so far, you are supporting your child very well.  There will be good days and some not so good.  Do what you can and do not be hard on yourself!  

 

Some parents are worried that their child will fall behind.  When the children returned in September, the gaps in their learning were not as big as we anticipated and by December they had caught up with their knowledge and understanding.  When children return fully to school, we will assess their skills and plan accordingly as we did before. If you would like any of us to talk to your child to support them, please do contact their class teacher.

 

We are currently devising our Remote Learning Strategy which needs to be published on the school website by 25th January.  This will explain the school’s commitment and expectations. 

 

TOP TIPS ON HOME LEARNING!

Read the weekly overview which explains your child’s activities so you can plan your day/week.  Add your commitments so that they know their day and you can plan your time together.

• If your child gets stuck, they can move onto something else and then try again when you are free.

• Give your child a choice and a feeling of independence.

• Praise effort and behaviour.

• Support child-led learning. If your child wants to research something that is of interest to them, let them.

• Remember learning is fun - add your own activities like baking, sport, gardening etc.

• To help with behaviour use the ‘when..then..’ strategy.  For example, when you have done 10 minutes of your maths you can then have 10 minutes free play. This gives them an incentive to engage.

• Ask for any resources that you need.

• Contact help@mertoninf.com if you are having any problems with technology.

 

We would welcome any positive or negative feedback regarding Google Classroom.  We are learning too and want to make remote learning as easy as possible for the children, parents and staff.

 

Primary Staff testing

This week schools will receive testing kits so staff can test twice weekly whether they are negative or positive for COVID-19.  As per scientific evidence, 1 in 3 people can be positive and not display any symptoms.  Staff must report their results to both school and NHS online.  Please ensure you regularly check the school website, text service or Facebook in the event that we may have to close specific bubbles.

 

Safeguarding

Please ensure that you keep your child safe when working on any digital device at home.  Please see our addendum to the school’s Child Protection policy on the school website under ‘Key Information - Policies’.  We will also be adding a specific Safeguarding page on the school website which will include support regarding e-Safety when working online.

 

Celebration Assembly

Last Friday, we tried our first Google Classroom Celebration Assembly in school and with our remote learners receiving awards at home.  It was so lovely to see the children joining at home.  Please do share any work that your child is proud of so that we can celebrate their effort.

 

Please keep in touch and stay safe.  Remember the T in MERTONTeamwork!

 

Take care,

 

Larissa James

Headteacher

Newsletter 7 - 6th January 2021

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding over the past couple of days.  Schools only heard about the lockdown at the same time as parents.  So it has been very hectic making our plans!  Please ensure that you regularly read any updates we post via text messages, Facebook and on the school website.

 

As you are aware, school is open for vulnerable children i.e. children who have some form of social care involvement or have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) or children who are at risk with their mental health or needing additional support with their learning. 

 

School is open also for children of critical workers.  This includes:

 

  • Health and social care
  • Education and childcare including social workers
  • Local and national government
  • Key public services
  • Food and other necessary goods
  • Public safety and national security
  • Transport and border
  • Utilities, communication and financial services

Currently, children, who meet the above criteria and can attend school, are being placed in a year group ‘bubble’ taught by:

 

YR = Mrs Estlea

Y1 = Mrs Jones

Y2 = Mrs Epstein

 

For children who remain at home, we are also working on our Remote Learning using Google Classroom led by:

 

YR = Miss Fellhauer

Y1 = Mrs Hill

Y2 = Miss Bennett

 

Mrs Wisken is supporting parents and staff with access to Google Classroom.  If you have any difficulty in accessing the platform with the given user name and password (which are in your child’s pink Home-School reading books) please do not hesitate to email help@mertoninf.com for support.  Mrs Wisken is checking who is logging on and will be contacting parents of children who are not logging on over the next couple of days.  Please can we stress that you do not need a computer, laptop or iPad to access Google Classroom.  It will also work on a mobile phone, smart TV, playstation or an X-Box – please click on the following link: https://edtechawesomeness.com/2020/03/17/access-google-classroom-with-your-phone-your-xbox-or-your-playstation/amp/?__twitter_impression=true You can also access primary school learning programmes every week day for 3 hours starting on Monday, 11 January on CBBC from 9.00a.m.

 

The Department of Education (DfE) requires primary schools to provide 3 hours’ worth of learning for the children.  Please access the tasks planned to ensure that your child continues to progress with their learning.  Most tasks being planned are active and will not be worksheet based.  Mrs Durbajlo and myself will continue with our safeguarding responsibilities and will be conducting weekly telephone welfare checks of children at home. 

 

In school, we continue to implement stringent control measures to ensure that risk of transmission of COVID-19 is minimal.  The school’s practices and procedures are successful so far in that there were no reported cases during the Autumn term.  We hope that this will continue, therefore, please remember the following:

 

  • the wearing of face masks on the school site
  • leave the school site as soon as possible and avoid chatting in groups
  • arrive as near to the start and finish times of 8.45am and 3.15pm as possible
  • contact school as soon as possible regarding any child who displays any symptoms or who has been in contact with anyone who has tested positive

We also continue with:

  • regular cleaning of the toilets and work surfaces during the school day
  • thorough deep cleaning at the end of the school day followed by the use of a specialist fogging machine
  • regular washing of hands using soap and water throughout the school day
  • providing anti-bacterial gel in each classroom
  • ensuring children are seated in own table space and chair with their own pack of resources
  • staggered playtime
  • limiting unnecessary visitors to the school
  • children eating lunch in their own classrooms
  • staff wearing face masks when moving around school
  • staff accessing designated staffroom areas

Children who remain at home must stay at home unless taking their daily exercise as permitted by the Government.   Households should not be mixing.  REMEMBER Hands, Face, Space.

 

We miss seeing all our children together and are hoping to organise some ‘virtual’ gatherings for our weekly Celebration Assembly on Fridays.  We hope to explain details about how this will happen soon.  In the meantime, please continue to upload photos of your child’s learning as it is really heart warming to see that they are still living our MERTON values.    Well done Parents you are making great Teachers!

 

Free School Meals

 

As per Government guidance, schools are required to provide families who are entitled to benefit related free school meals with picnic boxes if they are not in school. There is currently no national voucher scheme available for term time during lockdown as provided in the past.  Therefore schools are preparing food parcels instead.  Please separate letter on the website about how to access these food parcels:-

https://primarysite-prod-sorted.s3.amazonaws.com/merton-infant-school/UploadedDocument/987499763cce4b5c8b4ff885eb51bafc/letter-re-picnic-boxes-for-eligible-fsm-children-6-jan-2021.pdf

 

Applying for Y3 and YR Places for September 2021

 

The online application facility for applying for a Y3 junior school place is now open – all Y2 parents need to apply at: www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/admissions If you are unable to apply online paper copies are available from the school office. The closing date for applications is Friday 15th January 2021.

 

For any parents who have a child who will be celebrating their 4th birthday between 1st September 2020 and 31st August 2021 you will now be able to apply online for a school place for September 2021 at the above link.  Paper forms will be available from the school office for anyone who is unable to apply online.  The closing date for applications is Friday 15th January 2021.  Please view our Year R virtual tour for prospective parents on our school website at www.mertoninfants.com

 

Thank you for your continuing support.  We are TEAM MERTON. 

 

Take care.

 

Larissa James

Headteacher

 

Newsletter 6 - 4th January 2021

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Happy New Year. We trust that you all had an enjoyable and safe festive holiday.

 

As you are aware, Government policies are rapidly changing and guidance is coming through to schools every day. Therefore, please ensure that you regularly read any updates we post via text messages, Facebook and on the school website.

 

Currently, despite being in Tier 4, primary schools are being advised to remain open for ALL children and continue to implement stringent control measures to ensure that risk of transmission of COVID-19 is minimal. The school’s practices and procedures are successful so far in that there were no reported cases during the Autumn term. We hope that this will continue, therefore please remember the following:

 

 the wearing of face masks on the school site

 leave the school site as soon as possible and avoid chatting in groups

 adhere to the staggered start and finish times (for children of key workers and with junior siblings 8.45am and 3.15pm – for all other children 8.55am and 3.05pm)

 contact school as soon as possible regarding any child who displays any symptoms or who has been in contact with anyone who has tested positive

 

In school we will continue with:

 regular cleaning of the toilets and work surfaces during the school day

 thorough deep cleaning at the end of the school day followed by the use of a specialist fogging machine

 regular washing of hands using soap and water throughout the school day

 providing anti-bacterial gel in each classroom

 ensuring children work in specific groups and seated in own table space and chair

 staggered playtime and lunchtimes

 limiting unnecessary visitors to the school

 YR operating as a year group bubble to ensure effective continuous provision of learning in all areas

 Y1 and Y2 operating as class bubbles

 children eating lunch in their own classrooms

 staff wearing face masks when moving around school

 staff accessing designated staffroom areas

 

We will update parents with any new developments regarding any mass testing arrangements as currently being applied to secondary schools.

 

We understand that some parents are nervous about sending their child to school, however parents still need to inform the school by phone preferably, or email the reason for the absence. Facebook is not contuniually monitored throughout the day and is not the forum to be used for reporting a child’s absence.

 

Whilst we are in Tier 4, we will not be issuing any penalty notices for non-attendance. This will be amended when the Government reviews the Tier system.

 

Over the holidays many of our staff have seen our families out and about in the community. Please can we remind you that if you are keeping your child off, due to not feeling comfortable about them returning to the school environment, you should also be ensuring that your family stays at home to reduce the risk of contracting the virus, which can also be caught when out anywhere in the community - REMEMBER Hands, Face, Space.

 

Staffing

I am delighted to announce that Miss Bennett, Y2 Eagle Owls class teacher, is expecting her first baby in July. She has told her class today. Whist there will be much excitement, please can I stress the importance of keeping her safe during these challenging times. I will inform parents of Eagle Owls with plans to cover her maternity leave for the summer second half term nearer the time.

 

Half term topics

Year group Curriculum newsletters will also come out this week detailing the topic for this half term and suggesting ways you can support your child’s learning at home.

 

Google Classroom

In the event of a local lockdown, non-attendance or during self-isolation periods, we will use our new Google Classroom Learning Platform to ensure children have access to their learning. Thank you to all parents and carers who have already logged on. If you have any difficulty in accessing the platform with the given user name and password (which are in your child’s pink Home-School reading books) please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher and/or email help@mertoninf.com for support. We must stress that if you are keeping your child off school the Government has deemed it compulsory for learning online to be completed, and has asked schools to ensure appropriate remote teaching and learning takes place.

 

Fundraising

Last term we raised £1479.98 and are aiming to achieve £5000 by the end of the year to create our new Mental Health garden. We are planning film nights this half term with details being confirmed later so watch this space!.

 

Applying for Y3 and YR Places for September 2021

The online application facility for applying for a Y3 junior school place is now open – all Y2 parents need to apply at: www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/admissions. If you are unable to apply online paper copies are available from the school office. The closing date for applications is Friday 15th January 2021.

For any parents who have a child who will be celebrating their 4th birthday between 1st September 2020 and 31st August 2021 you will now be able to apply online for a school place for September 2021 at the above link. Paper forms will be available from the school office for anyone who is unable to apply online. The closing date for applications is Friday 15th January 2021. Please view our Year R virtual tour for prospective parents on our school website at www.mertoninfants.com

Key Dates:

8th February - YR Film Night

9th February - Y1 Film Night

10th February - Y2 Film Night

11th February - Y1 Fire Service visit

12th February - Break Up at 3.15pm

 

Thank you for your continuing care, patience and understanding. We are TEAM MERTON.

Take care.

 

 

Larissa James

Headteacher 

Newsletter 5 - 15th December 2020

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Well what a term but we have made it.  Thank you for all your support as we faced new and unusual challenges in school.  As a result, thankfully, we have had no confirmed cases of coronavirus in school this term.  The Department of Education (DfE) have asked all schools to remind parents to be extra vigilant over the Christmas holidays and ask:

 

  • if a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms within 48 hours of being in school, the school is asked to assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in school.

 

If your child develops COVID symptoms from Friday 18th December, please arrange for them to be tested immediately.  If a positive test is received between Saturday 19th to Wednesday 23rd December, then please inform the school via the school email address above.

 

Please indicate the date of the positive test result, the first day your child displayed symptoms, your child’s last day in school, and any siblings in different year groups.  Please can you also inform the school of any advice you have been given by NHS Test and Trace/PHE.

 

We will then contact Public Health England (PHE) to ascertain who will need to self-isolate.  We will notify, via text message,  all the parents of children whom PHE consider have been in close contact with the positive case and will need to self-isolate for 10 days. 

 

A positive test after 23rd December does not need to be reported to the school during the holiday as it is outside of the contact and trace period recommended by PHE, but you should notify the school if they will be absent when school re-opens on 4th January.

 

  • Where a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, the school should not be contacted. Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.

 

Fundraising

 

Thank you for your generous support this term:

 

Date

Event

Amount raised

 

22/10/2020

Non-uniform day

£167.00

 

26/11/2020

Commission from school photographs

£346.88

 

26/11/2020

Bag2School

£91.50

 

07/12/2020

Year R Heroes Dress-up Day

£55.10

 

11/12/2020

Christmas Jumper Day

£158.00

 

14/12/2020

Christmas Art Gift Pack

£661.50

 
 

Total

£1,479.98

 

 

The School Council have decided to use all funds raised to create a new mental health garden in the internal quad area.  I am sure you are aware of the HUGE mental health awareness in the world at present.  The garden will give the children the space and opportunity to use strategies to support their mental health. We have many events planned for the spring and summer terms.  Let’s see if we can raise £5000 by the end of the year! 

 

Google Classroom

 

Thank you to all parents and carers who have already logged onto our remote learning package.  We look forward to seeing all the festive photographs of your child with their white candles.

 

Applying for Y3 and YR Places for September 2021

The online application facility for applying for a Y3 junior school place is now open – all Y2 parents need to apply at: www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/admissionsIf you are unable to apply online paper copies are available from the school office. The closing date for applications is Friday 15th January 2021.

 

For any parents who have a child who will be celebrating their 4th birthday between 1st September 2020 and 31st August 2021 you will also now be able to apply online for a school place for September 2021 at the above link.  Paper forms will be available from the school office for anyone who is unable to apply online.  The closing date for applications is Friday 15th January 2021.  Please view our Year R virtual tour for prospective parents on our school website at www.mertoninfants.com

 

Key Dates:

4th January - 8.45am School starts

8th January - Florence Nightingale museum visit to Y2

11th January - Local Authority (LA) Advisor visit

14th January - Governor Monitoring Day

22nd January - LA Maths Advisor visit

8th February - YR Film Night

9th February - Y1 Film Night

10th February - Y2 Film Night

11th February - Y1 Fire Service visit

12th February - Break Up at 3.15pm

 

On behalf of all the staff and Governors, have a safe and Happy Christmas and best wishes for a ‘normal’ 2021.

 

Take care.

 

 

Larissa James

Headteacher

 

 

 

Newsletter 4 – 1st December 2020

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

♫ It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas everywhere we go … ♫

 Advent officially starts today so preparations are well and truly here…

 

Our Christmas postbox is outside the school office.  Please ensure that you put the child’s full name and class on the envelope. It would also be helpful if you could put a rubber band around the cards for each class.  The last posting day will be Friday 11th December.  This is to ensure that all cards are quarantined for 48 hours before they can be delivered to the children as per COVID-19 guidance for schools. Unfortunately we will not accept any cards after this date.

 

Some parents have asked about giving staff Christmas presents this year.  Again, please ensure that   presents are given by Wednesday 16th December in order that they can be quarantined before staff take them home.  Obviously, as always, there is no obligation to send any presents to staff.

 

Our Christmas tree is now up in the hall and staff will take photos of each child in a Christmas costume in front of the tree to be made into calendars.  These will be included as part of the Christmas Art Gift Pack available to purchase for £3.50.

 

Friday 11th December is Christmas jumper day for £1.00 per child.  This will     support the school’s fundraising project for new scooters and bikes for the children to use at playtimes in our effort to support the children’s physical development, which has dipped due to national lockdowns. 

 

Wednesday 16th December is our Christmas Lunch.  Children can wear red and/or green to get us in the festive mood. 

 

Friday 18th December is Christmas Party Day.  Children can wear their party clothes.  There is no donation for this event.  And who knows, we might have a special visitor … socially distanced of course!

INSET

Yesterday, staff completed the statutory Prevent training about looking for signs of radicalisation of extremist views and the procedures to follow if an incident happens in our school community.  This is part of our safeguarding procedures.

 

We also completed pupil progress meetings of each year group.  We are so delighted with the children’s progress so far this term.  They have worked their socks off!  Not only with catch-up plans following non-attendance at school during the first national lockdown where some children’s skills, knowledge and understanding had dipped, but also with learning new concepts appropriate to their current age related expectations.  Work in books is very good. 

 

It was noted that sadly some children are not being supported at home and therefore at risk of underachieving.  PLEASE read daily with your child using their books or Bug Club, including accessing Mathletics and practising their spellings.  The more parents help the more progress your child will make.

 

Covid-19 Lockdown

As we finish the second national lockdown today, we have reviewed our Risk Assessment.  We will continue with our control measures already put in place e.g. regular cleaning, frequent hand washing or sanitising, wearing face masks, and advising parents to leave school site as soon as possible and avoid chatting in groups.

 

We have decided to revert YR back to operating as a year group bubble rather than class bubbles.  This will support the children’s learning better as they will have increased opportunities for their continuous provision using the inside and outside learning areas.  Y1 and Y2 will continue to operate as class bubbles. 

 

Applying for Y3 and YR Places for September 2021

The online application facility for applying for a Y3 junior school place is now open – all Y2 parents need to apply at: www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/admissions.  If you are unable to apply online paper copies are available from the school office. The closing date for applications is Friday 15th January 2021.

 

For any parents who have a child who will be celebrating their 4th birthday between 1st September 2020 and 31st August 2021 you will also now be able to apply online for a school place for September 2021 at the above link.  Paper forms will be available from the school office for anyone who is unable to apply online.  The closing date for applications is Friday 15th January 2021.  Schools in Hampshire have received updated guidance about open mornings for parents to view schools and other events which involve visitors being in the school. It has been advised that schools should find alternative ways to      conduct these events. Therefore, please view our Year R virtual tour for prospective parents on our school website at www.mertoninfants.com

 

Staffing

We have welcomed two new lunchtime supervisors, Mrs Scotford-Smith and Miss Ross and a new cleaner, Miss Rosier.

 

Key Dates:

4th December -                   YR Heroes dress-up day for £1.00 donation

11th December -                 Y2 Art Gallery – to be confirmed

                                           Christmas Jumper Day for £1.00 donation

                                            Last day for posting Christmas cards

14th December  -                 Christmas Art Gift Packs going home

16th December -                  Christmas Lunch: wear something red or green

18th December -                   Special visitor in school

                                             Break up for Christmas at 3.15pm

4th January 2021 -               School re-opens at normal drop off time

 

Yours sincerely,

Larissa James

Headteacher

 

 

 

 

Newsletter 3 - 5th November 2020

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

Welcome back.  We trust that you all had a lovely half term holiday.  This would usually be the busiest half term of the year preparing for the Christmas performance and subsequent events.  However, as we all know life is a little different at the moment.  Whilst we are unable to host large gatherings, we do not want to take away all the magical opportunities and experiences for the children, so plans are underway for alternative arrangements.

 

Covid-19 Lockdown

As we embark on another national lockdown today, the Government has made it very clear that schools should remain open for all children:

 

“It remains very important for children and young people to attend, to support their wellbeing and education and help working parents and guardians. Senior clinicians still advise that school is the best place for children to be, and so they should continue to go to school. Schools have implemented a range of protective measures to make them safe”. 

 

We understand that it is a worry for parents.  However, we will continue with our control measures already put in place before half term in our school Risk Assessment, including:

 

  • regular cleaning of the toilets and work surfaces during the school day
  • thorough deep cleaning at the end of the school day followed by the use of a specialist fogging machine
  • the wearing of face masks on the school site
  • regular washing of hands using soap and water throughout the school day
  • providing anti-bacterial gel in each classroom
  • ensuring children work in specific groups
  • staggered playtime and lunchtimes
  • limiting unnecessary visitors to the school
  • advising parents to leave school site as soon as possible and avoid chatting in groups

We have also amended our control measures in light of the new lockdown, to include the following:

 

  • classes now operating as ‘bubbles’ rather than year group bubbles
  • children eating lunch in their own classrooms
  • staff wearing face masks around school when not in their bubbles

This risk assessment will continue to be regularly reviewed by the school’s Health and Safety team.  If we all work together then we can keep our school community as safe and well as possible.  Remember ‘T’ in Merton is Teamwork.

 

To ensure sufficient ventilation during these times, windows and doors will remain open.  Therefore we advise that children wear additional layers to keep themselves warm whilst in class.

 

Unless your child has a valid reason for not being in school (e.g. illness, medical appointments or covid related symptoms/advice given), there should be no reason why any child should remain at home for the month of lockdown.  If any siblings attending pre-school, junior school or secondary school display any of the three coronavirus symptoms, they will be advised by that particular setting whether that sibling and household will need to self-isolate, following the guidance from the Department of Education (DfE) and Public Health England (PHE).  Further guidance and advice can be found at: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.

 

If any of our children need to self-isolate, then we will ensure work packs are sent home and you can also access Bug Club and Mathletics via your log-in details in your child’s Home School Reading Diary.

 

We recognise that some families will have concerns regarding financial stability and mental health.  Please do not hesitate to contact us and we will endeavour to support you in any way that we can eg: food parcels.

 

From Monday 9th November we will be offering an alternative menu for the children so that they can eat in their class bubbles.  Each day will include a Red /Green hot option together with a Red/Green cold option – along with a selection of potatoes/vegetables/salad items or fruit and the dessert of the day.  The menu will be the same every week until further notice and the options can be seen in the table below:

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

RED: Hot Pork Sausage Roll

GREEN: Hot Vegetarian Sausage Roll

RED: Chicken Burger

GREEN: Quorn Burger

RED: Pizza

GREEN: Pizza

RED: Hot Pork Sausage in a Roll

GREEN: Hot Vegetarian Sausage in a Roll

RED: Fish Finger Wrap

GREEN: Fish Finger Wrap

RED: Ham Roll

GREEN: Cheese Roll

RED: Ham Roll

GREEN: Cheese Roll

RED: Ham Roll

GREEN: Cheese Roll

RED: Ham Roll

GREEN: Cheese Roll

RED: Ham Roll

GREEN: Cheese Roll

Dessert

Dessert

Dessert

Dessert

Dessert

All special diets will still be catered for.

 

Applying for Y3 and YR Places for September 2021

The online application facility for applying for a Y3 junior school place is now open – all Y2 parents need to apply at: www.hants.gov.uk/educationandlearning/admissions If you are unable to apply online paper copies are available from the school office. The closing date for applications is Friday 15th January 2021.

 

For any parents who have a child who will be celebrating their 4th birthday between 1st September 2020 and 31st August 2021 you will also now be able to apply online for a school place for September 2021 at the above link.  Paper forms will be available from the school office for anyone who is unable to apply online.  The closing date for applications is Friday 15th January 2021.  Schools in Hampshire have received updated guidance about open mornings for parents to view schools and other events which involve visitors being in the school. It has been advised that schools should find alternative ways to conduct these events. Therefore, please view our Year R virtual tour for prospective parents on our school website at www.mertoninfants.com

 

Parents’ Evening

Thank you to all parents who conducted the telephone consultations regarding your child’s progress.  Whilst they were not the same as face to face meetings, staff and parents found them useful.  Obviously we are worried about your child’s learning due to Covid-19 and strongly urge you to support your child at home in order that they do not fall behind.  Staff are always available to answer any queries that you may have.  If you were unable to speak to your child’s class teacher, please phone the school office to make an alternative appointment.

 

Staffing

At the end of last half term, we welcomed a new Lunchtime Supervisor, Miss. Kenchington.

 

Bag2School

Help our school to raise vital funds by donating any unwanted clothing items hidden in the back of your wardrobe.  Items should be placed in a sealed black sack and left by the blue double gates no later than 9.00am on Monday 23rd November (specific bags are not being provided this year).

 

  • Acceptable items – mens/ladies/childrens clothing, paired shoes, handbags, hats curtains, towels household linen and bedding, socks, jewellery and belts.
  • Not acceptable items – duvets, blankets, pillows, cushions, carpets, rugs, ripped/torn clothing, school uniform and work uniforms.

Key Dates:

11th November – Armistice Day 2-minute silence at 11.00am

13th November – Children in Need Day: wear something spotty

23rd November – Bags to School

27th November – Christmas Fair for Children only: details to follow

30th November – INSET – School closed for staff training (Safeguarding/Prevent and Pupil Progress)

4th December –   YR Heroes dress-up day for £1.00

11th December – Y2 Art Gallery – to be confirmed

                            Christmas Jumper Day for £1.00

16th December – Christmas Lunch: wear red or green

18th December – Break Up at 3.15pm

 

 

Yours sincerely,

Larissa James

Headteacher

2ndnOctober 2020 - Newsletter 2

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

So far the term is going well. The children are now used to their routines and showing good work ethic.  Staff have been busy assessing the children and identifying their gaps in knowledge and understanding as a result of non-attendance at pre-school or school due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

 

Reading Books

From Monday, we will be sending home our school reading books for you to practise reading with your child every night.  We cannot stress the importance of practising their key words so that your child becomes more confident and fluent.  Please see the list of words in the back of your Home-School reading diary.  The children MUST know these words by sight by the end of the academic year.

As part of our Home-School Remote Learning package, we will also be launching ‘Bug Club’ which is an on-line reading scheme.  Staff will be able to access each child’s account to check their progress.  Please see their log-in details in the Home School reading diary.  Remember, reading is the MOST important skill’.

 

Relationships Education

This September, the Department for Education (DfE) made Relationships Education compulsory in all primary schools in England.  Schools are required to conduct a parent consultation about the school’s policy.  Please access this link to view our Relationship Education Policy https://www.mertoninfants.com/policies/   Our Personal Development Learning (PDL) topics detail how and when we teach Relationships Education and can be viewed via this link https://www.mertoninfants.com/pdl/

 

After-School Club 

Mrs. Bond, After School Assistant, has now left this role.  She is replaced by Miss Mead, Y1 Learning Support Assistant and Miss Thane, a Learning Support Assistant, from Merton Junior School.  Mrs Haddington will also not be working on Fridays.

 

Covid-19 guidance

Please bear with the staff when dismissing the children at the end of the day.  It can be difficult to see who the parents are especially when raining and parents are wearing a hood with their masks.  In the interests of safeguarding, please refrain from calling your child’s name, as only staff are allowed to  dismiss a child to whoever is collecting them.

 

Please may we remind you:

· to wear face masks if you need to speak to staff in the school building

· to arrive as near to the staggered start and finish times

· to avoid large gatherings with other parents

· to keep to the 2 metre social distancing

· to leave the school site as quickly as possible

· only 1 adult should be dropping off/picking up

 

School Events

Due to advice from the DfE and the Local Authority released this week, schools have been advised not to plan face to face Parents Evenings, special assemblies and school performances e.g. Harvest and the Christmas nativity for this term at least. 

We appreciate that many of you have already booked a Parents’ Evening time.  We will, therefore, produce a short report detailing how well your child has settled into their new class, including their targets for reading, writing and maths.  Phone consultations can now be booked to discuss your child’s progress and targets.  We will text the link to book your time slot the week beginning Monday 5th October:

Please note: Your old appointment time has been cancelled-you will need to re-book for a telephone consultation.

 

Telephone Booking Times

 

Y2 = 13th October 3.30 – 5.45pm or 15th October 3.30 – 5.45pm

Y1 = 19th October 3.30 – 5.45pm or 22nd October 3.30 – 5.45pm

YR = 3rd November 3.30 – 5.45pm or 5th November 3.30 – 5.45pm

 

Remote Learning

School is currently completing our contingency plan if the school or local area goes into lockdown.  This will involve an on-line package.  There will be a parent survey sent out shortly where we are asking about the technological devices that you have available at home.  Please complete in order for us to assess how best we can support your child’s needs and continue with their education if they are requested to self-isolate.

 

Year 1 and Year 2 Welcome Meetings

The Year 1 and Year 2 Welcome Meetings will be available to view online (via our website) by the end of next week.  A text will be sent with the link.  Please do watch these as we are unable to do them face-to-face this year.

 

Take care,

Larissa James

Headteacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11th September 2020

 

Dear Parents/Carers

 

Newsletter 1 - September 2020

  

Welcome back to our existing parents and a very warm welcome to our new YR children and families.  We hope that you had a lovely summer holiday. 

The children look very smart in their school uniforms and have settled into their classes very well.

We have a very busy term ahead so please ensure you check and empty your child’s book bag daily or view the school website for newsletters or other important information. 

 

Covid-19 guidance

School has worked very hard to ensure that we adhere to the guidance published by Public Health England and the Department for Education.  Currently, the school’s Risk Assessment is being reviewed daily with staff and Governors.  Please may we remind you:

· to wear face masks if you need to speak to staff in the school building

· arrive as near to the staggered start and finish times as possible

· avoid large gatherings with other parents

· keep to the 2 metre social distancing

· leave the school site as quickly as possible

Unfortunately, we are unable to permit parents and siblings to use the visitor toilet facilities at any time.  If your child develops a cough, a high temperature or loss of taste or smell, please contact NHS 111 directly for relevant advice.  Please avoid contacting the office staff for advice as they are not medically qualified.

The DFE have produced a Covid-19 helpline number:- 0800 0468687 which is open between 8.00am and 6.00pm.  The DFE have also given the following advice regarding symptoms:-

If your child displays any symptoms of Covid-19 (such as a high temperature/persistent cough/loss of taste or smell) they should self-isolate and get a test.  If they test negative and feel well enough they can return to school.  If they test positive they should self-isolate for at least 10 days from when they first had symptoms.

Following our site risk assessment it is difficult to social distance on pathways. We, therefore, request that all parents wear a face mask on school grounds unless you are exempt.

Please do not be offended if a member of staff queries why you are not wearing one. Thank you

 

If someone in your household has symptoms the whole household should self-isolate and the family  member who has symptoms should get a test.  If they test negative your child can stop self-isolating and return to school.  If they test positive your child should continue self-isolating for the full 14 days from when the family member first had symptoms.

 

In all cases of self-isolation could we please ask that you inform us immediately about the outcome of a test.

 

Curriculum Newsletters

Each year group will send out information this week about this half term’s topics including suggestions about how you can support your child’s learning at home.  Each child will bring home their pink Home School Reading books as a means of communication, especially when staff read with your child and when you access the online Monster to Read website for them to practise reading at home.  At present, we will not be sending home our reading or library books.   

 

Parking

Please avoid driving up Romsey Close at all times.  If it becomes congested with cars parking and turning it makes it very difficult for    emergency vehicles to access the school and therefore putting your child at risk.  Please park at Abbey Road shops or Tintern Close and walk the short pathway to school.  Police Community Patrol Officers will monitor parking on Romsey Close.  The school car park is for staff only and must not be used as a drop-off or pick-up point. 

 

Belongings

Please ensure you label all school uniform including hats, gloves, coats, shoes, PE kits, lunch boxes and water   bottles.  We are always amazed at the amount of lost property we donate to charity shops so please check the lost property box in the office porch regularly.  Children often have the same items and become anxious when they lose something.

 

Money

All money must be put in your child’s zipped wallet and handed to your child’s class teacher with a note indicating the amount and reason for the money.  The office staff are unable to take money across the front desk.  Any change will be returned at the end of the day, but wherever possible, please try to send in the exact amount.

However, during the current COVID situation we would prefer that Breakfast club, After School Club and school trips are paid online.

 

Wednesday 30th September -           School photographer (individual photos)

Tuesday 13th October                        -           Parents’ Evening 3.30- 6.00pm

Thursday 15th October                       -           Parents’ Evening 3.30- 6.00pm

Monday 19th October                         -           Parents’ Evening 4.00- 6.30pm

Thursday 22nd October                     -           Flu Vaccine for all year groups

Thursday 22nd October                     -           3.15pm break up for half term

Friday 23rd October                           -           INSET Day

Monday 2nd November                      -           School re-opens at 8.45am

 

Thank you for your continuing support, patience and understanding.

 

 

Larissa James                                                                                                

Headteacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Year September 2019 - July 2020

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Hello Parents/Carers, we hope everyone is safe and well.

June 1st is the provisional date given by the Government for non-essential retailers like Skoolkit to reopen. So, we would like to update you with our plans to help this happen and to hopefully cover any questions.

 

We have a social responsibility to not attract large numbers to our shops to maintain social distancing measures, so where possible we would like to encourage customers to buy from our website. Please use the FAQ on our website to help answer any questions you may have regarding ordering online.

 

Regrettably our usual “discount week” has been suspended for this year, however we will be offering free delivery codes for uniforms purchased on-line on specific dates as follows: Just enter the code at the checkout.

 

26TH – 28TH JUNE 2020 – JUNEDEL20

27TH JUNE – 26TH JULY – SUMMER2020

29TH – 31ST JULY 2020 –   JULYDEL20

5TH – 7TH AUGUST 2020 – AUGDEL20

 

If you do need to visit our shops please buy early to help avoid crowds building up through the summer. There will be queues for uniform and service will take longer than usual but we aim to move customers through as safely as possible and we will be observing all Government guidelines including:

  1. Providing staff with PPE as advised
  2. Providing hand sanitiser in-store for use by staff and customers
  3. Installing cough/sneeze guards
  4. Observing 2 metre social distancing rule by using a one-way flow system through stores with floor markings and signage.
  5. Limiting the number of people who can be inside a shop at any given time. With only one adult with their children where possible.
  6. Limiting the use of fitting rooms so that they are only used where absolutely necessary
  7. Limiting customers’ handling of uniform. So, please come prepared with size information (Refer to www.skoolkit.co.uk for size guides)
  8. Encouraging the use of card payment

 

 

 

 

 

Can we please ask our customers to be patient with our staff who will be working incredibly hard to help make sure your child has all they need for their return back to school.

 

If we all help each other stay safe we can survive this challenging time together.

 

www.skoolkit.co.uk

 

 

 

28th May 2020

 

Dear Parents / Carers,

 

School Phased Return

 

 

Following last night’s announcement from the Government, it is confirmed that we will implement our school phased return for all YR children, including key workers, vulnerable and EHCP children in each year group from 1st June. 

 

Following our survey sent out at the end of last week we have had confirmation that there will be 48 children returning to school.  We stress that this is your decision to send your child back to school and we are not insisting that they attend.  Parents will not face fines or other sanctions if they do not send their child in.  School will not be held to account for our attendance figures during this time.  We ask that you make the decision whether or not to send your child into school and keep to that decision. We cannot have children sent in for one day but not the next unless they become unwell.  If you have not already informed the school that your child will be attending from the 1st June and now decide that you want them to return, you must confirm with us first and not just arrive at school.  We will need at least a week’s notice in order to ensure correct procedures are in place.

 

YR and priority Y2 children will remain in their own classes/’bubbles’.  Priority Y1 children will be combined as one ‘bubble’.

 

Session times will be:

 

Owlets:            8.45 - 2.45pm

Snowy:            9.00 - 3.00pm

Y1:                   8.45 - 2.45pm

Wise:               9.00 - 3.00pm

Eagle:              9.00 - 3.00pm

 

Class bubbles will not be mixing with each other and will remain in their allocated classrooms and designated outdoor areas for the Summer 2nd half term, with their class teacher and LSA.

 

We have set tables in rows in each classroom with their own resource packs in zipped wallets e.g. pencils, books, scissors, glue etc to avoid sharing of resources.  These will be wiped down at the end of each day.  School has also invested in a specialist machine which sanitises all furniture and equipment and this will be done daily.

 

Children will spend lunchtime in their bubbles with their adults either outside (weather permitting) or in their new classroom.  They will be provided with a picnic bag with a red or green option or you can provide their own packed lunch from home.  There will be no hot dinners available.

 

For pupils with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP), it may not be possible to provide the full range of provision set out in the plan, and it may be necessary to make different arrangements if some of the support services are not available in their usual form.

 

The curriculum planned will focus on Personal Development Learning (PDL), basic phonics, reading, writing and maths per topic per year group.  Home School learning packs will still continue for those who remain at home. 

 

Children will be constantly reminded to wash their hands throughout the day.  We will encourage social distancing, however, this is extremely difficult with young children and therefore we cannot guarantee keeping children 2 metres apart from each other. 

 

Children must bring in their own labelled water bottles and PE kits but they do not need their book bags.

 

Staff are not required to wear PPE unless a child or adult becomes ill.  However, we have ordered face masks and aprons if staff want to wear them and we will explain to the children why they are wearing them.

 

Each class will use designated toilets which will not be gender based but supervised by their allocated adult.

 

We have organised staggered start and finish times to reduce the ‘traffic’ around the school site.  There will be markings to indicate a queuing system.  We ask that one parent only drops off and collects each day, and leave the school site as soon as possible.  Parents can organise telephone or email communication if you have any queries via the school office.  Parents will only be allowed to enter the school building in an emergency. 

 

Staff will not be taking children’s temperature each morning.  Doors and windows will be open to ensure the classrooms are well ventilated.   If anyone in the bubble develops symptoms of coronavirus, they will be sent home and asked to be tested. The entire bubble and siblings will be asked to isolate initially whilst the individual is tested (to be arranged by the parent of that child). If positive, the bubble will need to isolate for 14 days. They will be able to return to school if testing reveals a negative result.  If more cases occur in school, we will follow instructions given by PHE (Public Health England).

 

If a child or member of staff lives with someone who is shielding (clinically extremely vulnerable - those with a Government letter) then they should not be in school.

 

Breakfast and After School Clubs will not be running until further notice.  Teachers will have their weekly entitled Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA) time on Thursday afternoons and LSAs will support the children.

 

We are all learning, so please bear with us.  Plans may change due to information given by the Government.  Following the first week in school, we will evaluate our procedures and may be able to offer Y1 places in subsequent weeks.

 

Thank you for your continuing support, patience and understanding.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Larissa James

Headteacher

18th May 2020

 

Dear Parents / Carers,

 

School Phased Return

 

 

We are in the process of planning for our school phased return for all YR children, including children of key workers, vulnerable and EHCP children in each year group from 1st June.  Please note it is not for Y1 cohort as per Government advice for Infant Schools.

 

We stress that this is your decision to send your child back to school and we are not insisting that they attend  school.  Parents will not face fines or other sanctions if they don’t send their child.  School will not be held to account for our attendance figures during this time.  We ask that you make the decision to send your child into school or not and keep to that decision until further guidance from the Government.  We cannot have children sent in for one day but not the next unless they become unwell. 

 

Following our risk assessments, we plan to split YR into four groups/ ‘bubbles’ of 12.  Children of key workers including vulnerable and EHCP children in Y1 and Y2 will also be organised in bubbles of 12 children.  The class bubble will not mix with each other and will remain in their allocated classrooms for the Summer 2nd half term. 

 

Each bubble will be allocated a teacher and LSA but this may not be the adults the children previously had before lockdown. 

 

We have set tables in rows in each classroom with their own resource packs in zipped wallets e.g. pencils, books, scissors, glue etc to avoid sharing of resources.  These will be wiped down at the end of each day.  School has also invested in a specialist machine which sanitizes all furniture and equipment which will be done daily.

 

Children will spend lunchtimes in their bubble with their adult either outside (weather permitting) or in their new classroom.  They will be provided with a picnic bag with a red or green option or you can provide their own packed lunch from home.  There will be no hot dinners available.

 

For pupils with Education and Health Care Plans (EHCP), it may not be possible to provide the full range of provision set out in the plan, and it may be necessary to make different arrangements if some of the support services are not available in their usual form.

 

The curriculum planned will focus on Personal Development Learning (PDL), basic phonics, reading, writing and maths per topic per year group.  Home School Learning Packs will still continue for those who remain at home. 

 

Children will be constantly reminded to wash their hands throughout the day.  We will encourage social distancing, however, this is extremely difficult with young children and therefore we cannot guarantee keeping children 2 metres apart from each other. 

 

Children must bring in their own labelled water bottles and PE kits but they do not need their book bags.

 

Staff are not required to wear PPE unless a child or adult becomes ill.  However, we have ordered face masks and aprons if staff want to wear them and we will explain to the children why they are wearing them.

 

Each class will use designated toilets which will not be gender based but supervised by their allocated adult.

 

We have organised staggered start and finish times to reduce the ‘traffic’ around the school site.  There will be markings to indicate a queuing system.  We ask that one parent only drops off and collects each day and that parents leave the school site as soon as possible.  If you have any queries please contact the school office either by telephone or email.  If parents need to speak to the office staff, only one parent will be allowed to enter the building at a time and only if absolutely necessary.

 

Staff will not be taking children’s temperature each morning.  Doors and windows will be open to ensure the classrooms are well ventilated.   If anyone in the bubble develops symptoms of coronavirus, they will be sent home and asked to be tested. The entire bubble and siblings will be asked to isolate initially whilst the individual is tested (to be arranged by the parent of that child). If positive, the bubble will need to isolate for 14 days. They will be able to return to school if testing reveals a negative result.  If more cases occur in school, we will follow instructions given by PHE (Public Health England).

 

If a child or member of staff lives with someone who is shielding (clinically extremely vulnerable – those with a Government letter) then they should not be in school.

 

Breakfast and After School Clubs will not be running until further notice.  Teachers will have their weekly entitled Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA) time on Friday afternoons and LSAs will deep clean the classrooms and resources.  Therefore, children must be collected at 1.00pm on Fridays.

 

If your child is in one of the groups which are eligible to return to school from 1st June e.g. all YR children, children of key workers, vulnerable and EHCP children in each year group, we ask you to complete the short survey below to indicate whether you are intending to send your child into school.  Please complete by 12.00pm on Wednesday 20th May.  Once we have confirmed numbers, we will allocate your child to their adults and classroom notifying you where and when to drop off and collect each day. 

 

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/S7W7XDJ

 

We are all learning so please bear with us.  Plans may change due to information given by the Government over the next couple of days. 

 

Thank you for your continuing support, patience and understanding.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Larissa James

Headteacher

11th May 2020

 

Dear Parent/Carers,

 

By now, I am sure you will have watched or listened to the Prime Minister’s address to the nation last night.  In terms of the potential for schools re-opening, the Prime Minister said ‘In step two - at the earliest by 1st June - after half term - we believe we may be in a position… to get primary pupils back into schools, in stages, beginning with reception, Year 1 and Year 6’.  It is important to note that the statement makes it clear that this is not a set date, and that this may happen.

 

Therefore, for schools across the country, at present, nothing has changed.

 

Until further notice, we are only open to children of key workers, as in the original descriptors set out in March, along with vulnerable children and those with EHCPs.  We are not in a position to begin welcoming more children back to school.

 

We know that this situation still has the potential to cause parents and children some concern, and we are sure you have many questions which you are keen to have answered about what this may mean for you and your family.  However, at this present time, we do not have all the answers.  We assure you that further information will be provided in the coming days and weeks once the Government has issued more detailed guidance for schools.  We are working with the Governing Body to formulate plans as we await further guidance from the DFE and the Local Authority as to when we can admit more children into the school safely.

 

We will need clear guidance to plan how it is possible to social distance in schools and keep our children, staff and families safe; how we might start to phase groups of children returning and what that looks like.  Each school may have different plans according to their own circumstances and staffing levels, many of whom have their own children in different year groups. 

 

In the meantime, we will continue to plan online learning and prepare home learning packs for your child which will be sent out on Mondays for the week, available on the school website or paper copies for collection. 

 

Thank you for your continuing support. 

 

Take care and keep safe.

 

 

Larissa James

Headteacher

20th April 2020

 

Newsletter 6

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

This newsletter would normally be welcoming you back after the Easter holiday!  We trust that you had a lovely holiday and enjoyed the wonderful sunshine over the Easter weekend.

 

On Thursday 16th April the Government announced the continuation of the national lockdown for at least another three weeks.  Currently, there is not a projected date for schools to re-open for all children.   School will only be open for the children of key critical workers and vulnerable children for example those who have a Social Worker involved with the family and those with an EHCP (Education, Health Care Plan) only where it is absolutely necessary.  If there are childcare arrangements at home, then children MUST remain at home.

 

Staff will attend school on a rota to supervise any children.  Teachers will continue with weekly phone welfare checks including myself and Mrs Durbajlo, our Inclusion Manager.  Phone calls will obviously vary on different days if there are siblings depending on which teachers are in school. 

 

As usual, year group curriculum newletters will be put on the school website this week to detail the new topics for this half term and ways you can support your child at home.  Please continue to explore online resources for your child to continue their learning at home.  These are listed on our school website and class pages.  We will update these pages regularly.

 

There will be another Home Learning pack available for collection by the end of the week.  They will be in labelled boxes along the car park pathway.  Please remember social distancing rules of keeping 2 metres apart.  We suggest the following collection times:

 

YR = 9.30 - 10.30am   Y1 = 11.00 - 12.00    Y2 = 1.00 - 2.00pm

 

Please collect and leave the school site as soon as possible.  If you are unable to collect, please contact the school office and we will arrange postage.  Please can you also communicate whether you have limited access to technology at home so that we make sufficient packs and avoid over photocopying.

 

There will also be a box of reading books alongside the learning pack boxes if you would like to take any for your child.

 

Today there will also be daily lessons for primary home schooling on the BBC website https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons

 

Staffing

At the end of last term, we sadly said goodbye to Miss Cooper, Y2 teacher.  She decided to take a part time position in a school in Newbury following the birth of her son last June.  We also said goodbye to Miss Foster, Y1 LSA, who has taken a new position at St. Bernard’s Nursery in Oakridge.  It was not our usual send-off for both staff!  But I am sure that you will join me in wishing them well in their new jobs.

 

On 13th May, we are expecting Mrs Wisken, Deputy Headteacher, to return from her maternity leave. 

Mrs Knight, Special Needs Assistant, and Miss Neilsen, our ELSA, continue their self-isolation and we wish them both well.

 

We miss you all very much.  I light a candle every night for hope and would love for you to join me.  Please keep sending us your pictures, your stories, your news, your letters, your love, your examples of our MERTON values.

 

Take care MERTON family.

Larissa James

Headteacher

 

3rd April 2020

 

Dear Parents / Carers,

 

I hope that you are all safe and well.  A strange day today because we should be finishing school for the Easter Holidays!

 

It has been lovely to see and hear all your news and work this week via your class pages and teachers.  It is very strange having to communicate in this way but please still continue to do so to keep us all sane!!

 

Please keep checking the school website and text message service for up-to-date information after Easter for the week commencing Monday 20th April.  We will shortly be contacting parents of vulnerable and key worker children to ascertain their childcare requirements for after the Easter holidays.  If you need to contact the school urgently over the Easter break please do so via email - adminoffice@merton-inf.hants.sch.uk.

 

Staff have volunteered to keep the school open during Easter for children of key critical workers and our vulnerable children.  A HUGE thank you to them.  Parents, who have absolutely no other alternative arrangements, have now been informed of the plan for the week.   For those parents, on behalf of our school community and beyond, we applaud you; our thoughts and best wishes are with you.

 

Easter is a sign of New Life so perhaps the children can draw a picture to cheer us all up.   I continue to light  a candle every night for hope and would love for you to join me. 

 

Stay safe. Don’t be a stranger and contact us at any time for anything and we will try our best to help you.

 

Happy Easter and take care.

Larissa James

Headteacher

 

24th March 2020

 

Dear Parent / Carer,

 

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement last night, please can we remind you that children must only attend school if it is absolutely necessary, for those children of key critical workers or considered as vulnerable children.  Where you possibly can, please make alternative childcare arrangements if you are required to work.

 

The list of key critical workers from the Government are:

 

  • Health and Social Care
  • Education and Childcare
  • Key Public Services
  • Local and National Government
  • Food and other necessary goods
  • Public safety and national security
  • Transport
  • Utilities, communication and financial services
     
    Please access this link if you are unsure whether you fit into one of these categories:
     

    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision
     
    Online materials and learning
     
    Please continue to explore online resources for your child to continue their learning at home.  These are listed on our school website and class pages.  We will update these pages regularly.
     
    We have created Resource packs (e.g. pencils, glue, books) for collection from Thursday 26th March.  We are also making hard copies of work/activities for collection for those who need it.  Please can you inform us if you have limited access to technology so that we can make sufficient packs and avoid over photocopying.
     
    Make this your daily walk!  But in line with Government advice about social distancing, we suggest the following collection times from the school car park gates:
     
    Y2 = 9.30am -10.30am           Y1 = 11.00am - 12.00pm        YR = 1.00pm - 2.00pm
     
    Please collect your pack and leave the school site as soon as possible and avoid large social gatherings! Please be sensible and stand back where necessary.
     
    In addition, the BBC has said that it will be increasing its range of resources to support children’s education.
     

Joe Wicks, The Body Coach, has created a link to his YouTube channel to support children’s physical education:

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAxW1XT0iEJo0TYlRfn6rYQ

 

You should be able to stream the workouts live each day at 9.00am.

 

Please do share any work/activity your child has completed with staff via our Facebook class pages.

 

We will contact parents who qualify for the Free School Meal vouchers as soon as possible once the Government has agreed to the national voucher scheme.

 

Please see our Safeguarding details on our school website should you have any concerns about a child.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continuing support through these unprecedented times. Please be assured that we will continue to update you as the situation changes as soon as we can and that we will continue to work for the best interests of the children at our schools.

 

Please do contact us for anything.  Keep yourself and your family safe.  We will be thinking of you.  Go TEAM MERTON!

 

Yours sincerely,

Larissa James                                                                       

Infant Headteacher                                                                            

 

 

 

 

March 2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

With the school closed except for children of key workers and vulnerable learners because of the COVID-19 outbreak, we are emailing regarding our safeguarding procedures during this time. The usual safeguarding protocols will be in place for on-site activity.

 

In addition, to maintain our safeguarding duty for children not in school:

 

  1. If you have any safeguarding concerns then please contact Mrs James, the school’s Designated Safeguarding Leader via the normal school email address: adminoffice@merton-inf.hants.sch.uk and mark it as ‘confidential and FAO MRS JAMES’. The school office will then send this information on.

 

  1. Alternatively, you can contact Children Services directly on 0300 555 1384 or email childrens.services@hants.gov.uk (office hours - Mon to Fri 9.00am until 5.00pm). There is also an out of hours contact number - 0300 555 1373.

 

  1. If you are in any way concerned that a child is at an immediate risk then you    

                            should call 999 without delay.

 

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

 

Larissa James

Headteacher

 

 

20th March 2020

 

Dear Parent / Carer,

 

We are sure that you will have heard the Prime Minister’s announcement on Wednesday 18th March about general school closures but continuing provision for children of key workers and vulnerable children. We are writing to give you an update on our plans for this, following advice from the Local Authority.

 

Both schools will close at the end of Friday 20th March and there is no expectation that pupils will then attend school until the advice from Government changes.

 

Emergency Service

 

While our schools will be closed for general admissions, all schools across the country are being asked to run an emergency service for the children of key workers in essential services so that they are able to continue to work.   We have now received the definitive list of key workers from the Government which are:

 

  • Health and Social Care
  • Education and Childcare
  • Key Public Services
  • Local and National Government
  • Food and other necessary goods
  • Public safety and national security
  • Transport
  • Utilities, communication and financial services

 

Please access this link if you are unsure whether you fit into one of these categories:

 

 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

 

There is no expectation that children of these key workers have to attend school. If you fall into this group and wish to make other arrangements, then you are welcome to do so.

 

The Government is also asking that we continue to provide education and support for children who have an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP), children who have a social worker assigned to the family, those from families receiving Early Help and children receiving support from the Primary Behaviour Service.

 

Again, there is no requirement that children in these groups have to come to school, but they will be welcome should parents or carers choose this option. The Government are asking schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.

 

Home to School Transport

 

The County Council will continue to make home to school transport available to those children that are eligible to receive it. In some instances, that might require some changes to be made which may take a little time. We expect further information from the Local Authority if this is the case and will provide further information as soon as we have it.

 

 

Online materials and learning

 

For those children who will be at home from Monday morning, there will be online resources available to support children to continue to learn. 

 

Infant School

  • We have already sent packs of work home but if you have not collected them due to being self-isolated then we will post them tonight.

 

  • We have listed websites on our school website on the Children’s pages.

 

  • We have sent you a log-in for ‘Teach your monster to read’ website.

 

 

  • We will create Resource packs (e.g. pencils, glue, books) for collection or staff will drop them to your houses next week.

 

Junior School

  • We have sent packs of work home to some children and exercise books to other children – if your child has an exercise book then please access the work packs on our website and children can write their answers in their exercise book.

 

  • Further work will be updated on the website each week.

 

  • Please access a list of websites which can be found on the Year Group pages.

 

 

  • We will keep you informed of any updates on our school Facebook page.

 

In addition, the BBC has said that it will be increasing its range of resources to support children’s education.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support through these unprecedented times. Please be assured that we will continue to update you as the situation changes and that we will continue to work for the best interests of the children at our schools.

 

Breakfast and After-School clubs will be cancelled.  Please do contact us for anything.  Keep yourself and your family safe.  We will be thinking of you.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Larissa James                                                                        Kayleigh Reading

Infant Headteacher                                                                 Junior Headteacher   

Newsletter 5: 2nd March 2020

 

Welcome back. We hope that you all had an enjoyable holiday!

We have another busy term at school so please check your child’s book bag every day for any newsletters or visit our school website. 

Year group Curriculum newsletters were sent out last week detailing the topic for this half term and suggesting ways you can support your child’s learning at home.

Please ensure your child practices reading every night.  We are finding many children who are struggling due to lack of home support.  As we say Reading is the most important skill’!

Staffing

We welcome back Mrs Jones, Y1 Barn Owls teacher, following her successful second teacher training placement at Hook Junior School.   She was so successful that she was offered a teaching position for September 2020.  Well done Mrs Jones!

Miss Cooper shall be leaving on 2nd April in order to start a part time teaching position after Easter following the birth of her baby son.

Attendance

I am pleased that school attendance was 96% again for last half term and therefore continuing to meet our school expectation.  I hope that it will continue to rise especially with the warmer weather coming. 

 

Please remember that there are 2 attendance sessions per day (am & pm).  If your child is absent in the morning e.g. to attend a medical appointment or due to some exceptional circumstance, please send them in for the afternoon session, which begins at 1.00pm, so that they can have a mark for their attendance.  If there is no valid reason given for the absence it will be unauthorised.

 

Breakfast Club and After School Club

Just a reminder that all Merton Infant and Junior school children can attend our Breakfast Club and After School Club.  Breakfast Club is open from 8.00 - 8.45am each day and costs £2.70. ASC runs from 3.15 - 5.45pm and costs £7.50 for regular booked sessions and £9.50 for ad-hoc sessions.  Forms are available from the school office.

 

Parking

 

Please avoid driving up Romsey Close at all times.  If it becomes congested with cars parking and turning it makes it very difficult for emergency vehicles to access the school and therefore putting your child at risk.  Please park at Abbey Road shops or Tintern Close and walk the short pathway to school.  Police Community Patrol Officers will monitor parking on Romsey Close.  The school car park is for staff only and must not be used as a drop-off or pick-up point. 

 

Key Dates

 

4th March - Parents’ Evening (3.30-6.00pm)

5th March - World Book Day: Dress up as a book character

9th March - Parents’ Evening (4.00-6.30pm)

25th March - Easter assembly at St.Bede’s Catholic Church at 9.30am (parents welcome)

1st April - Class Photos

3rd April - Easter Egg Hunt & Raffle - details to follow

3rd April - Break Up at 3.15pm

School re-opens at 8.45am on Monday 20th April

 

 

 

 

27th February 2020

 

Dear Parents/Carers

 

National advice for travellers from areas affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed this week, and we understand that parents and carers may have questions about this.  The school is following national guidance that has been issued for educational settings.

 

The latest accurate information on Coronavirus (COVID-19), including the current situation in the UK and details about the virus and its symptoms, can be found at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.  This is updated regularly and includes the most recent advice in relation to travel from certain parts of Italy - so we encourage you to visit the website for the latest information.

 

The UK’s Chief Medical Officer continues to advise that the risk to individuals in the UK remains low.

 

As a school, the most important action that we can take to protect against Coronavirus and other germs is to promote good hand and respiratory hygiene.  We continue to encourage the children and staff to do the following and ask that you support this at home too.  The advice is to:

 

  • wash hands often - with soap and water or using alcohol sanitiser if handwashing facilities are not available
  • cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin

We are following national advice and the school is operating as normal.  Should the situation change or if we are given different advice, we will contact you.

 

If you believe you are at risk, then please contact NHS 111 for advice.

 

Yours sincerely

 

  

Larissa James

Headteacher

26th February 2020

 

Dear Parents/Carers

 

As part of our ongoing commitment to ensuring that our children are kept healthy and safe, I thought I would share with you advice from Hampshire County Council regarding the Coronavirus outbreak.  Please be assured that everything contained in it is a precautionary measure, rather than a response to any local concerns.

 

Updated information from HCC regarding the Coronavirus outbreak

 

There are a small number of confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the UK and understandably, there is some concern among local school communities.

 

 However, there have been no confirmed cases in Hampshire.

 

The Government’s Chief Medical Officer continues to advise that the risk to the public is moderate, with risks to individuals remaining low.

 

The current advice is:

 

  1. If you have travelled from Wuhan or Hubei Province to the UK in the last 14 days you should immediately:
     
  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu, whether you have symptoms or not
  • Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the area
     
  1. If you have returned to the UK from any of the other specified areas, https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public in the last 14 days and develop symptoms of cough or fever or shortness of breath, you should immediately:
     
  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • Call NHS 111 to inform them of your recent travel to the country
     
  1. If you believe you have had close contact with a confirmed case of Coronavirus, and you haven’t been contacted by Public Health England, you should contact NHS 111 for further advice.

Otherwise, if you have not been contacted by Public Health England in relation to a known case of Coronavirus, you do not need to take any action at this time.  This means that everyone else should continue to go about their daily routine, e.g. going to work or school as they would normally.

 

We will continue to promote good hand hygiene among our staff and pupils, as well as ensuring they know to Catch it, Bin it, Kill it if they have a cough or cold.

 

We will provide further updates should the situation change

Newsletter 4: 7th January 2020

 

Welcome back and best wishes for your health & happiness in 2020.  Thank you for all your Christmas cards and kind gifts, they were much appreciated as it was a long term!

We have another busy term at school so please check your child’s book bag every day for any newsletters or visit our school website. 

Year group Curriculum newsletters will also come out this week detailing the topic for this half term and suggesting ways you can support your child’s learning at home

 

Staffing

We welcome back Miss Cooper from Maternity Leave.  She will be supporting Y1 & 2 groups including covering for teachers when they attend courses.

Mrs Jones, Y1 Barn Owls teacher, has started her 2nd teacher training placement at Hook Junior School.  We welcome Miss N who will cover Barn Owls for this half term.  I will also cover her non-contact days.

 

Children starting School in September 2020

Will your child be celebrating their 4th birthday between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020?  If so, you will be able to apply for a school place from 1st November, preferably online at www.hants.gov.uk/admissions.

If you are unable to apply online, you will be able to collect a paper application form from the school. 

The application deadline is Wednesday 15th January 2020. 

 

Breakfast Club and After School Club

Just a reminder that all Merton Infant and Junior school children can attend our Breakfast Club and After School Club.  Breakfast Club is open from 8.00 - 8.45am each day and costs £2.70. ASC runs from 3.15 - 5.45pm and costs £7.50 for regular booked sessions and £9.50 for ad-hoc sessions.  Forms are available from the school office.

 

Parking

 

Please avoid driving up Romsey Close at all times.  If it becomes congested with cars parking and turning it makes it very difficult for emergency vehicles to access the school and therefore putting your child at risk.  Please park at Abbey Road shops or Tintern Close and walk the short pathway to school.  Police Community Patrol Officers will monitor parking on Romsey Close.  The school car park is for staff only and must not be used as a drop-off or pick-up point. 

 

 

Key Dates

 

29th Jan - Gymnastics competition at the Active Life Centre

7th Feb - YR Nurse screening

12th Feb - Open Box Theatre visit for Years 1 & 2

13th Feb - Fire Service visit Y1

14th Feb - Break Up at 3.15pm

24th Feb - School re-opens at 8.45am

 

School Website update

The new school website went live on Tuesday 7th January 2020.  This new website is mobile friendly and information will be easier to access and see from now on.  Later in the school year a photographer will be visiting the school to take photos of the children in their surroundings to populate the website with and, thus, make it more personal to us.  We look forward to hearing what you think of the new site.

 

 

 

 

4th December 2019

 

 

Dear Parent / Carers,

 

Following our e-Safety and Clever Never Goes theme day on Monday, I am writing to inform you that several children explained that they play Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto games at home. 

 

Please can I remind you that these are not age appropriate and are actually rated for 18+ years old.  It is a criminal offence to allow younger children to play such games. Schools have a duty of care to children and can report concerns to Children Services.    

 

Children also report that they have their own Facebook and Instagram accounts.  The official age to join these sites is 13 years old.

 

Please ensure that you use the necessary parental controls on your home devices to keep your child safe.  There is advice on our school website about Internet safety or alternatively speak to a member of staff who can advise you of the dangers and safety solutions.

 

Thank you for your co-operation on this matter.

 

Yours sincerely,

  

Larissa James

Headteacher

Newsletter 3: 6th November 2019

 

Welcome back. We hope that you had a lovely half term holiday. 

 

This is traditionally the busiest half term of the year with many festive activities taking place so please ensure you check and empty your child’s book bag daily and view the school website for newsletters or other important information. 

 

Let’s Explore Theme Week

 

The ‘O’ in MERTON stands for ‘Opportunities’.  This week we will explore a different subject each day and stimulate the children’s curiosity as they challenge themselves to open ended problems, learn new skills or try new experiences. 

The school will visit the Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium on Wednesday 6th November.

 

Curriculum Newsletters

 

Each year group will send out information this week about this half term’s topics including suggestions about how you can support your child’s learning at home.

 

Parents’ Evening

It was lovely to see you last half term and thank you for your positive comments regarding your child’s learning and progress.  Attendance per class was:

Owlets - 96%

Snowy Owls - 100%

Tawny Owls - 86.21%

Barn Owls - 82.76%

Wise Owls - 96.55%

Eagle Owls - 85.19%

 

Overall whole school attendance 90.85%

If you were unable to meet the class teacher, please make another appointment via the school office.

 

Attendance

 

Overall attendance last half term was good – 96.5%, although Barn Owls & Eagle Owls were slightly below the Government expectation of 96%. Our persistent absence figure was 9.5% - above national average.  Please remember to inform the office if your child is absent, otherwise it will be recorded as unauthorised. If a child incurs 5 days of unauthorised absence within 10 weeks parents may be issued with a penalty notice.

 

Breakfast Club & After School Club

Just a reminder that all YR, Y1 & Y2 children can attend our Breakfast Club and After School Club.  Breakfast Club is open from 8.00 - 8.45am each day and costs £2.70. ASC runs from 3.15 - 5.45pm and costs £7.50 for regular booked sessions and £9.50 for ad-hoc sessions.  Forms are available from the school office.

 

Parking

 

Please avoid driving up Romsey Close at all times.  If it becomes congested with cars parking and turning it makes it very difficult for emergency vehicles to access the school and therefore putting your child at risk.  Please park at Abbey Road shops or Tintern Close and walk the short pathway to school.  Police Community Patrol Officers will monitor parking on Romsey Close.  The school car park is for staff only and must not be used as a drop-off or pick-up point. 

 

Key Dates

 

14th Nov - Family Reading Evening @ 5.30 - 6.45pm

15th Nov - Children in Need - wear something spotty

19th Nov - Family Photo session @ 4.30 - 7.00pm

29th Nov - INSET Day

6th Dec - Family Bingo @ 2.30 - 3.30pm

6th Dec - Yr R Super Hero dress up day

9th Dec - Panto visit

9th Dec - Flu immunisations – all year groups

10th Dec - School choir singing at Tesco

11th Dec - Christingle Assembly at St.Bede’s Catholic Church @ 9.30am - all welcome

13th Dec - FOMs Christmas Market @ 3.15 - 4.30pm

13th Dec - Christmas Jumper Day

13th Dec - Yr 2 Art Gallery @ 2.45pm

16th Dec - Christmas lunch

17th Dec - Dress Rehearsal for Christmas Play @ 2.00pm

18th Dec - Christmas Play @ 9.30am

19th Dec - Christmas Play @ 5.30pm

20th Dec - Special visitor in school

20th Dec - Break Up at 3.15pm

 

Details for above events to follow, where applicable

 

 

 

 

Newsletter 2: 10th October 2019

 

Walktober

 

We sent home the Walktober challenge cards last week so we hope that you are rising to the challenge and walking as much as possible.  It is based on the NHS’s “Five Steps to Wellbeing”. Evidence suggests that these are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing:

  • Connect– Have a fun day out, walking with family and friends, playing games together on your walk and collecting up treasures from nature to take home with you
  • Be active– Make activity part of your everyday – walk, cycle, scoot or Park and Stride to school or work, go for a lunchtime stroll, play ball in the park or walk a friend’s dog with them
  • Keep learning– Go for a walk somewhere you haven’t been before, perhaps around a park, garden or historical site
  • Be mindful– Think about your surroundings during your walk and be at one with nature
  • Give to others– Take a friend for a walk, volunteer at a local garden or do a sponsored walk for charity.

You could win

Please search www.myjourneyhampshire.com/walktober for further information. 

Parking

We are still receiving complaints from residents living on Romsey Close and Glastonbury Close about inconsiderate parking.

Please avoid driving up Romsey Close at all times.  If it becomes congested with cars parking and turning, it makes it very difficult for emergency vehicles to access the school and therefore putting your child at risk.  Please park at Abbey Road shops or Tintern Close and walk the short pathway to school.  The school car park is for staff only and must not be used as a drop-off or pick-up point. 

 

Harvest Festival

 

We are still collecting food items for the Food bank.  Please make sure that they are in date!

 

We are planning our Harvest Festival at St.Bede’s Catholic Church on Friday 18th October at 9.30am.  All are welcome to join us.

 

Admissions

 

Starting school in September 2020

 

Will your child be celebrating their 4th birthday between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020? If so, you will be able to apply for a school place from 1st November 2019, preferably online, at www.hants.gov.uk/admissions.   If you are unable to apply online you will be able to collect a paper application form from the school.  The application deadline is Wednesday 15th January 2020.

 

We have several parent viewings planned.  Please check our website for the dates available and contact the school office to make an appointment.

 

Key Dates

11th Oct - School closed: INSET Day

15th Oct - Parents Evening @ 3.30 - 6.00pm

17th Oct - Italian themed day (wear red/white/green)

18th Oct - Harvest Festival at St. Bedes @ 9.30am

21st Oct - Parents Evening @ 4.00 - 6.30pm

23rd Oct - FOM Halloween Disco 3.30 - 4.30pm

24th Oct - Yr 1 parents in to view end of topic work 2.30pm (details to follow)

25th Oct - Non-uniform day in exchange for £1.00 donation

25th October - Year R Art Gallery @ 2.45pm

25th Oct - Break Up

4th Nov - School starts @ 8.45am

6th Nov - Whole school trip to Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium

Monday 7th October 2019

 

 

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

 

As part of our celebrating languages project we will be holding an Italian themed day on Thursday 17th October 2019. On this day we invite the children to wear a coloured T-Shirt that represents the Italian flag (green, white and red). They are welcome to wear their normal school white polo shirt.

 

 

During the day the children will take part in a range of creative activities to learn about the Italian culture which will include making pizza with Mrs Alfano, one of our parent volunteers. At the end of the day the children will meet for an assembly to sing an Italian song they will have learnt during the day.

 

 

To make this day as authentic as possible we have arranged for our school dinners to be Italian themed. Red dinner will be Pasta Bolognaise and green dinner will be Margherita Pizza, these dishes will be substituted with an alternative for the days they would usually be served on the menu.

 

 

We hope that the children enjoy our special themed day and learn lots about the Italian culture.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Larissa James                                  Sophie Durbajlo                               Miss Fellhauer

Headteacher                                     Inclusion Manager                           Year R Teacher

 

 

 

 

Newsletter 1: 9th September 2019

 

 

Welcome back to our existing parents and a very warm welcome to our new YR children and families.  We hope that you had a lovely summer holiday. 

 

The children look very smart in their school uniforms and have settled into their classes very well.

 

We have a very busy term ahead so please ensure you check and empty your child’s book bag daily or view the school website for newsletters or other important information. 

 

Staffing

Miss Whitney, Y1 teacher, got married during the summer holiday and is now known as Mrs Hill.  Congratulations to the newly weds!

 

Mrs Wisken, Deputy Headteacher, and Miss Cooper, class teacher, are continuing their maternity leave this term.  All are doing well and settling into new routines.

 

Curriculum Newsletters

Each year group will send out information this week about this half term’s topics including suggestions about how you can support your child’s learning at home.

 

Belongings

Please ensure you label all school uniform including hats, gloves, coats, shoes, PE kits, lunch boxes and water bottles.  We are always amazed at the amount of lost property we donate to charity shops so please check the Lost Property box in the office porch regularly.  Children often have the same items and become anxious when they lose something

 

School’s 50th Birthday

Merton Infant and Junior Schools opened their doors for the first time in September 1969. 

We are hosting many celebratory occasions including a Dress-Up Day (anything from the last 50 years) on Friday 13th September for £1.00 donation and a Fun Day on Saturday 28th September at 12.00 - 2.30pm. 

Please pass the word on to your friends, neighbours and families as we celebrate within our fantastic community.

Parking

Please avoid driving on Romsey Close at all times.  If it becomes congested with cars parking and turning it makes it very difficult for emergency vehicles to access the school and therefore putting your child at risk.  Please park at Abbey Road shops or Tintern Close and walk the short pathway to school.  Police Community Patrol Officers will monitor parking on Romsey Close.  The school car park is for staff only and must not be used as a drop-off or pick-up point. 

 

Key Dates

9th Sept – Y2 Swimming starts

11th Sept – YR Full time

13th Sept – Dress-Up Day

16th Sept – Y1 Welcome Meeting @ 2.45pm

18th Sept – Y2 Welcome Meeting @ 2.45pm

24th Sept – Y2 trip to the Titanic Museum

28th Sept – School’s 50th Birthday Fun Day @ 12.00-2.30pm

3rd Oct – Y1 Trip to Beaulieu Transport Museum

8th October – Individual school photos

11th Oct –School closed: INSET

15th Oct – Parents Evening @ 3.30- 6.00pm

21st Oct – Parents Evening @ 4.00-6.30pm

25th Oct – Year R Art Gallery

25th Oct – Break Up

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