We welcomed everyone back to the start of the Summer Term this week. As always, there is plenty to tell you about. Make sure you keep up to date by reading our weekly newsletter that is published every Friday.
School is now back in full swing as you can see from this week’s bumper issue of the Woodcroft Weekly News. View the gallery below or click here to download the PDF … https://bit.ly/2O1XLPW
30 Hours FREE Childcare is available at Woodcroft Nursery
Now is the time to reserve your place in our Nursery ready for this September. Contact the school office to discuss enrolling your child on our nursery register. Children born between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2018 are eligible for a Nursery place at Woodcroft starting in September 2021.
***Contact our school office on 02089593244 office to fo more information***
Woodcroft offers the FREE flexible 15 hours provision for all children, with the option to book for extra sessions as required. Parents of three and four year olds that are registered with Woodcroft’s Nursery can also apply for the government’s 30 hours free childcare offer through the Government website www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.
Catch up on all the latest news in issue 406 of The Woodcroft Weekly … Download your own full edition PDF right here … https://bit.ly/3lvRXdC
We have had some amazing BookFaces submitted for our BookFace Challenge. What a creative lot you are! Here are six examples from the main gallery page … https://www.woodcroft.barnet.sch.uk/bookface-challenge-2021/
Keep them coming in and we will add them to the main page!
Go to the full gallery here … https://www.woodcroft.barnet.sch.uk/bookface-challenge-2021/
We might have only fully reopened on Monday, but that doesn’t hold up back at Woodcroft. If you haven’t read this week’s news yet then you are going to need to catch-up! Check out the downloads below:
We are excited to be welcoming all pupils back to school on Monday 8th March. Make sure you have read the latest issue of our weekly newsletter which contains lots of information about our return. Download your own PDF copy of Woodcroft Weekly Issue 404 using this link. Alternatively, view the slides below … See you all on Monday!
Helping children back to school
It’s been a challenging year for children and young people which is why it’s so important that we so what we can to help support their mental health and wellbeing as they return to the classroom on 8 March.
We have a wide range of useful resources for parents, carers, teachers, children and young people on our Back to School page. Some of these include links to the latest government guidance, tips on how to get back into a routine, important information on potential changes to the school setting and advice on dealing with anxiety:
- Back to School booklet for parents, carers and guardians with methods to help manage your child’s anxiety, fix disrupted sleep patterns and build their resilience
- Back to School video for primary and secondary school students, talking about what they can expect when they return to school and useful tips to help them along the way
- Back to School presentation for primary and secondary school pupils
- Back to School presentation for primary school pupils
Also, Barnet Integrated Clinical Services (BICS) have organised a series of FREE wellbeing workshops for children, young people, parents and carers. View the list of workshops and details on how to book here.
We’re wishing you and your child the best of luck on their return to school!
A Big Week Ahead
After the announcement that schools are fully reopening on 8th March we have been busy at school preparing for the big day! We hope you are all excited to be coming back. In the meantime, there are lots of things you can do to get ready. Issue 403 of Woodcroft Weekly News contains lots of helpful advice.
It’s also a big week for Year 6 who will find out out their secondary school offers on Monday! Fingers crossed for your preferred choices.
Woodcroft Organisation for March 8th
We have now begin to finalise planning following the most recent Government Guidance. Arrangements will be very similar to those that were put in place in September which aimed to:
- Ensure pupils, parents and staff are as safe as possible
- Enable the school maintain the highest standards of COVID security
- Support everyone’s well-being when school opens fully
- Maintain a continuity of learning
This will be achieved by:
- Staff only working in only one year group
- Retaining staff in the same year groups where possible facilitating immediate familiarity with the curriculum
- Each year group will have a nominated senior teacher to provide integrated support and inbuilt cover release
Staggered entry 8.30am – 8.55am
Pupils can arrive at school between 8.30am and 8.55am and go directly into class. Families will follow the current one way system for drop off.
Lessons will start at 8.55am
Please ensure you are on time. We advise that pupils are in school by 8.45am to benefit from early work support from teachers.
Pupils will have staggered break times within their year groups. They will not mix with other pupils.
Children will have staggered lunchtimes within their year groups and will not mix on the playground with other pupils.
End of the Day Collection between 3.00pm to 3.15pm
Lessons will finish at 3.00pm. Children who walk home from school will be dismissed at 3.00pm. Parents will be able to collect children between 3.00pm and 3.15pm. We have a marked queuing area at the front and back of school.
We will continue to operate our one way system. Please watch the video here if you need a reminder: https://drive.google.com/file/d/11bcc2-2nQ5Jh_D4hC75XOZorXGDoe2uC/view?usp=sharing
Teachers have been asked not to talk at length with parents at the end of the day to avoid hold ups. We also ask that parents and carers leave the school promptly after pick-up to avoid congestion.
It is important to remember that we will expect all adults to maintain the social distance rule while on site.
Mask should be worn at all times on school premises. We understand that not everyone is able to wear a mask. Those who are exempted can display their exemption tags/lanyards to reassure the rest of the community.
The Woodcroft Learning Continuity Plan
We expect that there might be times when individuals, classes or even the whole school is asked to self-isolate. To overcome further disruption to learning we continue to adopt our Learning Continuity Plan.
What to expect online:
- Weekly learning schedules published online in the class Google Classroom
- Daily activities and lessons published via Google Classroom
- Termly topics and resources published online on the Treehouse. This will include essential knowledge, vocabulary lists, writing checklists, spellings, stories and videos
Other Important Information
We will be wearing full uniform. Howveer, we have temporarily relaxed our policy on school shoes until all non essential shops are open. Children can wear alternative footwear, e.g. trainers, if their shoes no longer fit.
Our coaches will continue to provide 1 hour of PE per class. This will be mainly outside or in the main hall. They will remain socially distant from the pupils and thoroughly clean equipment between use.
Pupil wear their blue PE uniform on PE days.
No staff or pupils will be able to visit the library this term. Each class will have a Library Book Box delivered each half term.
8.00am Breakfast Club will be available at a cost of £1.50 per day. Please register and book via the school office. Children will be seated within year group areas to maintain their bubbles.
Acorns After School Club
We hope Acorns after school club can return to running a restricted service from 15th March . But this is subject to sufficient numbers of parents requesting the provision. We will need to maintain social distancing between pupils from different year groups so this involved some detailed planning.
Extra Curricular Clubs
We are not planning on restarting any extra curricular clubs during the spring term. However, we are currently looking at ways to restart clubs run by external coaches later in the summer term.
Other Things to Remember:
- The office window will remain closed. Please email or call
- Every child needs their own personal water bottle. They will take it home every day to wash and refill. All water fountains are turned off for safety reasons. We will not be able to supply water bottles if they forget to bring them.
- Remember to provide your child with a personal pencil case to leave in school. See Newsletter Issue 385 for a list of suitable items to include.
If children exhibit any symptoms of COVID19 we request that they are kept home form school in line with Government guidelines.
Please inform the office immediately so that we can take any appropriate action to maintain everyone’s safety.
Going Back to School
For children and families who have anxiety about returning the following presentation may be helpful …
School Risk Assessment and COVID19 Response Strategy
Staff and governors have carried out a series of risk assessments and associated planning based on the latest guidance to ensure the school’s safe opening on March 8th. These documents are shared below:
- Risk Assessment for Full Opening on March 8th – Consultation Draft 24/2/21
- Vulnerable Individual Risk Assessment – February 2021
- March Full Opening Plan – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Strategy
- Latest Government Guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak/guidance-for-full-opening-schools
If you would like to comment on any of the above plans please email: firstname.lastname@example.org