Please find below an update regarding school operations as of 20th May 2020- please read.
Update on School Operations
We would like to thank all parents for their support during the last few months and especially over the last two weeks. We have been working to create a clear, staged approach that will allow us to plan our return to classrooms.
We recognise that the first steps back to class will come with some worries and concerns but we want to assure every child and their parents that the school has taken a number of steps to minimise the risk of infection.
We will take these next steps together and, supporting each other, we will make sure that we all stay as safe as possible.
- The following dates show the return for Year 6 and Year 1.
From Wednesday 3rd June – Year 6 classes will restart.
From Monday 8th June – Year 1 classes will restart.
- We will contact parents after half term about the planned start dates for Reception and Nursery but these year groups will not return before Year 1 have settled into their new routines.
- We will contact Year 6 parents about the specific arrangements for their child’s return to school by the end of this week.
As a school, we know that maintaining social distancing with children will be difficult.
The government guidance is that we create a model that minimises contact and mixing between different groups.
To achieve this, we will create smaller groups which we are calling social bubbles.
Each class will be split into two social bubbles.
- Each social bubble will have up to 15 children and allocated staff who will remain together throughout the school day.
- Each social bubble will have its own timetable so that there will be minimal contact with other bubbles. This will include staggered start and end times and specific times for break times.
- If any person in a bubble shows Coronavirus symptoms then they will be sent home and tested. If a positive test is returned then the whole bubble will be tested.
- Where possible, social distancing measures will take place in social bubbles, e.g. children will sit at single tables.
- At all times, children will be reminded of the importance of maintaining excellent hygiene and there will be regular handwashing.
We all have a responsibility to keep everyone healthy and by limiting our activities at home we can ensure that our school community is kept safe. This includes only meeting with one other member of another household.
We must insist that parents follow the directions from the government about the activities that we can and cannot do at this time at home. We must continue to limit our contact with other households and we must ensure that as we take our exercise and visit supermarkets we follow the social distancing guidance of maintaining a distance of 2 metres from others.
Children must not come to school if they have any symptoms linked to Coronavirus (high temperature, a new continuous cough).
Collection and Drop off
The school will have specific rules managing the start and end of each school day. This will include whether we admit parents into our playground to collect their child and where they should wait.
These instructions must be followed as they are in place to keep us all safe.
Parents will not be able to talk with class teachers about points that they want them to know about their child. Parents should phone or email the school office with these messages and these will be passed on.
If parents wish to talk to teachers then please let us know and we will arrange a phone call.
Children will not be allowed to wear masks during the school day.
This is because the scientific advice is that if children wear masks then they are more likely to touch their face. This increases the risk of infection. Our actions of regular hand washing and the forming of social bubbles will minimise the risk of infection.
The lessons that children will follow in school (Reception, Year 1, Year 6) will be placed online so that any child who is not attending can complete these at home. Home learning activities will continue to be delivered for Years 2, 3, 4 and 5.
There will be no home learning activities during Half Term (week beginning 25th May) or on Monday 1st June or Tuesday 2nd June as we will be using these days to prepare for Year 6 returning to school.
Childcare (for children whose parents are key workers and vulnerable children)
The arrangements for our childcare provision remain the same. This will be open on Monday 1st June and Tuesday 2nd June as usual.
If you have any questions about our plans please contact email@example.com
In the meantime, have a restful half term and stay safe.
Update – 20/4/20
We hope that everyone is keeping safe and following the government guidelines during this time and staying at home except for a daily session of exercise.
Although this is an unprecedented start to a new term, our whole staff team are working to provide learning activities and support for all of our children. Our buildings remain closed but our school is very much open for the Summer Term.
From today, we restart our home learning programme with activities that can be completed each day. We recognise that home learning can be difficult, so our tasks are designed to take no longer than 90 minutes and can be spread out throughout the day. We want every child in our school to complete some learning each day so that they keep developing their skills whilst they are at home. Teachers will continue their weekly phone calls giving you and your children the opportunity to discuss the learning activities.
These daily activities are uploaded via Showbie for children in Year 1 to Year 6 and via Tapestry for EYFS children.
Some other resources include:
- The NCETM has put together some tips and ideas for parents to help their children with maths. Click here for their resources.
- The DFE has put together some online resources to help children with learning at home. These resources cover English, Maths, Science, PE, wellbeing and SEND.
Support for families
If you require any help at this time, please email firstname.lastname@example.org . We are checking this email regularly and will contact you if you ask us to.
The Royal Borough of Greenwich Community Hub can provide support for families including:
- collecting / delivering prescriptions
- delivering essential food packages
- connecting families to local community services to support with other areas such as finances
More information can be found at www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/communityhub or phone 0800 470 4831
We will update parents regularly throughout the term with any updates to school operations.
Update – 31/3/20
Whilst our school buildings are closed to most pupils, our school itself remains open and we are all continuing our learning from our homes with our families.
Suggested learning will be uploaded onto our website daily at 10:00 am. These can be accessed by clicking ‘Home Learning’. We are also using Showbie during this time and will be monitoring usage of this, checking that everyone has access to learning.
Please note, we are aware of pressures on parents at this difficult time, so the activities are based around what the children already know and should be able to do. We will provide general feedback each day, but we do not expect children to keep the work completed nor bring it back to school when we re-open.
There is also now a PE tab on the website with lots of links to exercise and dance videos. This extra resource is for children to access – why not have a go with your child?
Keeping in touch
Teachers will be contacting pupils in their class by phone over the next few days, we are looking forward to saying hello to our children! The call will come from a withheld number. If you have any troubles logging in or accessing learning, do let the class teacher know.
If you are worried about your individual family circumstances during this period of closure then please email
and someone will get back to you.
Please let us know if you are:
- worried about your child’s emotional or physical health and would like to talk to school staff about ideas to support this during any closure.
- you would like advice about your child’s behaviour if you are at home for a few weeks.
Update – 20/3/20
The most recent scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should, to limit the chance of the virus spreading.
That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for those children who absolutely need to attend.
Schools are, therefore, being asked to continue 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.
Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors are outlined here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus- covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on- maintaining-educational-provision.
Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home and every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.
If your child is vulnerable or either parent is a critical key worker to the Covid-19 response and the child cannot be safely cared for at home, then you need to inform the school today (Friday 20th March) by filling out and submitting the form here:
This is so we can ensure there is adequate staffing to supervise the children.
Please find below information about the provision available at Heronsgate.
- Heronsgate’s provision is only available to children who meet the government criteria and cannot be safely cared for at home.
- The provision will only be at the Thamesmead site- the Royal Arsenal site will be closed, however the provision is open to children of eligible families from both sites.
- It must be stressed that the school is providing a childminding service. Whilst in school, the learning, and feedback available will be exactly the same as that available online and accessed at home.
- Once we have identified parents requiring this service, we will send a COVID-19 Provision Form which must be fully completed and submitted before children attend on Monday morning.
- Core hours will be from 9am until 3:30pm. However, the school will provide wrap-around care for critical workers only between the hours of 8am until 6pm. Children arriving in school between 8am and 9am will be offered breakfast. Please provide a snack for children, particularly if your child is staying at school past 3:30pm. We are aware key workers hours are flexible.
- Lunch will continue to be provided as normal. If your child has a packed lunch, please continue to send this in.
- All children must enter and leave the school building via the main entrance. Breakfast club and Happy Herons entrance will be closed.
- Children in Years 5 and 6 who already have permission to walk home may continue to do so if they leave at 3:30pm. Should they stay for the wrap-around service, they will need to be collected by an adult.
- Children attending the school who require medication, must ensure this is brought to school on Monday and handed to the office: all medication currently at school will be sent home today.
- To provide some continuity, children attending should continue to wear clean school uniform where possible and bring in suitable clothing and trainers for physical activities.
- Parents must keep their children at home if they are unwell OR if the rest of the family have been advised to self-isolate.
- We expect that parents will collect children promptly should they become unwell during school hours.
We would like to remind parents that they should do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
Update – 19/3/20
Following the updates from the government today, we can confirm that school will be closed from Monday 23rd March until further notice. Please keep a regular eye on this website for all updates.
During this period of closure of the school building, we remain open as a virtual school and suggested learning will be uploaded onto our website regularly. On Monday, learning for the first three days will be available by clicking ‘Home Learning’ on our website. We will also be using Showbie during this time (pupil logins will be emailed home shortly). We will be monitoring usage of this, checking that everyone has access to learning.
From Thursday 26th March new activities will be uploaded daily at 10:00am. Please note, we are aware of pressures on parents at this difficult time, so the activities are based around what the children already know and should be able to do. We will provide general feedback each day, but we do not expect children to keep the work completed nor bring it back to school when we re-open.
We will continue to work to support our children and families.
If you are worried about your individual family circumstances during this period of closure then please email email@example.com and someone will get back to you
Please let us know if
- you are worried about your child’s emotional or physical health and would like to talk to school staff about ideas to support this during any closure.
- you would like advice about your child’s behaviour if you are at home for a few weeks.
Please note: if you are a key worker from either Campus and your child is going to be attending school then they need to come to the Thamesmead Campus. Further details will follow on the website.
Throughout any closure, the school can be contacted by emailing the following email address firstname.lastname@example.org . We will answer all emails and will phone you if you ask us to.
Frequently Asked Questions
My child is already at home and didn’t receive the work pack already sent home. Can I come in and collect it?
You will be able to collect work packs from Monday 23rd March from the Thamesmead school office, so long as you are well and are not self-isolating.
I don’t have a printer. How can my child complete learning tasks that have been posted on the website?
All of the online learning is uploaded at http://www.heronsgate.greenwich.sch.uk/school-closure/. However, it is also available on Showbie, which has digital tools to allow children to complete activities online without the need for printing.
How long will the school be closed for?
The school is closed until we are notified otherwise by HM Government.
Is the school open tomorrow (Friday 20th March 2020)?
Yes, the school will be open on Friday 20th March 2020 until 3:30pm. Breakfast club and Happy Herons will also remain open tomorrow.
I am a key worker. Am I eligible for my child or children to continue attending school?
Yes – HM Government will shortly provide a list of eligible key workers. Please contact the school office on 020 8317 0809 to register your interest and for further information.
How long should I isolate for if I or someone in my family has symptoms of coronavirus?
The HM Government advice is as follows:
If you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
For anyone else in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period.Please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection for more information.
My child is eligible for free school meals. Am I able to get vouchers or meals for my child?
The school is working with the Royal Borough of Greenwich on how this will be implemented.