As we start the new half term, we have the chance to reflect on the first part of this academic year. We would like to thank everyone in our school community, parents, staff and our amazing children, for working hard to keep us all safe. The return to school over the last two months was incredible and we have seen lots of fantastic learning.
At this point, schools have been given no updated guidance about their operations so we will not be making any significant changes to our current arrangements. We will, of course, update parents of any future changes.
In line with the Prime Minister’s announcement on Saturday, schools will be open throughout the next period of restrictions. Children should attend school unless they are unwell, are showing one of the symptoms of Coronavirus (high temperature, continuous cough, sudden loss of taste or smell) or they have been directed to self isolate.
If children are told to self isolate then our remote learning plan will be put into place. Daily learning will be published and there will be regular contact with teachers. We have appointed a Virtual Teacher who will support the learning of any pupils who have to self isolate when their class is in school. This will start soon.
We have the following specific request for parents. As new restrictions come in, we remind all parents that they must practise social distancing in and around the school grounds. At this time, we have to ask all parents to leave the school premises swiftly. Parents are not to stay in the school grounds talking with other parents.
Some teachers might be available for urgent short chats but we ask that non-urgent messages are communicated by phone or email to the school office. If you do talk to a member of school staff please do not be offended if we ask you to step back or we direct you to phone or email the office.
We thank all parents for their support and for keeping their distance at the start and end of each day.
We hope that everyone has had a great and sunny summer holiday. We have had a busy few weeks. The school has been thoroughly cleaned and we have reviewed our risk assessment so that we are ready to welcome pupils next week.
Below you will find information about school operations for this term. This information was sent in a whole school letter at the end of July.
We ask that parents read all of the sections below as some arrangements have changed in line with updated guidance from the government.
We know that we will all quickly settle in to the new routines that are in place and that we will have a fantastic year. We are all looking forward to seeing the excellent learning that our children will complete this term.
If you have any questions about any information, please phone the school office or email:
SCHOOL OPERATIONS / INFORMATION 2nd September 2020
Promoting excellent hygiene
In preparation for the return to school, we ask that all parents talk to their children about the importance of avoiding the spread of germs. We will be using the catch it, bin it, kill it message.
Keeping everyone safe – what to do if a member of your family is showing coronavirus symptoms:
If a child, or any member of your family, is showing COVID symptoms then you must not enter the school grounds.
You must: Stay at home (self-isolate) – do not leave your home or have visitors. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also self-isolate.
Get a test – get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, should also get a test if they have symptoms.
Phone the school – so that we can contact our local health teams. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
– a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
– a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
– a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you have noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
If a child shows coronavirus symptoms during the school day, then they will be removed from class and placed in an isolation space with a member of staff. Parents will be contacted, and we ask that they collect the child immediately and follow the steps above. Therefore, please ensure the school office has your up to date contact details.
Attendance from September
The Department for Education has instructed schools that school attendance is now compulsory. If a child is absent for any reason, then parents should phone the school office to note the absence and give a reason.
We will work with families to support full attendance from September. If you have any questions about our school operations, please contact the school.
Start and end of school day
To allow us to maintain social distancing at the beginning of school and at home time, these times will be staggered so that different year groups arrive and leave at different times. These times were shared in the letter at the end of July.
Changes to the school day
To keep everyone safe, children will spend most of their school day in their class group – this will be called a class bubble. There might be times when different children come together for learning breaktimes or other activities. We will keep this to a minimum and we are creating a timetable that means only a limited number of bubbles meet each other.
There will be no large school events – assemblies will be cancelled. We will also not be going on any school trips for the first part of the term.
Children should wear school uniform as usual.
Parent / school contact (update)
The school office remains closed to parents. If parents wish to talk with a member of school staff then they should phone the school office or email:
As always, we ask that parents do not have lengthy conversations with teachers at the start of the school day as teachers are focussed on getting their classes safely into school. If parents have an urgent message, please phone the school office.
If parents are talking to school staff then they should follow social distancing guidance.
Face coverings (update)
The DFE guidelines for primary schools states that primary school children do not need to wear a face covering.
The school will not be enforcing the wearing of face coverings by parents. For now, parents will not be entering the school building and parents should maintain social distancing when they are waiting at the start or end of the school day.
Parents are reminded that face coverings should be worn on public transport.
Breakfast club/After school club
Breakfast and After school club will not be available in the first week of term. We hope to be able to offer these clubs from Monday 14th September. We will give more information about this next week.
The killing of George Floyd in America has shocked us all, both here and across the world. If we had all of our classes open, we would, at this time be talking with our children about this. We want our pupils to understand how we must all make sure that we contribute to a world that is built on respect and equality.
We will make sure that when we return to our classrooms we continue to talk about our school value of respect and how our school must show this value through every action that we take. For now, we have placed some resources online to help parents talk through the news stories – there is a Key Stage 1 and a Key Stage 2 version.
As a school, we are committed to working with our pupils and families to combat racism and discrimination. We do this through our actions today and by giving our children the strong values that they will carry forward into adulthood.We invite parents to contact us if they would like to talk about anything that concerns them at this time.
Heronsgate Primary School is delighted to announce that it has been recognised as one of 20 EdTech Demonstrator schools and colleges from across England in light of our effective practice in the use of technology.
As an EdTech Demonstrator School, we will provide professional development to other schools across the country, initially focussed on supporting the effective delivery of remote teaching practices. The programme will target schools and colleges who are most in need of support; for example, those getting to grips with using a new online learning platform and those with the most disadvantaged learners.
Dear Parents, We hope everyone is enjoying the start of the summer holidays. The links below give information about different schemes being run by the Royal Borough of Greenwich to support families and children during the school holidays.
Please find below an update regarding school operations as of 17 July 2020- please read.
Thank you for all your support during the last few months as we have made our way through the different changes we have had to make to our school operations. As the summer term draws to an end, we have successfully opened half of our classrooms (Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 6) and this has helped us plan for the safe return of all of our children in September.
Here is an overview of school operations for the new academic year starting in September. Specific information for each year group has been sent out via email.
Attendance from September The Department for Education has instructed schools that school attendance is now compulsory. If a child is absent for any reason, parents should phone the school office to note the absence and give a reason. We will work with families to support full attendance from September. If you have any questions about our school operations, please phone the school office or email: email@example.com
If any parents are planning on travelling abroad during the Summer Holiday please check the quarantine arrangements for your return to the UK. Families need to leave enough time to complete any quarantine requirements before the start of the school term.
Start of term We are planning to welcome all year groups back to school for the new academic year starting on Monday 7th September.
Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 will start on Monday 7th September
Years 1 and 2 will start on Tuesday 8th September
Start and end of school day To allow us to maintain social distancing at the beginning of school and at home time, these times will be staggered so that different year groups arrive and leave at different times. These times have been shared via email.
Changes to the school day To keep everyone safe, children will spend most of their school day in their class group – this will be called a class bubble. There might be times when different children come together for learning, breaktimes or other activities. We will keep this to a minimum and we are creating a timetable that means only a limited number of bubbles meet each other. There will be no large school events – assemblies will be cancelled. We will also not be going on any school trips for the first part of the term.
School uniform Children should wear school uniform as usual.
Face masks Our current advice is that masks should not be worn in school. We will update parents if this advice changes. Adults using public transport will need to wear a mask.
School lunches We will be offering school packed lunches from Monday 7th September, these will be eaten in classrooms. We will publish a school menu in Autumn. School lunches for children in years 3, 4, 5 and 6 must be paid for in advance using the sQuid cashless payment system. Please note, from September the cost of a school lunch will be £2.75 per day.
Breakfast club/Happy Herons Breakfast Club and Happy Herons will not be available in the first week of term. We hope to be able to offer these clubs from Monday 14th September. We will give more information about this when we return in September. There will be no other clubs in the Autumn term.
Royal Borough of Greenwich Community Hub Royal Borough of Greenwich Community Hub – visit www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk and click on “Get help from our Community Hub”. The hub will be available during the Summer Holiday if you or your family need any help with including accessing community services including essential food packages.
Keeping everyone safe – what to do if a member of your family is showing coronavirus symptoms If a child, or any member of your family, is showing COVID symptoms then the affected person must not enter the school grounds. They must:
Stay at home AND get a test – get a test to check if you have coronavirus as soon as possible. Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, should also get a test if they have symptoms.
Phone the school – so that we can contact our local health teams. The main symptoms of coronavirus are:
a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughingepisodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you have noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.
If a child shows coronavirus symptoms during the school day, then they will be removed from class and placed in an isolation space with a member of staff. Parents will be contacted, and we ask that they collect the child immediately and follow the steps above.
Please find below an update regarding school operations as of 30 June 2020- please read.
SCHOOL OPERATIONS FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SUMMER TERM
We start with a big thank you to all of our parents.
We know that home schooling has given families wonderful moments of shared learning with the odd tricky question that has proved to be a bit more challenging! Thank you to every parent for their work on home learning activities.
We are waiting for government guidance about our operations in September. We will update parents once we know more about how we will operate our school during the Autumn Term. At this point, we are hopeful that this will include a return to classrooms for all children.
Below, we give a short overview of the planned activities for each year group during the rest of the Summer Term.
Nursery: children are now able to attend for three sessions per week. If your child has not yet attended a session and you would like to enquire about a place, please phone or email the school office.
Reception, Year 1 and Year 6: classes are now open and children have been allocated a specific bubble with its own start and end time. We strongly encourage all children in these year groups to attend school. If your child has not yet attended and you would like them to return to their class please phone or email the school office and we will resend the information for your child’s bubble.
Years 2, 3, 4 and 5: home learning activities will continue and we will make fortnightly phone calls.
All year groups: We are planning transition activities including a year 6 leavers assembly and a chance forchildren to meet their new teacher. Some of these will be virtual activities.
We will send further details about these activities in year group letters over the next two weeks.
We thank everyone for their support during the last few months.
Please find below an update regarding school operations as of 2 June 2020- please read.
Welcome to the start of the new half term.
It can be difficult to see the difference between school days and non-school days at the moment but we do hope that our families had some relaxation during the half term holiday last week.
From this week, we start to reopen classrooms. Year 6 pupils return on Wednesday 3rd June and Year 1 pupils come back on Monday 8th June. We will contact parents at the end of this week about the starting dates for Early Years.
We have spent the last few weeks preparing our buildings and grounds so that we can safely welcome children back to their classrooms. We have tried to ensure that our rooms continue to feel like classrooms but there will be some differences as we have moved furniture and changed resources. Please see an example of these changes below.
Pupils in Year 6 and Year 1
For children who are in Year 6 and Year 1, there will be some changes to the school day.
Children will be in smaller groups of no more than 15 pupils.
Tables have been put in rows and there will only be one pupil per table.
There is a new timetable for break and lunchtimes to allow for staggered sessions. .
There are also some changes for parents.
For older children, we are asking that parents do not come into the school playground.
For younger children, there will be a specified waiting area for drop off and collection.
Parents will not be able to have conversations with teachers at the start/end of the day and the school office will not be open to parents. If you want to talk with staff please phone (if urgent) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get in touch.
And we have one big request, parents, you MUST continue to follow all of the guidance and direction from the government. We must all make sure that social distancing is followed and this means that we don’t mingle at the school gates, we don’t meet in large groups and we stay within our own households as much as possible. This will keep our whole community safe.
We are currently reviewing our home learning plans for Years 2 to 5. These will have to change as our teachers will be in school teaching in the learning bubbles. The activities will continue from Wednesday of this week and we will update you on our plans for these year groups next week.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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.