Plans for welcoming back more classes

"Good afternoon. Last Monday the government issued new guidance, on how schools may welcome back further year groups to school, if they have the capacity. The staff at King David School want the children back in school, and I urge the parents of Nursery, Reception, Year One and Year Six children to consider again, (if your child is currently still staying at home), to send them back into school for the remainder of this school year. We have the capacity to have many more children in those year groups. If you do decide to send your child back, please call or email the school office, so we can get their desk, their tray and learning materials ready and add them to our group registers.

However it is now almost three weeks since those classes opened again, and still the numbers of children attending, particularly in the younger year groups, is low. Therefore I put to the Governing Body on Thursday, and they have agreed, a plan to welcome back children from Year 3 and Year 4 also, from Monday 29th June. There are hurdles still to overcome. The plan involves the two Year One bubbles being merged into one bubble. Currently there are only eight children attending in total across these two bubbles, well within the limits for a single bubble. Over the next two days, Miss Holland will be calling the families who have a child in Year One, who is not currently attending, to ask if you will be sending your child back into school this term. If the numbers are still small enough for one bubble, then those bubbles will indeed merge into one. This will be in the Year Two classroom, with Miss Hussain, who I can confirm will be their Year Two teacher in September. This change will free up Mrs Nash, to teach a new Y3 bubble, in the Y3 classroom, from Monday 29th June.

We currently have two Reception bubbles, one taught by Mrs Scott and Mrs Walker, who are both part-time teachers, and the other taught by Mrs Hind. From 29th June, I intend for Mrs Scott to switch to teaching the second Reception bubble, instead of Mrs Hind. This bubble will move to the Year 1 classroom, instead of the Shul, where they are now. The Year One classroom will be a better room for that group, and they will be with their familiar Reception teacher. Mrs Scott will teach the group three days a week, and Mrs Rashid will teach the group the other two, with guidance in school from Mrs Walker. Meanwhile Mrs Walker will continue to teach the Reception group in the Reception classroom three days a week, and Mrs Ahmad will teach them the other two days, with guidance in school from Mrs Scott. This change will free up Mrs Hind to teach a new Y4 bubble, in the Y4 classroom, from Monday 29th June.

Because of the rules on social distancing, there will be a limit on the number of children who can attend the new Y3 and Y4 bubbles. The Y3 bubble will be limited to 12 children, and the Y4 bubble, as it is in a larger classroom, will be limited to 15 children. This week, Miss Holland will be phoning the families with Y3 or Y4 children, asking them if they wish to have a place in these new bubbles. If those bubbles are oversubscribed, we will prioritise firstly the key worker children, then children from disadvantaged families, then those whose siblings are already attending school, and finally see what space there is for other children. It is possible, given the numbers we have seen in Year One, that we will have room for all children whose families wish to send them in. We will have to see. Certainly by Thursday, though, I would like to be able to confirm which children will be able to attend school again, from Monday 29th June.

So, if you have children in Y1, Y3 or Y4, do please expect a phone call this week, asking about your plans for returning your child to school this term. Have a think about what I've said. If you wish, you can email me directly, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to let me know your decision.

In the meantime, I hope you have a pleasant weekend, and I look forward to welcoming more of you back to school soon."

Mr Steve Langford

Headteacher, King David School 

Weekly Work 29.6.20
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Friday, 30 October 2020