Dear New EYFS Parents/Carers,
We look forward to welcoming you to Team Tyndale in September. If you haven't already read our EYFS Starter Guide, it can be found here. We’d like to inform you of our organisational plans to support a smooth and easy transition into school for your child.
Unfortunately, due to these unprecedented times and government guidance, our usual transition processes have been affected. Where we would usually have welcomed your children to Tyndale Primary on the first day of Term 1, following a variety of opportunities for ‘stay and play’ sessions this has not been possible.
Meet the Teacher Sessions
Therefore, on the first week of September (1st – 4th September), the pre-arranged home visit meetings will go ahead.
These have now all been booked so if you need a reminder of your home visit date or time please direct message us on social media.
The purpose of these meetings is to answer any questions you might have and to give you a chance to tell us about your child so we can fully support them.
Stay and Play Sessions
On the second week of term (Monday 7th September – Wednesday 9th September), we look forward to welcoming your children to the 'Stay and Play' sessions.
Usually, we really enjoy inviting parents and carers along with their children to these sessions but unfortunately, due to the safety procedures in place it is not possible to welcome parents and carers this year, so these sessions will be for your children only.
The purpose of these sessions is for your child to become familiarised with their new teacher and supporting members of staff and with the school environment and classroom.
All pupils have now been booked into a session each day. If you need a reminder of your 'Stay and Play' sessions, please message us via social media.
Phased Start to School
EYFS children will be welcomed to school on Thursday 10th September at 8.50am – 12.00pm.
On Friday 11th September, they are welcome to stay for lunch so they school day will be from 8.50am – 1.00pm.
From Monday 14th September 2020, EYFS pupils will be expected to attend school full time every day from 8.50am – 3.00pm (timings are slightly different to the normal school day, this is due to staggered entry and exit times in line with safety precautions).
At Tyndale Primary, we have and always will, prioritise the health and safety of our pupils, parents and staff. Please find below the safety precautions in place to minimise the risk of transmission:
We have planned for all pupils to be allocated to year group ‘bubbles’ so that we can track and trace contact easily.
Bubbles will be kept separately and the staff moving between bubbles will be minimised.
The school timetable has been amended to allow staggered start and finish times (please be prompt in following these to minimise the risks of transmission).
There is a one-way system in place on the school site to enter and exit (it is expected that all year group parents and pupils always follow this route to ensure the safety of all).
Regular hand washing has been timetabled.
There are hygiene stations in every classroom and at regular intervals around school.
Classroom layouts have been adapted to ensure all pupils are facing the front and in rows.
Classrooms have minimal furniture to increase the space available inside.
Pupils will be allocated their own stationary to limit the sharing of resources.
Adaptations to the curriculum have been made to address any gaps in knowledge, whilst maintaining a broad and balanced coverage.
PE lessons will take place outside, where possible.
Assemblies will be streamed into classrooms to avoid large gatherings.
Break and lunchtimes have been staggered with allocated areas for each bubble during unstructured times.
An enhanced cleaning programme to cover all areas of school.
Your children are in a fortunate position where they will be unaware that changes in place at school are any different to ‘normal’, but we expect that your children will adapt to ‘the new normal’ at school very quickly. Please find below the expectations, which will be reinforced in September:
All pupils are expected to be in full school uniform, all day, every day – our uniform policy can be found here.
Attendance to school (on time) from the autumn term for all year groups is now compulsory. Our attendance policy can be found here.
If your child is displaying any signs of being unwell, please inform the school office and keep your child at home.
Reading at home daily is still a basic expectation at Tyndale, please find more information here.
Our high expectations of behaviour still apply and are needed more than ever to keep all pupils, parents and staff safe. We completely appreciate the need to support the transition of all pupils back to school and there are PSHE lessons regularly timetabled to address any worries. Our behaviour policy (amended for Covid-19) can be found here.
- All parents and pupils will be expected to enter the school site via the green pedestrian gate off Cranleigh Court.
- There will be no entrance to the school site via the car park either on foot or by car.
- All pupils and parents will use the route via the KS1 pedestrian side gate (KS2 gates will be locked), and follow the one system to your class entry points.
- All parents and pupils in all year groups will exit the school site via the gates at the top of the site next to the community hub (outside Year 4 classroom, beyond bike shed)
- Leadership members of staff will be visible to direct you.
- All classrooms will have an allocated queueing area to be used for both drop off and pick up times to ensure social distancing at all times.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming you into Team Tyndale. If you want to confirm the dates and times of your ‘Meet the Teacher’ or ‘Stay and Play’ sessions, or you have any questions, please contact us via direct message on any of our social media pages:
Mrs K Borrill