Update 12th June 2020

To all of our families

 

As always, we hope you and the children are all doing well during these uncertain times.

 

Again, as we have done regularly throughout this period, I want to keep you up to date with events at Lark Hall. Below is the latest news from both school and government. Please take the time to read these updates.

 

Latest Government Announcement about further reopening of schools for Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5

You may be aware that this week the government announced that for those children in Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5, the nationwide plan is now for those children to start back at primary school in September 2020. Previously, the government’s intention for children in these year groups was to start at the end of June and have the last four weeks of this term back in school.

 

The original intention for children in Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 to start at the end of June was always going to be difficult to organise. Nevertheless, these are confusing messages for our families and children and I am sorry you have received this news at such a late date. If this is causing additional strain on you at this time, and you would like a conversation, please contact the school to speak to a member of staff.

 

Home Learning

It is because of the recent government announcement and increasing uncertainty families may be feeling at this time that for those children still at home, that I want to stress that teachers are providing daily lessons in literacy, maths as well as an activity related to their topic or another curriculum area (phonics and maths in EYFS) as well as expectations for reading, spelling, grammar, phonics, number facts and PE.

 

On the website a weekly newsletter containing all the information families need with links, resources and messages from the teachers will be available each week from Monday morning. 

 

This weekly newsletter is also available as a paper copy and can be picked up from school, together with an exercise book in which children are able to keep their learning together. Please contact the school office to arrange a time between 9am and 3pm from Monday to Friday to collect these. Please do not arrive without an appointment.

 

World of Work Week 15th June – 19th June

 

The first week of summer 2 was due to be a ‘World of Work Week’ where children would visit different places of work, meet people that worked in those industries and do lots of learning around it in school. Unfortunately, that can’t happen, however the organisers (charity 15billionebp) have created some activities for children from Years 1-6 to do at home if they would like to around the following themes:

 

Year 1 - People who help us

Year 2 - Film and Theatre

Year 3 - Money and budgeting

Year 4 - Engineering

Year 5 - Architecture

Year 6 - Product Design

 

There are 5 daily activities to do for each year group and you can pick and choose as many of these as you would like to do.

 

There is the opportunity to enter a competition and send virtual questions to businesses

either via SeeSaw, email to the teachers or in hard copy to the school office by Friday 19th June.

 

You will find the resources on the website and hard copy packs can also be collected with the weekly home learning.

 

If you are able to there is also a short survey at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Larkhallcareers

 

If you have any questions please contact me at jpowles@larkhall.lambeth.sch.uk or phone the school and ask to speak to Jon.

 

Teachers Calls

We want to remind all families that teachers are also calling all of our children still at home to check how they are doing and to ensure they have everything they need for their home learning.

 

Children Returning

The return of the children from Early Years, Year 1 and Year 6 has been an extremely smooth experience. We want to thank all of our families for playing their part in this process.

 

Of course, some families are naturally cautious about the present situation and have so far decided not to send their children into school.  For any of those families that do change their mind and decide to send in their child into school during summer term 2 we are now asking families to inform the school on the Wednesday of the previous week (previously it was the Thursday).

 

Since the original children arrived back into school on June 1st, June, we have had 25 additional children choosing to come into school over the last two weeks.  This is fantastic, but any future increase in numbers will mean the likelihood of Lark Hall opening new class Hubs for these new children, requiring a little more preparation time.

 

As an example, for any families that would like their children to come into school on Monday 22nd June please notify the school by the previous Wednesday 17th June at the latest. Notifying the school on Thursday 18th or Friday 19th June will mean your child’s start date will be Tuesday 30th June (there is an Inset day on Monday 29th June).

 

Just to remind our families, there are two ways to notify the school. The first is by telephoning 020 76223820 and speaking to the School Business Manager or by emailing the School Business Manager at the email address 'dshah@larkhall.lambeth.sch.uk'

 

Government Guidelines

 

We want to make our families aware of the latest government guidance, which has been updated to enable people to see people they do not live with.

There are 2 ways that people can do this:

·         meeting outdoors in a group of up to 6 people with those you do not live with, whilst observing social distancing guidelines and keeping at least 2 metres apart.

·         from 13th June, single adult households – in other words adults who live alone or with dependent children only – can form a ‘support bubble’ with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to spend time together inside each other’s homes, including overnight, without needing to stay 2 metres apart.

 

People must not:

·         meet other people indoors – including in their home or your home – unless you are in a support bubble (from 13 June), or for other limited circumstances listed in law

·         meet outdoors in a group of more than 6 with people who are not in your household or (where applicable) support bubble, or for other limited circumstances listed in law

·         form a support bubble with another household if neither you nor they are in a single adult household

·         stay overnight in another household that is not in your support bubble, unless it is for the limited set of circumstances outlined in law

 

Inset Dates

I would like to remind our families of two days this term when school will be closed for all children. These are Monday 29th June and Monday 6th July.

 

Finally, many families may have questions regarding any of the above, or anything at all for that matter. If so, as always, please call the school on 020 76223820 or email Gary at head@larkhall.lambeth.sch.uk

       

Many thanks for your understanding and patience during this difficult time.

 

 

Best wishes

 

Senior Leadership Team