Update 8th June 2020

Dear Lark Hall Families

 

We hope you and the children are all doing well. 

 

As I have done regularly throughout the period of school closure, I want to keep you up to date with events at Lark Hall.

 

As you are aware, following government guidance, from June 1st we welcomed back children from Year 6, Year 1 and EYFS. You are also aware that at this stage it is not clear when and whether other year groups will be returning before September.

 

For those children coming into school, we hope they have enjoyed the new learning experience. There are still some spaces for children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, and whilst it is not compulsory for your child to attend, we strongly encourage you to do so. 

 

There are some links on the school website, in the Coronavirus Information Centre section, that show images of the school and a video giving an insight into the school environment. For families thinking of sending their children into school, please take the time to look at these. I hope they reassure you of all of the precautions we have made to ensure your child’s safety.

 

Just to remind those families considering sending their children back to school, we would like to reassure you that we are doing all we can to protect the children, families and staff. Since the announcement to reopen, the following principles have guided our actions. These are:

 

  • Ensuring our children have a happy return to school
  • Protecting and restoring the emotional well-being of our children
  • Ensuring a safe hygienic school environment for staff and children

 

The measures include:

 

  • Different start times for the year groups to minimize large numbers of families arriving at the same time.
  • Two metre distancing throughout the school corridors and walkways.
  • Children will have their temperature taken using an infra-red thermometer before entering the school premises.
  • Children will be washing their hands very frequently throughout the day for 20 seconds.
  • Children working in classroom Hubs of no more than 10 children and working with the same adults.
  • Children in Year 1 and Year 6, as well as key worker children will sit at their desks, with each desk 2 metres apart, and each child will be provided with their own stationery and books.
  • Classrooms will be wiped down at regular intervals through the day.
  • Children will have playtime and lunchtime with their Hub and will not mix with other children from other Hubs on the playground.
  • Each Hub will have their own area to eat in the lunch hall.
  • Different finish times for the year groups to minimize large numbers of families arriving at the same time.

 

Please note: we cannot expect children to adhere to social distancing rules whilst in the playground. The Government have accepted this and the guidance states, ‘early years and primary aged children cannot be expected to remain 2m apart from each other and staff ….. but protected measures will be put in place for staff and children, as far as possible, to ensure that the risk is reduced’.

 

For those children still at home, teachers now provide 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. All children also have access to an exercise book in which they are able to keep their learning together, particularly where printing at home is not an option. Both the exercise book and paper copy of the weekly newsletter are available to collect immediately from the school office. If families would like a copy please contact the school office to arrange a time between 9am and 3pm from Monday to Friday to collect. Please do not arrive without an appointment.

 

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.

 

Finally, I would like to bring to your attention of two days this term when school will be closed for all children. These are Monday 29th June and Monday 6th July

 

As you are aware, at Lark Hall we have remained open throughout this period for Key Worker children and those most vulnerable. This has included Easter break and May Half term holiday.

 

These two days are essential for staff development and end of academic year essential tasks. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to our families. 

     

We understand many families may have questions regarding the reopening of school or the home learning. If so, as always, please call the school on 020 76223820 or email me at head@larkhall.lambeth.sch.uk

             

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

 

 

Best wishes

 

Senior Leadership Team