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Letters and emails from school

We will endeavour to ensure that any letters sent home from school are added to this page so that you can read them if you do not receive them for any reason. This will include trip letters, visitor letters, non uniform days, clubs etc. If an email is sent, we will also endeavour to ensure a copy is posted here.

January 2022

Email from Mr Churchill

 

Good morning, Parents and Carers,

 

Happy new year to all 

 

I want to take time to update you on the current situation at school since returning after the Christmas break.

 

Unfortunately, after a quiet first week, we are now seeing the impact of positive cases in both adults and children. As a direct consequence this is leading to high rates of absence and staffing challenges, but in line with our contingency planning, we are being as flexible and adaptable as possible to ensure children are still able to come to school, albeit things may be slightly different in some classes/year groups.

 

Our risk assessment continues to remain in place to support our covid protocols, including social distancing, regular hand sanitising and reducing the mixing of large group. The school remains highly ventilated despite the cold to ensure we have a clean air flow for all those on site. The site manager is also ensuring classrooms are cleaned robustly in line with increased cleaning protocols. 

 

Should we need to step up further, we have on line learning established but hopefully we can continue to operate using the flexibility and good will of staff on site. 

 

We are all aware that covid could remain in our community for the time being and that the expectation centrally is to learn to live with it. We will continue to do our best to adopt that principle whilst keeping everyone as safe as possible.

 

For those in our community, especially our children who are having to isolate, we wish you all a speedy recovery.  Please liaise with your child's teacher, year group or the school if you have any problems accessing remote learning during the period of absence.

 

We will continue to work together as the community school to do our very best for all children by supporting them socially, emotionally and academically during the period they are in school or indeed when they return to school. We fully appreciate how difficult and disruptive this is for everyone.

 

Finally, I would like to continue to request that once you have collected your child from school at the end of the day, you exit the site to reduce contact, minimise the possibility of any spread and enable us to start securing and cleaning the site.  I would also strongly recommend that parents and carers wear masks when on the site.

 

Thank you for your on-going support and understanding at this challenging time.

 

Kind regards

 

Mr Churchill

Year 5 African drumming workshop February 2022

Year 6 residential powerpoint

Email from Mr Churchill

Good afternoon, everyone

 

We hope you had a good Christmas despite the backdrop caused by the new Omicron virus.

 

The children have really enjoyed being back at school, seeing their friends and sharing their Christmas experiences. Santa was clearly very generous again this year to our children. 

 

In order to comply with guidance for staying safe in schools during the on-going pandemic, we are required to provide high levels of ventilation across the school given we have over 650 children and adults working on site at any given time. With falling temperatures, this does naturally present some difficulties but keeping everyone safe and the school open, remains the main priority. 

 

With this in mind, we would therefore ask that you dress the children accordingly in the knowledge that the classrooms are not as warm as normal, this may include a vest, tights, thick socks etc. The children will be allowed to keep their coats should it be particularly cold. We are also aware that not all children are the same and some feel the cold more than others including those with medical needs, we are sensitive to this and do try make adjustments where possible.

 

We are always mindful that we work with young children and their welfare always remains at the forefront of what we do and we try to be creative when ventilating rooms but there is only so much we can do and unfortunately, we are not helped at this time of year as the weather can become particularly cold. The teachers will often get the children up and moving where appropriate to stay warm and they are encouraged to run around outside as much as possible. The children rarely complain and are fully aware of why the doors and windows are open.

 

Why ventilation is important in schools

Someone who has covid breathes out small particles (aerosols) of the virus. Good ventilation reduces how much virus is in the air, so it reduces the risk of breathing in the virus and becoming sick.

We finally just want to also remind everyone that our next designated INSET day is set for February 28th where we will be part of the CLP trust training day involving over 900 staff!

 

Stay warm and safe everyone

 

Mr Churchill

December 2021

Year 6 Residential Letter 8th - 10th July 2022

Email from Mr Churchill

Dear Parents and Carers

 

As we once again see positive cases rising both locally and nationally with news feeds full of doom and gloom, naturally our anxiety levels will rise.

 

I do however want to reach out and reassure you that as a school we will continue to focus on your children and to do the very best we can to provide a positive school experience for each of them whilst offering a fair degree of normality as we approach the end of term and Christmas.

 

I’m sure like me, you can probably cope with what’s going on around you, if your children are ok. As parents, it is the children that always remain at the centre of all that we do and ultimately we just want them to be happy and safe. We understand that!

 

At Heatherlands, unfortunately we have not been immune to the recent spike in positive cases and this had meant children off school and returning to remote learning and school staff are also having to self isolate. 

 

As we can appreciate this is hugely disruptive and frustrating for all, but I am forever grateful to the staff for rallying around and stepping into classes at short notice when the dreaded isolating call comes! My thanks also goes to you as parents and carers who have shown support, empathy and understanding for the very difficult position the school finds itself in. Finally it is important for me to recognise how continually confusing and frustrating this is for the children and yet they accept, pull together and just get on with it, each of them true Heatherlands Heroes! 

 

Although we are having to film our nativity and sadly not invite an audience into school, the show will go on and the children in the coming weeks will experience all that is wonderful about being in primary school at this special time, albeit slightly adapted with a few restrictions.  

 

In fact, due to the esteem in which our school community is held and the special children we have at Heatherlands, the big man in the red suit has agreed to visit next week (shhh...) The only change this year he said, was his need to do lateral flow testing prior to popping down the school chimney!

 

He will of course have something for the children. My grateful thanks go again to 2 of our parents who run a local business in our own community who kindly donated a book for every single child as a Christmas gift. 

 

Santa meeting children in the Hackney school 1942. 

 

At Heatherlands, we aim to make sure the magic remains 80 years on

 

Kind regards 

 

Mr Churchill 

Email regarding parents evenings online

 

Good morning Parents and Carers 

 

It is with much regret that due to continuing escalating positive covid cases within our school community which is affecting both our children and school staff, I have taken the decision not to hold face to face parents evenings next week, but to go online via Zoom.

 

Zoom links for Monday 6th Dec and  Thursday 9th Dec have been emailed to parents. 

 

All parents attending these parents evenings already have a time slot booked, but everyone will access the same link to the meeting. Please call the office if you unsure of the time of your meeting.

 

You will let you into the 'room' when the teacher is ready but you will be held in the waiting room until this time. If you are running early/late, you may need to wait for the previous meeting to finish first before you are let into the room. If you are unable to attend, please let us know in advance so that the teacher does not wait for you.

 

If your class teacher is self isolating, they may not be able to carry out their parents evening on these dates. We will inform you as soon as we know.

 

Thank you

 

Email to the EYFS parents regarding the nativity

 

Good morning Parents and Carers

 

It is with much regret that due to continuing escalating positive covid cases within our school community which is affecting both our children and school staff, I have taken the decision not perform our nativity to a live audience next week. 

 

I have of course not taken this decision lightly but I have to balance risk and reward and putting at least 70 people together despite our best endeavours opens up significant risk given the numbers of positive cases we are seeing now!

 

The last thing I want to do is to put everyone at risk and to see Christmas ruined by having to self isolate or indeed through illness. 

 

However through the power of technology, the show will go and the performance for each early years class will be recorded and shared with you as families. 

 

This will allow you to sit in the safety of your own homes, with your own child and extended family and enjoy the nativity safely. 

 

Whilst I appreciate this is disappointing, I hope you can understand and importance of the decision and make the best of what continues to be a challenging situating for everyone

 

Please continue to send in any costumes your child will need for the performances next week.  

 

We will inform you when the videos of the class nativities will be available for viewing.

 

We do have a lot of children who do not have permission to appear on our school website. This will unfortunately mean they will not be able to appear in the video of the nativity, however they will still be involved away from the camera.

Please contact the office on 01202 743918 if you wish them to take part but have previously not given permission within the new starter pack in September.

 

Thank you for your support and understanding 

 

Mr Churchill 

 

November 2021

Please see the attached letter from Paul Howieson regarding COVID measures in schools and Christmas arrangements.

Please see the attached letter regarding a Parent Survey that we will be sending out in due course.

Please find below, BCP Libraries newsletter and 'Wild World Heroes' reading challenge.

We are proud to announce that we are now a National Online Safety certified school

Swanage class swimming letter

Christmas card competition

Toy Design Competition

October 2021

New Uniform Supplier 22.10.21

Year 3 'Time Team' workshop letter

Good morning Parents and Carers

 

This morning we are waking up to a truly shocking incident at Branksome rec over the weekend with reports of stabbings.

 

As a school we will work with the local police and community leaders to continue to make the school community safe. 

 

We will be providing reassurances to the children who may be concerned about any increased local police presence and be aware of the incident over the weekend. 

 

I would also ask that if children are unsure, families also provide these reassurances and calming words in the coming days. 

 

School staff will again be visible before and after school. 

 

Regards 

 

Mr Churchill 

September 2021

Early Years parent workshops.

As communicated - here are the changes of dates.

5th Phonic Workshop

12th Maths Workshop

19th Writing Workshop

 

DO YOU HAVE GREEN FINGERS? SPARE TIME TO HELP US WITH SOME GARDENING? Ground Force Event. Parent & community volunteers needed! Come along to help out in Heatherlands garden area -The Valley 3.45pm-5.30pm - Wed 13th Oct 2021. Please contact the school office if you would like to help. COME AND ENJOY A FREE CUP OF TEA AND CAKE AS A REWARD FOR YOUR HARD WORK!

Half term holiday football club

17.9.21

Dear parents and carers,

 

As you know, we decided to use the best learnings from lockdown/pandemic to try and improve the school experience for all children, yet further, whilst keeping them safe whilst on site. 

 

Over the past 2 weeks, during our return to school, I, along with other leaders have spent time monitoring both pick up and drop off times. This has also meant listening and reacting to feedback where possible from the community and using it to improve what we are doing. 

 

However, it has become apparent from ongoing feedback, that whilst morning drop off is working successfully, with children benefitting from a quick start to their learning, developing their independence and settling really well; pick up, has been a point of contention. It has never been my intention to put anybody at risk or to make any of our systems more difficult for parents and carers. It has also been important to me to listen to our community, which makes our school the school it is - 'the best kept secret in Poole'. The continuing rising rates of virus both nationally and locally have always been a key priority in any decisions I have made in the best interests of those working and entering the site. 

 

It is for those reasons that I have decided to change the way we operate our pick up.

From Monday September 20th, we will invite parents back onto site to collect their children directly from classrooms, in the hope that this will then provide the reassurances that parents and carers have been requesting over the past few weeks. 

 

I would ask that parents do not enter the school buildings, in line with our risk assessment to keep everyone safe, including those that are deemed vulnerable. I politely request that parents and carers leave the site as quickly as they can to enable us to secure the site at the end of the day. 

 

Although there will be an opportunity to see the teacher informally as you collect, should you wish to have a more indepth discussion with the teacher, please phone/email the office to organise a meeting at a convenient time.

 

This system will remain in place unless we are directed nationally to 'step up' where we will return to our previous lockdown routines.

 

NB.

We would appreciate if you will familiarise yourself with the following information to help us reintroduce this change and keep everyone safe. 

 

Please note that mornings will remain the same. 

 

From Monday 20th.

 

Senior leaders will open the 3 gates (Library Rd, Cecil Rd, Recreation Rd) at 3.15pm.

 

Please enter the school via your designated year group gates where possible (EYFS and Key Stage 1 - Library Rd, Years 3 and 4 - Cecil Rd, Years 5 and 6 - Recreation Rd)

 

We politely request ask that you wear masks and maintain social distancing on site and adhere to social distancing where possible.

 

Please enter the grounds and go directly to your child/children's classrooms to collect - if you have more than 1 child you will need to collect from each classroom, your children will be kept in the classroom with the teacher until you arrive

 

Please remain outside classroom, unless a previous appointment has been made or arranged (via email/phone call to the office)

 

All 3 gates will be closed at 3.30pm to ensure the safety of children still on site for after school clubs. If you are going to be late collecting, (3.30pm), please inform the office. Your child will be sent to the office to wait. 

 

Early Years parents - please collect any older siblings first from their classrooms as this will reduce the number of parents collecting from the Early Years gates. Early Years children will be dismissed from the Early Years outside area via the blue fence/gates; Cherry class will be dismissed from the far end gate/The Burrow area.

 

Kind regards

 

Mr Churchill

Dear parents and carers,

 

As you know, we decided to use the best learnings from lockdown/pandemic to try and improve the school experience for all children, yet further, whilst keeping them safe whilst on site. 

 

Over the past 2 weeks, during our return to school, I, along with other leaders have spent time monitoring both pick up and drop off times. This has also meant listening and reacting to feedback where possible from the community and using it to improve what we are doing. 

 

However, it has become apparent from ongoing feedback, that whilst morning drop off is working successfully, with children benefitting from a quick start to their learning, developing their independence and settling really well; pick up, has been a point of contention. It has never been my intention to put anybody at risk or to make any of our systems more difficult for parents and carers. It has also been important to me to listen to our community, which makes our school the school it is - 'the best kept secret in Poole'. The continuing rising rates of virus both nationally and locally have always been a key priority in any decisions I have made in the best interests of those working and entering the site. 

 

It is for those reasons that I have decided to change the way we operate our pick up.

From Monday September 20th, we will invite parents back onto site to collect their children directly from classrooms, in the hope that this will then provide the reassurances that parents and carers have been requesting over the past few weeks. 

 

I would ask that parents do not enter the school buildings, in line with our risk assessment to keep everyone safe, including those that are deemed vulnerable. I politely request that parents and carers leave the site as quickly as they can to enable us to secure the site at the end of the day. 

 

Although there will be an opportunity to see the teacher informally as you collect, should you wish to have a more indepth discussion with the teacher, please phone/email the office to organise a meeting at a convenient time.

 

This system will remain in place unless we are directed nationally to 'step up' where we will return to our previous lockdown routines.

 

NB.

We would appreciate if you will familiarise yourself with the following information to help us reintroduce this change and keep everyone safe. 

 

Please note that mornings will remain the same. 

 

From Monday 20th.

 

Senior leaders will open the 3 gates (Library Rd, Cecil Rd, Recreation Rd) at 3.15pm.

 

Please enter the school via your designated year group gates where possible (EYFS and Key Stage 1 - Library Rd, Years 3 and 4 - Cecil Rd, Years 5 and 6 - Recreation Rd)

 

We politely request ask that you wear masks and maintain social distancing on site and adhere to social distancing where possible.

 

Please enter the grounds and go directly to your child/children's classrooms to collect - if you have more than 1 child you will need to collect from each classroom, your children will be kept in the classroom with the teacher until you arrive

 

Please remain outside classroom, unless a previous appointment has been made or arranged (via email/phone call to the office)

 

All 3 gates will be closed at 3.30pm to ensure the safety of children still on site for after school clubs. If you are going to be late collecting, (3.30pm), please inform the office. Your child will be sent to the office to wait. 

 

Early Years parents - please collect any older siblings first from their classrooms as this will reduce the number of parents collecting from the Early Years gates. Early Years children will be dismissed from the Early Years outside area via the blue fence/gates; Cherry class will be dismissed from the far end gate/The Burrow area.

 

Kind regards

 

Mr Churchill

 

Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 Junior Dukes letter September 6th 2021

Lulworth class swimming letter September 2021

July 2021

Letter to parents from Mr Churchill regarding September 2021 arrangements

A huge thank you from Chester

Still image for this video

June 2021

Changes to Year 6 transition

 

June 21th 2021

Dear Parents and Carers of year 6 children,

I am writing to update you on the DfE guidance that has recently been shared with schools in relation to secondary transition in response to the rising covid variant rates nationally.

It now appears that transitional arrangements for the vast majority of secondary children in the BCP area on July 2nd will not go ahead as planned, due to the challenges of social distancing and potential variant spread.

Sadly we have also been forced to cancel our traditional ‘Come and Explore’ plans for the new September intake.

As a result if this decision, Heatherlands is now making contingency plans for all year 6 children to remain in school on July 2nd.

For information, July 2nd is our traditional internal transfer day where children move up to meet their new teachers, this will still be able to go ahead, although current year 6 children will need to vacate classrooms for the day, to enable current year 5 pupils to move up. On this day we will be making good use of the school grounds with our current year 6 children.

Whilst this is a disappointment for all of us, as we understand the value and importance of children having the opportunity to visit their new secondary school, it does reminds us that we are still in challenging circumstances and disruption remains inevitable at this time.

It is my understanding that the secondary schools are contacting all parents and carers directly to clarify their arrangements and provide any further additional information for September 2021.

Best wishes

 

Mr. Churchill

Headteacher

We asked a selection of children from Year 1 to Year 5 some key questions about Heatherlands to see what they thought of the provision since returning to school. See results below.

May 2021

Letter from Miss Pasotti regarding the 'Daily Mile' reintroduction

Letter from Paul Howieson (CEO of Coastal Learning Partnership) re. COVID reporting arrangements for the holiday.

Email from Mr Churchill

 

Good morning Parents and Carers

 

I am writing to inform you that Heatherlands has been asked to host a CLP recruitment event on Thursday 27th May. 

 

This means we will be welcoming many trainee teachers looking to secure their first teaching job in schools across the CLP partnership and local headteachers who will form part of the interview panel.

 

Over the coming days we will be organising and preparing the school to ensure everyone gets to see what we already know, that Heatherlands is a truly special place.

 

To help us a little, can you please ensure your children are dressed in their full school inform - those children who will be having PE on this day will need to bring in their kit and change. This change will be just for this day. 

 

On Thursday morning some of the children may get to meet the candidates where they will share a 20 minute teaching session as part of the interview process. I’m sure the children will enjoy seeing some new faces and different teaching styles.

 

We are looking forward to an interesting day where Heatherlands will be in the spotlight for the day and our guests for the day will be luckily enough to interact with our greatest asset - The amazing Heatherlands children!

 

Best wishes 

 

Mr Churchill 

As part of our commitment to ensuring all children wear the appropriate PE in line with school policy and expectations, should any child not be wearing appropriate kit, we will be reminding parents through phone calls or letter.

As you know we have high expectations of our children in all that they do and that includes the wearing of correct school uniform. Parents and carers support is essential and  much appreciated to reinforce this.  

PE kit reminder letter

April 2021

Newsletter 30th April 2021

Year 4 - Swanage class swimming letter 27.4.21

Results from the RSHE parent consultation survey 2021

Year 1 Smugglers Day letter March 2021

Gate Opening Arrangements from 19th April

 

EYFS will change to 8.50am opening.

Year 1 will change to an 8.40am opening.

Year 2 will be remaining the same at 8.30/8.35am.

End of day exit times will remain the same.

 

All other year groups remain the same and will not be affected by these changes.

 

March 2021

Collection times for Thursday April 1st 2021

 

We are obviously coming to the end of the this term and as you are aware we finish school on Thursday 1st April. The aim is to ensure the children are ready to leave school after they have eaten their lunch but we still need to maintain a staggered exit on all 3 gates.

 

The staggered exit timings for Thursday will be:

 

Year 2 - 12.35 -12.40 - Library Rd gate

Year 1 - 12.40 - 12.45 Library Rd gate

Early Years - 12.45 - 12.50 Library Rd gate

Years 3 & 4 from 12.45 Cecil Rd gate

Years 5 & 6 from 12.45 Recreation Rd gate/Rec

 

Siblings will be collected as usual and leave at the gate they normally use.

 

 

Easter arrangements for reporting positive tests

Relationship, Sex and Health Education Parent Consultation Survey 2021

 

As part of your child’s education, we teach them about skills to support their own emotional literacy, self-esteem and knowledge of who they are and how they relate to each other in the world in a positive and healthy way. As part of our PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) curriculum, we use the Jigsaw scheme of work, from Early Years to Year 6. Statutory Relationships and Health Education and non-statutory Sex Education are integral to Jigsaw.

Nationally there have been changes to what primary schools must legally teach and we would like to consult on these changes and what this means for you as a parent. With school and home supporting each other, the more effective the provision of PSHE (including Relationships, Sex and Health Education) we can provide for the children in our care.

 

Please click on the link below and complete the attached survey by March 31st:

 

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=uKXV0HChrk64WnKj1Zzlk-bnnX3IzppEppVaznjHqZ1UMklKT0NIWkFMTVFYSVZXOEZMTENETjVEMC4u

 

Please find attached the draft policy for RSHE which gives more detail on the Jigsaw programme.

Thank you for your time.

Letter from Mr Churchill 12.3.21

 

 

Dear Parents and Carers, 

 

As we draw to the close of our first full week back together after lockdown, I wanted to thank all of you for your support by following the systems we have in place including the timings to help get the children to where they need to be and on time. Transition back to school has gone really well.

 

Like many of the Heatherlands staff, I have spent the week asking the children how they are and providing reassurances. However, in many ways this approach was not really required because the children have returned excited to be back and generally full of smiles. The power of familiarity and being with your friends cannot be underestimated particularly at this time. 

 

I would also like to continue to strongly encourage everyone who is involved in 'pick up and drop off 'to wear a face covering, as it provides reassurances at this time and offer another layer of safety.  Additionally, I want to thank everyone for continuing to show sensitivity to our community by parking considerately or choosing to walk or park at Branksone rec. We know the school site is congested, so by working together we can avoid any accidents and keep everyone safe. Please however be aware that the BCP Parking Operations Department are active and encouraging people to report contraventions of parking restrictions. The camera will also be deployed to investigate these parking complaints.   

 

I want to also again remind everyone that our main priority at this time, is the emotional well-being of the children, because we know that if you feel ok, secure and happy, everything else should follow, including academic progress and development. Therefore, as a school, we will all continue to provide the warmth and understanding the children need right now, as they adjust back into school and begin to hopefully return to 'childhood'.

 

It is also important to recognise that this week, the children have been simply amazing, and it is very clear they have really missed school (and we have missed them).

 

Let's hope that this is now the start of our journey back to some kind of normal.

 

Hubbard said, ''the best way to prepare for life is to begin to live.”

 

So, at Heatherlands, we intend to start living again!

 

Have a good weekend

 

Mr Churchill

 

PS

 

We arrived at school this morning to a mini flood in Year 1, which resulted sadly in the classrooms having to be temporarily closed and the children returning for one day only to remote education! The Year 1 team have been in their wellies all day, mopping and drying whilst ably supported by some industrial machinery. It has been quite a sight but we will be open Monday and my thanks must go to all the families of Year 1 children for their support and understanding today. No flood will keep us down as the show must go on! See you all on Monday with a hopefully less soggy Year 1 base.

 

Reminder email and notes on homework 5.3.21

 

Entry and exit details


Early Years children
EYFS children will enter through the main Library Road gates between 8.55 and 9.05am
They will leave by the same gates between 3.20pm and 3.30pm.


Year 1 children
Year 1 children will enter through the main Library Road gates between 8.45 and 8.55am
They will leave by the same gates between 3.10pm and 3.20pm.


Year 2 children
Year 2 children will enter through the main Library Road gates between 8.35am and 8.45am.
They will leave by the same gates between 3.05pm and 3.10pm.


Year 3 and Year 4 children
Year 3 and Year 4 children will enter through the Cecil Road gates (off Argyll Road) between 8.30am and 8.45am. CECIL ROAD GATES WILL CLOSE AT 8.50am
They will leave by the same gates between 3.15pm and 3.30pm.

Please remember that a member of staff will be stopping cars from driving down Cecil Road from Monday. This is to ensure the safety of the children walking into school.


Year 5 children
Year 5 children will line up at the Rec from 8.30am to 8.45am, rather than on the roads/pavement. They will be collected from the Rec and walked safely across the road to enter.
RECREATION ROAD GATES WILL CLOSE AT 8.50am
They will leave by the same gates and go to the Rec between 3.15pm and 3.30pm.


Year 6 children
Year 6 children will enter through the Recreation Road gates between 8.30am and 8.45am and line up on the playground. They do not need to line up at the Rec.
RECREATION ROAD GATES WILL CLOSE AT 8.50am
They will leave by the same gates between 3.15pm and 3.30pm and be taken over to the Rec for easy dismissal.


In Year 5 or Year 6. If your child will be walking to/from school alone, they will still need to adhere to the same timings and social distancing guidance. Otherwise, 1 adult only should accompany each child.


NB. From 8.45am and from 3.15pm, the crossing outside the Recreation Road gate will be used to enable Year 5 and Year 6 to enter/exit school. The staff will be stopping traffic at the time, until all classes have crossed the road safely. We appreciate, this may cause a minor disturbance, however, we believe that this will take no more than 5 minutes.

 

Homework

We have decided to utilise Google classroom as a tool for sharing homework following the full return to school. It is something the children have become familiar with and it will enable us as a school to reduce our carbon footprint. The teachers will be uploading any phonics, spelling, maths, homework tasks, knowledge organisers, information sheets etc on a Wednesday and they will also be able to add video clips to model a task or explain what the children need to do in more detail. Children in EYFS and Key Stage 1 can continue to complete their work in their homework books if they choose to, otherwise, work can be uploaded to their google drive. (This could include video clips, photos and written work.) Children in Key stage 2 can continue to use any textbooks that have already been sent home to supplement their learning and everyone can continue to use 'Bug Club' to support reading development. 

 

If you are unable to access Google classroom for any reason, please let the office know that you would like to 'opt in' to a printed copy. We will only print the small number required and these will be sent home on a Wednesday.

Returning to school on March 8th 2021

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Your school would like to hear your views about their remote learning arrangements

 

The spring term has seen schools further refine and improve their approach to teaching pupils who have been learning from home.  They have worked hard to provide a high-quality learning experience. 

Whilst we are delighted that all children will be back in school in the near future, Covid-19 is still with us.  It is therefore possible that pupils and staff will need to self-isolate from time to time and, if this does happen, schools will once again provide remote education from home.

 

With this contingency planning in mind, schools wish to keep their remote learning plans under development so that they can keep getting better.  Your school would therefore like to invite your feedback on your child’s experience of remote education during the current period of lockdown.  Your school is keen to seek your views as these will help it to evaluate the offer provided to date and identify areas to improve further: pupils who have to isolate in the future will then have the best possible learning experience. 

 

Parents of children that have been learning from home during this lockdown are invited to complete a short online survey that can be accessed by following the link below. If you have more than one child attending the school, please complete a separate survey for each child.

 

Completing the survey should take no more than a few minutes and will help your child’s school to shape its future offer.

 

You can access the survey by following the link embedded on this page.

 

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=uKXV0HChrk64WnKj1Zzlk-bnnX3IzppEppVaznjHqZ1UREJMREpIMlc4ODFVVzYyWU5GMlA5NjRBRC4u

 

Please note that the survey will close at 4pm on Friday 12th March

 

Yours sincerely

Christian Malone

Head of Learning and Achievement, Coastal Learning Partnership
February 2021

January 22nd 2021

 

So It’s official, Heatherlands is coming back together and the waiting is nearly over!

 

No amount of time and space can now separate the children from important people who are meant to be in their lives any longer.

Tomorrow I’ll be dusting off the magic wands, organising good weather, readying the spring clean and ordering a truck load of Heatherlands magic dust, known for inducing smiles and calm amongst returning children.

 

This is a fresh start, so we intend to make it a positive and enjoyable experience for all.

 

I’m delighted to end this quick update by saying, we look forward to seeing you all on Monday March 8th.

 

I will be in touch with further updates in the coming weeks.

 

Kind regards

 

Mr Churchill

 

It’s official!

January 4th 2021

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Following tonight's announcement by the Prime Minster that England will enter a new lockdown from Midnight, Heatherlands will now be closed to most pupils.

 

As you are aware from the previous lockdown we are in a position to offer a remote education to the majority of children in all Year groups. In some cases, particularly with our younger children,  a paper based approach may be more suitable and age appropriate.

 

Given the timing of the announcement tonight we will need to prepare and organise our approach so I have designated tomorrow ( Tuesday) as a day for all staff to use to get things ready to deliver learning. 

 

Therefore we will not be providing any learning tomorrow but we do have some resources on our website for you to access and additionally children should have reading books and some homework tasks to help you through the day. 

 

Although this is not where we all want to be at this time, we will do our very best to offer a positive learning experience for all our children in the short term. 

 

As suggested the school will be open for some groups in line with guidance for those children which are deemed vulnerable and those of key worker families. Please note, we will be contacting parents who may fit into the categories below tomorrow morning to clarify the position and establish places from Wednesday.

 

Vulnerable children and young people

Vulnerable children and young people include those who:

  • are assessed as being in need under section 17 of the Children Act 1989, including children and young people who have a child in need plan, a child protection plan or who are a looked-after child
  • have an education, health and care (EHC) plan
  • have been identified as otherwise vulnerable by educational providers or local authorities (including children’s social care services), and who could therefore benefit from continued full-time attendance, this might include:
    • children and young people on the edge of receiving support from children’s social care services or in the process of being referred to children’s services
    • adopted children or children on a special guardianship order
    • those at risk of becoming NEET (‘not in employment, education or training’)
    • those living in temporary accommodation
    • those who are young carers
    • those who may have difficulty engaging with remote education at home (for example due to a lack of devices or quiet space to study)
    • care leavers
    • others at the provider and local authority’s discretion including pupils and students who need to attend to receive support or manage risks to their mental health

Critical workers

Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the following sections.

Health and social care

This includes, but is not limited to, doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributors of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.

Education and childcare

This includes:

  • childcare
  • support and teaching staff
  • social workers
  • specialist education professionals who must remain active during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response to deliver this approach

Key public services

This includes:

  • those essential to the running of the justice system
  • religious staff
  • charities and workers delivering key frontline services
  • those responsible for the management of the deceased
  • journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting

Local and national government

This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of:

  • the coronavirus (COVID-19) response, and the delivery of and response to EU transition
  • essential public services, such as the payment of benefits and the certification or checking of goods for import and export (including animal products, animals, plants and food), including in government agencies and arms length bodies

Food and other necessary goods

This includes those involved in food:

  • production
  • processing
  • distribution
  • sale and delivery
  • as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines)

Public safety and national security

This includes:

  • police and support staff
  • Ministry of Defence civilians
  • contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and EU transition)
  • fire and rescue service employees (including support staff)
  • National Crime Agency staff
  • those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas

Transport and border

This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response and EU transition, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass and those constructing or supporting the operation of critical transport and border infrastructure through which supply chains pass.

Utilities, communication and financial services

This includes:

  • staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure)
  • the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage)
  • information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the coronavirus (COVID-19) response
  • key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services)
  • postal services and delivery
  • payments providers
  • waste disposal sectors

 

Thank you for your support and understanding at this very difficult time for all.

 

I hope we can return to school in the near future just a little safer.

 

Until then I wish you and your families well. 

 

Best wishes

 

Mr Churchill

December 31st 2020
Good morning Parents and Carers

 

I hope you have managed to enjoy a good Christmas despite the restrictions and the on going COVID-19 backdrop which I know continues to be a worry for all.

 

Despite this, I wanted on the back of the governments announcement yesterday to clarify and reassure you that Heatherlands will be fully open as usual on Monday in line with government guidance.

 

However as you may be aware we do have some staff members who are clinically extremely vulnerable, which means they are  directed to work from home. This means some of the children being taught in a slightly different way, although still classroom based. We operated this approach successfully during the previous lockdown. Separate information will be shared with you in due course should your child be affected.  Please note, children  should still come to school as normal as we will have contingency measures in place to ensure children receive a good quality education.

 

Tier 4 of course does signal an escalation in events so we will all need to continue to work together as we have previously done by being extra careful and vigilant which enables us to operate within these restrictions and ensure the children continue to receive a quality school experience. The safety of everyone in our school community is our main priority going forward.

 

Finally, I would like to wish you all, especially at this time, a happy and healthy New Year and look forward to welcoming you back on Monday.

 

Kind regards 

 

Mr Churchill

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