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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.
April 2021

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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