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Welcome to Five Elms Primary School Website. School will close early, for the summer holiday, at 1:15pm on Thursday 23rd July 2020. School will reopen for children onnMonday 7th September 2020

At the heart of our ethos is CREAM: Can do, Resilience, Expectations, Aspiration and Motivation. Our rules are based upon these concepts and we ensure that children understand their rights and responsibilities.

Dear Parent/Carer

We hope you and your family are continuing to stay safe and well as we come to the end of this extraordinary year and our way of life is starting to return to some ‘normalcy’. We have been working towards finalising arrangements for September. Please read the information carefully.

Arrangements for School Return: 7th September 2020

The government has announced that it plans for all pupils to return to school in September 2020. In order to do this Five Elms plans to extend ‘bubbles’ to include the whole class for all pupils from Nursery to Year 6. Details on how this will work are as follows. All arrangements are in line with the recently published government guidance.

Staggered School Start times:

Staggered School Finish times:

Procedures for parents:

· Full school uniform is required.

· Children and parents are encouraged to walk or cycle to school. Families using public transport should refer to the safer travel guidance for passengers 

· No parents/carers are allowed on the school site.

· Only 1x parent to accompany child to drop off/pick up. Please maintain social distancing.

· Children should arrive at their assigned entrances where they will be greeted by their teacher.

· When children are dismissed the end of the school day, they will be escorted to their various exit points and handed over to the parent/adult.

· Sun and Moon after school club will resume in September. 7th September start date to be confirmed.

· The school’s Attendance Policy will fully reapply from 1st September 2020.

· Parents should come into school buildings only when strictly necessary, by appointment, and ideally singly (unless for example, an interpreter or other support is required). Any such meetings will follow distancing guidance. All other communication should be either by phone or email.

· If any child on the school site exhibits symptoms they will be isolated and you will be contacted immediately. You will need to ensure arrangements are made for someone to be available to pick your child up from the school premises straight away. Testing and self-isolation procedures will then need to be followed.

All children in this class/‘bubble’ and the member of staff will also be expected to self-isolate. Guidance is available on testing and tracing for coronavirus 

· The use of face coverings is not required for primary age children.

· We are using now using the School Grid (Dolce) lunch payment system. If you require information on how to set this up please visit the school website.

· Bagel provision will continue until December 2020.

· Breakfast club will resume on 7th September from 7:45.

Breakfast Club Protocol

 Breakfast club is between 7.45am and 8.30am/9.00am, depending on admission times.

  • Breakfast will be served in bubbles at registration.
  • Children will sit on a designated year group table, distanced from one another. Children from the same bubble can sit together.
  •  Activities will be provided for the children to occupy them. All resources used will be cycled to allow 72 hours between usage.
  •  Children will be dismissed to their bubble at the appropriate time.
  • Breakfast club supervision is charged at £1.50 per session or £6.00 for the week. Money to be paid to the office. No money will be accepted on the door.
  • Children should be dropped off at the dining hall doors in the car park. Parents are not allowed to enter the dining hall. Children will have their temperature taken before entry.

Safeguards that will be in place for children in the school to minimise risks of transmission

· Children will be required to sanitise their hands on arrival at school and frequently during the day.

· Children will be reminded of respiratory hygiene i.e. ‘catch it, bin it’

· There will be regular cleaning of classrooms and equipment.

· Classrooms will be well ventilated e.g. by opening windows and providing regular outdoor learning.

· Children will be strictly socially distanced e.g. one pupil per desk, desks in rows, playground zones.

· Movement around the school’s main corridor will be one-way (clockwise).

· Children are to attend school in their PE kit on the days they have PE so changing is not necessary.

· Children are allowed to bring a bag with a reading book in it. All stationery will be provided in school.

· Reading books will be changed weekly and all returned books quarantined for 72 hours.

Covid19 Protocol in place in accordance with Government Guidance.

If a child or staff member develops symptoms compatible with coronavirus, they will be sent home and will need to self-isolate for 7 days. Their household will need to self-isolate for 14 days. As well as isolating, testing procedures will need to be followed. Guidance is available on testing and tracing for coronavirus (Covid-19).

When the child or staff member tests negative, they can return to school and their fellow household members can end their self-isolation. In the case of a child or staff member testing positive, the rest of their class or ‘bubble’ will be sent home and advised to self-isolate for 14 days. Their household members do not need to self-isolate unless the child or staff member they live with develops symptoms.

The school will continue to work with the local health protection team and local Public Health Director and follow health outbreak control practice that may result in a year group ‘bubble’ or whole school closure. Remote learning will be provided in the event of any closures.

Curriculum provision

The school will provide a broad and balanced curriculum that covers the content set out in the National Curriculum from the start of the Autumn term. Daily timetables will include additional time to focus on reading and phonics, writing and basic maths skills.

To help children settle back in school as well as to support children’s mental health and wellbeing, PSHE, Mind-Up and PE will also be a focus.

Class allocation for the academic year 2020 to 2021

As part of the catch-up programme that schools are implementing from September, we have decided to reorganise Y4, 5 and 6 into smaller classes. Therefore there will be 3 bubbles of 20, which we hope will enable children in these year groups to catch up more quickly before the end of KS2. As we are unable to use the hall this year, it will be a class space. The groups are mixed ability and every group is a combination of children from both the original classes. Parents will be informed via a GroupCall regarding the bubble for their child. These groupings are likely to be permanent until the cohort leaves.

All other classes are transferring as normal. New Nursery and Reception parents will be advised separately of the admission arrangements and classes for September, which will include an online/ telephone conversation with the teachers in the week beginning 7th September.

If you have any questions or concerns with regards to complying with the legal requirement for your child/children to attend school from 7th September 2020, please contact school at office@five-elms.bardgalea.org.uk

The governors and staff of Five Elms wish all our families a safe and restful summer break and we very much look forward to welcoming everyone back at the start of Autumn term.

Yours sincerely,



Mrs. B. Turner

Head Teacher

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Latest NHS Guidance.

Barking & Dagenham Services & Support for Families while in self isolation guide.

NHS common questions-Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Translated leaflets about home learning.

At Five Elms, our staff continue to work hard to support children with online learning during this difficult time. To see what they've been doing during the lockdown click here.

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  • Important
    16 July 2020
    Arrangements for School Return: 7th September 2020
    Dear Parent/Carer Arrangements for School Return: 7th September 2020 We hope you and your family are continuing to stay safe and well as we come to the end of this extraordinary year and our way of life is starting to return to some ‘normalcy’. We have been working towards finalising arrangements for September. Please read the information in the letter attached carefully. The governors and staff of Five Elms wish all our families a safe and restful summer break and we very much look forward to welcoming everyone back at the start of Autumn term. Yours sincerely, Mrs. B. Turner Head Teacher
  • School_meals
    10 July 2020
    School Menu
    Dear Parents/Carers, Hope you are all keeping safe and well. Please find attached the new menu for September 2020. Please ensure they you have signed up your child to Dolce school meal booking system before September 2020, so that meals can be booked using the Dolce online booking system. If you need help with signing up or would like some further information, please contact the school office on 0208 270 4909 or send in an email request to office@five-elms.bardaglea.org.uk. Have a good weekend.
  • Home_learning
    1 July 2020
    Code Camp
    Dear Parents/Carers, The Academy of Code are running a free camp that includes three coding seminars for primary and secondary schools students (aged 7-16) next week, July 6th, 8th and 10th. The seminars run from 15:30-16:30 each day. About Code Camp Students will watch a short live demo from Academy of Code tutors, and will then undertake their own coding challenge using a laptop, tablet or smartphone. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to get a taste of coding from one of Ireland's top coding schools, and teachers are also welcome to attend. Registration Details for Students/ Parents Places are limited. Parents can secure a place for their child by filling out the form at this link. https://www.theacademyofcode.com/coding-seminar-signup There are only a small number of places remaining, so please be quick!. Warm regards,
  • Home_learning
    30 June 2020
    Esafety: Gaming
    Dear parents/carers, Online gaming can offer many positive experiences. It can give children and young people the chance to escape into a virtual world, to learn, and to connect with others. However, there is a risk of children and young people viewing inappropriate content in games and being contacted by adults seeking to exploit them. This week your activity pack for parents and carers to deliver to their children explores how they can stay safe while gaming: 4-5s : https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/early-years/?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=176d7bc4c3-TUK_ONLINE_SAFETY_AT_HOME_30_06_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-176d7bc4c3-55008825 5-7s: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/5-7s/?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=176d7bc4c3-TUK_ONLINE_SAFETY_AT_HOME_30_06_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-176d7bc4c3-55008825 8-10s: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/home-activity-worksheets/8-10s/?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=176d7bc4c3-TUK_ONLINE_SAFETY_AT_HOME_30_06_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-176d7bc4c3-55008825 Gaming : a video guide for parents and carers CEOP have also released a new video guide and accompanying article, developed in collaboration with The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (Ukie), helps parents and carers to understand: How in-game chat works; How it might be abused by others, and; What they can do to help keep their children safe whilst using in-game chat, to view the video click on the link below. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/presentations-for-parents/?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=176d7bc4c3-TUK_ONLINE_SAFETY_AT_HOME_30_06_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-176d7bc4c3-55008825 New from Parent Info: active gaming and Roblox guide Gaming can be an active experience for children and young people. A new Parent Info article explores how active gaming works and the games available that help them stay active. https://parentinfo.org/article/video-games-to-help-your-child-stay-active?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=176d7bc4c3-TUK_ONLINE_SAFETY_AT_HOME_30_06_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-176d7bc4c3-55008825 For advice on Roblox, you can view the Parent Info's guide which takes a look at how the platform is used and how it can be made safer for children. See the link below. https://parentinfo.org/article/roblox-a-parents-guide?utm_source=Thinkuknow&utm_campaign=176d7bc4c3-TUK_ONLINE_SAFETY_AT_HOME_30_06_20&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0b54505554-176d7bc4c3-55008825 You can keep up to date with the latest news from the CEOP Education team. If you have any questions or feedback about the resources, get in touch with ceopeducation@nca.gov.uk. Regards.
  • Newsletter
    26 June 2020
    School Dates 2020-21
    Dear Parents/ Carers, We hope you are all well and keeping safe. Please find attached the calendar dates for next year and the end of Summer Term 19-20 arrangements. Have a wonderful weekend.
  • Home_learning
    9 June 2020
    Dear Parents/carers, In this week's Tuesday Tip, Parent Zone's senior trainer Tim Malster tells you everything you need to know about video chatting apps such as Zoom and Skype and how you can help children and young people have safer, more enjoyable experiences when using them. You can view the video by using the link below. https://parentzone.org.uk/xmRGFMkMAaXA4E7Kr?utm_source=Parent+Zone+Newsletter&utm_campaign=5aa5c46db1-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_06_09_10_42&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1ee27d9000-5aa5c46db1-178753757 Best wishes.
  • School_meals
    21 May 2020
    New School Meal Payment System
    Dear Parent/Carer School grid, our new meal payment system will automatically send out an email with details on how to set up a meal account and password. This email is only valid for 24hrs and the link within the email to allow the parent to set a password can only be used once. Please look out for the email tonight / tomorrow (and to check your junk folder if you have not received it). Once you are set up you will be able to pre-order your child's dinner from their account. This must be done by parents before 8.55 am for your order to be processed on that day. Normally meals can be ordered 4 weeks in advance however I believe this may have been stopped due to the uncertainty of numbers and menu. We will clarify the situation in due course. I've attached the new menu, as you can see from the Dolce procedures this is designed to be given to children as a grab bag. If you have not provided the school your email address but are planning to send your child to school in June, then please contact the school office. Any parents without an email address will need to be added manually by the office. R. Helim School Business Manager Five Elms Primary School
  • Newsletter
    13 May 2020
    Return to school
    Dear Parents and Carers Following the announcement by the Government on Sunday and the subsequent guidance published on Monday, I am writing to let you know that the school is looking at how arrangements for opening up the school in a phased manner might work from June 1st. The Government has said they would like children in Y6, Y1, YR and YN to begin to return from June 1st. Their ambition is that all other year groups would return a month before the end of term. The Government have not yet confirmed that this reopening will definitely proceed – it will depend on whether data indicates it is safe enough for schools to return nearer the time. I’m sure you understand that there are many considerations to take into account. The Local Authority is supporting all Barking and Dagenham schools to make appropriate arrangements which are as safe as possible for children, parents and staff. These arrangements are being discussed, risk assessments carried out and recommendations will be made. I will write to you as soon as possible with our proposed procedures for a school reopening. The care provision for key workers and vulnerable children will continue as normal for the moment and into any initial period of reopening. It has been a long time without all the children in our school and we are very keen to welcome them back. But we understand that some parents will be very concerned about sending their children back to school in the current climate. The government have indicated that there will be no attendance procedures at this time, therefore the school will not be issuing any kind of penalty for non-attendance, but we are also happy to discuss concerns and try to answer any questions as best we can, if it helps you to make a decision. The guidance says that children will need to be in smaller groups with a designated adult(s) and in a designated room in order to achieve any realistic social distancing, so numbers are useful to us in order to plan how this might work. There are many logistical issues, the number of rooms available, staffing levels etc. If your child is in one of the nominated year groups, it would help us greatly if you could let us know (email, phone call to the office) whether you are intending your child to attend. The guidance states for Special Groups that: Extremely Clinically Vulnerable Children and Young people are not expected to be in school and should continue to be supported at home. Pupils living with a vulnerable person, including those who are pregnant, can attend school. It has been a very difficult time for everyone and the school greatly appreciates how supportive our parents have been in the last two months. We hope you are keeping well and safe, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back. Yours sincerely Mrs B. A. Turner
  • General
    11 May 2020
    Community Competitions
    Good Afternoon, I hope this email finds you well. I work at Valence House Museum and at the moment we are running a series of “Community Competitions” aimed at getting kids and adults to be creative during lockdown. Our current competition is called “Our Picture Dreams” and we are asking participants to create a pictures of what they are dreaming about seeing/doing when lockdown is over. We will be using the entries to create a special museum display once we re-open and winners will also receive Amazon vouchers. The deadline for this competition is this Friday 15th May and the full details can be found on our website: http://valencehousecollections.co.uk/competition-corner/community-competition-our-picture-dreams/ We are especially keen to get lots of entries from local children. Please let me know if you have any questions/need any more info. stacey.hickling@lbbd.gov.uk Many thanks, Stacey
  • General
    29 April 2020
    Federation of Small Businesses
    Dear Parents/carers, Federation of Small Businesses – information for parents who are running small businesses or self-employed. Schools are being asked to help publicise this information to parents from the Federation of Small Businesses to support any who own a small business to access help in the current circumstances. FSB Coronavirus Covid-19 Hub (updated daily) https://www.fsb.org.uk/campaign/covid19.html Follow FSB on social media: Twitter: @FSB_Policy and @FSBGtrLondon Facebook: Federation of Small Businesses Instagram: fsb_uk LinkedIn: Federation of Small Businesses FSB Covid-19 Support (Facebook Private Group) All self-employed and small businesses can request to join this Facebook private group (you don’t need to be a member of FSB to join) FSB London Virtual Business Networking Events https://www.fsb.org.uk/event-calendar.html Link to FSB membership details https://www.fsb.org.uk/join-us/membership.html Best wishes
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