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Dear Parent/Carer

I hope you are continuing to stay safe and well during these difficult times.

I wanted to take this opportunity to outline our plans for the possible opening of Five Elms Primary School. The government will not confirm a definite plan to return until the 28th May. The Five Elms Governing body have decided that children will not return to school until Monday 8th June. This will provide an opportunity for staff to fully understand all the risk assessments that have been put into place and prepare the school environment to be as safe as it possibly can be, given that social distancing will be very difficult in a school.

School will reopen on Monday 8th June for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children, whose parents would like them to attend. The Care provision for key worker children and EHCP children in Y2-5 will also continue as usual. Children attending the care provision should come in as normal through the front office, but from 8.30am. It will still run until 4pm and parents will have the same flexibility in terms of dropping off and picking up children to suit shift hours etc.

Several parents have already informed us that their child will not be returning and we will fully support your decision whatever you decide – remember it is your decision only.  Some parents have simply said they will continue their child’s learning using Google Classroom and DB primary home school online learning platforms and various other educational resource sites which will continue to run.

The Government guidance for schools states that there should be half class sizes of up to 15 for social distancing purposes. The classes will be called ‘Bubbles’. This means that many children will be with another teacher and in a different classroom environment that they will not be familiar with.  The bubbles will not be allowed to mix.

The Nursery will run two bubbles in the morning. Children who normally attend in the afternoon can access the morning sessions instead.

Arrangements for School Return

In keeping with current government guidance, the school with reopen for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from Monday 8th June.

As with everything else presently, we will all need to adapt to changes in our school day to ensure the health and safety of your child/children and all the adults who work in the school. These measures are all in line with the official Government Guidance for schools. The main points are listed below:

School Start times:

Nursery - 8:30 at the Heathway entrance

Reception – 8:45 at the Heathway entrance

Year 1 – 9:00 am at the Heathway entrance

Year 6 – 8:45 at the Wood Lane entrance

School Finish times:

Nursery  – 11:30 at the Heathway entrance

Reception  – 3:15 at the Heathway entrance

Year 1 – 3:20  at the Heathway entrance

Year 6 – 3:15  at the Wood Lane entrance

Drop off and pick up routines:

  • Only one parent is allowed to accompany children onto the school premises.
  • Guidance clearly states that parents should not come into the playground to limit the number of people on the school site. However as the schools entrances open onto two very busy main roads, we have adjusted this.
  • Part of the playground inside the Wood Lane gate will be cordoned off for Y6 children to wait. Please ensure your own social distancing.
  • The exterior Heathway gate will be opened early for parents to wait off the street in the alley. The interior gate will be opened by staff to admit children at assigned time.
  • Please do not come early. Guidance also states that parents should not congregate outside the school gates if possible and we have staggered times to try and avoid everyone coming all at once.
  • Parents with children in more than one relevant year group can agree a time to drop off/ pick up their children together instead of waiting. Please ring the school and we will make suitable arrangements.
  • Children will have their temperature checked at the gate before admission using a non-touch scanner.
  • Children will be admitted from the entrances by their teacher, lined up (distanced) and escorted to classroom entrances.
  • All children to use hand sanitiser/wash their hands as they enter the classroom
  • Children to be dismissed will be escorted to the gate and handed over to the parent.
  • Parents must collect their children at the end of school – there is no after school provision.
  • Year 6 will be dismissed from the Wood Lane gate by the teachers to walk straight home if they are unaccompanied or handed over to the parent.
  • Care provision children must still be dropped off/ picked up from the front office.
  • ARP children who do not come by bus should enter via the front office at 9.00am. ARP children on the bus will enter via their usual entrance where the ARP staff will meet them.                  

Additional information

  • School uniform rules: school uniform should be worn, but there will be leeway if a child has outgrown any part of their uniform since March and it cannot be replaced. 
  • No homework will be set, no books to go home and no PE bags.
  • Children can bring in a water bottle to be kept on their own table.
  • Bagels/toast will still be available as usual.
  • Children will be trained up in hygiene routines.
  • Non-touch hand sanitizer dispensers are being installed in every classroom and in entrances.
  • Cleaning equipment will be available in bubbles for staff to use as needed during the day eg to wipe i-pads etc.
  • Classrooms will be cleaned during lunch periods as well as before school.
  • Children will be monitored for symptoms and parents will be required to collect their child if any symptoms are shown.
  • Please phone/email the school office with any urgent matters before school which will be passed on to the teachers. You will need to ring and book an appointment if you wish to discuss something face to face.
  • School dinners – Y6 parents will need to ensure they are registered to pay for school lunches unless they are entitled to a free school meal. Please contact the office if you’re not sure. We are putting in place new lunchtime routines and for the first two weeks we will only be serving packed lunch grab bags whilst these routines are established. We will look to introduce hot meals after this initial period.
  • Face masks are not recommended by the government for primary age children if they do not know how to wear them, or if they have a respiratory condition eg asthma, as it obstructs the airway. Staff will wear PPE for medical and intimate care for children in order to carry out this assistance safely. If parents send their child with a face covering or mask, they will need to accept responsibility for that decision.

In order to assure that the school is a safe environment in relation to DfE guidance there will marked out spaces in playgrounds and corridors, gaps between desks, one-way systems and a routine of frequent hand washing for the children.

We are really looking forward to welcoming the children back into school. However we fully understand that many of you will have severe reservations about the wisdom of this and we appreciate that you will make the best decision in the interests of your child and situation. It would assist us greatly in the setting up of bubbles if you could tell us if your child is definitely intending to return on the 8th June, assuming this all goes ahead, so your child can be allocated to a bubble.

If you have any questions please contact the school.

We hope you and your family are well and continue to stay safe.

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.

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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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  • 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
  • Medical
    21 April 2020
    Health Information
    Dear parents/carers There is some concern about parents’ reluctance to take children to hospital if they are ill in the current circumstances. Please see below links to a poster and video with information for parents if their child becomes unwell. https://www.escb.co.uk/media/2222/covid19_advice_for_parents_when_child_unwell_or_injured_poster.pdf with advice for parents when a child is unwell/injured has been approved by NHS. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5Mgm1cmptw&feature=youtu.be produced locally by two clinicians (and approved by NHSE/I) informs parents of the services available and when to seek help. Best wishes
  • Home_learning
    20 April 2020
    Welcome Back
    Dear parents/carers, I hope you all had a restful Easter break and welcome to our very first remote summer term! We’ve all had to adapt to new ways of working, so I wanted to take the opportunity to say what an amazing job you’re doing supporting your child’s wellbeing and learning during this time. It’s definitely been a strange and challenging time, so it’s ok if you and your child feel wobbly and worried at the moment. We’re here for you every step of the way as we figure this all out together. Remember, if you have any concerns about helping your child learn or you need any other support from the school, please let us know by calling the school office on 0208 270 4909. We miss the children very much, but we must follow the government’s guidance to keep everyone in our community safe. We’re carrying on with Google Classroom (Years 1-6) or DB Primary and Education City (Early Years) and the usual school provision for vulnerable pupils and children of critical workers. But just because we’re not all in the same building, doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun together! Your children will have lots of activities they can get stuck into over the summer term – so keep a close eye on the school website and the Google Classroom streams for updates. We also love seeing the children’s fantastic learning at home – please keep sending their work in (e.g. by post, taking a picture and sending via Google Classroom or DB Primary learning platform). We can’t say yet when we’ll be able to open the school fully, but rest assured that we’ll continue doing our utmost to keep your child learning and our school community connected. Let’s get cracking with our summer term! Warm regards,
  • Event
    3 April 2020
    Parent GYM
    Dear Parents, You may have attended one of the Parent Gym programmes that we previously hosted. Although face-to-face programmes are not currently possible, Parent Gym are providing online support for all parents. You are invited to join the Parent Gym: parenting through uncertainty Facebook group, to share stories, thoughts, tips and ideas on how we are managing to adjust to this challenging period in our lives. You are very welcome to join the group whether or not you have attended a Parent Gym programme in the past. This invitation also extends to parents outside our school, so if you would like to share with friends please do; we’re all there to support each other. Click the link to join Parent Gym: Parenting through Uncertainty https://bit.ly/3bCij7D The Parent Gym programme is also being translated into a digital offer that will be made freely available, to help parents with tips and strategies for the new situation that we are all facing. More details will be shared soon. Best wishes
  • Newsletter
    3 April 2020
    Purple Mash Parents Newsletter
    Parents, you're amazing As we come to the end of the second week of home/remote learning, we want to again say thank you. This week, Purple Mash have rolled out several new features across Purple Mash, including updates to 2Blog and display boards to thank our key workers. We will continue to send our weekly activities and resources email over the Easter break for schools that remain open for pupils of key workers. For our parents, we know that these have been very challenging times. In order to help you out with ideas to keep your children entertained over Easter, we have put together a parent newsletter filled with activities and resources. See attachment. Purple Mash development team has been busy responding to requests from schools to help them with home learning and so we have updated features for 2Email and 2Blog which include: Pupils can now attach documents from their computer on 2Email. Both pupils and teachers will now be alerted when updates are made on 2Blog. You can now attach more media files to 2Blog. Read our blog for more information here https://2simple.com/blog/new-updates-2blog-and-2email/?utm_campaign=11448859_Purple%20Mash%20-%20Week%203%20-%20Weekly%20Activities&utm_medium=dotdigital&utm_source=2Simple%20Software&utm_Link_Name=2Blog&dm_i=R2J,6TDZV,IDO0YX,RANVW,1 Purple Mash have prepared a set of daily activities for children when learning from home. Next week aged 5 – 7 will be reading a story called Max and the Pirates of Puddleton Bay’. As well as completing some activities based around the story the children will complete a range of activities linked to Spring and visiting the doctors. Aged 7 – 9 will continue reading their novel and then have some work to do including work on blogs and animation. Finally, aged 9 – 11 will read their novel and complete the exercises based upon what they have read. They will then complete a range of activities about an alien invasion of Earth. Don't forget to check out our Fun Friday Activity each week. Purple Mash have set up a Parent blog both will provide top tips, advice and ideas for using Purple Mash wih your children remotely. The blogs have been created within 2Blog and the team will also be responding to questions and offering support. https://www.purplemash.com/blog?sharedLinkMode=1&utm_campaign=11448859_Purple%20Mash%20-%20Week%203%20-%20Weekly%20Activities&utm_medium=dotdigital&utm_source=2Simple%20Software&utm_Link_Name=Parent%20Blog&dm_i=R2J,6TDZV,IDO0YX,RANVV,1#/app/blog/5e7b80b75c4625596f591d4e/ Good Luck Purple Mash Team.
  • General
    1 April 2020
    Dear parents and carers, SchoolPing will be implementing a forced log out to all SchoolPing app users on April 22nd 2020 in order to apply improvements and updates to the app. On this date, users who have an old version of SchoolPing will be logged out of the app and you will need to upgrade to the latest version to log in again. Before this date please ensure that you have verified your email address so that if you need to reset your SchoolPing password, you will be able to do so. To check your email address is correctly verified, please enter the SchoolPing app, open the side menu and click 'settings'. Then click 'my account' and check that the email address in this area is verified. If it is not, a 'resend verification email' option will appear. Once the verification email has been sent, please find it in your email inbox (please also check your junk folder) and then click the link in the email to verify your email address. Please also note that Android devices running versions of Android older than version 6 will no longer be able to use the SchoolPing app because Google no longer support the updates. If this applies to you, please use the web version of SchoolPing to receive your messages. Kind regards, The School Office Team Questions? If you have any questions or need further support, please do not hesitate to contact us: E: support@neweraed.co.uk T: 01273 201700 The New Era Support Team
  • Home_learning
    30 March 2020
    Google Classroom Access.
    Dear Parents/carers, We hope you and your family are all keeping safe and well. A reminder, to let you know, that if you have difficulty accessing Google classroom, please email the school office on: office@five-elms.bardaglea.org.uk. We still have a large number of children who are not signing in. It is essential that your child logs on and reports their attendance via this platform. If your child is in early years (Nursery or Reception) then they need to sign in to DB Primary learning platform. Best wishes.
  • Reminder
    24 March 2020
    Dear parents/carers, We hope you are all keeping safe and well. Please ensure that your children logon and register their attendance either via DB Primary (Early Years) and Google classroom for Years 1-6. Please note that teachers and support staff will be monitoring pupils’ online activity each day to ensure that they are completing set tasks. If a child is not accessing or completing tasks, you will be notified by the school via a text message. It is really important that you encourage your child to engage in their home learning activities while they are away from school as it will help them to maintain a strong learning focus at this crucial time of the year. We appreciate that this is a very challenging time, not only for you and your families but for the country as a whole. We find ourselves in a set of very precarious and unique circumstances but, as a school and teaching staff, we will be doing our best to ensure that we provide you with the best educational service we can. We will be updating the website as more information becomes available and would ask that you regularly check the school website so that you are aware of any updates. This will be the single source of information during the closure period. If you have any questions or concerns which need to be addressed urgently, you can always email the school and these will be passed onto the relevant member of staff. Please can these be of an important nature rather than in relation to closure or opening as this will be communicated via the websites. Best wishes.
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