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Welcome to Five Elms Primary School Website.

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 Parents/ Carers

I hope you have had a lovely summer and are all well and keeping safe.

The Autumn term begins on 7th September 2020. I write with some reminders of important points and additional information following the release of further guidance from the DfE and some fine-tuning of our own planning documentation. 

Beginning and End of the Day 

As in the letter published before the end of term, children will have to be dropped off and collected at specific gates and at specific times. Please do not come early – space outside the school gates for social distancing is extremely limited, particularly on Wood Lane. 

Parents are reminded that only one adult should accompany the child that parents are not allowed into the playground and that adults should leave the school vicinity as soon as possible. This will help to maintain social distancing outside the school gates and limit the number of people on site, therefore reducing risk to everyone.

If you have children who have to be at different gates at the same time (YN/Y3, YR/Y4, Y1/Y5 or Y2/6) please bring the older child to the Heathway Gate with the younger one and they can be admitted together.  

All children will have their temperature taken on entry. If their temperature is abnormally high, they will be retested after a few minutes at the gate. They will not be admitted if their temperature is still high (37.5C or higher). 

If you are late, your children need to come in through the front office as usual. 

School Uniform 

Children should attend in full school uniform. 

On PE days children will be asked to come in PE kits to avoid the need for changing. Teachers will advise on which days this will apply for your child. 

School Bags 

Children should only bring their reading book, packed lunch box (if applicable), named water bottle and any medication needed. All stationery will be provided as individual packs in school. Children will keep their coats and belongings with them in the classroom to avoid contact in corridors.

Website: Public health Information and Risk Assessment 

The school website has links to all the most recent government guidance for parents and families including self-isolation guidance, how to get a C19 test and travel guidance.  

Also on the website is the School Risk Assessment for full reopening of schools. It is based on the agreed Barking and Dagenham Risk Assessment template and completed in line with the Government guidance.  

Updated school policies for C19 are available to view on the website. 

Travelling To School

All children are encouraged to walk, cycle or scoot to school, which we know the majority of you already do. If you do need to use public transport to get to school, there is guidance for safe travel which might be useful. The link to this is on our website.

School Dinners 

A full hot meal offer is available from September. If you are not registered on SchoolGrid for payment, please contact the school office.

If you think you are entitled to Free School Meals, you are encouraged to apply. Further information is available here: https://www.lbbd.gov.uk/financial-support-for-pupils-and-students including criteria and the application form. This may apply particularly for Y3 children where universal infant free school meals are no longer provided. The school office can assist with any queries. 

Nursery and Reception Intake September 2020 

Children entering Nursery and Reception have a specific start date and parents will have an opportunity to talk to the teacher prior to entry. Entry is staggered in order to allow children to settle in gradually. All children will be attending by 19th September. 

Facemasks 

The government has recently changed its position on facemasks in secondary schools, but the guidance for primary remains the same, that children should not wear face masks in school. School adults will not wear facemasks in classes or when dealing with children directly. We are fully aware of the needs of our deaf children in this respect, where they need to be able to see expressions or lipread. 

If children wear facemasks on their way to school, parents are requested to remove the mask and either dispose of it safely or take it home with them before the child comes in. We will have facilities for the safe disposal of facemasks if necessary. 

If your child has C19 symptoms 

Any child displaying symptoms should not attend school.  

The self-isolation period has been increased from 7 days to 10 days. 

The following slides explain the important information.

The following slide summarises what the school will do if someone in the school displays C19 symptoms. The school risk assessment contains all this advice.

Please note:  

  • Bubbles and staff will only be asked to self-isolate in the event of a positive test. 
  • If you are contacted because your child is unwell, you must collect the child immediately and arrange a test
  • Full cleaning arrangements are in place, including lunchtime cleaning of communal spaces. 
  • Full school closure is highly unlikely and will be a decision taken by the local authority/Public Health England. 

Normal attendance procedures apply from September 2020 and absence will be followed up. We are expecting all children to attend, but we are happy to assist with any anxiety or difficulty around children returning to school, so you are welcome to contact us with any questions and we will do our best to help.

Parents of SEND children will be contacted in the first couple of weeks to review how their child is settling back into school and to discuss how needs are being met.

Our Pastoral Team (Miss Hunt and Miss Hoque) will be working to help settle children back into school. If you feel your child might benefit from some support, please contact us to discuss their needs. 

iPads 

If you still have a school iPad at home, please return it on the first day back. We are reviewing our remote learning systems on Google Classroom in the event of a future lockdown or children needing to self-isolate, so that they may continue their education at home. More information on this to follow.  

It has been a very difficult period over the last few months and I expect this term will present its own challenges. The school has worked very hard to make the environment as safe and welcoming as possible for a full school return under the current circumstances, and my thanks goes to all staff for making it possible. We will be focussing on settling children back into school and of course, their learning.  

We are all very appreciative of the support given by parents during this time and we are very much looking forward to having all the children back in school!  

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Mrs. B. Turner

Head Teacher

Important! Regular updates are being sent via the School Ping App.  Please ensure you have the app.  For information on how to access School Ping APP click here.

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.

Privacy Notice

Five Elms Primary School is committed to protecting the privacy and security of personal information. This privacy notice describes how we collect and use personal information about pupils, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), section 537A of the Education Act 1996 and section 83 of the Children Act 1989.

To view our privacy policy click here.

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Performance tables

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KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE

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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
    Esafety
    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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Five Elms Primary School | Wood Lane | Dagenham | RM9 5TB
020 8270 4909  (Office staff) / 
office@five-elms.bardaglea.org.uk

First point of contact: Mr. R. Helim, Ms. M. Wilson, Ms. J. Grote

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Subject Access requests during the School closure periods

 The School will endeavor to comply with requests as soon as possible and will keep in communication with you as far as possible. If your request is urgent, please provide your request during term times and not during/close to closure periods.

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