If you suspect that your child has Covid-19 or if they have tested positive for Covid-19, please follow the guidance by clicking on the NHS image below:
This advises that if a child or young person aged 18 or under tests positive for Covid-19, they should stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 3 days. This starts from the day after they did the test or developed symptoms.
If a parent/carer tests positive for Covid-19, they should stay at home and avoid contact with other people for at least 5 days. This starts from the day after they did the test or developed symptoms. If a parent/carer needs to bring their child to school and they are positive, please can we ask the parent/carer to wear a mask, not enter the school building and to keep 2 metre distance at all times.
Our Covid Journey…
March 2020 to July 2020:
During the first lockdown March 2020 – June 2020, the school remained open, including both the Easter & May half term holidays and provided provision each day for approximately 40 key worker, EHCP and vulnerable children during this time.
On-line learning took place in the form of teachers posting work each morning on dojo via attaching a PowerPoint presentation, White Rose Maths link, worksheet or links to various websites or videos that the children could access to help them complete the tasks set at home.
Live Facebook sessions also took place each week along with a live Facebook Easter disco, live streaming of the Easter Egg competition winners and a live VE afternoon tea party.
In addition, during this time, the school carried out two themed weeks – British Values Week & Mental Health Week.
To support with keeping up morale, the school posted examples of work each day on both dojo and Facebook and released a range of videos celebrating the children’s work and successes.
When the school partially re-opened in June 2020, the school opened up full time placements to all Reception, Year 1 & Year 6 pupils as well the already attending key worker, EHCP and vulnerable children.
In total, during the period of June 2020 to July 2021, 20/30 Reception children returned to school, 17/30 Year 1 children, 29/30 Year 6 children and 29 key worker, EHCP and vulnerable children.
As transition is an important part of the school calendar, the school arranged socially distanced picnics outside on the playground for the children of every year group to attend so that they had the opportunity to meet their new teacher before September.
For the school’s Reception new intake pupils, this was valuable as during this Meet & Greet, learning packs were given out for parents/carers to begin the INSPIRE programme of teaching the children phonics during the holidays and carry out school readiness tasks so that they were readier for school in September.
The link below shows the video that the school released at the end of the first lockdown in July 2020 to demonstrate the quantity of work completed by the children at home during this period of time.We were very proud of our fantastic and amazing children.
To support Year 5 children on transition into Year 6, the school opened for these children to attend school on 24th August 2020 so that they had an additional week of teaching before the official school year began.
The school then fully opened on 2nd September 2020 to all pupils and had excellent attendance during this term 97.2%, which was well above national.
As a result of the school having good attendance, it meant that its Covid Catch Up Policy was able to be implemented successfully. This was supported by the school’s Continuity Policy, which was implemented if a child or member of staff had to isolate but were well enough to continue learning / teaching.
January 2021 to March 2021
When placed in lockdown in January 2021, the school implemented its Continuity Policy. As this policy had been written in advance of the announcement this meant that upon the announcement of the second lockdown, staff were already aware of their role during this time and knew what was expected from them. Training had also been provided and parents/carers were already linked to the accounts and websites that they needed to access the remote learning.
Spare books had also already been sent home in advance.
Between January and March 2021, the school had all pupils identified on the Local Authority Vulnerable list in school and all pupils on an EHCP. It was also able to offer a place to all key workers who had no other alternative child care. In addition, the school invited some pupils into school at the request of the parent/carer who was finding home learning difficult.
Below is a breakdown of the pupils that were in school during this lockdown period:
Reception: 13 Pupils, including 7 Key Worker Families
Year 1: 11 Pupils, including 7 Key Worker Families
Year 2: 10 Pupils, including 9 Key Worker Families
Year 3: 7 Pupils, including 2 Key Worker Families
Year 4: 15 Pupils, including, 11 Key Worker Families
Year 5: 9 Pupils, including 5 Key Worker Families
Year 6: 10 Pupils – 10 Key Worker Families
75 pupils in total which was 36.2% of the school.
To reduce the number of staff in the building, during the lockdown period, the school ran a remote team (led by the Deputy Headteacher) and in-school team (led by the Headteacher). To ensure a good team ethos, there was a weekly zoom staff meeting and both a social and work staff WhatsApp channel that staff regularly communicated on.
The provision that the school offered during the second lockdown can be seen below:
Each day, the school offered a live registration zoom and either a live Class Read or Worship zoom each morning and a live PSHE or Storytime zoom at the end of each day.
In addition to this, the school also offered each day:
x1 Recorded or Live English Lesson
x1 Recorded or Live Maths Lesson
x1 Recorded or Live Other Lesson
Therefore, the school fully met the DfE minimum recommendations for teaching time in KS1 and 2.
As teachers took ownership of each lesson, the school was able to deliver its full curriculum as set out in the long-term plans although some adaptions were made to the work set to ensure that this was accessible at home.
The children in school accessed the same lessons as the children learning remotely.
Teachers used the computer software ‘Screen Rec’ to record the majority of lessons or they filmed themselves teaching and then uploaded this video to You Tube for the children to be able to access easily. Adapted recordings were made for any SEN pupil that was not in school.
To support with reading at home, the school purchased a subscription to Oxford Reading Tree and therefore teachers had the opportunity to make recommendations each week of which books they thought the children would enjoy reading remotely.
As the remote learning was completely reliant on the children having a suitable device, in total, the school purchased 50 Fire Kindles and gave these out to any family requiring a device.
The grid below, shows the number of pupils that regularly engaged with the remote learning package that the school offered.
Each week, a Home/School Hero was chosen with the teacher posting out a certificate and some hero chocolates to the winning pupil. In addition, teachers carried out regular phone calls to the children at home and SLT carried out some doorstop visits. During mental health and well-being week, all the children received a visit from a member of staff.
Feedback was given to the children via dojo if they were working at home and verbally if they are in school. All work submitted was stored in the child’s individual portfolio.
Below are some key documents that the school had in place during the lockdown period.
This document includes the risk assessment that was used from September 2021 to July 2022, Remote Offer (Continuity) and a list of responses that the school would have taken if a particular scenario had occurred.
In March 2021, when the children returned to school after the second whole school lockdown, the government provided the school with £80.00 per pupil extra to support with helping pupils to catch up with any missed learning. This, in total, was £16,000 for Hindsford. The document below shows you how this money was spent and a review on the success and impact of how this money was spent.
During the Covid-19 period, a supplement visitors document was given to all visitors to read and sign before entering the building.