PREPARING FOR THE WIDER OPENING OF SCHOOLS AND EARLY YEARS SETTINGS FROM MONDAY 1ST JUNE 2020.
PLEASE SEE OUR “HOME LEARNING” PAGE IN THE “YEAR GROUP” SECTION OF OUR WEBSITE FOR ACTIVITIES AND RESOURCES TO SUPPORT LEARNING DURING THESE CHALLENGING TIMES
At Firs Primary School we look forward to welcoming children back once it is safe to do so. We have been busy planning and preparing, to ensure we do this as safely as possible. A considerable amount of guidance has been given, some of which we have already shared with you. We would like to take this opportunity to re-iterate that the school, and WHMAT, have worked hard to ensure all possible measures are in place to support the return of children in Year 6, Year 1 and Reception – please click on the link below to view the COVID-19 risk assessment. At the bottom of this page you can view our frequently asked questions. It may seem a lot to take in but we want to be completely transparent about the measures in place and hope that they are all reassuring.
Firs Primary School – Reignition Curriculum.
Ready For Learning, Ready For Life.
“The common thread that runs through the current lived experiences of our children, is loss. From loss emanates three significant dynamics that will impact majorly on the mental health of our children. Anxiety, trauma and bereavement are powerful forces. For them all to appear at once in an untimely and unplanned fashion is significant for the developing child. Our children are vulnerable at this time, and their mental-health fragile. And on top of that, they are witnessing a sea of adult anxiety, which they unwittingly are absorbing.”
(Carpenter and Carpenter, 2020).
Nobody quite knows how adversely affected our children have been by the absence of daily routine schools provide. From evidence based research available to the school, we can assume some will have felt acutely the anguish caused by the lack of social interaction or feel loss from not being able to undertake the informal rituals of school life.
It underlines that schools are so much more than places which provide education – they are about people. Firs Primary School is a community; we embody values, we model relationships required for modern life to function. Therefore, as we support our children returning to school from September 2020, gradually and safely, our attention shifts as much towards helping children come back to us and each other as it necessitates considering the formal curriculum.
Our Reignition Curriculum is designed to ensure we continue to support children to be Ready For Learning and Ready For Life. Firs Reignition Curriculum has been built and designed using evidence based research from the work of Barry Carpenter (2020); taken from his Recovery Curriculum model and aligned to the school’s vision, values and curriculum model.
DfE Advice for Schools:
The Prime Minister has announced the government’s roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, including the phased return of some children to school from 1 June, at the earliest.
All schools are different, and it is not possible for the government to set specific national guidelines that could be universally applicable. The guidance and framework will:
- help school leaders and trusts to start to think through the steps they might need to take to open their schools for more pupils
- provide a starting point from which schools and trusts may choose to develop their own plans.
The Government is closely monitoring the spread of Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad.
WHERE POSSIBLE CHILDREN and YOUNG PEOPLE SHOULD STAY AT HOME.
To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 14 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 14 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.
Guidelines for whole household isolation are:
- if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
- if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
- for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What if the UK Government classes me as a key worker?
Parents who are working in a critical sector and cannot make any alternative arrangements, our school staff are committed to providing a placement whilst you are at work. These are testing times and it is our civic and moral duty to keep our community safe, whilst at the same time keeping our critical services operating.
What do I need to do if my child has ‘flu-like’ symptoms?
If a parent or child is ill and is worried about coronavirus they should contact NHS 111. You should not go to your doctors, health centre or pharmacy. The NHS and Public Health England will ascertain if the case is coronavirus or, as is most likely, seasonal cold or flu. Public Health England along with the county council’s Health, Safety and Wellbeing Service will offer further advice to us as a school on what we need to do.
In the event that someone has been diagnosed with Coronavirus in school, can the school reveal who it is?
For reasons of patient confidentiality, we are not able to disclose who has contracted the virus. This is for the health and safety of the patient.
The local Public Health England Health Protection Team will contact the school to discuss the case, identify people who have been in contact with them and advice on any actions or precautions that should be taken. If there is a confirmed case, a risk assessment will be undertaken by the school with advice from the local Health Protection Team. In most cases, closure of the childcare or education setting will be unnecessary but this will be a local decision based on various factors such as establishment size and pupil mixing.
What action you can take?
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water
In addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, both children and staff should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:
A UK wide campaign has been launched to provide clear advice on how to slow the spread of Coronavirus.
Please help to support the campaign which promotes basic hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands and always sneezing into a tissue, to stem the spread of viruses.
Public Health England and the Foreign Office have issued advice for anyone travelling or returning from outside the UK. This can be found at:
Latest information and advice can also be found at:
The Department for Education has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
In summary, the scientific guidance is clear the fewer children we have in school each day the greater chance we have of limiting the chance of the virus spreading.
These are testing times and it is our civic and moral duty to keep our community safe, whilst at the same time keeping our critical services operating.
The overwhelming gratitude and support that we have received from so many parents over the past few days has been very moving, these messages really are appreciated.
Further support, advice and guidance:
Letters, policies and guidance:
Online videos to support your child: