Back to school

This is a social story aimed to prepare children for their return to school. This book is written as an easy to understand guide to help children prepare for new routines and understand why these are necessary. This could help to prompt a valuable discussion with your child about their anxieties and worries.

If you have any questions, we are here and are happy to help :-)

Back-to-school-September.pdf
Behaviour expectations.docx

Expectations for Behaviour

We have revised our expectations for pupil behaviour in line with our new routines and systems. It is really important that you share these with your child before they come back to school.

Our policy remains the same, but with the expectation that you will be contacted immediately if a child is seen to be putting themselves and others at harm by not adhering to our safety measures. As always, we appreciate your continued support.

We have some new systems in place to help keep everyone safe when you come back to school.

A new one way system

One way system.MOV

This is a map of our school.

Can you spot your classroom?

What will happen at morning drop off?

We have planned for from different year groups/classes to have staggered drop off times (see below). When children are dropped at the appropriate point they will given hand sanitiser by a member of staff and welcomed into school.

We kindly ask that you drop your child off as quickly as possible can in an effort to ease congestion and keep everyone safe. Unfortunately, at this stage, it will not be possible to discuss matters with the teacher as we would normally allow, so please leave a message with a senior member of staff or email the school office (admin@east-farleigh.kent.sch.uk) and someone will get back to you.

Siblings

In the case of siblings, we have revised our plans to allow siblings to be dropped off at the earliest time slot but at their allocated area. For example, siblings in Year 1 and Year 6 may both be dropped off at 8:30 but at their allocated drop off point (playground or garden gate). Please make sure you encourage your child to socially distance themselves between other children entering at the same time.

Parish Council Carpark

Whilst we have endeavoured to minimise contact through staggered drop off and collection times, we recognise that the car park may still become congested. We ask that ALL PARENTS/CARERS show consideration towards one another by remaining calm and patient as children are safely brought into school at the beginning of the day and taken home at the end of the day. The gate from the carpark is likely to result in an unavoidable ‘pinch point’ and so we ask that everyone adheres to social distancing and shows courtesy by allowing people time and space to enter and exit; at busier times, this may mean waiting on the boundary of the carpark or on the playing field.

Who?

When?

Where?

EYFS

8:50 - 9:00

Playground

Year 1

8:50 - 9:00

Playground

Year 2

8:40 - 8:50

Playground

Year 3

8:50 - 9:00

Garden

Year 4

8:40 - 8:50

Garden

Year 5

8:30 - 8:40

Garden

Year 6

8:30 - 8:40

Playground

*From Monday 7th September

What will happen at playtime?

Playtimes.MOV

The playground has been divided into two play zones; it is really important that you stay in your own play zone. Your teachers will remind you which play zone is yours and will be outside with you.

Sometimes your group might go onto the field, the same rules will apply. Make sure you read the new parts of our behaviour expectations with a grown up before you come back to school so you know what is expected of you.

What will happen at lunchtime?

In order to maintain safe spaces and avoid mixing groups, we have taken the decision to only offer a hot school lunch to children in EYFS and KS1 - these lunches can be ordered as normal.

Children in KS2 will need to bring a packed lunch from home which will be eaten in their classroom.

We intend to make full use of the playing field, which could include a space for KS2 children to eat their lunches as a fair-weather alternative to their classroom.

What will happen for PE?

On the days your child has PE, they will come to school wearing their PE kit with trainers; this should also include wearing their school jumper.

Avoiding changing in school will help to avoid children mixing, negate the need for adult assistance for our younger learners and limit what children bring into school with them.

PE will begin from Wednesday 2nd September

What will happen at home time?

We have planned for from different year groups/classes to have staggered collection times (see below).

The playground gate will be opened at 2:45. Please maintain a safe distance between yourself and others when accessing the school site. There should be plenty of space on the playground for you to wait until your child is released from their allocated point of exit (see map).

Once you have collect your child/ren, please leave promptly by following the one way system around the back of the building.

Siblings

In the case of siblings, we ask that you wait on the playground until it is time for each of your children to be released. It will not be possible for us to release siblings earlier than their allocated time slot.

Who?

When?

Where?

EYFS*

2:50 - 3:00

Playground

Miss Vickery has already shared arrangements for our new starters on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th. Children should be dropped off and collected from the school office on these days

Year 1

3:00 - 3:10

Playground

Year 2

3:10 - 3:20

Playground

Year 3

3:10 - 3:20

Playground

Year 4

3:10 - 3:20

Playground

Year 5

3:20 - 3:30

Playground

Year 6

3:20 - 3:30

Playground

*From Monday 7th September

Have a question?

If you've still got an unanswered question, please take a look at our FAQ page as you might be able to find an answer there. If not, please email the school and we'll do our best to help.