News Update

News Update:

Sheffield Getting Back to School Safely Campaign

The dedicated webpage www.sheffield.gov.uk/BackToSchoolSafely is now live. It provides information and advice for parents/carers about returning to school.       

For new children starting in Foundation 2 in September 2020, please click here.

Firstly, can I say thank you to all of you for your support and hard work during this lockdown. It has been a difficult time for everyone and we know that you have all done your best to help your children continue learning at home whilst remaining safe and happy.

When your child returns to school in September, the following is important:

  • Everyone must avoid contact with anyone who has symptoms, which I am sure you are already doing anyway.
  • Have frequent hand cleaning and good respiratory hygiene practices (lots of tissues available) and continue to teach children about these.
  • Children must bring their own, clearly labelled drinking bottle.
  • We will regularly clean the setting, especially those places where a lot of contact will take place.
  • We will keep doors open, where possible, to limit the numbers touching handles and door plates.
  • We will minimise contact and mixing with other ‘bubble’ groups in school. The children would stay in their ‘bubble’ during the day and would only have minimal passing contact with children  from outside their ‘bubble’.
  • We will stagger the start and end of the school day for each ‘bubble’. The social distancing rule will apply for parents/carers as they drop children off.
  • We will stagger lunchtimes and playtimes for each ‘bubble’.
  • We will make arrangements for children to eat lunch in their classrooms.
  • We have arrangements in place for children to be met at the gates. Parents/carers will not be able to enter the premises and must remain 2M from the drop-off point.
  • Children should be brought to school by one person only. If you have other children who you cannot leave at home, you would need to ensure that they remain at least 2M from the drop off point and other people.
  • We advise parents and children to walk or drive to school rather than use public transport.
  • The school carpark will be closed for the safety of children lining up to come into school.
  • Parents/carers must not congregate when bringing or collecting children.
  • Children will not be permitted to bring any toys from home but can bring books and bags.
  • School uniform should be worn and children should come to school in sports kit on PE days.
  • Staff will only wear PPE if they have health vulnerabilities or when they have to deal with children’s personal care.

If anyone in the group has symptoms of Covid19 they will be sent home and testing should be arranged. We will take advice from Public Health and, if the test proves positive, all the children, staff and their families may have to self isolate following government guidance. The classroom will be deep cleaned.

We will continue to run home learning where pupils have to stay at home.

Breakfast Club and Kid’s Club will resume. For Breakfast Club, children must be brought to the middle gate at 7:55a.m. where they will be collected by staff.

Each class bubble has been allocated a lunchtime supervisor. 

Staff will maintain social distancing from other staff in school.

Please click here for a copy of our Risk Assessment.

Please click here for our organisational plan.

My email is headteacher@waterthorpe.sheffield.sch.uk

Thank you once again. Take care and keep safe,
Mrs Shelly Appleby.

 


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School Uniform

It has been agreed that Pinders can now sell our school uniform. If you wish to buy uniform through this company, they are sited in Crystal Peaks Market where they will take your orders.

Uniform, embroidered with the school logo, can also be purchased through Tesco’s online uniform service at My clothing.com


Henry ‘Healthy Start’ Programme

Henry is a programme for families, aimed at offering support with many areas that affect children under 5 and their parents e.g. mealtimes, behaviour and early learning. The programme is for an hour each week for 8 weeks and it comes highly recommended. This is free to families and can be accessed by completing the form attached, emailing healthystart@henry.org.uk or by texting 07720090949.

Please take a look at the attached flyer and application form.

Click here for the information flyer.

Click here for the application form.


Alerts

Please sign up for email alerts about weather, school closures etc. from Sheffield City council.  Visit the page www.sheffield.gov.uk/alerts to register.

Once  registered, you can go to Education – School Closures – Then look under primary/secondary/special educational needs to find your school.


On-line Payments

We are now able to accept online payments through sQuid. We are starting with milk payments for next term and will add other payments over the rest of this half term. Information and registration codes will be sent home to all families. Please call at the office if you have not received yours by 5th December.

Please visit our sQuid Online Payment page for more information by clicking here.

For more information on downloading the sQuid App please click here.


On the first Saturday of every month there is a free Board Games Club for children 1pm to 2pm at Crystal Peaks Library. Children under 8 should be accompanied by an adult.board games poster – sessions 


 Speech and Language Drop-in 

If you have speech and Language concerns about your child, aged 5 or under, please call at one of the drop-ins at Crystal Peaks or Darnall.

Click here for more information