COVID-19 information

Latest Information

A copy of all weekly emails sent out have been posted here.

The advice we receive changes regularly but advice for parents gets emailed and posted here.

Friday 27th November

Congratulations

Many congratulations to Mrs Pontefract and her family on welcoming baby Sophie Lyra Pontefract to their family earlier this term. We wish them all the best as they adapt to a new arrival in their family.


Staff changes

Miss Fair will be returning to her Deputy Head post after Christmas as her secondment to support Buxted School comes to an end. Miss Fair will return to become the class teacher in Year 4. We want to thank Mrs Rawlins for the amazing way she has worked with Year 4 during this term. I am pleased to say that Mrs Rawlins has agreed to stay on one day a week to cover Miss Fair’s time out of the classroom.

Mrs Willetts will be leaving us this Christmas. She has worked with and supported many children across the school since 2004. We are truly grateful for all that she has done and want to wish her well in her retirement. I am pleased to say that, after a successful interview, Mrs Lockyer will be returning as teaching assistant to support the learning in Year 5.


Children in Need

A massive thank you to the Year 5 girls who have raised a massive £410 with the PJ day they organised earlier this term. The children really enjoyed the day whilst managing to raise money for a fantastic cause.


Nursery Practitioner Required

We currently have a vacancy for a nursery practitioner from January. Full details of the post and how to apply can be found here. If you would like to ask any question about the role please don’t hesitate to be in touch.


PSHE Policy update Attached

Please see attached a draft copy of our Relationships Education, Sex Education and Health Education Policy. When adopting a new policy like this, we would usually consult with Parents. It isn’t currently possible for us to have an Open Parents evening, therefore we thought it best to send you a draft copy. If you have any questions or concerns please get in touch by the end of this term, so that we can take these back to our governors.

COVID

Please remember that if you, your child or anyone you live with, has a COVID test please contact the school via covid@harlandsprimary.org so that we are aware and can take the necessary swift action.

INSET Day

Just a reminder that our next INSET day is on January 4th so the children will return on Tuesday January 5th 2021

Draft RSHE Policy November 2020.pdf

Saturday 31st October

Dear Parents / Carers

I am writing to let you know that this morning a positive Covid-19 test result has been confirmed from a nursery staff member at Harlands. I have spoken with the member of staff and they have mild symptoms and are doing well.

I have this morning spoken with Public Health England (PHE) and the Department for Education to confirm the steps that we need to take as a school.

The member of staff started showing symptoms on Thursday 29th October and their result came through as positive on Saturday 31st October.

The infectious period is 48 Hours before first sign of symptoms (Tuesday 27th). The member of staff has not been in school since Friday 23rd October and has not been in physical contact with any other staff or children since then.

Therefore, school will be open as usual on Monday 2nd November for staff training and we will welcome back all children on Tuesday 3rd November.

What to do if your child develops symptoms of COVID-19.

If your child develops any of the following symptoms, they should remain at home and arrange for a COVID test. All other household members also need to self-isolate as per the guidance.

  1. New and continuous cough (coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

  2. High temperature (hot to touch on chest or back)

  3. Loss of, or change to sense of smell or taste

The NHS website gives details about how to check for the main coronavirus symptoms. You can use NHS 111 online if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next.

If your child receives a positive test result, please notify covid@harlandsprimary.org immediately.

I hope that you are all well and have had an enjoyable half term.

Richard Blakeley

Headteacher


Friday 23rd October

Dear Parents / Carers

I would like to say a huge thank you to all parents (and teachers) who have fully embraced technology this term with the use of Microsoft Teams for our Parents' evening. The vast majority of these meetings took place without any technical difficulties. If you were unable to make an appointment please liaise with the school office to arrange this after the half term.

Fundraising

Special well done to Neeva in Year 3 for her amazing fundraising efforts. Neeva has currently raised £2776.00 for the Little Princess Trust by having her hair cut short to give to children who have lost hair through cancer treatment. If you would like to support Neeva in her efforts you can donate via this link. Her hair cut is on Tuesday 27th October so she will be coming into school with a very different look!

Birthday Treats

I realise that children like to give out sweet treats when it is their birthday to other classmates but from next term we will no longer be allowing this. This has become a health and safety issue as parents aren’t always aware of the allergies of other children in the class and it also doesn’t help us endorse the healthy school image.

Children in Need

This year we will be taking part in the BBC Children in Need fundraising and the girls in Year 5 will be organising this. More information will follow.

Thank you

Thank you to all the parents who helped to tidy up the front of school last weekend it has made a real difference to how the school looks. Some of the children will now be involved in a planting project at the front of school to brighten up this area.

INSET Day

A reminder that the school is closed to pupils on Monday 2nd November for a staff training day. We will welcome the children back on Tuesday 3rd November continuing the staggered start and finish times that were in place this term.

Thank you to all the children, parents and staff this term. It hasn’t been an easy term for us as we learn to live with COVID but a real testament to the hard work of all involved that we have been able to keep the children safe from this. I hope that you are all able to have a relaxing half term and look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday 3rd November.

Many thanks

Richard Blakeley


Friday 16th October

Dear Parents / Carers,

This seems to be the longest term on record! I realise it hasn’t been easy for all the children coming back to different rules and routines. We were hoping when we first came back that the changes we had put in place for staggered starts etc. would just be until this half term. Obviously this isn’t the case and we will need to continue them through now until Christmas. We have looked at changing them, however, they have such a knock on effect with lunches and going home time it’s just not going to be possible.

Harvest

Thank you to all of you who have donated food to help support the work of the Uckfield Foodbank this year. We had a very interesting assembly on Monday which helped the children to understand what the foodbank does and how we can help other people.

Children have been creating Harvest art work and a selection of this can be found on the school website under the Curriculum Tab

Science Day

The children had a very enjoyable Science Day on Tuesday this week where they carried out many investigations on fruit and discovered some amazing and interesting facts. There was a real buzz around the school with children asking lots of investigative questions.

Parent’s Evening

Next week our virtual parent’s evenings will take place via Microsoft Teams. If you have already booked your appointment you should have been sent a code in an email. There will be a reminder sent 24 hours before the meeting is due to take place. If you haven’t received an email with a link please contact the school office who will be able to arrange this for you.

If you haven’t used Microsoft Teams before you might find this video helpful Using Microsoft Teams There is also some helpful bits of information here as well.

Ideally these meetings are really useful for the teacher to talk just to adults, although we realise this may not always be possible. It may be a good idea for parents to use headphones to avoid children listening into conversations.

If you have no other option but for your child listen in to the conversation please could you make the staff member aware of this.

INSET Day

A reminder for your diaries of the INSET Day on Monday 2nd November, with the school reopening to children after the half term break on Tuesday 3rd November.

I hope that you all have a restful weekend

Many thanks

Richard Blakeley

Wednesday 23rd September

Dear Parents

Thank you to all the parents who continue to wear face masks at drop off and pick up.

We have now learnt some important lessons on dealing with children who are feeling unwell in light of the coronavirus situation and we have had a handful of parents who have had COVID tests all of which have so far come back as negative.

  • If your child has one or more of the 3 main coronavirus symptoms (high temperature, new continuous cough or a loss of smell/taste):

    • do not send your child to school, and whole household to isolate in line with government guidance

    • book a test for your child as soon as possible, and notify the school that you have booked a test

    • do not send your child to school until you have received a negative test result

    • notify the school of the test results as soon as you receive them on the email address below

    • If the test is negative, your child can return to school if they are well enough to do so

    • If the test is positive, your child and your household will have to isolate in line with the guidance you are given

  • If your child is unwell but does not have one of the 3 symptoms above, please treat this as a regular absence by calling the school to report the absence, and keep your child at home until they are well enough to return

We have set up a new dedicated email address for parents to notify the school of any coronavirus tests taken and results received at any time of the day or night:

covid@harlandsprimary.org

Also please find attached a full guide for parents which is important to read and understand. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards

Richard Blakeley

Headteacher


COVID-19 Advice for Parents.pdf

COVID Symptoms

This chart helpfully shows the symptoms of COVID-19 alongside the common cold and the flu.

Friday 11th September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome

Thank you all so much for the way you have returned to school and been so helpful with staggered drop off and pick up times. A special welcome to our new parents in Reception, Nursery and across the school.

It is difficult to keep to two metres outside when there are around 250 adults picking up children. Given the latest advice from the Government about more restrictions on meetings of people, from Monday we are asking all adults to wear face coverings (unless there is a medical reason) at drop off and pickups. Obviously, I can’t enforce this, however, we believe that this will help to protect our community and help to prevent further lockdowns in future.

Class Names

It is really important that children feel part of and take ownership of their learning and their school. This year the children have decided on their own class names for the year based on a theme. The children will also complete some work to find out more about their chosen class names.

The children have decided on the following:

Nursery - Ducklings

Reception - Rabbits

Year 1 - Squirrels

Year 2 - Hedgehogs

Year 3 - Foxes

Year 4 - Otters

Year 5 - Badgers

Year 6 - Wolves

Forest School

This year we are going to be further establishing our forest school to ensure that all children can take part. We have started this term with Year 4 on Wednesdays and other classes will be spread out across the school year.

Reading

Reading with your child is such a great way that parents can support their child's learning. We will be continuing to reward reading at home with points and certificates that will be celebrated in school. Our reading miles scheme means that for every minute reading to an adult the children earn miles (up to a weekly limit) which we will add together to earn points. The scheme refreshes every year with a child starting on zero. Each child will receive a bookmark so we can keep track of their reading and award the correct certificate.

Extra Funding for School

As you will be aware, all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are automatically entitled to receive a free meal at school. In addition, pupils whose families are in receipt of certain benefits, are eligible for free meals throughout their time at primary school.

If your child is eligible it’s important that you apply even if your child is in Reception or Key Stage one so that they will continue to receive free meals when they move to Year 3.

Schools receive valuable extra funding (Up to £8000) based on the number of entitled children. This funding makes a real difference to the school as it enhances the learning opportunities we can provide to make sure children get the best start in life.

We are aware that for some families financial circumstances have unexpectedly changed over recent months. We thought that the information on the page linked below may prove helpful. This provides details about eligibility criteria and a link to apply.

https://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/educationandlearning/schools/school-life/meals/free/

If your child is not currently entitled but your circumstances change you can apply at any stage.

Dates

Obviously, we are still feeling our way with what events etc we will be able to put on this year but we will keep the school calendar updated on the school website. INSET Days where the school and Nursery are closed for staff training for the rest of the year are as following:

Monday 2nd November 2020

Monday 4th January 2021

Monday 7th June 2021

Friday 23rd July 2021


Many thanks

Richard Blakeley

Full return to school risk assessment V5 18.9.20.pdf

Tuesday 1st September 2020

Number #2020/01

Parents / Carers,

I do hope that you all had a good summer. We are so looking forward to welcoming you all back and to seeing our inspiring children again this term. We have missed seeing them greatly over the last few months and we are eagerly anticipating having them, their uniqueness and their energy back.

I thought that you would appreciate a few reminders of how the first few days will start.

Parent / Child / Teacher Meetings

We have set aside Thursday 3rd September and Friday 4th September for Parent / Child / Teacher meetings to take place from Nursery to Year 6. This will be a great opportunity to meet the class teacher / discuss class routines and raise any concerns that you or your child may have.

· For everyone’s safety we have created a one way system in the school.

· Reception to Year 6 enter through the main school entrance. (Nursery via Nursery Entrance)

· On arrival please can everyone use the hand sanitiser provided.

· Please can adults wear face masks to their appointments.

· Children do not need to wear school uniform or masks.

· On leaving you will be asked to leave via the classroom door. (Year 5 / 6 via Fire escape)

If you haven’t booked yet please make a booking via this link

INSET Day

The school will be closed to pupils on Monday 7th September to allow staff training to take place.

Children return

All children return to school / breakfast club and Nursery on Tuesday 8th September.

Breakfast Club

I am pleased to be able to let you know that Breakfast Club will restart on Tuesday September 8th from 7:30am to make a booking please contact the school office or use the online form.

Many thanks

Richard Blakeley


Wednesday 22nd July

Dear Parents & Carers

Please see attached plans for September.

We have tried to keep the timings for drop off and pick up as close together as possible for parents who have to drop off more than one child.

Thank you for all your support this term and on behalf of all the staff at Harlands would like to wish you all a restful summer.

Many thanks

Richard Blakeley


Full Return of Children September 2020.pdf

Friday 17th July

Parents / Carers,

I know that my ongoing thoughts about this being the most surreal academic year that I and we have ever faced will continue to resonate with you. The Year 2020 will go down in our school and life history.

Despite the aforementioned, I remain proud by the sheer resilience and tenacity our wonderful children, staff and parents over the last few months have shown. Thank you.

Congratulations

Congratulations to the following pupils in Year 6 who have received the following awards. It has been a difficult year to decide on the awards this year as so many children could have received them.

Arts – Molly Rowland & Sam Jenner

Sport – Kieran Venus Smith

Academic – Ethan Jenner

Citizenship – Phoebe Kedwards

Transition

Details about the transition days on Monday 20th & Tuesday 21st July are attached for ease of reference. We would expect children to wear school uniform for these days if at all possible. We understand this may not be possible if things don’t fit anymore.

It will be really helpful if children could bring in a plastic bag so that they can bring home any work completed in the first half of the year.

Virtual Assembly

Whole school leavers assembly was broadcast this morning via our YouTube channel at 10:00am. This will be available to watch for a week if you missed it.

School Reports

School reports were emailed out on Monday 13th July. If you didn’t receive them please get in touch with the office. If you could acknowledge receipt of them via the following email address that would be helpful. reports@harlandsprimary.org

September 2020

We have set aside Thursday 3rd September and Friday 4th September for Parent / Child / Teacher meetings to take place from Nursery to Year 6. We don’t expect children to wear uniform for these meetings.

Booking can be made for these appointments via this link

A reminder that to facilitate these meetings to take place, the staff training will now take place on Monday 7th September, with all children returning to new classes on Tuesday 8th September.

Breakfast Club

I am pleased to be able to let you know that Breakfast Club will restart on Tuesday September 8th from 7:30am to make a booking please contact the school office.

Thank You

I’m sure that you would like to join with me in saying a huge thank you to Mrs Flint who has been working with many different children across the school and leaving us at the end of this term. We would like to wish her all the best for the next chapter. Thank you also to Beth Aldis who has helped us out in so many classes across the school and more recently in Year 6. We wish her all the best as she embarks on her journey to become a teacher.

I hope that you all have a restful weekend and that you all enjoy some time together as a family.

Many thanks

Richard Blakeley

Friday 10th July

Parents / Carers,

We seem to have spent all week making timetables for drop offs and pick ups and lunches ready for September and will hopefully be in a position to share these with you next week.

Sports Awards

Many congratulations to everyone at Harlands, especially Miss Pooley, who have been recognised for two sports awards this year. Not only have we achieved the Sports Mark for 2020 but have also been awarded a special Virtual Sports Mark award for engagement in our local community.

Virtual Assembly

There will be one last end of year assembly online via our YouTube channel on Friday 17th July at 10:00am. This will not only be a great chance to say goodbye to our leavers in Year 6 but also some of our other leavers from Ducklings. There will also be our end of year awards and a special goodbye from their buddies in Reception.

School Reports

School reports will be emailed out from Monday 13th July. If you haven’t heard anything by Wednesday 15th July, please get in touch with the office.

Transition

Details about the transition days on Monday 20th & Tuesday 21st July were shared last week via email and on the school website. We would expect children to wear school uniform for these days if at all possible. We understand this may not be possible if things don’t fit anymore.

September 2020

We have set aside Thursday 3rd September and Friday 4th September for Parent / Child / Teacher meetings to take place from Nursery to Year 6. We don’t expect children to wear uniform for these meetings.

Booking can be made for these appointments via this link

A reminder that to facilitate these meetings to take place the staff training will now take place on Monday 7th September with all children returning to new classes on Tuesday 8th September.

Breakfast Club

I am pleased to be able to let you know that Breakfast Club will restart on Tuesday September 8th from 7:30am to make a booking please contact the school office.

I hope that you all have a restful weekend.

Many thanks

Richard Blakeley

Transition Day Plans and Details

Friday 3rd July

Parents / Carers,

It has been another busy week for us in school this week and yesterday we had further announcements from the government about how we can fully reopen schools in September. I will begin working on how this will work for us and what this will look like over the coming week.

From September Miss Fair has taken up a secondment opportunity at Buxted School helping them until Christmas as their interim headteacher. Laura has gained much experience over her time at Harlands and we are delighted to support her in this new venture.

Staffing for September

Reception - Mrs Pratt / Mrs Ripley

Year 1 - Miss Pooley

Year 2 - Mrs May

Year 3 - Mrs Morrall

Year 4 - Mrs Rawlins (until Miss Fair returns)

Year 5 - Mrs Hill / Mrs Phillips

Year 6 - Miss Knott

Transition

Details about the transition days on Monday 20th & Tuesday 21st July and how we have grouped the children are attached. As Reception class are coming in four groups we will phone you to inform you which group you are in.

School Reports

School reports this year have been slimmed down to reflect that many children haven’t been in school since March. We will email these out from Monday 13th July. If you haven’t heard anything by Wednesday 15th July, please get in touch with the office.

September 2020

We have set aside Thursday 3rd September and Friday 4th September for Parent / Child / Teacher meetings to take place from Nursery to Year 6.

Booking can be made for these appointments via this link

A reminder that to facilitate these meetings to take place the staff training will now take place on Monday 7th September with all children returning to new classes on Tuesday 8th September.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend and don’t make too much use of the new leisure activities which are available to you this weekend!

Many thanks

Richard Blakeley

Friday 26th June

Parents / Carers,

I hope that you are all managing to stay cool in this warm weather. We are expecting further advice from the government next week about the reopening of schools to all year groups in September so will hopefully know more then.

Transition

Just a reminder that we will be having transition days for pupils Reception to Year 6 on Monday 20th July and Tuesday 21st July. To allow us to do this the school will close to all pupils currently in on Friday 17th July at 1:00pm. This will mean that our final leavers’ assembly for year 6 will take place that morning and will also be premiered on YouTube so that parents can watch from home. We will send out more details about which children can attend which transition session next week.

September 2020

I am still working from the assumption that all year groups will return in September and therefore plans may need to change in light of new guidance, however, we felt it is important to have plans in place, even if we later have to postpone them.

We have set aside Thursday 3rd September and Friday 4th September for Parent / Child / Teacher meetings to take place from Nursery to Year 6. Information about how to book a slot will also be sent out next week.

A reminder that to facilitate these meetings to take place the staff training will now take place on Monday 7th September with all children returning to new classes on Tuesday 8th September.

Drop off’s and Pickups

A reminder about timings for pickups and drop offs.

See Below...

Key Worker Children

Thank you to all the parents who have booked in via the online form. We have now switched this form off and should you wish to make a change a booking this will need to be made through the school office.

Many thanks as always for your continued support.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Many thanks

Richard Blakeley

Drop Off and Pick Up Information

Key Workers

Drop OffYear 3 / 4 Gate 8:45am – 9:00am
Pick Up3:05pm – 3:15pm 1.00pm Fridays

Nursery

Drop OffNursery Entrancevia staff car park8:45am – 9:00am
Pick Up3:05pm – 3:15pm1.00pm Fridays

Year Reception

Drop OffReception Entrance9:10 – 9:20am
Pick Up3:15pm – 3:25pm1:05 – 1:20 Fridays

Year 1

Drop OffYear 1 / Year 2 Gate 8:55am – 9:10am
Pick Up2:45pm – 3:00pm12:45pm – 1:00pm Fridays

Year 6

Drop OffYear 5 / 6 Fire Escape8:45am – 9:00am
Pick Up3:00pm – 3:10pm1:00pm – 1:10pm

Friday 19th June

Parents / Carers,

Well done to everyone who took part in this year’s sports day week we had over 2300 submissions of results to add up and add to the totals. The winning house team this year is Tigers. Fantastic effort for all who took part. Final Results


Moving Forward

Now we have been given the green light to bring back other year groups before the summer from the government we have been thinking about how we can do this. Unfortunately, we have used up most of the space around the school as we have split each returning class into two classrooms. Our Key Worker group continues to expand and so allowing other year groups to return isn’t currently possible with out sending home children who have already returned.

Transition

Our thoughts have then turned to transition. We wanted all children to benefit from some transition experience before the end of the summer term and, to allow us to achieve this, we will be moving the end of term for all children currently in school to Friday 17th July at 1:00pm. This will mean that our final leavers’ assembly for year 6 will take place that morning and will also be premiered on YouTube so that parents can watch from home.

This will allow us two days the following week to facilitate the return of children from all year groups for a two hour session to say goodbye to their current class teacher and also meet their new class teacher. Children will be invited in groups of 15 and this will be organised in alphabetical order of the child’s surname. More detail to follow nearer the time. Please see attached a plan of which day classes will be in. This has been organised to allow cleaning in between groups in line with the government guidelines.

September 2020

I am working from the assumption that all year groups will return in September and therefore plans may need to change in light of new guidance, however, we felt it is important to have plans in place, even if we later have to postpone them.

We are aware that in September there will be many anxious parents and children and therefore we would like to offer all parents and children the opportunity to come and meet with their new class teacher. To allow us time to organise this successfully we have set aside Thursday 3rd September and Friday 4th September for this to happen. We will create a booking system similar to parents evening to sign up for a slot. This will be an important opportunity to share concerns and pass on valuable information. In September we traditionally have an INSET day on the first day back. We will therefore move this so that the staff training will take place on Monday 7th September with all children returning to new classes on Tuesday 8th September.


Children in Nursery in September

I am working from the assumption that we will be open in September for all pupils but realise that this might need to change. In September, we would then like all parents of children who have confirmed places to attend a parent / child / teacher meeting. These meetings will be held on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th of September and booking information will follow.

The Nursery will be closed to children on Monday 7th to allow for whole school staff training. There will then be a two-week period of settling in sessions starting Tuesday 8th (at the child’s pace) to allow children to become familiar with the environment and to ensure staff can meet the needs of all the children. This can be discussed further at the September meetings. All children that have confirmed places should be back by week of 21st September.

At the end of this term a scrapbook will be sent out to your child. In this book it would be great if you can include photos of family and important people in your child’s life, toys they like to play with and things they like to do. We can then look at these together at the first meeting planned. If you have any queries about your child's booking for September please e-mail nursery@harlands.e-sussex.sch.uk


Year 6, Year 1 and Reception

I have continued to be impressed with the way these children have come back to school and have followed the guidance and advice of teachers. As the arriving at school procedures have become increasingly efficient, we are changing the arrival time for Reception slightly, with gates closing at 9.20am from Monday 22nd June.


Key Worker Children

Thank you to all the parents who have booked in via the online form. It is really important to make sure you let us know when your children will be in school. This booking form will be turned off on Friday 26th June and further changes will need to be made through the school office.

Many thanks as always for your continued support.

Many thanks

Richard Blakeley

Friday 12th June

Parents / Carers,

As I reach the end of another week, it is worth pausing and reflecting on the amazing resilience which all of our children, parents and staff have shown, not just this week but over the whole 11 weeks.

We were sad to hear the announcement this week that all children wouldn’t be returning to school before the end of the summer term. At Harlands we believe that all children are unique and equal. If we had known this when we started to make plans and we were allowed to then, we would have approached it very differently. Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

That said, as a school we are busy working on a different set of transition ideas this year as we acknowledge we will need to do more to support children moving from one class to another. Hopefully, once we have finalised these plans, we will be ready to share them next week.

Year 6, Year 1 and Reception

Well done to everyone in these year groups who have returned to school and have adapted to a new way of working. I appreciate that it hasn’t been easy for all of us to get our heads around different pick ups and drop offs and wanted to thank you for your understanding in this.

Ducklings Nursery

We have also welcomed back a total of 16 children to the nursery over the week. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to offer out any more spaces due to staffing and space.

Year Groups 2, 3, 4 & 5

Work for these year groups will continue online. As more staff are required in school now, there may be some changes to the work set and to the direct support given. Teachers will not be available as often to support online.

Key Worker Children

Now that we have welcomed back other year groups the Key Worker service is only for Years 2, 3, 4 & 5 children. Bookings can now only be completed via contacting the school office by telephone or via email. We are now reaching capacity and, in order to maintain the safety of all, need to know by Friday lunchtime if you wish to add or change your days for the following week, so that we can organise staffing. All bookings made already still stand. For bookings from 22nd June please use the new form on the school website.

Virtual Sports Day - Week

Miss Pooley has been working hard on adapting sports day this year. From Monday 15th until Friday 19th June, there are various activities to take part in over the week. All will be shared on the school website on Monday at 10:00am. Children and parents can then submit their scores via the forms on the website and these will add to totals for your house and your class. Final results will be announced via the website on Friday at 3:00pm. Good luck everyone.

Finally

Please congratulate your children on a really positive week under the circumstances and please do let them know that we are immensely proud of them all.

Many thanks

Richard Blakeley

Friday 5th June

Number #10

Parents / Carers,

This week has been another interesting week in the life of Harlands and in education as a whole! It has been great to see more families and children at the school. There are obviously various things to update you on this week.

Phased return of Year 6

It has been great to welcome back Year 6 children this week. We have had around 18 children return and so have been able to teach the children in two different bubbles with 9 in each. The children have been great in the way they have adapted, listening and responded to new ways of working. Miss Knott will now need to adapt the online learning as we begin to focus on more transitional learning projects and leavers’ projects, which will be available both online and in school. They will be working towards a virtual leavers’ celebration, which we are very excited about. This is all part of the important process for preparing children for their next steps.

Phased return of Year 1

It has been great to welcome back Year 1 children this Wednesday. We have had around 18 children return and so have been able to teach the children in two different bubbles with 9 in each. We are really proud of the way the children have been so mature in the way that they have returned to school and want to thank parents who have clearly explained and prepared their children for this as, it makes the transition back so much more successful. We will continue to provide online learning for those unable to return.

Phased Return of Reception Class

Staff have been extremely busy this week preparing the environment and making this as safe as possible for the children. We emailed out yesterday to Reception parents all the details and we look forward to welcoming back those who are able to return on Monday 8th June. If you didn’t receive these, all letters relating to school can be found under the COVID tab on the website. Work to support home learning will continue to be published on the school website.

Ducklings Nursery

We have only been able to open up our Nursery to very few children as we have to prioritise Key Worker children. This has been to ensure that we are following guidelines and not mixing children using all the space we have. If you haven’t been phoned then we haven’t found space for your child currently. If the situation changes then we will of course let you know. Work to support home learning will continue to be published on the school website.

Year Groups 2, 3, 4 & 5

Work for these year groups will continue online. As more staff are required in school now, there may be some changes to the work set and to the direct support given. Teachers will not be available as often to support online.

Key Worker Children

Now that we have welcomed back other year groups the Key Worker service is only for Years 2, 3, 4 & 5 children. Bookings can now only be completed via contacting the school office or nursery by telephone or via email. We really need to know by Friday lunchtime if you wish to add or change these so that we can organise staffing. All bookings made already still stand.

Virtual Sports Day - Week

Miss Pooley has been working hard on adapting sports day this year. We are hoping that we will be able to share more information with you next week about the activities and how to take part in the children’s and parent’s activities and earn house points for your house. You might want to dust of those running shoes!

Online Chat

Our online chat facility will be scaled back next week as well as more staff are in school. Office staff will now man this during office hours.

Share your learning

We are really enjoying seeing all of the things that you have been up to at home. To share them with us please send them to share@harlandsprimary.org or see further details or use the hashtag #harlandsathome. Any work sent to this email address will also be shared on our social media which includes, twitter, facebook, youtube & instagram.

Goodbye

It is with some sadness that I have to let you know Mrs Crawford will be leaving us at the end of next week. Mrs Crawford currently works as a Teaching Assistant in Year 5 and has helped many different aged children across the school for 16 years! I am sure you will join with me in wishing her all the best for the future.

Finally

I hope that you and your children can all have a relaxing weekend and that the weather remains good so that you can have those social distancing BBQ’s with your 6 friends.

Many thanks

Richard Blakeley

Thursday 4th June - Letter to Reception Parents

Dear Parents / Carers,

We are very much looking forward to welcoming back your children to school from Monday 8th June. As you can appreciate there has been, and continues to be, lots of planning with things put in place to help to keep your children, yourself and our staff safe.

Remember please don’t send your child in if they are showing any of the symptoms of COVID-19 which include any of the following: high temperature; new continuous cough; or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

We have had to split the children into two groups and, because of the government guidelines, children will not be able to move from one group to another. It is imperative for everyone’s safety they stay in the same groups. Mrs Pratt & Mrs Pontefract have been working hard to try and ensure, wherever possible, children have a least one other friend with them in their group. It will be important that you talk to your children about this and the reasons why it isn’t yet safe for us all to mix.

To minimise the amount of people entering/exiting our site


  • Parents will not be able to go past the first gate where children will need to be dropped off.

  • It will not be possible for parents to stop and speak to the teacher/teaching assistant. Members of the Senior Leadership Team will be out the front of school to take urgent messages to be delivered to class staff later. Please ensure that you remain 2 metres away from the staff member. Reception drop off is between 9:15am – 9:30am. Please don’t be early as we will have other groups arriving before and after.

  • If your child refuses to leave you at the gate during the allotted time you will be required to take them back home with you as we will not be able to ‘assist them’ in coming into school – therefore it is essential that you ensure that you explain these new entrance arrangements to them in a way that they understand and are not frightened by them.

The school will close for all pupils with the exception of critical workers’ children on a Friday afternoon so that teachers can have their contractual PPA time and to allow for a thorough weekly clean of the school buildings and resources (this cleaning is obviously in addition to the new requirements of the daily cleaning of the school). Parents will not be allowed into the school at any time.

I have attached below the updated details about how the return for Reception Class will work. Where possible, please try to explain these to your child without causing alarm. Whilst we would like the children to wear school uniform, we will have a more relaxed approach as many of the children will have grown over the last 8 weeks and some of you may be reluctant to buy new uniform at this time.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Blakeley

Headteacher

Tuesday 2nd June - Letter to Year 1 Parents

Year 1 Parents

Dear Parents / Carers,

We are very much looking forward to welcoming back your children to school from Wednesday 3rd June. As you can appreciate there has been, and continues to be, lots of planning with things put in place to help to keep your children, yourself and our staff safe.

Remember please don’t send your child in if they are showing any of the symptoms of COVID-19 which include any of the following: high temperature; new continuous cough; or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

We have had to split the children into two groups and, because of the government guidelines, children will not be able to move from one group to another. It is imperative for everyone’s safety they stay in the same groups. Miss Pooley has been working hard to try and ensure, wherever possible, children have a least one other friend with them in their group. It will be important that you talk to your children about this and the reasons why it isn’t yet safe for us all to mix.

To minimise the amount of people entering/exiting our site

• Parents will not be able to go past the first gate where children will need to be dropped off.

• It will not be possible for parents to stop and speak to the teacher/teaching assistant. Members of the Senior Leadership Team will be out the front of school to take urgent messages to be delivered to class staff later. Please ensure that you remain 2 metres away from the staff member. Year 1 drop off is between 8:55am – 9:10am. Please don’t be early as we will have other groups arriving before and after.

• If your child refuses to leave you at the gate during the allotted time you will be required to take them back home with you as we will not be able to ‘assist them’ in coming into school – therefore it is essential that you ensure that you explain these new entrance arrangements to them in a way that they understand and are not frightened by them.

The school will close for all pupils with the exception of critical workers’ children on a Friday afternoon so that teachers can have their contractual PPA time and to allow for a thorough weekly clean of the school buildings and resources (this cleaning is obviously in addition to the new requirements of the daily cleaning of the school). Parents will not be allowed into the school at any time.

I have attached below the updated details about how the return for Year 1 will work. Where possible, please try to explain these to your child without causing alarm. Whilst we would like the children to wear school uniform, we will have a more relaxed approach as many of the children will have grown over the last 8 weeks and some of you may be reluctant to buy new uniform at this time.

Yours sincerely

Richard Blakeley


Tuesday 2nd June - Letter to Nursery Parents

Dear Parents,

We are now looking to start our next phase of reopening at Harlands for our Nursery children. There will be a few important points to note in this process, in order that we can keep all our children and staff as safe as possible.

We would aim to start this phase from Monday 8th June. According to the guidelines we need to follow we will be opening up just a few spaces, for a maximum of 16 children over the week, with 13 children in at one time.

We will be allocating these places in a priority order; key worker children, vulnerable children, school leavers and then our other children.

I will be phoning families to let you know the spaces we may have available to you in the next few days. Please don’t worry if you don’t get a phone call but you can be assured that we are very carefully considering how we can best allocate these minimal spaces.

We know that unfortunately we won’t be able to accommodate everyone at this time, or may not be able to accommodate the days / hours you require but we are sure you will appreciate that safety for all needs to be central in our plans.

Please do look at the attached document which contains more details about what it will look like for children in the nursery and take this into consideration when coming to a decision for your family.

Many thanks for your ongoing support,

Katherine Pontefract



Friday 29th May

Dear Parents / Carers

I promised to write to you following the government's announcement yesterday that we could go ahead and reopen our school to certain year groups. I can now confirm that we will go ahead and start our phased return as outlined in previous emails. Here are the 'highlights'....

Year 6

Confirmed start date Monday 1st June opening from 8:45am to 9:00am. The end of day will be 3:00pm Remember school finishes at 1:00pm on Fridays to everyone except key worker children.

Year 1

Confirmed start date Wednesday 3rd June opening from 8:55am to 9:10am. The end of day will be 2:45pm to 3:00pm Parents will not be allowed past the first gate. Remember school finishes at 1:00pm on Fridays to everyone except key worker children. I know some of you have asked question about groups and staff base these on friendship groups. Children will not be able to move between the groups.

Reception

Confirmed start date Monday 8th June opening from 9:15am to 9:30am. The end of day will be 3:05pm to 3:20pm Parents will not be allowed past the first gate. Remember school finishes at 1:00pm on Fridays to everyone except key worker children. I know some of you have asked question about groups and staff base these on friendship groups. Children will not be able to move between the groups.

Key Worker Children

These will continue at normal school times but children will be using the Year 3 & 4 entrance (right hand gate up the main path)

Nursery

This will be open for Key worker children from 1st June. We will announce more later in the week when we will have a better idea of how many places we can offer safely based on the latest government advice.

All Returners

There will be members of staff outside to help to direct you. It is worth saying that if your child refuses to leave you at the gate during the allotted time you will be required to take them back home with you as we will not be able to ‘assist them’ in coming into school – therefore it is essential that you ensure that you explain these new entrance arrangements to them in a way that they understand but are not frightened by them. Children should wear their school uniform.

Details already sent out are below for ease of reference.

School Office

The school office will remain closed to parents unless an appointment has been made. If you need to contact the office please telephone, email or use the online chat.

There will be one last assembly on Monday 1st this has been prerecorded and premiers at 10:00am on the YouTube Chanel. In the assembly along with the usual items I also share how the school will be different, to help you to talk to your children about this.

Many thanks

Richard Blakeley

Wednesday 20th May - Phased Reopening Plans

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that you are all well.

I wanted to share with you the plans that we have in place for a phased return. It is worth pointing out that school will be a very different place for all of us and you can help our children by explaining some of this to them.

No parents will be fined if you decide to keep your children off and online learning will continue in the same way it has since Easter. No work will be set or marked over the half term week for any children and teachers won't be responding to emails.

No decision has been made to officially start the return process and we don't expect a final decision to be made until Thursday 28th May. If this is postponed our phased return plans will be rolled forward.

Reception, Year 1 & Year 6

I have attached individual plans for Year Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 but thought you would want to see them all to try and understand what, as a school, we are setting out. Each cohort is phased back gradually starting with Year 6 in the first phase; Year 1 in the second phase from Wednesday 3rd and Reception Class beginning the week after (Monday 8th June). This will allow us time to adapt to the needs of the children.

We have decided to close the school to all children except key workers at 1:00pm on Fridays to allow extra time for cleaning of the school and allow staff to plan and prepare for the following week.

I realise that these plans may help you to make up your mind or may confuse even more. Some of you may wish to change what you have already sent back and that is fine. We will always try our best to accommodate your needs and will take your last entry on the form. We would like all parents in Year 1, Reception and Year 6, who haven’t already done so (or may wish to change their entry), to complete this form by Thursday 21st May midday to allow us time to plan.

Reception

I am sure you will join with me in congratulating Mr and Mrs Pontefract on the exciting news that they are expecting a second child later this year. For that reason, Mrs Pontefract will continue to work from home providing online learning and tapestry support.

Ducklings Nursery

We still haven't had the guidance promised from the government about the mixing of groups of children. We expect that we will have to limit numbers and prioritise Key Workers and school leavers. Therefore at this stage we only feel that we can open the Nursery to Key Worker children from 1st June. We believe that is about 6 children. When we have more information about what spaces we can safely offer we will be in touch.

Key Workers

We are aware that there may be changes to Key Workers eligibility. We are asking all school and nursery parents who are existing keyworkers or newly eligible to please fill out the attached form to access a place from June 1st. On the 1st of June drop off for Key Worker children in Years 2,3,4,5 will be at the year 3/4 entrance gate to the right of the main path. Nursery Key worker children will need to enter the school via the Nursery side gate accessed through the staff car park.

Drop off and pick up

When dropping off and picking up your child you will need to follow the social distancing guidelines marked out at the various pick up points. Pickups should be limited to one parent to avoid unnecessary contact wherever possible. Please be quick to vacate the area to avoid any congestion.

School Office

Office staff will now be back in but please don't come to the office without making an appointment first. If you wish to speak with the office or pass on a message please phone, email or use the online chat.

I realise there is a lot of information here and if you would like to talk further please contact the school office via telephone, email or online chat.

I hope that you all can have some enjoyable time as a family over the half term.

Wednesday 20th May

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that you are all well.

I wanted to share with you the plans that we have in place for a phased return. It is worth pointing out that school will be a very different place for all of us and you can help our children by explaining some of this to them.

No parents will be fined if you decide to keep your children off and online learning will continue in the same way it has since Easter. No work will be set or marked over the half term week for any children and teachers won't be responding to emails.

No decision has been made to officially start the return process and we don't expect a final decision to be made until Thursday 28th May. If this is postponed our phased return plans will be rolled forward.

Reception, Year 1 & Year 6

I have attached individual plans for Year Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 but thought you would want to see them all to try and understand what, as a school, we are setting out. Each cohort is phased back gradually starting with Year 6 in the first phase; Year 1 in the second phase from Wednesday 3rd and Reception Class beginning the week after (Monday 8th June). This will allow us time to adapt to the needs of the children.

We have decided to close the school to all children except key workers at 1:00pm on Fridays to allow extra time for cleaning of the school and allow staff to plan and prepare for the following week.

I realise that these plans may help you to make up your mind or may confuse even more. Some of you may wish to change what you have already sent back and that is fine. We will always try our best to accommodate your needs and will take your last entry on the form. We would like all parents in Year 1, Reception and Year 6, who haven’t already done so (or may wish to change their entry), to complete this form by Thursday 21st May midday to allow us time to plan.

Reception

I am sure you will join with me in congratulating Mr and Mrs Pontefract on the exciting news that they are expecting a second child later this year. For that reason, Mrs Pontefract will continue to work from home providing online learning and tapestry support.

Ducklings Nursery

We still haven't had the guidance promised from the government about the mixing of groups of children. We expect that we will have to limit numbers and prioritise Key Workers and school leavers. Therefore at this stage we only feel that we can open the Nursery to Key Worker children from 1st June. We believe that is about 6 children. When we have more information about what spaces we can safely offer we will be in touch.

Key Workers

We are aware that there may be changes to Key Workers eligibility. We are asking all school and nursery parents who are existing keyworkers or newly eligible to please fill out the attached form to access a place from June 1st. On the 1st of June drop off for Key Worker children in Years 2,3,4,5 will be at the year 3/4 entrance gate to the right of the main path. Nursery Key worker children will need to enter the school via the Nursery side gate accessed through the staff car park.

Drop off and pick up

When dropping off and picking up your child you will need to follow the social distancing guidelines marked out at the various pick up points. Pickups should be limited to one parent to avoid unnecessary contact wherever possible. Please be quick to vacate the area to avoid any congestion.

School Office

Office staff will now be back in but please don't come to the office without making an appointment first. If you wish to speak with the office or pass on a message please phone, email or use the online chat.

I realise there is a lot of information here and if you would like to talk further please contact the school office via telephone, email or online chat.

I hope that you all can have some enjoyable time as a family over the half term.


Richard Blakeley

Friday 15th May

Parents / Carers,

This week has been the most testing for us at the school so far. Following the announcement on Sunday evening we set about planning for children to return to school. Monday evening we received further information and as a consequence had to change and develop our plans further. I was hoping that we would be able to share these with you today however, last night we received further guidance on how schools should plan to reopen. We are still awaiting the government's specific plans and guidance for early years which are as yet to be published. Therefore, I don't feel able to share our plans with you until these have been aligned with age related guidance. That said, we have taken the decision to close the school completely to all children including key worker children during the May half term week from Monday 25th May until Friday 29th May.

Guidance we have received to date is linked below in case you are interested or concerned. The guidance outlines the approaches that we will be implementing.

Monday 11th May - Actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening on 1st June

Monday 11th May - What parents and carers need to know about schools colleges and other educational settings.

Monday 11th May - Opening schools and educational settings for more pupils from the 1st June

Tuesday 12th May - Implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings

Thursday 14th May - Planning Guide for Primary Schools

Most of you will be wondering if the school is safe to start sending children back. I do not have the scientific knowledge to answer this question and therefore have to rely on the knowledge of others who are providing us with advice. What I can tell you, is that as far as I am aware no one in our school community (staff or children) have tested positive for the coronavirus. Some families and staff have been tested but all have come back negative.

From the 1st of June we will start a phased return of the key year groups outlined in the advice above (Year 6, Year 1 & Reception and some of the Nursery) This phased return will be over the first two weeks to allow us time to prepare, adapt and revise plans in order that we can do our best to keep children safe. We are at this time of writing unable to give you an official start date but hope to be able to share this with you next Tuesday / Wednesday.


Phased return of Year 1, Year 6 and Reception Class

I know that there will be some of you in those year groups that will be pleased and want your children to come back asap. We are being advised to encourage all eligible pupils to attend; however, there will also be some of you who will make the decision to keep your child at home. We have confirmation that no parent will be fined if you decide to keep your child at home. We will do our best to keep up the online learning for these year groups as, for some of you, you will be wanting to continue to shield your own family and we want to be able to continue to support you in this. So that we have an idea of how many children are likely to return I would ask that all parents of children in Year 1, Year Reception and Year 6 complete this online form for each child. This will help us to organise staffing, rooms and provision. School will obviously be very different to how your children left it.


Phased return of Ducklings Nursery

We are working through the advice for this cohort and we are waiting for confirmation as to whether different children can attend on different days. It is more likely that we will only be able to offer places to some of the children. We believe that we will need to limit the number of children we allow back and if this is the case we will prioritise the school leaver children.


For all other Year Groups Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 & Year 5

Work for these year groups will continue online as before.


Key Worker Children Next Week

We will be continuing with Key Worker provision to book for next week please fill out this form for each child.


Key Worker Children

When the phased return begins children whose classes are back in school will be taught in their classrooms and you will have filled out this form above for each child. We are aware that there may be an increase in key workers as more people return to work so if your child is in Nursery, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4 or Year 5 please fill out this form for each child. As before, this cover is only for Key Worker children where no other option for childcare is available. The best advice to stay safe is to stay at home.


Monday Assembly

The next assembly is on Monday 18th May at 10:00am. At this assembly I will share some of the learning from last week, share messages and share the Harlands Heart Challenge


Online Chat

Staff will be available next week if you or your child want to chat through any learning or just to say hello.


Share your learning

We are really enjoying seeing all of the things that you have been up to at home. To share them with us please send them to share@harlandsprimary.org or see further details or use the hashtag #harlandsathome. Any work sent to this email address will also be shared on our social media which includes, twitter, facebook, youtube & instagram.


Finally

I am sure that you are able to work out that any plans for this phased return will no doubt have to be flexible and may need to change at short notice based on how we are managing to keep children safe. We will provide more information in the coming days about the practicalities and the start dates for the different cohorts.

Thank you as always for your continued understanding.

Richard Blakeley

Thursday 7th May

Parents / Carers,

I hope that you are all well and looking after each other. We have had great fun in the Blakeley household coming up with and testing out next week's challenge which was inspired by Mrs Barker and I can't wait to share it with you on Monday.


Work for next week Nursery, Reception, Year 1 & Year 2

This will be published on the school website ready for Monday 11th May.

Ducklings

The Ducklings staff wanted to pass on her thanks to all the parents who have engaged with Tapestry and have been busy uploading all of the children's achievements. If you haven't activated and started yet you should have received an email with a link in it. Please get in touch if you have any issues at all.

Work for Year 3, 4, 5 & 6

Work continues to be shared via Google Classrooms, teachers are working extremely hard to plan, produce and provide feedback. It is difficult to know if your child is struggling from a distance so please be in touch if you need some guidance. Notifications for work should now have been fixed.

Key Workers Booking From Monday 11th May

To book a school place for your child please can you fill out the following form. This will help us plan cover. Apologies, but, please fill this out for each individual child. As before, this cover is only for Key Worker children where no other option for childcare is available. The best advice to stay safe is to stay at home.

Monday Assembly

The next assembly is on Monday 11th May at 10:00am. At this assembly I will share some of the learning from last week, share messages and set next week's challenge.

Online Chat

This won't be available tomorrow as the school is closed for the bank holiday. Staff will be available next week if you or your child want to chat through any learning or just to say hello.. There are always two staff members available to help during school hours.

Share your learning

We are really enjoying seeing all of the things that you have been up to at home. To share them with us please send them to share@harlandsprimary.org or see further details or use the hashtag #harlandsathome. Any work sent to this email address will also be shared on our social media which includes, twitter, facebook, youtube & instagram.

Finally

I am sure that you are all waiting for the announcements on Sunday regarding easing of the lockdown restrictions and what this may entail for schools....and I will obviously keep you updated on the situation at Harlands.


In the meantime I hope you enjoy the sunny weather and the Bank Holiday weekend - stay safe!


Many thanks

Richard Blakeley

Friday 1st May

Week 6 - Friday 1st May


Parents / Carers,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the brilliant staff at Harlands who are continuing to work incredibly hard during this difficult time to ensure the school continues to run, work is planned and supported and the school is open to Key Worker children. Many of our staff are also trying to juggle homeschooling with their own children too, which, let me reassure you, is much harder than teaching other people's children.

I would also like to thank all the Harlands families for their supportive comments and gestures during the last few weeks. It has been really appreciated by all the staff.

Key Workers - Cover for Weeks Beginning 11th & 18th May

To book a school place for your child please can you fill out the following form. This will help us plan cover. Apologies, but, please fill this out for each individual child. As before, this cover is only for Key Worker children where no other option for childcare is available. The best advice to stay safe is to stay at home.

Work for next week Nursery, Reception, Year 1 & Year 2

This will be published on the school website ready for Monday 4th May.

Reception Class

Thank you to all the parents who have engaged with Tapestry and have been busy uploading all of the children's achievements. If you haven't activated and started yet you should have received an email with a link in it. Please get in touch if you have any issues at all.

Ducklings Nursery

Thank you to all the parents who have filled out the online permission forms for using Tapestry. We hope that we will have all responses back in today and can then start to send you out login details.

Year 3, 4, 5 & 6

Thank you to all the parents who have provided us with feedback on Google Classrooms. What is clear is that some children / parents love the structure whilst others don't. My advice to you all is if the structure works for you use it, if it doesn't don't

The most important thing to remember is that you and your family take each day as it comes and that if there are days when it is a real struggle and children are finding it really hard to engage with their learning, make sure you stop doing the school work and all do something fun instead.

Online Safety

The government have updated information for parents and carers to include a section on keeping children safe online. It provides links to online resources that will help support parents and carers in keeping their children safe online. Full details can be found in section 6.3 of the guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings: Best advice is to keep an eye on what your children are viewing online and who they are communicating with.

Monday Assembly

The next assembly is on Monday 4th May at 10:00am. At this assembly I will share some of the learning from last week. It has been great to see so many responses to the Photo Challenge this week. We will also try and share some of the other things that you have been doing at home, share messages and set the next week’s challenge. To connect to the youtube channel please click here.

Online Chat

Staff will be available next week if you or your child want to chat through any learning or just to say hello. There are always two staff members available to help during school hours.

Share your learning

We love seeing all of the things that you have been up to at home. To share them with us please send them to share@harlandsprimary.org or see further details or use the hashtag #harlandsathome. Any work sent to this email address will also be shared on our social media which includes, twitter, facebook, youtube & instagram.

Photo Challenge

This is coming together nicely and there is still a chance to join in. Don't worry about the coloured background as it is working out easier to add filters ourselves. If we could have any photos by the end of Saturday then we will be able to add them to the banner. If they don't we can share them on the website but won't be able to include them in the banner. Please send photos to share@harlandsprimary.org Here is a small preview, the actual banner will be 3 meters long and will have words expressing gratitude from all in the Harlands community.

Finally

The most important thing to remember is that we all need to get through this very unusual and challenging time together. I completely understand that you as parents could be juggling full time jobs and teaching your children. You could be managing learning for more than one child in different year groups and reassuring them on the current situation.

These strange and uncertain times can take their toll on the best of days and just managing to get through one day without the family having battles is a huge achievement (Not sure we have managed it yet in our house). I do not want to add to your stress levels and want to let you know that we are here to help and support you all.

I would like to say how amazing you all are and how proud we are of everything you and your children are achieving at this time.


Many thanks

Richard Blakeley

Friday 24th April

Parents / Carers,


This week has been a steep learning curve for all of us. We have all shown great resilience in adapting to a new way of working. We are constantly learning and relearning in the Blakeley household how to be patient with each other, how to share our devices and how to say sorry.


I think you have all been fantastic and therefore please see the attached certificate for you and your child to display in your windows just next to your rainbows.


Work for next week Nursery, Reception, Year 1 & Year 2

This will be published on the school website ready for Monday 27th April.


Reception Class

Mrs Pontefract wanted to pass on her thanks to all the parents who have engaged with Tapestry and have been busy uploading all of the children's achievements. If you haven't activated and started yet you should have received an email with a link in it. Please get in touch if you have any issues at all.


Year 3, 4, 5 & 6

Massive congratulations to all the parents, children (and teachers) for getting to grips with google classroom. It has been a massive uphill slope this week trying to ensure that children engage. You have all been brilliant. Just a few notes to consider. Some days staff won't be available as they will be in school. Staff also won't be available after school hours although I appreciate if you are sharing devices children may need to work at different hours. If you require help at all the best way is through the online chat. We have noticed that not all children have been getting notifications when work is commented on. I think we have fixed that now.


Key Workers

To book a school place for your child please can you fill out the following form. This will help us plan cover. Apologies, but, please fill this out for each individual child. As before, this cover is only for Key Worker children where no other option for childcare is available. The best advice to stay safe is to stay at home.


Monday Assembly

The next assembly is on Monday 27th April at 10:00am. At this assembly I will share some of the learning from last week. Great responses to the Egg Challenge this week. We will also try and share some of the other things that you been doing at home, share messages and set the next week’s challenge. To connect to the youtube channel please click here.


Online Chat

Staff will be available next week if you or your child want to chat through any learning or just to say hello.. There are always two staff members available to help during school hours.


Share your learning

We are really enjoying seeing all of the things that you have been up to at home. To share them with us please send them to share@harlandsprimary.org or see further details or use the hashtag #harlandsathome. Any work sent to this email address will also be shared on our social media which includes, twitter, facebook, youtube & instagram.


Finally

I appreciate that for all our children this is a completely different way of learning and it is difficult to be away from their friends and the social interactions in school whilst being largely confined to their home and garden. So aside from the online learning they can undertake they can help around the home, with cooking, gardening or just using their imagination to find things to do to amuse themselves.


Please remember as you continue with your home learning that the children will probably not remember what work they have done for ever… they will remember, forever, how it made them feel and what the ‘vibe’ was like in their house during this unusual time.


Many thanks

Richard Blakeley

Friday 17th April

Parents / Carers,


If, like me, you have tried to have a break from homeschooling over the last two weeks, I'm sure you will be ready for some more structure in helping your children as we start term 5 on Monday. I would like to extend a special welcome to the new family that is joining Harlands school this term with children in Year 2 and Reception.


Work after Easter for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 & Year 2

This will be published ready for Monday 20th April.


Work after Easter for Year 3, 4, 5 & 6

Teachers will be using google classroom after Easter and will be setting work there for your children to complete. All usernames and passwords have been sent out so if you haven't received yours or you ever need an password reset please email password@harlandsprimary.org If you require a paper pack please contact the office and we will see what we can arrange.


Key Workers after Easter

To book a school place for your child after Easter (From Monday 20th April) please can you fill out the following form. This will help us plan cover. Apologies, but, please fill this out for each individual child. As before, this cover is only for Key Worker children where no other option for childcare is available. The best advice to stay safe is to stay at home.


Monday Assembly

I will continue to make this a regular time feature Monday at 10:00am. The next assembly is on Monday 20th April at 10:00am. At this assembly I will share some of the learning from last week that you have been doing at home, share messages and set the next week’s challenge. To connect to the youtube channel please click here.


Online Chat

Staff will be available next week if you or your child want to chat through any learning or just to say hello.. There are always two staff members available to help during school hours.


Share your learning

We are really enjoying seeing all of the things that you have been up to at home. To share them with us please send them to share@harlandsprimary.org or see further details or use the hashtag #harlandsathome. Any work sent to this email address will also be shared on our social media which includes, twitter, facebook, youtube & instagram.


Reception Class

Thank you to all the parents who have signed the consent to allow us to share Tapestry with you. This will be a great way in which parents can also upload and share learning for teachers to view. If you haven't completed this yet then please use the following link.


Finally, if you need help with anything at all please don't hesitate to pick up the phone, email or use the online chat so that we can work together to help and support each other.


Many thanks

Richard Blakeley

Friday 10th April 2020

Parents / Carers,

I hope that you all continue to be in good health during this time of uncertainty. It feels strange to email you in the holidays, however, there are things that I will need to consider such as staffing levels after Easter to ensure we have the necessary cover in place.


Key Workers after Easter

To book a school place for your child after Easter (From Monday 20th April) please can you fill out the following form. This will help us plan cover. Apologies but, please fill this out for each individual child. As before this cover is only for Key Worker children where no other option for childcare is available. The best advice to stay safe is to stay at home.


Monday Assembly

I will continue to make this a regular time feature Monday at 10:00am. The next assembly is on Monday 13th April at 10:00am. At this assembly I will share some of the learning from last week that you have been doing at home, share messages and set the next week’s challenge. To connect to the youtube channel please click here.


Online Chat

Staff will not be available on Easter Monday but will be back on Tuesday 14th April. If you or your child would like to chat with any teacher during the closure please use the online chat facility on the school website. There are always two staff members available to help during school hours.


Share your learning

We are really enjoying seeing all of the things that you have been up to at home. To share them with us please send them to share@harlandsprimary.org or see further details or use the hashtag #harlandsathome. Any work sent to this email address will also be shared on our social media which includes, twitter, facebook, youtube & instagram.


Free School Meals

These are only for children who have been means tested and don't include all the children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 as part of the universal free school meals program. I believe the first set of these vouchers have already been received.


Work after Easter for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 & Year 2

Work and ideas you can do at home will continue to be posted to the website. This will be published ready for Monday 27th April. You can send in work in the usual way as outlined above.


Work after Easter for Year 3 & 4

Teachers will be using google classroom after Easter and will be setting work there for your children to complete. The benefit of this is that work can be submitted via the classroom and teachers can comment and help you on work produced. Accounts have now been set up so if you haven't recieved details about this for your child please contact me. As a safety feature children are only allowed to email other people in school and emails won't come through from the wider world. It would be helpful if you could explain to the children some things to help to keep them safe. A link to school rules can be found here.


Work after Easter for Year 5 & 6

Teachers will be using google classroom after Easter and teachers will be setting work there for you to complete. The benefit of this is that work can be submitted via the classroom and teachers can comment and help you on work produced. This can be found through logging onto your school emails and then in the top right hand corner where the 9 boxes are click on Classroom. Or click the following link. If you need your password resetting don't worry just email us on password@harlandsprimary.org and we will reset this for you.


I am immensely proud of all the child, parents and staff for the way in which you have all approached and coped with the last few weeks. We are all learning new things and are all having to adapt to a new ways of working. If you require any help, please don't hesitate to be in touch. Please be assured that we are thinking of you all, our wonderful Harlands children and their families and wishing you all the best.

Many thanks

Richard Blakeley

Friday 3rd April

Week 2 - Friday 3rd April


Parents / Carers,


So we have made it to the Easter Holidays. I'm guessing you would all like to know about how you can get into teaching? Just let us know and I can point you in the right direction. The school will remain open every day over Easter if parents of key workers need us. During the Easter holidays please don't worry about the learning. Instead try to enjoy your time together with your family. One of the things that my family has enjoyed doing is #Hometasking every couple of days children are sent a new challenge that they can complete at home.


Work after Easter


Work after Easter for Nursery, Reception, Year 1 & Year 2

Work and ideas you can do at home will continue to be posted to the website. This will be published ready for Monday 27th April. You can send in work in the usual way as outlined below.


Work after Easter for Year 5 & 6

Teachers will be using google classroom after Easter and teachers will be setting work on here for you to complete. The benefit of this is that work can be submitted via the classroom and teachers can comment and help you on work produced. This can be found through logging onto your school emails and then in the top right hand corner where the 9 boxes are click on Classroom. Or click the following link. If you need your password resetting don't worry just email us on password@harlandsprimary.org and we will reset this for you.



Work after Easter for Year 3 & 4

Teachers will be using google classroom after Easter and teachers will be setting work on here for you to complete. The benefit of this is that work can be submitted via the classroom and teachers can comment and help you on work produced. As you don't have accounts yet we would ask parents to talk to children about using this safely. A link to school rules can be found here. Next week I will send out emails to parents with details of pupil logins and how to access this.



Online Safety

The government have updated information for parents and carers to include a section on keeping children safe online. It provides links to online resources that will help support parents and carers in keeping their children safe online.

Full details can be found in section 6.3 of the guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings:



Online Chat

If you or your child would like to chat with any teacher during the closure please use the online chat facility on the school website. There are always two staff members available to help during school hours.


Share your learning

We are really enjoying seeing all of the things that you have been up to at home. To share them with us please send them to share@harlandsprimary.org or see further details or use the hashtag #harlandsathome Any work sent to this email address will also be shared on our social media which includes, twitter, facebook, youtube & instagram.


Key Workers

So we have had around 10 children of key workers in school this week most days and staff are working on a rota to ensure that we have provision in place for the next four weeks to continue this support. If your circumstances change and your shifts increase please get in touch.


Free School Meals

If your child usually receives free school meals you should have had an email now with some voucher codes that you can use at many different supermarkets. Please let me if you haven't received them and you think you should have.


Monday Assembly

Thank you for the comments from last weeks assembly. I will try to make this a regular time every Monday at 10:00am. You can tune in on Monday 6th April at 10:00am just after your workout with Jo! At this assembly I will share some of the learning from last week that you have been doing at home. To connect to the youtube channel please click here.

Book Reviews

We have been thinking about how we can encourage children to continue to read so if you have read a book and can write a review of that book we can share that with others as well.

Please see an example of a key stage 1 template and a key stage 2 template or, why not create your own.


Many thanks

Richard Blakeley

Friday 27th March

Dear Parents / Carers,


What a strange week!


Firstly, can I just say a huge thank you to all the parents who have sent in such supportive comments for all that the school has been able to provide.


Secondly, How are you all doing? I know that this week you have all joined the staff team at Harlands and as I'm sure some of you are finding teaching isn't for everyone. I certainly know from experience it's far easier teaching other children than it is teaching your own!


Highlights of the week

Parents have been getting in touch to say how much they are enjoying their morning PE session with Joe Wicks and the daily story by David Walliams. Let us know what you have found helpful and we can pass it on to others. We are also continually updating our school website with new resources. We are also using our social media to share this as well.


Online Chat

If you or your child would like to chat with any teacher during the closure please use the online chat facility on the school website. There are always two staff members available to help during school hours.


Share your learning

We are really enjoying seeing all of the things that you have been up to at home. To share them with us please send them to share@harlandsprimary.org or see further details or use the hashtag #harlandsathome


Key Workers

So we have had around 10 children of key workers in school this week most days and staff are working on a rota to ensure that we have provision in place for the next four weeks to continue this support. If your circumstances change and your shifts increase please get in touch.


Monday Assembly

So it's been a week of firsts and on Monday I plan to deliver our first virtual assembly via youtube. You can tune in on Monday at 10:00am just after your workout with Jo. At this assembly I will share some of the learning from last week that you have been doing at home. To connect to the youtube channel please click here.


Book Reviews

We have been thinking about how we can encourage children to continue to read so if you have read a book and can write a review of that book we can share that with others as well. Please see an example of a key stage 1 template and a key stage 2 template or, why not create your own.


Many thanks

Richard Blakeley

Sunday 22nd March - Message for Key Workers who have no other option but to use school

Dear Parents / Carers


You are receiving this email because you have signup up your child for childcare at some point in the next four weeks. Please remember to minimise the risk to everyone I stress again to only use this service if you have no other option.


Check in

When coming into school please use the main entrance and your child will be signed in. All children will be required to wash their hands on arrival and regularly throughout the day. We will first confirm with you that you have no other option but to send your child.

We will need to check with you when you arrive the following as your child will be cared for by different staff to usual.

  1. Emergency Contact details

  2. Allergies

  3. Medical details (Including any medicine)

  4. Details of who will pick up your child.at the end of the day


What do bring

Much of what we plan to do in school next week will be practical, messy, creative (some outdoor) type activities. Children will therefore not be required to wear school uniform and can wear clothes that are comfortable. They should also wear trainers or similar and have with them warm waterproof clothes. It would also be helpful if they could bring in some wellies.


Lunches

Children who usually receive free school meals (Including all of Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children) will be provided with a packed lunch every day. If you are not in this category and require a school lunch please order this in the usual way. Alternatively you can bring in your own packed lunch.


Illness

If your child becomes ill whilst in school we will isolate them from the other children and call you immediately. Please be as quick as you can to pick up your child (and any siblings) as we are working with minimum staffing levels and wish to reduce the risk of infection to other children and staff. Following the national guidelines, then all family members will need to self isolate for 14 days.



Changes

If your circumstances change and you need to work more and want to change your initial request please don't hesitate to email the office and we will do our best to accommodate you. If you no longer require anything you have booked it would also be helpful if you could email us.


Communication

Please direct all communication through the school office via email or telephone. We will communicate future updates through email should the situation change.


Thank you as ever for your continued support and understanding.

Richard Blakeley

Friday 20th PM - Details about Closure, Medication, Work and Communication

Dear Parents / Carers,


Thank you again for your understanding and patience at this incredibly difficult time. For all of the latest news and advice please see the school website which we will keep up to date throughout. www.harlandsprimary.org


Work for the children

Staff have been working really hard on work for the children which will go live on the website on Monday morning. This work is designed to keep the children engaged up until Monday 20th April.

As your children complete their learning we what to hear about it. Send us in pictures, videos any examples of work and we will share them on our website and media platforms to inspire others.

We are currently looking into other more streamlined ways in which children and parents can contact us for advice and help. More details about this will follow.


Medicines

If you have medicines like inhalers which we hold at school and they would be useful to you as parents at home please email the school to arrange pickup.


Changes to your situation

If your situation changes and you are suddenly called up to work and require a change in childcare arrangements please don't hesitate to be in touch via email and we will see what we can accommodate.


And finally

With thanks to the many of you that have shown our school your unrelenting support both personally to me and publicly on social media.. Your positive communication at such an extraordinary time means an enormous amount to us all at Harlands.


Take care

Richard Blakeley

Friday 20th Morning - Information about Key Worker Support

Dear Parents / Carers


Thank you very much for your support and kind words from so many of you at this difficult time.


The Government early this morning produced a list of 'Key Workers' which can be found here. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision


I have updated the first form we sent out on Wednesday which can be found here. https://forms.gle/bXb917C2xyHS5bfc7 If you have already filled it out this doesn't need to be done again.


A reminder that this should only be used if it is essential and that all other childcare options have been explored. I have a duty to protect my own staff as well as their families. Remember the purpose of closing schools in the first place is limit contact with others and therefore minimise the chance of infection.


Please also fill out the second form for each child to indicate which days you will need provision in line with your working pattern. https://forms.gle/68TU3usk6CtK4MBp7


I realise that things will probably change and you may be drafted into work so if they do just email us at the school office.


Thank you again for your support.


Richard Blakeley

Headteacher

Thursday 19th - How to Talk to Your Children about COVID-19

How to Talk to Children about COVID-19 Sam Cartwright-Hatton, Professor of Clinical Child Psychology.

Abby Dunn, Research Fellow. University of Sussex, and Sussex Partnership NHS Trust.


It’s a worrying time, isn’t it? At the Flourishing Families Clinic, we spend all our time thinking about how parents can raise happy, confident children, when they themselves are anxious. At the moment, you don’t have to be a particularly anxious person to be feeling worried and upset. So, what have we learned about keeping children on an even keel, when you yourself are not? Here are some tips that we think might help in the current situation. We are using themselves with our own children.


Should I talk to my children about this…?

Yes, DO talk about it. It is tempting to try to shield children from knowing about frightening things. But, chances are they’ve heard it about it school, or even nursery. And, in all likelihood, they will have heard things that have scared them. They’ve also probably heard things that are just plain wrong – rumours and myths do seem to flourish in playgrounds. So, DO answer any questions that your children ask. And if they don’t ask any questions, try starting a conversation with them: “Have you heard anything about this new bug that is going round?”. Keep your tone casual and light. Try to keep the worry out of your voice and out of your face.


What do I say…?

Start by finding out what they know. And by this, we mean, what they think they know… Ask open questions such as “What are the kids at school saying? What do you think about it?” If they’re carrying round any weird ideas (“Mr Smith the PE teacher has got it, and if you go near him YOU WILL DIE”), you can then set them straight!


How much detail do I go into…?

The general and not very helpful advice that we always give to parents is to give just enough, but not too much. By this, we mean, listen to your child and just answer the question they are asking. If your six year old has asked how you catch COVID-19, they don’t need an undergraduate-level seminar in virology. Just a few words about germs getting on our fingers and into our mouths. And if they asked about how you catch it, you don’t need to start telling them about fatality rates – save that for if/when they ask. Which brings us to our next question…


How honest should I be…?

If your child asks a straightforward question about the risk of dying, do answer it. If you fudge the issue, they will make up an answer themselves and chances are it will be worse than the truth. But, again, read your child a bit, and try to give just what they need to know. So, a seven year old doesn’t need to know chapter-and-verse on percentage estimates. A teenager may want detailed information and benefit from a discussion of it. But, for a younger child, a simple “most people will be just fine, but some people get very poorly and need to go to hospital and sadly, some people will die.”


How much reassurance should I give…?

Give plenty of reassurance. In particular, make it very clear that children and teenagers are extremely unlikely to get very ill – a cough or a sore throat at worst. At time of writing, we don’t believe that any child under 10 has died anywhere in the world. If you, yourself, are youngish and reasonable healthy, you can also give some assurance that you are also very unlikely to get seriously ill. However, be wary of giving absolute guarantees. For instance, it is very tempting to say “Oh Granny and Grandpa will be fine, I promise!” The chances are that they will be fine, but if they are not, then it might be difficult for your child to trust your assurances in future.


Let your kids see you in control

Let your children see that you are taking steps to control the situation – feeling that your parents know what they are doing is very reassuring. So, maybe you can take everyone’s temperature if the morning, and remind everyone to wash their hands lots. But, try to do these things calmly – giving an air that it’s all under control, rather than a vibe that you are panicking! Even better, let your kids get involved in preparations. Maybe they can take their own temperature, or disinfect a few doorknobs. This will help them feel in control too.


Is there anything I shouldn’t tell my kids…?

In general, we say that honesty is the best policy – if a child asks a question, it is best to answer it, even if you do so quite simply. However, we do advise that you keep young children (up to the age of about 10) away from all sources of news. We say this all the time – not just when there is a scary story in the news. Children just don’t need that level of information. They can’t put it into context, and they definitely don’t need some of the scare stories that are out there. Turn off the TV and radio when the news comes on, or when people start talking about the coronavirus. Don’t leave newspapers lying around. After about the age of 10 (you know your own child best) we usually say it’s OK to see a little careful news – CBBC Newsround is good for taking a calm, child-centred approach. But, watch it with them, and be ready to discuss anything that it brings up. If your child uses the internet, be aware that there are a lot of horrible, scary stories out there. You have probably got quite good at filtering out the most ridiculous bits, but they haven’t learnt how to do that yet. Keep a close eye on what they are viewing.


How do I help my kids deal with the big life changes…?

If there are going to big life changes, explain these to kids, again keeping a calm and practical tone of voice. So, if Granny has decided to self-quarantine for a few months, do tell your child this and explain why. Explain that it is a good thing that Granny is doing to this to look after herself. Explain that you will chat to Granny lots on the phone and Skype. If you can, get your children on board with any changes that are happening in your family. So, for example, one of us (SCH) has explained the need to reduce social contact to her 10- year old, and then asked her to think of ways that she could reduce her social contact. She suggested cutting circus skills this week, and then trampolining next week. In all probability, both will have been cancelled within days, but if not, she ‘owns’ this decision. This will hopefully mean less moaning about not being able to go, and a gives her a small feeling of control over the situation.

At Flourishing Families, we are always looking for opportunities for ‘emotion coaching’. These are times when a child experiences a strong emotion, such as anger and fear. It is only through experiencing these feelings that children can learn to deal with them – with our help. So, one of us (AD) has been using her child’s upset at a cancelled Easter holiday to help her daughter talk about, understand, and tolerate frustration and disappointment.


What if we get locked down…?

Children will react to a lockdown in different ways. Some will see it as an adventure, and if so, go with that! Others will take it as a sign of impending doom and will need more reassurance. If your child takes it badly, to try to keep the daily routine going as much as possible – same time to get up, same to go to bed. Do a bit of schoolwork if you like. But, spot the opportunity here - use it as a real chance to re-connect as a family. We are all so busy usually – most children say that they don’t get enough time with their parents. Well, here’s your chance! Play silly games, watch films together, read to them. Encourage them to take control and find ways of making new types of fun – can you play Monopoly over Skype…? Who knows – give it a go! Have fun and try to find the silver lining – if you can do that in a situation like this, you are teaching your children a truly wonderful lesson.

Children need a lot of exercise. If they don’t get enough, they can get antsy and stressed and badly behaved. This might be difficult to arrange in a lockdown. Get them out in the garden if you have one – kick a ball around, bounce on the trampoline, do cartwheels. If not, see if you can find some fun dance videos online and do them together in the sitting room.

Children need a lot of play. They really do NEED it. If you’ve got more than one child and they play well together, great. If you haven’t, then you may need to get stuck in yourself. Playing with kids can be unbelievably dull, but dive in and try to do it. They really, really need it! With older kids, you might be able to arrange some Skype playdates.


What if I am feeling really anxious…?

Many of us are feeling quite anxious at the moment. But what if you are really struggling? The first advice is talk, talk, talk. Call a friend, Skype your sister, talk to your partner. But, try to make sure that your children do not overhear these conversations. Little ears are surprisingly good at hearing things (when they want to…) so if you are having a big worry session, make absolutely sure no children can overhear.

When we feel anxious, it is very easy to become over-protective, and this is quite bad for kids. The problem is, at the moment, we are all having to be quite protective about things – keeping clean, social contact, staying healthy. Make a big effort to stop this protectiveness from spilling over into other areas of your child’s life. It’s still OK to swing upside-down from the climbing frame if that’s what they normally do. It’s still OK to be out of sight for a few minutes, if that’s what they normally do. In other words, try to be the same parent you would usually be.

If you find talking to your kids about the coronavirus too upsetting, it’s OK – delegate to someone else. Get your partner to do it, or your friend – anyone who you can trust to talk calm good sense.


What if my child is very anxious…?

If your child is really struggling, here are some extra things that you can do.

  • Whenever there is something scary in the news, we tell parents and children to ‘look for the helpers’. So, rather than focusing on the virus, focus on the nurses and doctors who are working really hard to help people get better. Look at the scientists who are working really hard to come up with a cure. Look at the cleaners who are working really hard to keep everywhere clean and germ-free. Everyone is working together to try to sort this problem out.

  • Reassure them (and yourself) that is OK to feel worried. We all feel worried at times – it’s a normal human emotion. But if it really does get too much and you feel as if they are constantly worrying and looking for reassurance, you could try ‘worry time’. This is a technique that we use with kids who are real worriers. It’s where the parent and the child agree a time each day that will be ‘worry time’. Say, 5pm, just before dinner. Then, for 20-30 minutes, sit down with your child and let them worry to their heart’s content. Your job is mostly to listen. If there is a worry that you can easily resolve, do so. But, mostly listen and be sympathetic. Then outside of that time, when your child starts worrying, gently ask them to save the worry to ‘worry time’. It can be a good way of getting children to start feeling a bit of control over their worries.

  • Do something positive to help the situation. Helping other people is a really good way of dealing with a bad situation. It releases feel-good chemicals in our brain and makes us feel more in control. So, with your child, think of what you can do to help other people. Could you make a small donation to the local foodbank (most take cash online, if your own supplies are running low)? Can you phone an elderly neighbour and offer to get shopping for them? Do ask your child if they have any ideas.

  • Do some meditation or relaxation exercises. There are tons of these on the internet. Find something aimed at children and then do it together.

  • Do something fun! Fun is a great distraction – play a game, bounce on the trampoline, bake a cake. Whatever floats your child’s boat.


Finally, if you have read this, you are clearly a good parent. You are making your child’s wellbeing a priority at this difficult time. Remember, when they have caring parents, children are incredibly resilient. They will be fine!

Wednesday 18th March 2020

Harlands School, Nursery & Breakfast Club will close from Friday 20th March until further notice.

We are required to offer childcare for essential key workers.

For us to be able to establish the necessary staffing please complete the form using this link. A list of Key Workers will be clarified by the Government on Thursday 19th

Work for children will be provided on the school website from Monday morning.

Tuesday 17th - Update

Dear Parents

As you are now all aware the guidance for households with possible Coronavirus infection has been updated since yesterday - and I would ask you to follow the advice on the Government website https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

COVID-19: stay at home guidance - GOV.UK

This advice is for people with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), including those with a diagnosis of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, who must remain at home until they are well ...

www.gov.uk

I will endeavour to keep you informed of any changes here but would suggest you refer to the latest advice from the Government during these challenging times.

With continued thanks for your understanding and support at this time.

Richard Blakeley

Monday 16th - Update

Dear Parents/Carers,

As you are probably aware, the government’s response to the COVID-19 virus has moved from the ‘contain’ phase to one of delaying the spread of the virus. We are contacting you to inform you of what we are doing in light of this, and what we expect from all of you, to help ensure our school community keeps safe and calm.

Even as I am writing this I am aware that this is an extremely dynamic situation which I will need to continue to monitor, seek advice on and respond swiftly to as required.

We would like to reassure you that at Harlands school we are taking all of the necessary steps to protect our community and are continuing to follow official guidance from the government and East Sussex authority.

What is the current situation?


  • The school remains open – in line with the current official guidance

  • All school functions continue to run as normal, this includes Breakfast Club, Nursery and after school clubs

  • Pupils should attend unless they feel unwell – if your child has either of the following symptoms they should remain at home for 7 days:

  • a new, continuous cough – this means they are coughing repeatedly - and/or

  • a high temperature - this means they feel hot to touch on their chest or back

  • If your child is unwell, report this in the usual way to the school office

  • We will keep you up to date with any changes to the current situation.

What we are doing to protect and support pupils and staff?

  • If a child is ill at school we will contact you in the usual way

  • Our cleaners follow the national guidance on infection and control procedures

  • We have taught the children how to wash hands using the NHS guidelines

  • Teachers are using various strategies learnt in Mental Health week to help children deal with increased levels of anxiety.

What we need you to do?

  • If you have recently changed your contact details, please inform the school office as soon as possible via the office email address or phone number

  • Talk to your children about the coronavirus. It is a scary time and we should make sure children feel supported. BBC Newsround has regular updates for younger children and YoungMinds has practical steps older children can take to help with anxiety

  • Come and collect your child straight away, if we ask you to (we will contact you if they become ill with either a high temperature or a new, continuous cough).

What happens if the school has to close?

We will only close if we are either officially advised to do so or we do not have enough staff to run the school. In either case:

  • Parents will be notified via the school website www.harlandsprimary.org of school closures and subsequent re-opening

  • Work set for pupils during a school closure will be available on the class pages of the school website.

Please keep in mind that we are only sending out this information to help the school community prepare. There are currently no plans to close.

If you have any questions

Please consult the:

  • School office, if you have any questions about our response to this issue

  • NHS, if you want to know more about the symptoms of coronavirus. If you think you or your child may have the symptoms, use NHS 111 online if at all possible before calling 111

  • Department for Education’s coronavirus helpline: 0800 046 8687, if you have any questions about the government’s response to coronavirus in relation to schools

  • Government’s travel advice, if you want to know whether any upcoming trip or holiday you are taking abroad should go ahead

It is a tricky time and we know you are worried about the impact this might have on our community. It is important we keep each other safe and talk about these events to help with any anxiety.


Thank you for your continued support.


Richard Blakeley