Welcome to Mackie Hill Junior & Infant School
1st June 2020 - Update arrangement for reopening school to Nursery/Reception/Year 1/Year 6
Following recent communications with parents, we have a larger demand for children to return to school than was previously expressed by parents. As you already know, the number of pupil places we can allocate is extremely limited due to social distancing within classrooms.
The government has also published additional guidance this week that requires time to be implemented and embedded.
The government has issued guidance for schools that prioritises the order in which children will return to school. In light of this, Mackie Hill will be welcoming children back into school on a phased reopening. I want to emphasise that the reopening school will be taken extremely cautiously and that the safety of your child(ren), including class sizes and social distancing measures, will be a priority at all times.
Our plans remain provisional and subject to change. We will only be able to progress to the next phase if we have enough space and staff in school to safely do so.
Home learning via the school website, twitter and weekly teacher contact will continue for all year groups, including those whose parents have chosen to remain at home.
Phase 1 1st June - School open for vulnerable and key worker families. Children will begin social distancing in group or class ‘bubbles’.
Phase 2 8th June - Nursery provision opens
Phase 3 15th June - Reception provision opens
Phase 4 17th June - Year 1 provision opens
Phase 5 22nd June - Year 6 provision opens
The children of key workers and vulnerable pupils who have already been attending school will continue to be a priority and can attend as they have been doing during this phased reopening. These children will form cohorts for other year groups to join when they return.
Many parents have contacted school to ask if their child must attend school during this phased reopening. The complexity of the last few months means that we have many children and families that have chosen to remain at home for a variety of reasons. The government has made it clear that parents will not be penalised at this time if they choose not to send their child(ren) to school.
Mackie Hill will continue to work in partnership with the Local Authority and follow government guidance to ensure we reopen school with the health and safety of children, families and staff being the guiding principle.
Wakefield Family Newsletter - 21/05/20
School Update 19/05/20 - Arrangements from 1st June
Following the government’s recent announcement to reopen schools on a phased return, we are making the necessary plans to ensure that our school is safe for our children, families and staff. The expectation is that on Monday 1st June children in Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 will return along with children of key workers and those children deemed as vulnerable for a variety of different reasons. The government is then hoping that all other primary year groups will return to school before the end of the summer term.
The government has issued guidance for schools which we will adhere to at all times. Being compliant to this guidance means that the school experience for your child will change. I know the below information will be important to you when you are deciding if your child should return to school.
In line with government advice the following will be put in place should schools reopen:
- Your child will be in a class of between 6-9 children to maintain social distancing of 2m;
- Your child may not be with their teacher but I will plan for members of staff working within the same key stage the best I can;
- They may be in a different classroom using different cloakrooms and toilet facilities;
- The guidance says children should not mix with other groups at playtime and lunchtimes and therefore play and lunchtimes will be staggered;
- Lunch will be eaten in classrooms to reduce movement around school. Children will have a cold/packed lunch option they can order.
- If your child becomes ill with covid-19 symptoms at school, you will be contacted immediately to collect them. Your children will be taken to a safe room, away from other children but remaining with a member of staff while you collect them.
- Children must wear clean, freshly washed clothes each day. If children do not have enough school uniform to wear each day they can wear comfortable clothes suitable for the weather. If children have outgrown school uniform they can also wear alternative clothes from home.
- The school day will start and end with staggered times. Only one family member will be allowed on site when bringing children to school and when collecting them. Parents will be expected to stand in line 2m apart from other parents. Siblings in other year groups should remain at home if this is possible.
- The guidance explains that before and after school clubs are not able to run as it will mix different groups of pupils and staff together. Unfortunately, the extended school provision will remain closed until it is safe to reopen it.
I will be updating the website with drop off and collection times for each class next week as soon as I have confirmed numbers from all parents and I have completed the necessary risk assessments. I understand that sending your child to school at the moment is a difficult decision to make. We are taking every precaution during this challenging time and safety for all is our main concern.
Thank you for your support at this extremely challenging time.
Keep safe and take care,
Mrs Elliott and Mackie Hill Staff
Staffing Update - 18/05/20
On the 18th May, we welcome back Mrs Cooke from maternity leave to school and she will resume the role of class teacher in Year 1. We have planned transition time for Miss Abdul and Mrs Cooke to ensure a smooth handover and continuation in learning. Miss Abdul will also be working in school on the 1st June when we reopen to Year 1 children so she can help them settle back after this lengthy period away. We thank Miss Abdul for her dedication and contribution to school in the short time she has been with us. Miss Abdul is a much-liked and very talented member of staff who will be greatly missed by children, parents and staff. We wish her every success for her career as she embarks on her next adventure in teaching.
School update - 11/05/20
I am sure you will have heard the Prime Ministers address to the nation tonight and will be considering your own circumstances which will raise many questions. I have also heard this for the first time tonight and also have many questions. At this stage, I am waiting for more information from the government and guidance on how I can implement a phased opening safely. The safety of children, parents and staff will be the highest priority.
In the short term: nothing has changed and school will continue to provide childcare to vulnerable children and those whose parents provide work that is critical to COVID-19. As soon as I have any additional guidance in the coming days and weeks I will share it once I am able to do so.
Thank you and stay safe.
Wakefield Family Newsletter - 04/05/20
Here are some useful activities from the Wakefield Safeguarding Team. It is important that you keep on having fun and staying active while coronavirus is making us all stay home. You can encourage the whole family to join in with some of these activities. Remember to tweet @MackieHill
24 Hour Mental health support - 30/4/20
Coronavirus update - 27/4/20
Free School Meals Update - 24/04/20
Innocent drinks offer
School Update - 20/04/20
I hope you all had a lovely Easter with your families. On Sunday 19th April, the government announced they ‘did not yet know’ when schools would reopen. At Mackie Hill we will continue to open for children of Key and Critical Worker and any children who require a school place. The national voucher scheme for free school meals is now operating to meet demand and Mrs Elliott has released vouchers for all families who are eligible. Please contact school via email, email@example.com if you are having difficulties accessing your vouchers.
Class teachers have enjoyed talking to you all last week and have been busy planning exciting work which is now on each class page. This week, teachers will be calling you again so please ask them questions about your learning if you are not sure about something. Please note: the number will be either ‘withheld’ or ‘no caller ID’ when your teacher contacts you.
The BBC have launched daily lessons in English and Maths, as well as other core subjects on BBC iPlayer and BBC Red Button. You can use these to help you learn at home alongside the teachers planning and timetables.
Keep looking at our twitter account for regular updates and to celebrate achievements from our Mackie Hill pupils.
We will all be back together soon. Stay safe, Mrs Elliott and Staff.
Free School Meals Update -14/04/20
Parents who are eligible to receive Free School Meal Vouchers should receive an email confirming you can redeem your voucher this week. You will receive an eCode. Please follow these steps or use the Parent Guide below for assistance.
- Visit www.freeschoolmeals.co.uk and enter the 16 digit eCode
- Select the food retailer you require and add to your basket
- Checkout to confirm the order and enter your email address
- The eGift card(s) will be sent to this email address the same day
Coronavirus update - 3/4/20
Home Learning - 30/03/20
We have seen some fantastic work shared on our twitter account already this week. Please post to @MackieHill if you would like to share your achievements with us.
You can access age specific home learning resources on our class pages for each year group. Remember to complete activities regularly as well as enjoying your time with your family. Try to exercise each day- Joe Wicks's 9am workouts are a great way to start your day- and also remember to take time to relax each day.
Below we have included the details of some home learning websites which can be accessed at home. Activities do not need to be printed as children can complete them in their home learning exercise books.
Coronavirus update - 20/3/20
The government have now published guidance around Key workers and the expectations on schools supporting these front line services.
The key message is still to socially distance wherever possible which fundamentally means if you can keep your child at home then please do so. This will not only help us with reduced staffing as we observe national guidance but also help reduce the spread of the virus.
Please consider the following before you request a place for your child:
- If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
- If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
- Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
- Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
We are currently speaking to parents who have indicated that they are Key Workers. If you think you are a Key Worker please telephone school so we can make arrangements for your child.
Coronavirus update - 18/3/20
Please see the News section of our website for further updates on our actions in school in relation to Coronavirus.
We are following the advice issued by the government through Public Health England and the Department for Education and remain open as usual. We are encouraging good hygiene practices when coughing/sneezing, and also encouraging frequent handwashing.
Government advice for educational settings can be found here.
The coronavirus situation is evolving daily and we will respond to any changes to the government advice being given.
Mackie Hill Junior & Infant School is a happy, caring and stimulating school where all children are valued and given the opportunity to achieve beyond their expectations. We are a forward-thinking school which has experienced rapid improvement. We endeavour to work with our close community of parents and friends of the school to make learning engaging, interesting and relevant to enable children to achieve beyond their expectations and develop a strong sense of responsibility for themselves, their peers and the wider world.
We believe in a broad and balanced curriculum where children can challenge themselves to engage in adventures in learning that will last a lifetime. At Mackie Hill School, children can access real life experiences through educational visits and visits to the school from educational and profession experts that inspire learning. We are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning – achieved through a combination of challenge, support, resilience, encouragement and praise – to ensure that all students fulfil their potential.
School staff have high expectations of effort and behaviour from all children across all age ranges. We expect our children to work hard and do their best in all aspects of school life.
The staff and I are extremely proud of the achievements our children make at Mackie Hill Junior & Infant School. Should you wish to find out more about the opportunities we can offer for your child at our school or would like to find out more information about our school then please contact the school office on the details below.
Mrs Jayne Elliott