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Wednesday 27th May 2020

Dear Parents,

Following my letter to you last week I wanted to provide you with further details about our planned re-opening on Tuesday 2nd June for children in year 6.

Assuming that the guidance from the government remains the same, and that schools are directed to open from the start of June, we will be open to all children in year 6 as well as the children of keyworkers and vulnerable children, from next Tuesday morning. The following questions and answers are intended to help parents and children get a better understanding of what to expect upon their return to school. 

Which class group and classroom will my child be in?

We will be running nine different class groups for our vulnerable children / children of key workers and the children in year six. They will be split up as follows;


Member of staff leading the group


Classroom 1

Miss Hodgen

Year 3 vulnerable/ key worker children

Classroom 2

Mr Finklaire

Year 4 vulnerable / keyworker children

Classroom 3

Mrs Chappell

Year 5 vulnerable / keyworker children

Classroom 7

Mrs Murphy

Class 10 group B

Classroom 8

Miss McKeever

Class 12 group B

Classroom 9

Mr Sandell

Class 11 group B

Classroom 10

Mrs Hagger

Class 10 group A

Classroom 11

Mr Harber

Class 11 group A

Classroom 12

Miss Kraviec

Class 12 group A


Parents who have children in year six will receive an email from the office later on this week which tells you whether your child is in group A or group B in their class and the class that they will need to go to when they arrive at school. All other keyworker children / vulnerable children can see the class in which they will be working detailed on the chart above. There will be no more than 15 children in each group. Any keyworker parents should have already contacted the school to confirm whether they will be sending their children into school from 2nd June. If you have not done so please do so as a matter of urgency so we can confirm the numbers in these bubbles

What will be the arrangements when my child arrives at school?

With the expected increase in numbers due to arrive in school on Tuesday morning the arrangements for drop off and collection will be a little different. If parents are choosing to accompany their children to school they will be asked to say goodbye to them at the school gate. The three entrances to the school will be open and a member of staff will be there to greet the children and to direct them to the class which they are in. If there are any key messages from parents they can be passed to the member of staff on the gate who will make sure the message is passed onto the relevant teacher.  Children are welcome to arrive in school from 8.40am – 9.00am as normal. When the children arrive they will be asked make their way into school while maintaining a two metre gap to others as they enter the building.

What should my child be wearing?

We ask that the children do not come into school wearing school uniform so that clothes can be washed at the end of each day. Children are likely to do some PE based activity each day and to avoid the children having to get changed, which will mean having to separate the boys and girls and using other spaces around the school, we ask that the clothing choices are appropriate for PE lessons. Please therefore avoid jeans and strappy tops. Shorts are quite acceptable if the weather is warm. Trainers will need to be either worn into school or bought in a separate bag so they can be used during PE lessons. Parents please be aware that we will attempt to make use of the outside spaces every day so the children may need to wear sun cream, which should be applied at home before coming to school. They should also bring a hat to protect them from the sun and their water bottle.

Should my child be wearing any personal protective equipment (PPE)?

The teaching staff in school have been advised by the government that there is no need to wear PPE at the current time, unless they are dealing with children who are unwell. We would ask that children do NOT come into school wearing face masks as in the case of children this actually leads to greater touching of the face and mouth, which we are trying to discourage.

The DfE guidance states:


Wearing a face covering or face mask in schools or other education settings is not recommended. Face coverings may be beneficial for short periods indoors where there is a risk of close social contact with people you do not usually meet and where social distancing and other measures cannot be maintained, for example on public transport or in some shops. This does not apply to schools or other education settings. Schools and other education or childcare settings should therefore not require staff, children and learners to wear face coverings.’


Will there be before school provision or after school clubs?

In order to continue to protect the children in their individual bubbles there will be NO before school clubs or after school clubs run through to the end of the school year.

Will my children be able to do half days and can I collect them when I have finished my shift?

In order to avoid parents coming onto the school site, we will only allow parents to collect their children at the end of the school day, in line with normal school procedures. The only exception to this will be for a child attending a medical appointment or in the case of a family emergency. We appreciate that this has been different for key worker children up to this point, but hope all parents understand that potentially with over 100 people on site we have had to reduce the number of people coming onto the school premises where ever possible.  If parents know that they need to collect a child for a medical appointment, please telephone or email the office in advance to notify us.

What will happen if a child in school becomes unwell and is showing symptoms of Covid 19?

If a child is unwell or showing symptoms of Covid 19 we will contact parents and ask them to collect their child immediately. We will ask parents to organise to get their child tested as quickly as possible. We will then contact the parents of all of the other children in the bubble and they will be informed of the situation and told that their child will need to stay away from school either until the child in question has received a negative result all-clear or, in the case of a positive result, until the 14 day period of isolation has passed without any symptoms occurring. The staff in the bubble will also complete the same procedure. If parents are concerned that their child starts developing symptoms at home they should not be sent into school until they have been tested. The school will also need to be informed and once again the members of the bubble will be contacted by the school.

Symptoms include

  • a high temperature (i.e. 37.8 degrees or higher / you feel hot to touch on your chest or back)
  • a new, continuous cough (this means you've started coughing repeatedly)
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

My child is feeling anxious about returning to school at this time – what can I do?

It is perfectly understandable that children may be feeling anxious about returning to school at this time, having spent a long time away from school. The staff are prepared for this and will be supporting the children as much as they can with the pupils’ wellbeing. Over the first few days after re-opening we will be doing work which will be focused on enabling the children to happily re-integrate back into school.

What if I choose to keep my child at home at this time?

If parents are choosing to keep their children at home at the current time we would ask that they telephone or email the school office to let us know that this is the case on Monday 1st June. In order to ensure that we are safeguarding the children, we would ask that parents then notify the school every Monday that the decision to keep their children at home remains the same. If parents change their mind and want to send the children into school, please notify the office the day before the child is going to return so we can prepare the necessary resources. Parents of children in year six do not need to notify the school if you are planning to send your child back into school on 2nd June.

My place of employment has re-opened and I have been asked to come back into work. Can I send my child back into school if they are in years 3, 4 or 5 at this time?

At this time you can only send your child into school from 2nd June (if they are in years 3, 4 or 5) if one or more parent is a keyworker. The definition of a keyworker has not changed -  if you are a keyworker you should have received a letter from your employer informing you of your keyworker status. If not, we are not open to other children at this time.

What are the arrangements for the end of the school day and collecting the children?

In order to maintain social distancing, we will be staggering the collection times at the end of the school day. We will open the three entrance gates at 3pm each day. All parents who are choosing to collect their children should make their way to the FRONT entrance to the school and line up by the wall which runs along the edge of cycle and scooter racks. There will be markings indicating every two meters on the wall where parents should wait to collect the children. PLEASE OBSERVE SOCIAL DISTANCING FROM OTHER FAMILIES WHEN COLLECTING YOUR CHILD.  We would encourage parents to allow children in year 6 to make their own way home or arrange to meet their child at an agreed point away from the school site. This will help to limit the numbers of additional adults on site. Could parents please let the office know if you are now happy for your child to walk home independently. We will use the lists which we currently have in this regard so please only contact us if you wish to change that arrangement.

 Each of the different class groups will be released from school at the following times;


Time of release

Year 3 vulnerable/ key worker children


Year 4 vulnerable / keyworker children


Year 5 vulnerable / keyworker children


Class 10 group A


Class 10 group B


Class 11 group A


Class 11 group B


Class 12 group A


Class 12 group B



I have added a video on the school website (in the messages from staff section under the ‘children’ tab) aimed primarily at the year six children, which is designed to give them an idea of what to expect when they return to school. I hope they find it useful.

Finally, once again I would like to remind parents that by opening the school we are asking the school staff to increase the amount of contact that they are exposed to while at work. Parents can help to reduce the level of contact for everyone at school by following the government guidelines at all times in terms of their own social distancing routines at home.

If parents have any questions at this time please don’t hesitate to contact the school office. 

Yours sincerely,


Ed Dawson

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Update on return to school

Dear Parents,

I am writing to you to provide you with details of our plans for re-opening the school from 2nd June onwards. This letter is primarily aimed at parents of children in year six, keyworkers and parents of vulnerable children, but I feel that the whole school community needs to understand the approaches that we are taking at this time as we prepare for limited re-opening of the school.

It is really important for all parents to be aware that we are waiting for the government to direct us to reopen the school when they deem it is safe for us to do so. The current date for re-opening is no earlier than 1st June and until we have confirmation that it is safe for us to re-open, we will remain closed to the vast majority of children.

Since the government announcement we have been very busy making plans in preparation for re-opening our doors to more children. In accordance with government guidelines, if we get the go ahead, we will be open to key worker children, vulnerable children and children in year six only from 2nd  June. Please note the school will be closed to all children on Monday 1st June so that staff can complete final preparations for re-opening.

Keyworkers and parents of vulnerable children

If you are the parent of a keyworker or vulnerable child in years 3, 4 or 5 and you are planning to send your child into school from 2nd June onwards please contact the school office by email to confirm which days you are planning to send your child into school so we can adjust our plans accordingly. Please indicate in your email your profession so we can check that you meet the keyworker criteria.

Keeping children safe means the school will look very different

When drawing up our plans the most important thing which we have considered is how we can best keep the children and staff who are in school safe. In order to do this the school will be very different to the way it is normally. Children whose parents choose to send them into school at this time will be placed into small groups, no larger than 15 in number. This will mean that each of the year six classes will be split into two groups and these ‘bubbles’ of children will work in their ‘bubble’ throughout the day, under the direction of a teacher and one or two learning support assistants. The children in the group will be based in a classroom where they will work and eat each day. These groups have been set up by the year six teachers who have tried, where possible to keep friends together within the groups.  

Vulnerable children and children of keyworkers in years three, four and five will also have bubbles of their own, working with a teacher and learning support assistant. This does mean that there is a strong likelihood that children who are returning to school will not be taught by the ‘normal’ class teacher while they are in school.

Every effort will be made to ensure that the children who are coming into school isolate away from others outside of their bubbles AND isolate away from others in their group as much as possible through social distancing. We will  set up the classrooms with 15 separate tables and each child will be working at their own table throughout the day, when not accessing outside spaces. In order to assist with this we would ask that children bring their packed lunch (school dinners will be available to order) their PE kit, a break time snack (these will not be sold in school at this time), a reading book (the library will be closed at the present time) and a water bottle each day which will be kept in their own space. They should not bring anything else into school at this time. There will not no assemblies or after school clubs and break times and lunch times will be structured to limit the possibility of interaction with other bubbles of children. Nonetheless, even with all of these measures in place we know that actually ensuring that children maintain the social distancing will be very challenging.  We appreciate that this will be very unusual situation for the children to have to deal with and many may find the fact that they are not with their normal class teacher or some of their normal classmates difficult to manage.

Wellbeing and lessons

We are aware that for many children the time that they have been away from school has been challenging and they may be anxious about returning to school after such a long break. We have planned a number of re-integration activities to allow children to talk about their time away from school and share any concerns that they might have at the current time. As well as this teachers will be looking at transition based activities in year six and teaching ‘normal curriculum’ lessons which would be studied at this time, in the summer term.  As part of looking after the wellbeing of children while in school, it would be helpful to know if children have been indirectly affected by the virus through the loss or illness of someone close to them. This will allow us to deal with issues as sensitively as possible with individuals.

Cleanliness, hygiene and accessing facilities

We will be doing all that we can to maintain cleanliness and hygiene in school with staff and children expected to wash their hands at regular intervals during the school day. Alongside this staff will be regularly cleaning surfaces and areas where there is likely to be regular contact (classroom door handles, desk surfaces etc.) throughout the day.  With cleanliness in mind we are suggesting to parents that pupils wear their normal clothes into school at this time. This will enable parents to wash any clothes at the end of each school day and not have to get uniform ready for the following day. In an attempt to reduce the risk of bringing any infected items into school we ask that children do not bring in any work that they have completed at home over the last couple of months. While we want to celebrate the work that the children have been doing over lockdown, we are trying to avoid staff coming into contact with things from lots of different homes at this time. We would still welcome emails with photos of work which can be added to the website or the newsletter.

As part of the planned re-opening the kitchen staff will be providing hot school meals which can be purchased and ordered in the usual way. These will be brought down to the classrooms by the staff each day to once again avoid unnecessary contact with people from outside the normal bubbles.


Children with existing medical conditions

Children who are clinically extremely vulnerable or living with someone who are in this group should not come back to school at this time and should continue to home educate. If your child is clinically vulnerable (but not clinically extremely vulnerable) you should follow medical advice to decide if they should come back to school. Please refer to government guidelines for further details if necessary.

Arrangements for arrivals at school and collection from school

In order to reduce the number of people who are coming on-site from 2nd June we are continuing to plan arrangements for drop off and pick up. Specific details of when each class bubble can be dropped off and picked up from school will be sent out to each group by the school office, once the groupings are finalised.

To give parents an indication of arrangements,  we are planning to ensure that drop off times will be between 8.40am and 9.00am each day and children will be released to make their own way home / able to be collected between 3.10pm and 3.30pm each afternoon. Wherever possible we would encourage parents not to come onto site but drop their children at the school gates, where there will be members of staff to direct them to their classes. While encouraging year six to complete part of their journey on foot or on their bikes, as part of their preparation for secondary school, we do appreciate that this may not be possible for key worker children in the lower school and we will confirm arrangements for them via individual emails from the school office, at the start of next week.

We would also urge parents not to come into school reception unless by prior appointment. If parents wish to speak to teaching staff we would ask that they contact the office and arrange a telephone appointment. Parents who have made an appointment will be asked to wait in the area outside reception until the time of their appointment to reduce contact between staff and parents. If things need to be delivered to school by parents, these can be dropped into a drop box provided to parents by reception.

Provision for children who remain at home

The school staff will continue to provide work for the children who are working from home via the school website. This work will be added each week and updated for each Monday morning. Parents who wish to pick up a hard copy of the work can do so via the school office from 12pm on Monday.  After this these packs will be available for collection from 9.30am until 3pm each day so that parents are not accessing the site at times when children will be arriving or leaving the school grounds. The class email accounts will continue to be available for children to send their work in or to contact their teachers. As the vast majority of teachers will be teaching each day, it is likely that a response will be made by the year leader at this time, who we are releasing from class at points during the day to keep the website work up-to- date.

What about July re-opening to all children?

At the current time it is very difficult to tell what we are going to be able to do in July. At the moment we are planning to use all of the available staff to teach the children and maintain the social distancing measures suggested by the government while continuing to offer on-line provision for those not in school. If the current recommendations, with regards to social distancing and working in groups of 15 or fewer continue to apply, I don’t know how we can manage with more numbers in school than we will have from 2nd June. We will therefore await further guidance from the government in this regard before further opening can be contemplated.  

What parents can do now

Parents of children in year 6 will now need to make the decision about whether they will be sending their children back into school. I appreciate that this may be a difficult decision at this time and that this may be causing anxiety for parents. Clearly, as I hope this letter indicates, the provision in school will be very different and while we will do all that we can to keep the children safe, returning to school will mean greater contact for children than they would have by staying at home. Please be aware that the government has made it clear that there will be no penalty or sanctions for parents who choose not to send their children back at this time.

I appreciate that it is detrimental for children to miss out on being at school at this time and appreciate that many of you feel you have no choice but to send your children back into school to allow you to resume work. Please therefore talk to the children about what to expect in advance of them returning to school, so that they are prepared for the differences they will encounter.

Finally I would ask that if parents do send their children in that they do everything possible to protect the staff and children in school by continuing to follow government advice about social distancing at other times so we can all stay safe.


Thank you for your patience , understanding and continued support at this difficult time.

Yours sincerely


Ed Dawson


Update for parents 15th May 2020


Dear parents,

As we go into the weekend I wanted to update you on the current position in school and let you know what we have been doing over the course of this week.


Following the announcement from the Prime Minister on Sunday, the government issued schools with some guidance which detailed what we should be doing to start preparing for the possible re-opening on 1st June. This was followed on Thursday evening by the issuing of another document providing further detail. These documents can be found on the DFE website if parents are curious to see what school have been told!


Mrs Cady and I have spent the week working through these two documents to formulate a plan for our possible re-opening for year six children. This is a complicated process and we want to make sure that we get this right. We have spoken with Mrs Moore and Mrs Hurdle at the infants to consider any joint issues that we will face and we are also preparing information for our governing body, who are meeting next week to discuss the current situation and our planned provision amongst other things!


We are also aware at this time that there are on-going conversations taking place between the government, the teaching unions and the various scientific advisors. Whilst we want to provide parents with the information that they need, about what things will look like when we start re-open, we want to make sure that in as far as possible we give you a message that doesn't then change as the situation unfolds. We, like you, want to be reassured that the planned measures that we have been asked to adopt in school will be enough to ensure the safety of the children and the staff.  Please continue to be patient and bear in mind that the plans to open on 1st June are not set in stone at the current time and as we know more we will let you know more .

In the meantime please continue to keep safe and look after yourselves.


Ed Dawson

Wellbeing advice and support is available through the school nurse team. Please click on the link below

Monday 11th May 2020



Dear Parents/carers,

Further to the announcement on Sunday evening I wanted to remind parents that we still remain closed for the vast majority of children and only open to vulnerable individuals and the children of key workers, as in the original descriptors set out in March.

We will await further guidance from the Local Authority as to when we can admit more children into the school but this will be after half term at the earliest and, as indicated by yesterday's announcement,  we are likely to be open to year six only at that time.  

We will aim to provide further information to you before the end of this week.  Please do not contact the school to ask the school to take your children so that you can go back to work, unless you are a key worker. Please note the definition of key workers has not changed with this announcement.


We appreciate that current situation continues to cause everyone challenges and we ask for your patience at this time as we make plans that will enable us to re-open the school, in line with government guidelines.


Ed Dawson


Friday 8th May 2020


Dear parents and carers,


At this time I am sure you are awaiting the prime minister's announcement on Sunday as much as we are here at school. We are all very keen to get the children back into school when it is deemed that it is safe for us to do so. Once we are made aware of the plans, we be working closely with Hampshire County County Education Team to formulate our response and I will be in contact with you near the start of next week to provide you with further information about how we will proceed.

Until then I hope you are able to enjoy any VE celebrations that are happening and that you continue to stay safe and well.


Ed Dawson





A new book for children about Corona Virus has been released.


Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. Published by Nosy Crow, and written by staff within the company, the book has had expert input: Professor Graham Medley of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine acted as a consultant, and the company also had advice from two head teachers and a child psychologist.

The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds:

• What is the coronavirus?
• How do you catch the coronavirus?
• What happens if you catch the coronavirus?
• Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus?
• Is there a cure for the coronavirus?
• Why are some places we normally go to closed?
• What can I do to help?
• What’s going to happen next?


Please follow the link below to access this book

A message from the Mayor about VE day - please click the link below to visit our community pages

Information from the police and crime commission.


Nintendo recently confirmed that around 160, 000 accounts may have been hacked placing personal information at risk. It is important we support children to ensure they are keeping safe in the digital world. Keep up with online safety information and helpful resources found on Online Safety Advice . If you haven’t already explore Safe4Me for more educational resources.

A message from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Educational Psychology Service


In line with government policy around social distancing and the impact of setting closures on access to our service, we want to reassure you that Hampshire & Isle of Wight Educational Psychology (HIEP) remains available to contact for all. We are offering a Telephone Support Line during this time which will be:

  • A daily telephone support line provided by educational psychologists for families, education staff and other professionals in Hampshire;  available each day from 9.30am -12.30pm and 1.00pm – 4.00pm;
  • for any queries related to the emotional wellbeing of children and young people, their families and staff who know them.

Please phone the number below for your local area:

  • North (Basingstoke): 01252 814 835
  • South (Havant): 02392 441 497
  • East (Rushmoor): 01252 814 729
  • West (Winchester): 01962 876 239
  • Isle of Wight: 02392 441 497

We recognise that we are living through unprecedented times. Things are changing daily and the impact on day-to-day life is significant. There are many helpful sources of advice and support available; Hampshire & Isle of Wight Educational Psychology (HIEP) have put together a collection of key links which are available: - Advice for children, young people and families from Hampshire CAMHS, with a wide range of helpful links. – provides general advice and many other helpful links for parents, carers and people who work with children. - The Children’s Commissioner have produced a colourful, downloadable guide which aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people, with lots of ideas about how to make the best of their time at home. - an app for 10-18 year olds designed to educate about mental health and wellbeing, also with specific covid-19 updates.

Children in school wanted to share a mesage of support at this time.

Children in school wanted to share a mesage of support at this time.  1

Update Monday 27th April 2020


Dear parents

Near the start of each term we send out topic webs to parents so that you know what we are teaching each term to the children. At the current time the curriculum has had to be a little adapted in the activities that we are asking the children to do so that they can complete them a little more independently at home.

Your child may enjoy having a read to see what is coming up for the remainder of the term. Copies can be found below and on the year group pages.

Ed Dawson


Update - Wednesday 22nd April

Please see a copy of the letter that was sent out to all parents and carers today



Dear Parents,

I hope you and your families have had an enjoyable and restful Easter break and that you have managed to stay safe and well.

I am writing to welcome you, very unusually, to a virtual start to the summer term. We have all had to adapt to some new ways of working, have had to increase flexibility and cope with a variety of demands on our time and resources. I know that some of you will be anxious about income and job security, as well as health and welfare, and I hope that we can support you where this is needed. We have been providing shopping vouchers to those usually in receipt of free school meals since closure and have been checking on the welfare of our most vulnerable students and families. We continue to work with local organisations to support those who need it, as well as opening our school to cater for the most vulnerable and the children of key workers. If any parents feel we can help at this time please don’t hesitate to contact the school via the office email address

We were delighted to be able to remain open over the Easter holiday for those that needed the support, and I was humbled by the response of all of my staff at this time. Every single member of teaching staff, support staff and admin, who were not isolating at the time, volunteered to come into school and support where they were able to do so. This meant that the school was open Monday to Friday of both weeks over Easter with children in everyday!

It has been a strange and challenging time, so it’s understandable if you and your child feel anxious and frustrated. We continue to work hard to plan for the coming weeks and months. As a staff we’ve been considering the curriculum for children for the remaining part of the year, our transition processes from the infants and to the various secondary schools, how we can best support mental health and wellbeing, the eventual return to school and what we can do to prepare for this when it finally happens.

We really miss having the pupils in school and I can assure you all of the staff are keen to return to normal school arrangements, but at the current time we must continue to follow the government’s guidance to keep everyone in our community safe. We continue to set work using the school website and thank you for your support in helping your children complete this work. From this week we have also started producing hard copies of work for the week for any parents who are having difficulties accessing the work on-line. These worksheets can be collected from school from Monday afternoons each week and will be left just outside the school reception to ensure that we observe social distancing processes. There will also be exercise books available to those who have filled their first book and would like a new one. Please only take one as we are not able to order books in the normal way at present. If you are going to collect these things from school please ensure that it part of your normal exercise routine and not an additional journey.

A couple of parents have enquired about the possibility of the school delivering virtual lessons. We have been strongly advised not to offer virtual lessons due a wide range of issues including, but not limited to, potential safeguarding concerns, technology access, staff proficiency in creating resources and GDPR implications. We are, however, investigating other ways in which we can help the children with their learning alongside the resources that we are currently providing. In time these may include pre-recorded narrated whiteboard explanations by a member of your child’s year team which will accompany the work that is being set. Please look out on the school website for further details.

We have also recently received information about the BBC Bitesize’s hugely increased provision and details of the new Oak National Academy resources. We are looking at how these resources might be able to be used within the work that we set for the children and we will add links where we feel it is useful. If you are interested please feel free to have a preliminary look at these resources by visiting and The government has also published further guidance for parents at this time and links to this guidance can be found at the end of this letter.

Our teachers will continue to set work for pupils to complete over the summer term which can be found on the class pages of the school website. We are regularly updating this page and others on the website with suggestions of things that can be done at home with your children, as well as school work. In an attempt to increase the contact between parents and teachers at this time we have also set up new email accounts for each class which children can use to send their teachers copies of work that they have completed at home. From tomorrow the teachers will be able to access the newly created email accounts from home and will endeavour to send a brief reply to emails that they receive within 24 hours.

Please remember that at this time many of our staff are attempting to juggle looking after their own children at home as well as preparing the work that the children are set each week so their responses may not be immediate! With this in mind, if parents and children want to make use of this facility during the school week, we would ask that children only email the teacher once a day to share their work, tell their teacher what they have been up to at home or ask any questions that they might have. Emails can be sent to the class email address as it appears in the following chart;


Class teachers will also be making phone calls to you at home at some point within the next seven days to speak to you and your child to check how they are getting on at home. For your information these phone calls may be made from teachers’ homes so may come through as withheld numbers.

Please also remind your child to take breaks away from screens and make time for having fun, connecting with friends and family and exercising. Mental health is just as important as physical health and academic study. Please remember that it is not possible to produce 5 hours of content per day for every child. Children complete work at different rates and the impact of working alone, is that they go through topics much quicker than in class where teacher explanation, practical work and class discussion take up significant time whilst helping children to learn. Schools, teachers and parents are not able to replicate full school curriculum provision in the current environment.

Finally please remember that you are all doing an amazing job - it is not easy being parent, teacher, cook and cleaner especially when at the same time many of you are trying to work from home.

Look after yourselves and stay safe


Ed Dawson




Please see new government guidance about what to do if your child falls unwell.

Monday 20th April 2020


Welcome to a new term.


At this unusual time I would like to start by thanking the staff who have been in over the Easter holiday and kept the school open for the children whose parents are key workers. We tried to make the activities that the children have completed in school as engaging as possible for these children who have to be in school at this time. Thanks also to all of the parents who have supported us in our efforts to safeguard the children by keeping them at home when they have been able to do so - it does make the whole process of maintaining social distancing much easier with limited numbers of children in school!  


I know that all staff have continued to work hard over the Easter holidays and have been busy preparing the materials that are now on the website for the children to access while also looking after themselves and their own families at this time. There are a number of new topic areas that are starting this term and we hope the children find them interesting.

Our aim is to continue to support the children as best as we can over the course of the Summer term, for as long as the current lockdown arrangements are in place.


With this in mind we have re-vamped the organisation of the work on the school website over the holidays so that the work that is being provided is a little easier to find.  As well as this we have tried to reduce the number of documents that are added on to the website for the children to complete and adapted the instructions so that the children can hopefully work a little more independently. We are currently looking at ways in which we can increase the levels of communication the children who are at home with the teachers and ways in which we can provide children with more feedback on the work that they have done at home. We will let you know more details once these systems have been fully embedded, which we hope will be in the next couple of days.


In the meantime we appreciate that some of you are trying to complete the work at home using a limited number of electronic devices and that as a result accessing the work may be proving difficult . In an attempt to make things a little easier we will be providing hard copies of the work that is set for the week AT SCHOOL for parents to collect if they wish to do so. If parents would find working from a hard copy easier then you are welcome to call in and collect a pack for your child for the week via reception. This will be available from Monday afternoons each week.  A walk to school could be part of the route on your daily exercise! Unfortunately it is not practical to post out hard copies of the work to all families and we hope that the majority of parents are able to access the work electronically at this time. Please remember that the work that is provided is there as a guide of things that can be completed and that there needs to be a balance of school work and other activities at this time. Parents shouldn't feel that because it is published as work for this week that all of it needs to be done.

There are further suggestions on the school website of things that can be enjoyed by the children during their time away from school including updates from the bbc.   


I will continue to update this page on a regular basis, so please don't forget to check in every so often.


Once again welcome back to the new term and stay well!


Ed Dawson

Friday 3rd April 2020 update - please see the newsletter sent out today.

Tuesday 31st March 2020 update


We have had another busy day in school for the handful who are still coming in. They have enjoyed the company of Mr Harber, Mr Sandell and Mrs Kersley today along with Mrs Cady and Mrs Charteris and have done some exciting DT work as well as the normal maths, English and PE. As we plan for the Easter holidays a letter has been sent out to the families of key workers and vulnerable children to see what their plans are for the next two weeks. If you believe that you fall into one of these categories and you did not receive a letter, a copy is included below.

Just to give parents advanced warning we will not be setting work over the Easter holidays as we feel that the children need a break, as they would normally have at this time of the year. Once we return after Easter we will be starting a number of new topics and work will once again be published on the website.

Please don't forget that if you want to share photos on the website we would be very pleased to receive them.

Take care and stay well.

Ed Dawson





Letter to parents of key workers and vulnerable children about Easter arrangements

Update Monday 30th March 


Week 2 of being closed has begun and I hope that parents and children are all doing well. The year group pages have been updated with a variety of activities which can be completed by the children this week. 

We have also updated the work at home section of the website including a variety of photos of the school staff who have been busy reading in variety of places over the weekend. why not have a look to see if you can see your teacher?


Have a good week and keep active.


Ed Dawson

Update Friday 27th March 2020


We have come to the end of what has been an unusual week both in school and across the country. Can I once again thank all the parents who have supported the school by following the advice from the government and keeping their children at home. Can I also extend my thanks to all parents who are the key workers out there who are doing what they are doing to keep the country going at this time.


Over the last couple of days the teaching staff have been working on preparing the next set of resources for children to work through next week. These will be added over the weekend and available for parents to access from Monday. Once again please don't be daunted by the quantity that is added - it doesn't all have to be completed - it is there as a resource for you to choose what you think will keep your child engaged, 


My thanks to those parents who sent images into school today to add to the website - we received your emails but we were unable to see the photos - we believe this is a glitch in our system and we are working on trying to solve this as quickly as possible. 



Whilst the internet is providing children with both a valuable online learning platform and a means of maintaining social contact with their friends, it is still essential to be mindful of e-safety. 


Ideally have your child online in a shared room so you can monitor their internet activity and make sure you know whom your child is talking to online. Please be mindful that there is videos containing highly inappropriate material circulating  on popular sites such as Tik Tok.


For those who are looking ahead to the Easter holiday I want to once again confirm that the school will be open to key workers / vulnerable children who are not able to be at home during this time. 


Have a safe and healthy weekend and check back here next Monday for further updates from school.


Ed Dawson


Thursday 26th March update

We have had another busy day today and those staff who are at home and those who are in school have been determined to do their bit to show the children the importance of staying active. Why not have a look at the class pages under the heading things that have been done at home - there is a separate section below what the children have been up to showing what the staff have been doing and they seem to have enjoyed the Joe Wicks work out session this morning!


A letter came out to parents via email today with some key information. If you didn't see it please see below.


Keep sending your images from home - it is lovely to see so many children having such a good time and doing so many different things!


Ed Dawson



Dear Parents,

I hope that you are keeping well and that you are finding plenty to keep yourself and your family occupied at the moment.

Despite being closed to the majority of pupils at the moment, the staff are keeping themselves busy posting work on the school website along with other suggestions of things that children could be doing at home at the moment.

Please bear in mind that while it is important to provide the children with structure to help them manage their days at home, the work that is published on the school website is there as a guide of things that can be done rather than a definitive list that you need to get through. At the current time of uncertainty it is more important to provide the children with a variety of activities and try to build in breaks during the day to do some exercise and take the chance to play. On-line activities and school work can be engaging but playing a board games or sharing a book together is just as important. There are a number of links to other activities that children could be doing on the school website in the section entitled ‘class pages’. Please see the link below;

In an attempt to keep parents up to date with school related issues, while avoiding clogging up your in-boxes, we are regularly updating the website with information for parents. This can be accessed via the parents tab on the school website

Free school meal update.

If you are a parent who is entitled to free school meals please be aware that there is a scam currently circulating which is asking parents to send their bank details in order to receive money from schools.

Guidance from the DfE says: “We have been informed that some parents have received an email stating the following: ‘As schools will be closing, if you’re entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we’ll make sure you’re supported.”  We can confirm that this is a scam email and is not official. We urge parents that if you receive any emails like this, please do not respond, and delete it immediately.

If you are entitled to free school meals parents should have already been contacted by the school informing you how you can receive food vouchers for the school  two weeks running up to the Easter holidays. If you have not had this information and you feel you should have done please contact the school.

Keeping up with work completed at home

We would like to find out from parents and children what you have been up to at home and are therefore adding a new section to the school website where we are hoping to feature your children doing things at home –for example it could be pieces of work of which they are proud or images of them exercising, baking or reading. Alternatively you could add posts onto the school twitter account, where we are also trying to provide regular updates from school.

If you are happy for the images to appear on the website then please email them to and we will do our best to add these onto the webpage.

At this time could we ask that you only send one image of your child/ your child’s work as we may well be inundated and adding around 360 images will be a challenge in itself.  Why not discuss with your child the thing they have done of which they are most proud and send a picture of that. We look forward to hearing from you.

Please look after yourselves and keep a check on the school website.


Yours sincerely


Ed Dawson

Wednesday 25th March update


It has been another good day in school for the handful of children who have been in today. My thanks go to Mr Finklaire, Mrs Thomas, Mrs Murphy, Mrs Coate Bond and Miss Fixter who have been manning the fort throughout the day today. Tomorrow Mrs Cady, Mrs Charteris, Mrs Dodgson,  Miss McKeever and Miss Krawiec will be in to work with the children and be in charge of the office.


For those parents who are having to make use of the emergency opening at the current time we have had confirmation of the government request for all schools to remain open over the Easter holiday. I want to reassure parents who are key workers who need this support at this time that we will do all that we can to remain open over Easter and support you at this challenging time. Once we have planned out what support we can provide in school over the holidays we will contact those who we understand to be keyworkers to discuss arrangements.


If you are a key work and you have not yet let the school know and you think that you will need your child to access school over the Easter holiday, please contact the school office.


Finally if parents would like to send us any photos of what your child has been up to over the last week, or an image of some work they have produced of which they are proud or photos of them engaging in a fun activity we would love see them. Please email them to the school office and we will create a special section on the school website. Please us the following email address;

Stay well and look after one another.


Ed Dawson


Tuesday 24th March 2020 update


Following the announcement by the prime minister yesterday that people should only be leaving their homes when really necessary, we are delighted that parents have continued to support the school by keeping their children at home as much as possible. The small number of children  who are in school have  therefore been able to practice social distancing in two classrooms with a small number of staff.


We are continuing to add ideas to the school website of things that you might be able to do with the children at this challenging time. Please remember we do not expect children to complete all of the work that has been set on the web pages, rather that it is a useful resource to use to keep the children going at this time.


If your child is entitled to free school meals we are contacting parents today to ask them to come into school to collect a food voucher from the school to cover the next couple of weeks  that the children are not receiving school dinners. Please check for a message if you believe that this applies to you.


Please be aware that we are running on a skeleton staff in the school office at the moment. Therefore if you have a non- urgent enquiry, please contact the school via email so that staff who are working off site can respond. Many thanks for your support at this time.


Ed Dawson

Monday 23rd March 2020 Update


At this challenging time we would ask parents to do all they can to help minimise the spread of Covid 19. If children are in school at this time they are going to be in increased contact with large numbers of other people and therefore increasing the chances of passing on the virus.


At the same time the school is determined to stay open to those parents and children who really need the support to complete the vital jobs which are allowing the country to continue to function and battle this horrible virus. With only limited numbers in school we can more easily spread the children out and minimise the close contact that they have with one another and with teaching staff. Thank you to all the parents who have made the decision not to send children into school at this time - it is the right decision and we appreciate your on-going support.


As a staff we are working on a rota system for when we are in school to look after the health and wellbeing of staff and minimise their contact with the children. Nonetheless, rest assured that there are enough staff in school at this time to look after the children. It will mean that if your child is in school they will be taught by a variety of teachers over the next few weeks.


All teaching staff are continuing to work hard to provide learning materials for the children to work through at home. Please don't feel you have to do all of the work that is set on the website - the work is there as a resource for parents to use, not a list that you need to complete. It is important to keep a balance of activities during the day and keeping the children happy and engaged at this time is more important than trying to complete mountains of work. Equally having a structure to days will help to keep children going at this time so building in academic study around other activities will help to occupy their time. Physical activity will also help and although this is tricky at the moment, as opportunities to go outside are limited, there are plenty of activities that can be done inside.(see class pages). If parents and children have been doing any in-door activities that they would like to share please send photos or videos into school, via the office email, and we will do our best to add them to this website for others to enjoy. Please also look out for your child's emotional wellbeing at this time - although some may see this as an adventure others may find the time away from school to be more difficult to cope with.  


Please look after one another, yourselves and your children at this time.


Ed Dawson



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Friday 20th March update

The following letter will be sent to parents today explaining current arrangements for school from Monday onwards in light of the recent government announcements


Dear Parent / Carer


We are sure that you will have heard the Prime Minister’s announcement on Wednesday 18 March about general school closures but continuing provision for children of key workers and vulnerable children. We are writing to give you an update on our plans for this, following further guidance from the government which was published this morning.


School will close to the vast majority of children at the end of Friday 20 March and there is no expectation that pupils will then attend school until the advice from Government changes.


Emergency Service


While our school will be closed for general admissions, all schools across the country are being asked to run an emergency service for the children of key workers in essential services so that they are able to continue to work. The list of key workers published by the government includes the following;

  • Health and social care.   This includes but is not limited to doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff including volunteers; the support and specialist staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector; those working as part of the health and social care supply chain, including producers and distributers of medicines and medical and personal protective equipment.


  • Education and childcare. This includes nursery and teaching staff, social workers and those specialist education professionals who must remain active during the COVID-19 response to deliver this approach.


  • Key public services. This includes those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, those responsible for the management of the deceased, and journalists and broadcasters who are providing public service broadcasting.


  • Local and national government. This only includes those administrative occupations essential to the effective delivery of the COVID-19 response or delivering essential public services such as the payment of benefits, including in government agencies and arms length bodies.


  • Food and other necessary goods. This includes those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery as well as those essential to the provision of other key goods (for example hygienic and veterinary medicines).


  • Public safety and national security. This includes police and support staff, Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel (those critical to the delivery of key defence and national security outputs and essential to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic), fire and rescue service employees (including support staff), National Crime Agency staff, those maintaining border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles, including those overseas.


  • Transport. This includes those who will keep the air, water, road and rail passenger and freight transport modes operating during the COVID-19 response, including those working on transport systems through which supply chains pass.


  • Utilities, communication and financial services. This includes staff needed for essential financial services provision (including but not limited to workers in banks, building societies and financial market infrastructure), the oil, gas, electricity and water sectors (including sewerage), information technology and data infrastructure sector and primary industry supplies to continue during the COVID-19 response, as well as key staff working in the civil nuclear, chemicals, telecommunications (including but not limited to network operations, field engineering, call centre staff, IT and data infrastructure, 999 and 111 critical services), postal services and delivery, payments providers and waste disposal sectors.

If workers think they fall within the critical categories above they should confirm with their employer that, based on their business continuity arrangements, their specific role is necessary for the continuation of this essential public service.

There is no expectation that children of these key workers have to attend school. If you fall into this group and wish to make other arrangements, then you are welcome to do so.


Please be aware that we are running on a reduced staff at present as several staff fall into the ‘at risk’ category or are having to self-isolate.


The Government is also asking that we continue to provide education and support for children who have an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP), children who have a social worker assigned to the family, those from families receiving Early Help and children receiving support from the Primary Behaviour Service.


Again, there is no requirement that children that these groups have to come to school, but they will be welcome should parents or carers choose this option.


In order for us to plan for next week it is vital that we as a school are aware of how many children we are likely to have in school. The default position is that children will not be in school in an attempt to reduce social contact and slow down the spread of the virus. If parents fall into one of the categories above AND are planning to send their children into school from next week, please contact the school today to let us know. This can be done by email via


For the key workers who are planning to send children into school from Monday the school opening times remain unchanged - doors will open at 8.40am and pick up will be at  3.30pm as normal.


Home to School Transport


The County Council will continue to make home to school transport available to those children that are eligible to receive it. In some instances that might require some changes to be made which may take a little time. We expect further information from the Local Authority if this is the case and will provide further information as soon as we have it.


Online materials and learning


For those children who will be at home from Monday morning, there will be online resources available to support children to continue to learn. These will be on the school website in the class pages section and these will be regularly updated by school staff. In addition, the BBC has said that it will be increasing its range of resources to support children’s education.


We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support through these unprecedented times. Please be assured that we will continue to update you as the situation changes and that we will continue to work for the best interests of the children at our school.


Yours sincerely



Ed Dawson and Emma Cady

Re: Coronavirus update – school closure for most pupils


Following on from my last update, I’m now writing to confirm that we have now been instructed to close the school to almost all children after this Friday until further notice.

As advised by the government, we will do all we can to stay open for the children of key workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, others in frontline services) and children with certain needs.

We are waiting for the government to publish more information on what this means, but it would help us in the meantime if you could let us know if you think your child may fall into one of these categories. Please contact the school office by email and please include the job which you do and your child's class and name.We’ll be in touch again as soon as we are sure who this does apply to.

All other children will need to stay at home, so we ask that you do not send your child into school from Monday onwards.

Please note that this is a national closure – as you may have heard in the news – so while it is a challenging situation, we are not alone. We’ll re-open fully as soon as we can and will let you know when this is by email and via this website.


What we’ll continue doing while your child is at home

Your child’s learning is of course important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child to learn as best as we can.

The work can be completed into any school books which you have at home, on line where appropriate or on paper. If you need to contact your child's class teacher for any reason please do so via the school office email account. Please be aware that some staff are currently self isolating at home and that other staff will be teaching those children who are still in school so the response will not be immediate but we will attempt to answer any queries as soon as we can. 


If your child usually receives free school meals we will also be in touch with more information about how we will continue to provide this, with support from a scheme that the government has just announced.


Once we have more information we will be able to guide you about the availability of breakfast club for those children who are going to be in school from next Monday. As you are already aware there will be no after school clubs, school trips or community events running for obvious reasons.


This is as much as we know right now and we appreciate your continued patience with as we deal with this ever-changing situation. We understand that this latest news will have an impact on you and your family and it’s far from ideal, but we’ll continue to keep in touch with any updates as the situation develops.


And remember: if you or your child feels ill and you want to know what to do next, please use NHS 111 online.

Thank you again for your continued support, and we will be in touch with more information when we can.

Ed Dawson

School closure information - from Monday of next week


This evening the education secretary made the following announcement:


After schools shut their gates on Friday afternoon, they will remain closed until further notice except for children of key workers and vulnerable children, as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus.

Examples of these workers include NHS staff, police and supermarket delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work to support the country’s fight to tackle coronavirus. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans – a legal document that describes a child’s special educational needs and the support they require.

Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care.


We will await further clarification as to who is considered to be a key worker at this time. We hope to receive further information from the government tomorrow. In the mean time please watch this webpage for further updates.


As part of the announcement the prime minister also suggested that the exams that were scheduled for May and June will not now go ahead. This will affect the children currently in year six who were due to take their SATS and year 4 children who were due to complete the times table tests later this year.

If you are currently being affected financially by the Covid 19 (Corona Virus) outbreak and are struggling to provide food for your family, please let the school know as we may be able to put you in contact with local organisations who may be able to help.


Equally for those who are able to support others please consider Basingstoke Food bank at this time as the demand on their resources is considerable. Many thanks.

Children completing work at home due to self isolation or school closure


We are currently adding additional work that children can complete at home onto our year group pages which can be found under the children tab. We will update these regularly so please check back to see if there has been more work added.

There is also homework to be found under the homework tab.


If you are having to isolate at this time and your child is not feeling unwell it is important to maintain routines as much as possible so that children don't treat the time away from school as a holiday but rather as a different place to complete their work. You child will be issued with a home working book in which to complete the work that they can find on the school website. Try to encourage your child to treat the book as if it were a school book and get them to write the date / title for each piece of work and to work hard on the quality of presentation.


It may be helpful to have a time table for the day similar to one in school where different activities can be planned in -  including break times and lunchtimes - along with some physical exercise if at all possible.

The following structure was suggested on twitter and work that has been suggested by school can be included in the 'academic' time slots. 

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Letter sent to parents on 17th March

Update on 17th March 2020


On Monday the Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19. This guidance will assist staff in addressing COVID-19 in educational settings. This includes childcare, schools, further and higher educational institutions.

What you need to know:

  • staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal
  • if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home
  • clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products
  • supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues

The updated guidance can be found here:

Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

The Chief Medical Officer has advised that the impact of closing schools on both children’s education and on the workforce would be substantial, but the benefit to public health may not be. Decisions on future advice to education or children’s social care settings will be taken based on the latest and best scientific evidence, which at this stage suggests children are a lower risk group.




Hatch Warren Junior School Written by Ed Dawson

Coronavirus planning policy: Update 12th March 2020

Hatch Warren Junior School will follow instructions from Department of Education on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and Public Health England.

The department of education’s information is updated on a daily basis with advice and instructions.

Currently the advice is that no school should be closed in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by the Public Health England.

Hand Washing Regime

Below we have identified three times during the school day where the children will need to wash their hands. We are also very aware of the impact this will have in class with regards to timings but it is important we do this. We have a responsibility and duty of care to do the very best for our children in reducing and helping to 'contain' the outbreak.

Classes will follow the plan below:

Times children must wash hands, using the classroom sinks:

1. On arrival in the classroom

2. Before break /snack

3. Before lunch

Children will also be reminded of the importance of washing hands after going to the toilet and if coughing or sneezing into their hands.

Classes will use the link to teach children how to wash their hands effectively. (Newsround Page

Staff must wash hands frequently at school.

Visitors to School

We will ask all visitors to clean their hands with antibacterial gel when they arrive at school. If supplies run out, visitors will be asked to wash their hands and will be escorted to the adult toilets to ensure safeguarding.

School Closure Decision – Out of Hours

If the school is to be closed because of the coronavirus, outside of school hours, the snow chain telephone action plan will be put into place to inform staff members. A text message will go out to parents/carers to inform them that the school is closed. It will also be posted on the school website. The length of time the school will be closed will be determined by Public Health England and Department of Education. The school will keep everyone informed by text/email messages. A sign will be placed on the gate to inform everyone that the school is closed.

A link to the Department of Education will be sent to parents for government guidance.

Emergency School Closure Decision – During School Hours

If the government advises that the school should close during school hours we will inform parents by text message that they will need to collect their children as soon as possible.

If a parent cannot collect and need to send an alternative person to collect, they must let the school office know who this person will be. The office will then pass this information onto the class teacher.

All children must be collected. No child will be allowed to walk home by themselves.

Children will be collected from their class rooms.

Coronavirus Case Found in School

In the event that cases of the coronavirus are found in school, we will follow instructions from the Department of Education and Public Health England.

The school will be deep cleaned by professional company or by staff members.

If any staff members, staff family members, pupils or parents/carers thinks they have symptoms of the coronavirus, they should call NHS 111 for advice and follow the UK Government advice for childcare or educational settings Parents/Carers can visit NHS.UK to find out more information. Teachers and support staff should follow the UK Government advice.

Staff members/parents/carers/pupils must inform the school Head Teacher if they think they have the coronavirus or returning from countries with specific lockdown areas.

GOV.UK Department of Education Coronavirus

Phone: 0800 046 8687 Email: Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday

 Updates on COVID-19:

Guidance for educational settings: