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This much we know so far about opening in September

Dear Parents, 

 

Since the government released their guidance last week, we have been working hard behind the scenes to plan for the full return of all children in September. I’d like to thank all of our families for your ongoing support and patience. The following information is what we know so far and reflects the evolving nature of the COVID crisis and the response to it. Over the coming days and weeks I will update this page with more information so that I can paint the clearest picture of what September will look like. I will send a link via text after each update. 

 

Sections on this page: 

  • Year Group Teachers 2020-2021 (Last updated 13.7.20)
  • What are the transition arrangements? (Last updated 13.7.20)
  • Will my child need to wear their school uniform in September? (Last updated 13.7.20)
  • Will the Breakfast club be running in September? (Last updated 13.7.20)
  • Will after school clubs be running in the Autumn term? (Last updated 13.7.20)
  • Will there be staggered start and finish times? (Last updated 4.8.20)
  • I need to drop my child off earlier than their bubble’s start time, can they wait somewhere until their bubble starts? (Last updated 13.7.20)
  • How will classrooms be laid out? (Last updated 13.7.20)
  • Does my child need to bring a packed lunch or will hot school meals be provided? (Last updated 15.7.20)
  • What will the curriculum be like when the children return in the Autumn term? (Last updated 13.7.20)
  • Which days will my child have PE and what should they wear? (Last updated 4.8.20)
  • Where will my child store their coat? (Last updated 4.8.20)
  • Can my child bring a bag to school? (Last updated 4.8.20)
  • Can my child bring a mobile phone to school? (4.8.20)
  • Will residential visits take place this year? (For example Colomendy) (Last updated 13.7.20)
  • Will Year 4 still have ukulele lessons as in previous years? (Last updated 13.7.20)
  • Will all year groups swim as in previous years? (Last updated 13.7.20)
  • Will school accept letters or cash payments? (Last updated 15.7.20)
  • What should my child bring into school? (Last updated 15.7.20)
  • Music tuition arrangements: Choir, Guitar, Keyboard, Samba, Drums, Flute, Singing, Violin (Last updated 20.7.20)

 

 

Year Group Teachers 2020 - 2021

 

We are pleased to welcome some new members of staff to Gilmour and also to share that some teachers are moving year groups. We are pleased to welcome Miss Williams and Mr Snowdon to the Gilmour Team and excited to announce that Mr Kirby will move to Year 3 from September 2020. 

 

Year 3

   

Mr Gillespie (3G)

Miss Porter (3P)

Mr Kirby (3K)

Year 4

   

Mrs Tynan (4T)

Mr Munshi (4M)

Mr Barrett (4B)

Year 5

   

Miss Teague (5T)

Miss Williams (5W)

Mr Snowdon (5S)

Year 6 

   

Mrs Stanton (6S)

Mr McGilligan (6M)

 
 

Classes for 2020 - 2021

 

Here are the classes for next year:

 

2M moves to 3K

2A moves to 3G

2C moves to 3P

 

3B moves to 4T: Meet Mrs Tynan 9.15am Monday 20th https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/4t-meet-the-teacher-tickets-114039669722

3G moves to 4M: Meet Mr Munshi 9:40am Monday 20th https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/x/4m-class-meet-the-teacher-tickets-114039832208

3P moves to 4B: Meet Mr Barrett 10:05am Monday 20th https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/x/4b-class-meet-the-teacher-tickets-114091486708

 

4T moves to 5W: Meet Miss Williams 11:05am Monday 20th https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/x/5w-class-meet-the-teacher-tickets-114091554912

4M moves to 5S: Meet Mr Snowdon 10:30am Monday 20th https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/x/5s-class-meet-the-teacher-tickets-114091924016

4B moves 5T: Meet Miss Teague 10:55am Monday 20th https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/x/5t-class-meet-the-teacher-tickets-114092206862

 

5K/W moves to 6S: Meet Mrs Stanton 11:30am Monday 20th https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/x/6s-class-meet-the-teacher-tickets-114092754500

5T moves to 6M: Meet Mr McGilligan 11:55am Monday 20th https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/x/6m-class-meet-the-teacher-tickets-114092329228



 

What are the transition arrangements 

 

Before the Summer Holiday: 

 

On Monday 20th July each class will be invited to meet their teacher in a virtual class meeting. To do this we are using the Microsoft Teams Platform. Next week we will share details of how your child can log into the Microsoft Teams Platform ahead of the meeting on Monday 20th July. 

 

Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th September 2020:

 

When school returns in September, we will invite only Year 3 children to attend school on these days. This is to support their transition to Gilmour Juniors. We will welcome all children back to school on Monday 7th September. 

 

What will school be like when the children return in September? 

 

In this section we will try and answer some commonly asked questions. We will add to this section as more information becomes available or themes emerge. 

 

Will my child need to wear their school uniform in September?

 

Yes, when we return children will need to wear their school uniform. Depending on the weather they may choose to wear either their Summer or Winter uniform. Details of our school uniform can be found here:

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Will the Breakfast club be running in September? 

 

Parents should plan for the fact that the breakfast club will not be operational in September or in the Autumn term. If the breakfast club were to return, its capacity would likely be reduced from what it previously was. Having a place at Breakfast club previously would not guarantee a place if Breakfast club were to reopen. 

 

Will after school clubs be running in the Autumn term? 

 

No, there will not be any after school clubs running in September or the Autumn term. 

 

Will there be staggered start and finish times? 

 

Yes, in order that we can maintain the bubble structure it will be necessary for classes to arrive and leave at different points throughout the day. So that we can enable social distancing and keep everyone as safe as possible, we ask that only one parent drops off / collects their child. 

 

Year Group Drop off Time Collection Time Drop off / collection point
3 9.10am 3.40pm Duncombe Road North
4 8.30am 3pm Duncombe Road North
5 8.30am 3pm Berners Road
6 9.10am  3.40pm Berners Road
 

Will there be staggered play and lunch times? 

 

Yes, in order that bubbles can be kept distanced children will have staggered play and lunch times.

 

I need to drop my child off earlier than their bubble’s start time, can they wait somewhere until their bubble starts? 

 

No, this won’t be possible. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. 

 

How will classrooms be laid out? 

 

Department for Education guidance is that classes are set out in rows with children facing the front. 

 

Does my child need to bring a packed lunch or will hot school meals be provided? 

 

From September we plan to resume our hot school meals service. The cost for a school dinner is £2 per day. Payment will only be accepted via the school Eduspot platform, due to COVID 19 we are unable to accept cash. 

Children who wish to stay packed lunch can do so as usual. Lunches can be brought into school in a lunch box or bag, this does not need to be disposable. 

 

What will the curriculum be like when the children return in the Autumn term? 

 

We will shortly post further details of what the curriculum will look like for each year group. In designing the curriculum for the children’s return we have considered research that focussed on the impact of school closure on children’s learning. We shall shortly post a link to a webinar given by Doctor Lisa Maria Muller from the Chartered College of Teaching. 

 

In the first half term emphasis will be placed on English, Maths and outdoor activity. Children will also study Science, Art, RE, PHSE and History. This approach is to support the children in covering curriculum content that they have not covered due to COVID 19. We will review our curricula foci over the course of the first half term and review the subject balance for the second part of the Autumn term.  

 

Which days will my child have PE and what should they wear?

 

Your child will have PE on the following days, see the table below. To minimise the need to bring equipment into school we are asking that children come to school wearing their PE kit with a tracksuit over the top. This is because, when possible, PE will take place outside. Children will need both trainers (For outside use) and pumps for indoor sessions. Pumps can be left in school. 

Children will wear their tracksuits / PE kits for the remainder of the day. Children are to wear tracksuits and not sports leggings etc. 

 

Year Group PE Day
Year 3 Thursday afternoon
Year 4 Wednesday afternoon
Year 5 Monday afternoon
Year 6  Tuesday afternoon

 

Where will my child store their coat etc?

 

We are excited to announce that over the Summer holidays we have had lockers installed. The lockers are easier for the containment of belongings and are not for security. Whilst the lockers close, they do not lock. Children will not be allowed to bring in locks for their lockers. 

Children will be allocated a locker when they return to school. 

 

Can my child bring a bag to school? 

 

Your child shouldn’t really need to bring a bag to school as all stationery your child needs will be provided. If your child does need to bring a bag it must be a small bag able to fit in their locker. Children will not be allowed to store items on top of their locker. 

 

Can my child bring their mobile phone to school? 

 

No, children are not allowed to bring mobile phones to school under any circumstances. Any child found with a mobile phone will have this confiscated and only returned to a responsible adult.

 

Will residential visits take place this year? (For example Colomendy)

 

Government advice is against any residential visits.

 

Will Year 4 still have ukulele lessons as in previous years? 

 

No, these will not take place.

 

Will all year groups swim as in previous years? 

 

Only two year groups will have swimming lessons in 2020 - 2021. More details will be shared here shortly. 

 

Will school accept letters or cash payments?


No, we will be unable to accept letters or cash payments. We ask that all correspondence be sent via email to the school admin account: 

admin@gilmourjuniors.com 

 

What should my child bring into school?

 

Your should not bring a pencil case or any stationery into school. We will provide any stationery your child needs.

 


 

Music tuition arrangements: Choir, Guitar, Keyboard, Samba, Drums, Flute, Violin, Singing

Due to COVID-19 and the requirement for children to remain in "bubbles" it will not be possible for the above tuition to take place as it normally would. Below are details of arrangements put in place by the music tutors: 

 

Guitar with Chris Vernon: 

Chris has arranged online tuition, please see details on the leaflet below. 

 

Choir

Awaiting details 

 

Keyboard, Flute, Singing, Ukulele, Violin 

Cerys is continuing with the above lessons online. 
Places are limited so it’s a first come, first serve basis. 
Her number is 07799 743150

 

Samba

Samba drumming will not be able to take place. 

 

Drums 

Awaiting details

 

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