Lockdown Social Stories
Mindset and Memory - a series of remote workshops for the parents and carers at Julian’s Primary School, created by TailoredPractice
The following sessions were created for the parents and carers in order to share with you some of the research and techniques that we have been using at Julian’s. Although each video has been created for a different phase, they are applicable for all primary school ages.
We hope you find the sessions useful. If you wish to give us some feedback on the sessions, we would appreciate it. Please go to this feedback link to do so. Thank you.
Mind Your Language video
How the language we use with children can have a lasting impact on their attitude to learning
EYFS focus (approx 14 mins)
Make Thinking Visible video
How our language can help children develop their thinking and learning skills
Key Stage One focus (approx 13 mins)
Mindset and Memory video
What parents and carers should know about memory and how they can support their children’s learning at home
Key Stage Two focus (17 mins)
March 8th School Reopening Information
Safer Internet Day! (9th February 2021)
Risk Assessment during lockdown V7 29th January 2021
Risk Assessment during lockdown V6 January 2021
January Opening Guidance
Julian's is closed from Tuesday 5th January to all pupils except children of key worker parents, children with an EHCP and/or vulnerable children with exceptional circumstances. All applications received for places were ranked according to this criteria and places allocated where possible. If you have applied for one of these places during the January lockdown and were successful, you will be notified by the school directly. Unfortunately due to bubble number restrictions, we are currently unable to offer places to all those who applied. If you were successful and would like more information on the provision being offered during lockdown, please click here to access the JPS January Opening Guidance document and click here to access the Blended Learning Policy
Spring 2021 School Lockdown Provision
If you are identified as a key worker, your family may qualify for your child(ren) to receive childcare while the school is closed. In order for us to adequately staff and resource this provision we need you to complete and return the form below as soon as possible and return to firstname.lastname@example.org
2021 School Opening
Please note that yesterday’s Government announcement does not affect Lambeth primary schools. Julian’s will therefore be open to children on Tuesday 5th January 2021 as planned. We will update you if this changes. Stay safe.
Julian's Primary School PTFA (SW16 & SE27)
Required from 2nd November 2020
We are seeking excellent Cover Supervisors to join our team of dedicated staff. The purpose of the role is to cover teacher’s Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA) time and to provide short term sickness cover. This is an opportunity for TAs to develop their skills and gain experience of managing a whole class.
A cold, flu or coronavirus - which one do I have?
Check your symptoms in the video link
COVID 19 Outbreak Prevention, Preparedness and Control- Resources for schools and parents:
Full Opening Risk Assessment - September 2020
School dinners increase from £2 to £2.30 per day with effect from 3rd September 2020. Please read explanatory letter here
Schoolfriends Club Information Letter and Risk Assessments
Parent Feedback Form
Following the JPS virtual parent/carers meetings last week, the parent/carer feedback form is now live. Please click here to provide us with your feedback. Thank you!
Please visit our new Family Support section on our website
End of Year Reports
End of year reports will be sent out this year during the first week of July. In a break from tradition, reports will be all send out electronically unless you opt to receive a paper copy by post. Please contact the office if you wish to receive a paper copy. Teachers will also be in contact to arrange a parent/carer/teacher consultation via Zoom - details to follow
JPS Letter to Parents June 12th 2020
Message from SLT - May 31 2020
Thank you for your support in ensuring pupils are kept safe, well and able to learn at home during this unprecedented time with the Coronavirus outbreak. As a school, we are hugely appreciative of how our community has come together to support one another. Please see below for further information following the PM briefing on May 28th.
Message from SLT - May 22nd, 2020
Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope that you are all keeping safe and well!
We have been very busy working in school to get a sense of what the new "normal" will look like when we potentially welcome back some of our children for the final term of the year. After much debate and reflection, we feel that it is important to take a measured and gradual approach in order to keep everybody as safe as possible.
As I have said before, I want to be as open as possible with you but this is proving very difficult with the sheer quantity of advice/guidance (often contradictory), which is being released. Once we have finalised plans we will of course explain what life will be like back in school. We do know however that our school is going to feel very different. Children will need to socially distance in school, with desks set out in classrooms 2m apart and, in line with Government guidance, all unnecessary furniture, soft furnishings, small toys, and books will be removed; drop off and pick up times will be staggered; children will eat their lunch in classrooms; parents/carers will not be allowed in the school buildings to name but a few. We appreciate that this is an extremely challenging time for you all and we understand that the flurry of communications from the Government has done little to help you or us make sense of it all.
At the moment we are intending to bring Key Worker/vulnerable children only into school as of 1st June. The provision will continue as normal for those first two weeks. Only if it is safe to do so, will we take the tentative steps of welcoming the Year 1 children back in the week beginning Monday 15th June 2020. The Government is due to make an announcement on Thursday 28th May 2020 on whether the country has met the five tests and we are hoping that there will be some much needed clarity at that point. We will then communicate our plans in more detail with you including whether it is safe and feasible to open up the school to more children. I say all of this in the knowledge that an independent group of SAGE scientists released a statement today saying that it is not safe to open schools on the 1st June.
After much consideration we will now be opting for a system of class “bubbles” with a maximum of 15 children in each, if and when we do open. If your child is in Year 1 you will be offered a mixed approach with two days in school and three days of home learning. The school days will be set as Monday and Tuesday for Group 1 and Thursday and Friday for Group 2 each week. It is unlikely at this stage that all children will be taught by their class teacher.
Thank you for your responses to the parental survey which enabled us to ascertain the numbers of parent/cares who intend to send their children back into school. In the week commencing 1st June, class teachers will contact you directly to finalise numbers if we are able to open to Year 1. Please be aware that children will only be able to be part of one “bubble” and therefore will not be able to move between key worker/year group “bubbles”.
I hope this has given you some more information regarding how the school will operate during these difficult and testing times.
Alison, Becky and Sam
Parental Survey - Potential June 1st Opening
Parental Survey for EYFS, Y1 and Y6 Parents Only
In light of the government's recent announcement on the possible reopening of schools, could you please complete this questionnaire so that we are able to gather the views of parents and carers in our school community.
Message from SLT - May 12th 2020
I hope that you are all safe and well.
I have waited before writing to you as I thought that the announcement by Boris Johnson on Sunday would bring some clarity to the situation and I would therefore be in a position to write to you in an informed way. As many of you are aware advice is changing all the time and this is very difficult to manage.
In his address to the country, the Prime Minister spoke of Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 children returning to school as of 1st June with an ambition to bring back ALL primary aged children by the end of June. I am sure you were all for a moment filled with hope – hope for a return to normality, before the reality of what this actually meant sunk in. It is important to note that prior to the release of the latest proposals the Government had sent through no information/plans or details on what the new proposals would, in fact, be. Until yesterday, we had not received any further information to support us with this new plan to start the phased reopening of some year groups. The Plan to Rebuild; the UK Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy document released yesterday did little, if anything, to clarify how this would work in practice. We hoped to receive further information from the DfE, and sure enough a further set of documents were released yesterday evening including suggestions for social distancing, less pupils in school, splitting of classes, staggered lunches/start and end times and so on but with little detail on how this would work in practice. The document released on Monday also made it clear that the dates set out could be delayed if the five conditions are not met at any stage with any changes announced at least 48 hours in advance and so potentially at very short notice.
I felt it was best to be honest with you as our school community and share our initial thoughts with you so that we are being as open and transparent as possible about the situation we are facing.
Firstly, I think it is important to state that there is no such thing as social distancing in schools. It does not exist and will never exist. The reason childhood illnesses spread in a school is because we are all in constant contact with each other, hence the spread of chicken pox for example when it starts in a class. This virus we have been told is a super spreader and therefore although child mortality has thankfully been low, there remains a very real risk to the staff who work in our school.
Secondly, after 17 years of headship and having taught since the early 80s, I have been in the privileged position to lead this school through many changes – some very challenging. I have had the pleasure of caring for hundreds/thousands of children and leading a dedicated group of staff over the years and now. And yet, I find myself in the unfathomable position of not knowing how this could possibly work. Adhering to social distancing (just!) will mean splitting classes into groups of 10 on a three weekly rotation, so that children can be taught by their class teacher, after weeks of social isolation. This is in spite of the latest guidance from the Government for parents/carers which recommended groups of 15 and does not take into account the trauma that many children may have experienced after months of social isolation.
Thirdly, entry to the school will have to be significantly reduced with potentially no admission to the school grounds and/or buildings on either site for adults and strict adherence to the 2m social distancing rule whilst dropping children in the morning and collecting at the end of the school day. A delayed entry to school in the mornings could work …West Norwood has 5 entrances (including the car park entrance) so we could limit year groups to certain entrances and Streatham has 3 (including the car park entrance) so we could have 3 points of entry. Staggered starts and ends to the school day could make this more workable but I am at a loss as to how this would actually work in practice.
Fourthly, lunches would be an impossible feat. Were social distancing to be adhered to in the lunch halls, we would spend all day catering for the children and children then having lunch and breaks at odd times. The only solution would be to offer packed lunches and for children to eat in classes if children were attending for the whole day.
Fifthly, in order to overcome some of the many challenges we are proposing that we possibly adopt a staged approach to children coming back to school with Reception coming in first, followed by Year 1 and then Year 6 in the first instance. This will mean that not all children in those Year groups will start on June 1st. Children will be in on a three weekly rota basis which we will share with you once it is completed.
Finally, we all want schools and life to return to normal. We all miss the children and the vibrancy of normal school life. We are committed to this happening but need a measured and well-planned approach for this to be workable. We understand the pressure you are all under and empathise with you completely. Many of us are parents/carers and are in the same position – trying to juggle home schooling with our jobs, managing furloughing/loss of jobs amongst other things. At the moment, for us in school, there is no change to the guidance. We will provide care for those parents/carers whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response and only those that cannot be safely cared for at home. The message is it is still safer to stay at home.
We are in urgent need of clear guidance to plan how it is possible to socially distance in schools and keep our children, teachers and families safe including how we might start to phase groups of children returning and what this will look like in practice. Please be assured that there is no way we will open until we are 100% prepared.
As always we will keep you informed but for now, please try not to worry. Our plan for now is to continue to provide activities for learning at home, keep contact with you, our families and continue to support each other in these very difficult and uncertain times.
Best wishes to you all!
Alison, Becky and Sam
Term 5 News
Welcome back to what would have been the start of Term 5. Strange times indeed! Casting my mind back a few weeks I could not have imagined a world where schools would be closed, online learning would be in place, streets would be virtually empty and social distancing would be the new norm. The situation at the moment for us all sometimes feels like a slightly surreal, recurring dream....Everything feels at times quite overwhelming and strange....but here we are and it has become our new normality. These are truly unprecedented times, with the uncertainty of when we might start recognising things as "normal" again one of the biggest issues we face.
I sincerely hope that you and your families are well during these times of great worry and uncertainty. There is no doubt that we are living through a period that could perhaps significantly change society and the way we all live.
In line with Government requests, Julian's Primary has continued to open to the children of critical workers, vulnerable children with a named social worker, and children who have a formal Education and Health Care Plan. This opening has been Monday to Friday including over the Easter break. We have also made vouchers available to all children eligible for free school meals. Please contact email@example.com if you are having difficulty in accessing these.
We are grateful to all staff for recognising that these are unprecedented times, and for continuing to work, in spite of the increased risk to their own health, and that of their families, caused by being in school. Where staff do not need to be in school, we have asked them to work from home, in line with government advice. We are very grateful to all parents/carers who are critical workers for keeping their children at home where at all possible - this is the safest place for them.
Since the closure of all schools to most children, we have made J2e available to all our families. Please contact us if you are having difficulty accessing the materials on STRclosures@juliansprimary.org.uk or WNclosures@juliansprimary.org.uk depending on your child/ren's site. We are grateful to all parents/carers who have supported the children in completing learning at home. These packs cannot replicate what children do in school with their teachers, our facilities and resources but we are all doing the best we can in the circumstances.
There are, of course, lots of new and free on-line educational materials now being published and available for those that want to do them, and we would encourage you to make use of them if you would like to.
At the point of writing, we have no indication about when schools might be fully open again, in spite of the recent news coverage. It seems likely that all will be asked to have a phased opening of some description, possibly with children attending on a part-time basis to help maintain social distancing in classrooms (impossible with 30 children!). We are evaluating national advice on a daily basis, and are very much looking forward to welcoming all children and staff back into school as soon as the scientific advice tells us that it is safe to do so.
Please continue to keep yourselves and your family safe during these very trying times by staying at home and following all rules on social distancing. Holding up the spread of this highly dangerous and often life-threatening disease has to be the priority for each and every one of us.
As a special treat, we thought it would be good to spread a little Julian's happiness with our very own version of HAPPY...Please watch and enjoy!
We miss you all!
Stay safe and well....
Alison, Becky and Sam
The Government yesterday announced the introduction of new stringent measures to help tackle the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
These are being introduced because of the rapid increase in cases and aim to push the peak of cases into the summer to ease the pressure on the NHS.
Here are the key points:
- Anyone who has a new persistent cough or a temperature of 37.8C or above and anyone who lives with them should stay at home for 14 days.
- People should minimise social contact and avoid public transport, pubs, clubs, theatres and other such social venues.
- People should start working from home where they possibly can.
- Those over 70 or those who have a significant health condition such as heart disease and lung disease as well as women who are pregnant need to take extra care to minimise social contact for 12 weeks from the end of this week.
- Only use the NHS when we really need to.
- From tomorrow government will no longer be "supporting" mass gatherings using emergency workers.
These new measures are having a significant impact on our school and we would ask you to keep a close eye on the website for further information.
Newsletter Issue No 22
Newsletter Issue No 21
West Norwood site Closure
The West Norwood site was unfortunately closed this morning (Thursday) due to local power cuts that affected the safe working of the school. This was luckily repaired by midmorning and we were able to open, as usual, in the afternoon. Thank you all for your understanding in this matter.