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FAQs for February Phased reopening Foundation Phase

Brynmill Opening Logistics Key Points for Parents  

Welsh Government has issued comprehensive guidance for schools for the February phased reopening which details the planning and reorganisation that schools will need to put in place in readiness for Foundation Phase return from 24th February.  

 

The Minister for Education, Kirsty Williams, says that “we will start a phased return to face to face learning for our Foundation Phase learners (3 – 7 year olds). 

There will be some flexibility over this first week, with all Foundation Learners (including those in non-maintained settings) in school by the end of that week.. 

 

In order to mitigate some of the risks associated with a Foundation Phase return, schools are being asked to reduce contact by: 

 

  • Grouping learners together 
  • avoiding contact between groups as much as possible 
  • arranging classrooms with forward facing desks where appropriate 
  • staff maintaining distance from learners and other staff as much as possible 
  • Use of face coverings 

 

Below is a set of answers to the things we think most parents will want to know.If you have any other questions, we will use them to update this page.  

Point   Actions  
What date will my child start?    Wednesday 24th February– Foundation Phase classes Reception-Year 2 

Thursday 25th February  – All Foundation Phase pupils including nursery pupils 

Friday 26th February – All Foundation Phase pupils including nursery pupils 

Will there be staggered drop off and collection times? Yes 

 

What will the timings be? 

 

Where do I line up with my child?  

 

  • Gate 1 Trafalgar  
  • Gate 2 Trafalgar  
  • Gate 3  - Kemble 
  • Gate 4 – De Breos 
  • Gate 5 – Waterloo 

 

In line with Welsh Government’s suggested measures for arriving and leaving schools, classes will have a different drop off and collection times. The timings will be as follows  

 

 

8:30 am – 3:00 pm  

1 /2 H – Gate 3 

1 /2 L – Gate 2 

1 / 2 B – Gate 4   

 

8:45 – 11.15 am

Nursery LFPM – Gate 4

Nursery LFP R – Gate 3

8:45 am to 3:15 pm  

LFP M – Gate 4 (with runner)  

LFP R – Gate 3 with runner   

KS2 Childcare – Gate 1 and 2 

Do I need to wear face covering to drop off my child?  All parents and visitors to school sites must wear a face covering. Parents should also avoid gathering at the school gate and should arrive as close as they can to their agreed drop off/collection time. 

 

Wearing of face coverings (primary)

The Welsh Government has updated its guidance on the use of face coverings in schools.

To reduce the risk of transmission amongst parents and relatives, please wear masks when visiting school, and at drop-off and collection areas. Maintaining clear social distance at the school gates will also reduce risk and set a good example to pupils.

If you have a secondary school aged child, be aware that face coverings should now be worn by year 7 and above pupils in all areas outside the classroom and be worn on dedicated school transport for year 7 and up.

Please follow these guidelines and encourage your child to follow theirs too.
Along with regular hand washing/sanitising and social distancing, this will reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 at school as far as possible.

They have been made stronger to keep you and your families as safe as possible. They are based on new advice from Welsh Government’s Technical Advisory Group, as we learn more about the way COVID-19 is transmitted.
Thank you for your help in doing all we can – together – to keep ourselves and others safe. 

Dropping off my child 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How will they come into school? 

Pupils will arrive and wait at different gates with one parent on socially distanced queue spots next to their class’s assigned gate/s.  

 

*It is important that pupils are accompanied by one parent or carer and that parents/ carers are on time.  

 

Parents/ carers will be asked if they or their child have any Covid symptoms.  

 

Children will enter one at a time and find a splat to stand on.  

All children will use hand sanitiser as they enter school and the need to handwash reinforced throughout the day.   

Please help us by ensuring social distancing, thinking twice before sharing lifts to schools, holding parties, sharing childcare, mixing on the way to school, whilst on school premises or afterwards. Please act responsibly as not doing so could jeopardise the return to school for the rest of the spring term. 

Collecting my child  

How will they leave school? 

 

All pupils must be collected from school. Staff will bring pupils down to the allocated exit and wait on splats.  Parents/carers are asked to wait on queue spots, a member of staff will call each child in turn. Once reunited with your child, parents and carers are asked to move away from the gate to avoid a gathering of any kind.  Please maintain a social distance of 2m. 
How will children be grouped? 

 

Your child will be in a consistent class size contact group 
What about break times?  Pupils will stay with their class for break times and lunch play on a staggered basis. They will be able to use an outdoor zone (weather permitting) with the aim of minimizing contact between groups, whilst still giving our children chance to run around and play together.  
Will there be Social Distancing?  Reducing the number of contacts between learners and staff will be achieved through keeping groups separate and through maintaining distance between individuals.  

In primary schools, especially for younger learners the emphasis will be on separating groups. For learners old enough, they should be supported to maintain distance and not touch staff where possible. 

What if my child becomes unwell?  Pupils who are feeling unwell during the school day will be allocated an isolation room for their and others’ safety.   

Pupils who are feeling ill before school should not attend and if they exhibit COVID19 symptoms, they should follow Public Health Wales advice for families in terms of quarantine and Track and Trace.  

Will the school continue to provide childcare for KS2?  Yes. Onsite learning for children of critical workers in Y3-6 WILL be available from 23 February. Onsite learning will still be offered to those who need it as opposed to those who want it.  

 

No onsite learning available for Foundation Phase pupils prior to their return to avoid mixing of contact groups during week beginning 22 February. 

Places will continue to be confirmed on a first come, first serve basis for the children of critical workers.  

What about Lunchtimes? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free School Meals 

 

Pupils will stay with their contact group (class) and will eat together in class or outside.  

 

Between 24 February and 26 February, your child (Foundation Phase and Childcare) will be required to bring a packed lunch to school.  

 

From the week commencing 1 March, Reception to year 2 children will start to receive a hot meal in school again.  Please remember to make sure your sQuid account is topped up.  Free school meal payments/parcels will not be provided for Foundation Phase children after 26 February (the last payment should be in bank accounts by Friday 12 February to cover the period up to 26 February, and the final fortnightly food parcel will be delivered on Monday 15 February 

 

The Local Authority catering service have informed schools that they are planning to offer school meals. For parents who wish to use this service, it will be available via Squid as usual from the 1ST March.   

Will my child need equipment? 

 

 

Can my child share class resources? 

 

For individual and very frequently used equipment, such as pencils and pens, pupils need to have their own items that are not shared. They should bring in their own pen and pencil case (one). However, if pupils need to borrow, then these will be cleaned at the end of the day. 

   

Classroom-based resources, such as books and games, can be used and shared within the contact group; these will be cleaned regularly 

 

Pupils should bring in their own water bottle and can fill it up through the day themselves, not share.   

Will there be Nursery provision?  Nursery will be returning on Thursday 25th February 2021 
Do staff or pupils need PPE?  Due to the scientific evidence related to the wearing of PPE clothing and masks, the schools risk assessment identifies when it may be needed, and that staff may choose to wear masks. If you wish your child to do so, we respect that choice however, parents are asked to consider WG guidance, which states that “No one who may not be able to handle face coverings as directed (e.g. young learners, or those with special educational needs or disabilities) should wear them as it may inadvertently increase the risk of transmission 

 

They must wash their hands upon arrival and dispose of temporary face covering in a bin. 

 

 Hand washing should always be practiced before putting on and after removing PPE   

How will infection control be managed?    Additional cleaning will take place through the day of all surfaces, high touch areas and resources used. Children will only use resources that can be frequently cleaned. Posters and videos will reinforce this with pupils. Toilet usage will be managed and water fountains will be made unavailable. Pupils with First Aid or Personal Care needs will be attended to by staff with PPE.   
What about uniform / clothing?  There is an expectation that pupils will wear uniform in line with the school policy. (clean each day) 
Will there be Breakfast Club? 

 

 

Will Playworks After School Club be operating? 

 

There will be no Breakfast club  

 

Schools in Swansea have risk assessments in place that will focus on educating 3-7 year olds within their class bubbles. This means that after school clubs, breakfast clubs and any activity that mixes bubbles in schools should be avoided.  

   
What will children be doing?  WG are directing schools to develop an approach to learning for the Autumn term which is flexible enough to adapt to different scenarios and differing amounts of in-school learning and learning at home or elsewhere. 

 

Priorities continue to include 

  • health and well-being  
  • what is important for learners now, the skills that our learners need to develop most both currently and in the longer-term 
  • literacy, numeracy and IT skills  
  • Opportunities across all of the curriculum areas, developing learning experiences which involves learning inside and outside school 

. 

Will I be able to talk with my child’s class teacher  Of course – however ad hoc site visits are not permitted. Where possible, we would try to arrange consultation remotely either via a telephone call or over Microsoft Team at the earliest convenience 

 

Please note, with the exception or drop off and collection, all gates will be locked. Should parents/carers require access to the school building, please contact the school office of 01792 463019  

 

Class dojo messaging service should be used as a means of communication between school and home.  

 I have children with different start and   finish times. 

What are my options? 

Dropping off 

 

Where siblings start times are different we would ask that the children arrive at the time (and gate 1) of the later sibling. 

 

Collection. 

WG Guidance demands that schools endeavour to avoid contact between different groups of learners. We would ask, unless in the case of an emergency, that your child/ren are collected at their allotted class pick up time 

   
   

 

Christmas Concert 2020

Can we once again say thank you so much for your continued support over the Autumn Term. Putting together a virtual concert was never going to be the same as a concert with a live audience, but we are truly proud of what the children and staff have achieved.

We hope you enjoy the show. Please click the picture link to watch:

Happy Christmas Day 2019: Merry Christmas Wishes Images, Whatsapp Messages, Quotes, SMS, Photos, Status, GIF Pics, HD Wallpapers, Shayari Download

 

Times when Remote Learning may be needed

Brynmill Primary Remote Learning for Children affected by COVID 19 

The Local Authority are supporting schools by putting together a learning continuity template, in the meantime, we thought it wise to put something together for times when remote learning may be needed.  

*For tutorials to access any of the digital learning platforms, please follow this link: 

Times when Remote Learning may be needed: 

  1. If your child is awaiting a test or test result there will  be a work pack linked in J2E for 

them to use. It will be called the “Waiting for a test result pack.” Teachers are unable 

to mark this work or give feedback. This pack must only used should your child be 

waiting for a test result. 

 

  1. If a childhas tostay in quarantine for 10/14 days  due to them or a family member testing positive for Coronavirus or If a child has to stay in 14 daysquarantine following an overseas holiday to a country not on the governments’, we have made  a “My Quarantine Pack” available through a link in J2EA hard copy is available on request, although please bear in mind that some tasks may have to be adapted if they include interactive links.  

*Reception children’s’ activities will be posted through Class Dojo.  

  1. If the class contact group or bubble has been told by Public Health Wales/ Track, Trace & Protect that they must self-isolate for a period of 14 day quarantine due to a case of COVID 19 in that bubble  In this instance, remote learning will be available, unless the class teacher shows signs of COVID 19 and becomes unwell (in this situation no teaching can be provided in the short term while plans are put in place) 

A blended model using the Hwb platform, J2e and where appropriate, Microsoft Teams will be used. The class teacher will have the ability to use recorded and live sessions as well as check in phone calls to support continuity of learning.  

During this time, your child will need to continue to undertake schoolwork at homeIf it is at all possible, it would be beneficial for children to follow their normal routine and be ready to start their school tasks in the morning 

Teachers will set an outline of tasks needed to be completed via live and recorded sessions, links in J2e and Microsoft Teams, dependant on the age of the child. Teachers will indicate whether a task needs to be returned as a file, link or upload a video/photo of completed work. Once again, please see our tutorials page how to do this. If you have any questions about thisplease contact your child’s teacher via Class Dojo. Teachers will be available during school hours to support pupils and parents.  For live sessions to be used, parents MUST complete the required consent, as per Welsh Government guidance. A link is to be found here: https://brynmill-primary-school1.j2bloggy.com/en_GB/live-and-recorded-session-consent/ 

For a link to our Distance Learning Policy, which includes Safeguarding guidance, please use the following links: 

Distance Learning Policy 

Distance and Blended Learning Brynmill Way 

BRYNMILL OPENING LOGISTICS FOR SEPTEMBER 2020 KEY POINTS FOR PARENTS

BRYNMILL OPENING LOGISTICS FOR SEPTEMBER 2020 KEY POINTS FOR PARENTS

Brynmill Opening Logistics Key Points for Parents  

Welsh Government has issued comprehensive guidance for schools for the Autumn Term which details the planning and reorganisation that schools will need to put in place in readiness for a full return on 14th September.  

 

Welsh Government say that “It is expected that planning and preparation days will take place at the start of term to enable schools and settings to work with their staff on reviewing their risk assessments, processes and associated systems.” 

 

In order to mitigate some of the risks associated with a full return, schools are being asked to reduce contact by: 

 

  • Grouping learners together 
  • avoiding contact between groups as much as possible 
  • arranging classrooms with forward facing desks where appropriate 
  • staff maintaining distance from learners and other staff as much as possible 

 

Below is a set of answers to the things we think most parents will want to know.If you have any other questions, we will use them to update this page.  

 

Point   Actions  
What date will my child start?    From Thursday 3rd September – Year 6 and Reception in phased groups only  From Monday 7th September  – Year 1, 3, 5 (Year 6 and Reception phased groups will continue to attend)  

From Wednesday 9th September  – Year 2 & 4 (all other year groups with exception of Nursery will continue to attend) 

From Thursday 10th September – Full return of all pupils with exception of Nursery  

Will there be staggered drop off and collection times? Yes  

What will the timings be? 

 

Where do I line up with my child?  

 

  • Gate 1 Trafalgar  
  • Gate 2 Trafalgar  
  • Gate 3  - Kemble 
  • Gate 4 – De Breos 
  • Gate 5 – Waterloo 

 

In line with Welsh Government’s suggested measures for arriving and leaving schools, classes will have a different drop off and collection times. The timings will be as follows   

8:30 am – 3:00 pm  

1 /2 H – Gate 3 

1 /2 L – Gate 1 & 2 

1 / 2 B – Gate 4   

 

8:45 am to 3:15 pm  

LFP M – Gate 4 (with runner)  

LFP R – Gate 3 with runner  

4/5 J - Gate  1 & 2  

 

9:00 am – 3:30 pm 

3 /4 N Gate 1 & 2 

3 /4 T Gate 3 

5/6 D Gate 4  

5/6 E Gate 5 

 

   
Dropping off my child  

 

 

How will they come into school? 

Pupils will arrive and wait at different gates with one parent on socially distanced queue spots next to their class’s assigned gate/s.   

*It is important that pupils are accompanied by one parent or carer and that parents/ carers are on time. 

 

Parents/ carers will be asked if they or their child have any Covid symptoms.  

 

Children will enter one at a time and find a splat to stand on. They will take turns in using  

All children will use hand sanitiser as they enter school and the need to handwash reinforced throughout the day.   

Collecting my child  How will they leave school? 

 

All pupils must be collected from school including Year 6 pupils. Staff will bring pupils down to the allocated exit and wait on splats.  Parents/carers are asked to wait on queue spots, a member of staff will call each child in turn. Once reunited with your child, parents and carers are asked to move away from the gate to avoid a gathering of any kind 
How will children be grouped?   Your child will be in a consistent class size contact group 
What about break times?  Pupils will stay with their class for break times and lunch play on a staggered basis. They will be able to use an outdoor zone (weather permitting) with the aim of minimizing contact between groups, whilst still giving our children chance to run around and play together.  
Will there be Social Distancing?  Reducing the number of contacts between learners and staff will be achieved through keeping groups separate and through maintaining distance between individuals.  In primary schools, especially for younger learners the emphasis will be on separating groups. For learners old enough, they should be supported to maintain distance and not touch staff where possible. 

 

What if my child becomes unwell?  Pupils who are feeling unwell during the school day will be allocated an isolation room for their and others’ safety.   Pupils who are feeling ill before school should not attend and if they exhibit COVID19 symptoms, they should follow Public Health Wales advice for families in terms of quarantine.   
Will the Local Authority continue to provide emergency childcare>   No, there will be no emergency childcare provision in the autumn term. 
What about Lunchtimes?  Pupils will stay with their contact group (class) and will eat together in class or outside.   The Local Authority catering service have informed schools that they are planning to offer school meals. However, direct provision for school dinners will start from 14th September. All pupils will need to bring a packed lunch for the first 2 weeks until the 14th.

For parents who wish to use this service, it will be available via Squid as usual. There will be a choice of hot or cold meal which will be delivered to the classroom in disposable containers and with disposable cutlery. 

Will my child need equipment?  

 

Can my child share class resources? 

 

For individual and very frequently used equipment, such as pencils and pens, pupils need to have their own items that are not shared. They should bring in their own pen and pencil case (one) which should contain a pen, pencil, ruler, sharpener, rubber, and some colouring pencils. Extra items that would be useful are a gluestick , a whiteboard/dry erase pen and  pink, green & purple highlighters.  However, if pupils need to borrow, then these will be cleaned at the end of the day.    

Classroom-based resources, such as books and games, can be used and shared within the contact group; these will be cleaned regularly 

 

Pupils should bring in their own water bottle and can fill it up through the day themselves, not share.   

Will there be Nursery provision?  Nursery will not be returning at the beginning to the Autumn Term.  At the time of writing, schools are awaiting the publication of further guidance on early years and nursery provision 
Do staff or pupils need PPE?  Due to the scientific evidence related to the wearing of PPE clothing and masks, the schools risk assessment identifies when it may be needed, and that staff may choose to wear masks. If you wish your child to do so, we respect that choice however, parents are asked to consider WG guidance, which states that “No one who may not be able to handle face coverings as directed (e.g. young learners, or those with special educational needs or disabilities) should wear them as it may inadvertently increase the risk of transmission, ”  

They must wash their hands upon arrival and dispose of temporary face covering in a bin. 

 

 Hand washing should always be practiced before putting on and after removing PPE   

How will infection control be managed?    Additional cleaning will take place through the day of all surfaces, high touch areas and resources used. Children will only use resources that can be frequently cleaned. Posters and videos will reinforce this with pupils. Toilet usage will be managed be allocated members of staff and water fountains will be made unavailable. Pupils with First Aid or Personal Care needs will be attended to by staff with PPE.   
What about uniform / clothing?  There is an expectation that pupils will wear uniform from September in line with the school policy. 
Will there be Breakfast Club?  Breakfast clubs and After school clubs will not be in place for the first few weeks – inline with the Welsh Government guidance ” It is likely that schools and settings will need to respond flexibly and build this up. It is recognised that this may be logistically challenging, particularly when offering facilities across year groups.”We are hopeful that we will be able to phase in Breakfast Club from September 14th.  Schools are awaiting further advice from the Local Authority regarding how schools can make Breakfast Club work alongside the wider protective measures.  

 

Will Playworks After School Club be operating from September?  At the time of writing, Playworks After School Club are awaiting Welsh Government Operational Guidance from which to plan for a safe return. It’s unlikely that Afterschool Club provision will be available from the very start of the Autumn term. Playworks will contact registered parents with updates and start dates in September 
What will children be doing?  WG are directing schools to develop an approach to learning for the Autumn term which is flexible enough to adapt to different scenarios and differing amounts of in-school learning and learning at home or elsewhere.  

Schools have been asked to consider a range of priorities including 

  • health and well-being  
  • what is important for learners now, the skills that our learners need to develop most both currently and in the longer-term 
  • literacy, numeracy and IT skills  
  • Opportunities across all of the curriculum areas, developing learning experiences which involves learning inside and outside school 

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Will I be able to talk with my child’s class teacher  Of course however ad hoc site visits are not permitted. Where possible, we would try to arrange consultation remotely either via a telephone call or video conferencing at the earliest convenience  

Please note, with the exception or drop off and collection, all gates will be locked. Should parents/carers require access to the school building, please contact the school office of 01792 463019  

 

Class dojo messaging service should be used as a means of communication between school and home.  

Free School Meals  The Local Authority will be providing a choice of a hot or cold option which those eligible for Free School Meals will be able to order via Squid  If you think you are eligible but have not already applied, please follow this link.   

https://www.swansea.gov.uk/applyfreeschoolmeals 

All children will need to bring water bottle.  

 

 

 I have children with different start and   finish times. What are my options?  Dropping off  

Where siblings start times are different we would ask that the children arrive at the time (and gate) of the later sibling. 

 

Collection. 

 

WG Guidance for the September return demands that schools endeavour to avoid contact between different groups of learners.   When scaled up to a full return, it would not be possible to have children from many different contact groups leaving their classrooms at the same time.  

 

 We would ask, unless in the case of an emergency, that your child/ren are collected at their allotted class pick up time 

Gates and staggered timings

To support the staggered start times and reduce congestion at entrances and exits, we ask that you bring your child to the correct gate on time. These are on one of the 4 streets surrounding the school. Please check the Class News Tab or Class Dojo for more details.

  • Gate 1 Trafalgar Place Single Gate 
  • Gate 2 Trafalgar Place Double Gate  
  • Gate 3  – Kemble Street 
  • Gate 4 – De Breos Street 
  • Gate 5 – Waterloo Place (back double Gate) 

8:30 am – 3:00 pm  

1 /2 H – Gate 3 

1 /2 L – Gate 1 & 2 

1 / 2 B – Gate 4   

 8:45 am to 3:15 pm  

LFP M – Gate 4 

LFP R – Gate 3 

4/5 J – Gate  1 & 2  

 

9 am – 3:30 pm  

3 /4 N Gate 1 & 2 

3 /4 T Gate 3 

5/6 D Gate 4  

5/6 E Gate 5 

Year 45J and Year 5/6 reopening information.

There will be a staggered start in September.

Start dates:

Year 6 Thursday September 3rd

Year 5 Monday September 7th

Year 4 Wednesday September 9th

 

45J  Your time in school will be 8.45-3.15 Gate 1 and 2

Y56D Your time in school will be 9 – 330 Gate 4

 Y56E Your time in school will be 9 – 330 Gate 5 ( Double Gates next to Reception block on Waterloo Place)

The following booklets were sent out on Class Dojo. Please check them to see which gate to arrive at and details about the school day.

Y45J September Classbooklet

Y5D Class Booklet

Y6D Class Booklet

Y56E Class booklet

 

 

Year 1/2 Upper - Foundation Phase September return

Welcome back. Year 1 and 2 will return on different days to gradually return.

Year 1  will start in your new class on the Monday 7th September

Year 2  will start in your new class on the Wednesday 9th September

You will need to be dropped off and picked up at Gate 3.

Your time in school will be 8.30 am—3.00 pm.

The class booklets were sent out on class dojo and are also being added below:

Class Booklet Y1.2H – Year 1

Class Booklet Y1.2H – Year 2

Y12L class booklet

Y12B Class booklet

For more information please see the reopening tab on the website.