Fairlight Primary & Nursery School

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WEEKLY UPDATE

Each week on Friday there will be an update on all things to do with Fairlight.

Please read and click on the links to find out what is going on.

LITTLE HALF TERM UPDATE

Hoping you are all well and enjoying the half term break. 

NEW RECEPTION CHILDREN FOR SEPTEMBER

We are extremely excited to have been allocated our new children for Reception for September 2021.

Information about the induction and transition will be sent to parents once we have more details of what this will look like and further updates have been made by the Government, Department for Education and Local Council.

Week Twelve- Got you!!!

As we get towards the end of the term thoughts in school turn to the summer. This has been helped by the appearance of the sun.

 

END OF TERM AWARDS

Today I have been to all of the classrooms to give out the End of Term Achievement Awards.

EVERY child will be coming home today to recognise everything they (and you) have done over the last Lockdown and since we returned to school. Please ALL wear this medal with pride at home.

Mr. Jordan does subscribe to the Roy Keane school of awards in that you “shouldn’t just get a medal for taking part”. It has to be earnt.

I do however think that everyone deserves a medal for the part they have played in working from home and then returning to school after lockdown.

Mr Jordan has also given out medals to all of the staff also for everything they did to ensure Home Learning and Childcare in school could happen.

THANK YOU

Thank you to everyone who has been trying hard with wearing face masks and not smoking at the gate. There has been an improvement.

As said last week after half term if there are parents who are not able to follow these rules then we will be giving them the time and place they will be able to collect their child from. As this WILL NOT be the school gate area.

RAMADAN 

We are aware that Ramadan has started. We know it will be a very different sort of Ramadan for you as Mosques are closed and gatherings not permitted, but we would like to wish you and your families all the very best for this important month. We recognise and understand that the marking of Ramadan may also mean changes in routine and create more challenges with home working and schooling. Please do contact us if we can support in any way.

Ramadan Mubarak, 

Ramadan Kareem.

 

TUTORING AT FAIRLIGHT

As part of our ‘Return to School’ we are using school staff and the National Tutoring Partners to offer the children extra reading, phonics and maths interventions.

Please do not worry if your child has been asked to do an intervention – it does not necessarily mean they have fallen behind. We are just aiming to give as many children as possible a boost before the next school year. 

If you have any questions please contact the class teacher using Seesaw or the work at home email address.

 

CONTACTING TEACHERS

We are constantly looking at how we can improve and develop communications. The lockdown and various measures have meant we are using different systems and many have proven to be very helpful.

Please don’t forget that if you need to pass on a message or speak to the Class teacher that you can do this via Seesaw.

Messages can be given to the staff at the front gate each day however please ensure they are messages that really need to be passed on only by this method.

 

KEEP DITCH CHANGE

There is still time to give us your views on lockdown and all things Covid related to school. https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=KmTye347xE6qpnl9014JDMruQ45hrYNPj6--sJaA13RUNERER0I0T0RUMTg3TERHVklVQ1RLU0lXVy4u 

MR JORDAN’S FOOTBALL CLUB

There is still time to sign up for this.

If your child is in Year 4, Year 5 or Year 6 and they would be interested in attending Friday Football Club then please click on the link below and read the information and fill in the form.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=KmTye347xE6qpnl9014JDMruQ45hrYNPj6--sJaA13RUQlZJRUhUWTlVSEtZT0ZURzY4NzhUSUtDVC4u 

RELAXED SCHOOL UNIFORM FOR THE SUMMER TERM- as many of you may be looking to buy a few bits during half term

We will continue with our relaxed approach to school uniform for the summer term. We are aware that not everyone has had the chance to get to the shops for summer clothes and that many have sold out quite quickly already.

Can I however remind you about the appropriateness of what you allow your child to wear to school. Children are still coming to school and therefore beach wear or clothing that allows “a lot of skin to be shown” are not really appropriate for school uniform or even for PE kit. Also offensive or rude logos and messages are not allowed.

If children are wearing inappropriate clothing then we will contact parents directly.

 

DREAM HOUSE COMPETITION

Our friends at Q Sales and Lettings are running a competition to design a Dream House.

https://qsalesandlettings.co.uk/the-dream-house-project/ 

Q Sales and Lettings support our Garden and Playground Project by making a large donation to the school each year. Thank you to them for this. 

MORE INFORMATION

There was a lot more information that could have been included in this weeks update however I didn’t want to give you Cognitive Overload.

There will be an update just before we come back with some key reminders and information.

SEE YOU NEXT TERM

We will return to school on Monday 19th April 2021.

Next term we are looking at how we can make further changes within the government and Department for Education advice. Once we have a clear idea of how we can do this safely, we will write to explain these.

 

Week Eleven- Anyone found a way to book a holiday in Devon!!!! 

 

As the government once again announces changes to the National Lockdown on Monday we will be reviewing our risk assessment and seeing what we can do to ease our measures also.  

We are however not expecting to be making significant changes as the measures we have in place have to date have kept us as safe as we can be. Which is something to be very proud of and shows the amount of hard work and efforts by all parties to have gotten to this point with that being the case.  

I mentioned last week that as we have returned to school some of the “old favourites” like Nits had sadly also returned. This return of old favourites is however not just confined to the children as you will see below.

Stay Safe everyone and please try to help others stay safe and well also!!

 

HALF TERM 

Don't forget we finish school next week on Thursday 1st April 2021-no joke!

And we return to school on Monday 19th April 2021.

If for any reason any child in school tests positive for Covid during the half term break then please check to find out how to inform us.

https://www.fairlight.brighton-hove.sch.uk/school-office/attendance/health-information 

 

NOT WEARING MASKS OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL GATE 

Sadly, we have seen an increase in adults not wearing masks whilst waiting to drop off children but mainly when collecting. 

A couple of points to remind everyone: 

  • I don’t get why we have to wear masks? Masks are about protecting other people as well as yourself.  
  • It is outside and on a public street? The road outside school has been designated a restricted access area to allow it to be closed and therefore national rules and school rules apply here. 
  • I don’t have to wear a mask as I am exempt? If you are exempt then you will need to wear you badge to show this. 
  • I don’t like wearing a mask? You cannot shop or get on a bus to wear a mask so why should picking your child up from school be any different. 
  • Will we have to wear masks when we are allowed back in the playground? Only those wearing a mask or exemption badge will be allowed in the playground if the rules remain the same. Anyone not wearing a mask or not wanting to wear a mask will be asked to wait outside. 
  • What happens if I still don’t wear a mask? As you will be breaking the Risk Assessment and also the Government recommendations we will have to take action. This is likely to be changing your child’s time when they leave. To protect everyone this is likely to be 3.30pm at the front door. 

 

SMOKING OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL GATE 

Like not wearing a mask we have seen an increase in parents smoking outside the school gate. Just this week we had to sweep up 20 or so cigarette butts in just one day!!!  

Smoking outside the school gate is covered by the same regulations as mask wearing and therefore the whole of the road outside school is considered to be part of the school property.  

I have asked parents to not smoke outside the school gate.  

Children have designed posters which are displayed outside the school gate telling parents why they do not want them to smoke. 

We have offered support to help parents who want to give up smoking. 

If parents continue to openly smoke outside the school gate then the following actions will take place: 

  • PCSO’s will be asked to attend the school gate- as they can legally enforce an regulations. 
  • The Smoking Cessation team will be invited to talk to parents about quitting smoking. They will be at the school gate to meet parents.  
  • Like the masks we will have to consider if parents are not able to follow the rules if it would be better for everyone if they are asked to wait elsewhere for their children.
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FROM MONDAY ANYONE NOT WEARING A MASK OR WHO CONTINUES TO SMOKE WILL BE REMINDED OF THE REGULATIONS. 

STARTING AFTER HALF TERM ANY PARENT WHO IS NOT WEARING A MASK OR WHO CONTINUES TO SMOKE OUTSIDE THE GATE WILL BE GIVEN A LETTER ASKING THEM TO COLLECT THEIR CHILDREN AT 3.30PM FROM THE FRONT ENTRANCE. 

 

PASSING ON MESSAGES AT THE GATE- AND ALSO ENSURING CHILDREN ARE READY FOR SCHOOL

Mr Jordan is old and tired and has a shocking memory. Or that is going to be his story and he is sticking to it!!!

Please don't forget that if you want to pass on a message to your child's classteacher that this can be done via Seesaw. Teachers are still checking this and using this to communicate. Also please ensure your child has everything they need for school when they come through the gate. 

Last week on just one day Mr Jordan had 8 messages for teachers, 2 packed lunches, 3 letters, 2 coats, a jumper and 2 changes to who was collecting at the end of the school day.

Like an episode of the Generation Game he remembered them all- including the cuddly toy and the food mixer!!

 

KEEP OR DITCH 

We are currently reviewing everything related to Covid with a view to seeing what positives we can take from the new way we are doing things.  

It would be good to get parents views on this also. 

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=KmTye347xE6qpnl9014JDMruQ45hrYNPj6--sJaA13RUNERER0I0T0RUMTg3TERHVklVQ1RLU0lXVy4u 

WE ARE NOT CLOSED FOR THE CRIME ELECTION 

I wrote to you previously to outline that we might be closed for the Local Authority Crime Elections on May 6th

The school has no options in terms of hosting this event however we have worked out a plan that allows the school to remain open. 

The Election will take place in the Children Centre which will be completely isolated from the rest of the school to protect everyone in school and allow the election to take place.

 

FAIRLIGHT FRIDAY FOOTBALL CLUB

Mr Jordan is looking at how we can start some of the things we did before Covid that we still miss.

With this in mind he is looking at Friday Football Club as being the "test" for clubs returning. 

If your child is in Year 4, Year 5 or Year 6 and they would be interested in attending Friday Football Club then please click on the link below and read the information and fill in the form.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=KmTye347xE6qpnl9014JDMruQ45hrYNPj6--sJaA13RUQlZJRUhUWTlVSEtZT0ZURzY4NzhUSUtDVC4u 

 

CYCLE TRAINING

If like me you are doing more cycling as a result of lockdown you may want to get your children on a Training Course. Below are details of Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 Cycle Training running in Brighton and Hove at Half Term. 

WEEK TEN- HERE WE GO AGAIN

We continue to wait for further news of what is going to happen in the coming weeks with regards to the national programme for moving out of lockdown. Behind the scenes we are planning a range of different things and of course different scenarios also. 

Once we have had firm confirmation from the Government we will update you.

These include looking at starting assemblies, some clubs, how we can take part in the Children's Parade, football matches against other schools, Sports Day, Parents Evening and a whole range of more mundane things like parents in the playground. 

 

START AND END OF THE DAY

Thank you to everyone who continues to help by making the start and end of the school day as easy as possible. Wearing masks, looking after their children, social distancing etc. Please keep it up. 

 

PROTECTING AGAINST A COVID OUTBREAK IN SCHOOL

There are a number of measures we have in place to help protect against bringing Covid into school and to ensure we stop or lessen the chance of Covid being spread in school. Of course the main ones are about hand washing, sanitising, ventilation and monitoring the health of all members of the school however there are some other measures we undertake to help with this.

These include:

  • not allowing children to arrive late- as this would mean them crossing bubbles.
  • children attending appointments to either attend before and leave (and not come back) or to arrive after the appointment.
  • not having parents on site.
  • not passing on bags, bottles or other items to class that have been forgotten at the start of the school day- again this would mean crossing bubbles.
  • limited numbers of people in the office at any time.

All of these measures have been extremely successful to date. 

BACK TO SCHOOL THINGS

As we have returned to school some of the normal things that being in school have returned also.

 

Nits have survived lockdown

Sadly we have had a few reports of children who have gotten Nits. You would have hoped that one of the up sides from Lockdown would have been that Nits would have been wiped out. It would appear that isnt the case. They are back.

Please have a check of your child's hair and treat if you find them. 

Advice can be found here https://www.fairlight.brighton-hove.sch.uk/school-office/medicine-administration/head-lice-information 

 

"Once you have squeezed toothpaste out of the tube you can't put it back in"

This great analogy was shared by a child in school today when I had to have a conversation about children saying horrible things to each other on RoadBlox. 

Sadly some children have been saying unkind things and using inappropriate language when talking with each other out of school. Whilst I am aware this is an out of school issue and something for parents to deal with we are always happy to support and give advice. 

I have spoken with on class today (hence the amazingly accurate comment) and reminded them that if anyone brings me a screenshot I am happy to share that with another parent to show has been said.

Further information can be found here https://www.fairlight.brighton-hove.sch.uk/in-the-classroom/curriculum-subjects/it 

 

UPDATED COVID INFORMATION

https://www.fairlight.brighton-hove.sch.uk/school-office/attendance/health-information 

For updated information about what to do if you or your child show any symptoms or if you want to access Lateral Flow Testing. 

 

COVID WELL BEING

How a child or young person reacts to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak may depend on their age, past experiences or understanding of what's happening.

Some children and young people, including those with additional needs and disabilities, may find it difficult to deal with things.

For instance, some may worry about their health, their loved ones or have physical symptoms like stomach ache. Others may behave differently, getting more angry, distant or acting up in other ways.

Some children might react right away and some may show signs of difficulty later on. Other children might be coping fine, and some younger children may be enjoying more time with the family.

If you are a parent or carer, it's important you know how to look after the mental health of those you care for during this time. Here are some tips that might help you.

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/looking-after-children-and-young-people-during-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak/ 

 

RED NOSE DAY

We have chosen not to take part in Red Nose Day this year as there have been so many things on.

If you want to participate yourself then please click here https://www.comicrelief.com/rednoseday/ 


March 2021 Gate Times

 

 

Weekly Updates

Below are the previous updates from this term. Please read through to find out what has been happening this term.

Of course to save room most of the pictures and videos have been removed from old posts.

You can scroll down to read them on this page also.  

SPRING HALF TERM TWO

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 WEEK NINE- ALL BACK AND EVERYTHING IS FINE.docxDownload
 WEEK SEVEN The Return.docxDownload
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SPRING HALF TERM 1

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 EMOJI MR J IS BACK REFRESHED AND FULL OF SPIRIT.docxDownload
 TUESDAY 5th JANAURY 2021 UPDATE.docxDownload
 UPDATE FOR NEW TERM 3rd January 2021.docxDownload
 Week Five- How will we survive.docxDownload
 Week Four There are only 2 more (until Half Term).docxDownload
 WEEK ONE- Back to the Fun.docxDownload
 WEEK SEVEN The Return.docxDownload
 WEEK SIX Half Term is in the mix.docxDownload
 Week Three- Think this is what it is going to be- maybe until past February.docxDownload
 WEEK TWO What will the government do.docxDownload
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AUTUMN HALF TERM 2

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 EMOJI MR J November Thoughts about Wearing a Mask.docxDownload
 EMOJI MR J WANTED TO SHARE A FEW THOUGHTS ABOUT MOVING TO TIER 2.docxDownload
 END OF HALF TERM CATCH UP.docxDownload
 START OF HALF TERM TWO UPDATE.docxDownload
 WEEK EIGHT Thanks for all you are doing at the School Gate.docxDownload
 WEEK ELEVEN Lets Starts the Christmas Obsession.docxDownload
 WEEK FOURTEEN Have a Fantastic Little Christmas.docxDownload
 WEEK NINE Fairlight is doing fine.docxDownload
 WEEK TEN Here we Go Again.docxDownload
 WEEK THIRTEEN LET US HOPE IT IS LUCKY FOR ALL- AND ONLY ONE WEEK TO GO.docxDownload
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AUTUMN HALF TERM 1

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 END OF WEEK TWO We Thank You.docxDownload
 IS IT ONLY THE END OF WEEK ONE.docxDownload
 Week Five- How will we survive.docxDownload
 WEEK FOUR- WHY WERE MAN UTD ALLOWED TO SCORE.docxDownload
 Week Seven Half Term is Going to be Heaven.docxDownload
 Week Six Keeping an Eye on Politics.docxDownload
 WEEK THREE How Can that Be.docxDownload
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