Children will continue to be kept in ‘bubbles’ and will not mix with other bubbles to reduce the risk of
spreading the virus. Our bubbles are our year groups, so one year group is also a bubble.
Our drop off and pick up times will still be staggered and once the children are on site, we will separate them into their bubbles.
The staggered times gives us a chance to get the children on site, in their classrooms/ out
of their classrooms and off site, whilst avoiding direct contact with other bubbles.
For this reason, we ask that you help us by sticking to your child’s allotted time slot and helping the start and end of the day to be as smooth and quick as possible. Please note, NO PARENTS will enter the main gates, and all children will be dropped off and picked up at the gates, with the exception of Year R who will be receiving a separate letter shortly. We will have plenty of staff on hand to supervise and take care of the children and they will be taken straight into their classrooms.
We recognise that for working parents and parents with more than one child in school, the staggered starts are tricky. Therefore, we have timetabled in a flexible ‘Holding Time.’ This is supervised time in class, but it does not count as part of the teaching time. Holding Time starts from 8.30 am. Children needing Holding Time will only be allowed through the gates with every staggered start wave, as the gates will be open and closed after every year group , to enable us to monitor the flow of children carefully.
For example, a parent with a year 1 child and a year 4 child, may wish to do the following; when they drop off the year 1 child, the year 4 child can also enter at 8.45 when the gates open for this wave, go straight to class for Holding Time, and wait for the year 4 teaching day to officially start at 9.15. Children who do not need holding time, will not miss out on any teaching and learning.
If your child arrives on site 15 minutes after the time their Teaching Day has started, they will be marked as
late in the usual way. We have always recorded late arrivals in this way.
This must be booked through our online booking system for the whole term. This is to enable us to plan carefully for our provision. We will let you know when this goes live. You don’t need to use it every day but we are asking for planned commitment to allow us to plan for everyone’s safety.
If any children or adults in school display Covid symptoms as per the government guidelines, they will be isolated immediately and we will phone home so they can be collected. That person will need to be tested. If the test is negative they will be able to return to school as soon as they have recovered. If the test is positive, they will need to self-isolate for 7 days. We will also be forced to close their bubble for 14 days.
In the case of a bubble being closed we will inform parents and send all children and adults home. The
teachers of those bubbles will then revert to home learning, from the next school day.
In order for us to meet the guidelines, we have also found it necessary to restrict parents on site for the time being. We understand this is not ideal and we hope you will continue to feel able to contact us and approach us if you need to discuss anything about your child. Therefore the following applies;
Parent meetings can be made by appointment but 24 hours’ notice must be given
Meetings to happen in open spaces where possible
No parents on site without an appointment
Lansdowne is a Primary School in Sittingbourne
If you want to know more about our school, please take a good look around our website where you can find lots of information about our school. You can scroll through this page and then use the navigation at the top of this page for even more information.
One of the best ways to get a feel for what our school is like is to look through our newsfeed below. Here you will find just a taste of what it is like to be a pupil at Lansdowne Primary School. Click on the ‘Load more’ button to view even more examples or take a look at our facebook page.
Video Tour of our school
Take a look around our school with our special guest – Bing!
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Joining our EYFS
Take a look at the video we made for our EYFS children and parents who started with us this September.
An Engaging Curriculum
Within carefully selected topics, our children make meaningful links between Art, Music, History, Geography, Design Technology, English, Mathematics and Science.
They are helped to understand how these subjects bring a deeper understanding to their lives, other people and the world.
Children are given the opportunity to attend numerous educational visits linked to their topic and are regularly visited by a variety of interesting professional who give talks or provide exciting workshops.
Wrap Around Care
We recognise the importance of providing childcare options to assist working parents.
Lansdowne Primary School is open from 7:30am – 6:00pm Monday to Friday.
As well as our Breakfast Club and After School Club, we offer a range of free Extra-Curricular Clubs every term that children can take part in after school.
Engaging and rich EYFS experiences
Our children are excited and motivated to engage in rich and challenging experiences, both inside and outside of their classroom. We have high ambitions for all of our children, with staff planning carefully to meet each child’s needs and stage of development, ensuring our children get off to a great start in their education. Child initiated play based learning is at the heart of our practice. where we carefully plan for opportunities, activities and experiences that develop all of our children into independent, resilient and confident learners.
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A LOVE of reading
Our broad and balanced curriculum ensures that teaching of reading is tailored to the children, with a clear understanding of the skills needed to be a successful reader and how these develop during each term and year. Teachers are clear of the barriers to learning to read and are forensic in identifying these in individual pupils and groups and they use a range of strategies to overcome these, including careful deployment of skilled adults.
Take a look back at last year
It was a memorable year for all children, parents and staff at schools in The Stour Academy Trust.