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Frequently Asked Questions

In these unusual times, we are being asked lots of questions. We thought it would help you if you could find the answers in one, easy place.

Arrival and Departure from School

 

We have some staggered times for the start and end of each day and we would ask that you try to keep with these as far as possible.

 

We know that some families have children in classes across the school site. We will be as flexible as possible so please do not worry about having to be in two places at the same time. It is essential that parents keep away from entrances to avoid congestion.

 

The spots on the yard will help everyone to keep their distance.

 

If possible, we are asking Junior children to use the Guildford Road gates. 

 

We sent a detailed letter home to all families in July with the arrangements for every class in the school. These can be found on this link. 

https://www.farnboroughroadjuniors.co.uk/letters/

How will school be organised?

 

Your child will be in their ‘class bubble’ for the vast majority of their time in school.  Each bubble will have contain all 30 children from the class.

 

They will learn and play with the same children each day. At lunchtime they will eat in a Year Group bubble, but even then, they will be sat with members of their class.

 

We have organised a schedule in terms of arrival, break times, lunch and lessons that protects the class size bubble as far as we possibly can. This means that in the first term, maths groups will not take place. We will keep this under review and we hope to become more flexible as advice changes.

 

  • Tables will be spaced out in a ‘traditional’ style facing the front. There will be 2 pupils at each desk. 
  • Children will ALWAYS sit at the same seat and all of their belongings will be in that area. Their coat will be on the back of their seat.
  • All classrooms will have hand washing facilities.
  • Children will be allowed to go to the toilet at any time during the school day to minimise the chance of larger groups in these busy areas.

What will my child be taught in school?

 

We have detailed curriculum statements that will tell you what your child will be taught in each year of our school. These can be found using the link below.

 

https://www.farnboroughroadjuniors.co.uk/our-curriculum/

 

In September 2020 we will be teaching additional maths and English sessions to help children refresh their skills following the school closure. The other subjects will still be delivered to make sure we have a broad and balanced curriculum. 

Face Coverings

 

At the current time, face coverings are NOT recommended for primary age pupils in England. Our school will continue to follow this guidance.

 

The World Health Organisation changed their guidance on 21st August and it suggested that children over 12 should wear face covering sin school where social distancing becomes an issue. This does not therefore impact on our school.

 

The Government guidance states:-

 

Safe wearing of face coverings requires cleaning of hands before and after touching – including to remove or put them on – and the safe storage of them in individual, sealable plastic bags between use. Where a face covering becomes damp, it should not be worn and the face covering should be replaced carefully.

 

On the basis of current evidence, in light of the mitigating measures education settings are taking, and the negative impact on communication, face coverings will not generally be necessary in the classroom even where social distancing is not possible. There is greater use of the system of controls for minimising risk, including through keeping in small and consistent groups or bubbles, and greater scope for physical distancing by staff within classrooms. Face coverings can have a negative impact on learning and teaching and so their use in the classroom should be avoided.

 

If you would like to read more about this issue, please use this link:-

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-in-education/face-coverings-in-education

How can I buy school uniform?

 

School Uniform can be purchased in a number of ways:-

 

  • Use our web based uniform shop by visiting our website (www.farnboroughroadjuniors.co.uk)  Please click on the Parents link and select Uniform Shop at the bottom of the list.  By selecting this option the order will be prepared in school and sent home as soon as possible.

 

  • At local retailers

 

At the current time we are asking parents to avoid attending the office in person so that we can maintain a safe environment. 

What are the catering arrangements for pupils?

 

We offer a very flexible lunch system that allows children to swap between a school meal and a packed lunch on a daily basis. We have a tasty set menu, with meals all cooked in our own kitchen. The latest menu can be found on this link https://www.farnboroughroadjuniors.co.uk/important-information-for-parents/

 

This September, children will eat with their class in the canteen. Hot meals will be available as normal. 

Packed lunches can be brought into school in a box as normal as we have storage facilities that mean that boxes will not come into contact with other class/children. 

Can I speak to my child's teacher?

 

We try to make staff available as much as possible, but teachers are busy people and at the moment we need to be careful with social distancing.

 

Senior staff are on the doors in the morning if you have an urgent message that needs to get into school.

 

We would ask parents to use Class Dojo in the first instance and then we can arrange for phone calls etc as required. 

 

If you can't make it into school, we have lots of other ways of making contact. These are listed on this link:-

https://www.farnboroughroadjuniors.co.uk/contacting-a-teacher/

PE and Sport

 

We plan to have PE and Games as normal in the new school year. Most of our lessons will be outside so a black tracksuit will help keep your child warm.

 

We want children to bring in their kit as normal on their PE days. We know that some schools have asked children to come in wearing kit but we have decided NOT to do this. We were concerned that children could either get wet or sweaty and not having a change of clothes in those circumstances would create more problems than it would prevent.

What clubs are on offer?

 

We hope to operate clubs as normal this school year but clearly this will be more complex as usual.

As soon as we have made our plans we will communicate with families in the usual ways.

 

Once they are up and running again, we will try to offer a full range of clubs in our school. The list can be seen using this link. https://www.farnboroughroadjuniors.co.uk/after-school-clubs/

 

If we have to cancel a club we will make contact by text as soon as we know, usually at least ONE DAY before. If a club has to be cancelled because of poor weather we will also contact you by text and we will make sure that your child is kept safe in school.

My child has lost their letter/newsletter. Can I have another copy?

 

We post all letters on our website. All of our letters are now sent home via email as this is a reliable way of making sure that they get to parents. We still provide paper copies of some letters, mostly when there is a tear-off slip required.

 

You can find our newsletters at https://www.farnboroughroadjuniors.co.uk/stream/newsletters/full/1/-/

and our normal letters at https://www.farnboroughroadjuniors.co.uk/letters/

When is my child swimming?


Normally we go to Swimscool in Marshside.

 

At the current time we do not know when swimming will restart for pupils in our school. 

When are the school holidays?

 

You can find this information by using this link to take you to our calendar feature or by using the PDF document below.

https://www.farnboroughroadjuniors.co.uk/special/calendar/

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