Returning to School
Change is a normal part of life, but the transition process as children return to school following the lock down will need to be managed carefully.
While the government has announced its ambition to gradually bring all primary children back to school before the summer break - dependent on a number of conditions being fulfilled - we do not yet know for certain how and when every year group will return to education. Many of the safety measures we are putting in place rely on parents’ cooperation and support so that we can successfully reduce the risk of infection. We will be monitoring the effectiveness of all of measures and make changes as required. If we find that our measures do not work effectively, it will delay us being able to invite any further year groups back to school.
The school is planning how best to support the children on their return, following this significant event in their lives, and parents too have an important role to play.
How can I help my child to adjust?
- Get your child to make a photo diary or scrapbook regarding their ideas and feelings about returning to school - either cutting and sticking images, drawing, or using a digital tool like Bookcreator.
- Help your child to feel connected to classmates. For example, younger children might enjoy exchanging messages with friends in secret code or swapping drawings with each other digitally to rebuild connections.
- Practise 'school day' morning and bedtime routines while we are still in lock down. Younger children may want to practise skills such as changing for PE (check their kit still fits), tying laces and doing up a zip on a coat.
- Walk the route to and from school a couple of times a week, if possible.
- Spend time explaining the importance of continued social distancing and hand washing, so your child understands that going back to school does not mean the end of the pandemic.
- Read this Social Story with very young children to help them to understand what is happening.
- Make use of the resources on our Keeping Well and Family Support web pages, especially if your child is experiencing anxiety.
- In the event that our return is delayed until September, help your child to write a letter all about themself to their new teacher.
- Keep a close eye on our website and communications to parents.
Following the Government's recent decision, Year F children who registered before our deadline at midday on Wednesday 27th May were invited to return to QI from Thursday 4th June 2020.
IMPORTANT: To aid their adjustment, please share this QI Social Story for Year F with your child, before their return to school.
Year F - Site Plan 1 and 2 - Pedestrian One Way System with Year F Drop Off and Collection Points
Year 1 children who registered before our deadline at 3pm on Friday 12th June were invited to return to QI from Wednesday 17th June 2020.
IMPORTANT: To aid their adjustment, please share this QI Social Story for Year 1 with your child, before their return to school.