We are writing to you to share further information regarding the closure of the Year Six Bubble. We have been informed today, Friday 11th November 2020, that two members of the Year Six Bubble have received positive COVID 19 test results. Therefore, following Local Authority advice from the Infection Control Team, each staff and child member of the Year Six Bubble must self-isolate from today. Their last day of isolation will be Wednesday 23rd December. They will be able to come out of isolation on Thursday 24th December. This means that all staff and children in the Year Six Bubble should not leave their house or garden until the isolation period ends. Siblings of the Year 6 pupils can continue to attend school but Year 6 pupils must not accompany parents to school to drop off their younger siblings. You do not need to arrange a test for your own child or any other member of your household unless they begin to display symptoms within the isolation period. During the isolation period, if your child or anyone in your household develops symptoms and tests positive for Coronavirus, please inform school immediately.

Our aim will be to provide learning opportunities and support that reflects our learning in the classroom. We also recognise that a bubble closure could present difficulties for many families. However, it is vital that all children continue with their learning using the tasks that we have provided for their personal development. We understand that home learning is not ideal and we appreciate your support. Today, tasks will be uploaded to Microsoft Teams for the children to complete and submit back to their teachers. Later today, teachers will also aim to upload a pre-recorded video message to pupils. Within this message, they will provide pupils with details of timings for next week’s live sessions. We anticipate that a live English lesson will take place at 9:30am each day followed by a live Maths lesson at 11:00am each day. Teachers will use Microsoft Teams to provide a home learning experience through the use of both live and pre-recorded lessons as well as uploaded tasks and quizzes. As your child is in KS2, you are entitled to some support regarding IT devices. If your child does not have access to an electronic device such as a laptop or IPAD, we may be able to request a loan device for them. We will be sending a text home to all Year 6 parents today about electronic devices. Please respond promptly to this text if you require us to request a loan device for your child. Please note, that all loan devices must be returned to school by pupils on Tuesday 5th January.

Before your child begins to engage in any remote learning via Microsoft Teams, please remind them of the pupil protocols for remote learning. We sent these home to all parents recently along with a user guide for Microsoft Teams. Copies of these two documents can also be found in the ‘School News’ section on our website.

In addition to the tasks set on Microsoft Teams, children could continue to read their school library books and practice mathematical skills using sites such as TTRockstars and MyMaths. Mrs Rihane and Miss Anthony hope to see you all soon. They hope that all children keep working hard and most importantly, keep smiling!

If you or your child have any questions about the work set, you can post these questions within the chat function on Microsoft Teams. The Year Six teachers can be contacted during school hours via the email address listed below;

Y6-class@headlandsce.net

If your child is usually eligible for FSM, we will complete an automatic referral on your behalf. You will then be contacted by the Kirklees Local Welfare team. We send our best wishes to all families associated with our school in the hope that you stay safe and healthy in the weeks to come.