Letter for parents about COVID-19 symptoms
PHE has produced a letter for schools to share with parents which explains when a child needs a test and what symptoms to look out for. There is also this graphic and this one for you to use.
The Kensworth Rainbow Curriculum
Department for Education Coronavirus helpline
To answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Catch up funding
Our Catch up funding plans are coming soon. Please check back later.
What we will do if we get a positive case of Covid-19
We are really clear of what needs to be done by when and who will do it.
The Senior Leadership team will follow ALL advice by Public Health England. PHE will give us all of the letters that we must send out to you and they will tell us who must self isolate. We will inform you by letter whether your child must self isolate or whether you can return to school.
We CANNOT tell you who has had the positive test, and we would really appreciate you not speculating on social media, as this can cause worry and anxiety to others. If you do have any worries about a positive test result at school. Please call or email us so we can get back to you ASAP.
Helping children to progress after the COVID-19 pandemic
At Kensworth CE Academy, we are committed to helping your child settle back into school after the disruption of 2020.
Our staff have been working hard to identify how we can help all children make good progress, revisiting key areas and adapting our curriculum to ensure that learning stays on track. We always adapt our curriculum and teaching to ensure that our children flourish, so please be assured that this is something we will always do. We will make sure that your children have the right learning, at the right time, at school. At Kensworth we have created the 'Kensworth Rainbow curriculum' to help child reintegrate into school life.
Whilst we will be working hard in school, we do understand that you may want to help your child at home too. We will continue to provide home learning for children needing to self isolate, and we do not expect you to do more than this. However, we know that many parents are looking for additional resources for their child too, and as a school, we believe in powerful partnerships with parents. So whether you want to work with your child at home to supplement learning, or you want to have some key resources to support learning whilst your child is absent or ill, we hope these links will help you.
Guidance and weblinks for parents helping their child at home
Oak Academy – a site with lessons and support in all subjects, for all ages – funded by the Dept for Education
BBC – a great site for activities, lessons and support in all subjects, for all ages
For more Home Learning links, please go to the Home Learning Info page under the 'Parent Zone' tab.
Social Distancing Procedure
Please find our Risk assessment for the full return to school here
The Government has issued new advice in relation to keeping children safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please following the link below to see this guidance.
What to do if your child or a household member develops coronavirus symptoms June 2020
Following the latest government announcement please do not send your son or daughter to school if they have a cough or temperature.
Updates from the local authority
Update from CBC - Wellbeing Virtual drop in sessions.
At the Diocese of St Albans Multi Academy Trust and Totternhoe CE Academy, we take the care of our community very seriously. As such, we are constantly monitoring information and guidance about all safeguarding issues, including Coronavirus.
Latest information and advice about the virus can be found at:
Government guidance on what to do if someone has symptoms whilst in school - Sept 2020
Government's winter campaign - Hands Face Space
Please follow the link to see the latest government campaign for the winter - Hands Face Space
Guidance for households with symptoms
Full information about Coronavirus and the latest government advice can be found here:
This is updated regularly.
What is social distancing?
Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
For those who are over 70, have an underlying health condition or are pregnant, we strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can, and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible.
Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.
The Importance of Hygiene
Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.
How to wash your hands properly
Wash your hands more often for 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
Watch this short NHS film for guidance:
Teach young children how to wash their hands with the NHS handwashing song:
Return to Kensworth CE Academy September 2020
Kensworth’s ‘Rainbow Curriculum’
As we open our school to all year groups and classes at the beginning of the Autumn term, we are very aware of the wide range of experiences, feelings, fears and anxieties that will have affected and may continue to affect our whole school community, families – parents and children, and our staff, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We fully recognise that as we welcome back the children, after such a long period out of the classroom for very many of our pupils, that there is an important and vital need to take time to rebuild a sense of safety, and belonging, relationships with peers and staff, and to begin to find ways to understand and process what has been happening.
At Kensworth CE Academy, we believe that, first and foremost, we must prioritise the social, emotional and mental wellbeing of all our learners. This is key to enabling our learners to begin to access more formal learning across the curriculum.
Kensworth CE Academy’s ‘Rainbow-curriculum’ for the re-integration to school of all our learners, follows guidelines and advice built on research around recovery following trauma.
Knowledge – knowledge of what has happened and recognising that each experience has been different. To know how we can use our shared experiences to help each other.
Engaging – engage in our learning within our classroom environment, having fun, being creative, working together.
Nurturing - to feel safe, valued and have a sense of belonging.
Supportive – to share and express our feelings, to show empathy and compassion to each other.
Wellbeing – to develop strategies to understand self-care and wellbeing. To enable every individual to realise his or her own potential.
Opportunities – opportunities to reflect, to talk and listen, to learn, to celebrate success.
Relationships – build trust and relationships in school and our wider community. Developing our social skills, re-creating the bonds we have with each other.
Time – allow time and space to reconnect, engage and build resilience to engage in learning.
Hope – recognise and acknowledge what has happened in order to look forward and have hope for a better future, as the leaders of tomorrow.
These key areas will underpin the planning and implementation of our curriculum, continuing to meet the needs of all our learners, using a breadth of learning experiences at Kensworth CE Academy, including a focus on fun, active and outdoor learning; calming, reflective activities; social times developing meaningful communication.
Teaching and Learning plan for Kensworth’s return September 2020
Different drop off and pick up zones, staggered break and lunch times, as previously communicated to parents and staff.
Week 1 wb 7th September 2020
EYFS and Y1 return MONDAY 7th
Y2 and all KS2 return TUESDAY 8th
Jigsaw SEMH reintegration document to be used, following and addressing the Kensworth ‘Rainbow curriculum’ above, and as appropriate to meet the needs of our children.
As well as the above document, the whole school will be using ‘Here We Are’ book and planning notes, to support our transition curriculum as well as offering reading and writing opportunities.
Future Games – PE and French to begin, as timetabled.
RWI assessments to take place by Class teachers, Daily speed sounds sessions/games - see SC for information/advice.
Identify children for Intervention groups. Letters to go home by end of week.
Nurture: planning week.
Week 2 wb 14th September 2020
English (whole school focus).
Maths activities – T to assess
Introduce ‘Theme’, RE and Science topics.
Continue with Jigsaw SEMH focus.
Future Games – PE and French.
Nurture and intervention groups begin.
Week 3 wb 21st September 2020
Re-introduce full curriculum including RWI/English and Maths.
PIRA and PUMA assessments carried out. Use previous year group’s Summer assessment.
Future Games – PE and French
Nurture and intervention groups.
Week 4 wb 28th September 2020
Full curriculum implemented. Nurture and intervention groups.