Birchwood Drive, Dartford, Kent, DA2 7NE

01322 522 151

office@joydens-wood-junior.kent.sch.uk

Joydens Wood Junior School

Parent Information 

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS FOR RE-OPENING OF SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER

Operational Planning and Risk Assessment for full opening - September 2020

Home School Agreement - September 2020

Organisation of the School Day - September 2020

 

Page updated 8th October 2020

 

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers

 

Baseline Data

 

Over the last few weeks, all teaching staff have been assessing your children to identify gaps in learning so they can deliver a bespoke curriculum for our children through whole class teaching, intervention programmes, 1:1 and small group tuition. Your child’s mark has been determined by your child’s class teacher/s through the work that they have completed this term in all of the curriculum areas with a main focus on maths, reading, writing and GPS (grammar, punctuation and spelling).

 

As our old grading system covered a very broad range within each band of WTS (working towards), EXS (expected) and GDS (greater depth) this has been broken down further into a point system so that you can see where your child is at present and where we would expect them to be at the end of the year.

 

In a normal academic year we would expect the majority of children to progress 6 points over the year – 1 point every term. However, due to the recovery curriculum and more interventions, we will be expecting children to make accelerated progress so as to reach their potential by the end of the academic year had their education not been interrupted due to the closure of schools.

 

The table attached shows the point score system that JWJS will use this year and the point scores for your child. The points show where a child should be in order to reach expected for their year group by the end of the academic year. So for example, in Year 6 in order to reach expected at the end of the year a child would start Year 6 on a baseline point of 30 and finish at 36 having made 6 points of progress at the end of the year (1 point each term).

 

However, due to the school closure we are expecting children to have a lower baseline point than expected but with the delivery of our recovery curriculum (plus interventions) we would aim for our children to make accelerated progress in all areas, progressing more than the normal 6 points of progression this academic year so as to close the gap.

 

Included in this data is the point that your child was on when the school closed in March 2019, the baseline data of where the class teacher has assessed that your child is at present (October 2020) and the targeted point we expect them to be on at the end of the academic year (July 2021) - 8 progress points from Term 4 in the academic year 2019/20 - so as to make accelerated progress and ensuring that they are where they would have been at this time if the school had not closed and they had made a progress point score each term.

 

I do hope this has clarified what the point score for your child means. Please do contact the school office on 01322 52215 or email office@joydens-wood-junior.kent.sch.uk if you require further information.

 

Kind regards

 

 

Mrs Jacqueline Watson         

Headteacher

Page updated 6th October 2020

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers

 

So as to keep you informed, detailed below is the remote education that will be offered from JWJS if the need does arise. Most parents have completed the questionnaire about computer access so that we can support those families who need it if we do have to deliver a remote education. If you have not done so already, please can you complete this by clicking on the link below. The deadline for this has been extended to Monday 12th October at 3.00pm.

 

Click here

 

Families who are self-isolating

Packages will be hand delivered, emailed or posted with the current work that the children are working on in school and should be brought back into school when your child returns to class once the self-isolating period has ended.

 

A Bubble Closing

You will be advised through email that your child’s bubble is to self-isolate and will be asked to collect your child from school immediately. The children and staff from this bubble will be asked to self-isolate for 14 days and will be able to return to class on the 15th day as long as they or no one else in the household displays symptoms, tests positive or have been further advised from test and trace to isolate during his time.

 

Children will be sent home with an exercise book, White Rose Maths working book and CGP (GPS and reading) working book. Every morning through Class Dojo, the class teacher will advise parents/children of the lessons that are being delivered during the day through White Rose and the National Oak Academy. This work should be uploaded through the portfolio option on Class Dojo. Teachers will be marking and monitoring the work that is being uploaded during school opening hours.

 

Local/National Lockdown

Children will be sent home with an exercise book, White Rose Maths working book and CGP (GPS and reading) working book. Every morning through Class Dojo, the class teacher will advise parents/children of the lessons that are being delivered during the day through White Rose and the National Oak Academy. This work should be uploaded through the portfolio option on Class Dojo. Teachers will be marking and monitoring the work that is being uploaded during school opening hours.

 

Additionally, regardless of the scenario described above, the school office will be open every school day between the hours of 8.00am – 4.30pm if you need to speak to us.

 

Kind regards

 

Mrs Jacqueline Watson                                                        Mrs Louise Westpfel

Headteacher                                                                           Chair of Governors

 

Page updated 28th September 2020

 

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers

 

We are now four weeks into term and the children are enjoying learning their new curriculum and have produced some fantastic work. 

 

Computer Usage

To evaluate the computer access that our children have at home, please can you complete the short questionnaire by Friday 2nd October 2020 by clicking on the link below.  This will help us plan our delivery of lessons if we do have to shut a bubble or whole school at any time.

Click here to complete the questionnaire.

 

Baseline Data

Later this week, you will receive baseline data for child.  This will be accompanied with an explanation as to what the data means.

 

Changes to Drop off and Pick up

As of today we have put into place a one way system at our Birchwood Drive Entrance only.  We are also encouraging parents to wear face masks whilst on school site. 

 

Pick up from school will now be extended by 5 minutes.  This time will be from 3.00pm to 3.15pm, with the gates opening at 2.55pm.

 

Year 6 children who are walking home at the end of the day will be asked to remain in class until 3.15pm so that we can safely monitor them leaving.

 

During the school day, we request that items are not dropped off outside the gate opening hours.

 

Year 6 Kent Test

This will take place on Thursday 15th October.  You will be given further information when we receive it from Kent.

 

Year 6 Residential

We have provisionally booked our residential trip for Year 6 to the Isle of Wight, from 12th July – 16th July 2021.  We do hope that this will go ahead but we will need to wait for Government Guidance nearer the time to confirm.

 

Medication in School

Please can you ensure that if we hold medication in school for your child the following form has been filled in and all of the medicines held in school are up to date.  We cannot administer any medicines that are not prescribed by the doctor.

https://www.joydens-wood-junior.kent.sch.uk/key-information-1/prescription-medication-form-2020-2021

 

Reading

Please can you encourage your children in their reading by listening to them read every evening and asking questions about the text they have read.

 

Thank you for all your support over the last few weeks.

 

Kind regards

 

Mrs Jacqueline Watson

Headteacher

Page updated 22nd September 2020

The Department of Education has now translated for parents and carers on early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term. 

The guidance is now available in the following languages:

·         Arabic

·         Bengali

·         Chinese – traditional

·         Chinese – simplified

·         French

·         Gujarati

·         Polish

·         Portuguese

·         Punjabi

·         Romany

·         Somali

·         Turkish

·         Urdu

 

Page updated 2nd September 2020


Dear Mums, Dads and Carers

Thank you for all your feedback regarding our risk assessments, we are doing all we can to ensure our schools reopen to be as ‘Covid Secure’ as possible for Monday 7th September.

We understand that the main issue regarding our schools’ is in relation to:

  • Sibling drop off/collection
  • The multiple entrances across both sites

We have made the joint decision to remove staggered drop off and pick up times and allocated entrances. This means all parents will be able to come on-site to drop off and pick up their children.

No parents/carers will be permitted into either school building, if you need to speak to your child’s class teacher, please ensure you contact the school office via phone/email.

The above decision is subject to all parents agreeing to adhere to strict social distancing measures both on and off the schools’ sites. If parents breach this, we will implement a staggered system with immediate effect.

Please be mindful to all our local residents at all times.


Accessing the School Site

All Infant and Junior Children/Parents – can access the site from any entrance across the two schools. Parents can freely walk between sites to enable them to have easier access.

All Infant Children- will be dropped off and picked up from their own classroom doors

All Junior Children – will be dropped off at their allocated classroom area. This is a little bit more difficult as JWJS have upstairs classrooms and there is not direct access to each classroom so these are the drop off and pick up points:

 

Year 3 - Aberdeen – Aberdeen Class External Door
Year 3 - Belfast – Belfast Class External Door
Year 3 - Cambridge – Fire Exit next to Wood Close Electronic Gate
Year 4 - Cardiff – Fire Exit at the back car park – please wait in the picnic area
Year 4 - Derry – Derry External Door
Year 4 - Dundee – Front Entrance
Year 5 - Lisburn – Back Playground Upper Door (Nearest Forest School)
Year 5 – Newcastle – Back Playground Upper Door (Nearest Forest School)
Year 5 – Swansea – Swansea External Door
Year 6 – Newport – Newport External Door
Year 6 – Portsmouth – Portsmouth External Door
Year 6 – Inverness – Back Playground Lower Door

 

Clear signage will be in place and members of SLT will on site (in high vis jackets) to support.

 

Catch Up Sessions

The difference in the two schools age groups means that educating the children will always be different.
Both schools will be offering morning catch up sessions from 8.30am. Due to staffing, the Junior School are able to offer further catch up learning within the school day. As the Infant Children require higher levels of staffing within the day (due to their age), it is not possible to run all extra sessions within the school hours. To support the Infant School’s eldest children, catch up sessions for all Year 2 children are offered from 3.00-3.30pm (impact of this will be constantly under review).

 

Drop off and Pick Up Times

EYFS and Year 1 Children - To be dropped off from 8.30 – 9.00am and collected between 3.00-3.10pm.

Year 2 Children - To be dropped off from 8.30 – 9.00am and collected at 3.30pm. If your child is in Year 2 and they cannot stay until 3.30pm, they will need to be collected between 2.55 - 3.00pm promptly. (Please ensure you write to the Infant School to inform them if your child is going home at 3.00pm).

All Junior Children - To be dropped off from 8.30 – 9.00am and collected 3.10-3.15pm.

 

Gates

AM - All gates across the two sites will be open from 8.25am and closed at 9.00am.
PM - Infant gates will be open from 2.55pm and closed at 3.40pm. Junior gates will be open from 2.55pm and closed 3.30pm.

We will continue to work jointly to review our Covid Secure Practices to ensure our schools are a safe and secure place for all children, families and staff.

Yours faithfully

Mrs Watson and Miss Hately

 

Page updated 17th July 2020

               

Message to all:    

Operational Planning and Risk Assessment for full opening - September 2020

Home School Agreement - September 2020

Organisation of the School Day - September 2020

Friday 17th July 2020

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers

I do hope you are all well and please find above the documentation to be read in readiness for our September opening to the whole school.  We are so looking forward to seeing you and all the children on Monday 7th September (Years 4 - 6) and Year 3 on Friday 4th September.

Please can you ensure that you have read the documents that are on the links at the top of this page before your child returns to school in September:

  • Operational Planning and Risk Assessment for full opening
  • Home School Agreement
  • Organisation of the School Day

The Operational Planning and Risk Assessment for full opening is a very lengthy document and it should be read in full.  However, I know a lot of parents have been asking about the arrangements for September and what we have planned.  These can be found on:

  • page 6  - 1.e) Minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible
  • page 15 - 3) Additional Information

Once you have read the documents, if you have any queries, please call 01322 522151.  We ask that you phone rather than email so we can answer any subsequent questions you may have. 

Thank you so much for all your understanding over these difficult few months.  I really appreciate the difficulties that everyone has faced and we have enjoyed seeing the activities that you have completed with your children over the past months.  

Take care

Mrs Watson

 

 Updated 21st July 2020

        

Message to all

Tuesday 21st July 2020

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers 

I don’t think anybody could have possibly predicted that this is how the academic year would come to an end.  I want to send you my deepest thanks for all that you have done to support the school and your child’s education, particularly during these last few months. As you know, the end of this academic year has looked completely different to any other year. Unfortunately, in light of the current situation, we have been unable to facilitate many of the normal procedures and routines. We know that this has been a change for both pupils and parents, but we thank for your understanding, as all decisions made are to ensure that we look after all members of the JWJS community.

I hope that you have had the opportunity to read on our website our operational plans for a full opening in September. We are so thrilled that we will be able to welcome all our children back, even though the operation of the school will continue to be different for a while.

It is with much sadness that we say goodbye to Year 6 today.  They have been a great credit to the school and have shown excellent behaviour and a very positive attitude to learning throughout their time at JWJS.  It is such a shame that their last few months at JWJS were not as we planned.   We are going to miss them and we wish them all the very best of luck at secondary school.   

I want to say a big thank you to all of other children too, those who are both in school and those who have continued to learn from home. We know that this has been a difficult time for you and them as being away from school has sometimes been a little bit difficult.  

Please can you scroll down below to the 14 July news to read important information that was communicated last week to all parents.

On behalf of the whole staff team at JWJS, I wish you all a relaxing, peaceful and healthy summer break and we very much look forward to seeing you and your child again in September.

With very best wishes

Mrs Watson

     

 

Message to all

Tuesday 14th July 2020

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers

Please read the following information as there are important messages for every parent/carer in the school.

September Return
As you are aware we are in the process of planning for the return of the whole school as of 7th September.  All our plans are written following the Government Guidance and will be tweaked further having received further guidance from KCC today.  These plans will be presented at our full Governing Body meeting on Thursday 16th July and released to you on Friday 17th July.  This will include our risk assessments, procedures, new policies and our curriculum recovery plan (including what, how and when subjects will be delivered). 

Drop off

Wood Close: 8.30-8.40 Y3, 8.45-8.55 Y5

Birchwood Drive: 8.30-8.40 Y4, 8.45-8.55 Y6 

Pick Up

Wood Close: 3.00-3.10 Y3, 3.15-3.25 Y5

Birchwood Drive: 3.00-3.10 Y4, 3.15-3.25 Y6

I have an infant and junior child, what should I do?
Siblings can be dropped off at the Juniors from 8.30am.

Junior school siblings can be collected at the time in which the latest sibling’s allocation is .

Junior school siblings will be allowed on the Infant school site whilst you wait to collect your Infant school child

I have two or more siblings at JWJS, what should I do? Siblings should all be dropped off together with the child who has the earliest start time and from stated entrance.
Siblings should be collected at the time in which the latest sibling’s allocation is and from the stated entrance 

September Return - School Lunch
I can confirm that we will be offering a packed lunch as our school lunch at a cost of £2.50 per day, there will be no hot meal.  This packed lunch offer is for the entire term, there is no opt in or opt out option on a daily or weekly basis.  This will be at an overall cost of £87.50 for the entire term (until October half term).  Can you please contact the school office by Friday 17th July on 01322 522151 if you would like a school packed lunch so we can get an estimated calculation of how many lunches will need to be prepared.  Please click on the link below to see the daily menu and we will update you before you return to school on how to choose your child's preferred lunch.  

Click Here for Packed Lunch menu

Presents
I know that a lot of parents have asked whether they can drop off presents for staff this year.  Unfortunately, in the current climate we are not encouraging visitors or deliveries to school so I request that this is not considered this academic year.

PE/Lost Property
We have a lot of PE kits and lost property still in school.  If you require these, please ring the school on 01322 522151 with a description of the clothing so we can locate it and post it to you over the coming days.

Assembly
There will be an assembly for all of the school on Friday at 11am.  I will send the link via the children's news on Friday morning. 

Year 6
For all Year 6 children, there will be a special assembly for you on Tuesday 21st July at 11am.  Additionally for all of Year 6 in school next week, if the weather is good, we will be having a picnic on the front playground.  Children will have to remain in their bubbles in the allocated zones that will be given for this event.  Only a normal pack lunch needs to be provided.

Communication
As always we are in the office every day if you need to communicate with us for any reason, call us on 01322 522151.  We are here to help with any concern or query. 

Take care

Mrs Watson

 

     

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Important messages for re-opening of school - June 2020:

Messages for parents of Year 6, Key Workers and Vulnerable Children

Updated 24th June 2020

         

Message to parents of children attending school and returning to school

If your child is returning to school you must ensure you have read all the documents below:

Click here for Individual Class Structures from 29th June

Click here for Individual Drop-off instructions for 29th June

Click here for Reopening of school plan including procedures to reduce risk 

Click here for The school plan for reopening

Click here for Guidance statement during Covid-19 Return

Click here for Covid19 policies and addendums

 

Monday 22nd June 2020

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers

Firstly we do hope your children are enjoying being back in school.  Can you please ensure you have re-read this guidance before returning to school tomorrow.   

      

Guidance Statement during Covid-19 Return Opening to run with our Positive Attitudes Policy until further notice

 

PREPARATION

We are open from 1st June every day (Monday – Friday), start and end times will be determined by the teaching group (bubble) that your child is in.

We will open for some classes at 8.30am and not before.

Children should arrive at school in a clean, washed school uniform each day with their packed lunch and two full water bottles.  They do not require any other equipment.

We will provide the children with all the learning resources they will need when they are in school.

Please remember, we are a NUT and FISH FREE school.  This includes all types of fish including tuna, fish paste, fresh fish, shellfish etc.  Please ensure you check any product ingredients for nuts before they are brought into school.  There are many products which contain traces of nuts which we may not be aware. 

Sun cream should have been applied at home and children should also have a sun hat with them in school.

On their timetabled PE day, children should arrive in school in their PE kit so they do not have to get changed during the course of the day.

On their timetabled outdoor learning day, children should arrive in school in their own clothes so they do not have to get changed during the course of the day.

NO MOBILE PHONES are to be brought to school.  We do not have anywhere to store them and will not be able to clean them throughout the course of or at the end of the school day.

 

ON THE SCHOOL DAY:

Parents are asked to be mindful to our neighours and ensure that you are adhering to our normal car parking requests and maintain social distancing at all times.

Parents must arrive at their allocated drop off and pick up times for their child’s class.  Please do not be early or late.

Every child MUST be dropped off and picked up by ONE parent/carer. 

No child will be allowed to come into or leave school without a parent/carer dropping or picking them up.

Unless unavoidable, please do not bring siblings when dropping off or picking up your child.

A member of SLT will greet you at the electric green gate (Birchwood Drive and Wood Close) at the beginning and the end of school day.

Parents and children should comply with the two metre rule if you have to queue.

Markers are in place on the ground on the approach to ensure that the 2 metre rule is followed. 

Parents and children should respect the social distancing measures.

Parents should leave the school premises promptly after picking up and dropping off.

If a parent needs to speak to a member of staff, please use the school email or telephone the office. 

At this time, no parent/carer will be permitted in the building.

Children will enter their classes through the outside fire doors or another allocated entrance/exit depending on location of the classroom. 

Every child will be allocated a desk in their classroom.  This is their desk and will not be used by any other child.

Children should remain at their desk when they are in the classroom.

On this desk, the children should place their packed lunch and two water bottles.  These should remain on their desk for the day.

If the children do need to wear a coat, this will be placed on the back of their chair.  No cloakroom or lockers will be used.

At the beginning of the day, children will be escorted to the toilet to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds using hot water and thoroughly drying them with a paper towel.

All ‘bubbles’ (classes) have been allocated six toilet times during a school day.  At all times, we must try to adhere to these. 

The toilets operate using a one in one out policy.

If a child needs to go to the toilet when it is not their time on the rota, a member of staff will take them and wait outside.

When moving around the school, the children should ensure that they are standing on a smiley face sticker.  This does mean that they will be adhering to social distancing.

All classes are on a staggered break and lunch time. 

Children must wash their hands before they go out to play and when they return from play at break time and lunch time.

Children will only be allowed to play in their designated zone.

Children will be reminded to social distance when every possible.

No equipment will be allowed out at playtimes.

 

PLEASE BE AWARE IF CHILDREN DO NOT FOLLOW OUR EXPECTATIONS, THEY MAY BE SENT HOME AND MAY NOT BE ABLE TO COME BACK INTO SCHOOL UNTIL THEY CAN FOLLOW THE PROCEDURES PUT IN PLACE 

Statement shared with Governors: 28th May 2020

Statement shared with Staff: 28th May

 

Kind regards

Mrs Watson 

   

 

Message to parents of children attending school and returning to school

Monday 15th June 2020

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers

I do hope you have had a great weekend and enjoyed the beautiful weather.

To update you from the government announcement last week, primary schools have been asked if at all possible could we invite more children into school if we have the capacity.  As advised last week, we are not going to be in a position to do this as we continue to operate under the 'bubble' model.  We are opening a new bubble for Year 6 on Monday 22nd June which has already been filled.  We are trying to increase this offer but unfortunately, due to staffing we are unable to extend this offer at present to accommodate any more children in Year 6.  We are trying and will update parents if we are able to create another bubble.  Additionally,  this may change depending on further government announcements regarding social distancing.  All we want is all of our children back but we can only work with the staff and room capacity that we have.

We have a similar problem with the key worker children as we have reached capacity​ in at least one year group and we will be unable to take any more children of key workers, unless you advised us that you would be requiring a place on the questionnaire that was sent out via the website on Thursday 14th May.  It is therefore absolutely essential that your child is only in school if they cannot be looked after safely at home.  This includes parents who are working from home - your children should be at home with you on these days.  We know most of our families are following these guidelines but we ask that everyone adheres to these so we can give the child-care that is needed for those parents who are working in key worker positions and have no one at home to look after them safely. 

Please do contact us if you require any further information on 01322 522151.  We are in the office every day from 8.00am - 4.00pm. 

Take care 

Mrs Watson

       

   

Message to parents of children attending school

Friday 5th June 2020 

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers

I do hope the children have enjoyed their week in school.  We have thoroughly enjoyed having them here and it has been a really happy week.  Your children have behaved impeccably.  Thank you to you too for adhering to our social distancing rules and arriving to drop off and pick up at the allocated times.  Please be reminded that only one person (parent or carer) should be dropping and picking up your child.

As of next week we have timetabled for the 'bubbles' to be doing PE and Outdoor Learning.

 

Outdoor Learning and PE timetable: Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 

Timetable Years 3,4,5 Year 3   Year 4 Year 5
Class Aberdeen Belfast Cambridge
Outdoor Learning Monday pm Tuesday pm Wednesday pm
PE Wednesday Monday Tuesday

 

Outdoor Learning and PE timetable: Year 6

Timetable Year 6  Year 6 Group 1 Year 6 Group 2 Year 6 Group 3  Year 6 Group 4 Year 6 Group 5  Year 6 Group 6 Year 6 Group 7
Class Swansea Portsmouth Newport Derry  Dundee Newcastle Inverness
Outdoor Learning Monday am Wednesday am Tuesday am Thursday pm Friday pm Friday am Thursday am
PE Wednesday Friday Thursday Monday Tuesday Thursday   Friday

 

Please be aware that Outdoor Learning is not Forest School, however the children will be using this area for this activity. 

On the day that your child has PE, please can they come into school in their PE kit and on the day that your child has Outdoor Learning, please can they come in wearing outdoor clothes.

For your child to take part in the Outdoor Learning activities, please can you complete the online form (click link below) - we must receive this before your child is able to take part in this activity.  

Click Here for online form

Please ensure that your child has sun lotion applied before school and brings a sun hat to wear every day.

Key worker parents, please be reminded we are open for your children every day only if they are unable to be at home and looked after safely.  If there is someone at home who is able to look after your child, they should not be not in school on these days.

Take care and we look forward to seeing you next week.

Mrs Watson

 

Message to all: 

Thursday 28th May 2020

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers

If your child is returning to school next week, Monday 1st June, it is imperative that you read the documents below and understand the class structure and drop off instructions as these are individual to your child's group.  You will receive a message via text to advise you which group your child is in (click here for class structures), then you should follow the relevant instructions when you drop off your child on Monday as outlined in the drop off instructions (click here).

We have a video for you of what the school now looks like please click here to view this in google drive.

We look forward to seeing your children on Monday.

Kind regards

Mrs Watson 

 

Message to all

Friday 26th June 2020

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers

Miss Hately (Headteacher from Joydens Wood Infant School) and I would like to share with you our collaborative plans for both schools between now and 1st September 2020. The government informed schools this week that there will be no change to the operations of schools until September 2020. We have both reviewed our risk assessments with the Local Authority and Governing Bodies, unfortunately we do not have the capacity to offer a safer expansion of year groups. The main reasons for this are:

  • Insufficient staffing to include new bubbles
  • Insufficient classrooms/internal spaces to house new bubbles
  • Insufficient number of toilets to enable new bubbles to attend
  • Both of us were hoping that with the new 1m+ rule, the restrictions of only allowing 15 or less children in a class would be removed, sadly this is not the case.

We outline our collaborative decisions for the remainder of this academic year:

How will the schools operate for the remainder of this academic year?
Both schools will continue to operate in the format that they are currently.

Will the schools be open over the summer holidays?
Both schools will be closing their doors to all children from Tuesday 21st July until Monday 7th September.

What support will be available over the summer holidays?
Both schools have worked collaboratively to ensure the same provision is offered to all children of Joydens Wood during the summer break. 

On Site Summer Sports Club
Tollo Academy (PE Specialists who currently lead the PE/Clubs at the Infants) will be offering a summer club to all children of both schools on the Infant school site. The summer club will run on the following dates:

Week 1 - Monday 27th - Thursday 30th July

Week 2 - Monday 3rd - Thursday 6th August

Week 3 - Monday 10th - Thursday 13th August

Week 4 - Monday 17th - Thursday 20th August

Full details of how the club will run and how to secure your child’s place can be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe0B_nuxJ90N5TwbmenPCoYKJom4v0aEPS8JriIsvBkcJl1rA/viewform

COVID Summer Food Fund
The Government have launched a Covid Summer Food Fund to enable children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals to be supported over the summer holiday period. This funding is in addition to the free school meals national voucher scheme. The COVID Summer Food Fund guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-summer-food-fund

Academic Support
Both schools will be providing the children with catch up work for the summer break. This will take the format of:

Infant School

Junior School

Mathematics

English Workbook for the forthcoming year group

 

Summer Holiday Activities

Summer Reading Challenge

Preparation work for new year group

 
There is no expectation that you complete this work over the summer but it would aid the children’s learning upon their return in September.

What are the plans for next academic year?
The schools have not been informed of the plans for the next academic year, however we are both preparing for a full reopening of the schools. Both schools have prepared a Back to School Recovery Curriculum which ensures that Year 2 to Year 3 transition is central to our approach. We will write to parents individually about our specific plans for schools, as it is appropriate for the curriculum approaches to differ due to the age of our pupils.

Thank you for all the support you have given our schools, we are overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness towards our teams. The challenge of home schooling can never be underestimated and we are so grateful to all our parents for continuing to engage with us whilst juggling the endless pressures in your home lives.

We cannot wait to welcome back all the children and hope that academic year 2020-2021 will be full of learning, good health and happy school community. 

Please do call us on 01322 522151 if you have any questions you would like answered.

Mrs Watson

 

   

Parent Information 

Page updated 28th September 2020

 

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers

 

We are now four weeks into term and the children are enjoying learning their new curriculum and have produced some fantastic work. 

 

Computer Usage

To evaluate the computer access that our children have at home, please can you complete the short questionnaire by Friday 2nd October 2020 by clicking on the link below.  This will help us plan our delivery of lessons if we do have to shut a bubble or whole school at any time.

 Click here to complete the questionnaire.

 

Baseline Data

Later this week, you will receive baseline data for child.  This will be accompanied with an explanation as to what the data means.

 

Changes to Drop off and Pick up

As of today we have put into place a one way system at our Birchwood Drive Entrance only.  We are also encouraging parents to wear face masks whilst on school site. 

 

Pick up from school will now be extended by 5 minutes.  This time will be from 3.00pm to 3.15pm, with the gates opening at 2.55pm.

 

Year 6 children who are walking home at the end of the day will be asked to remain in class until 3.15pm so that we can safely monitor them leaving.

 

During the school day, we request that items are not dropped off outside the gate opening hours.

 

Year 6 Kent Test

This will take place on Thursday 15th October.  You will be given further information when we receive it from Kent.

 

Year 6 Residential

We have provisionally booked our residential trip for Year 6 to the Isle of Wight, from 12th July – 16th July 2021.  We do hope that this will go ahead but we will need to wait for Government Guidance nearer the time to confirm.

 

Medication in School

Please can you ensure that if we hold medication in school for your child the following form has been filled in and all of the medicines held in school are up to date.  We cannot administer any medicines that are not prescribed by the doctor.

 https://www.joydens-wood-junior.kent.sch.uk/key-information-1/prescription-medication-form-2020-2021

 

Reading

Please can you encourage your children in their reading by listening to them read every evening and asking questions about the text they have read.

 

Thank you for all your support over the last few weeks.

 

Kind regards

 

Mrs Jacqueline Watson

Headteacher

Page updated 22nd September 2020

The Department of Education has now translated for parents and carers on early years providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term. 

The guidance is now available in the following languages:

·         Arabic

·         Bengali

·         Chinese – traditional

·         Chinese – simplified

·         French

·         Gujarati

·         Polish

·         Portuguese

·         Punjabi

·         Romany

·         Somali

·         Turkish

·         Urdu

 

Page updated 2nd September 2020


Dear Mums, Dads and Carers

Thank you for all your feedback regarding our risk assessments, we are doing all we can to ensure our schools reopen to be as ‘Covid Secure’ as possible for Monday 7th September.

We understand that the main issue regarding our schools’ is in relation to:

  • Sibling drop off/collection
  • The multiple entrances across both sites

We have made the joint decision to remove staggered drop off and pick up times and allocated entrances. This means all parents will be able to come on-site to drop off and pick up their children.

No parents/carers will be permitted into either school building, if you need to speak to your child’s class teacher, please ensure you contact the school office via phone/email.

The above decision is subject to all parents agreeing to adhere to strict social distancing measures both on and off the schools’ sites. If parents breach this, we will implement a staggered system with immediate effect.

Please be mindful to all our local residents at all times.


Accessing the School Site

All Infant and Junior Children/Parents – can access the site from any entrance across the two schools. Parents can freely walk between sites to enable them to have easier access.

All Infant Children- will be dropped off and picked up from their own classroom doors

All Junior Children – will be dropped off at their allocated classroom area. This is a little bit more difficult as JWJS have upstairs classrooms and there is not direct access to each classroom so these are the drop off and pick up points:

 

Year 3 - Aberdeen – Aberdeen Class External Door
Year 3 - Belfast – Belfast Class External Door
Year 3 - Cambridge – Fire Exit next to Wood Close Electronic Gate
Year 4 - Cardiff – Fire Exit at the back car park – please wait in the picnic area
Year 4 - Derry – Derry External Door
Year 4 - Dundee – Front Entrance
Year 5 - Lisburn – Back Playground Upper Door (Nearest Forest School)
Year 5 – Newcastle – Back Playground Upper Door (Nearest Forest School)
Year 5 – Swansea – Swansea External Door
Year 6 – Newport – Newport External Door
Year 6 – Portsmouth – Portsmouth External Door
Year 6 – Inverness – Back Playground Lower Door

 

Clear signage will be in place and members of SLT will on site (in high vis jackets) to support.

 

Catch Up Sessions

The difference in the two schools age groups means that educating the children will always be different.
Both schools will be offering morning catch up sessions from 8.30am. Due to staffing, the Junior School are able to offer further catch up learning within the school day. As the Infant Children require higher levels of staffing within the day (due to their age), it is not possible to run all extra sessions within the school hours. To support the Infant School’s eldest children, catch up sessions for all Year 2 children are offered from 3.00-3.30pm (impact of this will be constantly under review).

 

Drop off and Pick Up Times

EYFS and Year 1 Children - To be dropped off from 8.30 – 9.00am and collected between 3.00-3.10pm.

Year 2 Children - To be dropped off from 8.30 – 9.00am and collected at 3.30pm. If your child is in Year 2 and they cannot stay until 3.30pm, they will need to be collected between 2.55 - 3.00pm promptly. (Please ensure you write to the Infant School to inform them if your child is going home at 3.00pm).

All Junior Children - To be dropped off from 8.30 – 9.00am and collected 3.10-3.15pm.

 

Gates

AM - All gates across the two sites will be open from 8.25am and closed at 9.00am.
PM - Infant gates will be open from 2.55pm and closed at 3.40pm. Junior gates will be open from 2.55pm and closed 3.30pm.

We will continue to work jointly to review our Covid Secure Practices to ensure our schools are a safe and secure place for all children, families and staff.

Yours faithfully

Mrs Watson and Miss Hately

 

Page updated 17th July 2020

               

Message to all:    

Operational Planning and Risk Assessment for full opening - September 2020

Home School Agreement - September 2020

Organisation of the School Day - September 2020

      

Friday 17th July 2020

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers

I do hope you are all well and please find above the documentation to be read in readiness for our September opening to the whole school.  We are so looking forward to seeing you and all the children on Monday 7th September (Years 4 - 6) and Year 3 on Friday 4th September.

Please can you ensure that you have read the documents that are on the links at the top of this page before your child returns to school in September:

  • Operational Planning and Risk Assessment for full opening
  • Home School Agreement
  • Organisation of the School Day

The Operational Planning and Risk Assessment for full opening is a very lengthy document and it should be read in full.  However, I know a lot of parents have been asking about the arrangements for September and what we have planned.  These can be found on:

  • page 6  - 1.e) Minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible
  • page 15 - 3) Additional Information

Once you have read the documents, if you have any queries, please call 01322 522151.  We ask that you phone rather than email so we can answer any subsequent questions you may have. 

Thank you so much for all your understanding over these difficult few months.  I really appreciate the difficulties that everyone has faced and we have enjoyed seeing the activities that you have completed with your children over the past months.  

Take care

Mrs Watson

 

 Updated 21st July 2020

        

Message to all

Tuesday 21st July 2020

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers 

I don’t think anybody could have possibly predicted that this is how the academic year would come to an end.  I want to send you my deepest thanks for all that you have done to support the school and your child’s education, particularly during these last few months. As you know, the end of this academic year has looked completely different to any other year. Unfortunately, in light of the current situation, we have been unable to facilitate many of the normal procedures and routines. We know that this has been a change for both pupils and parents, but we thank for your understanding, as all decisions made are to ensure that we look after all members of the JWJS community.

I hope that you have had the opportunity to read on our website our operational plans for a full opening in September. We are so thrilled that we will be able to welcome all our children back, even though the operation of the school will continue to be different for a while.

It is with much sadness that we say goodbye to Year 6 today.  They have been a great credit to the school and have shown excellent behaviour and a very positive attitude to learning throughout their time at JWJS.  It is such a shame that their last few months at JWJS were not as we planned.   We are going to miss them and we wish them all the very best of luck at secondary school.   

I want to say a big thank you to all of other children too, those who are both in school and those who have continued to learn from home. We know that this has been a difficult time for you and them as being away from school has sometimes been a little bit difficult.  

Please can you scroll down below to the 14 July news to read important information that was communicated last week to all parents.

On behalf of the whole staff team at JWJS, I wish you all a relaxing, peaceful and healthy summer break and we very much look forward to seeing you and your child again in September.

With very best wishes

Mrs Watson

     

 

Message to all

Tuesday 14th July 2020

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers

Please read the following information as there are important messages for every parent/carer in the school.

September Return
As you are aware we are in the process of planning for the return of the whole school as of 7th September.  All our plans are written following the Government Guidance and will be tweaked further having received further guidance from KCC today.  These plans will be presented at our full Governing Body meeting on Thursday 16th July and released to you on Friday 17th July.  This will include our risk assessments, procedures, new policies and our curriculum recovery plan (including what, how and when subjects will be delivered). 

Drop off

Wood Close: 8.30-8.40 Y3, 8.45-8.55 Y5

Birchwood Drive: 8.30-8.40 Y4, 8.45-8.55 Y6 

Pick Up

Wood Close: 3.00-3.10 Y3, 3.15-3.25 Y5

Birchwood Drive: 3.00-3.10 Y4, 3.15-3.25 Y6

I have an infant and junior child, what should I do?
Siblings can be dropped off at the Juniors from 8.30am.

Junior school siblings can be collected at the time in which the latest sibling’s allocation is .

Junior school siblings will be allowed on the Infant school site whilst you wait to collect your Infant school child

I have two or more siblings at JWJS, what should I do?
Siblings should all be dropped off together with the child who has the earliest start time and from stated entrance.
Siblings should be collected at the time in which the latest sibling’s allocation is and from the stated entrance .

September Return - School Lunch
I can confirm that we will be offering a packed lunch as our school lunch at a cost of £2.50 per day, there will be no hot meal.  This packed lunch offer is for the entire term, there is no opt in or opt out option on a daily or weekly basis.  This will be at an overall cost of £87.50 for the entire term (until October half term).  Can you please contact the school office by Friday 17th July on 01322 522151 if you would like a school packed lunch so we can get an estimated calculation of how many lunches will need to be prepared.  Please click on the link below to see the daily menu and we will update you before you return to school on how to choose your child's preferred lunch.  

Click Here for Packed Lunch menu

Presents
I know that a lot of parents have asked whether they can drop off presents for staff this year.  Unfortunately, in the current climate we are not encouraging visitors or deliveries to school so I request that this is not considered this academic year.

PE/Lost Property
We have a lot of PE kits and lost property still in school.  If you require these, please ring the school on 01322 522151 with a description of the clothing so we can locate it and post it to you over the coming days.

Assembly
There will be an assembly for all of the school on Friday at 11am.  I will send the link via the children's news on Friday morning. 

Year 6
For all Year 6 children, there will be a special assembly for you on Tuesday 21st July at 11am.  Additionally for all of Year 6 in school next week, if the weather is good, we will be having a picnic on the front playground.  Children will have to remain in their bubbles in the allocated zones that will be given for this event.  Only a normal pack lunch needs to be provided.

Communication
As always we are in the office every day if you need to communicate with us for any reason, call us on 01322 522151.  We are here to help with any concern or query. 

Take care

Mrs Watson

 

     

__________________________

Important messages for re-opening of school - June 2020:

Messages for parents of Year 6, Key Workers and Vulnerable Children

Updated 24th June 2020

         

Message to parents of children attending school and returning to school

If your child is returning to school you must ensure you have read all the documents below:

Click here for Individual Class Structures from 29th June

Click here for Individual Drop-off instructions for 29th June

Click here for Reopening of school plan including procedures to reduce risk 

Click here for The school plan for reopening

Click here for Guidance statement during Covid-19 Return

Click here for Covid19 policies and addendums

 

Monday 22nd June 2020

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers

Firstly we do hope your children are enjoying being back in school.  Can you please ensure you have re-read this guidance before returning to school tomorrow.   

      

Guidance Statement during Covid-19 Return Opening to run with our Positive Attitudes Policy until further notice

 

PREPARATION

We are open from 1st June every day (Monday – Friday), start and end times will be determined by the teaching group (bubble) that your child is in.

We will open for some classes at 8.30am and not before.

Children should arrive at school in a clean, washed school uniform each day with their packed lunch and two full water bottles.  They do not require any other equipment.

We will provide the children with all the learning resources they will need when they are in school.

Please remember, we are a NUT and FISH FREE school.  This includes all types of fish including tuna, fish paste, fresh fish, shellfish etc.  Please ensure you check any product ingredients for nuts before they are brought into school.  There are many products which contain traces of nuts which we may not be aware. 

Sun cream should have been applied at home and children should also have a sun hat with them in school.

On their timetabled PE day, children should arrive in school in their PE kit so they do not have to get changed during the course of the day.

On their timetabled outdoor learning day, children should arrive in school in their own clothes so they do not have to get changed during the course of the day.

NO MOBILE PHONES are to be brought to school.  We do not have anywhere to store them and will not be able to clean them throughout the course of or at the end of the school day.

 

ON THE SCHOOL DAY:

Parents are asked to be mindful to our neighours and ensure that you are adhering to our normal car parking requests and maintain social distancing at all times.

Parents must arrive at their allocated drop off and pick up times for their child’s class.  Please do not be early or late.

Every child MUST be dropped off and picked up by ONE parent/carer. 

No child will be allowed to come into or leave school without a parent/carer dropping or picking them up.

Unless unavoidable, please do not bring siblings when dropping off or picking up your child.

A member of SLT will greet you at the electric green gate (Birchwood Drive and Wood Close) at the beginning and the end of school day.

Parents and children should comply with the two metre rule if you have to queue.

Markers are in place on the ground on the approach to ensure that the 2 metre rule is followed. 

Parents and children should respect the social distancing measures.

Parents should leave the school premises promptly after picking up and dropping off.

If a parent needs to speak to a member of staff, please use the school email or telephone the office. 

At this time, no parent/carer will be permitted in the building.

Children will enter their classes through the outside fire doors or another allocated entrance/exit depending on location of the classroom. 

Every child will be allocated a desk in their classroom.  This is their desk and will not be used by any other child.

Children should remain at their desk when they are in the classroom.

On this desk, the children should place their packed lunch and two water bottles.  These should remain on their desk for the day.

If the children do need to wear a coat, this will be placed on the back of their chair.  No cloakroom or lockers will be used.

At the beginning of the day, children will be escorted to the toilet to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds using hot water and thoroughly drying them with a paper towel.

All ‘bubbles’ (classes) have been allocated six toilet times during a school day.  At all times, we must try to adhere to these. 

The toilets operate using a one in one out policy.

If a child needs to go to the toilet when it is not their time on the rota, a member of staff will take them and wait outside.

When moving around the school, the children should ensure that they are standing on a smiley face sticker.  This does mean that they will be adhering to social distancing.

All classes are on a staggered break and lunch time. 

Children must wash their hands before they go out to play and when they return from play at break time and lunch time.

Children will only be allowed to play in their designated zone.

Children will be reminded to social distance when every possible.

No equipment will be allowed out at playtimes.

 

PLEASE BE AWARE IF CHILDREN DO NOT FOLLOW OUR EXPECTATIONS, THEY MAY BE SENT HOME AND MAY NOT BE ABLE TO COME BACK INTO SCHOOL UNTIL THEY CAN FOLLOW THE PROCEDURES PUT IN PLACE 

Statement shared with Governors: 28th May 2020

Statement shared with Staff: 28th May

 

Kind regards

Mrs Watson 

Message to parents of children attending school and returning to school

Monday 15th June 2020

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers

I do hope you have had a great weekend and enjoyed the beautiful weather.

To update you from the government announcement last week, primary schools have been asked if at all possible could we invite more children into school if we have the capacity.  As advised last week, we are not going to be in a position to do this as we continue to operate under the 'bubble' model.  We are opening a new bubble for Year 6 on Monday 22nd June which has already been filled.  We are trying to increase this offer but unfortunately, due to staffing we are unable to extend this offer at present to accommodate any more children in Year 6.  We are trying and will update parents if we are able to create another bubble.  Additionally,  this may change depending on further government announcements regarding social distancing.  All we want is all of our children back but we can only work with the staff and room capacity that we have.

We have a similar problem with the key worker children as we have reached capacity​ in at least one year group and we will be unable to take any more children of key workers, unless you advised us that you would be requiring a place on the questionnaire that was sent out via the website on Thursday 14th May.  It is therefore absolutely essential that your child is only in school if they cannot be looked after safely at home.  This includes parents who are working from home - your children should be at home with you on these days.  We know most of our families are following these guidelines but we ask that everyone adheres to these so we can give the child-care that is needed for those parents who are working in key worker positions and have no one at home to look after them safely. 

Please do contact us if you require any further information on 01322 522151.  We are in the office every day from 8.00am - 4.00pm. 

Take care 

Mrs Watson

       

   

Message to parents of children attending school

Friday 5th June 2020 

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers

I do hope the children have enjoyed their week in school.  We have thoroughly enjoyed having them here and it has been a really happy week.  Your children have behaved impeccably.  Thank you to you too for adhering to our social distancing rules and arriving to drop off and pick up at the allocated times.  Please be reminded that only one person (parent or carer) should be dropping and picking up your child.

As of next week we have timetabled for the 'bubbles' to be doing PE and Outdoor Learning.

 

Outdoor Learning and PE timetable: Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 

Timetable Years 3,4,5 Year 3   Year 4 Year 5
Class Aberdeen Belfast Cambridge
Outdoor Learning Monday pm Tuesday pm Wednesday pm
PE Wednesday Monday Tuesday

 

Outdoor Learning and PE timetable: Year 6

Timetable Year 6  Year 6 Group 1 Year 6 Group 2 Year 6 Group 3  Year 6 Group 4 Year 6 Group 5  Year 6 Group 6 Year 6 Group 7
Class Swansea Portsmouth Newport Derry  Dundee Newcastle Inverness
Outdoor Learning Monday am Wednesday am Tuesday am Thursday pm Friday pm Friday am Thursday am
PE Wednesday Friday Thursday Monday Tuesday Thursday   Friday

 

Please be aware that Outdoor Learning is not Forest School, however the children will be using this area for this activity. 

On the day that your child has PE, please can they come into school in their PE kit and on the day that your child has Outdoor Learning, please can they come in wearing outdoor clothes.

For your child to take part in the Outdoor Learning activities, please can you complete the online form (click link below) - we must receive this before your child is able to take part in this activity.  

Click Here for online form

Please ensure that your child has sun lotion applied before school and brings a sun hat to wear every day.

Key worker parents, please be reminded we are open for your children every day only if they are unable to be at home and looked after safely.  If there is someone at home who is able to look after your child, they should not be not in school on these days.

Take care and we look forward to seeing you next week.

Mrs Watson

 

Message to all: 

Thursday 28th May 2020

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers

If your child is returning to school next week, Monday 1st June, it is imperative that you read the documents below and understand the class structure and drop off instructions as these are individual to your child's group.  You will receive a message via text to advise you which group your child is in (click here for class structures), then you should follow the relevant instructions when you drop off your child on Monday as outlined in the drop off instructions (click here).

We have a video for you of what the school now looks like please click here to view this in google drive.

We look forward to seeing your children on Monday.

Kind regards

Mrs Watson 

 

Message to all

Friday 26th June 2020

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers

Miss Hately (Headteacher from Joydens Wood Infant School) and I would like to share with you our collaborative plans for both schools between now and 1st September 2020. The government informed schools this week that there will be no change to the operations of schools until September 2020. We have both reviewed our risk assessments with the Local Authority and Governing Bodies, unfortunately we do not have the capacity to offer a safer expansion of year groups. The main reasons for this are:

  • Insufficient staffing to include new bubbles
  • Insufficient classrooms/internal spaces to house new bubbles
  • Insufficient number of toilets to enable new bubbles to attend
  • Both of us were hoping that with the new 1m+ rule, the restrictions of only allowing 15 or less children in a class would be removed, sadly this is not the case.

We outline our collaborative decisions for the remainder of this academic year:

How will the schools operate for the remainder of this academic year?
Both schools will continue to operate in the format that they are currently.

Will the schools be open over the summer holidays?
Both schools will be closing their doors to all children from Tuesday 21st July until Monday 7th September.

What support will be available over the summer holidays?
Both schools have worked collaboratively to ensure the same provision is offered to all children of Joydens Wood during the summer break. 

On Site Summer Sports Club
Tollo Academy (PE Specialists who currently lead the PE/Clubs at the Infants) will be offering a summer club to all children of both schools on the Infant school site. The summer club will run on the following dates:

Week 1 - Monday 27th - Thursday 30th July

Week 2 - Monday 3rd - Thursday 6th August

Week 3 - Monday 10th - Thursday 13th August

Week 4 - Monday 17th - Thursday 20th August

Full details of how the club will run and how to secure your child’s place can be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe0B_nuxJ90N5TwbmenPCoYKJom4v0aEPS8JriIsvBkcJl1rA/viewform

COVID Summer Food Fund
The Government have launched a Covid Summer Food Fund to enable children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals to be supported over the summer holiday period. This funding is in addition to the free school meals national voucher scheme. The COVID Summer Food Fund guidance can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-summer-food-fund

Academic Support
Both schools will be providing the children with catch up work for the summer break. This will take the format of:

Infant School

Junior School

Mathematics

English Workbook for the forthcoming year group

 

Summer Holiday Activities

Summer Reading Challenge

Preparation work for new year group

 
There is no expectation that you complete this work over the summer but it would aid the children’s learning upon their return in September.

What are the plans for next academic year?
The schools have not been informed of the plans for the next academic year, however we are both preparing for a full reopening of the schools. Both schools have prepared a Back to School Recovery Curriculum which ensures that Year 2 to Year 3 transition is central to our approach. We will write to parents individually about our specific plans for schools, as it is appropriate for the curriculum approaches to differ due to the age of our pupils.

Thank you for all the support you have given our schools, we are overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness towards our teams. The challenge of home schooling can never be underestimated and we are so grateful to all our parents for continuing to engage with us whilst juggling the endless pressures in your home lives.

We cannot wait to welcome back all the children and hope that academic year 2020-2021 will be full of learning, good health and happy school community. 

Please do call us on 01322 522151 if you have any questions you would like answered.

Mrs Watson

 

   

Message to all

Friday 19th June 2020

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers

I hope you are all well. We are really disappointed that some children will not be able to return to school at the moment and we do miss you all. 

As we still have four weeks before the end of term we will continue to provide home learning activities for your children on the class pages of the website. Do remember, if you would like your child’s work marked, please do email your class teacher this work for marking and feedback. If you would like teachers to give some guidance on specific work that they would like to see from your child please do advise them of this. We have not taken this approach of requesting specific work to be handed in as we do not want to put pressure on any family but if this is what you want, please do let us know.   Some children may have been sent a postcard for the amazing work that they have sent in, there are lots more being posted.  If for any reason, you are unable to access the learning, please ring the school office on 01322 522151 and we can provide alternative work. 

I know many of you are now beginning to think about September and the new academic year.  To date, we are still waiting on the Government to announce what will be happening as of the 1st September.  Once we have received this information – I will update you with how we are going to organise this. 

To ensure our children are feeling happier about their return in September and returning to school with a new teacher there will be teacher videos released for you and your child to view on our website on what would have been our transition week – week commencing 6th July.  Additionally from this date, if you have any questions for your new teacher please use your new class email address.

You will receive a full academic report week commencing Monday 13th July.  This will be very much based on the information that we had gathered ready for the Parent Consultation that we could not hold in March.

Next week, Mr Redford will be holding an assembly at 11.00am on Friday 26th June – I will be filming! We will forward the link on the Children’s Daily News on Friday morning.

Everything is going on behind the scenes as usual as we enter the last term of the school year - liaising with secondary schools, teacher discussions on transition between classes and work on welcoming in our new Year 2 intake is all being planned for. We are so looking forward to being together as our school community again.

A big thank you to you for supporting your children through this time.  I would also like to thank the staff of JWJS for their support and ability to adapt to these challenging times. 

Take care and enjoy your weekend.​

Mrs Watson

   

Message to all: 

Wednesday 10th June 2020

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers

Following on from the Government announcement yesterday, I am so disappointed to confirm that we will most probably not be able to invite any children from Years 3, 4 and 5 into school before September, except key worker and vulnerable children.  This is not what we wanted but did expect it as we are almost at capacity working with the models that we have been guided to have in place, as I noted on the documentation that was sent out prior to opening on 1st June.

However, at present, we do expect a full return to school by all children in September and will update you further when we know how this will be organised.  As advised on 19th May your children will return in the classes that were advised. 

As we move into the new known phase, as has been communicated since 20th April, if online tutorials would be beneficial for your situation at home, please visit and follow the Oak National Academy website: https://www.thenational.academy or alternatively visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize who offer daily lessons.

Just to confirm, our bespoke learning activities are our weekly learning grids, spellings, homework and the White Rose daily maths lessons. All these resources can be found on the website by following the links below.

https://www.joydens-wood-junior.kent.sch.uk/class-pages/year-3/home-learning-links
https://www.joydens-wood-junior.kent.sch.uk/class-pages/year-4-1/year-4
https://www.joydens-wood-junior.kent.sch.uk/class-pages/year-5/home-learning-links-year-5
https://www.joydens-wood-junior.kent.sch.uk/class-pages/year-6/home-learning-links-1

I know a lot of families have enjoyed speaking to us directly so please do email your class teacher your phone number so they can ring you and keep in regular contact if you would like this personal approach.  We are also making as many phone calls to all our families at home over the next week.

Do remember, if you would like your child’s work marked, please do email your class teacher this work for marking and feedback. If you would like teachers to give some guidance on specific work that they would like to see from your child please do advise them of this. We have not taken this approach of requesting specific work to be handed in as we do not want to put pressure on any family but if this is what you want, please do let us know.   Some children may have been sent a postcard for the amazing work that they have sent in, there are lots more being posted.

As they have been doing, Mrs Hensher and Mrs Gilham will continue to provide additional support for SEND and vulnerable children.    

If you feel that you require any additional support please phone the school office on 01322 522151 or email office@joydens-wood-junior.kent.sch.uk.

Additionally, if you would like to contact Mrs Gilham on any other worries, concerns or advice please contact her directly on 07714 248635.​ or email Kelly.gilham@joydens-wood-junior.kent.sch.uk.

We are in school every working day so if you need to speak to us, please do call. We are here to help in any way that we can.

Take care

Mrs Watson

Class email addresses:
aberdeen@joydens-wood-junior.kent.sch.uk
belfast@joydens-wood-junior.kent.sch.uk
cambridge@joydens-wood-junior.kent.sch.uk
cardiff@joydens-wood-junior.kent.sch.uk
derry@joydens-wood-junior.kent.sch.uk
dundee@joydens-wood-junior.kent.sch.uk
lisburn@joydens-wood-junior.kent.sch.uk
newcastle@joydens-wood-junior.kent.sch.uk
swansea@joydens-wood-junior.kent.sch.uk
inverness@joydens-wood-junior.kent.sch.uk
newport@joydens-wood-junior.kent.sch.uk
portsmouth@joydens-wood-junior.kent.sch.uk

   

        

Message to all: 

Wednesday 27th May 2020

Dear Mums, Dads and Carers

I do hope you have enjoyed the bank holiday weekend and having fun in the sun during this half term holiday.

I know a lot of families have enjoyed speaking to us directly so please do email your class teacher your phone number so they can ring you and keep in regular contact if you would like this personal approach.

Do remember, if you would like your child’s work marked, please do email your class teacher this work for marking and feedback. If you would like teachers to give some guidance on specific work that they would like to see from your child please do advise them of this. We have not taken this approach of requesting specific work to be handed in as we do not want to put pressure on any family. As I said in my letter in March, whatever you are doing at home is amazing. When our children do return to us, it is our job to ensure we fill in the gaps of learning for every child.

As you are aware, school is planning to open on Monday for Year 6 and will continue to be open for key worker and vulnerable children. This does mean that a lot of staff will be in school as of Monday as class sizes have had to be reduced dramatically.  The following staff will ensure that home learning continues for our children with learning grids being produced, work being marked and phone calls being made if requested. Please continue to use your class emails as teachers for the year groups will have access to these.

Year 3 - Mrs Louth and Mrs Sutherland
Year 4 - Mr Graham
Year 5 - Miss Potts
Year 6 - Mrs Boyle and Mrs Pule

As they have been doing, Mrs Hensher and Mrs Gilham will continue to provide additional support for SEND and vulnerable children.    

If you feel that you require any additional support please phone the school office on 01322 522151 or email office@joydens-wood-junior.kent.sch.uk.

Additionally, if you would like to contact Mrs Gilham on any other worries, concerns or advice please contact her directly on 07714 248635.​ or email Kelly.gilham@joydens-wood-junior.kent.sch.uk.

We are in school every working day so if you need to speak to us, please do call. We are here to help in any way that we can.

Take care

Mrs Watson

       

Class email addresses: