29 June 2020 - Important update about the end of term and a return to school for Year 2

Dear parents and carers

I hope that you are continuing to keep well and stay safe!

Please find attached link to today’s assembly https://youtu.be/l5nxyDE1dhg

The return to school

I am pleased to report that so far, the return to school for our Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 pupils has been very positive! 13 Reception pupils, 19 Year 1 pupils and 27 Year 6 pupils are attending this week. It has been lovely to see the large majority of pupils entering school with big smiles on their faces. They are clearly happy to be back in school.

The main focus at the start of each day has been on wellbeing and mental health and making sure everyone is feeling happy, safe and secure. Teachers have then moved on to teach lessons and cover the curriculum. They have concentrated on key learning objectives and consolidating the most important learning. Lunch is being eaten in the classroom ‘bubbles’. The kitchen team are serving the food to Reception and Year 1 supported by the MDAs and school staff. Year 6 and the key worker group are collecting their lunch from the hall before eating it in their classroom.

We have decided that, for staffing and safety reasons, we need to limit the number of Reception pupils returning to 15. We now think that we have accommodated all Reception parents who have expressed an interest in their child coming back to school.

Time in school for Year 2

We have been thinking about how we can provide an opportunity for pupils in Years 2, 3, 4 and 5, to spend a short amount of time in school with their current classteacher before the summer holidays. We recognise that the social and emotional benefits of doing this would help a number of our children who may be worried about coming back to school together with the transition to a new class. Whilst we would have liked all year groups to have been able to return to school before the summer, due to a number of issues and constraints, this has not proved possible. However, following extensive consultation with staff, we have decided that a return to school for Year 2 for the last two days of term would particularly benefit this year group and their transition from KS1 to KS2. For this reason, we are planning to end the term for the current Year 1 ‘bubbles’ on Wednesday 15th July so that we can accommodate Year 2 pupils on Thursday 16th July and Friday 17th July. The Year 2 class will be split into two ‘halves’ of around 15 children and each half class will spend one day in school. Details of registering your interest in this and booking your child a place will come out to you today. Clearly this would depend on take up but we would hope that most of our Year 2 pupil would attend.

Any parents of Year 1 children who are key workers and need childcare, please don’t worry. If necessary, we can organise a Year 1 key worker ‘bubble’ for the Thursday and Friday.

Transition meetings – ‘Meet your new teacher!’

Don’t forget that, to further help with the transition to your child’s new class, teachers for September are going to hold a Zoom meeting before the end of term. Please look out for the details for this as I think it will be great for the children to see their new teacher, say hello to them and ask any questions that they may have.

Summer holidays

I can now confirm that school will be closed over the summer holidays and that there will be no provision for key worker families during this time.

Leavers’ assembly

With the easing of restrictions by the government last week, we are pleased to be able to invite Year 6 parents into school for a Year 6 leavers’ assembly at 9.30am on Wednesday 15th July. This will provide us with the chance to celebrate the children’s time with us at Hillside, to share their many talents and to wish them well for high school. This invite is extended to all families even if the children have not attended the Y6 ‘bubbles’ in recent weeks. The assembly will be held in the KS2 playground and seating will be placed to help us maintain social distancing of at least one metre at all times. As the assembly needs to take place outside, there will be no contingency to move the assembly into the hall so, in the event of very bad weather, plan B would be to hold the assembly at 1.30pm on the same day.

Thanks once again for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

Kind regards

Craig Richardson


Contact the School

Helsby Hillside Primary School

Bates Lane
Helsby, Frodsham
Cheshire, WA6 9LN

Headteacher: Mr C Richardson
School Contacts: Mrs Julie Ellis
& Mrs S Tregilgas

Tel: 01928 722991