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Oak Bites - 20th July 2020

OAK BITES 20th JULY 2020

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Happy Monday! See below for a letter from Mr De Silva regarding September. A further letter will be sent out by Mrs Layley in August.


As you know, we will be welcoming back all of our Year 6 pupils for their last day at Junior school on Wednesday 22nd July. Therefore, we need to stick very rigidly to the 8.45 to 9.00am drop off time for Keyworker children.  If your child isn’t in school by 9am they will not be able to come on site until after all the Year 6 pupils have been thermal image checked and registered – possibly 9.30am

Year 6 arrangement for Wednesday 22nd July 2020

1. All Year 6 children to arrive in school (BY THE GYM) between 9.00 and 9.15am.  Please be prompt due to the similarly timed arrival of the Keyworker children from other year groups. 

2. Bubbles 1 and 2 (both B and D) – please also come to the field NOT the playground as you normally would.

3. All Year 6 children are to be collected at 3.15pm from the field.

4. Don’t forget that Dan the ice-cream man will be here for you to buy an ice-cream.

5. Children are to wear non-school uniform

6. If you selected packed lunch for your child, please make sure they have it with them – there will be no opportunity for a school dinner other than those already ordered.

7. Weather permitting, we will be outside all day so please make sure your child has a water bottle and sun cream.


Purple Mash


If your child is currently in years 3, 4 and 5, they will have an opportunity to write on a blog post for their class for next year. Their new teacher will write a comment on the blog and children will be able to ask any questions they may have about next year.


Please also note that all blogs will be stopped on Wednesday 22nd July at 4pm. Therefore, please save/print any work that your child has completed if you wish to keep a record of it.


Learning over the summer


Some parents have asked about learning over the summer holidays. Please refer to the learning presentations already on your child’s year group page, as these have significant activities for both English and Maths. In addition, the home learning page of the website has activities for other curriculum areas. Although the Purple Mash blogs will no longer be accessible (from Wednesday at 4pm), learning activities will still be available. Spelling Shed and Times Table Rockstars can also be accessed and used over the Summer Holiday period should you wish.  However, there is no expectation for children to carry on learning over the summer. We would like to say a massive thank you to all the parents and children for their awesome learning over the past few months.


Support for parents/guardians

Please visit the Support for parents section on the school website. Mrs Cooper has recently uploaded a document about how you can support your child’s return to school in September.

For extra support over the holidays Eastleigh School Nursing Team has signposted the following website.  This is full of activities and articles that allows you to reflect on this academic year while preparing for the next one in September.



ICON Sports Coaching: Summer holiday camps at Wyvern College

Pele, Sam, Ruben, Jack & our Coaching Team are delighted that we are now taking Bookings for our Summer Holiday Camp. We are grateful to Wyvern College, Community and Site Team, who we are working in partnership with to ensure our Summer Holiday Camp setting will be delivered in a Covid-19 safe and secure way. Whilst still creating a fun environment, allowing all participants to enjoy the brilliant indoor and outdoor sporting facilities during this Summer “Whatever The Weather”. Booking Is Open, so please don’t delay, as limited places are available for all 29 Days, over 7 Weeks,


Message for YEAR 5 Pupils (moving into Year 6 in the Autumn) from WYVERN College




We have been giving a great deal of thought into how, in the Autumn term, we can make sure that Year 6 families can discover what we have to offer at Wyvern College during the next stage in their children’s education. It is very clear we cannot hold our traditional Open Evening because of the Government's COVID19 guidelines, the health and safety of our whole community is a priority.  


We are going to provide the next best thing by holding a Virtual Open Event on Tuesday 22nd September. We aim to provide you with a real sense of our College, its ethos and vision, including the wide variety of learning and development opportunities we provide for all our students. Most importantly, we will want to answer your questions about life and learning at Wyvern. This event will include:

  • A Live presentation from our Headteacher, Ben Rule, in the evening, followed by a Q&A session with himself and other senior teachers.
  • A virtual tour around the college.
  • Presentations from all our subject areas.
  • Information about the support services available to students.
  • The opportunity to meet our students.
  • Outlining what we want from our students and how we help them with their personal growth.

The Admission tours of the college we have offered in the past, are unable to take place due to COVID19 precautions, but we are constantly reviewing the situation and will let parents know if we are able to offer these at a later date.


We hope that you will be able to join us for our Virtual Open Event, please visit our website, in week beginning the 20th July, where you will be able to access the registration page. This will contain a short welcome video from Ben Rule and more details about what you will able to see on the Event Day onwards. You will also be able to access our 2020/21 Prospectus.


Wishing all a good summer


Mr Ben Rule


Wyvern College.


Letter from Mr De Silva regarding September 2020



Dear Parents/Guardians,


Full opening of Fair Oak Junior School: September 2020


Firstly, thank you all so much for your support over the past few months. School certainly hasn’t been the same without all our children, but we have all pulled together to do our very best for them-so thank you for doing all you can during this time to support yourselves and our amazing children.


As you know, the current plan from the government is for schools to return in September, although a final decision will be made by 11th August. Once the final decision has been made by the Government, Mrs Layley will write to you with specific details (by Friday 14th August), however, it’s important that you are aware that we have already begun to plan for September. A detailed risk assessment has been completed and will be shared with parents in Mrs Layley’s letter. We have successfully looked after all those who have come to school over the past few months, whether Key Worker children, those classified as vulnerable, Year 6 children, or those who were able to have the two keep in touch days in years 3, 4 and 5. Our arrangements for keeping the school clean have been very successful, as has our routine of handwashing throughout the school day.


Here are a few points to note for September (these may, of course, change as per guidance):

  1. All children are to return to school from September
  2. A staggered timetable will be in place for the start and end of school day:



Start of the day window for entry

End of the day

Year 3

8.30 – 8.45: Enter from the main green gate

Finish at 3.15: Collect from the main green gate

Year 4

8.45 – 9.00: Enter from the field

Finish at 3.30: Collect from the school field

Year 5

8.30 – 8.45: Enter from the field

Finish at 3.15: Collect from the school field

Year 6

8.45  9.00: Enter from the main green gate

Finish at 3.30: Collect from the main green gate


Parents will need to be mindful of adhering to social distancing as much as possible.


  1. Bubbles – given the size of our school, we will define bubbles as Year groups NOT classes. By defining bubbles in this way, we are able to ensure the operational working of the school, including providing parents with Breakfast Club and After School Club.
  2. Breakfast club: Thank you to those who have completed the online survey. Breakfast club will run from 7.45 am and children will need to arrive at the hall doors (via the main green gate). When the children are in the hall, they will be split into their year group bubbles in the hall. No breakfast will be served and children will not be able to bring their own breakfast, as we haven’t got provision for the extra cleaning during this morning session.
  3. After School club (ASC): Mrs Long has been dealing with enquiries and bookings. The slight change to ASC is that it will take place in the hall and NOT the Music and Drama room. This means that parents will need to access the site from the main green gate when they are collecting their child. Food will be provided at ASC.
  4. ICON After School Clubs: I am currently liaising with Mr Phillips about how we can run a reduced ICON provision at school. Further details to follow.
  5. Pencil cases: Please do not send your child into school with a pencil case. We have purchased pencil cases for all the children. Please note, that children will be able to share resources within their class (and within their bubbles).
  6. Hygiene arrangements:
    1. Children will have opportunities throughout the day to wash their hands in their classrooms with soap. Please note that some children have found this difficult due to the frequency of washing. Please do speak to your child about drying their hands appropriately. You may wish to send in a small tube of hand cream.
    2. Hand Sanitisers: Each class will have hand sanitiser in it and there are a number of hand sanitiser stations around the school. Please note that our hand sanitiser has a 70/75% alcohol strength.
    3. Cleaning: We have recently purchased enhanced cleaning products which have both antibacterial properties as well as providing a coating to surfaces which will eliminate bacteria.
  7. Full School uniform is required. From September, all children are expected to be in the new school uniform, as per previous communications. Please do not send your child into school with a large school bag.
  8. School dinners: Hot school dinners are available for children to order. These will be delivered to the classrooms and children will eat in their rooms or outside if the weather is appropriate. The menu has been created and will be on the website by the end of this week. Please note that the menu is not the standard HC3S menu and that the price for lunch remains at £2.40.
  9. Parents and visitors: Parents will not be granted access to the school site unless they have an appointment. Please contact the office ( or 02380693195) if you wish to come onto site during the school day or to arrange for your child’s teacher to call you.
  10. Parking: Only valid parking permits will enable vehicles to enter the Wyvern Campus. During the lockdown period, this has been relaxed, but will be enforced from September.
  11. Break time snacks will not be sold at school, but your child will be able to bring in their own healthy snack.


I’m sure that you will potentially have many more questions. If you do, please email into the office at the address above marked FAO Mrs Layley, so that she can address these points in her August letter. Some of your questions may be answered in the new prospectus and handbook. Please click on the hyperlinked documents.


Thank you all once again. This is a very strange last week at Fair Oak, but I am looking forward to seeing all the Year 6 children back at school on Wednesday for their celebration day.


I will also be in touch one last time this week with the newsletter.


Yours sincerely,



Andrew De Silva

Head Teacher


  • Fair Oak Junior School
  • Botley Road, Fair Oak, Eastleigh
  • Hampshire, SO50 7AN
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