Measures for Academic Year 2021-22

Update December 2021: We will now be asking all visitors to the school to take a lateral flow test before arriving. 

Update: as of  29/11/21, face coverings are required to be worn by staff and adults unless exempt (including visitors) when moving around in corridors and communal areas.

The Government has made it a national priority that education and childcare settings should continue to operate as normally as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic and the safety of our school community is our highest priority. We will implement our high standards and increased amount of cleaning and ensure appropriate ventilation is in place in the school.

In the event that we have a member of staff or pupil test positive for the coronavirus, we will follow national and local guidelines. As of 16th August 2021, there is no recommendation for fully vaccinated adults or children below the age of 18 years and 6 months to isolate if they are close contacts or live in the same household as someone who tests positive. 

However, we also recognise that Covid-19 is still a highly transmissible threat to health, and therefore, there may be times that local and national health teams require us to implement some additional measures. The measures may be necessary in some circumstances, for example:

  • to help manage a COVID-19 outbreak within a setting
  • as part of a package of measures responding to a Variant of Concern (VoC) or to extremely high prevalence of COVID-19 in the community
  • to prevent unsustainable pressure on the NHS

Please see below our Outbreak Management Plan in the event we were advised to reintroduce any further measures to help break chains of transmission. An outbreak has been defined by the DfE as whichever of these thresholds is reached first:
• 5 children, pupils, students or staff, who are likely to have mixed closely, test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period; or
• 10% of children, pupils, students or staff who are likely to have mixed closely test positive for COVID-19 within a 10-day period

Please note, the school would only take any action in this plan if we were advised to by external public health teams. 

Outbreak Management Plan

In the event that there may be a local or National lockdown, or advised isolation please see our offer below:

At Buckton Fields Primary School, we have a robust offering for our children to ensure that they continue learning a full and well-sequenced curriculum, which is appropriately differentiated and enables them to challenge themselves. Our remote learning offers the same curriculum content as pupils would have in school, to the best of our ability.

Our Remote Learning Platform and Educational Offer

Utilising Zoom and Tapestry as a digital platform we have chosen to use a remote learning approach that includes:


    • ‘Live’ lessons across all subjects
    •  Resources attached to these sessions available on Tapestry with marking and feedback provided by the teacher
    • ‘Live’ check ins, wellbeing sessions and story time to provide much needed social interaction and enable face-to face discussion with the teacher

We believe that this approach will enable our pupils to be able to engage with their curriculum, and supports them to learn and consolidate the new knowledge and skills whilst also maintaining those vital social connections and interaction with their peers and teachers.

What Daily Remote Learning Looks Like

We provide a minimum of 3 -4 hours remote learning a day, as is required by the DfE, plus the additional live contact sessions for children.

Remote learning follows the following schedule (with a minimum of 3 subject sessions a day):

Reception (on Zoom & Tapestry)

  • Daily live phonics sessions on Zoom to start the day
  • Daily live Maths on Zoom  – plus uploaded work related to this
  • Daily live English – plus uploaded work related to this.
  • Daily Curriculum lessons with a walkthrough video plus work related to this – across a week these sessions include the following:
    • 3 Creative Curriculum themed sessions
    • A PE session a week- a walkthrough video plus work related to this.
    • A Wellbeing Wednesday session
  • Weekly story time