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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 19/06/2020

Ian Battersby
Ian Battersby (74 posts) Head Teacher, Early Years and Infant Campus View Profile

It has been a busy week at the Early Years and Infant Campus, something that we have not had since before the Tet Holiday.  Children have been engaged in activities preparing them for their transition to their new year group, parents have been in school for the Headteachers’ Coffee Morning, and teachers have been busy finalising End of Year Reports.

Although we are still working within the regulations as laid out by the People’s Committee, there was a real sense of the normal business that we are used to at BIS.  It has been a particularly exciting week for our children in Year 2.

Transition to the new Year Group

As the Year 2 children will be moving to a new environment, it is really important that they have an opportunity to explore the Junior Campus.  In groups, the children have been visiting all week and taking part in a treasure hunt which meant they visited all the main areas of the Junior Campus. Mr Mike, the Year 3 Leader, explains more in this post:

Year 2 Transition

In addition to the activities for the children, we would normally have hosted coffee mornings to provide essential information to parents about the changes that their children will expect next year, and to ask any questions that may be concerning them or their children.  Instead, we hosted 2 webinars for the two year groups who will be experiencing the biggest changes,  namely F3 and Year 2.  We are aware that many parents would not have been available to join the webinars live, so they have been recorded and can be watched again by clicking on the links below:

F3 to Year 1 Webinar

Year 2 to Year 3 Webinar

End of Year Reports

Today you should have received an email regarding your child’s End of Year report.  Due to the change in our approach to learning brought on by the Coronavirus pandemic, the reports are different this year.  They do not contain attainment or progress grades, but provide a commentary on how the children have engaged with learning at home, and how they have settled back into school routines.  

We will be  carrying out standardised assessments for children in Year 2 and above in September, and baseline assessments for everyone else on their return to school.  These will provide the basis from which we will set individual targets for the children to ensure they reach the level we would expect by the end of next year.

Furthermore, today your child will have brought home a slip with information about their new class, who their teacher will be and where their classroom will be located.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s current class teacher.

Headteachers’ Coffee Morning

Headteachers' coffee morning

Thank you to all those who joined us for the Headteachers’ Coffee Morning on Wednesday.  It was wonderful to be able to talk face-to-face and to share some reflections on the past year; one that has certainly had its challenges, but also seen plenty of highs.  

The morning provided an opportunity to say thank you to the wonderful PTG who also shared with us the successes they had achieved during Term 1 and into Term 2 to with events such as the Family Fun Evening and all their efforts with International Week.  

The team we have worked with this year have achieved so much and been so supportive and we look forward to working with them, and a couple of additions to the team, next year.

For those who were unable to attend, you can view a copy of the slides from the presentation below:

Headteachers’ Coffee Morning Presentation

Additional Learning Time for F1, F2 and F3

Thank you for those who have signed up for the additional learning time; a further letter will come next week with more information. F1 and F2 will be in their existing classes, F3 will be split into the seven classes that they will be in next year and will be called different colours.

We will have some specialists also in during this time:-

Mr Rhys (Music teacher), Miss Emily (Aquatics Director and PE teacher), Mr Mark (PE teacher), Mr Luke (ICT and STEAM Leader) will do some STEAM challenges for F2 and F3 finally Mr Tom (Drama teacher) will do some Juilliard Drama for F3.

During additional time there will be no Seesaw posts or reading books changed.

Gate A and C will open at 7.45am for an 8am start. Registers will close at 8.15am and reception will start phoning children who have not arrived by this time. If you can not attend for any reason please email

If you have any questions, please do contact Ms Sarah

Dates for Your Diary...

23/06/20 – Class Swap Day - Children will meet their new teachers

26/06/20 – Term ends; F1, F2 & F3 @2:40pm; Y1 @2:45pm; Y2 @2:50pm 

29/06/20 – Paid Summer Program begins for Y1 children and above.

29/06/20 - Additional Learning Time for F1, F2 and F3 begins 8am - 12pm

10/07/20 - Additional Learning Time for F1, F2 and F3 ends 8am - 12pm

13/07/20 - Paid Summer Program begins for F2 & F3 children


Health and Safety

Lockdown and Emergency Evacuation

It is so important for everyone to remind themselves regularly of how to keep safe when in the Early Years and Infant campus.  One of the ways we do this is to regularly execute both an emergency evacuation practice and a lockdown practice.  As the year progresses the warning given for each is lessened, so that in Term 3 the children and teachers are ready to act the instant they hear the signs for each.  This week the children executed both practices perfectly.  

Prior to the emergency evacuation, children, teachers, cleaners, guards, canteen and admin staff were working hard in all corners of the building (one F1 class was even upstairs in the music room, 2 floors up!).  This did not hinder the swift and speedy exit for all to our muster points.  We were very happy with how all children responded and we are pleased to say we all know what to do should we need to evacuate the building in an emergency.

Of course lockdown is the opposite to an evacuation.  The children are well versed now in what to do in the areas of the school they use.  We lock the doors, turn all the lights off and close the blinds in the areas with clear sight through to the classroom.  The children and teachers ‘hide out’ in the identified safe areas of their classrooms until safety is called.  Again, we were very pleased at how all our children reacted to this practice.

COVID – 19 Precautions

Masks must be worn to and from school and whenever the children leave the classroom, and safer distancing needs to be practised by everyone in accordance with government guidelines.  Children will need to bring their own named mask and carry a spare in their bags.

If your child has any symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, breathing difficulties) that could possibly be linked to Covid 19, keep them at home. 

We thank you for following our new routines for morning drop off and afternoon collection of the children.  We are aware that families with children in different year groups are having to wait longer to collect their children in the afternoon, however we must keep to our procedures to ensure every child is safely collected by their correct adult.  We thank you for your understanding with this decision.

When it is raining at drop off time, children are permitted to go straight to their classrooms and will be supervised by their teachers.  In the afternoon, please wait under the shading of the main playground for shelter and remember to bring an umbrella.  We will dismiss from the parent hall as usual in the rain.  If, however,  there is lightning, we will wait to start dismissal once the lightning has passed.  Parents will be permitted to wait under the Parents’ Hall for safety.


Please take note of the school’s policy regarding photographs.  Photographs shared privately through our online journal, Seesaw, must be kept for personal viewing only; they must not be shared publicly on social media.  Any photos taken in school on personal devices must be of your own children only and must not have other parents’ children in the photograph.  All photos taken of your children at school must not be shared publicly on social media or between non-family members such as, other parents in the school.  By following these guidelines, we ensure our BIS safeguarding policy is adhered to and that our children are kept safe.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Stay Vigilant

As in all major cities petty crime does occur, as a reminder to all of us please always take care of your personal belongings, especially when walking between campuses and across roads. 

Thank you,

The School Uniform Shop at the Secondary Campus

If any parents would like to visit the Uniform Shop, you are very welcome, however we need to register all visitors to the campus and to limit the number of visitors to at one time.  If any parents would like to visit the Secondary Campus, please contact (Katie) or (Nguyen) at Secondary Reception who will very happily help to make an appointment.

 Due to the registration process please allow an extra few minutes to complete the entry process. This includes temperature check, sanitise hands and Health Declaration form.

And Finally…


Friday was Wellbeing Day. The idea came from the mini-council who had many ideas how we could consider our wellbeing.  Wellbeing is more than simply being happy. It is about looking after our own mental and physical health and that of those around us.

 We started the day with some quiet reading in our classrooms, before getting our hearts beating with some aerobic exercise led by our PE team.  There were many more activities throughout the day and we will find out more in a post from Ms Aziza next week.

I hope you can take time to relax and take care of your own wellbeing this weekend.

Ian Battersby

Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus