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Sunday 25th may - update on wider school re-opening
Following the Government briefing earlier this evening and some clarifications received from the County Council the outlook on wider school re-opening for Year 6 has, once again, changed.
The Government's belief is that they will be in a position to move to phase 2 of the Coronavirus response in the formal review on Thursday 28th May which would include the phased re-opening of primary schools in June. It is important to note however that this does not mean that the Government has met its 5 tests as yet.
As a school we will continue to prepare for welcoming Year 6 back, along with the children of Key Workers - staff will be in this half term 'holiday' organising rooms and resources in line with our plans to make any return to school as safe as possible. This will include classrooms being equipped to have small groups of 8 children, confirming how we will manage staggered breaks, arranging lunchtimes with the catering staff and finalising pick up and drop off routines plus numerous other tasks.
Following the formal review on the 28th May school leaders and Governors will consider any announcements and potential next steps - we will, of course, keep you informed of any decision as soon as we are able.
Letter to Parents oF year 6 -children due to return to school on june 1st
22nd May 2020
At 2.01pm today I received a letter and press release from Derbyshire County Council.
The letter states that as a Local Authority school we are being advised not to go ahead with wider school opening for Year 6 children on June 1st as we have been planning and working towards for the past two weeks. This is a Countywide decision and is, in no way, linked to the positive COVID-19 cases in our locality. The County Council does not give any concrete proposal for when we might look to open wider to Year 6 but they will not be returning to school on June 1st. School will remain open to all Key Worker children.
This is not a standpoint that I agree with – we have planned exhaustively for the children’s safe return, responding to the barrage of guidance alongside constant changes to how we might respond and what we should plan for. We were (and are) ready.
However as a Local Authority School we need to be mindful that our employers have taken a view that wider opening is not currently their chosen option. Should we ignore the advice and a positive COVID-19 case occur within our school I fear that we could be compromised despite making every effort to operate as safely as possible. Part of being a Local Authority school also means that we have a responsibility to work together with other schools around the County who may not have been in a position to welcome back more children.
I know that, along with us, many of you will be hugely disappointed at this advice from the County Council but I suspect that your children will be even more upset. Please tell them that we have been put in this position and that we will continue to work tirelessly to welcome them back as soon as possible. We do, and continue to, totally respect the decision some parents made to keep their children learning at home.
Continue to regularly check the school website and our texts for updates, we will keep you informed as and when we know more.
I have attached a link to both the letter and press release so that you can have sight of them – what I do feel is missing is an apology to the children, yourselves and indeed schools at the last minute nature of this decision. I offer that to you now.
Please carry on taking care and I hope you are allowing your children a little bit of time away from Learning at Home over ‘half term’!
Mr D Cates
Following on from my texts to parents and carers the letter and information for Yr 6 parents about our preparations for the June 1st Wider Opening of School can be read by clicking on the 3rd tab above.
The letter for Yr 3, 4 & 5 Parents/Carers can be read by clicking on the Letters tab and then Letters Home link or by following the link from the News items to the right of this page.
I hope that this information offers some clarity about our future plans. If, after reading them (& the Government guidance) you have furtyer questions please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try our very best to answer them for you.
Please Click here to read the letter from Mr Cates regarding the Government's announcement last night about the proposed expansion of school opening to Year 6 in June.
Following the Government’s COVID-19 briefing on Sunday 10th May - there will be no changes to the current provision on offer for children of Key Workers and other identified children.
Until such time as the Government announces a further reduction in the R (Reproduction) figure and they make further information regarding social distancing in schools available we are unable to answer any questions on when and how school might begin to open safely for Year 6 children and staff through a staged reopening.
As always we will keep you informed as to any proposed changes when we have further information.
Another week is nearly over - how strange to think that it's a Bank Holiday on Friday - the commemoration of Victory in Europe Day. We had planned to hold a street party in school and to learn about what a momentous day it was in the history of this country and indeed the world. If you would like to share a little about what the day was like then visit the Learning at Home page and look for the presentation.
For my mum's family VE Day was a strange mix of emotions as there was great relief in Liverpool where they lived but her Dad (my Grandad) was still suffering as he was a Prisoner of War of the Japanese in Burma (now Myanmar). His war lasted for another 3 months until Japan surrendered, eventually coming home and meeting my mum for the first time as he had been captured two months before she was born. This meant that she was nearly 4 when when her Dad at last arrived home!
It has been great to see so many of you coming in to pick up the Home Learning books and to swap reading books. Please check arrangements for this below and it would be really good to see everyone at some point.
School is closed completely on Friday but will re-open on Monday 11th.
Take care and keep safe
We hope you are all well and happy despite the weather - it has been a case of digging out big coats, hats and gloves this week.
Additional Home Learning CGP Books
Thank you for the great job you are doing in supporting your children whilst they are at home. Whether you are completing home learning activities, teaching life skills or just getting to the end of each day having done something together that makes you smile, you are doing a fabulous job. It's lovely to see examples of what everyone's getting up to at home so please consider following the school @RiddingsJnr or the class pages on Twitter.
To support you, we have purchased targeted question books for Reading Comprehension and Maths for those children who prefer to work on paper and/or those families who are finding online access tricky. As with all the resources we are providing, they are for you to use as works best for your child and your family.
Some tips and suggestions though based on how we do things in class:
With the Reading Comprehension, we’d suggest you read through the text a couple of times with your child, taking it in turns to read a sentence each. Then have a chat about the story, poem or information – what it was about, what was surprising, any interesting, new or unusual words etc. Next, you could read through the questions. Encourage your child to underline or highlight key parts of the text that might help them answer the questions.
You could take a break here as a lot of learning has already happened. If you do, reread the text together later before answering the questions. When answering questions, encourage your child to find key words or phrases that link the question and the text and then to read around them to find the answer(s).
For the Maths, the books are intended to practise and consolidate skills, strategies and areas the children have covered in school. However, there will be aspects that we hadn’t covered before schools were closed to most children so please bear that in mind. In class, we would start by revising the previous year’s learning before starting anything new so don’t be worried about dipping into an earlier year’s learning. WRH, BBC Bitesize and Oak national Academy are all good places for this.
Books can be collected from inside the main office after 9:30 on Friday 1st May and throughout next week.
School Reading Books
A few people have asked about changing the reading books that we sent home with the children on the last day that we were fully open. If you would like to do this when picking up the new CGP books, please either ring school or direct message individual class pages on Twitter and we will do our best to sort some for you. We will need a little time for this so please give us some notice. We have limited stock at the moment as most children went home with three books so please bear with us, make sure your child has quizzed on the books they’ve finished (use the Accelerated Reader link on the website) and remember to bring the books back which you have already had.
When collecting CGP books or reading books, please ensure you follow government guidelines regarding social distancing and keeping everyone safe, especially avoiding gatherings, maintaining a 2m distance and regular hand washing. Collecting them should be part of your daily walk rather than you needing to make a special journey.
We look forward to seeing you through the window and/or saying 'hello' from a suitable social distance.
Take care and stay safe.
Welcome 'back' letter Click here
Welcome back to the oddest start of a Summer Term we've ever experienced - at least the sun is shining! We hope you managed some sort of family time together over the Easter period. School has re-opened to the children of Key Workers (please see the Key Worker tab above) and to a small number of other children.
You may have noticed that two new resources to help your children Learn at Home have been released today - the BBC Bitesize programme and The National Oak Academy. We are looking at these this morning to provide some advice about how best to use them alongside the work and resources that we have already provided. We are aiming to do this by this afternoon as, like you, have not seen them before. At this strange time it is great that so many people have come together to provide support for the children.
We are very conscious that most of the resources on offer require homes to have easy access to the internet and that for some households this is an problem. Please call school if this is an issue for you and we will work with you to provide a solution - in the meantime additional workbooks will be ordered so that the children have another resource to use.
The RJS Team
We hope you had as restful an Easter as possible and managed to consume a little chocolate!
School is open again after the Bank Holidays until Thursday 16th - we shall be fully open to Key Worker children on Monday 20th April to start the somewhat strange Summer term.
Please check out the additional information that is now on the website - especially under these tabs:
Please don't forget to share the learning your child is doing at home via the class twitter feeds - it's great to see what they are up to.
School is now closed until 8.30 am on Tuesday 14th April - take care, keep safe together and we hope you are able to have as positive a Easter weekend as possible.
As we start the Easter 'Holiday' (a strange notion at the moment especially as school remains open for much of the break) we all hope that you and your families are taking as much care as you can and staying safe. For those of you with family members who are not so well please know that they are in our thoughts and prayers.
Please CLICK HERE where you will find a letter from us to the children - please share this with them if at all possible.
Miss Saville and I have been spending some time re-arranging the website and have included a number of new tabs which you will see above.
- Key Worker Information holds all the Key Worker arrangements previously posted on the front page of the website.
- Family Well-Being has a number of resources on it that you might find useful for supporting your own, and others families at this time.
- Twitter has the class Twitter account @names for you to follow and share what your children have been doing at home with their class-mates and teachers.
- Learning at Home continues to hold the work, resources and links that have been provided for your children to dip in and out of.
School staff will all be taking a little time to be with their families over Easter but school is open at different points for Key Worker children and will be a point of contact for families if needed.
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CEOP helps any child or young person under the age of 18 who is being pressured, forced or tricked into taking part in sexual activity of any kind. This can be something that has taken place either online or in ‘the real world’, or both. The CEOP Safety Centre has clear information and advice on what can be reported to CEOP, the reporting process and what will happen if you do decide to make a report. You can visit the CEOP Safety Centre and make a report directly to CEOP by clicking the Click CEOP button. If you are experiencing online bullying or something else online has worried you please speak to an adult you trust, or you can talk to Childline at any time on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk.
Mr Jones leads a termly online safety assembly - where the importance of staying safe online is stressed. All the children are reminded of how to be SMART when online.
As a school we take internet safety very seriously and stress the need for everyone to use the internet in a safe and responsible manner. Please read the Keeping Our Children Safe link under the 'Parents' tab for more information and the recent news entry directing you to a useful resource for determining the appropriateness of various websites, Apps and Games that your child might be accessing.