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Letter updates: 

From Monday 7th September, the school will re-open to all pupils. 

Please click here to read a copy of the school re-opening Risk Assessment. 

 

Letter home - July 2020 Re: Autumn Term Re-Opening 

I am writing to inform you of the plans for the Autumn Term when we are hoping to have all children back with us. Please note, all of the below remains subject to change following any updates to government guidance over the summer.

We are aware that due to Covid-19 and lockdown there has been an extended period where many children have not been in school. We therefore want to ensure that as much support is available for the children when they return in the Autumn.

For the first half term, the whole school will be undertaking an ‘All About Me’ topic, this topic planned to support both the transition of the children into their new class and ensure a strong focus on wellbeing and pastoral support for all children across the school whilst we also focus on core basic skills and re-establishing face-to-face learning expectations for all pupils.

For the topic, we would like each child to decorate and fill a shoe box over the summer, the shoebox should contain information about your child and their life. This can include a variety of items including photos, drawings, postcards, summer holiday memorabilia, anything that will help us to understand and get to know your child. The contents and covers should be as creative and varied as possible so that we can really learn about each individual child. The children should bring these in on the first day that they return in the autumn term.

Whilst we have not been able to do the normal transition, we wanted to still make sure that the children could get to know their new teachers and therefore enclosed in this pack is a welcome letter from their new class teacher.

To support your child at home over the summer, we have also included in this pack, age-appropriate learning resources that you can choose for your child to complete over the summer holidays. There is no expectation for these books to be completed, but they are there if you wish to use them.

In the new term, there will continue to be a range of guidelines and protocols that we have to follow. Therefore there will be staggered start and end time for each year group throughout the school. In addition we will continue to ask parents and carers to drop the children at the school gates and not come onto the school grounds. There will be staff members at each gate as children arrive and leave each day.

As long as government guidance does not change, pupils will return to Richmond on Monday 7th September. Please see the table below for the start and end time of each year group (please note, this will not apply to Nursery and Reception initially who have received their own transition letters.)

 

Start Time

End Time

Entrance/Exit  Gate

Nursery

8.45am

2.50pm

Office Gate

Reception

8.45am

3.00pm

Centre Gate

Year 1

8.55am

3.05pm

Office Gate

Year 2

9.05am

3.15pm

Office Gate

Year 3

8.55am

3.05pm

Centre Gate

Year 4

8.55am

3.05pm

Bus Gate

Year 5

9.05am

3.15pm

Bus Gate

Year 6

8.45am

3.00pm

Bus Gate

 

 

Tuesday 14th July 2020 

Dear Parents and Carers

 As a group of schools, we have been discussing at length, planning and reviewing and acting on the guidance from the DfE regarding how all of your children will return to school.  
The world is not as we knew it before the pandemic. For some, there will be life-changing consequences. For many these changes may seem less obvious or less dramatic. They are nevertheless, still present and very important. 
For many children and staff, September will be the first time that all have met, face to face since March. The emphasis on well-being and mental health is prevalent in all of the schools’ planning for September. Not just of our children, but of our staff and our community. 
There are significant logistical bridges to cross in readiness for September. Including the daily changing and updating guidance from the DfE. All of the risk assessments have been undertaken and signed off by the Trust Board’s Committee.
We will continue to follow the guidance as it develops throughout the summer holidays. It is an expectation by the DfE that any family holidays are taken during the summer break and that all children will be present on the first day back on the required date September. Our schools will open their doors to all children on 7th September. Everyone is very much looking forward to seeing all of your children.
Staff, who return to work on 2nd September, will be working together to ensure that the revised curriculum offer is understood by all who work with your children. 
As a whole staff, we continue to wish you and your families good health at this challenging time. 
Kind regards

Ruth Brock

 

Friday 18th June 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

Over the last two weeks we have welcomed back lots of our nursery, reception, year 1 and critical worker children. We will also be providing year 6 with opportunity for face to face learning from Monday 29th June (please see separate letter). It has been wonderful to hear the school filled with the sound of laughing, happy children. However, we are very aware that our whole school community is not back together which is difficult for us all.

The last few months have been ever changing for us at school, as they have been for you in your working and home lives. As school leaders, one might assume we are informed of decisions made by the government regarding education prior to televised announcements; unfortunately, that is not the case. We sit and wait to find out what it is that we need to do next, the same as you, in front of our televisions. We then usually wait a further day for the government to publish their guidance documents, which we use to inform our decision making.

The government updated their planning guide for primary schools on Monday to provide information on how primary schools can welcome back additional pupils this term, if they have the capacity. We are aware there are many families with children in other years who would like to send their children back to school. This is something that we would love to do, but unfortunately, we cannot due to safety of our children with regard to social distancing, lack of classrooms, space required and capacity of teaching staff. Therefore, we are unable to bring back any more children without compromising the safety of children and staff under the current guidelines.

With more children and staff on site, we are taking a cautious approach ensuring that our safety measures are working and are being adhered to by children, parents and staff. In order to maintain the safety of the children and staff we will not be accommodating any more ‘return to school requests’ for reception or key worker children after Monday 22nd June, this will ensure the integrity of the bubbles. It saddens me that we are unable to offer places to our other children and that we cannot have the traditional leavers’ experience for our year 6 pupils.

However, I would like to reassure you that we are currently exploring different options regarding transition of your children from their current teacher to their new teacher. We will send out details of what this will look like in the coming weeks.

As the teachers are now back in school and teaching each day, we will continue with online learning updated in the year group website pages each Monday. The home learning support will continue in this manner as there are activities for each week on the website as well as daily tasks set on the App and website pages. In addition to this we will continue to set your child online work to complete on Purple Mash, Maths Whizz and Reading Eggs.

Now that we know that the children in other year groups will not be returning to school before September at the earliest, our normal form of communication will continue through text messages to inform of update letters available to read on the Richmond App (search: Piota Schools) or the school Website. If you need any support with the learning tasks set please email homelearning@richmondpri.southend.sch.uk where staff members will do their best to assist you.

Please remember that the tasks are not compulsory. If you are struggling to keep your child motivated, then we would ask that you continue to read with and to your child, as that is the most important thing that you can do for them educationally. If you have any other questions or queries, please just call the school office or email admin@richmond-pri.southend.sch.uk

I hope that you continue to stay safe and well and I look forward to seeing you all once it is safe to do so.

Kind regards,

 Miss Moneypenny, 

On Site Lead