Roberts Primary School
Dear Parents and Carers,
I just want to take this opportunity to wish you all a lovely summer break. Who would have thought that we would be still in this position when we were ordered to close on March 20th. I am sure that we will all remember this academic year in different ways.
Thoughts now move to September, both myself and staff are looking forward to some normality in the autumn term. We will still very much be working under the guidance from the DfE. By the time you read this you should have collected your child’s report from school which explains who the new class teacher is for your child and the times that your child is expected to be in school. As per the DfE guidance, staggered start and finish times are in operation. Please support the school by adhering to these times and do not come onto school grounds any earlier than 5 minutes before your start time. This also apples to older children who walk themselves to school. This is to keep everyone safe. Children will continue to work in their class bubble and will not mix with other children outside of their class and year. Should a case of COVID-19 be confirmed in your child’s class then that bubble will be closed down and the bubble will have to isolate for 14 days. This could be very disruptive for parents so it is important that we adhere to the rules to reduce the number of bubbles being closed down caused by bubbles mixing before school times.
Children will at last be accessing a nearly normal curriculum in September and will be able to access any resources from within their classroom. The DfE guidance points out that social distancing will be difficult to maintain within the classroom with class sizes of 30. The guidance also states that children must all be facing the front for the time being. Teachers have been working hard over the last couple of weeks getting their classrooms ready for September. Children will still only be able to bring into school their lunchboxes and water bottles if they are not having school lunch. A hot school meal option will be re-introduced in September but if you have to pay for your child’s school meal then this now needs to be done through sQuid. Please do not bring bags into school. Hygiene routines will remain unchanged and frequent hand washing and cleaning surfaces will remain in place to reduce the spread of the virus. The guidance tells us that hand washing is the best defence in preventing any spread of coronavirus.
Children will need to wear full school uniform and will require a school PE kit (red shorts, yellow T-shirt, black pumps and black unbranded jogging trousers) but please do not bring this the first week. Reading is crucial for primary children and we are working on a way to send books home to you safely. We will probably quarantine books before they come home and when they come back and send them to you in a plastic sealed folder that can be wiped…we are still working on the logistics of this. If you haven’t already done so then please return any reading books you still have at home during the first week of term. We will be short of reading books if all are not returned.
The Out of School Club will reopen on 14th September and although bubbles are allowed to be different from the school day we are looking at ways of operating where fewest children mix with children other than their year group. Again payments will need to be made via Squid a week in advance. Any problems then please ring school to speak with Club Manager, S Burns, the first week of term.
I am sure that there are many things I have forgotten to mention but should anything change I will do my best to inform you as soon as possible via text or the website.
Before I close I would like to thank you all for supporting the school during this time and I would particularly like to say that both myself and staff have very much appreciated all the positive comments and encouragement that you have given us over the past few weeks.
It just leaves me to say have a lovely restful summer holiday and we look forward to seeing you all soon.
July 2020 Update from Helen Ellis (Interim Director of Children’s Services)
As we look forward to all of our children and young people returning to school this September, I am writing to explain how you can work with us to make this successful.
Although many restrictions have been eased, schools will be very different from when they were last full in March and it is important that you follow any specific guidance or instructions you are given. These will be explained in detail by your child’s school and might include changes to the start and end of day, and for those of you with younger children, changes to how you can drop off and collect them.
Schools will continue to teach children in distinct groups, or bubbles and it is important that you make sure your child understands what this means before the start of term. For the safety of all children, young people and staff, schools will expect that these arrangements are followed and will contact parents/carers if they have any concerns.
With all children and young people being expected to return to school, please also be aware that uncles there are specific health issues in your family, no work will be sent home for children who are not in school.
We are conscious that this has been and continues to be an unsettling time for many of you but hope that, with your support, schools can quickly return to caring for and educating all of Dudley’s children and young people.
Key recent information for you:
Welcome to our website which we hope you will find helpful and informative. Please contact the school if you need more information.
"Lighting the Way to Success"
At Roberts Primary School we want every child to achieve their full potential, to be happy and to develop a wide range of skills to equip them for their future lives. We believe that everyone can be successful in some way. We offer every child the chance to learn in an exciting and creative environment and to experience a caring, personalised education, and are encouraged and supported to achieve the very best that they can. We extend to each child a wide range of out of school active learning opportunities which may enrich their school days and help them to develop tolerance and self discipline. We are committed to working in partnership with parents and other agencies to enable everyone to live a full and healthy life and to make a positive contribution to our community.
Through the National Curriculum and work of the school we aim to:
- encourage the children to develop positive attitudes to learning and to achieve high standards of success;
- provide equality of opportunity for all children and staff;
- foster close co-operation between the school, home and wider community;
- help children to acquire a set of moral and spiritual values and develop habits of self-discipline and acceptable behaviour;
- help children to understand the world in which they live and so become caring, reliable and responsible members of society.
At Roberts Primary School, we believe that to be successful learners children need to be able to:
- work in partnership with others;
- solve problems;
- become a good role model in society;
- think for their selves and make their own decisions.
In order to be able to do these things successfully, children at Roberts need to live and learn 7 learning behaviours:
- Respect; looking out for each other and our environment.
- Cooperation; working together.
- Reasoning; being able to work things out.
- Communication; explain their thinking to others.
- Resilience; not giving up when the going gets tough.
- Curious; asking questions and investigating further.
- Reflect; thinking about and learning from successes and failures.
To see our latest Ofsted report (January 2018: GOOD) click here.
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Mrs Dawn Hunt