Welcome to Riddings Junior School
Progress, Respect, Independence,
Determination and Excellence
13th September 2021
Into the third week of school already! Thankyou to all parents and carers for helping the children settle so quickly - watching them today has shown how resilient they all are in quickly adopting new ways of working. This week will see the children bringing home their Home Learning books (delivery drivers dependent) and the first of a pupil roles being applied for - Sports Leaders who will help increase the activities available for the children to join in with at break and dinner time. Next week sees the first of our classes going swimming with all classes from Years 4-6 having a set of 10 1 hour lessons this year to make up a little for what they have missed over the last two years.
Next week also sees the return of the Year 4 Riddings Residential - we can't wait!
Parents and carers please remember to make sure that you are familiar with the new starting times (click here) and the uniform expectations.
We work together to ensure that all children can be successful both academically and as members of society.
We strive to improve standards and maintain high expectations for all, helping children to aspire to the best they can be.
Our Children enjoy coming to school - they are challenged to be responsible for their own learning and through our stimulating curriculum extend their understanding of the world around them.
We work together as a community, everyday, to make sure our children are fully equipped for their future, showing
PRIDE in who they are
PRIDE in what they can achieve
PRIDE in who they may become and
PRIDE in our shared values.
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.
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.
23rd August 2021
Well the summer break is going by very quickly and we are looking forward to welcoming you back to your new school year whether that be with a new teacher or indeed to a new school.
As a school community ensuring the safety of our children is paramount.
Over the last days of the Summer break if you have any immediate concerns for the safety and well-being of any child please contact:
The Local Authority have Mr Cates' contact details should they need to speak to school staff .
3rd September 2021
It was great to welcome all the children back yesterday - they all looked very smart (thankyou) and were straight into their work following our first whole school assembly since the 16th March 2020!!
It felt pretty strange to be altogether again and to remember how small our school hall is but after 5 minutes of talking it felt like absolutely normal. Many staff commented on how wonderful it was to hear all the children at break and lunchtime and how being able to sit the children in groups rather than rows is such a relief - even though classrooms look a little strange the first time you walk in and see it.
The children managed the changes to the start and end of the day very well - please do your utmost to help them be on time as late arrivals do cause disruption for staff and their classes. We all hope that they enjoyed their first day back and are looking forward to a big term of learning.
20th July 2021
As we reach the final two days of a very challenging school year I would like to celebrate all of our wonderful children for their ability to have maintained such a positive attitude towards each other and learning during a roller coaster year of constant change and disruption. It reflects so well on family and community that they have taken each change in their stride and met each challenge so positively. This year has taken its toll on everyone but I am so proud of our school community and know that we are ending the year in an incredibly positive place ready .
September arrangements - following the latest guidance (or lack of it) we are planning for a return to a more ‘normal’ school in September and have been taking note of parent/carer/staff and children’s feedback about how we might organise school. More details are available in the Newsletter and letter to parents - both of which can be found under the Letters tab above.
Finally can I wish you a restful summer and hope that you can get to spend some time with family and friends after such a long time. Thank you for your support over the last however log it has been and it's fingers crossed for the year ahead being a little more settled.
A sad goodbye
Tomorrow sees Mrs Lonie spend her last day in the school office after an incredible 28 years of at Riddings Junior School. She has taken the decision to retire after devoting many years to the school & children of our community. Mrs Lonie has worked alongside 4 Headteachers, numerous staff & countless children, including her own, who attended the school.
Throughout her time here she has taken on many roles, getting to know school as first as a parent volunteer and then more recently as the School Business Officer. Her knowledge of the school and our community is immense and she will be sorely missed, she knows many of our families very well & has always been a font of information. I can safely say that without Mrs Lonie’s support & ability to get things organised during my time here school would not be in the positive place it is now.
Very few people in schools’ are irreplaceable however that tag can be pinned upon Mrs Lonie - we shall all, parents, staff & children miss her hugely in September but we wish her the very, very best for her retirement & her life after RJS!
6th July 2021
You may well have heard snippets of the Government's announcement regarding schools today and their intention to cease the need for Bubbles to operate in school from 16th July. We will not be changing the way in which we have worked over the last 12 months for the last 3 days of term but will hopefully look to return to something approaching normality in September. Naturally the media speculation and announcement have come before schools have been given any clarity and at this moment we know as much as you do.
It was interesting to hear that although staggered starts and finishes may end we will still have to maintain current levels of hygiene including hand-washing. Given our limited numbers of sinks the practicalities of meeting both of these statements will take some working out.
Once we have sight of the latest guidance we will take stock and as soon as we are able we will let you know our response and plans for September.
15th June 2021
Following last night's announcement by the Prime Minister that COVID-19 restrictions are to remain in place for a further 4 weeks we have once again are having to take another look at the plans we have in place for the remainder of the term.
Because we will be remaining in class Bubbles and cannot welcome visitors to the school site we have sadly made the decision to cancel Sports Day (25th June).
Plans for the July 9th Transition Day are also being reviewed along with the Year 6 Riddings Day and the Year 6 Leavers Celebration.
Unfortunately it is highly unlikely that a replacement Whole School Trip can now be made to work safely and effectively given the short notice.
Once plans have been revisited we will let you know as soon as we can.
Proposed academisation - can I remind you that the consultation day is tomorrow and you should all have received a text and email with the link for the virtual meeting for parents and carers at 5.30pm.
Welcome back after what we hope has been a chance to enjoy the sun over the half term break. We can't quite believe how quickly time has past since March but we hope that we will be able to move a little closer to normality at the end of the month. If not we know that the children will cope and carry on learning as well as they have been.
We have many plans over the next two months which we hope can happen - perhaps the biggest is July 9th which will see the children having their Transition Day when the spend the day with new teachers and in the case of Year 6 in a new school!
Proposed academisation - can I remind parents and carers that we will be holding a consultation day on June 16th when there will be a chance to meet with staff from the Embark Federation both at the start of the day and via a Zoom meeting at 5.30pm.
Any questions that you may have about the proposed conversion are welcomed either on the day or before that if you prefer. If you are unable to attend the meeting then please submit any questions via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
It has been great to see everyone back in after what has hopefully been a restful (and sunny) Easter break. The children have settled very quickly and are showing huge amounts of PRIDE in all that they do. There has been some excitement at our latest development with work taking place to transform the 'garden area'. Following a huge effort 18 months ago by some staff and parents to clear the space we have at last been able to have contractors in to help landscape it. Once the grass grows we'll have a lovely quiet space for children to sit, read, draw and chat in at breaks and dinner time. Please can I ask that you make sure you have checked the dates on the Diary section of the website so that you are aware of the next Inset Day and Bank Holiday.
Other dates for the summer term have also been included. As we (hopefully) move along the Government's road map out of COVID-19 restrictions how we work in school will begin to change as more guidance is issued. Until we know more the children will continue to work in class bubbles and we will maintain the staggered starts and end to the school day.
Sadly the 3 day London Residential that we run each year has had to be cancelled this week when we were informed that the Youth Hostel we stay in will not be re-opening in time - this is a real disappointment to everyone but we are hoping that we can do something different to mark the end of Year 6.
As the sunshine comes out the Spring Term is coming to an end - it has seemed like a very long term & a very short one all at the same time. It really does feel like we have had all the children back in school for much longer than has been reality (in a good way I hasten to add!) & as I have said to you they have all settled back incredibly well.
This is a testament to the children & to how secure they have felt. There have been one or two wobbles but in the main the children have amazed us with their resilience & the way they have taken on board the need to get back to learning. Staff have worked superbly to reshape the curriculum (for the third time this year) & to identify the crucial elements that must be learnt if the children are to have the best possible chance next year in their new year group. As always your help & support with home learning is absolutely vital. The more you can support the core skills of reading & number knowledge the better your child's progress will be.
We all hope you have a good Easter break, that the sun carries on shining & that the road map out of the pandemic can be successful. That of course depends upon us all following the guidance & not letting complacency take over - despite the vaccinations & reduced case numbers we all know of the risks that remain. Take care & remember
Hands. Face. Space and Fresh Air.
A really positive week for so many of the children has flown by - it has been great to see them all. Please check your emails for a letter from school this weekend or read it here.
Next Friday (19th) is Comic Relief Day - 'Dress to Impress' - please read the News section for further details.
It has been lovely to have everyone back in school and to hear the noise of exciting and engaged children fill the building. Thank you to all parents and carers for supporting such a successful return to full attendance - watching the children quickly switch into learning mode has been great. Thanks as well for helping us to keep drop-off and pick-up times as safely as possible given the issues with the road and the narrow pavements.
Year group webpages have the information you will need for PE days and any other information. You will also find the expectations for Home Learning there as well.
We now have everything in place for the Return to Full Attendance on Monday 8th and are greatly looking forward to welcoming all the children back. Please make sure that you have read the email sent earlier this week and checked the Risk Assessment. After considering all comments this is is now an active document.
Derbyshire County Council have also written to all Parents and Carers about returning to school and we have emailed a copy to you however if you have missed this a copy can be found by clicking here.
All Parents/Carers will have received an email yesterday with information about the Return to Full Attendance on Monday 8th March. Please ensure you have looked at your emails or failing that you can see the letter under the Letters tab above. Whilst there are relatively few changes to the way in which school will work please take time to check arrangements for drop-off and pick-up especially. You will also want to read the Risk Assessment that can be found under the COVID-19 Key Info tab. If you have any questions after reading these then please contact school. All Parents/Carers must be advised that school attendance is once again mandatory, again if you have any queries relating to attendance please ensure you contact me at school.
A last reminder that, despite a number of reminders, a number of families have still not picked up the work packs from school that you have been notified about - these are hugely important as they not only support the remote learning of this and last week and lessons will start from these points next week. Any child who has not accessed the work pack will return to school at more of a disadvantage than they ought.
Take care and we are looking forward to seeing all the children on Monday 8th.
Welcome back to learning for those of you who have had a break over the half-term. Home Learning continues to be provided by your class teacher and the Google Classroom sessions start again - please check your class pages for times. For those of you who have been invited to Google Classroom Fluency Reader sessions please do your very best to attend and of course this week sees our virtual Parent's Consultation meetings taking place.
If the Prime Minister's announcement this evening gives schools new information then we will start planning based on information that we are given (which initially will be exactly the same as everyone else). When things become clearer then we will of course keep everyone informed of our plans.
We hope you are all well and keeping safe.
Given that there may be a return to school for more children from the week beginning 8th March (depending upon Government plans) we have taken the early decision to postpone our planned Inset Day on the 15th March.
As a result of this and our postponing other Inset days in order to keep school open and to support Critical Workers during Lockdown we have now set new dates for the Inset days.
The re-scheduled Inset Day days (School closed to children) will now be:
- Thursday 1st April 2021
- Friday 30th April 2021
- Monday 21st June 2021
A reminder that the last day in school for the children before the Summer break is Wednesday 21st July.
Another strange half term is nearly over with us all hoping that next month might see some positive news about how the country is managing the virus and whether we might be able to get everyone back to school. It's been such a shame that everyone hasn't been able to enjoy the school fields covered in snow and make snow angels and the tallest snowman!
We will know whether school will open at the same time as you do - although at least we have all been told that there will be two-weeks warning - at least we all get prepared properly rather than having to do everything overnight! Hopefully all of you at home will have watched the assembly from last week with a reminder about doing your best at not becoming a 'rusty learner' and that showing Independence in your learning is the best way to show Respect to yourselves and whoever is looking after you whilst you are Learning from Home.
If you do get a chance to improve your PE skills when playing in the snow (throwing, dodging, lifting) then wrap up warm and remember to keep safe - and while you're out send us a picture on Twitter of your snow sculptures!
Goodbye to Captain Sir Tom Moore
Week 3 of the new term already - I hope that for all of you running Home School that the time is passing equally quickly and that your children are into the routine of learning at home each day. It has been good to have made contact with so many of you over the past couple of weeks and to be able to answer questions. Please don't hesitate to call school if you encounter an issue with the Home Learning provision that is on the website (under the Year Group tab) we've become pretty good at providing solutions including those about internet access.
Please remember that if your child is struggling to get online due to limited internet or because of having to share an electronic device or struggle along using a mobile phone screen then let us know immediately, we should be able to help.
We miss all of the children who are at home and although it's been good to see faces on the Google Classroom Meets (so far with Yr 3 and 6) it most definitely is not the same.
It has been lovely to welcome back more of the children today - we wish it could be for more of them but..... I have to admit that as it started snowing this morning the thought of having to fully close school for a snow day filled me full of horror! Please let the children know that we miss them hugely and will be in contact very soon.
As you were informed the Home (Remote) Learning is up and running on the website with the work found under the Year Group tab. The online learning from the November school closure is also still available and the Tiered learning resources can also be accessed under the Home Learning tab. Please remember that the Accelerated Reader website must be accessed from the school website links.
We are conscious that for many of you the demands of online learning may be a challenge when you are having to share devices at home between your children or have limited data available. As we have previously said we may be able to provide some support for you with this if we know - I will be sending out more information about support we can offer. Whilst we continue to upload daily lessons for Learning at Home these are intended to support you and should be used in whichever order best suits your own family circumstances. Home isn't school (and shouldn't be) but by working together and supporting each other, we can best support our children.
Yesterday was spent preparing for the return of the children today & all staff were looking forward to welcoming them back. As you will have read in the letter emailed to you we had planned some changes to our ways of working to take account of the raised concerns about the virus and then 8pm happened!
As ever we heard the news at the same time as you did so last night saw us responding late into the night. Today we have been able to provide emergency Critical Worker places for families and to offer other places for other priority children. We will be confirming all applications for Critical Worker placements after 11.00am today.
As you can imagine we are reacting to the partial closure of school as quickly as we can and by the end of today Remote Learning for all children will be on the website under the Year Group tab (as it was in November) with additional support for some children in the Additional Needs tab. Any resources that we feel your child may need will be organised as the week progresses.
Contact with children and families will begin this week and continue to email if you have questions email@example.com Please continue to monitor the text service and your emails for further updates and information.
The Spring Term starts on January 5th 2021
Critical Worker provision
If, in the event of any future partial school closure, you wish your child to access school provision then please read the guidance under the COVID-19 Key Info tab - January 2021 Critical Worker application for school provision.
Anti-Bullying Week 2021: One Kind Word
The theme for Anti-Bullying Week, 2021 is: One Kind Word. It will start with Odd Socks Day to mark the first day of Anti-Bullying Week. Last year 75% of schools in the country took part, reaching well over 7 million young people.
All classes will be focusing on the Anti-Bullying message this week but as ever Anti-Bullying is something that we refer to regularly with the children reminding them that no-one should be made to feel different by others. The most important thing for any child to do is to 'Tell' this way problems can be sorted quickly and before they escalate.