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Hello, 

Although you all receive the newsletter via email and it is on the website as a pdf I am aware that it is not possible to translate it this way. I hope to use this page as a way of sharing the Headteacher letters and other information about the daily life of the school.

Any feedback is appreciated. 

 

Mrs Broers

13th May 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This newsletter is such a lovely ‘round-up’ of all the things that have been going on in school. Today is also busy as Y6 are at the Life Centre learning skills which will support their move to High School. They have had an excellent week – the SATS daily breakfast was a huge success and the camaraderie and positivity among the children was lovely to see. Each day was different, some children tried new foods and there was a real buzz. Huge thanks to the staff who shopped, chopped and served on top of their day jobs! Everyone felt like they did their best with the tests, which is all we and anyone else can ask. Thank you to the rest of the school too who moved around quietly, swapped their timetables around, moved breaks and gave support.

Today Y4 are on an adventure to the Science Museum and are (understandably) very excited and one Y3 class have gone to Homefield School for a special PE session.

Trips and events like these make really special memories for children and the staff here are brilliant at organising things that will engage and enthuse them. We had some wonderful messages this week about the Young Voices event and thank you to the parents who took the trouble to email – the staff were really grateful.

Last week I did mention that budgeting for trips is difficult unless families contribute to the costs. Similarly please make sure payments are made for school lunches and Breakfast Club. As a public organisation we are not allowed to have ‘debt’ and money spent paying for pupils who pull out of trips, or who don’t make any contribution to trips or swimming is not then spent on learning. 

This half term is flying by and on Friday 27th May we will celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Children may come dressed in red, white and blue clothing (or any combination of these) or if they would like to dress as a Queen or King; Prince or Princess that would be lovely too. There is no ‘non uniform’ donation.

There will be celebration activities during the morning and a picnic party with cake & squash outside in the afternoon. If children would like to bring a picnic rug or blanket to sit on that would help as we don’t have much grass!

Thank you for your continued support.

    6th May 2022

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

I hope you all enjoyed the Bank Holiday weekend and Eid Mubarak to those celebrating the end of Ramadan. We certainly seem to have packed five days of school into four this week and today the Y5&6 choir is finally off to the O2 for the Young Voices Concert, which has been postponed a number of times. We have also welcomed Mrs Marta Cichon to the Office team working alongside Mrs Cookson.

 

This week there are a few things I would like to ask for your help with:

 

  1. Attendance – some children still have quite poor attendance with frequent odd days off. Please send them in unless they are really too unwell as they are usually fine when they are with their friends and we will contact you if they are not. There has also been a considerable number of unauthorised holidays. I know many people have postponed trips or seeing family abroad, because of the pandemic, but it is incredibly hard to manage long absences in the school term. There is a significant impact on the child, the class and the teacher that I would ask you to consider. We also find that children are sometimes told to lie about holidays and that is just awful.

 

  1. Uniform – our basic uniform is very easy to buy from supermarkets or other stores but there are high numbers of children in various coloured tops /bottoms on PE days and lots of multi-coloured trainers with uniform. Please stick to black tracksuits for PE days and buy plain black trainers which will do for uniform & PE days.

 

  1. Funding – I know from speaking to children and parents, that trips offsite are a real highlight of school life and something children remember for years. However, we are finding the level of parent contributions is very low and we are in danger of having to cancel trips or not plan them at all. We always try to negotiate the best price and use free transport where we can, but we cannot do it without your support. Please check ParentPay for events your year group have planned and contribute as much as you can.

 

Next week is SATs & SATS breakfasts for Y6 and Y4 are off on an adventure to the Science Museum. 

29th April 2022

 

Dear Parents & Carers

 

This has been a very varied week! On Monday I am delighted to say we appointed Mr Kench to the role of permanent Deputy Head Teacher (a role he has been covering since September). This is a really positive thing for the school community and everyone is delighted.

 

Tuesday saw the unveiling of the Friendship Bench and a fantastic presentation by School Council. They have worked hard to raise funds and to celebrate the inclusivity of our school. In the afternoon Mrs Douglas took a Y4 team to Overton Grange where they won a STEM competition – beating several Y7 teams with their amazing work and presentation. Cookery Club restarted and it was such a joy to see the children’s faces as they showed off the cakes they had made. They were also excellent at washing up apparently!

 

On Wednesday Mr Arnott from Sutton High School came and delivered a fabulous puppet show to Y3&4 which they and staff thoroughly enjoyed. Our links with local schools really benefit us all as the children learned about the history of puppetry as well as enjoying the show.

 

Thursday was also busy as Mr Amer took some children to see a Philharmonic orchestra performance at the Charles Cryer Theatre. The staff who went with them said their behaviour was brilliant and they were really proud of them. I popped into Willow (our DT & Food tech) room to see Redwood Class engrossed in making dye from foodstuffs! They were so clear in their explanations and were all showing excellent learning behaviours.

 

In between all this creative learning, Y6 are working hard to prepare for SATs and are also looking forward to the residential or ‘in school’ activity days. We received a lovely email from a parent saying: ‘I would like to say a special thank you to the school for organising some activities for the children not attending the residential trip.’ It makes a huge difference when people recognise the work that goes into organising these things and how much personal time staff give to make sure the children have the best possible experiences. As always – if you have a query or concern, please contact the school office for an appointment; we are always happy to explain our decision making.

 

Finally a reminder that pupils are not allowed to bring mobile phones to school – thank you. Enjoy the extended weekend – let’s hope the weather stays fine.

Attendance is Important

18th March 2022

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you so much for your support this week with the DEC Ukraine Appeal on Wednesday and the Comic Relief Appeal today. The children looked great in their colourful clothing and have been thoughtful and reflective about some really very tricky issues. As always they are sensitive and considerate of different backgrounds and viewpoints – and remarkably clear about their own views. It is such a privilege to work with them.

ATTENDANCE

This week I have been reviewing attendance and, like the national picture it is a bit of a worry. I know with Covid it has been difficult and we have asked parents to be cautious but the number of pupils with attendance below 90% is a concern. Random days off for minor ailments, holidays taken in term time and routine appointments that could be planned for holiday time all add to the problem when there isn’t much ‘wriggle room’.

We know that all absence has an effect on progress, friendships and their confidence and resilience. I know you want the best for your children and the best place is in school –every day!

Updates:

  • Children in Y5 & 6 will be bringing their books home this weekend for you to see ahead of parent calls next week. Please take time to look through them with your child and talk about their learning and progress.
  • We are looking forward to seeing Y4 parents in school for The Gospel Show next Tuesday /Thursday. Please wear a mask when attending.
  • Many thanks to those parents who took the time to respond with suggestions about swimming provision – I am pulling together all the ideas and exploring some new avenues. I may ask for further help in the summer term.

Have a great weekend in the Spring sunshine.

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This has been a happy & busy week in school. I led assembly with Y4&5 yesterday afternoon and went home reminded that this really is the best job! The children were so thoughtful, funny and showed great insight – as always.

I am always overwhelmed by the compassion and generosity shown by our children and families and you will know we are supporting Red Nose Day next Friday 18th. Staff and pupils have asked if we can also support the DEC appeal for the people of Ukraine so on Wednesday 16th March children are encouraged to dress in blue and yellow to show solidarity and to bring a donation for the humanitarian appeal. This (as with all fundraising) is of course completely voluntary and children can of course come in uniform if they prefer this. We will have buckets on the gate on both days but you can also make donations direct to the DEC appeal here https://www.dec.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal or by buying the merchandise or donating on ParentPay for Red Nose day.

 

Last Friday the Science Team took part in their delayed semi-final and Mrs Douglas said they were outstanding. They collaborated as a team and knew some incredible things! They narrowly missed getting to the final but did an amazing job representing our school. Well done to Hardik, Lingshan, Hrishikesh; Tanisha and Mrs Douglas of course!

 

Below is a link to an Autism Support Map.  This includes information, resources and videos for parents, carers and young people including about understanding identity; recreational activities and transition to secondary.  

https://www.cognus.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Autism-Support-Map-Overview.pdf

 

Thank you if you have sorted out some ‘no longer needed’ toys or games and sent them in – this is much appreciated; also if you responded to my letter about swimming. The last couple of years have meant we haven’t been able to interact with parents face to face so much, but your ideas and contributions are always welcomed.

 

Looking ahead – check the school website calendar for details:

  • A day for Ukraine – Wednesday 16th March – buckets on the gate!
  • Red Nose Day – Friday 18th March – there will be a bucket or you can donate to this via a Parent Pay link if you wish
  • Y4 Easter performance 22nd & 24th March – Y4 parents can now book free tickets on ParentPay
  • Parent phone calls – please make sure you book a call via PrimarySite

 

4th March 2022

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

There has been a real buzz around school this week – Y4 are practising their performance; Y6 found out their High School places; we had an assembly with Y4&5 and World Book Day was great fun.  The new Sensory play area at the front is being used by small groups – look out for the photos in the next newsletter.

As always – a few reminders and requests:

  • We know the dreadful situation in the Ukraine is worrying many adults and children in our school community. Teachers have age appropriate information to support when answering questions and managing worries. As always with sensitive information we present facts and try to answer honestly, and we encourage children to discuss things at home. We are privileged to have both Ukrainian and Russian families in our school community and will support both in any way we can.
  •  If you are in a position to support the humanitarian appeal, the website https://www.dec.org.uk/ is accepting donations and the total (up to £20 million) will be matched by the Government.
  • The Boys’ football team have played two recent matches and have enjoyed some success. Mr Marlow has been really impressed by how well they are working together. Miss Guthrie is also very proud of the Netball teams who have also shown real teamwork and the results reflect this.  Special thanks to the staff who give up their time to lead the teams.
  • Breakfast Club have asked if anyone has some easy board games to donate.  Games such as Frustration, Connect 4, draughts & Guess Who are very popular and the Club has plenty of spare counters if yours are missing a few!  Thank you
  • On the playground the toys such as dolls and the dolls’ house; play food and the kitchen are still popular with the younger pupils so again, if you have things to donate – please speak to the office or someone on the gate
  • Ink cartridges – I am afraid we can only recycle the small ones – they need to fit in the palm of your hand!
  • Please be reassured that if children are really unwell, they will always be sent to the office to be checked by a First Aider. If they are ‘suddenly’ unwell at the end of playtime, they may be given a few minutes in class to see if they are ok really!
  • Shoes or trainers with uniform should be plain black please; ties should be worn; PE tracksuits are also black; earrings must be studs and long hair should be tied up. We have tried really hard to make uniform affordable and easy but your children are proud to belong to RHJ and looking smart is part of that.
  • We have been asked if any parents would be interested in individual or small group singing lessons with Sutton Music Service. There would be a cost, like with instrument lessons but if you are interested, let the Office know and we will pass on details.

 

Looking ahead – check the school website calendar for details:

 

  • Easter Experience visit for Y4 and the Easter performance
  • Parent phone calls – look out for booking arrangements
  • Red Nose Day

World Book Day 

Children can wear cosy clothes for the day - fleeces; onesies over their clothes; woolly jumpers and so on to enjoy a day of reading and reading activities. No costumes needed - just dress for comfort and a love of books.

Dear Parents and Carers

 

I hope you all had an enjoyable half term break despite the rather challenging weather conditions. It is lovely to see the spring flowers appearing though and also the days are definitely getting a bit longer, which makes us all feel better.

 

You will read about all the great things that have been going on in school in the articles below but I have a few reminders and requests:

 

  • Please try and get children here as close to 8.40am as you can to give them time to get to class and be settled for learning to start 8.50am. I don’t think parents realise how much their children hate being late – it’s embarrassing; makes them anxious and gets the day off to a bad start.
  • Black trainers or shoes with uniform please. Ankle boots are not ideal for in school.
  • Earrings must be studs please and PE tracksuits should be black.
  • Parent consultation calls will be made towards the end of March and we will let you know when you can book a call with your child’s teacher. Books will come home in advance for you to discuss with your children.

A few parents have asked about clubs and trips out. We are working on both of these but the impact of the pandemic is still being felt around availability and bookings. Mrs Hoblyn in the office is in touch with a range of club providers and when we can offer more options we will. In the meantime do look at options available locally – the local Brownies, Guides, Cubs and Scout groups; swimming lessons, activities at the local library are all excellent things to do.  

Speaking of the office I would like to give a special mention to the amazing office team! Mrs Cookson; Mrs Davenport; Mrs Hoblyn; Mrs Jones and Mrs Shan keep our school running smoothly, safe, stocked and staffed! They also comfort and treat children who are unwell or hurt; help parents with endless queries and questions and do a million other jobs to make teachers’ lives easier and we are hugely grateful.

 

Finally following the changing Covid legislation please can I remind you that we do have members of the school community who are vulnerable or have family who are vulnerable. If children test positive they should stay off until they have two negative tests on or after day 5 & 6.

 

Thank you for your support. 

11th February 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This is one of my favourite quotes: You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. Ralph Waldo Emerson. It has been so lovely today to see everyone in their brightly coloured clothes to celebrate and highlight kindness. Thank you for your donations. There has been lots of kindness in school lately – everyone is so good at supporting each other and it makes it a very special place to work and study. We had a visitor from the LA this week and she remarked on excellent behaviour; the air of calm and the great atmosphere. Needless to say everyone is very tired after a tricky few weeks – pupils and staff so hopefully everyone can have a restful half term and come back on the 21st February refreshed.

News

Thank you and goodbye to Mrs Phillips who has covered many jobs since 2007 but is currently a key member of the Catering Team. We will miss her energy and enthusiasm and wish her success in her new role.

Welcome and thank you to Mrs Abel (a parent from Y5) who has joined the Governing Body as a new Parent Governor. We also welcome Ms Prescott who has joined the cleaning staff and a huge thanks to the whole site & office team who have been so brilliant and kept us safe.

 Looking ahead to after half term

  • Breakfast Club will need you to sign your children in again after half term. Press the buzzer and go through the gate into the Music Building with your child.
  • Please check new school shoes & tracksuits are black; earrings are just studs and long hair is tied up.
  • Learning starts at 8.50am so please aim to be here by 8.40am so your child has time to get into class and settled.
  • After School Club have spaces if you would like to take advantage of this service which runs on our site, follow this link: https://www.sutton.gov.uk/-/sutton-play-services-sutton-out-of-school-club
  • Depending on whether the Covid 19 guidance changes we may review the risk assessment in school but for now; things will stay the same when we return.

Please have a restful half term with as much time outside; reading or doing things together, as you can. Try to keep some bedtime routines and enjoy spending time with your fantastic children – like we do! Thank you for all your support; keep safe and well.

28th January 2022 

 

So a long and challenging January comes to an end at last. I am looking forward to February bringing longer days, hopefully more sunshine and some signs of Spring too. Incredibly it is only two weeks until half term; as usual we finish at 3.15pm on February 11th and are closed for the week.

As you know we have had a high number of Covid cases in school for the last couple of weeks and I am grateful to all those parents who have tested their children regularly and acted quickly if they tested positive or were unwell. We are keeping our risk assessment under review and are taking advice from Public Health too.

All our staff have been brilliant throughout this pandemic however this week I would like to say a special thank you to all the Teaching Assistants who are sometimes the unsung heroes of the school community. As part of their ‘normal role’ they support learning; support teaching and teachers; take on emotional and wellbeing problems; run clubs and the library; create displays and resources and a million other jobs. More recently they have also covered classes and been the bridge for remote teaching & learning and they have done so with patience, good humour and great skills! Many of you will know the TAs who work with your children but every one of them deserves a mention by name.

So to: Mrs Abraham, Mrs Bakker, Mrs Benjamin, Mr Butcher, Mrs Clementson, Mrs Dodah, Mrs Kannan, Mr Marlow, Mrs McDonnell, Mrs Mead, Mrs Nijhuis, Mrs Torr and Mrs Withersby – who Aim High in everything they do…….

I hope you enjoy looking at the creative work that has been going on in school and are inspired by the phenomenal amount raised for St Raphael’s Hospice. Congratulations to the Y6 boys’ football team who played, what Mr Marlow described as ‘Their best game yet’, against St Cecilia’s last week. Unfortunately some other fixtures have been cancelled due to levels of Covid but everyone is trying to rearrange these.

I received a letter from Christ’s Hospital School about fee assisted boarding school places for disadvantaged children going into Y7. If this would be of interest to you, please speak to me in confidence.

Thank you to all the parents and carers who support us in so many ways – it makes such a difference when people say good morning or thank you, write a positive note in the homework diary or support their child with something that makes them a little more independent. Working together is so important!

Finally – if you are celebrating the Chinese New Year in the coming week we wish you ‘New Year Happiness’.

 

21st January 2022

 

What a lovely cold frosty week it has been – the children have enjoyed being outside in the sunshine, even though they have needed to be wrapped up warm! As always the children have been great - I had a wonderful conversation with a Y4 pupil about the glorious moon that was visible this week and Y5 were so thoughtful in assembly when we discussed RESPECT.

 

Covid is still at the forefront of everything sadly and our staff will continue wearing masks in communal areas, even when the guidance changes next week. We feel it is the responsible thing to do while cases are still high and we are managing children and staff absences. We would ask that you do the same whenever you come on site.

I have a few things to ask you about.

 

  1. You know the Safer Streets camera is now in use in Thorncroft Road. The Council would like your views and there is a short survey to complete on your email version of this letter. If you hold a Blue Badge you could be exempt from the restrictions – please email streetspace@sutton.gov.uk and let them know if you have an exemption, but change your vehicle.
  2. Please don’t allow children to bring toys / fidget toys into school. If they need this in lesson time it will be discussed with Mrs Parker the SENDCo and usually provided by school. In the playground they get lost or damaged and that causes upset.
  3. You will have received information about being a Parent Governor – do give me a ring if you would like to find out more from me or another Governor.
  4. Term dates for 2022-2023 are on the website and inset days have been agreed with the infants. I know some people are trying to plan holidays (understandably). Please don’t take children out of school in term time; it has a hugely negative impact on them, the class and the teacher.

Thank you for all your support; keep safe and well.

 

14th January

What a busy week! The children are working hard and have enjoyed the bright sunshine outside for the last few days too. It does seem like the days are getting a little longer which cheers everyone up and we have snowdrops in the garden (which makes me very happy as long as there is no snow!)

 

A few things to tell you:

 

We now have a box in reception for any empty printer ink cartridges. You can give them to your children to bring them in to school, they post them in the box provided – which is located in the Reception area – and the school will receive money for them. This is a similar scheme to the ‘Clothes Bank’ which we already use.

This seems like an excellent opportunity to get rid of any empty cartridges, recycle and raise a little bit of money for our school.

Parking & the roads around school – if you have any queries or comments please email streetspace@sutton.gov.uk – I spoke to a parent this week about there being no crossing between here and the Infant School so perhaps if lots of parents contact the council there might be some action!

Attendance

This is a really tricky balance to strike at the moment as there are lots of seasonal illnesses around and of course Covid too. However, some children are having a lot of time off and this is affecting their progress.

Please use your judgement:

  • A minor headache or ‘tummy ache’ with no other symptoms – they should come to school.
  • Tired; growing pains; aching legs; pulled muscles – they should come to school.
  • Actually vomiting or a loose bowel movement – they must stay at home.
  • High temperature; new cough or any other Covid symptoms – they must stay at home.

 

Please keep testing pupils with the Lateral Flow tests at least twice a week and if you are unsure about the guidance or whether your child should be in – contact the amazing Office Team (who know just about everything)!

 

7th January 2022

Happy New Year to you all, we hope you had a safe and happy Christmas holiday. We are delighted to see the children back in school of course and are looking forward to a happy and productive term.

You will be aware the guidance for the country and for schools is changing at quite a pace and some elements are rather confusing. Please bear with us as we try and follow the rules and prioritise staying open and safe!

A few reminders:

  • Smart watches, FitBits or similar and mobile phones are not allowed in school.
  • If you use Breakfast Club, the staff need to be able see the face of the adult bringing the child, on the monitor before they can open the gate.
  • Please continue to lateral flow test adults and children regularly
  • Encourage good hand washing and if your child wears a mask – make sure they understand ‘mask hygiene’ 
  • If your child has any symptoms of Covid or is unwell – keep them at home
  • It is cold in school – children should wear a t-shirt or vest; have a school jumper, sweatshirt or cardigan and bring a warm coat every day.

 

  • PE tracksuits should be plain black but children can wear any colour trainers on PE days
  • On ‘uniform’ days – shoes or trainers should be plain black

Other news:

  • The Reindeer Run raised a phenomenal £2,500 for St Raphael’s Hospice – you and your children are amazing!
  • Clubs restart next week (apart from Chess which is the 19th) – places have already been allocated so you will know if your child has a space.
  • Athletics Squad - Over the next week the children will be observed in their PE lessons.  Mrs Douglas and Mr Marlow will be looking at a range of skills and then selecting children who will be invited to join the squad.  Letters will be sent home with individuals on Monday 17th January, inviting these children to attend on Wednesdays in the Spring term  

Dear families of Robin Hood Juniors,

 

As you will see from all the articles in the newsletter, there is lots going on in school. Children are working and playing hard and are thoroughly enjoying their learning. I have been meeting with groups of children and they are funny and insightful about school life!

 

There are a few areas of concern.

 

  • Covid is still very much around and we have had a small number of cases across the school every week this term. Please keep reminding your children about handwashing, take regular Lateral Flow tests. If this is positive – immediately book your child a PCR and let us know as soon as the result is through. You are allowed to leave isolation to get a test.

 

  • There are lots of other illnesses around – sickness and diarrhoea; coughs and colds so hygiene is very important. Please send them with tissues if they are well enough to be in school and keep them off if they are not. If in doubt about symptoms – get a PCR test.

 

  • Unauthorised absences for holidays – it is more important than ever that children are in school. They have 13 weeks holiday each year when you can go away. Holiday is never authorised and Penalty Notices will be issued.

 

Coming up:

  • Odd Socks Day – Monday 15th November – to celebrate our differences. No money needed!
  • Parents’ Phone Calls – this coming week and the following week. Y5&6 will have brought their books home this weekend. Please return them on Monday as they are needed for lessons! Y3&4 will bring theirs home next weekend.
  • Christmas Compassion non uniform day 19th November – please give as much as you can for this excellent cause.
  • Children’s Christmas Lunch is the 8th December – see the separate letter for details.
  • Y5 are rehearsing for their Christmas Show – performances will be to parents on the afternoons of the 13th & 15th December. Details will follow but it is likely to begin around 1.45pm and tickets will be available. If your child is not going to be in school in that last week for any reason, please let the class teacher know on Monday so they don’t let the year group down at the last minute. 

 

Thank you for all your support and please keep well. 

5th November 2021

 

Dear families of RHJ,

We hope you had a happy and safe half term and were able to rest a little! If you have been celebrating Diwali this week, we hope you had a happy time.

 

We had two very useful Inset days – the first focused on storytelling and revealed some incredible talent among our staff. Monday focused on the curriculum and what ‘Aim High’ means to us and the children.

You could support us by using the phrase at home:

  • How did you ‘Aim High’ in your learning today?
  • What does ‘Aim High’ mean when you are playing at lunchtime?
  • Can you ‘Aim High’ when tidying your bedroom or playing with your brother?  

 

Some staffing news. Sadly Ms Corte-Teixeira is moving on to a new role at Sutton High School and we wish her every success. We have really appreciated all her hard work and the skills she brought to Y3. We are pleased to have appointed Ms Sharrad to work in Y3 and also Mrs Dodah, one of our Midday team, is also working in Y5.

 

Parents’ meetings will be by phone again this term as the pandemic is far from over. Teachers will offer phone call appointments either in the week of the 15th November (Y5&6) or the 22nd November (Y3&4). Your child will bring home their work books and tick sheet the weekend before your appointment so you can look at them and discuss their learning, ahead of speaking to the teacher. 

 

You will receive an email from notifications@primarysite.net after 5pm on Monday 8th explaining how to use the new booking system.  If there are any teething problems – please don’t panic, email the office and we will work it out!

 

A few reminders:

  • Plain black shoes or trainers with uniform and black joggers /hoodies for PE please
  • Try and get your child here for 8.40am so they can be ready to learn at 8.50am
  • They need a coat every day now it is colder

 

21st October 2021

 

Dear families of RHJ,

 

This has been a challenging half term in many ways. The children have been great and are working hard but we can see they are tired – understandable – so are we! Friendships and behaviour have been a bit wobbly so we are looking forward to a break. Please try and have a restful half term with not too many late nights so children keep a sleeping routine, as this makes a big difference when they return.

 

We have had a few cases of Covid 19 and the relevant year groups have been informed, however fortunately we are nowhere near the threshold for further action. Please continue to wear masks, remind children about handwashing and use lateral flow tests regularly. If your child has any symptoms, get a PCR test.

 

Highlights this week….

  • The Y6 girls’ football team played their first match with resilience and determination. They were complimented on their behaviour and sportsmanship by the other school’s Head Teacher. Well done girls – we are proud of you.
  • Reading afternoon is always a pleasure – nothing beats curling up with a good book and we love to encourage this.
  • Larch Class behaved brilliantly and were super sensible at swimming this week – Mrs Clarkson and I were very impressed by their maturity.

 

Looking ahead…..

  • We have Inset Days on Friday 22nd October and Monday 1st November when the school will be closed to children.
  • All Y6 parents must apply for Transfer to Secondary School 2022 by the 31st October.
  • The Safer Streets camera will be operational from the 1st November so you must not drive up Thorncroft Road or Greenford Road otherwise you may be fined. Please do not just park dangerously or selfishly in Clarence Road or other local roads instead!  If you must drive, then please add extra time to park in a local car park and walk.
  • Flu vaccinations for pupils are on the 2nd November and you must complete and submit the flu e-consent form by Monday 25th October even if you do not want your child vaccinated.
  •  After half term when the clocks go back (31st October), it will be dark earlier so all children must be collected from any after school clubs.
  • If you are buying school footwear or PE top /joggers – plain black please.

15th October 2021

 

Dear families of RHJ,

 

Well done to all of Y3 pupils and staff for such a delightful Harvest performance this morning. The singing was fantastic; every single child contributed beautifully and it is hard to believe you have only been Robin Hood Juniors for half a term. You certainly aimed high!  I am very proud of all of you and I am sure your families are too. Thank you to parents for providing the costumes and no doubt for listening to the songs, many times over! One parent said to me that working on the Harvest performance had been a really important unifying event for the children. I would agree – I could see how much the children benefited.

 

You may be aware that we have quite high numbers of pupils and staff who have been unwell and we are doing our best to manage this. Please continue to use Lateral Flow Tests at home and book a PCR test if you have any symptoms. This is an interesting link that highlights some of the less well known symptoms: https://covid.joinzoe.com/post/the-20-symptoms-of-covid-19-to-watch-out-for

 

There is lots happening at the moment for us all so please make a note of the following:

 

 

  • Thursday 21st is ‘cosy casual’ reading afternoon so children are encouraged to wear snuggly, warm, non-uniform clothes that day. There’s no charge – it’s to enjoy reading for pleasure.

 

  • We have Inset Days on Friday 22nd October and Monday 1st November when the school will be closed to children.

 

  • The Safer Streets camera will be operational from the 1st November so you must not drive up Thorncroft Road or Greenford Road otherwise you may be fined.

 

  • Flu vaccinations for pupils are on the 2nd November and you must complete and submit the flu e-consent form even if you do not want your child vaccinated. The deadline is midnight on Monday 18th October and the letter with the link is here and further information is on the school website under ‘Letters home’.

 

  • None of our pupils should be watching Squid Games which has been rated 15 in the UK for “sexual violence references, injury detail, crude humour, sex, suicide, sexual images, violence”. It is clear some pupils have seen this programme and the ‘games’ are popular in the playground. We are monitoring this and ask that you make sure you know what they are viewing at home. Advice about using parental controls can be found here: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/parental-controls/

 

These have been recommended by Mrs Burlingsby our Maths Lead:

 

 

  •  You may also be interested in a course for Maths-anxious Parents. This is a short online course called "Helping with Homework: For Maths-Anxious Parents" that guides parents through a few of the ways they can help their child without having to know too much about the maths.
     

Have a lovely weekend – hopefully in the Autumn sunshine.

8th October 2021

Dear families of RHJ,

 

Thank you if you popped into school on Monday or Tuesday to say hello and see your child’s classroom. It was lovely to see so many of you and the children looked delighted to show you around. Some of you will have taken a peep at the new toilets too – they are such an improvement!

 

We are still having occasional incidents of boys deliberately blocking toilets and causing a flood which is very disappointing. I am sure you all think your son would never do such a thing – but someone is so, please talk to them about how horrified you would be if it happened at home.

 

Year 3 have been practising for Harvest and it is lovely to hear them singing in the hall – it was one of the things we missed most during lockdown! Y5 have started swimming too and lots of children have signed up for the Y6 residential. Y4 pupils have made a great start learning to play the ukulele and all these things give a really good picture of the broad and balanced curriculum our staff work so hard to provide. I am very privileged to work with such a committed group of people.

 

Some of my other highlights this week have been:

  • Hearing that the Y6 football team played their first match with real resilience and determination – drawing their first match 4:4!
  • People helping out in a mix of roles to support us with staff absence
  • Y5 children being really thoughtful and reflective about equalities 
  • Meeting Cassie the reading dog in the corridor
  • Seeing the school photos – some of them were gorgeous!
  • Watch Y6 learn from their teacher ‘remotely’
  • Seeing children changing their books in the library

 

A few reminders:

  • Covid is still very much around so please keep your child home if they have any symptoms and get a PCR test.
  • Parking is still a difficult issue and after half term you will receive a penalty notice fine if you drive up Thorncroft /Greenford Roads.
  • School shoes /trainers with uniform should be plain black please.
  • PE joggers /tops should be plain black please.
  • Ties should be worn (unless you are in PE kit or a summer dress!)

 

I am sure like me you will enjoy seeing and hearing about all the events that have been happening in the last four weeks. There is lots of excellent learning visible around school and the children and staff are working hard!

 

There are a few things coming up for you to make a note of:

  • Monday 4th October – Y3 & 5 drop in 3.30-4pm  
  • Tuesday 5th October – Y4 & 6 drop in 3.30-4pm

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COME IN TO YOUR CHILD’S CLASSROOM YOU WILL NEED TO WEAR A MASK

 

  • Wednesday 6th October Y6 residential booking deadline
  • Friday 15th October at 9.15am Y3 Harvest
  • Thursday 21st October – cosy-casual clothes for reading afternoon. See the separate letter.
  • Friday 22nd October and Monday 1st November are Inset days

 

A few reminders:

  • Teaching starts at 8:50am and your child needs to wash their hands; hang up their coat and be ready to learn. Please try to arrive close to 8.40am so they have time to do this!
  •  School footwear with uniform should be plain black. Ties are still compulsory with shirts please.
  • Parking near school is impossible & dangerous  – please use ASDA or Sainsbury’s

Parking!

 

I am afraid after my email last week the parking and driving around school became even worse - upsetting neighbours and other parents. This was despite the weather being warm and dry; we even had cars on the yellow zig zags outside the gates on Friday. 

 

The Council are planning to put in a camera so Penalty Notices will automatically be issued.  

Please use ASDA or Sainsburys car parks and walk to collect your child. 

 

Thank you.

24th September

 

Dear families of RHJ,

 

It has been such lovely weather this week – the children are really enjoying the time outside and we are trying to make the most of it.  Clubs have begun, alongside various sporting trials so the atmosphere is busy and purposeful!

 

There is lots going on, so a few reminders:

 

  • Monday 27th is World Languages Day so children may come to school, not in uniform but in colours, costumes or clothes linked to any country of their choice. A contribution of £1 towards our Friendship project would be appreciated.

 

  • Tuesday 28th – individual and sibling photos will be taken so super smart uniform for everyone please 

 

PE changes – this week only! I’m sorry if this is confusing – changes are to fit in the photos and World Languages events. Please remind other parents who may have forgotten.

 

  • Y3 & Y4 should wear PE kit on Thursday;
  • Y5 should wear trainers & uniform on Tuesday and PE kit on Wednesday
  • Y6 need PE kit on Friday

 

  • If your child doesn’t eat pork – please look at the menu with them and remind them that sausages; ham; hot dogs and pepperoni pizza all contain pork as some seem confused and ask for these.

 

  • Parents are invited to pop into classes to say hello to the teacher and see where their child sits. So we can manage numbers on site, this will be on Monday 4th October for Y3 and Y5; Tuesday 5th October for Y4 & Y6 - between 3.30-4pm. If you are not able to come please don’t worry – there will be a presentation from each year group in their Google Classroom with photos and key information. This is not a parents’ evening – just a drop in. Please wear a mask.

 

  • Y6 parents – spaces on the residential trip must be booked as soon as possible please
  • Y3 parents have received a letter about Harvest on Friday 15th October

 

Parking & Waiting around School - September 2021 

 

I have been approached by one of our neighbours, on behalf of local residents about parking around school, particularly in the afternoons. 


As you know the roads are narrow and largely one way. Turning round is difficult and dangerous when there are people on the pavements.

 

Local residents pay for permits to park on the streets and often find there are no spaces because parents are waiting or that their drives are blocked by parents. This makes for poor relations and reflects badly on the school. Sometimes parents have even been rude to residents or dismissive of their concerns, which is very disappointing. 

 

Please use ASDA or Sainsbury's car parks to park safely and considerately. Your children are quite safe until you arrive. 

 

17th September

 

I have had such a lovely morning popping into classes today. Your children are so settled, polite, smiley and working extremely hard!

  • We began the day with Y6 off to the Bluebell Railway, all dressed as evacuees from WWII
  • Then in Y3 I saw some excellent maths and some super animal sentence writing
  • Y4 were tackling rounding and some problem solving that made me think hard
  • I saw one child supporting another with their maths that made me think she would definitely make a good teacher
  • In Y5 I heard vocabulary like glaring and possessed to describe a rather scary character.
  • One Y5 class were building on place value work from Y3 & 4 and I could see excellent progression

Around 50 children attended choir this week – it is fantastic to be singing again in school. Other clubs will start next week and confirmation of places has been sent. I am sorry if your child was disappointed this time around.

There are a few areas where I would like your help:

  • It is very busy around the gate, especially at the end of the day. Please be aware of other pavement users – we have had near misses with wheelchair /mobility scooters and ordinary scooters. Do not drive up to the school gates even if it is wet or you are late – it is just too dangerous. Please keep your children on the pavement at all times.
  • There have been a few children deliberately spoiling the lovely new toilets – some boys urinating everywhere and blocking the toilet with paper. Please talk to them about behaving in the school toilets as they would at home.
  • Please support your child with reading daily and talking about their books – not just racing to finish! Also aim for 1000 Mathletics points every week J

If you do need to come into the office – please wear a mask as you are not a ‘regular contact’ for staff. You can continue to ring or email the office with queries or use your child’s home contact book.  office@robinhood-junior.org.uk

 

10th September 2021

 

Our first full week has been busy and the children have settled into their classes and their learning, brilliantly.

I am sorry about the technical problems with requesting club places. There are never enough spaces I am afraid but hopefully over the year everyone will get a chance to join a club.

 

What’s going really well so far?

  • Coming into school – nearly everyone is on time and children are washing their hands and coming in sensibly J
  • PE & PE Kit – any colour trainers can be worn on PE days
  • Learning – the children are working hard and enjoying their lessons
  • The new toilets are lovely
  • Playtimes & lunchtime are going well
  • We are keeping up the focus on hand hygiene with regular washing and sanitising

 

What is still in progress?

  • With school uniform - school shoes or trainers should be plain black please.
  • If you can teach your child to tie their laces and their tie we would be so grateful!
  • Clubs should be sorted out soon.
  • We are planning things such as educational trips and visits; Y5 swimming and other school events and will let you know about these separately.
  • We are finding out what the children need in their learning and planning support for this.
  • If you do need to come into the office – please wear a mask as you are not a ‘regular contact’ for staff. You can continue to ring or email the office with queries or use your child’s home contact book.  office@robinhood-junior.org.uk

 

3rd September 2021

Dear Parents & Carers,

It is lovely to see the children back in school and to welcome the new Y3 classes and the pupils who have started other year groups. Thank you for being patient while we establish new routines – it will get quicker!

We are very pleased with the refurbishment of the toilet block over the summer – they look fantastic and Mrs Cookson and Mrs Cirstean have worked so hard to get all the work done whilst the children were on holiday.

 

I thought it would be helpful to set out a few key reminders:

PARENTPAY LOGINS were sent home yesterday for all Y3 pupils and other new starters. Please make sure you set up your account this weekend as this is how you receive all school information and letters (including clubs); pay for lunches; Breakfast Club and school events etc. We hope to send information about clubs over the next couple of weeks so please look out for this as places will be limited.       

                       

  • The gate opens at 8.40am and closes at 8.50am       
  • Everyone finishes at 3.15pm
  • Children will be told which days they have PE and should arrive in PE kit which is:
      • Black shorts
      • School green PE t-shirt
      • Trainers
      • Black joggers & top or sweatshirt (for travelling or the cold)
  • School shoes or trainers should be plain black please
  • We know some people are still waiting for MAPAC uniform orders so please don’t worry. The office have some new ties and PE tops for sale – if you email in they will advise.
  •  

Safety measures:

  • We are keeping up the focus on hand hygiene with regular washing and sanitising
  • Break and lunchtimes are split into Y3&4 and Y5&6; we won’t have whole school assemblies just yet.
  • If your child has Covid 19 symptoms you must keep them at home and get a PCR test.
  • We are limiting visitors on site so please continue to ring or email the office with queries or use your child’s home contact book.  office@robinhood-junior.org.uk

 

I love this picture!

Last day of term is Friday 23rd July

 

  • Y6 should be collected at 11:30pm after their shirt signing. Parents are welcome in the playground from 11.15am to say goodbye to staff.  Younger siblings will remain in school until their year group is dismissed.

Y3, 4 & 5 will have lunch as normal then

  • Y3 to be collected at 1:00pm
  • Y4 to be collected at 1:10pm          
  • Y5 to be collected at 1:20pm.             

 

So, younger siblings will wait safely for their older brothers & sisters on the playground. If someone else is collecting your child, please let the teacher know in the home-school book.

 

September 2021

  • All children are back on Thursday 2nd September.
  • Timings will be – main gate opens at 8.40am; all children should be in by 8.50am and all children will be dismissed at 3.15pm.
  • Breakfast Club and Sutton After School Play Service will run.
  • All children should be in uniform – blazers are now optional; plain black shoes are compulsory.
  • Children will be told at the start of term which days are PE day and on these days they can come in PE kit. This should be plain black top and bottoms and a school PE t shirt. See the website for details.  https://www.robinhood-junior.org.uk/school-uniform/
  • All school equipment will be provided – no pencil cases in school please.
  • Please provide a named set of headphones/ earbuds for your child to use.
  • They only need a small school bag – not a giant backpack!

End of year reports - letter & comment form

NON - UNIFORM DAY - THIS WEDNESDAY!

 

On Wednesday 7th July children are invited to come into school in non-uniform clothing. This is to celebrate the enjoyment so many people are getting from the Euro Football tournament so this time football shirts (from any team or nation) will be allowed!

 

Of course, children don’t have to wear a football shirt - any casual clothes are allowed but please make sure they are suitable for a busy school day. This means warm enough; not exposing /revealing too much and comfortable & safe to run around in!

 

No donation is needed – it is just for fun.

 

2nd July 2021

 

Dear families of Robin Hood Juniors,

 

In the same breath this week I have heard people say ‘How can it be July already?’ and then ‘It is still three weeks till the end of term!’ I am very aware that everyone is tired, children, staff and families as the stresses of the year ease in some ways but in other ways still dominate life. Tempers are a little frayed and friendships are sometimes a challenge. We always work with the children to help them resolve problems rather than just impose a solution and this usually works – even if it takes more time.

 

Y6 went to Sutton High School this week for a fabulous Birds of Prey demonstration – they loved it and we were complimented on their behaviour – as always.  Yesterday our amazing Science Team came 13th out of the whole country, so congratulations to everyone who has represented RHJ this week! The activity weeks are going well and the Y5 pupils have thoroughly enjoyed their dance; science; art work and sports. Next week it is Y4’s turn and I am sure they will enjoy it very much. As I said in the last letter - we cannot now have spectators for sports events or other activity week events as, even outside, the maximum gathering is only 30 people. This week the Y3 and 4 children have been mixing in their new classes and although change is hard for a few pupils, we are confident they will work well in their new groups and add to their friendship circles.

 

A few parents have asked about summer holiday activities. Many people will not be able to go away but there are lots of things that you can do with your children that will make a real difference to them when they return in September.

My top three would be:

  • Read, read, read – go to the library or the charity shop for new books and enjoy them together
  • Learn to swim if you can
  • Get outside on your bike; to the park or the garden as much possible

 

Finally, in my role as Safeguarding Lead I was shown a presentation about a range of social media apps and sites young people are using. To be honest with you it was terrifying, and as a parent I was extremely glad my own children are adults.  I don’t think I should send it to all parents however if you would like to receive it to inform yourself of the very real risks, please email the office using the subject ‘Online Safety’ and I will send it to you.

 

18th June

 

Dear families of Robin Hood Juniors,

 

School has been really busy this week with children in Y3 enjoying i-wonder workshops; Y5 touring the British Museum virtually and some Y6 pupils meeting teachers from their new high schools. Although we are still operating under so many Covid restrictions staff are working hard to make sure the children have as wide a range of experiences as possible. I have attached a poster around growth mindset to help you support your children.

 

I took some School Councillors to Robin Hood Infants on Monday to lead assembly and I was so proud of them. Niamh & Alfie; Kalash & Emily and Leo & Megan shared lots of interesting information about life at RHJ and the Y2 pupils asked questions. They seem a happy and confident bunch and we are looking forward to welcoming them in September.

 

Following the announcement on Monday that restrictions will not now ease until later in July; we have had to change our plans a little. We cannot now have spectators for sports events or other activity week events as, even outside, the maximum gathering is only 30 people. I am sorry if you are disappointed by this but we will take lots of photos and share them on the website. 

 

The term is flying past and there are only five weeks left but there is lots going on!

 

  • Y3, 4 and 5 are looking forward to their Activity weeks; Y6 are rehearsing and recording their production of Romeo & Juliet and transition plans are underway.
  • Years 3 & 4 are moving into new classes and will spend some time in their new groups.
  • Staffing plans for next year are almost complete and there will be a whole school ‘shuffle up day’ in July when children will meet their new teachers.
  • Reports are being prepared and will be with you mid-July.  
  • Y5 parents have received information about applying to High School for 2022. If you have any queries then please contact the School Office.

 

Thank you for supporting us by wearing your mask on site; understanding we are doing our best and the priority is to stay open and for following the guidelines by keeping children at home if they or anyone in the home has symptoms.

Growth Mindset

11th June 2021

 

I hope you had a restful half term break and were able to enjoy the good weather. The majority of children seem rested and keen to learn which is great; I know it can be hard to maintain bedtime when the evenings are warm and light! On these sunny days, please make sure children have a hat with them, sunscreen on in the morning and a water bottle. Sunglasses are ok as long as they carry the ‘CE’ mark but your child must be able to look after them as they can be easily lost or broken.

 

A few children are rather wobbly and we are working to support them in school. I have attached a poster suggesting ways of dealing with an anxious child that you may find helpful. There is also useful advice about managing change on the Young Minds website https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/

 

A few children have been worried about tests – there are no external tests (SATS / multiplication tests) happening this year but we do use a range of internal assessments to add to our overview of where the children are in their learning and to help the teachers plan what to teach. These tests are always part of a bigger picture so please reassure your child of this if they say they are worried. We do not report individual marks or scores as these never tell the whole story. Written reports will come home in July as usual.

 

End of the day – please could adults walk on to the playground but stay behind the cones? When you cut through the pergola it is hard for us to watch the children who have to wait there and also difficult for teachers to see you clearly.

 

Please continue to wear your masks as it is impossible to keep a 2m distance from each other. If you are exempt, please wait outside and just say to the person on the gate – ‘Would you fetch NAME for me please?’ and we will do so as soon as we can. It is embarrassing for us to have to keep asking adults to put them on – please respect the request as it is made in the interests of keeping school open and everyone safe.

 

Covid Symptoms – if anyone at home has symptoms (high temperature, persistent cough, loss of taste /smell) you must isolate as a family and get them tested.

 

We are looking forward to working with you this half term as we try and enjoy the end of a most unusual school year.

 

Helping an Anxious Child

21st May 2021

 

Dear families of Robin Hood Juniors,

I seem to have lots of updates for you this week.

End of the day – from Monday 24th, all children will come out onto the main playground at their staggered times. We will not be using the Studio gate and so Cedar; Maple; Beech and Elm will exit on to the upper playground and will wait there until they are collected. Parents need to wear their masks and come on site to collect.

Walking home alone – if your child has permission to leave school alone, you should talk to them regularly about road safety; sensible behaviour in a public place and the need to go straight home, as agreed with you.

Individual Music lessons – Sutton Music service would like to restart these and there is a short form to express an interest here: https://forms.gle/so6V5Xt4be7SzjCg9‚Äč

Y6 Activity Week – this is next week so please read all the information sent and we would be grateful if you could make the contribution requested on Parent Pay. Other activity weeks are after half term.

Bubbles Closing - You will know we had to close a Y4 class this week just as the Y5 class returned L. If this happens it is really important that the children do isolate; they should be staying at home unless there is an emergency. It is also important that if your child is isolating for whatever reason but is not unwell, that you try and keep the routines of a school day going. Ideally please get them up and send them to bed as if it were a school day; tackle online learning in a the ‘school day’ and keep expectations high.

Covid Symptoms – if any of your children has symptoms (high temperature, persistent cough, loss of taste /smell) you must isolate as a family and get them tested.

Friday 28th May – we have a storytelling workshop in school so Y3 pupils will all finish at 3.15pm and we will hold onto older siblings until then. Children are back in school on Tuesday 8th June.

Library Books - We could win £5000 worth of books for our school library if you nominated us here:

https://www.nationalbooktokens.com/schools?utm_source=nbt&utm_medium=email&utm_content=schools-prize&utm_campaign=20210506_schools

 

14th May 2021

 

Dear families of Robin Hood Juniors,

 

Eid Mubarak to all those of you celebrating. In assembly with Y5 this week we thought about the freedoms we enjoy in the UK including the freedom to worship and how important this is to us all, particularly in a week that celebrates Eid ul Fitr; Ascension Day and Shavuot. Y5 have worked with the Sutton Schools Christian Workers this week too and enjoyed the workshops very much.

 

I am sure everyone is looking forward to the relaxation of the restrictions next week but many of you, like us, are a little apprehensive. You will be aware we have had a Y5 class closed for the last 10 days and that the Infant school have had several cases.  We are trying really hard to maintain all the controls required in order to stay open and to keep school as relaxed and normal as possible - but I do need your support.

 

  • If your child is unwell with any of the Covid symptoms – keep them home and get them tested.
  • If anyone at home is unwell with any Covid symptoms – keep them home and get them tested.
  • If someone tests positive at home without symptoms – let us know; collect your child immediately and get them tested.

 

I know parents don’t want their child missing school unnecessarily but acting cautiously and quickly may prevent us closing a class of 30 children and several adults. For the same reason, please continue to wear your masks on site and take the relaxation of rules next week, slowly!

 

Some of School Council have been talking to Ms Hanoman Singh about what it is like to be a learner at RHJ and their answers are delightful. We will be discussing their views and taking them on board!

 

  • It is really fun learning here! It is fantastic the way that the teachers explain things. Any future pupil will love it here!

 

  • I think that this school is really good. Although the teachers are strict (which they have to be), they are also fun and they explain the learning thoroughly.

 

  • It was a rough start to Year 4 due to Covid 19, but once we got back into our routine, it was fine. Maths has been hard for me but I’m getting better at it and that makes me happy.

 

 

  •  I love being a learner here but I’m not so keen on lessons like Geography which are quite long and not very amusing. However, I like Maths, P.E and Art because they are quicker and more interesting.

 

  • It’s really fun being a learner here because I learn new things. Some lessons could be more creative and use more team work.

 

  • Being a learner here is great! The topics are always interesting. I would, however, like to decide where I am most comfortable sitting during the lessons as sometimes I find the carpet a little hard to sit on after a while.

 

 

Last, but definitely not least, we are so proud of Y3 who raised a phenomenal £1065 for local hospitals by completing 100 laps of the playground. They will be represented at a ceremony later this term where a cheque will be handed over by all the schools that took part. Thank you to Y3 parents and families who supported them in raising such a huge amount.  

7th May 2021

 

Dear families of Robin Hood Juniors,

 

I hope you enjoyed the extra day at the weekend despite the rather unseasonal weather on Monday. I went for an outside lunch with a friend and the wind was so strong my coffee blew out of the cup and into my face! It wasn’t much fun but it made a good story for assembly J.

 

Y3-5 have a weekly year group assembly and it is lovely to be together as a group. Y3 & Y4 assemblies this term have been all about the wonderful things we enjoy, living in the UK. We have learned about native birds, flowers and mammals; famous landmarks; important role models and how we welcome strangers. Y5 assemblies have looked at rights and responsibilities fundamental to our society such as respect for each other and the environment; making judgements about people which may sometimes be wrong and most recently diversity, charity and privilege.

 

Our four day week has been busy again – it is wonderful to see how hard the children are working and that they are enjoying their learning. There is a real sense of purpose in classrooms and the majority of children are focused and are developing their skills. All the staff are working hard to make the school days as challenging and interesting as possible, despite the restrictions still in place. Sadly we had to close a Y5 class this week so please, if you are in any doubt about your child’s symptoms, keep them home and get a test!

 

A few pupils are still finding it hard to adjust and I would ask that you persevere with lots of fresh air and reasonable bedtimes. Playing computer games and watching Youtube clips can be fun in short bursts but what they need is face to face social interactions, exercise and good relationships.

 

This week we enjoyed a visit from a reading dog called Indy and his human called Di who is trained to support children’s reading confidence. It was such a joy to see the children with him, basking in the sunshine in the library, and really lovely to hear her positive comments about our school. Photos will follow in the next newsletter. Y3 sponsorship money is still coming in but looks as if they will have raised an awesome amount for local hospitals so we are very proud of them! A grand total will follow when we have it.

 

Thank you for all your help with masks on site; correct uniform & black shoes; gate changes and getting school back to as  ‘normal’ as possible. Please don’t drive up the road past the Studio gate even if you are late – turning round is so dangerous and terrifies me!

30th April 2021

 

Dear families of Robin Hood Juniors,

 

It has been a busy week in school! Inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore, Y3 have been completing their marathon walk around the playground – walking 20 laps each day to make 100 over the week to raise money for Epsom & St Helier Hospital. I joined them one afternoon and it was delightful to chat to them and hear their views as we walked round, and round!

 

Yesterday Mrs Douglas led the Science Team to a fantastic 8th place in the regional heat of the National Science Quiz. There were 48 teams in our heat, most from independent schools, and our team of Adish, Kush, Kyra and Virginia were fantastic. They are through to the grand final in July so a huge well done to Mrs Douglas and the team.

Thank you for making sure the children wear correct uniform. Just to be clear, with school uniform they should wear all black shoes or trainers. On PE day they can wear any suitable trainers with their PE kit which should be their RHJ t-shirt; black shorts and as plain as possible jogging bottoms / leggings and a sweatshirt or hoodie. Summer dresses should be green & white, checks or stripes are both fine.

I have been grumbling this week at the younger year groups, Y3&4, about their behaviour at lunchtime. We have very few ‘rules’ at RHJ but I do expect the following as good manners:

 

  • Children are quiet when an adult is speaking to them.
  • They don’t talk with their mouth full of food.
  • Everyone says please and thank you.

Please reinforce this at home so that lunchtime can be pleasant and grumble free for us all.

Coming up before half term we have Y6 activities week and some story telling sessions booked. Activity weeks for other year groups will be in the second half of the summer term. End of year reports will be with you in early July and you will have received a letter from your child’s year group about their current focus and how you can help. As always, you are the person who makes the most difference to your child’s learning so your support is vital.  

 

Monday 26th April 

It was lovely to share assembly with Y3 and Y4 today - I am enjoying seeing them every week. This week Y3 thought about many Brilliant Britons and we found that many of them had different cultural, ethnic or heritage backgrounds but chose to live in Brilliant Britain. 

Y4 explored famous landmarks of the UK and it was lovely to hear who had visited some of them. 

23rd April 2021

 

Dear families of Robin Hood Juniors,

 

It has been a gloriously sunny week to start the term and it has been lovely to see the children back. They are looking very smart in their uniforms and black shoes – thank you.

 

A few parents have asked about restarting clubs, outside music lessons, sports clubs and other changes to our risk assessment as the rate of infection reduces. At the moment the DFE guidance for schools hasn’t changed so we are still expected to keep the children in ‘as small a bubble as possible’. We hope that perhaps after the 17th May, the restrictions will be lifted which will give us more scope.

 

In the recent survey some parents said they liked the staggered starts and finishes however this does have a huge impact on teaching time so, when we can, we will probably go back to our original school day timings. I also asked parents about the uniform and many people like the children coming in PE kit on PE days, so we are looking to continue this. If there’s something you feel should or shouldn’t continue – do email me via the office.

 

Other news – all year groups are planning events for the summer term so look out for letters from your child’s year group. Y3 are completing a sponsored walk inspired by Captain Tom; Y6 are ‘walking to Verona’ to link with their end of year production. Other year groups are busy planning and will let you know as soon as they can what is coming up. We will need to ask for contributions for these events as our budget has taken some major hits with Covid costs and some changes and delays to the way government funds schools.

 

You will have received a letter from your child’s teachers outlining how the children have settled back in and how the year team would like you to support with learning. We know that some children are still tired, some are struggling with social skills and friendships and many need to get back to some normality. In school we are doing as much as we can to reduce screen time, get outside and work on social and collaborative tasks so please do this at home too. It is really important that they see grandparents and other family or friends; ride their bikes, play in the park or the garden and get to bed at a reasonable time, as their mental and physical well-being is the key to their learning.

 

Thank you for all your support; wearing your masks on site and for the kind comments which often make our day!

 

31st March 2021

 

What a term this has been! It feels in some ways as if we have done a whole academic year since January and I know children and staff are all exhausted.

 

I hope you enjoyed Friday’s newsletter with a taste of school life for the first time in ages.

Today Mrs Rose and I enjoyed the Y4 Easter assemblies which were great.  This is a challenging story to tell and they showed all the emotions of Holy Week. The children all acted and sang beautifully and we were so pleased they were able to perform for the first time in many months. There will be some photos put up soon and I am sorry you weren’t able to join us.

 

Looking ahead to next term:

 

  1. All children are expected back on Monday 19th April and the current timings will still apply.
  2. I would like to see all the children in correct uniform if possible and plain black school shoes or trainers.  
  3. On PE days they can come in school PE kit, which is black shorts and a green school t-shirt. They should wear plain tracksuit bottoms or leggings, a sweatshirt or hoodie and trainers as they are travelling to school in it. We are considering adding something plain and inexpensive to the uniform list from September.

 

Finally may I wish you all a restful holiday. If you are celebrating the Christian Easter weekend or marking Passover or Ramadan then we wish you peace and joy. Please keep safe and well, I don’t think we could bear another school closure just as a little normality is returning!

 

Thank you for your support this term, for us and for your children, it makes so much difference.

 

26th March 2021

 

My highlight of the week was hearing Y3 and Y4 singing in the Hall and on the playground! For the first time in ages school felt completely normal, despite all the restrictions and procedures still in place.

Last week I asked parents to talk to their children about kindness and respect towards others. On the whole they have adjusted back well but we are seeing them struggle with two things – the first is their interactions with other children (being rough or unkind) and the second is tiredness. Hopefully over the holiday they will be able to have garden or park play dates with other children that will help them and plenty of fresh air and early nights. This is a useful guide to the new rules: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/health-56526587

Thank you if you have been kind and respectful in your communication with staff too. We know people are under strain but politeness, positivity and wearing a mask on site cost nothing and make life much more pleasant for us all.

Attendance for some children has been wobbly and I have had a number of requests for ‘holidays’ to visit family abroad. I cannot authorise holiday in term time and as attendance is now compulsory – penalty notices may be issued.  All children need to be in school unless they are unwell or your family have to isolate.

Yesterday and this morning there were situations where parents completed dangerous turns in the road and there were children unsupervised on the pavements. You should not come up Thorncroft Road past Greenford Road as it is impossible to turn round safely and you should not leave your children outside without an adult. I don’t know how many different ways I can say this before there is an accident. 

We have been discussing some potential changes arising from the lockdown and would appreciate your views. There is a short survey to gather your views. If you could complete one per family before the end of term, this would help our planning.

You may have noticed the website has a bit of a new look – we are trying to make it simpler and easier to navigate. It is not finished yet so any feedback you have is welcome. Huge thanks to Mrs Rix and Mrs Shan who have worked so hard on this and some parents who have helped too. You may need to clear your browser cache to see the new layout properly.

At RHJ we are all learners and I am pleased to share two pieces of news. You will see below that Mrs Burlingsby graduated as our first Chartered Teacher and Mrs Benjamin has taken her first steps towards teacher training by enrolling on a degree course which is very exciting too. We are very proud of our staff for taking these steps to develop their practice as it benefits us all and particularly your children. 

Next week we are pleased to welcome Mrs Warren back from maternity leave. She will be supporting across the school and working with Mrs Pitman on literacy.

We finish for Easter on Wednesday 31st March and the timings for going home will be:

  • Y3 at 1pm
  • Y4 at 1.10pm
  • Y5 at 1.20pm
  • Y6 at 1.30pm  - (Younger children can wait for the older ones to finish)

School starts back on Monday 19th April at the usual staggered times:

  • Y6 arrive at 8.30am and leave at 2.45pm
  • Y5 arrive at 8.40am and leave at 2.55pm
  • Y4 arrive at 8.50am and leave at 3.05pm
  • Y3 arrive at 9.00am and leave at 3.15pm
 

Clubs run by outside providers are still on hold because of the government guidance but Breakfast and the After School Club are continuing on the same basis as before.

 

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