New Starters

16.7.21 - Phone calls to parents

Last week, we rang all parents of children starting in Reception in September 2021. If we were unable to contact you, we left a message informing you of your child's class and teacher. If you have not yet received a phone call or an answerphone message, please contact the school office who will pass a message onto your child's new teacher (Mrs Ryan or Mrs Marshall) so that they can phone you early next week. If you received an answerphone message, and would like to speak to your child's new teacher, please contact the school office so we can arrange for them to phone you on Monday 19th or Tuesday 20th July.

Please note: The school office will be closed from Wednesday 21st July so please email rather than phoning if you contact school after this.

School phone number: 01949 837422
Office email: office@rmischool.co.uk

Thank you

23rd June 2021 - Welcome Meeting for new starters

Hopefully, you will have received a letter with information regarding the unfortunate cancellation of the welcome meeting and transition visit to school, following on from the most recent government advice. Therefore we have recorded the information we would have shared with you during the meeting.

Please use this link to access our YouTube page (link: Robert Miles YouTube), where you will find a welcome from the head teacher (direct link: Head Teacher's Welcome) and an information presentation from the Early Years leader, Kelly Ryan (direct link: RMI Welcome Meeting - KR).

During the week beginning 5th July, your child's class teacher will phone you to inform you about which class your child will be in and to find out more information about them, from a parent's perspective. It will also be an opportunity for you to discuss any concerns or ask any questions. Confirmation of which class your child will be in will be sent via email or a letter in the post.

Thank you

Kelly Ryan

(Early Years Leader)

***Please scroll done the page for further information about our school and for answers to some frequently asked questions.***

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28th May 2021 - Letter sent to parents

Dear Parents / Carers

We are thrilled to be welcoming back so many families who have already had or have older siblings at our school and offer a warm welcome to all our new families too. We would like to take the opportunity to reassure you that we are working on plans for the transition of our new starters into Robert Miles Infants, in September. We understand how important the transition process is for settling children into school and that it can be an anxious time for children and parents, especially given the current situation. We have already been in contact with staff at the pre-schools to find out about the children and share information between settings. You should have received a welcome pack, through the post or via pre-schools / siblings in school. Please contact the school office if you have not received one.

Although later in the year than usual, we are hoping to be able to offer a face-to-face welcome meeting for parents. The provisional date for this meeting will be Wednesday 23rd June at 5.30pm in the school hall. If this is unable to go ahead, we will either arrange an online meeting or send through a pre-recorded presentation with information about the school and the children’s first year.

We usually offer a series of transition visits, including a Stay and Play session with parents and 2-3 afternoon visits for the children. Due to current circumstances, we are only able to offer 1 transition visit this year, at a time when we can ensure it will only be the new starters in the Reception classrooms. This will take place on Wednesday 7th July, 9.15am-10.45am and will be an opportunity for the children to meet their teacher and see the school environment. The children will bring home letters with information about which class they will be in and who their teacher will be.

In the meantime, you can watch a video with a virtual tour around the Reception classrooms and the outside area on our YouTube channel. Please follow this link to access the video, and share it with your child: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P56UJ3SGUH0&t=3s


If you would like to find out more information about our school, you could visit our website: https://www.rmischool.co.uk/. There is a section, specifically for parents of new starters, which can be found on the second line of the menu at the top of the page. Here, you will find information we have already shared, as well as additional information in the coming weeks and months. You could also visit our YouTube channel, which has videos of stories that some of the Reception staff read to the children during lockdown. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC07jy-pOOMt1w8YkMh5ynA

If you haven’t already, please return the completed admission form, various consent forms and a copy of your child’s birth certificate, as we will be unable to accept children into school until we have this information.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to meeting and working with you all.

Yours sincerely

Kelly Ryan

Early Years Leader.

Please scroll done the page for further information about our school and for answers to some frequently asked questions.

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21.4.21 - Letter sent to parents / carers of children who have been offered a place to start in Reception (September 2021):

We are very pleased to welcome you and your child to Robert Miles Infant School.

If you have not done so already, please ensure you accept the place offered to you via NCC School Admissions. Until you do this, your school place is not confirmed. Details on how to do this are on the email or letter you received confirming your place, but if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.

We hope to offer a face to face welcome meeting for parents and some transition visits for the children later in the year, depending on further guidance from the government in the coming weeks and months. Further information will be sent out to you at some point after May 17th 2021, in line with the next stage of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

In the meantime, we will soon be sending out a welcome pack. The ‘Information for New Children Starting Foundation Stage’ booklet contains information about arrangements for September 2021 and key information, such as school uniform and details about the school day. When you receive the pack, please return the admissions forms as soon as possible. This is key in providing us with your email address as this will be our primary form of contact with you. Please also include a copy of your child’s birth certificate and signed copies of the various consent forms when returning the pack.

We are thrilled to be welcoming back so many families who have already had or have older siblings at our school and look forward to meeting all our new families too. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please scroll done the page for further information about our school and for answers to some frequently asked questions.

Thank you

Kelly Ryan

EYFS Leader

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Are you thinking of joining us in September 2021?

Welcome to anyone who is considering joining Robert Miles Infants School.

Applications open on the 9th November. The deadline for applications is January 15th 2021.

The Nottinghamshire County Council website has information to guide you through the process and you can apply online through this site.

The council have produced a useful guide for parents which can be found by clicking the link below:

NCC admission to schools- a guide for parents.

Due to restrictions regarding people coming in to school we are unable to offer school tours at the moment. For a flavour of our school please look at our promotional video on the front page of the website (scroll down towards the bottom) or visit our school YouTube channel

Robert Miles Infants YouTube channel

Here you will find a selection of stories read by Our Reception teachers Mrs Ryan, Mrs Marshall and Mrs Jacques for children to enjoy. There is also a tour of the Reception classrooms and the playground: Click here.

Frequently asked questions.

What size are the classes?

As we are an infant school class size is capped at 30. There are 6 classes in school. They are all named after trees- Willow, Maple, Cedar, Beech, Oak, Sycamore. Willow and Maple are our Reception classes. When the children start they are assigned to one class, but during the day there are opportunities for 'free flow' into both classrooms to experience the full range of provision. They also share their own outdoor area.

How do you teach the reading/phonics?

We use the 'Read Write Inc scheme to teach phonics and reading. This is a structured programme that teaches children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension. They learn to form each letter, spell correctly, and compose their ideas step-by-step. They experience success from the very beginning. We use lively phonic based books in the lessons, which are closely matched to their increasing knowledge and as children re-read the stories, their fluency increases.

What happens at the end of Year 2?

At the end of Year 2 the children move over to the Junior School. It is unusual that a child leaves at the end of year 2 and goes to a different school, unless they move house. Although we are separate schools we have strong links with the Juniors and ensure that during the last term of Year 2 that there is a program of events that offers opportunities to visit the school and new teachers. Throughout the year we try to link up with the Juniors- they help us with Sports day, we watch each others school plays etc... Our teachers also liaise to make sure that our curriculums match and that the children leave us being 'Junior ready'.

What lunches are on offer?

Our catering company is Aspens. They are able to offer a menu that gives the children choices and operates on a three weekly cycle. The children can choose from a hot meal, a vegetarian meal, a jacket potato or a school packed lunch (please note at the moment choices are limited due to operational restrictions as a result of COVID). We have just moved to an online ordering system where you are sent a link each week to order you child's choices for the following week. Alternatively you can send your own packed lunch from home.

Are there any clubs for the children to join?

We offer a mixture of lunchtime and after school clubs. These change a little from year to year but have included

  • puzzle club,
  • sewing,
  • computers,
  • mindfulness,
  • writing club,
  • bible club,
  • Spanish,
  • multi skills.
Do you have any wrap around care?

We have a breakfast and after school club called 'KoolKidz.' The club aims to provide a safe and secure and relaxed environment for the children in our care.

  • Opening Times: Monday-Friday
  • Breakfast club 7.30am-8.45am
  • Afterschool club 3.20-6pm
  • For enquiries: Telephone Kool Kidz mobile number: 07908 913 810
  • Email: spharoah@rmischool.co.uk

The BBC have a great selection of resources about starting school...

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/collections/starting-primary-school/1

If you would like any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch either by email (office@rmischool.co.uk) or phone (01949 837 422).

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