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22.05.2020 - Phased Wider Opening of School

Dear Parent/Carers,

Phased wider opening from Tuesday 2nd June 2020

Since the announcement from the Prime Minister informing us that schools would be opening to more pupils from Monday 1st June, we have been working hard to try and adhere to the constantly changing guidance that has been released. At the heart of what we are doing is the safety and wellbeing of the pupils, staff and families of Lakeside.

Firstly, school will open on Tuesday 2nd June 2020, to Reception and Key Worker Children only.  The reason for this decision is down to how we have had to configure the classroom in school and the staffing capacity we currently have. It is hoped that in the coming weeks, we may be able to increase wider to include Year 1 but this will again depend on staffing. We will be constantly reviewing the process and when we can safely accommodate the children of Year 1 as a year group, we shall. We shall NOT be opening to Nursery or Year 6 as a whole year group due to the measure highlighted above. If you are a Key Worker and you have children in any year group, we shall be able to offer your child a place (including Nursery).

I would also state that in order to protect pupils and staff further, we shall be operating a ‘Bubble’ system in school. This is to minimise the amount of contact children have in school with other children and staff. The pupils will be in these bubbles for the remainder of the academic year. Again, due to the issues I have mentioned above, it may mean that your child is not with their usual class teacher. Unfortunately this in unavoidable due to the capacity of staff we have available.

When your child/ren come into school it will be very different to how they left it. School as we know it will not be the same due to the measure that we have to put in place. However, what will remain is our commitment to nurture and support the pupil’s wellbeing during this time. The nurturing nature of the staff at Lakeside in unrivalled and I know it will be at the forefront of what we do as a school.

To coin a phrase ‘we are living in unprecedented times’ and I know that many parents will be feeling anxious about their children returning. As a parent myself, I feel those anxieties too so in order for you to be informed of what we are planning in school, I urge you to read the action plan and look at the classroom layouts that I have posted on the website. It details the measure we are putting in place. It does include provision for Year 1 although I must stress again that in the initial few week we shall be opening to Reception and Key Workers ONLY. We have tried to cover as many eventualities and scenarios as possible while adhering to the government guidance. Please use it to hopefully allay any fears and make an informed decision.

If your children are returning to the school, we ask that parents in the year groups stated (Reception and Key Workers initially) inform the school office of their intention to send their children back to school no later than Wednesday 27th May 2020. Please inform the school via email: or alternatively by phone: 01827 213990. Please leave a message if no one answers stating:

  • your child’s full name,
  • their year group
  • and/or if they are a key worker pupil.

If we do not hear from parents we shall assume that your child is not returning on Tuesday 2nd June 2020 and will not allocate your child into a particular ‘Bubble’. We will let parents know by text message on Friday 29th May which Bubble their child is in.

Finally, I would like to thank all parents/carers for your continued support and understanding. The messages of support on twitter and through the emails have been greatly appreciated by not just me but the wider staff also. I would also personally like to say how much I have missed you all and I wish that we were all returning to school under different conditions and circumstances. For those that do return, I am looking forward to seeing you again. For those that are not coming back, I urge you to continue accessing the home learning grids as these will still be available. I also encourage you to keep sharing your learning experiences via the school twitter or email so we can be part of your learning.

I am looking forward to the day when we shall all look back on these strange times and marvel at what we have all been through. Hopefully it will be in the not too distant future. Until then stay safe and look after each other.

Yours sincerely,


Mr N. Probert



For Lakeside Wider Opening Action Plan please click here.

For Classroom 'Bubble' Layout please click here.

For Mr Probert's Wider Opening letter please click here.

For Open Letter to parents/cares from Staffordshire County Council please click here.

18.05.2020 - Breaking News

Home learning for this week has been set by the class teachers and you will be able to access this using the Learning tab followed by you child's year group.

11.05.2020 - Letter to Parents:

Please click here for letter from Mr Probert

11.05.2020 - A Message for Year 6

To all our Year Sixes at Lakeside,

As SATs week arrives it is not quite the same,

The tests that were printed this year never came,

The displays all still up; walls full of Maths ‘rules’,

But Year Six as we know it looks very different in schools.


For some of you, happiness, lots of relief,

For others, a sigh of pure disbelief,

That you worked really hard in advance of this week,

Expected and Greater Depth marks you did seek.


Algebra, fractions, the times tables drills,

Inference, retrieval, in-depth reading skills,

Past, present, progressive…and all the GPS terms,

You’ve mastered them over the years.


Fear not though, the SATs, yes, won’t happen this term,

But remember tests don’t measure everything you learn,

Primary subjects are varied; you’ve always tried your best,

And many of those skills that you’ve gained can’t be defined by a test.


So, here at Lakeside, you’ve made us so proud,

We sit here with pride and we shout this out loud…

“Year 6 you amaze us, you’ve come incredibly far…

And we don’t need a test to see how amazing you are!”


From all of us at Lakeside Primary School xx

11.05.2020 - Breaking News

Home learning for this week has been set by the class teachers and you will be able to access this using the Learning tab followed by you child's year group.

04.05.2020 - Breaking News

Home learning for this week has been set by the class teachers and you will be able to access this using the Learning tab followed by you child's year group. Don't forget to read the post from 01.04.2020 (below) explaining how we are intending to celebrate this momentous occasion.


01.04.2020 - VE Day Celebrations (Friday 8th May 2020)


VE Day Celebrations!

Next Friday, 8th May, marks the 75th anniversary of VE day. The Royal British Legion have posted lots of fabulous ideas and ways we can all learn about VE day and join in with celebrations while still following the National social distancing guidelines. The link for all the educational resources and suggested celebrations is below.

Our favourite suggestion is the UK-wide sing-a-long to Dame Vera Lynn's 'We'll meet again'. The British Legion are asking us all to learn the words to the famous song and sing it all together on Friday evening - maybe even as part of your own VE day stay-at-home isolation party!

So, our challenge to you all is this - learn about and celebrate VE day in your house, with your family (#stayathome); make some decorations and decorate inside or out! Practise 'We'll meet again' and join in the sing-along next Friday and most importantly, photograph and video your celebrations and your sing-alongs and post them on the special thread we will start next Friday on Twitter! If singing is not your thing, perhaps mime to Vera as she sings in the background?

Below is the link to the British Legion sing-a-long website and a video of Dame Vera Lynn singing the song live for World War II soldiers. We’ve also attached the lyrics to help you practise! 

We hope you enjoy learning about VE Day and why it is so important for us to remember and celebrate. Some of the staff are joining in and we will post their videos and photos for you to see (although we might have to mute the volume for the singing)!

Please share so everyone can join in and celebrate! 

Take care and stay safe everyone! We miss you!

For 'We'll Meet again' lyrics, please click here

01.04.2020 - Safeguarding and Child Protection

During the COVID-19 Pandemic we are still performing our safeguarding duties for all the children at Lakeside. We are asking parents to also remain vigilant and request that if you do have any safeguarding concerns regarding any children at school, please share your concerns with us by emailing the school safeguarding team:

27.04.2020 - Breaking News

CONTACTING SCHOOL OFFICE - Please continue to contact the school if you have any issues or need support in anyway. The best way to do this is through email ( as these are monitored more regularly. However, if you would prefer to speak to someone, the phones will be manned from 8:30am - 10:30am Monday to Friday.

Home learning for this week has been set by the class teachers and you will be able to access this using the Learning tab followed by your child's year group. Additionally, to support pupils further with their mathematical understanding, we have signed up to a maths game called NUMBOTS. This is primarily aimed at KS1 pupils and will help children practice their counting as well as addition and subtraction skills. For further details on how to access the resource, please click here!

For all Nursery Pupils who are visiting the website, there is now a dedicated page for parents to access any learning activities posted by Miss Collins and Mrs Purshouse. Please go to the 'Learning' tab above and click on the 'Nursery' link.

Finally, please don't forget to continue to share your experiences of 'home learning.' We are missing you all terribly and I know all the staff enjoy seeing what you are getting up to. You can upload them to Twitter or alternatively, email them into you class teachers/office using the email address provided.

20.04.2020 - Breaking News

Home learning for this week has been set by the class teachers and you will be able to access this using the Learning tab followed by you child's year group.

School will continue to be closed on Monday 20th April 2020 but will open to Critical Workers and Vulnerable pupils from Tuesday 21st April 2020.

We have also received information from Staffordshire County Council regarding parents and children still accessing medical provision during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Paediatricians want to send out a clear message to parents and carers: 'If your child is unwell, we want to see them - we don't want parents to wait or to worry.' For further guidance and the access the newsletter, please click here.

13.04.2020: School Closures

School will be closed this week on the following dates:

Monday 13th April, 2020

Thursday 16th April, 2020

Friday 17th April, 2020

Home learning will begin again week beginning 20th April 2020. 

03.04.2020: No Home Learning Set During Easter Holidays!

Dear Parents/Carers,

During the Easter holidays there will be no specific home learning set by teachers for your children to complete. We would like you to take this time as an opportunity to relax and try to enjoy the time together without the pressure of being 'teacher.' That said, the teachers have come together to provide you with some Easter themed activities if you wish to access them. I must stress there is no requirement to complete them but we thought you may like some things to do if boredom does begin to set in. If you would like to see some of the activities that have been suggested, please click here. In the meantime, during the Easter break, we would still love to see what you get up to so please continue to post on Twitter and send emails to school or your class teacher using the emails previously provided.

Home learning will resume and be set for the week beginning 20th April 2020. Please come back to the website then to see what the teachers have planned. Additionally, I have added some new websites to the Resources Page located in the Parents Tab. This includes a link to Walsall ICT who we work closely with at Lakeside. They have made available a host of different links that parents can access to support learning as well as provide advice. There is also a link to BBC Bitesize following their announcement today.

From Monday 20th April, BBC Bitesize will be conducting English and Mathematics lessons for each year group from Year 1 to Year 10. They will also be providing a whole host of different support materials not just focussing on academic support but also looking at how to help young people deal with the lack of social interaction. I hope you will find these materials useful but as I have stressed previously, we are always here for you. School will remain open during the holiday period to support critical workers so if you do just want to call to check in for a chat, please do not hesitate. If we can help in any capacity, we shall.

Finally, I would like to wish you all a happy and peaceful Easter, stay safe and continue to look after one another.

Best Wishes,

Mr Probert

01.04.2020: Message for Key Worker Parents 

School is closed tomorrow (02.04.2020) as no parents require the childcare provision. School will reopen to Key Worker children on Friday (03.04.2020).


School will be open to pupils of Key Workers over the Easter period including the bank holidays of Good Friday and Easter Monday.


Since all schools closed nationally on the 23rd March 2020, pupil numbers of Key Worker children accessing the provision at Lakeside has fallen. In order to safeguard children, not overstaff the provision and ensure we follow Government Guidelines on social distancing and not taking unessential journeys, could all Key Workers conform with school no later than 24 hours in advance of when they are planning on using the service. This can be done through phoning the school office between 9:00am and 3:15pm (daily) or through the school email address


Can I also remind you that Government Guidelines still state that if you can look after your children at home, then please do so. The childcare service is an emergency provision.



Mr Probert



Home learning for this week has been set by the class teachers and you will be able to access this using the Learning tab followed by you child's year group.



26.03.2020: Open Letter to SEND Parents

Vicki Ford MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families - has written an open letter addressed to all SEND pupils in the country. Please click here to see what she has said. 

25.03.2020: Nursery Leanring

Miss Collins and Mrs Purshouse are missing our Nursery children so much! They wish they could be with the children and share in their learning journey. Until they can do this in person, Miss Collins has set some activities that Parents may be able to have a go at. We hope you enjoy learning with your children:

  1. Put a small toy/coin into a yoghurt pot with water and freeze them. Encourage the children to think of how they could rescue the toy/find the treasure. 
  2. Make a den.
  3. Use paintbrushes and water to draw rainbows, faces, shapes, numbers, letters on fences, paths and patios.
  4. Make Easter cards.
  5. Musical show and tell - put on a show for your family (good luck with this one).
  6. Look at the changes in the environment in your garden and talk about the changes in Spring.
  7. Complete a shape hunt around your house or garden - find shapes in everyday objects.
  8. Water play in the garden.
  9. Lego building challenge - build a house for the Easter Bunny.
  10. Go on a bear hunt - role play the story around your house and garden.

24.03.2020: Advice and Support for Parents regarding COVID-19

We have received some information from Staffordshire County Council giving advice on how parents can support their children both physically and mentally during the school closures. Please click here to see the advice.

23.03.2020: Critical/Key Worker Childcare

For those parents who are accessing the childcare for critical/key workers, parents may 'dip in and dip out' of the emergency provision within the hours of the school day (8:45am - 3:15pm). Please keep your children at home until you need to access the provision. Additionally, please feel free to come and collect your children before the end of the school day if you need to. If you are dropping off or collecting within the school day, please come to the main school office. If children are being dropped off and collected at the normal time, please drop off and collect from outside the ICT room door (through the small red gates off the car park). Parents may use the staff car park if they are accessing the childcare provision.

23.03.2020: Free School Meal (FSM) update

School will still be providing meals for those who are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM). Unfortunately, this will NOT cover Universal Free School Meals for all children from Reception to Year 2!

For this week, FSM will be in the form of a ‘Grab Bag’. Your child’s name will be on the bag so you know which lunch to collect.

The FSM will be available from the Main School Office Reception area and available for collection between 12:00pm and 1:00pm.  We are asking that each day you contact school by 11:00am, stating your child’s name to confirm that you will require a FSM.  This will enable us not to waste food.  We ask that where possible, one person comes and collects the food between 12:00pm and 1:00pm to minimise social contact. Additionally, we are also asking that you stick to the guidance set out by Government and observe the two metre/6 foot social distancing directive if there are other people collecting food at the same time.

From next Monday (30.03.2020), FSM children will be provided with a ‘Hamper’ which will include essential food items (e.g. loaf of bread, butter & a filling, crisps & a snack bar).  One hamper per child will be provided.  If you intend on taking this offer up, please could you confirm this with the school office so we know how many to provide.  Confirmation will be needed by 11:00am on Wednesday 25th March 2020. Once you have confirmed we shall create hampers on a weekly basis until you cancel the order. There will be no need to phone weekly to order the hamper.  Again, you will need to collect these from the school office between 12:00pm and 1:00pm on Monday each week and follow the guidance stated above when collecting these hampers.

Again, we thank you for your support in this matter. If you have any further queries, please call the school office or email on

22.03.2020 - Statement from Mr Probert

Dear Parent/Carers,

Wow! What a strange few days. These are unprecedented times and the last few days and coming weeks are going to be really different for us all. However, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for the support you have shown each other and the school in dealing with these events. It has been amazing to see how so many of you are coping with the school closing by sharing your pictures on twitter. Please could you continue to do this as well as email your teachers or the office so we get to see how all of you are getting on. Please keep sharing as much as you can.

I also want to take the opportunity to speak directly to Year 6, some of which on Tuesday may have been the last time we see each other face to face this school year. I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed that this is not the case but if it is, I make this promise to you all directly that 'We'll meet again'. When this all calms down, we shall make every effort to celebrate your time at Lakeside properly and there will be opportunities for us all to get together to share the years you have had at school.

I know for some of you in Year 6 the cancellation of the SATs will not be something you lose too much sleep over. However, I am disappointed that you won't be able to get the accreditation from the hard work you have put in during your time at Lakeside, particularly over the last few months. Just remember that those that work hard and put the effort in will always get the reward at the end!

Finally, I would like to say that no matter what the next few weeks bring, please remember that we shall continue to be here for you all. I am proud to be the Headteacher of this school and although I'm relatively new to the party, I absolutely love this place and every person connected to the school. If you need anything at all, even just the opportunity to speak and check in; do not hesitate in picking up the phone. At Lakeside we pride ourselves on being a big part of the community and I wish that to continue in whatever capacity we can.

This time will pass and I look forward to seeing you all again on the path in the not too distant future. In the words of Fagan from Oliver Twist 'You can go... But be back soon!'

Stay safe all x

Mr Probert and all at Lakeside


Please click here if your child has been awarded a place in childcare from Monday


Dear Parent/Carers,


School Open to Vulnerable Children and Children of Key Workers


We have received confirmation of the list of job roles that will fall under the ‘Key Worker’ category and the children who will fall under the ‘Vulnerable’ category during the school closures. Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home and every child who can be safely cared for at home should be.


Please, therefore, follow these key principles:

  1. If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  2. If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  3. Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  4. Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  5. Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

The ‘Key worker’ employees work for include:

  • Health and Social Care
  • Education and ChildCare
  • Key Public services
  • Local and National Government
  • Food and other Necessary Goods
  • Public Safety and National Security
  • Transport
  • Utilities, Communication and Financial Services

For a comprehensive list, please follow this link:

  ‘Vulnerable’ children are those who:

  • Have a current or pending Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP)
  • Have an allocated Social Worker
  • Are Looked after children (LAC)
  • Are working with the Local Authority Early Help Team

If you fall into one of the above categories and you DO NOT have any other childcare during the school closure, your child is eligible to attend school during the closure. In order to protect all of our children and ensure we follow Government guidelines on delaying the spread of the Covid-19 virus, we are limited to the number of places we will be able to offer. Please only reply if you have NO OTHER available childcare for your child(ren). If the number of requests exceeds our limit, we will have to prioritise the children and families who are offered the places through a tiered system.

 To ensure that we can adequately staff and safeguard these children, you need to confirm your child’s attendance at school by either:

  • Phoning into school on Friday 20th March 2020 between the hours of 10:00am and 12:00pm (01827 213990) or,
  • sending an email to as soon as possible.

When confirming your place, please include your name, occupation and job role or the category your child falls into, your child(ren’s) names and their year groups.

We will be in touch with everyone who calls or sends an email before the end of the day so you can all be secure in your childcare arrangements for Monday morning.

As always, we thank you for your support and understanding during these difficult times. Please take care of yourselves.

Yours sincerely,

Mr N. Probert and all the Lakeside Staff




Home learning for the rest of the week has been set by the class teachers and you will be able to access this using the Learning tab followed by you child's year group.

Following the announcement made by the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson and confirmed by the Prime Minister this evening, school will be closed for the majority of pupils on Monday. We shall release further information on Friday which will hopefully provide more clarity on this ever evolving situation. Please come back to this page on the website for updates; continue to keep each other safe and as always we value the support you constantly give the school. 

17.03.2020 - SCHOOL CLOSURE!

We have received notice of a 'suspected confirmation' of coronavirus. As a precautionary measure, we have decided to close school for the rest of the week to ensure a thorough clean of the site. The school shall reopen to all on Monday 23rd March 2020.


We remind parents that if your child is not showing signs of Coronavirus:

  1. A temperature above 37.8 degrees and/or;
  2. A new and persistent cough, 

please could you ensure that your child comes back into school. However, if they are, then could parents please follow government guidelines and keep children at home for 14days! 


During the school closure period, if anyone needs to contact the school, please can you do so via the school office email address:


Learning tasks will be set for your child which you shall be able to access from Thursday 20th March 2020. Please use the Learning tab on the website followed by your child's year group to access the instructions for learning. Remember, links to eLearning websites will be found on the Parents tab followed by Resources. If you need to speak to your class teacher regarding aspects of your child's learning, please use the email address that was sent out last week.


We look forward to seeing you all on Monday.

26.03.2020: Open Letter to SEND Parents

Vicki Ford MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families - has written an open letter addressed to all SEND pupils in the country. Please click here to see what she has said.