March 1st Newsletter

SCHOOL NEWS
Once again we have had a busy start to the term and have many things to look forward to between now and Easter.

Next week we will be introducing our value for March which is: cooperation

Please do talk to your child/children at home about the importance of this value and how co-operation can be encouraged at home and at school.

We are very much looking forward to taking the choir to Voice in a Million to perform in Wembley Arena next week and know that the children will learn a great deal about co-operation during their performance.

SCHOOL UNIFORM
Since half-term, we have noticed a large number of children not following the school’s policy on uniform. Please could we use this opportunity to remind you that the uniform is as follows:

Boys winter uniform
A navy sweatshirt or jumper
White or light blue polo shirt
Black, navy or grey trousers
Black/brown shoes (not trainers)
Dark socks

Girls winter uniform
A navy sweatshirt, jumper or cardigan
White or light blue polo shirt
Black, navy or grey trousers or skirt
Black/brown shoes (not trainers or ‘Ugg’ type boots)
White socks
Brightly coloured socks, tights or hair bows are NOT acceptable.

BUDGET PRESSURES
On the last day of term before the half-term holiday, you will have received a letter from the Chair of Governors informing you of the budget pressures the school is currently facing.

You may have seen in the press that Lainesmead is not alone in facing these pressures, with schools in the Local Authority and Nationally facing the effect of budget cuts.

The minimum cut we are facing is £80,000 but it is likely to be far more than this. Therefore, there will be a change within the school. We will keep disruption to the children at a minimum and will continue to deliver the high class education the children are entitled to.

Budgets being affected in this way comes to us from the Government. Please do contact your local councillor and MP should you wish to add your voice to those across the country protesting against these cuts.

STAFFING NEWS
I am delighted to inform you that at the start of half-term, Mr Price, Spain class teacher, became a first time dad! I am sure you share our best wishes to Mr Price, his wife and baby Freddie.

I was also pleased to announce that Mrs Mepstead will be our new Deputy Head teacher upon her return from maternity leave.We will now be internally recruiting for our new Assistant Head teacher posts – a EYFS/KS1 and a KS2 with an English and Maths specialism alongside both roles. Once these have been secured, the new Senior Leadership Team structure will be complete.

SCHOOP
As you know, we have a school app called ‘Schoop.’ We send messages to individual year groups and to the whole school with important reminders from this app.

Schoop also holds the most up-to-date information on the school calendar which is not longer available on the website. Therefore, please could I urge you to download this free app for the most current information.

In order to download visit the website: www.schoop.co.uk and follow the instructions. Our school ID number is 6929SCHOOP

ESAFETY AND GOOGLE EXPEDITITIONS
We completed a very successful e-safety week before half term with every year group focusing on e-safety throughout their afternoons lessons. The focus of Safer Internet Day was ‘Be the change: unite for a better internet.’ This day was a chance to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

During this day, we had a special visit from Google Expeditions. We had a fantastic day exploring the virtual world using the Google Expeditions app. Teachers were all trained initially and then each year group in term explored different things, from Space to the Mayan Empire to the human body. It was a truly spectacular event!

GOOGLE EXPEDITIONS

Now we need your help!

In order to be able to continue to use this wonderful resource, we need more technology. If you have an old iPhone then, if you are able and are happy to, please could you consider donating the phone to the school in order to develop a stock of phones to use for virtual reality. All we ask is that everything is wiped clear from the phone and that a SIM card is removed. If you are able to help to enhance your child’s education in this way then it would be very much appreciated.

GOVERNOR RECRUITMENT
We are very fortunate in having an excellent Governing body. Governors are very actively involved in the school on a regular basis through their monitoring and evaluating visits, attendance at school events, governors meetings and help in the classroom. They are not involved in the day to day running of the school but have an important role in providing a strategic direction for the school. It is their responsibility to promote high standards and quality teaching and learning experiences for the children.

Our Governors come from all walks of life. They include school staff, parents and volunteers from the community. We are currently looking for Parent Governors for the school and invite applications from parents, guardians or foster-parents who would like to be appointed to put their names forward.

Parent Governors are elected by and from the parents, guardians and foster parents of registered pupils at the school, for a FOUR YEAR term. Parent Governors share equally with other members of the governing body the responsibility for carrying out the governing body’s legal responsibilities. The position of school governors has always been an important one that is vital to the effective running of the school and is a means of giving worthwhile service to the community. For more information regarding the role please see: https://www.sgoss.org.uk/volunteers.html

If you are interested then please do contact the school office who will pass your details on to the Chair of Governors.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Please note that all dates are now only available through our school app (Schoop) and not through the website.

Thursday 2nd March
World Book Day — £1 contribution non-school uniform day , dress as your favourite book character
School Disco—KS1 3:30—4:15pm
KS2 4:30—5:30pm

Tuesday 7th March
6pm Braeside Meeting for Year 3 Parents

Thursday 9th March
Voice in a Million (Choir at Wembley Arena)

Week beginning Monday 13th March
Parents evenings

Wednesday 15th March
KS2 Choir Festival at the Wyvern Theatre

Thursday 30th March
IPC Fabulous Finish Afternoon
2:15pm – Year 4 assembly – starting with a 15 minute presentation on E-Safety (please note that these are different to last year’s)
2:30pm – Years 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 Fabulous Finish afternoon begins

Week beginning 3rd April
ICT/Science week

Friday 7th April
LAST DAY OF TERM 4
2:00—2:30pm—Family Fun Afternoon—Easter ‘Egg’-stravaganza craft activities

SCHOOL FINISHES FOR ALL CHILDREN AT 2:30PM

March Newsletter

NEWS

It has been a busy couple of weeks since returning from half term.

A huge thank you to the large number of Year 6 parents who attended the SATS Information Evening.  The PowerPoint of this is now on the school website, for those of you who were unable to attend.  We do hope that the revision books, revision website as well as Times Tables Rock Stars are proving popular at home.

World Book Day was cut short by the heavy snow that we suffered last week.  It was a delight to see the children all dressed up (or down in their pyjamas!) and talking about their favourite books. 

Next week we will have some visitors to our school.  As the school is part of a national school improvement group called Challenge Partners, we will welcome senior leaders from other parts of the country to our school.  They will be in lessons and talk to the children about their learning. We are very much looking forward to showing them the amazing things that go on at Lainesmead.

VALUES

Value for March:COOPERATION

In our assembly introducing the new value, we discussed the meaning of the word.  Children agreed that it was about team work, being fair, looking out for each other. We then went on to look at the global perspective of this and started learning as a whole school, the words of a song written by some of our Year 6 children—The Unity Song. 

The children wrote words to the tune of Count on Me by Bruno Mars and it really sums up that we are all working together to achieve the best for everyone. 
Here is the first verse and chorus to the song—please do sing along to it with your child at home:

No Matter what race or colour you may be, we won’t treat you differently
If someone got injured in the middle of a war, we’ll be there to help them
We need peace and harmony to live together as one big family

Chorus:
You can count on me like 1,2,3
I’ll be there and I know when I need you
I can count on you like 4,3,2 you’ll be there coz that’s what friends are supposed to do oh yeah(OOOOOHHHHHH OOOOOOH OOOOH yeah,yeah) 

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SPORT RELIEF

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We have an amazing number of events planned for Sport Relief this year.

Monday 19th March

Members of staff will be joining many other teachers and headteachers across Swindon in a 5km run.  This will begin in Westlea Primary School and they will run a route around West Swindon. They will be in coordinating T-shirt, all to raise money for Sport Relief.

Thursday 22nd March

As a school we will be participating in a school-to-school relay.  A route has been devised for each school to with our route taking us to Lawn Manor School. When we get there, a short fitness exercise will be completed by everyone before Lawn Manor take the baton on to the next school. Some children will then be chosen from the school to the Grand Finale which is taking place at the County Ground.  It is hoped that some of the Sport Relief stars themselves will be there to acknowledge the amazing take completed by all schools.

Friday 23rd March—Sport Relief Day
Non-school Uniform day

We are asking the children to come to school dressed as their Sporting Hero. Whether they are inspired by a footballer like David Beckham, a swimmer such as Becky Adlington, cricketers (Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali) or maybe even a gymnast such as Beth Tweddle. Whomever, they choose, the children must be prepared to talk about their hero and why they are inspired by them.

Mrs Painter’s Swimming Challenge
The challenge is well underway now. If you would like to sponsor Mrs Painter or donate, then please do so during the upcoming Parents’ Evenings or place your names on the sponsor form at the school office. Just a reminder that Mrs Painter will donate half of the fundraising to Sport Relief and half to the school for our next big project!

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ATTENDANCE

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The expectation for school attendance is that it exceeds 95%.  We will be writing to parents where their child’s attendance is below 90% and a meeting will be arranged with either Mrs Chapman or Mrs Painter.  Please note that, even if there are exceptional circumstances for these absences, it is our responsibility to challenge school absence and warn parents of possible consequences.

Across the school the group of children falling below 90% accounts for a huge 14% of Years 1 to 6 (but there are still others where attendance is between 90-95%). Please continue to make every effort to get children to school on time and, if uncertain what to do, rest assured we will send them home if too ill to stay in school.

How much schooling will your child miss?
98%=4 days 95%=10 days 90%=19 days 80%=38 days

With this in mind, children attending at 80% every year will miss almost 1½ years of education during their time at Primary School.  It is possible that formal action could be taken for persistent poor attendance – this quote is taken from the Government Website on attendance:

“You could get a fine of up to £2,500, a community order or a jail sentence up to 3 months. The court also gives you a Parenting Order.”

Please don’t shoot the messenger!

STAFFING NEWS
After half term, we welcomed back Miss Rance from maternity leave.  Miss Rance has returned to teach 2 days a week in Russia class (Year 3) replacing Mrs Chapman who returns to her Assistant Head duties.

This week we have welcomed the return of Mrs Mepstead, also from maternity leave.  Mrs Mepstead has returned as the Deputy Headteacher of Lainesmead and I am sure you will join me in wishing her all the very best in her new role.

Mrs Arnold, who has worked as a Specialist Teaching Assistant at Lainesmead for around 10 years has made the decision to retire at the end of this term.  As a school we wish her all the very best for the future. 

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AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS

Staff at Lainesmead try very hard to run after school clubs for the children.  We know that many parents have been unhappy about the small number of clubs that are being provided at present. So that you are aware, staff voluntarily give up their time to run clubs, without payment, and are under no obligation to provide clubs after school. Teachers key focus at the end of the day is to plan, prepare and mark work in order to ensure that the next day’s lessons are organised to maximise children’s learning.  As a school we endeavour to provide as many after school opportunities for children as possible and have looked to outside providers for this, for example Swindon Wildcats and Swindon Town Football.  We will be increasingly looking down this route to provide the clubs that we know everyone, including us as a school, value so much.

NURSERY UPDATE

You may remember that some time ago we informed you that we had been successful in receiving a grant from the DfE to extend our nursery provision.

We are delighted that planning permission for this has now been granted.  Currently we are out to tender and hope to secure a builder within the next 2 weeks to start the project during the Easter Holidays.
Plans of the development will be on view at parents evenings this week.

ACHIEVEMENT FOR ALL

This year we have also begun or work with the educational charity Achievement for All. AfA is a leading not-for-profit organisation  that works in partnership with early years settings, schools  and colleges, to improve outcomes for all children and  young people vulnerable to underachievement  regardless of background, challenge or need.

A huge part of the work that we are focusing on in this is working and developing our relationships with parents across the school.  We have a number of parents who have already attended a Structured Conversation with a member of teaching staff, including senior leaders, and the feedback we have received from this has been hugely positive. 

As we move on with this organisation, we will increase the number of parents who are accessing Structured Conversations. Maybe you will be the lucky one in future?

Dates for your Diary

Week Beginning 5th March
Parents’ Evenings

Friday 16th March
9am—Reception parents Phonics and Reading Workshop—the next stage

Thursday 22nd March
Sport Relief Running Relay

Thursday 22nd March
Fabulous Finish Afternoon

Friday 23rd March
Sport Relief Non-school uniform day (see previous information )

Thursday 29th March
LAST DAY OF TERM
Easter Craft afternoon at 2pm
School finishes for the Easter Holidays at 2:30pm

Monday 16th April
Nursery Closed (Home Visits)
Reception to Year 6 children return to school

Friday 20th April
Non-school Uniform day—Sports Focus

Week beginning 14th May
Year 6 SATS Week

February Newsletter

FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER
Term 3 is often seen as a quiet month and it has certainly been quieter than Term 2.  There have still been many things to celebrate and share with you, many of you will have seen on our Twitter feed: @LainesmeadSch

We held 2 very successful non-school uniform days.  The second one was to build awareness of the role of Young Carers within the school as we took part in National Young Carers Awareness Day.  We were delighted to see so many of the children participate in this and show their support for our Young Carers.  Mrs Dee and I had the great pleasure of presenting a cheque for £328 to Ann Gill from Swindon Young Carers.  This money will be vital in providing further support to all Young Carers and opportunities they might miss out on because of their caring role. Thank you to everyone who made a donation.20180205_131424

We are just coming to the end of our e-safety week, which included Safer Internet Day on Tuesday. This year’s theme was “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”. Do look at the safer internet day website for more information and as a starting point for e-safety conversations at home.

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/2018

THANKS
After half term you will see some new signs going up on our gates.  We are very grateful to Lisa from Cats Solutions who printed the signs for us.sign

VALUES
Value for February:
RESILIENCE

Mrs Saxby led our assembly introducing this month’s value.  She used the story of the Crane from the film Kung-Fu Panda.  If you don’t know it, please do view it using the link below and discuss with your child/children what resilience means to you and how it can be shown in many different ways. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEeBgKXHzT8

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MATHS AT LAINESMEAD
Have you helped your child to log into Times Tables Rock Stars yet?

Earlier this term, Mrs Saxby sent out information regarding a new program we are using in school to help the children to learn their times tables in a fun way.  This program is also available to the children outside of school as it is an internet based program.

LOGGING INTO TT ROCK STARS

  1. Type ttrockstars.com into your browser’s address bar.
  2. Log in. Your child’s details are as follows:

Username: ____________________________

Password: ___________________________

3. Play!
There are 4 different game modes, which you can find out about on the back

SPORT RELIEF
Big news for this year’s Sport Relief!sportreliefwmy500x360

The Headteachers of Swindon Schools have organised a large fundraising activity for Sport Relief.

This year you may see many senior leaders taking part in runs, cycling or swimming events during the week of Sport Relief.

In addition, all schools are organising a running relay to cover every school in Swindon.  Children will be running a set route between schools in a close geographical area.  We will be looking to the children to raise some sponsorship money for this.  We will then have an in school event on the Friday of Sport Relief.

Mrs Painter’s Swimming challenge:

For my part, I am undertaking a swimming challenge and have set myself the goal of swimming a length for every child in the school between 1st and 23rd Mach.  That’s 460 lengths (11,500 metres) in 23 days! I will also raise money for Sport Relief but will also give half of my fundraising directly to the school for further equipment!

INTRODUCING CHEF LUANN

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In December, our new catering manager, Chef Luann, joined Lainesmead.
Chef Luann is an experienced catering manager, across many sectors, including education.  She has many catering qualifications and is a trained chocolatier.

I am sure you have noticed the changes that have been made to the menus since Chef Luann’s arrival.  Feedback from the children has certainly been very positive, and all are telling us how much they are enjoying the hot dinners being provided.  In terms of changes made, especially to the puddings being offered, Chef Luann is using natural ingredients to sweeten these, for example the flapjacks, which were very popular last week, were made with honey; the homemade cookies are sweetened with apricots rather than the traditional sugar.  Chef Luann is working very hard to ensure the children are being provided with the most nutritional and healthy meals possible within guidelines of the meal standards in schools.

She has also already been working with different year groups developing cooking in the curriculum.  She has spoken with the school council at length to discuss what the children would like to see on the school menu.

We are planning on a number of sessions where parents can come in to sample some of the hot dinners and puddings on offer.  Look out for more information to follow on this in the future.

SAFETY AROUND THE SCHOOL
Please remember that scooting, cycling or rollerblading is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN within the school grounds.  This is to ensure everyone’s safety.  There are many blind-spots in the school and taking part in any of the above activities puts everyone using the grounds in danger.

Furthermore, we are, again, receiving an increased number of calls from local residents regarding the parking at the start and end of each day.  Local residents have right of access to their driveways.  Even if there are no double-yellow lines across their driveway, they continue to have right of access.  Please respect all residents in the local community and do not park across a driveway.

Parking on double-yellow lines, even for the briefest of periods is ILLEGAL. Parking on these lines is not only an inconvenience for local residents but is also a danger to the life of a child in the school.  Double-yellow lines and the ‘School Keep Clear’ lines are there for a very good reason – to protect the children and adults arriving and leaving the school.

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January Newsletter

VALUES

Value for January:
COURAGE

In our January Values assembly, I told the story of a group of women who did the right thing even when it was difficult—the Suffragettes. 

The children took part in an unfair vote and were asked how they felt. I’m sure you can all imagine the responses! The story of how, 100 years ago, a group of women stood up for what they believed in and had the courage to instigate change was  the key message and all children were asked how they could show courage to make the school and the world a better place to be.
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COLD WEATHER CLOTHING

Please make sure your child comes into school with warm clothes as they will be out in the playground at break and lunchtime.

PLEASE NAME YOUR CHILD’S CLOTHES

Please also make sure school  uniform is named and that, if your child brings the wrong clothes home, you bring them back to the school so that we can reunite them with their owner!

We appreciate your support with this.
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SCHOOL UNIFORM

More and more children are coming to school in trainers.  Whilst the children need trainers to participate in the Golden Mile and PE, they should not be worn as daily footwear.

The school’s uniform policy clearly states that shoes should be worn.
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School policy also states that hair should be kept neat with accessories that are blue or black—no large bows please!

Many thanks for your support with this.

NATIONAL YOUNG CARERS AWARENESS DAY

Support our non-school uniform day on Thursday 24th January, raising money for Swindon Young Carers.

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PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT

As we broke up for the Christmas holidays, we received the wonderful news that our bid for £10,000 from the National Lottery had been granted.

Mrs Peer put a great deal of work into securing this bid and a huge “THANK YOU” must be given to her for this.  The children had already voted for their favourite equipment in September as this needed to be included with the bid—see the image below.

Alongside the £10,000, the money raised in our sporting non-school uniform days has enabled us to place the order for the equipment and already we have confirmation of an installation date—22nd February!

I am sure this will be a great addition to the playground equipment. 

We are now looking for further grants to install new equipment on to the KS1 playground!

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APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR ON THE PLAYGROUND BY PARENTS

It is with much sadness that I have to report that since the start of term there have been a small number of incidents where the peaceful and safe school environment we strive for has not been maintained.

I would like to remind all parents that the school has a Code of Conduct for Parents and Carers.  Some particular points which are not being adhered to by a small number are:

    • Loud or offensive language, swearing, cursing or displaying temper.
    • Chastising someone else’s child inappropriately.

 Should the code not be adhered to then the school will contact the appropriate authorities and, if necessary, ban the offending adults from entering the school grounds.

THE GOLDEN MILE

We are delighted to have begun our Golden Mile health and wellbeing initiative, looking to make 2018 the best year ever for our physical fitness.

The Golden Mile is a safe, simple and measurable health & physical activity initiative accessible to all age groups regardless of ability. We aim to inspire and encourage participants with a focus on fun, rewarding personal achievement and healthy competition.

We reinforce the message from the Department of Health that children should engage in regular daily physical activity habits across the week, every week all year round. The Golden Mile is an ALL YEAR ROUND initiative whereby Pupils, Staff and parents can get involved. Simply walk, jog or run around your Golden Mile track within the safety of the school grounds.

Lawrence Dallaglio, England Rugby World Cup Winner and a supporter of the Golden Mile says “The future health and happiness of our children couldn’t be more important, and the Golden Mile has already proved itself as the sort of vital fitness initiative which could make all the difference. The most simple initiatives are often the best, and I urge all children to get involved and get fit while they have fun with the Golden Mile.”

All children across the school will be participating every day, so it is essential that your child has some trainers suitable for running available each day.

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Tuesday 16th January
2:30pm—Y2 SATS Parents Workshop
6:00pm—Y1/2 Phonics Workshop (re-run of one held on Tuesday 9th January)

Thursday 25th January
Non-school uniform day raising money for Swindon Young Carers

Week beginning 5th February
E-safety week

Monday 5th February
Fabulous Finish Afternoon
2:15pm- New Zealand Play in a day assembly starting with a 10 minute presentation on E-Safety (please note that these are different to last year’s)
2:30pm – Reception, Year 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Fabulous Finish afternoon begins

Tuesday 6th February
Safer Internet Day

Tuesday 6th February
2:15pm– Australia Play in a day assembly at starting with a 10 minute presentation on E-Safety (please note that these are different to last year’s)

Thursday 8th February
School disco

Friday 9th February
Last day of term 3.  School finishes at 3:15pm

Monday 19th February
All children return to school

Tuesday 20th February
2:30pm and 6pm
Years 6 Parents SATs workshop

October 10 Newsletter

Dear Families,

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SCHOOL MENU/KITCHEN

It has been a very difficult term for the school with regards to the hot dinner menu.  Unfortunately, there have been a number of staff absences in relation to the kitchen which has impacted on the menu that has been delivered.  We fully appreciate that, having ordered a meal for your child/children, it is difficult when that choice is then changed. 

This is an issue the school is working hard to resolve and as a result we are currently in the process of recruiting a Catering Manager.  A key aspect of this new role will be working with children and parents on improving our hot meal provision, with a greater choice of meals, more variety each day as well as providing further opportunities to run cookery clubs within and across the school. We will let you know as soon as we can the outcome.

PARENT VIEW

It is extremely important to us that we hear your views about the school.  This enables us to learn and make changes about the running of the school to ensure it is a place where children can learn to the best of their ability and that there continues to be a family feel about us.  Therefore, please could I ask you to complete the parent survey on the Parent View website.  This is invaluable for us in looking at how we can improve as a school.
https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/

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VALUES

Value for October: RESPONSIBILITY

In our first assembly of October we looked at the value of responsibility by comparing the responsibility of different people such as the Prime Minister, Doctors, the England Football Manager and Simon Cowell.  The children provided lots of interesting answers.  We then looked at the different responsibilities the adults in school have as well as the prefects and Senior Prefects. 

The children were then able to reflect on the responsibilities they have and knew that these are on display in each classroom.  The children are going to work hard on displaying this value for October and ensuring they show the responsibilities entrusted to them.

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HALF TERM MUSIC FUN

KS1 Music Workshop in Half Term KS2 Music Workshop in Half Term

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Friday 13th October—Monday 16thOctober
Y6 Residential to the Isle of Wight

Monday 16th October
Fabulous Finish afternoon for Y1—5
2:20pm – Year 2 assembly – starting with a 10 minute presentation on E-Safety (please note that these are different
to last year’s)
2:30pm – Years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Fabulous Finish  afternoon begins

Wednesday 18th October
Last day of term 1, school finishes at 3:15pm

Thursday 19th to Friday 27th October
October Half term holiday

Monday 30th October
TD Day—school closed to pupils

Tuesday 31st October
All children return to school

Wednesday 1st—Friday 3rd November
Y4 Braeside Residential Trip

Wednesday 8th November
School Photographs;

Week Beginning Monday 13th November
Anti-bullying week

Wednesday 15th November
Flu vaccine being administered to EYFS/KS1 children (forms already sent out)

Week beginning 20th November
Parents Evenings

SCHOOP

A reminder that our school app called Schoop holds the most up-to-date information on the school calendar which is no longer available on the website.

Therefore, please could I urge you to download this free app for the most current information.

In order to download visit the website: www.schoop.co.uk and follow the instructions.  Our school ID number is 6929

To access the Calendar, Choose ‘My Schoop (situated at the bottom of the screen), Lainesmead Primary School, and select the ‘Clock’ icon:

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September 8 Newsletter

WELCOME BACK

We have had a fantastic return to school, with the children settling to their learning quickly.  It has been particularly pleasing to see how well the newest children in school, both in Nursery and Reception, are settling in.  Many thanks to all the Nursery and Reception Parents for helping us with the transition into school, you play such a valuable role in ensuring that the children come in ready for their learning.

Lots of work was undertaken during the summer holidays.  There are new doors on the TA Bays in KS2, 2 new offices: 1 for the Mrs Mepstead upon her return and 1 for Miss Bees and Mrs Saxby, in their new roles as Assistant Headteachers. 

The Family Centre has also been changed a great deal, with the walls all coming down in preparation for the reorganisation of the area into the school office and the new nursery.

CLASS REPS

For the last 2 year we have had a  ‘Class Reps’ system.  We were delighted when so many parents came forward as reps for their class and were able to support the school to carry out vital fundraising activities.  Last year, the dedicated group helped us to raise so much money to enhance the environment and books in the school.  Without their help, this simply would not have happened.

We are always looking for extra helpers.  All we ask is that you can dedicate a small amount of time to meet with Mrs Jayne Peer, our Parent Support Advisor, to help to organise our discos, quizzes, Christmas and Summer Fetes.

If you are interested in becoming a class rep (or continuing in the role) please do let Mrs Peer know on: 07730 139574 or email her on psa@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk” Alternatively, speak to an adult on the doors at the start of the day who will pass on your details to Mrs Peer.

VALUES

Value for September:RESPECT

In the first assembly back, I shared with the children the story of The Lion and the Mouse from Aesop’s Fables and asked how the lion could have shown more respect to the mouse.  The children’s responses were, as ever, fantastic.  We then related this to how we can show respect in school, particularly by following the school rules and the children’s roles and responsibilities in school. 

PARENT VIEW

Alongside the information we gained last year from our Parent Coffee Mornings, please could I encourage you to complete the parent survey on the Parent View website.  This is invaluable for us in looking at how we can improve as a school. https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/300x250-mpu

STAFFING NEWS

Staff at the school always welcome a discussion with parents.  Please do note, however, that the best time for this is at the end of the day.  Should parents have a concern that they would like to discuss then please always speak to the class teacher first.  If this is then not resolved, a form must be completed in the office.  You will then be contacted by the Assistant Headteacher for the Key Stage (Miss Bees—EYFS/KS1, or Mrs Saxby—KS2) to discuss this further.  If the matter needs further consideration, then it will be passed to Mrs Painter.

Below is a list of classes and staff assigned to those classes, including the days they work, where necessary.  Should you wish to contact the class teacher for any reason then please use their school email addresses as follows.

Nursery (Swindon and Wiltshire Classes) –

Mrs J Baldry (Mon—Wed): baldry@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk
Mrs H Smith (Thurs and Fri): hsmith@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

Reception:

Scotland Class: Mrs M Chappell-King:sandell@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk            
Wales Class: Miss Boase: aboase@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

Year 1:

Germany Class: Mr D Brown: dbrown@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk
France Class: Miss K Bees (Mon—Wed): bees@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk
Mrs H Byrne (Thurs/Fri): byrne@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

Year 2
Spain Class: Miss C Vardy: vardy@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk
Iceland Class: Mrs N Telling: ntelling@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

Year 3:
Canada Class: Miss S McClintock: smcclintock@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk
Russia Class: Mrs C Hatherall (Mon-Wed): hatherall@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk
Mrs A Chapman (Thurs/Fri): chapman@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

Year 4:
Mexico: Miss C Lay: clay@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk
South Africa: Mrs S Dodson (Mon-Wed): dodson@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk
Mrs B Smogur (Thurs/Fri): smogur@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

Year 5:
China Class: Mr J Tew: jtew@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk
Brazil Class: Miss J Martin: jmartin@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

Year 6:
New Zealand Class: Miss N Griffiths: ngriffiths@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk
Australia Class: Mrs D Saxby (Mon/Tues all day, Wed pm):  saxby@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk
Mrs H Jones (Wed am and Thurs/Fri): hjones@lainesmeadprimary.co.uk

SCHOOL UNIFORM
The children have come back to school looking very smart, on the whole.  However, a number of children who have come back wearing trainers, Please could I remind you that school policy states that shoes are expected as footwear and not trainers.

School policy also stated that hair should be kept neat with accessories that are blue or black—no large bows please!

Many thanks for your support with this.

PACKED LUNCHES/TUCK

It has long been the policy of the school that packed lunches brought from home and consumed in school provide pupils with healthy and nutritious food that is similar to the regulated standards of cooked food served by the school.

Could I use this opportunity to remind you that the policy also states the following in relation to nut products in school:

The school does not permit any nuts or nut products on the school site.  This includes almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, cashews, chestnuts, brazil nuts, pine nuts, macadamia nuts and peanuts.

Nuts and nut products (such as peanut butter) can cause allergic reactions, which are sometimes severe.  Anaphylaxis (a severe reaction to nuts) can be life-threatening.
The risk even though small is still very real and one that is taken seriously by the school. Although we cannot guarantee a nut free environment by banning nuts or nut products we are reducing the opportunities for allergy related incidents.

As a result of many fewer children using the tuck facility at break time, we have made the decision to stop providing this.  Therefore, please ensure that children are provided with a piece of fruit to eat at break time

START OF THE DAY ROUTINES

A reminder that children are to be dropped off at the classroom doors in Reception and Key Stage 1 and at the playground doors in Key Stage 2.  This system works extremely well and ensures that registers are taken promptly, with lessons starting on time.

We completely understand that, occasionally, parents have messages to pass on to the class teacher and are fully supportive of this happening.  This is why we always have adults placed at each of the classroom doors who will ensure that any messages are passed on to the class teacher.  However, if a longer conversation is needed, then please do inform the office or arrange an appointment with the class teacher for the end of the day.  I know that they are only too happy for this to happen.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Tuesday 19th September
Royal Ballet classes for Year 3 start and continue every Tuesday for 6 weeks

Wednesday 20th September
Reception ‘Talking’ workshop at 2:15pm

Thursday 21st September
Official opening of Lainesmead Sensory Garden

Wednesday 27th September
Reception ‘Telling stories/reading’ workshop at 2:15pm

Wednesday 4th October
Nursery and Reception  ‘Interactive Learning Diary’ workshop at 2:15pm

Monday 16th October
Fabulous Finish afternoon for Y1—5
2:20pm – Year 2 assembly – starting with a 10 minute presentation on E-Safety (please note that these are different to last year’s)

2:30pm – Years 1, 2, 4, 5 Fabulous Finish  afternoon begins

A reminder that our school app called Schoop holds the most up-to-date information on the school calendar which is no longer available on the website.

Therefore, please could I urge you to download this free app for the most current information.

In order to download visit the website: www.schoop.co.uk and follow the instructions.  Our school ID number is 6929

May 5th Newsletter

SCHOOL NEWS
It has been strange to start the term and then have a long weekend only one week after we were back from the Easter holidays! I do hope everyone enjoyed the time off, however!

This is a very short term but a very busy one. The main focus for this term are the end of key stage assessments that must be completed. Firstly, there are the Year 6 SATs next week. The children have worked so hard this year and we are very proud of them. I know that they will all try their very best. We wish them all ‘Good Luck’ for next week.

We then look to the Year 2 SATs which then commence throughout the rest of the term (there is no set timetable for the Year 2 tests). These tests are marked within school and are taken in a friendly, relaxed way.

All of the assessments being completed, in other years as well as Year 2 and 6, contribute to our teacher assessments of the children which will be reported to you in the end of year reports.

VALUE OF THE MONTH: THOUGHTFULNESS                                                                

Mrs Mepstead led the assembly for this month’s value. She asked the children to think about what thoughtfulness means and how we in school can demonstrate this value each and every day. The children took part in a quiz which asked them to consider their thoughtfulness throughout the school day. Please do talk to your children about how they can display this value.

SCHOOL UNIFORM

Many children have returned from the holidays not following the school’s policy on uniform. Please could we use this opportunity to remind you that the uniform is as follows:

Boys uniform
A navy sweatshirt or jumper
White/light blue/navy polo shirt
Black/navy/grey trousers or shorts (summer)
Black/brown shoes (not trainers)
Dark socks

Girls uniform
A navy sweatshirt/jumper/ cardigan
White,/light blue/navy polo shirt
Black/navy/grey trousers or skirt
Navy blue and white striped or checked (gingham style) dress
Black/brown shoes (not trainers)
White socks

Brightly coloured socks, tights or hair bows are NOT acceptable.

Summer footwear:
Appropriate traditional school sandals with closed toes (i.e. no flip flop style, heels or strappy sandals) can be worn in school in the summer term.

STAFFING NEWS
As you are aware, Mrs Mepstead is going to be leaving us at the end of this term (her last day in school is Wednesday 24th May) as she commences her maternity leave.

I am delighted to announce that for Term 6 Mrs Timbrell and Mrs Smith, who is returning from maternity leave, will be sharing responsibility for the class. Mrs Timbrell already knows the class well, having provided leadership release time for Mrs Mepstead throughout the year. Mrs Smith will be completing two days with the class whilst Mrs Mepstead is here in order to get to know the children. However, I do know that many of the children will know her already having been a familiar face to many of them in the past.

You will also shortly receive news regarding arrangements to celebrate Mrs Timbrell’s time at Lainesmead prior to her retirement.

SCHOOP

As you know, we have a school app called ‘Schoop.’ We send messages to individual year groups and to the whole school with important reminders from this app.

Schoop also holds the most up-to-date information on the school calendar which is not longer available on the website. Therefore, please could I urge you to download this free app for the most current information.

In order to download visit the website: www.schoop.co.uk and follow the instructions. Our school ID number is 6929.

FIDGET SPINNERS

A large number of children have returned to school since the Easter holidays with a fidget spinner. We are aware that these are the latest ‘craze’ to hit the high street! The original purpose of these spinners was to provide support for those children who have recognisable and diagnosed problems with concentration.

Unfortunately, we are already having issues on the playground. Children have been swapping their spinners and then falling out when a swap doesn’t work out. Equally some children are upset when their spinner is broken.

It has also become apparent that the children are using these in class when there is no specific need for this. It is then providing a distraction for that child and for the children around them.

A very small number of children across the whole school have been permitted to use these spinners as a result of a conversation between a parent, the class teacher and/or Mrs Chapman (AHT for Inclusion). No other children should therefore have a spinner in school.

Please do not send your child in with a spinner as they are not to be used in school.

We appreciate your support with this matter.

NURSERY NEWS

You may have seen in the Swindon Advertiser over the holidays that Lainesmead has been awarded a grant by the Department for Education to extend our Nursery provision. A great deal of hard work was put into creating this bid during the summer holidays last year and we were initially told that we had not been awarded the funding.

It therefore came has a huge surprise at the beginning of March when we were informed that this money could now be given to us as well as 3 other nursery providers in the town.

Since then we have been in talks with the Local Authority on the implementation of this project. There is still a lot of work to do in order for this added provision to go ahead, work which must be done in close liaison with the grant provider—the Department for Education.

Unfortunately, due to the triggering of a General Election next month, the process has been delayed. However, we are very excited at the thought of this project going ahead and once we have confirmed details and plans we will be delighted to share these with you— we hope to have them up and ready for display in the summer fayre as well as our Pride of Lainesmead Awards.

Should you wish to view the article it is available at:http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/15216199.Swindon_nursery_places_get_a___500_000_boost/#comments-anchor

Dates for your Diary

Please note that all dates are now only available through our school app (Schoop) and not through the website.

Monday 8th—Friday 12th May:
Year 6 SATS Week

Monday 15th—Friday 19th May:
Year 2 SATS Week

Wednesday 17th May
b>Year 1 Parents Coffee Morning 9—9:30am

Tuesday 23rd May
IPC Fabulous Finish Afternoon
2:15pm – Year 5 assembly – starting with a 15 minute presentation on E-Safety
2:30pm – Years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 Fabulous Finish afternoon begins

Wednesday 24th May
Year 2 Parents Coffee Morning 9—9:30am

Friday 26th May:
Break up for half term holiday at 3.15 pm

Monday 29th May—Friday 2nd June:
Half term holiday

Monday 5th June:
All pupils return to school

Monday 12th/Tuesday 13th June
New to reception parents meetings at 6pm

Tuesday 20th June
KS1 Sports day (pm)

Wednesday 21st June
Year 5/6 Sports Day (pm)

Thursday 22nd June
Y3/4 Sports Day (pm)

(All sports days are weather permitting)

April Newsletter

Term 4 Highlights

It has been such a busy term at Lainesmead!

There have been many trips across the school: Year 2 to Lacock Abbey; Reception to Bristol Aquarium; Nursery to the Library; Year 5 to @Bristol; Year 6 to Techniquest.

It is always so good to see the children’s eager anticipation as they leave and then their happy faces when they return, full of stories of what they have learnt during the day. It is also wonderful to have reports from staff and members of the public of the exceptional behaviour of our children. They really are a credit to the school.

I have enjoyed welcoming more children to head-teacher’s lunch this term with the following children: Year 3: Julie Mezavilla, Utsav Saroha, Lennon D’Souza, Amy Simms
Year 2: Mohak Gupta, Merilyn Gurung, Layla Marshall, Cassius Stephenson-Kemp,
Year 1: Finley Byrne, Aliti Logavatu, Ruby-Lou Lound, Olivia Marshall
Reception: Amelia French, Alfie Sunderland, Azaria Williams and Alee Mazzotta

Value for April:
Honesty
One of the stories we will be looking at in assembly will be based in China, one of the classes in Year 5. It tells the tale of those who wanted protection and so built the Great Wall of China. The rest of the story will be revealed to the children after the holidays.
In the meantime, key to this story is the development of honesty and truth both in school and at home. Therefore, please do continue to talk to your children about this value over the Easter Holidays and we will continue with this focus upon our return.

FUNDRAISING
We started March off with the wonderful World Book Day. The range of costumes from across a wide range of children’s literature was astonishing! The £1 collected all went directly towards the classes, with teachers purchasing new books for the class libraries.
What an amazing array of cakes we then received for the Comic Relief Cake Sale. The cakes were impossible to judge—there were so many incredible cakes on offer. Many thanks to everyone who brought in cakes, to the Year 6 children who helped to organise this and also to the staff who stepped in to help with the smooth running and selling at the end of the day. We raised a grand total of:

£290

VIAM SUCCESS

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On Thursday 9th March, for the first time, we joined hundreds of other children from across the country to take part in Voice in a Million.

Mrs Jones and Mrs Beauchamp did an amazing job of preparing the children for the trip with many lyrics to learn as well as actions to many of the songs. Thanks also to parents who supported the children with the words at home.

The children were very excited on the day and couldn’t wait to get going! Once they arrived, they took part in the rehearsals and then were ready for the big show! They sang wonderfully and I know that they particularly enjoyed the surprise guests who sang to them at the end.

It will certainly be an experience the children never forget!

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STAFFING NEWS
As you are aware from previous staffing news, we have been in the process of restructuring the Senior Leadership Team of the school for September. I am delighted to announce that September the teaching Senior Leadership team will be as follows:
Mrs E Painter—Headteacher
Mrs A Mepstead—Deputy Headteacher
Mrs Chapman—Assistant Headteacher for
Inclusion
Miss K Bees—Assistant Headteacher for
EYFS/KS1 with English responsibility
Mrs D Saxby—Assistant Headteacher for
KS2 with Maths responsibility

You are also aware from earlier letters that we have had a significant reduction in our budget this year with having to make savings of at least £80,000. The letter stated that we would therefore be going through the process of redundancies within the school. This process is currently ongoing and therefore I cannot share the outcome of this process at this time but hope to do so soon after the Easter holidays.

SUMMER SCHOOL UNIFORM
As we look towards the nicer weather a reminder that the summer school uniform is as follows:
Boys’ uniform
A Lainesmead sweatshirt/plain navy sweatshirt; White or Navy polo shirt; Black or grey trousers or black or grey school shorts; Flat black/brown shoes; Dark socks
Girls’ uniform
A Lainesmead sweatshirt/a plain navy sweatshirt, jumper or cardigan; White or Navy polo shirt; Black or grey trousers or skirt (not leggings) or black or grey school shorts; Navy blue and white striped or checked (gingham style) dress.; Flat black/brown shoes; White socks; Plain black/white/grey tights
Footwear:
Appropriate traditional school sandals with closed toes (i.e. no flip flop style, heels or strappy sandals) can be worn in school in the summer term

PARKING

parking

Above is one of the many images sent through to the school from local residents complaining about parking. As you can see, the car is parked directly across 2 driveways impeding the access in and out of their properties.
The resident who sent this image in was also concerned by the level of abuse he and a neighbour received when politely asking for cars to be moved on previous occasions.

As you are aware from messages of this nature in many other newsletters, we are in touch with the local PCSO who will be patrolling the area. It is thoroughly unacceptable that any resident would face any level of abuse for simply asking for access in and out of their property. Local residents have right of access to their driveways. Even if there are no double-yellow lines across their driveway, they continue to have right of access. Please respect all residents in the local community and do not park across a driveway.

Parking on double-yellow lines, even for the briefest of periods is ILLEGAL. Parking on these lines is not only an inconvenience for local residents but is also a danger to the life of a child in the school. Double-yellow lines and the ‘School Keep Clear’ lines are there for a very good reason – to protect the children and adults arriving and leaving the school.

Furthermore, we are increasingly seeing cars parked on the grass verges all around the school. There are clear signs in place stating that this should not happen. Again children’s lives are being endangered with this type of parking.

PARENT COFFEE MORNINGS
Come along and tell us what your child loves best about school!
What did they enjoy this term?
What are they looking forward to?
What do they tell you about their school day when they get home?
We’d love to hear about your family and their time at school!
9am on Wednesday mornings in the Family Centre.
Drop your children in class and come on round for free refreshments!
A different year group each time, as
follows:
Year Group Date
Nursery Wednesday 26th April
Reception Wednesday 3rd May
Year 1 Wednesday 17th May
Year 2 Wednesday 24th May
Year 3 Wednesday 7th June
Year 4 Wednesday 14th June
Year 5 Wednesday 21st June
Year 6 Wednesday 28th June

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Week Beginning 3rd April:
ICT and Science Week

Friday 7th April
2pm— Easter ‘Egg-stravaganza’ Family
Fun Afternoon—see previous flyer
sent out
2:30pm— Break up for the Easter Holidays

Monday 24th April
Reception to Year 6 children start back at school
Nursery closed

Tuesday 25th April
Nursery children return

Wednesday 26th April
Nursery Parents Coffee Morning 9—9:30am

Monday 1st May
SCHOOL CLOSED—BANK HOLIDAY

Wednesday 3rd May
Reception Parents Coffee Morning 9– 9:30am

Thursday 4th May
NURSERY CLOSURE DAY
Chess Club Cake Sale after school

Monday 8th—Friday 12th May:
Year 6 SATS Week

Monday 15th—Friday 19th May:
Year 2 SATS Week

Wednesday 17th May
Year 1 Parents Coffee Morning 9—9:30am
Tuesday 23rd May
IPC Fabulous Finish Afternoon
2:15pm – Year 5 assembly – starting with a 15 minute presentation on E-Safety (please note that these are different to last year’s)
2:30pm – Years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 Fabulous Finish afternoon begins

Wednesday 24th May
Year 2 Parents Coffee Morning 9—9:30am

Friday 26th May:
Break up for half term holiday at 3.15 pm

Monday 29th May—Friday 2nd June:
Half term holiday

Monday 5th June:
All pupils return to school

13th January Newsletter

Welcome back to 2017 – wishing our families a  Happy New Year!
This month our value is COURAGE.
 We are taking particular inspiration from the quote:

courage
We are asking the children to notice when people around them are showing courage and how their actions have made things better. We are also asking the children to think about if they are finding it really hard to be brave and show courage, what could they do to make the right choice.

COLD WEATHER  CLOTHING
Please make sure your child comes into school with warm clothes as they will be out in the playground at break and lunchtime.
PLEASE NAME YOUR CHILD’S CLOTHES
Please also make sure school uniform is named and that, if your child brings the wrong clothes home, you bring them back to the school so that we can reunite them with their owner!
cold weatherWe appreciate your support with this.

Tesco’s Bags of Help!

As you are aware, our garden project was chosen to be one of the charities in the Tesco’s Bags of Help Initiative. This means we could be in with a chance of receiving up to £5000. We have yet to hear whether we were placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd, however, we are guaranteed at least £1000 regardless.

This money will be used on developing the area where the chickens were once located. The school council have been working with Mrs Ellison and Miss Perkins on their plans for the area (including introducing some more chickens).

If we have any parents who are able to contribute their time to help with some digging and clearing of the area in preparation for planting, then please do let Mrs Ellison know via the school office. We would be most grateful for any help, however small it may seem!

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Staffing News

baby

Miss Rance will be starting her maternity leave at half-term, with her final day being Friday 10th February. We are currently in the process of appointing her replacement and will inform parents as soon as we are able.

 We have further baby news to share with you. Many congratulations are given to Mrs Mepstead, of New Zealand class, who is expecting her second child in June. At the moment, Mrs Mepstead is planning to see the Year6s through their SATs before starting her maternity leave. Once again, as soon as arrangements have been made for her cover, we will let you know.

SCOOTERS AND BIKES

We know that a number of children received new bikes or scooter from Father Christmas over the holidays. Please could we remind that to ensure they are as safe as possible all bikes and scooters should be named and then there can be no confusion regarding who they belong to. I am sure you appreciate that with 400 children in school, there is a large chance of a number of children having the same bike or scooter.scooter

NON–SCHOOL UNIFORM DAY

Many thanks for supporting our non-school uniform day on Friday 6th January. The children had a challenging time with the outdoor activities and showed a great deal of perseverance and resiliency to complete the tasks. Many thanks go to Mr Tew for organising the activities on the day. I am pleased to announce that we raised £282 pounds. This will now be added to the Summer Fair and September non-school uniform totals to buy large outside equipment for the children to use at playtime and for PE lessons.challenge 2

In October, feedback to the parent questionnaire were shared and one of the areas raised was outside equipment. I informed you that we were completing a bid for £10,000 from the lottery. Unfortunately, we have been unsuccessful in our bid and are therefore looking at what can be purchased using the funds we have raised through our class reps and non-school uniform days.  

GROWTH MINDSET

Have you ever said “I am no good at maths.” Or even said “Don’t worry I couldn’t do maths either” to your child?

We are currently introducing a Maths Mastery and Growth Mindset approach in school. So what is this, you may be wondering?

It comes from the work of the eminent psychologist Carol Dweck who discovered that changing a person’s mindset can radically change the way people approach learning—regardless of their age. It focuses on effort leading to reward and that failing or making mistakes is all part of the learning process. In fact as the scientist Thomas Edison put it:i haven't failed

We are asking the children to think differently about their learning by becoming YETI Monsters. Whenever they say. “I can’t do it” always at the word “YET!”

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EYFS to Year 2 parents are invited to a workshop on this on Thursday 9th February. A further one is planned for KS2 (details to be issued in the next newsletter).

Dates for your Diary

 Tuesday 17th January:

Year 6 SATs Parents Meeting at 6pm

Wednesday 18th January:

Year 2 SATs Parents Meeting at 2:30pm

Friday 20th January:

Year 6 trip to Co-op, Old Town

Reception Parents Shape, Space and Measures Workshop at 2:15pm

Friday 27th and Monday 30th January

Nursery Closure Days

Thursday 2nd February

IPC Fabulous Finish Afternoon

Friday 3rd February :

Reception Parents Update to Phonics—moving to further phases Workshop at 2:15pm

Thursday 9th February

EYFS to Year 2 Growth Mindset Workshop at 9am

Monday 6th February to

Friday 10th February

E-safety Week

Monday 13th—Friday 17th February

Half term holiday

Monday 20th February

School starts for all children

Thursday 2nd March

World Book Day—non-school uniform day (more details will follow)

Friday 9th March

Voice in a Million (Choir at Wembley

Arena)

Week beginning Monday 13th March

Parents evenings

 

October Newsletter

OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

We have had such a busy start to the school year!

img_2532On Monday 12th September we had our grand opening of Lainesmead Nursery.  I do hope you saw the coverage in the Swindon Advertiser.  We are so pleased with the transformation that has occurred to the building and I know that a number of parents who have had children attend the setting previously have been ‘wowed’ by its new look.

harvestWe had a fantastic collection of food for our Harvest Assembly on Monday 19th September and Swindon Foodbank were particularly pleased with the contribution made by the children.  A huge thank you to all who contributed and helped us to promote the value of co-operation within the community.

 

 

Year 6 spent a very enjoyable day at Churchfields on Tuesday 20th September, taking part in drama, dance and singing workshops alongside 2 other primary schools.  The children thoroughly enjoyed their day and it was a pleasure watching their final performance to parents before the start of Churchfields Open Evening.

We have also had two further special assemblies.  We were lucky to have the Swindon Wildcats Ice Hockey Team revisit us on Wednesday 28th September to share their experience.  They are keen to invite as many families along to watch their games as possible.  Furthermore, we had a visiting group of children sharing their Anti-bullying message with us as part of a project they had undertaken.  More anti-bullying work with be covered next term as part of the annual ‘Anti-bullying Week.’

A group of Year 6 children are preparing for the performance of ‘Twelfth Night’ as part of the Schools Shakespeare Festival.  This has already involved a visit to the Wyvern Theatre to take part in a drama workshop which will enhance their performance on the night!  The final performance takes place on Tuesday 15th November and tickets can be booked through the theatre for anyone wishing to attend.

READING NEWS

This year we have invested a great deal of money in buying a new reading scheme in EYFS (Nursery and Reception) and Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2).  The new scheme, Collins ‘Big Cat,’ has a mixture of books which link directly to the phonics (Big Cat Phonics) and books which give the children a chance to read a wide range of text types. The scheme includes books by some of our most famous children’s authors, including Michael Morpurgo, Julia Donaldson and Michael Rosen. You will see these books being sent home as home readers as well as other books we have in school which we use within our reading scheme.

As a result of this change, a numbered reading level will no longer be in use.  The children will be regularly assessed by their class teacher, through reading individually, whole class reading sessions and through the monitoring of the READ IT books, to decide when it is the right time for them to move on.

It is extremely important to remember that decoding the words alone is not enough to move the children on to a new colour – they must show understanding of what they have read!

As a guide, Collins provide the following to help you to understand the colours of the books which show progression through the scheme:

SCOOTERS AND BIKES

scooterWe have recently had a spate of scooters and bikes go missing from our bike sheds.  Thankfully, a number of these have been returned to their owners within plenty of time.  However, we have one scooter missing currently – as seen in the picture.  If you are aware of its whereabouts then please do contact us as a matter of urgency so that it can be returned to its rightful owner.

In order to keep bikes and scooters as safe as possible, it would help greatly if they are named in some way and when incidents occur we can then trace the owners more effectively.

In addition, it has been noticed that older children who are no longer part of Lainesmead are leaving their bikes and scooters in our sheds.  This must not happen.  Staff have already spoken to a number of these children.  Could I ask parents to reiterate this to their children at home?

PARENT QUESTIONNAIRE FEEDBACK

At the start of the summer term, questionnaires were handed out to receive feedback to help us to improve our practice.  The results are as follows:

My child is happy in school = 94%

The school enables my child to achieve a high standard of work = 94%

I believe that the school meets the individual needs of my child and his helping him/her achieve his/her potential = 92%

School offers a wide range of after-school activities = 75%

I receive good information on the progress and attainment of my child in school. = 79%

I believe that there is good communication between school and home = 80%

I believe the school achieves good standards of behaviour = 85%

I feel happy to approach the school with any issues concerning my child = 96%

I believe the school provides help and guidance to parents in how to support their children at home = 83%

I believe the school is well led and managed = 92%

I believe the school provides a safe environment for my child = 96%

I believe the school helps my child to understand how to stay safe = 98%

Many parents provided additional comments on the strengths of the school, summarised as the following:

Community/family feel/nurture                        Recognising achievement                      Great after school clubs                                     Approachable

Teaching standards                                          Creating a safe learning environment

Good staff, education                             Opportunities for children (including trips)

Values                                                               Parents feel welcome

Children are happy                                Children treated with respect

Children are well supported

Well-rounded education

Breakfast and after-school club

We, of course asked for feedback regarding areas we can develop.  The following shows these areas and how we are planning to address these:

Comment How we are addressing
Communication between the school and parents.

 

A great deal more is now placed on to Schoop – our school app.  This has diary dates for the forthcoming year.

Text messages continue to be sent out as needed

Twitter feed shows events happening in school

Year group pages show what children are learning and photos of activities.

School lunches/School meals ordering system

 

We reviewed this last year and have introduced a new system.  This is constantly under review by the office team to ensure it runs as smoothly as possible for parents.

We work closely with the school cook on menu selection and continue to do so in order to provide the most nutritious meal possible.  Pupils themselves tell us that they are happy with the provision.

More playing equipment/better play areas

 

All of last year’s fundraising is going towards play equipment.  We are currently completing a bid for further money to subsidise the money raised in order to be able to buy the large equipment suggested by the school council – an example cost of this sort of equipment is £10,000. We hope to be successful with this bid.
More PE Sessions

 

This year we have introduced 2 PE sessions a week.

We have implemented a new scheme, used in many schools in Swindon and across England, called REAL: PE, teaching values, sportsmanship as well as skills transferable into many sports.

New/more after school clubs e.g. chess, music We are always assessing the after-school clubs we have on offer.

This year we have already introduced the following new clubs this term: craft club, science and recorder.  Gardening has also returned having been absent for a couple of years. We realise that there is a huge demand for these clubs and are always looking at what can be provided. It may be that we look at outside providers for additional clubs, which will, unfortunately, have a cost attached.

Nurturing creativity

 

We have looked again at our curriculum maps this year and have a more cross-curricular approach to teaching.  This enables more creative opportunities to take place
Homework projects – process of choosing who goes forward to the assembly All classes now swap the homework projects within their year group and anonymously vote of each other’s class projects.
Reports not clear enough Under the changing world of primary assessment changes had to be made to the way we have reported to you.

Three reports are provided throughout the year (only 2 have to be provided).  The Senior Leadership of the school regularly assess what is included in the report to make them as clear as possible to all.  We will continue to do this

Reports are also discussed at Parent Evenings to give further clarity.

Comment How we are addressing
More information on how to help at home

 

In the front of the homework books there are prompt sheets which give ideas for helping with spelling and maths at home.  We have already run our first workshop on the teaching of maths and homework – held during the ‘Meet the teacher’ meeting. Further workshops are planned for later this year to go through the teaching of spelling, phonics, maths mastery as well as Year 2 and Year 6 SATs information sessions.

We would be delighted for as many parents to attend as possible as turnout is not always conducive to running these

Address the few who don’t adhere to school policies

 

School policies are reviewed regularly.

Policies to do with uniform and behaviour are constantly addressed.

Our policy on Abusive and Threatening Behaviour towards staff is also strictly adhered to with the Senior Leadership of the school having individual conversations with any parent or carer who does not adhere to the policy.

 We also asked for feedback regarding the two residential visits we conduct, especially as the numbers attending are falling.  The main feedback was to do with the cost of both of these visits. We are currently investigating alternative residentials.  None that we have contacted so far, including the local PGL centre in Liddington, are any cheaper than our current residentials.  However, we will continue to investigate alternatives.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

All dates have been published on our school app ‘Schoop.’  Please do download this in order to keep up to date with events!

Friday 14th – Monday 17th October – Year 6 Isle of Wight Residential

Wednesday 19th October – International Primary Curriculum Fabulous Finish Afternoon (Years 1 – 6).

2:15pm – Year 2 assembly – starting with a 15 minute presentation on E-Safety (please note that these are different to last year’s)

2:30pm – Years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 Fabulous Finish afternoon begins

Monday 24th – Friday 28th October – HALF TERM

Monday 31st October – T D Day

Tuesday 1st November – All children return to school (Nursery to Year 6)

Wednesday 2nd – Friday 4th November – Year 4 Braeside trip

Thursday 3rd  November – Glow and Sparkle Disco

Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th – School Photographer in

Week Beginning 14th November – Anti-bullying Week

Tuesday 15th November – Year 6 Performance of Twelfth Night at The Wyvern Theatre

Week Beginning 21st November – Parents’ Evening Week

STAFFING NEWS

Miss E Brown, a teaching assistant in Year 1, left at the end of September. We have recruited Ms K Vincent in her place who is settling into France class and getting to know the children.

babyI am delighted to inform you that Miss Rance is expecting her first child, due in February.  We wish her and her partner all the very best.  We will shortly start the recruitment process for her replacement for the remainder of the academic year.

 

 

It is with sadness that I have to let you know that Mrs Sue Gladman is leaving Lainesmead Primary after 14 years of dedicated service to the school.  Mrs Gladman has chosen to work in a similar school but closer to home so that she can spend more time with her family. Mrs Gladman’s last day will be Friday 21st October.  I am sure that she will be as missed by children and parents as she will be by all the staff of the school.