End of Term 6 Newsletter

NEW SCHOOL VISION

Today we introduced to the children the new vision for the school:

Strive, achieve, excel

Believe in a limitless future

As part of the assembly we shared the definition of each of the words in the first part and read quotes to inspire us to fulfil this vision.

To strive: “to make great efforts to achieve or obtain something”

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To achieve: “successfully bring about or reach (a desired objective or result) by effort, skill, or courage.”

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To excel: “be exceptionally good at or proficient in an activity or subject.”

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This vision has been thought about carefully by many to ensure that there are high expectations of all whilst also showing that nothing is achieved without the hard work of striving!

NEW BEHAVIOUR POLICY

As part of our new Lainesmead vision, we have updated our behaviour policy and this has been shared with the children in our move-up assembly. We now have three simple rules. If you ask your children, they will hopefully be able to tell you that they are:

    • Be ready
    • Be respectful
    • Be safe

We have also reduced the number of school values to 6 and these will all be talked about and celebrated throughout the year:

      • Respect
      • Cooperation
      • Resilience
      • Compassion
      • Responsibility
      • Curiosity

When the children work hard and are following the school rules they will be rewarded with raffle tickets in class. Each class will decide together what will be in their prize box.

Excellent work in books will earn children house points and maybe a visit to Mrs Painter or Mrs Mepstead!  House points will be counted each week and the amount of points will be shared in assembly. At the end of each term, the winning house’s children will be rewarded with a ‘Sports hour’ where they can choose and undertake a sporting activity.

Instead of our clouds and traffic lights, we have introduced a ‘Board of recognition.’ Children will have their name on the board by showing the school values and going ‘above and beyond’ what is expected.

Each week, one person from each class will earn the ‘Certificate of Excellence’ in celebration assembly – look out for these coming home from September. If your child brings one home it should be a really proud moment and something to celebrate!

Sometimes teachers may need to help the children learn to behave as we would expect at Lainesmead. They will:

Remind children of the expectations.

Give a clear verbal caution to make the child aware of the behaviour and the consequences if it continues.

Give a last chance.

Give time out – if this happens they will attend a restorative meeting with their teacher and you will be informed at the end of the school day.

If three or more school rules forms are filled in in a week, the child will attend ‘How to shine class’ with Mrs Painter or Mrs Mepstead. You will be informed and a meeting will be held with you and your child to discuss.

We are very proud of the children’s behaviour and intend our new behaviour policy to promote positivity and the building of relationships with a focus on teaching the children how to behave, rather than simply focusing on the consequences of misconduct.

SUMMER HOLIDAY HOMEWORK

This week we will be sending the children home with their exciting summer holiday homework – the best homework ever!  There are prizes for individuals with the biggest totals as well as the class with the biggest total.  Please do take part in as many of the activities as you can!

Here is a link to the website page for the homework

 

THIS WEEK THE GOVERNORS HAVE…

Attended the Pride of Lainesmead award ceremony as well as the Year 6 Leavers assembly.  They were very proud of the accomplishments of the children.

Dates for your Diary

Monday 23rd July

3:20pm: KS1 Meet the Teachers Meeting

Tuesday 24th July

3:20pm: KS2 Meet the Teachers Meeting

Wednesday 25th July

Year 7s Tea Party for children and parents of those leaving us for secondary school, 3:15pm – 4:30pm

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Thursday 26th July

LAST DAY OF TERM

SCHOOL FINISHES AT 2PM

REMINDER: CHANGES TO BREAKFAST AND L’AFTER CLUB

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club fills up tummies and wakes up brains – just what children need to have a super start to their day!
From September Breakfast Club will be open every day term time only from 8.00am to 8.45am.

Breakfast Club gets your child’s day off to a great start; we offer a selection of healthy breakfast choices which provide energy right through to lunchtime.  After breakfast children are engaged in activities to wake up their brains such as board games, reading, drawing and colouring until 8.45am when they are taken to their classes by Breakfast Club staff.   You can book your child in to the club for a whole week or choose to attend on a daily basis according to your need.

The cost of Breakfast Club from September 2018 is £2.50 per day and payable via the ParentPay website. The club is free to children who qualify for free school meals due to household income or benefit status (referred to as Pupil Premium).

If you have any questions or would like further information about Breakfast please speak to the school office who will be happy to help you!

The L’After Club – paid after school care provision

We have listened to the views of parents and as a result from September the L’After Club will in term time only open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays from 3.15pm to 6pm. On Fridays the club will open from 3.15pm to 5.pm.

The club moves to a new home from September which will be the port-a-cabin situated on Key Stage 1 playground.  This environment will be specifically set up for teaching use in the day and the L’After club each evening.  The cabin has its own entrance gate, toilet, kitchen facilities and enclosed outside play area.

Chef Luann will also provide a delicious and nutritious teatime meal every day except Fridays.

For full details on session times, costs and booking please speak to the school office.

Remember you will need to book your sessions for September before the end of term

ROALD DAHL DAY

On Thursday 13th September, we will be taking part in Roald Dahl Day.  The children will be asked to come dressed as a Roald Dahl character and will take part in many activities linked to the booked during the school day.  At 2:30pm, we would love parents to come in and join us for our end of day activities.

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Dates for your Diary

2018—2019

Monday 3rd September

School Closed to pupils – TD DAY

Tuesday 4th September

Children from Reception to Year 6 return

NURSERY CLOSED

Wednesday 5th September

Existing Nursery Children return

Thursday 6th September

New Nursery children start (Phased entry)

Friday 7th September

Brazil class (Y5) celebrate Brazil Day

Thursday 13th September

Roald Dahl Day – non-school uniform day, dress as a Roald Dahl Character

2:30pm – Parents join classes for their Roald Dahl Day – come and receive your free gift!

Monday 17th September

Reception Parents Workshop 9am

Wednesday 19th September

Year 3 Ballet begins

Friday 21st September

Non-school uniform

Donations will be shared between the school and the Jeans for Genes Day charity

Monday 24th September

Whole School Maths Day

Reception Parents Workshop 9am

A reminder that the TD Days for next year are:

Monday 3rd September                         Monday 1st October                              Wednesday 24th October

Monday 7th January                              Friday 19th July

School will therefore be closed to all pupils on the above dates.

 

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Term 5 News

Term 5 News

The big focus of this term has been on end of Key Stage assessments. As you are aware, the Government brought in new SATs in 2015 to reflect the National Curriculum which was introduced in 2014. The new curriculum raises the expectation at the end of Key Stage 1 (Y2) and 2 (Y6), with the tests becoming more challenging as a result.

Year 6 SATs Week

The children were provided with a special breakfast throughout SATs week. The cooked breakfasts each day, all of a different variety, went down particularly well! All staff were extremely proud of the Year 6 children who have worked very hard not just in SATS Week but throughout the year. The children showed so many of the values of the school, particularly resilience, in tackling some of the more difficult questions.

Year 2 SATs

The Year 2 children have also been completing their SATs Test during May (there is no specific timetable for the Y2 SATS). The children have been brilliant in their attitudes to the test, a number even admitting that they found them fun! Again, expectations have risen as a result of the new national curriculum.

Children in Years 1 – 5 will also been undertaking assessments after the holidays which will form the end of year data for the school. Information regarding these will be shared with you in the end of year report as we did in November and March.

This term also saw us receive a 2 day visit from Ofsted. We are still awaiting publication of the report and will send this out as soon as it is available to us. This is likely to be after half term.

THE VALUE FOR MAY IS: THOUGHTFULNESS

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UPHAM ROAD ESSENTIAL IMPROVEMENT WORKS

You will recall that we have previously informed you of essential carriageway works that are being conducted on Upham Road by Swindon Borough Council. These road works are planned to start in mid-June. Information we have received from the council states the following:

“The works will last for approximately ten weeks. Sections of the road will be fully closed during the works, which will be completed in phases. Access to Lainesmead Primary, Holy Cross and Lawn Manor Academy, OK4U and Immanuel Church will be maintained where possible during the works. However, it will not be possible to park cars at or outside properties on Upham Road. The bus route will also be suspended during the works, with services being access via Queens Drive or Drove Road.

The Bus Gate at Queens Drive will not be in operation during the works and therefore access will be permitted via Queens Drive. This will increase traffic around the school. Therefore, can we urge you to take note of the double-yellow lines and the zig-zags and park well away from the school.”

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We now have a local councillor involved in discussions on improving the traffic situation in order to ensure that children and parents can walk to and from the school in safety.

We are also issuing warning letters to parents who are not adhering to traffic laws and monitoring this very carefully. Once again, parking in these areas ENDANGERS CHILDREN’S LIVES!

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 2017—2018

Thursday 24th May – Fabulous Finish Afternoon

2:15pm – Year 3 Assembly, starting with a 10 minute presentation on E-Safety (please notethat these are different to last year’s)

2:30pm – Reception, Years 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 Fabulous Finish begins

Friday 25th May Last day of term 5. School Finishes at 3:15pm

Monday 4th June First day of Term 6 – Science/ICT week

Week beginning 11th June Year 1 Phonics Screening Week

Week beginning 18th June Sports Week:

Sports for Schools Assembly

KS1 – Sports afternoons 19th June

Years 5 and 6 – Sports afternoons 20th June

Year 3 and 4 – Sports afternoons 21st June

Years 1 – 3 – Skip2Bfit workshops – Wednesday 20th June

Tuesday 10th July Y6 Production afternoon and evening performance – more details to follow

Thursday 12th July Fabulous Finish Afternoon

2:15pm – Year 1 Assembly, starting with a 10 minute presentation on E-Safety (please note that these are different to last year’s)

2:30pm – Reception, Years 2, 3, 4, 5 Fabulous Finish begins (Year 6 are not be involved due to production)

Thursday 19th July – Year 6 Leavers Assembly

– End of year reports distributed

– Pride of Lainesmead Awards (KS2) at 6pm

Friday 20th July TD DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED

Week Beginning 23rd July Move Up Week

Monday 23rd July 3:20pm: KS1 Meet the Teachers Meeting

Tuesday 24th July 3:20pm: KS2 Meet the Teachers Meeting

Thursday 26th July LAST DAY OF TERM – SCHOOL FINISHES AT 2PM

 

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!

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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
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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

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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
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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