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:
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!
We 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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
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!”
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
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
Week beginning Monday 13th March