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
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.”
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