Lainesmead News 21.09.18

This week we were delighted to welcome back the Royal Ballet to start their lessons with our Year 3 children.  A huge thanks to everyone who supported today’s Jeans for Genes day.  We will let you know next week how much we have raised.

This week, it was the privilege of Mrs Robinson and me to take 4 children, Omaree, Lillymai, Jamal and Zara, who completed the Prince William Award through Skillforce last year to the national graduation ceremony in the University of Birmingham.  It was a very early start but the day was fantastic.  The children were a real credit to the school and enjoyed every moment but special mention must go to having our very own photo with David Walliams, who was the master of ceremony at the event.  All awards were present by Prince William himself!


Been reading updated policies in preparation for the governors meetings which start next week.  Mrs Timbrell also attended the second part of the school Power Maths training.

This week’s certificates went to the following children for amazing work, attitude and showing the school values:

Germany: Bradley                               France: Robert
Spain: Afia                                             Iceland: Amelia P
Canada: Lucian                                    Russia: Lily P
Mexico: Julia                                         South Africa: Trey
Brazil: Utsav                                          China: William
New Zealand: Jude                               Australia: Karina

Well done also to France and South Africa class who achieved 100% attendance as a class last week and rolled the dice to find out their class reward.


Staff have just completed their second professional development meeting focusing on the implementation of our new maths scheme: Power Maths. The sessions have introduced the scheme to the staff and identified the key principles, which continues to build on the positive growth mindset and the belief that ‘everyone can do maths’ that the school had previously been working on.

Part of the session was focused on the use of CPA – concrete, pictorial and abstract representations. It is really important that all children have access to practical resources and are able to represent their thinking through pictures. This allows them to have a better understanding of abstract learning, which child often find difficult. We also explored different ways the children can represent their ideas and looked at using number lines, place value charts and part-whole model.

Staff can already see the benefits of the scheme. Quotes from staff:
“The scheme provides a clear progression and expectations that will develop consistency across the school. This will help the children to develop their learning as they will be familiar with the resources and representations.” Mrs Smith
“The scheme provides a variety of learning activities presented in different ways, which will challenge pupils and help all of them to reach their potential. The emphasis on the practical resources is a benefit to all.” Mr Tew

You can find out more about the Power Maths scheme by attending the parent workshops in Term 2. See the website for dates.

You may have noticed from our “Dates for the fridge” that we have a Maths Day each term this year. Each day will have a different focus throughout the year.  Our very first day, on Monday, will focus on Times Tables.

We will start with an assembly relaunching our Times Tables Rockstars and each class in Years 2 to 6 will be taking part in a school-wide Times Tables competition.  The focus on these sessions will be on personal improvement in times tables.

Throughout the day, the classes will be investigating all the amazing things we know because of our times tables as well as looking for patterns between the times tables.

We would love to have as many parents involved as possible.  Please join us at 2:45pm so that the children can share all of their amazing learning with you.

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Once again, I am launching my annual competition asking primary school pupils in South Swindon to design my parliamentary Christmas card.

The winning design will be professionally printed and used as my Christmas card for this year. It will be sent to many businesses, public sector organisations, schools, charities and community organisations and to councillors, MPs and Ministers. I hope the children enjoy taking part in the competition and I am looking forward to receiving all the entries.

Last year, I received many excellent designs and it took me some time to choose a winner!
The Christmas card competition is open to all primary schools in the constituency with the theme being ‘Christmas time in Swindon’
Entries should be sent to the Constituency Office, 29b Wood Street, Old Town Swindon, SN1 4AN before 26th October 2018

As you are aware from our previous communications following our Ofsted inspection, pupil attendance is a key area for the school to improve. In particular, for those children who are persistently absent. Our Attendance policy (which is available in full on our website) states that:

‘School may contact parents/carers if a pupil’s attendance is 95% or below.’ School will automatically send parents/carers standardised information regarding their child’s attendance rate and advise parents that their child’s attendance will be monitored by the school. If there is no improvement in attendance/punctuality, then parents/carers may be invited to attend a ‘School Attendance Meeting’.  Parents may be notified of attendance/punctuality concerns via telephone, face to face or email.

Furthermore, since the start of term many pupils have been absent due to routine dental appointments. Lainesmead attendance & absence policy states:
“Parents/ careers are encouraged to arrange medical/ dental appointments outside of the school day where possible, to ensure that the pupil is only absent for the minimum amount of time necessary for an appointment “

Thank you for your future support with this.



Monday 24th September
Whole School Maths Day – Parents are welcome in at 2:45pm to join us in a celebration of Times Tables
Reception Parents Workshop 9am in The Hut

Monday 1st October

Tuesday 2nd/Wednesday 3rd/Thursday 4th October
Parents’ consultation evenings – please see letter distributed today

Tuesday 2nd October
China Day (China class)

Monday 8th October
Reception Parents Workshop

Friday 12th October
Spain Day (Spain Class)

Monday 15th October
Harvest Assembly – contribution towards Women’s Aid

Wednesday 17th October
Volunteer Parents Training (re-rerun of the training held in the Term 6)

Thursday 18th October
Fabulous Finale – Y2 assembly

Friday 19th – Monday 22nd October
Year 6 Isle of Wight residential

Wednesday 24th October


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