Lainesmead News 12.10.18

Lainesmead Primary School and Nursery’s Weekly Newsletter
Twitter: @LainesmeadSch

Strive, Achieve, Excel: Believe in a limitless future

I was delighted to start our Headteacher lunches once again for this academic year with four of the Year 6 children – Nicole, Luke, Sudiksha and Aaron.  They have all been regularly placed on the Board of Recognition in their classrooms for following the school rules and displaying the school’s values.  They shared with me how they felt about being in Year 6.  As some of them are eagerly anticipating their residential trip to the Isle of Wight next week, they were very much talking about what they will be looking forward to when they get there.

I have been delighted to have many children show me their fantastic work.  Of particular note is some amazing writing completed by three of our Reception children – Florence, Theo and Isaac – who used their emerging writing skills to complete a message in a bottle after being stranded on a desert island! Well done to all three children.

Year 4 children thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Avebury at the end of last week which supported their Stone Age Boy topic.

Well done also to our football team who won their cup game yesterday on penalties.  There were 2 players of the match – Jamal and Connor.

Attended a Maths Focus Meeting.  Mrs Timbrell, the Maths Link Governors, worked with Mrs Saxby discussing the implementation of our new Power Maths Scheme as well as looking at feedback from this from both teachers and teaching assistants and also the children. They also looked at the children’s Power Maths Practice Books.  When looking at these teachers are asked to ensure that children complete the following:

  • Write a date that is underlined.
  • All lines are drawn with a ruler
  • Read and respond to the teacher’s marking
  • Put one neat line through mistakes
  • Only use a sharp pencil
  • Numbers are formed correctly
  • Work marked wrong is not rubbed out but written correctly again
  • Handwriting for written answers is neat and grammatically correct

As stated last week, the teachers gained a great deal from visiting other schools in Swindon on our TD Day.  They observed many features that we are working hard on in school.  Namely:

  • High expectations of the children
  • Children reading regularly at home and in school
  • Joined handwriting throughout all year groups
  • Children working independently
  • Clear differentiation with extension and support

Many teachers mentioned the number of workshops run by the schools also.  We are running workshops after half-term for our new Power Maths scheme.  Please do make every effort to attend as we know this will be invaluable in supporting parents with maths at home.

This week’s certificates went to the following children for amazing work, attitude and showing the school values:
Germany: Grace                                    France: James
Spain: Alfie S                                    Iceland: Maja
Canada: John                                      Russia: Lacie-Mae
Mexico: Layla G                                   South Africa: Ellie P
Brazil: Kai P                                         China: Connor
New Zealand: Kallum                             Australia: Sudiksha

Well done also to Canada class who achieved 100% attendance last week and Germany who had 98.8% attendance last week. Canada rolled the dice and were awarded 10 minutes extra play. Germany’s roll resulted in dance time!
Last week, three classes fell below the 96% attendance figure aimed for  – Spain, Mexico and China.  Please could we make an extra effort for the children to attend in these 3 classes to lift their figure above 96% once again.

During parents’ evenings last week your child’s class teacher may have informed you of your child’s below average attendance rate. This is because it is our role as school staff to report to parents on a child’s attendance and share any concerns that we may have about the impact of poor attendance or punctuality upon learning.

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In assembly today we announced our new play leaders.  These children are trained by Mrs Dee in organising and running games/play outside at break and lunchtime.  They ensure that no child is left out or feeling lonely outside. Well done to the following children:
Janice; Montana; Kieran; Jamal; Karina; Catie; Lexis; Keith; Imrana; Lillymai; Lola; Lara; Tilly; Keziah; Sofia B; Macauli; Adiyath; Jaina; Rosie; Rudy; Eddie; Lexi; Kyron; Jayden; Max; Norisha; Beth; Julia; Amy S; Kai P.


We would like to remind you that it has long been school policy that children are provided with fruit or vegetables snacks at break time.  They should not bring chocolate or cereal bars into school to eat during this time. In Key Stage 1 and Early Years, children are provided with a fruit or vegetable snack free of charge but parents can provide one as well if they so wish.

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Monday 8th October
Reception Parents Workshop – Interactive Learning Diary
Please note that this will take place in SPAIN class and not the Hut.

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 Term 6)

Thursday 18th October
Fabulous Finale – Y2 assembly
Gates will be opened at 2:30pm for all year groups (Years 1 – 6)
Parents will be asked to wait on the playground from 3pm as the teachers organise their classes for the end of the day

Friday 19th – Monday 22nd October
Year 6 Isle of Wight residential (Tuesday 23rd is a rest day)

Tuesday 23rd October
End of Term 1 – school finishes at 3:15pm

Wednesday 24th October

Lainesmead News 05.10.18


Lainesmead Primary School and Nursery’s Weekly Newsletter
Twitter: @LainesmeadSch

Another busy week here at Lainesmead!

Monday was busy day for all staff here at school with the teachers visiting others schools and then receiving training back at school.  I know many found it an extremely useful and worthwhile day.
Thank you to all those parents who have attended our parents’ consultation evenings this week.  It was lovely to see so many of you coming in to share your thoughts about how the start of term has been for your child/children.  The book sale was extremely popular.  We will be running this again in the Christmas Fair.

Met as a curriculum sub-committee with a very full agenda. After reviewing actions from the previous meeting we began by discussing our Home Reading policy which arose from the previous meeting. This is something governors are particularly interested to ensure is effective as reading is at the heart of successful learning. Mrs Mepstead shared news of the reading log relaunch, with particular focus on ensuring teachers regularly monitor the logs to thank parents who read with their children and challenge and support those who find this more difficult. If you have any views on this, please feel free to speak to any parent governor on the playground or via mail.

We also discussed a range of reports from subject coordinators sharing their vision, actions and impact on learning from last year. We all agreed these reflected a massive amount of work and congratulated staff on their clarity. As part of this, we particularly enjoyed an inspirational presentation from Mrs Baldry about her work as subject Leader for DT. The minutes will be available on the website shortly.

In addition, Alan Mulrooney and I, attended Head Teachers performance management training on Monday evening to ensure we are able to effectively review Mrs Painter’s targets for last year and to set new targets to ensure the school continues to move forward.

This term we introduced a new format to our parents’ evenings.  We wanted to hear much more from you, the parents, regarding how the children had settled.  We also introduced our new Home School Agreement. For those who have not been able to attend a meeting yet our agreement states the following:

We will:
·         Encourage children to strive, achieve and excel to reach their full potential
·         Develop children’s self-esteem
·         Provide a broad, balanced curriculum
·         Provide a safe environment that develops pupils independence and enhances learning
·         Communicate regularly with parents about pupils progress, achievement, attendance and behaviour
·         Provide appropriate homework
I/we will:
·         Make sure my child comes to school every day and on time
·         Phone the school to explain if my child will not be at school
·         Make sure my child is dressed following the school’s uniform policy
·         Make sure my child has the correct PE Kit in school
·         Share with school any concerns or problems
·         Follow all the school’s rules and policies
·         Attend meetings to support my child
·         Make sure my child reads 5 times a week at home and does their homework
I will:
·         Be safe
·         Be ready
·         Be respectful
·         Show the school values in everything I do
·         Come to school every day, on time, dressed in my uniform
·         Complete my homework, including reading 5 times a week

We would like to clarify the situation regarding extended pupil absence.

If your child is to be absent for 20 continuous days of unauthorised absence or the pupil fails to attend school within 10 days immediately following the expiry of the period for which leave was granted, parents will be notified in advance that their child may be removed from the school roll. In such circumstances the parent/carer would need to reapply for a school place via Swindon School’s admissions. A further placement at Lainesmead cannot be guaranteed.


On Monday 15th October, we will be celebrating our yearly harvest in assembly.  This year we have decided to pass any donations on to Swindon Women’s Aid.  If you can provide anything from the following list then we would be most grateful:
Long Life Fruit Juice    Coffee jars   Tinned Meat (Ham, Corned Beef, Stewing Steak)
Long Life Milk           Tinned Fruit           Tinned Fish        Rice & Sponge Pudding
Cooking Sauce (Pasta/Curry)      Tinned Potatoes      Breakfast Cereals        Sugar         Tea           Tinned Soup              Biscuits                   Baked Beans                 Pasta & Rice              Tinned Spaghetti, Macaroni, Meat Pie, Curry
Tinned Vegetables        Tinned Tomatoes

This week’s certificates went to the following children for amazing work, attitude and showing the school values:
Germany: Anushka                       France: Ibrahim
Spain: Isabella                                Iceland: Alimu
Canada: Conrad                             Russia: Kayla
Mexico/South Africa: Out on a trip so no certificates
Brazil: Agnes                                 China: Beth
New Zealand: Zara                      Australia: Evan

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Well done also to Iceland who achieved 100% attendance last week and South Africa who had 98.3% attendance last week.


Monday 8th October
Reception Parents Reading 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 Term 6)

Thursday 18th October
Fabulous Finale – Y2 assembly

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

Wednesday 24th October

As you are aware, our policy is that children should be reading at home at least 5 times a week.  All children are provided with a coloured Reading Log Book in order to note down their reading throughout the week.

It has come to our attention that there is some confusion regarding how these log books are filled in and by whom.

Every time a child reads to an adult it should be noted down in the book.  Please note that the reading log book is not for noting other homework that the child might be completing.
Below is a sample from the front of the book illustrating how the book should be completed.

Sample Recording page

Lainesmead News 28.09.18


So much has been happening in school this week.
Huge thanks to those who came to our very first Maths Day.  It was great to see children sharing with parents the new things they had learnt about Times Tables.  Remember to log on at home to Times Tables Rockstars to keep up the practise!

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Year 2 and 5 were delighted by the visit of the Space Dome as well. Even though I didn’t have the pleasure of going into the dome, the “Woos” and “Aaahhs” that came from there told me how much the children were enjoying.
Our Year 6s visited Lawn Manor yesterday to take part in their Artsmad day, with a focus on the Performing Arts.  They had a great time.

Just a reminder that on Monday school is closed as it is a TD Day.

Attended our Safeguarding Audit and the Maths Days.  Here’s feedback from one of our parent governors, Caroline Mazzotta:
The safeguarding meeting was very informative.  It was good to see the school’s action plans in place and the ones going into place regarding the safeguarding of not only vulnerable children but for ALL children in the school. It was interesting to hear about the work that goes on behind the scenes and especially out of hours, for example the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Headteacher being on call out of term time, and the extra steps that are being taken to look out for vulnerable children. 

It was lovely to see all the children engaged and enthusiastic about Maths. I am looking forward to using the “Times Table Rock Stars” and encourage all parents to do so also – it will be refreshing to see the enthusiasm for this rather than “Minecraft” for a change.  I am looking forward to seeing, and sharing, the impact from using this will have on individuals and the school as a whole.

Do you know a family who still needs a space in nursery?
If yes, then please ask them to contact the school as we have spaces remaining in our newly opened school nursery.

Only need 30 hours but over 3 days? We can do this!

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

Germany: Mollie Benjafield           France: Kaydon-Lee Bradford

Spain: Corey Compton                 Canada: Jai Saran

Russia: Sean Yates                   Mexico: Skylar Fernandes

South Africa: Federico Milea        Brazil: Lennon D’Souza

China: Amy Vasishat                  New Zealand: Munsif Xec

Australia: Luke Calixto Gama

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Well done also to Spain, Iceland and Mexico class who achieved 100% attendance as a class last week and rolled the dice to find out their class reward.

Although we have only recently started a new school year, some of you are thinking ahead to booking holidays for 2019. Please do check our school holiday dates first.
Our policy states that is a parent/ carer’s responsibility:
‘To take holidays out of term time’.
‘Parents DO NOT have the legal right to remove their child from school during term time unless the pupil is genuinely ill or the parent has received permission in advance of the absence. Requests for pupil leave of absence during term time should be made in advance and before any arrangements confirmed or money committed. Parents/carers should complete the appropriate form, which is available via the school website or from the school office.’
Please note that ‘If an absence is not authorised, parents/carers can be fined for taking a pupil out of school without permission.’
Thank you for your understanding and co-operation

Please could we take this opportunity to remind you that children should not be bringing into school their own footballs/balls.  We have a strict policy that football is not played on the playground before school starts.  This is to ensure the safety of all as the playground is a very busy place in the morning.  Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.

During our Parent Consultation Evenings this week, we will once again be running our Book Shop from the hall.  Parents pick up a bargain book – all books will be on sale for only £2. Every book is brand new and there will be a range of age appropriate books available. Remember, earlier this term, we stated how important reading at home is and the difference it makes in the long term to a child’s future life.


IPad Fundraising


As you are aware, the school, like many across the country has been suffering from budget cuts.  Unfortunately, due to government budget cuts, last year we lost £80,000 and had to make several redundancies. This year, our dire finical situation has continued and we are having to make further cut backs.

As a result of this we have set up a Just Giving Page to help us to raise money for some much needed equipment. We had been really hoping to be able to purchase a set of 15 IPad for the children to use to enhance their learning – not only in computing but in many subjects across the curriculum. If you are able, then please could we ask you to make a contribution, however small, to this cause.  Also, if you could spread the word amongst family and friends then we would be extremely grateful!

The link to the Just Giving page is:


Monday 1st October

Tuesday 2nd/Wednesday 3rd/Thursday 4th October
Parents’ consultation evenings – please ensure your attendance at this vital meeting

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 Term 6)

Thursday 18th October
Fabulous Finale – Y2 assembly

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

Wednesday 24th October