Lainesmead News 12.10.18

Lainesmead Primary School and Nursery’s Weekly Newsletter
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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.

every school day counts


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.

fruit healthy snacks

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