Lainesmead News 19.10.18

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Lainesmead Primary School and Nursery’s Weekly Newsletter
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Strive, Achieve, Excel: Believe in a limitless future

It was great to welcome so many parents into school for our Fabulous Finish afternoon on Thursday. A huge well done to Year 2 on their fantastic assembly, celebrating all the learning they have completed in just a few weeks.

I have been lucky enough to have many children show me their wonderful work this week, particularly in writing.  It is clear that the children have made progress in 7 weeks and are enjoying their learning.

I also enjoyed welcoming Amy S, Amy V, Macauli and Adiyath to headteacher’s lunch this week who shared with me what they have been enjoying so far about being in Year 5 .

Today we waved goodbye to half of the Year 6 cohort who have headed to the Isle of Wight on their residential trip for the weekend.  I know that they will have a fantastic time.  Make sure you keep an eye on our twitter feed, Facebook and the website to see what they are getting up to!

Sally Arthur, our Achievement for All Coach, was delighted to speak to a number of parents on Tuesday as well as the children who have been part of the Achievement for All group.  A short summary of what was shared by parents and children is as follows:


  • Stated that the school was very welcoming and that this had especially improved over the last 18 months to 2 years.
  • There is always someone in school that they would talk to if they had a worry or concern.
  • Good relationships had been formed this year with class teachers


  • Very positive about their education, especially in KS2. Power Maths, in particular was talked about as a positive change.
  • All were open and honest and were a credit to the school and their parents
  • Resiliency and organisational skills is something to develop with younger children

This week’s certificates went to the following children for amazing work, attitude and showing the school values:
Germany: Jacob                                   France: Alek
Spain: Leo                                       Iceland: Isabella
Canada: Zofia                                    Russia: Stefan
Mexico: Matthew                                 South Africa: Marianna
Brazil: Keziah                                   China: Maria
New Zealand: Jaiden-Lee                       Australia: Makhluf

We are so please with the attendance of classes in that past week. In fact we had 3 classes as joint winners as they all achieved 100% attendance. They are Germany, Russia and Brazil.  Only one class (France) in the last week fell below 96% but have worked hard this week to attend.


As you know we use a computer program called Times Tables Rockstars.  We were able to celebrate the highest earners for this term.  Well done to all in the photo below and keep working hard on those times tables as we know it makes such a difference!


Also special mention must be made of Amy in Brazil class who won 4 medals in swimming – 2 golds, 1 silver and a bronze. She has also just been awarded her fourth Blue Peter Badge. Well done Amy!


Government expectation for Primary school attendance is 95 % with many school achieving 96% or higher.
In Term 1, up until 12/10/18 Lainesmead attendance was 96.98%
Please help us to maintain this figure above 96% as we enter term 2.



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

Monday 5th November
Term 2 starts
Mexico Day (Mexico Class)
EYFS2 Parent Workshop in The Hut
Year 5/6 BMX Workshops

Tuesday 6th November
Year 5/6 BMX Workshops

Thursday 8th November
2:30pm – Parents Power Maths Workshop

Week beginning 12th November
Anti-bullying Week

Monday 12th – Wednesday 14th
Year 4 Residential to Braeside

Wednesday 14th November
Flu Vaccinations day

Met as a Full Governing Body (FGB). At this meeting on Wednesday evening, we were delighted to welcomed four new governors: Emma Conduit-Adams and Calvin Smith will be joining the finance and staffing committee, with Lorraine Walker, who a lot of parents will remember from her time as a TA at Lainesmead and Bibi Akhtar joining our curriculum committee. It was a very full meeting which saw governors sharing their research on local Multi Academy Trusts. Becoming an academy is something governors regularly discuss, debating the pros and cons to ensure the best possible education for all children. We have agreed to discuss what advantages joining a MAT would have for Lainesmead before we pursue possible next steps. Mrs Painter shared the school’s Rapid Action Plans for key subjects, detailing the actions taken so far this term in our journey to becoming a good school. Governors will follow this up by looking at the impact of all actions when they are analysed at the end of this term. Mrs Chapman then presented the SEND annual report which governors agreed was clear and detailed the progress made by our SEND children in the last year.  Please look out for the full minutes published on our website in the next week.

As you are aware we have introduced a new maths scheme this year – Power Maths.  We have a number of dates for parents to come in and learn about this new scheme, how we are teaching maths now and how you can support with maths homework to complement the scheme.  Please make every effort to attend as this would be hugely beneficial to the way you support at home.


A reminder that Beat the Street is coming to an end on Wednesday 24th October.  Let’s try to move as far up the leader board as we can in the last few days.  Don’t forget the celebration event that is happening on Wednesday 24th October – a perfect event to attend as school is closed to children that day!beat the stree