Lainesmead Primary School and Nursery’s Weekly Newsletter
THIS WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS
At the end of last week, Year 2 were visited by Mark Sutton, from Swindon Heritage Society. He spoke to the children about local soldiers who had fought in World War 1 as well as showing them many artefacts from this period. In fact he was so impressed her tweeted the following:
On Tuesday the Year 5 children enjoyed a fantastic trip to ‘We are curious’ (previously @Bristol). They applied what they have been learning in Science as well as having a fantastic hands-on science day. A particular highlight has to be the Planetarium visit.
Also on Tuesday, the Swindon Borough Council Tommy silhouette arrived in school. The children thoughtfully added their piece of material to our giant poppy with it taking shape gradually throughout the day. It was such a pleasure to see how it developed and ‘grew’ as the day went on and how it was a fitting tribute to those who have been killed or injured in conflict around the world.
THIS WEEK FROM THE GOVERNORS
On Tuesday evening, 3 governors attended Governor and Clerks briefing, run by the local authority. As well as safeguarding updates, we had a presentation about Swindon as a learning Town which is a project designed to promote lifelong learning. They have a website, www.swindonlearningtown.com, which can be accessed to find out information on a wide range of learning options (0-90)! For governors though, the changes to Ofsted were the most important part of the presentation. The new framework (due September 2019) stresses the importance of a broad and balanced curriculum and stems from the worry that too many schools teach a narrow curriculum focused on end of key stage tests. This has never been the policy at Lainesmead, although we do of course ensure children are well prepared for the tests they face. It also stresses the vast amount of knowledge and vocabulary children are expected to remember. This is one area where parents can make a real contribution to their children’s education.
CERTIFICATES OF EXCELLENCE
This week’s certificates went to the following children for amazing work, attitude and showing the school values:
Germany: France: Phoebe
Spain: James Iceland: Roliana
Canada: Gabriel Russia: Luke
Mexico: Lila South Africa: Jacob
Brazil: Zunaid China: Varshan
New Zealand: Kieran Australia: Evie-Marie
Well done also to Iceland and Australia who both achieved 97.7% attendance last week. Iceland landed on ‘Free Parking’ and await an award. Australia landed on free time with the PE equipment.
Last week, at an area PE Conference, Mr Tew was the first PE Leader and school in Wiltshire to be awarded with a REAL Legacy certificate. REAL Legacy is an ambitious two-year programme, personalised for your school to make a real difference and create a real legacy for EVERY child in relation to their health and wellbeing.
Linking back to last week’s attendance information, this poster has been produced to show the long term effects of non-attendance on achievement:
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Wednesday 5th December
Local Author, Fred Blunt, visiting the school. Drawing workshops in Years 2, 3 and 4
Friday 7th December
Christmas Fair – 3:15pm – 5:00pm
Tuesday 11th December
Fabulous Finish – Year 5 Assembly
Wednesday 12th December
Christmas Dinner Day
Friday 14th December
KS1 Carol Service in Christ Church
Monday 17th December
EYFS Nativity in school (am and pm performances)
Tuesday 18th December
EYFS Christmas Party
School Christmas Disco
Wednesday 19th December
KS1 Christmas Party
Thursday 20th December
KS2 Christmas Party
Friday 21st December
Christmas Jumper Competition Day
Last day of term. Christmas Crafts at 2pm. School finishes at 2:30pm
As a school we have run a number of charitable donations during the Autumn term. So far we have raised the following:
Jeans for Genes day: £190.65
Children in Need: £154
British Legion Poppy Appeal: £313.80
Many thanks to everyone for your generous donations towards these charities.