Lainesmead News 21.12.18

We have finally reached the end of a long term! This week has been as busy as the others and it has certainly been a week of Christmas cheer.
First of all, a huge well done to EYFS who completed two performances of the Nativity on Monday. They spoke so clearly and their singing certainly brought a tear to the eyes of many a parent!


The children have thoroughly enjoyed their Christmas parties this week, with time for a dance in the hall and games in the classrooms. Thank you to Chef Luann and her team for organising the party food on top of the usual lunches that were being prepared.
Finally, we ended this week with our traditional ‘Songs Around the Christmas Tree’ with children all the way from Nursery to Year 6 performing a song of their choice to the whole school. It was lovely to welcome our Nursery and Reception children to assembly. They sat beautifully throughout, showing how much progress they have made in the short time they have been at school. Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who came dressed in their Christmas Jumpers, whether decorated from home or bought, it was wonderful to see the children looking so festive!

Christmas Jumper Day

Thank you for all of your support this term and we look forward to welcoming you all back on TUESDAY 8TH JANUARY.



This week’s certificates went to the following children for amazing work, attitude and showing the school values:
Germany: Denis                          France: Noah
Spain: Kenan                               Iceland: Leo (absent)
Canada: Poppy                            Russia: Finley
Mexico: Nikhil                             South Africa: Neha
Brazil: Aloy                                  China: Kyron (absent)
New Zealand: Rodney               Australia: Lexis

certificate of excellence

Well done to Germany class (96.7%) and New Zealand class (99%). Both classes are choosing their own rewards this week.  Well done also to all the children who have 100% attendance for the term, we know that this is not always easy to achieve. They have received their treat already! At the end of every long term (the Autumn, Spring and Summer), we reward a family where every child has 100% attendance. This term the family name drawn was Pagett – Noah (Scotland) and Alba (Iceland) who have won a family cinema voucher.

Remember, even if children have been absent this term, they can still be reward in the Spring Term for their 100% attendance as we award this on a term by term basis.

As you are aware, we have been running a poster competition to encourage attendance at school.  We were delighted to announce the winners in today’s assembly and they are:
First place: Ansel (China)
Second Place: Alesha (New Zealand)
Joint third place: Tyler M/Daniel P (South Africa)
Riley G/Umar (South Africa)

We will be working on putting many of the ideas presented by the children, such as ‘School is Cool’ and ‘Attend to Achieve’ together onto one finished poster, which we will be distributing in the new year.


Monday 7TH January

Tuesday 8th January
Reception to Year 6 children return to school

Wednesday 9th January
Nursery children return

Friday 11th January
Non-school uniform day – come dressed as your hero!
50p-£1 donation

Tuesday 15th January
Year 1 Phonics Workshops – 2:30pm and 6:00pm
This is a must attend event!  Phonics packs will be given out to all parents in attendance

Wednesday 23rd January
National Handwriting Day

Monday 28th January
Australia Day (Australia Class)

Week beginning 4th February
E-safety week

The kitchen has received its first full Food Premises Inspection Report since its refurbishment in the summer.  The outcome of the inspection has been very help full and supportive but unfortunately also means our Score on the Door Rating has been reduced from the top rating of 5.  However, please be assured we regard this as a temporary measure whilst we work through the findings of the report.  We already have a plan in place taking corrective measures where needed and all points will have addressed by the later part of January.  We will then request a revisit by the Food Premises Inspection Team to again review the kitchen with all points raised having been fully addressed.
Please be assured the School Governors and I have the utmost confidence in the school kitchen and the food provided for our children.

As you will be aware from newsletters in term 1, the children have access to an online resource that supports their learning of the times tables.  The ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ program enables the children to compete against each other individually, as classes and even as houses.  Teachers are also listed on the program and it is a great incentive to many to ‘beat the teacher!’

In this week’s assembly I was delighted to hand out a number of ‘High Achievers’ certificates to children and introduce our new ‘Rock Hero’ badge to children.  These awards are for children who are regularly accessing the program in school and when at home and are earning points to achieve different stages whilst playing.  Well done to all who are playing. Here are just a few of the children with their awards.

times tables rockstars

Mrs Saxby has also been analysing which class has the most amount of regular participants (both in and outside of school).  With 94% of children regularly accessing Times Tables Rockstars the winning class is Mexico.  Well done to them as they have earnt extra playtime.

Merry Christmas