Lainesmead News 26.04.19


Welcome back to Term 5 – a short but extremely busy term for us at Lainesmead!

Year 5 started the term with a bang, with a Viking Day!  They enjoyed learning about the Vikings for the day with a visitor, dressed as a Viking, and re-enacted famous events from that time.  Here are a few of the images from the fantastic day:

Year 1 also enjoyed their topic day yesterday with Mrs Telling dressing as Minnie Mouse and Mr Brown dressing as a policeman for the day!

Both these will certainly be memorable for the children and a great way to start their new topics!

We were very fortunate to have all the internal doors replaced by the Local Authority over the Easter holidays.  They look absolutely brilliant and have given the school a more modern look inside.  In half term and over the summer holidays further work will be carried out including completing a replacement roof for the school and a new, much more efficient boiler, all work which is very much needed!


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

Germany: Giulianna                     France: Stan

Spain: Jacob                              Iceland: Miles

Canada: Ella                               Russia: Bobby

Mexico: Hashem                        South Africa: Charlie

Brazil: Mabel                            China: Eddie

New Zealand: Taher                  Australia: Casandra

Well done to Russia class (98%) and Iceland class (96.7%). Russia received extra time with PE equipment and Iceland landed on time on the climbing frames as their reward.  Well done to both classes.


Many of you would have seen the following post of our Facebook page this week:

Next year, one of our key areas for development is the embedding a love of reading for pleasure. To help with this, we would like to create a library which would be welcoming space that the children could access at break and lunch to read for pleasure. 
Unfortunately we have no inside space to house this. However, we have an idea after taking inspiration from other schools!

We think we may have already sourced a bus and thanks to Mr Powles for being invaluable in providing help with this!

We would love for this to be a whole community project and for as many volunteers to help with the renovation project as possible (materials will be provided).  If this is something you could help with please get in touch either via Facebook, Twitter or directly to us at the school!


At our chairs meeting on Wednesday this week, we set the upcoming agendas for the term. At our Curriculum Meeting, Mrs Chappell-King will be updating us on her actions in the Nursery and Early Years with a focus on how the children transition into Y1. We will also continue to follow up on how reading logs are used and monitored by the teachers in order to improve reading outcomes. At our full governors we will focus on analysing the data from mid-year assessments and discussing how to ensure governors are visible around the school. The Finance and Staffing Committee will focus on the budget, which will involve some extremely difficult discussions due to the massive cut in funding Lainesmead will face in the coming year.

Further to this, and having attended a meeting later that evening which focused on the current underfunding of schools, I was truly shocked to hear the stories recounted by teachers, head teachers and governors of the budget difficulties schools are currently facing.  Across Swindon, 67 schools have suffered cuts to per pupil funding since 2015. Lainesmead is currently facing a loss of funding of £573 per pupil.  As one speaker argued, why are we not outraged by this?

If you have a view you would like to share on any of the above agenda items or would like to get more involved with the school cuts campaign, please do not hesitate to e mail me.    


We know that children having been asking for some of the recipes from Chef Luann to make at home.  Here is our first one.  We hope you enjoy some home cooking together as a result!

Chef Luann’s Beef lasagne

Allergy information: Contains milk, wheat (gluten)*

Recipe type: Main meat dish

Preparation time: 50 minutes cooking time: 45 minutes

Quantity – serves 5


 Onion, peeled 60g (1 small)

Garlic, peeled 4g (1 clove)

Lean minced beef 250g

Dried oregano 0.5g (½ teaspoon)

Tomato purée 30g (2 tablespoons)

Canned chopped tomatoes 100g (½ x 200g can)

Water 200ml

Vegetable oil spread 20g

Plain flour 20g

Semi skimmed milk 200ml

Lasagne sheets 90g (5-6 sheets)

Cheddar cheese 30g


1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas mark 4.

2. Chop the onion and garlic.

3. Put a large pan on a medium heat, add the mince and cook until brown. Add the onions, garlic, oregano and tomato purée and cook for 5 minutes until the onion has softened.

4. Add the canned tomatoes and water and leave to simmer for 20 minutes.

5. Prepare a roux white sauce: in a separate pan melt the vegetable oil spread on a low heat. Once it has melted, stir in the flour cook on a low heat for 1–2 minutes. Gradually add the milk a little at a time stirring continuously, bringing the sauce to the boil until thickened.

6. In an ovenproof dish, layer the mince and lasagne sheets and top with a layer of white sauce.

7. Grate the cheese and sprinkle on the top. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes or until cooked throughout and golden on top.

Serving suggestion: Serve with garlic bread and peas


Many of you have supported this event in the past and taken part in the excitement of the Duck Race, organised by the Rotary Club of Swindon Old Town. This year the Duck Race will be held May 27th, Bank Holiday Monday, supported by many other activities and attractions throughout the day.

It is a great way to raise funds for the school. Each school will receive 75% of all the money it raises through selling Duck Race tickets, the other 25% will go to deserving charities, so the school benefits financially and plays a part in supporting charitable causes. All money raised through the event is paid out to schools and charities.

Please help this excellent event by buying Duck Race tickets and encouraging other people you know to buy some, if you can. Tickets will be on sale from the end of the school day from Monday 29th April.

The winning Duck will win £1,000 for its owner (each duck has its own unique number, and a matching ticket) and there will be six runners-up winning £100 each. Children can also enter a Poster Competition and may win the £125 first prize for their school.

Thank you for your support. Please contact the school should you want further information.


Monday 6th May

School Closed – May Day Bank Holiday

Week Beginning 13th May

Year 6 SATS

Year 2 SATS begin (spread over 2 weeks)


Year 4 Fabulous Finish and assembly (rearranged from Term 4)

Tuesday 21st May

Please note that therefore the fabulous finish on Wednesday 22nd will NOT be for Year 4

Wednesday 22nd May

Fabulous Finish – Year 3 Assembly

Friday 24th May

Last day of Term 5 – school finishes at 3:15pm

Week beginning 27th May

Half-term holidays

Monday 3rd June

First day of Term 6

Wednesday 11th June

New to EYFS2 Parents Meeting at 6pm


Huge well done to three of our Lainesmead children who have achieved some astonishing results recently.

Firstly, Lila in Y4, recently auditioned, alongside around 80 other girls, for Rambert School of Ballet in London, for their Ballet Boost programme. Amazingly Lila has just been offered a place for next year!  It is a prestigious ballet and contemporary dance school and it is a massive achievement for her to be offered a place. 

There has also been further swimming success for Amy and Lily in Year 5 who have both competed in separate events over the holidays and achieved a number of medals each, including gold, silver and bronze as well as being placed highly in their respective age groups.

Well done to all the girls, we are all very proud of your achievements.