Term 5 News

Term 5 News

The big focus of this term has been on end of Key Stage assessments. As you are aware, the Government brought in new SATs in 2015 to reflect the National Curriculum which was introduced in 2014. The new curriculum raises the expectation at the end of Key Stage 1 (Y2) and 2 (Y6), with the tests becoming more challenging as a result.

Year 6 SATs Week

The children were provided with a special breakfast throughout SATs week. The cooked breakfasts each day, all of a different variety, went down particularly well! All staff were extremely proud of the Year 6 children who have worked very hard not just in SATS Week but throughout the year. The children showed so many of the values of the school, particularly resilience, in tackling some of the more difficult questions.

Year 2 SATs

The Year 2 children have also been completing their SATs Test during May (there is no specific timetable for the Y2 SATS). The children have been brilliant in their attitudes to the test, a number even admitting that they found them fun! Again, expectations have risen as a result of the new national curriculum.

Children in Years 1 – 5 will also been undertaking assessments after the holidays which will form the end of year data for the school. Information regarding these will be shared with you in the end of year report as we did in November and March.

This term also saw us receive a 2 day visit from Ofsted. We are still awaiting publication of the report and will send this out as soon as it is available to us. This is likely to be after half term.

THE VALUE FOR MAY IS: THOUGHTFULNESS

Screen Shot 2018-05-24 at 16.20.51 This month, all teachers have completed a session with their classes about the value of thoughtfulness.

UPHAM ROAD ESSENTIAL IMPROVEMENT WORKS

You will recall that we have previously informed you of essential carriageway works that are being conducted on Upham Road by Swindon Borough Council. These road works are planned to start in mid-June. Information we have received from the council states the following:

“The works will last for approximately ten weeks. Sections of the road will be fully closed during the works, which will be completed in phases. Access to Lainesmead Primary, Holy Cross and Lawn Manor Academy, OK4U and Immanuel Church will be maintained where possible during the works. However, it will not be possible to park cars at or outside properties on Upham Road. The bus route will also be suspended during the works, with services being access via Queens Drive or Drove Road.

The Bus Gate at Queens Drive will not be in operation during the works and therefore access will be permitted via Queens Drive. This will increase traffic around the school. Therefore, can we urge you to take note of the double-yellow lines and the zig-zags and park well away from the school.”

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We now have a local councillor involved in discussions on improving the traffic situation in order to ensure that children and parents can walk to and from the school in safety.

We are also issuing warning letters to parents who are not adhering to traffic laws and monitoring this very carefully. Once again, parking in these areas ENDANGERS CHILDREN’S LIVES!

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY 2017—2018

Thursday 24th May – Fabulous Finish Afternoon

2:15pm – Year 3 Assembly, starting with a 10 minute presentation on E-Safety (please notethat these are different to last year’s)

2:30pm – Reception, Years 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 Fabulous Finish begins

Friday 25th May Last day of term 5. School Finishes at 3:15pm

Monday 4th June First day of Term 6 – Science/ICT week

Week beginning 11th June Year 1 Phonics Screening Week

Week beginning 18th June Sports Week:

Sports for Schools Assembly

KS1 – Sports afternoons 19th June

Years 5 and 6 – Sports afternoons 20th June

Year 3 and 4 – Sports afternoons 21st June

Years 1 – 3 – Skip2Bfit workshops – Wednesday 20th June

Tuesday 10th July Y6 Production afternoon and evening performance – more details to follow

Thursday 12th July Fabulous Finish Afternoon

2:15pm – Year 1 Assembly, starting with a 10 minute presentation on E-Safety (please note that these are different to last year’s)

2:30pm – Reception, Years 2, 3, 4, 5 Fabulous Finish begins (Year 6 are not be involved due to production)

Thursday 19th July – Year 6 Leavers Assembly

– End of year reports distributed

– Pride of Lainesmead Awards (KS2) at 6pm

Friday 20th July TD DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED

Week Beginning 23rd July Move Up Week

Monday 23rd July 3:20pm: KS1 Meet the Teachers Meeting

Tuesday 24th July 3:20pm: KS2 Meet the Teachers Meeting

Thursday 26th July LAST DAY OF TERM – SCHOOL FINISHES AT 2PM

 

End of Term 4

This term has gone by even more quickly than the last and it seems a shock that we have only 4 days left!
We have had many success to celebrate this term. There have been so many trips out by various year groups. Without fail, the feedback we have received from the public has been positive. The children represent the school so well and we are very proud of each and every one of them.
I do hope that you have found this week’s Parents’ Evening Appointments useful. Schools are constantly receiving from the Government new information regarding assessment and we aim to provide information to you, our parents, regarding the progress and attainment of your child/children as clearly as possible. The process is constantly evolving, however, especially as we receive information on an almost weekly basis. We continue to have many members of the school compete innews1 various sporting competitions. Our Netball team continue to build their team spirit and skills and, despite having suffered a recent defeat, are second in the Swindon Schools league.

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Celebrating Swindon’s 175th Birthday earlier this
term was a particular highlight. I know that the
children enjoyed hearing about Swindon’s history
and how it became and continues to become one of the fastest growing towns in the country. They were also very enthusiastic about our ‘last minute’ visitors – 2 members of the Swindon
Wildcats Ice Hockey team. That evening saw our big celebration disco and we were lucky enough to be joined by 2 Swindon Town Football Club players – namely James Brophy and Bradley Barry. The 2 players were brilliant with all the children, leading the singing of ‘Happy Birthday’ and then staying to chat and sign autographs.

I also had the pleasure of attending the Junior Music Festival in the Oasis only last night. The choir children had so many words to learn! They not only managed this but also sang beautifully and represented the school brilliantly. They are thoroughly ready to join in this summer’s Olympic celebrations.

We have also welcomed a new member of staff this term – Mrs L Poole – who has joined us as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant. Miss M Robinson, who many already know, has also now been employed as a HLTA. Both HLTAs will be covering classes across the whole school.

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EASTER ‘EGG-STRAVAGANZA’

I do hope you received the flyer earlier this week announcing our Easter family fun afternoon (or ‘Egg-stravaganza’). This will run as the craft afternoon at Christmas with a few alterations. Parents, as previously, collect your child/children from their class at 2:30pm. Please then choose ONE activity to complete. Once that activity is complete, you are welcome to take your
child/children home. Should any parents be unable to attend, the child will remain in their classroom and will leave at 3:15pm as usual.

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SHINING STARS PRE-SCHOOL

Many of you will be aware that it has been a long held ambition for the school to have its own Nursery on site. This year we have been in discussion with Shining Stars Pre-School, who are based on our site, regarding an amalgamation of their provision with the school. On Tuesday 15th March, the pre-school held an Extraordinary General Meeting where staff and parents were asked to vote on the amalgamation of the pre-school with Lainesmead Primary School. I am delighted to inform you that it was agreed to formally close Shining Stars and amalgamate with Lainesmead Primary School, thereby creating a Lainesmead Nursery in September 2016. More details regarding this will be provided in due course, including a meeting for Lainesmead and Shining Stars parents to explain the changes and processes.

EASTERN AVENUE PLAY PARK

We are aware that the students of Churchfields are using inappropriate language in front of Lainesmead children and do not always respond appropriately to adults when confronted about this. I would like to reassure you that we are currently working very closely with the Senior Leadership Team at Churchfields to address the issues at the end of the day regarding the use of the play park. I know that Churchfields are keen to know the names of the students in order
to address their behaviour directly with them. If you prefer us to pass on this information then please do contact the office regarding this.

BABY NEWS!

Congratulations to Mrs Smith in Year 3 who is expecting her second child during the summer holidays. We are all very excited for her. She will remain as India class’s teacher on Mondays – Wednesdays for the remainder of this academic year before taking her maternity leave.

DATE REMINDERS

Thursday 24th March – Last Day of Term 4 and Easter Family Fun Afternoon from 2:30pm
Monday 11th April – T D Day, school CLOSED to pupils
Tuesday 12th April – Children return to school
Week beginning 18th April – Year 2 to sit their Reading SATs
Week beginning 9th May – Year 6 SATs

MESSY CHURCH

news4We have been asked to let parents know that Messy Church will meet this Sunday 20th March at King William Street School, Old Town from 3:30pm until 5:30pm. They will be celebrating Palm Sunday and hearing the Easter story.

SAVE SWINDON LIBRARIES

There has been a great deal of publicity around Swindon recently regarding the closure of libraries in the town. For your information, there is a public meeting to discuss this matter. Please see the details below:

Public Meeting for all library users
Sunday 10 April 2-4 pm
In Christ Church Community Centre
Old Town Swindon SN1 3HB

Best-selling authors Alan Gibbons, Jake Arnott and Paul Cornell will speak in support of Swindon’s libraries.

Swindon Borough Council plans to save 65% of its Libraries Budget by 2020- that is £1.5M and the cuts threaten the services of 14 of Swindon’s 15 libraries
Come along and support the campaign.
Find us online:
FACEBOOK:-   Save Swindon’s Libraries
TWITTER:-       #saveswindonlibraries
Sign the petition to Save Swindon’s Libraries at change.org

HEADTEACHER’S LUNCH

news5I have had the pleasure of the following children for Head teacher’s lunch this
term:
Reception: Jahvaya Webb, Amelia Yousaf, Taylor Gardner, Aliti Logavatu
Year 6: Maia Birkbeck, Jordan Grouby, Krisha Gurung, John Wetton
Year 5: Mia Wallace, Tyson Anscombe, Niamh Standley, Shivam Madan.

TRAFFIC AND PARKING PROBLEMS AND CHILDREN’S SAFETY

 This term we have had multiple calls from local residents who are becoming increasingly frustrated at the traffic and parking news6problems at the start and end of each day.

I myself witnessed parents shouting at each other on Eastern Avenue having become stuck due to the ILLEGAL parking that had taken place – parking across people’s driveways and on double yellow lines. This resulted in another car dangerously speeding around the corner as many children were attempting to cross the road. It was sheer luck that, in this incident, no one was hurt. This cannot continue!

Local residents have right of access to their driveways. Even if there are no double-yellow lines across their driveway, they continue to have right of access. Please respect all residents in the local community and do not park across a driveway.

Parking on double-yellow lines, even for the briefest of periods is ILLEGAL. Parking on these lines is not only an inconvenience for local residents but is also a danger to the life of a child in the school. Double-yellow lines and the ‘School Keep Clear’ lines are there for a very good reason – to protect the children and adults arriving and leaving the school.

Furthermore, we are increasingly seeing cars parked on the grass verges all around the school. There are clear signs in place stating that this should not happen. Again children’s lives are being endangered with this type of parking.

Many thanks in advance for your understanding with this matter.

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PUMPING STATION LAND AND CHILDREN’S SAFETY

 We have recently learnt that some of our childrennews8 are ‘daring’ each other to enter the Pumping Station and using social media to do this. The site is dangerous. We have reported the hole in the fence many times and continue to wait for it to be replaced. Please could we urge you to talk to your children, as we have done, that, for their own safety, they stay away from this derelict site? Many thanks for your cooperation with this.