THIS WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS
It certainly was a strange start to the week with having to make the decision to close the school on Monday. We fully appreciate that this was difficult for many parents as the decision was made with late notice. However, we do want to put to rest some whispers and gossip regarding the situation. Firstly, we had to investigate all the possible ways school could have remained open. As it was discovered that the issue lay outside of the school’s control (you will have seen that a great deal of the field by the park had to be dug up as a result), the decision could only be made close to normal opening time. We do apologise for the inconvenience this will have caused and fully appreciate that it was difficult for many. We tried our very best to communicate this to parents as quickly as possible. It was a unique event which we hope will never have to be repeated!
It was an absolute pleasure to welcome parents during our parents evenings this week. We do hope that you have found the report provided a useful summary of how your child is progressing as well as giving your areas you can support with their learning at home. Please do let us know if you have any comments in relation to the reports.
Year 3 have enjoyed two trips recently. The first trip was to STEAM. We want to say a huge thank you to the company BWT in Swindon for their contribution towards this trip which enabled it to go ahead. The second trip to Cadbury World happened on Monday. Again, we would like to thank the anonymous donor who enabled the contributions to reach 75% meaning that this trip could go ahead.
CERTIFICATES OF EXCELLENCE
This week’s certificates went to the following children for amazing work, attitude and showing the school values:
Germany: Oakley France: Olivia
Spain: Jacob Iceland: Gracie
Canada: John Russia: Chester
Mexico: Eddie South Africa: Mason
Brazil: Sofia China: Julie
New Zealand: Jamal Australia: no certificate awarded this week
Well done to France class (99.7%) and Mexico class (99.3%). They both rolled a 6 on the dice and both landed on ‘Free Parking.’ This means that their reward time carries over to another time.
We do have a number of classes who are causing concern for their attendance at the moment. Last week, Canada, China, New Zealand and Australia classes all fell below the 96% attendance expectation. Please could we urge you to send your child/children into school. If they are unwell we will always contact you to send them home.
Just a reminder of our Easyfundraising account. Register for an account using the link below and then, when you are shopping online, go in via the easyfundraising account and a % of your purchase will come to us in the school. It really is that easy!
READING AT HOME
Where can I find books that are good quality and age appropriate for my child?
Sometimes it can be hard to find a book that your child will enjoy and that is written at a level that they can read, understand and enjoy.
There are several places that you can go to when looking for a book to share with your child:
https://www.explorelearning.co.uk/blog/recommended-reading-lists/ – This website has a recommended list of books from year 1 to year 6. Books are organised under a selection of headings e.g. animals, mystery, favourite authors, humour, fantasy ….
https://clpe.org.uk/corebooks – This website also has a recommended list of books for children. They have organised their lists into sections – one for Early Years (foundation), key stage one, lower key stage 2 and upper Key stage 2. This website has a mixture of fiction and non-fiction books.
https://www.scholastic.co.uk/piecorbett/resources – This website has free downloadable guides to recommended books from Nursery all the way up to year 6. Pie has not only chosen high quality texts but he also explains why he has chosen them and gives ideas for how you could use them with your child at home.
TAP DANCING SUCCESS
Huge well done to Lexie from Spain class who recently took a Tap Dancing exam and did brilliantly! She achieved a score of 74 out of 100 which meant that she passed with merit. We, and her family, are very proud of her achievement. Well done Lexie.
Parents if you have any more news like this you would like to share, then please do let us know via the school email address.
COMIC RELIEF/RED NOSE DAY FUN
We have been contacted by BBC Wiltshire who are asking for as many schools in the area to participate in a Comic relief live broadcast.
BBC Wiltshire have asked us to help them to turn the nose of the Hackpen White Horse red. To do this they are asking for donations of any old red items to the cause. These will be collected from the school next week and once the nose has been turned red all items will be donated to charity shops. BBC Wiltshire will also be coming to record some of the children talking about Red Nose Day and our plans as a school. This will be included in the broadcast.
If you are able to donate anything then please send your item/items in with your child, preferably in a carrier bag by TUESDAY 12th MARCH at the latest. These will be collected together in the hall for BBC Wiltshire to take.
NEWS FROM YEAR 5
Year 5 have had an exciting time lately. This term we have started our swimming lessons. The children have shown an enthusiasm and determination to learn and improve their swimming skills. We look forward to seeing how they progress over the next few months.
Last term, we also enjoyed a fantastic school trip at the Ashmolean Museum. The children experienced an enriching workshop in which they got to handle artefacts that were used by the Ancient Greeks. In Art, the children have designed and made their very own Greek pots using clay. The pots they created looked fantastic and the attention to detail showed off their knowledge of Greek patterns. This term, the children will be learning about the different Biomes of the world. We can’t wait to see what they discover!
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Tuesday 12th March
2:30pm – EYFS2 Stay and Play
Year 2 Parents SATS Information Meeting 2:30pm and 6:00pm
Friday 15th March
The Great Lainesmead Comic Relief Bake Off (Cake Sale at the end of the day) Please see the flyer sent out earlier this week
Tuesday 19th March
2:30pm – EYFS2 Stay and Play
Wednesday 20th March
Choir perform at Voice in a Million (VIAM) in Wembley Arena
Monday 1st April
2:30pm Fabulous Finish, Y4 Assembly