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.


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.


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!



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



End of Year Newsletter


As we come to the end of this academic year, it is with great pride that I can look back at the many achievements of the children. They have worked so hard and with every changing demands made on us by a new and challenging curriculum. The many values that have been on display throughout the year have particularly come to the fore as we end the term – resilience when tackling a particularly tricky problem whether it is in class or a problem between friends; courage in coping with changes; love and honesty towards all members of the school community; appreciation and happiness for each other and all the opportunities they are given within the school – which all strengthen their character and their ability to make the most of every aspect of school life.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all staff for their hard work this year.  It has been a year of changes and they have embraced this with goodwill and continued to provide the best education for the children.
I would also like to thank all parents and carers for their support this year.  A great deal of what we do in school cannot be achieved without you and your co-operation and backing. Many thanks and we look forward to working more closely with you from September.
Finally, I would like to wish all children who are leaving us at the end of this academic year all the very best on their journey. I know that they have all had a great start here at Lainesmead and know that they will go on to achieve great things in the future.

Have a wonderful summer holiday and we look forward to seeing you all again on Monday 5th September!

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Thank you to everyone who attended the fete on July 4th.  We have had so many positive comments regarding the event’s success.  We are pleased to inform you that we managed to raise an amazing £1552.45. An awful lots of hard work goes into organising and running such a successful fete and we have many people to thank.
Firstly, a huge “Thank You” to Mrs Peer for all of her efforts, supporting the Class Reps and for organising everything so that it ran smoothly.
Secondly, to all of the Class Reps: Andi, Angela, Bibi, Chelsea, Erica, Jo, Joanne, Kelly, Leighton, Rachel, Stacey and Sven for all of their hard work and dedication helping to prepare and organise the prizes, and stalls. We really couldn’t have done any of this without you!
We also have many organisations, shops and individuals to thank, as follows: Argos; Bath Road Methodist Church; Homebase; Krispy Kreme; Sweets Galore; Wanborough Carnival; Churchfields staff and pupils; School Council; Year 6 helpers; Mr and Mrs Arora; Mr Baylay; Mrs Beauchamp; Mr T.Clarke; Mr L.De-Sciscio; Mr Durant; Mrs Mann; Mrs Newton; Mr T. Newton; Mrs J. Nicholls; Mr Peer; Mrs Timbrell; Mrs Voulgaris; Mr J.Wolf. Without all their help and dedication, as well as the help of all of Lainesmead’s staff, the event could not possibly have been as successful as it was.  Many thanks once again for your continued support.


It was a pleasure to host the Pride of Lainesmead Awards on Thursday 14th July.
The annual event, previously known as Lainescars, has become such an important part of celebrating the children’s successes and once again it was wonderful to see so many children nominated.  Those who achieved a crystal were chosen for so many reasons but I can say that every child was a winner – having shown such determination and perseverance in their area, be it through achieving the leadership award or through their skills in numeracy.  Well done to all nominees who were given a star in assembly, the nominees on the night and the eventual crystal winners.  You are all worthy of high praise!

TD DAYS 2016-2017

As stated in the previous newsletter, we have confirmed all 5 TD Days for the next academic year, as follows:

Thursday 1st September 2016                                         Friday 2nd September 2016
Monday 31st October 2016                                              Tuesday 3rd January 2017
Friday 14th July 2017


Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd September – T D Days. No school for children
Monday 5th September – First day of Term 1 for all children
Friday 9th September – Non-school uniform day (£1) – dress as your favourite sporting star/sport from the Olympics.
Monday 12th September – Grand Opening of the Lainesmead Primary School Nursery Class
Tuesday 13th September – Year 3 Royal Ballet Workshops begin
Thursday 15th September – 3:30 and 4pm – Meet the Teacher – see details below
Wednesday 19th October – International Primary Curriculum Fabulous Finish Afternoon (Years 1 – 6).
             2:15pm – Year 2 assembly – starting with a 15 minute presentation on
                          E-Safety (please note that these are different to last year’s)
             2:30pm – Years 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6 Fabulous Finish afternoon begins


We continue to focus on improving attendance in the school and I am delighted that our attendance at the end of term is 95.83%, slightly above the Government’s target of school attendance.
Many classes have celebrated their attendance successes this term and we are looking forward to celebrating the attendance of all those who have achieved 100% in the final assembly on Friday.


It was with great pleasure that I attended, along with one of the school Governors – Reverand Norma McKemey – the Infants Music Festival at the Wyvern Theatre on Wednesday 13th July.  The choir looked fantastic in their red waistocoats and Union Flag accessories and sang their songs with great gusto.  All of the songs linked to being champions and very much anticipated Team GB’s successes in the forthcoming Rio Olympics.
Well done to all children who took part and many thanks to the adults who invested their time in supporting the choir.


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Grand opening of Swindon’s Newest Station! Sunday 31st July at 12pm (lunchtime) at Richard Jefferies Museum Coate Water.

Think Railway Children, flags and bunting! We would like you to join us at the Richard Jefferies Museum for the grand opening of the Richard Jefferies Halt and the opening of the Coate Water Miniature Railway’s brand new extension.
This family day will see the first official train stop at the new station with a ribbon cutting and an unveiling of the new sign to mark the official opening of “Richard Jefferies Halt”. Children’s activities at the museum, a brass band and a steam traction engine to keep you entertained. The museum is situated on the edge of the beautiful Coate Water County Park which houses the miniature railway and it’s just 2 minutes from the Arkells Brewery Sun Inn family pub. A corner of Swindon perfect for families – Come along to the museum and bring a picnic and what’s more it’s FREE!


On Thursday 15th September we will be running our yearly ‘Meet the Teacher Meetings.’
This will be an opportunity for you to meet your child’s class teacher and learn about the expectations of the new year group.  We will be running these as 2 workshops in September, one at 3:30pm and one at 4:00pm, giving parents an opportunity to move between classes more easily, without missing any vital information.
As a response to suggestions made on parent questionnaires, we will focus the workshops on the teaching of maths, and in particular the types of written methods used in each year group, and the homework expectations.
This is a vital opportunity for all parents to be informed of the expectations of the new national curriculum and the way maths teaching has adapted as a result.

As stated in the dates above, Friday 9th September will be our first non-school uniform day of the year. We would like the children to take inspiration from the Rio Olympics and dress as one of their sporting heroes from this event. They can dress as the athlete or to represent the sport that has inspired them! All money raised will go towards outside play equipment for the children.