Spring Term 4

Newsletter Spring Term 4

Dear Parents/Carers

As we finish the month of January, which seems to have gone so fast, we have had another very busy successful learning week.

1. Talking/Thinking Topic
This week we have been thinking about ‘Aiming High’ and showing determination to achieve goals, many of our pupils are brilliant at this. Please take time to talk to your children about this.

2. Art Focus Week
Last week all classes had an Art focus on printing, one of our ‘focus’ weeks where we deliver the skills of a different curriculum area. All the classes completed some fabulous printing at an age appropriate level and we have some lovely work to display. Miss Chapman is going to complete a whole school display showing the skills involved. The children really enjoyed this learning!

3. Golden Mile Club
Every Tuesday lunch time I take the ‘Golden Mile Club’, one of our fitness initiatives at St John’s which is a very popular lunch time club. It has been made so much easier to run this year as our electronic gate keeps our children so much safer, which the children have noticed. This week all the children in Y2 have completed their 10 mile certificate and the following achieved their 15 mile certificate; Jack Eaton, Jake Bamford, Liam Bates, Molly Hancox, Thomas Levey, Rayin Negeem, Gabrielle Lovatt, Sophie Johnson, Ilana Steventon, Nicole Steele, Freya Sheppard, Kali Sheppard, Carley Jones, Samara Sheppard, Kian Murphy and Kyle Lovatt has received his 20 mile certificate.!
Very well done to all these children who demonstrate great knowledge about healthy lifestyles!

4. Faith and Understanding Week
This week we have a full week of visits, visitors and learning with a focus on all the faiths and beliefs in our community. Y2S visited a synagogue, Y3 a Chinese restaurant, Foundation Stage had a pilgrimage and an Islamic art session. KS2 has a Hindu workshop, Y3 visited St John’s church, Y5 visited a Gurdwara, Y6 will visit the Mosque tomorrow and work took place on the Buddist faith. It has been a fascinating week and all the children have learnt so much about world religions and the faiths of some of our community, so essential for the world our pupils will grow up in. The behaviour and attitude of all the pupils has been excellent, very respectful and mature; they have been a credit to their families and the school, very well done! Thanks go to Miss Clowes who organised the week and to parents/carers and governors who helped staff the visits.

5. School Kitchen
Our school kitchen has this week been granted a ‘National Food Hygiene Rating’ of 5 stars. Well done to Mrs Copeland and all of the kitchen staff for obtaining the highest rating possible. Parents/Carers, as always at St John’s, can feel reassured that children are eating their lunch in clean, hygienic and comfortable surroundings.

6. Y6 French Residential Visit
This takes place next week and the children are eagerly awaiting this memorable visit to the Somme region of France to coincide with the 100th anniversary of World War I. The children have been researching some Trent Vale soldiers and some from other countries who gave their lives for our country. It will be a most interesting visit which I am confident they will take away memories for life. Thank you to parent/carers for their confidence in the staff team and support for the school.

7. Reminders
» Y2M Class Assembly – A reminder that this is on Friday at 9:05am and parent/carers are cordially invited.
» ‘The Love of Food’ – On Friday 14th February 2014 our school kitchen will be having a Valentines themed meal – please see separate leaflet. Please ensure that there is enough money on children’s cashless accounts to cover the meal which is the usual £2.15.

8. Home School Link Worker Information
Don’t forget that on Wednesday 5th February at 9am, Mrs Peake (our Maths coordinator) is doing a half hour session for all parents/carers to help you understand the ‘working out’ with Maths and how the children are taught in school. It will benefit the children’s learning if you understand how we do things!

9. Celebration Assembly
Our children/classes who received awards on 24/01/14 were:
Oliver Kamga, Jack Colley, Matthew Piesse-Mills, Thomas Hilditch, Grace Wain, Nicola Boon, Evan Davies, Bailey Birks, Sedra Osman, Elliot Craggs, Kian Murphy, Liam Bates, Kieran Tonks, Jay Edwards-Cherry and Grace Cooper
Head Teachers Award: Logan Sheppard
Smart School Uniform: Sophie Carter
Lunchtime Supervisor’s Award: Eliza Williams & George Barnett
Lunchtime Trophy: Y6
Good to be Green Behaviour Award: KS2 – Chloe Godwin & Charlie Malbon
KS1 – Giya George, Joda Tagboto, Damarni Wilson & Caleb Sheppard
Kindness Tree: Elise Steventon & Danielle Bright
Walk to School Trophy: Y3
Dusty Bin (tidy classroom) – Y2C

Awards given out for data collected w/b 13/01/14:
Class Attendance: Y2M – 98.9%
Whole School Attendance: 94.9% (Government target is 95%)
Pupil Attendance Awards: Kyle Smith & Ella Curzon

10. Dates for your Diary
• Friday 31st January – 9:05am, Y2M Class Assembly
• Monday 3rd to Wednesday 5th February – France Visit
• Tuesday 4th February – KS1 Parent/Carer Rhyme Time Workshop
• Wednesday 5th February – 9:00am, Maths Session for all Parents/Carers, Community Room
• Friday 14th February – 9:05am, Y2C Class Assembly
• Friday 14th February – School closes at normal time for half term
• Monday 24th February – School open for Spring2 Term
• Friday 28th March – 9:05am, Y1S Class Assembly
• Thursday 10th April – 9:05am, Y1B Class Assembly

Yours sincerely
Mrs P Bloor