Summer Term 4

Newsletter Summer Term 4

Dear Parents/Carers

As we finish for half term, always a short but busy one for staff assessing children and indentifying the next steps, the school team is very pleased about the progress of all our children!

1. Talking Topic
Our talking topic is ‘responsibility’ one of our values; we have been talking to the children about their role in personal responsibility. This includes bringing coats to school, having PE/swimming kits and remembering homework. Please talk to your children about this important value.

2. Activities & Events in school this week
R2 Class Assembly – Thank you to parents who came to the R2 class assembly that told the story of the Gruffulo. It is always lovely to see our younger children performing and does so much for confidence. We had many proud parents/carers who had a lovely start to their day.
Y2 Fitzy Fox Festival – Twelve Y2 went to Fenton to take part in this PE activity and had a lovely afternoon representing the school. Very well done to Lennon Gladwin, Ricardo Gordon, Erin Hill, Ruby Howard, Matthew Ingram, Aiden Johnson, Ellesse Lovatt, Anopa Mutize, Bhuvan Pasupuleti, Julia Pustula, Charlie Simpson and Eliza Williams.
Y6 Level 2 Cycling – All Y6 had a cycling course this week and the provider brings bikes if needed for this important skill and leisure activity. Very well done to the following who passed and demonstrated the correct road skills, Grace Cooper, Demi-Lea Elton, Leah Milward, Naomi Edwards-Cherry, Ben Stevenson, Jojo Joseph, Chloe Godwin, Josna Joseph, Elise Steventon,
Sarah Khan, Jyothy Joseph, Megan Wootton, Amber Atkinson, Joshua Griffiths,
Thomas Beech-Daly, George Beech-Daly, Demi Hanks, Isabella Piesse-Mills, Joshua Sajan,
Reece Westwood, Ethan Tunniclffe, Caleb Johnson, Jack Whieldon and Connor Tatler.
We do like to provide lots of different learning opportunities at St John’s.
• Y6 went to Thistly Hough Academy for a writing project.
• Last Friday all the KS2 classes had a Samba Drumming lesson for an hour. They thoroughly enjoyed the lesson (only get your child one if you like noise!).
• Our reception classes had a most enjoyable day at the library and museum in Hanley.

3. Reminder
Can parents/carers please wash your child’s PE kit and send it in on the first day back. Staff are complaining that a few children are not bringing in PE kit and swimming kits and missing vital and expensive lesson. We do keep children in one break if they forget so they can write out their timetable. Thank you for your help here.

4. Sustainable Travel
Mrs Ramsden our school travel co-ordinator tells me more families who live 2 miles or less from school are walking now which is a lovely healthy start to the day, she wants to encourage the many families who only drove a short distance to walk over the summer. Please give it a try, it’s so much better for the waistline and purse.

5. Half Term Competition
Y1 –Y5 have been given a design competition, to come up with a design that will be built onto the bank by the A34 to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the commencement of WW1 and the brave soldiers from this area who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

6. Language on School Premises
I have had a number of complaints recently about a few parents/carers using foul language on school grounds in front of children. This is not acceptable and apparently this is often whilst on mobile
phones (so not looking after children/talking to children). Another complaint was from a parent/carer who when being told not to drive onto school ground so fast made a rude gesture. Any parents/carers who break our parent code of conduct can be banned from the school grounds. Please give me any names and I will act, I had the police go to a pupil’s house this week regarding unacceptable language.

7. County Chess Player
Congratulations go to Selim Erdogan Y5 who is a County Chess player and was a finalist in a competition and gained first place. Selim is with us for a year and like many children, he arrived with no English, some achievement, very well done to Selim and his family.

8. School Fair
This week we are collecting groceries for a hamper and teddies for prizes. Please help us run a great fair for your children and our community. Mrs Heselwood has already collected a number of wonderful prizes for our raffle.

9. Next Half Term
We have lots of exciting learning planned next half term an animal handling workshop, science day, sports day, athletics competition, concerts etc. It promises to be an action packed half term!

10. ECO News
On Monday some of our ECO warriors did an assembly about Global Warming. Well done to Erin Hill,
Zion Wilson, Ella Goodier-Whitehurst, Alan Babu, Natalia Kulik, Zara Khan, Laura-Lou Hopley and
Ethan Boughey.
ECO tip: turn off lights and appliances when they are not being used to save energy.

11. Home School Link Worker Information
» On Wednesday June 4th 9am – 10am we are having our coffee morning where the school nurse and health visitor will be here to discuss any concerns you might have. This can be anything from bed wetting, still using a dummy to head lice etc. This time we will do it differently and you can see them individually. Come along for a cuppa and a chat.
» We are noticing that a number of children are not reading at home. This is an important part of your child’s learning. We understand that with the better weather and lighter nights that children want to go out and play so why not do their home reading as part of their bedtime routine. It’s a chance for 1:1 time with you and a time to calm down before bed. Please don’t forget to sign their reading diaries too!

12. Celebration Assembly
Awards given out for data collected w/b 05/05/14:
Class Attendance: Y2M –100%
Whole School Attendance: 97.1% (Government target is 95%)
Pupil Attendance Awards: Sedra Osman & Tyler Baldwin
Awards given out for data collected w/b 16/05/14:
Holly Butler-Gaskill, Isaac Williams, Jayden Barlow, Ayaan Chaudhry, Angelika Tworzewska,
Nicola Book, Emily Rains, Charlie Simpson, Tyler Baldwin, George Barnett, Isabelle Westwood,
Aaron Marshall, Natalia Kulik and Jack Whieldon.
Time for Sport Trophy: Y6
Lunchtime Supervisor’s Award: Nicole Steele & Erin Hill
Dusty Bin Award: Y4/5
Walk to School Trophy: Y6
Mrs Bloor’s Award: Ben Burgess
Smart School Uniform: Ben Stevenson
Good to be Green:
KS1 – Ella Whitehurst & Delin Negeem,
KS2 – Chad Varquez & Jayden Shepherd Moss

13. Values Champions
This week we have been focusing on
Kindness: Zion Wilson / Julia Pustula
Friendship: Bernie Johnson

14. Dates for your Diary
Monday 26th to Friday 30th May – Closed for Half Term
Wednesday 4th June – Coffee Morning with Mrs Ramsden, School Nurse and Health Visitor – 9:00am
Wednesday 4th June – Family Picnic – 2pm
Thursday 5th June – Y6 Visit, Open Door Project at Litchfield Cathedral
Thursday 5th June – Class Group Photographs
Tuesday 10th June – Sports Day – FS/KS1 am – KS2 pm
(reserve dates are Wed 11th June/Thurs 12th June/Wed 18th June)
Friday 13th June – Nursery Class Assembly 9:05am
Tuesday 17th June – New Nursery/Reception Parents Meeting – 6:00pm
Friday 20th June – Nursery Visit to Wheelock Hall Farm
Friday 20th June – Tea Party for Marie Curie – 9:10am
Friday 27th June – KS2 Northwood Stadium City Athletics
Saturday 5th July – Community Summer Fair – 12:00pm to 2:30pm
Tuesday 8th July – KS1/KS2 Concert 1:10pm – War Torn Britain 6:00pm
Wednesday 9th July – KS1/KS2 Concert 9:15am
Tuesday 15th July – Y6 Leavers Presentation Concert 6:00pm
Friday 18th July – Finish at 2:00pm

15. Attachments
Bicycle Recycling Scheme information
Governor Nomination Form/Reply Slip
S-O-T Local Offer Information Services Questionnaire

Yours sincerely
Mrs P Bloor
Headteacher