Autumn Term 14

Newsletter Autumn Term 14

Dear Parent/Carer

We finish another very busy week at St Johns with lots of lovely events and activities for the children at this very magical time of year, which is so special for children.

1. Fundraising
Thank you so much for your support which raised £170 through the Teddy Bear raffle for the Stoke on Trent Afghanistan Charity. Mr Hashemi one of our parents sends his grateful thanks. We have also collected for the food bank and would once again thank you for your generosity. Trent Vale has a great community spirit!

2. KS2 Outdoor Education Visits
All KS2 classes had an adventure day at Stanley Head Outdoor Activity Centre last week. All the children enjoyed this free ‘wow’ learning opportunity. This was the week Y6 traditionally went for a residential before the charges went to £250 for a week and no-one would pay this, so it is a free week there and although one or two parents questioned the season, it is why we can do it for free and good health and exercise is such a key area at St John’s as we try to tackle and improve fitness and obesity in the city. Our pupils love P.E. and exercise and are brilliant ambassadors for our City. They all had a great time!

3. Athletics Competition
Some Y6 children took part in an athletics competition at Fenton Manor rewarded by Mr Walter for super behaviour at lunchtime. They did not come in the first three, but were all very encouraging of each other. Very well done to Chelsea, Kara, Danielle, Kodi, Sophie, Laura-Lou, Lewis, Biban, Rayin, Jack, Alfie, Hughie and Moriell. Thanks to Mrs Barnett who accompanied the team, with Miss Burgess.

4. Homework Reward Visit for Y3 and Y4s
All the children who had 100% homework were rewarded on Monday with a free visit to Awesome Walls in Longton , where they all had a super active climbing lesson. Very well done to these super, organised pupils and their families for all their hard work getting their homework done on time.

5. Lower Key Stage 2 Museum Visits
This week Y3, Y3/4 and Y4/5 all had a visit to the Potteries Museum for a workshop on their topic ‘the Greeks’. They all made a Greek coil pot which will be painted shortly. They all had most interesting visits.

6. Early Years Nativity
This was on Wednesday when we put on 2 performances which were both fantastic. We are proud at St John’s to put on a traditional Nativity which is always so well supported. It is always quite daunting for our younger pupils but they were superb and much appreciated by proud parents/carers and families.

7. KS1 and KS2 Concerts
These took place at St John’s Church which is a lovely setting for Christmas concerts. All the children have worked hard on their concerts, the singing and speaking has been excellent, as have my hard working team and we hope you enjoyed them as they are activities and memories that money can’t buy. All the children were brilliant and a credit to you all.

8. Next Week
Please bring a large orange to school on Monday 15th ready for the Christingle Service, the service will be held on Wednesday at 2.00pm at school.

9. Party Day
This is on Thursday when children can come in party clothes however please ensure that your child has clothes and footwear that they can play outside in at playtime and lunchtime, All food is being provided by school.

10. Friday
During the day we take down Christmas decorations and displays and prepare for the next term at 2pm. Please collect your child at 2pm to help with this!

11. Behaviour Awards
Children whose behaviour is exemplary will be receiving their award next week with a special rubber at the first opportunity. The key stage leads have decided that no child who received a red card in KS1 since half term will get it this time and in KS2 no child who has received a yellow card will get it next week. They will have an opportunity to earn it after Christmas but we have increased our behaviour expectations in line with government guidelines as dealing with poor behaviour which wastes learning time. A small group of pupils will have a meeting with Mrs Ramsden and my-self during the start of the party to see how we can help them improve.

12. P.E Kits
These will be going home next week please return on the first day when 5 classes will have PE. Please check they are named and the black pumps are also named. Class teachers continually tell me how much easier it would be if all school uniform was named.

13. Swimming Awards
Very well done to Alfie Barnett on achieving his Length swimming certificate.

14. School Council Results
The school council have investigated learning in their classes and come up with some brilliant tips to share with us all. Please have a go at some of them.

How can we improve our writing skills?

  • More homework to do on writing
  • Have writing topics
  • Sentence types
  • Fix it time for your work
  • Group writing
  • Imaginative writing
  • Slower/clearer explanations in phonics
  • Keep writing on the line and concentrate

How can we improve our number/tables?

  • Buy more tables games
  • Practice them at home
  • Work towards mental maths tests
  • Make posters in classrooms
  • Practice more often in spare time
  • Times tables booklets
  • Make up times tables questions

15. Home School Link Worker Information
There will be some Family Learning workshops and courses starting next term, and we would like to invite you and your child to attend.
We aim to provide a fun and stimulating learning experience to encourage adults to continue with their own learning, and in turn, support their child in school.
The workshops/courses are free but spaces are limited so we recommend you book as soon as possible. Letters will be sent out a week before the workshop, please contact Mrs Ramsden for more details.

16. Celebration Assembly
Our children/classes who received awards on 5/12/14 were:
Isaac Williams, Ashton Barnett, Mason Kidd, Sai Harsha Goru, Sammi Miah, Ethan Hill, Alan Sose, Ricardo Gordon, Brodie Sinclaire, Amelia Harvey, all of Y4/5, Gabrielle Lovatt and Jack Goodall.

17. Dates for your Diary
Friday 12th December 11.30am – 12.30pm Grandparent’s Christmas Dinner
Wednesday 17th December Christingle Service at School 2:00pm
Thursday 18th December Party Day/Santa Visit
Friday 19th December Finish at 2.00pm
Monday 5th January School Re-Opens
Tuesday 6th January Y5 & Y6 to New Vic Theatre 1:15pm to 4:30pm
Wednesday 7th January Stanley Head Visit Y1B and Y1S
Thursday 8th January Stanley Head Visit Y2J
Friday 8th January Stanley Head Visit Y2M

18. Community Information

  • Penkhull Christian Fellowship are running Heroes Kids Club, Friday evenings 6.30-7.30pm, 3-11 year olds for only 50p. Please contact 07837 417950 or for more information

Yours sincerely
Mrs P Bloor