Summer Term 2

Newsletter Summer Term 2

Dear Parent/Carer

As we finish another glorious week, it has been lovely that the children have been able to get outside for playtimes and P. E. lessons.

1. Our Talking Topic
This week we have been thinking about ‘stories’. The children were told the bible story of ‘The Parable of the Sower’ and asked to think about how we can all change and lead better lives and think about others. Please talk to your child/children about this.

2. Our Value
This week we have been thinking about ‘respect’. Very well done to India Spooner, Hamza Shakil, Georgia Piesse-Mills, Danny Lea-Shaw, William Cooper, Elliot Craggs, Milly –Mae Gray, Oscar Dix and Angel Johnson who have been noted as showing respect this week.

3. Events In School Last Week

  • image004Last week Y3, Y3/4 and Y4/5 had a visit to the wonderful Gladstone Pottery Museum. They toured the museum, found out about our heritage and made a lovely plate in the style of Clarice Cliff, that hopefully are in pride of place at home! The school was complimented for the behaviour and interest of the classes. They all had fun and learnt more about how pottery is made, including going into a bottle kiln. All classes enjoyed the visit.
  • Swimming- very well done to Jamie Parades and Kian Murphy who passed their Silver Award, a high level of achievement and Rihanna Molyneux who passed her Beginners Award.
  • Our speech and language therapist Mrs Karen Tombs, who works with children in nursery, started doing a full day last week partly paid for by our Early Years Pupil Premium which will help children who need more encouragement with their speech.

4. Events In School This Week
Value Champion Visit – Two children in each class were selected for their demonstration of our school values and were rewarded with a visit to ‘Paint A Pot’ at the Emma Bridgewater Works on Tuesday, organised by Mrs Ramsden. Very well done to Pia Cousins, Sai Harsha Goru, Kevin Babu, Surra Osman, Eve Tams, Lincoln Cotterill, Rubina Mahnoor, Joshua Clement, Lily-May Barlow, Nicola Tams and Abel Joseph.

5. Writing Example
This week we have a lovely piece of writing from Yassin Hamadto from R2, about ‘The Three Little Pigs.’ Well done Yassin!

6. Lates
We are having a lot of children arriving to school late. Our doors open at 8:45am to allow a calm gradual start to the school day. Staff are already in place for the register time learning activity. Our registers close at 9:05am and any children arriving after this are recorded as late. Next week any lates will go to a reading catch up club at break as we don’t want children missing out on their learning.

7. After School Clubs
These have started this week and will continue for the next 8 weeks. Again, we have quite a few clubs running, which we hope the children will find interesting and fun. We also have quite a few class visits arranged which will arrive back at school after 3:00pm in the summer term, if a member of staff can’t take a club any week, you will be notified in advance (staff can’t be covered as my teams already have 3 meetings a week after the children go home).

8. Election Day
I did try to stop the school being used as a polling station but was told it had to be used. Therefore, can I remind you all that school is closed on Thursday 7th May. It is a staff training day and staff will be undertaking a Food Hygiene Level 2 training course. We also have another training day on Friday 22nd May when the school will be closed to children.

9. End Of The School Day
Following complaints, the children were told this week that the grounds are out of bounds after 3:00pm. For health and safety reasons, we can’t have children running on the growing areas, playing on the equipment and pushing each other as we had last week. Please help us to have a safe exit at the end of the day by keeping your children with you.

10. Fundraising
A reminder that on Friday we shall be selling juice and biscuits for 30p at break. Also at 2:30pm we are having our ‘Super 7 Walk a Mile’ for charity event around the one way system to raise funds for the Douglas MacMillan Hospice. It will cost £1 per person and all parents/carers are welcome to come along. Please support these events for such a good cause. Please note, there will be no disabled drivers allowed on site on this day.

11. Home School Link Worker Information

  • We are getting a lot of parents/carers sending in holiday forms for term time. The government expects attendance to be between 95%-100% and holidays within term time do effect a child’s education and learning time – they miss out on vital work and also fun activities. It is at the Head Teacher’s discretion whether holidays are authorised or not, only exceptional reasons will be authorised. A request for special leave of absence must be completed and returned to school.
  • On Friday 5th June we are planning our annual sponsored event. This will be the Cheeky Monkey’s Marathon Challenge. We have raised money before this very worthwhile cause. Half the money will go towards helping young children with cancer – Children with Cancer UK is the leading national children’s charity dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer. The other half will go to the school funds. The charity like to focus on an activity based on the number 26, so we will be singing 26 songs! The Early Years will sing 15 songs. Sponsorship forms will be coming out soon. Please make sure that your children DO NOT go door knocking and only ask family and friends to sponsor them.

12. Attachments

  • Writing Example
  • Office Information for Arrival and Departures
  • City Catering Menu – Pop Star Theme Day
  • 2015/16 Holiday List (cards will be sent out in September but are here for your information)

13. Celebration Assembly
Our children/classes who received awards on 24/04/15 were:
Alex Ballard-O’Shea, Holly Barnett, Hibah Rana, Tyler Conway, Milly-Mae Gray, All of Y3/4, Ryan Davis, Claudie Polhosova, Kieran Tonks and Moriell Sepe

Mrs Bloor’s Award: Hughie Knight
Smart School Uniform: Eve Tams
Time for Sport: Y4/5
Time for Sport Club: Isabelle Westwood
Attendance Award: Alexander Morrey

Awards given out for data collected w/b 30/03/15:
Class Attendance: Y5/6 – 100%
Whole School Attendance: 96.7% (Government target is 95%)
Pupil Attendance Awards: Amelia Harvey and Aleksi Vrapi

14. Dates for your Diary
Monday 4th May Bank Holiday ~ school closed
Tuesday 5th May Bikeability ~ Y5/6 ~ on site
Wednesday 6th May Bikeability ~ Y5/6 ~ on site
Wednesday 6th May KS1 WOW Day ~ Music Themed Dress ~ on site
Wednesday 6th May Nature Art W/Shop ~ KS2 ~ 9:15am-11:15am ~ on site
Thursday 7th May Voting Day/Training Day ~ school closed to pupils
Friday 8th May Class Assembly ~ Y1B ~ 9:05am ~ all welcome
Friday 8th May Bootcamp Day ~ KS1 ~ all day~ on site (2:30pm~Walk a Mile)
Monday 18th May Stanley Head Visit ~ Y1S/Y1B ~all day
Wednesday 20th May Bikeability ~ Y6 ~ on site
Wednesday 20th May Stanley Head Visit ~ Y2J ~ all day
Thursday 21st May Bikeability ~ Y6 ~ on site
Thursday 21st May End of term
Friday 22nd May Staff Training Day ~ school closed to pupils
Monday 1st June Term Starts
Wednesday 3rd June Family Picnic ~ 1:30-2:30pm ~ all welcome

Yours sincerely
Mrs P Bloor
Headteacher