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13 February 2015

13 February 2015


Dear Parents / Carers


Learning this week Nursery children have been celebrating Chinese New Year by making lanterns, fans and learning the different types of animals for the Chinese New Years.  Reception children have been making dinosaur masks as well as Chinese lanterns. Year 1 children have been making and testing boats and also making Chinese dragons.  Year 2 children visited Ashton Park Secondary school and took part in a ‘Dancefest’ – 2 Apple did their Pirate dance and 2 Cherry their Cat dance.  Continuing their Brazilian theme year 3 children have been making headdresses and a book about the rainforest.  Year 4 children have been designing and making wrappers for their chocolate bars.  In year 5 the children have been learning how to multiply and divide in numeracy and in literacy they have been typing out their 500 word stories.  Year 6 children have been learning the rules of rugby and have been painting the boats that they will race in July.


Super Learner Certificates have been awarded to:-


Reception Elm - Lexie        Reception Lime – Beya                  1 Juniper – Rania

1 Willow – Lola                     2 Apple – Lola                                  2 Cherry – The whole class

3 Hazel – The whole class                                                             3 Larch – Tilly

4 Poplar – Shernette           4 Sycamore – Ned                           5 Ash – The whole class

5 Hawthorn – Shaun          6 Silver Birch – Theo                       6 White Beam – Abi


Value Champion Certificates have been awarded to:-


Reception Elm – Emily       Reception Lime – Rafa                   1 Juniper – Luka

1 Willow – Arthur                 2 Apple – Millie                                 2 Cherry – Ruby

3 Hazel – Draco                   3 Larch – Evie                                  4 Poplar – Lara

4 Sycamore – Riley             5 Ash – Daisy                                   5 Hawthorn – Nifemi

6 Silver Birch – Xander       6 White Beam – Josh


Attendance:  Look out for the latest attendance figures on our website:-  Please note that our website now has a ‘translator’ button on the ‘Home’ page which allows text to be translated from English.


Free School Meals.  If you think your child may be entitled to receive free schools meals please either come to the school office or go to to apply.  It is very important that anyone who is entitled applies for free school meals as the school receives extra funding towards the children’s education.  All information that you provide is, of course, confidential.  Please remember that even if you apply for free school meals your child does not have to have school dinners – you can continue to provide them with a packed lunch if you wish. This includes Reception, year 1 and year 2 children (even though they get a free lunch!)


Free computer course for parents. Do you want to improve your computer skills? Would you like to learn how to use the computer to help your child with their school work and homework? We are running a free computer course for parents starting on Thursday 26th February, 1.00-3.15pm for 5 weeks in the School House. A creche for pre-school children will be available. This course is aimed at people who have 5 GCSE's or less. If you are interested please register with the Office.


School Photographs The school photographer will be in school on Wed 25 February.  Individual and family groups will be taken during the day.  If you wish to have a family group photograph with pre-nursery children please come to school at 8.55am.  All children must register with their class before having their family group photo taken.


Internet Safety: This week was Safer Internet Day and after the holiday all children in years 1 - 6 will be participating in workshops about internet safety. Children in years 3 - 6  will be coming home today with a leaflet for parents about how to ensure children are safe online. Three main points for you to think about are: 1) Is my child playing games that are not the appropriate age? 2) Are inappropriate websites filtered at home? 3) Does my child have a Facebook or Twitter account? (Users should be over age 13) There are useful links to help with this on our website.


Reminders -

Collection of Children Please be reminded that we will not let children go home with anyone who does not have parental responsibility unless we have been informed by the child’s parent/carer.  The best way to do this is to tell the teacher, speak to the school office staff in person or telephone the school office in good time to ensure messages can be passed to teachers before the end of the day.

Parking Please do not park on the path in Whitehouse Street nor on the zig zag lines near the zebra crossing.  Thank you.


PTFA News: A very big thank you to everyone who helped with our cake and uniform sale on Monday and for all your delicious cake donations.  We raised a fantastic £101.00!  Thank you to everyone who came along and supported us by buying and eating cake!We will be holding our 50p book sale for World Book Day, on Thursday 5th March.  We would love donations of books (in good condition) suitable for ages 4-11.  Please bring these to the school office after half term.  We also need volunteers to help for an hour on the stall, any time between 8.30am & 4.30pm on Thursday 5th March.  Please email or leave a message with the school office if you can help. Many thanks, Jo, Alex, Sarah & Katy (PTFA Committee).


Dates for your Diary:

Mon 23 Feb               Start of Term 4

Wed 25 Feb              Individual and family group photographs

Wed 25 Feb              6.30 – 7.30pm New Date for English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling workshop for   parents


Tues 3 Mar                9am-10am – PTFA General Meeting - School 

Wed 4 Mar                 Parent/Child/Teacher Learning Conferences 3.50pm – 6.00pm

Thur 5 Mar                 World Book Day 50p Book Sale – For children during school time

Thur 5 Mar                 Parent/Child/Teacher Learning Conferences 4.30pm – 7.00pm

Mon 9 Mar                 9am onwards – PTFA Social get-together – Windmill Hill City Farm

Wed 11 Mar               Maths Workshop for Parents 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Wed 18 Mar               6.30-7.30pm - PTFA AGM - School Hall (childcare provided)

Wed 25 Mar               7.30pm onwards – PTFA Social get-together - Windmill Pub

Thur 26 Mar              3.30pm Easter Egg Hunt in the playground

Fri 1 May                    3.30pm Plant Sale in the playground                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Sat 20 June              2.00pm – 5.00pm Summer Fair


We hope you have a lovely break next week and we will see your children before 8.55am on Monday 23 February 2015.  Gates open at 8.45am.

Emma Payne, Headteacher

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