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27 November 2015

27 November 2015


Dear Parents / Carers


‘Tis (almost) the season to be jolly and we are starting to feel festive in school.  A group of children went to choose the Christmas tree yesterday and will be decorating it today and everyone is rehearsing hard for the Christmas plays.


Learning in school this week has seen the nursery classes have a visit from the ‘Little Red Hen’ who taught them how to make pizza and then delivered a fresh pizza to class.  Reception have continued their theme of celebration by looking at Chinese Yew Year.  Year 1 have been looking at shapes.  Year 2 have learned a Cinderella spell and how to count up in 2’s.  Years 3 have been learning about fossils and how to write a planned warning story.  Year 4 have been playing a 7 times table game and writing an ending to an adventure story. Year 5 have noticed the patterns in shapes and re-written the end of ‘Moby Dick’ whilst Year 6 have learned about balanced diets and had maths and literacy assessments.   


Super Learner Certificates have been awarded to:-

Reception Silver Birch: Elena, Reception White Beam: Ruby, 1 Elm: Freddie, 1 Lime: Alice,    2 Juniper: Louis, 2 Willow: Africa, 3 Apple: Stanley, 3 Cherry:  Alexandra, 4 Hazel:  Pablo, 4 Larch: Oscar, 5 Poplar:  Brandon, 5 Sycamore:  Azhar, 6 Ash: Evan, 6 Hawthorn: Shaun


Value Champion Certificates have been awarded to:-

Reception Silver Birch: Oscar, Reception White Beam: Hanan, 1 Elm: Floyd, 1 Lime: Emma, 2 Juniper: Kai, 2 Willow: Harvey, 3 Apple: Brooke, 3 Cherry: Liam, 4 Hazel: Emma, 4 Larch: Ben, 5 Poplar: Fatima, 5 Sycamore: Jermaine, 6 Ash: Muna, 6 Hawthorn: Nifemi


Attendance:  Look out for the latest attendance figures on our website:-  The website contains a great deal of information about all aspects of school life.  If you do not already access this you may find it helpful and is worth checking from time to time for updates.


Reception places 2016:  If you, or anyone you know, would like your child to start in our school reception class in September 2016 please ask at the office to arrange a tour of the school with

Ms Payne.  Please remember that a place in our nursery does not guarantee your child a place in our reception class – you will need to apply for a place through the Local Authority.


Muslim Parents Group: Do you want to help your children with their reading, comprehension and understanding? If so please come to our Muslim Parents group meeting on 10 December at 9am in the school library.  We will also show how the children use the school library.  A crèche will be available for pre-school children.


Safe Journeys Questionnaire: Thank you to all parents who have already returned this, a paper copy will be going out in book bags today, please complete and return to the office as soon as possible.


Christmas Performances: Tickets for Children’s Christmas performances will be on sale from the school office from Tuesday 1st December 2015.  The tickets will cost £1.00 for adults and children are free.  Please be reminded there is a limit of 2 tickets per family (including children’s ticket) to keep within our fire safety regulations.  All dates of the performances can be found on our website.


PTFA: Winter Fair Thank you so much to everyone who came along to the Winter Fair.  It was a fantastic afternoon and the number of you who came along and showed your support was amazing.  We would also like to say a huge thank you to all of the fantastic volunteers, staff, parents and children who helped make the day so brilliant.  Without all of you the fair couldn’t have gone ahead – thank you all!


PTFA Christmas Social: Thursday 10 December, from 7.30pm. The Windmill Pub.  This is a great evening, everyone is welcome and we would really love to see you all there.  

Many Thanks, Jo, Katie, Lisa, Hannah and Egle (PTFA Committee)


Windmill Hill Junior Parkrun:  Free weekly timed 2K run for all children age 4 to 14.  Every Sunday at 9am in Victoria Park.  To register and find out more go to:


Lost Coat:  Coat belonging to Evie S. was lost on Thursday 12 Nov.  Black quilted coat, gold zips age 12/13 from F&F Tesco.  The coat was named.  If anyone sees it please can it be returned to school?


Some Pokemon cards have been handed in to the office – have you lost them?


After School Clubs: Please can parents note that there is no Cooking Club for Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 on Wednesday 2 Dec as the teacher is unavailable and that all after school clubs finish next week.  Letters about new clubs will go out in January.


Dates for your Diary:

Tues 1 Dec – 10.10 School Hall – Keyboard, Trumpet & Piano Recital

Thurs 10 Dec – 9am – Muslim Parents Group Meeting – School Library

Thurs 10 Dec - 7.30 pm - PTFA Christmas evening social – The Windmill Pub, Windmill Hill

Mon 14 Dec - 2.00-3.00pm – KS1 Performance

Mon 14 Dec - 6.30-7.30pm – LKS2 Performance

Tues 15 Dec - 9.30-10.30am – UKS2 Performance

Tues 15 Dec - 2.00-3.00pm – EYFS Performance

Weds 16 Dec – Whole school Christmas Dinner

Weds 16 Dec - 2.00-3.00pm – LKS2 Performance

Weds 16 Dec - 6.00-7.30pm – UKS2 Performance

Thurs 17 Dec – Class Christmas parties

Thurs 17 Dec – 9.30-11.30am – Whole school church service

Fri 18 Dec - Last day of Term 2


We hope you have a lovely weekend.  We will see your children before 8.55am on Monday 30 November 2015.  Gates open at 8.45am.



Emma Payne,


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