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30 January 2015

30 January 2015


Dear Parents / Carers


Learning this week Nursery children have been learning some interesting facts about polar bears – their fur is like hollow tubes which trap the air to keep them warm! Children in Reception have been making and labelling dinosaurs and have been writing sentences using full stops.  In science year 1 children have been discovering which materials soak up liquid. Year 2 children have been using division and remainders in numeracy.  They have also been using water colours to paint vehicles. Children in year 3 have been sketching portraits.  Yesterday year 4 children had an exciting trip to the chocolate factory near Birmingham.  Year 5 children have been learning how to re-write a story in the first person.  Year 6 children visited the harbour and enjoyed a boat trip on the water.


Super Learner Certificates have been awarded to:-


Reception Elm - Jahmoure              Reception Lime - Freya      1 Juniper – Ggiven 

1 Willow – Billy                                  2 Apple – Farid                     2 Cherry – Alexandra

3 Hazel – Logan                               3 Larch – Zaeed                   4 Poplar – Emilio

4 Sycamore – Lauren                      5 Ash – Tom                         5 Hawthorn – Rhiena

6 Silver Birch – Rameesha             6 White Beam – Daisy


Value Champion Certificates have been awarded to:-


Reception Elm - Freddie                Reception Lime - David      1 Juniper – Joby

1 Willow – Annie                              2 Apple – Jemima                2 Cherry – The class

3 Hazel – John                                 3 Larch – Arlo                       4 Poplar – The class

4 Sycamore – Dylan                        5 Ash – Evan                        5 Hawthorn – Yousef

6 Silver Birch – Destiny                  6 White Beam – Laraib


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!)


ESOL Classes:  Do you want to improve your English? Do you want to improve your grammar and increase your vocabulary?  We will be running free ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) conversation classes for parents in school this term.  Classes start 4th February 1 pm - 3pm in the School House.  There will be a free creche available for pre-school children. If you are interested please sign up at the school office.


Pick ups at the end of the day:

EYFS (Nursery and Reception) children should be collected from classrooms.

Years 1 – 6 children should be collected from the playground and NOT the main entrance by the school office unless a prior arrangement has been made with me.  Also can we remind you that buggies are NOT allowed in the main entrance area by the school office.


Main Entrance – School Office There will be an area in front of the window marked with tape to give parents/carers privacy when discussing issues/messages with the office staff.   If you are waiting to speak to staff please maintain a respectful distance.


PTFA News: 

Thursday 5 Feb at 9.00am – Social.  There will be a social get-together next Thursday morning after ‘drop off’.  Meet at 9.00am at Windmill City Farm for coffee and a chat.

Monday 9 Feb at 3.45pm – Cake Sale in the school hall.  Please put the date in your diaries.  We need volunteers to help and your donations of cakes and biscuits on the day.  Watch out for meeting dates and information about ‘World Book Day’, AGM, Easter Egg Hunt and Summer Fair dates (yes, already!)


Thank you for your continued support. PTFA (Jo, Alex, Sarah and Katy)


Dates for your Diary:


Thurs 5 Feb              9am onwards – PTFA Social get-together - Windmill Hill City Farm

Thurs 5 Feb              6.30 – 7.30pm Parents’ Workshop - Come and learn about Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar with New Curriculum and Assessment update

Mon 9 Feb                 Cake Sale 3.45pm School Hall

Wed 11 Feb              Curriculum Afternoon 2.30pm – 3.20pm

Fri 13 Feb                  End of Term 3

Mon 23 Feb               Start of Term 4

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

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

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                                         

Sat 20June                  Summer Fair                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    


We will see your children before 8.55am on Monday 2 February 2015.  Gates open at 8.45am.



Emma Payne, Headteacher

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