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6 February 2015

6 February 2015


Dear Parents / Carers


Learning this week Nursery children have been exploring ice and have been acting out a story which Miss Moral wrote called ‘We are going on a polar bear walk’.  Children in Reception have been learning about feathered dinosaurs and how to catch toy dinosaurs!  Year 1 children have been busy in science making boats.  Children in year 2 have been solving a problem for Mrs Armitage who had a crash on her bike!  The South American country of Brazil has been the main topic for year 3 classes this week.  Year 4 children have been writing about their visit last week to a chocolate factory.  They have also been learning about fractions and decimals.  Year 5 children have been writing 500 word stories and also playing a maths game called ‘Jess Wins’.  Year 6 children have been making replicas of ‘The Matthew’ sailing ship and have explored the properties of various materials used to build ships that will be raced against each other.


Super Learner Certificates have been awarded to:-


Reception Elm - Madison               Reception Lime – Enzo                  1 Juniper – Wilf

1 Willow – Edward                           2 Apple – Dawid                              

2 Cherry – Kieran and Khalid        3 Hazel – The whole class             3 Larch – Yasmine

4 Poplar – Rowan                            4 Sycamore – Leo                            5 Ash – Aideen

5 Hawthorn – Jess                           6 Silver Birch – Kaichi                    6 White Beam – Alfie


Value Champion Certificates have been awarded to:-


Reception Elm - Liam                     Reception Lime – Oscar                 1 Juniper – Maeve

1 Willow – Zed                                  2 Apple – Eda                                   2 Cherry – Ben

3 Hazel – Tyler                                 3 Larch – John                                 4 Poplar – Leon

4 Sycamore – Yasmin                    5 Ash – Mickey                                

5 Hawthorn – Shaniya                    6 Silver Birch - Jatana                     6 White Beam – Leon


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!)


Red Maids’ Junior School Year 4 Maths Challenge  Congratulations to Lauren, Megan, Fred and Rufus who took part in this Maths Challenge and were awarded certificates for their achievements.  Well done!


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 Dinners If you wish to contact our school dinner provider – Eden Food Services please go to our website meals where there is a link at the bottom to Eden Food Services or alternatively call 01384 453743.


Sainsbury’s Active Kids Scheme We are collecting Sainsbury’s vouchers in school again this year.  There will be a box by the office for your voucher donations.  Thank you.


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.


PTFA News: 

Monday 9 Feb at 3.45pm – Cake and Second hand Uniform Sale in the school hall.  Please bring your donations of cakes and biscuits (homemade or bought) to school on the day. In line with new legislation please identify any allergens (celery, cereals containing gluten wheat, rye, barley and oats, crustaceans, eggs, fish, lupin, milk, molluscs, mustard, nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, soya, sulphur dioxide,) in your donations.  Thank you.  


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


Dates for your Diary:

Mon 9 Feb                 Cake and Second Hand Uniform Sale 3.45pm School Hall

Wed 11 Feb              Curriculum Afternoon 2.30pm – 3.20pm (see separate letter)

Fri 13 Feb                  End of Term 3

Mon 23 Feb               Start of Term 4

Wed 25 Feb              Individual and family group photographs

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

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

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 -The Windmill                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Sat 20 June              Summer Fair


Yesterday we had three power cuts between 11.30am and 5.00pm.  The children and staff were fantastic (but we don’t want one again!) We will see your children before 8.55am on Monday 9 February 2015.  Gates open at 8.45am.



Emma Payne, Headteacher

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