5 September 2014
Dear Parents / Carers
Welcome back! I hope you all had a great holiday. We have had a wonderful start to
the new term. The children have all been enthusiastic superlearners! For your
information the members of staff in the classes are as follows:-
Class Teacher LSA
Nursery Oak Miss Loosley Ms McCarthy, Miss Moral
Nursery Maple Mrs Knights Ms McCarthy, Miss Moral
Reception Elm Miss Karn Mrs Cornelius, Mrs White
Reception Lime Mr Hewett Mrs Clarke
1 Willow Miss McNab & Mrs Slinn Miss Pooley
1 Juniper Miss Dudding Ms Bence, Mrs Samuels, Ms Croot
2 Apple Miss Bendon Mrs Lane, Mr Gomez
2 Cherry Miss Barker Mrs Lane, Mr Gomez
3 Hazel Miss Stone Miss Pearson, Ms Barraclough, Mrs Williams
3 Larch Mr Law Miss Pearson, Ms Barraclough, Mrs Williams
4 Poplar Miss Price Miss Pearce, Mrs Samuels, Miss Drewa
4 Sycamore Miss Shreeves Miss Drewa
5 Hawthorne Mr Fry Mrs Allies
5 Ash Mr Germain Mrs Gavagan, Mrs Leonard
6 White Beam Miss Yeap Ms Alloway
6 Silver Birch Mr Sykes Miss Ali, Ms Alloway
Mr Williams has been appointed in the new role of ‘Family Link Worker’ in school. His
job is to work with children and their families in school. He is also the ‘Lost Property
King’! To cover the teachers’ preparation time this year we will be having a team of
specialists from ‘SuperStars’. The team have been in school this week meeting the
children. The specialists are Mr Rees (PE), Mrs Herbertson ( Art), Ms May (Drama) and
Mr Reid (Music).
Learning this week Children in year 1 have been learning about how we grow and
learn. Year 2 children have been practising their handwriting skills in their new books.
Children in year 3 have learnt how to make a light bulb work! Year 4 children have
been learning about poplar and sycamore trees. Year 5 children have been writing
some ‘warning’ stories. Year 6 children have watched an episode of Dr Who to launch
their ‘Out of this World’ topic!
Dinners The work on the kitchen has been finished and we can now provide free
dinners to every child who wants one in Reception, year 1 and year 2 in accordance
with government policy. Children in Nursery and years 3,4,5 and 6 still have to pay
£2.25 for each meal (£11.25 per week). We also have a ‘drop-in’ breakfast club from
8.00am (50p per day) where your child can have a hot breakfast – no need to book.
Attendance: Look out for the latest attendance figures on our website:-
Free School Meals. If you think your child (Nursery to Year 6) may be entitled to
receive free schools meals please either come to the school office or go to
www.bristol.gov.uk/fsm 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.
Procedure for the start and end of the day:-
Start of day End of day
Nursery Take child to the classroom Collect child from classroom
Reception Take child to the classroom Collect child from classroom
Year 1 Bring child to year 1 lines on top
playground to be met by their teacher
Collect child from KS1 playground.
Please wait for your child’s name to be
called by the teacher.
Year 2 Bring child down steps to bottom of middle
staircase. Child to line up in classes with
Collect child from ‘monkey bar’
playground. Please wait for your child’s
name to be called by the teacher.
Year 3 Child to go straight to class. Collect child from middle slope
(between playgrounds). Please wait for
your child’s name to be called by the
Year 4 Child to go straight to class. Children will be released from the
playground Year 5 by their teacher.
Please note that all children in Nursery, Reception, year 1, year 2 and year 3 must be
brought to school and collected from school by an adult. All Year 1,2,3,4,5,6 teachers
will be on the playground at the end of the day if you would like a quick chat. If you
need more than a few minutes to talk about your child, please make an appointment to
talk to them.
PTFA News We will be running a tea and coffee welcome for new Reception and
Nursery parents on Mon 8th Sept from 9am-10am & Thurs 18th Sept from 2.15pm-
3.15pm, in the School Hall. Please note, this has moved from Thurs 11th Sept. All
new parents are very welcome to come along for a cup of tea and a chat. Please feel
free to bring young children with you. If anyone can help with this, please email
firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave a message with the school office. We will be selling
second hand uniform at 50p per item. We would love any outgrown items, particularly
ages 3-6. Please hand these into the school office ASAP. We hope you all had a lovely
summer. We will be sorting out meeting dates soon & will put these in next week’s
newsletter. Thank you, Jo, Alex, Sarah & Katy (PTFA Committee)
Book Amnesty Please could everyone check at home for any library books or school
reading books and return to school. Thank you.
Absence Holidays are not permitted and you are liable to receive a Penalty Notice.
Please remember that if you intend to take your child out of school in term time you
must complete a form from the school office. If your child is absent from school for any
other reason please phone the office by 8.45am.
Music Lessons If you booked keyboard or trumpet lessons for your children they will
start on Friday 19 September. Violin lessons will start on Thursday 11 September and
we are waiting for confirmation about guitar lessons.
Contact Details Today, your child should have given you an envelope with a ‘Data
Collection Sheet’ enclosed. It is really important that our records are up to date so
please check the information and complete the box regarding photographs and return it
to school by Friday 12 September.
Dates for your Diary
Fri 24 Oct End of Term 1
Mon 3 Nov INSET Day (School closed to pupils)
Tues 4 Nov Start of Term 2
Fri 19 Dec End of Term 2
Mon 5 Jan 2015 INSET Day (School closed to pupils)
Tues 6 Jan Start of Term 3
Fri 13 Feb End of Term 3
Mon 23 Feb Start of Term 4
Fri 27 Mar End of Term 4
Mon 13 Apr Start of Term 5
Fri 22 May End of Term 5
Mon 1 Jun Start of Term 6
Fri 17 Jul End of Term 6
Mon 20 Jul INSET Day (School closed to pupils)
I hope you all have a lovely weekend and we will see your children before 8.55am on
Monday 8 September 2014. Gates open at 8.45am.