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Learning Together with Kind Hearts and Determined Minds

Learning Together with Kind Hearts and Determined Minds

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Headteacher's Newsletter

Learning Together with Kind Hearts and Determined Minds

 

 Newsletter – June 2019

                                                    


 

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Term 6, our final term before the summer holidays but a term packed full of exciting events.

Whole School Experience – Castles

In Y1/2 they will be learning about the function and the historical importance of castles. Year 1 children will make a moving picture based on the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and Year 2 children will develop their knowledge of Motte and Bailey castles from last year’s Battle of Hastings Experience. 

 

Year 3/4 will be transported into a range of castles throughout history. They will learn how shape has inspired their construction and the mechanics of their intricate features and at some point there may even be some jousting!

In Y5/6 a secret mission was revealed at the beginning of term which involved pupils creating their own architecture and engineering company to design and build special features of a castle needing to defend against attack and survive in times of siege.

Next Friday the school hall will be transformed by your children’s work and all parents are invited to visit the Castle Gallery.

 

Attendance

We continue to monitor the attendance of each individual child and I am always very impressed with just how many 100% certificates are given out at the end of each seasonal term. Below is the current attendance for each class. Last term the best attendance was awarded to Sycamore – who will it be this term?

Lime

94.1%

Apple

96.8%

Myrtle

94.8%

Bay

95.2%

Willow

96.7%

Poplar

95.3%

Cherry

94.5%

Sycamore

97.0%

Oak

93.7%

Maple

96.8%

Acacia

96.7%

 

Staffing

At the end of the summer term we have three of our teaching assistants leaving. Mrs Bryce and Mrs Haley will be retiring and Mrs Watson will be spending more time with her family. We will also be saying goodbye to Mrs Van Wyk who will be joining her husband in Ireland. I am sure you will join me in wishing them all the best for their new ventures. In September Mrs Black will be returning from her maternity leave and Miss Phillips will be joining us.

Staffing for September will be as follows:

Lime

Mrs Jeffery

Apple

Mrs Hemsley

Myrtle

Mrs Brown

Bay

Mrs Austen

Willow

Mrs Wibroe

Poplar

Miss Butterfield

Cherry

Mr Wheatley

Sycamore

Mrs Black/Miss Phillips

Oak

Miss Wood

Maple

Mrs Quantick

Acacia

Mrs Martin/Mrs Lewis

 

Swimming

Thank you to all those who make a contribution towards swimming lessons, although this only covers a small part of the cost to the school it is really appreciated. Research undertaken this year shows that once again our contribution request is between £20 and £30 less than other schools.

The National Curriculum states that all schools should provide swimming instruction either in key stage 1 or key stage 2. With our on-site pool we are able to provide swimming lessons for every year group each year. There will be unavoidable occasions when the pool may need to be closed and where possible we will try to rearrange the lesson but this is not always possible.

By the end of primary school pupils will be taught to:

•swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres

•use a range of strokes effectively [for example, front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke]

•perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations

The percentage of children who reach all the above criteria is excellent and this year we hope to offer additional lessons to those few children who we feel may not meet this criteria by the end of Year 6, another benefit of an on-site pool.

Reading

Our children are fantastic readers with SATs results well above the national average. They love completing their accelerated reader tests and we have more children than ever that have reached this stage. Please complete their reading cards each time they read as many teachers will award house points for those that do and it really helps the children’s intonation and fluency. A reminder that every Thursday straight after school there is a story reading session, this is a time when children are able to sit and listen to a story read by one of our mums. At the moment the numbers are low and it would be wonderful if we could increase participation. SO, THURSDAY STRAIGHT AFTER SCHOOL COME AND ENJOY. Please note children should be accompanied by their parents.

House Points (Dojo points)

There are multiple opportunities for the children to earn house points, excellent work, over and above effort, kindness, generosity etc. During Friday assemblies the house points are read out and the children eagerly track the total towards the end of the term. Term 5 was won by Semark and they will be rewarded next Friday whilst the other houses get together for House Meetings run by the House and Sports Captains.

PTA

A number of communications have been sent home regarding the events our PTA are putting on for the children and their families. We are very fortunate to have such a dedicated team who work tirelessly to raise funds for the benefit of the children whilst also managing to put on a vast array of events. Recent purchases include new activity boards for the playground, beautiful flower pots, maintained by the PTA, white boards, games equipment and hopefully funds towards the refurbishment of another classroom over the summer holidays.

Summer Fair 15th June 12 – 3pm

There are all the traditional favourites plus many more new stalls/activities such as:

Cup Cake ‘Cake Off’

Crockery Smash

Books, games, toys and puzzles

Amazing raffle prizes

 

Help is always needed for these events and we have many of the same volunteers year in and year out some of whom help all day long which is wonderful. If you can help all they need is a 30 minute commitment to a stall, so if you can please do offer as it makes a real difference to the success of the day.

 

Discos – 21st June

This event is always well attended and the children thoroughly enjoy getting dressed up ready to go. They all know the latest moves and the girls vs boys dance off is always worth watching.

 

Sport

The Race for Life event was fantastic and an amazing amount raised for cancer research, £3635.50. The children were wonderful and the messages showed that so many lives are touched by this terrible disease.

 

10th June is the first competitive event of the term with a group of youngsters competing against other schools in a rounders’ competition. Good luck to them all.

 

Website

All parents receive the medium term plans for their year group but do visit the website to see what the long term plans are. The class pages are always worth looking at with regular blogs and photos in the gallery, take a look, your youngster may be the star of the show!

 

Kind regards,

 

Mrs Sandberg

Headteacher, Borough Green Primary