Latest news from around the school

October active travel prize winners

Posted on 10 November 2018 by Mrs Taylor

We’ve awarded the final voucher prizes for our October active travel prize draw.

Well done to Isla, Year 2, and Jasraj, Year 4, who won the week 4 and overall October month prizes for travelling to school in an active way.

The Living Streets’ WOW interactive travel tracker allows children to record, in class, their daily journey to school and children will continue to be awarded themed badges at the end of every month for travelling actively.

An active journey includes:

  • walking
  • scooting
  • biking
  • park and stride

We want to reduce the number of cars outside school so if you do have to travel by car, we recommend parking away from the school gate maybe at our preferred park and stride location, Marks & Spencer.

As always, keep safe while travelling.

Staying safe to and from school

Posted on 08 November 2018 by Mr Roundtree

We want our children to be happy and healthy learners. For older children, walking to and from school, perhaps with friends, can be a good way to incorporate some physical activity into the school day. It’s also a way to develop independence as they approach secondary school.

If your child walks, scoots or cycles to and from school without an adult, please do make sure you regularly check that they understand how to stay safe.

Are they crossing roads in a safe way?
It can be easy to become distracted, perhaps with their friends or, even more likely, if they’re using a mobile. Make sure you’re confident your child knows the importance of crossing roads safely.

Do they know what to do if they encounter a stranger who’s behaving suspiciously?
Perhaps when you were growing up, the message was ‘Stranger danger’. However, this message doesn’t recognise that sometimes approaching a stranger is a way to stay safe – if your child were to get lost, seeking help would be better than becoming more lost, for example. A new campaign is promoting a new message: ‘Clever never goes‘. Does your child know to never go off somewhere with an adult (whether a stranger or not)? Does your child have ideas about what to do if an adult is following them?

If you’ve any specific questions, comments or concerns, please do ask.

School Council 2018-2019

Posted on 07 November 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Meet our newly elected school councillors, chosen democratically by their class.

Their first meeting will be held next week.  On the agenda is to discuss bullying (as part of anti-bullying week), Takeover Day and to consider what they might want to spend their library and class reward budgets on.

All children are encouraged to make suggestions to their school councillors (by posting their suggestion slip in each class’ Living and Learning box) for ideas/concerns to be discussed.

Anti-bullying week - odd socks day

Posted on 07 November 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Next week is Anti-bullying Week. This year’s theme is ‘Choose Respect’ and we will be joining in with Odd Socks Day on Monday 12 November.

This day is to raise awareness of our differences, individuality and personal choice. There is no need for any payment – your child should simply wear odd socks and join in the fun!

Thank you for your support.

Congratulations from the DfE

Posted on 05 November 2018 by Mr Roundtree

We’re delighted to have received another letter from the Department for Education to congratulate us on our success in the Year 1 phonics screening check.

This letter refers to the 2017-18 class (the current Year 2 children) – well done to staff, pupils and parents / carers!

Living and learning - Identity

Posted on 04 November 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Our Living and Learning theme this half-term is Identity. Pupils will learn about what makes themselves and others special, valuing the similarities and differences between themselves and others and what is meant by community. This will be taught through our Living and Learning sessions and also a focused week – Anti-bullying week (12 November).

Also this half term, our new school charity will be chosen.  Every year, we nominate a new charity to support. This year, we have been supporting MakeAWish. We decide this on the basis of a Talk Time homework, and then school councillors make the final decision.

Our Living and Learning long term plan details the learning for each year group across the year and you can keep up to date with our weekly Living and Learning statements on the parent noticeboard in the playground and also on the school calendar.  We will begin and end this half term with a focus on manners.

I apologise when I need to.

I say please and thank you.

Election ready

Posted on 24 October 2018 by Mrs Taylor

The polling station is all set up and ready for the annual School Council elections tomorrow.

Good luck to all candidates.

Raising the bar with the eight Rs

Posted on 24 October 2018 by Mr Roundtree

Ok – so ‘Raising the bar with the eight Rs’ is a poor attempt at some rhyme. Here’s a much better attempt by a Y4 pupil – it’s brilliant! Well done, Daisy!

Learning things is really fun, but sometimes I get stuck,
Thinking about the 8 Rs can really change my luck!

At school when I’m doing a tricky sum, I sometimes feel like crying,
But then I remember to be resilient and it helps me keep on trying.

Taking responsibility for myself is something I must do,
If I don’t do the jobs that are meant for me, I can’t blame you!

If my Mummy asks me to tidy my room, I must not be grumpy or rude,
I must be responsive and do as I am asked with a positive attitude.

In the morning when I come to school, it’s important to have what I need,
I must be prepared and organized so I will be ready indeed!

When Mr Owen asks a question in class and I’m scared to give it a try,
I decide if it’s a safe risk to take, and it is, so I put my hand up high.

Sometimes I can be forgetful and I forget what I’ve been taught,
But if I try and put my mind to it, I can remember much more than I thought!

I love to make art out of unwanted things but I can’t always find the right bit,
But being resourceful and finding a way round I can always find something to fit.

Reflecting is very important as it helps me to think and look back,
I can reflect on what I have done in the past and that keeps me on the right track.

The 8 Rs can be useful for learning and they help me get through my day,
They guide me and lead me and remind me to think, and they always show me the way!

Active travel in October - week three winner

Posted on 24 October 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Well done to our week three winner who made active journeys to school every day last week.

Our active travel section on the website has recently been updated.  Have a look at some of the initiatives we take part in to encourage a happy and healthy start to the school day.

Living and Learning: Confident Me self-esteem and body confidence workshop

Posted on 23 October 2018 by Mrs Taylor

Recently, Year 5 and 6 took part in a Confident Me self-esteem and body confidence workshop led by representatives from Dove and Unilever.

Body image forms part of our Living and Learning later in the year and as children comment they enjoy visitors delivering Living and Learning, we were keen to run this workshop once again.

The Confident Me Workshop is one of the Dove Self-Esteem Project’s programmes.  It addresses issues of body confidence and low self-esteem. The workshop covers topics such as: appearance, beauty and body image and examines how images of models, actors and celebrities are fabricated or manipulated to portray a ‘perfection’ against which our kids often measure themselves.  Most of all, the workshops help young people develop the skills and behaviours that lead to positive self-esteem and body confidence.

Resources are available to parents to support and follow up this learning at home.