Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope that everyone had a good Easter break and it has been great to see the children back in school and hearing all about their holidays. The school has been a great place to be this week with the beautiful weather and everyone refreshed after their well needed break.
At the end of last term, we said a sad goodbye to Mrs Brackstone our Home School Link Worker and Mrs White who worked closely with Year 2. We wish them well in their future endeavours. Mrs East has taken on Mrs Brackstone’s role and she will be available during school hours, Monday to Friday, to speak to parents ,either face to face or over the phone. However, we are looking forward to welcoming back Mrs Messem, Mrs Williams and Miss Birks from maternity leave as well later this term.
It was fantastic to celebrate our colours of inclusion on Rainbow day last term and we raised an amazing £375. Thank you for the many cake donations and it was a hard judging decision to pick a winner! The Class Ambassadors are going to decide how we spend the money although we have already voted to donate some of it to the Downs Syndrome Association.
SATs fever is about to hit the school and I hope that Parents will continue to support their children as they go through this time, lots of early nights and plenty of encouragement.
Keep an eye on the blogs for news of other forthcoming parent events.
Thank you for your continued support,
Mrs Zoë Dudley
Head of School
Before Easter, Clownfish class were visited by the Fire Service. The firefighters taught us how to keep safe and showed us how their uniforms protect them when they are dealing with an emergency. If there is a fire, we should ‘Get out. Stay out. Call 999’ and we learnt that we should check the smoke alarms in our homes once a week. Please make sure that you check your smoke alarms regularly.
In Science, we carried out an investigation about what plants need to help them grow. We had 3 daffodil plants. We gave one plant no water, one plant had no light and one plant had no warmth and we checked on them every couple of days to see how they were growing. We measured the plants with rulers and looked carefully to see if the leaves changed. After a couple of weeks we could see the healthiest plant was the one that had been left outside in the cold. It just hadn’t grown very tall.
This half term, we will be learning about the life cycles of animals in Science. We are currently observing some young ducklings and chicks that recently hatched out of eggs. We wanted to find out which kind of bird will grow the quickest and biggest. Every day, we are carrying out a ‘Chick Check’ to measure their heights and weights. In Art, we will be learning about a famous artist called Jackson Pollack. He splattered paints on canvases to make some interesting images. We will be creating our own paintings using his style and techniques.
Year 2 SATs will be taking place throughout May so please try to ensure that your child does not miss school. The children will be taking two Reading tests, an Arithmetic Maths test and a Reasoning Maths test. We assess their writing through their on-going work in English and writing from across the curriculum. Results from these end of KS1 assessments will be shared with parents in July. It is important that your child completes their homework (which is given out on Fridays and should be returned by the following Wednesday) as we are sending home tasks that will help them feel more prepared for their SATs. If you have any questions or concerns about the KS1 SATs please talk to Miss Stedman.
Our PE lessons will be on Wednesdays and Fridays. Please make sure that your child has their PE kit in school as an increasing number of children are regularly borrowing our spare PE kit as they don’t have their own in school. Now that the weather is improving (???!!), please can you check that your child’s PE shoes fit so that they can safely take part in outside PE lessons.
Written by Miss Stedman