Chicks

On the week beginning the 9th March, we will have some special visitors delivered to the school! We will be hatching chicks. Through this experience children will have the opportunity to learn:

  • How the chick develops inside the egg.
  • How the chick hatches out of the egg.
  • The life cycle of the chick and things they need to grow.
  • And of course they will get to hold the chicks!

Please look on the school website and class blogs for updates on the chicks during the week. Unfortunately parents and carers will not have access to the chicks as they have to be closely monitored.

Thank you for your support

Mrs Evans Science Co-ordinator

The Etherington Brothers

On Tuesday the 3rd of March we will be opening our school library. To celebrate this momentous occasion KS2 will be having a visit from two local comic book creators: The Etherington Brothers. Check them out online here: theetheringtonbrothers.blogspot.co.uk
You will have received a letter and book order form. If you would like to order one of the brothers’ books, please fill out the form and return it to school. Copies of the letters can be found below.

Visit Letter

The Etherington Brothers’ Books

Megabot Assembly

On Thursday 26th of March, we had two special visitors to our KS2 assembly. John Pinch, a master carpenter and designer, very generously gave up his time and expertise to build the school its own, life sized model of the Megabot.

Mr Knowles provided Mr Pinch with the plans. He then went away and spent 50 hours in his work shop building it. During the assembly he discussed the challenges he faced and the materials he needed to construct it.

Mr Knowles also discussed the challenges he faced when designing and painting this incredible model. The children were fascinated and asked some excellent, thoughtful, questions.

The second visitor was the Megabot. The children were amazed to see it in real life and it now lives in our school foyer, outside the school offices.

I’m sure you will agree that the model is amazing and appreciate how kind Mr Pinch is to generously donate his skills, time and materials to create such a beautiful piece of artwork for our school.

STEAM – Year 4

This term. pupils in Year 4 are studying WW2 as their history topic. To help bring this subject to life, we have arranged for a visit to STEAM in Swindon on Wednesday 18th March. The coach will leave school at 8:45am so pupils will need to be in at 8:35am for early registration. We aim to commence the return journey at around 1:50pm and hope to arrive back at school close to the end of the normal school day, traffic permitting.

Pupils will experience what it was like to be an evacuee in the war, and to help make this more real we are asking that children wear clothes to match the period. Children during WW2 wore ‘dull’ coloured clothing. Girls often wore skirts, blouses and cardigans and long hair was usually plaited. Boys often wore shorts, jumpers and caps.

The cost of this trip is £16 per pupil. We realise that this is a substantial amount of money, but we have several trips to this venue in the past and found that pupils find it to be a very informative and enjoyable day out. Payment can either be made on the school website, or by sending in cash in an envelope that is clearly marked STEAM together with your child’s name and class clearly printed on the front. Payment should be made by Friday March 6th.

Children will need to bring a packed lunch and a non-fizzy drink. If your child is entitled to free school meals and you wish to order a packed lunch, please complete the form at the bottom of your letter and return it to school as soon as possible. Please note: A free packed lunch will not automatically be provided unless it has been ordered in advance.

Children are ask permitted to bring a few pounds to spend in the museum shop. This should be placed in a sealed envelope or purse and have your child’s name and class clearly marked on the front.

As you have previously completed a general school visit form, we do not require you to complete a specific form for this trip. If you DO NOT wish your child to participate in this event, please advise their class teacher as soon as possible.

Trips such as this help to make school a fun and exciting learning environment for our pupils and without the support of parents, they would not take place. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your contribution towards this event.

Yours faithfully,

Jan McAll
Headteacher

Project Zulu

We have decided to have a non-school uniform day on Friday 13th February in aid of Project Zulu.

Pupils are invited to wear their own clothes to school and contribute £1 towards this worthwhile charity.

Project Zulu involves the funding of schools in townships in South Africa. Part of the charity’s aim is to fund groups of South African children to visit the UK and perform local songs and dances in schools. This not only gives these children the unique opportunity to visit our country, but also introduces pupils to a different culture.

We hope that you will support us in our efforts to raise money for this cause.

www.projectzulu.org

Website Questionnaire

A questionnaire was sent home last weeks to ask for your opinions on the school website. It was created by members of the Parent Council who aim to ensure that parents’ ideas and thoughts are considered when it comes to school matters. This is our opportunity to not only improve how the school communicates with parents but also to influence what information is available to us. Please spare a few moments of your time to have your say and ensure the new school website is the best it can be.

Parent Questionnaire

SS Great Britain – Year 1

Next term, as part of our class topic, we will be studying Isambard Kingdom Brunel. To help bring this topic to life, we have arranged a trip to the SS Great Britain. Children will be given a guided tour of the ship and take part in a workshop about the great engineer.

The trip will take place on Friday, 13th March. The coach will leave school at 9:00a.m and commence the return journey at 2:30p.m, so we hope to be back in school by the end of the normal school day.

Children will need to wear appropriate outdoor clothing (i.e. waterproof coats and shoes if the weather is wet, but no wellies, please!), and bring a packed lunch, together with a non-fizzy drink in an unbreakable container.

As you know, all children in Key Stage One are now entitled to free school meals. If you wish to order a free packed lunch for your child, please complete the form at the bottom of the letter that has been sent home and return it to school as soon as possible. Please note: A PACKED LUNCH WILL NOT AUTOMATICALLY BE ORDERED FOR YOUR CHILD IF YOU DO NOT REQUEST ONE.

The cost of this trip is £11 per child. This can either be paid on-line, via the school’s website, or by sending in cash in an envelope clearly marked “Year One trip to SS Great Britain” and with your child’s name and class clearly printed.

As you have previously completed a general school visit form, we do not require you to complete a specific form for this trip. If you DO NOT wish your child to participate in this event, please advise their class teacher as soon as possible.

Trips such as this help to make school a fun and exciting learning environment for our pupils and without the support of parents, they would not take place. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your contribution towards this event.

Yours faithfully,

Jan McAll
Headteacher

Reception Maths Learning Session

This week, parents and carers came in to play maths activities with their children in Reception.

Have a look at some of the kids in action

Table Tennis Club

A new lunchtime table tennis club for Year 6s is in full swing!
We have been learning how to control the ball properly by playing different games. We have also started learning the rules of table tennis.

Check out some photos from today’s session.