Newsletter 19th November 2021

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All children have these rights, no matter who they are, where they live, what their parents do, what language they speak, what their religion is, whether they are a boy or a girl, what their culture is, whether they have a disability, whether they are rich or poor. No child should be treated unfairly on any basis.

Reception Julia Donaldson Day

On Friday 5th November, Reception had a very exciting day celebrating the author Julia Donaldson. The children and staff all came dressed as their favourite character from one of her famous stories.  During the day, the children participated in a range of activities such as; Gruffalo number hunt, retelling the Room on the Broom story and making their own finger puppets.  The children all had opportunities to listen to a variety of stories. The children had a wonderful day and all have shown a great enjoyment of reading!

Morrison’s 'It's good to grow' campaign:

Thank you to everyone who donated their 'Good to Grow' tokens to our school. In total we collected 2,280 tokens, which is amazing! We have now placed our order for the free gardening equipment we can have in exchange for the tokens. We will be receiving new gardening tools such as children's forks, trowels and rakes, aprons, pots, and a variety of seeds which children will grow throughout the year. We will update you when the gardening equipment arrives and send photos of the children enjoying them. Thank you for your effort in supporting our school, it is very much appreciated. Miss Postings.

Anti-bullying Week 2021

Last Friday 12th November, saw the start of our celebrations this year with a virtual LIVE assembly. Children had the opportunity to participate in the Assembly which was hosted by the Director of Kindness for 52 Lives, Greig Trout. Topics covered included the importance of kindness, the science of kindness, and the impact it has on our well-being. They used real-life case studies of people helped by the 52 Lives charity, and also showed a brief video from a Paralympian discussing the kindest thing someone has ever done for her.

Following on from that, we celebrated our differences on Monday 15th November when we took part in ‘Odd Socks day 2021’. Most importantly, Odd Socks Day is designed to be fun! It’s an opportunity to encourage people to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and what makes us all unique! It was super to see so many children and staff wearing their odd socks!

The children have had many opportunities to explore various topics surrounding ‘bullying’ and can confidently share their thoughts and ideas. Here are just a few things that our children said.

Reception C

Leah: I liked wearing my odd socks to show we are all different.

Orla: It's ok to be different! We are all special.

Reception P

George: Our odd socks showed that we are all different!

Lilah: We have to remember to be kind to everyone.

Year 1C

Elizabeth: We must be kind and not hurt anybody.

Riley: I enjoyed watching Pixar’s ‘For the birds’. It taught us to be kind and not bully.

Year 1J

Isabella: We need to be kind to our friends because people will feel sad.

Samuel: We shouldn’t bully any of our friends because they might feel hurt or sad.

Year 2W

Charlie - Being kind and respectful is the best way to be. Anti means against, so we are against bullying.

Abigail - We wore odd socks because we are all different and special. We don't ever bully and we should always be kind.

Year 2B

Luca - You should be kind to other people and ask them to play with you if they are alone.

Scarlett - One kind word can make someone feel happy and special.

Year 3/4O

Freya: It is important to show we are all different and bullying shouldn’t be happening.

Lewis: I enjoyed wearing odd socks. It was good because we all did it and I didn’t feel like the odd one out.

Year 3/4M

Harry S: We should have anti-bullying because it’s not nice to bully. If you are bullied, you should tell a teacher and not retaliate.

Layla-Rose: We are unique so we can wear different socks and it’s ok.

Year 3/4C

Enqi: Kindness is a day where you have to be kind to others and help other people in need.

Autumn: We wore odd socks to show that we are all unique and we learnt about the difference between teasing and bullying.

Year 5/6R

Archie: I enjoyed anti-bullying week because bullying is not just being mean to someone once, it is several times on purpose.

Henry: I enjoyed anti-bullying week because it shows how different we all are and none of us are the same.

Year 5/6D

William S: You should never bully somebody because it could harm them either mentally or physically.

Jack B: If you see someone being bullied, you need to speak to a teacher or someone you trust.

Year 5-6B

Alyx: Anti-bullying is important because you need to treat other people with respect and kindness.

Jack S: I think it is important because it teaches people not to bully each other and to be kind instead.

Dates for the diary

Christmas ActivitiesPlease see the emails that have been sent you.

Please complete the online forms using the school website ‘Forms’ tab – Christmas activities 2021 for the activities you wish your child to participate in and send the money into school by MONDAY 22nd NOVEMBER 2021 deadline to avoid disappointment. Any activities that have not been booked and paid for after this date will no longer be accepted, as all orders need to placed.

W/C Monday 29th November 2021 – Year 2 Phonic checks administered

Wednesday 1st December 2021 – Year 2 – Mac Theatre trip – ‘One Snowy Night’

(Change of date) More details to follow.

Thursday 2nd December 2021 – St Mary’s Church carol service rehearsal Yr 1 – Yr 6. Please send children from Year 3 – Year 6 with a piece of fruit. KS1 children have fruit provided. All children should bring a drink.

Thursday 2nd December 2021 – Film Night 3.15pm – 5.15pm – collect from your child’s usual gate (for those children who have paid).

Friday 3rd December 2021 – Year One – Mac Theatre trip – ‘One Snowy Night’.  More details to follow.

Tuesday 7th December 2021 – Year Reception – Mac Theatre trip – ‘One Snowy Night’

(Change of date) More details to follow.

Wednesday 8th December 2021 – St Mary’s Church Carol Service Yr 1 – Yr 6

All children to wear winter uniform – including ties, jumpers and cardigans. Please send children from Year 3 – Year 6 with a piece of fruit. KS1 children have fruit provided. All children should bring a drink.

Thursday 9th December 2021Nursery and Reception Christmas workshop and sing-along.  Children to wear traditional Christmas costumes e.g. donkey, Mary, joseph, Star, tree, angel etc.

Friday 10th December 2021 – Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day.  Children to wear a Christmas Jumper with jeans, joggers, leggings, skirt etc and donate £1.  If children do not wish to take part they can wear their uniform.

Tuesday 14th December 2021 – Christmas Lunch Day – please pre-order using

School Grid app

Wednesday 15th December 2021 - Santa’s Grotto (for those children who have paid)

Thursday 16th December 2021 – Nursery – Year 6 Party Day – children to wear their ‘party’ clothes – suitable working in school

TT Rockstar Dress up Day

On Friday 17th December, there will be a ‘TT Rock Star Dress Up Day’. When children can answer questions up to x12 in the 'studio' game and achieve Rock Star status, Rock Legend status, or Rock Hero status for the 1st time, they will be able to dress up. Any child who remains on Rock Hero status will always be able to dress up on TTRS days – check your child’s planner to see if they are able to. 

Please encourage your children to go on TT Rock Stars.  TT Rock Stars helps children improve their times tables when used regularly – it is recommended that children use it for at least 3 minutes per day.  All children who are able to dress up will have a sticker in their planner. 

There is no download needed and it works on PC and Mac, but there are free APPs available for Android, Apple and Amazon phones and tablets. 

Please remember to use Mathletics too, as homework will continue to be set weekly on this. Thank you for your support. 

Friday 17th December 2021 – School closes for the Christmas Break.

Tuesday 4th January 2022– School reopens for the spring term.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mrs Miller and Miss Stanton

Headteacher and Deputy Head

 

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