Early May Newsletter

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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.

News and Events

Football Club

Congratulations to Mr Swift and our football team on their efforts in the rain on Tuesday 24th April, against Church of the Ascension. The team worked really hard to come back from being 2 - 0 down. They managed a draw, for a 3-3 draw. Well done boys!

Harry A - Team Captain, said "It was a good match, we all worked hard as a team, they covered each other and supported each other, even though it's not the win we would have liked. Well done boys!".

Change4Life Festival

On Wednesday 25th April the school hosted a 'Change for Life Festival' as part of our health promotion. Children from Glynne and Dawley Brook joined Owen S, Phoebe H, Oscar S, Finlay R, Paige W, Isabelle G, Miley R, Danny S, Alex F and Megan S for an active afternoon. This including scooting, bench ball and hide and seek. The staff and the children had an extremely enjoyable and energetic afternoon, fortunately the rain didn't spoil the event!

Mission X Celebration

On Thursday 26th April, Year 5 took part in a celebration at The Kingswinford School along with other local primary schools. The celebration marked the end of the "Mission X - Train Like an Astronaut" programme undertaken during the Spring Term.

Over the course of four weeks, pupils engaged in a range of scientific investigations to find out about the strength of bones, testing urine for protein and sugars, the energy content of a variety of foods and the fat content of food. The children learnt about healthy living whilst undertaking scientific investigations using the facilities available in a secondary school science laboratory.

All the children enjoyed taking part in the activities and their behaviour and attitude to learning was exemplary.

"Mission X was fun and fascinating because we learnt about different things that we had never learnt about before. I really enjoyed using the Bunsen burners and safety goggles." Dominic.

"It was really good. I enjoyed using all the equipment. " Zak.

"I really enjoyed it. The experiments were super and we had lots of 'wow' moments." Lana

Thank you to all the parents who supported their Year 5 child at 'The Mission X Science Celebration'.

Pen Licence

Congratulations to the following children who have gained their pen licence:

Yr 3 - Lily C

Yr 3 - Priya T

Yr 4 - Isobel F

Keep up the neat work!

Attendance Winners

The attendance winners for April were Mr Baker's 5/6B, with a huge 99.29% attendance. WOW!!

Rights Respecting Award and Global Learning

As part of our work towards the Gold Level Rights Respecting Award, we have launched a whole school campaign to make the world a safer place for children to live. All children in school took part in a competition to design a school campaign logo which will be used on the front covers of our campaign books, on displays and as part of our campaign work. The winning logo was chosen by the Rights Respecting Champions and belongs to Iris Revell in Year 3. Well done Iris!

Green Ambassadors - Global Dimension

RS: Zara F

RJ: William S

1P: Louie James and Jack S

1W: Leonie J and Leo S

2S: Harry F and Lily B

3/4C: Michelle M and Alex F

3/4J: Ben C and Priya T

5/6B: Adam S and Sienna B

5/6O: Hayden B and Abigail P

Their role will be to help make the school greener and more sustainable. Some examples of things they will be responsible for include: ensuring unused lights are turned off, taps are turned off, shutting classroom doors, paper is recycled appropriately and ensuring that children and adults are disposing of their litter correctly. They will also play a key part in 'Campaigning for a Safer World' by suggesting activities to make our school more sustainable.

Staffing News

We welcome back Mrs Cope. Mrs Wilkes has started her part time role. We hope she will enjoy all those precious memories created by spending more time with her young family.


On Saturday 12th May Miss James will be getting married to her fiancé - Mr Hayward. We would like to congratulate them both and wish them every happiness for the future. From Monday 14th May Miss James will be known as Mrs Hayward.

Bank Holiday Fun!

Please see the attached flyer for a range of activities that are taking place over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Maths Club

After the May half-term holiday, there will be an opportunity for children from Reception - Year 6 to join a lunchtime Maths Activity & Games Club. It will be an informal club where children can play mathematical games and hopefully encourage their enjoyment of maths.

To help with the resourcing of the club, I would be extremely grateful if you could help by providing any of the items below. I am not looking for brand new items, just things that you may no longer use at your home - so it's the perfect time for a clear-out!

Examples of items that could be donated:

• Board games (that involve maths, counting or using dice. e.g. Snakes & ladders)

• Cars (small cars for measuring the length they travel).

• Maths books - puzzles, logic, times tables, code-breaking

• Nintendo DS consoles (if you've upgraded to a newer console, the older DS models are great for brain training and maths puzzles and competitions).

• Any old smartphones / tablets that you no longer use (to download maths games/apps on).

• Card games - packs of cards, UNO etc.

• Strategy / logic games like chess, draughts, Yahtzee, Rubik's Cubes.

• Lego (for fractions and shapes).

If you are able to donate any mathematical items, please can you send them to Mr Baker by Friday 25th May.

Upcoming Events

Royal Wedding Celebration

On Saturday 19th May, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will be getting married at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, London. To celebrate the event we would like the children, including nursery, to wear red, white and blue to school on Friday 18th May. Children will be learning about The Royal Family and the history of the Monarchy, as well as other fun activities. We will not be selling 'tuck' to KS2 on this day. Instead, School will provide each child with a celebratory fairy cake, drink and flag to mark the occasion. If you prefer your child not to have a cake, then please inform your child's class teacher. Fruit will still be provided for KS1 and those who pay in Nursery and KS2. I'm sure the children will enjoy this occasion.

Forthcoming events

• Monday 14th May - KS2 SATs test week

• Monday 21st May - Year 5 'Helping Hands' - more details to follow

• Thursday 24th May - School breaks for half term 3.15pm

• Friday 25th May - INSET Day - closed to pupils

• Monday 4th June - School re-opens at 8.50pm

Friday 8th June - Sports Day am - weather permitting - more details to follow. Please note that there will NOT be a 'reserve' date. If the weather is poor, the event will not go ahead and we will inform you via text message on the day. We will have an 'in house' sports day with just the staff and children on a sunnier day. Thanks for your co-operation.

• Monday 11th June - Year 1 Phonics check testing begins

• Monday 18th June - School Council visit to London Houses of Parliament

• Friday 20th July - break for the summer at 3.15pm

Astley Burf Summer Camp

Please see the attached flyer for summer activities to keep the children occupied!

We will see the children on Friday - after tomorrows INSET day.

Have a good bank holiday weekend - let's hope the sun shines!

Mrs Miller

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