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.
What a very busy three weeks! We have already got off to a very swift start with lots of teaching and learning. There are many more exciting learning opportunities planned for the summer term.
As part of our PE curriculum, all the children took part in a half termly competition based on the topic they have been focusing on, before the Easter break. This challenges the children to use their newly acquired knowledge and skills in a competitive situation, which contributes to their physical, cognitive, emotional, and social learning. All the children showed enthusiasm and competed to the best of their ability.
The lucky winners are as follows:
Class 1J – 1st Ashleigh
Class 1C - 1st Sidney
Competition: Using hands to control a ball whilst dribbling competition
Class 2W and 2B – 1st Matthew, Hugo, Luca
2nd Harry H, Eleanor, Abigail F, Halle
3rd Charlie, Cole - James, Mya, Sam
Competition: Whole year group health and wellbeing obstacle course
Class 3/4C – 1st Henry
2nd Liam T
Class 3/4 O – 1st Harry J
Class 3/4M – 1st Henry
2nd Liam T
Competition: Tennis skills competition:
Class 5/6R – 1st Jaiya, Ruby
Class 5/6B – 1st Isabel
3rd Tia and Poppy
Class 5/6D – 1st Ethan M
2nd William S
Competition: Showing the most improvement in fitness tests over a 6-week period.
Year 1 visit from Father Adam, St. Mary's Church Kingswinford
On Monday 25th April, Father Adam came to visit Year 1 to tell us all about the Christian celebration of baptism. He taught us all about the symbols of baptism and even carried out a pretend ceremony on himself where children participated in the process.
Here's what the children had to say:
Georgia: I loved learning with Father Adam.
Raymond: I learnt that sometimes adults get baptised if their parents have chosen for them not to when they were younger.
Sidney: I enjoyed pouring the holy water into the bowl.
Adam: Father Adam showed us how to baptise someone.
Kayla: He showed us Heaven and Earth by using a sparkler.
Bethany-Rose: When a baby is baptised, they are covered in God's sparkles forever.
Well done to Year 6 on completing their SATs tests, this week. All children have fully participated and tried their best with completing the tests. The results of Year 6 SATs tests and teacher assessments will be given out with the reports in July.
Congratulations to both Miss Jordan and Miss Dorricott, who are both pleased to announce that they are expecting - their babies are both due at a similar times in October 2022. We’re sure that you will all be delighted with their happy news.
Miss Stanton is also on the road to recovery, she has been back to school and being wheeled around by very helpful staff. Hopefully, she will be able to weight bear soon!
Attendance Winners April
Well done to 2W Class, who won the attendance award for April with a 96.75% attendance! As a reward they were able to wear their own clothes to school today.
Walk to School Week 16th – 20th May 2022
Dudley’s road safety team support Walk to School Week by providing resources to every primary school in the borough.
We would like to focus on this key life skill, as well as the main theme of Health and Wellbeing.
As an incentive to try and encourage active travel, we will provide a record sheet for pupils to record days that they have walked to school. We also have Green Cross Code bookmarks, so at the end of the week each pupil can take one home to remind them how to safely cross the road and encourage them to continue travelling in a safe, active way.
We would encourage you to include walking in your school journey next week and in the future.
Thank you for your continued support.
Queens Jubilee w/c 23rd May
On Thursday 26th May we will be holding the finale to our Jubilee Learning activities that will take place throughout the week.
To commemorate this event, we would like you to send your child to school on Thursday 26th May, in red, white, and blue (not football kits) to represent the colours of the United Kingdom.
On this day, the children will celebrate the Jubilee by having a 'traditional street style' celebration in the playground (weather permitting):
- Nursery and Reception will perform a dance or recite a Nursery Rhyme to each other
- KS1/KS2 will sing a song they have learnt from the 1950's, 1960's or 1970's to their peers
- Sing the National Anthem
- Have a cake, drink, music to wave their flags in celebration - street style party
- Each primary school age child will receive their own commemorative Jubilee book, celebrating and showcasing the Queen’s incredible living legacy. I hope all our pupils are as excited as we are, to read about Her Majesty’s amazing life and the people and events that have shaped history during the last 70 years (given by the UK Government).
Before the end of the academic year, we will also be taking part in https://queensgreencanopy.org/ and planting a Royal Jubilee Rose https://www.davidaustinroses.co.uk/products/royal-jubilee.
We will send more details nearer the time, regarding this.
The main aim of the day is to provide the children with a truly memorable experience of being part of this historic event!
Safeguarding - Staying safe online
We have a number of parents who come to tell us that their children are receiving ‘. upsetting messages from children in school at home on social media sites such as: WhatsApp’, ‘Snapchat’ ‘Facebook’ etc. We have held a number of assemblies to inform children about how to keep safe online. We would urge parents to report the incidents to CEOP as this is a matter that arises out of school. Please type the link into a search engine, this will give you a wealth of information about keeping your child safe online.
How to reduce the risk of your child being in an upsetting situation
In order to avoid these sorts of situations in the first place, it’s worth sitting down with your child before they start using any website and reading the terms and conditions to learn what is, and what isn’t, acceptable on the site.
You should check whether your child is old enough to have an account with a particular social media website. Many sites including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat etc. require users to be 13 years old and will deactivate the accounts of any users suspected to be under this age.
Other tips for increasing your child's online security:
- Set their privacy settings to medium or high. Without updating their privacy settings, anyone can’t contact them and their profile information is visible.
- Explain to them that they should not share personal information with people you do not know, such as your address, school, parents name, etc
- Children often share their passwords. Know your child’s passwords and discuss that passwords are “secret” words and should not be shared with friends.
- Children sometimes leave themselves signed in at friend’s house on someone else’s mobile device or computer. We suggest that you remind them to always be sure to log out.
- If your child receives an unwanted friend invitation be sure to ignore the request and also block this person from contacting again.
Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through.
Children can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, our trained counsellors are there to support. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. Children can talk to us:
- by calling 0800 1111
- by email
- through 1-2-1 counsellor chat
Posters suitable for primary aged children will be displayed around school. The children have been shown a short video in assembly about Childline and we have discussed a number of other people that the children can talk to if they need to.
Article 19 states that every child has the right to protection from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and bad treatment.
Dates for the diary
Summer uniform can be worn from now until October half term.
- Blanford Mere red polo shirt (or suitable alternative) and grey school skirt, pinafore or trousers.
- Red and white checked/striped dress
- Sensible black shoes and white socks
- Blanford Mere red polo shirt or suitable alternative
- Grey shorts or trousers
- Sensible black shoes and grey socks (not black trainers)
Please remind children that they should not wear nail varnish or jewellery (other than a watch and/or stud earrings) for school. Don’t forget that if your child wishes to have their ears pierced the best time is beginning of the summer holidays as it is our policy that children cannot wear any kind of earrings during PE lessons.
W/C Monday 16th May - KS1 SATs begins.
Friday 20th May and Friday 10th June - Yr 5R – Mission X Kingswinford School
W/C Monday 23rd May – Queen’s Jubilee Week – History focus
Thursday 26th May – Children to wear red, white and blue to school (not football kits)
Thursday 26th May - School closes to pupils, at the usual time, for half term.
Friday 27th May - INSET day - school closed to pupils.
Monday 6th June - Children return to school at the usual time
W/C Monday 6th June - Year 4 Multiplication Timestables Check begin.
W/C Monday 6th June - Year 1 Phonic Screen Checks begin and Year 2 recheck.
Thursday 21st July - School closes for the Summer break.
Friday 22nd July – Schools closed due to being given an extra day for the Queen’s Jubilee
Have a wonderful weekend
Mrs Miller and Miss Stanton