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Well we are at the end of yet another busy term! The children have had a lot of extracurricular learning opportunities over the spring term.

Events and activities

Year 5/6 Black Country Living Museum and The Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust as part of their topic about the local area.

After rearranging their trip because of the snow, Year 5/6 had a fantastic day at The Black Country Living Museum on Friday 16th March 2018 - even the sun came out!

The children listened to stories about our local area's history, found out how the Newcomen Steam Engine revolutionised industry, saw the chain making process and even 'legged' a narrow boat through a canal tunnel. Everyone experienced a little bit of the history of our area and had a great time.

Lennon: "It was really good when we went on the canal and found out lots of interesting facts about the past."

Thomas: "It was exciting when the sparks flew off the chain maker's iron."

Anna: "It was fascinating to learn about local history outside of school."

Sienna: "When we went on the boat, I found it really interesting in the tunnels and learnt how they were made. "

Ava:" I found it very interesting going on the houses because we found out how people used to live. "

Year 6 Summerhill

Year 6 Summerhill

Summerhill School Performing Arts Department, invited our Year 6 children to attend their production of School of Rock, The Musical on Wednesday 21st March 2018. The synopsis of the show is:

'Down and out rock star Dewey Finn gets fired from his band, and he faces a mountain of debts and depression. He takes a job as a 4th grade substitute teacher at an uptight private school where his attitude and hijinks' have a powerful effect on his students. He also meets Zack, a 10-year-old guitar prodigy, who could help Dewey win a "battle of the bands" competition, which would solve his financial problems and put him back in the spotlight.'

The students at Summerhill were amazing! A truly fantastic performance.

Our children really enjoyed the show...I'm sure our end of year 6 performance will be of a similar standard!

Sports Relief

Thank you! The money raised for Sports Relief amounted to £216 - the children have increased their sporting/physical opportunities for short periods of time throughout the week.

Mike Wood MP visit

Mike Wood, local MP, visited school on Friday 23rd March as part of his 'getting to know his constituency' visits. Mike had a tour of the school and met our school council to answer their questions about his role and local issues; they learned more about British values and democracy.

KS1 and KS2 End of term treat for good behaviour

Children who have not lost 25 minutes or more Golden Time were treated to an afternoon of physical activities today both indoors and outdoors. We are proud to announce the overwhelming majority of pupils were able to take part this term. Keep up the good behaviour! We hope those very few who lost their end of term treat, will reflect on their behaviour and improve it throughout the summer term - so they do not miss out on the fun!

KS2 TT Rock Stars Competition Winners

This week, KS2 had a times tables competition on TT Rock Stars to see who could answer the most questions correctly in a minute. Year 3/4 winners were Amber (28 questions in a minute) and Daniel (35). Year 5/6 winners were Eliana (56) and Cara, who answered an impressive 83 questions correctly in 60 seconds! Well done to everyone who took part!

Science Stars

A big 'congratulations' to the Science Stars from this half-term. I am really proud of how you are developing your Science Capital; thinking like a scientist, building positive attitudes and deepening your understanding of how science is important to you - Mrs Woodley.


William S - For being so enthusiastic in his topic lessons and asking lots of questions.

Layla- Rose T - For making a fab bug hotel outside and telling me all about a habitat.


Oliver G - Good questioning throughout science lessons.

Rayarn C- Showing good understanding for where minibeasts would live.

Y1 P

Jack S- Being engaged when learning about scientists and developing his Science Capital.

Louie J- Being engaged with his science learning and wanting to learn more.

Luke J- Using scientific vocabulary to explain and answer questions.

Jack J- Being wowed and explaining his observations when extra oxygen was given to a flame.

Y1 W

Leonie J- Using arrange of resources to help her investigate the discoveries made by scientists.

James S- Using arrange of resources to help him investigate the discoveries made by scientists.

Henry W- Being engaged when learning about Alexander Graham Bell and Isaac Newton. Developing his Science Capital.

Clay W- Using scientific vocabulary to explain how telephones work.


Lacie W- Gathering data on performance at different types of exercise.

Mikey D- Explaining the effects of exercise on the body.

Tia J- Identifying what is good about a diet and how to make it better.

Tate J- explaining results using scientific vocabulary.

Riley P-: explaining when a test is not fair.

Y 3-4 J

Lilly Rose F - Excellent observational skills following our plant investigation.

Tyler S - Super facts and recall of famous scientists studied in Science week.

Max K - Fantastic explanation of the chemical reaction that caused our lemon volcanoes to erupt.

Oscar S - Excellent effort and ideas when learning about seed distribution.

Paige W - Super effort explaining and retelling the pollination story.

Y3-4 C

Finley F & Megan S - Super true/false statements about plants for game.

Mason P - Curiosity and enjoyment during lemon volcano experiment.

Jessica B - Wonderful investigation write up using correct scientific vocabulary and well presented.

Sofia C-Super thinking and questioning about how coconut trees disperse seeds.

Y 5-6O

Rose D-Developing her Science Capital during Science Week: investigating Agnes Pockel's surface tension discoveries.

Evie E-Science Enquiry: Research. Detailed work explaining evidence of the Earth, Sun, Moon being spherical.

Roxy H- Developing her Science Capital during Science Week: thinking like a scientist.

Jessica S-Answering questions and super, detailed knowledge used.

Ekam S- Answering questions in detail and applying knowledge and understanding accurately.

Thomas P- Using scientific vocabulary when describing plant reproduction and plant



Lily C- Developing her Science Capital during Science Week: thinking like a scientist.

Rhianna D- Super test result for Living Things and their Habitats.

Ava M- Great contributions made when learning about Life Cycles with our visitor.

Eliana S- Developing her Science Capital during Science Week: investigating Agnes Pockel's surface tension discoveries.

Thomas D- Detailed knowledge when asking and answering questions.

Abby W- Concentrating well made an impact on your learning. Explaining the Earth's rotation and shadow movements.

Nursery, Reception and KS1 - Easter 'Eggstravganza'

Nursery, Reception and KS1 had a wonderful day of Easter activities today. The children looked fantastic in their Easter bonnets - thank you for supporting this memorable occasion. The Easter bunny visited every class to make a special 'egg' delivery to every child in school and nursery provided by school.

Easter Activities

If you are stuck for ideas over the Easter break, then click on the links below for lots of activities and events throughout the borough.

Year 6 SAT's

I'm sure you and your Year 6 child are well aware that the SATs tests are quickly approaching (4 weeks after the Easter break). We are asking you to support school and your children in the following ways over the holidays, so that children have regular practice with concepts that have been taught throughout the year.

Over Easter -Things the children can do to help be prepared:

• Use their SATs folder and look at old papers that have been completed.

• Mathletics.

• TT Rockstars.

• Monster SATs online.

• Revise spelling lists in green spelling book (including Year 3/4 and 5/6 lists).

• Read daily.

• CGP books.

• Have a rest!

• Little and often is best - don't cram the week before! Please remind them and encourage them.

Young Writers Competition

From March 5th the UK's most established writing competition will commence for children aged 4-11.

We are asking children to take part in the competition. The task has been set as a 'homework task' following a whole school assembly on Thursday March 22nd.

This year they are celebrating real life heroes, from firefighters and paramedics to teachers and parents. They are inviting children to tell them a story, in 500 words or fewer, about a hero. This years' judge will be none other than acclaimed children's author David Walliams OBE. He will be paying a special visit to the winner's school to present the exciting prizes!

The competition closes at midnight on Sunday 29th April. Therefore we ask for all entries to be sent back into school no later than Monday 23rd April.

Click on the link below for more information.

Blanford Mere Protection from extremism March 2018

You may have read or seen in the news recently, about a school's responsibility to keep children safe from extremism, this is how we do this at Blanford Mere.

Action: What we do to support this:
Engage and challenge pupils and provide experience to broaden their horizons. Our school is a place that inspires and engages young minds. Our school believes in democracy and the laws of the country, where every individual has a voice that is heard and respected, no matter what their faith or belief. Our school values discussion, debate and learning from others.
Ensure pupils understand what it is to be an active citizen, with an understanding of the responsibility it brings.
Allow pupils to hear and debate different points of view and in that way develop their resilience. Our school believes that division belongs in mathematics, not the classroom. There is no place for extremism in our school.
Give pupils the mental agility, arguments and insight to see through and overcome the propaganda of extremist groups

For more information regarding this matter and resources to support at home visit:

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, and ooVoo 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.

Attendance Winners for March

Congratulations to class 5/6B who are March Attendance winners with a fantastic 97.62 %! Keep it up!

Attendance - illness and late arrivals

If you feel that your child has an illness which may warrant them remaining at home then you must:

• Consider first of all whether you feel that your child would still be able to take part in the majority if not all of the school's activities. In this case, you should still send your child to school. Should your child become unwell during the day and/or where the school feels that the child is no longer able to participate in school activities, the school will contact you to collect your child.

• If you feel that your child cannot take part in the school's activities and would be better remaining at home then you must contact the school as soon as possible on the first/each day of absence before 9:05am. Failure to do so constitutes a breach of this policy. The person ringing will be asked to identify themselves and clearly give the reason for the absence. This information will be recorded on the register.

If your child has a medical appointment then you must:

• Contact the school prior to the appointment to ask for approved arrangements for your child to be collected/returned to school as close to the appointment time as possible. The school will ask to see a copy of the appointment time/letter. The school will not authorise the absence unless they have seen a copy of the letter/appointment card before the appointment.

If you need to request 'leave' for a specific reason, then you must:

• Follow the school guidelines regarding an application for leave e.g. holiday. (See, 'Leave of Absence').

If you know that your child will be late for school you must:

• Contact the school as soon as possible to tell them that your child will arrive late. Make every effort to get your child to school as soon as possible.

If you are having difficulty getting your child to attend school you must:

• Notify the school immediately (school office, class teacher) about your concerns. The school will make every effort to meet with you and attempt to rectify the problem.

Forthcoming dates

• Monday 16th March - Summer term begins

• From Monday 1st May - Year 2 SATs to be administered

• Thursday 3rd May - School closed to children - Polling Day

• Monday 7th May - School closed - Bank holiday

• 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

• 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

Summer Uniform from Monday 16th April

After Easter, if the weather stays warmer, children are welcome to wear Summer uniform or they can continue to wear their winter uniform. We leave it up to parents to decide when the time is right!


• Blanford Mere red polo shirt (or suitable alternative) and grey school skirt, pinafore or trousers.

• Red and white checked/striped dress

• Sensible shoes and white socks


• Blanford Mere red polo shirt or suitable alternative

• Grey shorts or trousers

• Sensible shoes and grey socks

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 a Dudley Council policy that children cannot wear any kind of earrings during PE lessons.

Finally, I would like to wish you all a very happy holiday and I look forward to seeing you all on Monday 16th April.

Mrs N Miller


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