Monday, 23 May 2016

Newsblog week beginning 23rd May 2016

Hello All,

A short blog this week with just a few updates:-

  • Term dates 2016/17 update
  • Health and Safety News
  • Around the World in Eighty Days

Term dates update

Please note the term dates 2016/17 updates, as seen on the web site and given below

 1st September    21st October1st and 2nd September
31st October    16th December31st October (additional DBAT wide INSET day)
3rd January       10th February 
 20th February7th April   
 24th April26th May
 5th June    21st July    16th June; 20th and 21st July

Health and Safety News

The pupils love playing with the wooden blocks and other playground equipment on the playground at lunchtime and we often keep them out all week.  Could we ask that, if you are waiting around at drop-off or pick up time and you have younger children with you, they could not play with the equipment and that they stay near wherever you are to keep them safe - thank you.

Around the World in 80 Days - Friday 27th May

This Friday sees the whole school getting involved in a Jules Verne, Around the World in 80 Days Experience - we'll be sharing the Victorian adventure of Phileas Fogg's trip.  All the children will have the opportunity to take part in a number of country based activities throughout the day, in their house groups and you are invited to join us at the end of the day for a celebration assembly - please come to the main hall at 2:40 p.m.  To add to the excitement the children may come to school dressed in a costume from any world country; the national football or rugby strip of a country (e.g. the England strip but not the Swindon Town strip); the colours of a country's national flag.  

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Newsblog week ending 13th May

Hello All,

In this weeks newsblog:-

  • Home School Partnerships
  • Sun safety update
  • Can you help?
  • Health and Safety News
  • Competition Winners
Home School Partnerships
As a parent/carer, we are always looking for ways to best help our child so, in these newsblogs, I will try, on a monthly/termly basis, to give you links to different materials and hints and tips that might help you out - children don't come with a manual... though it would be useful if they did!
This week I have taken an extract from - this website has many other parents resources you might find useful too.

10 Tips on Hearing Your Child Read

Mother listening to her child read
As parents you are your child's most influential teacher with an important part to play in helping your child to learn to read.
Here are some suggestions on how you can help to make this a positive experience.
1. Choose a quiet time
Set aside a quiet time with no distractions. Ten to fifteen minutes is usually long enough.

2. Make reading enjoyable

Make reading an enjoyable experience. Sit with your child. Try not to pressurise if he or she is reluctant. If your child loses interest then do something else.

3. Maintain the flow

If your child mispronounces a word do not interrupt immediately. Instead allow opportunity for self-correction. It is better to tell a child some unknown words to maintain the flow rather than insisting on trying to build them all up from the sounds of the letters. If your child does try to 'sound out' words, encourage the use of letter sounds rather than 'alphabet names'.

4. Be positive

If your child says something nearly right to start with that is fine. Don't say 'No. That's wrong,' but 'Let's read it together' and point to the words as you say them. Boost your child's confidence with constant praise for even the smallest achievement.

5. Success is the key

Parents anxious for a child to progress can mistakenly give a child a book that is too difficult. This can have the opposite effect to the one they are wanting. Remember 'Nothing succeeds like success'. Until your child has built up his or her confidence, it is better to keep to easier books. Struggling with a book with many unknown words is pointless. Flow is lost, text cannot be understood and children can easily become reluctant readers.

6. Visit the Library

Encourage your child to use the public library regularly.

7. Regular practise

Try to read with your child on most school days. 'Little and often' is best. Teachers have limited time to help your child with reading.

8. Communicate

Your child will most likely have a reading diary from school. Try to communicate regularly with positive comments and any concerns. Your child will then know that you are interested in their progress and that you value reading.

9. Talk about the books

There is more to being a good reader than just being able to read the words accurately. Just as important is being able to understand what has been read. Always talk to your child about the book; about the pictures, the characters, how they think the story will end, their favourite part. You will then be able to see how well they have understood and you will help them to develop good comprehension skills.

10. Variety is important

Remember children need to experience a variety of reading materials eg. picture books, hard backs, comics, magazines, poems, and information books.

Sun safety update
Thank you for the great response to sun hats and suncreams.  In the sunnier weather we are hoping to have, please help your child suncream before they come to school as they often do their learning outside in the mornings and some were stopping to suncream just after 9:00.  Lots of practise about how to put it on, especially ears, noses and knees would really help us out - thank you.

Can you help?
We are looking for a small fridge for our lettings room and a small freezer for our medical room counter top size; and a fridge freezer for our staff room as the one supplied is already too small for the number of staff we have.  If you have any of these items that you are looking to dispose of please chat to the office - thank you.
Health and Safety News
In the heavy rains, a small number of people parked half on, half off the kerb outside school and you could understand why but they have continued to do this even in the brilliant sunshine last week - so can I again ask that parking is only done in the bays outside school or in the car park spaces to the side of school unless you have a blue badge in which case you can let the office know and use the bays at the front of school.
Our school site is a no smoking site - please don't be offended if we ask that you put out  any item being smoked on our site, it is for the good of all our school community. 

Competition Winners
Last week Edwards and Ward, our caterers, ran a lucky sticker competition for all those having school dinners and the following children had stickers on their plates so will be entered in to a regional draw to win a bicycle.
Jess R
Jack J
Jack F
Ayaan K
Harrisson B
Erin Mc
Beatrice K
Freddy R
Dominic Mc

Two of the lucky children are already winners as Edwards and Ward gave each school two bicycle helmets as part of this competition and those were won by Freddy R and Erin Mc (names chosen by random name selector from group given above).  The helmets are on their way to us soon and will be given out in Celebration Worship. 


Sunday, 8 May 2016

Newsblog week ending 6th May 2016

Hello All,

The sun has arrived at last and it seems it might be staying for a while.  Luckily our field has dried out enough to have it's first cut and the children will soon be able to use it and, I'm sure, will enjoy all the extra space that this will bring.

In the newsblog this week:-

  • Dates for your diary
  • Reception 2016/17
  • Nursery 2016/17
  • Watering help needed
  • Sun hats etc
  • Around the World topic - can you help?
  • Wimbledon Special Menu 29th June 2016
  • FOTF - Second Hand Uniform Sales
Dates for your diary

18:00 - 19:00
Parent/carer information session re Year 1 Phonics Screening - Year 1 parents/carers - please come to main entrance
10:20 - 10:50
You are welcome to join us for a special whole school worship where we will be thanking, and celebrating the work of, Ven. Caroline Baston and Rev Anne Faulkner, who are leaving the parish for pastures new.
All day
Around the World in 80 days - a whole school celebration - we are looking for parent/carer volunteers to come in and share their knowledge of countries that you have a personal connection with as part of our celebrations - see below
Last day of term 5 - school ends normal time
First day of term 6 - school starts normal time
Your children will be experiencing a world music roadshow
Week of 13/6/16

Year 1 Phonic Screening week
All day
INSET - School Closed to children for staff training day
Week of 20/6/16

Last week of clubs
All day
Year R trip this day - details still being finalised - more info will be sent out at start of term 6
All day
European Election Day - school will be used as Polling Station but we will be open as usual and children will have school provided packed lunches, as they did this week.
11:00 - 14:00
FOTF Summer Fayre - all welcome
Tbc but will be p.m.
Provisional sports day - to be confirmed
Special Wimbledon Menu - see below
18:00 - 19:00
Reception Induction for 2016/17 joiners
Evening tbc
End of Year Production - more details to follow

End of Year Reports come home to parents/carers
14:30 - 15:30
You are welcome to join us for our end of Year Thanksgiving Service.
Last day of term 6 and and of 2015/16 academic year - school ends normal time

Reception 2016/17

Welcome to our new Reception 2016/17 parents who may be reading this newsblog - we look forward to getting to know you all and are sure your children will be very happy here.  You should have received an email about parent information and Stay and Play sessions - if not please contact the school office on 01793 729740 and Niki or Gill will be able to help you.

Nursery 2016/17

We are in the process of allocating places for the new Nursery children and will be letting parents know about this by the May holiday.  

Watering help needed

Do you have a spare half an hour in the morning or afternoon to help us out with watering in both the polytunnel and the planters we have around school?  If so please let the school office know - we'd really appreciate your help.  We currently do not have an outside tap or any water butts so there is quite a lot of carrying to and fro.

Sun hats etc

We hope that the summer weather is here to stay and would ask that your child brings in a sun hat and sun cream that has their name on - please teach them how to apply it themselves as putting on 30 lots of suncream does, as you can imagine, take a considerable amount of time.  We have been researching the current recommendations on sun glasses and children will be allowed to wear sunglasses provided they provide UV protection and are not just play/toy sunglasses.  Please make sure any sunglasses fit snugly and/or have a head band to keep them in place.  We will be preparing a sun protection policy and plan for the school and are already sourcing ways of providing shade.

Around the World topic - can you help?

On the 27th May the whole school will be taking part in an Around the World topic day and we would love parents to get involved by sharing their knowledge of countries that they have a personnel connection with.  If you think you can help please email or call in to the school office. Thank you.

Wimbledon Special Menu 29th June 2016

On the 29th June the usual menu will be replaced by a Wimbledon Special menu as follows:-
Game, Set and Match

A Yorkshire Pudding Bar...
Choice of fillings..
Sausage, onion and gravy
Roast Beef and Horseradish Gravy
Cheesy Leeks
Served with
Crispy Herb Roasted Potatoes or Mash
'All England' Vegetable Medley
Followed by 
Strawberry Mess

FOTF - Second Hand Uniform Sales

The FOTF will be selling secondhand school uniform at our new parent meetings and have it available on a regular basis, advertised via the FOTF Facebook page.  All donations and purchases help boost the FOTF funds - thank you for your continued support.