Saturday, 27 August 2016

An Update for ... Almost the Start of the New School Year

Hello All,

I hope you are enjoying the end of the summer holidays and thought you might find this blog useful for planning diaries etc.  This blog is quite long so you may want to settle down with a cup of tea before beginning!  In this blog:


  • Dates for the New School Year 
  • First Day Back celebrations
  • Details of Staffing for the New School Year
  • Parent Survey Initial Feedback 
  • Website
  • Home Learning
  • LilyPad Update
  • Arrangements for Dropping Off and Picking Up
  • Uniform Reminders

Dates for the New School Year 

Inserted below, also attached as a pdf to the email you should have received and will be on display on the school noticeboard (new board outside main entrance) and website calendar, are 3 calendars, one for each set of two terms, and an overview of 2017/18 term dates.  The feedback from some parents, as part of the survey, asked for as much notice as possible of dates, dressing up requirements, donations etc.  I have done my best to do this for the whole year - obviously things will come up but I have endeavoured to keep timings and patterns of things happening the same each term and will give you as much notice as we can of any additions.  

Term 1 and 2  2016/17
Date
Time
Event
1/9 and 2/9

Staff Training days -  staff in school; no children in school
5/9

Children return to school – YR and YN have been given details of induction times; current YN children who are continuing in YN are in for their normal sessions; Y1 and Y2 in full time from 5/9/16.  There will be a first day back celebration in the afternoon of that day – full details copied below as per previous blog
8/9
5:00 - 5:30 pm for Y1
5:30 - 6:00 pm for Y2
Meet the teachers events for Y1 and Y2 - note separate times for those who have a child in each year group.  An opportunity to meet the teachers, hear about the learning approach and the ways you can support your child.
9/9

Clubs on offer for term 1 and 2 will be announced
12/9 – 15/9

Sign up for clubs available
14/9

Y2 Swimming lessons start
16/9

Club places announced
Week beginning 19/9

Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 19/9; 26/9; 3/10; 10/10; no clubs week of 17/10 and 31/10 – see below; clubs are on week beginning 7/11, 14/11, 21/11, 28/11 – no clubs week of 5/12 and 12/12
26/9

Sign up sheets for parent/teacher/child meeting sent out – return by Wednesday 28/9 and times allocated by Monday 3/10 (one month in advance of meetings as requested by some of responders to parent survey)
27/9
3:00 pm
Y2 Rabbit Class will be leading worship on value of Respect – parents of children in that class welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year – see below for details
12/10
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Parent/Carer Workshop Programme – 1 – see details below
14/10
3:00 pm
Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship – see note below – there will be an opportunity to do this once a term in response to parental feedback

17/10 – 19/10



“Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 17/10 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 18/10 and Wednesday 19/10 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – for children in YN times are 11:10 for those in morning session and 2:50 for those in afternoon session
20/10
9:15 am
Harvest Service – all invited to join us – donations will be asked for £1 plus food items – details to follow nearer time
21/10

Last day term 1 – school finishes normal time
22/10 – 31/10

October holiday – school closed
31/10

Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school
1/11

Children back to school normal times for start of term 2
Week beginning 1/11

Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1 and Y2 children – more details below.
1/11
2:30 – 6:45 pm
Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 15 minute slots for YR/1/2 – YN slots will be 12:30 – 6:45
3/11
2:30 – 6:45 pm
Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 15 minute slots for YR/1/2 – YN slots will be 8:45 – 6:45
8/11
3:00 pm
Y1 Foxes Class will be leading worship on value of Compassion – parents of children in that class welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year – see below for details
29/11
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Parent/Carer Workshop Programme - 2

5/12 – 7/12



“Show me” sessions – see note below; for children in YR/1/2 - Monday 5/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 6/12 and Wednesday 7/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – please note for children in YN times are 11:10 for those in morning session and 2:50 for those in afternoon session
8/12

2:30 pm dress rehearsal for Nativity themed performance by YR – grandparents and local community to be invited – more details nearer time
6:00 pm actual performance for all YR parents – more details nearer time
9/12
3:00 pm
Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship – see note below – there will be an opportunity to do this once a term in response to parental feedback
12/12
2:30 pm
Nativity tableau and songs by YN – all children and parents of YN children to be invited – more details nearer time
15/12
6:00 pm
Carols by Candlelight - led by Y1 and Y2 – the aim is for this to be outside unless weather really bad so all will be welcome
16/12

Last Day of Term and Christmas Jumper day – will include wearing own Christmas Jumper and making small donation to charity if you wish
17/12 – 2/1/17

Christmas holiday – school closed





Term 3 and 4  2016/17 – Advance notice of dates etc as requested in parental feedback
Date
Time
Event


No Staff Training Day – all children back on first day
3/1/17

Children return to school
6/1

Clubs on offer for term 3 and 4 will be announced
9/1 – 12/1

Sign up for clubs available
13/1

Club places announced
Week beginning 16/1

Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 16/1; 23/1; 30/1; no clubs week of 6/2; clubs are on week beginning 20/2; 27/2; no clubs week beginning 6/3 due to parents meetings; clubs are on week beginning 13/3; 20/3; 27/3  – no clubs week of 3/4
17/1
3:00 pm
All of YR - will be leading worship on value of Truthfulness– parents of children in that class welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year – see below for details
26/1
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Parent/Carer Workshop Programme - 3
30/1

Sign up sheets for parent/teacher/child meeting sent out – return by Wednesday 1/2 and times allocated by Monday 6/2 (one month in advance of meetings as requested by some of responders to parent survey)
3/2
3:00 pm
Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship – see note below – there will be an opportunity to do this once a term in response to parental feedback

6/2 – 8/2



“Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 6/2 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 7/2 and Wednesday 8/2 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – for children in YN times are 11:10 for those in morning session and 2:50 for those in afternoon session
10/2

Last day of term 3 – school finishes normal time
11/2 – 19/2

February Holiday Break – school closed
20/2

Children return to school
Week beginning 20/2

Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1 and Y2 children
28/2

Y2 Moles Class will be leading worship on value of Courage – parents of children in that class welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year – see below for details
2/3

World Book Day – children will be dressing up as favourite character from a book and bringing the story with them – the Book Fayre will be in school during the weeks following this date.
7/3
2:30 – 6:45 pm
Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 15 minute slots for YR/1/2 – YN slots will be 12:30 – 6:45
9/3
2:30 – 6:45 pm
Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 15 minute slots for YR/1/2 – YN slots will be 8:45 – 6:45
15/3
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Parent/Carer Workshop Programme - 4
24/3

Red Nose Day – likely to be dressing up and donations involved – more details will follow
31/3
3:00 pm
Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship – see note below – there will be an opportunity to do this once a term in response to parental feedback

3/4 - 5/4



“Show me” sessions – see note below; for children in YR/1/2 - Monday 3/4  classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 4/4 and Wednesday 5/4 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – please note for children in YN times are 11:10 for those in morning session and 2:50 for those in afternoon session
6/4
2:30 pm
All invited to join us for our Easter Service
7/4

Last day of term 4 – school finishes normal time






Term 5 and 6  2016/17 – Advance notice of dates etc as requested in parental feedback
Date
Time
Event


No Staff Training Day – all children back on first day
24/4

Children return to school
24/4

Clubs on offer for term 5 and 6 will be announced
1/5

School Closed – Bank Holiday Monday
2/5 – 4/5

Sign up for clubs available
5/5

Club places announced
Week beginning 8/5

Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 8/5; 15/5;; no clubs week of 22/5; clubs are on week beginning 5/6; 12/6; 19/6; 26/6; no clubs for rest of term.
9/5
3:00 pm
Y1 Badger class - will be leading worship on value of Service– parents of children in that class welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year – see below for details
18/5
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Parent/Carer Workshop Programme - 5
19/5
3:00 pm
Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship – see note below – there will be an opportunity to do this once a term in response to parental feedback

22/5 – 24/5



“Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 22/5 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 23/5 and Wednesday 24/5 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – for children in YN times are 11:10 for those in morning session and 2:50 for those in afternoon session
26/5

Last day of term 5 – school finishes normal time
27/5 – 4/6

May Holiday Break – school closed
5/6

Children return to school
Week beginning 5/6

Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1 and Y2 children
17/6

Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school
Week of 19/6

Sports week – Tuesday 20th June is planned sports day – families invited from 1:45 pm
27/6
3:00 pm
YN all of children, from both sessions, will be leading worship on value of Thankfulness – parents of children in that class welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year – see below for details
7/7
3:00 pm
Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship – see note below – there will be an opportunity to do this once a term in response to parental feedback

3/7 – 5/7



“Show me” sessions – see note below; for children in YR/1/2 - Monday 3/7  classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 4/7 and Wednesday 5/7 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – please note for children in YN times are 11:10 for those in morning session and 2:50 for those in afternoon session
13/7

End of Year Production by Y1 and Y2 – 2:30 dress rehearsal and 6:00 actual performance – more details nearer time
14/7

Annual Reports sent home
18/7
2:30 pm
All invited to join us for our End of Year Service
19/7

Last day of term 6 – school finishes normal time
20/7 and 21/7

Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school


School Term Dates for 2017-2018
Children in school on, and including, these dates unless date is a staff training day
 From
To
Staff Training Days (one to be announced at later date as need to coordinate with other Academies in DBAT)
Friday 1st September    
Wednesday 18th October
1st September
Monday 30th October    
Friday 15th December

Tuesday 2nd January       
Friday 9th February
2nd January
Monday 19th  February
Thursday 29th March

Monday 16th April
Friday 25th May

 Monday 4th June    
Thursday 26th July    
 25th and 26th July



















First Day Back celebrations
On the afternoon of the first day that the children are back, we are going to have a celebration - as it's the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl's birth we have decided to go for dressing up based on Roald Dahl characters - there's a summer holiday project for you all!!  Lots of ideas on http://www.roalddahl.com/home/kids 
Please note that, due to numbers, we are asking that YN and YR parents/carers and children come from 2:00 - 2:30 and Y1 and Y2 parents come from 2:30 - 3:15 pm.
YN - children who are already in YN (those who started with us in January 2016) can come to school already dressed up; children who are having 1 hour settling in sessions in the morning should be collected at the end of the hour and then may come back with their parent/carer at 2:00 pm to join in the fun.  All YN children are invited to come along with parents/carers at 2:00 pm to join our party.
YR - children who are in the morning session should be collected at 12:30 pm - all YR children, costumed and ready for fun, are invited to come to school with parent/carers at 2:00pm.  
Y1 and Y2 - children may come to school in the morning in Roald Dahl themed costumes. Parents and carers are invited to join us at 2:30 pm - please note different time to YN and YR due to space and safety issues - any parent coming will collect their child from their usual classroom collection door before enjoying the activities on offer.  Any child whose parent/carer can't make it will be part of the teachers groups and will enjoy the same activities too.
Those of you that have a child in both YN/YR and Y1/2, so will obviously want to stay on, will need your YN/YR child to stay with you for the 2:30 - 3:15 slot.  This time will be for Y1/2 to enjoy the activities and, as your YN/YR child will have already had their opportunity, they will need to stay with you. 
In response to feedback re queues etc we have made the arrangements above and would be grateful of you could help us by coming at these times.  Without giving too much away there will be bouncing opportunities; inventing opportunities; team based activities; making opportunities and tasting opportunities.  Look forward to seeing you there.

Details of Staffing for the New School Year

One of the comments we had from parents is that, at the start of the year, it’s difficult to know who is who in the school, as lots of new staff start and it would be useful to have a list they could keep at home… so here is a helpful list.  Any staff that have LP against their name also care for children in our Lilypad provision at various times.
Mrs Emma Smith, YN Lead Teacher and Senior Leadership Team, and Mrs Charlotte Warren, YR Teaching Assistant, are currently on maternity leave.
Foundation Stage – YN and YR

Mrs Emma Holt
Foundation Stage Leader and Senior Leadership Team
YN
Miss Grace Evans
Nursery Teacher

Miss Jade Easton
Nursery Nurse LP

Miss Hannah Milsom
Teaching Assistant LP
YR
Mrs Emma Holt
Owl Class Teacher

Mrs Ros Brock
Owl Class Cover Teacher every Wednesday

Miss Vicky Davidson
Squirrel Class Teacher

Mrs Anna Salter
Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Senior Teaching Assistant Leader, Family Support Link, LP

Mrs Rachel Long
Teaching Assistant, LP

Miss Chevellie Morris
Teaching Assistant in both YN and YR part time
Key Stage One – Y1 and Y2

Mrs Alison Flynn
Key Stage 1 Leader and Senior Leadership Team
Y1
Mrs Alison Flynn
Fox Class Teacher

Miss Kim Webb
Badger Class Teacher

Mrs Gemma Honour
Trainee Teacher across Y1

Mrs Myriam Phillipon
Senior Teaching Assistant KS1 – MFL leader, LP

Mrs Michaela Allsopp
Teaching Assistant, LP
Y2
Miss Samantha Grindley
Rabbit Class Teacher

Miss Sarah Baker
Mole Class Teacher

Mr Iain Kirby
Teaching Assistant, LP

Miss Maisie Graham
Teaching Assistant, LP
Additional Support Provision
SEN
Mrs Jane Leo
SEN daily contact

Mrs Emily Edmondson
SENCO – Consultancy/support basis

Mrs Liz Hickling
Assistant SENCO – Consultancy/support basis

Mrs Charlene Everitt
1:1 and Targetted Support LP

Mrs Becky Hacker
1:1 Support LP

Mrs Teresa Crimmin
1:1 Support

Miss Megan Thornett
1:1 Support
Other – part time
Rosie Sims
Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Forest School provision

Aaron
Prime Theatre – drama provision

Toby
Djembe Drumming provision for Y1

Mrs Rebecca Ramsurn
Singing/Music provision

TBA
Sports Coach
Playleaders and Lilypad – all below also care for your children in Lilypad and work shift patterns

Mrs Gill Edwards
Senior Playleader

Mrs Becky Fallon
Playleader

Miss Georgia Goodhew
Playleader

Mrs Becky Harris
Playleader

Mrs Emily Kaja
Playleader

Mrs Michelle Keel
Playleader

Mrs Jo Kilby
Playleader

Miss Chevellie Morris
Playleader

Mrs Maureen Starkey
Playleader

Miss Samantha Wood
Playleader
School Office and Management

Mrs Niki Wilding
School Office Manager and Senior Leadership Team

Mrs Gill Edwards
Administrator

TBA
Caretaker

TBA
Administrator

Mrs Jane Leo
Principal and Senior Leadership Team


Parent Survey Initial Feedback
Thank you tall those of you who responded to our parent survey - the results will be available during September, on the website and the new notice board by the front entrance to school.  You will see, from the two items above, that we have already put in to place some of the responses to your feedback:

  •  more opportunities to come in to school to see your child's work - the 'Show Me' sessions, to look at books, once a term plus the parental access to Tapestry and Seesaw - both online applications that will give you the opportunity to see what your children are doing in school that may not be recorded in a book - more details on this during term 1.  
  • more opportunities to join in worship  - each term one of the classes will lead a normal weekly worship to which that classes families are invited; times of school services have been varied to allow those with varied shift patterns to attend at least one service during the year; an open invitation is given to you all to join us for one Friday Celebration worship a term, where children's achievement and effort is celebrated. 
  • more notice of dates, times, need for dressing up etc - see calendar for this information
  • Information on staff names and roles - see above 
  • Provide parental workshops to help us support our children - see calendar - schedule of content will be issued in early in term 1
One aspect we were asked about was more notice of school trips in terms of when money is needed to be paid.  These are not yet in the calendar but we will aim to give you at least one terms notice of any trip, though we may keep location a surprise if it's part of a big topic launch.  Trips are most likely to happen in terms 3 - 6 and any cost will be kept to under £20 per child.

Website 
We appreciate that the website needs updating and this is in hand - we ask you to bear with us during this time - if there is something you need to know and cannot access during this period please pop in to school office or drops an email.  

LilyPad Update
The last blog contained details about payments for Lilypad - please review this if you need details of payment dates etc.  LilyPad will be open on Monday 5th September - usual times -   7:30 am in the morning and closing at 6:00 pm in the evening.  Please beware that we are unable to open before 7:30 a.m, the insurance does not cover us and the staff are setting up the provision to be a safe and fun environment for your children so can't look after your child before that time.

Arrangements for Dropping Off and Picking Up
We realise that it will be busier and so, by the end of Term 1, we may introduce using the drop zone as exactly that - a drop and drive off zone.  However, we also appreciate that many of you will want to drop your children to class during this first term and that YR will want to continue to do that for much of the year.  The arrangements for term 1 will be as follows:-
YN - please use the side gate near the main entrance and drop at the door with Hedgehogs on it - drop off time is 8:40 or 12:20  - you're welcome to stay for 10-15 minutes to settle your child in to the class- pick up from same place 11:40 or 3:20 unless staying for lunch in which case use School Office entrance for drop off for lunch club or pick up from lunch club
YR - please use the side gate near the main entrance - normal drop off time is 8:50 - please feel free to come 10 minutes earlier and settle your child in to the class - there will be activities out for them to get involved in - we would ask that you aim to say goodbye and leave the classroom by 8:55.  From Term 2 the doors will open at 8:50 and we ask that you drop your child at the door.  Pick up from same place.
Y1 - please use the side gate near the main entrance and drop at the door with a Fox and a Badger on it - start time is 8:50.  Pick up from same place
Y2 - please use the front gate near the drop zone - the children will use the door with the rabbit and mole on it - start time is 8:50 - we'd be grateful if you could drop at the gate and they walked in to the building on their own.  Please wait outside gate and staff will send children out to you.
As we will be having children using the front gates by the Drop Zone please can we ask that you do not park any cars in this Zone - will be good practise for when it is used as a Drop Zone from later in school year.  If you do park there then please don't be offended when you are asked to move.
LilyPad - drop off and pick up from the same gate as previously though children will use the door with the lilypad and frog on it... which has moved one door to the right.Provided that those dropping off or picking up from Lilypad are only doing that then you may use the Drop Zone as this is what it was designed for.

Uniform Reminders 

I've been asked a few questions re uniform so here is uniform list:-


Y1/2/Reception:
  • Grey trousers, shorts, skirt, pinafore dress
  • White Polo shirt 
  • School logo sweatshirt/cardigan
  • Black shoes
  • White, grey or black socks/tights
Nursery
  • Black leggings or joggers
  • White round neck t-shirt
  • School logo hoodie
  • Trainers/comfortable shoes
PE Kit - for all
  • Black shorts
  • White round neck t-shirt
  • Daps
  • School logo hoodie or black non-logo tracksuit top
  • Black non-logo tracksuit bottoms or joggers
You will also need:

  • a logo book bag (Y1/2/Reception only)
  • a logo PE bag
  • a pair of wellies
  • a waterproof coat