This Week In School…
Year 3 – have continued their exploration of place value in Maths. They used their knowledge and understanding to answer place value word problems and developed their addition and subtraction skills. In English, they finished their diary entry about the Tin forest and have produced some very neatly presented pieces of work. To end their English lessons this week, Year 3 used their excitement about Pirate day to create their own pirate adventure story. With storms, shipwrecks and stolen treasure, their characters have been put through their paces. For Humanities, Year 3 gradually widen their understanding of the area around them. From IVJS to Iver to Buckinghamshire to England to the UK, Year 3 developed their map skills and explored both physical and human features of the world around them. In RE, they have been looking at the celebration of Diwali and the story of Rama and Sita in line with their learning about religious festivals. This week, the children have continued to demonstrate how well they are fitting into IVJS and their teachers cannot wait to see what they produce next week!
Year 4 – have been busy writing their leaflets about plastic pollution. They have discussed the positives and negatives of using plastic, learnt about what happens to the rubbish that ends up in the ocean and have come up with ideas to reduce the amount of plastic we use. In Science, they started their first scientific investigation of the year - 'What type of fizzy drink contains the most CO2?'. This is part of their exploration into the topic on States of Matter. The highlight of their week has been Pirate day. The morning saw each Year 4 given their own pirate's name before they went outside to take part in a treasure hunt around the playground. They found clues that gave them an insight into the rest of the day's adventures. Adventures that saw them creating their own puppet show in groups, learning a sea shanty, making wanted posters and making their own feathered friend. The best moment agreed by many was making naughty Captain Clifford walk the plank at the end of the day after he had stolen their treasure in the morning.
Year 5 – have had a super busy week this week. In Maths, they have been rounding larger 4,5 and 6 digit numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. In English, they edited their poems based on the class book and published them.
Year 5 had an excellent Pirate Day on Thursday where the children made their own pirate hats, created a treasure map and created a play script about a pirate adventure. Everyone had a great time adding pirate vocabulary into their work.
Year 6 – have had another busy week. In English the children have continued writing their non-chronological reports about the environment and will be ready to publish these at the beginning of next week. In Maths. they have started looking at negative numbers and began by using atlases to investigate the average temperatures around the world and making comparisons. In Humanities, the children have concluded their topic on South America by researching and writing a report about a chosen country in the continent. The week's highlight was Pirate Day when they made their own pirate hats, drew treasure maps and guessed where each other's treasure was using grid referencing and worked in groups to create a play script using 'pirate' vocabulary, which they then performed.
From week commencing October 4th 2021, we are going to start running a weekly “Multi-Sports After School Club” for upper and lower school. This club will run from 3:30pm – 4:30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays.
This will be a ‘multi-sports’ club meaning the children will participate in a different sporting activity each week. Sessions will vary but will include favourites such as: football, dodgeball, bench ball and cricket. There will be no alternative activity available so please only book if you’re ready to be active after school!
Spaces are limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. There are only 16 spaces available per session so make sure you book promptly so you don’t miss out! This will cost £21.00 for 3 weeks of clubs (£7 per session).
Bookings will be available on the Shop tab of your SchoolMoney account from 2pm on Monday 20th September. If you have any issues accessing you SchoolMoney account, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your child will need to wear black trainers and bring a coat as they will be outside for the duration of the club. In addition, they will need a water bottle to stay hydrated.
If your child usually attends after school club, you will need to make sure that you book the remaining time directly with Energy Kidz. The rest of the children should be collected from the grass at the front of school at 4:30pm.
Login to your SchoolMoney account by going to eduspot.co.uk (remember to click Parent Login, not School Login) or click the image below.
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have settled beautifully into life at IVJS. It is very hard to get used to a new routine in a new school and we are very proud of the way that the Year 3s have risen to the challenge. In English, Year 3 became the old man from 'The Tin Forest' and have recounted the events of the story through a diary entry. They have imagined wide, windswept places and put themselves in the shoes of another person. In Maths, they have begun investigating number and place value with the help of Charlie the crocodile. In Humanities, they have begun to investigate the world around them using maps. They have discussed the difference between human and physical features and used that knowledge to help examine maps of the school, Iver, Buckinghamshire and England!
Year 4 – have been working really hard learning all about plastic pollution and have started writing their information leaflets on the topic, persuading their readers to save the environment! They have also been doing extremely well in Maths with their work on place value and have been rounding up to the nearest ten and nearest hundred.
Year 5 – have had a busy first week back! They have been writing poetry linked to their class book 'The Journey'. They have tried to use as many language features as we can. In Maths, they have been looking at place value and have been looking at counting on and back in powers of ten. Year 5 are also trying to improve their initial scores in the Time table Mastery league.
Year 6 – have settled in to the new school year and are already working hard! They have been researching global warming and climate change in English so that they can write a non-chronological report on the subject. This is linked to their class book which they have started reading; 'Floodlands' by Marcus Sedgwick. In Humanities, the children are studying South America and have already found out lots of interesting facts. On top of all this hard work, many of the year group sat their 11+ examinations this week.
PGL October 2021 will be going ahead with the children departing on Monday 18th and returning Friday 22nd October, however, this is still dependent on any changes to the Government guidance.
We will be hosting a ZOOM meeting for parents on Thursday 30th September 2021 at 5:30pm to discuss the trip and answer any questions you may have. A text will be sent out closer to the time.
Children need to have a case with wheels - there is a walk from where the coach drops us to our cabins. Your child will be responsible for transporting their own case to their cabin.
Please, please send your child with at least 2 pairs of old trainers. If one pair gets wet, they will need the spare! Please remind your child that it fashion is not important therefore the trainers need to be old or cheap.
What if your child displays COVID-19 symptoms whilst at PGL?
If your child displays any COVID-19 symptoms we will follow procedures PGL have put in place to manage any suspected infection which includes the use of designated rooms suitable for isolation whilst awaiting collection. We will then contact you as soon as possible and ask you to come and collect your child directly from Windmill Hill.
Please note, by sending your child on the trip, you understand that you are responsible for their travel to/from the PGL grounds should they need to travel privately due to COVID-19 isolation rules.
Please note that we will not be taking pocket money as children will not be using the shop on the site.
Please return the reply slip as soon as possible.
Mr P Clifford
A very warm welcome back to school for 2021/2022 on Thursday 2nd September at 8:45am. As the rules around COVID-19 have started to relaxed many things will return to how they were before the pandemic but we will also be keeping some of the ‘new ways’ because they worked so well.
Before and After School
In the mornings, 8:45am children will be dropped off at the front of school (the same as they do now) and stand on the grass and wait until the gates are opened – all children need to be in school by 8:55am
At the end of the day, we have decided to continue to dismiss from the grass at the front of school but the timings will have changed.
3:15pm Years 3 and 6
3:20pm Years 4 and 5.
We would like to encourage as many older children in years 5 and 6 to walk home. If you would like your child to walk home from school then please contact Miss Lainsbury on the front desk to arrange for an online form to be completed.
The school office will remain closed to parents for the time being, if you need to contact Miss Lainsbury, please give the office a call, send an email or speak to a member of staff outside before and after school.
On those PE Days all children will be required to wear their PE Kit to school throughout the day – there will be no need for uniform.
The PE Kit to be worn should be:
Plain white T-Shirt
Black Trainers for outdoor games and playtimes
Plain Black/Grey track suit may be worn for outdoor sports in Winter
Wraparound Childcare At IVJS – new for September 2021
Energy Kidz will now provide wraparound childcare here at IVJS. The club is held on our school site and offer places to children from both the Infant and Junior schools. All bookings and payments will be made directly through Energy Kidz.
For more information see the page on our website by clicking this link http://www.ivervillage-jun.bucks.sch.uk/wraparound-childcare.html
Please send your child to school every day with their lunch boxes, a water bottle – there will be no need for a bag and the children will not be using the lockers.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms in children
Children can get coronavirus (COVID-19), but they seem to get it less often than adults and it's usually less serious.
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:
If your child has any of the main symptoms of COVID-19, even if they're mild:
We are really looking forward to the new school year and welcoming you back to Iver Village Junior School on Thursday 2nd September.
Dear Parents and Carers,
As we approach the end of a most unusual school year, I wanted to write to you on behalf of the Governing Board, to thank you for your support for the School this year.
Over the year, our children have had a lot to deal with, including the national lockdown in the spring term, and the periods when it has been necessary to send year groups home. Under Miss Digweed’s leadership, the School’s staff have worked incredibly hard maintaining teaching during the lockdown, implementing covid-safe procedures, and helping children with both their learning and their wellbeing. We know this has also been a difficult time for parents and carers, and we are truly grateful to you for all you have done to support your children and the School.
Although governors have not been able to make their usual visits to the school this year, we receive regular reports from the School’s Senior Leadership Team. I think that children, staff and parents should all be very proud of the high standards of behaviour which children have maintained this year, and the impressive progress in making up for lost learning following lockdown. The school has plans in place to continue the catch-up effort next year.
It is always important for the Governing Board to hear first-hand from parents and carers what the School is doing well and how things might be improved. Please do take a moment to complete our Parent Survey below.
I am confident that the school can count on your continued support next year, when we can hope for some movement towards normality. I would particularly ask for your support in encouraging high levels of attendance next year, which make such a difference to pupils’ progress.
In the meantime, I wish the entire School community a fun and restful summer break.
Chair of Governors
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