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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This Week in School…
Year 3 – have been enjoying writing a set of instructions on how to build a den for Gregory Cool. They have included many features of instructional writing such as imperative verbs and time prepositions. In Maths, they have been working on solving mathematical problems involving volume and capacity. The children have had a great week despite the weather, they were also able to complete their sports day activities!
Year 4 – have been delighted to be back at school! They have loved seeing each other’s smiling faces again! In English, they finished writing the narrative that they started during online and home learning. They have also started to create their own script, which they are going to turn into a movie of their very own over the next 2 weeks, Hollywood here we come! In Maths, they have started learning about co-ordinates and have really enjoyed mixing maths skills with map skills. In Science, they have started the exciting topic of electricity! They have learnt what electricity is and about complete and incomplete circuits.
Year 5 – have had another busy week! They have written poems about an animal of their choice, using any poetry style they would like. Some have chosen rhyming couplets, some non-rhyming and others have tried other poetry forms. The children have really enjoyed having the freedom to produce their work in different ways. In Maths, they have been converting different units; converted kg and km, mm and km and units of time. They have really enjoyed the Art topic on Van Gogh. They have learnt how to use sketching pencils and created their own interpretations of Van Gogh's Sunflower using pastels.
Year 6 – have been working incredibly hard as they have been filming their end of year production, Pirates of the Curry Bean. Everyone has been so impressed with how patient they have been whilst we are having to re-take scenes and by how hard they have all clearly worked on their part of the production (whether it is acting or one of the behind-the-scenes jobs). Thank you Year 6!
The children also had an enjoyable Sports Day and showed great sportsmanship - they even managed to choose the one day of the week where there was hardly any rain!
Many of us will be very excited for Sunday night, with England in the finals of the Euros. We understand many of our pupils will be staying up very late to watch so we have decided to offer a later start for pupils.
School will still open for Breakfast Club and classes start at 8.40/8.50am as normal however children arriving up until 10.30am will not be marked as late.
We would rather the children come in to school awake and ready to learn rather than too tired to come in.
It’s been 55 years since England reached a major final so this is a great opportunity for them to watch and talk about pride, resilience and the possibility of disappointment.
Come on England!
From September 2021, Energy Kidz will be providing our wraparound childcare. The club will be held on our school site and offer places to children from both the Infant and Junior schools. This means that we will be able to extend the hours offered. All bookings and payments will be made directly through Energy Kidz. Please see their introduction information below:
Energy Kidz is a leading provider of out of school childcare for primary school aged children, offering fun and affordable childcare delivered in a safe and supervised environment. They work with a number of schools and thousands of children enjoy the care that they provide each day. Their qualified staff are DBS checked to an enhanced level, first aid qualified and are experienced in and passionate about the activities they offer.
All Energy Kidz clubs follow the playwork principles and offer lots of free play and free choice activities. Their fun packed activity program will ensure an exciting kickstart to the new academic year as children will have a lot to look forward to each week with their high-quality sessions that includes activities such as:
As the trusted childcare provider throughout the pandemic, Energy Kidz have continued to support communities through their fun packed clubs throughout the UK. You can find out further information about Energy Kidz safe practice as well as any other queries you may have via our Wraparound Care Club Parent FAQ Guide.
Key Dates & Information
Breakfast & After School Club Launch Date: September 2021
Breakfast club runs every day from 7:30am until school starts.
After School Clubs run from school finish until 6:00pm and a snack is served.
Find out the full information via our club page at: https://www.energy-kidz.co.uk/breakfast-and-after-school-clubs/iver-village-infant-junior-schools/
To book please login/create an account and secure your place online at: https://bookings.energy-kidz.co.uk/Identity/Account/Login.
Please follow the quick step guide below:
New Launch Offers & Discounts
Don’t forget to try Energy Kidz Breakfast & After School Club for FREE!
As part of the exciting launch of our new service at the school – Energy Kidz are delighted to offer all parents the opportunity to book a Free Session to give the new facility a try!
Complete your account registration and book using the code: FS21-IVERVILLAGE
Offer ends: December 31st 2021
If you have any further queries please don’t hesitate to call Energy Kidz’ friendly bookings team on 0333 577 1533 or drop them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have been busy finishing writing up their narrative poems. They have included lots of descriptive language and have really thought about all the features of a poem in their writing. In Maths, Year 3 have worked hard on comparing, adding and subtracting and understanding capacity and volume.
Year 4 – have settled into the routine of working from home! During this time, they have been looking at different angles, measuring them, comparing them and ordering them. To round off their shape topic they have had a scavenger hunt around their homes to find different shapes based on their properties. In English, they have written their own narrative based on Noah Barleywater Runs Away. They have taken Noah, the Dachshund and the hungry donkey on an adventure of their own choosing. In Science, they have finished their topic on Classification by creating a presentation about an animal and finding out about its classification, the ecosystem that it survives in and all about that animal's diet.
Year 5 – have been working hard during assessment week this week. In English, they have started looking at another poem this week and identified the features, in order to be able to write out own about an animal of their choice next week. In Maths, they have used the knowledge we have collected throughout the year to answer a variety of different style questions on a variety of subjects ready for our assessments. They have also completed their Iver topic this week and created a leaflet about Iver and how things have changed over the years.
Year 6 – have worked really hard as they have been taking their final tests of the year as well as rehearsing for our production. The production is really taking shape now and have been adding some dance routines and finalising costumes and props. They are aiming to film it next week! When they haven't been sitting tests or rehearsing, the children have continued working on our Art topic of Pop Art and have been producing some great pieces of art based on work by Andy Warhol.
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