Thank you to every one who completed this year's Parent Survey, here are the results (please click the image below to view the full document). Please remember that if there is anything you would like to add, discuss or let us know, please do not hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again and have a lovely summer holiday.
Dear Parent/Guardian of child in Year 4, (Starting Y5 in September 23)
We have provisionally booked a 4-night residential visit to the Windmill Hill near Hailsham, Sussex from
Monday 14th October – Friday 18th October 2024. The visit includes a full programme of activities and is similar to those we have run in the past. The group will be accompanied by teaching staff from the school and fully qualified instructors at the centre supervise each activity. Whilst the trip is not essential for curriculum purposes, it provides an excellent opportunity for children to extend their learning and to refine their personal and social skills. The residential trip is at beginning of the academic year which will allow the children to gain confidence going into their last year at primary school. It is also an opportunity for teachers to identify different strengths in children that we can build on throughout the year. A meeting for parents giving detailed arrangements will be held nearer the time.
In order to help organise and plan this trip in advance, we would need to get an idea of the numbers of pupils who would like to attend. Therefore, for the visit to take place a payment of £483.00 per child is required. A non-refundable deposit of £65.00 must be paid via School Money with the form below returned in order to secure a place by Friday 8th September 2023.
The full cost must be paid by monthly instalments via School Money by 10th July 2024, although we would appreciate it if payments could be made as early as possible. Cash and cheques will be accepted. Cheques should be made payable to Buckinghamshire Council Receipts Account. If you receive Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance or Child Tax Credit (not entitled to Working Tax Credit and with an income below £16040pa) please feel free to contact us if there are any difficulties involving the cost.
Only a limited number of places are available and we ask that deposits are returned to school no later than 8th September 2023 to avoid disappointment.
Payments: £483 total
Non-refundable Deposit of £65 by 08/09/2023
11 regular monthly payments of £38 starting on 10/9/22 until 10/7/23 via School Money to secure my child’s place on the trip
Mr P Clifford
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have been writing superhero stories in English, focusing on using paragraphs and commas. They have been incredibly imaginative creating their own superheroes and villains. In Maths, they been learning about how to collect data and create bar graphs. These skills have been transferred into their Design and Technology topic where the children have collected data about their favourite sandwich fillings. In Science, they have learnt about soil formation and have tried creating their own soil layers. Year 3 loved watching the Year 6 production on Monday afternoon. They were incredibly impressed with the singing and acting skills on show.
Year 4 – have been working on their very own lost toy narratives that they will share with Year 3 next week. They have carefully planned an adventurous plot and created their own characters. The year group have shown how creative they can be with their individual stories. In Maths, they have completed their geometry unit by looking at different translations on a grid. They have really enjoyed working on their understanding of coordinates. In Science, they have continued learning about food chains and how they form to make food webs in an ecosystem. In French, they checked their understanding of their topic 'moi chez' by reading a statement in French and answering questions about it in English as well as trying to write down their translations of sentences from English into French. In DT, the last few cereal boxes were completed and Year 4 began the hard task of being self-analytical of their designs. They checked to see if their designs met the original criteria before leaving helpful peer evaluations on someone else's work.
Year 5 – have had an exciting week, exploring our bread topic, by taking part in an entire day and a half of DT. The children conducted their own market research, sampling a variety of bread products already available in shops. They reviewed the taste and texture of each, considering which one was their favourite and why. They also researched how bread fits into a healthy diet, with reference to the Eatwell plate. Following this, Year 5 considered what flavours and topics would work well in a bread roll, and planned their own. The following day, the children were able to work in groups to make their own rolls ready for baking. In Maths, they have been working on measurement in Maths, converting different units of length and have begun looking at imperial measurements as well as metric. The children have also started writing their narratives, re-telling the class text. They have impressed us with effective vocabulary and emotive language. They have also used some excellent detail to describe the forest setting, using their 5 senses.
Year 6 – have had an amazing week; they performed their end of year production and impressed everyone with their fantastic singing voices and acting skills – so many budding actors in the making – we are incredibly proud of them! Aside from production, Year 6 have been busy preparing for their Leavers’ Assembly and have also begun working on their DT project all about bridges. They investigated different structures and experimented building bridges and testing the strongest constructions. They have also been finishing any topic work that needed completing.
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. We would be grateful for all your comments and feedback.
Your child is invited to sign up for this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. Sign up at your local library!
What is the Summer Reading Challenge?
The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children to keep reading during the school summer holidays – and to enjoy anything they like to read! Children aged 4-11 are invited to set a reading goal, and collect rewards for their reading.
It’s FREE to take part, and last year 75% of children taking part improved their reading skills over the holidays.
Why should my child sign up?
How can my child take part? (Library OR online):
In the library. Visit your local library and sign up. Your child will:
Online. Take part online at summerreadingchallenge.org.uk
Throughout the summer holidays. Check with your local library to find out start & finish dates near you. Unsure where your closest library is? Use the Library Finder to check.
Want to know more?
Please remember to book your tickets for the school production!
We are allowing 3 tickets per performance, per family as we have to keep within a set capacity for our hall in order to comply with fire safety regulations. We are limiting the numbers so that every family has the chance to see their child without tickets selling out. If we have any spare tickets next week, we will let you know the day before each performance.
We are charging £3 per ticket to help towards our costs. This includes the licence fee and music for the play, the sound and lighting equipment and buying new costumes. As always, please speak to the school if you are struggling with the cost of the tickets or have any queries about the price, we are always here to help in any way possible.
Tickets are now available to buy!
Showtimes are as follows:
Tuesday 11th July - 1.30pm
Wednesday 12th July - 6pm
Please note, we are only able to offer 3 tickets per family per performance due to the capacity of our hall. Tickets cost £3 each. (This will help towards the school's cost of the production licence and rental of lighting and sound stage equipment.)
Please do not bring young children with you to the performances; our pupils will be getting an advanced preview on Monday 10th July and so will have the chance to see siblings perform then.
Please complete the online form to reserve your tickets, the payment will then be added to your School Money account and the tickets will be issued once paid for.
This is where we'll post all school news and updates. If you require paper copies of any information on our website then please contact Miss Lainsbury in our school reception.