This Week In School…
Year 3 – have been busy finishing writing up their diary entry about the Iron Man in English. They have used lots of description and used their feelings and thoughts to empathise with a character. In Maths, the children have been busy working out the perimeter of polygons.
Year 4 – have been busy preparing for their Christmas Production next week. In English, they have been writing instructions about how to make a robot from recycled items. In Maths, they have started learning about division. Year 5 – have been continuing their learning about the Greeks by writing a diary entry of Odysseus’ voyage back to Ithaca as well as learning about the Battle of Marathon. In Maths, they have been continuing to develop their arithmetic skills in division, learning the long method.
Year 6 – have been very busy creating Christmas crafts for the Christmas Fair; they have been very productive and have made Christmas cards, crackers, tree decorations, Olafs and snowy slime! They will be running stalls selling these at the Fair in the Upper School shared area on Saturday. As well as this, in English, the children have been continuing to write a detailed newspaper report about an outbreak of varmints and have been learning how to multiply and divide fractions in Maths.
On Monday, seven children went to The Beaconsfield School to compete in a badminton tournament against nine other schools from around Bucks. The tournament was skill based, meaning that the children didn’t directly play other schools but competed in stations to gain the most points. IVJS played with outstanding teamwork throughout the afternoon and showed great respect and manners. With the tournament being skill based, IVJS had no idea how they compared with other schools until the end. IVJS ended up coming third out of 12 teams! What an incredible achievement for a sport that the children had very limited experience in! Well done to all children who played! What a fun afternoon!
IVJS have been very fortunate to have been working with Iver Parish Council, Make Britain Tidy and Positive Arts on a very exciting mural painting down at Iver Rec. The work started two weeks ago, when we were joined by one of the artists and together we created lots of drawings based on the theme of wildlife. After being rained off on Monday, we finally got the right weather to get painting!
Miss Rowe and Mrs Long took two groups of twelve students from across the school down to the Rec to take part in the next exciting step in the process – spray painting!
Every single child (and adult) had great fun taking part and the pictures show just how much of a good job our budding young artists have done. Make sure you take a look at all their hard work the next time you are down at the Rec.
Please let us know if your child is having a packed lunch or Christmas dinner!
On Wednesday 11th December, The Diner will be serving Christmas dinner instead of the normal menu. Everyone is welcome to have a Christmas Dinner however we would ask everyone to fill in the form below to either order a Christmas dinner or let us know if your child is having a packed lunch on the day instead.
There will be the option of either a traditional or vegetarian lunch, any children who are gluten free are welcome to have a traditional lunch however it will be served without a chipolata.
You can now request you tickets for the Year 4 Production!
Tickets cost £2 each and we will issue tickets to the children to bring home.
Congratulations to our Junior Road Safety Officers who collected two awards this month!
Our school was invited to the Buckinghamshire County Council (BCC) Offices in Aylesbury to collect the Modeshift Stars Gold Award. This is a national School Travel Award, supported by the Department of Transport. Our school has been working towards moving up from Bronze to Silver however, due to all our amazing initiatives including: using Travel Tracker daily, our Walk to School fun day and Clean Air Activities, our school was awarded Gold Level!
While the JRSO’s were at the County Offices, they gave a presentation to BCC Officials and other schools to encourage them and pass on ideas as to how to complete their journey to Modeshift Stars Gold Level.
Buckinghamshire County Council were so impressed with our Gold submission that they entered our school into the Buckinghamshire Star Awards and IVJS won Primary School of the Year!
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have begun to look at how to find the perimeter of both regular and irregular shapes in Maths and have started writing diary entries from the perspective of the Iron Man in English. They have also had a lovely morning yesterday for British Values Day learning all about the law in relation to wildlife.
Year 4 – have been very bossy, they’ve been learning all about imperative verbs in preparation for writing instructions. In Maths, they have been putting their times tables to the test by solving multiplication calculations using both the expanded and compact method. For British Values morning, they focused on the Protection of Badgers Act 1992. Did you know they live in setts which they pass on to generation after generation?
Year 5 – have been retelling a chapter in the story of Odysseus in English and have been looking at dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 in different contexts in Maths. PSHE has taught them a lot about road safety and they have also been finding out all about hedgehog habitats for British Values Day!
Year 6 – have started working on their new Power of reading book, Varmints in English. Following their recent newspaper report writing, the children have identified aspects of the features and success criteria that they did not achieve and are now aiming to achieve these in a new newspaper report, this time linked to the new book. In Maths, they have been learning how to add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers; and in PSHE the children have been finding out about basic first aid and what they can do in an emergency.
We would like to invite you to the Lower School Christmas production. We have two performances.
Tuesday 3rd December at 1.30pm—Younger brothers and sisters are welcome at this performance.
Please do not arrive for this performance until 1.15 pm at the earliest.
Wednesday 4th December at 6pm. – No under-fives at this performance please
We will be selling tickets for both performances at a cost of £2.00 per ticket. We will be sending a text to parents on Monday with a link to our online ticket request form. Once received, payment can be made either in cash or via the School Money payment system from Monday. The tickets will be issued once payment is received.
We will be allocating 3 tickets per family, per performance initially but more may be available later, details of extra tickets will be sent out on Monday 2nd December via text message.
On Wednesday 4th December, lower school children will need to return to school by 5.30pm so they have time to get changed into their costumes. Before the performance, tea, coffee and mince pies will be available to buy. There will also be a small raffle.
All children will need to be collected from their classroom doors by an adult at the end of the Wednesday performance.
All children attending The Iver Village Junior School will have the opportunity to watch the production during the school day on Monday 2nd December.
We do hope that you will be able to join us for one of the performances.
Miss Rowe and Miss Booth
I am writing to you to invite you to stand for election as a parent governor, or nominate another parent to do so. In our school we have provision for 2 parent governors and there is currently 1 vacancy. The governing body, with the headteacher, has overall responsibility for the running of the school. Governing bodies have three core strategic functions:
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
No special qualifications are needed and the most important thing is to have a keen interest in the school and be prepared to play an active part in the governing body’s work. Training is available for all governors and this governing body has an expectation that those new to being a governor, attend free induction training.
The enclosed sheet summarises the circumstances under which someone cannot serve as a governor. In addition, parents/carers who have paid employment in the school for 500 or more hours per academic year or who are elected members of the Local Authority, are not eligible to stand in these elections. Nominations must be from parents or carers with children at the school on the day that nominations close.
If you would like to stand for election, please complete the enclosed nomination form and return it to the school no later than Friday 6th December. You may also include a short personal statement to support your nomination, which should be no longer than 250 words. Self-nominations will be accepted but if you are nominating another parent, please seek their prior consent.
If there are more nominations than vacancies, the election will be by secret ballot. If that is necessary, voting papers will be sent to all parents together with details of the ballot procedure.
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