Everyone arrived today safe and very excited! Let the games commence!
This Week In School…
Year 3 – have completed writing their fantastic stories about the adventures of a pebble in English. They have proved that they have a great imagination! In Maths, Y3 have begun learning to tell the time. They have looked at o'clock, half-past, quarter past and quarter to. They have also been learning about months and years. In Science, they have been researching all about the life of Mary Anning, the famous palaeontologist, they used their research to write her autobiography.
Year 4 – have written a recipe for friendship in English. Some made potions whilst others made edible goods or even a magical key that will lead them to their best friend. In Maths, they have continued with their time unit of work and have begun converting time from analogue to digital and looking at the 24-hour clock. They have also started converting units of time such as hours to minutes, minutes to hours and hours to days. In Science, they have been on a habitat hunt around the playground and have designed a variety of bug hotels for the insect residents of IVJS's playground. In Art, the children have finished making their Roman inspired mosaics using printmaking techniques.
Year 5 – have been looking at adding and subtracting decimal numbers in Maths this week while in English, they have been looking at what makes up an email and drafting then writing their own. They have also started their topic in Humanities of Anglo Saxons and Vikings, they have been looking into how they lived their lives. They have also been working really hard improve their cricket skills in PE having also taken part in the Virtual Tennis Tournament! They must be exhausted this week!
Year 6 – have been working really hard to write some great short stories set during the Stone Age in English this week. We have been really impressed with what they have written so far and look forward to reading their published stories. They have been revising their knowledge of Measure and Time in Maths and have continued learning about the Mayan civilisation in Humanities. Year 6 are continuing to read their book, 'Wolf Brother', and the children have produced some good sketches and free verse poetry linked to this.
After half term, we are going to start running a weekly active morning club for each year group. This club will run from 8:15 – 8:45. Due to COVID restrictions, we are unable to mix year group bubbles therefore each year group has been allocated a specific morning - please see the table below.
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: dodgeball, bench ball and cricket. There will be no alternative activity available so please only book if you’re ready to be active in the mornings!
Spaces are limited and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. There are only 20 spaces available per session so make sure you book promptly so you don’t miss out! In order to promote the importance of staying active, this club will be free of charge.
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 breakfast club, they will need to make sure that they have finished their breakfast before the club starts at 8.15. Please note that the Active Morning Club does not include breakfast.
Please note: the booking form will go live from 5pm on Wednesday 12th May.
On the morning of Monday 17th May, we are inviting parents to bring their children into school, at individual time slots, so that they can take their Lateral Flow Tests before leaving for PGL. We have chosen individual time slots as to avoid crowding.
You will shortly receive a text message with a specific time slot for you to arrive on Monday, should there be any problem with the time allocated, please contact the school reception as soon as possible in order to rearrange your time slot.
We are asking parents/guardians to bring the children to the front of the school, help their child administer the Lateral Flow test and wait with their child for thirty minutes for the results. Children with a negative result will then be invited into school to join the rest of the group going to PGL.
Please remember to order and bring your own Lateral Flow Test for your child. Details of how you can get hold of more Lateral Flow Test kits can be found here:
Dear Parents and Carers
Information on the Buckinghamshire Transition Days 2021
With the end of the summer term fast approaching, it is almost time for Year 6 children to say goodbye to their primary school and begin preparing for life in Year 7. This transition from primary to secondary school is a key time in every pupil’s school career and creating a smooth transition is vital to ensure your child gets the best possible start in their new school.
It is therefore very important that all Year 6 pupils get the opportunity to visit their new secondary schools before the end of the summer term in primary school so that they can experience their new surroundings, get a feeling for what life at secondary school will be like and familiarise themselves with the new routines and procedures of a significantly larger school. The transition day school visit can really help allay some of the concerns that all children have when making this big step and provide reassurance for Year 6 pupils over the summer holidays.
This year, transition days across Buckinghamshire will be slightly different, to ensure that all pupils, staff and families remain safe. Secondary schools are now expert at planning Covid secure pupil attendance on their school sites and have successfully minimised Covid spread in their schools during the whole pandemic. Each secondary school will use this expertise to carefully risk assess your child’s visit and will ensure:
Please can we remind you to only take your child to a transition day of the school where they have been offered, and you have accepted, a place for September. We regret to inform you that, should a child be brought to a school at which they have not been offered a place, parents will be requested to collect the child from that school. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
A great resource to support both parents and children with this new step is Starting secondary school - BBC Bitesize. Please do contact either your child’s current teacher or their new school if there is any additional information that you or your child need to ensure that they have a successful and safe transition day.
Thank you for your support to keep the pupils of Buckinghamshire safe, and we wish your child an exciting, engaging and enjoyable transition day.
Simon James Dan Flecknoe
Service Director – Education Public Health Consultant
Buckinghamshire Council Buckinghamshire Council
During the last few weeks there has been some confusion with parents around the use of Lateral Flow Tests.
If you or your child has any of these 3 coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms they must get a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test:
To help keep our school and the wider community safe, please make sure you/your children are tested at the onset of symptoms, either with a full PCR home test kit or at a drive through test centre.
You can order a PCR test kit to be sent to your home or book an appointment at a walk-in or drive-through test site.
Please be aware that Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) are only to be used for people with no symptoms (asymptomatic).
If your child is showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) they will not be allowed into school until they have had a negative PCR test or have isolated for 10 days.
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