Updates

Year 4 Swimming

Tomorrow is our First swimming lesson.

  • 4C leave school at 9:10am, please ensure your child is at school on time.
  • PLEASE SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL WEARING THEIR COSTUME/TRUNKS/SHORTS UNDER THEIR PE KIT.
  • Please ensure that your child’s costume is suitable for school swimming lessons. A one piece costume for girls or a practical two piece costume.  Boys need to ensure that any swimming shorts are not too long (above the knee please).
  • DO NOT FORGET TO PACK UNDERWEAR INTO YOUR CHILD’S SWIMMING BAG.
  • A comb will help your child get more water from their hair than drying alone.
  • For pupils with long hair, a second towel that can be worn for the journey back to school is also useful.
  • Having a warm hat for playtimes helps.
  • No other Leisure Centre users have access to the changing facilities during our time at the pool so money for a locker is not needed.
  • Discuss being safe with your child.  They are to change sensibly without disturbing others.  They are not allowed to run.  They must not jump into the water unless instructed to do so by the adult in charge.  They must respect other swimmers in the water by refraining from splashing, dunking, pushing.  If they do not keep themselves and others safe, they will be asked to sit out of the water.

This week, we will be assessing your child’s water confidence and swimming ability.  Thank you for the information on reply slips.  By the end of the session, we want to ensure that all children can safely lower themselves into and raise themselves out of the pool.  We also want them to be able to move through the water with confidence.  The depth of the water can be altered and it will be no more than 1m deep tomorrow.

Mr Cusden

Our week in Year 6 – 14.01.2022

We have been so proud of Year 6 this week as they have demonstrated our Christian values of resilience and perseverance whilst completing practise SATs papers.  This will help staff to set appropriate homework and support tasks in the weeks to come.

This week we started our work on The Ancient Maya – Y6 really enjoyed researching and playing the ancient game of Pok-a-tok as part of our PE sessions.  We have also started reading our related texts: Rain Player and The Curse of the Maya.

In science we have begun to consider how the earth was formed with our new unit of Evolution and Inheritance.  Well done to those pupils who completed their science homework and researched and shared their information about Charles Darwin!  Our PSHCE has given Y6 the chance to consider their Hopes and Dreams and set themselves personalised goals for the term ahead.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Wust ~  Mrs Gladwyn  ~  Mrs Welsh  ~  Mrs Constantine

Mrs Moir  ~  Mrs Greenroyd  ~  Mrs Tully

Our Week in Year 4 – 14.01.2022

We have had a lovely week, developing our knowledge so that we can always learn more and retain more.

During English, we have embedded our knowledge of the story of Romulus and Remus by creating a comic that depicts the main events.

Romulus and Remus comic strip

Should you want to read the story at home, here is a link https://www.ducksters.com/history/ancient_rome/romulus_and_remus.php

We have also been looking at how you use an apostrophe to show singular possession.  The key is to find the noun (person/place/thing) and the item in possession.  We then use ‘s to show that the item is in someone’s possession.

Apostrophe for possession example

Our Maths work has allowed us to try and make estimates by rounding and we have also used the inverse to check the accuracy of an + or – calculation (The inverse is the opposite calculation).  The inverse of + is – and the inverse of x is ÷.

Inverse to check example

We have developed our knowledge of states of matter by looking at substances that are tricky to classify.  Why can we pour sand even though solids can’t be poured?  Why can we squeeze a sponge even though it is a solid?  We also learnt about the strange world of Non-Newtonian Fluids by making something called Oobleck.  This substance is a liquid but, when put under pressure, it acts like a solid.

Oobleck as a liquid
Oobleck being punched to make it act like a solid

Swimming

Next Tuesday is our first swimming lesson.  Please remember to send your children to school wearing their costume under their clothes as this makes changing on arrival easier.  Don’t forget to pack underwear into their bag!  If your child has long hair, a second towel is useful because that can be worn on the bus to help dry hair.  Having a comb is also useful as combing helps draw water out of  hair.  Should you be concerned about your child having wet hair during their break, please ensure that they have a warm hat to wear each Tuesday.

IF YOU HAVE NOT RETURNED YOUR PERMISSION SLIP, PLEASE ENSURE THIS IS DONE ON MONDAY.

Enginuity Trip

Thank you for being so prompt in returning money and permission slips for our forthcoming trip to Enginuity.  May we take this opportunity to remind you that all money needs to be paid and slips returned by Friday 28th January so that we can make a decision about whether it is financially viable to proceed.

Mr Cusden / Mrs Lawman-Smith

Happy Friday! Covid Updates

Dear Parents

What another wonderful week we have had in school.  You should be so proud of your children and how they are learning and achieving! 🙂

We know that Covid is here to stay at the moment and in the past few days there have been several changes to guidance on COVID-19 protocol.

In the following paragraphs I have summarised some of these changes. Please remember to log any results (positive or negative) on the NHS website.

LFD testing

If a member of a household returns a positive LFD there is no longer a need to book a PCR test, unless you have symptoms. If you return a positive LFD, contact NHS and the school immediately. Even if your child is asymptomatic, you must still let us know because we must log every single positive LFD with the Health Protection Hub so that they can monitor cases and periods of isolation.

COVID 19 – NEW ISOLATION REQUIREMENTS

From Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.

The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.

If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.

Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.

Further information on self-isolation for those with COVID-19 is available.

Letters to Families

We have been asked by the Health Protection Hub to send out letters to a child’s class if someone has tested positive.  It does advise daily lateral flow testing if in close contact, or in a household with Covid.  This is Telford and Wrekin Health Protection Hub guidance, which we are asked to follow.

Mixing of Year Groups

The new guidance stipulates that mixing of groups take place within school regardless of year group or size. We are being cautious with this, but making sure the best learning takes place in ways we need to, whilst continuing to be guided by advice from the Health Protection Hub and Public Health England.

Thank you for your continued support and doing what you need to, to help us keep our schools open and running.

 

Reminder: Deadline for reception and Infant to Junior school applications closes this week – 15 January 2022

Children born 1 September 2017 – 31 August 2018 must apply for a school place  by 15 January 2022. Children currently in an infant school must also apply for a junior school place by the same deadline. (All children with an existing EHC plan should have applied by 31 October 2022 and do not need to apply again.)

Applications must be made online:

Applying for a school place

Year 5 Newsletter 14/01/2022

This week we have been writing a recount text using a story by Anthony Browne, The Tunnel. We have learned about the features of this type of text to help us structure it and we also started to use adverbials and conjunctions to add detail and interest to our writing.

In maths, we have been working very hard this week on fractions and recognising mixed numbers and improper fractions.

In DT, which we linked with history and science, we started to build a water system using the design we created last week.

 

Have a wonderful weekend.

 

Miss Russell / Mr Baker

Year 1 Newsletter 13.01.2022

We have had lovely week this week investigating the signs of the seasons. The children enjoyed a walk around our school grounds, looking for signs of winter and talking about the weather. The children are really starting to show an interest and they are enjoying giving us weather updates.

We have had a brilliant time making wind socks to test the wind in Science. We have started to investigate different ways of balancing in gymnastics. In Art we have started to look at the work of Orla Kiely.

Year 2 Newsletter 14 January 2022

We have had a lovely week in Year 2!

Our topic for this term is ‘Australia’ and the children love our Australian themed themed classroom along with their new reading book corner.

We have been continuing our Geography topic, finding and locating the five oceans on a map of the world.

In Science we have been learning about the characteristics of living things and sorting things that are living from things that are non-living.

The children really enjoyed their computing session this week where they were coding and making their characters move and talk.

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Year 3 News, week beginning 10.01.22

This week in Year 3 has been very busy! We have begun to learn the names of different musical instruments in French. In Music we have been listening to and learning the song Three Little Birds by Bob Marley. In Science we have begun our longer-term investigation into the factors that affect plant growth. In PE we have begun our unit of Football lessons, where we have been showing off some fancy footwork! In Design Technology, we have been evaluating the effectiveness of the sabretooth tiger traps. Our PSHE lesson this week gave everyone the chance to share their own amazing skills, including Things I Wish my Teacher Knew About Me.

KS2 Football Club

Several people have contacted school regarding what to wear for KS2 Football Club on Thursday evenings.

I spoke to the coach earlier and we suggest the following items:

  • Football boots / trainers suitable for outdoor use.*
  • Shin pads.**
  • Suitable clothing for the weather each week.***

* coach will decide on footwear based upon what is brought so please send both in case football boots cannot be worn by all.

**shin pads are advisory because the children will play games of football.  School has some pairs but bringing your own is best option.

***it is very cold at the moment, please ensure your child has a warm jumper, joggers, hat.  These items will get dirty.

Coach is looking forward to meeting the children tomorrow.

Mr Cusden

Change to lunch menu 20.01.2022

On Thursday 20th January, Mrs Dennis and her team will be serving a special lunch! On offer will be:

Chicken Burger (Halal Chicken Burger)

Veggie Burger

Hot Dog

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Wedges

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Baked Beans

Sweetcorn

Salad

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Mini Doughnuts

Fresh Fruit

Sandwich Bar and Jacket Potato bar will be available as normal if pre-ordered by Thursday 13th January.

The excitement is building!

Welcome to our Design Technology gallery!

In Year 3, we have been building humane traps for a sabretooth tiger.  This has definitely tested our measurement and woodworking skills!

We are really proud of everyone in Year 3 for the way they have handled tools safely and correctly and for the way they have worked as team players.

Year 5s Week (05.01-07.01)

Welcome back to a school and a brand new year!

The children in Year 5 have come back and settled well into the school routine. We had a wonderous few days with a pantomime performance, exploring our new texts (The Tunnel and Boy Giant) and exploring equivalent fractions.

We have some fantastic and exciting things planned for this term and cannot wait to share them with you.

Mr Baker and Miss Russell

School Fund Accounts

Copies of our School Fund, Residential Visit & Breakfast Club school fund audited accounts for the financial year ending 31 August 2021 can be found on our website with paper copies available on request.

Childcare Vouchers for Clubs

For parents using childcare vouchers, we are now registered with the Childcare Choices Tax Free and Sodexo voucher providers (please see links below)

If you are using a different childcare account and John Fletcher is not listed then please get in touch.

www.childcare.tax.service.gov.uk

https://childcare.mysodexo.co.uk/login

Please note that childcare vouchers are not for school trips.

Our Week in Year – 07/01/2022

Happy New Year!

It has been an incredible start to 2022!

We began the year on Wednesday morning with an epic and hilarious pantomime of Cinderella from M and M productions. We all enjoyed it and were amazed by their clever scene changes and magic tricks!

We have kicked started our work on the Roman Empire with the legend of Romulus and Remus and the founding of Rome. We have been working on this in both Reading and English and are finding it hard to decide if this legend has a hero in it or not!

In Maths, we have started working a negative numbers and are also continuing to practise our times tables.

We have also begun our new unit in Science – Changing State. So far, we have investigated how and why solids, liquids and gases are different. We also discovered it is possible to walk on custard!

In PSHE, we have started to think about our dreams and goals. We have all thought about what we would love to do when we are older, and ideas range from fire fighters to zookeepers! Please spend some time at home talking about these dreams.

Please note that the first swimming session is on Tuesday 18th January.

Children are also bringing home today letters about class trips to Enginuity. You can also find a copy of the letter below:

Enginuity Parent Letter 7th January

Mr Cusden, Mrs Lawman-Smith and the Year 4 Team 😃

Cinderella!

An exciting start to the new year!

We have started the term with a bang – or rather a brilliant pantomime performance by M and M Productions – with Cinderella!

It was a very funny and enjoyable event which had everyone laughing and clapping along to the songs, and wowed by their magical scene and costume changes.

What a great start to 2022!

After School Clubs

We are running Crossbar Sports and Mini Medics clubs after school sports clubs from Monday 10th January.

Thank you to everyone who has sent their form back.  We are getting back to people to allocate places.  We still have a number of spaces available, and won’t be able to continue the clubs without sufficient numbers.  If you are still interested, please fill the attached form in with payment next week.

Mini-Medics and KS2 Football are now full.

Clubs for January 2022

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