Shadowy Goings-on in Year 3!

This week in Science we have been experimenting with light and shadows. We have learnt how to make the shadows bigger and smaller by moving the light source away from the object being used to create the shadow.

Most of the objects we tested were opaque, because they did not allow light to pass through them. However, Jess and Megan found two objects that were not opaque… instead, their water bottles were translucent, which means that they only allow a certain amount of light to pass through.

























Let’s show you some of the shadows we created…

Read Write Inc Videos- 18.05.22

Read, Write Inc Videos

The children have moved groups for their phonics groups this half term, please let me know if you are unsure of the group your child is in. Please spend time going through the sounds with your children and watching the videos, it will help them massively with their reading.



Mrs Nicholls’ and Mrs Smith’s Group- Red




Miss Poutney’s and Miss England’s Group- Orange





Mrs Wattle and Miss Sankar’s Group- Green





Miss Morton’s and Miss Beddow’s Group- Yellow





Mrs Smout and Mrs Moore’s Group- Blue





Mrs Cooke’s and Miss Crossley’s Group- Pink







Jubilee Celebrations! (Friday 27th May)

Platinum Jubilee book to arrive in primary schools from mid-May - GOV.UK

Dear Parents/Carers

On Friday 27th May, we will be holding garden parties for our children to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee!  The kitchen will be catering for the outdoors, if your child would like to purchase a lunch.

Classes will be partaking in Jubilee activities, and we would love the children to dress up for the occasion.

They can either dress as royalty, or wear red, white and blue colours.

(For Years 5 and 6, they will need to bring their change of clothes please, as there are photographs first thing in the morning).

Queens Jubilee Official Bunting 2022 Fabric bunting Flags HRH Platinum

Year 4 and 5 parents: Children’s University meeting tomorrow after school (3.30pm)

We are delighted to announce that we have been accepted as a Children’s University school – an exciting opportunity to work with the University of Wolverhampton, to provide and promote experiences that many of our children wouldn’t normally get, and to show children what they can achieve if they want to.  We will be working with children in Years 4 and 5 to begin with. The launch date is Wednesday 18th May, and there will be a parents meeting for Years 4 and 5 parents in our hall at 3.30pm.  Please see the information leaflet.  We won’t charge parents for passports. 🙂

Children’s University Leaflet

Year 6 Residential November 2022 (Current Year 5)

Thank you to everyone who came to the Arthog information evening last night for our residential in November 2022.

If you were unable to attend the meeting, please click the link to view the PowerPoint that was shared. Arthog parent presentation updated

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to email me or contact the office.

All payment needs to be made via ParentPay.

Mrs Wust

Phonics Meeting 20.05.22 Year 1 parents

Year 1 Phonics Screening Meeting

Dear Parents/Carers,

Due to the low numbers attending the phonics meeting last week, I will be holding another meeting this Friday 20th May at 9am.

As you are aware at the end of year 1, the children will be sitting the phonics screening test in line with national guidance. To help prepare the children for this they have daily phonics lessons and additional opportunities throughout the day to support their learning. At our school we follow the Read Write Inc scheme which you will be familiar with from the children’s reading books and the online resources on our website. To further help your child pass the phonic screening, this meeting will give you information and resources on how best to support your child at home.

After the meeting you will have an opportunity to see the phonics groups taking place around the school. This will also give you the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.

Please can you confirm your attendance by emailing michelle.azzopardi1@taw.org.uk or calling the school office.

I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.

Kind regards,

Miss Azzopardi

(RWI Leader)

Guinness Book of Records Maths Event- Wednesday 18th May

On Wednesday 18th May, the children in KS2 will be participating in a special maths event.

The event will be streamed from King Solomon Academy in London and will be joined by National Numeracy Ambassadors Katya Jones (from Strictly Come Dancing) and Bobby Seagull (from University Challenge and so much more)!

There will be a dance routine, choreographed by Katya herself,  and lots of times tables fun. The children will be watching live on YouTube and there will be an attempt to have the biggest audience ever tuned into a rolling numbers livestream. We think the children will have lots of fun and it will be a great way to get everyone enthusiastic about numbers!



Semi-Final Glory!

Telford and Wrekin Plate Finalists 2022

They’ve done it!  The Year 5/6 Football team produced a remarkable performance to storm into the Telford and Wrekin Plate Final with a 7-1 thumping of Lilleshall.

Roared on by the return of spectators, it was a complete performance with John Fletcher dictating play from start to finish.  Using home field to their advantage, the team produced a masterclass in passing and movement giving their opponents very little possession throughout the entire game.  It didn’t go all their way though. They had to regroup after conceding an early penalty (despite the goalkeeper very nearly making a fantastic save).  However, a team’s strength can be seen through their reaction to adversity and John Fletcher powered their way back into the match through patiently sticking to their game plan of pass and move.  Sure enough, before half-time the tie had turned in John Fletcher’s favour with a comfortable 3-1 lead established.   With key players really showing their class, John Fletcher burst out of the gate to quickly put the tie beyond doubt, taking a 5-1 lead.  To their immense credit, Lilleshall didn’t crumble and despite being 5-1 down they kept trying to impose themselves on the game.  Their goalkeeper and their captain both delivering standout performances.  However, John Fetcher were relentless. They pressed the opposition at any opportunity and forced them into errors.  Two more goals were added giving them a deserved 7-1 victory (including a second successive hat-trick for our centre forward and a first hat-trick for another player).  The final whistle signalled huge celebrations amongst players and supporters alike.

As coach, I would like to say thank you to all the players for such a disciplined and complete performance.  My goalkeeper and defenders had very little to do but they followed the game plan, allowing our attackers to flourish further forward.  Special praise goes to the defender who was involved in the early penalty decision as they went on to deliver their standout performance of the season.  In midfield, we are blessed with some wonderful talent and to see our playmaker sitting deep and metronomically dictating the pace of the game was a joy to behold.  Around them our wide players did their job of stretching play and delivering crosses.  As always, one of them picked up a tap in goal by remembering to support the attack as well.  Our striker did what they do best by continually providing an outlet for our midfielders and seizing chances as they presented themselves, earning the reward of a second successive hat-trick.

Thank you to all the spectators, parents and colleagues, because you made a special day for the team even more fantastic.  We move on to the final in buoyant mood and look forward to giving you another great afternoon in the very near future.

News of our final’s venue and opponents will follow.

Mr Cusden, PE Lead

Our week in Year 6 – 13/05/22

What a week!  Year 6 have certainly “worked with all their heart” this week.

As you are aware, Year 6 have completed their SATs and we could not be more proud of the attitude, determination and resilience demonstrated every day.  They have worked hard and tried their very best.  In John Fletcher of Madeley Primary School tradition, Year 6 were treated to donuts after the very last test – which were delicious!

In addition to SATs, they have participated in a workshop on wildlife awareness where we welcomed a local police officer into school to discuss wildlife crime and how we can make a difference.  They then enjoyed PE with a visiting coach where they worked on improving their throwing, catching and fielding skills.  Today, they have enjoyed a fun-filled day of arts and crafts, sports on the field and a party with ice cream, cupcakes and dancing!

Have a lovely and safe weekend and we will see you next week.

Mrs Welsh, Mrs Wust, Mrs Constantine, Mrs Gladwin and the Year 6 team.

Year 3 Newsletter 13/05/22


What a fantastic week in Year 3!

The children have really worked hard, as they applied their Maths knowledge towards questions on subtraction and addition. During History, we learned about the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb and the archaeologist that discovered it, Howard Carter. This work was also embedded into the students reading and writing tasks, as they began to plan how to write a biography on the great man himself. With the trusty green screen in hand, Year 3 were transported to Egypt in 1922! The children got in front of the camera and re-enacted Howard Carters discovery of the tomb.

The children sketched and began painting self portraits in Art. This has led to some wonderful pieces of work, which the children should be proud of. During Science, we continued our theme about light and how it is processed by the eye. For Computing, Year 3 managed to continue drawing an Egyptian death mask and finally in P.E the children finished the week with a game of rounders.

The weather is beautiful and it looks to continue next week. With that in mind, please can parents ensure that children bring their water bottles in with them next week.

Have a truly wonderful weekend and we look forward to seeing everyone on Monday.

Mr. Jones, Miss Brotherton and the whole Year 3 Team.

Our Week in Year 4 13/05/2022

What a busy week we have had!



We have been working on calculating change and solving problems with money, making sure that our calculations are accurate.

Please can children keep practising their times tables at home to support the work that we are doing in school.


We are back in Spain, visiting La Sagrada Familia this week, focusing on the different skills needed to write an effective advert, persuading people to visit it. Please be warned – children have got to grips with some incredibly persuasive vocabulary…


We are exploring digital music and are using the website www.isleoftune.com . We have started creating a Rhythm Road, experimenting with different sounds and effects. Please have a go at home!


We are extending our knowledge of Europe and have been using atlases to find a range of capital cities. We used the index, grid references as well as the shape of the land and coastline.

Well done to everyone for all their hard work. Enjoy the weekend!

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

Year 1 Phonics Group

Miss Sankar’s Phonics group came to share  their fantastic learning with George and Teddy. They were both very impressed. The children have worked hard to write spooky spells and were very proud of their sentences, spelling of the words and handwriting. Look at the wonderful smiles on their faces. George and Teddy also appreciated the treats that they were fed.

Unfortunately, Teddy was a bit camera shy and would not come into the photograph. I think I (Mrs Welsh) need to keep practicing my photography skills involving dogs.

Well done Year 1 – keep doing the amazing job you are doing! We are all very proud of you.

George and Teddy are always glad to celebrate any learning with our children at John Fletcher of Madeley Primary School.

Are you a carer living in Telford & Wrekin?

Are you an adult who is relied on by another adult for care or support – this could be a friend or family member?

The Celebrating Carers event is free and will:

  • Help you with the challenges you face.
  • Give you a chance to meet and share experiences with other carers.
  • Let you talk to various organisations who can help.

Anyone who considers themselves a Carer is welcome.

Visit the drop in on:
Tuesday 7 June 2022, 10.30am – 4pm.

Telford & Wrekin CVS, Suite 12 & 15 Hazeldine House, Central Square, Telford, TF3 4JL

To find out more: 01952 240209

Or visit the Telford All Age Carers Centre Website.

Community Events across Telford to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

A number of community groups have organised the events after receiving a grant from the Platinum Jubilee Celebration Fund, set up by Telford & Wrekin Council to bring together communities and ensure the Platinum Jubilee weekend 2 to 5 June 2022 is one to remember.

Among the groups awarded the grant are St Leonard’s Church, Malinslee, who will be hosting an afternoon tea and evening concert, Madeley Community Orchard who have organised a tree planting event and Longdon-upon-Tern Village Hall, who will have one of the Queen’s former private cars on display as part of their festivities.

Other highlights include a film festival at Wellington Orbit, a mini carnival at Dawley Baptist Church and a scarecrow festival and croquet competition around The Coke Hearth in Coalbrookdale.

Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Green Spaces, Natural and Historic Environment and Cultural Services, Cllr Carolyn Healy (Labour) said: “We’ve had a fantastic response from local groups and organisations and I’m delighted we have been able to support so many celebration events, which will bring together so many communities across the borough.

“Thanks to their involvement the Platinum Jubilee Weekend looks set to be a truly amazing four days as we mark and remember the seven decades of Her Majesty’s reign with an action packed programme of activity.”

Residents and visitors can keep up to date with events online. Telford & Wrekin Council will also be sharing tips on how to make your party as sustainable as possible.

Get Telford Walking 2022

There are lots of opportunities to get some fresh air, gentle exercise and good company in some of Telford’s beautiful green spaces as part of this event!

From Monday 16 – Friday 20 May 2022 there’s at least one of the regular circular walks every day that you can join, to explore the Telford area, to suit all abilities, lasting from 30 to 90 minutes. For details of your local walk see Get Telford Walking 2022 – Healthy Telford

On Saturday 21 May 2022 there will be several short circular walks taking place at community centres across the borough.

On Sunday 22 May 2022 there will be exploring parts of the ‘Telford T50’ 50 mile trail on a walk that comes to an end in Telford Town Park.

For more information check out the Facebook page or email info@telfordt5050miletrail.org.uk.

Happy weekend! :-)

Dear Parents/Carers

It has been a busy week and we want to congratulate our wonderful Year 6s on their hard work and dedication during SATs week.  They have all “worked at it with all their hearts” – you would be so proud of their efforts.  I truly believe they couldn’t have done more.

Don’t forget: We would like to invite you to an open afternoon on Wednesday 25th May at 3.30 – 4.15, where you can look around your children’s classes and view their work and learning environment. 🙂

Thank you for all your help and support and please don;t hesitate to contact us if you need anything.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Cross



Baby Chicks! Reception Newsletter 12.05.22

Wow, what a busy week Reception have had this week! We had an EGG-citing delivery this week! On Monday we had 10 eggs delivered to Reception class, and this week we have been watching them hatch. Today all 10 eggs hatched into beautiful chicks. We have 4 boys and 6 girls.  We then did some amazing writing about our eggs and we got to hold them which we really enjoyed. We have also read the story ‘What the Ladybird Heard’ and made some ladybird biscuits and wrote some lovely sentences about the story. In maths Reception have been learning how to find missing numbers in a sequence.





Year 2 Blist Hill Trip

Year 2 had a fantastic day on Tuesday when we visited the Victorian Museum of Blist Hill to enhance this terms topic on The Victorians.  This was the first school trip that many had been on and they were very excited.

Our first stop was the post office where we  discovered that the post lady needed help delivering the letters to all of the houses in Blist Hill.  Of course, Year 2  were ready to help and did a fantastic job of delivering letters to the right places.

Children enjoyed looking at life in Victorian homes and seeing how different they were to our homes today.  They visited the wash house were they found that, without washing machines, wash day was very hard work.

After visiting the candle makers workshop, children were very excited to make their own rainbow candles.

We finished the day off with a visit to the adventure playground.



Mindful May

As part of our ongoing Mental Health work, this month we are enjoying Mindful May activities across the whole school.  Sometimes we need to focus on the positives, enjoy and embrace the moment – and recognise that this is ok!  Each class complete the daily activity for a few minutes and share happiness together.

This last week the children have played ‘heads down, thumbs up’, tried keepy-uppy with a paper ball on their hand, danced the Cha-Cha-Slide and drawn a funny character in the folding-up game.  We’re really looking forward to next week’s activities!


Telford Hornets Girls Taster Day – Wednesday 11th May

Telford Hornets RFC

Telford Hornets Girls Taster Day 11.05.2022

Calling all Year 6 Girls.  Pop down to Telford Hornets RFC on Wednesday evening to see what they have to offer and to find out what fun the game of rugby is.

I hope that lots of you take up this exciting opportunity.

Mr Cusden, PE Lead