Updates

A letter to parents from our Chair of Governors

Dear Parents and Children

As we come to the end of the school year it is a time to say well done and thank you.

The children’s success this year has been due to the strong partnership being built between school and home; with parents, staff and children alike adopting the school vision of “ whatever you do, work at it with all your heart”.

On behalf of the governing body I would like to say a very big well done and thank you to everyone of you for your supportand efforts this year. I am sure you would also like to to join me in thanking Mrs Cross and  her staff for their hard work and effort  doing their very best for the children at John Fletcher of Madeley. Together we can be a great team.

Finally, to Yr 6 governors wish you all the very best in your new schools and future lives. Take your John Fletcher of Madeley Magic with you and do your very best. To everyone else, enjoy your summer break, stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you back in September.

Yours sincerely

Paul Owens

Chair of Governors

Arthog Day 2

Another fabulous day.

Breakfast was a ‘Full English’ and the children loved it.

Our morning activity was surfing!  After the short drive to Fairbourne Beach, each of our four groups were allocated their own section of beach.  The children started by learning how to stay on the board after catching a wave before they graduated to kneeling to ride a wave and, for our experts, standing to ride a wave.

We returned to the centre for lunch.  We had submarine rolls (very apt after a surf!), crisps and a lovely cherry flapjack.

In the afternoon, we either did a bush craft trail or built rafts.  Much fun was had by all.

Tea was fish and chips followed by pancakes.

Our evening activity was orienteering.

After hot chocolate and birthday cake (thank you Delilah), our tired party members went to bed.

Arthog Team

Our Week in Year 4: 21/07/2022

The last week in Year 4!

A huge thank you to all of Year 4 for a fantastic final week, whether you are finishing Year 4 in Arthog or in school.

We had an amazing day on Tuesday afternoon making and launching them. They travelled surprisingly far, including out the hall doors and into the bushes! We discovered why they need to be streamlined and that while having a lot of decoration on them may be great to look at, it may slow it down. We will be finding more about why in Year 5! Can you spot the rocket in the bushes in last photo? Scan the QR code to see how we launched them.

The children in Arthog are due to return at about 3:30 on Friday afternoon. Please keep checking for further news and updates.

The children who stayed in school have been amazing over the last two days. We have been getting creative using nature in art work, and very busy today, building dens, playing hide and seek, counting butterflies and experiencing forest bathing. A huge thank you to our Governor Mrs Bletcher who joined us these last two days. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

Have a fantastic Summer Holiday! Enjoy yourselves and stay safe. We will see you all in September coming through the Year 5 doors!

Please remember to keep your record of any activities you complete for the Children’s University Passport. A copy of the recording sheet can be found below:

Children’s University Recording Sheet

Happy holidays,

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

After School Care from September

We are delighted that from September 2022, we will be working with Twiggy’s Day Nursery to provide After School Club provision at John Fletcher, with discounted prices.  We will need to know approximate numbers so will send out forms for your to register your interest. 🙂 🙂 🙂

July Online Safety Newsletter and Parental Controls Booklet

With children having a lot of free time on their hands, it is so important that parents are in the know about issues they face online.  Please read our July’s Online Safety Newsletter, which we buy into for you, covering Online Hoaxes/Challenges, Tiktok, Sendit and Whatsapp.

Online Safety Newsletter July 2022_John Fletcher_30-06-2022

This is the latest Parental Controls booklet, to support you.

Parental Controls booklet 2022_compressed

All of our Online Safety information can be found on our website, under Information for Parents, Online Safety.

Summer virtual workshops for parents and professionals

Shopshire BEAM are pleased to provide virtual workshops for parents and professionals over the summer, starting on Wednesday 27 July 2022 for six weeks.

To attend all you need to do is click on the link at the appropriate time of your chosen workshop. All workshops will be done via MS Teams, but unfortunately will not be recorded. The Workshops will be informative and engaging, requiring active participation.

There are three Workshops which will be rolled out to the end of August 2022 at midday, to enable more people to attend – the content of these is as follows:

  • Managing Anxiety – aims to provide an overview of the topic, followed by practical suggestions of methods and techniques to help support youth experiencing issues with anxiety.
  • Wellbeing Planning – a workshop which explains and provides a tool for children and young people to support their general emotional health and wellbeing. It recognises triggers and promotes self-awareness, and can also be used as a relapse tool to support resilience.
  • Sleep Support – aims to provide an overview the topic followed by practical suggestions and advice, with discussion around methods and techniques to help support children and young people having difficulties with getting to sleep and staying asleep. This workshop will be rolled out twice over the four weeks, due to popular demand.

The dates and times of the sessions are:

Wednesday 27 July 2022 12 noon Managing Anxiety Click here to join the Microsoft Teams meeting

or join by entering a meeting ID
Meeting ID: 365 823 963 480  Passcode: NwkjW5

Wednesday 3 August 2022 12 noon Sleep Support Click here to join the Microsoft Teams meeting

or join by entering a meeting ID
Meeting ID: 348 740 046 537  Passcode: vHRJeQ

Wednesday 10 August 2022 12 noon Wellbeing Planning Click here to join the Microsoft Teams meeting

or join by entering a meeting ID
Meeting ID: 319 267 568 64  Passcode: ANouQG

Wednesday 17 August 2022 12 noon Managing Anxiety Click here to join the Microsoft Teams meeting

or join by entering a meeting ID
Meeting ID: 352 455 366 375  Passcode: X2fXLM

Wednesday 24 August 2022 12 noon Sleep Support Click here to join the Microsoft Teams meeting

or join by entering a meeting ID
Meeting ID: 357 320 749 683  Passcode: JL8to9

Wednesday 31 August 2022 12 noon Wellbeing Planning Click here to join the Microsoft Teams meeting

or join by entering a meeting ID
Meeting ID: 343 642 165 560  Passcode: z9G8uV

Bumper programme of activities planned for families this summer

Telford & Wrekin Council Leisure have just launched their biggest ever school holiday activity brochure to help keep families busy and active during the upcoming six weeks break.

The bumper programme includes family favourite kids-4-£1 activities like tobogganing, tennis and swimming – plus some brand new additions like £1 bike hire, soft play and archery.

Activities are scheduled to take place every day, between Monday 25 July and Monday 5 September 2022.

Telford Ice Rink are also offering 2-4-1 on ice skating tickets during the school holidays and, for those who find themselves venturing to Telford Town Park, Sky Reach is offering a combo deal for the climbing wall and quick flight wall.

Find out more and start planning on the Telford & Wrekin Leisure website.

Happy Healthy and Active Holidays – activities open for booking

The Happy Healthy and Active Holiday’s (HHAH) scheme will be running through the Summer holidays (Saturday 23 July – Sunday 4 September 2022). Holiday activities will be available for children and young people who are receiving income-based free school meals.

If you’d like to see and show a parent or child an example of what children/ parents can expect from participating in these FREE holiday clubs, please look at this short video:

Happy Healthy and Active Holidays Film

There will be a range of activities on offer at Holiday clubs for children in reception to Year 11.  Every day that a child attends they will be provided with a nutritious meal and at least 4 hours of enrichment activities, including 60 minutes of physical activity, arts, crafts and nature walks. In order to access the scheme parents and carers of children who are eligible must register on the HHAH website.  Video tutorials on how to register, manage and cancel bookings are all available on the website.

Parents and carers who are eligible for income-related FSM have been directly notified of the scheme and how to sign up by letter.

Happy Healthy and Active Holiday’s Registration Form

 

What’s Happening in Telford & Wrekin

The ‘What’s near me – Summer 2022’ information is available to download.

We have a range of free fun activities during the school holidays for Telford & Wrekin families to take part in for children from reception to year 11 for families receiving income-related free school meals. They’ll be able to have a healthy meal and join in on sports, arts, crafts and much more! Check out the HHAH Website for full details of what’s running over Summer.

SkyReach Telford is open for the summer

SkyReach Telford is open seven days a week during the summer school holidays. Have fun outdoors make route choices to set your own level of challenge and adventure way up above the ground!

The four main activities are:

  • The high ropes course.
  • The tree top course.
  • The climbing wall.
  • The quick jump.

Find out more on the SkyReach website.

Important Safeguarding Information: CSE (TW)

Dear Parents

Please find attached a very important leaflet from Telford and Wrekin regarding Child Sexual Exploitation that they have asked us to send to you.

 

Message from Governors

Dear Parents and Children

As we come to the end of the school year it is a time to say well done and thank you.

The children’s success this year has been due to the strong partnership being built between  school and home; with parents, staff and children alike adopting the school vision of “ whatever you do, work at it with all your heart”.

On behalf of the governing body I would like to say a very big well done and thank you to everyone of you for your support and efforts this year. I am sure you would also like to to join me in thanking Mrs Cross and  her staff for their hard work and effort  doing their very best for the children at John Fletcher of Madeley. Together we can be a great team.

Finally, to Yr 6 governors wish you all the very best in your new schools and future lives. Take your John Fletcher of Madeley Magic with you and do your very best. To everyone else, enjoy your summer break, stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you back in September.

Yours sincerely

Paul Owens, Chair of Governors

Have a wonderful Summer! :-)

Dear Parents/Carers, and all of our John Fletcher family

As we end the school year, I want to say how proud I am of the whole school community.  Thank you so much for supporting us through another rather tricky year, and my gosh we have a lot to look forward to! (Normality, for one, would be great… 🙂

Following lockdown, the school has faced a number of challenges, including having to extend isolation periods, vast staff and student absence and disruptions that have made normal school life difficult.  However, slowly and surely we have been recovering and in September we will be running at full pace! These last couple of terms have really shown how much the children have taken off and are ready for even more exciting challenges in their learning!  Our school is such a wonderful place to be.

I am delighted with the fact that we now can offer after school provision in conjunction with Twiggy’s.  This is a major step forward for working parents and I really hope we have enough uptake to make it viable.

We are planning a greater range of experiences and trips for our children, and will let you know in advance what will be coming up.  Hopefully, now we will be able to plan now for longer term things and communicate with you in plenty of time.

With a fresh new school year, we will be renewing our Healthy Eating pledge – promoting healthy bodies and healthy minds.  To support this, we ask that the only snacks the children bring in are fruit, please.  KS1 children are provided with fresh fruit daily, so no extra snacks are needed.

I also want to say a special thank you to all our staff who have worked tirelessly to try to do their best for everyone.  I wish Mrs Constantine and Mr Jones all the very best as they move on to their new schools.  They will be thoroughly missed.  A big thank you, too, to Miss Tully and Mrs Smout.  We send our leavers all our love and best wishes for their futures.

For our Year 6s, today marks the end of their time at our schools, and I am so sorry that I haven’t been well enough to see them these last couple of weeks.  However, I have thought about them constantly and hope their small gifts will serve as a reminder of the love and best wishes we send them for their journeys through secondary school.  They have developed so, so much in these last couple of terms.

For our leavers, not only is it an end, but also the beginning of something new.

Try to remember that as you face big changes, you are not alone.

We will be thinking of you (and God will be with you).

There are good things waiting for you just around the corner.

So step out with confidence and take new opportunities in your stride.

I am so looking forward to being fit and ready for the exciting challenges of the new school year.

Have a wonderful Summer everyone and stay safe!  See you on Tuesday 6th September. 🙂

Sending lots of love

Mrs Cross

xxx

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Arthog Day 1 Photos

 

Taken a long time to download and check against consents.  Here is our ‘Top 10’ of Day 1.

Arthog Team

Year 4 Arthog Day 1

We’ve had a wonderful first day.

This afternoon, we went gorge walking which culminated with us sliding down a water shoot!

Our tea was a delicious full roast dinner (pork or chicken) with a chocolate brownie for dessert.

This evening, we walked the Mawddach Estuary from Arthog to Fairbourne.

On our return to the centre, we had cocoa and then our beds were calling.

We are in the process of downloading photos and will hopefully add a gallery soon.

Team Arthog

Year 4 Arthog Tomorrow!!

The time is finally here, we are going to Arthog tomorrow!

As quick as possible, we’ll go through the list of things you might be wanting to ask.

1 – The coach is arriving at 9:30am.  We will then load it, board it, do our safety checks and we’ll aim to leave school at around 10:00am.  Please do not block Upper Road.  If the coach cannot make it up to the front of school, it is a logistical nightmare for us.

2 – Your child DOES NOT need to wear school uniform tomorrow.

3 – Remember a sturdy drinks bottle.  Arthog do not give the children plastic water bottles with packed lunches or for any activities.

4 – Do not forget to pack a duvet cover, pillow case and bottom sheet.

5 – Your child needs to be able to carry their own bag.

6 – Pocket money is recommended as £5.  Please send no more than £10.  Coins please because Arthog have limited change.

7 – Any medication needs to be given to Miss England and must be in clearly labelled packaging/bottles, showing dosage instructions.  You will also need to confirm all dosage instructions on a school form.

8 – Please ensure children have long trousers, joggers or leggings as for many activities these are the required dress code.  Should you wish, lighter clothing can be packed for down time activities.

9 – We will aim to post a summary of each day (and some photos) each evening.  However, this may be very late because we are supervising the children until they are all asleep!

10 – The coach will leave Arthog at around 1:00pm on Friday and we hope to be back at school for 4:00pmPLEASE PARK CONSIDERATELY. IT IS VITAL THAT YOU DO NOT BLOCK UPPER ROAD, ESPECIALLY THE CORNER BEFORE SCHOOL.  IF THIS HAPPENS THE CHILDREN WILL BE UNLOADED AT THE NEAREST SAFE POINT AND WILL HAVE TO WALK THE REST OF THE WAY.

I will be at school from 7:30am tomorrow.

Please come to school at your normal time and enter via the South Hall doors.

See you all tomorrow.

Mr Cusden

Dinner menu change Thursday 21st July

As the last day of term is Thursday, the kitchen will be offering ‘Fishy Thursday’ this week instead of the normal menu option. If you have submitted a sandwich/jacket potato bar order for this day and wish to cancel the order then please let the school office know.

Year 6 West Midlands Safari Park visit cancelled 18.07.2022

A letter has been emailed to all Year 6 parents in regards to cancelling the visit to West Midlands Safari Park on Monday, 18th July due to the raised Red Extreme Weather Warning by the Met Office today.  Please find a copy of the letter by clicking on the link below:

WMSP letter 15.07.2022

The difficult decision has been made in order to ensure our children are safe within the extreme weather conditions forecast next week.  Children will be expected to come to school in PE kit or school summer uniform on Monday.

Year 3 Go Wild in the Country!

Today we have visited the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms for our long-awaited trip!  We took part in a fantastic minibeast hunt in the woods, followed by pond dipping on Kingfisher Corner, where we found all kinds of amazing creatures. We also went on a mindfulness walk in the beautiful surroundings, exploring local plants, listening to the natural sounds of birdsong and enjoying the fresh air. All of the children were an absolute credit to you as parents and to us as a school.

We would like to extend a special Thank You to the staff at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre for their professionalism and their support. It is clear that everyone working there has a tremendous passion for what they do. In addition, a huge Thank You goes to all of the adults who stepped in to ensure that today’s trip could go ahead without a hitch!

Your child should have come home tonight with a flyer advertising some amazing activities being held at the Centre during the summer holiday. Here are some links if you’d like to find out more:

https://www.shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk/event/purple-prickles-and-poisonous-warts-summer-holiday-activity/ – Purple Prickles and Poisonous Warts

https://www.shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk/event/a-discovery-summer-childrens-holiday-club/ – Discovery Summer Holiday Club

Stay tuned for our image galleries from our visit – coming soon to an update near you!

Please see Mrs Cross’ important update to all families regarding the expected heatwave. If you have missed it, you can view it here: 

https://johnfletcherofmadeley.co.uk/extreme-weather-school-update/

With regard to Mrs Cross’ message, we feel that it is best that the children do not dress up for their Egyptian Day on Wednesday due to the potential extreme heat. We will still hold our Egyptian Day while remaining safe in the sun.

In the meantime, have a wonderful weekend and remember to stay safe in the sun. 

Miss Brotherton and Mr Jones

Our Week in year 4 – 15/07/2022

What a busy week!

We have had a week of exciting highlights, from watching the spectacular performance of ‘Moana’ by Year 6, to our very enjoyable Sports Day.

We are very proud of how well all pupils took part in their races; they have demonstrated fantastic sportsmanship!

We have been finishing English in Year 4 with a recap of the different word groups. To help us, we have been completing quizzes in school. If you would like to have a go at these, you could try this quiz:

https://wordwall.net/resource/234135/english/verb-adjective-noun-adverb

Thank you so much for the donations of egg boxes and bottles. We had a very creative time turning them into moving creatures (inspired by the Land of Roar – Jenny McLachlan using a pneumatic system). To see a sample of these, scan the QR codes:

Next week is also going to be action packed!

Please ensure that pupils have all that they need ready for Arthog on Wednesday morning, leaving between 9:30 and 10:15, returning between 3pm and 3:30pm on the Friday. Please see the main Year 4 page for a copy of the kit list.

Those children staying in school have brought a letter home today as they will need to be dressed ready for forest school activities on Thursday 21st July.

Finally, Monday and Tuesday are forecast to be extremely hot. While we are adapting to this in school, please can children come to school with suncream already applied, a sun hat and a bottle of water (this can be refilled throughout the day).

Stay safe over the weekend!

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