World Book Day Friday 8th March 2024

World Book Day is taking place on Friday 8th March. As a school we are going to be celebrating this day and have chosen the theme “Snuggle up with a good book!” On this day, we are asking pupils to come into school wearing their favourite pyjamas and snuggly clothes. This is so we can all snuggle up with a good book and immerse ourselves in the world of literature. Children are invited to bring their favourite book from home.

Throughout the day, pupils will take part in a range of exciting hands on and virtual activities to enhance their reading and ensure they are continuing to grow their love of reading. There will also be some challenges such as guess which staff member is snuggled up with a good book.  

 

Parents are invited into school to share a book with their child on Friday 8th March, from 2:50pm. Please enter via the main office where you will be shown to your child’s class. At the end of the shared reading session, please leave the school via the office to sign out.  

 

Children will be given a £1 book token to be spent at our school Book Fair or in a local bookstore on a range of identified World Book Day texts. You can find your local bookstore and have a look at the books available by visiting: https://www.worldbookday.com/books/  

 

From Friday 8th March – Wednesday 13th March we will have our annual book fair. The book fair will be held in the South Hall on these dates from 3:30-4:00pm. This an opportunity for you and your child to browse a range of exciting books from a range of genres and purchase one or maybe more. Further information regarding the book fair will be sent nearer the time. 

Final call – Friends (PTA) Wear What You Love Disco

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Thank you to everyone who has purchased a ticket, to join us this Friday 9th February for our “Wear What You Love” Disco, children are welcome to come to school in their disco clothes, spending they day in what they love to wear 🥳.
Disco tickets are £3.00 – Payable beforehand on ParentPay, by the end of Today (6th Feb), this is to ensure safeguarding ratios are met and sufficient supplies.
Volunteers – Safety is paramount, if you/ grandparent/ uncle/ aunt/ friend can help, please do get in touch, we could really do with some more volunteers.

Newsletter – Friends (PTA) 26.01.2024

Friends Association (PTA) Newsletter – 26.01.2024

Dates for the diary:

Wear What You Love Disco 09.02.2024.

We are holding a Spring Disco, children are invited to join us Friday 9th February for a “Wear What You Love” Disco, children are welcome to come to school in their disco clothes, spending they day in what they love to wear.

Disco times will be as follows:

  • Reception, Years 1 & 2 – 3:15pm to 4:00pm
  • Years 3 & 4 – 4:15pm to 5:15pm
  • Years 5 & 6 – 5:30pm to 6:30pm

Disco tickets are £3.00 – Payable beforehand on ParentPayby Tuesday 6th February, this is to ensure safeguarding ratios are met and sufficient supplies. Entry fee includes Chocolate buttons/ Haribo (vegan options available). For everyone’s safety and enjoyment, we must abide by a “no ticket, no entry” policy. Please have your ParentPay receipt handy at drop off (KS2).  KS1 staff will have a list of who is attending, if your child is not attending the disco, please collect as normal.

Drop off:

  • KS1, staff will deliver children with tickets to the South Hall.
  • KS2, queue at the South Hall doors at allotted time, please have ParentPay receipt handy, tickets cannot be purchased on the day, entry will be refused.

Collection – all children must be collected; no child will be permitted to walk home alone:

  • KS1 usual pick-up points.
  • KS2, enter through South Hall doors, collect child (they will be lined up ready), then exit via Year 5 doors, rejoin South Hall queue for next Disco if required.

PLEASE NOTE – When dropping off & collecting children – please collect your child and then leave the hall (via Year 5 exit). DO NOT drop older children in the hall at the same time, we need to register their attendance. Please go back round and wait for the hall to be empty and us to call for the next disco before dropping off older children. This is to reduce congestion and make it easier for staff and volunteers to ensure that the right child is with the right parents/guardians, that all children have been. Thank You for your help with this..!

Volunteers:

We are appealing for volunteers to come along and help supervise the discos and make sure the children are safe and have fun. We need helpers at all 3 discos to ensure they run successfully. Please contact Friends (PTA) johnfletcher.friends@taw.org.uk, if you can help,  if we do not have enough helpers we may have to cancel, please help make this a wonderful event for the children.

Thank you for reading.

Friends (PTA)

Year 4 News, 19.01.2024

This week has been a busy one, so here are just a few highlights!

On Monday we used the green screen to explore the ruins of Ancient Rome, before hopping back in time to discover what Roman buildings, streets and gardens would have looked like, giving us plenty of ideas for our writing.

On Tuesday we went swimming for the first session. This went well and we are looking forward to the next session on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, we had our first Enrichment sessions of the term, which were well-received. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to try out something new.

On Thursday we began to learn about states of matter, sorting materials and asking some very intelligent questions about how we know so much about the particles of solids, liquids and gases (particularly gases) when we might not be able to see them.

On Friday we had the highest attendance for the week and enjoyed our extra playtime as a reward.

Here are a few quick reminders for next week:

Tuesday – please bring your swimming kit and towel 

Wednesday – Enrichment – please bring anything you need for your club

Friday – PE day – please wear your PE kit to school

Homework books should also be returned on Friday mornings. Please note that if your child does not bring their homework books into school on a Friday, they will receive a homework sheet for that week so that they do not miss out on opportunities to consolidate learning. This week’s homework is an anagram sheet to help with Y3/4 spellings and a times tables quick practice sheet.

I hope you have a great weekend!

Miss Brotherton

Year 4 Residential

Please look out for a letter coming home with the children detailing plans for our upcoming residential trip to Laches Wood. Laches Wood boasts a rich mix of natural beauty and woodland shelter, with a wide range of indoor and outdoor adventure activities that will stretch and challenge – having fun, nourishing mind and body, and making memories to last a lifetime.

For further details please visit https://www.entrust-ed.co.uk/services/our-centres

If you have any further questions, the best people to speak to are Miss Harrison, Mrs Wust and Miss Brotherton.
Thankyou

Year 4 News, 12.01.2024

What a brilliant start to our Spring Term! Everybody has been focused, calm, kind and considerate and it has been great to see all of our children refreshed and ready for a challenge.

This week we have been looking at:

  • multiplication and division through the finding of factors;
  • the foundation of Rome through the legend of Romulus and Remus;
  • our preconceived ideas about Rome and what we would like to learn next;
  • how to create our own spreadsheets by using Google Slides to play Battleships;
  • how a green screen works by cancelling out specific colours for special effects;
  • what Baptism means to Christians;
  • ball control skills in small-scale games of hockey.

This week has also seen the introduction of the Golden Lunchbox! Year 4 worked hard to earn as many pom-poms as they could to create an impressive total of 91. They were only just pipped to the post by Year 2, but they did earn a special mention this Friday for working out their total each day and calculating the scale of improvement each time.

Our Purple Book stars this week were Molly for being a great support to others and Amara for her impressive mental arithmetic score. Well done to both of you!

Please don’t forget that swimming begins on Tuesday. Mr. Baker will support the children in these lessons.

Have a lovely weekend – see you next week for more fabulous learning!

Miss Brotherton

Swimming

(For Year 4 and a select few Year 5 children)
Swimming sessions will start on Tuesday 16th January and will last for 10 weeks. The children will walk to and from Abraham Darby Leisure Centre with adults from school.
Please ensure your child brings their costume and a towel each week. Children may bring a swimming hat and goggles if they wish.
The children will be working towards their Aquatics skills award and self-rescue awards. Those who are able will also be assessed against the National Curriculum standard of being able to swim 25m (one length) unaided.
Thankyou

A huge thankyou!!!!!

Today we have had our last school trip of 2023 and so I just wanted to say a very big thankyou to my amazing volunteers who have helped support our educational school visits this year. Thankyou so much for giving up your free time to help support our fantastic children and teachers, we really do appreciate all that you do.

If you would like to become a volunteer, please pop and see me in the office and I can give you more information.

Best wishes

Miss Harrison

 

Year 4 Swimming

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We are delighted to be able to take Year 4 swimming next term. Swimming sessions will start on Tuesday 16th January and will last for 10 weeks. The children will walk to and from Abraham Darby Leisure Centre with adults from school.
Please look out for letters coming home with the children. As always, there is no cost to you, all you need to do is return the attached form by Friday 22nd December 2023 and ensure your child brings their costume and a towel each week. Children may bring a swimming hat and goggles if they wish.
As swimming forms a compulsory part of the National Curriculum, all levels of swimming ability are planned for from complete beginners through to regular swimmers. Therefore, please think very carefully about how far your child can swim without putting their foot/feet down. This will help us ensure that they are allocated to the correct ability group.
The children will be working towards their Aquatics skills award and self-rescue awards. Those who are able will also be assessed against the National Curriculum standard of being able to swim 25m (one length) unaided.

Year 4 News, 08.12.2023

This week has been rather busy! In Science we have been experimenting with circuits to adjust the brightness of a bulb. In RE we have begun to learn about the meaning of Advent. In Maths we have been using our times tables to multiply and divide by 9.

We have also been practising our parts for the Key Stage Two Christmas Performance. This is going well and the children have been eagerly practising their lines. It would help if you and your child could rehearse the following two songs at home:

Shakin’ Stevens – Merry Christmas Everyone

Band Aid – Do They Know it’s Christmas

All children in 4B were sent home with a script last week so that we could be ready in case of illness, absence or stage fright. If you would like another copy of the script or prayer for your child’s part, they can be found here:

Y4 Christmas Prayer

Y4 Christmas Script

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Brotherton

KS2 Christmas Performance at St Michaels Church

Please look out for a letter coming home with the children in KS2 this afternoon detailing plans for their Christmas Concert.
This year, KS2 (years 3-6) will be holding their Christmas Concert at the beautiful St Michaels Church, Madeley on Wednesday 20th December 2023. There will be two showings. One at 2pm and one at 5:30pm. We ask if you can kindly try and stick to 2 tickets per child, to make it fair for everyone to be able to attend. If there are tickets left over, they can be re-distributed nearer the time.
For the evening performance, we ask that children are dropped at St Michaels Church no later than 5:15pm for a prompt start at 5:30pm.
Children should wear their school uniform as normal but with a Christmas jumper, this can be worn all day in school.
This event is free 🙂
Thankyou very much for continued support and we look forward to celebrating this special time of the year with you.

 

 

Christmas Dinner and Jumper Day 2023

The children should have received letters regarding our upcoming Christmas Dinner celebrations which will take place on the 20th December 2023. The children are welcome to wear Christmas jumpers on this day.
Please complete and return the form attached at the earliest opportunity.
If you require another letter please pop to see me (Miss Harrison) in the office 🙂
Here is another copy of the menu
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Headlice Awareness

Head lice and nits are very common in young children and their families. They do not have anything to do with dirty hair and are picked up by head-to-head contact.

Head lice can make your head feel:

  • itchy
  • like something is moving in your hair

The only way to be sure someone has head lice is by finding live lice.

You can do this by combing their hair with a special fine-toothed comb (detection comb). You can buy these online or at pharmacies.

How to get rid of head lice

Treat head lice as soon as you spot them. You can treat head lice without seeing a GP.

You should check everyone in the house and start treating anyone who has head lice on the same day.

There’s no need to keep your child off school if they have head lice.

Wet combing

Lice and nits can be removed by wet combing.

You can buy a special fine-toothed comb (detection comb) online or from pharmacies to remove head lice and nits.

There may be instructions on the pack, but usually you:

  • wash hair with ordinary shampoo
  • apply lots of conditioner (any conditioner will do)
  • comb the whole head of hair, from the roots to the ends

It usually takes about 10 minutes to comb short hair, and 20 to 30 minutes for long, frizzy or curly hair.

Do wet combing on days 1, 5, 9 and 13 to catch any newly hatched head lice. Check again that everyone’s hair is free of lice on day 17.

Medicated lotions and sprays

If wet combing has not worked or is not suitable, you could try a medicated lotion or spray. These kill head lice in all types of hair, and you can buy them from pharmacies, supermarkets or online.

Head lice should die within a day. Some lotions and sprays come with a comb to remove dead lice and eggs.

Some treatments need to be repeated after a week to kill any newly hatched lice.

Check the pack to see if they’re OK for you or your child and how to use them.

If lotions or sprays do not work, speak to a pharmacist about other treatments.

Some treatments are not recommended because they’re unlikely to work.

For example:

  • products containing permethrin
  • head lice “repellents”
  • electric combs for head lice
  • tree and plant oil treatments, such as tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil and lavender oil herbal remedies

    You cannot prevent head lice

    There’s nothing you can do to prevent head lice.

    You can help stop them spreading by wet or dry combing regularly to catch them early.

    Do not use medicated lotions and sprays to prevent head lice. They can irritate the scalp.

    There’s no need for children to stay off school or to wash laundry on a hot wash.

For further advice please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/head-lice-and-nits/

Children in Need 17.11.23

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you may already know, this week is this year’s BBC Children in Need Appeal Week. John Fletcher of Madeley Primary School is excited to be joining with many others around the UK to help raise awareness.

Children are welcome to come to school on Friday 17th November in their own clothes.

Due to the cost-of-living crisis, parents are not expected to contribute but if you would like to donate, you can do so here;

Donate using the ‘70701’ shortcode (Campaign dates: 31st Oct 2023 to 30th Nov 2024) –

Text the word ‘FIVE’ to 70701 to donate £5

Text the word ‘TEN’ to 70701 to donate £10

If children have PE on Friday (Y3 and Year 1) they will need to wear sensible footwear.

For further information please see https://www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/donate/

Thank you for your continued support.

Kind regards

Miss E Harrison

Year 4 News, 10.11.2023

The children in Year Four have had a very busy week. In Maths they have been learning two efficient ways to subtract 2 numbers. They have also been learning how to use estimation and rounding in order to check that their answers are correct. Also, this week we have begun to learn about the Greek myth of the Trojan Horse. In addition, we have been learning to identify the features of newspapers. This will help us when we are writing our own newspapers next week.

In Science, we have begun to understand more about electricity and about what makes a working circuit. During this week’s French lesson, we learnt the names of five different fruits. In RE, we discussed what it means to have a spiritually ‘warmed heart’, exploring the things that warm our hearts.

In our Music lesson this week, we learnt a new song and made much more use of the bow, linking this with reading music from a hand or a stave.

I felt extremely proud of the way the children paid their respects during our Remembrance Service on the playground and hope that you are, too.

Year 4 Homework, 10.11.2023

This week’s homework for Year 4 is as follows:

Maths: pages 54 and 55, Area.

This will help you to prepare for next week’s Maths.

Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling: page 60, Inverted Commas.

This will help you to prepare for next week’s newspaper writing!

The Great John Fletcher Bake-Off 2023!

The Year 4 children have all been baking!

In the Great JF Bake-Off, we were set a Technical Challenge: to work as a team to prepare, cook and decorate a pumpkin cake using pumpkins from our Ludlow trip.

Everyone worked brilliantly together, dicing, grating and mixing the ingredients to create a mixture of smooth consistency. The last step at the time of writing was to get them into the oven for cooking.

Finally, we will decorate the cooled cakes using frosting and sprinkles. A huge Thank You goes to our star bakers in Year 4, plus the adults who gave their time to support us today: Miss Ide, Miss Wharton and Miss Thomson.

Here’s our photo gallery – Paul and Prue would be proud!