Newsletter 17th March Issue 24
We are proud to say...
A message from Mr Barton
This week literally got off to a healthy start when we were visited by Brendan Rouse from the BANES Sports Partnership. Apologies to Brandon for mistakenly saying in last week's newsletter that he was from the Chew Valley Sports Partnership. Use of our PE and Sport Premium gives us access to both services, and we certainly got good value on Monday. Brendan had the whole school (including me!) jumping up and down and getting some great exercise as he introduced us to a brilliant free website. This will allow us to include more physical activity throughout the day, giving children short 'brain breaks' as they learn; it also provides some fantastic ideas for calming activities and mindfulness. This fits so well with our first value of 'Happiness' for children because it facilitates teachers' thinking about children's physical and emotional wellbeing throughout each day and each week. You can even sign up to the site as a parent or pupil to try some of the activities. It is www.gonoodle.com .
Our second visitor of the week arrived on Tuesday afternoon. He was Lee, who works for Mathletics, and he introduced the whole school to this website. Your child's log-in details will be coming home very soon (if they haven't already) and we hope that you will enjoy exploring the website with your child. It has great potential for individualised learning, as the activities respond to how well children do with them, making the questions a bit harder or easier accordingly.
There is a good deal of other information and news below too, starting with the return of Mrs Britton!
Have a very good weekend,
Mrs Britton is Back!
We are delighted to remind everybody that Mrs Louise Britton will be returning to us on Monday, having been away on maternity leave. Mrs Britton will be taking over from Miss Cowin in Otter class on Mondays (who will now be in Dragonfly full time). She will also be teaching in Kingfisher on Tuesday mornings and in Otter on Tuesday afternoons. This is to provide Mr Miller and Mrs Mullen with their 'planning, preparation and assessment (PPA)' time each week. Mrs Rawlinson's PPA time will continue to be provided by Miss Cowin, and from Term 5 this will be on Tuesday mornings. Miss Cowin will work with Mrs Croucher on those Tuesday mornings in Dragonfly.
Welcome back, Mrs Britton!
Red Nose Day - Friday 24th March
Here is a reminder of what we said about this last week:
Don't forget that you can buy Red Noses from the school office (we still have a few left). All children are invited to wear as much red as possible on the day and this includes Years 1 and 2, who will be visiting the Apple Store on that day. Anything goes, so long as it is red. Provided suitable footwear is worn, these clothes can be worn for PE too in Otter and Kingfisher. We would also like as many parents and children as possible to make or buy cakes to sell at the end of the day, to boost our fundraising for Comic Relief. Cakes can be brought to school either on Thursday 23rd March or on the Friday morning. Thank-you in advance!
Easter Fair - Friday 7th April 3:00pm - 4:00pm
We will be holding an Easter Fair after school on the last day of term. This will run for an hour at the end of the school day and will include a range of Easter-related activities and stalls, many of which will be designed and run by children. Each class, and the School Council, is being given a small budget to create the activities. All profits that they make will directly benefit the children through the purchase of resources, starting with our next round of books for the library. You may remember that we refresh these each term.
Incidentally, this term's selection is now available so do drop in to have a look at the new books for your class if you like. For Year 6 only, we also have a range of revision guides that can be bought for just £1 each (cover price £3.99). Please see Mr Miller if you would like one.
We are hoping to run a chocolate tombola, teddy bear tombola plus a cake stall, so if you are able to donate any unwanted teddy bears, chocolate or cakes to us in the last week of Term, we would be most grateful.
Year 2 Gym festival
Our four Year 2 boys enjoyed their trip to Chew Valley School on Wednesday, where they took part in a gymnastics festival. Thank-you very much to Mrs Cox for providing the transport and to Mrs Bevan for accompanying them.
Playground and Outdoor Learning Update
We are so grateful for the donations we have received for items to develop the outdoor space next to Dragonfly. This is used for a variety of learning and play activities, but is primarily for our youngest children. As you can see here, the mud kitchen that Mrs Rawlinson has developed with some of the donated items has already been used by Reception. It has been received very well by the children.
We are also delighted to announce that our Play Leaders have been appointed. These children, from Otter and Kingfisher, will take on the role of supporting other children in the playground in case of any small worries or accidents that they have. They will also support us in generating ideas about how the playtimes can be further developed. Of course, levels of adult supervision will remain the same, and adults are firmly in charge of safety. The Play Leaders will add another layer of support to children if they have a small problem with which they would like support. Congratulations to Orla, Freya, Jess, Alfie H and Edie from Otter and to Jess, Gen, Georgina, Chloe and Daisy from Kingfisher for volunteering and being chosen. Mr Miller will be heading up this team and he and Mr Barton are strongly encouraging some boys to volunteer for it too!
Finally on this we would like to say a particular thank-you to Mr and Mrs Curtis. They have generously supplied the Play Leader caps at no cost to the school. This has meant that the School Council have been able to fulfil their promise to provide the caps through their fundraising from the coin trail event, while also providing a further resource for outdoor learning. The Reception children will soon no longer need to use art aprons when they work outside because we will now be able to supply them with all-in-one suits for this. They will soon be able to get out in all weathers. Thank-you very much Mr and Mrs Curtis!
The mud kitchen, theatre and bug hotel are three of our new areas in the Reception Outdoor Learning space.
The Dragonfly children planted beans on Thursday. Hopefully these might be harvested before the summer holiday! Pumpkins are being planted soon...
Next Thursday's film will be...
If your child doesn't already have a place at film club for the term, remember that you can book places for individual weeks by the Tuesday of each week. Places cost £5 each and include snacks and drinks.
Pensford Fun Run - Sunday 30th April
As mentioned last week, please make sure you have this date in your diary. It should be lots of fun, with a reduced distance to make it accessible to all children. Please note the changed start time, too, which brings the fun run closer to the 10k so that it is easier to attend both. Last year, the funds raised at this event helped enormously in raising enough to provide our school with our new and much-loved library. This year, funds will go towards development of our playgrounds so please do support the event.
Upcoming events - Kingfisher and Dragonfly
We would like to remind parents that Kingfisher will be going on a trip to Bath Abbey on Tuesday, 28th March. You can remind yourself of the details by re-reading the letter sent out in February here.
On Friday, 31st March, Dragonfly will be giving their class assembly, to which parents and carers are warmly invited. It will start at 9:05 in the hall, and will last approximately 20 minutes.
School meal portions
Some parents have asked us to clarify whether children having school dinners can ask for 'seconds' or not. The situation is that, in order to comply with the 'portion control' element of healthy food standards, Mrs Cook is not allowed to provide seconds of most elements of the meal. This is not a school rule, but one that she must stick to in order to comply with the standards expected of healthy meals. However, she has confirmed this week that children can have second portions of any of the vegetables or salads that are on offer daily.
Quiz Night at Chew Valley School – Tuesday 4th April
Chew Valley School Society are once again inviting everyone to join us at our fantastic quiz night - exactly the same format as usual – bar the questions!
Tuesday 4th April at Chew Valley School Hall
- Doors open at 7.00pm
- Quiz starts at 7.30pm
- Cost is £8.00 per person, which includes a ploughman’s supper
- Teams of up to 6 players
- Lots of prizes to be won
Tickets now available from Chew Valley School Reception on 01275 332272
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information
This year we are raising funds for our outdoor spaces, SAM learning, Languages software and SEN resources.