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Newsletter 9th December -Issue 13

We are proud to say...

Stars of the week in Dragonfly are: Alfie S and Macie

Stars of the week in Otter are to be announced next week (as they were on their trip today)

Stars of the week in Kingfisher are: Anna and Chloe

Headteacher Awards: George, Freya and Niall

Best Class Attendance: Otter (98.5%)

A message from Mr Barton

It is a busy end to the term as we approach Christmas, with lots still going on at school.  We are all very much looking forward to entertaining you at Publow church on Tuesday with our concert.  Your child will have brought home a programme today so that you can see what we have planned.  Please bring this along with you on Tuesday, though we will also have some extra copies available.  We have checked with the Memorial Hall that it is OK to park there on Tuesday night and this may well be advisable in order to avoid last year's difficulties with some cars getting stuck in the mud in the church car park!

Please can children all arrive by 5:45pm for the 6pm start.  Seats will be on a first-come-first served basis, but we will advise you where to sit to get the best view of each class.  Please note that you will get a better view of Otter and Kingfisher if you are not in the front rows! This plan gives you an idea of where the best seating is for each class.  Of course, those who have children in more than one class will simply need to split themselves in two!

You will not need to worry about filming or photographing the performance because it will be filmed by Mr Steve Haines, as has happened in the past. Mr Haines will use a couple of cameras to capture different angles and will begin editing a DVD straightaway. You will then be able to buy a copy at £6 each, with money from this used to support school resources.  You can pre-order your copies on the night.  As always, we ask that parents do not share images from the performance on social media, respecting the rights of any parents who have not given consent for image sharing.

Enjoy your weekend, and I look forward to seeing you on Tuesday evening.

Mr Barton

Leaning outside the classroom

You may already be aware that we are developing our exciting curriculum and responding to parents' and children's requests to include more trips and learning outside the classroom.  As well as the local trip out in the village undertaken by Dragonfly class last term, Otter have now been on their first trip - to the Roman Baths in Bath.  This educational visit will have helped to bring alive what they have been learning in class and we're sure they will be able to tell you all about what they have seen and done today.

In addition, we are developing a link with Hidden Valley Forest School.  As its name suggests, even if you live locally you may not be aware that this is a relatively new venture set up in the woodland just beyond the viaduct.  Mr Barton had the pleasure of taking four school councillors over to see the site and meet Louise and Nick, who have set up this new business.  They were all impressed with what this could offer to the school in terms of outdoor learning, and the couple have offered us a free trial forest school session for Years 1 and 2 in January.  It is early days, but we are hoping to develop this link further to offer opportunities to all children in the school to engage in parts of the curriculum in Science, Geography, History and Physical Education that are best taught in the outdoors. 

Meanwhile, Kingfisher Class have been to sing Christmas carols to the older residents of the community today at the Church Christmas lunch at the Village Hall.  The children were in fine voice at the concert and afterwards mingled amongst the residents for a chat and refreshments.  They were all excellent ambassadors for the school.

Our year of reading

Another thing that we are really focusing on this year is the development of reading across the school.  Mr Miller, our English subject leader, has put together a clear format for understanding where children are expected to be in terms of the types of books they are reading at different ages.  Governors have requested that this is shared with parents and we certainly agree.  You can find the guide here.  If you have any questions about it, please do ask Mr Miller or your child's class teacher.

Mr Miller has also brought in bookmarks to support your 1:1 reading with your own child.  Look out for these in book bags soon, if you haven't seen them already.

PTA news

The PTA will be hosting the Cinema Night after school today to raise funds for the school. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Lisa Cains and the rest of the PTA for organising this event and their continued support of the school.

Coming up next week

Watch this space for further information on our introduction of PE kit to be worn all day when children have PE.  We will also include further details of a revised, healthier breakfast club menu, a guide to your child's end of term report and we will be encouraging you to give us our termly feedback on how we are doing.  This time, that will be through the official Ofsted Parent View website.  Please feel free to leave your feedback there now, though if you have any issues that require a direct response from us it is best to contact us directly.  This is because feedback through the site is anonymous and mostly restricted to tick-boxes.

Dates for your diary

The last week of the Christmas Term can be quite busy so below is a reminder of a few dates:

- Tuesday 13 December: Christmas Carol Concern at Publow Church, starting at 6 pm - All Welcome

- Wednesday 14 December: School Christmas Lunch - please provide a packed lunch for your child if you have not ordered a meal for your child(ren).

- Wednesday 14 December: children can wear a Christmas jumper to school today (no donation needed)

- Friday 16 December: last day of Term 

Just a reminder that in the last week of Term, the only After School Clubs running will be Tuesday Tennis, Thursday Multi Sports and Friday Football.