It’s good to have everyone back in school as we prepare for the lead up to Christmas.
Year 5 and 6 have been looking at metaphors, similes and imagery work in literacy particularly related to an extract from William Wordsworth’s poem ‘Prelude’. There have been lots of maths games and activities to practise multiples and prime numbers, hence the aching brains. We have started a new topic in DT around Roman Mosaics, children have been busy creating replica mosaics with a partner. These will soon be on display in the school entrance hall. Upper juniors finally got their turn for football this week. Please can we remind parents to send a full outdoor PE kit and spare socks as it will be outside in all weather.
Year 5 Star of the week: Noah – for his excellent contributions to lessons.
Year 6 Star of the week: Ava – for her progress in maths.
Year 3 and 4. It has been lovely to have everyone back this week. We have been reading poetry, learning about different poetic features including similes and alliteration. We are going to read some classic and nature poetry including ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’ by Wordsworth in preparation for our trip to Grasmere in a few weeks’ time. We are starting to explore addition and subtraction in Maths and have risen to the challenge of problem solving this week. Science has seen the start of our ‘A world of living things’ topic. Focusing on the beautiful plants and remarkable animals on our planet, we will look at what is special about something that is alive whilst also discovering how living things are grouped according to their feature. We will produce a pop-up book as part of the topic. Please look out for the new homework grid coming home this week, there are some additions so please have a read through and do ask if you have any questions.
Year 4 Star of the week: Ruby Harrison for working really hard on her Paddington Chapter. Reading over her work and editing to improve it as she went along.
Year 3 Star of the week: Adam Sedgwick for working really hard on his Paddington Chapter. Adam really tried hard to edit and improve his work as he went along.
Infants have enthusiastically begun their new Light and Dark topic. Please find information sheets in the Friday bag.
Reception have been making a role play rocket and mission control. They have been exploring how to light up the dark den. They baked tasty treats to share love with others.
Years One and Two have been writing character profiles for ‘Harry the Happy Mouse’ in English. We have started daily ‘Number Fun’ time in maths, where we build fluency with number facts and see different representations of numbers. In art, we did some sculpting with dough and clay to create Diva Lamps for Diwali festival.
Infant Star of the week: Grace – Great effort with home reading
Certificate: Mark – Super phonics work, identifying initial sounds in words (s,a,t,p).
Young Voices – We are pleased with the response to the Young Voices Concert and the children are enjoying practising; they sounded lovely on Thursday morning. We now need to know if any parents would like to attend the evening concert on Monday 7th February 2022, you will need to make your own way to Manchester. There is a slip at the end of the newsletter today for you to indicate if you would like to buy tickets at £20 each. Please do not send payment at this point but this is your only opportunity to buy tickets through school and we need the form back by Monday 15th November at the very latest.
Junior Dove Cottage Trip – Mrs Cottam has organised for all junior pupils to visit Dove Cottage on Tuesday 16th November. This trip links in with the current literacy topic on William Wordsworth. Dove Cottage was his home and whilst living there with his family he wrote many of his greatest poems. The total cost of the trip will be £13.50 per child, please complete the slip at the end of the newsletter giving permission for the trip and return it in the bag on Monday. Payment can be made through our online SchoolMoney App or sent with the slip. An information sheet with more details will follow next week.
Vision Screening – Reception and Year 1 children are invited to take part in the Vision Screening on Tuesday 16th November. Information regarding this is included in their Friday bags; this is an ‘opt-out’ assessment and therefore you only need to return the slip if you do not want the eye test for your child.
The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. We will have poppies, zip pulls, reflectors, wrist bands and rulers for sale next week. The minimum suggested donation is 50p per item and we are limiting children to a poppy and one item each.
Boxes of Hope – the boxes should be collected next week, so if anyone wants to do a last-minute box it needs to be dropped off early next week.
Colder Weather – as the weather is turning colder, it may be beneficial to send children to school with an additional base layer. This could be a long-sleeved top underneath their school t-shirt and jumper or tights/leggings underneath their trousers. We are keeping the classroom windows open as part of our Covid-19 risk assessment. Children can always remove a layer if they get too hot, but will struggle to focus on learning if they are too cold.
Welfare Assistant – we have a vacancy for a welfare assistant on Wednesday and Thursday from12noon – 1.00 pm (term time only). We need someone to help supervise the children during their midday break both in the hall while eating and outside on the playground. Please contact the office for more details or pass on to any friends or family members who may be interested, the closing date for applications is Friday 19th November.
Dates so far for this half-term: –
Tuesday 16th Nov – Junior Trip to Dove Cottage
Tuesday 16th Nov – Reception & Yr1 Vision Screening
Monday 22nd Nov – Infant Forest School Day at Leck
Friday 26th Nov – Non-Uniform Day re PTA Raffle Prizes.
Friday 17th Dec – End of Term
Tuesday 4th Jan – Return to school for spring term
Junior Dove Cottage Trip – Tuesday 16th November
I give permission for my child(ren) ……………………………………………………………………………. to go on the
above trip. I have paid online/enclose my contribution of £13.50 per pupil, cheques made payable to
Lancashire County Council please.
Young Voices at Manchester Arena on Monday 7th February 2022
Name of child(ren)………………………………………………………………..
I would like to order ________________ audience tickets at £20 each.