28th January 2022
Covid-19 – we do currently have Covid in school, both positive cases and close contacts of positive cases. Please be cautious and use lateral flow tests on your children if they display any symptoms, including cold symptoms, which seem to be common for our children.
At school, we would prefer you to keep your child/ren at home for 5 days if they are a household close contact, but the latest official advice is below:
If you are aged 5 years and over and live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, and are not legally required to self-isolate, you are strongly advised to: • take an LFD test every day for 7 days, or until 10 days after the household member who has COVID19 started their self-isolation period if this is earlier • take this daily LFD test before you leave your home for the first time that day • report your LFD test results after taking each test – reporting positive LFD test results means that NHS Test and Trace can get in touch with your contacts and advise them on what to do; reporting negative LFD test results helps us understand more about the spread of COVID-19
Years 5 and 6. It has been a busy and fun week in upper juniors. The children have enjoyed looking at TV holiday adverts and finding their slogans. The new literacy topic is ‘Persuasion, television adverts’ so they have been gathering ideas and having a go on iMovie this week. They even came up with their own slogans to persuade people to visit Spain, below are a few examples: –
Laugh, Love, Sleep, Repeat by Maisie & Dexter
High Five Sunny Skies by Joey & Daisy
Slide into the Sun by Billy, Antoni & Michael Francis
We will be filming their adverts over the next couple of weeks.
Maths has been percentage based and the children have all done really well. Why not test them to see if they can work out these: –
15% of 240 12% of 420 24% of 50 60% of 330
In science the children have all labelled a complete diagram of the heart and know how it works.
They had a really enjoyable Bollywood Dance session on Monday.
Year 6 Star of the week: Daisy for excellent effort in science.
Year 5 Star of the week: Michael Francis for working super hard in maths.
Years 3 and 4. Did you know that our value for this half term is ‘PEACE’? Each half term we have a value that we focus on in school. This week we have thought about ways that we can bring peace and build each other up. In Juniors, we created a list of things we could do to promote and bring about our value of peace. Some of the things included giving someone some encouragement, boosting someone’s confidence by saying something kind and supporting someone who looked upset or hurt.
In year 3 and 4, we have learnt more about different types of skeletons and their advantages and disadvantages. We have talked about how we can look after ourselves on the inside and the outside and talked about our feelings and our mental health. Year 3 and 4 thought about things they do to help them feel good or things they did if they felt worried. These things included talking to an adult or friend, going out in nature and listening to the birds or giving someone a big hug.
In Art with Miss Yost, all year 3 and 4 children have been working really hard learning new drawing skills. We have looked at light, shadow, tone, texture and line techniques. To bring all these skills together I have asked the children to choose an object from home and bring it in to school by next Wednesday (02.02.22) to draw. The children know it shouldn’t be any bigger than their water bottle and we talked about suitable examples/
Year 4 Star of the week: Scarlett for excellent effort in Maths.
Year 3 Star of the week: William for excellent effort in Maths.
Infants this week have been learning about animal homes, pet homes and homes around the world. We have used different construction materials to create some homes from around the world, working in small teams. We had to problem solve how to build, join and balance construction materials. We have also designed, created and tasted a healthy breakfast smoothie for Mr Wolf because he was eating too many pancakes! In RE, we have been exploring what Baptism tells us about joining the family of God. If any of you have any items from a child’s baptism to bring into school to show that would be great to see them (e.g. a certificate/candle/clothes).
We have been writing pet diaries and continuing our alternative versions of ‘The Three Little Pigs’.
In Mathematics, we have been adding by counting on and the bigger children have been partitioning numbers into tens and ones to help with calculating. Reception children have been looking at different coins and using them in the Pet Shop role play area.
As part of our school ethos to foster a love of reading, it would be really appreciated if some parents were able to volunteer to hear Infants read. This could be just after morning drop off or just before pick up at the end of the day. Daily opportunities to read to an adult are vital in helping young children to learn to read and to begin to understand what they have read. If you can help, please talk to Mrs Hamlett or email me firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
Infant Star of the week: Mark for great colour mixing with primary colours to create the colour he wanted to paint a cat picture.
Certificate: Jasmine for being a friendly member of Class One and drawing a clear story plan to help with her story writing.
Junior Football Event. The Lune Valley School Cluster is running a Football Event at Arkholme Primary School on Tuesday 1st February. We are sending 8 upper juniors and 6 lower juniors to take part. An information sheet is included in the Friday bag today for those taking part, the bus will be leaving school at 9am promptly so we will send the kit home the day before. It would be preferable if children could wear shin pads and football boots, other teams will be wearing them and it can hurt if children are kicked or stood on without shin pads. We are grateful to Mr Hill, who has volunteered to help with this event.
Edinburgh Residential – 22nd – 24th June 2022.
We are hoping to be able to go ahead with the Edinburgh Trip in the summer term, we have booked the train tickets, with the understanding that we can cancel if it becomes obvious that we will not be going. The total cost of the trip is £180, payments can be made on schoolmoney.co.uk.
Junior Film Club. Mrs Cottam will be running a film club for junior children on a Monday starting after half-term. The club will run from 3:30 to 4:30pm and there will be a £10 charge for the half-term. Please email email@example.com if you would like your child/ren to attend.
Staff Leaving – Gift from parents. As you will know, sadly, Mrs Sharpe and Miss Allen are leaving us to explore new opportunities. They’ve been with us for a very long time and donations are being collected to buy a gift as a token of thanks for all their hard work. If you would like to contribute then please put a donation in an envelope and return it with the Friday bag or hand it to a member of staff. Thanks to those who have already donated! Andrea Towse, Chair of Governors.
PTA News. There will be a PTA meeting via Zoom on Thursday 3rd February at 8pm. A brief AGM will be followed by a discussion to plan events for the rest of the academic year. A Zoom link will be posted in the PTA Facebook group nearer the time, or please let Mrs Sharpe know if you would like it to be emailed to you. We look forward to seeing you and hearing your ideas!
Garden Gang – the trees are starting to be planted now, if children want to help with this they need to have wellies in school on Thursdays.
Dates this half-term: –
Tuesday 1st Feb – Cluster Football Tournament at Arkholme
Thursday 3rd Feb – PTA Meeting via Zoom 8pm
Monday 7th Feb – Junior Spanish Day
Tuesday 8th Feb – Life Education Visit
Friday 11th Feb – Break Up at 3:30pm for Half-term
Monday 21st Feb – Return to School for 2nd Half of Spring Term
Monday 21st Feb – Junior Film Club 3:30 – 4:30pm
Monday 21st Feb – Upper Juniors Caving
Tuesday 22nd Feb – After School Junior Rugby Club 3:30 – 4:30pm
Saturday 26th Feb – Garden Gang Big Dig