Dear Parents, 9th February 2018
Time has passed by so quickly it is difficult to believe we have reached half term already. The children have been working very hard in class as well as making the most of opportunities for learning in a wide variety of ways outside of the classroom.
LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM
Young Voices at the O2 - This was an amazing experience for the children and staff involved. All of the children had learned their words well and sang with great enthusiasm. I am pleased to say their behaviour was excellent and they were a credit to the school. Many thanks To Miss Helgadottir for organising this trip and to the adults who accompanied the children and looked after them so well.
Year 3 fly to Belize - Year 3 have been busy learning about the rainforest. On Friday 26th January, we prepared for our ‘flight’ to Belize. Before we started our busy day, we needed to make passports. Once we had completed our passports, we went to see the travel agent to book our trip. During our visit to the travel agent, she gave us advice about visiting Belize and gave us our ticket. After we had been to the travel agent, we went to the bank to exchange pounds for Belizean Dollars. Next, we visited the doctor to receive an injection to prevent yellow fever. Later, we had to go through passport control before boarding the plane. Once we were all sat down on the plane, Captain Cooper (a real life pilot) told us lots of information about flying an aeroplane. He showed us an interesting PowerPoint and breath taking videos of aeroplanes flying. Some of us got to dress up as the crew on the plane. We had a brilliant day! - Jessica J 3L
The Romans visit year 4 - Wednesday was Roman Day in year 4. Somebody called Jack came to our school and taught us about them. He pretended his name was Dominus. We dressed up as a Roman that day. Some people dressed up as an Emperor (I was dressed as one), some a soldier and the girls just dressed as rich Roman women. In class we played Roman games. One game was called DELTA. That game had a pyramid on the board. You would flick the counter and see what number it landed on. The bottom of the pyramid was 1 and at the top was 10. - Amos W 4M
Year 5 visit Christs College - On Tuesday 6th February , year 5 were invited to Christ's College to see the first part of their latest school production ' Sister Act'. The children really enjoyed the performance and spotted a few ex-pupils dressed as nuns or gangsters ! The year group were all well behaved and a credit to the school. Well done year 5 !
Year 6 - It has been a very busy term in year 6, with the children working extremely hard in preparation for their SATs in May. The second half of term will continue this hard work and will finish with an exciting trip to the House of Parliament at the end of March.
Attendance awards for last week week:
The whole school attendance was : 96% This is an excellent attendance figure considering the bugs and viruses everyone has been battling. Thank you for your support.
NST QUIZ NIGHT
Thank you to the NST for organising a very entertaining and enjoyable Quiz night in school on Friday 2nd February. Special thanks to Debbie Marshall, the quiz master and her assistant Kim Cockerill for planning the quiz, keeping everyone in order and on task!
It was good to see such a good turn out – ten teams in all. Well done to all the teams for taking part and to the winning staff team. I am sure there will be another opportunity to compete for the trophy on another occasion.
The works started as planned on 21st December 2017 as soon as the school finished for Christmas. A temporary boiler was installed and running for the start of the spring term. The project has been well managed and caused no disruption to teaching and learning and minimal disruption to neighbours. The new boiler was tested on 3rd February 2018 and the radiators flushed out. It is estimated that the temporary boiler will be dismantled by 7th February 2018. The SCC project manager will be visiting on 9th February 2018 to sign off the project. We have never been so warm in school!
WORLD THINKING DAY
The 22nd February is World Thinking Day when Girl guides, scouts, cubs, beavers and rainbows everywhere remember each other and reaffirm their commitment to international friendship. On this day we would like all children who attend these organisations in our local community to wear their uniform to school to celebrate World Thinking Day.
INSET DAY—MONDAY 19TH FEBRUARY
The topic for staff training for this day will be the teaching of Maths using a mastery approach. Maths No Problem, a series of text books and online resources, have been successfully introduced in year 3 and a recent book scrutiny alongside lesson observations have provided evidence that the teaching and learning in lessons is enjoyable and appropriate. Year 4 staff have been attending ‘Mastery Unlocked’ at South Farnham School. This training will allow for further development of their subject knowledge so that they well be in a strong position to continue the approach when the current year 3 move to year 4. During the summer term it is planned for Year 4 teachers to shadow their year 3 colleagues so they are further informed as to how this approach has been implemented in our school. Although the focus has been in the lower school our whole staff have been developing their subject knowledge in terms of the ‘mastery’ curriculum. This will be further developed for all teachers and teaching assistants during the INSET training when the seven elements within mastery are explored.
Enjoy a relaxing half term break.
With Best Wishes