6th January 2019
Dear Parents and Carers
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and my Best wishes for 2020.
This term, there will be a geography and science focus to our learning – improving our map reading skills locational knowledge and studying the physical and human features of Europe. As well as taking on the role of material scientists as they sort and classifying materials and through a variety of investigations find the most appropriate material for a particular task. The children will of course continue to collect their weather data and examine their bulbs; looking for the first signs of spring! Don’t forget to carry your Big Bird watch from your garden and send in the data.
The children all have a subscription to Sumdog which includes; mathematics, spelling and reading. As well as the educational games and competitions which the children love playing I will be setting regular challenges which will be marked online. The mathematics, science and spelling homework will continue as normal, in addition, I will be setting activities to support the understanding of text and improve comprehension.
We will be having swimming lessons on Friday afternoon at Hornby pool this term in preparation for the swimming gala. (5th March 2020)
The Rotakids have chosen ‘Toilet Twinning’ as their international charity, which aims to improve sanitation. They have made an excellent start by selling their Victorian thermometers, if you know anyone who would like one please let us know as there are a few spare. The children have other fund raising activities in mind for this term.
As ever if you require further information or need to share information with me, just find me at the beginning or end of the day.
The Children in Owls Class are taught by Mr Bonwick.
The children moving into Owls Class – (Year 5) will have an important role in making sure our school runs smoothly. In fact, without their help the opportunities available to the children would be less comprehensive. The increased responsibility does mean the Teachers expect a very high standard of behaviour. Some children may be a little apprehensive at first, but the older children in the class will act as mentors and help them to settle very quickly, and to become role models for the younger children and ambassadors for our school.
School begins at 09:00 if you are dropping children off by car please make sure you use the Village Hall car park. A member of staff will be on duty in the playground from 08:50. Please close the gate.
The children will line up by the front door and a member of staff will take them into school.
If your child arrives after 09:00 please use the playground door and report to the office. (playground door)
If your child is absent through illness please contact the school before 9:00, and confirm the reason for absence in writing when your child returns to school.
Medicines should only be sent into school if essential, with a completed medical form, this can be downloaded from the school website. If possible only send the required dosage for that day into school in the original container and labelled with: the child’s name, and the time it is required to be administered. Leave information in the school office.
School closes at 15:30; children will be registered and taken to the buses or will wait in school until parents arrive in the playground. Children in Owls Class will leave by the front door (with the steps).
If your child is attending the after school club then arrangements can be made with Mrs Dawn Caunce / Mrs Fleet via the School Office.
If your child is being collected during school hours please sign them out in the register in the School Office and sign them back on their return.
If your child is being picked up by someone different or is travelling home in a different way to usual please inform the School Office and additionally, write a note in their reading record and ask your child to show the Teacher during registration.
The Homework plastic folder will be required daily and it should contain a reading book, reading record book and relevant completed homework. A photocopy of the multiplication card should be available as a record of progress.
It is essential that all children can confidently recall their times tables up to x12 to enable children to access the new mathematics curriculum.
The Reading record should contain the title and author of each new book and a regular update of progress. This should be updated daily. There is also a recording sheet of different genres at the back of the book which should be updated with the date in the appropriate row on completion of the book. Please encourage your child to complete a book review, at least every half term. My confident readers should start to compare the writing style of different authors recording their likes and dislikes.
In preparation for the transition to secondary school children will have homework timetabled each day. Where possible the children will be given 7 days to complete the task. I would encourage early completion however the children will be reminded the day before it is due for marking.
Monday Music lessons taught by Mrs Williams
French lesson Mrs Fuller
Games lesson: trainers, school sweat shirt /hoody, shorts tracksuit. Children may come to school dressed for games, unless advised otherwise.
Rotakids meetings are half termly during lesson time.
Tuesday Science homework
Library van every 3 weeks, please return library ticket to school.
Wednesday Topic homework
Thursday Mathematics homework
Music tuition: individual lessons with Mr Warriner during the school day.
School Band: when your child reaches the required standard for the School Band you will be informed. Sessions take place during Lunch break.
Friday Spelling homework
PE / Swimming alternate termly. Come in school uniform and change during the afternoon.
No jewellery – studs in ears must be removed for PE or covered with a plaster.
Please make sure all items of clothes are named with named tapes and not marker pen. Trainers and pumps should also be named as this will provide us with a reasonable chance of returning lost items to their owners.
Please make sure your child has an old shirt (with their name inside) to cover their clothes during art /DT lessons.
Children may wish to participate in some optional clubs which take place during or after school. There have also been some timetable changes to the clubs from last year. Parents are responsible for transporting their child home afterwards. Generally the clubs will not start until the second week of the school year. You will be informed of any dates via permission slips.
There will additional opportunities for the children to take part in inter school matches and visits, but notification of these events will take place nearer the time. Permission slips for attending events will require medical information, an emergency contact number and if transport is being offered to other children a declaration that your car insurer has been informed and a record of DBS clearance in the office.
Monday Multiskills (M.F.C.) 12:00 – 13:00
Tuesday Multiskills (M.F.C.) 12:00 – 13:00
Choir – after school 3:30 -4:00.
Wednesday Football Club 15:45-16:45 Games kit, shin pads and boots required.
Thursday Instrument lessons with Mr Warriner
Friday Netball Club 12:00-12:30
Cricket Club 12.30-13.00 during the Summer term. Trainers required.
Gardening Club: meet during the spring and summer terms during lunch time; dependent upon weather and seasonal demands. All children will have the opportunity to participate.
Monday to Thursday – Healthy Snacks for morning playtime. Please keep these separate from the lunch box. Children may bring a bottle of water to school (No juice), but should take this home every day to be cleaned.
A useful web site www.parentinfo.org is designed to give up to date information to parents on a range of concerns faced by children and adolescents.
Secondary School information evenings for Year 6 children.
Ripley St Thomas; LRGS and LGGS information evenings already held in June / July 2019.Prospectus available on line.
QES – Need to register on-line
Cumbria schools is on Wednesday 11th September 2019 at 6:30pm.
Lancashire schools is on Thursday 19th September 2019 at 6:30pm.
CARNFORTH HIGH SCHOOL Tuesday 17th September 2019 at 6:00pm.
DALLAM Thursday 27th September 2019 at 6-8pm.
OUR LADIES CATHOLIC COLLEGE Thursday 19th September 5:30pm
Information available via School websites.
Grammar School entrance exams Saturday 28th September 2019.
(Applications to be received by 18th September 2019) application forms can be downloaded. Preparation materials available on web site)
Results to parents 12th October 2019
Information evenings for Year 5 Children at the Grammar Schools and Ripley St Thomas take place in June and July 2019. Make an appointment to visit if you have missed these dates.
Online completed LA Common Application forms for Secondary School places by 31st October 2019 (Autumn half term, must be completed on line.) Use all 3 preferences otherwise the second choice will be made by the LEA.
Allocation of places for Year 6 children; Thursday 1st March 2020
Check transport arrangements.
SATs week, Monday 11th to 15th May 2020. Science sample tests w/c 2nd June 2020.
Secondary liaison from Head of Year 7 and Class teacher followed by discussion with the children June/July 2020 in school. Visits to chosen secondary school in July