Dear Parents,

An undoubted highlight of the week was the whole school coming together to celebrate our Harvest Festival on Wednesday.  It was delightful seeing Nursery children participate so well on stage and with such obvious pleasure.  Many thanks for supporting this lovely occasion; everyone appreciated the large audience.

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Nursery

Nursery children have been introduced to a variety of traditional games this week.  They learnt the art of taking turns whilst honing their Literacy and Numeracy skills.

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Reception

In ‘Forest School’, the children worked together to build dens and explore the forest.  In the classroom, Reception children discussed where the harvest food had come from.

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Year 1

This week, Year 1 children have been busy learning about common nouns.

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Year 2

In their Literacy lessons this week, Year 2 have been continuing to enjoy Not Now Bernard . Having written extensively about the familiar story, Year 2 have been reading the book aloud to their friends as a performance, letting their voice add meaning, expression, drama and character.

Year 3

As part of the Science and Computing curricula, Year 3 have been classifying and grouping living things using branching trees. In order to help demonstrate how branching trees work, the children created a class branching tree using an assortment of 2D shapes as their subject.  It soon became clear that branching trees are organised with answering discrete ‘yes’ and ‘no’ questions.  Well done, Year 3, on some successful sorting!

Year 4

In Drama over the last few weeks, Year 4 have been commemorating the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth by looking at his poems,. Having chosen a favourite to perform,  they were set the challenge of writing new verses for a couple of Dahl’s poems which they then performed this week.

Sport

U8 Girls Netball vs Riddlesworth Hall 
This was a very exciting match for the girls in Year 3 and the first time several had taken part in matches. They played really well and were definitely the stronger team but unfortunately couldn’t convert their possession of the ball and enthusiasm to goals. Disappointingly, we ended up losing 1-0. Cecilia was given Player of the Match by the Riddlesworth Team.

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The girls had a very impressive start, leading 3- 0. They showed fantastic team work and enthusiasm throughout the game. Unfortunately Riddleworth’s defending improved throughout the game and we finished losing 10-3. It was a fantastic effort though and Player of the Match was given to Lucy. Special mention, however, must go to our defenders Isabella and Jeanne for their persistence and determination against very strong attackers.

Well done to all and thank you to the parents who came along to support and helped with match teas.

Next matches:
Wednesday 9th November – U9 Football & U11 Rugby away at Finborough and U9 Netball at Home v Barnardiston

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Matheltics & Spellodrome

This is a wonderful resource for children to practise their maths and spelling online at an age and ability appropriate level.  There is an iPad friendly app or it can be accessed on a PC. We will be using it with the children after half term but we have sent out the log-ins so that children can start to explore the games for themselves.

Your child will have been given a username and password for Mathletics and Spellodrome this week in their homework planner or reading record. The username and password work for both sites.
Class teachers will be able to set homework on Mathletics and Spellodrome as well as using it as a learning tool in the classroom.  In the meantime we ask that you encourage your children to log in and explore the site.  There will be a KS1 and KS2 ‘Mathlete of the Week’ announced in Assembly and on the newsletter.  Well done to Georgia and Fern who have achieved a Bronze Award on their first attempt.  Keep an eye on Mathletics Hall of Fame!

Parking

The repainting of the double yellow lines outside the school serves as an excellent reminder that cars mustn’t wait to turn left or right into school if the drive is blocked.  Please drive on to the Tesco roundabout or back to the Clocktower if you cannot drive into school.  Please also remember not to block the horse walk.  Thank you.

Uniform

All girls should return to school after half term wearing their winter uniform, with either red or green socks or tights.

Nursery – Year 2  All children must have a pair of wellington boots in school at all times in addition to their black plimsolls.

Years 3 – 6  Children must have a pair of outdoor trainers in school at all times in addition to their black plimsolls.

 Foreign Currency Collection

A staggering thirty five countries were represented in the recent inter-house foreign currency collection, including Malaysia, Afghanistan, the Gambia and Qatar.  In terms of mass, Buckenham were the winners with 5.6kg of currency collected, followed closely by Taylor with 5kg and lastly Wedgwood with 3.2kg.  When we receive the value of the collection we will let you know.  In the meantime, we continue to collect small UK change.

Michaelmas Tea Time Concerts

The first tea time concert will be held on Thursday 10th November at 4.15pm.  Parents of children participating will be informed by e-mail; however, all are welcome to come along.  Refreshments will be served and we are looking forward to this new event in our calendar.

Autumn Glow

Just a reminder that tickets for this very popular event are now on sale in the School Office and will also be on sale under the gazebo after half term.  Further information can be found here.

Her Majesty The Queen’s Visit to Newmarket

I was thrilled that so many children hoped to represent their school at the unveiling of the statute on Birdcage Walk, which is being presented to Her Majesty by the county of Suffolk. I wish that we could take everyone; however, eight children’s names were picked out of a hat and their parents have been informed.  If we have not been in touch then I am very sorry but I hope that as many children as possible will line the High Street wearing their school uniforms.  Flags will be provided by the Council for the children to wave to mark this very special occasion.

Birthdays

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This week and over half term we wish a happy birthday to Casper in Nursery, George, Prince and Isabelle in Year 1, Alexander in Year 2, Evie in Year 3, Finlay and Josh in Year 5 and Lily in Year 6.

With my best wishes for a lovely half term break with your children.  I look forward to welcoming you all back to school on 7th November, refreshed and looking forward to a busy and exciting half term.

Lynda Brereton