Dear Parents

I am sure that you will all agree that The Amazing Adventures of Superstan was a spectacular success and a wonderful way to finish a full and exciting term.  It was clear that the children thoroughly enjoyed the performances and threw themselves into their roles.  I am sure that they are all ready for a well deserved rest.

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Nursery

In anticipation of a visit from the Easter bunnies, Nursery children had great fun creating and wearing their own Easter bonnets!

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Year 1

This week, Year 1 have been making maps in grid form.  The children added different symbols of their own choice and then directions for their friends to follow using the North, South, East and West compass points.  The children then used the Beebot App on the iPads to consolidate their knowledge.  The children thoroughly enjoyed making chocolate Easter nests.

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Year 2

In their Science unit this term Materials Around Us, Year 2 learnt about materials, their uses in our local environment and why the materials’ properties make them useful. This week, they have concluded the unit by applying their Literacy, Artistic and Scientific knowledge and skills to complete their wax paintings inspired by Tim Hopgood’s picture book ‘Here Comes Frankie’. They began the paintings on Grandparents’ Afternoon last Friday, having enjoyed conducting investigations into waterproofing and absorbency first.

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Year 3

Year 3 have continued with some Maths investigations this week. Today’s challenge involved probability – how close could they get to a score of 99 rolling a die 7 times? Any number rolled could be used straight, or multiplied by 10. The decision to risk another roll, to get the 1 or 2 necessary to win, had to be weighed up against the danger of going bust. Though the competition was fierce, the games were very good natured!

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Classical Greek

As Alpha Class learn Classical Greek language, they are using Athenian Domestic life as a mini topic. In this week’s lesson, Alpha have researched the lives of slaves and built on their previous learning by writing vocabulary for food and used the definite article. When they had completed their activities, they had the opportunity to eat some classical Greek food including anchovies!

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Sports Matches

U11 Mixed Netball Match v St Louis Wednesday 19th April, 3:30-4:30pm
On the first day back of term, some of our U11 children will be playing a netball match against St Louis Academy on Wednesday 19th April. This will be a friendly/coaching session and an opportunity for the boys to learn the rules and positions before the upcoming tournament. The team list went out earlier this week.  Please come along to Sports Grounds to support!

Pupils v Parents Matches

On Wednesday afternoon, the children in Years 5 & 6 played netball and football matches against their parents.  The boys had a very close match that ended in a 3-3 draw.  The girls suffered from a height disadvantage and were finding the competition a little tough until the final quarter where they managed to make a big comeback and won 18-14!  Well played, everyone!

Thank you to Mr Hassall and Mrs Moore for captaining and organising the teams and of course to all of the parents who took time out to play with us!  It was a thoroughly enjoyable (and somewhat exhausting) afternoon in the sunshine.  We look forward to seeing as many parents as possible on Wednesday 10th May for the next Pupils v Parents matches (softball cricket and rounders).

Miss Chloe Price, Director of Sport & SENCO

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A Visit from the Easter Bunnies!

The children were surprised and delighted when three Easter bunnies visited them this morning!  With help from the bunnies, the children searched the school grounds for eggs, which they then exchanged for chocolate eggs.  The children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and our thanks go to the Parents’ Association for arranging the visit!

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Holiday Club

Holiday Club will be running throughout the Easter holidays.  If you would like to book your child in to Holiday Club or contact the Club, then please call 07590 864460.

Internet Safety

The end of term is a prudent time for me to remind you all about the importance of e-safety.  This is something that we take very seriously at school but, as you can imagine, keeping up with the speed with which technology advances is a challenge.  May I refer you again to the ‘ThinkUKnow‘ website which is excellent for parents, schools and children.

Uniform

Girls are very welcome to come back to school in either summer or winter uniform, depending on the weather; however, all girls must be in summer dress by half term (except Year 6, who may wear a white short sleeved revere shirt with their kilts if they prefer).   A reminder that summer dresses are worn with short white socks.

Swimming

A reminder to parents that swimming will now take place for Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 on Thursday afternoons.  Please ensure that your child has a swimming hat (for boys and girls), a one piece swimming costume for girls and goggles if required.

With my best wishes for a lovely Easter break with your children,

Lynda Brereton