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OWLSMOOR PRIMARY SCHOOL

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2nd March 2018

Dear Parents

Thank you for your understanding this week regarding having to shut the school.  I never take the decision to close lightly, but teachers and teaching assistants were unable to get to the school and I have to consider the safety of both pupils and staff.  I hope your children enjoyed the two snow days.

This will be the last newsletter this term as we break up at the end of this month.  It contains a number of new pieces of information so please take the time to read it, so that you are aware of any additional events that may affect you. Thank you.

SUPERSTAR MATHEMATICIAN AWARD FOR KEY STAGE 2

February’s Superstars are: Lily-Marie Harrington-Brown, Keira Hope, Ethan Lavers, Kieran Darby, Lucas Burge, Charlie Sharpe, Verity-Ann Grist, Katy Lewis, Alesha Mistry, James Wheatley, Megan Richie and Millie Simpson.  You should be very proud of your hard work – well done!

SUPERSTAR WRITER AWARD FOR KEY STAGE 2

February’s Superstars are:  Sammy Dale, Isabella Courtney, Evie Brown, Prinsha Rai, Daisy Parsons, Joseph Spackman, Izzy Millon, Maddie Schumann, Sophie Fournier, Leo Dale, Mandeiya Amadu and Luke Plummer.

Well done – what a lot of brilliant writers!

PARENTS’ FORUM

Our next parents’ forum is on Tuesday 6th March from 9.00 to 9.30am. 

PARENT CONSULTATIONS

May I remind parents that our parent consultation will take place on Wednesday 28th March and you should have had a letter about that earlier in the week (most parents received it by email). Appointment sheets will be going up at the end of the school day on Monday 19th March.

EASTER EGG HUNT – MONDAY 26TH MARCH                                             

On Monday 26th March we will be holding an Easter Egg Hunt.  It will cost £1.00 per child to enter and all entrants will receive a prize.

If it is raining on that day we will be carrying it out on Tuesday 27th March.  We will send out a letter with more information nearer the time.

FROM THE SCHOOL KITCHEN

Please see below a couple of changes to the menu for the last few weeks of this term.

Menu date

Item currently listed

What pupils will now receive

Monday 5th March

Neapolitan Pasta

Macaroni Cheese

Tuesday 6th March

Moroccan Beef

Spaghetti Bolognese

Tuesday 13th March

Chicken Chow Mein

Beef Lasagne

Tuesday 13th March

Penne Pasta

Cheese & Tomato Pinwheel

Tuesday 20th March

Jamaican Jerk Chicken

Chicken Sausages with potato wedges and sweetcorn

Monday 26th March

Neapolitan Pasta

Macaroni Cheese

Tuesday 27th March

Moroccan Beef

Spaghetti Bolognese

NETBALL

Our netball season began with our first match away against Harmans Water School on Wednesday. This is a newly formed team, with most players from Year 5, so this was their first match experience. Well done to those who took part!

WORLD POETRY DAY – WEDNESDAY 21ST MARCH

To celebrate ‘World Poetry Day’, each class in key stage one and key stage two will be learning a poem off by heart. These will be performed during assemblies on Wednesday 21st March at the following times:

Years 4, 5 and 6 – 9.10am

Years 1, 2 and 3 – 2.30pm

Parents are welcome to attend.

THE MONTH IN BRIEF

NURSERY (PUFFINS)

The children have enjoyed learning about the jungle animals this term. The snow was also a lovely surprise – we all enjoyed exploring and playing in it. For the rest of this term we will be focussing on ‘people who help us’. With Easter fast approaching we will be talking about this exciting celebration, and we are hoping to have Reverend Catherine coming to visit us to talk about Palm Sunday.

We are going to continue ‘mystery reader’ this term. This is when we ask parents, grandparents or family members to bring a book of their choice in to read to the children at the end of a session. The idea is that the children don’t know who is coming to read to them, so please don’t tell them you are coming to read!  Come and speak to one of the Nursery team if you would like to read to the children.

To celebrate Mothers’ Day we are inviting mums into the Nursery in the week commencing 12th March – we have morning and afternoon slots available and the sign-up sheet will be on the Nursery door.

The children have loved Book Week this week, swopping with different classes to listen to each other read, and have enjoyed listening to all the ‘Eric Carle’ stories.

Please do not forget to sign up for the parent–teacher consultations on Monday 26th March and Wednesday 28th March. The whole school will close at 1pm on Wednesday 28th March for the consultations.

On Thursday 8th March we would like to welcome you all to our Spring Celebration Assembly in the school hall at 9:15am – 10:00am. The children in Puffins, Robins, Wagtails and Blackbirds will all perform a few spring and Easter songs and poems.

Happy Easter to you all and we look forward to seeing you in the summer term.

Mrs Cross, Miss Sandy, Mrs Bor and Mrs Judd

RECEPTION

Welcome back after the half term. We hope you have had a restful break. This half term our topic is ‘Jungles and Festivals’ with a focus on Easter and spring. If you have any books, photos or artefacts for any of these topics, please send them in, clearly labelled, for us to share with the children.

We were so lucky to have Pet Shop Piet from Pet Shop Emporium in Sandhurst come in this past week and allow the children to talk about and hold a range of jungle animals. They loved it! Such a great learning opportunity for them all, holding bearded dragons and large snakes. Thank you so much, Piet!                  

The children have loved Book Week this week, swopping with different classes to listen to each other read, and have so enjoyed listening to all the ‘Eric Carle’ stories and finding out about his style of writing. They each wrote their own Jungle books on animal jungle facts which you can see in class.

Please do not forget to sign up for the parent–teacher consultations for Robins, Blackbirds and Wagtails on Wednesday 28th March in the dance studio. The whole school will close at 1pm on Wednesday 28th March for the consultations.

On Thursday 8th March we would like to welcome you all to our Spring Celebration Assembly in the school hall at 9:15am – 10:00am. The children in Puffins, Robins, Wagtails and Blackbirds will all perform a few spring and Easter songs and poems.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a HAPPY EASTER!

Mrs Layton – Matthews, Mrs Bryan and Miss Grant

YEAR 1

The children are enjoying the new topic on France.  Please feel free to send in any French related objects and books from home.   Towards the end of term we are planning to have a French Day during which we will be tasting French food (such as pastries, pork pate, cheese, breads and escargot!).  Other activities will include playing French games and constructing an Eiffel Tower.  Please let us know if there are any new allergies that you think we might be unaware of or any foods you would prefer your children not to taste. We will not force children to eat anything they do not want.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that children who read four times a week at home will receive an extra ten-minute playtime each Friday.  We are currently having a big push on reading comprehension.  When you read with your child, please question them about what has happened in the story as well as other comprehension questions, such as how the main characters feel or how they have behaved and why.  In addition, we are encouraging the children to use the exact language from the text to explain their answers to these kinds of questions.  As the children become better readers, comprehension is of greater importance and before the children can move up a book band level they will need to show a solid understanding of what they have read.

May we remind you that completing homework is part of the Home-School Agreement which all parents and children have signed.  Learning the spellings is an important part of the weekly homework. The spelling test results reflect whether your child has completed the homework. We would like to improve the test results (for those who are not achieving full marks). If you need support with ideas on how to help your child improve their marks, please do come and see one of us.

Woodpeckers have their class assembly on Thursday 15th  March and are looking forward to showing you what they have learned. Parents’ evening will be held on Wednesday 28th March.  If you are unable to make this date, please make sure you speak to your child’s class teacher to arrange another appointment.

A polite reminder: water bottles and PE kits need to be named and brought in daily or kept in school. There is fresh water available to refill water bottles as needed.

Thank you for your continued support.

Year 1 team.

YEAR 2

What a frosty start to March!  The children have thoroughly enjoyed playing in the snow this week.  Unfortunately, we had to cancel our trip to the synagogue but we hope you understand our reasons for this. The children are looking forward to the re-scheduled trip in May.

We will be continuing to work hard in preparation for our Standard Assessment Tests which are also in May, so we would encourage you to keep up with the reading at least four times a week and remember to ask your child questions about what they have read.  Past SATs papers are available for those of you who would like to do some at home.  Please see your child’s teacher for these and if you have any questions we are always happy to see parents at the end of the day.

This term we will be learning about the United Kingdom, looking at important landmarks in the city of London, so if you have visited the city with your child, please encourage them to share what they have learned.  We will also be doing some sewing in class, so if you have a couple of hours to spare in the afternoons and you have a current DBS check, please let us know.

Since the weather is very cold at the moment, please can you ensure your child has suitable PE kit available (tracksuit bottoms, joggers or warm fleece tops are ideal for Mr Methen’s PE lessons on Monday afternoons).

Finally, Parakeets have their class assembly on Thursday 22nd March and are looking forward to showing you what they have learned.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Year 2

YEAR 3

Thank you to all of the parents who managed to attend our workshops for reading and maths. We hope they helped explain a number of the teaching strategies we use in school but, as always, if you would like any further help or advice, please pop in to see us at the end of the day.

Science Week was hugely popular, especially the ‘Mad Science’ assemblies at the start of the week where the children experienced dry ice billowing around the hall and witnessed ‘flash’ paper literally disappear in a puff of smoke. There was also a lot of excitement about visiting and holding newly hatched chicks. We successfully made fossils and designed some super posters about Mary Anning, a famous fossil hunter born in 1799. We finished the week by ‘exploding’ our volcanoes on the school field, an activity that never fails to excite and delight the children; sorry about the mild whiff of vinegar that followed their volcanoes home! Most importantly, the children had fun while learning lots of interesting facts and hopefully we have inspired some children to be scientists when they grow up. ☺

This week we have been celebrating Book Week, focussing on the book Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers. We have used the original story as inspiration for our own creative writing, with all children making their own book about the boy and the penguin’s next adventure.

Our Year 3 play is fast approaching and we are very grateful for all of your support in helping your children to learn their lines. Some children are still being allocated short lines and these will be glued into reading records over the next couple of weeks. Most importantly, could you encourage your children to use their loudest speaking voices as they really do need to be heard right at the back of the school hall. As the play begins at 9am on Friday 23rd March, we would politely request that children come into school with their costumes on and then they can change into their school uniforms after the play. They will need to bring in a bag to put their costumes into to bring them home.

During this half term, the children will learn about the Bronze Age and the Iron Age as part of our ongoing topic and investigate forces and magnets in science. They will continue to develop their computer programming skills, and start learning the months of the year in French. Thank you for your continued support with helping children to complete their homework and with reading together four times per week.

Mrs Fish, Mr Forsaith, Miss Horner

YEAR 4

We had a successful Science Week testing for suitable materials to make an astronaut’s nappy and to keep an egg safe as we re-enter the earth’s gravity in our space ships, as well as making our own lava lamps. Testing how safe our eggs were on the playground was a real highlight.  Ask your children for the answers to the most suitable materials.

During book week, we have explored writing our own books, inspired by The Black Dog by Levi Pinfold.  The children have had a wonderful time with the increased focus on reading this week and we heard some excited plans for what to spend their book tokens on!  We hope you enjoyed looking at some of the things we have achieved this week.

We will soon be assigning parts and beginning rehearsals for the Year 4 production, Dragon Days. Auditions for the bigger parts will take place in the next few weeks.   Thank you in advance for all your help in supporting your children to learn lines.

Weekly swimming is going well with all the children gaining in confidence.

Please make sure your children have warm outer layers for the colder days, as well as a school jumper for wearing in the classroom.

Year 4 team

YEAR 5

We had a successful Science Week with exploding coke bottles, Oobleck slime that kept changing from a solid to a liquid, and making our own salt crystals. We were also delighted to have science teachers from Sandhurst School come along to run workshops where the children learnt how to prepare slides and then studied onion cells under microscopes. These experiments all embodied the theme of exploration and discovery. We will continue with exciting science lessons this half term as we are studying properties of materials.

Alongside this excitement, the children performed really well in their play, ‘Going for Gold’. If you had the opportunity to watch the play, we hope that it kept you entertained and you could see how much hard work went into it.

Parent consultations will take place on Wednesday 28th March, so please make sure you book an appointment to see us – the appointment sheets will soon be in the office. Just a reminder that we do expect the children to also attend the appointment as this is an opportunity to discuss their progress so far and to set targets together.  If you can’t attend, please book an appointment to see us after school one day.

It is important that the children continue to read four times a week at home and complete all homework set for maths, English and spellings on time.  As part of the revised homework timetable, we are now going to ask the children to complete a weekly spelling activity alongside an English task. They have been asked to practise their spellings daily; the sheet can be found in the back of their reading records and we also request that these are signed by an adult. The children have been shown how to complete these sheets. They should also continue to learn their times tables. If children have any issues completing their homework, please come and discuss this with your child’s teacher prior to the due date.

Miss Poulter, Mr Taylor and Miss Hipkin

YEAR 6

We have a busy few weeks coming up, with Maths Day and World Poetry Day along with Eagles’ class assembly on Friday 9th March and of course SATs preparation. The Safeguarding workshop has moved to Monday 19th March instead of the previous date of Friday 23rd March.

Booster groups are continuing this half term, which we really appreciate your support with. It is important that the children attend these sessions if they have already signed up for them, so please make sure they do come. Please note that there won’t be any booster sessions during the week beginning Monday 26th March.

As per the letter that went out, parent consultations for Kites will take place on the earlier date of Tuesday 6th March – if you have not yet booked an appointment, then please contact the school office. Parent consultations for Eagles and Falcons will take place on Wednesday 28th March – please make sure you book an appointment to see us (the appointment sheets will be up on Monday 19th March). If you can’t attend, please book an appointment to see us after school one day. Just a reminder that we do expect Year 6 children to attend the appointment as this is an opportunity to discuss their progress so far and to set targets together.

Please note that the school will close at 1pm on Wednesday 28th March for all children, including Kites.

At this stage in Year 6, it is important that the children continue to read four times a week and complete all homework set for maths, English and spellings on time. If children need support with their homework, homework club runs on Monday and Tuesday lunchtimes.

Year 6 team

Yours sincerely

EA Cole (Mrs)

Headteacher

DIARY DATES: (new dates or information in bold)

Tuesday 6th March                                     Parent consultations for Kites

Thursday 8th March                                    9.15am EYFS Spring Celebration

Friday 9th March                                          9am – Eagles’ Class Assembly

Monday 12th – Friday 16th March                        Mums in the Nursery

Thursday 15th March                                  9am – Woodpeckers’ Class Assembly

Friday 16th March                                        9am – Ostriches’ Class Assembly

Wednesday 21st March                             World Poetry Day assemblies

Thursday 22nd March                                 9am – Parakeets’ Class Assembly

Friday 23rd March                                        9am – Year 3 production

Monday 26th March                                    1st Nursery consultation day

Wednesday 28th March                             Parent consultations (early closure at 1pm)

Thursday 29th March                                  2pm – Term ends

Friday 30th March – Friday 13th April      Easter Holidays

Monday 16th April                                       Back to school

Thursday 26th April                                    9am – Robins’ Class Assembly

Friday 4th May                                              9am – Kiwis’ Class Assembly

Friday 11th May                                          Year 4 production (Time TBC)

Friday 18th May                                            9am – Blackbirds’ Class Assembly

Thursday 24th May                                     Year 1 production (Time TBC)

Friday 25th May                                            9am – Swans’ Class Assembly

Monday 25th May – Friday 1st June        Half Term

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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