Newsletter 30: 6th May 2016

Newsletter 30: 6th May 2016

‘The best that I can be’
James 5: 11- Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.

This week has been short, but busy. Year 6 have been busy preparing for their SATs tests next week. The children have shared some of their excellent work in achievement assembly- including some great project work on Space from Year 5. The staff were in school yesterday completing a first aid course, which was very informative. I hope that you had a chance to spend some quality time with your families on the extra days off.

Here comes the Sun!

Now that the sun is out, we would like the children to come to school in their summer uniform. Please see the pictures on the website for details. It is vital that all children wear a sun hat, as there is very little shade on our playground. We do have cricketer style sunhats for those children without a hat, but they are getting rather tired, so we would ask that you purchase a school baseball cap, which should be named and worn to school each day. These can be purchased from our uniform suppliers: www.redoak-schooluniform.co.uk
I have purchased a sun shade for the field, but children will need protection when they are running around outside. Please apply sun cream at home before school and make sure your child has fresh water in a named bottle each day.

Year 6 SATs

As year 6 parents know, the children have their SATs tests next week, from Monday to Thursday (see below). It is vital that all children are in school on time every day, having had breakfast. Even if children are not feeling 100%, they should still attend for the tests, as THEY CANNOT BE TAKEN AT ANY OTHER TIME. Children not attending for a test, will not be given a mark in that subject.
Monday 9 May 2016: Key stage 2 English reading test.

Tuesday 10 May 2016:  Key stage 2 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test, Paper 1, short answer questions. Key stage 2 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test, Paper 2, spelling.

Wednesday 11 May 2016: Key stage 2 mathematics, Paper 1 arithmetic test. Key stage 2 mathematics, Paper 2 reasoning.
Thursday 12 May 2016: Key stage 2 mathematics, Paper 3, reasoning.

YEAR 6 WILL BE SWIMMING NEXT FRIDAY, AS THEIR SATs WILL BE COMPLETED BY THEN.

Year 5 and 6 will also be visiting St John the Evangelist church next Thursday afternoon to learn about Holy Communion from Reverend David.

Open Afternoon

Our Summer open afternoon will run from 3-5pm on Thursday 16th June. This will be a chance for your children to share their work with you on an informal basis. You will have an opportunity to discuss your child’s report with their class teacher at a later date, if you wish.

Parking

Our neighbours are becoming frustrated with parents and carers who are backing onto their driveways to turn around. Please could you avoid doing this yourselves, and ask anyone else who brings your children to school to do the same. It is really important that we keep good relationships with our immediate neighbours and those who live in the village. Thank you for your co-operation.

Attendance

Class 1 and 2 :97.78% ; Class 3 and 4 : 95.40% ; Reception : 93.33% and Class 5 and 6 : 92.78%. Let’s hope we can improve on this next week. Attendance in the school has improved so much ; it would be a shame for it to deteriorate in the last term of the year.

Gold Book

Well done to Katie Percival, Sasha Goodison, Aaliyah Bimpong, Kitty Jerrett, Sadie Turrell,
Miller Davis, Kitty Higgins and Adaora Emechebe for earning their place in this week’s Gold Book for excellent learning behaviour.

Commendations

Well done to the following children who received a commendation for upholding our core Christian values : George Dignum (Perseverance)- independent topic work; Katie Snow (Perseverance)- great effort with her reading; Stevie Makepeace (Perseverance)- working really hard when learning to tell the time.

Work of the week

Class 1 and 2’s Work of the week was awarded to Caleb Chen for quick and accurate doubles and near doubles work and Class 5 and 6’s to Ruby Walton for an excellent job advert for an astronaut. Well done!

100% Attendance for Spring Term

We (rather belatedly) congratulated those children who attended school every day last term in assembly today. They were: Sidonie Holmes, Mikey Snow, Louise Stafford, Dylan Alexander, Maansi Chagger, Albert Gilbert, Elaina Goodison, Amber Gordon, Aaron Hick, Abigail Lee, Oliver Mahoney, Nicole Mahoney, Alfie Makepeace, Jack Robinson, Tiffany Sosanya, Zachary Teshola, Deborah Ajayi, Mojola Awosan, Krishaan Chagger, Fae Dignum, Chidi Emechebe, Sapphire Hagon, Maisie Randall, Milo Shorter, Kitan Sosanya, George Viney, Charlotte Woods, Adaora Emechebe, Rhys Hayes, Katie Snow and Brooke Thorn.
Well done to you all!

Trampoline Achievement

Congratulations to Sapphire Hagon who came 2nd in the under 9s category in the Fenland Flyers Regional Open trampoline competition and to her team ‘Recoil’ for coming 1st in the category.

Dates for the diary:

• Monday 9th- Thursday 12th May- Year 6 SATs week.
• Friday 13th May- Non-uniform day to raise money for our sponsored children.
• Monday 23rd May- Parent Voice Event: Behaviour- 2pm
• Thursday 16th June Summer open afternoon for parents and children- 3-5pm
• Monday 20th-Friday 24th June- Class 5 and 6 residential visit.
• Thursday 23rd June – School closed to pupils for the European Referendum.

K. Waters
Mrs. Kathryn Waters