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Week beginning 22nd May 2023

Week beginning 22nd May 2023

They say time flies when you are having fun and here we are with the final week of half term nearly upon us and what a half term, from top accolades in the swimming gala and the mixed football team being top of the league to Ofsted last week (and during SATs week). You couldn’t make it up!

As I sit here writing this, I can hear the bass boom of disco speakers and children’s laughter. Thank you, as ever, to our amazing PTA and parent volunteers who have organised the school disco tonight, for our children this evening. It certainly sounds like the children are having a fantastic time!

Class 6 Assembly: a huge well done to the children in Class 6 who wowed us with their fantastic assembly whilst they took us around the world to other continents. The children shared their Continent song, so we could remember the 7 continents of the world and also told us about the wildlife and issues faced in South America, such as the loss of the Amazon rainforest at an alarming rate. They also taught us about the legend about El Dorado and the searches for long lost treasures.  We were so proud to see all they had learnt and the facts they were able to retrieve and remember. Fantastic job, Class 6 and a massive well done to Miss Headley as well! Thank you also to all the parents who joined this spectacular assembly.

Catering: in an endeavour to ensure that all members of our school community can access our full catering provision offer, as of Monday this week, all meat options available to the children are now certified Halal. We are proud of our commitment to inclusivity and hope that this small change increases the options available to many of our children. This is in line with many food establishments across the UK who are becoming increasingly aware of customers diverse requirements and are adapting their menus accordingly.

Reading: please can we remind families that, in order to support your children to make good progress, our expectation is that they read for at least 10 minutes at home, a minimum of four times a week. Our teachers have raised concerns that there are some families who are rarely completing this aspect of homework which is in place for the whole school.  Please help us to help your children by providing regular opportunities for children to practice and share with you the learning that they have undertaken in school. Practice does not make perfect but it certainly does make progress! Regular reading at home also helps to develop confidence and a love of reading. If your child is a reluctant reader, and you would like some support with this, please do reach out to your child’s class teacher who will be happy to advise. Thank you.

Geography Day: Thursday 25th May is our whole school Geography day. You will have received a separate email about this already from Mrs Boylan, our Geography Leader. The theme of this event is ‘Around the World in 14 classes.’  Each class will be assigned a country and where possible we are asking for food donations that originate from that country for the children to try.  Please can we remind you that items containing nuts are not allowed.  If you are able to donate, please can they be brought to your child’s class teacher on the morning of 25th May. Thank you in anticipation of your support with this event.

Friday 26th May is the last day of this half term, and we finish by inviting you in to an Open Afternoon where you can come in and talk to your child/ren about their learning- from maths to geography! School will be open from 1:45pm. If you wish to join us, please come into your child’s class via the main office and you are welcome to take your child/ren home once you have finished viewing their learning. Summer Term Curriculum Maps (which shows what your child is learning this term), can be accessed on our website by clicking this link.

Class 8: will have their assembly on Thursday 29th June, this will start at 9:10am.

Lastly, some parents have asked us for term dates for next year. We can confirm the dates for the autumn term are as follows: ‚Äč 


Inset Day                      Monday 4th September 2023

Term Days                   Monday 4th September – Friday 20th October 2023

Half-Term Holiday     Monday 23rd October – Friday 27th October 2023

Term Days                   Monday 30th October – Thursday 21st December 2023

School Holiday            Friday 22nd December – Friday 5th January 2024


We will send the dates for the remainder of the school year as soon as the final INSETS have been ratified which will hopefully be next week.

Have a great weekend.
The Hayes Team