Weekly Bulletin - Friday 22nd April
Reception enjoyed the sunshine on their trip to Wisley Gardens yesterday.
It has been a lovely sunny start to the term, the tulips were in bloom and the pigs were sunbathing! The children have been excited to tell us about their Easter holiday and it has been lovely to hear their news. Yesterday, Reception had a trip to Wisley Gardens, which was a great success. Today, the children at the infants had their skipping workshop, which was an energetic end to the week. As the weather improves, classes have started using the junior playing field. The juniors have been enjoying the new interactive screens in each classroom, with children and teachers getting to grips with the latest technology.
We have reviewed our approach to home learning, which we would ask you to read here. Most of it is a continuation of what was already happening, but we have enhanced two areas:
- Talk for Writing - Each week, children from Year 1 upwards will be asked to discuss a topic (Talk for Writing) which will act as pre-learning for their writing. They might be asked to chat about related experiences they may have had, or to think of key words. Children will be given a notebook in which they can record helpful information and they are able to refer to this notebook in lessons. (This is not designed to be formal planning for their writing activity).
- Maths - Children in Years 3 to 6 will be set a home learning challenge each week. This might be a task on EducationCity, or an activity that children complete in their new maths home learning book. Feedback on EducationCity is instant; feedback will be given on work in the maths home learning book for parents to see.
Teachers will give details of each week’s home learning in their weekly email to parents. We will ask parents to support their children in decorating and covering their home learning books, to make them feel special and valued.
The main changes and key principles on reducing disease transmission include:
- Encouraging children or young people with a positive COVID-19 test result to stay at home for 3 days after the day they took their test.
- Children and young people with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend their education setting.
- Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people, where they can. They can go back to school, college or childcare, and resume normal activities when they no longer have a high temperature and they are well enough to attend.
- All children and young people with respiratory symptoms should be encouraged to cover their mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when coughing and/or sneezing and to wash their hands after using or disposing of tissues. See NHS England respiratory hygiene (catch it, bin it, kill it) and E bug resources
All those aged 5 years and over are now being offered COVID-19 vaccination as recommended by the JCVI. A further ‘Spring’ booster dose of vaccine is being offered to anyone aged over 12 years who is immunosuppressed (weakened immune system) and those over 75 years.
It’s never too late to get a COVID-19 vaccination so if you are yet to be vaccinated or need to complete a course or have a booster, please see the links below for further information.
- Kingston Vaccination webpages for details of local vaccination clinics and pop ups: https://www.kingston.gov.uk/vaccine
- South West London CCG vaccination webpages for details of vaccination clinics and pop ups in South West London: https://swlondonccg.nhs.uk/covid/
- SWL COVID-19 vaccination advice line 0203 880 0338 for anyone who is hesitant about having COVID-19 vaccination or would like further information on COVID-19 vaccination.
Fundraising for the UN Refugee Agency
Oli in Antelope class is back in action fundraising again. He was interviewed on BBC Radio Surrey this morning discussing his latest plans (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0byw3vw - skip to 3:46:30). This time he is running for refugees (UN Refugee Agency). He's training to beat his mum in the Richmond ParkRun (5k). It would be great if any families wanted to join him or donate. The run is on Saturday 14th May at 9am. It's been a while due to Covid so it would be brilliant to have a big turnout. Other runners can get sponsored too on Oli's Justgiving page or create their own and link it to the team page. Please contact Oli's mum if you would like to join in: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PTA Meeting - Wednesday April 27th, 8pm, Via Zoom
Please join us on Zoom this Wednesday at 8pm for a PTA meeting to kick off planning for the Summer Fair (scheduled for Sat 18th June). Zoom details have been sent via ParentMail.
Reminder: Dietary Requirements/Food Allergies
As you know, we now have a new school lunch menu for this term and in order to ensure that the catering staff are aware of all children with dietary requirements or food allergies, a form has been sent to all parents to be completed. If your child has any requirements, please can we remind you to complete this form as soon as possible if you have not already done so.
We would be very grateful for any more volunteers to help look after our pigs at the weekends and over the half term as our rota for this term is currently quite empty. If you would be interested in helping, please contact the office, email@example.com.
We have 2 more weeks of collecting clean bottle tops for our artistic entry into the Message in a Bottle event so please remember to bring them into school by Friday 29th April. The collection point is in Kipling classroom, so please take your contributions there.
Key Dates - Summer 2022
- Monday 9th May - Y4 Trip to Natural History Museum
- Wednesday 18th May - Whole School Class Photographs
- Wednesday 25th May - Platinum Jubilee Tea Party: Infants
- Thursday 26th May - Platinum Jubilee Tea Party: Juniors
- Friday 27th May - INSET day (School closed)
- Monday 6th June - School closed (in lieu of Bank Holiday for Queen's Platinum Jubilee)
- Friday 10th June - Parent Rep Meeting - 2:00 p.m.
- Friday 10th June - Y4 sleepover (until 9am Saturday morning)
- Tuesday 14th June - Y6 Performance - 4:00 p.m.
- Wednesday 15th June - Y6 Performance - 7:00 p.m.
- Friday 17th June - Enterprise Day
- Saturday 18th June - Summer Fair @ Infant site - 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
- Monday 20th June - Infant/Junior Music Festival
- Thursday 23rd June - Y2 & Y4 Country Dancing Festival - 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
- Friday 24th June - INSET Day (School closed)
- Thursday 7th July - Infant Sports Day
- Monday 11th - Friday 15th July - Y6 Trip to Isle of Wight
- Monday 11th July - Reception Parents meet Y1 Teachers - 3:45 p.m.
- Tuesday 12th July - Y1 Parents meet Y2 Teachers - 3:45 p.m.
- Wednesday 13th July - Y2 Parents meet Y3 Teachers - 3:45 p.m.
- Thursday 14th July - Y3 Parents meet Y4 Teachers - 3:45 p.m.
- Monday 18th July - Juniors Sports Day
- Monday 18th July - Y4 Parents meet Y5 Teachers - 3:45 p.m.
- Tuesday 19th July - Y5 Parents meet Y6 Teachers - 3:45 p.m.
- Wednesday 20th July - Children meet new class
- Wednesday 20th July - Y6 Leavers’ Celebration for Y6 parents and children - 7:00 p.m.
- Thursday 21st July - Parents’ Open Afternoon
- Friday 22nd July - End of Year Service - 9:45 a.m.
- Friday 22nd July - Y6 Leavers’ Event - 2:00 p.m.
- Friday 22nd July - Early Finish
Please remember, as is usual, school will close early on the last day of term, at the following times:
- Infants @ 2:15 p.m.
- Nursery @ 2.20 p.m.
- Juniors @ 2:30 p.m.
- Connect will start at 2:15 p.m. and run until 5:15 p.m.