Newsletter: 12 December 2014

Headteacher’s Comment

I can’t believe we are only a week from the end of the term; time just seems to have flown past since January.  Next week is an extremely busy one with something happening every day.  Please make sure you are aware of what is happening so your child is fully prepared to participate in each of the activities and so the week can run smoothly as possible.


Well done to Lexie Sharman (Miss Kent’s Class) and Rhea George (Mrs Kaleel’s Class) who received Green Cards this week.


Well done to Mrs Sach’s Class who had the best attendance this week with 98.2%.

Last Day of Term (19 December 2014 at 3:15pm)

This is a reminder that the last day of term is next Friday (19 December).

Dinner Menu Changes (15 December – 19 December)

There are the following changes to the dinner menu next week

Packed LunchChristmas LunchFish Fingers and Chips 

Vegetable Sausage in a roll

Creamy chicken and sweet corn with rice 

Vegetarian Lasagne with garlic bread

Pizza selection with a chunky jacket wedge 

Vegetable curry with rice

Termly Booklets

Alongside this newsletter you will receive the termly booklet informing you what your child will be learning next term and key dates.  There are also suggestions how to support your child with their learning.

Maths challenge

Hands on Maths

Your challenge is to find different ways that you use maths outside of school. Bring in a photo of this activity and the most interesting way will win a prize at Christmas!

You could be:

Adding up prices in the supermarket

Working out the perimeter of the living room while vacuuming

Cooking and weighing out ingredients

Can you find other ways you use MATHS outside of a MATHS LESSON?

School Performance Tables

The School Performance Tables were published yesterday.  I would like to point out three positives:

  • The percentage of children making 2 levels progress in reading, writing and maths are now close to or in line with national average.
  • The percentage of children achieving a level 4B (secondary ready) in reading, writing and maths increased in 2014
  • Attainment for those children in receipt of the Pupil Premium increased last year and the gap in attainment between those children in receipt of the Pupil Premium and those who are not has reduced.


This is great news in our journey to securing good at the next OFSTED judgement.  Well done to all the children, teachers and parents who have helped secure this improvement in school improvement.


To see the full School Performance Tables, please follow the link at the bottom of the homepage of the school website (  The data on the school website will be updated to reflect these in the new year.


Christmas Mini Reading Challenge

For the second year The Reading Agency (who develop the Summer Reading Challenge every year) are offering a Christmas Mini Challenge from Friday 12 December 2014 to Tuesday 6 January 2015. Children join by updating their profile page on the Summer Reading Challenge Website ( or by visiting their local library and borrowing lots of books and downloading stickers from the website as they read them.

Leverton’s Got Talent

Well done to all the children who took part in Leverton’s Got Talent, what a talented bunch of children we have!  Well done to Ryan Locke who came first, Alesha Wade who came second and Lennie and Jay Hyams, who came third.

Breakfast Bar

This is a reminder that only children/adults purchasing items from the Breakfast Bar of a morning should be in school.  Everyone else should not be on school premises until 8:35am.

Christmas Week (Mon 15 December- Fri 19 December)

Christmas Post Box

Our Christmas Post Box will be available from Monday 8 December.  Please make sure your child labels the Christmas card envelopes as below:

Joe BloggsMiss Biggs’s Class

Year 6


Child’s name


Year Group


Each class will have a chance to distribute the cards.  The rota will be as follows:

Mon 15 December                   Mrs Haslehurst’s Class

Tues 16 December                   Miss Gibbs/ Mrs Westney’s Class

Wed 17 December                   Mrs Kaleel’s Class

Thurs 18 December                 Mrs Watson

Fri 19 December                      Miss Kent’s Class

Christmas Carol Service- Monday 15 December      1:30pm to 2:30pm (approx)

All children will need to bring in a packed lunch.  We will walk the children down to the Church.  Parents and relatives are more than welcome to join us for the service starting at 1:30pm.  All children will be expected to be collected from the Church after the service.

Christmas Lunch Tuesday 16 December (12:00pm)

The cost of Christmas lunch this year will be £2.30.  Please return the slip below as soon as possible if your child is having a Christmas lunch.

Christmas Parties Wednesday 17 December  1:15pm to 3:15pm

Christmas parties will be held in each class on Wednesday, 17 December.  Children should wear full school uniform on Wednesday morning, but may bring party clothes to change into.  So that we have a balanced selection of party food, it would help us if you could send in a contribution from the selection which your child’s class teacher has highlighted below.

Christmas Pantomime Thursday 18 December (1:30pm and 5:00pm)

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Christmas Pantomime ‘Captain Hook’s Revenge’.  Tickets cost £2 for adults and £1 for children.  Please return the money in a named envelope as soon as possible. There will be two performances; the afternoon starting at 1:30pm and the evening at 5pm.  Please book your tickets by Friday 12 December to guarantee a seat.  Tickets will be issued week beginning 15 December.

Christmas Market- Friday 19 December (2:00pm)

During our ‘Christmas Week’ children will be making small gifts that they will be selling.  The cost will be between 50p and £1.50 per item.  Families can come and look at the items and purchase any from 2:00pm on Friday 19 December.  The PTA will be on hand with refreshments.

Dates for your diary

Monday 15 December             Christmas Carol Service (1.30pm)

Tuesday 16 December             Christmas Dinner

Wednesday 17 December        Christmas Parties (1:15-3:15pm)

Thursday 18 December                       PTA Pantomime (1:30pm and 5:00pm)

Friday 19 December                PTA Christmas Market (2:00pm)

Friday 19 December                Break up from school (3:15pm)


Monday 5 January                   Return to school (8:45am)

Thursday 15 January               Governing Body Curriculum meeting (6:30pm)

Wednesday 21 January                        Governing Body Personnel (6:30pm) and Finance (7:30pm) meetings

Thursday 12 February             PTA Valentines Disco

Thursday 12 February             Break up from school (3:15pm)

Monday 23 February               Return to school (8:45am)

Wednesday 4 March                Full Governing Body meeting (7:00pm)

Friday 13 March                      PTA- Mother Day Gifts

Friday 20 March                      PTA- Quiz Night

Friday 27 March                      Break up from school (3:15pm)

Monday 13 April                     Return to school (8:45am)

Wednesday 22 April                Governing Body Curriculum (6:30pm) and Budget (7:30pm) meetings

Wednesday 29 April                Governing Body Personnel (6:30pm) and Finance (7:30pm) meetings

Monday 11 May                                  End of Key Stage 2 Tests (Year 6)

Tuesday 12 May                      End of Key Stage 2 Tests (Year 6)

Wednesday 13 May                 End of Key Stage 2 Tests (Year 6)

Thursday 14 May                    End of Key Stage 2 Tests (Year 6)

Friday 15 May                                     End of Key Stage 2 Tests (Year 6)

Thursday 21 May                    Break up from school (3:15pm)

Monday 1 June                                    Return to school (8:45am)

Tuesday 23 June                      District Sports (Field Events)

Friday 26 June                         Transition Day

Tuesday 30 June                      District Sports (Track Events)

Wednesday 1 July                   Year 6 Residential

Thursday 2 July                                   Year 6 Residential

Friday 3 July                            Year 6 Residential

Wednesday 15 July                 Full Governing Body Meeting

Friday 17 July                          Break up from school (3:15pm)

















Christmas Party Food

Crisps  (1 large family bag or 6 small bags)


Cakes  (12 small cakes)


Savoury snacks (12 mini sausages, pretzels, twiglets etc)


Biscuits (1 packet)


Bottle of sugar-free squash


Fresh fruit (6 pieces)

Christmas Dinner

I would like




to have Christmas Dinner.  I enclose £2.30 per child.








I would like

0 adult tickets £2 each (Thurs afternoon)

0 child tickets £1 each (Thurs afternoon)

0 adult tickets £2 each (Thurs evening)

0 child tickets £1 each (Thurs evening)

Child’s Name ____________