Newsletter: 14 March 2014

Headteacher’s Comments

Your child may have spoken to you this week about presentation.  This is another area the Local Authority have asked the school to look at.  On Monday the staff decided that a ‘Pen Licence’ would be awarded to those children who had neat, joined up handwriting in five consecutive pieces of work in their Purple Books.  Some children may now have to write in pencil, until they have written neatly in five consecutive pieces.  I have looked in some books already since my assembly and the teachers have spoken to their children, there has been an improvement in the presentation.


Well done Myreon Keane, Rhiannon Margetson, Eddie Plowman, Hamid Lahreche (Mrs Sach’s Class), Ella Freeman, Hermione Scott, Reggie Pegrum, Jamie Schooling, Jamie Ryan, Fatma Celik, Antonia Mills-Chance, Kerim Taylor-Salih (Mrs Haslehurst’s Class), Tim Akpuda (Miss Gibbs’s Class) who received Green Cards this week.



Well done to Mr Davey’s class who had the best attendance this week with 98.8%.

Pupil Progress Meetings (Tuesday 18 March and Thursday 20 March)

Our Pupil Progress Meetings for parents will be spread over two days Tuesday 18 March 2014 (3:30pm-6:00pm) and Thursday 20 March 2014 (5:00pm- 7:30pm).

To enable appointments to be arranged, will you please complete the slip overleaf and return it to your child’s class teacher by Monday, 17 March.  We will then do our best to give you appropriate times for your interviews.

Sport Relief (Friday 21 March)

On Friday 21 March there will be a running track set up on the field for all children to take part in the Sport relief Mile challenge during the afternoon.  Children will be asked to donate £1 to the sport Relief charity and complete the mile long course in the fastest time possible.


This is a reminder:

  • if your child is absent can you please notify the office on the first day as to the reason why
  • if your child is absent due to illness for more than 3 days then the parent must provide some evidence that they have visited a GP.  This could be either a signed compliment slip from the doctor, appointment card or a photocopy of the prescribed medicine.
  • any child entering the front door between 8:50am and 9:10am will be marked as late.
  • if there is regular lateness then your child may have to stay in during playtime or lunchtime to catch up on their work.
  • any child late after 9:10am will be marked as unauthorised absence, unless you provide evidence of a medical appointment eg appointment card/ prescribed medicine or a signed compliment slip from the doctor.  A number of unauthorised lateness (after 9:10am) could result in a meeting with the Headteacher.

Late Gate/Truancy Sweep

The Education Welfare Officer will be at the front entrance over the next few weeks checking on the children who are late.  Lateness unsettles your child and disturbs their learning.  If you child misses 5 minutes each day, they miss 25 minutes of learning each week.  That is over 3 hours of learning (or 3 literacy or 3 maths lessons) this half term.  Also on these days, if your child is absent and you haven’t informed the school, then the Education Welfare Officer may visit these homes.

Parent Helpers

We are always looking for parent or grandparents who can come into school and listen to children read.  We can work around your times. 

After School Club- 3:15- 6pm

The After School Club continues to run every night after school.  Each session costs £8 and includes a snack.  Payment will need to be made in advance.  Please ask the School Office for a registration pack.

Maths challenge.

Well done to everyone who solved some, or all, of the chicken nugget maths challenge.  Lots of pupils, assisted by parents and grandparents, took part and we are pleased to see so many pupils engaged with extra maths challenges.  The winners drawn at random in assembly are: Kai Gibbs of 3K (lower school winner) and Jamie Schooling of 5H (upper school winner).  Well done to everyone who had a go!

The solutions were:

21 nuggets = 9 + 6 + 6

44 nuggets = 20 + 9 + 9 + 6

43 nuggets. – this is impossible to achieve using only packets of 6, 9 and 20 nuggets.  This is called a Frobenius number.  There are 21 different totals below 43 which cannot be made using packets of 6, 9 and 20 nuggets, 43 is the highest total which cannot be made.  I know this quantity caused some frustration, although it has encouraged systematic working and provided everyone with a mental workout, staff included!

New maths challenge:

The new maths challenge will run until Easter and has an egg theme.  The tasks are staged, and you don’t need to complete all three parts to submit an entry.  There are solutions for all three tasks.


Tricky:  There are three baskets, a brown one, a red one and a pink one, holding a total of ten eggs. The Brown basket has one more egg in it than the Red basket. The Red basket has three eggs less than the Pink basket. How many eggs are in each basket?

Trickier: Peter, Melanie, Amil and Jack received a total of 38 chocolate eggs.    Jack had one less than Peter.    Peter had 5 less than Melanie.    Amil had half as many as Melanie.    Peter had 2 more than Amil.    How many eggs did each person have?

Trickiest:  Toby accidentally knocked over Pamela’s basket of eggs. Wishing to make amends he offers to pay as they are all broken.    Pamela, a mathematician, recognising a fellow mathematician’s embarrassment, replies:     “I put the eggs into the basket in groups of 7 and noticed that I could easily have divided them into piles of 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 and always have one left over.”    How many eggs did she have in the basket?  What should Toby offer to pay? (Eggs currently cost 95p a dozen)

Dates for your diary

Tues 18 March                           Pupil Progress Meetings (3:30- 6:00pm)

Thurs 20 March                          Pupil Progress Meetings (5:00- 7:30pm)

Fri 4 April                                 Break up from school (3:15pm)

Tues 22April                              Return to school (8:45am)

Mon 5 May                                May Bank Holiday

Mon 12 May                              Year 6 Key Stage Tests

Tues 13 May                              Year 6 Key Stage Tests

Wed 14 May                              Year 6 Key Stage Tests

Thurs 15 May                            Year 6 Key Stage Tests

Fri 16 May                                Year 6 Key Stage Tests

Tues 20 May                              Whole School Trip (8:15am)

Thurs 22 May                            Break up from school (3:15pm)

Mon 2 June                               Return to school (8:45am)

Fri 27 June                                Transition Day (All Years)

Mon- July- Wed 9                      July      Year 6 Residential

Wed 9 July                                District Sports (Track Events)

Tues 22 July                              Break up from school (3:15pm)

Wednesday 3 September             Return to school (8:45am)

Friday 24 October                      Break up from school (3:15pm)

Monday 3 November                  Return to school (8:45am)

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



Pupil Progress Meetings

Child’s Name:  ………………………….

Please tick time preferred:

Tuesday 18 March 2014              Thursday 20 March 2014


3.30      –           4.00                  5:00      –           5.30

4.00      –           4.30                  5.30      –           6.00

4.30      –           5.00                  6.00                  6.30

5.00                  5.30                  6.30      –           7.00

5:30                  6:00                  7:00                  7:30


Names of brother/sister(s) in the Junior School and their class teacher:


Child’s Name: ………………….. in …………………


Signed …………………………………… Parent/ Guardian

Parent Readers


Yes, I can help to listen to children read!


Name _______________________________



Child’s Name _________________________