See latest news for updates on Oak Class' Residential trip

Newsletter 30th June 2023

Newsletter 30th June 2023
July 7, 2023 Sandy Pike

Dear Parents and Carers,

The main event this week has been Oak Class’s residential trip to Hooke Court.  The children involved themselves in a wide range of outdoor activities including: kayaking, raft building, archery, night search rescue, team building activities, shelter building, tribal kingdom and Viking cooking and crafts.

The children were praised for their excellent behaviour from many of the tutors, and were a credit to the school!

Classes Next Year

Our moving up days will be split into two days, due to a number of reasons including staff attending courses, the teachers strike and the samba band concert.

Classes for next year will be:


Class Teacher Moving Up Day
Hazel (Reception & Year 1) Miss Buxton 6th July    9 – 11am
Beech (Year 2) Mrs Whelan 5th July   9 – 12 noon
Chestnut (Year 3 & Year 4) Ms Babiy 6th Juy    1 – 2pm
Oak (Year 5 & Year 6) Mrs Clasby 5th July   9 – 12 noon
Current Year 6 pupils Year 7 experience 5th July


Upcoming events

6th July:      8.40 – 9.40 PTFA tea and coffee under the willow tree – all welcome – (friends, family & community)!

6th July:      9.45-10.10 Chestnut Class Samba Music Concert in the hall. All are welcome!

10th & 11th July: 14.00 Play performances. All welcome again – please book your tickets from Mrs Pike!

14th July:   17.00 – 19.00  Summer Celebration on the field – all welcome (friends, family & community).

Parental volunteers are sort to help for 30 minute stints on various stalls.  Please see Sophie Wareham, one of the PTFA members or contact the school if you are willing to offer your services for 30 minutes.

Swim sessions will be available from 17.00 for children, as long as the weather is fine. Please book your child’s fun swim session through Mrs Pike.

18th July:  14.30  Art Gallery – parents invited to come in and see children’s art and DT work through the classes.

20th July:    14.30 – 15.20  Leavers Assembly in the Hall – all welcome.


Parentline is a FREE text resource for parents who would like support and advice linked to children aged 5 – 19 which may include school refusal, toileting, sleep, child anxiety.  The text line is a first point of call support for parents, run by school medical staff who will give speedy advice or sign post to alternative support agencies.  Should seek advice and support please text: 07312 263131


Please be vigilant for ticks on your children, as we have received reports that several children have been found with ticks, perhaps picked up from playing on the school field. Should you be unsure of what do if your child has a tick, please seek medical advice from your own family practitioner.

In case you missed it!

FareShare – A new community larder has been set up at Gillingham Primary School, running on a Friday 9.15 – 10.30am. For a weekly membership fee you will receive sufficient food to prepare at least 3 meals per person in the household. Weekly membership fees are:

Single person – £2.50

Couple – £3.50

Household – £5.00

The Larder is supplied by FareShare, a not profit organisation established to fight hunger and tackle food waste.  If you would like further information please call 01747 823245.  Please also see further information in the attached documents.

Class News                                                     

Oak Class

I am sure you have heard all about the children’s trip to Hooke Court! On their return they created a

Brochure publicising Hooke Court and what if has to offer.

Chestnut Class

Chestnut Class have been busy this week completing their NFER assessments for Reading, Grammar and Punctuation and Mathematics. For each assessment, the children have tried their best and should be proud of their efforts.

In Computing, the children have enjoyed creating their own tables of information and converting these into bar charts.

Next week, the children have their Samba band concert on Thursday 6th July to look forward to.

For the concert, the children can bring in a plain, coloured t-shirt to wear.

Beech Class

Beech class have been looking at the RLNI and the vital job that the volunteers do.  The children thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Mini Olympics run by the Gillingham Sports Family, with the help of their young leaders.

Year 2 started their unit on position and direction in Maths, while Year 1 have been using role play to explore money.

Hazel Class

Pupils have been on ‘safari’, exploring the different animals found in Africa and their features, with animals found around the school, and comparing findings. The children have looked at animals in Australia, using the book ‘The Koala That Could’. There was discussion around the animals found there and how they move, along with map work. The children have done extremely well this week, both in swimming and cricket with vast improvements seen in both.

Diary dates for the forthcoming week and beyond


5th July


All day Year 6 Moving up day
5th July Morning School internal moving up day for: Current Year 1 and current Year 4 and 5 pupils
6th July


09.00 – 10.50 Moving up day for New Reception children, current reception children, current Year 2 and 3 pupils.
6th July


08.40 – 09.40 PTFA tea and coffee, under the willow tree!

All welcome.

6th July


09.45 – 10.10 Chestnut Class Samba Music Concert in the hall. All welcome!
10th July


14.00 Play in the Hall – all welcome
11th July


14.00 Play in the Hall – all welcome
11th July


18.00 Play in the Hall – all welcome
Friday 14th July


17.00 – 19.00 Summer Celebration on the school field. All welcome – friends, family & community.

Volunteers needed to ‘man’ stalls for 30 mins stints – please see PTFA member to volunteer.

18th July


14.30 Art Gallery – parents invited to come in and see children’s art and DT work through the classes.
20th July 14.30 Leavers Assembly in the Hall – all welcome
20th July 15.20 End of Term for children
21st July




Best wishes,

Ailsa Boardman-Hirst