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Newsletter 5th May 2023

Newsletter 5th May 2023
May 5, 2023 Sandy Pike

Dear Parents and Carers,

The children have enjoyed our celebrations today linked to the King’s Coronation. Pupils were invited to dress up as Kings, Queens, Courtiers or in royal regalia or Red, White and/or Blue.

The PTFA decorated the hall with bunting and table clothes, so the children could enjoy a banquet like meal. This was followed by party games for all classes, with children from Hazel and Beech classes also enjoying a tea party to round off their afternoon of festivities.

My thanks to the PTFA for their help with making the day so memorable, and for ensuring all the children received a 50 pence piece as a memoir of the forth coming coronation.

Year 6 Tuck Shop

Year 6 pupils will be running a tuck shop on Friday afternoons after school, selling 50p bags of sweets, in order to raise funds for their Year 6 end of year party. If you are intending to make a purchase it would be helpful if you could bring the correct change!

If your child is on the bus and you give permission for them to purchase a bag of sweets, we can arrange this. Money can be handed to Mrs Pike on arrival at school on a Friday morning for safe keeping.

As 5th May will be the first week and a trial, there will be limited availability. If the venture is successful then of course more stock will be supplied for children to purchase.

Year 1 Parents – Phonics Check Talk Wednesday 17th May at 15.30

Year 1 parents are invited to a meeting to discuss the upcoming phonics check which their children will be experiencing in June. A meeting will explain the format and give advice as to how parents can support their children with this assessment.


Thank you to one and all for your support of the PTFA and raising funds for our school.  I hope you feel the £1150 spent on new table tops for Oak and Chestnut classrooms is worthwhile.  Thank you also to the various parents, grandparents and staff who helped to ‘unbung’, move old and new table tops, drilled, screwed, hoovered, lifted and shifted to get the job done in a day!

Class News

Oak Class

Year five had been working independently in some lessons this week and have made great progress with addition and subtracting numbers with multiple exchanges whilst year six have been completing the 2022 SATs tests. Both year groups have been wonderfully supportive of each other’s endeavours. In science, the children have been discussing the helpful and harmful aspects of different types of microorganisms, and are currently trying to make bread go mouldy! Furthermore, pupils have been considering a hypothesis predicting what conditions encourage these fungi to grow.  Next week, the class are looking forward to completing the SATs tests and starting the blocks of work for foundation subjects – as well as checking if their runner bean and nasturtium seeds are growing.

Chestnut Class

In English the children have been looking at persuasive texts and identifying the features.  In Maths Year 4s have been developing their knowledge of decimals, while Year 3s have been finding fractions of amounts. During Art the children have been painting different animals using watercolours and reflecting on the artist Hannah Dell.

Next week in our Geography sessions the children will be exploring the human and physical features of the United Kingdom.

Beech Class

Beech Class have continued to learn about their Kenya topic and have created their own versions of Handa’s Surprise.  In Maths Year 2 have been learning about fractions, while Year 1 have been practising their doubling.  Next week the class will be further researching Kenya in order to write non chronological reports.

Hazel Class

The focus this week has been King Charles, so the children have an understanding of who he is, and what he does.  Crafts have been made to help the children celebrate the coronation, with a tea party and games.  Next week ‘The Naughty Bus’ with be the focus story of the week, with a variety of Literacy, Understanding the World and Expressive Art and Design developing from the storyline.  Please also look out for permission letters and information pertaining to a bluebell walk around Duncliffe in the forthcoming week.

Diary dates for the forthcoming week and beyond

Friday assemblies 14.50 from this Friday

8th May


Bank holiday – school closed
Wednesday 17th May 15.30 Year 1 Parents – Phonics Check Talk


Monday 22nd May


14.45 PTFA meeting in the library
23rd May   Maths Day – pupils may dress up, as long as costumes have a link to maths e.g. a number or shape
25th May 17.30 – 19.00 Children’s Disco


26th May


15.20 Half term
5th June


08.40 Back to school
5th June 15.30 – 16.30 Sept 2023 Reception Class parents invited to a Welcome to Reception hour.
14th June


Afternoon Sports Day
17th June tbc PTFA Jumble Sale in the school hall
17th & 18th June


  Poetry & Art display in Stour Provost Church
21st June


Afternoon Sports Day reserve date
25th June –28th June


  Oak Class residential trip to Hooke Court
5th July


All day Year 6 Moving up day
5th July Morning School internal moving up day (current Reception – Year 5)
6th July


09.00 – 10.50 Moving up day for New Reception children


11th July


14.00 Play in the Hall
12th July


14.00 Play in the Hall
12th July


18.00 Play in the Hall
Friday 14th July


17.00 – 19.00 Summer Celebration on the school field.
18th July


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




Best wishes,

Ailsa Boardman-Hirst