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Newsletter 22nd September 2023

Newsletter 22nd September 2023
October 17, 2023 Sandy Pike

Dear Parents and Carers,

It was lovely to see so many children wearing a variety of shorts, trousers, skirts or dresses today for our Jeans for Genes Day. Over the course of the past two weeks we have been raising the children’s awareness of those who suffer from genetic conditions; with 1 in 25 children suffering from conditions that effect their life in some fashion.


The PTFA would welcome any new and enthusiastic members to join the team. There are currently vacancies for: Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. With most people leading busy lives, it would be great to spread the load, so the more that are willing to involve themselves the better for all!

The PTFA AGM will be held on Monday 2nd October at 6pm in school. Please contact Sophie Hayter on if you are unable to attend yet would like to join the PTFA.

Harvest Festival

We will be holding a simple Harvest Festival celebration on Thursday 19th October, 2023 to which parents are welcome to attend. Any donations, particularly of dried or canned food would be gratefully received and will be delivered to the Gillingham Food Bank for distribution to those in need within our local community.

Playground Gate

Many thanks to parents who are ensuring the playground gate is closed following entry or exit to the playground. This is to ensure our youngest pupils and even younger siblings are deterred from running onto the road.

Class news


This week, we have been examining artefacts and thinking about timelines using BC and BCE. We handled ammonites about 200,000,000 years old as well as a 300.000 year old hand axe made out of chertz from Dorset. We also discussed an Aboriginal kylie, karli or garli (boomerang) which has a really old design but actually is new! We also looked at and discussed inferences we can make from artefacts. In maths, we have been partitioning numbers up to ten million as well as ordering similar looking numbers. We also began to learn our song ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’.

Next week, we are looking forward to moving on to addition and subtraction in maths.


This week, Chestnut class have been practising orally rehearsing sentences as they retell the story of Cave Baby. They have enjoyed learning about the Stone Age in more depth; learning key information about the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic eras. I have been very impressed with the Stone Age posters that everyone produced for their homework! Keep up the good work!

In maths, the pupils have been consolidating their understanding of place value and using a range of concrete resources to support this. In science, the students have been continuing to learn about the importance of nutrition. This week, they learned about the different food groups and why each one is important.


This week, Beech class have been retelling the story of Little Red Riding Hood with their own characters, they have enjoyed putting their own personal touches on a story they know so well. I have loved reading all of their versions. Well done! They have enjoyed learning more about significant historical people and deciding in their own minds who has made the most significant impact on society.

In maths, the pupils have been developing their understanding of place value and using a range of concrete resources to support this. In science, the students have been continuing to learn about the importance of being healthy. This week, they learned about what it is that humans need to be healthy.


This week Reception children have learnt the letters t, I, n and p, and have successfully completed a writing challenge to write the letters that Miss Buxton has said. They have also been on a bear hunt and created a map to recreate the story.  Children have looked the historical features of the school building and compared these to their own homes and have also painted their own self portrait, talking about similarities, differences and pupil’s own uniqueness.

Year One have created their own village in Geography and made a mapped representation, whilst investigating the key features of maps. In History children have investigated historical toys, with children guessing their purpose and the materials from which they are made. In Literacy pupils have started to write their own autobiographies.


Diary dates

29th Sept 14.40 – 14.55 Book sale in the hall
2nd Oct 15.30 PGL talk for Oak Class parents
2nd Oct 18.00 PTFA AGM (please enter by the front door to school)
6th Oct 14.40 – 14.55 Book sale in the hall
9th Oct 17.30 – 19.30 Parent Meetings
11th Oct 15.30 – 17.30 Parent Meetings
13th Oct 14.40 – 14.55 Book sale in the hall
15th – 18th Oct PGL Trip (Oak Class)
19th Oct 08.55 Harvest Festival celebration
20th Oct 14.40 – 14.55 Book sale in the hall
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