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26th January 2018

Happy New Year!  We have had a very busy start to the term.  All classes have started their new topics and you can find more information on their year group pages, including their core books and topic questions. This half term we have some really interesting questions like: is a seahorse a mammal? What does the bird's eye spy? and Mother Nature - Friend or Foe? You will also see there are lots of trips and visitors for the next few weeks. If you are avaliable to help, we would really appreciate it.

This newsletter contains news of sports, trips, our next coffee morning and next year's term dates.....

I wrote to you in the autumn term to inform you that I will shortly be going on maternity leave. I will be leaving on the 23rd February (if all goes to plan!) and will see you at the end of the school year. Whilst I am away, Ms Doak will be acting head teacher and will be supported by Ms Woodley (assistant head teacher), Mr Omisore (acting assistant head teacher) and Ms Dean (acting assistant head teacher). Thank you for all your best wishes. 

Dates

Monday 29th Jan.- RM assembly 9:10am
Tuesday 30th Jan.- RS assembly 9:10am
Wednesday 31st Jan.- Y5 Science Museum trip
Thursday 1st Feb. -Y4 trip to Wallace Collection
Friday 2nd Feb.-  Sensory coffee morning (see below for details)
Thursday 8th Feb.- 1S trip to Hollow Ponds 9:30am- 11am
Friday 9th Feb.- 1M trip to Hollow Ponds 9:30am-11am
                            - School breaks up for Half Term

MONDAY 12th FEB- FRIDAY 16th FEB.- HALF TERM HOLIDAY
Monday 19th Feb.- Children return to school
Thursday 22nd Feb.- Y5 and 6 Hockey competition
Monday 26th Feb.- Book fair in school
Tuesday 27th Feb-  6S trip to London Eye
Wednesday 28th Feb.- 6M trip to London Eye
                                        - Year 5 1940's Theatre day (in school)
Thursday 1st March.- Book Week (Costumes to plan!)

Coffee Morning

Does your child:

  • Have problems with bright lights and loud noises?
  • Get lost easily, or have exceptional memory of routes taken?
  • Have difficulty catching balls?
  • Is your child unusually clumsy?
  • Repeat exactly what others have said?
  • Seem unaware of pain and temperature?
  • Dislike or love certain textures?

Any or all of the above could mean that your child may have different sensory needs compared to others.  Want to know more?

We will be hosting a coffee morning where our guest speaker will be Elliot from Whitefield Special School. He will be talking about sensory profiles - what they mean and what you can do to help your child if their sensory profile causes them problems.

9am, Friday 2nd February, The Glassroom

All welcome!

Sports

A massive well done to the year 3 and 4 athletics team who competed yesterday in the Waltham Forest athletics competition. For some of the children in was their first ever sports competition in school and we are really proud of them! 

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Already this acadmic year, the year 5/6 boys football team, Y5/6 girls football team, Y1/2 athletics team and KS2 cross country team have all taken part in borough-wide competitions with some amazing success. Well done everyone!

Nursery

There are currently 2 morning spaces available in our Nursery for children over the age of 3. These are free to all parents as part of the free 15 hours of early education entitlement. If you are interested, please come and see Rahana in the office. 

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TFL and parking

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We have recently been awarded TFL STARS bronze award in recognitition of the work we do to teach children about safe and healthy travel. From Bikeability lessons to promoting active travel to school, we are working hard to encourage all our children to travel to school safely and in an active way.

Thank you to everyone who has made the effort to walk, scoot or cycle to school now the school is in a controlled parking zone. Please can I remind parents that the staff car park is strictly for staff use at all times of the day. 

Trips and WOW days

There have already been lots of exciting trips and speakers in school this term!

Year 6 have visited the Houses of Parliament, meeting our MP and learning about democracy and the part they play. Year 6 also took part in a workshop this week about keeping themselves safe, particularly focusing on gang-related issues. 

Year 3 had their Romanian wow day, learning traditional Romanian dance and drama (a big thank you to the parent helpers!). 

Year 5 had a brilliant visit to Vestry House to support their topic investigating the lives of children in Leytonstone during World War 2.

Several children in Year 3 and 4 represented the school in the Waltham Forest athletics event and for many of them, this was their first sporting competition in school.

Today Year 2 visited the London Eye as part of their London topic.

Finally, all of Years 3 to 6 took part in a special theatre workshop with London Metropolitan University about friendships which children in 3M helped to write. 

As you can see in the dates section, there are more trips and visitors coming up so lots of exciting learning to be done!

2018-19 term dates

Our term dates are now available for next year 2018-19:

There is 1 INSET day yet to be set.

AUTUMN TERM 2018-19
Monday 3rd Sep 2018 - INSET for staff
Tuesday 4th Sep 2018 - Term starts for children
Children starting Reception and Nursery are given individual start dates
Thursday 18th Oct - School breaks up for children
Friday 19th Oct - INSET for staff
Monday 29th Oct - Children return to school
Friday 21st Dec - School breaks up for Christmas

SPRING TERM 2019
Monday 7th Jan 2019 - Children return to school
Friday 15th Feb - School breaks up for half term
Monday 25th Feb - Children return to school
Friday 5th Apr - School breaks up for Easter

SUMMER TERM 2019
Tuesday 23rd Apr 2019 - Children return
Friday 24th May - School breaks up for half term
Monday 3rd Jun - Children return to school
Friday 19th Jul - School breaks up for Children
Monday 22nd Jul and Tuesday 23rd Jul- INSET for staff.

There is 1 INSET day yet to be set.

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