Ullesthorpe CE Primary School Newsletter Friday 3rd September 2021

A message from Miss Prokipczuk

Welcome back to a new school year at Ullesthorpe CE Primary School. It's been wonderful to have all of our school family back together again after the summer holidays. I've been delighted to see the children looking so settled after just a few days in school and the teachers have been speaking positively about their attitude to work and their behaviour. What a great start! Children are looking very smart in their school uniform and some have even had the chance to wear one of our newly introduced PE hoodies.

We've welcomed some new children into EYFS and we've also welcomed some children into other year groups. If you are a new parent to the school, let me take this opportunity to welcome you to the Ullesthorpe school family as well. I choose the word 'family' purposefully as that is how we see ourselves.

The staff had two days of training before the children came back. We spent time discussing safeguarding, revisiting our restorative approach to behaviour and we looked at our vision. In case you've forgotten, our school vision is 'Learn together, grow together, shine forever'- read on to find out more!

The staff here are very approachable so please contact us if you have any concerns or questions. I look forward to an exciting (and hopefully more 'normal') year!

A message from Mrs Tithecott

Welcome back everyone!

I completely endorse everything that Miss Prokipczuk has said. It is good to feel some semblance of normality coming back into school life.

I had forgotten how special it feels to come together as a whole family in school. We are now having two of our daily Collective Worship sessions each week in the hall altogether. Our first gathering made us all realise how much we had missed these times of shared reflection and faith.

We were delighted to welcome back the Open the Book Team from St Peter's, Claybrooke back into school this yesterday (Thursday 2nd September). The children we enthralled by their retelling of the first part of the story of Joseph and his coat of many colours. They are looking forward to the next installment at the end of the month!

Our School Mission Statement

Learn together, grow together, shine forever

The statement is based upon the following passage from the Bible:

In the same way, you should be a light for other people. Live so they will see the good things you do. Live so that they will praise your Father in heaven.’ (Matthew 5: 16 International Children’s Bible)

Our school mission statement was formulated with contributions from the whole school community ( children, parents, staff, governors) about two years ago. The school logo was also redesigned to with this in mind.

With all the challenges and changes we have had to face over recent times, it is good for us to remind ourselves of our school's overarching aim and to reflect on how it is embedding in the culture and ethos of our school.

At Ullesthorpe CE Primary School we have an uncompromising commitment to valuing each member of our school community just as God values each one of his children. We recognise that both children and staff bring something special to the school and our job is to find it, nurture it and celebrate it.

In collective worship and RE lessons the children have been exploring the statement and discussing what it means to them.

We have been really impressed by the thoughtful responses:

" It means that if we learn and grow together then we can shine now and when we go to High School."

" If we shine in our lives and learning we can help others to shine too - that is what God wants us to do."

" It means that we all of us can learn and shine in different ways - and that is ok."

The children have really grasped the idea that underpins the Bible passage. Several children commented that as we shine that will help us and others to see the way ahead.

In the Mission Statement section on the school website we state:

"At Ullesthorpe CE Primary School we have an uncompromising commitment to valuing each member of our school community just as God values each one of his children. We recognise that both children and staff bring something special to the school and our job is to find it, nurture it and celebrate it."

We believe in this wholeheartedly. The children and staff demonstrate it every day. With the prospect of a more 'normal' year ahead, we are really looking forward to learning together, growng together and shining for ever - even more brightly!

Welcome Mrs Leese!

We are delighted to welcome Mrs Leese as part of the teaching team in Birch Class. She will be teaching Year 3/4 on Thursdays and Fridays.

Pom-Pom Rainbow

At the end of last term, the Year 6 leavers took down our very special pom-pom rainbow. The woollen pom-poms were made by so many people from the school and village community at the beginning of the lock down in March 2020. They were attached to the school fence as an expression of gratitude to the NHS and of hope for the safety of our community.

After over a year of being battered by the elements the pom-pom rainbow needed to be removed. However we shall be installing a permanent reminder of the rainbow in the form of a photo on a vinyl banner . It will be placed on the fence at the front of school.

A very big thank you must go to Mr Pateman who is organising this project for us.

Meet the Teacher

Monday 13th September 6.00 pm and 6.30 pm

We are delighted to be able to offer face to face Meet the Teacher sessions in our classrooms this term.

These sessions provide an opportunity for parents and carers to visit their child's classroom, find out more about the learning and routines and to ask any questions.

Each class will be running the same session twice to enable families with more than 1 child in school to visit both their children's classes. The first will start at 6.00 pm the second at 6.30 pm.

The classrooms will be thoroughly ventilated and hand sanitiser will be available at the door. However we do request that you wear a face mask in order to keep everyone as safe as possible.

September Birthdays

Theo G, Callum, Joshua W, James, Ivy, Olivia M, Oscar, Millie F, Wacky, Isabella, Tia, Imogen W,

School Job Vacancy

Mid-day Supervisor Vacancy

Monday - Friday 12:00 - 1:00pm (Term time only)

to start asap

Please email the office for more information; officeadmin@uceps.uk

We are looking for new members to joining our PTA. If you are new to the school or have been thinking about joining then please get in touch with the school office!

KS1 & KS2 Wake and Shake Club

KS2 Afterschool Dodgeball Club

If you would like your child to attend either of these clubs, please confirm your place via ParentPay.

Willow Class

Our First Week at School

Starting our journey to shining forever!

Willow Class have had a fantastic time during their first week at school. They have settled really well; playing and learning together brilliantly. We have been singing a song every morning to help the children feel welcome. Here is the link to listen at home of you like.

The children have been bringing in ‘Marvellous Me!’ boxes, full of things to share and show how each and every one of them is unique and special.

I would like to say a big thank you to the Year 1 children in Willow class, who have been super helpful towards our new class members. They have been busy writing about what they enjoyed doing over the summer. We have been looking closely at the features of a seaside environment and even making their own rock pool! We have shared the story, ‘The Lighthouse Keepers Lunch’, sequencing and retelling the events.

Well done Willow Class for having a super start to the school year.

Creating our own rockpools!

Mrs Hartley, Mrs Neale and Miss Harris

Maple Class

Maple class have had a fantastic start to the year! We have started our maths work eagerly with counting and grouping objects. The children have been sorting things by colour, size and shape as well as counting the totals.

In English, we have started to explore the Emperor’s new clothes traditional tale. The children have enjoyed this story and making it into a story mountain.

We are also looking at the creation story in RE. The children went on a nature walk to look at all of God’s creations and think about how it makes them feel. The children came up with some fantastic feelings such as: loved, excited, calm and peaceful.

It has been a super start Maple class!

Miss Jenkison, Miss Wormleighton and Miss Stevens

Birch Class

Birch Class have had a super start to the new school year - everyone has settled in really well, both adults and children. The children have been keen to start our Ancient Egypt topic and have been sharing what they had already discovered at home.

In our first art lesson the children drew self portraits, thinking carefully about their facial features. The children have been able to look back in their sketch books to see how much their drawing skills have improved from FS/KS1 to Year 3 and 4.

Next week is going to be a busy week as we start swimming (Tuesday) and Djembe drumming lessons (Wednesday). The drums are already here and we can’t wait to start! Parents will also be excited to learn that there will be the opportunity later in the term for the children to take the drums home to practise!

Perfect Portraits!

Mrs McMurran, Mrs Leese, Mrs Sharpe and Mrs Heritage

Oak Class

The children have come back to school ready to learn and have settled in incredibly quickly. We are delighted to welcome six new pupils into Oak Class! So here's an official welcome to: Eva, Ashleigh, Michael, Jayden, Asma and Umme! It is great to have them with us.

We're looking forward to touching base with everybody at our 'Meet the Teacher' sessions.

Hilarious Hula Huts!

Oak Class demonstrated some fantastic communication skills to complete different challenge levels with their hula huts. Lots of laughs and some brilliant sportsmanship was shown - a great start to our relationship as a class!

Great teamwork Oak Class!

Mrs Bostock, Mrs Tithecott and Ms Priest

We have just signed up for this scheme starting at Morrisons. If you shop there we would be very grateful if you would collect the tokens. They will enable us to boost our gardening equipment and resources.

It starts on Monday 6th September.

Thank you!

To further promote healthy eating, the children will be bringing home an 'Eat Them To defeat Them' chart and stickers. This is designed to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables AND to be adventurous in trying new foods.

Harvest Festival

As part of our Harvest celebrations we will be collecting food for the Lutterworth and Villages Foodbank. We shall be gathering donations from Monday 4th October until Friday 8th October.

The list below gives us some guidance as to the sorts of foods that would be of most help for the Lutterworth branch.

Friday 8th October - wear something Yellow to school and make a donation to the Young Minds mental health charity.

The children will be using some of the Young Minds resources in their PSHE lessons that week to promote awareness of the importance of mental health.


Dates for your diary

Monday 13th September - Meet the Teacher sessions in Classrooms. (6.00pm and 6.30 pm)

Friday 8th October #HelloYellow - wear something yellow to school and make a donation to the Young Minds charity.

Tuesday 2nd November & Thursday 4th November Parents'/Carers' Evenings 4.00-7.00 pm

School will now open to pupils on Wednesday 5th January NOT Tuesday 4th January as per the original dates.

School Dinners

We are pleased to share with you our new menus that will launch in the Autumn term, please continue to order by the Friday prior via ParentPay.

School Uniform

Our school uniform supplier has an online shop, they are based in Lutterworth so you are still able to go into store to try things on and order direct either in the shop or online. Details of the online shop can be found here:

Kidslingo Spanish Class will be starting with us on Friday lunchtimes for both KS1 & KS2 from 10th September. Details for booking these sessions are on the leaflets below.

Ullesthorpe Pre-School

Message from the School Office

ParentPay dinners - Please ensure that any dinners are booked by Friday 11:00am for the following week through ParentPay. Thank you

Arbor Parent Portal - If you have not already done so, please log on to your childs page via Arbor Parent Portal here:- https://ullesthorpe-cofe.uk.arbor.sc/ and click 'First Time Logging In?' link. Within this system, you can access your child's attendance, rewards, items requiring consents and book parents evenings meetings and update important information such as telephone numbers, email addresses and medical information.

Please would you inform the office if you have any changes to contact numbers, email address or home address.

If you need to contact school please email: officeadmin@uceps.uk

Thank you!


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