From the Headmaster:
I find it difficult to believe that it was just this time last week that many people were busy carrying tables, chairs, Christmas trees and decorating the school with a whole range of decorations in advance of our very successful fayre. I very much hope you all enjoyed the afternoon and that you enjoyed splatting the rat, guessing the name and entering into a virtual world.
A tremendous amount of work went into the event, with so many members of our community working so hard to ensure it was enjoyed by so many (apologies for the Churchill-esque sentence!) Your efforts are not unnoticed and I very much hope that you had the opportunity to enjoy the day yourselves.
I am grateful to you all for your hard work and support for the event, with over 1500 raised I am very keen to ensure that all members of our community are involved in deciding how to best spend the money. Immediately following the upcoming holidays I will be writing to you with details of a meeting involving children (school council) and parents to discuss how best to proceed.
As you will see from the images included within this edition, we held a very successful dress rehearsal this week in advance of the Nativity. I would strongly recommend that you attend what promises to be a thoroughly enjoyable event to start the Christmas holidays.
Information from First Steps
It has been a very busy week in First Steps. We throughly enjoyed watching the 'Forgotten Elf' on Monday morning. The children were perfectly behaved on the journey and during the performance. We would like to thank all of the parent helpers who kindly joined us. We have carried on decorating our classroom and making it ready for Christmas party time next Tuesday afternoon - you are all invited to join us!
We also enjoyed writing letters to Santa and very much hope he has already received them!
Information from Second Steps
Second Steps have enjoyed a busy, festive week. We really loved our trip to see The Christmas Elf on Monday and this started off a super Christmas themed week. Monday continued with Woodland school, where we made Christmas decorations using twigs from the park. We have concentrated on our sound of the week - the letter C, for writing and word building. In Maths, we looked at putting our Post Office parcels into size order and have been writing and posting lots of letters to Santa.
We enjoyed a preview of the Nativity as we had a dress rehearsal on Thursday and looked lovely in our sparkly outfits!
For cooking this week, we have decorated gingerbread biscuits after listening to the Gingerbread Boy story and today had a special Christmas lunch, complete with crackers!
Information from Reception
Wow! With the end of the term fast approaching Reception have been extremely busy. We enjoyed a trip to All Saints Church in Kingston to watch ‘The Lonely Christmas Elf’. The children loved joining in with the songs and helping Stripes find his way home! In Performing Arts, we have been practicing hard with our Nativity performance and we even got to try on our wonderful costumes. This week in Maths, we have been using the rulers to measure different objects and we started to use centimetres to say how long and tall objects were.
Information from Year 1
In Maths this week, we have been exploring coordinates and direction. The children learnt how to describe a journey using compass points and grid references. We designed treasure maps and then wrote questions with coordinate answers. “I love this Maths,” Avery.
In Literacy, we worked on our instructions and explanations to ensure that they were clear and detailed. So much so that an alien could understand them. Explaining Christmas to an alien proved trickier than expected, there was so much to say ...
In Art, we created dream catchers. The Native American people believe that the air is full of dreams and that the Bream catcher web will trap bad dreams and allow good dreams to flow through the holes and trickle down the feathers to the sleeping person below.
Information from Year 2 and Year 3
This week in Owl Class, we have been getting ready for Christmas. We enjoyed a wonderful production on Monday. In Literacy, we have been writing letters to Santa and working on our letter structure. In Maths, we have been looking at weight. This half term we thoroughly enjoyed our rugby lesson on Tuesday. Our focus was getting past a defender in pairs and (hopefully) scoring a try. The children have made great progress this half term. In preparation for the nativity, we have been rehearsing our songs and had a full dress rehearsal on Thursday. We are all very excited to perform for you next week. Next Monday is our class party. Don't forget to wear your Christmas jumpers!
As you will be aware, our Nativity will be taking place on Thursday 15th December at 11am. The children and staff have been very busy behind the scenes preparing for the performance.
I am aware that some of you will be unable to join us on the day due to work commitments. In addition to being able to purchase a video of the performance we would like to offer a secure live streaming performance that you may be able to watch from your desk. If this is of interest to you I would ask that you contact Mrs. Blower to express your interest. Assuming that there is sufficient demand we will then provide you with the necessary login details. If you would like to order a video, the order form can be accessed here -
Drop off and Collection Arrangements
The side gate is open each day from 8.00am-8.05am for early bird drop off. It will then be opened again from 8.15am-8.30am for drop off, and 3.30pm - 3.40pm for collection. Early bird drop off is for children only and you should leave your children with the member of staff on duty.
If you are running late, please inform Mrs Blower so we can make the necessary arrangements.
You are welcome to bring your children to breakfast club which opens its doors at 7.30am. £5 per session to be paid on the day.
Please help us maintain the very best relationships with our neighbours by not blocking or parking in their drives when dropping off or collecting your children.
Please do not park on the yellow chevrons directly in front of the school for the safety of all of our children.
Could I ask that you ensure that waterproof trousers and coats are brought into school on the relevant day (regardless of the forecast) so that we maximise our use of Richmond Park.
Don't forget, this weekend…
Christmas jumper shopping for Monday 12th December Save the Children fundraising.
Please collect any decorations that were kindly used for the Fayre.
After School Activities
Please note, all clubs, with the exception of After School Club, will not take place in the final week of term.
The link to apply for a place on the various activities can be found here - https://goo.gl/forms/KKIVxldDMvPPCTti2
If I could remind you that should you wish to apply for a place for after school club next week. These requests can be accommodated up to 2pm each day, with the form being taken off line at 2pm to ensure we can make the necessary arrangements. Places for after school club are restricted to children attending Second Steps through to Year 3. https://goo.gl/forms/2KxdpmMIGgE6fICV2
Should you need to cancel an After School Club session, please contact Mrs Blower directly to amend the form.
Dates for the Diary -
Monday 12th December - Christmas Class Parties. Mufti for all!
Monday 12th December - Christmas Jumper Day - Save The Children Charity fundraiser.
Wednesday 14th December - No swimming, cancelled due to pool closure.
Thursday 15th December - Christmas Nativity 11am. Last Day of term. School closes at 12.30pm.
Term resumes - Tuesday 10th January 2017.