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MAPS Newsletter 25 October 2019

Well done to everyone who took part in the Inter House Cross Country. It was typical that the heavens opened just as we were about to start - but this did not dampen everyone's enthusiasm. The race was a well fought contest with Scott house securing three of the top four places in the Year 3/4 race. However, it is the House with the lowest score that wins - and Scott also had too many placed at the back of the field. The eventual winners (when both races are combined) were Armstrong, second were MacArthur, then Scott and finally Piccard.

Well done to Armstrong who won the Cross country - but it was very close - by only 4 places!

Photographs: many thanks to Mrs Madera for all the fantastic photographs she is taking in and around the school. It really makes these newsletters and other materials appear very fresh and current.

Well done to MacArthur  -who won the House Points Cup this term. Chocolate cake for them!

Great Homework on Western Africa by some of our Year 5 pupils - well done

Half Term: Do enjoy a restful half term with your children. They have largely worked hard. I would encourage reading with them, and getting them to read themselves. The more you can do, the better - it really does make a difference - so please do all you can.

In recent research by PISA, they have calculated that reading fiction is even more beneficial than other types of reading - improving a child's learning by 10 months (or effectively a whole academic year). It is important that reading is a daily activity but the evidence is there for all to see.

Lions start swimming on Tuesday 5th November until Tuesday 10 December. Please ensure appropriate kit is in school (swim hat, costume (ideally black) no goggles, and a towel)

Parents Evening's:

Wednesday 6th November 3.45-6.15

Monday 11th 5pm-7.30pm

Bookings close at mid day on the 4th November

Mrs Brightman's Christmas Craft Club starts after half term. Please can those attending have a look over half term and bring in any used magazines for a Christmas Collage. Thank you.

Birthdays: please can I remind parents that if they want to celebrate their child's birthday in school it is not really appropriate to bring in a cake. We have children with severe nut allergies and most cakes have traces of nuts. We also find it very difficult to distribute. Much better (and easier) to bring in some individually wrapped sweets to distribute.

The Friends of MAPS (FoMAPS) are holding their AGM on Monday 18th November, 6.30pm at school. Everyone is welcome to come along even if you haven't been to a meeting before, it would be great to see some new faces! It is also a great opportunity to get more involved with your child's school and to find out what FoMAPS get up to.

Our Year 5 pupils helping Reception to learn to read and appreciate books.

Well done to Tigers who are producing some fantastic work at the moment about staying safe on line.

Racket Sports: congratulations to our rising stars in KS1 who took part in a racket session at Kings Heath - playing a variety of racket sports. They did really well!

Finn has been learning about the changes we can observe in autumn. He can explain what hibernation is, why squirrels collect conkers and why leaves fall off the trees. This is Finn's transient autumn art using objects collected from outside. Well done

Our Year 5's have been learning about how to be an excellent play leader, and to help in the playground with the younger pupils. Excellent skills for life!

Many thanks to the Friends of MAPS for organising and running a fantastic Glow Disco. Great fun was had by all and the ultra violet light was superb!

Well done to our Reception classes who took the first tentative steps on the road to public speaking and performances. They did a great job with their Harvest Festival.

Credits:

Created with images by Josh Applegate - "untitled image" • chuttersnap - "Lane swimmer" • Element5 Digital - "untitled image" • Angelina Jollivet - "christmas tree, reindeer"