Isham Update September 2019

Welcome Back

A warm welcome back to you all. We hope you all managed to enjoy the summer break, even it was a bit of a damp one. It has been a good few days here in school and it has been wonderful to see the children return to school happy, positive and ready for another year of school. Our new year 6s have returned with positive attitudes, ready to take on their important job of role models and we are excited to see what their final year at Isham holds in store for them.

All the classrooms are looking incredibly fresh and clean after being decorated during the holidays and the Reception and KS1 cloakroom has a new hardwearing carpet to replace the one spoilt by the unfortunate flood in the toilets last term.

We would also like to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to our new families. We hope you find this monthly newsletter a useful way of keeping up to date with what is going on in school. Our Reception children will be starting school on Monday on a part time basis and will join us full time on Monday 23rd September and we are sure they will very quickly settle in to the Isham family.

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to speak to your child’s teacher or a member of the leadership team.l

Start of Year Reminders

We have quite a few new families joining the school this year so we just wanted to give a few reminders about the day-to-day running of the school. For KS2, the doors open at 8.45am so the children can be sitting down for registration at 8.50am. All children should enter school independently and there will always be a member of staff on the door to take any messages if needed. For KS1 and Reception children, the door is opened at 8.50am so the children can be ready for registration at 9 o'clock. Any messages or issues, again, can be discussed with the member of staff on the door.

Teaching staff do need to be with their classes in the morning so, if you do need to speak to your child's teacher, it is much easier to speak to them at the end of the day or phone the office to make an appointment.

At the end of the day, KS1 finish at 3.10pm and KS2 at 3.15pm. All children exit from their classrooms once their parent / carer can be seen. Children in KS1 who have siblings in Reception will leave together through the Reception classroom. We ask that you inform the school if someone different will be collecting your child, as we cannot let your child leave with a different adult without your permission. If your child is in Years 5 or 6 and you are happy for them to walk home by themselves, please provide written permission to Miss Harrison.

Curriculum Update

Last term, the staff worked hard on refining and developing our curriculum so that we can ensure the children have greater opportunities to build on and develop their learning as they pass through the school, whilst still providing fantastic, memorable and hands on experiences. Class letters will provide greater information about the changes for each year group.


Year 6 head off on their residential next week to the Isle of Wight and Year 4s are off to Grafham Water the following week. If you have children in these year groups, please remember to check the kits lists to make sure the children have everything they need before they leave. We are sure they will have a fabulous time and we can’t wait to hear all about their adventures when they return

Values Families

For those of you new to the school, the whole school is divided into four groups known as 'Values Families'. These are represented by a family tree and are: Oak, Willow, Beech and Sycamore. The children work together in their families to earn Value Tokens which are then placed in our token collector (located in the hall). The children remain in the same Values Families throughout their time at Isham and the new Reception children will be assigned a family in the next few weeks.

The children earn Value Tokens by displaying the Christian Values that form the foundation of the ethos of our school. At the end of each half term, the tokens are counted and the winning family are awarded the 'Values' trophy and a family reward. Willow were our winners at the end of term and enjoyed a Golden Time reward complete with ice lollies!

The children all spend time in their families at different points over the year and it has been fabulous watching how the older children work with, and support, the younger children of the school. Go to the Christian Values tab on the school website www.ishamprimary.org.uk to see photos of some of our family events

Our Vision

Staff, governors and children have recently reviewed our school vision, which we would like to share with you. We always encourage you to come and discuss any issues with the Senior Leadership Team (Kirstin Howarth & Becky Hawke) should you be unhappy with any aspect of school. We can only move forward together if we know what the issues are, and this is a much better way of ensuring your child's happiness and success rather than through parental playground discussions. In working with you we hope to achieve our vision as below:

Nurturing the infinite worth of every person through love, respect, perseverance, honesty and forgiveness

Isham has always embraced the ‘whole’ child, ensuring academic rigour is set within a wider theological and educational context. We understand that the Arts, Sport and Faith together with good pastoral, spiritual & mental health support drive standards far more rapidly than any diet restricted to English & Maths and, thus, these feature heavily in our school.

We also acknowledge that mental health, resilience and good pastoral support is critical in supporting the staff team to pro-actively manage all challenges that they face, in ensuring our children leave us being the best they can be & well prepared for the next phase of their journey.

We share PDET’s vision in that the infinite worth of all in our school is measured by far greater outcomes than data alone; it is measured through smiles on faces, through positive attitudes, through standing strong as a team in the face of adversity, through faith, through talents, through laughter in the classrooms & staffroom, and through the vibrant ethos of ‘oneness’ that is nurtured here at Isham.

We intend that, in keeping with the Church of England’s Vision for Education, our vision is also for the common good of the whole human community and its environment, whether national, regional or local. It is hospitable to diversity, respects freedom of religion and belief, and encourages others to contribute from the depths of their own traditions and understandings. It invites collaboration, alliances and negotiation of differences, in order to serve the flourishing of a healthily plural society and democracy, together with a healthily plural educational system.

To achieve our vision, 5 fundamental Christian and British values lie at the heart of all we do and these are: love, respect, perseverance, honesty and forgiveness.

Scarecrow Festival

Isham are, once again, holding their biannual Scarecrow Festival this month and our Year 5s will be creating some scarecrows for the school - please refer to the Year 5 email and come come and join us on Friday 13th September. All scarecrows will be on display on 21st and 22nd. If you fancy checking out the scarecrows, details of the event are below.

Admissions 2020

Now is the time of year when potential applicants for our Reception class 2020 are asked to apply.

For those of you with children who will be 4 between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020, our Open Hours for the 2020 intake are shown below. Please confirm your attendance by email or by calling 01536723956 and speaking to Sue Wood or Susanna Hogan. There are four Open Hours for you to choose from - all run from 11am-12pm. Dates are:

  • Friday 27th September 2019
  • Thursday 17th October 2019
  • Tuesday 26th November 2019
  • Monday 13th January 2020

The invite is for the full hour. You will have chance to hear a little about our school, meet the team, have a look around and ask any questions. The Exec-Head Teacher will also talk through the admissions process and how to apply to us - slightly different given our Academy status and our VA heritage.

The hour is intended for parents only and, whilst we don't seek to be awkward, we feel it would be easier for you to come without children in tow. That said, if it's impossible, we do understand.

The closing date for applications is 15th January 2020 (5pm)


Dates for your diary

Dates in bold are newly added

September 2019

  • Monday 2nd September: Teacher Training Day
  • Tuesday 3rd September: Teacher Training Day
  • Wednesday 4th September: School re opens to pupils
  • Monday 9th September: New Reception children start
  • Monday 9th - Friday 13th September: Year 6 Residential to the Isle of Wight
  • Monday 9th September: Bikeability for Year 5
  • Monday 16th - Wednesday 18th September: Year 4 Residential to Grafham Water
  • Friday 27th September: Year 6 Isle of Wight Assembly, 2.30pm

October 2019

  • Thursday 10th October: Harvest Festival @ St Peter's Church, 2.15pm
  • Monday 14th October: Parent's Evening, 3.20-6pm
  • Wednesday 16th October: Parent's Evening, 3.20-6pm
  • Thursday 17th October: Year 4 Graham Water Assembly, 9 o'clock
  • Friday 25th October: School closes for half term, 3.15pm

November 2019

  • Monday 4th November: School re opens to pupils Friday 15th November: Children in Need Mufti Day
  • Thursday 21st November: Year 6 Screening
  • Friday 13th December: Christmas Jumper Day


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