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All Saints CE Primary School 7th May 2021 newsletter

Thinking ahead...

The children have settled back to school this half term brilliantly after a well-deserved rest! We are now very much back into the swing of things and the children are impressing us every day with their kindness, their resilience and their great attitudes to learning.

We will continue to follow government guidance in order to gradually begin relaxing some of the Covid related rules. We do hope to be able to put on some of our usual activities later in the summer term but we will have to see how things go in order for us to do this safely.

Class Structure for next year

We are now in a position to share with you our class structure for the academic year 2021-22.

Our class structure will be:

A lot of time and consideration has been given to how the classes will be organised and the advantages and disadvantages of different models have been debated. We strongly feel that this is the best class structure for our school and our children. In a few years time, we will get to the point where we have two classes per year group and no year groups will be mixed, but we are not there yet.

You will note that we are moving from 10 classes to 12 next year and this is a result of growth in Sapcote. For those of you that know the school site really well, you will be able to work out that we currently have 11 classrooms, not 12! Please don't worry, building work starts on 17th May - more about this comes later in the newsletter.

Once we have made some staff appointments, we will be able to let you know which teachers will be teaching in which year groups. We will then organise the children into their class groupings. What we can tell you at the moment is that we do not envisage Miss Fraser's and Miss Carte's classes being mixed up as they go into Year 1. The children in Mr Wyness', Miss Ellingworth's and Miss Oram's classes will be mixed to create three new Year 4/5 classes. Please be reassured that friendships will be one of the things taken into account when these decisions are made.

Uniform

Uniform is an important part of our school’s identity. It reinforces who we are as a community and helps allow students to feel pride in our school. It also ensures students are not put under any pressure because of the type of clothes they wear and all are treated equally. Equally, it helps prepare students for the school day and for life after school, where many will have to dress smartly for work.

We are beginning to send home reminder emails for children who are not wearing correct uniform or PE kit. Please do not be offended by these emails, and please, if there is a problem with providing the right kit or uniform, get in touch. We understand that things may difficult due to loss of earnings and that it is late on in the year to be purchasing new things. We are really not aiming to make things difficult, however we are regularly having to deal with issues such as fall outs over football kits and concerns about getting "best clothes" dirty in PE. This is why we are encouraging plain kit as much as possible.

Thank you in advance for your support ,

Mrs P

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Building Work

On Monday 17th May, the next exciting phase of building will begin at All Saints. This will provide us with a new Year 1 classroom for next year, extension and better access to Maple class and an additional group room.

The building work will mean some disruption to EYFS and Key Stage 1 drop offs and pick ups for the remainder of the summer term. EYFS will need to enter through the Key Stage 2 gate where they will be met on the playground by staff and walked safely around to their classrooms. There will be similar arrangements for parents collecting at the end of the day. Key Stage 1 (Ash, Maple and Oak class) will all need to enter and exit via the front Ash class door. More specific details will be sent out next week via email. Thank you in advance for your flexibility with this!

During the summer, work will begin on a hall extension, followed by work in the autumn to create a modular build of two new year 6 classrooms. This will complete all planned phases of building work at All Saints and provide us with the space needed to eventually have 14 classes.

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who nominated someone to receive a hamper or gift at Easter.

With the help of Hinckley Food Bank, the churches of Sapcote, Sapcote Garden Centre and All Saints, we managed to organise and deliver over 80 hampers and gifts on Easter Weekend.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped us raise money for the Brain Tumour Research Charity. We raised a whopping £347.

Wear your hair in the craziest way possible on Friday 28th May 2021.

We ask for a £1.00 donation to take part, if you can spare more please feel free to donate more.

Please bring your money into school.

Each class with have their own bucket to put the money into and the PTA will collect it after the bank holiday week.

We are not using an online platform to do this because we are not yet a registered charity and will be charged a fee.

We ask that you minimise any use of colour in your hair as it is still a school day.

There are loads of ideas online using pencils, pipe cleaners and just your hair in general!!!

Some staff will also be taking part!

Our new garden

Mr Duncan has recently been busy securing a grant from Blaby District Council in order for us to develop a neglected part of school into a wonderful garden.

A huge thank you to Mr Duncan and his family, Mrs Smith and her family and Mrs Palmer and her family for giving up their weekends to complete this project. We must also say a big thank you to Sapcote Garden Centre who have helped enormously with ideas and heavily discounted, if not free, materials!

The garden is already being used to grow a variety of vegetables and herbs. Watch this timelapse video of year 5 planting our potatoes!

All children in school are currently working on a design for a brilliant new graffiti mural to brighten up the wall to the right of the garden.

Here are some great before, during and after photos.

Looking after our environment

A huge thank you to Geoff Walker from the South Leicestershire Litter Wombles for "zooming in" to talk to us about Litter and the devastating effect it can have on our wildlife and environment. The children were definitely fired up to go out and make a difference after this. I know Alasdair in Year 4 has already been out litter picking! Well done Alasdair and thank you!

All Saints' Superstars

We are incredibly proud to say that one of our year 6s, Erin, has been selected to be joint captain of the Hinckley Rugby Football Club girls under 13s rugby team. Being selected as joint captain is impressive in itself, but you may have noticed that Erin has been selected for the under 13s. Ordinarily Erin would still play in the under 11s category, so this achievement is doubly impressive. Well done Erin!

Jack and Bethany recently raised over £650 for Cancer Research UK. They walked a minimum of 10,000 steps everyday in March, come rain or shine, and even when they were both poorly with a cold. They also both achieved new personal bests on their step counts- Jack's was 28,443 and Bethany's was 24,586! What a fabulous thing to do!

Little Acorns

Little Acorns have recently been looking at mini-beasts and frogs as part of their Creation theme.

The children had their own Petri dish to collect any insects and each group came together to share what they had found. We used a pictorial sheet to record the different types of mini beasts we uncovered and managed to find spiders, worms, a slug, snail, spider, beetle, ant, wood louse and an earwig.

Grace and Aida have been choosing their own criteria to sort mini-beasts!

Super gardening centre roleplay!

The children have been labelling frogs and mini-beasts and writing their own super-sentences.

Amazing!

Some froggy themed maths!

Key Stage 1

Oak, Ash and Maple have been studying the Victorians and seem to be thoroughly enjoying learning all about this important period in history. To really understand what it was like for Victorian children, Ash class re-enacted a Victorian School Room and had a go at being 'working' children by 'scrubbing' the playground and 'washing' pots. Needless to say, most of the class prefer how school is nowadays! All classes have embraced this topic brilliantly and it has led to some wonderful story writing about going back in time!

Year 6

Year 6 have been very busy. They have completed some work on Prince Philip including the excellent poem and sketches you can see here.

They have also been looking at the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. The work they have produced has been phenomenally good!

Well done year 6!

Rowan Class lead Collective Worship

Last week, the fabulously talented Rowan Class led Collective Worship. They filmed a very exciting news report telling the story of The Hare and The Tortoise.

They then went on to talk about building confidence and resilience in each other and believing in yourself. They finished with some uplifting songs and musical performances, followed by a prayer.

A really exciting and fun Collective Worship from Rowan Class. Some brilliant editing skills used too!

Maple Class lead Collective Worship

Maple class led a beautiful Collective Worship last week. It was zoomed into everybody's classroom and was thoroughly enjoyed by all!

The children spoke confidently about "belonging" and what makes you feel that you belong. They then went on to talk about when you lose something, or feel lost before retelling the Parable of the Lost Coin.

Amazing speaking and acting in Maple Class! There are definitely some future performers amongst them!

ACTIVE FUN!

With government guidance opening up more and more we are really excited to be able to offer a before school WAKE and SHAKE for EYFS and KS1 children.

It runs every MONDAY morning, from 8.15 until schools starts. Children may bring a parent along to join in with the fun fitness based activities or attend alone. It will take place on the field and it will be zoned into class bubbles to enable social distancing.

It will be delivered by Mrs Dawkins, our resident PE specialist who has been working with our children and staff in school time for this academic year.

Ideally we would like your child to have suitable footwear on. Please make sure the children have a drinks bottle to refill and maybe an extra snack if they require.

There is no need to give permission or book on and is no weekly commitment required, we can work on an ad hoc basis.

Looking forward to seeing lots of you there!

School Games Resources

The School Games have released 'Active Recovery' resources. The resources aim to help children and young people to boost their health and wellbeing by promoting being active before, during and after the school day. Please see the link below consisting of a list of activities, provided by physical activity and sports organisations. https://www.yourschoolgames.com/active-recovery/

Cross Country is BACK!

WOW- so many birthdays to celebrate!

Happy Birthday this time goes to...

Crystal-Mae, Isla, Presley-James, Grace, Zachary and Carys in Little Acorns

Pickle, April, Tilda, Tristan and Blossom in Year 1

Elodie, Miya, Esmae, Finley, Emilia, Noah, Charlie, Harriet, Nicolas, Thomas and Leo in Year 2

Harrison, Mila, Maisy-Rose, Darcey, Sophia, Sam, Bae, Felix, Mel and Iris in Year 3

Alasdair, Eli, Iris, Jacob, Russ, Maddison, Jack, Maisie and Evie in Year 4

Joshua and Imogen in Year 5

Elen, Bella, Jamie, Jessica, Pennie, Darcy, Lana and Harry in Year 6

Health and Wellbeing

This year Mental Health Awareness week is May 10th – 16th May, the theme for the week is connecting to Nature. The Mental Health Foundation have chosen the theme as there is evidence that access to nature is crucial for our mental health and millions of people re-discovered this during the lockdowns.

The South Leicestershire School Sports Partnership (SLSSP), Active Oadby and Wigston, Active Blaby and Active Harborough have created the Healthy Selfie Challenge. The challenge encourages children, young people and families to explore nature and take a picture. The picture does not have to be a selfie, you may choose to take a creative picture of nature for example sheep in a field or an interesting leaf. Parents are encouraged to tweet pictures of the challenge using #HealthySelfie and tag in @lslssp along with @activeoadbywigs, @activeblaby or @SportinHarb depending on the area you live in. An Amazon gift voucher will be awarded to lucky participants at random.

The SLSSP has also created a Mental Health Awareness Week booklet consisting of information and family challenges based on connecting with nature. The booklet can be accessed via your child’s school teacher or downloaded via our website http://learningsouthleicestershiressp.org.uk/parent-guardian-portal/

Wrap Around Care with Conkers

Notices

Safety First

We have noticed some use of children's school email addresses being used for other than logging onto Google Classrooms. Could you please ensure that the children do not use their school email for logging onto any other sites such as YouTube etc as it is to be kept for the sole use of Google Classrooms. Thank You

Privacy Notice

In respect to GDPR protocols, we are obliged to inform you when we update our Privacy Notice for Parents and Carers. With this in mind we would like to let you know that we have updated the notice, which can be found at the following link, so that you may make yourself aware of what it covers. https://inspiringprimaries.files.wordpress.com/2021/05/ipat-privacy-notice-2020-2021.pdf

Government Rural Broadband

Our friends at Sapcote Parish Council would like us to share with you the link below and encourage you to complete the online survey. No personal details are needed to complete the survey.

The Department of Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) wants to hear views and experiences of consumers’ broadband connectivity in rural and remote areas of the UK. The evidence gathered will enable DCMS to assess the options available for delivering improved connectivity to areas where the costs of delivering better digital infrastructure have so far proven to be a barrier to deployment.

Get into Teaching!

Useful Dates

Summer Term

School closes for May Half Term- Friday 28th May

School reopens for Summer 2- Monday 7th June

School closes for Summer Break -Friday 9th July

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