The months seem to be flying by at the moment! I can’t believe we are already in May and almost at the end of the first half of the Summer Term. The children have worked so hard in school this half term, tackling their learning with a really impressive resilience and enthusiasm. I continue to be impressed with their positive attitudes and the way they strive to constantly demonstrate our GROW IT and HEARTS values.
As the national COVID-19 restrictions continue to slowly lift, there are very few changes currently for us in school. The guidance for schools remains in place to keep children in their year group bubbles, so all of our current arrangements remain in place. It is, however, wonderful that we have now been able to go ahead with a few trips for the children, broadening their learning experiences, whilst providing motivation and excitement! You can read more about these in our year group news sections.
YEAR 3 NEWS
Year 3 were ever so lucky to go to Dell Quay for their River fieldwork last week and managed to dodge all the raindrops! This was our first trip since COVID. We all had great fun splashing in the stream to record data, before walking along the coast to the Education Centre for more River activities, led by the Chichester Harbour Conservancy staff. They learnt so much from this one day out in the beautiful Chichester Harbour, an officially designated Site of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and we were so proud of the children’s behaviour and resilience throughout the day. Here are some photos of our visit.
We are all looking forward to learning more about the Stone Age as part of this term’s exciting history topic so that we can make the most of our visit to Butser Ancient Farm after half term. We believe that ‘live’ history and hands-on experiences are a fantastic way to learn about how and why things happened in the past.
Once again, we would like to thank all our adults for enabling us to take our children on their school trips and for all their support this half term. We just need the sun to shine on us so that we can make the most of all the exciting learning opportunities we have planned for your children over the next half term!
YEAR 4 NEWS
Year 4 have been really enjoying their gardening project work. Over the last few weeks, we have planted lots of seeds and seedlings and we have been grateful for the recent rain as the ground was so dry and hard. We are now starting to see some growth but we need to put more work into keeping the pests away. We also really enjoyed our visits to Tuppenny Barn where we explored their grounds and crops, planted seeds, investigated a beehive and cooked delicious spinach and cheese muffins using some home-grown produce.
Thank you to all the children who have brought in homework project work. We are feeling very positive as we now have lots of positivity jars. The summer project tasks are in homework books and we would really love to see each child complete at least two before the end of the year.
YEAR 5 NEWS
Year Five have had a busy few weeks learning all about volcanoes and have had some visits to Warblington School and St Faith’s Church. We have been lucky enough to have had a virtual trip to the Natural History Museum, where the children took part in a volcano workshop. The children had to try to save a town from a volcanic eruption by learning to be volcano experts. We have also been building our own volcanoes here in school and have really enjoyed making them erupt, using baking powder and vinegar, out on the playground. Thank you to Cannon Tom for a very interesting visit to St Faith’s Church on Friday, where the children learnt about the origins of the nave and listened to the church organ played. The most recent visit was to Warblington School, where the children could choose from either a science, art or P.E lesson. We were very proud of how well all the children behaved and their enthusiasm in the activities. Finally thank you to everyone who supported our ‘mad hair day.’ We were very impressed with your creations and it was lovely to see so many children taking part.
YEAR 6 NEWS
Year 6 threw themselves into the TT Rockstars inter-year group challenge last week (partly driven by some very competitive members of staff). We think we have some future leaders in our midst as some of the organisation of the classes was phenomenal. With the cancellation of 'official' SATs, Year 6 are working hard over the next two weeks to complete some papers in school to inform teacher assessments. It is not all hard work though - we have a water fight to look forward to before half term - Mrs Robinson and Mr Adam are gearing up and have been rumoured to be practising after school every day! Watch out Year 6! After half term we have a few exciting visits planned, including Paultons Park!
CRAZY HAIR DAY
We had an amazing day in school on Monday 17th May, taking part in our ‘CRAZY HAIR DAY’, raising money to send to India to help with the COVID crisis there. This was an idea suggested by one of our pupils, Vainavi in Year 3, who was keen to be able to raise some money to support. As part of the day, we also held a raffle in each year group. I am very pleased to announce that we managed to raise a total of £550, which has been sent to the charity Action Aid for their support to India campaign. Well done Vainavi for thinking of this and proving yourself to be a true global citizen!
Film night, which was held earlier this week was a huge success! The children really enjoyed watching the antics of Tom and Jerry with their friends and I am very pleased to announce that we raised over £400 for the PTA from the event. A huge thank you must go to all the members of staff who gave up their time to supervise the children and to Mrs Reilly and Mrs Ware in the office who bagged up all the popcorn! Mrs Marsh also deserves a special mention for scouring Havant for enough choc ices and drinks! Thank you to those parents who were extremely patient with the traffic problems in South Street at collection time, especially to one or two parents who stood in as traffic marshals - we were very grateful for your support! We will have a rethink for future events to see if there is anything else we can do to improve this.
MEDICINES IN SCHOOL
If your child requires to have prescribed medicine administered to them during the school day, a medical permission form must be completed, which is available at the school office. The office staff are happy to administer medicine at lunchtime. We are unable to administer any medicine without written parental permission.
If you think your child will require Calpol during the school day could I please ask that you send this into school. Calpol held in school is for emergency use only.
Resilience is a life skill that needs to be practiced! Encourage your child, but don't do whatever it is for them... practice is the key.
Encourage your child to wait or let others go first during a game or group activity.
Encourage your child to help others.
Teach your child to identify struggles or things that seems difficult to them.
Encourage your child to see things as something they can do and not something to avoid. If they struggle, chat about how it could be easier.
Encourage them to step outside their comfort zone, such as playing with different children or trying new foods.
When your child wants to find something, let them look for it!
Teach your child how to be responsible for their own belongings as early as possible. Is it really your fault they didn’t pick their school bag up which they had to step over to get out the front door?
They may not do it right the first time but they will work it out!
Resilience is a life skill; teach them well.
E-SAFETY TIP – CYBER SPRINTERS
The National Cyber Security Centre is launching Cyber Sprinters, a free online game that teaches young children how to stay secure online in a fun, interactive way.
Children are growing up in an increasingly digital world, exposing them to both the opportunities and risks of the internet. From what constitutes a strong password to whether they should accept a photo from an unknown source via Bluetooth, Cyber Sprinters empowers young children to make smart decisions about staying secure online. As a Cyber Sprinter, children race against their depleting battery to collect cyyerspheres and score points. They boost power by collecting padlocks and correctly answering a question on staying cyber secure. If they bump into battery-sucking cybervillians, they face a mini game with a different internet lesson to win back their power. The game will launch on Tuesday 18th May.