Our Current Value is: Respect
Dear Parents and Carers
Welcome back to a new term and Happy New Year to all. I hope you all managed to find some relaxing family time over the Christmas break. We welcome our new children and their families who have joined us for the first time this term.
Term has got off to a busy start and the children were introduced to our new Value of Respect this week. This value underpins all our values in school and the children have brought home some tasks to do with their families over the next couple of weeks.
On Wednesday, 10 children from Upper Key Stage 2 took part in the swimming gala at the Windrush Leisure Centre. They completed a range of individual races and team relays. All of the children showed great perseverance in their races and great sportsmanship when cheering on all of the other schools. They have represented themselves and the school well – they should all feel very proud!
Developing a Love of Reading
With the start of the new year, teachers at Madley Brook would like to remind and encourage you and your child to continue to select a challenging and age appropriate book. Hopefully your child has started a new reading book or is continuing with one they have already started.
If you and your child find selecting a reading book difficult, either see your child’s teacher for some suggestions or visit www.lovereading4kids.co.uk
where you will be able to browse an enormous selection of books and preview the first few chapters. It is free to sign up to and has the most up to date list available.
Reading broadly and frequently aids children in accessing all areas of the curriculum, including both fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Please continue to support your child’s learning by encouraging them to read and record in their reading diary as a record of their achievement.
Should you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher or myself.
Next term all children in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 will be taking part in the Big Science Event. Children will be planning and completing their experiments the week beginning 25th February. We are looking for judges for the Big Science Final on Friday 1st March. If you think you could help us or know someone who has a science background and might be interested, please speak to Mrs Wakeling or Miss Cuthbertson in Year 4 before the end of term.
Year 6 SATS Meeting
We will be holding a meeting for parents of children in Year 6 on Monday 21st January at 6pm in the school hall. The meeting will be about the SATs tests in May and the revision process that is being put in place prior to the tests. I would urge all parents to attend if they can even if you have had children take the tests in previous years as there are changes and some differences. There will also be an opportunity to purchase some useful revision books which children can use to practise at home. If when you arrive there is no one at the main entrance, please enter the hall via the back door.
Pine Class will be going to Wood Green School on Monday afternoon for a Sports Leaders session. Please ensure your child has their PE kit and water bottle in school that day.
Census Day and School Lunches
As mentioned in the Autumn Term we have a census day three times a year and our funding for the universal free school meal programme for all children in Reception and Key Stage 1 is determined by the uptake on these 3 days for this particular group of children. If you are able to support us in ordering a school lunch for your child on this day it would greatly support our school budget.
The next census day is Thursday 17th January. The menu on this day is (to make it more appealing):
Beef Burger in a Bap
Sweetcorn or Baked Beans
Ice Cream with Toffee Popcorn Bites
The menu is open to the whole school
Please note that in addition to the two menu choices each day there is an option for Jacket potatoes on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
If your child is due to start school in September 2019 then you need to apply for a school place by next Tuesday 15th January. Applications can be made on line on Oxfordshire County Council’s website.
With Spring around the corner, the Barrowers are keen to get the children growing vegetables in the allotment. Two raised beds were built at the end of last year and we plan to build more in the future. We are seeking your help to raise enough money to fill these raised beds with quality top soil. Children are invited to wear something green or flowery for the day on 1st February, make a donation and help us to keep growing together. Thank you for your support.
16th PTA 7pm in the Studio
21st Key Stage 1 Crocodiles visit
21st Governors Meeting
21st SATs meeting for parents 6pm
24th Heights and Weights Check for Year R and Year 6
29th Years 5 and 6 to Wood Green for Beauty and the Beast Performance
1st Barrowers Dress up Day
5th Choir to the O2 Arena for Young Voices
5th National Safer Internet Day
11th Pine Class to Sports Leaders Session at Wood Green
14th Meeting for Parents and Children in Years 3 and 4 going to Grendon Hall
15th End of term
Fridays at 2.30pm:
Feb 1st Birch Class
Feb 15th Pine Class
March 1st Maple Class
March 22nd Beech Class
March 29th Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4)
This month’s 100 Club was drawn in the presence of Springfield teacher Sue Calcutt.
Congratulations to the following winners:
1st Prize £53 Rina Kachhela
2nd Prize £33 Josie Barras
3rd Prize £23 Emma Nicholson
Via Pupil Post
Via Parent Mail
Curriculum Information / Letters for each Team
Letter for Key Stage 1 re Crocodiles Visit
See above for dates
Have a great weekend.