Download: No 29 May 5th

Dear Parents, Carers and Governors

It has been another extremely busy week in school despite it being just 4 days. Year 6 are ready for their SATs which start next week. Children should arrive at school at the normal time and go straight to the Food Tech room where breakfast will be served. The time table for the week is as follows:
Monday Reading Test
Tuesday Spelling and Grammar Test
Wednesday Maths Arithmetic and Reasoning
Thursday Maths Reasoning

On Friday afternoon the children will enjoy a BBQ lunch. School will provide the meat but there will be a list up in the classroom for children to donate other items to share.

Year 6 have worked extremely hard in the run up to SATs. Many have attended early morning and after school booster classes to help their revision. I am extremely proud of all of them for the manner in which they have conducted themselves, the responsibility they have taken for completing additional work and for their perseverance to do well. My thanks go to all the staff who have helped them along the way and given extra time to supporting them.

Key Stage 1
Children in Year 2 will be given some tests in reading and maths before the end of this half term. We do not draw attention to testing for children in Key Stage 1 as there is no need for them to feel any pressure whatsoever and any practice tests they have been given are just part of the everyday curriculum activities. The tests are compulsory but they are internally marked and are only used as a guide for teacher assessments.
Year 1 children will also be taking a phonics test in June. All children have phonic cards in their book bags to practice at home and any support you can give with this is greatly appreciated.

Tennis Competition
Well done to our Year 3/4 Tennis team who took part in the Partnership tournament yesterday. They came third overall.

Grendon Hall
Years 3 and 4 are looking forward to their residential trip to Grendon Hall on Wednesday. Children should arrive at school at normal time and they will be leaving at 9am.

Nursery 30 Hours
From September the government will be funding free 30 hours for Nursery children and we will be opening up our Nursery to enable this provision. There are details of how to check eligibility and how to apply for places on our school website under the Parents / Admissions section. There is a link on this page that takes you to the County Council Website where there are further details. On that website there is a link to the Child Care Choices Website where you can check your eligibility and apply. If you would like to apply for a Nursery place for your child please do so before the end of this half term. We are in the process of updating our application form and that will be on our website next week.

Census Day
Our next census day is 18th May. If children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 could have a school lunch that day it increases our funding for the following year. Your support is very much appreciated, particularly this year where our budget is very tight.

Plastic Bottles
Upper Key Stage 2 are needing some plastic bottles for science work. Please save them and send them to school via your class teacher or the main office. Thank you.

School Budgets
Our Chair of Governors Paul Whitehouse has written to all parents today to explain the school’s situation with regard to funding and our budget. Please do take some time to read this.

Attachments
Via Pupil Post
Year 6 Author Letter
Year 5 Kilvrough Letter
Via Parent Mail
Values Newsletter
Letter from the Chair of Governors

Next Week
Key Stage 2 SATs
Wednesday Years 3 and 4 Leave for Grendon
Wednesday PTA meeting 7.30pm
Friday Years 3 and 4 return from Grendon
Friday Library Open for Book Exchange

Have a great weekend.

Yours sincerely

Katherine Spencer