The end of term is racing towards us and hopefully the weather will be kind over the Easter break.
What happened this term?
Thank you to all the parents who came to the Curiosity Café last week. It was another very well attended event. Next term as we have the national tests in Year 2 and 6, and school tests in the other years, we won’t have one. The next Café will therefore be Thursday 5th July.
Don’t forget that we have a school uniform, a number of children have not been wearing this lately. School uniform gives children a sense of pride and belonging and therefore should be worn every day.
Thank you to Mr. Killingworth whose Race Night raised over £850. This goes towards paying for the pantomime next Christmas. A special thank you the Mr. and Mrs. Willis who made a donation to help towards this event. Also to the parent Council who ran a Bingo at the village Hell for us. This raised £250 . Well done to all concerned
What’s new for the summer term?
New method of communication
You can now follow us on “Twitter”, search for “Alderman Payne” and follow us to see what we have been tweeting.
After the break we will be having a speed stacking club which will be for Years 3 to 6. A letter came out about that yesterday, so make sure that you get your form back quickly as we anticipate that it will be popular club.
The knitting club will be starting after the break too. As this is a very small club (6 children to start off) we have prioritised the children that brought in knitting needles/ wool etc. first. Once they are established and can knit, the club will expand to include more children. This will be a lunchtime club, so there is no issue about collection after school.
Mrs. Lewis one of our lunchtime staff moved house, and so resigned from her post. She was replaced by Mrs. Fisher who has been with us a couple of weeks. Welcome to her.
New PE lessons.
As we have some additional sports funding, we will be running some PE slots in addition to the ones taught on Mondays and Wednesdays by the POSH.
After the break we will be changing from gymnastics lessons on Tuesdays to dance lessons. The gymnastics teacher Mrs King has been excellent and she will be sorely missed. She will be returning to coaching the Paralympic Boccia team.
Swimming will also be starting the second week back after the holiday (w/c 23rd April). Two adults (i.e. the class teacher and the teaching assistant) teach the children either at the poolside or in the water. At least one of these staff members is trained in resuscitation training. The pool is a learner pool which means that the depth is no greater that 0.85 metres. The pool is heated and there are separate boys and girls changing facilities.
The children will need swimming costumes (no bikinis or knee length swimming shorts), a swimming hat, flip flops and a towel. Earrings, all jewellery and hair clips must be removed before swimming. Children may wear goggles in the pool. If your child has a verruca they can swim as long as they have a verruca sock on their foot. Parents usually find it easier to send the swimming kit in at the start of the week as there are sometimes opportunities for extra swimming sessions. The timetable for this will be sent out early next term.
We would be interested to know about your child’s water confidence if they have not swum with us before (either in the Reception Class or if you have joined us from another school). It is useful for us to know for example if your Reception child minds if water splashes on their face at bath time. If you have any information you would like to share please talk to the class teacher. Swimming is a compulsory part of the PE curriculum, and children are not able to opt out. We always have a fun summer and finish the year sure that the children are developing their water confidence, swimming abilities and safety around water in the local area.
16 children have been trained to be Playground Pals. After Easter they will be helping the adults to run small group activities during lunchtime. Some of the activities which they will assist the adult with are speed stacking, archery and skipping games. This should give the children more things to do at lunchtime.
What’s happening in the summer term?
These dates are also on the school website if you lose this letter.
16th children return to school
16th After School club begins with POSH Years 3 to 6
18th After School club begins with POSH Years R to 2
18th After School club Speed stacking begins Years 3 to 6
18th knitting club begins (lunchtime)
18th Parent Council AGM 6pm
20th Dance workshop all day event (to be confirmed by “Wise Moves” dance agency)
26th Dance workshop Bollywood dancer for event including coloured powder throwing. Parents welcome from 2.45pm. Wear old clothes!
W/c 30th National Year 2 tests (SATS) and school based Year 1 tests
W/c 7th School based Year 3 and 4 tests
7th Bank holiday Monday
W/c 14th National Year 6 tests (SATS) and school based Year 5 tests. NB Year 6 must attend school every day to get a mark for these.
W/c 14th last week for POSH after school clubs
W/c 21st National tests Year 2 (any absent children)
W/c 21st Sports festival KS2 (date and venue to be confirmed by POSH)
24th Photographer taking class photos
25th Dance workshop all day event (to be confirmed by “Wise Moves dance agency)
W/c 28th HALF TERM
4th Staff training; no children in school
W/c 4th Arts week
W/c 4th After School clubs begin
5th Children return to school
14th New R parents’ meeting at 9am
15th Father’s day lunch
26th Sports day 9.30 am
28th Summer Fair 3.15pm – 4.15pm
3rd – Sports day (if the previous one is cancelled due to poor weather)
5th Curiosity Café
6th Y6 prom at Gorefield
9th Last week for After School Clubs
12th Wisbech Reads event for Y1/2 children and parents
13th Children move up to their new teacher for the day.
18th Leavers’ lunch for Year 6
18th Y6 performance 6pm
20th Final assembly 2pm for year 6 children and parents
20th last day of term for children
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