April 17th Newsletter

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April 17th Newsletter
by Mrs Doran - Thursday, 23 April 2015, 9:58 PM

Welcome back everybody! I hope you all had a very enjoyable Easter break.  The warmer weather has given us a lovely start to the summer term and I am especially looking forward to the fact this will provide even more opportunities for outdoor learning.


Recruitment update

I am very pleased to report that we have had a very positive response to the teacher vacancies advertised and have so far shown almost 70 potential applicants around the school and have had even more requests for application packs.  Interviews will be held during the first week of May and the school council are already planning what questions they intend to ask.


Wellies for Class 2

Mrs Smith has asked me to remind parents of pupils in class 2 that wellies or appropriate footwear are still required every Monday for outdoor activities.  The children enjoyed hunting the garden for secret codes this week and had great fun using and applying work on symbols which they had been doing in the classroom.


The term ahead

There is a great deal to look forward to this term.  We have many sporting events over the next few weeks, work is already under way to prepare for the summer concert and we also have the Residential and other class trips to look forward to.  In amongst all the excitement, the children are working hard to prepare for their National Tests and assessments.  There will be observations of Reception pupils to assess their achievements towards their Early Learning Goals, Year 1 pupils will complete a phonics screening assessment during the week commencing 15th June, year 2 will complete reading, writing and mathematics assessments throughout the month of June and during SATS week (11th May) all children from years 3-6 will complete SATs tests to assess their level of English and Mathematics. 


It is important to remember that the children are assessed regularly throughout the year to measure their progress and these particular tests and assessments will not be anything they have not already experienced.  The outcome of all assessments undertaken this term will be reported to parents but if you have any questions or require further information then please do not hesitate to contact me.  The children who are supported well at home do make better progress in their learning so please do encourage your child to complete any homework set and continue to read regularly and practice any spellings and time tables.


 Friends of LAMPS

There will be a Friends of LAMPS meeting on Monday evening at 7:30pm.  Please do join us for discussions about future fundraising events.  We have many events to look forward to such as the Garden Day, the Plant Sale, the Fun Run and also Icy Fridays which have now began today.  If you haven’t already joined the lottery organised by Friends then forms are available from the school office so feel free to call in any time.


Reception intake September 2015

I was very happy to be notified this week that all families that had applied for a place for their child starting Reception in September have been successful.  I will be contacting all parents soon to arrange home visits and transition afternoons which will ensure that the children have a settled start.


Diary dates

I will add to these each week whenever new events or activities are arranged.  More information about each event will be provided nearer the time.


Mon, 20th April:            Friends meeting, 7:30pm

Wed, 22nd April:           Tag Rugby Competition for selected yr 5/6 pupils

Fri, 24th April:              Photos with Anthony Wright

Sat, 25th April:             Garden Day (volunteers needed)

Tues, 28th April:           Childline Workshop (yr 5/6)

Weds, 29th April:         Tag Rugby for selected yr 5/6

Fri, 1st May:                  Tennis for selected yr 3/4 pupils

Tues, 5th May:              Safeguarding Workshop for yr 5/6

Thurs, 7th May:            Teacher interviews – Day 1

Fri, 8th May:                 Teacher interviews – Day 2

Mon, 11th May:              SATs Week



Henry Ellis celebrated his 6th birthday on Tuesday this week and Charlie Ann Thompson will be celebrating her 10th on Sunday.  Many happy returns to you both.


Weekly Achievements


Maths Awards:            Scott Bousie                 Dexter Hutt                 Zara Clough

Ruby McKenzie Netherwood                


Writing Awards:          Paris Darby                  Tom Mason                   Will Parton


Merit Awards:             Blossom Howell             Darwin Kitchin              Class 1


Well done children, keep up the good work!