20th May 2022

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Next week at a glance... 

Monday -
- Kingfishers - PE Kit
- Owls - Residential - meet at Lancaster train station, southbound at 9:10am
- All Tuck shop Tuesday - 50p a snack, all proceeds to our Kenyan school friends.

- Kingfishers swimming kit 

- Robins PE kit
- Puffins and Nursery - PE kit

Spread The Happiness calendar next week...

Wednesday - See a show/put on a show day
Friday - Stay outside day

You don't need to do or send anything for our STH days unless we let you know in advance, there will be things going on in class and your children may tell you all about it!

Platinum Jubliee

What a fantastic turn out for this event. I just want to say a HUGE thank you to all those that worked so hard to help the day such a success. For our incredible bakers, that provided us with a delicious array of cakes and bakes. The beautiful flower arrangements on the table. All those that set out and put away tables and chairs and helped decorate and set out the playground. It was a true team effort and I am very grateful.
The children performed brilliantly, and really added to the occasion - Well-done children!
This could be the first of future community events, so watch this space!

It was wonderful to have so many people join us at our special Platinum Jubilee BIG LUNCH yesterday.

The BIG LUNCH is part of Eden community projects, started in 2009, the BIG LUNCH brings millions of people together across the UK to celebrate with neighbours and community.

This year is extra special as THE BIG JUBILEE LUNCH is part of the official celebrations for HM the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend and the BIG LUNCH will once again kick start a whole month of community. However, we see our BIG LUNCH as a launch of our school commitment to connect and work more collaboratively and inter-generationally with our community.

Over this school year, I have been sharing our school vision with children, staff, governors, parents and community.

As identified in our latest OFSTED inspection, our curriculum is already a strength of our school and it continues to grow and evolve to further develop our thinking of:

Sense of place people history future

“Children are one third of our population, but all of our future.”

We are ambitious for our children and our aim is to equip them with the knowledge and skills to enable them to pursue their dreams and ambitions, whilst also making an active contribution to their community.

Well- being, resilience, social and environmental sustainability are key components and we want to use our locality to make comparisons, and connections with wider global issues, extending our networks and building relationships.

Current and Future Projects

Made by the Moon – A project that focuses on story-telling and sense of place

Food Futures – Supporting our Food technology curriculum – growing and growth – farm to fork

Our BIG Ambitions
Intergenerational work through – growing and gardening. We REALLY want to develop a Community Garden, where ALL of our children take responsibility weekly, as part of our wider curriculum for growing, working alongside wider community

Performing Arts – School choir – opened up to community. Dance – Music and Art Story telling – we have already enjoyed welcoming grandparents into school for some story-telling sessions.

Arkholme School Vision

Contact us...

The quickest and easiest way to contact your child's teacher is to email Mrs Waddington and mark it for the attention of your child's teacher.
Please contact the school office via email or phone 015242 21418
Please do not message via Remind as these messages often get missed.
Click here to email Mrs Waddington in the school office
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Music lessons

Mr Warriner has sent out this term's bills, please make sure you have received it and any problems, his email is below.
Email Mr Warriner - Music lessons

Kingfishers Jubilee DT challenge

Next week, I will be setting the Kingfishers a Jubilee themed DT challenge to make a moving model of the Gold State Coach. We would appreciate donations of cereal/porridge boxes and small Amazon-type cardboard boxes please. The maximum axel length is 13cm so nothing huge please! Also, we would love to have some help if anyone is free at any time on Tuesday!
Mrs Burgess

In the classroom this week!

We've had a wonderful week in Puffin class learning all about the Queen and the jubilee. We loved our jubilee picnic lunch with the community and enjoyed lots of fun playing on the field as a whole school. Next week we continue to learn about the jubilee. In maths we've been thinking about subtraction and used raisins to help us understand this concept.
Have a wonderful weekend Puffins
This week we have been learning all about Her Majesty the Queen as part of our jubilee celebrations! We began the week in year 2 finding out all about her life, and some interesting facts about her. We then wrote a biography, and shared our facts with each other. In maths we have been learning how to measure length in cm and m, and comparing different lengths. 

This week has been very busy for Year 1. 
We went on an indoor nature walk on Monday and found lots of great adjectives to describe them we then worked in pairs to choose some adjectives to put into a sentence to create a Nature List Poem! Well done, Year 1.
In Maths we have introduced weight and mass and we used the key phrase 'the bee is lighter than the ant' or 'the ant is heavier than the bee'. We used some equipment found in our classroom and weighing scales to balance the object with a certain number of cubes. Some great measuring and learning this week despite the busy week we have had! 
Robins class have enjoyed their Platinum Jubilee preparation and celebrations this week. We have looked at examples of stamps featuring the Queen, and then designed our own Platinum Edition of the stamp, using our portrait skills. You can see these in the window of Robin Class. We also made crowns for our Jubilee celebrations. In the garden we have now transplanted our seedlings into bigger pots and put them outside for some much needed sunshine! We hope to have some produce to share with you soon! 
Next week Mrs Whitaker will be going on the Owl Class residential to London. Year 2 will be taught my Mrs Oram, and Mrs Hamer will be staying for the afternoons to teach Robins. If you have any questions and need to speak to someone about your child, please see Mrs Hamer, or Mrs Waddington. Have a great weekend.
Kingfisher Class have had a fabulous week. The absolute highlight was our school Jubilee party, which the children will remember for ever! After all the wonderful tea, cakes, singing and dancing, the Kingfishers played on the field in the sunshine. They rolled down the hill and pottered about in the woods - and in the words of another member of staff, they looked a picture of happiness. 
This week, the Kingfishers have also enjoyed meeting Gaynor and her hearing dog. They have compared and ordered fractions, written book recommendations for our school library and performed their new classroom jobs.
Please remember to bring in a photo of you with your favourite book if you haven't done so already, so that I can put it up in the library next week.
Have a great weekend,
Mrs Burgess and Mr Mackinnon.
Such a fantastic and busy week in Owls this week as we have continued with our normal lessons after SATs.
In Maths, we have continued looking at area with the Year 5s and they have been calculating area for both compound and irregular shapes, while the Year 6s have looked at ratios and how to convert these to fractions too.
In English, we have looked at the structure and features of a persuasive letter writing, and each child is currently in the process of writing a persuasive letter to someone of their own choice, so some of you may want to keep an eye out for the post when they're completed...
In History, we looked at the differences between two of the major city states in Ancient Greece: Sparta and Athens. The child debated which it would have been better to live in using the language we practiced in English to persuade each other. 
On Monday, we had a speaker called Gaynor come in with her hearing dog, Velma, to talk to us about a charity called Hearing Dogs for the Deaf. She spoke passionately about the charity and the children engaged enthusiastically (they particularly loved Velma!). On the Tuesday, the children observed an impeccable sponsored silence all morning; they really were brilliant! Currently the sponsorship stands at £84. If we manage to get the total above £100 then the charity have said we can sponsor a puppy and receive regular updates on their training. So, I would be grateful if you could push us up to this amount! The link to donate is
The children also had a fabulous time at the Jubilee celebration so I would like to say a huge thank you to those of you who attended and supported the event!
Next week is the London residential and I'm sure the children are excited as I am to go down there. We have so many fun activities planned it really is going to be amazing! See you at the train station! :D
Mr P 


Summer Fair Raffle Prizes
Historically we have had a host of incredibly generous raffle prizes (international flights, ride on toy tractors and delicious meals spring to mind). With the cost of living rising and increased pressures on us all we are thinking out of the box for tantalising prizes this year. So, would you be able to offer a raffle prize that allows us to share our skills as a community: perhaps a home-crafted soft furnishing, a 30 minute floristry class or how to wire a plug? It could be a watercolour masterclass, piano for beginners…: your expertise would make a great prize. Or, maybe you work at/ run a business that might be able to donate to our raffle?! Please have a think and let us know if you are able to help out.
End of half term cake sale- Robins
Calling all Robins! It’s the Robins’ class turn for the cake sale after school on Friday 27th. All money raised goes towards supporting the school with trips, equipment etc. Please bring your baked donations in to school on the 27th. Thank you!
Every Friday we hold a whole school WOW worship. We celebrate good work in school each week. There are three categories...
Golden Book - This is to reward children who have worked hard, produced some great work or improved a great deal.
Christian Values - This celebrates, kindness, friendship, perseverance, respect, love or any one of our Christian Values.
Golden Book 
Puffins - Max and Felix for their amazing drawings of the Queen.
Robins - 
Year 1 -
Sam for his super Queen portrait.
Year 2 -  George for having great vocabulary when thinking of adjectives for our nature poem.
Kingfishers -  Remy for his amazing street dance performance yesterday.
Owls - Ben for his fantastic hard work when working on ration and fractions this week. Daniel for his fantastic dancing, you really worked hard with your group.
Christian Values 
Puffins - Archie for being a kind friend and playing beautifully outside and in our creative area.
Robins - 
Year 1 - 
Harriet for being loving a caring to everyone.
Year 2 - Charlotte for being helpful in the garden and tidying up.
Kingfishers - Erin and Adam for bring so kind and helpful all week, Mrs Donald.
Owls - Ella and Elise for showing their fantastic friendship in our Owls worship this week. They have also been fantastic looking after younger children and other classmates this week.
Happiness Amabassador 
Puffins - William O for always having the best riddles and sharing them on the Puffin stage, we love them!
Robins - 
Year 1 -
Annie for always being positive in school.
Year 2 - Fionn, even when a task is tricky he always tackles it with a smile on his face.
Kingfishers - Someone left a very kind message in the classroom this week, thank you to whoever it was!
Owls - All of Owls who worked hard to plan their class family worship this week, they planned it on their own and there were some excellent sketches that really made Mr Pedder laugh!
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