18 November 2022

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Breakfast and After School Club
We have had a few queries from parents about being unable to book onto Breakfast club for a Monday morning. A polite reminder, that you will need to book on ParentPay by Friday for a Monday morning session. We know there may be last minute exceptions, these should be rung through to the school office please, for picking up on Monday morning.
Happy News!
I am delighted to tell you that Mrs. Harrison is expecting her first baby towards the end of April. We are all thrilled for Jordan and Hannah and look forward to hearing about the safe arrival of baby Harrison! I will be working with governors to appoint a teacher for Mrs. Harrison's maternity leave.
Lion King
We are all very excited about our trip to see the Lion King next week. We are still missing a few consents. If you are unable to make the voluntary contribution of £9, I still need consent to attend, thank you. School meal orders were taken yesterday, so if your child has not ordered a hot lunch for Thursday, you will need to send two packed lunches please. Please keep an eye on REMIND for updates about our return time, thank you. A reminder that there is NO NURSERY session on this day.
EYFS/KS1 Nativity
The children and staff in Puffin and Robin class have been working very hard in rehearsals for their Christmas Nativity. We will be releasing tickets next week, which will initially be restricted to 2 per family for each performance. Performance dates are Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th December at 2pm, in Arkholme Village Hall.

Joy Ingram
Week commencing 21 November 2022 at a glance:

Kingfisher Class - Please wear indoor PE kit.
Owl Class - Please wear School outdoor P.E. kit for Rugby and bring a spare pair of shoes - thank you!

Kingfishers:  Parents Information Meeting,  for the Roman Adventure Residential, at 15:40 pm

Lion King Trip, Manchester

Kingfishers Worship

Robins:  PE kit please.

Music Lessons

If you have any outstanding payments, please can you bring your payments up to date, it would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you.  Well done to all of you for remembering your instruments and making good progress.  Mr Warriner has vacancies, so if your child is in Year 2 or above and would like to play an instrument, please email him directly.
Email Mr Warriner - Music lessons

In the classroom this week!

This week in Puffin class we've focused on the story "Scarecrow's Wedding"   We have thought about weddings as a celebration and enjoyed writing lists of food we would like to eat at a wedding!
In phonics we have continued to learn some new sounds and practise our blending and segmenting.
In Maths we have looked at how numbers 2 and 3 are made, we have also looked at shapes and positional language.

We are doing really well with our nativity rehearsals and look forward to performing in a few weeks time.
Friday was PJ day and we made our our spotty Pudsey biscuits!

Have a great weekend everyone. 
Team Puffin   

Hello Robin parents!  It was lovely to talk to you all during parent teacher meetings this week and to celebrate the progress the children are making.  We do appreciate your help in supporting them at home with reading, maths and talking to them about what they have been learning.  It all helps to make that learning stick!  This week we continued our exploration of animals and had a visit from Gertrude, William's hen!  We learnt about all birds, what makes them a bird and we fed Gertrude some seeds.  We then learnt about the similarities and differences between birds and mammals.  It was very lovely to hear during parent teacher meetings that the children are coming home and telling you all about their learning! In RE, we have been learning about Jesus as God's gift to the world.  For anti bullying week we wore our odd socks and in PHSE talked about what it is important to celebrate difference in this way.  We learnt about the theme of this years campaign which is "Reach Out", and learnt that it is important to say something if you see bullying happening.  We continue to work on our nativity and next week will be having a rehearsal so please send in any costumes that have been requested by Monday.  Thank you!  

In Year 1, we have been designing our own characters to create a fantasy story.  Mrs James was impressed with the use of adjectives to describe some interesting new characters!  In Maths, we have been finding number bonds to 10 and building number sentences.

In Year 2, we have begun to plan and write our "Wild Thing" stories.  We used the original story as our inspiration and used a clever little trick with post it notes to edit the original and plan our own.  The children were instantly able to tell their story orally, and then begin to write it.  It is lovely to see how much progress is being made in writing.  In maths we have been learning how to add 2 and 3 numbers together.  That sounds simple, but it is not!  We have been our skills of adding ten to a number, and making ten to help us to do this efficiently eg 8 + 5 = 8 + 2 + 3.  We split the "5" into 2 and 3, so that we can add the two first to make ten and then add the three.  This is a tricky concept, so ask your child to show you at home and see if they can explain it to you.

Mrs James & Mrs Whitaker

We've had lots of fun this week in Kingfisher Class. The children have continued working on addition and subtraction in maths, and adventure stories in English. In PE, we have started building gymnastic routines using different ways of traveling and balancing. In RE we have been thinking about preparing for the arrival of a special visitor. Lots of children described being asked to tidy their bedrooms which made us smile! In PHSE, we have learnt about keeping ourselves and each other safe in a variety of different contexts.
Excitement levels are building for our overnight Roman Adventure next month. There will be a parents information meeting in Kingfisher classroom on Tuesday 22nd November at 15:40pm. Please join me then.
We have been challenged to a TT Rock Stars Battle of the Bands by the the Lune Cluster Schools! Please encourage your young person to get involved with this next week. The challenge runs from Monday 21st November - Friday 25th November and will be accessible every day until 5pm. We will score points for every question attempted during this time so let's get playing Kingfishers! 
Also, Kingfishers will be leading worship next Thursday, so please join us at 9:10am in the school hall if you are free.
Mr Mackinnon and I have really enjoyed catching up with parents this week and sharing the children's learning with you all! Thank-you.
Have a great weekend,
Mrs B.


Fantastic week in Owls this week.

In English, we have been working on powerful adjectives, similes and metaphors and using prepositions to link our ideas.  We also discussed how we can use short sentences to build suspense.  On Friday, we came up with a class write which the children are really proud of.

Once upon a time, there was a gloomy, mysterious wood with lots of dark, tall trees like skyscrapers.  In this wood there was a long, cobbled path with a sign at the start, which was covered in ancient, earthly moss and thick, tangling vines so you couldn't read it.  Just beyond the end of the path, there was a suspiciously unnatural clearing.  Along the floor of the clearing was beautiful, untouched grass like blades of emeralds.  Within this, were colourful, bright flowers, like gems of all different colours shining in the Sun, and they smelt like the most expensive perfum.  On the far edge of the clearing, were different cute baby animals with their parents:  adorable ducks with ducklings; white doe rabbits with bunnies; and prickly hedgehogs with their hoglets.  In the middle of this incredible clearing was a mysterious well.  At the base of the well, were old, dusty brickets with rickety, crooked steps ascending up to them.  At the top of the well, was a straw, thatched roof with strong, woven rope hanging from it.  At the end of this rope was a rusty, steel bucket.  Inside the well, deep at the bottom, was crystal clear water like glass shimmering in the sunlight.  Living underneath the well there was a strange creature.

Next week, we will try to write our own description for our settings and characters using the ideas we have come up with so far.  

In Maths, Year 5s have been working on multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000 and also multiplying by multiples of 10.

Year 6s have worked really hard this week trying to master dividing by factors and long division.  

On Friday, both year groups worked on factors.

On Tuesday this week, we had a very exciting visit to the Imperial War Museum North.  We saw loads of interesting artefacts and learnt all about remembrance through an interactive game where we were secret agents.  Sorry for the loate arrival back - the traffic side wasn't quite as much fun!

In Science this week we continued our topic of light and learnt how light reflects.  We created periscopes which allowed us to see over things by reflecting light.

In Art this week, we created monoprints to tell the story of the Ghost in the Garden poem.

Mr P


Every Friday we hold a whole school WOW worship.  We celebrate good work in school each week.

There are 3 categories:

Golden Book - this is to reward children who have worked hard, produced some great work or improved a great deal.

Celebrates Christian Values - this celebrates kindness, friendship, perserverance, respect, love or anyone of our Christian Values


Happy Ambassador

Puffins - Henry S for being amazing during our nativity rehearsals.

Year 1 -  Willow for her amazing enthusiasm and ideas in our class fantasy story!

Year 2 -  George for making a great start to our "Wild Things" story.

Kingfingers -  Ruth for her fabulous exploration of the work of Henri Matisse.

Owls -   Josh for his fantastic work in English this week on powerful adjectives and similes.

Puffins -  William H for always being ready to learn.

Year 1 -  Alice for looking after the classroom carefully and respectfully.  You are also caring towards your friends.  Well done!

Year 2 -  Annie is always kind & respectful to everyone at school.

Kingfishers -  Sam for taking care of our school environment.

Owls -  Oliver for always being polie and helpful to everyone.

Puffins - Angus for being smiley and enthusiastic for building our church.

Year 1 - Iris for being helpful around the classroom.  Well done!

Year 2 -  William always has a smile on his face and is a super friend to the Robins.

Kingfishers -  Robine for making Mrs Hamer smile with her wonderful writing about "The Dormouse that escaped!"

Owls - Leah, Darcy and Evelyn for making me laugh loads on the coach journey with their brilliant jokes.
PTFA News THANK YOU to the staff that sorted and arranged jumble and manned stands at the Jumble Sale last Saturday. You did an awful lot and we are very grateful. THANK YOU so much Danielle for organising it and another THANK YOU to the parent helpers. The money raised will be paying for the various school trips this term. WOMBLING DAY Saturday 26th November 9:30am Please join the PTFA to help tidy, sweep, wash and sort the outside of school. It’s a fun day and many hands make light work. Refreshments will be provided. CHRISTMAS FAIR Friday 2nd December Please look out for sign-up sheets that will be available next week to put your name down to help man a stand or help serve food at the Christmas Fair. It’s going to be a wonderful event and all help will be gratefully received!
We will be proudly decorating a tree!
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