17th June 2022

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Next week at a glance... 

Monday -
- All children - Non uniform day (Kingfishers and Owls will be doing PE in the afternoon so they can either bring PE kit to change into or wear sports gear) In exchange for either chocolate or a bottle of something for the tombola.
- All Tuck shop Tuesday - 50p a snack, all proceeds to our Kenyan school friends.
- Robins - School trip, see parentpay for full details
- All Seaside Special Lunch, menu below
- All There is an event on at Arkholme Village Hall this afternoon so the car park will be busy, please walk if possible and leave plenty of time to find a space elsewhere if necessary.

- Reception September 2022 - New parents meeting 3:30pm in the POD

- Robins family worship - Families of Robin class are welcome to join us in Robin class for the family worship, 9:10am - 9:30am
- All - children to come in PE as we will be having yoga lessons throughout the day.

- All PE Kit, with sun hats and sun cream as necessary.
- Sports Day - starting at 1:30pm, all welcome to join us on AVH field, bring a chair.
- June Fair - Straight after sports day, please support this fantastic event, more details below.

Spread The Happiness calendar...

Tuesday - Picnic day
Thursday - Hide and Seek Day
Friday - Joke 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!

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
Click here to email Mrs Ingram

September school staffing update

Below is a link sent to parents this week regarding staffing updates for September 2022
Letter to Parents

Brathay Medical Forms

Thank you to everyone who has returned their Brathay medical forms this week. If you haven't yet returned it, please check your child's book bag and return it asap.

Commonwealth Baton Relay

On Monday, Caton St Pauls Primary school brough the Commonwealth School Baton to us and we held a whole school relay and celebration before travelling to Over Kellet to send it on it's way. Today our Owls travelled to Morecambe to watch the baton be handed over by Morecambe Road School to the RNLI. The RNLI transported it round the bay to Fleetwood for it to carry on it's journey! We enjoyed a picnic on the prom and a delicious ice cream at Miogelato afterwards.
You can read all about the event here on the Beyond Radio news page.


On Tuesday, our team travelled to Bay Leadership Academy to take part in the Lancaster and Heysham Schools Sport Network BLAthon, the first event of it's kind in the district.
The children swam 3 lengths of the pool (75m) then jumped out and quickly slipped on their trainers for a 700m run to the finish. Our team were absolutely brilliant, coming third overall!
Here are our bronze medal winning team with their team mascot Thomas! Well done George, Tom, Ella, Elise and Leo!

June Fair

Plea for help.
The PTFA would welcome any help on Friday 24th June at 9am to help set up some of the things for the June Fair. All our PTFA are parents and they would like to get set up as early as possible so nobody has to miss sports day. Please come along and help if you are able to.

We could still do with your help with teddy tombola donations, donations of bits and bobs for the lucky dip stand.
Please just hand things to any member of the PTFA or into the office for us to collect. 
And if you can help out with setting up the Fair on Friday morning, even just an hour would be brilliant, please just let one of us or your Year group rep know.  
PTFA Website

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

In the classroom this week!

This week we have enjoyed the story "sharing a shell". Reception have produced some super independent writing based on this and Nursery have enjoyed listening to the story. 
In maths we've been thinking about odd and even numbers - can you spot any around your house?
We have had lots of fun practising some sports day activities and we can't wait to show you our dance at the start of sports day next Friday!
Next week we will start to focus on under the sea creatures and we will be finding out about them.
Have an amazing weekend Puffins - 10 sleeps until our Brathay sleepover - everyone is very excited !

On Friday 8th July we are inviting all Puffin parents to join us at 2.30pm for a teddy bears picnic/ beach cafe. Please join us for some refreshments and entertainment and to look at some of the children's work which is up in the classroom. We hope you are able to join us.
Bug friendly bits needed!!
Next week we will be building bug hotels! The children in Robin class have designed them, but we need some materials to get us going. Please send in any natural items that you have that could help us including
  • small wooden boxes
  • bamboo canes
  • bricks
  • stones
  • cardboard tubes
  • small logs
  • terracotta pipes or pots
  • pine cones
  • anything else natural you thing our local wildlife might like!!

Please leave in the box outside Robin Class.  This week started by celebrating Arkholme receiving the baton and it was a fabulous morning with all our children being involved! 
In English we have finally read all our story 'Lost and Found'.  We have researched where the South Pole is and described what it might be like. We have imagined we were returning the Penguin to the South Pole and packed a suitcase with a list of things that we might need for our journey or to prepare at the South Pole. We had some fantastic ideas well done Year 1. 
In Maths we have been counting in 5's and 10's using a carousel of activities. Next week we are moving into groups of numbers to begin our multiplication lessons. 
On Friday we all managed to write our names backwards and then try to say them! It was strange but funny! 
This week Y2 have had a lovely week outside enjoying the sunshine! We have been learning about measuring capacity and volume. We began by estimating and ordering containers, then we learnt how to measure in millilitres. Finally, we combined different amounts of coloured water to make a rainbow. In our English lessons we have been writing stories for the wordless book, Flotsam. I have been so impressed with the children's writing. They have tried so hard, not only with the content of their stories, but also their handwriting, joining words and punctuation.
Robin Class have been learning about microhabitats this week. We began by going on a hunt around the school for creatures living in their microhabitats. We found woodlice, centipedes, worms, ant, slugs and all sorts creatures hiding under logs and scurrying through the grass. We then learnt about big hotels, and planned what we would want our bug hotel to look like. Please see our list of items we need for next week. If you have some at home, please do send them in! 
Next week we will be exploring another microhabitat, rockpools! Please make sure you have checked parentpay for details. 
  • Children will need to be dressed appropriately for the weather - it is likely to be warm, so school t-shirt with shorts, sun hat and plenty of sun cream is essential! Please apply sun cream before school. Please check the weather forecast before school.
  • Children will get wet feet, and must be wearing shoes while rock-pooling. They can wear beach shoes, or trainers, and bring a dry pair of trainers & socks in their bags. Please no sandals, crocs, flip flops! 
  • If you have a small bucket and spade, please send it along, but children will need to be able to carry it so pop it in their rucksack. 
  • All children will need a rucksack for their lunch, a drink in a re-sealable bottle, spare shoes and bucket/spade.
Science Topic Knowledge Organiser
This week in Kingfisher Class the children have continued their learning about Time.
Year 3 have been working very hard to tell the time to five-minute intervals and have been learning the difference between past and to! There is so much to learn and it's very tricky but they have all made progress this week.
Year 4 have been using digital clocks and practising converting between analogue and digital time. We have found that telling the time is an area in which the children have many gaps in their knowledge, so I have uploaded lots of games to Google Classroom to help them. I have also created a new Sumdog challenge for them to complete and this will be available until the end of the month. Please encourage the children to visit both of these websites for their homework.
In other news, our play rehearsals are coming on well. I am sure that it is not just me that has the songs stuck in my head! The children are working hard to learn their parts and follow all the stage directions and it is going to be a terrific production!
Have a lovely weekend everyone, enjoy the sunshine.
An exciting week in Owls Class this week as rehearsals for the summer play have ramped up. Everyone now has their roles and we have done lots of rehearsals this week. The children are improving with every rehearsal and I'm very much looking forward to show time in a few weeks.
In Maths, Year 5s practised their line graph skills by plotting and interpreting them. The Year 6s looked at pie charts and how to interpret these. As a full class we also looked at circles and learnt the mathematical terminology like centre, circumference, radius and diameter and looked at the relationship between them.
In English, everybody wrote a fiction story to be entered into the writing competition. We had the opportunity to share a lot of these on Friday with the rest of the class which the children loved. There are some fantastic stories so I'm sure judging will be very difficult!
The children were also excited to receive a parcel from Hearing Dogs this week after we managed to raise over £100 for the charity. As we raised so much, the charity allowed us to use the donation as a sponsorship for one of their puppies. The class chose a puppy called Teddy and this week we were sent a letter and photos, as well as a cute teddy that looked just like Teddy! These proved very popular with the class and they can't wait for more updates!
Alongside all this learning, the children also managed to fit in a lot of extra-curricular fun too. On Monday, the school took part in the Commonwealth Games baton relay with the baton being passed around every pupil and around the whole school! They then went to see it off at Morecambe Bay on Friday afternoon as it continued its journey across the bay. Some children also represented the school fantastically at the BLAthon run and swim and have been wearing their medals proudly this week. The Rotakids Council members also went to the Rotakids conference where they discussed our fundraising this year with other children and did lots of fun activities.
All in all a very busy and successful week! 
Have a great weekend! Mr Pedder
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 - Oscar for having a fantastic week, we are so proud of you Oscar, keep it up.
Robins - 
Year 1 -
Lissy who is a star learner and has been impressing Mrs Hamer and Miss Cleave with her enthusiasm to learn.
Year 2 -  Otis, for working so hard on his writing.
Kingfishers -  Ruth for excellent maths this week.
Owls - Millie has been fantastic this week and has worked incredibly hard especially on improving her story after she had finished her first draft.
Christian Values 
Puffins - Felix for always being kind, polite and caring to all children in our class.
Robins - 
Year 1 - 
Toby for great enthusiasm and readiness, showing respect to peers and adults at the beginning of activities.
Year 2 - Harry for being kind when Mrs Donald tripped. He checked she was ok.
Kingfishers - Matilda for showing great kindness during our play rehearsals and agreeing to swap parts with another child. (Agreed says Mr Pedder!)
Owls - Isabella and Daisy for being brave and showing kindness in a class discussion this week.
Happiness Amabassador 
Puffins - Charlie and Angus have had a brilliant first few sessions in Nursery and have settled in really well.
Robins - 
Year 1 -
Rory for his fabulous humour, you make us smile!
Year 2 - Ben for his constant enthusiasm.
Kingfishers - Darcy B for her wonderful spontaneous dancing during singing.
Owls - Abraham really made me smile this week with his story characters. Del and Rodney from Peckham!
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