9 September 2022

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A Life in Service

Queen Elizabeth ll
April 21, 1926 - September 8, 2022
As we learned of the death of Her Majesty the Queen, I am sure that many of you were filled with a deep sadness. Her life has been one of service and duty, and although some would say privileged, it was a life perhaps not of her own choosing. Yet, at the tender age of 21, she made this promise "I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service." A promise that she has truly fulfilled over seven decades. 
Today in worship we took the time to reflect on her life, not only as Queen, but as a woman, wife, mother and grandmother. As head of the Church of England, she talked openly about her faith. "For me, the life of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, is an inspiration and an anchor in my life. Christ's example has taught me to seek to respect and value all people, of whatever faith or none."
Together as a school family we prayed, Gracious God, we give thanks for the life of your servant Queen Elizabeth, for her faith and her dedication to duty. Bless our nation as we mourn her death and may her example continue to inspire us; Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Joy Ingram

Meet the Teacher

Next week you are invited to come and meet your child's class teacher. This is an opportunity for you to say hello, see their classroom and find out about some of the things that happen in class. These are not individual parent/teacher sessions, we hold these after half term, once the children have had longer to settle in.

Monday 12th September - PUFFIN parents are invited to a Phonics information session at 3:40 in Puffin Class
Monday 12th September - Kingfisher Meet the teacher at 3:40 in Kingfisher Class
Tuesday 13th September - Year 1 Meet the teacher in Yr 1 class space
Tuesday 13th September - Year 2 Meet the teacher in Yr 2 class space 
Thursday 15th September - Owl Meet the teacher at 3:40 in Owl Class

Contact us...

The quickest and easiest way to contact your child's teacher is to email the school office 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 the school office
Click here to email Mrs Ingram

Music Lessons

Well done to all of you for remembering your instruments today.  Mr Warriner has vacancies, so i 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
Help Needed!

We have recently purchased many wonderful new reading books and have reorganised our old and new books to support our new phonics scheme.  We need the lists of books typing up, and the existing lists editing. Mrs Whitaker would happily do this, but it will be next summer before she completes it! If anyone is willing to come in for a couple of hours, sit at a laptop and work through the lists we would be very grateful!

Please see Mrs Whitaker if you can help!  

In the classroom this week!

This week we have learnt our first 3 letter sounds and found out that we can read some words made up of these letters. In maths we have been singing lots of number songs.   In PE we have been amazing getting changed all by ourselves - I hope you don't mind things on back to front and inside out - this shows how independent we are! On Friday 30thSeptember we are holding our Macmillan coffee morning (which is actually in the afternoon with juice not coffee!)  We would like to invite all parents of Puffin children to join us in the pod at 2.45 pm for cakes and drinks.  We would welcome baking donations please and any leftover cake will be sold after school.   Last year we raised £235 and hope to beat this this year!
Please donate on the link below and bring in baking donations on Friday 30thSeptember, we hope to see you there!

Coffee Morning 2022

The Robin class have had such a busy week! We have really got off to a great start in out learning. We have been reading 'Percy the Park-keeper' stories by Nick Butterworth this week, and we started with Percy's Bumpy Ride. We made predictions about what would happen in the story, and talked about the feelings of the characters when Percy's lawnmower began to fly! In maths we have been working with numbers up to 100 in y2, and y1 have been sorting objects.
On Monday we spent some time exploring the classroom and completed our learning journals. We then had a lovely music lesson with Mrs Williams which the children really enjoyed. On Tuesday we did PE and we learnt about kicking a ball. On Wednesday we loved sharing our special stories in RE. Thursday was our art day and we spent the afternoon exploring spirals and the work of Molly Haslund. Finally we finished the week with Mrs Harrison learning about shapes in the morning, and doing PE with Morecambe FC in the afternoon. See.... I told you it was a busy week!
Reading Books
On Thursday the children will have brought home their reading books. We will talk to you more about reading books at meet the teacher evening on Tuesday, but just some bits to tell you.. Firstly we have assessed all of the children for their reading fluency and used that to determine which book they are should have. We have purchased many new reading books and have sorted them so that the children will be reading books matched to their reading ability and phase of teaching. This may mean that your child has been given a book that they have read before. That doesn't mean they have been moved back - the books are ordered differently. In addition, some children's fluency may have slowed over the summer, so we may have given them a book they have read before to allow them to gain confidence in reading quickly. Secondly, we have given the children two books. They will keep these books for one week. Please read them more than once. We would like the children to become fluent by re-reading the books they have and spending time talking about them with you. We will share more information with you on this at meet the teacher. Finally, as we now have los of beautiful books, we really want to take good care of them. Can we ask that books are placed in the plastic wallet and that drinks bottles are not placed within the book bag. We have had to throw away books this week that have been ruined by leaking and condensating water bottles. Thank you for you help on this :) 

We've had a wonderful first week in Kingfisher Class. Our new Year 3 children have settled in superbly and our Year 4 children have been wonderful role models.
We have started lots of new learning, and a new topic 'Our Ocean Planet.' The children have been working on place value in maths and Myths and Legends of the Sea, in English. In RE, we have begun learning about people who have been called by God, and in Art, we have begun to learn how to use drawing to tell stories! In our PE and Games lessons, we have been cross-country running and working on our throwing techniques.
Phew! What a busy week.
Thank-you for your patience this week. We needed a little time to listen to everyone read and help them to choose their new reading book. All Kingfishers should now have a reading book, reading record and spelling practise book. I am looking forward to meeting you on Monday afternoon and sharing our class routines and plans in more detail!
Have a great weekend everyone,
Mrs Burgess and Mr MacKinnon

The children have been fantastic in class this week and we've had a lot of fun and learnt loads.
In Maths, we have been learning about place value with up to any number for Year 6 and up to 1 million for Year 5. We've revisited lots of different ways number can be shown such as: place value charts, number lines, part-whole models, bar models and dienes. We've looked at comparing and ordering numbers by looking at the highest value digit first and working down. We've had fun by competing with dice games to make the highest or smallest number, as well as tackling an Among Us Maths sheet to find the impostor.
In English, we have begun our unit on persuasive writing and are looking at travel brochures. The children have learnt to identify the structure and features of this text from an Owl City brochure, featuring an incredible made-up city, as well as real life travel brochures. They have revisited nouns and adjectives, and have learnt how to use a thesaurus and google to choose powerful adjectives for their writing.
In Science, we began our topic of evolution and inheritance. The children learnt how we inherit characteristics from our biological parent. They enjoyed showing how this happens by drawing the children of Mr Men and Little Miss characters and identifying what characteristics they got from each parent.
In Art, we began our unit on typography. The children were introduced to different types of typography as well as different artists who make their living through it. We then practised making letter out of different shapes as an introduction.
In PHSE, the children competed to make a tower that could hold a teddy at the top. The teams were judged on the tallest tower and the best teamwork. We then discussed why it is important to include others.
In Geography, we started our unit on rivers and learnt the words, source and mouth. We also learnt to identify rivers on a map and discussed the water cycle.
As of next week, Mr Hamner and I will be running an after-school football club on Tuesday evenings until 4.30. It will cost the same as after school club at £3.50 and the proceeds will go to after school club.  I'd love to see as many faces there as possible.
Keirnan Pedder

Information Received from School Age Vaccination & Immunisation Team:

This vaccination is recommended to help protect your child against flu. Flu can be an unpleasant illness and can cause serious complications. Vaccinating your child will also help protect more vulnerable family and friends by preventing the spread of flu. There may be a rebound in flu levels this coming winter following low levels in the past 2 years as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. The vaccination is free and is a quick, simple, painless spray up the nose.

Online Consent Form:

1.         Please use the following link to access the online consent form:

2.         Please quote the unique school code. The code for your school is BP119523

Please complete the online consent form for both consent / no consent giving reasons.

Please inform the School Vaccination Team (Not School) of the following on

Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde: 01253 951984
Lancaster & Morecambe: 01524 406672

•           If your child has steroid tablets prescribed two weeks prior to vaccination.
•           If in the few days prior to vaccination your child has been wheezy.
•           If consent is received and you take your child to your GP surgery to receive the vaccination.

It is your responsibility to contact the school vaccination team to ensure they do not receive the immunisation again.

A leaflet explaining the vaccination programme can be accessed by clicking the following link: Flu vaccination for children

Yours faithfully,

School Age Vaccination Team



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