14 October 2022

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Welcome back, I hope you have enjoyed the half term break.  This half term will be a busy one as we run up to that time of year, that I never like mentioning too early but is inevitable and unavoidable in school!   I hope that your child is looking forward to our visit to The Lion King, I'm sure it will be a memorable occasion and will delight and inspire them.  On that day I would encourage as many children as possible to have a hot school lunch.  We will be offering Baked potatoes with a choice of fillings or a Meatball Sub-roll. 

In the first half term I sent a list of dates and events for the year via a ParentPay letter, which you may have missed; you can find it again here.

Next week our school photographer will be in school on Thursday afternoon, if you have pre-school age children, you are welcome to bring them in at 3:30 to have either individual photos or with their siblings.
Jumble Sale - time for a clear out this weekend and gather any items up for the PTFA supported Jumble Sale on Saturday 12th November in Arkholme Village Hall.  
Week commencing 7 November 2022 at a glance:

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

Year 1 - Please come to school in School outdoor PE kit for our visit to Lune Valeey Multi-skills event at University of Cumbria. (Please see Parent Pay for further info and consents)


Robins:  Knowsley Safari Park trip.
Kingfishers - Swimming - please come to school in PE kit with swimming kit in a bag
Owls - PE kit Morecambe Football Club PE lesson


Puffins:  Class Worship @ 9:10 am in School Hall
School Photos - siblings welcome in between 3:30 pm and 4 pm


Rememberance Service on the school grounds at 09:15, all welcome
We will be holding our Parent/Teacher Meetings next week. We are offering the option of online ZOOM meetings or face to face sessions in school. Final dates and times will be published on Monday.


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!

We hope you had a fabulous half term holiday and have all come back refreshed!  This half term is our favourite - exciting times ahead with lots of Christmas fun!

This week we’ve started our Celebrations topic by learning about Divali and Bonfire night. Next week we will start to think about celebrating being our amazing selves! 

Next week we will also have our first class worship so please come along if you can at 9.10 on Thursday in the school hall.

This week we have continued to work on phonics - practising the sounds we learnt last half term and applying these in reading and writing. In Maths we have been representing and comparing 1,2 and 3.

On Friday we enjoyed sparkly day and our usual food session. 

Have a wonderful weekend Puffins and see you all next week. 
Team Puffin   

This half term we are learning about different types of animals. In previous years, we have had visits from pets so that we could observe different animals types. I will be bringing in a 'mammal' to observe, but if anyone has any of the following animal types at home and could bring them in for a visit, please see Mrs Whitaker! 
We would like to meet

  • a  bird (perhaps a hen, or something more exotic if anyone has a parrot!)
  • a reptile (a tortoise, lizard or snake)
  • an amphibian (a toad, frog or newt if you have one living in a pond)

Please get in touch if you can help. 

We have had a busy and fabulous week after half term! In Maths, Year 1 have been learning how to use the 'Part-Whole' model, progressing onto using this to create some addition number sentences. Mrs James thinks Year 1 are marvellous Mathematicians!  In English, we discovered our new book 'Where the Wild Things Are' and enjoyed lots of writing to predict the ending, to use adjectives to describe a character from the book and we also created actions to learn the story. In year 2, we have been using part whole models like Year 1, but we have been using them to create fact families. We were able to make 4 different calculations from one part whole model. In English we have been learning the story Where The Wild Things Are, and using adjectives to describe the character and setting. We used our senses to describe the setting. 
In science we began our topic by learning about the different types of animals - mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish. We sorted animals and played games in the hall to help us to remember the groups. In RE, Robins have been thinking about giving and receiving gifts and Jesus as a gift God gave to the world. We enjoyed describing and drawing favourite gifts and sharing these with our friends.  In Geography, we are exploring Weather and Tuesday afternoon gave us a great opportunity to observe some extreme wet and windy weather in Arkholme! 
We are very excited about or trip to the safari park next week. If you haven't already, please log on to parent pay to consent. We are very grateful to the PTFA and to Mrs Ingram who have both agreed to subsidise the travel for the trip. Coach travel is very expensive but we really feel that this trip will hugely help the children with their scientific knowledge and is worth while. The contributions are voluntary, however without enough contributions, the trip will not be able to go ahead. If you have any questions about the trip or want to discuss contributions please let us know. 
Mrs James & Mrs Whitaker

We have missed Mrs. Burgess this week but have worked very hard in our learning with Miss. Wilson,  Mrs. James and Mr. MacKinnon. 

In maths this week we have been learning our Roman Numerals. We looked at Tudor Monarchs to see how their names were written, we learnt the values of I,V,X,L and C and used them to make and crack codes!

In English, we have started our new English unit on Adventure Stories. We began by writing a mini adventure recount of our half term holiday. We also watched the escape scene in Ratatouille to inspire our writing and check our understanding of nouns, adverbs and adjectives.

We went swimming on Wednesday, some of us for the first time! Miss. Wislon and Mrs. Morley were very impressed by our confidence, listening skills and behaviour, well-done Kingfishers!

We have explored using watercolours in art with Mrs. James and gymnastics with Mrs. Muckalt in P.E.


A busy first week back in Owls this week!
In Maths, we have carried on our topic of the four operations by looking at multiplication this week. The children have learnt to multiply up to 4-digit numbers by a 2-digit number. They have persevered really well to become confident with the process and many have made great progress.
In English, the children edited their travel brochures which they wrote last half term. Then we moved on to our topic for this half term which is fantasy fiction. They began reading the story of The Wishgranter and we focused on our comprehension skills.
In History, we began our topic of World War II. The children looked at the outbreak of the Second World War and discussed the key countries involved. Many are excited to learn about this topic and are looking forward to visiting the IWM North in a couple of weeks!
In Science, we recapped our topic of Evolution and Inheritance before moving on to our topic for this half term which is Light, and we learnt about how we see.
In Art this week, we moved on to our topic of Monotypes. We learnt about what monotypes are and looked at artists who do this type of artwork for a living. 
We also had Rotakids in with us again this week. We told them how we raised a staggering £100 for the Romanian Shoebox Appeal and have ordered enough items to fill 10 shoeboxes, Thank you for your support with this!
Have a great weekend,
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 - Wylie for super works in phonics.

Year 1 -  Archie for working hard in Maths.

Year 2 -  Harriet for working hard in English this week.

Kingfingers -  Luca, you have made a great start to this half term. Keep it up

Owls -   Leah for working incredibly hard in Maths this week and learning how to multiply by 2 digit numbers.

Puffins -  Henry P for being very kind to his friends and helping the numbers children.

Year 1 -  Jessica for having a resilient approach to learning and always working hard.

Year 2 -  Laura is always helpful, kind and caring to her classmates.

Kingfishers -  Thomas Shires for perseverance in Maths and learning about the more complicated Roman Numerals.

Owls -  Taylor, Isaac and Abraham for being fantastic helpers in breakfast club and William for helping after school!

Puffins - Nellie always smiling and being happy at school.

Year 1 -  Layla for always trying her best in her learning.

Year 2 -  D'Angelo for always being cheerful and friendly.

Kingfishers -  Thomas Mukalt always making me smile! 

Owls - Elise for her fantastic props in our Science lesson...


Next Meeting and AGM

Please join us for our AGM and meeting on Zoom at 7pm on Thursday 19th November. We will send out a link on the day. The PTFA is currently a small bunch and would really like to grow in number to help support the school even more. Please come along and share your ideas or to see how you are able to help out more. We will be appointing a new secretary and always welcome new committee members. 

Christmas Fair - change of date!

Please note we have changed the date for our Christmas Fair from Friday 9th December to Friday 2nd December 2022.  Thank you!

PTFA Pumpkin Competition
A BIG thank you to everyone that entered our Halloween Pumpkin Carving Competition. 
We had some tremendous entries - some spooky and some funny but all incredible work. We really appreciate the effort that went into each one. 

There was no way that we could judge them ourselves and so we sent a copy of all the photos, without any names on them at all, to the Waddington family as our independent judges. They found it incredibly hard to choose between them but after much debate and a family vote they decided on the following Winner and 4 Runners Up. 

Winner - Hattie Blane
Runners Up - Taylor Fleet, Ruth Fox-Reddy, Beatrice Blane and Angus Metcalfe.

They said “They are all so awesome. What a talented bunch. It was seriously tough to choose! Please tell them we were mega impressed!"
Well done everyone, and thank you again for joining in with the competition

Jumble Sale - Saturday 12th November 2022
The PTFA always help with the Arkholme Jumble Sale - in exchange for a chunk of the takings!

It contributes lots of funds that go towards school travel costs to events throughout the year, so it is a really important event for us.

Can you help us this year?

Lots of jumble, of all sorts, is needed: clothes, toys, books, CDs, furniture, things from the back of the cupboards that you need the space in, the random things in the loft you’ve been meaning to get rid of! 
If you can get it to the Village Hall then we will happily sell it!
Drop it off from 3pm to 6pm-ish on Friday 11th November, or on Saturday morning.

If you want to help sort, or if you can help man tables at the sale itself, then please let Elle, Claire or Danielle know.

If you can bake a cake, that we can sell to weary bargain hunters in need of refreshment, then that would also be very welcome indeed.

Your help to make this a success would be very much appreciated.

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