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July/August 2019

End of Key Stage 2 SATs
Once again, we are very proud of our Year 6 children. This year's SATs results have now been published and Forefield pupils have achieved above the national average in every subject:

  % at expected level % at greater depth
School National
Writing 86% 78%

20%

Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling 89% 78%

56%

Reading 83% 73% 34%
Mathematics 82% 79% 28%
Reading/Writing/Maths Combined 76% 65% 11%
* All results to be confirmed and validated later this year

The level of difficulty involved in these tests has increased over recent years and, whilst four days of tests out of four years of education at FJS can only offer a snapshot of their ability, they are testament to the hard work, dedication and support of all the children, their parents and their teachers! Well done all of you!

Open Afternoon
Thank you to everyone who visited school on our Open Afternoon to share their child’s work. Every available space around school was filled with proud parents and grandparents – especially as the wet weather stopped us using our outside spaces! There was certainly a lot to celebrate and smile about! Please remember to sign and return the slip attached to your child’s report to acknowledge receipt.

Chinese Lion DancingThe Arts at Forefield
There was singing, dancing, poetry performances, artwork, music and so much more during our Arts Week. Special visiting artists led steel drumming, Chinese dragon dancing, singing, drama and even limbo dancing in a fantastic celebration of arts from around the world. Class teachers also ensured that the experiences continued beyond the workshops. Photographs of some of these activities can be found in our Gallery.

Year 6 DancersMembers of our after-school Contemporary Dance club represented Forefield Juniors at Southport Theatre, as part of the Wally Cain Dance Festival. The girls performed a ‘Romeo & Juliet’ inspired dance sequence which entertained the whole crowd and brought a tear to many eyes! We were very proud of them! A special thank you must go to Mrs Chellew who has been working with the girls all year and Miss Khan who supported them on the night and has once again organised Arts Week.

Children playing trombonesMeanwhile, children in Year 5 were busy rehearsing for a singing performance of 'Jazzy Jinks', which was held at Chesterfield High School on 25th June. On the same day, our Year 4 pupils and Year 5 and 6 musicians, headed to The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester to perform with the Hallé Orchestra in a special schools concert, 'Fly Me to the Moon'. Year 4 Musicians

Year 4 also gave a concert to parents showcasing what they had learned during their music lessons this year. The children performed brilliantly, and we sincerely hope that many of them will continue with instrumental lessons in Year 5. Our thanks go to Mrs Hughes and Mrs Davies from Sefton Music Service for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.

Sport at Forefield
Children running a relay raceThank you to everyone who helped to organise our two sports afternoons, and all of the parents and family members who came along to cheer and clap. The lower junior events were particularly gruelling during the hot weather, but the children performed with energy and determination! We are also grateful to the Year 9 pupils from Chesterfield and our own Year 5 Young Leaders who helped to supervise the events and keep the scores.

Eight Year 6 pupils competed in a Sefton athletics tournament. They completed high jump, long jump, power throw and track events before finishing with a relay! Several won individual medals and everyone had a fantastic time.

Mrs Brook accompanied the boys’ cricket team to a county tournament at Old Trafford – one of 30 schools competing. As always, she was very impressed by their determination and enthusiasm.

After our success earlier in the year at the Aquasplash Swimming Gala, Forefield went through to represent the whole of Sefton in the annual Merseyside School Games. This prestigious event took place at Everton Park Lifestyles and along with approximately 15 other teams, Forefield performed superbly. Although we didn't win this gala, all the children represented the school fantastically and it was an amazing achievement in itself just to get to this stage. 'Well done' to all the children who took part, and 'Thank you' to Miss Cain for supporting our pupils throughout the year.

Children talking about careersCareers Afternoon
Our Careers Carousel was a great success. The children had prepared lots of questions and enjoyed getting inside information about careers in graphic design, medicine, in-flight hospitality, law, HR, the probation service, customer services, RAF and teaching! A huge thank you must go to the parents who gave up their time to share their knowlege and experience with our Year 6 pupils.

Frank Cottrell-Boyce with Competition Winners'Design A Robot' Competition
Renowned author and screenwriter, Frank Cotterell-Boyce paid another visit to Forefield, last month, to present prizes to the winners of the 'Design a Robot' competition, organised by Pritchard's Book Shop in Moor Lane. As both of the winners were from Mrs Brook's class, Frank spent some time in 5M, talking with the children and reading extracts from his new book, 'Runaway Robot'.

Leavers Celebration
Staff and pupils in Year 6 have been working hard in preparation for their Leavers' Celebration on Monday 22nd July at 7.00pm. The performance is sure to bring a smile to your face and, more than likely, a tear to your eye. Remember to bring a handkerchief!

Summer Holidays
School closes for the start of the summer holidays at 2.00pm on Tuesday 23rd July. Children will return to school on Thursday 5th September, following staff training days on the Tuesday and Wednesday.

We hope that you all have a lovely summer and look forward to welcoming everyone back in September for the start of the new school year. To those who are moving on to pastures new, we wish you all the very best for your future, and hope that you will always have fond memories of your time at Forefield.

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