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June 2017

Year 6 Ambleside Holiday
Children dressed in onesies.It was wonderful to welcome back eighty-six Year Six pupils following their five day residential, educational holiday in Ambleside. The children had a fantastic time. Not only did they thoroughly enjoy the amazing activities, but they also experienced extreme contrasts in weather - from glorious sunshine to torrential storms!

Children standing on rocks at Stickle GhyllThe children, teachers and helpers stayed at the wonderfully located, recently refurbished Youth Hostel on the edge of Lake Windermere. The well-appointed bedrooms comfortably accommodate groups of two, three, four or six children. Our Year Six students enjoyed a wealth of activities including fell-walking, orienteering in the Whinlatter woods, canoeing, ghyll scrambling, rock climbing, rafting and, after their evening meal, a choice of sports and activities in the nearby park. As a consequence of their good behaviour, all students in Year Six were invited to participate in this wonderful experience. Well done!

Children on a raftWe are very grateful to all the volunteers who accompanied the children on this most memorable holiday - Mrs Russell, Miss Cain, Mr Croot, Mrs Jackson, Mr Marriott, Miss Mawdsley, Miss Morgan, Mr Parry, Mrs Peake, Mrs Schwartz, Mr Shannon, Miss Sprawson, Miss Smith and Mr Wood, two governors, Miss Henderson and Mrs McGee, and the six much-valued friends of our school - who cared so well for the children during the five days. Mrs Russell, who has worked tirelessly to organise the holiday, and all the other helpers report that the behaviour and attitude of our Year Six pupils was exemplary – well done! A wide-ranging selection of photographs will soon be appearing in our online gallery.

Assessments and Reports
Well done to our Year Six students who have worked so hard on their challenging Statutory Assessments. Nationally, over 600,000 children have taken these end of Key Stage Two tests. The children’s papers in Maths, Reading, Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation will be marked externally and the results will be sent to schools before the end of the Summer term. The individual results for each child will be sent home in a sealed envelope towards the end of July.

Children in Years Three, Four and Five, as well as Year Six, undertake assessments throughout the year. Teachers positively communicate the outcomes of these assessments to children by setting specific targets for their next steps in learning, by explaining to pupils how to improve and by written feedback in the children’s books. Children are strongly encouraged to respond in writing to the written feedback in their books, not only to let the teacher know that they have read it, but also to show that they know how to improve their work!

The results of our on-going assessments underpin the teachers’ comments on parents’ night. Parents also receive a full written report towards the end of the academic year. This year, our comprehensive written reports will be sent home to all pupils on Monday 3rd July. Following the reports, our open afternoon begins at 2.30 p.m. on Tuesday 4th July, giving you a chance to see your children in the school’s setting and also to look at their books in Maths, English, Science, History, Geography, R.E., D.T. and Art. You can also see our first class facilities for the teaching of P.E. and Games, Computing, Music and French.

School Uniform
A big thank you is extended to parents for sharing our pride in the Forefield school uniform. Our uniform is important because it not only unites us as a community but also ensures that all children wear similar clothes, eliminating any competition or pressure to buy fashionable, designer items. Please note that children must also wear appropriate black school shoes, not trainers. Full details of our school uniform may be found in the “Useful Information” section of our website.

Sometimes parents wish to buy new school uniform for the start of the new academic year in September. Uniform may be bought directly from the school office or ordered via email by downloading an order form. We can accept cash or cheques, but we do not currently have facilities for payment by card.

Uniform will be on sale from our school at the following times:

  • Tuesday 11th July 3.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.
  • Wednesday 12th July 3.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.
  • Thursday 13th July 3.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.
  • Thursday 31th August 1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.
  • Friday 1st September 9.00 a.m. to noon.

We always appreciate donations of good quality used school uniform that your children may have outgrown. These will be gratefully received at the school office.

Important Online Safety Message
Miss Morgan, who manages e-safety throughout our school, would like to share this important message:

“Merseyside Police wishes to encourage parents to make sure they know which apps their children are using, how each app works and what their children are using it for. Many legitimate apps are being used by young people in a way that allows them to communicate with, or be contacted by, absolute strangers. This creates a significant risk to their child.

Social media apps such as "music.ly" and "live.me" allow the user to live-stream videos of themselves and also to watch other streamed videos. Such apps have limited security features and it is possible for users to potentially identify the location where a video was recorded. It is possible for any video to be recorded and shared without the permission or knowledge of the person who made the video. For your information, the NSPCC and O2 have teamed up to produce a guide to help parents explore and understand online life as children know it. The guide can be accessed via www.net-aware.org.uk”.

Links to Net Aware and other useful resources can be found on our eSafety Links page.

Sainsbury's Active Kids Vouchers
We will be choosing a wide range of excellent sports equipment from the Sainsbury’s Active Kids catalogue. If parents have any remaining vouchers, could you please send them in as soon as possible so that we can add them to our collection. Thank you for your support.

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