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Newton Burgoland Primary School

Newton Burgoland Primary School

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Diary Dates/ Updates and Information

Please see below our current list of dates for your diary and local/general information

update 22/9/23

You are invited to join us for an open morning with a book reading event, on Friday 6th October from 8.45 to 9.45 and on Thursday 12th October for a harvest celebration.

As the weather turns colder please make sure that you send coats and jumpers to school. Spare shoes are needed for PE and playtimes – Class 3 and 4.

Don’t forget to sign up for Young Voices – tickets are selling fast so we need to be ready to order.

Parents evenings for Years 2, 3 and 5 are on Tuesday 10th October and Thursday 12th October for EYFS. We will soon be sending you a link to enable you to sign up.

Have a good weekend.

Kind Regards,

Sue Ward


Update 15/9/23

Thank you for supporting Class 4's trip to the Battlefield this week. Despite the rain, Mrs Underwood and museum staff were impressed with both pupils' behaviour and engagement with learning. Class 4 are Noticeably Newton!

Our new club:' Clay Creators' went well. We were impressed with how well resources are organised and presented and with how the club provider supported pupils from 1 to Y6. All other clubs will start next week.

Young Voices tickets and t-shirts are available to order, rehearsal is underway. Please note that this is for class 3 and 4 only.

Schools Council Election Results:

Congratulations to all of our pupils who stood for leadership roles in school.

Beaumanor 24

We are finalising costs but the dates of our Yr 5/6 residential are: 5th to 7th June 2024

School Lunches

Thank you all for embracing the new system for ordering school lunches and after school club food. After some initial teething troubles, this now seems to be running smoothly. Mrs Grimshaw and Mrs Evans have been checking each day to make sure that children either have lunches ordered via SchoolGrid or have lunchboxes with them but as of next week, we will be relying on the online system alone so please make sure that you have ordered online if your child needs a school lunch or a sandwich for after school.

Have a lovely weekend.

Kind Regards,

Sue Ward


Update 8/9/23

Dear Parents,

A very warm welcome to our new starters: Arthur, Barney, Bethany, Charlotte, Edie, Millie, Olive, Oliver, Ottillie and Sanam.

They have all settled really well into school and have started learning phonics this week.

It has been a delight to welcome everyone back to school. The new meal service is fantastic, the children are really enjoying the new options. Please make sure that your child knows which option they have chosen, it really helps us speed up lunchtime service.

We have a busy term ahead: Class 4 have a trip planned for next week, dodgeball (Class 3 and 4) and sports hall athletics (Class 4) competitions have been booked for Class 4 and 3 following your feedback asking for more competitions for Class 3.  Please see the diary dates for more information.

Next week we are welcoming Miss Poppy Moore to our team. She is an apprentice teaching assistant.

News from our classes:

Class 1

We have started our new topic All About Me and have started to learn about different animal groups and explored making large scale spirals and circles using our bodies in art.

Class 2

We have started on our English unit all about Little Red Riding Hood. We have been listening to lots of different versions of the story and talking about our favorites. In art we have started to explore how we can use nature to inspire our own art work.

Class 3

It has been a very busy first week in Class 3. We have started Place Value in Maths recalling key facts we learnt last year. In Science, we started our new unit of Animals and their Habitats, where we grouped animals by their features using a venn diagram.  Well done Class 3! You have all been 'Noticeably Newton'.

Class 4

What a busy start to the new year! In Class 4 we have already learnt a lot in History: we know about the War of the Roses and how the Battle of Bosworth led to the First Tudor King. We are really looking forward to visiting the Battlefield at Bosworth and learning even more! We also enjoyed a History workshop where we learnt about foods and feasting in Tudor times.

Another exciting thing planned for us is the Play Leaders' Training on Monday - we will let you know all about this in next week's update.


On Monday Class 4 will need to be in PE kits for sports leader training.

  • Clay creators starts on Monday.
  • All other club letters will be sent out next week.
  • All children should be bringing books bags or drawstring bags to school – no rucksacks
  • Children should remove earrings for PE or bring tape.
  • The gate closes at 8.45 children arriving after this time are marked as late.

Stop Press

Watch out for the information about Young Voices. We had an amazing time last year so I am hoping that everyone in Class 3 and 4 will go this year.

Kind Regards,

Sue Ward

Update 7/7/23

Dear all,

Thank you for joining us at our opening morning this week and for taking the time to share your thoughts:

  • Good – creating a safe environment for children to learn. Could be better – Sports day – more effort and longer races for KS2
  • Helping my children gain confidence. Make homework more relevant
  • Great to see creativity being nurtured as much as the core academic subjects. Class 1 – wow! What amazing things you have achieved with the garden. My  child has loved learning about all the topics this year and tells us all about it.  Class 3 have done some beautiful art work.
  • Love coming to events at the school/joining in and attending assembly!  Really pleased school meals have been sorted!! Good work!
  • Very impressed with all their hard work.  Lots of happy kids!
  • Great morning, would like to do this more often!
  • Lots of work displayed and to see
  • Children very engaged in learning
  • Amazing work, children learning a lot
  • Nothing to add, Miss Eley is doing a wonderful job! Happy kids, lots of fun!
  • Everything is well structured and engaging
  • Children are all so friendly and polite and seem very happy
  • I feel that the school is doing everything very well and the support my child has had has been outstanding, very pleased!
  • Happy children! Great atmosphere, lovely classrooms
  • Love the separation into the different areas with so much content to learn and play
  • Great classroom
  • Very nice to see all the work
  • It was a good opportunity to see through the children’s work.  Involving the children in the day worked well.
  • More Open Mornings – its lovely seeing their progress
  • Lovely learning areas
  • Amazing work from all the children.  Happy and striving. Artwork is awesome.  Keep up with all the hard work, you’re all doing amazing! 5 stars and more
  • Good classroom
  • Great classrooms

We are also, really excited about our new food service and we love inviting you in to see all your children’s beautiful work. Our art work stood out with teachers across our local family of schools. We will be leading on art development across the group. Well done Miss Eley and Mrs Watson.

We have penciled in another open morning, with a focus on reading, for early next term.  In response to the comment above we will do our best to make this a regular event with the children leading your visit.

Looking forward to next week:

  • Please bring a named carrier bag so used books can go home on Wednesday
  • There is no PE on Thursday or Friday next week, PE kit on Monday for circus skills
  • Don’t forget to return your parent comments form from your childs report
  • Don’t forget to activate your School Grid account to be ready to order school dinners from the Autumn Term
  • School closes at 2pm on Friday

Have super weekend.


Thank you for joining us for sports day and the music concert today. Our children really are Noticeably Newton.

Next week

  • We are closed to class 1 on Wednesday and Friday due to industrial action.
  • Our year 6 pupils will be visiting their secondary schools towards the end of the week and we wish them all the very best – we know they are ready to shine.
  • Due to transition days and industrial action the PE timetable has had to change:

Tuesday: Class 3 and 4

Wednesday: class 2 and class 4

Thursday: class 1 and class 3

Friday: all pupils who are in school

Meal service next steps

Attached is a sample menu to give you a flavour of the meals likely to be on offer in the autumn term. See emailed copy.


Sports day

Weather permitting, sports day will be on Monday. Class 3 and 4 will start their sports day at 1.15pm and class 1 and 2 at 2.00pm. Year 6 pupils and the Sports Ambassadors will be supporting class 1 and 2.

You are welcome to join us for the afternoon on The Wraggy.

The children can wear team colours or PE kit to school on Monday and should be sun safe.

Class 3 and 4 children can be collected at 2pm to watch their younger brothers and sisters, those not being collected will be kept in the shade to reduce sun exposure.

Doodle maths

Our subscription to this has come to an end and we are investigating alternatives such as Times Table Rockstars.


We have achieved our Gold School Games Mark this year for all the work we have been doing to go beyond our pre-covid sports offer. Next year will see more competitions for our year 3/4 pupils and a sports club on 4/ 5 lunchtimes. We were also presented with our introductory Food-for-Life certificate for the work the school has done over the last 5 years to promote healthy eating and a knowledge of Farm-to-Fork.

Parent Survey

Thank you for taking the time to complete our survey. I will be sharing the outcomes with governors at our meeting next week and our next steps with you subsequently.



hank you for joining us today. Class 2 and 3 were brilliant – well done all, especially the adults who have been untangling at our practice sessions. It was the best maypole ever! At lunchtime, it was lovely to have the community together a for the picnic afterwards. Thank you Miss Eley, Mrs Watson and Mr Ikin for your hard work.

We would like to thank the Year 6 children who stepped in as mini-TAs this morning to support the children in Class 1 during the Maypole dancing. They were so mature and helpful we were proud of all of them.

Trips and Visits

On Monday some of year 5 and 6 will be attending a rugby tournament at the Tigers grounds in Leicester. Many thanks to our volunteers for providing transport.

The planned Nottingham University trip for year 4 and 5 has been cancelled due to the cost of transport – the best quote we could get was £600 making the cost per child prohibitive.

We are drawing up a list of next year’s trips so we can give you an approximate cost at the start of year. Although, we will try to take advantage, as usual, of any opportunities which arise during the year.

News from our classes

Class 1:

In maths we have started to add equal groups ready to build and draw arrays as part of our multiplication unit.

In science we looked at plants and the different parts that we can eat, such as roots, leaves, stems and seeds. Our vegetable and fruit garden is looking very green! Look on our school twitter page at the latest photos.

In English we have started to learn the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and year 1 children have written some extended sentences using nouns and adjectives this week.

Finally, well done to the year 1 children for all their hard work in phonics and completing the screening this week. You are all amazing!

Class 2

In class 2 this week we have continued to learn about time in maths. We have been learning about the past the hour and to the hour times by counting in intervals of 5. 

In English we have been creating a shared story based on Stuck by Oliver Jeffers. We have had lots of fun coming up with and rehearsing our own ideas.

We have of course also been maypole practising! We are all seeing ribbons in our sleep but it was worth all the practise as they were fantastic! Well done year 2!

Class 3

In Class 3, excitement has filled the air as we were finally performing our beautiful Maypole dancing. In Maths, we have been perfecting our time telling skills by looking at telling the time from a digital clock as well as an analogue. We finished our Summer term class read ‘How to Survive Time Travel’ and were left wanting more as the story ended on a big cliffhanger. Class 3 enjoyed the story so much they asked if we can read the next book in the series ‘How to Survive the Future’ so they could have the million unanswered questions they have, answered! I would just like to say a huge well done to Class 3 for persevering in this hot weather and all your hard work with our Maypole practices, it really did show in todays final performance.

Class 4

Class 4 have nearly finished reading a brilliant book called 'Paradise Sands' by Levi Pinfold - ask them to tell you all about it. The children will be writing their own stories based on this book so I know you will be looking forward to receiving your copy of this soon!

Wrap around care and clubs

Late stay

This will continue next year on Monday to Thursday from 3.20 to 5.20. Plans are to be confirmed at the start of term but the programme for the club will look similar to this:

Monday: Make it club
Tuesday: Team games and challenges
Wednesday: cooking, Lego, computing
Thursday: Games

The club will start with a fruit based snack and drink, a light tea will be served at 5 (we are hoping the new food provider will be able to help with this) and will be followed with a quiet activity.

If your child has a place at late stay club and you have a younger child starting then a place is reserved at the club. Please let us know as soon as possible if you need to change days or if you would like to join us.

Early bird Club

Available every day from 7.45. Breakfast is not served after 8.15.

Monday: Drawing and water colour
Tuesday: reading and making
Wednesday: board games
Thursday: Lego, Kappla and other construction toys
Friday: Computers and Wii sports

Other News

Save the date for young voices: 26th January 2024. A seat has been allocated to every child in key stage 2.


A hot dinner will be available from the start of the new year from either our new provider or from LTS whilst arrangements are finalised. My hope is that this will be completed this term but it is frustratingly slow.

Keep safe and enjoy the sunshine.


With just 6 weeks until the summer holiday we are all starting to think about next year. Our Year 6 pupils are preparing for their induction days, looking forward to the leavers pizza event and planning their end of year presentations.

Miss Barber is getting ready to meet our new starters and visit their pre-schools and we are enjoying the dryer, if not sunnier, weather on the Wraggy.

Next week, weather permitting, our year 2, 3 and 4 pupils will be dancing around the maypole and it is nearly sports day. We look forward to seeing you at school events including the summer fair.

News from the classes:

Class 1:

Our Painted Lady butterflies emerged over half term!

We were very excited to observe them feeding on the nectar we made and hold them too. We released them in our garden area and found out which plants they are attracted to.

We have also discovered a beanstalk in our classroom that appeared overnight! So, we are exploring stories about beanstalks and retelling the story of Jack and the Beanstalk story with actions.

In Art, we have enjoyed responding to art work by Georgia O'Keeffe and created some amazing watercolour work in our sketch books.

Class 2:

This week we have been busy practising our maypole dance! We have also started to learn about telling the time in Maths and story writing in English. We are continuing with our 'Making Birds' unit in art and have started to turn 2D materials into 3D by twisting, scrunching, folding and cutting. This will lead into our final piece over the next two weeks of making 3D birds using everything we have learned so far. If any year 2 parents have any cereal boxes or other cardboard packaging to donate for this we would appreciate it!

Class 3

Class 3 have had a busy week, practising for Maypole for Monday. We have continued to write our stories in English with some of us beginning to type up our drafts ready to share with Class 4. In Science, we started our new unit, Light. We spent the lesson looking at a range of light sources and understanding that although an object can provide light it doesn’t necessarily mean it provides its own light. The children were very intrigued to learn that the moon does not provide its own light and in darkness, our eyes can’t see. Class 3 are excited to welcome you and show you our Maypole dances on Monday. They have all worked so hard with them. Well done Class 3!

Class 4

Today is World Oceans Day and the ECO Team delivered a super-important assembly to the KS2 children this morning on plastic waste and the impact on the Oceans.

Our anti-Bullying Champions also delivered a valuable assembly to Classes 1 and 2 all about how to be a good friend.

Well done and thank you to all those children involved in the planning and delivery of those!

Some members of the School Council have come up with this week's homework task - we hope the children all enjoy creating their decorations!


There are no further updates but we continue to work behind the scenes to restore a high quality hot meal service as soon as possible.


Mr Ikin has completed his apprenticeship with us and is staying with us whilst he studies for a foundation degree.

Mrs Lynne Evans has joined the office team and works from 9-1 each day.

Mrs Tanya Thompson is leaving us on Monday – the children will miss her at lunchtimes.

Mrs Paula Davis will be supporting in class1 until Mrs Everitt returns.

Please find a link to the parent survey on the digital update.


Dear all,


Year 5 and 6 will head to Beaumanor on Monday morning for our annual residential. For those attending:
•             please hand any medication into the office first thing on Monday morning
•             prepare for the British weather
•             pack your smiles!

PE/Forest school next week

Tuesday – class 1 and 2 PE
Wednesday – class 3 PE
Thursday – class 1 and 2 PE
Friday – whole school Forest school

News from our classes:

Class 1 have enjoyed observing how plants grow this week, through planting their own beans and studying the life cycle of butterflies. We have 5 very large caterpillars ready to begin the metamorphosis stage and we are very excited to see what happens. Our little garden area is full of vegetables and fruit plants too. In RE we are finding out about the faith of Judaism and the important festivals. Look on our school twitter page for updates! 

Class 2 have been on a trip to the Black Country Museum this week! We had an excellent time learning all about how people lived back in Victorian times. We had a chance to look inside houses and shops and see how they were different to our modern day. We went inside a Victorian chemist and general store and the shop keepers told us all about what would have been sold back then. We even got to visit a Victorian school! Mrs Watson was told off by the headmistress for chatting but luckily escaped the cane! Our tour guide, Dave, even taught us some Black Country dialect words:

Shappin' = Shopping
Cut/Navigator = Canal
Tearters = Potatoes

We had a fantastic day and learned so much about how life has changed through time!

Class 3’s week has been a busy one as usual. On Tuesday, year 4’s enjoyed a session ran by Leicester Tigers where they enjoyed a taster of tag rugby whereas the year 3’s became fluent in French, learning what the different fruits and vegetables were translated in French. In English we have been reading ‘Leon and the Place Between’ and we have finished planning our own stories inspired by the text ready to start writing up next week. It is noticeable that class 3 are working hard with their handwriting and I would just like to say a massive well done! 

Class 4 have enjoyed learning all about fire safety from a member of the Fire and Rescue Service. Please ask them what advice they can give you about staying safe in the event of a fire. We are in the process of writing up our ghost stories based on 'The Giant's Necklace' by Michael Morpurgo. We will be sending a copy home for you to enjoy with your children once they are edited and illustrated.

I would also like to congratulate the Year 6 children on the sensible, mature way they approached the KS2 SATs tests last week. They did Mrs Underwood proud!

And also the Y5 children - who were so positive about the Geography unit of work they studied all about trade. They were really positive and well-behaved. 

Have a good weekend all.



Dear Y6,


We have watched you grow. We have seen you shine. We are proud of who you are. Tests are just one way to measure a person at a moment in time.  We don’t see you as a test result. Tests don’t measure what really matters, what makes you unique.  You are kindness, you are laughter, you are creative individuals who will leave here and make a difference in our world. You are Noticeably Newton.


Rest, enjoy the coronation you have done enough.


Wishing you all a weekend filled with smiles and laughter.

Update 5/5/23

Dear all,


This week we welcomed Mrs Paula Davis  to class 1 to cover Mrs Everitt’s maternity leave this term. We also enjoyed a visit form Mrs Hall to officially welcome George to our school family. 


PE will return to normal next week. 


We were all very excited to see our new playground markings on Tuesday. Thanks to our PFA team for their fundraising and efforts to organise this. 


Dear Year 6,

We have watched you grow. We have seen you shine. We are proud of who you are. Tests are just one way to measure a person at a moment in time.  We don’t see you as a test result. Tests don’t measure what really matters, what makes you unique.  You are kindness, you are laughter, you are creative individuals who will leave here and make a difference in our world. You are Noticeably Newton.

Rest, enjoy the coronation you have done enough.

Wishing you all a weekend filled with smiles and laughter.

Kind Regards,

Sue Ward

Update 21/4/23

I hope you had a lovely Easter break.

Some sunshine at last! We have really enjoyed our playtimes and lunchtimes on the Wraggy this week.

In classes:

In Class 1 we have started to learn about growing and life cycles. The children have come up with a plan of what they would like to grow on our little garden area and we began to think about which flowers will attract butterflies and bees. We have also learnt a few songs to help consolidate our knowledge. It's been assessment week in maths and phonics for the year 1 children and we have all written recounts about our Easter holidays. Lots of us went fossil hunting it seems! In RE we are finding out about the faith of Judaism this half term.  Well done to our 'reading stars' too. The children are reading so much more at home now. A big thank you for parental support with this. 

In Class 2 we have been scientists! We conducted an experiment to see which material would make the best umbrella. We decided that a suitable umbrella needed to be light and waterproof. We made predictions, worked in small groups to make umbrellas out of different materials and then tested them to see if they were waterproof. We found out that plastic was the best material to make an umbrella out of. 

We have also been learning all about fractions. So far we have learned about halves and quarters. We learned that to make a quarter we can halve, and then halve again! Fractions have to be split or shared into equal groups.

We've also learned about homophones this week. Homophones are two words that sound the same but have different spellings and/or meanings. This week's homophones were see and sea. 

In Class 3 this week, we have become writers! Inspired by the picture book Flood by Alvaro F. Villa, we have written a narrative piece of writing to go along with the images in the book. In spellings, we focused on suffixes and prefixes, ensuring we understood where they belong in words and using this learning in our narrative piece in English. We have started to look into our new Science unit ‘Electricity’, identifying electrical and non-electrical appliances and grouping them into mains- or battery- powered. We have had a great start to the summer term and are so excited for what else is to come ????

In Class 4 we are coming to the end of our class reader, 'The Bone Sparrow' by Zana Fraillon. It is all about a boy called Subhi who has grown up in a refugee detention centre and his friend, Jimmie: a girl from the other side of the fence. It is so exciting and we can't wait to find out what happens! We think everyone should read this book. We are also enjoying learning about the human heart and completing our maths unit on fractions, decimals and percentages.  


Thank you for your support. The sandwiches have been really well received by the children. Plates are generally clear and the food looks much more child friendly, healthy and appetising. The previous hot food option created a lot of waste; many children did not eat the vegetables or salad elements. Most children appear to be enjoying the change and are clearing their plates of sandwiches, vegetable crudité, fruit and pudding. If anyone would like to join us for lunch please email the office.

We are looking forward to picnicking together in the sunshine when the weather is more settled.

Please email us if you have any comments to be considered as we work to secure a new service for September. Continuing with sandwiches is an option we could consider.

Kind Regards,

Sue Ward




Update 13/1/23

The countdown is on to young voices!

January is going to finish in style.

Thank you to all those who have already completed the parent view survey. If you have not done so, then please do at:

I would also encourage you to come and talk to us if you have any worries, so we can work together to resolve them.

This week in school:

Class 1: We have started our space topic finding out about the first men on the moon.

Class 2: We are learning about the Great Fire of London in history and shape in maths

Class 3: We have been looking at Roman Britain and how London has changed over time in geography, we have completed work on Hinduism by learning about Divali and other Hindu celebrations.

Class 4: We have finished a science unit on evolution and we are mastering fractions.

In assembly, we have talked about equality and fairness.


It is not always easy to keep up to date with changes to social media. Roblox is a platform I have recently become aware of. For your information – apologies if you are already aware of the following:

• Roblox is a popular online game-creating system where children create and publish games, and play other users’ games

• It is relatively easy for children to see content that isn’t age-appropriate

• Strangers can contact children – there have been recent news articles about grooming via Roblox

• Children can easily lose a large amount of real-world money

Age-appropriate viewing

Polite reminder – age restrictions on digital media are there to protect us from risky content.

Inappropriate Role models

May I draw your attending to the following news article in case it is of use.




Welcome back, Happy New Year, and thank you for all your kind words and support last term. As we move into 2023, I think it is worth taking a moment to reflect upon some of our successes over 2022: 

  • 92% of our pupils passed the phonics screening 
  • Without exception, visitors to our school comment on your children’s positive behaviour and determination to learn 
  • We achieved the silver, United Against Bullying award in the summer for our work on prevention of bullying 
  • Our reading scheme has been fully updated across the school – almost all of our pupils choose to read for pleasure, which is a really strong indicator of future success 
  • Our wrap around care offer is now well established and has been highly successful 
  • We have been able to participate in a variety of sports competitions including cross-country with some individual successes 
  • The PFA team have raised a significant amount of extra funding to support all of our pupils, making a donation to each class at Christmas and working towards the playground markings target
  • All of our 2022 year 6 pupils were offered a place at their preferred secondary school 

The School would be very grateful if you could take a moment to complete the Ofsted parent view form – Be More Newton and don’t leave it to others to say how great it is to be a member of the Newton family. 

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow morning with smiling faces and looking forward to what 2023 bring us.


Update 12/12/22

Dear all,

Many thanks to Mrs Edwards, Mrs N. Ward, Mrs Gardner, Mrs Storer and Mrs Thompson for their help with forest schools on Friday.

Tomorrow will see our extreme show and tell event reveal itself with the usual excitement and display of talent.

On Friday we are looking forward to welcoming you all (2 adults per child only please) to our carol concert at 1.15pm. School will close for a well-deserved break at 2pm.

We will return to school rested and ready to learn on Wednesday 4th January.


Late Stay club re-starts on Wednesday 4th January. Pupils who have attended this term are automatically enrolled but fees need to be paid by Tuesday 3rd January so we can release places for sports and other clubs.

After school clubs from January 3.20 –4.20pm

Monday: art and a sports club
Tuesday: sports club
Wednesday: sports club and STEM (science, computing and engineering)
Thursday: gymnastics
Friday: sports club

Sports club activities will be confirmed in the new year and clubs will commence w/c 16th January.

Kind Regards,

Sue Ward

Update 2/12/22

Tonight, the PFA will be setting up for the Christmas fayre – we look forward to seeing you all between 12pm and 2pm on Sunday.

Next week, on Friday, the schools council are holding their Christmas fair for pupils only. To make it easier for you and avoid cash getting lost a donation of £2 has been set up on SchoolMoney. This will be turned into tokens so that your child can buy a cake, a book and have a go on the games set up by our schools council. All proceeds will go towards equipment for playtime. More information will follow from the school council next week.

Please support our school council with donations of:

  • Nearly new books – if you can wrap these and put an age sticker on – these will be sold on our mystery book stall.
  • Cakes – please send a list of ingredients with your baked good or donate shop bought cakes in their original packaging.

In addition, on Friday, the schools council will be collecting your toy donations for the local ‘toys on the table’ appeal.

Kind Regards,

Sue Ward

update 25/11/22

Thank you for your donations to the PFA for the Christmas Fayre.

During the next two weeks we will be holding a ‘speak out’ assembly in school using the NSPCC materials – Information attached. We want our children to know that it is OK to say no and to tell a trusted adult if something does not feel right.

The Christmas play fast approaches. 2 tickets will be sent home in book bags for the main performance which is at 9.30am on Thursday 8th December. If you would like to attend the dress rehearsal (9:30am on Weds 7th December) please contact the office – 2 seats per family available – we will keep a list of those attending.

Our annual Christmas photos have been taken today. Details of how you can order copies will be confirmed next week.

The post box will be in the foyer from Monday for children to post cards to one another if they wish to.

Kind Regards

Sue Ward

Update 18/11/22


Pudsey has been so we know that Christmas is coming! Thank you for your donations to children in need and to the PFA chocolate hampers.

There will be no more Friday Forest School sessions this term, so we have time to enjoy Christmas activities.

On Friday 25th November we will pose for our annual Christmas photographs. This is also dress-up and bring a bottle for the Christmas Fayre. Key stage 1 will be photographed in their nativity costumes, key stage 2 can choose photo outfits but will have music and PE in the afternoon.

Essential Christmas Information

2/12/22 – PFA film night

4/12/22 – Christmas Fayre

7/12/22 – 9.30am dress rehearsal class 1 and 2.  2 tickets only per family.

8/12/22 – 9.30am final performance class 1 and 2.  2 tickets only per family.

16/12/22 – join us for carols – school closes at 2pm.

School Council Event

The school council would like to support children in Leicestershire who would not receive a Christmas gift otherwise. They will do this by supporting the charity ‘toys on the table’. They are asking for a donation of new, unwrapped:

  • Toys
  • Books
  • Drawing materials and colouring books or stationery.

Please bring your donations to school on 1/12/22 so we can take them to a collection centre.

Thank you – Thomas Dowling School Council Chair.

This week

In class this week Class 4 have been learning to program crumbles and learning more about what matters most to Christians and Humanists. The children have shown real perseverance and resilience during this week's tests.

Class 3 and 4 enjoyed learning about saving water in a special assembly - ask them for their top tips!

In Class 2 the children have writing stories about Plop: the owl who was afraid of the dark.

In Class 1 this week we have been formulating questions and writing facts ready for our information reports. We have explored more about the Antarctic and explorers too.  

Don’t forget to practise for Young Voices at home

Kind Regards,

Sue Ward

Update 11/11/22

Thank you to all those parents joining us for remembrance and the Beaumanor presentation today. Well done class 4 and Mrs Underwood – a beautifully presented assembly. Class 4 enjoyed creating their works of art for the Armistice Day assembly and learning the song, 'Pack Up Your Troubles'. They have worked really hard to learn their lines! And Szymon did a great job as technical support! We are very proud.

Class 3 children have created the silhouette of a soldier made from recycled plastic bottles!

Class 2 have been busy finding out all about the local area: going on a walk and making maps.

Class 1 have been learning all about information texts, making poppies and understanding addition.

As the days become colder and the weather wetter, please send a coat and spare pair of shoes to school for PE.

Next week, on Monday we will be talking about bullying and how we can work together to prevent it. The children are invited to wear odd socks to school all week. On Friday it is children in need day. PE uniforms and forest school kits are needed but faces can be decorated with spots.

Sports hall athletics update – we came 12th overall which is brilliant given the size of our team and the fact that our team of year 3, 4, 5 and 6 pupils were competing against teams of just year 6 pupils.

Wishing you a peaceful weekend.

Kind Regards,

Sue Ward


update 3/11/22

Thank you for participating in our trip survey – the majority of you have indicated that you would like to pay for trips as they arise and that you would not like a limit set. Some of you have indicated that you would like the option of paying monthly – please contact the office so we can set this up for you.

Another milestone was passed this week when we were able to return to competitive sports competitions. A team of 12 year 3, 4, 5, and 6 pupils took part in sports hall athletics at Ibstock community college. A huge thank you to Michelle Hill.

Many thanks to all those who supported the PFA film night last week.

Mrs Ward 

Update 7/10/22

Thank you for all the donations brought to our harvest assembly – the food bank volunteers were delighted by your generosity. Thank you too to our schools council who led this event.

“Thank you so, so much for your generosity. It’s a big, big help. We have been giving out 50 bags of food a week every Monday and with things as they are, we are seeing more and more demand. It’s getting desperate so please pass on a huge thank you to your children and their families. We really are very grateful” Christine.

We have a total of 39 pupils signed up to the Young Voices event in January - please don't forget to buy your t-shirts! Lots of work will be taking place to ensure we are ready, alongside our digital music unit using garage band.

We will finish for half-term on Thursday next week with an afternoon in the woods.