Easter Newsletter 2019
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter break – the children all appear to be refreshed and eager to embark on their new learning this morning. Miss Edwards, one of our FS2 teachers, embarked on her maternity leave at the start of the holidays and I am delighted to be able to announce that she now has a beautiful, healthy baby boy, and both mother and baby are doing well. Mrs Wigfield started teaching Miss Edwards’ class before the holidays and will be their teacher for the rest of the academic year.
Thank you to all parents and guardians who attended our open evening before the holidays. We had a 97% attendance rate and aim for 100% so if you are still to make an appointment with your child’s teacher, please do so asap. Thank you also to those of you who completed the parent questionnaire – your feedback is much appreciated and we aim to follow up any comments that you may have made. I have attached the whole school responses to this newsletter.
Please be aware that issues caused as a result of the inappropriate use of social media are on the rise; the number of issues that are being brought to our attention, stemming from inappropriate use of messaging systems, has risen dramatically this academic year with our older children. We cover online safety regularly throughout the curriculum, and also have focus sessions on staying safe in computing sessions and through the support of our local PCSOs. I am sure parental controls etc. will be in place, but please be aware of any changes in behaviour and ask them about their use of social media platforms. If you require any further information, there are a number of useful websites listed below, or contact your child’s class teacher.
Nine of our Year 4, 5 and 6 children attended the Golden Boot football tournament before the holidays, and the children took a strong second place on goal difference, and 28 of our Year 2 children have also take part in Quad Kids, an athletics competition.
Our Year 4 pupils also did very well in their sporting events last term! 28 of our Year 4 children attended the Sir Thomas Wharton Dodgeball Tournament this month, and one of our teams being unbeaten throughout and being awarded the winners trophy (we have won this tournament for the last 3 years in a row – it is becoming a Warmsworth favourite event!)
16 of our children from Year 4 have also taken part in the Doncaster Basketball finals this month too, with one team being awarded 3rd place overall, with 3 wins out of 5 and the other team being placed 4th overall with 2 wins out of 3.
Thank you to Mr Halstead, the staff and all the parents who have supported these wonderful opportunities for the children.
Thank you to all parents, family and friends who supported us in the school Readathon over half term. A total of £2544.16 was raised and this will go towards providing new reading materials for all pupils across school.
The winners of the book tokens were:
F1 – Jackson F2 – Skyla Y1 – Ava
Y2 – Molly Y3 – Divine Y4 – Francesca
Y5 – Asha Y6 – Eddie
Congratulations to our winners and everyone who took part.
Staff and governors are continually reviewing the curriculum we provide for our children at Warmsworth Primary School and we have recently approved a new scheme of work for teaching Drugs Education from Year 1 to Year 6; please see the relevant curriculum booklets for your child for further details, and if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher.
Mr Wilson led another 4 family learning events last term, where children were able to learn about seeds and plant their own, with their parents. A total of 24 families took part and more family learning opportunities are planned for the summer term … more details to be sent shortly.
Overall attendance for this academic year so far is 97.2%
Wherever possible, medical and dental appointments should be arranged out of school hours; where this is not possible we need to see either an appointment card or receive a letter containing the appropriate details. Our aim is to have no children absent without authorisation and we rely on your help and co-operation to achieve this.
Good luck to all our Year 6 children for their end of Key Stage Two SATS which start on Monday 13th May. They have worked so hard during their time at Warmsworth Primary School and this is their chance to show what they can do; we are proud of every single one of them and this is their time to shine!
Teachers will be working with our Year 2 pupils towards their end of Key Stage One assessments, starting on Friday 17th May; these assessments will inform the teacher assessments for the end of the year.
Our membership to our school orchestra is very small at the moment, and we are very keen to encourage new members. If your child attends music lessons inside or outside of school, and your child is interested in attending the school orchestra on a Wednesday from 3.30 – 4.30pm, please contact the school office, or Mrs Shaw (Music leader).
Many of you may have heard that unfortunately Mrs Sharp is not at school currently. If you need to speak to a member of senior staff about your child in the Foundation Stage during Mrs Sharp’s absence, please ask to speak to Miss Nithsdale, who is one of our Deputy Headteachers.
Dinner Money Increase
Just a reminder that the cost of pupil school meals from 29th April 2019 will be £2.40 per day which is £12.00 per week (as advised in letter dated 22nd March 2019).
To support us in being able to contact you in an emergency and remain GDPR compliant, please inform the school office of any change in address and/or contact numbers asap.
And finally …
You may have noticed this morning that during the holidays we have had new playground markings laid on the Foundation Stage, KS1 and KS2 playgrounds. These improvements have been part funded by the money that has been raised by the Parents and Friends of Warmsworth in previous years. Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to the PFA events in the past; I am sure the children will be excited to tell you all about them and will love using them!
Thank you for your continued support; we are looking forward to a fabulous summer term!