Newsletter February 2020:
What a busy school year it has been so far; it’s hard to believe we are already half-way through this academic year!
We have lots of events happening in school in the last two weeks of this half term, so thought it would be a good opportunity to update you.
We have chicks in school!
There is a definite buzz around school this week as on Monday 27th January we took delivery of 10 incubated eggs! The children have been excitedly watching for any signs of movement for the last few days and we were rewarded on Wednesday 29th January when the first chick emerged from their shell. Since then, and up to writing this newsletter, we have had a total of 8 chicks being born, with the potential of a further two arriving later this week – I am sure the children will keep you informed of their progress. The chicks will be remaining with us in school until Friday 7th February and then they will be rehomed. We believe these exciting opportunities are very important to our children, and we are all learning as we watch them develop and grow. We will be updating our school website with the chick’s progress, so please take a look!
An author is coming to our school!
On Monday 3rd February, we have an author visiting our school. Malcolm J Hogan has written a series of picture books about a fearless adventurer called ‘Granny Norbag’ and will be sharing his books with some of the children and answering any questions they have about his life as an author and the art of storytelling. There will be an opportunity for children to buy a copy of the books if they wish – more information to follow…
Children’s Mental Health Week 2020
Children’s Mental Health week begins on Monday 3rd February 2020; in classes and assemblies across school, we will be discussing the issues related to children’s mental health, at an age appropriate level. If you would like any further information, please explore the websites below:
Years 3, 4, and 5 Production
On Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th February, our talented year 3, 4, and 5 children will be performing in their fantastic production ‘The Warmsworth Exhibition.’ We are going to try something a little bit different than in previous years to enable children to showcase their talents in front of an audience. Over 170 children will be taking part in a mixture of musical and arts presentations. The children are excited to perform for you and we hope you all enjoy it!
Since September, we have invited parents, grandparents and family members to 19 parent sessions to share learning with the children in English and Maths, and through Enterprise events. These have all been well attended and we are looking forward to continuing to invite you to these during the rest of the academic year. Thank you to every parent, relative or family friend who has attended these sessions; the children love being able to share their learning with you.
Last week, we had four visitors in our school as part of ‘Challenge Partners’, a national network for schools which we are currently part of. Our visitors were all very positive about the school and identified a large number of strengths in their report. We are very proud that they recognised that ‘Pupils’ desire to learn is evident in every classroom. They treat each other, their teachers and the working environment with absolute respect.’ They also commented on how our curriculum ‘inspires pupils’ and ‘meaningful experiences are planned deliberately into the personal, social, health and economics curriculum (PSHE) curriculum,’ which is something we have been working hard to develop further over the last 18 months. We are always very proud of our pupils and our school, so it is nice for visitors to acknowledge this too.
Warmsworth Gala – Saturday 11th July 2020
Thank you to all the children who entered the competition to choose the theme for this year’s gala. Mrs Swinbourne and Mrs Cooper came into assembly and announced that the theme chosen for this year’s gala is ‘Pirates and Princesses’ which was suggested by one of our year 2 pupils, Lewis Maughan. Congratulations to Lewis! In the next few months, we will distribute further details about the event from the gala committee.
Reminder - All children (Y1 to Y6) in school will be assessed in core subjects throughout May and it is essential that they attend school during this period.
Year 6 End of Key Stage Two SATs will take place week commencing Monday 11th May 2020. Year 6 tests are compulsory and are essential, both in terms of monitoring your child’s progress and in ensuring a smooth transfer to their secondary education.
Year One Phonics testing will take place week commencing Monday 8th June 2020.
Year Four Multiplication Check will take place week commencing 15th June 2020.
We are aware that an increasing number of children are now accessing social media through a variety of devices – Xbox, mobile phones etc., often through other people’s accounts as there are minimum age requirements on most of them. We ensure that e-safety is embedded in all our computing lessons and that the children are taught about the possible risks posed by the internet and how to reduce these risks. If you would like any further help or support, please let us know; we do have a link to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) reporting system on our school website, which we encourage children to use if they are worried or concerned.
Since my last newsletter we have welcomed one new member of staff to the year 4 team; Mrs Perry, who has replaced Mr Burdon as year 4 class teacher for the rest of this academic year.
On 31st December, year 6 teacher Mrs Roe commenced her maternity leave with the birth of her little girl. Miss Edwards has returned to her post as Foundation Stage Two teacher and we said a very brief farewell to Mrs Wigfield before she returned to cover Mrs Sharp’s absence over the next few weeks.
We are looking to extend our ‘supply cover’ for our midday supervisor team, who can cover in cases of illness etc. If you are interested, or know someone who would be, please speak to the school office for further information.
World Book Day
To celebrate World Book Day we will be taking part in a ‘Warmsworth Readathon’, which will be launched in school on Friday 14th February and culminate on Thursday 5th March in our celebration event. On the 5th March, we will be undertaking a series of events to promote reading, and to prepare for this, we would like your child to select a book which they would like to share in school. More information to follow …
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.
Please be considerate to our neighbours when parking in the locality at the start and the end of school sessions. We appreciate how busy the main road and the difficulties faced.
Have a very enjoyable break with the children
School re-opens on Monday 24th February 2020 at 8:50am
Good attendance at school is the single most important factor in ensuring that your child will maximise their learning opportunities. By attending school every day your child takes an important step in reaching their full potential. Research completed by the Department for Education found that every day missed was associated with a lower attainment outcome at both KS2 and KS4. The more time your child spends around other children, the more chance they have of making friends and feeling included, boosting their social skills, confidence and self-esteem. Promoting positive school attendance is therefore everyone’s responsibility.
You may be aware that school absence in Doncaster is one of the highest in England and schools have been working with Doncaster Council to look at how we can ensure all children attend school as much as possible. The school wants your child to have the education and skills they need to live a happy and fulfilling life. With this in mind Doncaster Council has made two major changes in how it will respond to requests from schools when schools are considering enforcing poor attendance.
Unauthorised Leave (Holidays in term time)
You will be aware that no leave of absence from school for a holiday in term time can be taken without the authorisation of the Headteacher and should you take your child out of school for a holiday you may be issued with a Penalty Notice. Doncaster Council will continue to issue Education Penalty Notices to each parent for each child they take out of school for a holiday.
Irregular Attendance at School
The school may write to you to advise there are concerns with your child’s irregular attendance at school. It is very important that you work closely with the school to ensure your child is able to attend school every day wherever possible. If your child’s attendance is not at the expected level the school will offer support to you and your child to ensure an improvement in attendance is made. However, should the support not have the required improvement in attendance we may send you a penalty notice warning letter. If there are any further unauthorised absences in the following 15 school days the school may request Doncaster Council to issue you with an Education Penalty Notice.
The penalty notice is a fine of £120 but reduced to £60 if you pay it within 21 days. Doncaster Council will decide if a penalty notices can be issued but may decide to prosecute you instead. Where Doncaster Council decide a prosecution should take place, they will write to you offering you to attend a meeting with an Enforcement Court Officer. Following this meeting the Enforcement Court Officer will decide if a prosecution will take place and a summons will be requested from Doncaster Magistrates Court.
If you are experiencing any difficulty with your child’s attendance, please contact us immediately so we can work together to ensure improvements are made.
Mrs R Train