- Published on Friday, 23 February 2018 14:36
School Newsletter 23rd February 2018
Class Attendance Award This Week
This week’s winners are....
|1st||The Franks (Miss Roberts)||99.33%|
|2nd||The Jutes (Mrs Monk)||97.69%|
The Angles (Mrs Dean)
Housepoint Awards This Week
This weeks top 3 are...
1st - The Huns (Miss Benjamin) 90%
2nd - The Franks (Miss Roberts) 80%
3rd - The Gaels (Mrs Ward) 79.3%
Times Table Rockstars
This week we have 5 new rock heroes:
Kieran Year 4 - 0.94 seconds/ question
Oscar Year 6 - 0.99 seconds/ question
Frankie Year 6 - 1.00 seconds/question
Mr Gardiner 0.99 seconds/question
Miss Benjamin 1.00 seconds/ question
Please ensure your child completes 'My Maths' and 'Times Table Rockstars' every week.
This week we welcomed Mrs Weedon who has joined us as our new Lunchtime Supervisor. Miss Spick will also be joining us shortly.
This terms topic newsletters are now available to view on the school website. Paper copies are available from the school office. Please make every effort to read topic newsletters which contain important and useful information regarding your child's termly topics/events/important dates.
Year 2 Owl Visit
Year Two had an incredible start to their new topic on Monday as they spent the morning in the hall with a special visitor and his owls. They were fascinated by all the facts Tony had about different species of owls. After learning all about different owls, they then got the chance to hold an owl and see them up close.
'We got told all about how owls eat. My favourite part was holding the owl that was four years old' - Bayleigh
'The best part was holding James the Barn Owl but at first I felt scared' - Rosie
'I liked holding the little owl because he was really soft' - Maia
'If you talked too much the barn owl flew off' - Charlie
Year 6 Author Visit
On Tuesday Year 6 had a very inspiring visit from an author, Marcus Alexander. Marcus breaks all expected norms as an author. He is a widely travelled individual, having visited many countries such as Thailand, Laos, India, Nepal and many more. He is skilled in many martial arts and has been a professional fighter. He combines these skills with gymnastics to wow his audience. Marcus has drawn on his life experiences to write fantasy and mythological novels. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the visit:
'I think that is the best author I have ever seen in my whole life!' Victory
'Normally authors sit in a chair and read to us, but Marcus moved around and came right up to us while he was speaking.' Rhiann
'I thought he would be one of those authors who just sits and boasts about the books they have written, but he was active and inspirational.' Terry
'Most authors just write about stuff, but Marcus writes about things he has actually experienced.' Acuzio
World Book Day
World Book Day takes place Thursday 1st March and we have organised an exciting week. EYFS and KS1 are being visited by Aesops Touring Theatre Company 28th February who will be performaing The Gingerbread Man and The Hare and The Tortoise. On 1st March KS2 children will have workshops with The West End Theatre Company centred around Shakespeare Today. We will also be running a Ready Steady Read sponsored event to raise money for books for the school. Letters were sent home on Tuesday. The children are very welcome to dress up as their favourite book character for the day whether it be from a traditional tale, a picture book or their favourite novel. Please make sure footwear is suitable and clothing is warm.
On Wednesday 21st February Simon Aston the Online Safety Officer at Northamptonshire County Council carried out workshops with each year group about how to keep themselves safe when accessing the internet.
“Don’t go on the internet by yourself, ask a grown up to help you.” Ahlam EYFS
“Don’t send messages to people you don’t know. When you are playing games online, people are not always who they say they are, they can pretend so don’t tell them anything about yourself.”
Darby Year 2
“Don’t trust everything you can see online. If information is old it could be out of date so don’t always believe it.” Max Year 4
“Be aware of facts and opinions. Just because someone says something, it doesn’t mean it’s factual" Finlay Year 6
There was also a very important information evening for parents/carers, to which an extremely disappointing low number attended. A wealth of vital facts and information were provided about how to prepare young children and families in becoming digitally resilient and providing them with the tools to communicate effectively and safely in the online world. Here is a small selection of what was discussed:
· It is safer to let your child go to the park unsupervised than to give them unsupervised access to the internet
· Social media is currently more addictive to young people than cigarettes and alcohol
· Don’t ban or block internet/app use completely, discuss with your child how you can use it safely, together. The internet is integral to day to day life and children need access to learning opportunities, taking responsibility and problem solving. Removing it often causes them to access it in other ways, possibly in secret and therefore unsupervised
· Educate your child on their behaviour when communicating online, instil the same values and expectations as you would expect in the real world
· Explore technology as a family
· Set time limits on technology use, and stick to them
· Using negation to get your child involved in setting the rules and consequences for online use, this way they are more likely to follow them
· It is suggested that for a proper restful night sleep your brain should come away from technology at least 2 hours before bedtime
· When browsing the internet look for the cog or padlock signs in the address bar to check the site is safe and secure
· Give minimal personal information when using apps and websites - this information is often being sold on to companies
- Visit https://www.net-aware.org.uk/ for more information about how to keep safe on apps and social media
- www.internetmatters.org and www.childnet.com have a huge amount of information for parents, carers and families about staying safe online
Thank you to the parents/carers who joined us for this meeting.
The Big Sing - Thursday 8th March - Derngate Theatre
The year 4, 5 and 6 choir are working very hard preparing for the Big Sing at the Derngate Theatre on Thursday 8th March.
Parent/Carer Meeting - Enjoying Success
We have a meeting with Tamba Roy arranged here at The Abbey Primary for parents/carers. Tamba is an education consultant and the author of 'Success in Schools', (for pupils) and 'Success in Focus', (for adults). The meeting will be an enjoyable and informative event to introduce parents/carers to insights and practical strategies that can support the success of children. This meeting will take place on Monday 5th March 2.00 - 3.00pm. A letter has been sent home this week.
The School Council have requested that on Friday 23rd March, our school take part in Sports Relief Day. Everyone can come to school in mufti (non-uniform) on that Friday for a £1 donation. All money raised will be donated to Sports Relief.
Easter Music Concert - Wednesday 28th March - 1.45pm and 6pm
The music concert takes place on Wednesday 28th March, and the following music ensembles will be performing:-
Senior, Junior and Beginner steel pans
Choir - Year 4, 5 & 6
Year 5 African drummers
Year 4 ukuleles
Guitars and other soloists and duets
You will be sent a letter informing you that your child is performing in the concert nearer the time.
The concert takes place as follows:
1.45pm (Pre-school/babies children allowed but the performance is 1 hour long)
6.00pm (No babies/pre-school children allowed). There will be a childcare service provided for school age children.
Ukulele Concert - Thursday 29th March 2018 - 10.00am
Year 3 parents and carers are invited to come and hear what their children have been learning on their ukuleles as part of Northampton Music and Performing Arts Trust (NMPAT) first access project this term. The concert begins at 10.00am in the school hall. We are also very pleased to announce the first performance of our newly formed Year 3 choir!
Walk In Wednesdays
Each Year group (Year 1 to 4) will be hosting 'Walk In Wednesdays' from 2.30-2.50pm in the school hall on the following dates.
|EYFS||28th February 2018 (in the classrooms)|
|Year 2||21st March 2018 (in the hall)|
Please come along and join your child in these sessions.
Class assemblies for the Spring Term are as follows:
|The Franks (Miss Roberts)||Thursday 8th March 2018|
|The Huns (Miss Benjamin)||Thursday 22nd March 2018|
Assemblies start at 9.05am. All welcome.
Our meals are provided by Chartwells. If you wish to book school meals, please book with Chartwells using your child's login for ParentPay. Please book your child’s meals a full week in advance, the deadline of which is midnight on Tuesdays for school meals required the following week. If you miss the deadlines, you will need to provide your child with a packed lunch
As of the 9th April 2018 there will be a price increase to £2.30. Please ensure that there is enough money on your accounts to cover this increase.
Sports Days Summer 2018
The dates for Sports Days for next year are as follows:
EYFS - Tuesday 26th June 2018 9.15 - 9.45am (Tuesday 3rd July if wet)
KS1 (Year 1 & 2) - Tuesday 26th June 2018 10.00 - 11.00am (Tuesday 3rd July if wet)
Lower KS2 (Year 3 & 4) - Monday 25th June 2018 9.15 - 10.30am (Monday 2nd July if wet)
Upper KS2 (Year 5 & 6) - Monday 25th June 2018 10.30 - 11.45am (Monday 2nd July if wet)
Please make a note of these dates in your diaries.
If you have any concerns or complaints regarding parking issues, please report registration numbers/incidents to the school office, Northamptonshire County Council and Northampton South West Police via the following links:
Please show consideration to our residents and parents/carers when parking outside school. We also ask that you drive slowly, 5MPH, on the school driveway.
Please do not park on both sides of the road outside of school as this prevents emergency services from accessing this road. Do not park on the zig zag lines or block driveways. Please show consideration for our local residents and think about the safety of ALL OUR CHILDREN!
Thank you to the majority of parents/carers who do park and drive considerately.
Dates for your diary
|27th February 2018||Cross Country - Abbeyfield Year 4/5/6|
|28th February 2018||Year 5 Big Bang Event - Silverstone Circuit|
|1st March 2018||World Book Day - Dress up as a book character|
|5th March 2018||Tamba Roy Meeting 2.00 - 3.00pm in the hall|
|8th March 2018||Choir Year 4/5/6 Big Sing - Derngate|
|13th March 2018||TLCs 3.30 - 7.00pm|
|15th March 2018||TLCs 4.00 - 7.30pm|
|19th March 2018||Bikeabilty 19th - 22nd March Year 6|
|28th March 2018||Musical Concert 1.45pm (Babies/pre-school children allowed)|
|28th March 2018||Musical Concert 6.00pm (No babies/pre-school children allowed)|
|29th March 2018||Year 3 Ukulele Concert 10.00am|
|29th March 2018||School closes for Easter 3.00pm|
|17th April 2018||School re-opens 8.40am|