Newsletter 16 – 6th January 2017

Dear Parents

Maths for Parents! We would like to invite all parents to come into school for 20 minutes on Wednesday 25th January at 2.40pm to sit in their child’s classroom and enjoy a maths lesson. The teachers and the children will show parents how we carry out the four main maths operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). We do encourage every family to send a representative to this afternoon, since children get very confused when parents try to teach them a method that is different from that used at school. The Government’s National Curriculum is very clear about the methods we must teach and we work precisely with this curriculum for the maths methods. Our maths scores put our school in the top few percent of the country so we know that the methods work well for our children.

Clubs Clubs that are run by school staff or school volunteers will start in the week commencing 16th January 2017 except for gardening club which will start once the weather warms up. All clubs that are run by specialists or are fee paying will have notified you about their dates for commencement.

Please note that there is a change to day on which Mr Amor will be running his “Winter Sports” club. It will now run on a Tuesday and will be for children in Years 3 and 4. On the same afternoon, Mr Gyllenpsetz will be running the cricket club and Mrs Goddard will be running netball club for the older children.

Theme for this term Longleat is offering a project for schools on “Lions” this year, and we have decided to take up their offer of a trip to the estate and some good resources for teaching. We will use their lovely porcelain lion sculpture made in Meissen in the early 18th century as part of the stimulus and will also, of course, do work on real lions, lions in heraldry, lions as symbols and emblems and in poetry and art. Some of our classes will go to Longleat for a field trip.

We will achieve a lot of learning in all sorts of areas through this topic – science, history, geography, art, design and, of course, literacy. My thanks to Miss Nisbeck and Mrs Jones who have led on this initiative.

Parent/Teacher Meetings You will be invited to meet with your child’s class teacher to discuss their progress in March. These meetings will take place on Wednesday 15th March from 3.10pm – 6.00pm, and on Thursday 16th March from 5.30pm – 8.00pm. As usual, we shall open the parents’ booking site in the fortnight before the meetings so that you can book a time slot that suits you. Each meeting will last 10 minutes. You are always welcome to make an appointment to discuss your child’s progress at any time but these formal meetings provide a good opportunity to check on attainment, progress and targets that have been set since the last summative assessments.

Lost Property There is a vast heap of lost property in school including jumpers, cardigans, coats, gloves, scarves, hats, shoes, socks and all sorts of other items. If your child has lost something, please come and look for it! We shall be recycling the contents of the overflowing lost property box in February. Please do put your child’s name onto every single item that comes into school – just writing their initials on with a ball point pen is better than nothing! We try to restore lost items to their owners but if there are no names we cannot do this.

Hockey Tournament A team of our Year 3/Year 4 hockey players will be competing in an interschool tournament on Monday 16th January. We wish them well!

Icy Paths We aim to put grit down on the path that leads from the pedestrian gate to the school – in very icy conditions, please keep to this gritted walkway since the rest of the playground and the field paths are treacherously slippery in icy weather.

Health and Safety We ask that you do not walk along the grass border on the margin of Silbury and Avebury classroom where there is no path and the slope is steep – accidents can happen! Rather take the steps up onto the hill, walk along the path and then take the steps down the other side.

School Facebook Page If you have not yet joined the school Facebook page, please do so – we publish photos and snippets of news on the site regularly.

Primary School applications   If your child will be four years old before September 2017 you must apply for a primary place at or you can request a paper copy of the form by ringing 01225 713010. The deadline for applications is midnight of 15th January 2017.

Consultation Wiltshire Council have asked us to notify everyone that they are currently consulting on Schools Admissions for 2018/2019. The proposals can be viewed at and any comments must be sent to or to the school admissions team in Trowbridge, BA14 8JN, by 27th January.

Wiltshire Police would like to share the below links which provide useful guides for parents around online issues.  The resources are provided by The Lucy Faithful Foundation:

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Wednesday 25th January Maths for Parents 2.40pm – 3.00pm
Friday 10th February Last day of term
Monday 20th February Children back to school
Wednesday 15th March Parent/teacher meetings 3.10pm – 6.00pm
Thursday 16th March Parent/teacher meetings 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Friday 7th April Last day of term – holiday club next week
Monday 24th April Children back to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning


Happy New Year to you all!

There is planning afoot for another ‘Fabby Friday’ – this time perhaps with a little twist – so watch this space and we’ll keep you updated!

In the meantime, it’s Fabric Recycle collection this Monday morning (January 9) – please bring in all your unwanted shoes, clothes, handbags, belts, towels, bedding, curtains – even odd socks and gloves – and leave your bags of textile recycle outside the Art Centre. A great way to spring clean and to raise funds! (Unfortunately they don’t accept pillows, duvets, stuffed toys or rags)

And if you have any unwanted Christmas decorations please drop them at reception and they’ll be greatly received by the PFA to go towards decorating the school in December (!) – Thank-you!

Looking forward to a new term together!

From the PFA TEAM

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