Newsletter 24 – 10th March 2017

Dear Parents

PFA As ever, our most sincere thanks go to Debi Bell Hosking and her amazing team who run our wonderful PFA. They work extremely hard to help to enrich the experience of our children in school. Their creative and exciting projects also help to draw the parent population together and we are very grateful for that. The Fabby Friday event was a huge success and all the other events this term have been similarly successful. If you have not yet had the chance to join with any of their work, do consider offering to help – you can choose to do as much or as little as you wish.

Assessments in Primary school As we are in the second half of this academic year, and the statutory testing demanded by the government is approaching, we thought you might like to be reminded of what is entailed in these assessment.

  • Early Years Foundation Stage Profile – this is an assessment of our youngest children that has to be completed and sent to the government. We use our knowledge of the children and examples of their work and play to evidence our judgements. These judgements are moderated across the Local Authority to make sure that every teacher is assessing children in the same way against the standards. It is usually completed by the end of June.
  • Phonics Screener – this is an assessment carried out in June on our Year 1 children (and any Year 2 children who did not meet the required standard when they were in Year 1). It involves getting the children to read 20 real words and 20 nonsense words using all the phonics strategies that they have learnt since they started school. Usually, they have to get at least 32 of the 40 words correct to have met the standard. We do not know what the words are until we open the screening test that is sent to us just before we carry out the assessment. Again, these results are sent to the Government.
  • KS1 Statutory Assessments (often called KS1 SATS) – this is a battery of compulsory assessments on reading, writing and maths as well as an optional grammar, punctuation and spelling assessment. The tests can be given to the children any time through May, and can be delivered in a fairly informal manner but need to be completed independently by the children. The raw data from these assessments is not sent to the Government, but the data can be used to inform the teacher’s judgement of the children’s achievement and a Teacher Assessment of each child’s achievement is sent to the Government.
  • KS2 Statutory Assessments (often called KS2 SATS) – this is a formal battery of tests, sent under very strict security to the school, given to the children on exact dates in May specified by the government, sealed immediately they are completed and sent off for external marking. We are given the results usually in the first week in July.

We do not want children or parents to worry about the assessments. There is no need to do any extra work for them, and no need to put any pressure on your child to “do well” in them. All that needs to be done towards these assessments is being done in school. The best thing parents can do is to continue with a calm, steady programme of reading, spelling and times table practice at home, and not to refer to the assessments at all. If we have any concerns about your child’s achievement, we will have alerted you. Your child will be making good progress for their level of ability and that is all we ask of them. The more anxious children are, the worse they perform and we would like them to face these tests calmly, cheerfully and confidently. Our experience shows that children rather enjoy taking the tests and feel well prepared for them.

Summer Choir For the Summer Concert Anyone in Years 3-6 is welcome to take part in this summer choir to perform at the school music concert on Tuesday 23rd May. Practices will be on the following four Mondays, 3-4pm in the hall: 3rd April /24th April / 8th May /22nd May, with Ms Sharman.

Uniform The PFA would be grateful for any larger school uniform in good, clean condition to sell at the second hand uniform sale – please drop it off at the school office.


Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
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 – Easter Service at St Peter’s Great Cheverell at 9.30am and holiday club next week
Monday 24th April Children back to school
Tuesday 9th May Induction meeting for parents of Foundation Stage children due to start in September 2017 5.00pm
Tuesday 23rd May Summer Music Concert in hall – choir, handbells, recorders, ukuleles, keyboards, brass, guitars 5.00pm
Wednesday 24th May – Friday 26th May Forest of Dean residential trip for all children in Year 5 and Year 6 8.30am Wed morning

3.30pm Fri afternoon

Friday 26th May Last day of half tem
Monday 5th June TD Day – no children in school
Tuesday 6th June TD Day – no children in school
Wednesday 7th June Everyone back to school
Thursday 15th June Pilgrimage Day at Edington Church 9.00am – 3.00pm
Wednesday 21st June Year 6 children to Leavers’ service at the cathedral 9.00am – 3.00pm
Friday 30th June Joint Collaboration Sports day with Lavington Secondary school 11.00am – 2.00pm
Wednesday  12th July Sports Day and picnic lunch on the field 9.15am – 1.00pm
Monday 17th July Y6 Leavers’ treat off site 9.00am – 3.00pm
Tuesday 18th July School Eucharist 2.00pm – 2.45pm
Wednesday 19th July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Thursday 20th July Last day of term (Friday 21st is a TD day)
Monday 4th September Children return to school

Best wishes

Mercedes Henning


Fabby Friday was a great success. This is primarily a social event for parents and yet we raised around £550! Thank-you to all of you who got into the party spirit and ‘Fabby-ed’ the night away – Wooooo Wooooo! Also, to all those who helped behind the scenes and those of you who made donations after the event – THANK-YOU! We’re now even closer to our target of helping the school towards the cost of Theatre Lighting.

Even more THANK-YOUs this week:

:: For 100kg of Fabric Recycle on Monday! (Emma delivers it all to the plant!)

:: For your contributions to Jane’s Easter Tuck Shop today. (And to Jane & her team!)

:: To Gill for donating many toys and books after a clear-out ahead of the Fayre

:: To Harriet for her amazing clothes rail for future second hand uniform sales

Looking ahead, please diarise April 4, after morning drop-off, for a wider PFA meeting. Your participation and ideas are what drives the PFA – and we value your input. If you’d like to contribute but can’t make it in the morning, email Debi on to perhaps arrange a second meeting that afternoon or evening.


Easter Disco for the kids, Thursday, March 23

Mother’s Day Tuck Shop – Friday, March 24

Junior Bake-off – Friday, April 7

Summer Fayre – Friday, July 7

Have a good weekend, from the PFA Team

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