Newsletter 24 – 29th March 2018

Last Day of Term is today, Thursday 29th March. Everyone is back at school on Monday 16th April. We wish you all a very happy Easter and a refreshing and relaxing holiday.

Stonehenge Easter Craft Afternoon It was lovely to see so many of the parents from Stonehenge class come into school to help their children with some craft activities on Monday afternoon. These events give parents the opportunity to see their children in the classroom and to find out a bit more about their school experience. Thanks to Miss Nisbeck and her helpers who worked so hard to make sure the afternoon went smoothly.

Sarum’s Super Science Evening – another lovely event where parents were invited into school to support their children with carrying out some science experiments. We have never had an event like this before, and we are delighted with how successful it was. Thanks to all the parents who came along and thanks to Mrs Goddard and Mrs Jones, with their team, who organised everything so efficiently.

Easter Service Because of the rainy weather, we stayed in school for our Easter service rather than walking to the church, and we spent time in reflection on the events leading up to the Resurrection, with music, readings and tableaux. We always make sure that children of faith and those of no faith will be able to gain some spiritual enrichment from worship activities. Whether they believe in God or not, all children are on a spiritual journey, finding out who they are, what kind of person they would like to grow into, what their role is in society, what brings them joy and what their answers might be to “Ultimate questions”.  We encourage every child to engage in developing their own philosophy and give them time and space in which to do this.

Tag Rugby Tournament Our Tag Rugby team did extraordinarily well in the tournament, competing against other schools from Devizes and local area, coming second out of twenty four schools! Thanks to Mr Amor for organising this event, to Mrs Edwards for all the admin work and to our volunteers who accompanied the trip.

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 at the end of Year 2 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 most children rather enjoy taking the tests and feel well prepared for them. We will report to parents on the outcomes of these assessments in the written report at the end of June, or if the results are released later than that for KS2 SATS, in a separate report.

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Thursday 29th March Last day of term
Monday 16th April Children back in school
Tuesday 22nd  May Music concert 5.00pm
Weds 23rd May – Fri 25th May Forest of Dean residential trip
Friday 25th May Last day of half term
Tuesday 5th June Children back in school
Friday 29th  June Children’s reports published for parents
Week commencing 2nd July Parents invited to French Café experience, class by class. After lunch each day
Tuesday 3rd July and Wednesday 4th July Summer performances by Years 3 and 4
Wednesday 11th July Sports Day followed by picnic on field 9.15am – 12.50pm
Wednesday 18th July School Eucharist – Archdeacon Sue Groom 2.00pm
Monday 23rd July Parents’ welcome meetings for new academic year 5.00pm – 7.30pm
Monday 23rd July Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm
Tuesday 24th July Last day of term


Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

Thank you to Gemma Ackerman and everyone who helped with Fabby Friday – it was a fabulously enjoyable evening indeed! £215.52 was raised from this social event.

TALLEST SUNFLOWER COMPETITION – Sunflower seeds went home this week. Last year the school record was set at 3m 23cm….we wonder if this can be beaten!! You have until September so get sowing & good luck all!!

Monday 16th April – FABRIC RECYCLING

Tuesday 24th April – SUMMER CIRCUS FAYRE MEETING – 7:30pm at the Bell Inn, Great Cheverell – all welcome!

Friday 27th April – JUNIOR BAKE OFF – this is being kindly organised by Carla Dudman. Last year we had many impressive and delicious entries. Time to get the aprons on again!

Friday 15th June- QUIZ NIGHT – Back again by popular demand.







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