Newsletter 29 – 6th May 2016

Dear Parents

Summer is nearly here! A reminder to all parents that children need to have water bottles in school and must have sun hats as the weather warms up. Please make sure all items of clothing are marked with your child’s name, since we accumulate a vast amount of lost property especially in summer when children cast off their jumpers during the day. Please come and hunt through the lost property if your child has mislaid something – it is a pity to have to recycle so many items because they have not been claimed.

Music Concert On Tuesday 24th May, at 5.00pm, we will once again hold our annual music concert for all children who take music lessons in school. All recorder players, keyboard, guitar and ukulele players, all brass instrument musicians, handbells and singing choirs will be invited to perform. This is always a wonderful event, showcasing some remarkable talent and giving everyone a chance to perform in public. Children do not have to wear uniform but must look smart and ready to perform in public in a concert. In response to parental suggestions last year, we have moved this concert into the 5th half term, because parents were overwhelmed with invitations to various end-of-year events in the 6th half term.

PE Report Mr Amor has published the school PE report, available to read on our website   and it is very interesting to see how many children take part in sport outside of school lessons. The PE funding has really supported our work to ensure that everyone enjoys keeping fit through some sporting activity. Our thanks to Mr A for his strong leadership of PE.

SATS and other tests All KS2 children will be writing assessments this coming week. They are nothing to worry about and no preparation needs to be done at home. The government has published a leaflet on the new tests which can be accessed at

Class Splits At this time of year, some parents may start to feel anxious about which classroom their child will be in next year. We ask you to trust us to make the very best decision for your child – every child is important and we will make sure that we do the very best for each one. Our analyses show that children do equally well in all classrooms – they are tested on the same tests at the end of the year, and statistics show that their progress and attainment meet or exceed the targets equally well in all classrooms in our school.

Please do not put pressure on your child to try to achieve some goal of being in a specific classroom. This leads to anxiety and a sense of having “let you down” if they do not achieve the goal. Decisions about class splits are made on the basis of the child’s academic achievement through the year and the number of children in each year group and classroom. We can assure you that children are taught at the edge of their learning regardless of which classroom they are in.

Residential trips Children in Years 5 and 6 will be going on their residential trip to the Forest of Dean on 25th May – 27th May. These trips not only provide the children with the opportunity to engage in adventurous activities such as climbing, caving, zip wire and problem solving outdoors, but also help them to develop team work skills, to grow in independence and perseverance and to have fun without any modern entertainment centres. Parents need to make sure that they have the kit list and that all medicines have the correct paper work completed and handed in. We are very grateful to our staff who are prepared to lead these trips – it is a huge responsibility and is very exhausting for them, and goes well above and beyond the call of duty.

Open school choir starts on Mondays through May (on the 9th, 16th and 23rd) to practise some new songs for the school concert on May 24th. Any child in KS2 who enjoys singing is welcome to join these three sessions and sing in the concert. The planned songs are “One Call Away” by Charlie Puth and “When I Grow Up” from Matilda, the Musical. Do come along!

Parent Portal Your children’s reports will be published on the Parent Portal. Please make sure that you can log in successfully so that you can access their reports which will be published by Friday 8th July. If you have lost your password, let us know and we will reset it. If your child is moving on to Lavington School, they will retain the same Parent Portal and login details.

Dauntsey’s School We are very fortunate to be part of the outreach provided by Dauntsey’s School to local primaries. As well as weekly sports coaching sessions for Silbury class, Dauntsey’s also provides our Year 6 children with the opportunity to do some great design work in their design and technology suite in the last half term. We also borrow our stage lighting from Dauntsey’s and they are very generous about allowing us to use their minibuses whenever we need them. We are very grateful for the extra opportunities for enrichment provided by this outreach.

NSPCC schools service On the NSPCC website, there are some very good resources which parents can use to help their children learn how to stay safe. These resources are differentiated for KS1 children and KS2, and we do recommend that parents consider using some of them to ensure that their children have as much information as possible to keep themselves safe, both online and in their daily lives. There is an overview of the safety of the most popular sites, apps and games that young people use as well.

Last day of half term is Friday 27th May. Do not forget that Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th June are TD days and we all come back to school on Wednesday 8th June.

Upcoming Events(Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Wednesday 18th May Sarum class trip to Devizes All day
Thursday 19th May Stonehenge class to Steam Museum All day
Tuesday 24th May Music Concert 5.00pm
Wednesday 25th – Friday 27th May Forest of Dean residential for Year 5 & 6
Friday 27th May Last day of half term
Wednesday 8th June Everyone returns to school
Wednesday 22nd June Avebury trip to Steam Museum All day
Wednesday 6th July Year 6 Leavers to Cathedral All day
Thursday 7th July Shakespeare play by Years 3 and 4 One performance during the school day, and one at 5.00pm
Wednesday 13th July Sports Day 9.15 – 12.00 then picnic on the field
Thursday 14th July School Eucharist – Bishop Ed (Celebrant) 2.00pm
Monday 18th July Y6 Leavers’ trip All day
Wednesday 20th July Y6 Leavers’ Assembly 2.00pm
Thursday 21st July Last day of term


Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

EXCITING NEWS! We have done it, we have raised the funds needed for the Outdoor Classroom. A huge thank you to everyone who has supported our events and donated funds without you we would t have reached our target. I also want to say a special thank you to Debi Bell, Louise Pye and Rachel Le Flem for being an amazing fundraising team and a joy to work with!

I also want to especially thank Jane Gibbons, Sarah Marshall, Jacqui Hart and Mike and Amanda Green.

Friday June 24th will be the Grand Opening of the Outdoor Classroom which will replace our traditional Summer Fayre this year. The PFA want to use it as an opportunity to celebrate the classroom and say thank you to everyone (it’s still going to be a huge amount of fun!). Watch this space for more information!


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