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Newsletter 9 [Friday 6th November]

Dear Parents/Carers

 

I apologise for beginning this week’s newsletter with such a serious message, but I really think this is too important to just ignore. Earlier this week, I watched a programme (BBC Panorama: is TikTok safe?) which looked at the dangers of children using the TikTok app. I know there are a substantial number of our children that use this app, which made the content of this programme even more disturbing. If your child uses TikTok, please watch this programme – it clearly sets out the danger that your children are put in by posting openly on TikTok – from cyberbullying to online grooming. At the very least, please check the privacy settings on your child’s account. The programme is only 29 minutes long & is available to watch on BBC iPlayer (link below).

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000p3p9

 

The children had a lovely time today in their own clothes for FOWSA’s Wear something that makes you happy day. I’d like to pass on my thanks (again) to the wonderful people of FOWSA, who, even under these unusual circumstances, are constantly dreaming up ingenious ways of raising funds for our school.

 

Next Friday, 13 November, our theme, chosen by our house captains, for this year’s BBC Children in Need is Under the Sea (or maybe on the sea, by the sea…). Your child will be welcome to come into school wearing anything to do with this year’s theme: mermaids, pirates, ocean T-shirts, sharks, octopus onesies, any type of fish or cartoon characters to do with the sea. They could even come as Perch Rock Lighthouse if they so wish. We do not expect you or your child to spend lots of money on a costume – an eye-patch & a stripy top would do. Those of you who followed Mr Grant’s adventures during lockdown earlier this year will be happy to hear he seems to have rediscovered his mojo. This week, he has started to refer to his car as HMS Victory & has been strutting around school describing the pupils in his class as his “crew”. Yesterday, he burst into the staffroom, a telescope in one hand & a cutlass in the other, loudly proclaiming, “The name is Nelson, Admiral Nelson.” With that he turned on his heels, calling over his shoulder, “Bring wine for my men, we sail at dawn!” Next Friday could be quite spectacular… All we ask is for your child to bring in £1 on the day to support the BBC Children in Need fund.

 

Your children have worked so hard this week, why not ask them this week’s questions / talking points to find out more about what they’ve been learning:

 

Nursery

Think about the cat, rat & pig from ‘The Little Red Hen’ story…

Tell me about what they did or didn’t do in the story. Were they good friends?

{‘The Little Red Hen’}

 

Reception [Red & Blue]

How did you make pumpkin soup?

{Topic: Special Times & Celebrations}

 

Y1&2 [Green, Yellow & Purple]

Why is a sheep not a perfect pet?

{English topic: ‘Wanted – the Perfect Pet’

Science topic: ‘Animals’}

 

Y3&4 [3A, 3/4M & 4G]

How would describe King Midas?

{English topic: Greek Myths}

 

Y5&6 [5D, 5/6P & 6R]

What are the lines called that cartographers use to divide the Earth into its Northern, Southern, Western & Eastern hemispheres?

{Geography topic: ‘Spatial Sense’}

                               

On Monday 9 November (this coming Monday), the gate on to the junior yard from the main car park entrance will be not in use, so please use the gate further along Woodlands Road or our Wicks Lane entrance to access the junior yard. The gate should be back in use from Tuesday.

 

Congratulations to 5 classes this week, all of them achieved 100% in their attendance – so well done to Red Class, Yellow Class, Green Class, 4G & 6R. Maybe next week we can have even more classes with every single child in school every single day.

 

Have a lovely weekend – I hope you get the chance to make the most of any dry weather,

 

KD Williams

Headteacher

                                                         Last word

Sad news. Today we lost the inventor of the protractor.

They’re with the angles now.


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