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November Newsletter 2018

 

 

Keep an eye on the Diary Dates for events coming soon!

 

A great start to this half term with an amazing Diwali Special Assembly from our Year 3 children. It was brilliant! Well done to the Year 3 staff team for organising it so well!

 

 

GDPR regulations and protection of identify

During special performances such as the Diwali assembly or Christmas performances, parents can photograph or film the event with the strict understanding that photos and film footage does not go online or onto any social media site without the permission of all those in the photo or film and this includes seeking permission from any member of school staff visible too.

 

Other than special performances, at no point should parents film or photograph any children or member of school staff.

 

This restriction includes all areas of the school site indoors and outside. Breaches of this could be subject to the adult involved being banned from the school site.

 

If you believe there is an event other than a special performance that you would like to photograph or film, please speak to a member of staff first.

 

If you do not want your child filmed or photographed during a special performance, please let school staff know immediately.

 

 

 

 

Parents’ Evening

This takes place today, tomorrow and Wednesday. Please go to the hall via the school car park for your appointment. See the staff at the door and they will provide your children’s books for you to look at while you wait. Please wait in the waiting area until you are called. Please be patient. This is a different system for us all!

 

 

We will be supporting the Children in Need fundraising event with a non-uniform day on Friday this week (16th November). Children can choose to wear non-uniform or any Pudsey themed clothes of their choice for a donation of £1.

 

 

World Wildlife Fund

Recently three Year 6 children organised a non-uniform day for the WWF. Over £400 was raised which is brilliant! This has been sent to the WWF who in return have sent a card to school thanking all those who took part. Huge thanks too to the girls that wanted to fundraise for this organisation and created the fliers – great job!

“Thank you everyone for taking part – we really appreciate it. It is so nice that so many children took part. Thank you for all the donations – even if you weren’t able to contribute a lot – it is much appreciated. Brilliant!” Libby, Poppy and Lily.

 

 

Christmas Performances:

Reception – Red & Blue classes with MORNING nursery

Wednesday 12th December starting at approximately 9.15am

 

Reception – Red & Blue classes with AFTERNOON nursery

Tuesday 11th December start at approximately 2.15pm

 

Year 2 – classes 2CM and 2S

Monday 17th December starting at approximately 2.15pm

Tuesday 18th December starting at approximately 9.15am

 

Year 4 – classes 4C and 4RB

Thursday 13th December starting at approximately 2.00pm

Friday 14th December starting at approximately 9.15am

 

Please note, with all our special assemblies including Christmas performances, we allow parents to take photos or video the performance with the understanding that photos and videos are not placed on social media sites without the permission of everyone in the photo and videos are not sent into programs such as You’ve Been Framed.

 

The School Christmas Dinner

This has been scheduled for Wednesday 12th December.

 

All children need to book a Christmas dinner ONLINE by 16th November.

 

If meals are paid for, the £2 for the Christmas dinner MUST be credited on the ParentPay system when the Christmas dinner is booked.

 

NO online booking for Wednesday 12th December can be made after 16th November. Meals for the rest of term can be made as normal.

 

Diary Dates

Monday 12th November

Parents’ Evening: Morning Nursery, Reception (Red/Blue) and Year 1 (1B/1C)

Tuesday 13th November

Parents’ Evening: Year 2 (2CM/2S). Year 3 (3J/3N/3P) and Year 4 (4RB/4C)

Wednesday 14th Nov

Parents’ Evening: Afternoon Nursery, Year 5 (5SS/5B) and Year 6 (6HB/6H)

Friday 16th November

Governors Finance Committee Meeting 1.30pm

Tuesday 20th November

Full Governing Body Meeting

Wednesday 12th Dec

Christmas Dinner to be served

Friday 14th December

Christmas Disco – Reception to Year 6.  Tickets will go on sale the week of the disco. Numbers are restricted due to the hall capacity and fire regulations.

Friday 21st December

School closes for the Christmas holiday

Mon 7th January 2019

School opens for the beginning of the Spring term – no staff training day

Mon 18th to Fri 22nd Feb

Spring Half term break

Monday 25th February

School closed – teacher training day 3

Friday 12th April

School closes for the Easter holiday

Monday 29th April

School opens for the beginning of the Summer term – no staff training day

Mon 27th to Fri 31st May

Whitsun holiday

Thursday 18th July

School closes for the Summer break.

Friday 19th and Monday 22nd July are staff training days 4 and 5.

 

Tuesday 3rd September 2019

School opens for the new academic year 2019-2020.

Monday 2nd September is a staff training day.
















If you need any further information, please ask at the school office.             

Miss Regan                                                      Large print copy of this letter available on request.

      


 October Newsletter 2018

 

With the leaves on the trees beginning to turn, Autumn is clearly here! Keep an eye on the Diary Dates for events coming soon!

 

 

All school staff spend part of everyday talking to children about their behaviour and what is expected while they are at school. We discuss issues in a calm and constructive manner – exactly as we would if we were correcting an error in numeracy and we teach children to resolve issues like this.

We expect parents to behave on school site too. Swearing, rudeness or threatening behaviour towards other parents is never acceptable and it undermines the work we do to help children recognise polite discussion as a way of resolving upsets.

If you have an issue you cannot resolve or ignore, please see the HT or DHTs.

 

 

Government expectations state children need to learn all their x tables by the

end of Year 4. Years 5 and 6 should know and use their tables to solve problems.

 

Can you find 5 minutes a day to practise with your child?

(This still leaves 23 hours, 55 minutes to do other things!)

 

Year 1: x2, x5, x10.   

Y2: x2, x3, x5, x10.   

Y3: x2, x3, x4, x5, x8, x10.   

Years 4, 5, 6: ALL TABLES x2 – x12.

    Monday

Decide on a x table:                

Stick to the same x table for a whole week!        Pick a new table next week

Write down the answers to a x table on a piece of paper.

Read the answers with your child several times.

 

 6   12   18   24   30   36   42   48   54   60   66   72

 

    Tuesday

Read the answers again then colour over one answer so you can’t see it.

Read the answers again – remembering to say the number you can no longer see.

 


6   12   18   24   30   36   42   48   54   60   66   72

 

 

    Wednesday

Read the answers again then colour over one or two more answers.

Read the answers again – remembering to say the numbers you can no longer see.

           
 
 
 
 


6   12   18   24   30   36   42   48   54   60   66   72

 

                                               

    Thursday

Repeat what you did yesterday

                       
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


6   12   18   24   30   36   42   48   54   60   66   72

 

 

    Friday











Repeat again – now most of the numbers should be coloured over.

 

6   12   18   24   30   36   42   48   54   60   66   72


 


Challenge–Can you cover them all and still say the whole x table?

Challenge–Can you stop on a number and say what the sum

is to go with that number?    66? 6x11=66

 

Mr Hales – Maths Subject Leader will send home more information soon regarding supporting children’s maths at home!

A huge ~thank you~ to all families that made donations to our harvest food collection.

We have once again, been overwhelmed by your generosity.

 

Should you ever find yourself facing difficulties, whether financial, housing or something else, drop in and see Lois – our Parent Support Adviser – she may well be able to help. She can also provide food bank vouchers as well as links to local support groups. She is located daily in the community room. Ask at the office to check she is in!

 

 

Parking reminder to Afternoon Nursery parents:

The staff carpark at the front of school is for staff and emergency vehicles only. It should never be used for dropping off children. Please find a suitable place to park outside school premises.

 

 

ARE YOU WASTING MONEY? Are you paying for occasional school dinners when your child is entitled to Free School Meals? Even if your child only wants a school dinner once a week, or just wants the Christmas dinner, make sure you aren’t paying needlessly. Check with Jo, the school dinner secretary and she can show you a quick way of checking your entitlement!

Check today!

 

Diary Dates

18th and 19th October

Individual and sibling photographs

Friday 19th October

Halloween Disco – Years 1-6. Tickets will go on sale the week of the disco. Please note that numbers are restricted due to the hall capacity and fire regulations.

Friday 26th October

Non-Uniform for World Wildlife Fund – info to be sent out next week

29th Oct to 2nd Nov

Autumn Half term break

Monday 5th November

School closed – teacher training day 2

Tuesday 6th November

School opens for the 2nd half of the Autumn term

Thursday 8th November

Diwali Assembly – Special Assembly prepared by Year 3 children. Approx start 9am

Monday 12th November

Parents’ Evening: Morning Nursery, Reception (Red/Blue) and Year 1 (1B/1C)

Tuesday 13th November

Parents’ Evening: Year 2 (2CM/2S). Year 3 (3J/3N/3P) and Year 4 (4RB/4C)

Wednesday 14th Nov

Parents’ Evening: Afternoon Nursery, Year 5 (5SS/5B) and Year 6 (6HB/6H)

Friday 16th November

Governors Finance Committee Meeting 1.30pm

Tuesday 20th November

Full Governing Body Meeting

Wednesday 12th Dec

Provisional booking for the school Christmas Dinner to be served

Friday 14th December

Christmas Disco – Reception to Year 6.  Tickets will go on sale the week of the disco. Numbers are restricted due to the hall capacity and fire regulations.

Friday 21st December

School closes for the Christmas holiday

Mon 7th January 2019

School opens for the beginning of the Spring term – no staff training day

Mon 18th to Fri 22nd Feb

Spring Half term break

Monday 25th February

School closed – teacher training day 3

Friday 12th April

School closes for the Easter holiday

Monday 29th April

School opens for the beginning of the Summer term – no staff training day

Mon 27th to Fri 31st May

Whitsun holiday

Thursday 18th July

School closes for the Summer break.

Friday 19th and Monday 22nd July are staff training days 4 and 5.

 

Tuesday 3rd September 2019

School opens for the new academic year 2019-2020.

Monday 2nd September is a staff training day.

If you need any further information, please ask at the school office.             

Miss Regan                                                      Large print copy of this letter available on request.
























September 2018 Newsletter

                         

Dear Parents, children and families,         

Welcome back to school and the first newsletter of the new academic year…and it is already the third week of September so I must apologise for this letter not being printed sooner! Staff and children have been working extremely hard – we look forward to sharing this at our first Parents’ Evening which will be held in November.

If you have any concerns or queries before Parents’ Evening or generally at any time regarding your child’s education or events that are taking place in school, please don’t hesitate to speak to your child’s teacher, other staff based in the year group or the school office. Appointments can also be made to see me or the Deputy Headteachers – Mrs Chappell and Mrs Waterman. If you have any issues with school dinners or parentpay, ask to see Lois in the community room or Miss Parkins – School Business Director.

 

 

If you have concerns regarding another child, we always ask that you speak to the class teacher or the office rather than speaking to the child directly.

 

Parking around school – Important Information


As with most schools, parking close to school is not always possible.

PLEASE be respectful to our neighbours when considering where to park and be polite to them too.

As always, we would ask parents to NOT park across the dipped kerbs that lead to driveways and to think about how their parking may affect access down the local roads and into residents’ driveways.


Ensure:

  • Your car is not parked partly on the pavement – parents with pushchairs cannot get passed and may be forced to walk in the road to get around your car – this is unsafe
  • Your car is not parked across residents’ driveways or dipped kerbs
  • You are polite to residents if they point out that your car is causing an obstruction and move your car to a safer place
  • Watch your children when they walk up / down the road on your way to and from school to ensure they are safe particularly when crossing the road.
  • Never park on the school car parks. (You need permission from the Headteacher to do this).
  • Avoid walking across the school car park or between the cars – scratches to cars must be paid for! Walk on the path at all times.

 

At all costs, please avoid heated discussions with residents. Please remember that we spend a large amount of time teaching children how to solve disagreements with calm discussion and it is important that parents demonstrate this too!

 

If you witness very poor / unsafe parking, please feel free to make a note of the registration of the vehicle and we will pass it on to the police.

 


Parents Evenings

These will take place differently this year and will be located in the school hall. Classes and year groups will be seen as follows:

 

Monday 12th November: Morning Nursery, Reception (Red / Blue) and Year 1 (1B / 1C)

 

Tuesday 13th November: Year 2 (2CM / 2S), Year 3 (3J / 3N / 3P) and Year 4 (4RB / 4C)

 

Wednesday 14th November: Afternoon Nursery, Year 5 (5SS / 5B) and Year 6 (6H / 6HB)

 

Parents will be sent letters to request appointment times between 3.30-7pm.

 

These changes are to ensure our compliance with GDPR regulations & the need to protect children’s identities.

 

 

Protecting Children

We ask all parents to keep a watchful eye on how their children are using the internet. Many online apps and games have privacy settings that need regular checking.

Roblox, fortnite, Music.le and many others can allow children to be contacted by strangers and this can be extremely dangerous. Children are taught in school to never use their real name and never give out personal information. Please check they stick to this e-safety rule! 

 

Great Bridge Primary children look so smart in their school uniform!


Please help them to stay like this:


Write or sew their name into their clothes.

All the sweatshirts, t-shirts, trousers, skirts and dresses look very similar and children leave their clothes in lots of different places when they are hot!

 

Diary Dates

 

Thursday 4th October

Year 6 trip to Frank Chapman for a Survival Day!

Friday 19th October

Halloween Disco – Years 1-6. Tickets will go on sale the week of the disco. Please note that numbers are restricted due to the hall capacity and fire regulations.

Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November

Autumn Half term break

Monday 5th November

School closed – teacher training day 2

Tuesday 6th November

School opens for the 2nd half of the Autumn term

Wednesday 12th Dec

Provisional booking for the school Christmas Dinner to be served – letters will be sent out regarding this!

Friday 14th December

Christmas Disco – Reception to Year 6.  Tickets will go on sale the week of the disco. Numbers are restricted due to the hall capacity and fire regulations.

Friday 21st December

School closes for the Christmas holiday

Monday 7th January 2019

School opens for the beginning of the Spring term – no staff training day

Mon 18th to Fri 22nd Feb

Spring Half term break

Monday 25th February

School closed – teacher training day 3

Friday 12th April

School closes for the Easter holiday

Monday 29th April

School opens for the beginning of the Summer term – no staff training day

Mon 27th to Fri 31st May

Whitsun holiday

Thursday 18th July

School closes for the Summer break.

Friday 19th and Monday 22nd July are staff training days 4 and 5.

 

Tuesday 3rd September 2019

School opens for the new academic year 2019-2020.

Monday 2nd September is a staff training day.

 

 

 

 
























If you need any further information, please ask at the school office.             

Miss Regan                                            

 

Large print copy of this letter available on request. 


End of year 2017-2018

Dear Parents, children and families,

So we enter the last week of this academic year! How time has flown and how hard the children and staff have worked! And we were blessed with sunny, dry weather for our Sports’ Days too! What a great year!

No school year would be complete without acknowledgement of how well our children have done. Our children have worked incredibly hard against yet higher expectations.

Significant changes to teaching of phonics and early reading skills in the Nursery have resulted in accelerated progress for most children:

85% of children recognise their name

32% can maintain the correct pencil grip

57% can hear the starting letter sound in words.

GLD: 65.57% of children achieved the expected standard. This represents a rise of nearly 9% from 2017.

Brilliant progress from all children!

Year 1:

Phonic Screen: 45/58              77.59%                        National          81% (2017)

Year 2:

Reading Age Related Expectation             73.56%  Local Authority all school average 71% (2017)

Writing Age Related Expectation              70.0%   Local Authority all school average 68% (2017)

Maths Age Related Expectation               71.7%    Local Authority all school average 71% (2017

Year 6:

Reading Age Related Expectation             74%        National 72% (2017)*

Writing Age Related Expectation               81%        National 76% (2017)

SVGP Age Related Expectation                  89%       National 77% (2017)

Maths Age Related Expectation               66%          National 75% (2017)

*National averages for the current year have not been confirmed despite press releases. Confirmed data is not released by the Department for Education until at least November.

These results together with the progress made by children in Years 3, 4 and 5 were discussed with both the Governing Body and the Local Authority Head of School Improvement, Mr Andy Timmins. He and the Governors felt the results were extremely pleasing and testament to the excellent commitment of the Great Bridge Staff and the children’s determination to enjoy learning and succeed in the process.

Well Done to everyone!

Thank you!

No school year is complete without an acknowledgement of the work of the Parents’ Association. They have supported school throughout the year providing a wealth of extra resources and events for all children to enjoy. They have given up time to run discos throughout the year as well as the Christmas and Summer fairs and refreshments during sports’ day.

We are all most grateful for the contribution they make to our children’s experiences.

Good-byes…

This end of a school year is always tinged with sadness as we say goodbye to some staff.

We say goodbye to Mrs Marie Fellows! She leaves us to take up a second Deputy Headteacher role before she considers Headship. Mrs Fellows has been an outstanding deputy, raising standards of teaching and learning throughout the school. She has been a great support to me too and helped spin many of the “extra plates” that school leadership now requires. She will be greatly missed by me, all staff and children. We all wish her every success in her new school – they are very lucky to have her working for them.

Mr Tom Walley leaves us as he relocates to the depths of Shropshire. He has worked hard to develop ICT across school and been part of our Year 6 teaching team too. We wish him every success.

We also say goodbye to Mrs Terri Grosvenor. She leaves us to become Primary Advisor to a middle school in Staffordshire. Mrs Grosvenor has pioneered our RE and PSHE teaching as well as introducing us all to bar modelling in maths! We wish her every success too.

Mrs Debbie Hughes retires this year from her role in the Nursery class. Mrs Hughes has dedicated herself to Great Bridge Primary for over 13 years working with children of all ages. She was an excellent Nursery Manager for many years too and her calm approach to even the trickiest of situations will be greatly missed.

Finally we say goodbye to Mrs Tracy Smith. She has worked tirelessly for the benefit of our children being adaptable and creative in all aspects of assisting learning. We wish her every success as she pursues a new career.

We also welcome some new members of staff! Miss Sophie Bond returns as a qualified teacher, joining the Year 4 teaching team. We also welcome Miss Sohal who joins the Year 5 teaching team. Mrs Suki Kaur returns after a brief secondment – we are so glad she is back!

Finally, we welcome Mrs Chappell and Mrs Waterman to their new roles as Deputy Headteachers!

And last of all…The entire staff and I wish all of our Great Bridge children and families a wonderful summer break. Long may this wonderful weather continue!

Diary Dates

July 2018

School closes for the Summer break at the end of Wednesday 18th July. Thursday 19th and Friday 20th July are staff training days (4 & 5) – staff appraisals, assessment and progress analysis, lesson planning and preparation of resources for September.

Tuesday 4th September

School opens for the beginning of the new academic year. Monday 3rd Sept is a staff training day. Children entering reception & nursery classes will be provided with starting date information when they attend the welcome to Great Bridge Primary days in July.

Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November

Autumn Half term break

Monday 5th November

School closed – teacher training day 2

Tuesday 6th November

School opens for the 2nd half of the Autumn term

Friday 21st December

School closes for the Christmas holiday

Monday 7th January 2019

School opens for the beginning of the Spring term – no staff training day

Mon 18th to Fri 22nd Feb

Spring Half term break

Monday 25th February

School closed – teacher training day 3

Friday 12th April

School closes for the Easter holiday

Monday 29th April

School opens for the beginning of the Summer term

Mon 27th to Fri 31st May

Whitsun holiday

Thursday 18th July

School closes for the Summer break. Friday 19th and Monday 22nd July are staff training days 4 and 5.

If you need any further information, please ask at the school office.             

Miss Regan

 Large print copy of this letter available on request.