Dear Parents and Carers,
We have had a brilliant first half term of this academic year. The children have worked incredibly hard and deserve a break next week. I know that they are already excited about their next Learning Journey.
CAMBER,LEWES,AMBERLEY & BRAMBER CLASSES – The children have brought home a crayon and a piece of paper with a challenge to carry out and return on 1st November when we return to school. There may be some interesting characters with a ‘crayon’ theme in school!
PORTCHESTER,PEVENSEY & SOUTHSEA CLASSES – The children have brought home their Gas Mask Boxes in preparation for their Evacuee Day on Monday 1st November. This will launch their learning journey about WW2. Over half term please could families spend some time creating an evacuee costume for the children to wear on the first day back to school. Evacuee boys would wear shorts/trousers, a shirt, a tank top and a flat cap. Evacuee girls would wear a patterned dress or dungarees and a head scarf.
ARUNDEL,BODIAM & HASTINGS CLASSES -The children will be learning about ‘How has Yapton changed?’ They will experience a ‘Victorian Day’ on the first day back after half term. They will be coming to school dressed as Victorians on the 1st November.
The usual coughs and colds have arrived along with many other germs and bugs! Please let us know if your child is unwell by using ParentMail. Unfortunately these illnesses have also affected our staff at the end of this half term. We continue to have windows open and wash our hands regularly in school. When teachers are unwell we use two Agencies to arrange cover. It has been noticeably difficult to secure cover for classes recently. Please be patient with us if your child’s class has had different teachers covering the absence. Please also be reassured that the class will be following the planning and timetable planned by their teacher for a two week learning journey during their fortnightly PPA time. If we are unable to secure supply cover for a class, we will split the class across the rest of the phase and use Teaching Assistants from other year groups to help, rather than close the class on the first day of absence and deliver remote learning. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
I have attached a list of important dates and events for next half term.
Please take time over half-term to order your Christmas cards and make sure that the original A3 sheet containing the design is returned to school on Monday 1st November. Please make sure that these are FLAT and NOT FOLDED. Thank you.
Following the positive feedback after our Roald Dahl Exhibition when families came into the classrooms at the end of the school day, you will see that on Friday 10th December we have a similar event called ‘Time To Shine’. The children will have chosen the 3 pieces of work that they are most proud of and will be sharing them with you. We plan to hold a ‘Time To Shine’ event at the end of each Learning Journey.
Have a fabulous half term.
Take care
Kim Huggett

Year 3-4 Boxes Request

Dear Parents and Carers,
On Friday 22nd October the children in Portchester, Southsea and Pevensey Classes will be making Gas Mask Boxes ready for an Evacuee Day on Monday 1st November. This will form part of the launch for our World War 2 history topic next half term. (More details to follow on the Weekly News for Families this Friday – 22.10.2021) 
If you have any spare (small) boxes, e.g. a shoe box / cereal box etc, please can you bring these in as soon as possible and we will store them in class ready for Friday.
Thank you for your continued support
Sarah Bayliss

Weekly News for Families 15.10.2021

Dear Parents and Carers,
What a busy week it has been in school again! We really enjoyed showing some of our prospective parents around with our Year 6 tour guides this morning and are looking forward to our remaining tours tomorrow morning. 
Playground Leaders
Congratulations to our new Playground Leaders who have completed their training this week. We are very proud of Brandon, Joshua, Ethan L, Maisie, Sofia, Lily H, Alys, Alfie K, Dave, Chae, Eva, Ethan O, Casey, Reggie and Harley.  The sports coach that led the training commented on how well they engaged and took on board the training. We introduced them to the school at our Whole School Worship this afternoon and our Key Stage 1 pupils are already very excited about working with them.
Monday 18th October 2021 is school photo day. There will be NO PE on this day and children will need to all come to school wearing their full school uniform. Children who attend Outdoor Explorers or Badminton Club will need to bring a suitable change of clothing for their club at the end of the day. 
Harvest Donations for the Food Bank
We are looking forward to seeing from Hannah from Bognor Regis Foodbank at our worship on Monday. We are going to share our reflections on the theme of thankfulness with her when she collects our Harvest donations. Thank you once again for your generosity. 
Christmas Cards
In school this week, the children will be designing and creating their Christmas Cards for publishing. On Friday, each child will come home with their design and instructions for ordering.  Please note ALL ordering must be completed online and the original form must be returned to your child’s teacher on Monday 1st November when we return to school after half term. 
Reporting Absence
If your child is unable to attend school for any reason, please make sure you notify us using Parent Mail. If, for any reason, you are unable to use ParentMail please ensure you email office@yaptonschool.org NOT your child’s class teacher as the class emails are not always checked in the morning. 
6 Weeks In Celebration
We are looking forward to celebrating our youngest children’s first 6 weeks in school with us on Thursday 21st October 2021. These families have already received an invitation.  The children are very proud of the work they have completed already. 
Have a great weekend
Take Care
Kim Huggett

Friday News for Families 08.10.21

Dear Parents and Carers,
We have already had 5 weeks of the Autumn Term which seems amazing and this week has been another brilliant week full of learning and enjoyment.
Firstly, a massive thank you to everyone who donated to the Harvest Food Bank Appeal.  There is a very large amount of food and other essential items at the front of the school hall.  We have invited a representative from the Bognor Regis Food Bank to come into school to receive it all.  
We held our second Community Circle meeting this afternoon.  All the children met together in their Houses to elect their House Captains and Sports Captains.  It was amazing to see over half of the Year 6 children wanting to be elected.  Many of them were very much out of their comfort zone as they gave their elections speeches.  Congratulations to all of those who stood for election. 
Our new House Captains are: St. Andrew – Khia and Charlie; St David – Robyn and Jazmin; St. George – Sophie and Ellie; St. Patrick – Lucy and Declan.  
Our new Sports Captains are: St. Andrew – Ashton and James; St. David – Ava and Jayden; St. George – Michael and Lilly; St. Patrick – Frazer and Melissa.
Two our of school values – Community and Wisdom – were very much in action this afternoon.  The children really enjoy the feeling of community when they meet together in their Houses and they all needed to make wise choices as they casted their votes.  We strongly believe in the power of ‘Pupil Voice’ and that was clearly heard today!
The children in Portchester, Pevensey and Southsea Classes had a fantastic time learning so much about rocks at the beginning of the week.  Well done and thank you to everyone who either took part in or donated towards the sponsored run, which raised enough money to cover the whole cost of the two-day workshops.
The school is holding two Open Mornings for next year’s EYFS intake on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th October.  Attached to this letter is a flyer for this event.  We already have 29 families booked in.  Please spread the word to any young families you know who are looking at primary school options for next year.  The Year 6 children have been asked if they would like to volunteer to act as Tour Guides.  If you are a parent/carer who is happy to let your Year 6 child take on this role on the Saturday Open Morning, please email confirmation to office2@yaptonschool.org.  There is also a consent form which needs to be completed and returned to school.  This is attached to this letter.
Thank you to those of you who have ordered your tickets for the Young Voices concert in January 2022.  These have now been ordered.  Special commemorative T-Shirt packs have also been ordered for all the children who are taking part.  A special note of thanks must be given to the members of the School Young Voices Choir.  Coming into school twice a week at 8 o’clock in the morning to learn a long list of songs is no mean feat!
Speaking of early morning starts, there are still lots of spaces for children in Years 1 and 2 to join the Multi-Skills Club before school on a Tuesday morning.  The children would have the chance to enjoy taking part in lots of different activities and challenges.  If you would like your child to take part, please ask the class teacher for a permission slip.
The children in Camber Class enjoyed their time with Stuart, our Forest School Leader, this week.  Every class is going to be able to enjoy a whole day of outdoor learning with Stuart each term.  The Forest School timetable is attached to this letter.  On their Forest School day, the children need to wear clothes and footwear that are suitable and appropriate for being outside all day, whatever the weather!
Last week the children were reminded that the P.E. kit uniform includes a white round neck t-shirt (either plain or with the school badge).  This week quite a few children have also been reminded that they do not need to wear a hoody or tracksuit top, as another part of the school P.E. kit uniform is the school jumper or cardigan.  It would be great to see everyone in the correct P.E. kit next week!
The Year 6 children will take part in the Bikeability training later in the school year.  Some children are choosing to ride their bikes to school now.  This is fine.  However, please can we encourage you to make sure they are wearing cycle helmets.  Also a couple of ‘near misses’ have been reported to the school in the past few days.  Please make sure the children ride their bikes safely to and from school.
There are a couple of job vacancies at our school.  One is a temporary Additional Needs Support Assistant (10 hours a week) and the other is for a permanent Midday Meals Supervisor (7.5 hours a week).  If you are interested in applying for either or both of these roles, please follow this link https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/jobs/school-jobs/.  Select the Support Staff and Primary School options and details of these opportunities will be listed.
You may have noticed this week’s letter hasn’t been sent by Mrs Huggett.  This is because she underwent eye surgery today.  I am sure we all wish her a speedy recovery.  We hope to see her back at school on Tuesday next week.
Whatever you are doing this weekend, have a safe and enjoyable time.
Take care
Chris Hughes
Deputy Headteacher


Dear Parents and Carers,
The weather seems to have taken a swift turn this week! It feels very ‘autumnal’.
Please make sure that all of the children have coats in school and suitable footwear too.
Can I remind you that PE tops need to be white. Thank you.
Thank you to all of the families who either came to the Church to take part or who helped us on our walk to church. The children sang beautifully and their prayers and reflections demonstrated care and compassion. We thought about being ‘thankful’ and Rev Richard spoke to us about how hard it can be sometimes to say ‘thank you’. Richard talked to us about ‘thank you’ and ‘sorry’ being two of the hardest words to say. He was helped in his reflection by Lucy from Y6 who suggested that ‘help’ was also a word that can be particularly difficult to say. We walked back to school with a spring in our step and lots to think about! It was great to finally be able to go to church after a two year wait due to the pandemic.
We have a new piano/keyboard teacher at Yapton CE Primary School 
Dear Parents/Guardians,
On behalf of West Sussex Music, I am delighted to introduce myself as the new visiting piano/keyboard teacher at Yapton CE Primary. I will be available to teach during the school day on Thursday afternoons, and can offer individual or small group lessons. If you would like to register for piano/keyboard lessons, or if you would just like to find out more, please follow this link:
Once your child has been registered for lessons on the West Sussex Music website, we will contact you, and lessons will be arranged to start as soon as possible, subject to availability.
 Kind regards,
Donna Morley 
Visiting Music Teacher
West Sussex Music 
I have attached our Prayer for October that we will be saying together in school.
It’s that time of year again! We have received our delivery of blank cards for the children to design. We will let you know more details very soon.
A huge ‘well-done’ and ‘thank you’ to all of the families who contributed sponsor money to help raise funds to pay for this exciting event. If you have yet to contribute, please bring your money to the school office as soon as possible. This looks to be an amazing experience for the children. Thank you to the home grown ups who have volunteered to help.
I have attached our arrangements for visits for our new intake in Early Years for September 2022.
Have a great weekend.
Take care
Kim Huggett