Weekly News for Families – 31.03.23

Dear Parents and Carers,

Today’s last day of term certainly rocked! The Rock Steady gig was amazing! It was so lovely to see so many of our children of all ages performing with huge amounts of confidence. Well done to the bands!

Swimming Gala Results

Following last week’s letter, we now know that the Year 5/6 Girls’ Swimming Term finished in a fabulous joint-second place out of fifteen local primary schools. The Boy’s Swimming team finished in 8th place resulting in a brilliant 5th place in the overall standings.

Running Success

Our Running Team competed in the final Chichester Corporate Challenge races on another wet Wednesday evening this week. Everyone who has taken part over these three Wednesdays deserve lots of credit – both in their behaviour and effort. Based on all the results from all three races, the Yapton Boys’ Team were placed 33rd out of 46 teams. The Yapton Girls’ Team were placed in a tremendous 4th place out of 35 teams.

Schools Meals in the Summer Term

Don’t forget all hot school meals provided by Chartwells in the Summer Term need to be ordered online. Please see the attached flyer.

Girls’ Cricket

There is an opportunity for girls to join a Cricket Club at Eastergate in May and June. More details are attached in another flyer.

Learning Hooks for the Summer Term

After the Easter break, we will be looking forward to starting new Learning Journeys. Attached are the hooks for the classes in EYFS/Years 1 and 2, Years 3 and 4, and Years 5 and 6.

Have a very happy Easter.

We look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Monday 17th April.

Take care

Kim Huggett

Clubs for Summer Term 1 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

Please find attached the club timetable for the first half of the summer term. All clubs will start on Monday 17th April and finish the week ending Friday 26th May.

To request a place on a club for your child, please use the response form the the appropriate club which will be sent out shortly. Confirmation of club places will be sent on FRIDAY, so please return the response form ASAP.

If your child already attends Karate Club, they will not need to re-enroll, but if your child wishes to start Karate Club, please come to the office for a form.

Kind regards

School Office


Dear Parents and Carers,

I cannot believe that we are nearly at the end of the Spring Term!

Thank you to everyone who came to ‘Time to Shine’ yesterday.

We have once again celebrated sporting success this week with our Y5/6 swimming team – we will share the teams positions when we have received confirmation from the organisers.

We have one more race left in the Chichester Corporate Challenge running race on Wednesday next week.

Some of our Y5 singers enjoyed a fantastic day at Christ’s Hospital School on Monday. They were part of a choir of 230 children led by the Young Voices conductor David Lawrence. Their behaviour was exemplary – thank you to Evan, Marley, Alfie R, Zach, Hope, Imogen, Jessica and Lilli M for representing our school so well.


We are really excited to begin using our wild garden once again. Mr Floyd has now qualified as a Forest School Instructor and ‘Fridays in the Forest’ will begin in the Summer Term.

Please see attached the timetable.


We have been exploring a variety of options in order to provide ‘wrap around’ care and provision in the school holidays here at our school.

In order to begin to move further forward with this plan, we really need to find out more information as to what families are looking for.

With this in mind, please can you spare 5 minutes to complete this ‘Google Survey’.

Please use this link https://forms.gle/oyc9Zt2q3fuY3Kbw9

We would be very grateful if this could be completed by the end of term. Thank you.

Have a lovely weekend.

Take care

Kim Huggett

Time To Shine

Dear Parents and Carers,

Here’s a quick reminder that this afternoon is our ‘Time To Shine.’ The children will be choosing pieces of work they are really proud of to share with you after school today.

Take care

Chris Hughes

Easter Services – TOMORROW

Dear Parents and Carers

Tomorrow all children will be walking to the Church for our Annual Easter Service.

As the weather may be wet, please ensure that your child brings in suitable clothing. All are welcome and we are still needing parent volunteers to help with the walking to and from the church. Please let your classteacher know if you are able to help.

If the weather takes a dramatic turn for the worse, we will let you know via parentmail at 8.45am tomorrow morning.

Key stage 1 children will be leaving school at 9.15am for a 9.30am service and KS2 children will be leaving school at 10.15am for a 10.30 service.

Kind regards

School Office

Weekly News for Families 17.03.23

Dear Parents and Carers,

At the beginning of the week the St. Patrick’s House Captains, Evie and Dylan, led our whole school worship sharing what they had found out about St. Patrick. We learned about the shamrock and how this represents the Holy Trinity. The children then also considered the power of an influencer and identified those that are popular today through music and social media such as Stormzy and Greta Thunberg. With our school values in mind, the children left the hall thinking about how they can be a powerful influence within the school. It was lovely to see those in St. Patrick’s House celebrating today by dressing in green.

International Mathematics Day

Our school was filled with Maths on Tuesday this week. The different outfits the children wore were brilliant. It was amazing to see the range of creative ideas – from dominoes to playing cards to numbered t-shirts… The children thoroughly enjoyed playing lots of different Maths games before creating their own. Thank you to the many of you who came in at the end of the day to play the games that had been made. Attached are some reflections of the day from the children. Thank you to Mrs Cummings – our Maths Subject Leader – for organising such a fun-filled day!

More Poetry Congratulations

Following on from last week’s news, we ow have another published poet. Congratulations to Jenny who found out her poem about ocean pollution will be published.

National Save a Spider Day

Did you know this week’s International Mathematics Day was shared with National Save a Spider Day? Attached is a flyer about a poster-designing competition based around spiders.

STEM at our school

Mrs Groves, our Science Subject Leader, has been busy promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) through running a STEM club at school. She is looking to develop STEM in the school even more. Please have a look at the attached flyer. If you are able to respond in some way, please get in touch.

Car Parking

Please can you consider where you park your car either at the beginning or the end of the school day. We have received messages of concern from local residents and Dandara.

Have a lovely weekend

Take care

Kim Huggett

School is open

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am confirming that we remain fully open for today and tomorrow.

Kind regards

Kim Huggett

Weekly News For Families – 10.03.23

Dear Parents and Carers,

During Monday’s worship, the children began to think about why differences matter. They thought about lots of amazing facts about camels and wondered if other animals wanted to be like them. They also watched and listened to the Old Testament story of Gideon – a very lowly man who God used in a powerful way. This led into Thursday’s Community Circles where, in their houses, the children discussed the question, ‘Why do our differences matter?’ There were some amazing ideas and responses. Here is a small selection of them:

  • It would be weird if we were all the same

  • It would be hard to make friends

  • Differences make the world a better place

  • We wouldn’t be able to show our personalities

  • You have to be brave to be different

  • Differences cause arguments and sometime arguments are important

    The children have been challenged to explore this last idea further during their class morning meetings at the beginning of next week.

    Published Poetry

    Congratulations to five young poets! Poems about the pollution in the world’s seas and oceans written by Poppy C, Oliver J, Oscar H, Logan A and James B will be published in a special anthology of poems by an organisation called Young Writers. It’s great that work from our school will be read by lots of other people!

    Easter Holiday Activities

    Calling any budding Andy Murrays or Emma Radacanus… Attached is a flyer about a Tennis Camp in the Easter Holidays.

    There is also information about other Easter Holiday Camps, with additional information regarding the government’s HAF (Holiday and Food) programme aimed at supporting families entitled to benefits-reated free school meals. Any booking for the HAF funded places will require a HAF number. These are available from the school office.

    South Coast Sports are also offering a range of Easter Activity Camps. Details of those in the local area are as follows: Felpham Easter Activity campMonday 3rd April – Thursday 6th April
    (HAF eligible children/Ukrainian Refugee children can attend this camp for FREE) https://southcoastsports.org.uk/product/bishoptufnell-easter-camp/Bognor Easter Activity camp Tuesday 11th April – Friday 14th April
    (HAF eligible children/ Ukrainian Refugee children are able to attend this camp for FREE) https://southcoastsports.org.uk/product/stmarys-easter-camp/Bognor Easter Activity camp Tuesday 11th April – Friday 14th April
    (HAF eligible children/ Ukrainian Refugee children are able to attend this camp for FREE) https://southcoastsports.org.uk/product/stmarys-easter-camp/

    International Mathematics Day – Tuesday 14th March

    Maths is all around us, from the money in our pockets to the hexagons in a beehive. Maths solves problems, tells the time, helps us with our finances and is used in almost every career in some way. Maths can improve your cooking, your measuring, your shopping, your brain and is a universal language that can be spoken all over the world.

    At Yapton C. of E. Primary School we believe that our children should have a Mathematics Curriculum that empowers them to be able to ‘live life in all its fullness.’

    Our curriculum intent for Maths is to enable our children

  • to have a secure understanding of Mathematics and its important role in our world today;

  • to be involved in planning their own mathematical journey and developing their own mathematical abilities;

  • to be confident, independent Mathematicians, who have high aspirations in all that they do;

  • to develop a sense of curiosity and wonder towards Mathematics, to take risks and to be reflective;

  • to engage in purposeful real experiences, using their Mathematical skills and knowledge in a range of different practical and contexts and those relating to everyday life;

  • to be kind and supportive, sharing their Mathematical skills and knowledge with others, understanding celebrating the uniqueness of individuals and their particular abilities.

    We are celebrating World Mathematics Day on Tuesday 14th March, with a Maths-filled day. Please read the attached invitation which provides further information about what will be a brilliant day. Ideas for dressing up as a number are also attached.

    Have a lovely weekend.

    Chris Hughes

    Deputy Headteacher


A new meal ordering system ParentPay is coming to our school.

This is for all Free School Meals, Universal Infant Free School Meals and Paid Meals.

Bookings can start from Monday 13th March 2023 for lunches starting from Monday 24th April 2023. .

All lunches up until Friday 21st April 2023 will continue to be booked by the school office for Free School Meals and Universal Infant Free School Meals. Paid meals will continue to be purchased via Meal Selector until 21st April 2023.

Please read the attached newsletter for full information

This is a different pay method from the system we use to pay for contributions to school trips/fundraising etc.

An activation letter will be sent to you by the school during next week with your activation login details.

School Office

Weekly News For Families 03.03.23

Dear Parents and Carers,

Another very busy has flown by. I reckon many of us would say the highlight was yesterday’s World Book Day. So many different book characters came to our school to enjoy a brilliant day filled with lots of different learning all around the theme of the love of reading. The children reminded Mrs Huggett and myself of our ‘Playground Parades’ and it was lovely to everyone enjoy sharing their outfits in the afternoon. Attached is a selection of the children’s reflections about the day. The children brought home a book voucher which they can exchange for a free book. There is a fantastic range of books to choose from (a list is attached) and these can be found in supermarkets and bookshops.

Thank you very much to Miss Hook for organising the day and thank you to all the teachers for creating some lovely opportunities for the children to be involved with.

Year 5 and 6 Runners

Well done to our running team who competed in the first race in the Chichester Corporate Challenge on Wednesday evening. We are all very proud of Dylan, Bailey, Maisie, Toni, Alys and Sofia in Year 6 and Jack, Zack, Lucas, Freddy, Marley, Evan, Bethany and Lilli in Year 5 for doing so well.

We should also say well done to our ‘grown-up’ team who took part in their race! Well done to Mr Coyle, Mr Walford, Mr David, Mr Tait, Mrs Vann and Mrs Diggens.

There are two more races over the next few weeks in March to look forward to.

London Marathon

Continuing on a running theme, Mr Coyle is in training for this year’s London Marathon. He is running in memory of his father and in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK. If you would like to show your support by making a donation, please have a look at the attached information.

Easter Activities

There are a couple more attachments today, both giving details about activities that are happening in the Easter holidays. One has a wizarding theme and the other is about some girls’ football sessions.

Mid-Year Progress Reports

The children have brought home their Mid-Year Progress Reports today. Like last year, these reports have the children’s voice as well as the teachers comments in them. We hope you enjoy reading them with your children. At the end of the report, there is an opportunity for you and/or your children to give some feedback. If you would prefer not to write on the report, please email your comments to the office2@yaptonschool.org email address. If you have any questions about the reports, please talk to your child’s class teacher.

Have a lovely weekend.

Take care

Chris Hughes

Deputy Headteacher