Weekly News for Families 20.05.2022

Dear Parents and Carers,
It’s amazing we have only got one more week to go until half term!  Don’t forget we are ending this half term with our Jubilee Country Dancing Festival, which will start at 1:30pm on the school playground on Friday 27th May.  All the children have been practicing their moves.  Please make sure the children are ‘dressed to impress’ in their red, white and blue.  Please bring something to sit on.  It will be lovely to see you all – there may even be a dance for the grown-ups to take part in!
Thank you to everyone who has made a donation towards the bottle and chocolate tombolas.  There are also an amazing range of raffle prizes to be won.
Sports Day and Family Picnic
Our school Sports Day is on the morning of Friday 15th July which will be followed by a family picnic.  Chartwells will not be providing hot meals on this day.  The school will order a Chartwells packed lunch for those children who are entitled to a Free School Meal.  Families who normally order a hot meal do have the option to order a packed lunch instead of a hot meal through the normal process.
Year 3 and 4 Sleepover at The Novium Museum, Chichester
We are planning a new exciting start to the Autumn Term for the children who will be in Years 3 and 4.  This will include a sleepover at the Novium Museum in Chichester. Further details about this will be sent out next week.
2022-2023 Term Dates and Inset Days
Please find attached a list of the term dates and Inset days for the 2022-23 academic year.
Have a lovely weekend.
Take care
Kim Huggett

Sat May 14 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,
We are so sorry for any confusion caused by the dates on our Parent Mail yesterday.
Monday 16th May 2022
Year 5 & 6 (Arundel, Bodiam, Hastings classes ONLY)
Trip to Chichester Cathedral and Chichester Baptist Church. 
Tuesday 17th May 2022
Year 5 & 6 (Arundel, Bodiam, Hastings classes ONLY)
Trip to St Mary’s Church Yapton
​​​​​​​Thursday 19th May 2022
Outdoor Classroom Day – ALL CLASSES
The children will need to come into school dressed in suitable clothing ( non – uniform)
Thursday 19th May 2022
We have invited our new EYFS families, and any parents who could not attend last week, to our Post OFSTED Meeting at 6:00pm.
Friday 20th May 2022
Time to Shine 
Have a great weekend, see you all on Monday 
Sarah Bayliss 


Dear Parents and Carers,
Another busy week has flown by!  As well as some amazing learning going on in each class, the Year 6 children have applied themselves brilliantly through their SATS tests. We are very proud of all their efforts and resilience. Although it has been a stressful time for them, we have aimed to make it as relaxed as possible by starting each day with a top-up breakfast and then at lunchtime today the Year 6 children were treated to a special surprise at Miss Hook and Mr Hughes’ Ice-Cream Parlour!
During the week, we were visited by the Local Authority who checked and validated the administration of the SATS tests.  They commented on the clear organisational procedures put in place, which included some of our School Governors coming in to carry out their own monitoring.
Post Ofsted Action Plan Meeting
Thank you to those of you who came to the meeting yesterday evening where the next stages in the development of the school were shared.  The support shown in the meeting along with some positve written comments were very much appreciated.  There is another meeting where the same information will be shared with the families of our new September 2022 intake in the school hall starring at 6pm on Thursday 17th May.  If you were unable to make yesterday’s meeting, you are more than welcome to come.
The information will also be shared on our school website and we will let you know when this is available.
Outdoor Learning Day
Don’t forget our next Outdoor Learning Day is on Thursday 17th May.  The children will need to come into school dressed in suitable clothing (non-uniform) for a whole day of being outside.  If the weather is good, please make sure your child brings in a sun hat of some kind.
Time To Shine
Please come into your child’s class at the end of the day on Friday 20th May where you will be able to see the three pieces of work your child is most proud of from this half term.  This is a fantastic opportunity to see what the children have been up to over the past few weeks.
Village Jubilee Picnic
Attached is a poster advertising a Family Picnic to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on Saturday 4th June.
Tombola Donations
Thank you to those of you who have already made some donations towards the Bottle and Chocolate Tombolas which are part of our Country Dancing Festival on Friday 27th May.  Please can any further donations be made by Friday 20th May.  There is a collection table on your way into school each morning and a donation box at the school office for any other items of the day.  Look out for a list of amazing raffle prizes which will be sent out at the beginning of next week.
On the theme of the Country Dancing Festival, the children need to come to school on Friday 27th May wearing red, white and blue as this event is our way of marking the Queen’s Jubilee.  Please avoid any football tops!
Have a lovely weekend.
Take care
Kim Huggett


Dear Parents and Carers,
even though we only had 4 days in school this week, we have been extremely busy! We awarded so many THINK awards this week for children demonstrating our school values.
WOW! What an amazing experience! The children sang beautifully and their behaviour was impeccable. Thank you to all of the families who either came to watch or supported us from home. We are looking to sign up for next year!
Wednesday 25th May 2022 – these will be class photos and individual Y6 leavers photos. All children will need to be in school uniform. There will be no PE lessons that day.
Please can you remember to bring in your donations for the ‘bottle’ and ‘chocolate’ tombolas from Monday 9th May. There will be a collection point at the front of the school at school drop off and one in the school entrance by the main office for other times of the day. We are really looking forward to our Country Dancing Festival and Fundraiser on the 27th May.
The end of Key Stage 2 SATS tests begin next week. The children are coming to school as normal and will enjoy a special top-up breakfast before they start their tests. We have organised that the children complete the tests in classrooms or other spaces that they are used to in our school.
Have a lovely weekend.
Take care
Kim Huggett


Dear Parents and Carers,
Wow! What an amazing first week back at school! Our super-heroes dived straight into their new learning journey. The rainforest experts have continued to demonstrate their wealth of knowledge. Our American explorers have enjoyed their initial virtual tour around the famous landmarks of America. The Y5 children began their swimming lessons and the Y6 children have been preparing for their SATS tests in a couple of weeks time.You will be able to see the outcomes of these new learning journeys at our ‘Time to Shine’ on Friday 20th May at the end of the school day.
I have attached an advert from the cleaning company that we currently use. We are looking for two more cleaners for our school. If you are interested, please read the advert attached.
Many of you have been asking about when the new Crossing Patrol Officer will be in place. I am pleased to share with you the great news that this will be in place from Thursday 5th May. We will welcome Mrs Wellburn who will be our new Crossing Patrol Officer. We are very grateful to Mrs Wellburn for taking on this responsibility. We can’t wait to see her in action.
Thank you to Betsy, Frazer, Alex and Ashton who have written our prayer for the month of May. They really wanted us to think about the changing seasons and the wonderful world that we have around us. They felt that the importance of the natural world should be recognised. I hope that you will be inspired when you read their prayer.
I have attached an updated date list for the summer term. This now includes Outdoor Classroom Day on Thursday 19th May when the children will need to come to school dressed ready to learn outside of the classroom that day. If it is their Forest School day then that will go ahead as usual. We have had confirmation from our resident DJ Jamie McGreal that he is able to play our end of term discos for us on Thursday 21st July.
The Jubilee Country Dancing Festival on Friday 27th May will now become part of our Summer fundraising. We will hold a ‘Grand Raffle’, a Chocolate Tombola, a Bottle Tombola and a Cake Stall. As you know, budgets for schools are becoming tighter and tighter so we therefore have to raise money ourselves if we want to enhance the learning opportunities for our children. The money that we raise will buy resources that support ‘learning outside of the classroom’ for our children. This event will take place directly after the Country Dancing Festival. We really are very grateful for your continued support. Please see more details on the flyer attached.
Have a fabulous long weekend and we look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday 3rd May.
Take care
Kim Huggett


Dear Parents and Carers,
We are looking forward to seeing everyone back at school on Monday 25th April.
Our Y5 and Y6 children have an exciting journey to look forward to departing from Yapton Airport-Gate 7. The airline staff are looking forward to welcoming their passengers on board and have heard about the ‘stars and stripes’ theme that the children are going to be dressed in. We hope they enjoy their flight!
Our Y4 and Y3 children will be sharing the information that they have explored over the holidays following their letter from ‘Squawk’ the parrot who lives deep in the rainforest.
Our Early Years, Y1 and Y2 children will be ‘super-heroes’ for the day! Don’t forget your mask!
Have a great weekend.
Take care
Kim Huggett

Weekly News for Families 08.04.22

Dear Parents and Carers,
We have reached the end of the Spring Term!  Thank you to everyone who came to Time to Shine last week and to everyone who walked with the children to the Easter services this week.  It was lovely to see how the Early Years and Key Stage 1 children have been thinking about the different Easter symbols that are around us.  It was also great to hear how the Key Stage 2 children’s R.E. learning had been making them think about the Easter story.
Summer Term Hooks
Please find attached the details for how the teachers have planned an exciting start to the Summer Term.
Summer Term Dates
There is another attachment listing the key dates for the Summer Term.
New Arrivals
Congratulations need to be sent to Miss Beadle on the safe arrival of Kylo Woody weighing in at 6lb 13oz.  We are also welcoming Mrs Katy Lawson to the school community as she starts her role as the School Secretary at the beginning of the Summer Term.  She brings a wealth of school office experience.
Young Voices
The concert date of Wednesday 4th May is getting closer.  If you are taking siblings of the children in the choir to the concert, you will be able to take them out of school at 1:30pm on that day.  Further details about the day itself along the with Young Voices t-shirts will be sent out at the beginning of the Summer Term.
Year 6 Hoodies
There has been a fantastic response to the Year 6 Hoodies.  Details about how to order these will be sent out after the break.
September Year 5 and 6 Residential
Thank you to those families who have already paid the deposit for this residential visit to the Adur Outdoor Activities Centre in September.  Please note this needs to be paid by Friday 29th April.
September Year 3 and 4 Sleepover
Attention to those who will be in Years 3 and 4 in September…  At the beginning of next term, look out for details about an exciting Sleepover at the Novium Museum in Chichester which will be a brilliant way to start the new school year!
Saturday Morning Netball Sessions
Another attachment provides information about new Netball sessions for children in Years 3-6 as well as adults.
John Lewis Easter Egg Hunt
Now that the Easter Holidays are upon us, please have a look the attachment which advertises an Easter Egg Hunt.
On behalf of all the staff, may I wish all our school families a very Happy Easter.
Kind regards
Kim Huggett

Summer Term Teaching and Learning in Portchester Class

Dear Parents and Carers,
The children in Portchester Class have made some fantastic progress in their learning so far this year.  Mrs Groves has really understood the children and has been creative in her approach to delivering the curriculum in the best way for them.
As we look towards the Summer Term, we are planning to enhance the provision the children in Portchester Class are receiving.
On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Mrs Groves will continue to teach the Year 2 children in Portchester Class.  Mrs Isaac, a very experienced teacher who has been working at our school this term, will teach the Year 3 children.  This means the children will be learning in much smaller groups which will allow the teachers to fine-tune the learning according to their needs and the next stages of their learning.  On Thursdays and Fridays, the two groups will rejoin and continue to be taught together by Mrs Groves.
Throughout the week, the children will start and end each day together, as well as enjoying being together at playtimes and lunchtimes.
This arrangement forms part of our ‘Catch-Up’ plan to address the disrupted learning over the last two years.
If you have queries or concerns regarding next term, please  see either Mrs Groves, Mr Hughes or myself.  If it is easier, please use the office2@yaptonschool.org email address.
Kind regards
Kim Huggett

Covid Isolation information

Dear Parents and Carers,
We thought we would update you with the latest advice from the Government on isolation rules if you think your child has covid:
Children and young people (aged 18 years and under) who have symptoms of a respiratory infection, including COVID-19
Respiratory infections are common in children and young people, particularly during the winter months. Symptoms can be caused by several respiratory infections including the common cold, COVID-19 and RSV.
For most children and young people, these illnesses will not be serious, and they will soon recover following rest and plenty of fluids.
Very few children and young people with respiratory infections become seriously unwell. This is also true for children and young people with long-term conditions. Some children under 2, especially those born prematurely or with a heart condition, can be more seriously unwell from RSV.
Attending education is hugely important for children and young people’s health and their future.
When children and young people with symptoms should stay at home and when they can return to education
Children and young people with mild symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat, or slight cough, who are otherwise well, can continue to attend their education setting.
Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people, where they can. They can go back to school, college or childcare, and resume normal activities when they no longer have a high temperature and they are well enough to attend.
All children and young people with respiratory symptoms should be encouraged to cover their mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when coughing and/or sneezing and to wash their hands after using or disposing of tissues.
It can be difficult to know when to seek help if your child is unwell. If you are worried about your child, especially if they are aged under 2 years old, then you should seek medical help.
What to do if you have a positive COVID-19 test result
Try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people
If you have a positive COVID-19 test result, it is very likely that you have COVID-19 even if you do not have any symptoms. You can pass on the infection to others, even if you have no symptoms.
Many people with COVID-19 will no longer be infectious to others after 5 days. If you have a positive COVID-19 test result, try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days after the day you took your test.
During this period there are actions you can take to reduce the risk of passing COVID-19 on to others.
Children and young people aged 18 years and under who have a positive test result
It is not recommended that children and young people are tested for COVID-19 unless directed to by a health professional.
If a child or young person has a positive COVID-19 test result they should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 3 days after the day they took the test, if they can. After 3 days, if they feel well and do not have a high temperature, the risk of passing the infection on to others is much lower. This is because children and young people tend to be infectious to other people for less time than adults.
Children and young people who usually go to school, college or childcare and who live with someone who has a positive COVID-19 test result should continue to attend as normal.
Gov.UK website – 04.04.2022