Weekly Family News 30.09.22

Dear Parents and Carers,
As we are now already over half way through the half term. I thought it would be a great opportunity to share some of the children’s thoughts about their learning from our different classes:
“We are learning about roots and flowers.  It’s some Science.” – Reggie in Amberley Class.
“I have been learning about one more and one less in Maths.  In my choosing time, I have been using counters to help me add.” – Bella in Camber Class
“We have been doing gymnastics, jumping, balancing and rolls.  Also, we were practicing to be birds flying looking down on our houses.” – Thea in Lewes Class.
“I have enjoyed our RE and learning about Jesus.  The stories help us to choose to be kind.” – Peyton in Bramber Class.
“I like the book called ‘Journey’ we have been using in English.  I think I can improve my Times Tables Rock Stars and Maths Skills.” – Olivia in Hastings Class.
“I’ve enjoyed learning about the Romans because it’s cool that they were actually here in this country.” – Tilly in Pevensey Class.
“We have found some ideas about adverts for our next Learning Journey.  The persuasive language and words they used are inspiring.” – Alex in Portchester Class.
“I have enjoyed our Guided Reading lessons on ‘Escape from Pompeii’ because it is based on a real story and I think it is really fascinating.” – Oscar in Southsea Class.
“I am enjoying Maths because I get the chance to work with different people in a different class.” – Brooke in Arundel Class.
“I’ve liked learning about the Normans because I really enjoy learning about old things.” – Joshua in Bodiam Class.
“It’s important to learn more about the Royal Family at the moment as Queen Elizabeth II has just died.  We are enjoying choosing and finding out about a member of the Royal Family so we can write our biographies.” – Teresa in Cowdray Class.
As you can see there has been a real variety of learning going on.  Mr Hughes and myself have been showing different visitors around the school over the past couple of weeks and we have been thrilled to hear their positive comments about the children’s behaviour and attitude towards their learning.   
It was also lovely to see so many children enjoying the Book Swap on Tuesday.  Thank you Miss Hook for organising this.  There will be a Book Swap event every half term.  Look out for the date for the next one…!
Key Dates
There are a few key dates we would like to remind you about:
Tuesday 11th October – Year 6 Height and weight checks.
Wednesday 12th October – Flu vaccinations for all children.
Information regarding both of these have already been sent out on ParentMail which includes details of how to withdraw your child from these, should you wish.
Monday 17th October – School Photograph Day.  Children will have individual photographs taken.  Family groups will also be taken.  Full school uniform (no PE kits) will need to be worn.
Medical Appointments
If your child has a medical appointment during the school day, please can you send proof of this to the school office.  Either a photograph, screenshot or copy of the appointment should be sent to office@yaptonschool.org
Parent-Teacher Progress Meetings
You have the chance to discuss the progress in your child’s learning during the week beginning Monday 17th October.  Appointments will need to be made on ParentMail from 9am on Monday 3rd October.  This booking window will close at 9am on Monday 10th October.
Young Voices
The children in the Key Stage 2 Choir have started to learn the songs for the Young Voices concert with a huge amount of enthusiasm.  The children will be performing at the O2 Arena in London on Monday 16th January.  Mr Hughes will send out information regarding tickets for this event in the near future.
Food Bank Donations
Lastly, thank you to those of you who have made a donation to the Harvest Food Bank collection.  Further donations can be brought to the school office next week.  Don’t forget our Harvest Thanksgiving and Celebration Services are at St. Mary’s Church on Tuesday 4th October: EYFS and Key Stage 1 at 9:30am; Key Stage 2 at 10:30am.
Have a lovely weekend.
Take care
Kim Huggett