Weekly News for Families – 13.01.23

Dear Parents and Carers,

Another busy week of learning has flown by! In our THINK Worship this afternoon it was lovely to hear how the children are showing the values of Truth, Honesty, Inspiration, Necessity and Kindness. One of regular visiting teachers commented on the strong sense of kindness and support the children show towards each other.

Year 6

Well done to our Year 6 children who have worked extremely hard during a special ‘Test Your Knowledge Week’ where they have had a chance to experience what the end of Key Stage 2 SATS tests will be like. This year’s tests are in May, which seems quite far off, but they will come around quite quickly. With this in mind, the weekly timetables for Arundel, Bodiam and Cowdray classes will be changed so that the Year 6 children can have some focussed revision sessions on a couple of afternoons a week, whilst the Year 5 children can continue their learning as normal.

A revised P.E. timetable for the whole school is attached.


As part of the revision process, the Year 6 children will be bringing some home learning tasks to be completed. These will be in addition to the normal expectations of regular reading, spelling practice and spending some time on Times Tables Rock Stars which all of the children have. The teachers also enjoy seeing what home learning tasks the children choose to do from the menu of challenges. These have a ‘Creative’ theme for this half term. The Home Learning expectations for EYFS and Year 1, Year 2, Years 3 and 4 as well as Years 5 and 6 are attached.

Additional Spring Term Key Dates

Here is a list of some exciting sporting events that are going to be happening over the next few weeks:

  • Tuesday 24th January – Netball Tournament (children from the Year 5/6 Netball Club will be taking part)

  • Wednesday 25th January – Cross Country Running Race (children from the Year 5/6 Running Club will be taking part)

  • Tuesday 31st January – Year 3/4 60 Active Minutes Festival

  • Wednesday 8th February – Year 1 Infant Agility

  • Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th February – Whole School Skateboard and Scooter Experience

  • Wednesday 22nd March – Inter-School Swimming Gala

    Further details about each of these events will be sent to those involved at the appropriate times.

    Parking near the school

    Please can you be considerate to our neighbours if you use your car on the school run. We have received an email from Dandara with some photographs of cars blocking pavements and access in Roemead Drive.

    Young Voices

    Forty-six Key Stage 2 children are really looking forward to taking part in the Young Voices concert at the 02 Arena on Monday. They have been practicing hard throughout the Autumn Term. Singing as part of a 7,500-strong children’s choir is going to be an amazing experience!

    Have a lovely weekend

    Take care

    Kim Huggett