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