Newsletter #23 – 31/3/17

News

This week has been eventful for the children with sporting tournaments, Sporting Stars and today Super Heroes in Reception! Today assembly was led by Year 2 Mr Rylatt’s class and the children gave us all a valuable explanation on what community means in the family, school, town and the world around us. Thank you Year 2. A reminder that next Monday 3rd April is class photograph day.

‘Subway’ Style Brown Bag Lunch

On Friday 7th April the kitchen will be serving a ‘brown bag’ lunch. Children will able to choose from ham, cheese, tuna, salad tortilla wrap or baguette.

Closing Early

Next Friday 7th April we will be closing at 2.00pm. There will be no after school provision that day. Please ensure that the children are collected on time as there will be no office staff past 2.30pm

Feedback

Thank you for your stars and wishes feedback contributions. We have collected many suggestions on how we can help parents understand the new curriculum and the progress reports. It was pleasing to read the overwhelming delighted parent comments for the school and its teaching staff.  Recognition too, how the school is using a range of communications with parents. One thing that resonated above all others was how happy your children are here, even with the high demands of the curriculum. Also how our new after school clubs are offering such variety.

Tewkesbury C of E Community Centre

We have now taken the full responsibility for the community centre. This is hugely exciting for the school as we expand into the community. The provision we will be offering after Easter is extensive and diverse.  It is every bit a community provision. If you have an interest in running an activity or club for any age group and are desperately seeking a good provision then please contact Mrs McCormick at the school office number to arrange a fact finding meeting about what we can offer your organisation. Our rates are extremely competitive.

Easter Assembly

The Easter bonnet parade and assembly for Reception classes, Years 1 & 2 is on Friday Morning at 9.30am. The assembly will be followed by the presentation of learning Cups. For those parents new to the school the Easter bonnet parade is one of our spectacular events of the year. We encourage every child to make an Easter bonnet at home and wear it into the special assembly. They walk around the hall parading their bonnets. We have had some elaborate designs over the years.

End of term Praise Assembly KS2

Please note the special time for the end of term Praise assembly for Years 3,4,5&6. It will also be on Friday 7th April at 1.00pm.

Trophies and Cups

Please could you return any trophies/cups that your child may have as we prepare for the end of term praise assemblies.

‘Olivia’

This Sunday afternoon the long awaited performance of ‘Olivia’ from the drama and choir clubs will be taking place at The Roses Theatre in town. For last minute tickets please go to the booking office at the Theatre. I understand that it is almost a sell out performance.

Pre-School

Our pre-school is increasing weekly with new children joining. We have Free Funded places available for all 2, 3 and 4 year olds.  The Pre-School team is led by Miss Rowland and Mrs McMahon and supported by Mrs Hughes, Miss Hewett, Miss Smith and Miss Merriman.

If you have a pre-school aged child why not drop by and see the team and view the amazing learning experiences.

Clubs – All clubs are finished

Dates

Monday 3rd April Class Photos

Friday 7th April 2.00pm finish

Monday 10th April – Friday 21st April Half Term  – School closed

Monday 24th April 8.50am School Starts

Newsletter #22 – 24/3/17

Tewkesbury Church of England Primary School
Chance Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. GL20 5RQ
Headteacher: Mrs C. Scott Tel: (01684) 292309.
Newsletter:
24/03/2017
Value this half term is: Forgiveness
Menu week 3

News
We have had two lovely class assemblies this week led by the Year 3 children. The characters of the Mr Men featured as did a great sweet giveaway to all mothers. The message of friendship and forgiveness resinated throughout .
Parent Feedback
At our parents evenings next week we would like to gather as much feedback from parents as possible. We have created a short questionnaire asking parents for their views. The questionnaire takes the form of two stars and a wish. Parents have to identify two things (Stars) that they feel the school is doing well or getting better at and one thing (Wish) that they feel the school could do better at or introduce.
Look out for Mr Scorer in the main entrance on both evenings as he will be giving out and collecting the questionnaires. There will also be an opportunity to have tea/coffee with some of the schools Governors.
Tewkesbury C of E Community Centre
The date is fast approaching when the school officially takes over the running of the Children’s Centre. We are busy behind the scenes upgrading the provision both internally and externally. This week the out door play area has been restored and a new artificial grass area is being installed early next week.
Red Nose Day
The total raise was in excess of £200 thank you for your donations.
Swimming changes
27th March No swimming for Year 4
30th March No swimming for Year 1
Please note Year 3 will now swim in the afternoon on 30th March – this is a change from previous newsletters
Pre-School
Our pre-school is increasing weekly with new children joining. We have Free Funded places available for all 2, 3 and 4 year olds. The Pre-School team is led by Miss Rowland and Mrs McMahon and supported by Mrs Hughes, Miss Hewett, Miss Smith and Miss Merriman.
If you have a pre-school aged child why not drop by and see the team and view the amazing learning experiences.
Clubs – These have finished this term
Dates
28th March Parents Evening
29th March Parents Evening
Friday 31st March Mr Rylatt Class Assembly 9am
Monday 3rd April Class Photos
Friday 7th April 9.30am KS1 Praise Assembly (Easter Bonnet)
Friday 7th April 1.00pm KS2 Praise Assembly
Friday 7th April School Finishes 2.00pm

Newsletter #21 – 20/3/17

Tewkesbury Church of England Primary School
Chance Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. GL20 5RQ
Headteacher: Mrs C. Scott Tel: (01684) 292309.
Newsletter:20/03/2017
Value this half term is: Forgiveness
Menu week 2

News
We had an amazing ‘Arts Week’. We will be opening our doors this Tuesday after school to share with parents the wonderful work the children and staff have achieved. Our theme this year was based around Bible stories. The children engaged in drama, music composition, sketching, card craft, sewing, batik, water colours, marbling and much more. At the end of the day the children gathered in the hall to watch ‘Open the Book’ re-enact stories from The Bible. Thank you to the army of parent helpers, which seemed to increase as the week went on. We had a lovely Friday ‘Show and Tell’ to end the week. The year 6 pupils produced a short video of the week’s events, the drama group showcased songs from ‘Olivia’ and the music group shared some of their compositions.
Parents Evening
A reminder that parents evening is next week on the 28th & 29th March. The appointment boards will be in the main reception area from Tuesday after school.
Swimming changes
Due to ‘Arts Week’ and a bespoke swimming intervention there has been an adjustment to some swimming dates this term. Please note the changes below.
27th March No Swimming for Year 4
30th March No Swimming for Year 1 or 3
Pre-School
Our pre-school is increasing weekly with new children joining. We have Free Funded places available for all 2, 3 and 4 year olds. The Pre-School team is led by Miss Rowland and Mrs McMahon and supported by Mrs Hughes, Miss Hewett, Miss Smith and Miss Merriman.
If you have a pre-school aged child why not drop by and see the team and view the amazing learning experiences.
Clubs – Last week
No Clubs W/b 27th March & W/b 3rdApril
Monday Football Y5/6, Multi Skills Y1/2, Choir Y4,5,6
Tuesday Netball Y6, French Y1/2, Football Y3/4, Maths Club Y1/2 with parents, Drama Y4/5/6, No Tag Rugby
Wednesday Andy Tucker Football Y1/2
Thursday Dance Y2
Friday Table Tennis Y3/4, Book Y3/4/5/6
Dates
Thursday 23rd March Miss Jaryczewski Class Assembly 9am
Friday 24th March Mr Stanton Class Assembly 9am
Friday 24th March – ‘Wear what you want Day’ 50p donation to Comic Relief
28th March Parents Evening
29th March Parents Evening
Friday 31st March Mr Rylatt Class Assembly 9am
Monday 3rd April Class Photos
Friday 7th April 9.30am KS1 Praise Assembly (Easter Bonnet)
Friday 7th April 1.00pm KS2 Praise Assembly
Friday 7th April School Finishes 2.00pm

Year 3 Roman Theme Day 2017

Wow! We are so lucky to have some very talented children in our Year 3 classes this year! On Friday, children came to school dressed as Roman soldiers, gladiators, gods, goddesses, slaves and citizens and what an amazing sight it was! Throughout the day, children participated in a variety of activities that opened up the Roman world to them. From Roman paintings and artwork, to music and dance, to cookery and molding clay pots, the children showed their skills and also their understanding of this interesting culture. The children and teachers all had a great day! Watch the video to see a snapshot into their day!

Newsletter #20 – 10/3/17

News
Our day started with a wonderfully led assembly by Year 4 Mr Hibell’s class. Their theme was citizenship. The children started by linking hands to the Olympic song. It was very moving. Year 3 have enjoyed a Roman Day and were all dressed as Roman citizens! The day included cooking and sampling Roman foods.
Governors Corner
New community Centre
The governing body had been considering setting up a pre-school when last year, we were approached by the Local Authority to take over Noah’s Ark Childrens Centre, adjacent to the school. We saw this as a wonderful opportunity and under the supervision of Miss Rowland, a new pre-school team led by Mrs McMahon was formed. The creative curriculum of the Reception class has been rolled out to the pre-school. We opened the pre-school in September 2016 with just 5 children and now, six months on, have 24. Currently it is open for funded places mornings only but due to its growth and parent demand this will be extended to whole days with fee paying places available. Our aim is to have wrap around care from 8.00am (breakfast club) to 6.00pm (after school provision). We will formally manage the centre from 1 April 2017 when we will be providing additional facilities for both the school and local community.
The centre will then change its name to the ‘Tewkesbury C of E Primary School Community Centre’. Some of the facilities on offer to the community will be an internet café, conference room, hire of various spaces within the centre, senior citizens lunchtime club, extension of health care from 0 to school (health visitor clinic) and music. Both the interior and exterior will have a revamp which will include an astro-turf play area. This has been an exciting opportunity which will enable children who attend to have amazing learning opportunities and make the transition from pre-school to school life far easier. Thanks to all the staff and governors who have been involved in this venture.
If you have pre-school children who will need a place either now or from September 2017 please contact the school
at the earliest opportunity.
Swimming changes
Due to ‘Arts week’ and a bespoke swimming intervention there has been an adjustment to some swimming dates this
term. Please note the changes below.
16th March No swimming for Year 1 or 3
27th March No swimming for Year 4
30th March No swimming for Year 1 or 3
Arts Week 14th, 15th & 16th March
Thank you to parents who have signed up for Arts Week, Miss Rowland has allocated parents their choice of times.
Clubs – All clubs 3.15 – 4.15pm
Monday Football Y5/6, Multi Skills Y1/2, Choir Y4,5,6
Tuesday Netball Y6, French Y1/2, Football Y3/4, Maths Club Y1/2 with parents, Tag Rugby Y5/6, Drama Y4/5/6
Wednesday Andy Tucker Football Y1/2
Thursday Dance Y2
Friday Table Tennis Y3/4, Book Y3/4/5/6
Dates
Thursday 23rd March Miss Jaryczewski Class Assembly
Friday 24th March Mr Stanton Class Assembly
28th March Parents Evening
29th March Parents Evening
Friday 31st March Mr Rylatt Class Assembly
Monday 3rd April Class Photos
Friday 7th April 9.30 KS1 Praise Assembly (Easter Bonnet)
Friday 7th April 1.00pm KS2 Praise Assembly
Friday 7th April School Finishes 2.00pm

World Book Day in Year 3

Children in Year 3 certainly enjoyed coming to school in their pyjamas last week to celebrate World Book Day 2017 – in fact, so did the teachers! Teachers shared their favourite bedtime stories with the children and then children shared their favourite stories with each other. Throughout the day, children were able to read with children from the Reception classes as well as listen to inspiring and exciting stories from the storyteller, Steve Manning. Everyone had a great day!

World Book Day

World Book Day

The children in Year 2 experienced a lovely World book day dressed in their pyjamas (this made us all feel very relaxed). The children took part in many activities including going on Bear hunts, making dens and producing beautiful pieces of art inspired by the books. 

The children produced some excellent collages inspired by

‘A trip from London to Tewkesbury’.

                            

Tewkesbury Invades the Roman Town of Caerleon!

On Monday 27th February, Year 3 children visited the Roman Legionary Museum at Caerleon. Throughout the day, children took part in workshops that taught them about the life of a soldier during the Roman period and also what it was like to be educated in these times! Children also had the opportunity to explore the archaeological remains of the Roman Amphitheater, Barracks and Baths that Caerleon is famous for.

World Book Day 2nd March 2017

Pupils dressed in their pyjamas and explored favourite bedtime stories to celebrate World Book Day. Below are some photos and examples of work from the day.

Year 1

We looked at the story the Tiger who came to tea.  When we arrived back from our swimming lessons, we noticed some footprints leading through our classroom. We decided to follow the footprints to catch the culprit who had left our classroom in a mess!
The footprints led to a story book and a can of TIGER FOOD!! We read the story as a class and then created our very own front covers for the story and role played the tiger coming to tea. As a class we decided we would LOVE the tiger to come for tea in our classroom so we made tiger food and designed our own labels.
At the end of the day, Miss Moore’s class came to visit us and we read our favourite books to each other.

Year 2

Class 5 had a fantastic World Book Day! We read the story “Peace At Last” and performed it using instruments and sounds. Next, we wrote our own versions, where Mr Bear tried to sleep in all sorts of places. In the afternoon we made some beautiful bear pictures and shared our books with Mrs Lewis’ class in a huge den which we made in the classroom. What a fun day we had!

Year 4

We read the book Whatever Next! by Jill Murphy. In the story Baby Bear goes to the moon and back in a cardboard box and all before bedtime, whatever next!. So we researched space rockets for Baby Bear to use instead of a cardboard box and then
designed and made our own prototypes.

Year 5

Y5 FR and Y1 JI booked an hour’s slot to share their Bedtime Stories. The children spent an hour together and it was a great experience. As you can see they engaged with each other and forged some new and special friendships.

Year 6

In Year 6 completed a challenge to ‘Get caught reading’ before we looked at our favourite bedtime stories.

 

We then looked at The Enormous Crocodile and Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book and worked in groups to create our own versions. Here is the Year 6 version of Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book:

 

Here are our versions of the Enormous Crocodile: