Letter from the Head, 14th December

Due to server outages for Google and others today, we have found that some ParentMail has not been getting through. As such, find a copy below.

Dear Parents/Carers

I have been made aware that we have a confirmed positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) at Tewkesbury C of E Primary School. The positive test is for a member of staff.

Due to contacts having to isolate we have a significant shortage of cleaners available this week. As the cleanliness of the school is a key aspect of the Risk Assessment to prevent the spread of Covid we will have to close the school tomorrow for all pupils. This decision has been made in consultation with Gloucestershire County Council’s lead for Covid, their Health Protection Team and the Chair of Governors.

We will use tomorrow to ensure robust processes are put in place to enable us to open safely for as much time as possible over the rest of the week. We will open on Wednesday and Friday. It may be that we also have to close on Thursday to ensure the school is clean. I will let you know the plan as soon as possible.

We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation and will keep doing all we can to ensure your children’s safety at this time.

Teaching staff will move to online learning via Showbie/Tapestry for tomorrow and your child should access their learning there.

Yours sincerely

Tim Blakey

Headteacher

 

Year 6 Leavers’ service at Gloucester Cathedral

Year 6 pupils took part in the leavers’ service at Gloucester Cathedral this morning along with several other C of E schools in Gloucestershire. This was a chance to reflect on their time in primary school and thank you to God and one another.

Zuzanna and Rhys both represented our school wonderfully with two readings to the congregation. Amelie and Ben also made excellent banner bearers.

Year 6 mark VE Day

Year 6 mark VE Day


On Thursday this week, Classes 13 and 14 marked the end of their WW2 topic with a VE Day party, inviting grandparents who shared some of their family’s memories.

Traditional games were played including marbles, a Beetle Drive and skipping games. It was a lovely way to end their topic.

Year 6 evacuation day experience

Yesterday, pupils from Year 6 in were – in support of their theme lesson – whisked back to 1940s Britain and were duly evacuated to the safety of Winchcombe.

They experienced a steam train journey, met with other real evacuees and even had to seek shelter during an air raid. They were also trained to be members of ‘fire parties’ ready to put out any fires after a bombing raid. Finally it was time to head back to the future.

 

 

 

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:

Newsletter #17 – 10/2/17

Value Forgiveness | Menu – Week 1

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We will be shortly holding an election for a Parent Governor. This may be something that you have considered standing for but are unsure of what is involved. We have a long standing history of excellent governance at his school. This has been achieved through working in partnership with the headteacher, senior leadership team and co-operatively with other governors to raise standards and improve outcomes for all children. I have attached to this Newsletter, frequently asked questions about the role of the Governor today. We are particularly seeking someone with the skill set of Health and Safety and premises regulations.

As part of your consideration to stand for election it would be beneficial to meet with myself and the Chair of Governors: Jonathan Handley to discuss expectations from both parties. To initially register your interest, please contact the school office for further details.

When I grow up! – Reception classes

Email

At the last parents evening many parents registered their email addressess with us so that they could receive the school newsletter this way. After half term we will be emailing the newsletter directly to parents as well as putting it on the website.

PE Kits/Swimming Kits

At the moment far too many children are forgetting their PE kits or swimming kits which means that the office staff are engaged in a round of numerous phone calls each morning. This prevents other parents form contacting the school by phone with urgent messages. Please can you leave PE kits in school lockers and get the children to organise their swimwear the night before.

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 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 – Cross Country Race Vineyards – 4.30pm collection from Vineyards, Dance Y2
Friday  – Table Tennis Y3/4, Book Y3/4/5/6

Dates

Monday 13th – Friday 17th February Half Term
Monday 20th February School starts 8.50am
Tuesday 28th March Parents Evening
Wednesday 29th March Parents Evening
Monday 3rd April Class Photos

Class Assemblies

Friday 3rd March Miss Moore 9am
Friday 10th March Mr Hibell 9am
Thursday 23rd March Miss Jaryczewski 9am
Friday 24th March Mr Stanton 9am

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Tangramtastic maths experience

Today Mrs. Rouse and teams form Year 4 and Year 5 attended Balcarras School for a maths experience morning. We looked at Tangrams, building an Icosahedron (see below), looking using the digits 1 to 10 to satisfy a range of problems, to include:- creating 5 pairs of multiples of 3, 7 and also generating prime numbers. These are a sample of the tasks and activities that took place. Each pupil came away with a special pen, the model we made below and a certificate. Great fun was had by all – including Mrs. Rouse!

Newsletter #16 – 27/1/17

Value – Respect | Menu – Week 2

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Today Mr Eveleigh’s Year 6 class led our morning collective worship. It was an inspiring way to start the day. The children spoke in their own words about the meaning of ‘Charity’ and explained with authority on a range of local, national and international charities. They set each class a different ‘charity’ challenge for the week. These included donating with a parent an item of clothing or toy to a charity shop in Tewkesbury. The worship was concluded with a Bible story about the old lady who gave her last coins to charity and apologised for not having more whilst the rich men gave large amount of money and bragged about how generous they had been. Jesus praised the old lady saying she had given the most because of the charity in her heart.

Last Friday I reported that our choir had set off for the 02 to perform with other school choirs. It was as predicted an amazing experience for both the children and their parents. It was a long and exhausting day as the children arrived back in Tewkesbury at a little after 1.00am. Thank you Miss J for organising the event and the staff members, (Mr Hibell, Mrs Sweeting, Mrs Buchanan and Mrs Wiggins) who gave up their own time to ensure the children went.

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 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 – Cross Country Y4/5/6, Dance Y2
Friday – Table Tennis Y3/4, Book Y3/4/5/6

Dates

3rd February Mrs Lewis Assembly 9.00am
13th February – 17th February Half Term
20th February School starts 8.50am
28th March Parents evening
29th March Parents evening

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