Week Beginning 9th April
It is been lovely to see the children back and ready to learn. Everyone seems to have had a relaxing break despite the dreadful weather.
Mr Bunhejee organised the swimming team for the gala this week. The children swam well and faced some tough competition from other schools who clearly had club and county swimmers in their squads. We came joint fifth and the children made me very proud - well done everyone. Thank you to the parents who came to watch and offered support and encouragement.
Week Beginning 19th March
Mole Class shared all they have learnt this term with a wonderful assembly on Wednesday. They sang, shared pictures and information about a range of topics from Mothers Day to Chinese New Year. Well done everyone.
Thank you for your support in raising money for Sports Relief on Friday. The children had great fun completing the activities and all looked great with their crazy hair. We will let you know the total amount raised when all the money has been counted and checked.
Enjoy your Easter break and hope the weather warms up a little!
Week Beginning 12th March
This week has seen two school trips which the children have enjoyed. Year 3 and 4 visited Bolsover Castle and Years 5 and 6 traveled to the Space Centre. Thank you to the numerous volunteers who helped make these trips possible.
During this week the children have been enjoying a Science focus. On Monday 'Cool Pete' amazed the children with some experiments and on Thursday the children completed very exciting experiments in classrooms from designing and making boats to float and sail, creating packaging to protect eggs and even making poo! Everyone had great fun and learnt lots of different scientific facts.
Week Beginning 5th March
The children were very excited about World Book Day and the costumes were fantastic as usual. I missed the day again but have seen lots of photos of both staff and children dressed up to enjoy this special day. Well done on your creativity with the costumes and ideas.
Can I again stress, following the incident outside school on Wednesday, that children are safe and that the police only wanted to ask people to be vigilant. Unfortunately rumours have started and the events are being exaggerated greatly. Mr Dilks and all staff on the gates are also checking the area outside school and we would never put children's safety at risk. Please do follow the advice from the police and keep your children with you or at least in your sight on the journey to and from school.
Week Beginning 26th February
Thank you for your support and understanding regarding the closure of school due to the snow. It wasn't an easy decision to make but I had to think of the children's and staff's safety with regards to the conditions.
Week Beginning 12th February
Mr Roper and the Rhino's shared their vast knowledge of the water cycle with us on Wednesday. The song they used to share this knowledge was very effective and addictive - I couldn't get the chorus out of my head and was told off at home for annoying everyone for continually singing it! A great assembly with singing, acting, break dancing, jokes and lots of facts.
Three children shared their knowledge around Growth Mindset at an event with other local schools. Mr Green organised our involvement and was very impressed with the children who represented our school perfectly.
All children should have come home with a box to recycle batteries around the home. Please do try to encourage them to return the boxes in April, hopefully with some batteries in that are no longer working.
Have a great half term everyone!
Week Beginning 5th February
A very busy week in school! On Monday Years 5 and 6 won a Dodgeball Tournament against other local schools - well done to the winning team and coach, Mr Roper! On Tuesday various children in Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 visited the Erewash Gymnastics Centre and tried out different skills using specialist equipment.
On Tuesday Years 1 and 2 recreated the Great Fire of London and, under the watchful eye of Mr Dilks, burnt houses they had made to bring the terrible disaster to life. The practical element of this enabled the children to experience for themselves how the fire was able to move quickly from one building to the next.
On Thursday the PTFA ran their first film night which was a huge success. We were amazed with how many children wanted to attend and the event was a sell out! Due to the number of children enjoying the event the PTFA will organise separate KS1 and KS2 events in the future to give the children a little more room to enjoy the film. Well done to the organisers.
On a more serious note could I please remind parents and carers that I expect my staff to be treated courteously and respectfully. A small number of parents have recently been shouting at staff, including myself, and making unreasonable demands. As a parent myself I appreciate that it is important to protect and support your children but shouting and threatening staff will not help or change a situation. If you have an issue to raise with a member of staff please arrange an appointment with the office. Issues can then be discussed in private and in a calm manner. If parents continue to misuse the DOJO messaging service or to shout at adults, school will take the necessary steps to protect and safeguard staff from such behaviour which may result in extreme circumstances parents being barred from the school site. I hope never to have to use such measures and therefore would strongly advise the small minority of parents concerned to adapt and refine their behaviour towards all staff in school.
Week Beginning 29th January
Our digital leaders and members of the Online Safety Committee went to Harrington School to share their work in school. This included the premiere of a short film they had made about online safety. The film was well received and the children showcased just how far school is in teaching children to keep safe online. Well done children and thank you to Mr Lyons for supporting them in making the film.
On Friday afternoon the Seals (Miss Smith's class) showcased their skills using their ukuleles. The children have been working hard over the last few weeks and have developed many skills. They played and sang like true professionals.
Week Beginning 22nd January
Miss Hughes and Honey Bees performed their class assembly on Wednesday. The children shared their knowledge of space and planets with a fabulous range of facts accompanied with some super singing. Thanks for a wonderful start to Wednesday and for teaching everyone something new.
Miss Hughes and I were incredibly proud of the Quiz Team on Thursday. We visited Trent College for the event and the children answered some very tricky questions on a range of subjects from science, maths and history. The children were fantastic ambassadors for school and came fourth out of eight. Well done!
Week Beginning 15th January
The children in Years 5 and 6 had a treat this week with a session for each class with the Clay Creators team. The children all made an astronaut which involved following instructions, weighing materials and some careful construction. They look amazing!
Forest School sessions started this week with Miss Edwards. Please do send additional clothes to school for these sessions if your child has been selected to take part. I am so proud to see the outdoor area used for creative teaching and this is something we want to see more of over the next few months. I think though, with the current temperatures, the hot chocolate the children and Miss Edwards enjoy is a definite must after spending the afternoon in the great outdoors!
Thank you to all the parents who have signed up for, and are using, the Class Dojo system to message teachers. Could I please however remind a minority of parents that staff should not be contacted late at night or at the weekend - they work hard and deserve a break. Please consider the time you are messaging and the day of the week carefully and whether the content of the message can wait until a more appropriate time. I can also be contacted through the Dojo system though again will not be responding late at night or at weekends. I will however get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your support.
Week Beginning 8th January
Happy New Year and welcome back to 2018! I hope you all had a relaxing break and enjoyed the Christmas festivities. The children seem eager to be back and I have been hearing all about their presents and stories about parties and staying up until midnight!
I hope you have had a chance to read this months newsletter which has lots of important dates and information. One thing it didn't mention was last terms winners of the attendance awards - Miss Bolton and Cougars. This clearly is the class to beat as they won in Term 1. Their prize this time is a non-uniform day on Friday with a special Breakfast. Well done to everyone.
I was sent these pictures of school from the late 1950's by a former teacher, Mr Backhouse's son. I thought you might like to see how things have changed.
Week Beginning 18th December
Well we made it! Staff and children are all tired after a long term but everyone should be proud of their achievements and hard work. Thank you to everyone who has kindly given a Christmas gift to staff.
I would like to wish you all a very 'Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!' Looking forward to seeing you back at school on January 8th, 2018!
Week Beginning 11th December
It has been a wonderful week with all of the performances from the younger children in school. The children in FS1 and FS2 entertained us with 'Angel Express' and shared the Christmas story through songs and dances. Despite a few very tired looking angels, stars and shepherds the children sang with real enthusiasm and manged to project their voices right to the back of the hall. Years 1 and 2 told the Christmas story with their performance of 'Baubles' and even manged to get Mr Green, Mr and Mrs Dilks and myself into the story. The children should all be very proud of themselves.
Thank you for joining in the fun with Christmas jumpers today - we are still counting those coins and will let you know the final amount next week.
Please do remember that we are open until 3.30 p.m on Friday 22nd December - we expect everyone to attend in the last week unless your child is ill. We have lots planned for next week - another Year 1 and 2 performance, parties, the KS2 Carol concert at St John's and much more!
Week Beginning 4th December
Christmas is looming and the children are getting excited. We are still busy completing a normal timetable and curriculum so hopefully routines will be in place for a while longer. Please do keep listening to your child read and help them complete homework activities where necessary.
Mrs Colley has now started her maternity leave and we wish her all the best. The children in her class have been brilliant at looking after her these last few weeks and have made me very proud with the empathy and consideration they have shown. Well done Year 5!
Week Beginning 27th November
It has been a busy week and full of excitement. Years 1 and 2 visited St John's on Tuesday to learn about the Christmas story and how people celebrate around the world. The highlight of the event for many was feeding the donkey carrots - when I visited in the afternoon they were looking rather full! On Wednesday EYFS had a fantastic day Winter Wonderland Wow Day in both FS1 and FS2. A visit from the snow queen was very exciting and the children loved spending time with parents making crafts and having lots of fun.
As you can see by the photos the adults have just as much fun!
As exciting as this time of year is we are still here to learn and so Christmas will really start in the last week of term. We will be continuing to complete our topic work and to stick to the same routines as much as possible. I spoke to the children this morning in assembly and reminded them of the fact that Christmas activities are fun and enjoyable and any child who is not following our rules and expectations will have these opportunities removed. Please do support us in reinforcing this message at home.
Week Beginning 20th November
The final total raised for Children in Need was £771.15 - thank you for your support and donations.
The children have been completing fitness tests this week and have been put through their paces. The children have been assessed through sit ups, stretch and reach tests, timed running tests and throwing and catching skills. We are lucky in schools to have lots of Government funding to spend on developing and encouraging sport and these tests will help us target support in the most productive ways.
Week Beginning 13th November
Thank you to everyone who contributed cakes and money towards our fund raising for Children in Need. Mrs Wenham and Mrs Brown have been busy counting all the money but there are still little amounts arriving in the office. We think we will have raised about £800 for this worthwhile cause and will let you know the final amount as soon as we have all those coins counted and banked. Thank you to all the adults who were brave enough to spend time in the stocks whilst being hit with wet sponges - the children had great fun though the adults might have regretted their decision!
Week Beginning 6th November
This week the children have been working really hard on completing assessments. They have been superstars and deserve a relaxing weekend!
Well done to the Futsal Team who won their tournament this week - fantastic news!
Week Beginning 30th October
A great first week back. On Monday all staff trained on a variety of well being themes from attachment, first aid, self esteem and yoga. The children were very excited to be back on Tuesday - a mixture of seeing friends, getting back into a routine and discussing Halloween costumes!
Next week is assessment week so please make sure your child has early nights and a good breakfast to be at their very best. These assessments will help us to monitor progress and to look at ways we can support and extend children to reach their full potential.
Enjoy any firework parties and displays you may participate in this weekend. Stay safe!
Week Beginning 16th October
Our first half term completed - where has the time gone? Thank you to everyone: staff, parents and most importantly the children, for all your hard work. Enjoy your well deserved half term break. Keep safe, rest and relax. We will see you back here on Tuesday 31st October.
Week Beginning 9th October
Your child should have returned home with a parent questionnaire this week. Please do complete this and share your views which are important to us. I will be evaluating the forms over the half term and will be in touch with the results in November. The closing date for completed forms is next Friday, 20th October.
The children in Years 3 and 4 have been busy preparing for the Harvest Festival on Wednesday 18th October. If you have any food or toiletries for the assembly please send them in to school so that we can ensure the Canaan Trust have all the donations to share with those who need the support. Thank you for
Week Beginning 2nd October
A great class assembly from Elephants and Miss Edwards which showcased their many talents. Well done everyone!
Children keep collecting DoJo's and are working hard to collect as many points as possible. The children are responding well to the initiative. Hopefully you have signed up to the Class DoJo system but if not please do so as soon as possible as this is a great way to keep in touch with your child's class teacher and events in class.
Mr Bunhejee and Mr Johnson have been training the children at lunchtimes for the cross country event this week. The children performed brilliantly and we had someone on the podium for each event. I was very proud of everyone involved and a big thank you to the children and their coaches!
Week Beginning 25th September
Thank you to everyone who attended the parent forum and Macmillan Coffee morning. We had some productive discussions with parents and I will update the parents forum page this week. In total we raised £169.76 for this worthy cause. Thank you again.
I have been observing teaching this week and have seen some wonderful work in the classrooms. The children are working hard and have all settled in to the routines and raised expectations in their new year groups. Well done to all teachers and children!
Week Beginning 18th September
On Friday 29th September we will be holding a parent forum along with raising money at a Macmillan Coffee Morning event. We would love to hear your ideas and opinions on a range of issues from the school site, a potential Twitter page to your thoughts on the Class Dojo system. Please come along and support this event which starts at 9.00 a.m.
Can I remind parents that children should not be wearing trainers to school. Whilst we appreciate having a pair in school for break times is a great idea, children must wear a proper pair of school shoes each day. If you are having issues with your child wearing shoes please speak to your child's class teacher and we will support you where we can. However I must stress that uniform rules apply to everyone and we will insist that all children are wearing a proper pair of shoes around school.
Week Beginning 11th September
The children in Year 5 and 6 enjoyed an exciting WOW day with visitors bringing snakes and snails to touch and observe as part of their rain forest topic. Year 1 and 2 had fun learning all about themselves and their bodies during their WOW day. All children are enjoying collecting their own dojo points and have really embraced this new behaviour and reward scheme. I introduced a competition to the children in assembly and have asked them to draw, paint or build a model of a dojo to display in school. We are looking for creative and interesting designs!
Could we please remind all parents to remain behind the yellow line on the playground when collecting and dropping off children. This makes it easier for staff to see the children and to ensure their safety. Thank you for your support.
Week Beginning 4th September
I hope you had a wonderful summer break and managed to enjoy some sunshine. The weather can be so lovely in September but I wish it would hurry up as I think it is feeling rather chilly. Fingers crossed for an improvement soon!
A great first week back with everyone looking smart and eager to learn. Thank you for ensuring your child is wearing the correct uniform and please do check that you have labelled all items of clothing - the lost property was over flowing by the end of term.
If you would like a Breakfast Club place please contact school as we still have some availability. More details are on the newsletter which your child should be bringing home today. The school payment system we are using is Parent Mail and not the Parent Pay stated on the newsletter - apologies for the error.
Week Beginning 17th July
Well the holidays are actually here! Thank you to everyone - children, staff and parents for all the hard work, smiles and dedication over the year. Enjoy the summer holiday and I am looking forward to seeing everyone in September, fresh faced and relaxed after a wonderful break. Good Luck to all the Year 6 who are moving onto pastures new - enjoy yourselves and keep working hard!
Week Beginning 10th July
Years 5 and 6 treated everyone to a wonderful play based on the classic story of Sleeping Beauty. The children performed brilliantly with super singing, acting and pitch perfect solo songs. The staff worked incredibly hard on finding and making costumes, painting back drops, auditioning, choreographing and organising props. All in all a fantastic performance enjoyed by everyone. Well done to the performers and the team behind them!
Year 3 and 4 went out to Rushcliffe Park on Wednesday and everyone had great fun. The children were well behaved and enjoyed pond dipping, a train ride and plenty of walking! The Year 4 children then visited Wilsthorpe School on Thursday to use the facilities at the school and all came back with huge smiles.
Typically the weather was against us for KS1 sports day but if possible we will try to get the children to run their races next week. KS2 sports day went ahead and the children ran enthusiastically, skipped in a fashion (more practice required!) and generally took part with smiles and a determination to try their best. Webb won overall though only by two points! Another well done to everyone.
Week Beginning 3rd July
I have been in classes a lot this week and it has been lovely to see just how far the children have developed over the year. Year 3 were working with so much more maturity than in September and in Nursery the children are demonstrating a readiness for school with their attitudes and behaviour. This can be an exciting time for children as they think about the move to the next school year and, for many a new teacher, but it can also be a worrying time for others. If you have any concerns about your child please speak to the class teacher or myself.
Mrs Lamb, Mrs Mabbott and the children in their class entertained us with their class assembly and how they learn in the foundation stage. The children were amazing and Mrs Lamb took a star turn when the IT let them down. It was a lovely class assembly and made everyone smile.
Year 5 enjoyed a morning at Friesland where they took part in a variety of activities. As usual the children were well behaved and enjoyed the experience. We are incredibly fortunate to have such great links with our cluster schools.
Week Beginning 26th June
Tuesday was a great day in school with Active Maths day. The children had fun taking part in a range of activities around school and thank you to those parents who attended the event. We appreciate that this can be difficult with work commitments so thank you for making the time and for getting involved.
This week Year 5 visited Trent College to listen to Clare Balding talk about her new book and her life as a presenter. The talk was inspirational and the children enjoyed the event immensely. You may have even seen them on BBC East Midlands on Thursday night. Mixing with a celebrity and then TV stars themselves!
Week Beginning 19th June
Wow - what a hot start to the week! The children coped well with the soaring temperatures and thank you for sending in hats, sun cream and water bottles. Let's hope some of the children will get some more sleep this weekend with the cooler temperatures.
It has been assessment week in school and the children have been working hard. These results will be shared in the children's reports which will be handed out on the 13th July. Look out for that information as we wouldn't want anyone to not hand over that report for you to read or for you to find it lurking in the bottom of a bag!
If you are interested in a place at the breakfast club we are hopping to set up at school please return the slips as soon as possible. If we do not have enough interest the club won't be able to open. We have kept the cost to a minimum and £2.00 for a breakfast and one hour of childcare is very reasonable. Send those forms back as soon as possible please.
Week Beginning 12th June
Mr Johnson's class entertained us during their class assembly this week and even brought a tear to our eyes with a very sentimental song! Mr Johnson was relieved his first ever class assembly was over and he did a great job. Years 5 and 6 enjoyed a fun WOW day learning about fossils, DNA and animal adaptations. It was interesting to see how different birds adapt due to their beaks and how it can be difficult for them to pick up food. I have a new respect for our feathered friends!
The weather has certainly warmed up and looks here to stay. Please make sure you send in sun cream, sun hats, sunglasses and a water bottle - all named please!
Week Beginning 5th June
It has been lovely to see everyone back looking refreshed and ready to go. Many of the children look like they have grown over the holidays! I can't believe we are now entering our final term which is incredibly busy as always.
Everyone enjoyed completing circuit training with Leon Baptiste on Thursday. The children worked hard to complete the different exercises and enjoyed listening to Leon's sporting journey during assembly. I managed to take part in the whole training session though can now hardly walk for pain in my calves! Thank you for supporting school in raising money for the event which has generated a substantial sum which we can use towards sports equipment and a special event in school.
You should have received the June Newsletter this week though, if yours has gone missing, you can find a copy on the website. Please do check dates carefully as there are lots of different events taking place throughout June and July.
Week Beginning 22nd May
The weather has been gorgeous this week and thank you to everyone who sent in their children with hats, sun cream and a full water bottle. Please do remember to send these vital things in after half term.
Foundation Stage 2 had a fabulous time at Carsington Water on their trip learning about wildlife and the environment. Well done to Mr Lyon's class for a super class assembly which I heard all about though unfortunately didn't get to see as I was out on a course. This was Mr Lyon's first class assembly which is a huge milestone and even when you have written lots you still get nervous so huge congratulations to him too!
Staff spent the INSET either writing reports or re-training in First Aid. People did keep walking past my door wearing bandages so I know that we have staff trained in all circumstances should we need them, though of course we always have our fingers crossed that we don't!
Enjoy the break, let's hope the sun shines and we will see you back at school in June!
Week Beginning 15th May
Well done to Year 2 children who have been working hard on their special tasks this week. You have answered lots of questions, read lots of information and behaved super sensibly.
It has been a wet week and the children have had to stay indoors at lunchtime on a number of occasions. Fingers crossed for some sunny weather next week! Where is this heatwave we were supposed to be having?
Please could I ask you to not send children in with nuts as part of their lunch? We have a number of children with severe nut allergies and any contact with nut products puts them at significant risk of harm. Thank you.
Week Beginning 8th May
Well done to Year 6 for all their hard work in SATs week. They have all worked incredibly hard and deserve a restful weekend. We know you tried your very best and that is all we can ask for.
It has been a very eventful end to the week with Foundation Stage 2 enjoying a fun filled pirate day. The children have made pirate food. eye patches and enjoyed a pirate party. Captain Jolly Johnson had great fun creating games and totally got into character with pretend sword fights and discovering buried treasure.
Year 3 and 4 had a slightly damp start to their WOW day but have all worked hard in the garden planting a variety of seeds from beetroot and radishes to carrots and lambs lettuce. (I'm not sure what that is exactly!) They also created some wonderful art work which they will then anotate as they learn more about plants.
School was a wonderful place to be in today - they children's excitement and enjoyment of their learning was infectious and brought a smile to everyone's face.
Week Beginning 1st May
Despite a shorter week the children have continued to work hard and to enjoy the improved weather. It was lovely to be walking around school on Friday afternoon to see three classes enjoying P.E on the field and all of Nursery and Reception enjoying their outdoor areas.
Next week is SATs week and we wish all of Year 6 the very best of luck. The children have worked so hard to reach this point and next week is their time to shine and to show the markers just what they know and are made of. Good luck to everyone! Do make sure that your child has a good rest this weekend ready for this very important week.
If you haven't already got yourself a ticket from the PTFA for the Fashion Show evening on Friday 12th then please do so. Tickets can be purchased from the school office.
Week Beginning 24th April
It has been lovely to see the children back at school after a break. Though short, this is a busy term, and the first week back has been no exception. Year 1 and 2 enjoyed a wonderful WOW day with parents coming into school to join in with the fun, Year 5 and 6 had a WOW event tasting food as part of their learning (the chili chocolate and mangoes were not such popular choices!) and all the children, including Nursery, watched a 'Mad Science' assembly with unusual and exciting experiments.
Whilst it is lovely to see children embrace the weather with shorts and sun dresses, please do remember that no child should be wearing nail varnish to school and girls need to leave their large and elaborate head bands and clips at home. Hopefully the weather is starting to get warmer but please do still send in a coat of some description as a number of children had nothing to wear this week and there is still a cool breeze at times. The children are out for a sustained period of time at lunchtime and we unfortunately do not have any spare coats to provide them with.
Week Beginning 3rd April
Another term completed and the year is zooming by. The children have continued to work hard and have impressed us all with their determination and thirst for learning.
Children represented school in a swimming gala at West Park on Thursday and we came third. The children swam well and they all enjoyed down time in the shallow pool in between the races! Thank you Mr Bunhejee for organising the team.
On Friday I took some children to watch the grand opening of the new COOP on the Petersham estate. The staff at COOP made us feel very welcome and organised an egg hunt around the store, biscuit decorating and a colouring competition. The staff also donated a cheque for £250 for us to put towards plants and equipment for the school garden. Thank you to them all for making us fell so welcome and for letting one of our pupils open the store - what an honour!
Week Beginning 27th March
Well done to Miss Edwards and her class for a wonderful class assembly complete with a real life dinosaur! The Year 1 and 2 children have certainly enjoyed learning about dinosaurs through their topic.
Thank you to the parents who attended the parent forum this week - hopefully there will be some more people at the next one. Please see the Parent Forum section of the website for details of what we discussed.
The disco was well attended and the children certainly had a good time. The younger children coped really well with parents not being in the hall - this is a decision made for safeguarding reasons and the children's safety is a priority of everyone in school. I did hear that some parents were not happy about this but I can reassure them that it didn't spoil any of the children's enjoyment of the event. No other school I have ever worked in has let parents remain in the hall or even offered a parents room so that people don't have to make as many trips to and from school. I think the PTFA are doing a wonderful job and would like to thank all the members for their hard work and commitment to raising money for the children at Longmoor.
Week Beginning 20th March
A HUGE 'Thank you' to everyone who has helped us raise money for Comic Relief. The donations for wearing red along with the very generous cake donations you sent in will make a great final total. Unfortunately we haven't yet counted all the money but we will send out a text next week with the final amount. Your generosity is over whelming and particularly so when this has been such a sad and tragic week for some. Thank you again.
Year 6 enjoyed a wonderful careers fair learning about a whole range of jobs from the police, engineering, hairdressing, the army and working for the COOP. They were fantastic in speaking to the range of adults who had donated their time and all left with a goody bag. Thank you to everyone who gave up their time to support the event.
Year 5 and 6 took part in a Tag Rugby tournament this week and came second. Year 2 took part in a cheer leading festival and danced with huge smiles. Well done to everyone.
One final thank you is to everyone who visited the book fair this week. We took over £800 in sales which meant we had £200 to spend on books for school. All year groups will now receive some new books to support their learning.
Week Beginning 13th March
It has been Science Week and the children have been participating in some exciting experiments involving launching rockets and making slime with some visitors from Wilsthorpe School. The rockets involved rather a lot of vinegar so please accept our apologies if there is a shortage in Long Eaton!
Foundation Stages 1 and 2 had a visit from a theatre group on Tuesday and had great fun watching them perform classic stories. On Thursday some Year 5 and 6 children went to The Long Eaton School to take part in a Tag Rugby tournament and came second - well done everyone.
Mr Bunhejee's class treated us to a wonderful assembly on Wednesday which showcased what they had learnt about crime and punishment. The children explained how the law has changed from the Magna Carta to burning witches and more besides - all thanks to Doctor Who who transported us all to the different historical periods.
Don't forget we are supporting Comic Relief on Friday. Please wear something red for the donation of £1 and send in donations of cakes on Friday. We have already sold 360 red noses - thank you for your support so far.
Week Beginning 6th March
The children have been completing assessments this week. School has been very quiet with the children concentrating on answering a variety of questions in maths, reading comprehensions, spelling and grammar tests. Staff are busy marking these and will be sharing the results with you at parents' evening.
As a treat, and a welcome break from the assessments, the children all enjoyed a session with Commando Joe on Thursday. He brought along to school a large inflatable obstacle course and the children all had a great time. Unfortunately, no adults were allowed to have a go which disappointed the teachers immensely. Apologies for the rather muddy children and P.E. kits but the smiles on their faces hopefully made up for the extra washing.
On the 28th March I will be holding a Parent Forum meeting. Please come along, have a hot drink and a piece of cake, and share your thoughts and ideas regarding school. We enjoy hearing your ideas and are open to suggestions on how we could improve. The event starts at 2.30 p.m.
Week Beginning 27th February
Thank you for making such a great effort with costumes for World Book Day. I unfortunately missed seeing everyone in their costumes as I was attending a course but the photographs show some stunning outfits and the day was enjoyed by everyone.
Monday was exciting in school as a dinosaur had laid some eggs on the field and even ran across the playground! Year 1 and 2 had a fantastic day making dinosaur nest cakes, learning a dinosaur dance and exploring the grounds looking for clues to lead to dinosaur eggs. It was a tremendous 'Wow' day.
Year 5 and 6 have been learning all about Ancient Egypt and below are some pictures of the amazing canopic jars they have produced. The attention to detail is amazing though thankfully each jar is empty!
This week we unfortunately had an incident where children were using social media to make upsetting comments about others. Most social media requires a minimum age of 13 to be able to use and yet large numbers of children are using sites such as Instagram and Facebook at the age of 9 and 10. We will report children to the websites if we have cases reported to us of misuse. Please don't allow your child to have an account for these sites until they are the legal age to do so.
Hopefully. you will have been handed the newsletter for this week which has lots of important information on. There is a copy on the website if you need another. Please do check this carefully as there are some important dates included on the letter.
Week Beginning 20th February
Phew - what a busy first week back!
Well done to Miss Smith and Mrs Colley's class for their wonderful class assembly. Unfortunately I wasn't able to watch the performance but I heard rave reviews!
We enjoyed a morning of fun on Thursday with a visit from Rockley Music who treated us to a drumming assembly. The children learnt all about different drums and three children showcased their skills on the stage. Children were then selected from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 to take part in some Drumba workshops. These were very energetic and lots of staff couldn't resist joining in. The sessions were a great way to burn some of those unwanted calories as it combined exercise with drumming. Rockley Music will be leading some drumming lessons in school so please check school bags for the information if it still hasn't been passed on.
Thursday afternoon brought school health representatives into school to work with the children in Foundation Stage 2 to look at how they should be washing their hands effectively. The sessions involved light boxes so the children could see where dirt and bacteria collects and lots of soap, water and hand towels.
Also on Thursday afternoon Miss Hughes, myself and parents battled against Storm Doris to travel across Derby to attend a Quiz competition. Four girls represented Longmoor and battled against teams from across Derbyshire and
Nottinghamshire to answer some very tricky general knowledge questions. The afternoon was tense (Miss Hughes and I were on the edge of our seats) with the girls taking and losing the lead at times. The girls finished in third place and we were incredibly proud of them. Thank you to the parents who helped support and to Miss Hughes for taking time in her lunch hours to coach and train the team. Most importantly thank you to the girls for being such wonderful ambassadors and intelligent quiz competitors.
Please remember that red noses for Comic Relief will be on sale in school this week - £1 each.
Week Beginning 6th February
Half term has finally arrived! This has been a short term but it has felt very long and we have really packed in lots of learning. Some children from Year 2 and 4 enjoyed a gymnastics festival this week and enjoyed using larger scale equipment. Year 6 also enjoyed watching a performance of Les Miserables at Wilsthorpe School.
On the welcome page of the website you will find a link to a timetable of free events taking place on the Petersham Estate during the half term week. Activities include a mobile skate park, bike ability training, craft sessions and story telling. Events are largely free and lunch is provided. Please see the information sheet for more details.
Enjoy the half term break and we look forward to seeing you back at school on Monday 20th February.
Week Beginning 30th January
Year 1 and 2 enjoyed a trip to the Space Museum as part on their ongoing investigations into the mystical and magical world of space. There were eleven different schools there but our children were incredibly well behaved and were a credit to school. The children all arrived back at school tired but clutching their purchases from the shop and full of things to tell me. Thank you to parents who volunteered for the trip - we couldn't do these activities without you.
Please do check bags for this months newsletter which has some important information on. Please also collect a form from the office if you might be interested in a possible breakfast or after school club for the next academic year. I have had lots of parents ask about this and am trying to gauge how many children would attend the provision if it is possible.
Week Beginning 23rd January
Myself and the leadership team have spent time in all classes this week looking at books, hearing children read and talking to the children. The days have been such fun - the children are learning some amazing things and all speak highly of school and the teachers. Thank you to teachers and children alike for making this a great place to be!
Week Beginning 16th January
Another busy week in school. Well done to the children and staff who evacuated the building in a sensible and speedy manner during our fire drill. The whole event ran very smoothly and everyone kept a cool head whilst leaving the building.
Some parents of Nursery children were concerned about parents smoking outside school. Please do be considerate - children can be very easily influenced and we promote healthy lifestyle choices here at school. Obviously we cannot enforce a non smoking area on the pavement but we would ask you to be mindful of your actions whilst directly outside the school. Thank you!
Week Beginning 9th January
Well the little flurry of snow brought excitement to school and also disappointment that it didn't stay on the ground long enough to build a snowman. The weather has certainly turned colder so do please send children with coats, hats and scarves and make sure that names are written in clearly.
Thank you for your support in checking uniform is correct. No child had nail varnish on this week when I checked on Monday. Please could you also check that children are not wearing trainers to school - proper black shoes only.
Week Beginning 2nd January
Happy New Year! It is lovely to be back into some sort of routine though I did enjoy my holiday. Thank you very much to those parents and children who sent in a gift - I still have some chocolate left but not for long!
The children are also back into a routine and have started the new year with smiles and excitement. The staff have planned some exciting new topics and we have a number of WOW events taking place over the next few weeks.
Please could I remind you that girls should not be wearing nail varnish or mascara to school and anyone wearing earrings should only have small studs in. One or two children are bending the rules and we will be making checks next week to ensure that our expectations with regards to uniform are in place. Some girls are also wearing some rather elaborate and large headbands - please keep these under tight control and save any with large flowers, a lot of sparkle or additional decorations for the weekend. Thank you.
Week Beginning 12th December
Another wonderful set of performances this week with Years 1 and 2 and their production of 'Prickly Hay' which included super acting and singing. Thank you especially to those children who stepped in at the last minute as a large number of children didn't return to school for the evening performance.
Year 3 and 4 enjoyed their trip to the pantomime and we even had a member of school make it up onto the stage! Thank you as ever to the large number of parents who supported the visit.
The children looked great in their festive knits on Friday and I never knew so many different jumpers were out there. We have raised around £300 for Save the Children - some last pounds are still trickling into school. Thank you for supporting this cause and for joining in the fun. We will let you know the final amount next term.
Week Beginning 5th December
I was certainly not disappointed this week with the performances from Nursery and Reception. The Nativity was fantastic with loud and clear singing, narrating and dancing. A few yawning shepherds and angels made it all the more cute! Well done to everyone who took part - the children and staff - and a HUGE thank you for creating such a wonderful start to Christmas.
On the note of tickets please do check that you have purchased one for any children you may need to bring - including babies who are sitting on knees. We have a limited number of tickets for each performance and have to comply with fire safety regulations. It is very unfair when people turn up to watch the play expecting to bring children in when other parents have read the letter and followed instructions. We will have to turn you away if, for future events, you cannot produce the correct ticket allocation for the number of people, babies included, that you are bringing into school.
Thank you to those people who have put forward an application to become a school governor. Ballot papers will be sent out today - please do use your vote and make sure that these are returned to school by next Friday, 16th December, at 12.00 noon.
Week Beginning 28th November
Well Christmas has finally arrived and the children are very excited. The amount of conversations I heard about that first advent calendar door being opened was hard to believe! This is a truly magical time in school though children are already excited and yet have over two weeks left - please keep them into a routine for the rest of the term as many are already tired.
The children completing Bikeability have been a real credit to school and we have had lots of praise and positive feedback from the instructors. Well done to everyone who took part.
Please do read letters carefully about arrangements for the end of term and especially tickets for performances in Nursery, Reception, Years 1 and 2. We have to limit tickets because of fire regulations but if there are any spare we will send out a text. Please do not send in any additional money for tickets until we let you know. I can't wait for the performances - I have had some sneak previews and the children are looking and sounding fantastic!
Week Beginning 21st November
Some children from Year 5 and 6 took part in a Tag Rugby tournament held at Harrington Junior School on Thursday. No trophy this time but the children played well and enjoyed the experience. Thank you to the staff and parents who took the children down to the event.
On Friday we had the official opening of the new building. The event was a great success - the House Captains entertained the guests as did the Year 6 cheer leading girls. Councillor Coyle officially opened the building watched by staff, Governors and children.
Week Beginning 14th November
Another huge 'THANK YOU' for all of your support in sending children in something spotty for Children In Need. The children looked fantastic and really enjoyed the day. The final total raised was an amazing £298.43. Well done everyone!
Please do remember that children should remain off school for 48 hours from the last bout of vomiting or diarrhoea to reduce the spread of contamination. There are a number of bugs and nasty colds around at the moment and we do need to try to stop those germs spreading. Some parents are sending children into school, dosed up on medication, but are putting other children at risk of catching infections. Please do be considerate and ensure children are fit enough to be in school. That said good attendance is vitally important so please do not keep children away from school longer than necessary.
Week Beginning 7th November
Thank you to everyone who has sent in money for poppies and the merchandise this week. I am sure we have made lots of money for this worthy cause. The children were incredibly respectful and thoughtful today when we held a two minutes silence - they made me feel very proud.
Well done to the Year 5 / 6 children who took part in the Futsal Tournament this week - we were the winners! Congratulations! Thank you to Mr Bunhejee and Miss Mills who transported the team and cheered loudly from the sidelines.
Please do remember to join us in raising money for Children In Need next Friday - wear something spotty and join in the fun.
Week Beginning 31st October
Staff have been incredibly busy this week preparing the new classrooms and moving into different parts of the school. An awful lot of lifting and cleaning has taken place but the new rooms are looking great and the spare classrooms are providing further teaching areas where small groups can be taught without disruption. It was lovely to see the children back on Wednesday and despite being excited about new spaces they have soon settled back into routines.
Week Beginning 17th October
Wow what a busy final week! Firstly a huge 'HOORAY' to our fantastic footballers in Year 3 and 4 who won another trophy on Tuesday night. The cabinet will be groaning under the weight of all the trophies soon!
Year 3 and 4 were amazing in the Harvest Festival on Wednesday. It made me so proud of to be part of a school full of such talented children. The children performed with confidence and sang, danced and spoke with loud, clear voices and confidence. The costumes were amazing and I must say another thank you to the Teachers and Teaching Assistants who organised the whole production.
We now have six very proud House Captains for Cook, Cresswell and Webb who will promote their teams and encourage children to keep earning house points. The children were selected carefully and I know they will work hard for their teams. The last assembly was full of celebration and it was fantastic to see so many children rewarded for their hard work and efforts in areas from Literacy to art. Well done to everyone who won a trophy.
Please do remember to keep safe this half term. Enjoy the fair if you are going, take care if you are out trick or treating and be careful when out and about. Have a well deserved rest and we will see you on Wednesday 2nd November back in school.
Week Beginning 10th October
Week Beginning 3rd October
I have spent time in all classes this week and have been impressed by the teaching, the behaviour and work produced by the children. Well done everyone! I was also proud to have watched the children take part in the cross country event at Wilsthorpe on Thursday. We won lots of individual medals and the fair play award. The football team also played well on Monday night - details on the website next week.
You should have received your parent evening letters today - please send these back to school next week.
Thank you again for your support at the Macmillan Coffee morning - the total raised was £273.36.
Week Beginning 26th September
Another super week with the children and staff working hard. Thank you to everyone who sent in donations of cakes and attended the Macmillan coffee morning. Parents alone raised just over £90 and this will be added to the amount raised by staff through eating lots of cakes and taking part in a competition. We will let you know the total amount as soon as the final coins have been counted. The event also gave Miss Hurt and I the opportunity to listen to your views on a range of issues which we always try to take into account. People generally discussed the same topics - before and after school provision, clubs and the length of time taken for the new children in Foundation Stage 2 to start school. We will be debating these issues within school and with Governors and will keep you informed of any decisions.
Week Beginning 19th September
The children in Year 5 and 6 took part in a native American day this week and looked fantastic. They had fun making dream catchers in class and tepees outside. The children in Foundation 2 joined us in the hall for assemblies this week and sat beautifully. They have coped well with their first full week and am sure may well be ready for an early night tonight!
Week Beginning 12th September
The children have now settled into the school routine and the six weeks seem like a distant memory for us all! I challenged the children to produce some detailed and descriptive writing in Literacy and I'm pleased to say they didn't let me down. I wonder what next weeks challenge will be!
In school the children have been creating magical chocolate bars and strange medicines as part of the Roald Dahl celebrations. Year 1 and 2 had an exciting wow day looking in detail at eyes and tasting different popcorn coatings - Marmite is definitely either something you love or hate! I managed to avoid the food tasting though Mr Slee's classroom did smell delicious as the wave of popcorn hit you as you opened the door! Commando Joe spent the day in school on Thursday and will be working with different groups of children in school. I'm sure the children will enjoy working with him immensely.
Week Beginning 5th September
What a fantastic first week! The children have been wonderful - full of energy after their summer break and eager to learn. I have seen some high quality work this week in different subjects and I know that the children will only progress further from this starting point.
Thank you for ensuring that the children are smartly dressed and have everything they need. Please do check the newsletters for details of P.E days etc so that this continues. Thank you also to everyone who has made the time to speak to me on the gate to say hello and to introduce themselves. It won't (fingers crossed!) take me long to get to know you all.