In-Focus Principal: Stuart Williams Vice Principal: Kelly Jackson www.catmoseprimary.com
6 July 2012
ISSUE 37 Summer Fair
Olympic Sports Day P 2
OLYMPIC SPORTS DAY: Page 2
Silver Birch Class
THE FEDERATION SO FAR As we come to the end of another successful year of federation with Catmose College, we felt it was important to reflect upon the resources we have been able to use this year. It has been a successful year but we are always looking for ways to further improve and provide the very best for the children in our care. * In all KS2 classes, children have had specialist weekly teaching sessions from Art, Design Technology and PE College staff. This was highlighted as one of the sessions the children enjoyed most in the recent pupil survey. * In all KS1 classes the children have enjoyed taking part in Art projects in small groups, working with an art specialist from Catmose College. * Groups of gifted and talented artists have completed a series of artworks with an art specialist from Catmose College which have been displayed in several gallery events. * Through the support of the ICT team at Catmose College, we now have 10 stand alone networked computers in each KS2 class and at least 4 in each KS1 class. All classes now have new interactive white boards and projector. We have a new projector and sound system in the main hall complete with an apple TV and we are the proud owners of 25 Ipads to be used across the school. * We have assessed interest to enable the use of Music specialists from Catmose College to teach 1.1 music sessions. * The federation minibus has been used to transport children to sports events, swimming lessons and school trips, enabling our children to take part in events further afield. *Joint staff training sessions and policies ensure that the ethos and guidance offered at the primary continues across the federation, supporting transition.
SUMMER FAIR Well done to all who supported the summer fair on Saturday 30 June. We raised over £900 and the event was enjoyed by all. A special thank you to our tireless PTA ladies, Catmose Primary Friends, who worked many hours behind the scenes to coordinate a lovely event.
KS2 PRODUCTION – GO FOR GOLD! The KS2 Production is well underway in rehearsal – no doubt you have been hearing the songs or learning lines at home. Please support your child in their practice and provision of a costume if required. If anyone has any old cream or white sheets (for a toga) they can donate to school for costumes, we would be very grateful. The production takes place Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 July starting at 6:00pm. Children will need to return to school for 5.30pm in order to be ready for the production start. Tickets will be available from the school office week beginning 9 July. Although there is no charge for tickets, we have to limit the number of people in the school hall for safety reasons. KS1 children will have watched a dress rehearsal on Monday 16 July so will not need to see an evening performance.
OLYMPIC SPORTS DAY Our Year Six children, as part of their transition programme, attended an Olympic Sports Day at Catmose College. The children were given special t-shirts and took part in a wide range of sports not usually offered to primary children, such as archery. All children enjoyed the day and are looking forward to becoming part of the next phase within the federation team.
MUM’S AND TOT’S SPORTS SESSIONS In September we will be offering a Mum’s and Tot’s Sport Session at Catmose Primary school each Wednesday from 2.00pm till 3.00pm in the school hall. Dad’s with young children are of course also able to join in the fun! The free session will be led by Jack Hubbard, who is a sports coach and the sessions are funded by a National Lottery grant. Places will be limited so please look out for the flyers and interest letters which will be sent out at the beginning of next term.
OLYMPIC TORCH The children at Catmose Primary joined the students at Catmose College to watch and cheer the Olympic Torch as it passed through Oakham on Tuesday 3 July. All children made a flag to wave and behaved perfectly during the event. The children all enjoyed seeing the various sponsor floats and entertainers before the torch made its way past. It was a truly wonderful event which the children will remember for many years to come. A special thank you to all adult helpers, without your help this memorable event would not have been possible.
FAMILY READING BREAKFAST Our Reception and new intake children joined in an exciting reading breakfast on Thursday 5 July. A wide range of reading activities and a yummy breakfast were on offer. All who joined in had a lovely time and went away with some new ideas for sharing a story at home. ‘Lovely session. I really enjoyed coming into school and sharing the reading with my children. Breakfast was healthy, plentiful and varied. What a lovely way to start the day. Thank you'.
'Loved the range of activities. Excellent introduction to school for my daughter - she's really excited about coming here'. If you were not able to join in and would like some further information please contact the school office.
HOUSE AFTERNOON This week the children worked in their houses during their termly house afternoon session to design some new exciting events for sports day. The new games had to be Olympic themed and the winning races will be chosen by Mr Smith and will be part of our sports day event. Sports Day is Thursday 12 July with reserve day Friday 13 July in the afternoon.
IN FOCUS: SILVER BIRCH CLASS In literacy we have been looking at Greek myths – making up our own legends. We have been as creative as we can thinking up new god and goddesses (Freya Bishop) In numeracy we have been considering angels, measuring and naming a wide range of angels (Kacey Robson) We have of course been rehearsing our play and have already completed a run through from beginning to end – it is looking really good (Owen Henderson) In Science we have been looking at growth and movement and made models of the muscles in our arms – it was quite tricky! (Alyssia Hearth) In art with our Catmose College teacher we have been making model planes and keep safe boxes for them – it’s really good fun (Ross Nicholls)
OAKHAM LIBRARY SUMMER READ The library is once again offering an exciting summer read project. Children can sign up from 16 July 2012 at the library. There is a story telling session on Friday 24 August with Tom the Tale-teller from10.30am till 12:00pm. Tickets are free and available from the library.
NEWSLETTERS AND CLASS LETTERS – EMAIL We recently sent out a data collection letter, asking for all updated home contact information, including emails. This is because we are aiming to send all newsletters and class letters via email during the next academic year. This will ensure that parents and carers do not miss out on important information. Paper copies will still be sent, as well as posted on the school website.
NEW INTAKE VISITS We have been joined this week by our new intake for September 2012. The children have had a lovely time getting to know their class, class teachers and new school. All were very brave and enjoyed the activities. We look forward to our new class joining us in September!
UPCOMING EVENTS SPORTS DAY 12 July, 2pm
LEAVERS DISCO Friday 13 July: all Catmose Primary Children are invited to the last disco of the year, dedicated to our Year 6 leavers. Come along, have a dance and make it special for them.
CHILD ILL - EMAIL Parents have asked if they can send the school office an email to notify the school when their child is absent due to illness. Parents can email the school office on firstname.lastname@example.org with the head title ‘child’s name absent date’ but this would have to reach the school office by 9.00am for the start of the morning registers. If notice had not been given either by phone or email by this time, the school office will call home to enquire why a child is absent.
SCHOOL NURSE The school Nursing service remains open during the school holidays. If you wish to contact them please do so directly on: Melton – 01664 502505 Rutland – 01572 772013 For direct health questions please call NHS direct 0845 4647