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Newsletter November 2019

Dear parents and carers,

This newsletter is packed with exciting learning opportunities that teachers have created for your children. We spent time, as a staff, planning and refreshing our curriculum planning on our recent ‘teacher training day’ to ensure there are even more trips and visitors in school so our learning is rich, varied and exciting to engage all our learners.


Thank you to all Year 1 and 2 parents who have helped and given input to helping us find safety solutions for all families walking to school. At the Leyes site signage will be put up imminently and there are short time periods where the gates are locked. Parents can continue to access the car park but please adhere to the signs.

Parents have drawn to my attention that some parents are pulling up on the drive to drop their child off in a morning which again highlights some safety concerns to pedestrians at the front of school. Please park on The Lane or in neighbouring streets where it is safe to do so. Or ‘park and stride by parking at The Leyes site and walking to The Lane.  I will be visible at the front of school to challenge drivers in the best interest of our chilldren.

All our year 3 and 4 pupils have had pedestrian training – learning to cross the road and keep themselves safe. Thank you to Mr Thompson, our sites and facilities manager – for facilitating this.


Y3/4 Visit ‘Ben Shires’ from CBBC at Vue Cinema

The Year 3/4 cinema visit was a great success and a real treat. Spoiler alert: It is very sad when Dumbo’s Mum leaves apparently!

EYFS Visit the Library

The children in Reception had a super time at the library enjoying stories, reading activities, snacks and even a book to take home.  No wonder we love reading so much!

Fire Engine Visits EYFS & KS1

As part of our topic on Superheroes, Key Stage 1 were learning about our local Superheroes – the police, the fire crews, paramedics and hospital staff and were lucky enough to have a visit from the local fire crew! They brought along a fire engine and every child had a go at helping a firefighter to hold the hose and seeing if they could make the water spray the top of the trees at the front of school! We also had a talk from the firefighters about what to do if there was a fire, the importance of smoke alarms and their uniforms. We also went on to learn about Florence Nightingale and how fire uniforms and police vehicles have changed over time.

The fire brigade brightened up the morning for everyone in Early Years. Learning lots about their important work and best of all getting to use the water hose. We’re looking forward to their return in the Summer. Miss Tempest even tried on the fireman’s suit.

Athletics Win

Teamwork and excellence was shown by our Y5/6 athletics team at Fulford school.  In a close run up to the final points total we were eventually named the winners finishing above: Fishergate, Knavesmire, Rufforth, Heworth Schools.  Some fantastic track and field performances.  Well done everyone involved.

University dance

It was a pleasure to take 20 pupils from Y3-6 to perform at York Schools Dance Festival. We were super proud of the amazing dance they performed but out of 14 schools they were last to perform. The girls could never quite relax and enjoy the other dances as we were the final act. We ended the concert on a high and gave the audience (of approx 1000) something to cheer and clap). Thank you to the Year 5 and 6s who helped the younger ones and to York Dance Space who created the dance in school.

MSA vacancy

There is a vacancy for a midday supervisor position at The Leyes site to work with a friendly team looking after our youngest pupils and ensuring they are safe. The vacancy starts immediately – is for one hour (12pm -1pm) and please contact Mrs Christie at the school office to make further enquiries. The telephone number is 01904555606.

Nursery pupils

If you are a parent of a child in Nursery, who qualifies for 30 hours extended care, please ensure you validate your funding code by the 31st December – Thank you.

Nursery News

Please could we request that children come to school dressed for the weather and with spare clothes each day. We are passionate about outdoor learning opportunities in the early years foundation stage and children have access to our outdoor classroom every single day. Nursery have really enjoyed exploring and being immersed in seasonal changes through ‘Forest School Fridays’ and using the natural, open ended resources available to them to retell familiar stories and enhance their imaginative play.
Please could we ask for donations of pants, trousers and socks. Thank you.

Make sure your child has a coat in school

With the temperature dropping please ensure your child brings a coat into school – even better if it has a label!

Christmas cafe

Please support the school association. More details on the website.

Key dates

Click on the link to download and print off the remaining key dates for Autumn term.


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