January 2022 Newsletter
Year 1 train stories
Dear Parents and Carers,
It has been a busy start to 2022. From fire engines to buses, rainforests to the Arctic, the school has been a buzz with new topics, which has brought excitement and anticipation to the children’s learning. Please see below for some of the highlights.
Despite the cold weather, it is good to see so many children enjoying clubs (many for the first time) and taking part in new experiences. We are looking forward to many more opportunities over the rest of the Spring term.
(To keep up with all of the news please see the school website.)
Activities that have been taking place so far this term:
In Early Years we have been learning all about 'People who help us!' It has been lovely to welcome some of our parents and relatives into the school, to share with us about their jobs and how they help people.
We have had a visit from a Nurse at the local A&E department and a Counsellor who talked to the children about their different emotions and the colours associated with them.
We are looking forward to more visits over the next few weeks
This week, we have been enjoying the text 'The Naughty Bus' by Jan Oke where a bus gets up to a lot of mischief driving through plates of food sending chips, beans and sausages everywhere. He learns how to stay safe around water and the importance of brushing his teeth! Year 1 had a visit from some 'Naughty buses'. They made a really big mess in our classroom. We wrote an incident report to send to the bus conductor.
Year 2 began their new topic 'Ice' by investigating the quickest way to melt ice. We used heat from a hairdryer, a lamp, salt, digging with spoons and our warm hands. The hairdryer was the quickest and the salt was the slowest.
Once we had melted the ice they found some Arctic animals, we researched them and found out some facts about them and the countries they live in.
In Year 3 this week we started our new topic, Marvellous Moving Machines, by looking at some very useful inventions! We drew the gadgets and thought about the following questions:
Year 4 have had great fun learning from the book, Jungle Song. We wrote our own poems in the style of Miriam Moss, making sure that we had two pairs of rhyming couplets within each verse.
Year 5 explored space at South Downs Planetarium. We watched the dome turn into the night sky, toured the International Space Station and visited the planets of our solar system. We learnt so much about our universe.
SPORTS and CLUBS
Clubs started again on 17th January and have been extremely popular this term. Please be aware that for those clubs that have waiting lists, we will be in contact with you if your child does not attend their club on two occasions, for reasons other than sickness absence. We know that children sometimes start clubs and then change their minds. If this is the case, please contact the office and their place can be given to someone else. Thank you.
Please also note that all clubs are subject to change at short notice depending on COVID rates/bubbles at any time or staff sickness. If a club is cancelled with more than 24 hours notice we will email you. If a club is cancelled on the day, we will text parents.
Please listen to the clubs answerphone message at 2.15pm daily to find out which clubs are running on any particular day. Thank you.
If you have any queries, please call us or email the office on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are excited in inform you that in March we are having a week dedicated to prayer. Prayer spaces enable children and young people to explore life’s questions, spirituality and faith in a safe, creative and interactive way. We will be transforming the studio into a prayer workshop space where classes can explore different ways to pray.
Therefore, we will need an amazing team of volunteers to help from Wednesday 16th - Friday 18th March and if possible to attend a short training session on Tuesday 15th March.
We hope you will see this as an exciting opportunity for you to make a significant difference to many children in your local community. We are asking you to prayerfully consider if you could give up some time over the three days to support this event. If you are able to come and volunteer, and have a current DBS, please contact the office on email@example.com.
CELEBRATION OF MUSIC AND DANCE
We want to take this opportunity to make you aware that the Celebration of Music and Dance will not take place as we have previously done it, and instead we will be holding short presentations for children who have peripatetic lessons in school. More information will follow.
BROADWATER COMMUNITY AWARD
Already this term we have shared examples of pupils making a positive difference in their community. Elodie, Amelie and Benji have raised £103 for Chestnut Tree House children's hospice from selling their handmade Christmas stockings for pets!
The Governors are pleased to share an update from their most recent meeting around the school curriculum.
The committee noted that a key focus across all classes this year would be in English and Writing. Governors were also pleased to hear details of teachers going ‘back to basics’ with pupils reminded of basic English and lesson plans amended to address the need to revisit past or lost learning.
The committee also learned about the extensive efforts undertaken across the school on last October’s Black History month and noted that a review of the curriculum had been undertaken to ensure that Black History was embedded throughout the year. Meanwhile, an update on the school’s application of Pupil Premium funding and Special Educational Needs (SEND) provision was shared. The committee would like to place on record their thanks for the hard work undertaken to ensure all children are supported to the highest level during their time at Broadwater.
Finally, the committee were updated that work to clear the prayer garden and renovate the space for children continues apace. Governors will meet again on the school curriculum later this term.
The Governing Body are also delighted to welcome Tandy Roberts, who has been appointed a Foundation Governor and Nicky Dodds, who has been appointed as an Associate Member with voting rights on the Curriculum Committee, both bringing a wealth of SEND experience and knowledge to the Governing Body.
Tandy taught in mainstream schools for 20 years and was the Special Educational Needs Coordinator in two local primary schools before becoming a Portage Coordinator for the West Sussex Portage Service; a home visiting education service for preschool children with significant additional needs and disabilities.
Nicky has worked within educational settings for over 15 years. Nicky is a qualified occupational therapist specialising in working with children with varying special educational needs. Nicky was previously a Head of Care at a residential special school and is now Principal within the same school.
We’re a small but dedicated team of parents who organise fundraising events
VACCINATION BUS UNTIL 3RD FEB
We have had a message from the COVID Information Officer, Adur & Worthing Councils. There is a Vaccination Bus sited in the Lyndhurst Road Car Park, opposite Worthing Hospital, every day 11am-4pm until 3rd February. No appointments are needed and anyone over 16 can get 1st, 2nd or Booster vaccinations. Fully trained medical staff on hand to answer any concerns regarding vaccination.
Changes to Covid rules
From Monday 17 January, people who are self-isolating with COVID-19 will have the option to reduce their isolation period after 5 full days if they test negative with a lateral flow device (LFD) test on both day 5 and day 6 and they do not have a temperature. For example, if they test negative on the morning of day 5 and the morning of day 6, they can return to their education or childcare setting immediately on day 6.
The first test must be taken no earlier than day 5 of the self-isolation period, and the second must be taken the following day. All test results should be reported to NHS Test and Trace.
If the result of either of their tests is positive, they should continue to self-isolate until they get negative results from two LFD tests on consecutive days or until they have completed 10 full days of self-isolation, whichever is earliest.
Anyone who is unable to take LFD tests or anyone who continues to have a temperature will need to complete the full 10 day period of self-isolation.
Please can all jewellery be removed before coming to school and hair that is longer than shoulder length be tied back. Plain hair bands can be worn to keep long hair/fringe out of children's eyes.
Please can I remind you not to park on the zig-zags outside the school or across residents' driveways. We have again this week received a complaint from a neighbour who was unable to access their drive as someone had parked across the entrance.
Please see the parent calendar on the school website for a full list of events and dates.
TERM DATES for 2021-2022
Thursday 2nd September 2021 (Note: INSET DAYS 2nd & 3rd Sept) – Friday 17th Dec 2021
(Half term holiday: 25th - 29th October 2021)
Tuesday 4th January 2022 (Note: INSET DAY 4th Jan) – Friday 8th April 2022
(Half term holiday: 21st – 25th February 2022)
Monday 25th April – Friday 22nd July 2022 (Note: INSET DAYS 20th and 21st July and Bank Holiday payback day (school closed) on 22nd July)
(Half term holiday: 30th May – 3rd June 2022)
TERM DATES for 2022-2023
Thursday 1st September 2022 (Note: INSET DAYS 1st Sept and 21st Nov) – Friday 16th Dec 2022
(Half term holiday: 24th - 28th October 2022)
Tuesday 3rd January 2023 (Note: INSET DAY 3rd Jan)– Friday 31st March 2023
(Half term holiday: 13th - 17th February 2023)
Monday 17th April – Friday 21st July 2023 (Note: INSET DAYS 20th & 21st July)
(Half term holiday: 29th May – 2nd June 2023)
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