February 2022 Newsletter
The children in Reception had a fantastic time designing and making their own Superhero costumes. They then showed off their costumes in a Superhero parade and finished with some Superhero dancing! What a brilliant way to end a busy half term!
Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back after the half term break. I hope that you were able to enjoy some family time.
We have a very busy spring 2 ahead of us. The most notable is our Prayer Space event (please see below for details).
Thank you to all parents and grandparents that volunteer both on trips and in school. If you would like to come into school to help, please let your child's class teacher know.
(To keep up with all of the news please see the school website.)
Activities that have been taking place so far this term
Before half term, Year One enjoyed exploring materials as part of the science topic. The children described the properties of different materials and classified them using the correct scientific language. They really enjoyed dipping the materials into water to see what would happen.
Year 2 finished their 'Ice' topic with some beautiful Aurora Borealis art using chalk pastels.
This term in music, the children have been composing their own sounds! They thought carefully about the sounds a machine might make and the instruments that could be used to replicate the sound. Then, thinking about pitch, tempo and the beat, the children practised and performed their musical compositions.
Year 4 are enjoying learning about the rainforest. They have been looking at the different layers and the kinds of animals you find in each layer, writing poetry and stories based on the book 'Where The Forest Meets The Sea'.
Year 4 have also enjoyed creating some beautiful art work and being newsreaders.
A display of all of their lovely work is opposite Mrs Simpson's office. Why not take a look next time you are in school.
In Year 5, the children have been studying the moon whilst also using it as an inspiration for their artwork. They used a variety of different media to create their own moon from chalk pastels and collage to water colours and sketching. The children then looked at silhouettes and created their own, using sharpies. The final pieces were stunning and everyone was rightful proud of what they had produced.
This half term, Year 6 have been exploring rationing. They have explored what people's weekly rations looked like and the effect of this on society during the period of World War II. To understand how people got creative with their rations, we spent the morning cooking our own rationing recipes, including: carrot cookies, potato scones, vegetable turnovers and cheese, onion and potato pie.
SPORTS and CLUBS
26th January - Year 3/4 Football Tournament - 2nd and silver medals!
The boys went to St Andrews to compete with 9 other schools and they got off to the best possible start. They secured comfortable wins of 3-0, 1-0 and 2-0 in their opening 3 games before having their first setback in a defeat to West Park. This meant the team finished 2nd in the group and went into a semi-final against TAB. It was a very close game that ended 0-0 and required extra time in which Ace nipped in to score the crucial goal!
This meant a rematch against West Park in the final and this time it was a far closer affair. Again, extra time was needed but this time it was the opposition who scored with seconds remaining to clinch the trophy. Our boys were rewarded for their afternoons work with the silver medals and went away very satisfied with their achievement.
8th February - Year 4 Netball tournament – 2nd place!
The team competed in the netball event which took place at Davison High School and they performed very well throughout. They played 4 matches and won 3 of them. The practise in PE and club seemed to pay off! The quickness of their movement and the quality of shooting really shone through as they finished in a superb 2nd place overall.
9th February - Year 3/4 Football Partnership Finals – 9th
Having finished second in the Worthing schools event, the team had qualified to the area partnership finals where they competed against the qualifiers from the local areas (Littlehampton, Shoreham etc.)
There was definitely a step up in standard but the boys applied themselves extremely well. An opening game 1-1 draw was followed by 3 tough to take defeats with each game very evenly matches (2-1, 2-1, 1-0). The team took out their frustrations in their last game as they stormed to a 3-0 victory which in all fairness could have been significantly higher! The boys should be very proud of qualifying to compete in this event and it will be a valuable experience as they continue to improve as a team.
10th February - Year 3 Netball Shootout – 7th
A team of some of our year 3s went to Chesswood for a football style netball penalty shootout competition. They played shooting matches against several other schools where they took shots from different positions to attempt to accumulate team points. They did very well considering how high the hoops had been set (!) and they won a couple of games to finish 7th place overall.
INTERNET SAFETY DAY
Tuesday 8th February was Safer Internet Day. This year the theme was: 'All Fun and Games? Exploring respect and relationships online'. We were able to discuss these themes and what they mean as a class. We linked it back to our Safer Internet lessons that we covered in the Autumn term.
Some of us completed this quiz: https://saferinternet.org.uk/safer-internet-day/safer-internet-day-2022/quiz-7-11 Why not have a try as a family and discuss the answers.
You should have received our Safer Internet Day leaflet that was sent home on Tuesday 8th February. You can find the article and a link to a copy of the leaflet under 'NEWS' on the school website.
Friday is the World Day of Prayer. In school, staff and governors will be allocating time to pray for our school and the local community. We will also specifically be praying for our three-day prayer space which begins on the 16th March. Prayer Spaces are ordinary parts of a school which are ‘recommissioned’, for a short time, as places to pray. At Broadwater the Studio has been chosen.
If you would like to, please use the following pointers to guide your prayers at home;
Please pray for;
Please remember we are always happy to receive any prayer requests from you if you would like us to remember you in our prayers. We would like to take the opportunity to thank you for continuing to include us in your prayers.
Our assembly theme this term is 'Forgiveness' and we look forward to Year 5 leading the Easter service this year at St Mary's Church.
This year, instead of our Celebration of Music and Dance, some of the children who learn instruments with peripatetic staff are going to have an opportunity to perform in a presentation to their parents. This will take place later this term. More information will follow.
GOVERNORS' NEWS- Resources Committee.
The governors of the Resources Committee have been very pleased to see the progress on the many improvement projects around the school; not least of which being the refurbished wrap around care facility and prayer garden.
The governors have also been pleased to see that the catch-up funding provided by the government has been used to its fullest and to hear of the positive impact that this had on the pupils as they returned from lockdown.
This has clearly been a turbulent time for all of us personally, professionally and economically and so it has been fantastic to see how well the school’s business manager, leadership team and staff have managed to retain control of the school’s running costs allowing the committee to approve a healthy three-year budget just before the Christmas break.
Lastly, the governors were incredibly thankful for the generosity and support received from parents on Broadwater Day last year. It is always encouraging to see that the parental community is clearly so invested in our school’s ongoing success.
Written by Richard Squires (Chair of Resources)
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Changes to Covid Guidance Published 24 February 2022: people with COVID-19 and their contacts.
Please see the latest school risk assessment and the link below. Next review will be on the 1st April 2022.
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.
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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