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Newsletter – 10th November 2017

Circus Skills

This week we have been developing our circus skills with the wonderful entertainer Johnny Slap.  His blend of slapstick comedy and circus skills have ensured all the children had a great time developing their ability to plate spin, use a diablo and juggle with scarves and balls.  It has been great to see how they have all improved their throwing and catching skills, hand eye coordination, concentration and balance.  Maybe we have some budding circus performers amongst us!

Many of these types of workshop are generously supported by our PTA.


Cross Country

Well done to the Cross Country Team for a fantastic performance at the Harpenden and District Cross Country Championships on Tuesday.  The Year 5 and 6 team did superbly as they tackled the muddy track at The Rovers Football Ground.  With over 200 boys and girls, our pupils finished well up the field.  A big thank you to all the parents who supported the children and transported them to and from the event.


Children in Need

Reminder: we have asked the children to dress up in spotty clothes to support Children in Need next Friday 17 November.  If they would like to do so please could they bring in £1 as a donation towards this worthwhile charity. We will also be running a biscuit sale at break time that day, when we will be selling Pudsey biscuits. We suggest a donation of 50p per biscuit. If your child would like to bake some Pudsey biscuits could they bring them into school on the morning of the biscuit sale. Many thanks.


Office News


If your child would like school milk next term, please order by Friday 1 December on School Gateway. See letter attached.

Christmas Lunch

Thank you for placing your orders for Christmas Lunch by the deadline. This is much appreciated by the office and kitchen staff.

Sports Kit

Could any children who have taken part in the Girls Football Tournament or the Cross Country Championships please make sure that all school kit is returned by Monday morning please.


Jigsaw” Behaviour Award – Including others when working and playing

Congratulations to the following children who were recognised by their peers for displaying this behaviour and nominated by their teacher to receive the award:

Elm – Alice

Fir – Theo

Acer – Ridwan

Pine – Edward

Birch – Lily

Cedar – Caitlin

Hazel – Lauren

Hornbeam – Emilia

Sycamore – Rhia

Star of the Week

Our Stars of the week who have demonstrated a “Growth Mindset” this week are:

Elm – John

Fir – Tori-Mae

Acer –  Margarita

Pine – Grace

Birch – Isabel

Cedar – Charlie

Hazel – Jasmine

Hornbeam – Oscar

Sycamore – Eliza

Writer of the Week

This week the children have been writing a persuasive text to stop deforestation in the rainforests. Lily wrote an engaging and well written text where she made her points clear and appealed to the reader’s morality by using carefully chosen language. Her opening paragraph and first argument can be seen below.

I am writing to you as I am horrified that you are allowing deforestation of our rainforests to continue. Do you know how much damage we are causing? These beautiful rainforests are being cut down at a dangerously fast rate; in fact, an area the size of a football pitch is being cut down every 5 seconds. This is destroying our world and we have to stop this as soon as possible! 

One of the main reasons the rainforests must be saved is because of invaluable contribution to medical science; they have produced many of the world’s medicines. Did you know that 25% of our medicines come from the rainforests? Someone as well educated as you will surely realise that there are still many more medicines to be discovered. If deforestation continues, we will be faced will incurable illnesses with no way to cure them.

Other class writers of the week are:

Elm – Charlie

Fir – Olly

Acer – Vedant

Pine – Lily

Birch – Reuben

Cedar – Hollie

Hazel – Jessica

Hornbeam – Ella

Sycamore – Rhia

Read of the Week – Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black Recommended by Miss Pott

The book begins with a letter from three siblings who found a mysterious, handmade field guide in the attic of a ramshackle old mansion. Following the letter in the first chapter, we discover that there’s a magical and maybe dangerous world existing parallel to our own— the faerie world.  Arthur’s field guides is filled with fantastical eyewitness accounts of creatures otherwise thought to be the stuff of legend! This book is quickly becoming one of my all-time favourite books, both for its beautiful illustrations and the fantastically imaginative creatures; it features faeries, goblins, ogres and many more. It is the ultimate encyclopaedia of a rather fantastical life. If you enjoy Gothic fantasies this book is most certainly for you!

Cup Winners

The cup winners this week are The Owls.


–       Milk Letter Spring Term 2018

–       Christmas Craft Fair poster



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