Newsletter 10th June 2016

Dear Parents,

May Day

Thank you to all those who made May Day such a success. I know many people put in a huge amount of work to make it flow so smoothly, so thank you.

Islip Celebrations for the Queen’s Birthday

We are delighted to be joining the village to celebrate this Sunday.  Children from Years 1 to 6 will be performing some of their May dances at 1.00pm – I’d really appreciate as many as possible being there.  The children do not need to be wearing school uniform.

Class Photographs

These will be first thing on Thursday.  Please make sure your child is smartly dressed for the occasion – do not change into PE kits before coming to school.


Today we say a temporary goodbye to Mrs Cornish.  Next year she will be working with us as a trainee teacher based in Beech Class with Mrs Watson, and she is leaving to start her training next week.  Some of it will be based with us here, so it won’t be long before we see her again.  Her job will be covered by Miss Sariah Barnhill until the summer.

New children

I am delighted to welcome two new families to our school community: Hollie (Y2) and Jack (F1), and Logan (F1).  I am sure you will make them and their families welcome.

Supper Concert

Don’t forget the supper concert on the evening of Friday 24th June in the Lin Cooper Practical Skills Building.  Tickets cost £15, to include a three course meal, music and poetry and must be pre-booked through the office or the Friends due to limited numbers.  Do come to support the event – last year’s was fantastic.


Our punctuality push has started.  Please do everything you can to get here on time.

Collection of children

I know from talking to many of you that one thing you really value about the school is its friendly atmosphere and community feel.  We do still need to follow certain procedures, though, particularly with regard to collection of children.  Sometimes people run late and need their child to be picked up by another adult.  Please let the office know if this is the case.  If you want certain adults to be able to do this in an emergency without us having to contact you, please e-mail the office and we will keep this on file.

This week we congratulated:

  • Willow Class: Joe, for lovely observational drawing of the chicks;
  • Ash Class: the cookery group – Orla, Emily, Mia, Alice, Flyn, Frankie, Marcus, Hollie, for amazing focus and skill development during cookery;
  • Oak Class: Franck, for beautiful presentation of work; Matti, for an inspiring calligram;
  • Beech Class: Josh, for showing good understanding of electrical processes.

This week we have been learning about:


  • Story writing.
  • Fractions of numbers.
  • Place value.
  • Brazil.
  • Flags.


  • Calligrams.
  • Portrait poems.
  • Angles and triangles.
  • Short stories.
  • Music for the play.


  • Non-chronological reports.
  • Roman numerals.
  • Mental addition and subtraction.
  • Electricity.

Future events (w/b 13th June):

All week

  • Cycling proficiency for Year 6.
  • A group from Ash Class will be cooking.
  • Year 1 will be using the Lin Cooper Practical Skills Building in the afternoons.


  • Assembly with Rev Lucy.
  • Forest School for Year 4.


  • Mrs Halsey is undertaking First Aid training.
  • No Forest School for Year 6 (cycling proficiency).


  • Violin and Cello lessons.
  • Y5/6 Sex and Relationship Education lessons.
  • Mrs Watson is away.  Mr Morgan and Mrs Barnhill will be teaching the class.


  • Class photographs.
  • Mr Morgan is away.
  • PE with Andy.


  • Clarinet lessons for Beech Class.
  • Swimming for Beech Class.

Forthcoming dates

  • Sunday 12th June                     Queen’s Birthday celebration
  • Thursday 16th June                  Class photographs
  • Friday 17th June                      Cycling proficiency test (Year 6)
  • Thursday 23rd June                  Sports Morning and family picnic
  • Friday 24th June                      Supper concert
  • Saturday 25th June                  Islip Village Fete
  • Wednesday 6th July                 Oak and Beech production (1.30pm and 6.00pm)
  • Thursday 7th July                     Reserve Sports Morning (in case of bad weather)
  • w/b Monday 11th July             Beech Class residential
  • Tuesday 12th July                    Willow and Ash production (2.00pm)
  • Wednesday 20th July               Leavers’ Service, end of Term 6


Best wishes, Huw Morgan – Headteacher

Our Christian value for this term is Forgiveness.  Can your child retell the story of the Prodigal Son?