Newsletter 20th May 2016

Dear Parents,


We had an audit this week from the Safeguarding team at the Local Authority.  I am pleased to say that they found that the school has a good culture of Safeguarding, with an appropriate balance between the needs of the children and the ethos of a village community school.  They made a few practical suggestions which we will be implementing immediately, the first of which is the need for children and parents to leave the premises at the end of the day, for reasons of both security and safety.  There have been four injuries in the last two weeks due to children not being supervised after being handed back into the care of their parents; please make sure you have collected your child and left by 3.30pm.

Production date

Please note that the Ash and Willow Class production will now be held on the afternoon of Tuesday 12th July (2.00pm).  Sorry for any inconvenience.


I am sorry to report that we have cases of headlice and threadworms, so please make sure you treat your child’s hair regularly and be vigilant for worms.


I am pleased to welcome Mrs Talbot back from her maternity leave.  She will be working Monday to Wednesday from now until the summer, taking booster and extension groups for their writing.

May Day

We are greatly looking forward to our celebrations next week.  A separate letter has gone out today, but the headline facts are that your child needs to be at school in their May finery by 10.45am and they are free to go from 2.30pm.  All other information is on the letter.  Don’t forget to order your lunch!


Please note that if you order uniform for delivery to school, the last date for orders to be collected this term is 28th June. is the web address you need.

Crossing Patrol

Thank you to those of you, particularly the school governors, who have put pressure on the authorities for help with safe crossing of children.  I am pleased to let you know that the Local Authority has authorised a School Crossing Patrol Officer at no cost to the school, and now wishes to recruit.  The usual hours are 7.5 hours weekly (0.75 hours morning and afternoon) and the current rate of pay is £7.56 per hour.  Please contact the school office if you are interested in the role, and the staff there will be able to direct you further.

This week we congratulated:

  • Willow Class: Tia, for producing a lovely detailed story map;
  • Ash Class: Clara, for a great recount of the fire-fighters’ visit; all the Year 2 children for hard work and determination in their SATS;
  • Oak Class: Davina, for fantastic work in maths; Lydia, for wonderful engagement in literacy;
  • Beech Class: Justin, for learning the May Day dances quickly and enthusiastically.

Forthcoming dates

  • Friday 27th May                      May Day, end of Term 5
  • Monday 6th June                     Start of Term 6
  • 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 in the Cooper Building (evening)
  • 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

This week we have been learning about:


  • What we can learn from bible stories;
  • Telling the time;
  • Place value;
  • Writing recounts;


  • Longhouses;
  • Multiplication and division;
  • Story planning;
  • Classification of animals and plants;


  • Persuasive writing, creating leaflets about the school;
  • Translating (moving) shapes;
  • Creating code for a web page;
  • Historical sources.


Future events (w/b 23rd May):

All week

  • Year 6 children will be cooking.


  • Forest School for Year 3.


  • Forest School for Year 5.
  • No code club.


  • Violin and cello day.


  • PE with Andy.
  • Auditions for KS2 play.


  • May Day

Best wishes, Huw Morgan – Headteacher

Our Christian value for the term is Justice.  Ask your child about the work of Christian Aid.