Archive for September 4th, 2009

4th September 2009

Friday, September 4th, 2009

Welcome Back

Well, hello again everyone and if you are new to Middle Street a very warm welcome to you. It’s great to be back and see you all again even though it’s a struggle for many of us climbing out of bed at such an early hour again!

You may have already noticed the huge improvements to the children’s toilets which have been completely refurbished and now look absolutely fabulous. The only toilets we haven’t been able to improve are those used by Years 5 and 6. Annoyingly, I wasn’t able to secure enough funding to cover a complete refurbishment. I am however doing what I can to secure funding for the future to ensure those toilets are improved.

We have also had sound absorbing panels placed on the walls in the hall and on the ceilings in the Reception and Key stage 1 classrooms to improve the acoustics for all but especially for those children and adults who have a hearing impairment. The panels look quite basic but they have certainly improved the quality of sound in those rooms particularly in the hall.

The children have an exciting year ahead of them exploring and learning through their learning journeys, which are enriched by trips out and all sorts of visitors coming in to ensure the learning is fun and interesting. We are all looking forward to a great and busy year ahead.

Creepy Crawlies in Years 5 and 6

Years 5 and 6 got their Learning Journey off to a creepy start on their first day back. They enjoyed a visit from among other creepy, crawly and slithery beasts a tarantula, lizards and snakes. Today a visitor from Australia visited the children to share interesting facts and stories about Australia.

Learning Journey Curriculum Letters

You will receive this term’s Learning Journey curriculum booklet by the end of next week. This will provide you with an overview of key learning points, key vocabulary and other helpful information on what your child will be learning about over the coming term.

Meet the Teacher Dates

We would like to invite you in to meet with your child’s class teacher on the following dates: Years 1 and 2 on Monday 14th September, Years 3 and 4 on Tuesday 15th September and Years 5 and 6 on Thursday 17th September. The meetings are held in the year group classrooms and begin at 9.10 am and finish at 9.30. The meeting is informal and is an opportunity to say hello to the class teacher if you haven’t already done so, find out more about expectations of your child this year and an overview of the curriculum for the year.

Parent Consultation Evenings

The autumn term Parent and Carer consultation evenings are on Tuesday 13th October and Wednesday 14th October. During the meeting you will find out how your child has settled into their new year group and their learning targets. More information to follow nearer the time.

After School Clubs

You will receive information on the after school clubs running this half term within the next 2 weeks. So do look out for the letter. Check those book-bags or ask at the office if you think you may have missed the letter.

On Time Teds

On Time Teds will be awarded in next Friday’s assembly. On Time Teds are awarded to the class in Infants and the class in the Juniors who has the least late marks in the register for that week. Over the term a record is kept of the winners. The 2 classes who have won the On Time Teds most often are each awarded a class prize of £25 to spend as they wish. Be punctual and get to school on time and help win the prize for your class!

Breakfast Club and After School Care

Do remember that we offer a free breakfast club from 8.00 am. Breakfasts are available at a small cost. There are also after school care clubs who collect from Middle Street. Please ask a member of office staff for more information.

Community Arts

There are lots of exciting arts opportunities on offer for the children and parents/carers after school this term. These are being co-ordinated by Cicely Taylor at Blatchington Mill School and will take place there. So if you fancy singing, dancing, drumming, acting, being part of a steel band or a rock band or taking a yoga class then please pick up a programme from the office. Cicely will be talking to the children in assembly next week and will be running a taster session for some of the children.

Half Term Holiday

School finishes for the Autumn half term break on Thursday 22nd October. School opens again on Monday 2nd November.