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Week 9: 27/07/22

New Classes for September

We have been working very hard to prepare the staffing structure for next year. There are teaching assistant interviews taking place next Thursday and this will finalise where support staff will be in September. There are only a few changes to teaching staff and we will only have one foundation stage class in September. This means Miss Alford is moving up; Mrs Brookshaw will be moving across to one of our nursery schools, Ham Drive and Miss Forman-Jessop will join the foundation stage team for part of her timetable. We are delighted to be welcoming a new member of staff, Mr Robinson, who will be in charge of developing music across the school. He will teach part of his time in Y5 and, in the afternoons, he will be teaching music across the school and also running a KS1 and KS2 choir. As children become more confident at playing instruments, he will work towards establishing a school band. This is a great addition to developing our curriculum.

 

Pterodactyls: Miss Steele & Miss Forman-Jessop

Stegosaurus: Miss Tregaskes

Allosaurus: Miss Alford

Spinosaurus: Miss Shaw

Tyrannosaurus-Rex: Mr Short

Pteranodons: Mr Baker

Velociraptors: Miss Allen & Mr Robinson

Diplodocus: Miss Burns

 

Children will have an opportunity to meet their new teacher on Tuesday 12th July.

NSPCC Healthy Relationships

Next week we will continue with the theme of healthy schools but with a focus on 'healthy relationships'. The children will take part in discussions and assemblies which focus on age appropriate ways to discuss the importance of consent in any relationship. Children will develop their understanding about what makes a healthy relationship and we will give them strategies for challenging inappropriate relationships. For example, we should never feel coerced into doing something we do not want to do. If you would like to support your child at home in these discussions, please have a look at the materials and ideas that could help you: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/sex-relationships/healthy-relationships/

Assessment week

Next week we have assessment week for children in Y1-Y5. We will be reporting children's phonics results in Y1 and KS1 results in Y2. These will be compared to national results from 2019. KS2 results will not be available yet as results have not been returned to schools. We are still supporting some children across the school with Covid Recovery classes as covid has had an impact on some children's progress. Our Covid Recovery classes will continue next September across the school and we are pleased to see that they are having a very positive impact in helping children to catch up with their learning. Children have had to develop resilience and manage their anxieties in a very challenging few years and we are very proud of their positive attitudes to learning. We have no doubt they will reach their full potential as we continue to work with them in small groups and help them gain confidence and develop their knowledge.

Week 8: 20/06/22

Sport's Day

We are looking forward to Sport's Day which we hope to be able to take place on Friday 24th June. KS2 will be in the morning at 10am and Foundation and KS1 will be in the afternoon starting at 2pm. You are invited to come along and watch the event for your child. 

Healthy Schools' Week

We have lots of really exciting activities planned for our Healthy Schools' week next week. This is a week where we champion children to be as healthy and active as possible. We will have workshops, competitions and games for the children to take part in all week all whilst celebrating both the Schools Games Values and the Commonwealth Games 2022.
The activities involve: Wheelchair basketball, Netball, disc golf, quick cricket, rounders, bell boating, mental health workshops, smoothie bike, boot camp, bike rides and much more! The children are welcome to wear their PE kit all week.
For more details please ask your class teacher and they can outline their timetable for the week.

Erasmus Week

Next week we have two staff members who are representing us in our Erasmus partnership, STEAM. They will be meeting with our partners in the Czech Republic and sharing some of the amazing art work that we have been doing. Next year the project will aim to combine all the elements of science, technology, engineering, art and maths into one project for the children.

Healthy Relationships

During the week beginning Monday 4th July we will be focusing on healthy relationships with the children. This will include an assembly and age appropriate discussions around the meaning of consent. It is very important that the children learn what the qualities of a healthy relationship are so they develop a positive emotional well-being.

Junior Feld Gun

We are very excited about taking part in the Junior Field Gun event on Saturday 25th June on the Hoe as part of Armed Forces week. Please come along and cheer us on if you are out and about. We have several runs throughout the day from 10.30am. We are very proud of our team. Huge thanks to Mr Deady and Mr Lamay for their energy and commitment to this event. 

Week 6: 06/06/22

Ofsted Report

Thank you for all of your support during our recent inspection. I will be able to give you feedback as soon as the report is made public and I will post it for you to read. 

Junior Ten Tors

On Friday 17th and Saturday 18th Y6 will have their Junior Ten Tors event. The team will walk approximately 12 miles and visit at least ten tors between Cadover Bridge and Princetown. This is a huge challenge and commitment from our two Y6 teams and we know they will do well and be a credit to our school.

Half Marathon

We have approximately 40 children participating in the 1/2 marathon event on Sunday 19th June. The children have been walking a mile a week for the last twelve weeks and they will complete their last mile after the 1/2 marathon runners set off. Please come up to the Hoe to cheer them on and enjoy the atmosphere.

Sport's Day

We are looking forward to our sport's day which we have planned on Friday 24th June. KS2 will start at 10am and Foundation and KS1 will start at 2pm. You are welcome to turn up and watch these events. Seating will be provided along the top of the bank in front of the KS2 building. Please wear trainers if you intend to join in with the parents races!

Refugee Week

During the week beginning Monday 20th June it is national Refugee week. Y6 are studying this area and we will be raising awareness across the school. 

Healthy Schools Week

We will be having our healthy schools week during the week beginning Monday 27th June. There are a number of activities booked for the children to enjoy and we will share the timetable with you soon. Children can come to school in their school PE kit everyday during that week. 

Erasmus Project

During the week beginning Monday 27th June we have staff travelling to the Czech Republic as part of our STEAM project. The focus of the week will be art and our children will be sharing their work with the other partner schools.

Week 4: 16/05/22

Holiday Dates

Please be aware that we are on holiday from Monday 30th May and we do not return to school until Tuesday 7th June. 

New Staff Join Us

We are delighted to have appointed a new caretaker, Steve Taylor, who was an old pupil of Yealmpstone Farm and some of you may know him. We are looking forward to him starting with us and feel he has a great deal to offer the school. 

We are interviewing for a music teacher on Monday as we are really keen to develop the musical opportunities within the school. We will also be advertising for a couple of teaching assistant posts which will be coming up in September so please keep an eye out for the adverts if you are interested. You will need a qualification in supporting children with their learning.

Jubilee Event

We are super excited about our Jubilee event that we are planning for Friday 27th May. There are a number of activities happening:

-  We have a bunting competition - please join in!

- The children can wear red, white, blue or purple and be dressed as a king or queen if they wish. 

- We plan to eat our lunch altogether on the field. Please see the menu that the kitchen are providing on the day.

- There is a royal cake competition that FOYFs are running. The cakes will be sold at our Summer Fayre

- The Summer Fayre will start at 3.30p and we plan for this to be in the KS1 playground.

- Some of the children will perform a Maypole dance.

- There will be a BBQ and a bar as well as the opportunity to play games and take part in a raffle.

- We have a royal throne available for you to take a family photo!

- We have a disco!

Please come along to this exciting event and celebrate the Queen's Jubilee with us. We plan to make it a very special day.

Attendance

Your child's attendance at school every day is very important to their progress. Please make sure you do not book holidays in term time as we are not able to authorise this. The government are very concerned about the amount of time children have missed from school due to the pandemic and they are monitoring attendance on a daily basis. We have always had a very good attendance record and we would encourage you to maintain this during Summer term. We are very pleased with the progress that the children are making and we really value our partnership with you.

 

Week 1: 25/04/22

Dates for the Summer Term

Welcome back to the Summer term everyone! There are  a number of dates for your diary which we would like to draw your attention to.

Firstly, we will begin our summer assessment cycle next week. Y2 will be assessed for their SATs throughout May in small groups. Secondly, Y6 will be having their KS2 SATs during the week beginning Monday 9th May. Thirdly, Y1 will have their phonics screening during the week beginning Monday 6th June and finally Y4 will be having their multiplications screening between 6th - 24th June.

Please can you make sure that children attend school every day of term. We cannot authorise holidays due to the importance of these tests and also the fact that children have been so badly affected by Covid across this year.

Saturday Family Gardening

Mr and Mrs Archer will be starting the Saturday family gardening club which they would like to run once a month starting on Saturday 7th May at 10am. This is a time for you to come along with your children and enjoy some family time together whilst helping to improve our wonderful school. Please let Mrs Archer know if you would like to come along.

Jubilee Celebrations

Keep the date free on Friday 27th May from 3.30-5.30pm. We will be organising our traditional Summer Fayre and have planned Maypole dancing, a BBQ and bar as well as games and stalls for the children. If you would like to help us to organise this event, please get in touch with Lisa Dobson, who is our FOYFS chair, by contacting the office. We will be asking the children to make bunting and would really like the whole community to join in with our celebrations.

Summer Disco

We are very excited to be starting the discos again and our first one will be on Thursday 5th May. Our Foundation and KS1 pupils are invited to attend from 5-6pm for £2 per person and they will be able to buy snacks and drinks. Please bring the children to the main school entrance and collect from the same place. The KS2 disco will start at 6.30 and end at 8pm and costs £2.75

We have a number of volunteers but it is always helpful to have more offers, especially for the KS2 disco.

School Clubs

Please make sure that you sign up for the clubs your child would like to attend this term quickly as we have limited spaces in some of the clubs.  

Spring Term Dates

Week 12: 28/03/2022

Non -Pupil Days and Holidays

We break up for Easter on Friday 8th April. Please remember that Monday 25th April is a non-pupil day. Children return to school on Tuesday 26th.

We will then have a May bank holiday on Monday 2nd May but we are not being used as a polling station this year so we will be in school on Thursday 5th May. Summer half term begins on Monday 30th May and we have an additional holiday as there is an extra bank holiday for the Queen's Jubilee that week. Therefore we return to school on Tuesday 7th June.

Easter Celebrations

We are looking forward to our Easter celebrations next week. We have a number of activities that FOYFs will be running over the next few weeks. We are currently holding an Easter egg raffle with tickets available from each class for £1 a strip. We will draw the raffle next Friday. We are also hoping to have an Easter trail around our neighbourhood. More details to follow on Monday. On Thursday we will be having our Easter assembly for the children and we will be holding our Easter bonnet competition which will also be chosen on Friday next week. We hope you all enjoy joining in with these activities.

Junior Ten Tors Orienteering Event

On Thursday 7th April we have our first JTT practice orienteering event for our Y6 teams to take part in Central Park. The children will spend an hour finding the markers in the park and cover some basic first aid and survival. We are delighted to have two teams taking part in this event and we are very lucky to have so many staff committed to helping make this event a great success.

Parents' Evenings

Please make sure that you have signed up for a visit to see your child's class teacher if you would like to discuss their progress or have any questions about the reports. The children are all working really hard and we are very pleased with the progress they are making which is down to the team work between us all.

Covid Restrictions

We are really pleased to be able to return to a more normal way of working after Easter. The new guidance says that if we have symptoms of covid then children should stay away from school for at least three days and adults for at least five days. We will not be testing unless we have a serious outbreak, but we do ask you to remain vigilant to keep cases down if we can. Clubs next term can return to being mixed and we are reviewing our offer for the Summer.

 

Week 11: 21/03/2022

Science Week Feedback

The children had a fantastic week working on their science projects. We were really impressed with the quality of work and the science language and understanding they have developed. We are putting together a slide show for you to show the highlights.

Book Fayre

Please pop into the school hall before or after school this week to take a look at the book fayre. You are able to use your World Book Day token to purchase books. You can also have a look online and choose books by following this link.

Assessment Week & Parents' Evenings

Next week we will be running an assessment week to see how the children are making progress. We will also be sending home their reports on Friday 25th March. Parent evenings will take place during the week beginning Monday 4th April. If your child is in Mr Baker's class, he will be organising during the week beginning 28th March.

Japanese Sakura Tree Project

We are delighted to be taking part in the Japanese Sakura Tree planting project. On Tuesday 29th March the Lord Mayor will be attending our school to plant a cherry tree as part of the Japanese Sakura tree planting project. Japan have bought a number of cherry trees to be planted across the country as a symbol of the co-operation and friendship of our two nations. The children will be performing short poems and readings to celebrate this theme. We also have the the managing director of Kawasaki attending the tree planting ceremony. We will take a video of this ceremony and post it on Dojo so you can enjoy it as well. Please click here to find out more about the project.

Grenville House Trip

We are very excited that our Y3 and Y4 pupils are going to Grenville House for the week beginning Monday 4th April. The theme for the week will be Fairy Tales as part of our Erasmus project. During this creative week the children will enjoy art, dance and music workshops exploring this theme. They will be designing and making a huge mermaid to go in the stair well in the new build. They will also be visiting the beaches and Berry Head. This is a great experience for young children to enjoy together and will build resilience and character.

Week 9: 07/03/22

Science Week

We are really excited about Science week which begins on Monday 14th March. The children will be having daily science experiments all  linked to 'Growing for the Future' and we have linked this to sustainability. We hope to share lots of photographs and videos of the learning that we do together. Foundation would like any donations of large boxes and we are also collecting plastic bottles to help with some of the experiments. 

Annual Reports

Teachers are busy writing this year's annual reports and we plan to send these out to parents on Friday 25th March. You will also be able to book a parents' evening session with the teacher during the week beginning Monday 28th March. Please look out for the booking link on Dojo. We will be able to offer ten minute meetings face to face, virtually through zoom or by telephone: whatever is convenient for you. If your family require duplicate reports, please let the office know if we are not already aware.

Red Nose Day

Next Friday 18th March it is Red Nose Day and we will be joining in with fundraising activities. Children can take part in the following fund raising ideas: Dress up and make your hair whacky for £1; bring in Red Nose Day cakes to sell for 50p a cake; enter a video dance competition for 50p. All videos to be sent into the class teacher by next Friday when the class will vote on a winner from each class.

Please join us with fund raising for this great cause. Red Nose Day is coming. And whatever you do, no matter how small, you can help people live free from poverty, violence and discrimination. This includes funding organisations that are supporting people right now in Ukraine, and those attempting to cross the border. Because you have the power to change lives.

Week 8: 28/02/22

World Book Day

We are looking forward to seeing all the children today dressed up for World Book Day. Children have decided to come dressed as an adjective to describe a book, but children can also come as a character from a book they like. We are really pleased to see all of the Book in a Box exhibits that have been sent in and we will be sharing some examples of these - it's a great exhibition and we will make a video to share with you. During the day the children will take part in a variety of lessons and activities where they can enjoy books and stories together. 

We also have the MP Gary Streeter, attending school and he will be reading a story to children in Foundation and KS1. We will record this and share it with you through Dojo.

A Fond Farewell

After many years at Yealmpstone Farm, Mr Crocker has decided that he would like to enjoy his retirement which will start in May. We are very sad to be saying goodbye to such a valued member of staff and hope you will join with us in making sure we give him a good send off! Please pass in any donations and messages you would like to make to the office and we will be keeping you posted on the date for the leaving assembly.

Erasmus Plus Mobilities

Last week we had a mobility trip to Turkey to develop our project on Healthy Schools. The children in each school will be working on similar healthy activities that they will be sharing together through video link over the next few weeks. We also have a group of staff currently in Sicily working with a group of teacher on a project about Fairy Tales. The children in Y3&4 will be developing these themes during their residential visit at the end of this month. We feel it is really important to develop these partnerships during this challenging time for Europe and we value the shared values and experiences we have together.

Science Week

We are very excited about our science week that will run during the week beginning Monday 14th March. The theme at YFPS will be ‘Growing for the Future’.  The unit will be based on areas of sustainability, incorporating working scientifically, careers, reduce, reuse and recycle and the theme of growth throughout.

Each year group will have a different focus:

·EYFS- Our Oceans

·Year 1- Climate change and weather

·Year 2- Plastic Pollution

·Year 3- Deforestation

·Year 4- Our carbon footprint

·Year 5- Renewable energy

·Year 6- Air Quality and pollution

Each year group will have a link to industry and careers and a WOW moment to start their topic.  If anyone would like to contribute to the week, please let us know how you can help.

Week 6: 07/02/22

Bright Stars Half Term Holiday Club

Please remember to contact the office if you would like to book your children into half term holiday club. We will be open from Monday to Friday from 8am-6pm. 

Bright Stars Nursery

We have plans to develop the nursery further by offering more spaces by opening up another second room. If your child is eligible for a nursery space and they are aged two or above, please contact the office 343411 and ask for more details. We are one of the most flexible nurseries in the city and have established a very good reputation. Our children are very happy in the setting and integrate well with the school, taking advantage of all of the school's outdoor areas. Please do spread the word and share our Facebook page Bright Stars Nursery and our Instagram account Bright_Stars_Nursery

Covid Update

It does look like we are starting to hear some positive news about Covid on a national level. Locally our numbers are still high and in school we continue to have staff and children affected. Thank you so much for your help in keeping our numbers low. Luckily neither staff nor children have been seriously ill and we are hopeful that cases will continue to fall. We ask you to continue to wear a mask if you need to enter the school building in order to protect everyone.

Children's Mental Health week

We have a number of lovely activities taking place this week including making a portrait gallery of our entire school to highlight how unique and individual we all are and celebrating our diversity and shared characteristics. The children will also be taking part in yoga and mindfulness classes. Please remember to look at the resources here and share some activities at home with your children. Taking time out of your busy day to share a story or play a game together has a really positive impact on your family's well-being and children's behaviour.

Week 4: 24/01/22

NSPCC Number Day

 

For NSPCC Number Day on Friday 4th February we will be coming to school dressed as a number or as a person, which uses numbers in everyday life or part of their job. A £1 donation per child is suggested and one child from each class will receive a prize.

TTRockstars are also having a competition on this day (7:30am-7:30pm) called NSPCC Rocks. We will encourage children to access this through the chromebooks in order to take part at some point during the day. Please also encourage them to get involved at either end of the day at home.

During Friday, we will use one lesson to focus on ‘maths in the real world’ and we will also have a whole school assembly online and in the the hall so that the children can share their learning from the day. We are really looking forward to enjoying all of the activities throughout the day and helping children to improve their maths.

Children's Mental Health Week

We are once again taking part in Children's Mental Health week which starts on Monday 7th February. The theme this year will be Growing Together. This is about growing emotionally and finding ways to help each other grow. Challenges and setbacks can help us to grow and adapt and trying new things can help us to move beyond our comfort zone into a new realm of possibility and potential. However, emotional growth is often a gradual process that happens over time, and sometimes we might feel a bit ‘stuck’. As parents and carers, you play an important role in your child’s mental health. Check out our free resources for families here.

Race Equality Week

During the week beginning Monday 7th February it is also Race Equality week. The theme for this year is #ActionNotJustWords

Our school will be taking part in a number of activities and lessons in order to raise the children's awareness of equality and diversity and discuss unconscious bias. Please spend time debating this idea with your child to help them to develop their thoughts.

Attendance

We are keen to support you to ensure children do not miss any school days unless they are poorly and unable to attend. Please request an Absence Request form if you need to take children out of school for our records. It is really important you contact school so we know why children are not attending so we can code correctly for the register.

Read, Write, Inc Assessments

Next week we will be assessing the children and regrouping them based on their progress with their recognition of sounds and their fluency. The children are making really good progress and we can see all the support that you are putting in at home is making a huge impact. We will keep you informed about their new groups once we have assessed everyone. Thank you for making sure reading books come back on a Wednesday so we can ensure everyone has a new book on Thursday.

 

 

Week 3: 17/01/22

Balance Ability

Y1 completed their Balance Ability course this week and are now feeling much more confident on the bikes! Well done to everyone who has taken part in the courses running over the last two weeks. Remember that children are encouraged to ride a bike to school at least once a week if they can!

Covid and Daily Attendance

As we hear the government saying that we are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel for Covid, we are cautious about changing any systems in place to keep cases low. Therefore we will continue to operate in bubbles and wear face coverings.

It is clear that our children have been affected by the last few years, having to adjust to working remotely through lockdowns and then isolating if they have Covid, some children will have enjoyed this and miss being at home with their families - this is completely understandable. However, we all need to work together now to try and help everyone to get back into a routine where the children know that they must come to school everyday and be on time. We will try and have some rewards and incentives in place for children. Clearly we still have to isolate for at least five days if anyone has Covid. 

Heatree House Residential

Y5 and Y6 have received a letter about a residential trip for the end of the summer term which focuses on outdoor activities. Please take advantage of this if you can as it is so important to help our pupils to develop resilience and character. We have been going to Heatree for a number of years and found that pupils really thrive and enjoy the experience. If you have any questions, please contact your child's class teacher for advice. We can stagger payments with final amount not due until the end of June.

Number Day

On Friday 4th February, YFPS will be taking part in the NSPCC Number Day. Please can children dress up as a number for the day and prizes will be given to a child from each class. We will be raising money for the NSPCC on this day so we will be asking for contributions of £1.

During the day each class will be looking at how we use numbers in the 'real world'. For example, money in supermarkets, measures in cooking and time in sport..

Alternatively children can dress up as a person who uses maths in their job.

Collective Worship theme: Justice

This week we have been thinking about what justice means and learning about Martin Luther King. In America there was a national holiday on Monday and people used the time to reach out to their community and spend time together. It is an opportunity to reflect or campaign for racial equality and civil rights across the world. In school we have been thinking about fairness  and making sure everyone feels equal with their views represented. Please spend some time debating these ideas with your child to help them to develop their understanding.

 

Week 2: 10/01/22

Welcome back! 

Happy New Year to all of you and a warm welcome back to school. We have a busy term ahead of us and we continue to be challenged with managing the Covid situation which is affecting staffing and attendance of pupils. Thank you for your ongoing support to ensure we keep infection rates down to a minimum. We will let you know if their are cases in your child's class so that you can test through LFT. All work is accessible through online learning either with the google classroom link or Dojo. Please get I touch with your child's class teacher if you need any clarification. It is imperative that children attend school if they can, as we are aware of the impact of missing learning.

Bikability

We have started the Bikeabilty and Balanceabilty today for Foundation, Y3 and Y4. We have also secured three days next week for Y1. This is an important life skill that the children will need and they will be supplied with helmets and bikes during their training sessions.

Swimming

We will be starting a swimming programme for Y4 and Y5 this term on Monday 24th January and last for three weeks. During this time the children will be having their English and maths lessons in the afternoon. Please encourage your child to read daily and practice their TTRockstars. 

Catch-Up and Tutoring

The government have provided additional funding to enable us to help those children who have been adversely affected by Covid.

We have a number of catch-up programmes in place across the school for children who need additional support and confidence:

 

Foundation and Y1: daily 1-2-1 practice of phonics and number skills

Y3-Y6: small daily group work for English and maths

Y2&Y6: maths academic mentor (starting on Monday 17th January)

Y5&Y6: One to one tutoring programme for fifteen weeks (starting on Tuesday 11th January)

 

Children have been identified from our assessment analysis and are reviewed every six weeks. You will be given feedback through the annual report that will be sent out in March this term. These programmes are having a positive impact on all children as it means that all classes are slightly smaller and the teacher is able to focus on those who are making good progress as well. Every lesson counts to allowing your child to make positive progress so please make sure children arrive on time in the mornings. 

 

Autumn Diary

Week 13: 13/12/21

Merry Christmas!

At YFPS we would like to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy New Year! We know that this year has been full of trauma and shocks for many of you and that it is unfortunate that we continue to be managing the risk of Covid as we go about our everyday lives, but we would like you to take a moment to pause and enjoy our KS2 Christmas video which shows our pupils thoroughly enjoying themselves and sharing their festive cheer. I think this is an example of how resilient our children are and how adaptable we have all become to changes in our lives which are beyond our control. Please click here to enjoy our children's performance.

KS2 Perform at the Lord Mayor's Carol Concert

We were very lucky to be able to send a group of children to perform at the Lord Mayor's carol concert this week. Although the concert was not live, the children were filmed by PL1 performing in St Andrews church and will be part of the whole service which will be released on You Tube tonight. Please click this link here to enjoy the concert. It was a privilege for our children to be included in this very prestigious event.

Non Pupil Day

Tuesday 4th January will be a non-pupil day therefore the first day back for the children will be Wednesday 5th January. We look forward to seeing you then. In the meantime, please keep an eye on the news to see how the pandemic is developing and whether this will affect schools' returning.

Week 12: 29/11/21

Covid Update

This week we have had a number of staff and pupils testing positive with varying symptoms and we continue to to keep you informed if there is an outbreak in your class. We do still hope to be able to hold the nativity for Foundation and KS1 with an audience and we will make the final decision for this next Friday 10th December. Whilst we want to make sure everyone is safe, we also do not want the children to miss out on school time as this is so important for them. We continue to put all lessons on google classroom and children who are self isolating but feeling well can join the class on a daily zoom link.

Christmas Events

Please see the following table to help you to keep up to date with Christmas events at Yealmpstone Farm. We have a Christmas hat competition for the Christmas lunch on Tuesday with prizes for each class. 

Tuesday 7th December

Children’s Christmas lunch and Christmas hat competition

Friday 10th December

Christmas Jumper Day: £1 for Save the Children and bring in an item for FOYFS for your classes Christmas hamper

Monday 13th December

10am: Nativity performance,        2pm Nativity performance

Tuesday 14th December

10am: Nativity performance         2pm: Nativity performance

Wednesday 15th December

Christmas mufti; we will be holding a raffle for the Christmas hampers; Santa will be visiting – please bring in a donation of £2.50  

Additional Christmas apprentice items will be sold outside around the school grounds.

Erasmus Update

We have had a fabulous week with our Erasmus partners and they really enjoyed making a healthy snack with our children. Y4 worked with the Lithuanians to see what was in a healthy Lithuanian packed lunch; Y5 watched a video that the Greek team had made about healthy food in Crete and Y6 made healthy wraps which are eaten by children in France for their lunch. 

Term Dates

The last day of term is Friday 17th December and we will be returning to school  on Wednesday 5th January.

Week 11: 22/11/21

Erasmus Healthy Schools Week

On Monday our European visitors will be arriving and we have a full programme of activities for KS2 throughout the week. The theme for the week will be healthy eating and healthy exercise. We will be focusing on what makes a healthy packed lunch and looking at a healthy packed lunch in Lithuania, France and Crete. Y6 will be visiting Dartmoor national park and hiking with our visitors on Wednesday and we will have an orienteering course for Y4 on Thursday. 

Erasmus Fairy Tales Week

On Monday 6th December a small group of our school will be visiting Poland to work with our European partners on our fairy tales project. This will be a very busy week with lots of exciting activities and we plan to work with the fairy tale theme when we take the Y3 and Y4 children to Brixham in the Spring term. We will post lots of photos and have zoom meetings for the children during the week.

Open Morning for New Foundation

On Tuesday 7th December we will be having another new Foundation parents' open morning. Please can we ask you to spread the word about our fabulous school so that we can continue to grow and develop. We have advertised in the local area but please can we ask you all to share any posts on twitter and Facebook so that we can encourage more people to attend.

Assessment Week

The children are doing really well in all areas of their learning and we are in the process of assessing them so that we can ensure we have matched learning needs accurately and groupings are correct. We are really pleased with the impact of Read, Write, Inc on children's progress and a number of you have asked about the order of the book band colours. Please click here to see how they progress. In maths we are also finding that the children are making good progress by practising Number Sense every day.

Nativity Tickets

We are in the process of allocating tickets to everyone who has requested them. You can imagine that this is a difficult job and we ask for your patience and understanding while we endeavour to make sure every family has two tickets to come and enjoy this special Christmas event. In order to do this safely we ask everyone to carry out an LFT before they arrive and wear a mask. We will not be able to sell mince pies and drinks so that we keep movement to a minimum. We are keeping everything crossed that this event can go ahead as planned.

FOYFs Christmas plans

FOYFs have been very busy planning a wide range of events for you over the next few weeks. Each class are making a product through our Christmas Apprentice scheme and we will shortly have order forms and pictures on our website so that you can place orders. The theme this year is 'eco Christmas'. More information to come via Dojo.

On Friday 10th December it is Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children. Please can we ask you to wear a Christmas jumper, make a donation and also bring an in item for a rainbow hamper which we will be raffling off. Each class will be given a colour of packaging to bring in. For example, if your class has red you may bring in any item for a hamper in red packaging.

On Wednesday 15th December we have heard that Santa is coming to our grotto and we will be visiting him during the afternoon. FOYFs will give us more information about how this will run. 

Also we would like to have a virtual competition to see how we all decorate our houses on the build up to Christmas. Please send photos of your amazing Christmas decorations to foyfs@yfps.co.uk and they will be shared via Dojo. All entries will be placed into a raffle and we will select winners for some delicious prizes. Let the festive season begin! 

 

Week 10: 15/11/21

Children in Need

Please remember that we are joining in with the country to fund raise for Children in Need tomorrow, Friday 19th November. The children can come in mufti or Pudsey outfits for a donation of £1 and we have a raffle where every class will have the chance to win a Pudsey bear. We will also be selling Pudsey biscuits for 50p and the children will be able to decorate their own biscuit in their classroom. This is a great way for us to support a very worthwhile cause and we look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow.

Road Safety Week

Next week we will be focusing on road safety with the school and the community. We will be joined throughout the week by a local policeman and we will be encouraging everyone to try to leave their car and walk, ride or scoot  to school. A number of schools around Plymouth have closed their road this week to highlight the danger around the school gate at collection and drop off times. The school car park is not available for parents to use during busy times. We thank you for being supportive of this rule and keeping our community safe. We will have lots of prizes for children to win which are related to road safety. Can we also encourage you to remind your children about The Green Cross Code and practice this with them. 

Handwriting

We are having a big focus on handwriting across the school and we will be asking children to practice this at home as well as at school. Please look out for helpful examples on google classroom. Younger children learning letter names are learning little ditties which help them how to write the letter correctly. The older children are encouraged to join their letters and this can make handwriting look a little untidy when they are developing this skill.

Trauma Informed School Training

Plymouth City Council have invested a large amount of funding to train all school staff to have a better understanding about how to manage families and children who have experienced trauma. We already have this principle in the heart of all we do, but we are also attending the training and ensuring that all members of our community feel supported and able to thrive. Remember that Kelly Tompkins is available to speak and give advice and she can be contacted on her mobile 07740121503

Week 9: 08/11/21

Attendance

We do understand that there are a lot of bugs going around as well as COVID at the moment and this is having a negative impact on pupils continuity of learning. If your child is showing any symptoms of Covid then thank you for carrying out a LFT on them before they come to school. This has helped to keep numbers of cases in school very low. If your child has the sick bug then the NHS guidelines is that they have to be away for 48 hours from the last time they were sick. A few children are experiencing a very heavy cold with flu like symptoms that is not Covid. As long as they feel well enough to attend, please send them to school. 

Remember that school starts at 8.45am every day and it is very important that you arrive on time as lessons begin as soon as they walk through the door. All classes have lessons uploaded onto google classroom daily so you can always access learning if you need to self-isolate for any reason. Children in Foundation will be sent work through Dojo by their class teacher if they have to self-isolate.

Anti-Bullying Week

Next week we will be having anti-bullying week and we will have a 'wear odd socks day' on Monday to draw attention to the fact that we are all different and unique in our own way. There will be daily assemblies to consider the theme and we are focusing on the positive message, 'One Kind Word' and how we can all play our part in preventing bullying in our community.

Children in Need

YFPS will be fundraising for Children In Need on Friday 19th November. We invite the children to dress up in either mufti or Pudsey costumes for £1 and bring in your spare small change. We will also be selling Pudsey biscuits that the children can decorate and we will have a raffle where the children will be able to win a Pudsey Bear. There will be one to win for KS1 and F and one for KS2. We hope you will support this very worthwhile cause.

Erasmus Visitors

On Monday 29th November our first Erasmus visitors will be with us for the week. They are coming from Lithuania, France and Greece. Our theme for the week will be 'Healthy Schools' and they will be predominately working with Y4-Y6. The teachers will share with us information about their schools and countries and how they keep healthy.

During the week beginning Monday 6th December a small group of our staff will be visiting one of our partner schools in Poland. The theme of the week will be fairy tales and they will be able to zoom into our classes so that the children can meet each other and share experiences and learning. 

Week 8: 01/11/21

Road Safety Week

The governors would like to have a focus on road safety awareness during the week beginning Monday 22nd November. We are very aware that there is a great deal of congestion around school during arrival and departure times and therefore we all need to work together more effectively to keep everyone safe. During the week we will have a visiting police officer to talk to the children and parents, we will have quizzes and prizes for children to win and we will be encouraging children to cycle, scoot and walk to school.

 

Visit from William Quince: MP for Children and Families

On Monday 15th November we have the parliamentary under secretary for children and families visiting the school. We will be talking about the way we have supported our families and children throughout the pandemic and highlighting the areas of support families need in order to thrive. Please let us know any points you would like raised by private message to admin@yfps.co.uk

 

World War 1 Week

From Monday 8th November we will be working with the children to think about World War 1. Each class will be focusing on a story and historical information about this period of history. We will also have a Remembrance assembly with the children on Thursday 11th and children are able to buy a poppy or other memorabilia leading up to this date. Y6 are selling items on a daily baisis.

 

Christmas Events

I am sure that you are aware that the COVID cases remain high across the city, however we are really keen to try and have a little bit of normality for Christmas. Therefore we have decided to have a nativity play with Foundation, Y1 and Y2. The children will perform four times and we will allow two tickets for each child for one performance. Attendees must have a LFT and wear a mask to be able to enter the building and we will space seats so that there is plenty of room. Please do not attend if you have any COVID symptoms. We will also Live stream the performance so you can watch it from home as well. There will only be sixty tickets per performance.

KS2 will make a Christmas video and we will share this with you during the last week of term. I am afraid we still  cannot have our grandparents' Christmas lunch this year, but we ask the children to think about getting involved with a project where they make something for their grandparents.

The children will be able to join our Christmas lunch which will be on Tuesday 7th December and can be booked in advance. 

Week 7: 18/10/21

Oxford Owl Online Reading 

We will be giving out passwords for the whole school to be able to access online books which are linked to the Read, Write, Inc scheme

through the Oxford Owl  website. Your class teacher will allocate ebooks for the children which respond to the RWI books they are reading in class and at home. There are quizzes that link to the books, audio books and other ebooks available. When you get your log in details, select the 'Oxford Owl for School' tab and then 'student'. The  type in the name, password and school number. You will see a page with lots of choices of activity and books as well as a homework tab. 

Children who are reading at the stage above RWI can also access books through the login at a higher level.

Parent Questionnaire

Please take a moment to help us improve our school by filling in our online questionnaire. This information will help to shape our school improvement plan for this academic year.

Drop Off and Pick-Up times

A number of staff, parents and children are concerned about dangerous behaviour at drop off and pick up times. We do understand that you are all busy and can find this a stressful time of the day, however it is vital that we ensure safety. Mr Crocker will be making spot checks to ensure that everyone is following the rules to keep us all safe. Please do not park on the zigzag lines or enter the carpark as parents and children are leaving the school by this exit. Details of drivers not following these rules will be passed to the police. Please help us to keep our community safe.

Bright Stars 

We still have a number of spaces for children and we are offering a very friendly and safe environment for your children to thrive in. If you have a child who is eligible for funding then please come and take a look at what is on offer. 

New Foundation Children Open Days

Please spread the word that we are offering open mornings on the first Tuesday of each month up until February on the following dates:

Tuesday 2nd November from 11-12pm

Tuesday 7th December from 11-12pm

Tuesday 11th January from 11-12pm

Please do encourage anyone you know who will have a children starting in September next year to get in touch with us on 343411 or email admin@yfps.co.uk

Our pupils have very proudly made a video of the school.

Week 6: 11/10/21

PANTS

Don't forget it is PANTS week this week and we are sharing the message of keeping safe from harm with your child in a very sensitive way. Tomorrow morning in assembly Pantysaurus will be in assembly to give the children the special message. Please reinforce this at home as well using the wonderful resources online.

Erasmus Mobility Meeting

On Friday 22nd October a few of the staff will be heading to Serbia to meet our Erasmus partners for half term. We are focusing on science, technology, engineering, art and maths - STEAM and we will be learning all about how each country is developing these subjects. We will keep a daily update going on Dojo for you and share all of our learning. 

Parents' Meetings and Feedback

You should all have received information from your child's class teacher about when you will be available to meet up with them during the week beginning Monday 18th October to discuss their progress and development. Please do complete the questionnaire that was sent out last week so that we can continue to make sure we improve the school experiences for your child.

Harvest Festival

Don't forget to look out for the link to our harvest festival on Dojo on Thursday. Remember that we will be collecting non-perishable food for the Foodbank charity as part of our thanksgiving for all the lovely food we have to eat in our country.

Mountain Bikes Trials Show

Just to keep you up to date, we will now be having our bike display on Monday 18th October at 1.30pm. Here is a taster of what to expect https://www.fusion-extreme.com/schools Founder Matti Hemmings (who should be coming along) has been on Nickelodeon and Blue Peter so the kids may recognise him https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1F2ivckn1w  I'm not sure which rider will be doing the show this time, but it's likely to be someone like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xS6NhMQ5mpU Feel free to show to the kids!

Bright Stars Holiday Club

Please remember to book in this week if you would like to use the holiday club over the autumn break so that we can staff it appropriately. We do still have some spaces in the nursery and would love to welcome your 2, 3 or 4 year olds to join our wonderful setting.

Autumn Term Week 5: 4/10/21

Developing Fluency in Reading

We are delighted with the progress children have made with their sound recognition across Foundation and KS1, however we would like to improve the children's fluency in reading further. The best way to improve fluency is to practice reading everyday. Please can we encourage you all to listen to your child read for at least ten minutes a day as this will really help. In school we have daily reading time and lots of rewards to encourage the children. Another great idea is to read to your child at bedtime. This is a lovely way to share some quality time together and if you pick a book that is just beyond their reading age, they can enjoy the story and develop their understanding of story writing and vocabulary. We know that lots of children have televisions in their bedrooms, but the blue light from screens actually stimulates the brain and can stop your child sleeping. Nothing beats a good story! Please click here for some great ideas of stories to share together.

Parent Meetings

During the week beginning Monday 18th October we will be having our termly parents' meetings. This term they will be held through video zoom conferencing. and your class teacher will be contacting you all shortly.

During the meeting we will be discussing how your child has settled into the new term and which areas of learning they are currently working on developing. Please make the most of this opportunity.

PANTS week

During the week beginning Monday 11th October we will be joining in with PANTs week. This is a child friendly way of discussing with children how to keep themselves safe around child protection. We have a visit from Pantysaurus, the dinosaur who will join Foundation and KS1 in an assembly on Tuesday 12th October. Please click here to find out more about how you can support your child at home with this sensitive topic. 

Black History Month

We are really keen to celebrate the achievements of role models across the world and throughout history this month in our celebration of Black history. We are focusing on Black British role models at YFPS and this will be linked in with our collective worship and school values. Click here to find out more about how you can join in with us.

Autumn Term Week 4: 27/09/21

Olympic Visitor

This week we have the privilege of meeting our Olympic 110m hurdle guest, David King, who ran a great assembly and then sessions with each class. It was very inspiring to meet David and he really motivated the children in their exercises.

Dr Bike

We are looking forward to Dr Bike arriving next Monday to fix any bikes which may need a bit of repair. If you would like to book your bike in, please let Mr Baker know so that he can organise the day. Please bring your child's bike to the KS2 playground in the morning for Dr Bike. This week is cycle to school week and we are encouraging children to ride or scoot to school. Remember that there are fantastic prizes for the top schools and we were third last time! 

This will also help reduce the number of cars that are around the school site at the beginning and end of the day. 

Developmental Language Delay (DLD)

Our school is working in partnership with the Plymouth Nursery Schools' Federation to develop a centre of early years for Plymouth.

Part of this work will be to promote Communication Supportive Environments (CSEs). This means that we will be offering an excellent early years environment to enable children to develop their speech and language in both Bright Stars nursery and the foundation stage. We will also be offering training to our parents and other early years settings across the city. There will be a DLD awareness day running across the country on Friday 15th October and we will be joining the speech and language team on the Hoe from 5-6.30pm where we will see the lighthouse lit up to mark the day. This is to raise awareness of the importance of recognising how we can support children who have this condition.

Harvest Festival

We will be having our harvest festival on Thursday14th October at 9am. This will be a mixture of video and live presentations and we will record the event and share the link via Dojo as we still cannot have parents into the school site in large groups or all of the children in the hall at the same time. We will be collecting non perishable items for our usual charity - Foodbank. Please send you child in with an item to donate on Thursday 14th October.

DLD Awareness Day 15th October

Autumn Term: week 3 20/09/21

School Priorities for Academic Year 21-22

This month we are busy writing our school improvement plan for this academic year. Our school have identified the following areas to focus on:

  • Continue to improve children’s fluency skills across all maths lessons by embedding White Rose and introducing Number Sense across the school.
  • Continue to develop the children’s skills and strategies for decoding in reading through the introduction of Read, Write Inc as a whole school reading resource.  Embed the reading comprehension skills through VIPERS.
  • Ensure all children who have been affected negatively by the national lockdown have access to additional support through the Recovery Premium and the National Tutoring funding.
  • Embed the new curriculum and ensure continuity and progression across all subjects with small steps in learning.

We are delighted that children have settled into the new school year so well. Please make sure that you arrive on time every morning as the first lesson from Y1 - Y6 everyday is Number Sense maths. During this lesson the children have the chance to revise concepts that they have previously covered through maths games and activities. It is a short session to kick start the day! This is in addition to their main daily maths lesson.

 

At 10am every morning children who are working on developing their early reading skills have a phonics lesson. Your child should have a reading book which they bring home and exchange every Thursday. Please record and praise their progress in their reading diary. Here is the link to find out more about Read, Write, Inc: https://www.yfps.net/phonics-1/

Children who are fluent readers are encouraged to take part in our Accelerated Reader programme (AR) and have access to many books both in class, at home and through our library in school. Click here to find out more about AR. They can do online quizzes to collect points which entitle them to be awarded a star badge. 

Each time you achieve a new target you will get a certificate.  You can also purchase a star badge from the office for £1.

-1,000 words = yellow badge
-10,000 words = orange badge
-50,000 words = purple badge
-100,000 words = green badge
-250,000 words = blue badge
-500,000 words = red badge
-1,000,000 words = black badge
 

 All schools have been given funding to help support those pupils who have been negatively affected by the lockdown. On Friday we assessed every child throughout the school to identify who we need to ensure has additional support. This support maybe in class through short intervention sessions in small groups or 1-2-1, or it maybe that your child is working in a smaller class during part of the day to ensure they have the chance to catch-up with their learning needs. Your child's class teacher will be able to let you know if your child is in one of the groups for additional support. If you are worried about your child's progress then please discuss this with your child's class teacher. We will have parent meetings for the whole school during the week beginning Monday 18th October.

Some children across the school also have an individual education plan (IEP) where we have identified small targets for your child to achieve. If your child has one of these, you will be sent home the document to sign and this will be discussed at the first parents' meeting. A few children have educational health and care plans (EHCP) and they are in regular meetings with the SENco and other professionals.

 

We also have many children who have made great progress during the last academic year and we are delighted that most pupils are already working at age related expectations or above. Please keep up with the home learning as it is vital that we continue to work in partnership to help your child to thrive.

Autumn Term: week 1 06/09/21

Welcome Back to the New School Year!

A warm welcome back to the new school year to all of you. The children have already started to settle down and become familiar with the new routines and classes that they are in and they look really smart in their new school uniforms. Please can you make sure that you have everything named as it is easy to misplace items. 

Collection and drop off times seem a little strange at first as we adjust to everyone arriving and leaving at the same time. We hope that this will become more familiar as we get into the routine. Thank you for being mindful of other people and using the space we have. It is really helpful for learning time for children to arrive in school promptly. 

Topics for the Term

This week children have been having a settling in time and enjoying learning about the new class dinosaur names! This idea has come from the School Council and it also links in with introducing Latin, our new subject in KS2. Did you know that dinosaurs are named after Latin root words; for example, as Harry in Y6 explained in assembly, a velociraptor is named after the Latin 'velox' (swift) and raptor (robber). 

Here are the names of the classes again:

Foundation & KS1:
- Pterodactyl Class
- Triceratops Class
- Stegosaurus Class
- Spinosaurus Class

Year 3 – Tyrannosaurus Rex Class
Year 4 – Pteranodon Class
Year 5 – Velociraptor Class
Year 6 – Diplodocus Class

Read, Write, Inc: Teaching Early Reading Skills

We are now following the new phonics programme throughout Foundation, KS1 and for a few children in KS2 who still need to develop their reading fluency and confidence. The children are in ten groups that meet every day for a half an hour lesson at 10am. They will be assessed every few weeks and groups may be adapted so we make sure we are challenging everyone at the right level.  We will run some parent training sessions during the week beginning September 20th over zoom so that you can become familiarised with the new systems. This is an excellent scheme and we are very excited about the resources we have purchased. There will also be some video clips shared with you on a weekly basis so that you can see what the children are learning. 

 

A love of books and stories is vital to helping your child to learn to read. Our school library will be opening again this term to everyone so that children can take a book home to enjoy. 

 

For children in KS2 who are now on Accelerated Reader, we are continuing with our star reader badges and quizzing children. Remember that quizzes can be done at home through the website as well as in school. Children are eligible for a badge when they have read enough words. 

Soft Federation with Plymbridge and Ham Drive Nursery

We are very excited to announce that we will be working with Plymbridge and Ham Drive Nursery this year to work together to develop a Centre of Excellence for Early Years in Plymouth. We will share more news with you about this partnership as we develop throughout the year. Part of this work will be to develop the work of the speech and language team that work across the city to support early years children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD). 

First week back at school.

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